When it comes to birth control, newer isn't always better. Third generation contraceptive pills, developed in the 1980s, put women at greater risk for developing health complications than those who use older varieties.
All over the US and Canada there are millions of people celebrating Earth Day, and I often wonder what this day really means to people. For me Earth Day is a reminder to be kind to Mother Earth and remember that as much as we have renewable resources, it doesn’t mean we have unlimited resources.
Did you ever play that silly party game called 'Would You Rather'? It worked like this: You would be offered two completely awful choices - equally ludicrous, usually gross, and often involving sex - and you had to choose which option you would rather take. A very mild example is: Would you rather live the rest of your life with no electricity or with no plumbing?
As far as difficult years go, Catherine Zeta-Jones has had a particularly tough 12 months. In the midst of raising her children and helping her husband, Michael Douglas, beat cancer, the stress finally caught up with her this week. She checked herself into a mental health facility to treat bipolar disorder, bringing an under-the-radar disease into the spotlight. As it turns out, it's far more common than you probably think. Zeta-Jones is just one of more than six million Americans who suffer from bipolar disorder—approximately one in 40 people—and even more cases of men and women experiencing this form of depression have gone undetected. If your partner is, or could be, suffering from bipolar disorder, then here's how you can help lend some support.
You begin your day by simultaneously checking Facebook, applying mascara and fixing your kids breakfast, and you end your day by watching TV, preparing dinner and returning office e-mails all at once. Is it any wonder that you don't feel calm, refreshed and satisfied?
Before you pucker up the next time, you'd better brush up. Researchers recently revealed that tooth cavities can be transmitted from person to person through kissing. Just like a common-cold or flu virus can infiltrate the body while locking lips, the same goes for cavity-causing bacteria. And apparently, it happens all the time. Who knew?
Imagine hearing some guy you'd like to sleep with talk about his ex: she has this STD, she got it from him, there's no test for it, and there's a chance that being physical with him—even with all other safety precautions—may lead to a whole terrifying smorgasbord of side effects, and that he'd like you to know all this before going any further. It can be a bit of a mood killer.
Happiness has more to do with individual choices, lifestyle and one's spouse or partner than it does with childhood, personality or genetics, according to new research. A comprehensive 25-year psychological study claims to have debunked the theory that long-term happiness in adulthood has strong ties to genetic makeup, personality traits and childhood experiences.
Yes, it's true: There are health benefits to some of our worst habits. So why does being bad feel so good? "'Bad habits allow us to act like children, which may be a good or a bad thing depending on the circumstances," Dr. Daniel J. Carlat, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, author of "Unhinged" and the Mental Health Specialist for AOL Health's Medical Advisory Board, told AOL Health. Read on to find out which of your "bad" traits you shouldn't break.
Despite what most people believe, married couples don't become more alike over time, according to researchers at Michigan State University. Instead, people tend to choose spouses who have similar personalities and character traits, the study suggested.
Guys, would you rather lose your hair or lose your sexual prowess? Sounds like a pretty rotten deal, but a new study shows that men who take medication for hair loss risk losing something particularly valuable in return. The research, which was published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine this month, says that 5 to 23 percent of men who took the prescription drug finasteride (sold as Propecia) may suffer impotence, low libido, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and an inability to orgasm.
It's time to start feeling good in order to maintain a healthy state of mind that is attractive to love. In today's world, very little value is given to the feelings we experience on a daily basis. We are bombarded by images of war, starvation, natural disasters, the disappearance of species, melting icecaps, global warming...and I ask you, how much can any of us stand before we start shutting down emotionally to all this horror? Shutting down and living in denial wreaks havoc on our hearts, and that leads to romantic disconnect, for sure!
If you've ever been faced with a tight work deadline, cared for a sick loved one or struggled to pay the bills, you are well acquainted with stress — that overwhelming feeling that the world is demanding more than you can deliver. Unfortunately, stress isn't just exasperating; over time, it can wreak havoc on your emotional and physical well-being too.
Do you want to hear something really sad? It took me three weeks to sit down to paint my nails. Not to find time for a mani/pedi at a salon, not to buff and polish and shape at home. Three weeks to slap a coat of pearly-pink paint on 10 fingertips. Seriously. Just paint. Two coats of color, no base, nothing fancy. Don’t even get me started on how long it's been since I've had time to deep condition my hair. For real.
Well, this isn't good news. A study released in the Lancet by Moffitt Cancer Center indicates that half of men aged 18 to 70 in Mexico, Brazil and the U.S. may be affected by the human papillomavirus (HPV), known as the leading cause of cervical cancer. Until now, most of the attention given to HPV has focused on how the disease endangers women. What most people may not know is that in addition to causing cervical cancer and genital warts in women, HPV can cause cancer of the head, neck, mouth, the tongue, tonsils, genitals and anus in both sexes.
Remember these words: The poison is in the dose. They apply to all of the following nine items in this rogue's gallery of dangerous things we commonly do to relieve anxiety, stress and boredom. Every one of the following items has a split personality. They may be (and frequently are) a source of pleasure but all have the potential to wreck havoc with your life and health.
We all know that love isn't always simple. But what we don't know is that many scientific ideas are playing in to attraction, many of which we are unaware of. "We are in love with the idea of a romantic love, and that ideal leads us astray and into a lot of problems," says Andrew Trees, Ph.D., author of Decoding Love. Learning a little about the science of attraction just may help you play the dating game.