Why I Stopped Taking Sleep Medication
When I was eight, my hair caught on fire in the middle of the night. I'd been illicitly reading far past my bedtime and eventually fell asleep with the lamp on. I woke to the awful smell of smoldering hair and ran downstairs in a panic, bursting into my parents' room. "My hair's on fire!" I shrieked. My mom and dad groaned, rolled over and shooed me away. They weren't neglectful. They were simply the weary parents of a budding insomniac. I've had a hard time sleeping through the night for as long as I can remember. When you have insomnia, exhaustion becomes so oppressive that if you're offered a quick fix, you ta...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Alcohol Use Affects Health
You may have heard of Dry January, a campaign run in the U.K. by Alcohol Concern. To promote alcohol awareness, it involves (as you’ve likely gathered) completely abstaining from alcohol for the month of January. It’s a valuable campaign with noble intentions, but a minority of participants may unfortunately miss the wider point. A month of strict abstinence does lead some to drink more than they should come February 1. Remaining alcohol free for a month is an achievement which deserves to be rewarded, but compensatory drinking is not what Dry January is trying to advocate. A healthy attitude towards consu...
Source: Psych Central - February 13, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Dr. Wayne Osborne Tags: Addictions Alcoholism General Healthy Living Substance Abuse Abstinence Alcohol Abuse Alcoholic beverage Binge Drinking Drinking culture Liver disease Liver health Long-term effects of alcohol Moderation National Council on Alc Source Type: news

What It's Really Like To Be A Bald Woman
This article was originally published on BetterAfter50.com. Recently, on New Year's Day, I got out of bed with just a trace of a hangover, ran my fingers through my hair, and took a bunch of strands with me to the bathroom. What a way to start 2016, right? It got worse from there -- for the rest of the day Friday, then on Saturday and Sunday -- whether I was at home, synagogue, at a funeral, out to dinner, or drying my newly polished toenails, everywhere I went, I left a trail of hair. More tempting than the ripest of scabs, I simply couldn't stop picking. Mike and I hadn't seen so much hair in the house (on pillows, blank...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: A Pattern of Crises Connects Cologne and Istanbul
Even before the "Night of Shame" on New Year's Eve in Cologne further fueled an already fervent anti-foreigner backlash, German leaders were desperately looking to Turkey to stem the flow of refugees headed to Europe from the war-torn Mideast. Now 10 German tourists have lost their lives at the foot of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. They are the victims of yet another suicide bombing by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the wake of Turkey's decision last July to allow U.S. warplanes to fly from its soil to attack militant positions in Syria. Along the old route of the Orient Express, violenc...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Small (But Powerful) Healthy Habits You Should Start Right Now
Quite possibly the easiest healthy habits you can start right now. Lemons Can Be Better Than Xanax Introducing nature's chill pill. Start sniffing. Read more. The Best Exercises to Do If You're Out of Shape The most effective, accessible ways to get back into the swing of things. Read more. Eat a Pear Before Drinking a Glass of Wine News alert: it just might prevent that dreadful hangover. Read more. What To Think About When You Run The collective dream: an open road. Read more. 5 Exercises for Saggy Arms You Can Do at Home Dust off your tank tops. Here are five moves you can do--no sweat. Read more. See 12 more...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could this ALGAE called chlorella stop your hangover before it hits?
When taken two hours before drinking chlorella, a a freshwater algae, floods the body of the nutrients that are robbed from it by alcohol, New York nutritionist Nikki Ostrower told Daily Mail Online. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Everything You Wanted to Know About Hangovers
Find out why you might feel terrible after a night out. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

How To Avoid The New Year’s Day Hangover
BOSTON (CBS) –  While it’s great to celebrate the start of a new year with a glass of bubbly, no one wants to begin 2016 with a hangover. So here is some advice on how to avoid the nausea and headache. Stick with light colored liquors like vodka. Dark liquors contain more of the chemicals which can make a hangover worse. Dehydration is your enemy. For every drink you consume, drink a glass of water and don’t forget to rehydrate before bedtime. (Photo credit PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images) There are three things that can lead to a rapid absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream: 1) An empty stomac...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - December 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Hangover Source Type: news

How to Avoid New Year's Eve High Heel Hell
If you're wearing high heels on New Years, chances are your feet won't be celebrating. Rather, your feet will be experiencing high heel hell. Hours of partying in stilettos can cause all sorts of foot problems and pains throughout night, as well as lead to a high heel hangover the following day. The most common foot problems that arise from a guilty night in heels include: skin sores, pain in the ball of the foot, bunion irritation, hammer toe pain and/or heel abrasions. If you want to be protect your feet, follow these 5 steps so that your feet don't cramp your night: Moisturize. Skin sores and abrasions commonly occ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical professionals disagree about new hangover remedies
Unless you're the designated driver, holiday parties are often associated with that wrecked morning-after feeling: nausea, dehydration, dizziness. And typical remedies — black coffee, aspirin, a greasy meal — might not always work. Which explains why healthcare entrepreneurs — among them doctors... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Sinitta is a hangover wimp reveales HEALTH NOTES
The 52-year-old pop singer has revealed she cannot function the day after the night before unless she is hooked up to a drip containing vitamins and minerals, and costing £199. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Questionable Health Trends We'd Like To Leave Behind In 2015
As the year comes to a close, it's time for one of our favorite traditions, saying goodbye to questionable health trends we'd like to leave behind in 2015. While the year brought promise in certain areas -- we moved away from fad diets; the U.S. surgeon general endorsed walking as exercise; and the phrase "harm reduction" became a buzzword -- there were also some major letdowns. So in the spirit of Festivus, we're airing our grievances. Here are six health trends that have sorely disappointed us over the past 365 days: 1. Calling pleasurable foods 'crack' As members of the media, we'll take some respons...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

IV drips and oxygen treatments cause controversy as Australia's first hangover clinic opens
The clinic claims that it can cure your hangover in half an hour by using IV drips, oxygen and vitamin cocktails (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cure iv drip oxygen hangover clinic australia Source Type: news

FEMAIL puts six hangover cures to the test the morning after the night before
FEMAIL tried six cures from hydration tablets to a sausage. Each one claims to help rehydrate, stop bloating or settle your stomach. Remedies range from a drinks to tablets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sydney's hangover clinic lets you pop in for a dose of intravenous vitamins
The hangover.clinic in Sydney is open from 6am, allowing those who have overindulged to stop by for re-hydration, oxygen and vitamin remedies, starting from $140. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hangovers ahoy as Britain indulges in 'Booze Black Friday'
The night before the morning after as Britain indulges in Booze Black Friday (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hangovers ahoy as the the country indulges in Booze Black Friday
The night before the morning after as the Uk indulges in Black Friday (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to survive 'Booze Black Friday'
Tonight is when drink sales hit their peak on the biggest office party night of the year - how do you survive it? (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: booze black friday christmas drunk survive secret santa alcohol xmas boss mad friday fired hangover work office party Source Type: news

How to survive 'Booze Black Friday'
Tonight is when drink sales hit their peak on the biggest office party night of the year - how do you survive it? (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: booze black friday christmas drunk survive secret santa alcohol xmas boss mad friday fired hangover work office party Source Type: news

How to help your hangover
Here's the secret to avoiding a hangover this holiday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boutique Hangover Clinics Are All The Rage, But Doctors Say The Best Remedies Are Free
The Hangover Clinic, a new center in Australia, joins a growing number of facilities that heal the ailments of over drinking with IV therapies. But these treatments aren’t worth the triple digit price tag. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emily Canal Source Type: news

The Power of Compassion: A Holiday Gift
There was nothing soft about my father. He was old-school strict and often brutally harsh. Seeking comfort from him was like trying to buy milk at a hardware store. To his credit, he was an excellent provider. But a lousy Dad. The truth is I didn't know my father. No one did. He was an enigmatic man with a brick wall around him so high you could never look in. The only thing predictable about him was his unpredictability. His mercurial moods were as reliable as a volatile stock market. My father was a Greek immigrant who came to the U.S. in the early 1950s seeking the American dream. He left his home village in Greece a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biggest Health Issues Doctors See During the Holidays
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. It is a time that we get to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate, to be thankful for what we have. It is also a great opportunity to appreciate our health. During the holiday season, there is a heightened risk of compromising our health for various reasons. These are some of the biggest health issues doctors see during the holidays and tips to avoid in which people should be aware of. Overeating and weight gain. With all the holiday cookies, eggnog, and left-over food, it is easy to overeat and pack on the pounds. And unfortunately, having self-control is easi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

There's an Art to Truth Telling
I have to walk away from my computer a lot. If you email me in response to this post, you might not hear from me for a week, though I will usually always reply. Sometimes I'm in straight "output" mode on social media and I don't actually read or look at anything anyone posts or says in reply to me. I do this because I have to. Clients often express that they want to be more open and truthful in their work or relationships. They want to share like I do. They want to put it all out there, but they're afraid. They want to know how they can be less afraid like me. And I laugh, because I'm still so very afraid. Which ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Your Workout Should Be More Like a Drinking Game
I've been turning my workouts into a drinking game. I had to. You know how some people (who shall remain nameless) used to play drinking games in college that had all sorts of crazy rules to make them drink? There was Three Man, which for the life of me I cannot remember the rules for...because there were a TON of them that constantly changed. There was the game of Quarters. Which I sucked at. There was also Fubar and I Never. I'm beginning to ramble, but the point is, I'd become somewhat of a slacker with my workouts. I'd gotten into a routine of the same workouts on the same days, done with less than the usual passion...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expect The Holidays To Re-Trigger The Grief Of Loss
  Have you ever noticed that your mood changes in a similar way at a particular time of year for reasons you can’t quite pinpoint? Maybe you often feel slightly on edge or blue during the week of Thanksgiving, even though nothing bad has happened (yet). Or you tend to feel anxious, irritable or vaguely ill at ease when fall turns to winter, which happens to be when your parents split up or your best friend moved away. The truth is, particular holidays, months or even seasons can carry emotional baggage that you may not recognize. Each of us has emotional hotspots in time that are “irreversibly tied to our ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to help your holiday hangover
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Charcoal Becoming A Popular Supplement?
BOSTON (CBS) — When Samantha Gregory is feeling a bit off, she adds charcoal to her diet. “The impact that charcoal has had on my health has been a better digestive system so I don’t have the gassiness after I eat,” she says. As you might guess, Samantha isn’t crazy about the taste so she’ll mix it with some juice. “Lemon-lime flavor has agave in it so that was pretty good,” she says. Activated charcoal is sometimes used by doctors to prevent damage from an accidental overdose. The charcoal can keep the body from absorbing drugs. Now, it’s also become a popular supplem...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: mouellette2015 Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Charcoal Diet Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

DOES a fry up help cure a hangover? Only if you eat the night before
Professor James Schaefer, a researcher in alcohol metabolism formerly of Union College, recommends eating pizza, chorizo, or even a spoonful of olive oil before a heavy night's drinking. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Company To Offer Instant Hangover Relief In Boston
BOSTON (CBS) – We all know what happens with too much alcohol. And this week a new company is slated to open here in Boston offering instant hangover relief or help when you just feel rundown by the flu, a migraine, or jet lag. “In 30 minutes we can have a patient feeling better,” said Dr. Adam Nadelson, the co-founder and CEO of The I.V. Doc. To get you back on your feet The I.V. Doc offers a different kind of cocktail of saline and vitamins, courtesy an I.V. drip, right in your own living room. “When you can’t move and you just feel so horrible you can’t even drink a glass of water, an...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rachelrmcknight Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Mallika Marshall I.V. Doc Source Type: news

How We Became The Heaviest Drinkers In A Century
I first met alcohol in the late 1980s. It was the morning after one of my parents’ parties. My sister and I, aged nine or ten, were up alone. We trawled the lounge for abandoned cans. I remember being methodical: pick one up, give it a shake to see if there’s anything inside and, if there is, drink! I can still taste the stale, warm metallic tang of Heineken (lager; 5% alcohol by volume) on my tongue. Just mind the ones with cigarette butts in. Other times we’d sneak a sip of Dad’s Rémy Martin VSOP (cognac; 40%) when he wasn’t looking, even though we didn’t like the taste. It came...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

'I think my colleague is an alcoholic. What should I do?'
Louisa Symington-Mills helps a reader who's concerned about the amount of alcohol her co-worker drinks. Email your own work-related worries to work.advice@telegraph.co.uk (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: disciplinary beer wine Alcoholic health drinks too much HR counselling boss alcoholics anonymous hangover Source Type: news

Why salt and not that extra glass of wine that's to blame for your hangover
Once a week Lynda Lim, a 64-year-old actress wakes up with a hangover - but it's not caused by alcohol but by salt. Ingesting too much salt can cause dehydration and cause headaches and puffiness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Hardest Parts About Being Sober
I talk up sobriety. That's because 99.9 percent of the time it's amazing, and it has definitely transformed my life. I want more people to know how great it is so they can try it themselves. But I wanted to get real for a minute in this post because I want people to know that being sober isn't always easy. Sometimes it can be hard. That's not to say it's impossible or that you shouldn't try this way of life, but just like in life, there are good days and bad. These are the hardest parts about being sober. 1. Setting boundaries When I was using I had no boundaries. I used people and people used me. I had "friendships&q...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Find "Om" in the Vineyard
By Yoga Journal Many wineries are touting wine and yoga as a perfect pairing. See why you should try this trend out. The theory: Moving through yoga poses and doing breathwork in a vineyard setting can open up the body's senses and maximize the flavor and mouthfeel of your post-class glass. No surprise, then, that winery-yoga programs abound. Some are uniquely creative, like the Vino-Vinyasa workshop at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa (wineresort.com) in Temecula, California. Here, yoga instructor Christina Newman integrates wine samples that pair well with the body's seven chakras, or centers of energy. For example,...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why are there days when you just can’t stop eating? Blame it on lack of sleep
If you're 'hyper hungry', there may be a scientific reason why. Being ravenous can indicate a hangover, not sleeping for long enough or even smelling your favourite food. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is freshers' flu anything more than just a HANGOVER?
Derek Gatherer, a lecturer at Lancaster University, reveals that while freshers' flu is unlikely to be a strain of seasonal influenza, it is likely a mix of illnesses triggered by thousands of students arriving at university at once. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why DO hangovers give you a headache and how can you banish them?
A team of nutritionists reveal their top tips to help beat the dreaded hangover. They reveal how the vinegar in pickle juice boosts the liver and soothes the stomach and yoga increases blood flow. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Things You Need To Know About Making Your Next Hangover Less Awful
Unlike food, alcohol requires no digestion by your body. Although, sadly, this does not mean that beverages and liquors come without calories and fat. As a matter of fact, how our body processes alcohol, and the alcohols makeup, determines everything about how we feel during and after drinking. Shockingly, only 20% of the alcohol you drink even passes through your stomach like food would. However, this 20% is the portion that can reach the brain in less than one minute. The other 80% of alcohol consumed passes through the duodenum (small intestine), then through membranes and directly into the bloodstream. Upon entering th...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 6, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nicole Fisher Source Type: news

New Swiss Phizz rehydration remedy promises to zap symptoms of a boozy night
Swiss Phizz tablets promise to ease your hangover with a perfect mix of glucose, vitamins and minerals. FEMAIL writer Annabel (pictured) felt 'perked up' after her heavy night. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tuna Does Not Grow on Trees
It is said that the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. So what, then, is the cure for the sea should it need saving? It should come as no surprise that the ocean is in broad trouble. As a passionate diver and board member of Project 0, I was really pleased to hear that the United Nations have now set a goal for ocean health as one of the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which will come into force in January 2016. Now while this is great news, it seems long overdue. These new "goals" will replace the Millennium Development Goals, which expire at the end of the year. These older sustai...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

4 Steps to Get Back on Track After Over-Indulgent Eating
Article Source: makeyourbodywork.com It's the weekend and your social schedule is packed. You've got a night out with friends on Friday, followed by a wedding Saturday afternoon, and then a birthday party to cap it all off on Sunday. Fun? Yes. Healthy eating? Not so much. Whether it's an entire weekend of not-so-healthy eating choices, just one day, or even one really big meal (hello all-you-can-eat sushi!), there's a good chance you'll be looking to rebound afterwards. Here are 4 steps to help your body and mind recover so that you can get back to eating and feeling the way you'd like. 1. Top Up With More Water The though...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How freshers' week should carry a health warning: Sorry mums and dads, booze binges are the least of your worries
With lots of students heading off to university in the next few weeks, take a look at the most common illnesses that await. Students get ill from more than just the occasional hangovers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is the health hangover worth it?
This report estimates that the direct costs of alcohol use to the government in England - including NHS, police, criminal justice and welfare costs - amount to just under £4bn each year, while revenues from alcohol taxes amount to over £10bn. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 9, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

An event-level investigation of hangovers' relationship to age and drinking - Huntley G, Treloar H, Blanchard A, Monti PM, Carey KB, Rohsenow DJ, Miranda R.
Animal and human data suggest that adolescents experience hangover effects that are distinct from adults. The present study used ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods to examine the temporal relationships between drinking and hangovers, and how thi... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 8, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The Truth About Water As Hangover Prevention
Dutch scientists are saying that drinking water won't actually prevent those hangovers. HuffPost Live explores the data behind that conclusion. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Calculator reveals the true cost of booze bingeing to your wallet AND waistline
A survey by Cancer Research UK reveals one in four adults admitted nursing a hangover stopped them going outside this summer, with researchers calculating the average person lost 22 hours in the sunshine. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can you avoid hangovers after heavy drinking?
Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be 'no' and 'no' according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 29, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Hangover cures: The only way to avoid suffering the morning after is 'to drink less alcohol', say scientists
Hangover cures, whether it be drinking coffee, downing a fizzy drink, tucking into a fry-up or even the 'hair of the dog that bit you' are pretty much a waste of time and effort, scientists have concluded. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - August 29, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drinking water, eating after heavy drinking 'does not prevent hangovers'
Contrary to the beliefs of many student drinkers, a new study finds that drinking water or eating directly after heavy alcohol consumption does not prevent hangovers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news