Latest by Cindy Haines, M.D.

Next on Your Television: The Depression Show!

If you’ve ever said to yourself, "This is depressing" while flipping through the TV channels looking for something worthwhile to watch, you may be on to something. New research finds that sitting in front of the tube may actually raise you...

Could Diet Play a Role in Crohn's Disease?

The cause of Crohn’s disease, according to the National Institutes of Health, is still a mystery. There are many theories but none has been definitively proven. Some researchers are wondering if diet may play a role in this disease. It’s a notion tha...

How Stress Can Worsen Crohn's

The stress of living with a chronic disease can often intensify the symptoms. Banish the worry by answering these questions before talking to your doctor.

Cooling the Fire of Heartburn

Heartburn is one of those symptoms that seriously commands your attention. First off, it can really hurt. Odds are good that your skin has rarely felt as fiery as your belly may feel during an attack of heartburn. Secondly, while it doesn’t actually ...

Bursting the Bubble of Gas Pain

What do humans have in common with bike tires and those cartoon-character balloons that are hauled down parade routes on holidays? All three contain gas. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it’s common for people to produce one-half ...

Mood Disorders in Children and Teens: Should You Medicate?

May is National Mental Health Month and, if you have kids, that makes this month a great time to pay attention to their mental and emotional well-being. In 2007, about five percent of kids between the ages of four and 17 had serious problems with the...

Physical Activity: Are You Getting Enough?

As far as medical-news headlines go, this was an attention-grabber: "An hour of daily exercise ‘needed to stay slim’ " the BBC trumpeted. “Time to hit the gym Women need to work out for an hour to avoid gaining weight,” the New York Daily N...

Golf: The Perfect Sport

Golf could quite possibly be the perfect sport. Did I just say that? My avid-golfer-of-a-husband must be feeling giddy right about now. And I know some of you may be thinking, “That is the slowest moving activity around, how could it possibly be the ...

The Safety of Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are widespread, from soda to yogurt and beyond, and many people wonder about the potential safety issues. Generally, with rare exceptions, these sugar substitutes appear to pose little or no risk when used in moderation. Artific...

The Body Fat Percentage Breakdown

Body fat percentage: What is this and why should you care? Body fat percentage is one of the many important factors that go into our overall state of health and fitness. It is arguably more important, even, than height-weight ratio. Body fat percenta...