Living Well

Thoughts of suicide can enter your mind as early as childhood. Suicidal thoughts are particularly concerning among individuals ages of 15 to 35. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among individuals ages 15 to 24 and the second leading cause of death among 24- to 35-year-olds. […]

The generically named medications, phenylephrine and guaifenesin are combined into a number of medications marketed in the United States under many brand names, including Deconex DMX. Phenylephrine is a decongestant, which helps relieve nasal congestion. Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps loosen phlegm to make it easy to expel. Deconex DMX and Deconex IR are […]

Overview Although Roth and Traditional Individual Retirement Accounts share certain tax advantages, they differ substantially in terms of contributions, withdrawals and IRS penalties. The concept behind all IRA accounts is similar, in that they are designed to be long-term, tax-advantaged savings accounts. However, with a Roth IRA, the primary tax benefits are recognized upon distribution, […]

Overview All states maintain laws that permit a parent, including a father, to gain custody of a child. These laws address not only obtaining custody in the first place, but also changing custody at a later point in time, according to the American Bar Association Section of Family Law. Despite some minor differences, the laws […]

A solar cell is a single photovoltaic unit that collects energy from light and converts it into electricity. Often assembled in arrays, called panels, solar cells can be used to power everything from a simple calculator to your home to the International Space Station. Solar cells come in several different types with varying levels of […]

Solar energy is the harnessing of the energy released by our solar system’s sun. The sun burns hydrogen at its core and releases energy in the forms of heat and light, which travel to the Earth. Solar energy technologies capture that energy and convert it into usable forms of energy. With advancements in technology, there […]

A person being stalked or harassed can get a restraining court order. A parent or guardian can receive a restraining order for a minor child. Restraining orders are issued for protection, security and privacy, and do not require any former relationship between the parties. You should take certain steps to make sure the restraining order […]

Many otherwise-ecologically minded Americans have a dirty little secret—a stash of plastic bags from the stores they frequent. Although they weigh just a few grams and are just a few millimeters thick, the sheer number of them used each day around the world is an environmental hazard. The Worldwatch Institute reports that in 2002, factories […]

A lack of self-confidence can prevent you from living life to its fullest and accomplishing everything you are capable of attaining. Self-confidence can be so low that it cripples your ability to function normally in society. Recognizing you have low self-confidence is the first step to improving your quality of life. Even small, simple changes […]

Overview The peppermint plant grows throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. The United States harvests 75 percent of the world’s supply of peppermint oil during the dry summer months just before the plant blooms and the oil content peaks. Valued for centuries as both an aromatic and medicinal herb, current research further endorses peppermint oil […]

Overview In California, the law does not distinguish between a wife or a husband’s rights to alimony in a divorce. Rather, the law considers a wide variety of factors to determine which, if either, spouse is entitled to receive some alimony after the dissolution of marriage. The term used for alimony in California law is […]

A father’s rights in custody cases are established in the family law provisions of state statutes across the country. These laws are designed to delineate a father’s rights to seek and obtain child custody, as well as to establish visitation or parenting time if he is not designated as the primary custodian of a minor. […]

Children can join sports teams to play games ranging from soccer and baseball to football and ice hockey. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) cites sports participation as a good activity for youngsters. They can reap both physical and mental benefits when they play on a sports team. The AACAP warns that […]

Overview ReNew Life Formulas manufactures a supplement product called Total Body Rapid Cleanse that purportedly detoxes the lungs, liver, colon and kidneys. You can also use the cleanse to jump-start your new weight loss program. The Rapid Total Body Cleanse system comes in a set that includes three different supplements. Keep in mind that as […]

Overview Interpreting body language and gestures is a skill that anyone can learn by paying attention to physical cues such as eye contact and body position. Learning to interpret body language can provide information about the way a person is feeling or what they are thinking. Body language is one of the often overlooked yet […]

1. Don’t Act Your Age Getting older used to mean giving up a lot of things you enjoy, but not anymore. Research shows that people who stay active in life age better and more gracefully than those who simply stop enjoying life. There’s no age limit when it comes to learning, doing sports or finding […]

An unmotivated child can make you feel like a failure when it comes to parenting. A child who has no aspirations or goals in life and would rather stay home and sleep in than do well in school is likely frustrating and confusing at the same time, especially if you can’t relate. Helping kids set […]

Possessing a distinct and easily recognizable medicinal aroma, many over-the-counter cold remedies and oral care products such as Listerine mouthwash utilize eucalyptus oil. Aromatherapist Patricia Davis writes that eucalyptus oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties while Medline Plus, a publication of the National Institutes for Health, says eucalyptus oil also works as an expectorant–it helps […]

Many different substances are marketed as supplements that can help develop lean muscle mass. Research has not conclusively validated many of these claims. Further, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act passed in 1994 allows supplement companies to operate with knowledge that no government agency will verify their ingredients. As a result, many products that […]

News buzzing through tech publications reports Microsoft has applied for numerous patents, most notably ¬†for augmented reality glasses. According to Ars Technica, the patent covers both the technology of the glasses and a system for “player matching and information that the glasses would collect.” What is augmented reality? Augmented Reality (AR) is a form of […]

Jealousy stems from the human compulsion to defend a relationship against an assumed danger. In some instances, jealousy expresses itself as a rational form of action, such as when a man grows angry at a friend who makes a pass at his wife. In other instances, it might be inappropriate, such as when a man […]

Getting along with family members can be a challenge. Each individual has a different personality and a unique way of looking at the world. Divergent views can clash and create a volatile dynamic within any household. Maintaining a spirit of cooperation requires an active commitment to quality communication. By encouraging effective communication skills and behaviors, […]

When planning a party for kids, it goes without saying that they’re certain to get hungry. However, because they’re so busy enjoying themselves, they’ll want foods that are easy to pick up and eat without creating a mess or distracting them from the party activities. In general, avoid creating kabobs, as the toothpicks or skewers […]

Visiting a salon or spa to get a facial is a treat for most people. The beauty therapist may apply one or more treatments to your face to exfoliate dead cells, rejuvenate your skin, moisturize, tone and refresh it. While you won’t get the same pampering at home, you can prepare your own facials to […]

When we speak of meditation, it is important to know that this is not some odd New Age activity, as our popular culture might often have it. It does not involve becoming some kind of zombie, vegetable, self-absorbed narcissist or Eastern philosopher. According to Jon Kabat Zinn, author of “Wherever You Go There You Are,” […]

Overview If you are looking for a natural way to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps, you may find some relief in using natural aromatherapy remedies. Inhaling the sweet fragrances is not the only way to benefit from aromatherapy. Infuse the oils into a warm bath or dilute them and use them to massage the […]

As wonderful as it would be, it is simply not possible to snap your fingers and make your baby fall asleep. Regardless of how much the baby needs their rest, sleep is not something that can be forced. Setting up a sleep routine every night is an excellent way of creating good habits and lets […]

Overview Patchouli oil became popular during the hippie-movement in the 1960s. The fragrant herb has older roots in Ayurvedic medicine and aromatherapy, however. The strong smell is disliked by some and loved by others. Most people aren’t aware that patchouli is used to help fixate other scents in many popular perfumes. Description The patchouli plant […]

Overview Acupressure is a facet of reflexology, which was practiced in ancient civilizations and traditional Eastern medicine. The University of Minnesota notes that the first evidence of reflexology and pressure points was recorded in 2330 BC on an ancient pictograph. Today, reflexology and acupressure is still practiced in clinics and as part of complementary medical […]

Herbal remedies have been used for centuries to promote and restore health. With a tea made by soaking herbs in hot water, you can extract properties that can benefit your health. There are different types of herbs, depending on their constituents and the effects they have in the body. Five main categories of herbal teas […]