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Treating Lung Cancer with Targeted Therapy: How These Groundbreaking Drugs Work

Treatments for lung cancer have improved significantly over the last decade.  During the last 10 years, newer medications have emerged that are helping people live longer and better quality lives. One of those discoveries... More>>

Signs Your Back Pain Is Actually Ankylosing Spondylitis Video included

Lower back pain happens to millions of Americans every year, and back pain can be caused by a number of reasons. If your back pain keeps coming back—and it’s not because your mattress is wrong for you—it might be time to... More>>

6 Healthy Fall Foods to Get Excited About (Besides Pumpkin) Video included

Once the fall season rolls around, everyone starts to gush about pumpkin. Pumpkin this. Pumpkin that. Hashtag #PSL! More>>

Can Warm Milk Actually Help Treat Insomnia? Video included

Long before sleep aids existed in pill form, humans have looked for natural hacks to make bedtime a little easier. Moms for generations have helped their little ones get sleepy and hit the pillow with different foods and... More>>

Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold? The Truth Behind This Old Adage Video included

Catchy health phrases, such as “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” or “you are what you eat,” have been passed down from generation to generation. But there’s one adage moms have been saying that’s literally ancient:... More>>

10 Tricky Doctor Names You’re Probably Mispronouncing Video included

“I’m going to refer you to an otolaryngologist,” your doctor says casually before typing it into your medical records. The syllables roll off her tongue, and all you can do is blink. An oto-what? More>>

Psst … The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Is Back for the 2018-19 Flu Season Video included

The invention of the nasal spray flu vaccine was a stroke of brilliance, if you ask the oodles of Americans who hate, loathe, and fear needles. When the nasal spray was nixed in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and... More>>

8 Unique Ways to Flavor Water So You’ll *Want* to Drink It Video included

If you’re trying to increase your daily water intake, nix your soda habit, or are just bored with regular ol’ water, you can breathe a sigh of relief: You’ve got more options. More>>

Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance: What’s the Difference? Video included

Gluten-free options used to be contained to a couple shelves at the grocery store or the “salad” section of a restaurant menu. Today, gluten-free products and meals are more numerous, accessible, affordable, and delicious... More>>

Ask a Trainer: How Many Times a Week Should I Work Out? Video included

When you start getting in to a regular workout routine, it can be tempting to swipe that gym membership card every day. You’re feeling a rush of endorphins after each sweat sesh, and you might even be seeing results... More>>

What the Heck Is Kombucha, Anyway? Video included

In case you haven’t noticed, the beverage aisle at the grocery store has been taken over by a trendy, mysterious drink with a funny name: kombucha. While it may seem hot and new, this fizzy tea is actually older than you... More>>

This Surprising Fruit Might Help Relieve Your Motion Sickness Video included

Motion sickness can make flights feel endless, ruin a Caribbean cruise, and turn a road trip sour. But according to research, “sour” might just be the solution. More>>

This Cheap Wart Removal Hack Might Be As Effective As Freezing Video included

OK, you just froze off a wart a month ago, but another one has already appeared on your finger. What’s the deal?! More>>

The One Germy Spot You Miss Every Time You Wash Your Hands Video included

So you think you’re an expert hand-washer, eh? You wash your hands before, during, and after working with food. You scrub for the recommended 20 seconds. You even clean between each finger and lathering up the back of your... More>>

Dairy Allergy vs. Lactose Intolerance: What’s the Difference? Video included

Dairy products are prominent in American culture. The average American eats 32 pounds of ice cream annually, 33.7 pounds of cheese, and—get this—164.6 pounds of milk, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. More>>

The Most Common Types of Back Pain Video included

Back pain is one of the most common health conditions in the country, affecting about 80 percent of the population at least once in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Although this is a... More>>

Shopping for a Bra During Breast Cancer Treatment: 5 Tips to Find the Right Fit Video included

When you open your underwear drawer for the first time after breast surgery, you may notice that some of your lacy underthings don’t fit like they used to. More>>

Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis: New Options That Can Help Video included

Ankylosing spondylitis—a chronic and inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine—has no cure as of yet. However, diagnosing AS and beginning treatment is essential. Not only can it relieve the painful and even... More>>

What Is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Key Facts You Should Know Video included

Lower back pain is not necessarily a rare phenomenon: 80 percent of U.S. adults suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. But for many... More>>

Diagnosing Ankylosing Spondylitis: 4 Things Doctors Look At Video included

As with many rheumatoid conditions, there is no single, definitive test to diagnosis ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a chronic arthritis caused by inflammation of the spine. If someone is experiencing symptoms of AS, such as... More>>

These Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments May Help Prevent Joint Damage Video included

Treatment for psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, goes far beyond reducing joint pain. In fact, thinking solely about treating PsA joint pain may mean you’re missing a crucial part of the puzzle: preventing permanent joint damage... More>>

12 Unexpected Ways Psoriatic Arthritis Can Affect the Body Video included

When you are diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, you may know to expect skin complications and joint pain. Those two symptoms are in the name. In fact, psoriasis and arthritis come from the Greek words for “itch” and... More>>

Choosing a Bra After Breast Surgery: How to Pick the Right One Video included

After undergoing breast cancer surgery, it will take some time to adjust to your new normal. Your body may look different and you may feel different, but it’s important to remember that you’re beautiful and you’re still... More>>

What to Wear After a Mastectomy, According to a Breast Cancer Survivor Video included

You can anticipate some obvious ways your life may change after breast surgery. You know your appearance may be a little different, or that it will take some recovery time before the pain subsides. What you might not... More>>

What Your Fingernails Can Reveal About Psoriatic Arthritis Video included

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, your fingernails may just be the windows to your psoriatic arthritis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, at least 80 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis also... More>>

PSA: Tanning Makes Stretch Marks More Noticeable—But Here’s What *Actually* Helps Video included

Before the bliss of summertime hits, many people scramble and do everything they can to achieve a “beach body.” They hit the gym, diet, wax, tan, and find ways to cover certain aspects of their bodies that they deem unfit... More>>

This Is Why Human Blood Is Red Video included

The fake kind is used in scary movies and Halloween decorations. The real kind is as essential as water for giving and maintaining life. That’s right, we’re talking about blood, and this vital bodily fluid deserves some... More>>

These 10 Amazing Blood Facts Will Get Your Heart Pumping Video included

Today is Blood Appreciation Day (not really)—and we’re about to give this vital bodily fluid some love. More>>

How Important Is It to Wash Your Hands With Hot Water? Video included

Maybe you didn’t feel like waiting for the tap to heat up. Maybe it was hot outside so you turned on the cold water to cool down. Maybe you just prefer the icy blast of cool water. Either way, when your mom caught you... More>>

Here's How the Low FODMAP Diet Helps Treat IBS Video included

A frustrating part of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is that it can’t really be treated—only managed through careful and deliberate lifestyle changes. Eating small and frequent meals, limiting certain foods, and managing... More>>

5 Unexpected Restaurants Where You Can Get a Healthy Meal for Under 600 Calories Video included

Restaurant food is meant to be indulgent. It’s intended to be a special treat and experience, in which a professional prepares you something decadent you couldn’t really prepare at home. More>>

6 Little Rules to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting for Good Video included

Weight loss is hard, but weight maintenance might be even harder. If you can relate to that sentence, you’re not alone. Yo-yo dieting (which doctors call weight cycling) is a frustrating yet common problem many people... More>>

9 Surprising Causes of Back Pain + What to Do About It Video included

Back pain is one of the most common medical issues in the U.S. About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes, according to the American Chiropractic Association. More>>

6 Dreamy Facts About REM Sleep Video included

While the jury may still be out on what dreams mean, we do know that most people experience this strange phenomenon nightly while they sleep—and that it’s often during a stage of sleep called rapid eye movement, or REM sleep. More>>

Protect Your Eyes: 4 Simple Tips to Find the Right Sunglasses Video included

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement: They protect your precious peepers from serious eye damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays. More>>

Why You Should *Always* Wear Sunglasses When Outdoors Video included

You rush out the door because you’re late for work, and as soon as you pull out of the driveway you notice you’ve forgotten your sunglasses. Oh well, you think, it’s no big deal. More>>

Surprisingly Important Takeaways from 3 Popular Fad Diets Video included

The conversation on dietary trends tends to be black and white: This diet is good, this one is bad, this one’s great, this one’s awful. It’s true that some fad diets are objectively bad (like that “air diet,” which is... More>>

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your “Healthy” Morning Oatmeal Video included

Oatmeal is often synonymous for “healthy breakfast.” It’ may be one of the few healthy options on diner menus, and those who opt for the porridge instead of pancakes are lauded as disciplined heroes. More>>

How Psoriatic Arthritis Is Diagnosed, According to a Rheumatologist Video included

Psoriatic arthritis—an inflammatory and chronic type of arthritis—affects up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). If you have psoriasis, it’s a good idea to be aware... More>>

Fit + Frugal: 10 Money-Saving Grocery Shopping Hacks Video included

Think a nutritious diet = expensive? Not so fast. While it’s true that many “health foods” tend to cost more—e.g., energy bars, premade “healthy” frozen dinners, gluten-free bread, and organic produce vs.... More>>

5 Game-Changing Iced Coffee Hacks (That Are Actually Healthy) Video included

If you’re addicted to iced coffee and you know it, raise your tumbler. More>>

Signs Your Psoriasis Could Actually Be Psoriatic Arthritis Video included

If you have psoriasis, you may already know that you’re at an increased risk of developing psoriatic arthritis (PsA), an inflammatory arthritis that causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. About 30 percent of people... More>>

5 Clues You Probably Need a Break from Social Media Video included

In many ways, social media has succeeded in its mission to help us strengthen connections. It’s now easier than ever to track down former high school classmates, or to find people around the world who share our most niche... More>>

Watch Out: These 8 Sneaky Foods Have Smaller Portion Sizes Than You Think Video included

As a kid, you probably dunked Oreo after Oreo into milk after school. Polishing off a sleeve was no trouble at all, and you ended your Oreo sesh feeling satisfied, carefree, and ready to watch a repeat of Arthur. Or, you... More>>

Climbing Beyond the Limits of Multiple Sclerosis: Meet Lori Schneider Video included

Climbing each of the Seven Summits—the highest mountains of each of the seven continents (yes, even Antarctica)—is an incredible feat for anyone to accomplish. It’s so challenging that only around 416 people have actually... More>>

MSG Probably Isn’t as Harmful as You Think It Is Video included

The controversy over MSG, or monosodium L-glutamate, began in the 1960s. Even if you weren’t born yet, you probably heard the rumors that are still circulating today: that MSG is a dangerous and unhealthy chemical added to... More>>

Treating Lung Cancer with Immunotherapy: How These Groundbreaking Drugs Work Video included

Getting a lung cancer diagnosis is a scary and overwhelming experience. You probably have many questions about your condition, in hopes to find answers to what may seem like an endless amount of unknowns. Can my lung... More>>

Treatment Options for Migraines + Lifestyle Remedies That May Help Video included

Migraine is a very common and debilitating condition, affecting nearly 40 million people in the United States, and 1 billion worldwide, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. More>>

This Is the One Place Everyone Forgets to Put Sunscreen Video included

When it’s summertime, the only things that may be on your mind are sun-kissed skin, relaxing beach time, and outdoor barbeques. Along with said fun, you probably also know the basic protocols for staying safe in the hot... More>>

These 4 Foods Actually Burn Calories, Says Science Video included

With all the wonky wellness claims circling the media these days, it’s understandable to roll your eyes at yet *another* too-good-to-be-true allegation. Foods that burn calories? HA. Riiiight. More>>

Speedy Breakfasts You Can Eat After Hitting Snooze Three Times Video included

The snooze button is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, it buys you an extra nine minutes of sleep (or 18 … or 27). But each time you press snooze, you’re likelihood of having a real breakfast plummets. More>>

10 Common Migraine Triggers (and How to Deal with Them) Video included

Treating migraines has come a long way, and doctors have discovered many tips to deal with a migraine attack. But ultimately, the best line of defense is preventing a migraine altogether. More>>

Exactly What to Do During a Migraine Attack, According to a Neurologist Video included

The internet is peppered with advice on how to prevent migraines, but how do you find relief once you’re in the middle of one? If you’re prone to migraines, you know that they’re a complicated syndrome that can be... More>>

5 Sneaky Ways You’re Sabotaging Your “Healthy” Salad Video included

Love it or hate it, salad is always the go-to healthy option for restaurants and home cooks alike. Something about a bowl of greens feels like the essence of healthy eating—so much so that we’re quick to turn a blind eye... More>>

How to Help a Loved One Through a Migraine: Tips for Caregivers Video included

One major challenge for people who suffer from migraines is that they might not always get the support they need. Because their condition is invisible, friends and family might not take the pain seriously, leaving the... More>>

Maple Water Is a Real Thing, But Is It Actually Healthy? Video included

The good news: More and more Americans are turning away from sugary sodas. In 2016, the soda industry reported a sales decrease of 1.2 percent, falling for the 12th year in a row, according to a report by Reuters. More>>

Period Heavier Than Usual? Here Are 7 Possible Reasons Why Video included

It’s tough to say what a “normal” period is. Every woman produces a unique flow, so everything from a couple days of pantyliners to a week of super-absorbant maxi pads can be considered safe and healthy. More>>

6 Things Your Burps Can Reveal About Your Health Video included

Burping is normally NBD. Your body inevitably swallows excess air throughout the day, and that air has to go somewhere. With a simple burp, your stomach can ditch the extra air and get back to its regular digesting. More>>

Vagina Hurting During Sex? Here’s Why + What to Do About It Video included

There are few things more frustrating than when your lady parts don’t want to cooperate during sex. While it’s totally normal to not be in the mood for sex sometimes, other times when you *do* want to get it on, your vag... More>>

5 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love Video included

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: Back-to-school time can get pretty hectic. With all the school supplies you need to buy, after-school pick-ups you need to organize, and lunches you need to pack, things can get a bit... More>>

6 Fruits You Totally Thought Were Vegetables Video included

You put them in your salad. You toss them in your stir fry. You blend them together to make a pasta sauce. Then one day—BOOM—the truth comes out and it’s as if the kitchen mat was pulled right from under you. Wait, these... More>>

Here's Why You Should Be Adding Microgreens to *All* Your Meals Video included

Your first encounter with microgreens was likely at the farmers’ market, where there’s always at least one stand full of bins of tiny green leaves. The signs scattered across the table read “kale,” “broccoli,” “cilantro,”... More>>

Migraine vs. Tension vs. Cluster: How to Tell Common Headaches Apart Video included

Everyone gets headaches once in a while. A mild headache that comes and goes is usually not a big deal, and the exact type of headache you’re having is probably not a huge concern. Riding it out or taking an OTC pain... More>>

What’s the Big Deal About CBD Oil? Video included

Even though the legalization of medical marijuana in several states has helped many Americans find relief from symptoms of many conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer, some people are... More>>

Prone to Dark Under-Eye Circles? These Home Remedies May Help Video included

“You look tired.” It’s the comment you dread in the morning after waking up with sullen skin and less-than-glowing peepers. Ugh, why did I have that third drink at the bar last night?! More>>

Watch Out for These Early Migraine Warning Signs Video included

If you’re prone to migraines, you know just how debilitating the syndrome can be. When a migraine strikes, you’d probably do just about anything to find relief, and prevent it from happening again. More>>

5 Reasons to Eat Oatmeal Every Morning Video included

Boxed breakfast cereals ruled the morning food scene for decades with their rainbow colors, addictive flavors, catchy names, and—let’s face it—unbeatable convenience. When these foods became the norm, the previous... More>>

This Is What a Migraine Actually Is, According to a Neurologist Video included

Migraine is a very common and debilitating condition, affecting nearly 40 million people in the United States, and 1 billion worldwide, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Despite its prevalence, this disabling... More>>

Proper Nutrition During Lung Cancer Treatment: What Patients Need to Know Video included

With more and more people taking an active interest in nutrition, you might hear plenty of “research” from your loved ones about what you should be eating—or not eating—during your lung cancer treatment. More>>

How to Prevent a Stroke, According to a Neurologist Video included

Strokes often get mistaken as “just a normal part of aging.” It’s true that the risk of stroke increases as you age, but it does not necessarily mean that strokes are an unavoidable part of your golden years. More>>

These 5 Ice Cube Tray Hacks Will Make Meal Prep a Breeze Video included

Ever since the invention of the ice cube tray in 1933, the world has been enjoying the perks of bite-sized ice and cooler, more refreshing beverages. More>>

Stigmatizing Migraine Myths You Can Safely Ignore Video included

Migraines are one of the most misunderstood conditions. Often times, they’re dismissed as just a bad headache (or worse, an excuse to stay at home and skip an event). One reason is that migraines are an “invisible”... More>>

4 Not-So-Seedy Health Perks of Tahini Video included

Even if you’ve never heard of tahini, we bet you’ve had it before. It’s a key ingredient in many Middle Eastern classics, namely hummus. (If you haven’t tried hummus before, you should definitely try this delicious DIY... More>>

5 Pungent Reasons to Add Garlic to Everything You Eat Video included

Usually, the word “superfood” makes you think of dark greens like kale, or whole grains like quinoa. But what if that tiny bit of minced garlic you added to the pan was also a champion for your health? You might not think... More>>

The Symptoms of Autism Every Parent Should Know Video included

When your child is young, most of what they do and say may not make much sense to you as a parent, but that’s the beauty of watching them learn and grow. More>>

Causes of Stroke in Young Adults—and Why It’s on the Rise Video included

Stroke prevention efforts are often focused on older adults. That’s because 60 percent of strokes happen in adults 65 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More>>

Ask a Trainer: What Foods Should I Eat Before and After a Workout? Video included

Once you *finally* find the motivation to get your fitness on, you want to get the most bang for your workout buck. The last thing you want is invest all that time and effort into working out (and let’s be honest, money on... More>>

Caring for a Lung Cancer Patient: 6 Ways Loved Ones Can Help Video included

Battling lung cancer, lung cancer symptoms, and the side effects of lung cancer treatment is a draining process, both physically and emotionally. One key factor that lightens that weight is having the support of a caregiver. More>>

Hate Cilantro? This Is Why You Think It Tastes Like Soap Video included

Cilantro. Coriander. Chinese parsley. Different names, same herb—the one people love to hate. More>>

4 Outdated Myths About Exercise and Osteoporosis, Debunked Video included

Osteoporosis—which translates to “porous bone”—has been a condition that stumped doctors and researchers for centuries. Although doctors know much more today about what causes osteoporosis and how to prevent it,... More>>

Love Turmeric? These Tricks Will Help Maximize Its Health Benefits Video included

Turmeric lattes. Turmeric milk. Turmeric Eggs. Turmeric’s resume is quite impressive, and it’s not just because it can make everything you eat literally turn a golden hue. More>>

The Lung Cancer Stigma Is Real and Devastating to Patients—Here’s What to Do About It Video included

The statistics about lung cancer are unmatched—and quite chilling: Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. It causes more deaths each year than colon, breast, and prostate... More>>

These 6 Desserts Could Actually Help You Lose Weight Video included

It may seem obvious, but it can’t hurt to repeat it: Successful weight loss is associated with decreased desserts, sweetened drinks, and fried foods, according to a 2012 study from researchers at the University of... More>>

Signs Your Mood Swings Are Actually Bipolar Disorder Video included

One cliched image of bipolar disorder shows the two Greek theater masks: one making the joyful grin beside the other with a sorrowful frown. The two masks serve to show the clear-cut extreme moods that define bipolar... More>>

5 Healthy Spreads to Smear on Toast (That Aren’t Avocado) Video included

When it comes to avocado toast, there are three camps: people who’ve never had it, people who are obsessed with it, and people who *were* obsessed with it but can now no longer stand the sight of it. Group #3, this list is... More>>

Meet the Top 10 Food Sources of Vitamin A Video included

You’ve probably heard carrots help support your eyesight—and you can thank vitamin A for that. But this micronutrient does *way* more than just help reduce vision loss. Vitamin A helps develop cells and tissues, maintains... More>>

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder: Understanding Your Options Video included

We all have ups and downs. If you have bipolar disorder, however, you know that the mood swings you experience aren’t your typical feelings of happiness or sadness. More>>

4 Reasons Iceberg Lettuce Deserves Your Respect Video included

When it comes to your salad leaves, experts agree: “The darker the green, the more nutrients.” It’s true that darker greens tend to contain more beta carotene, an antioxidant that helps the body form vitamin A. More>>

Why Salmon Is Nature’s Secret to Youthful, Glowing Skin Video included

To slow the inevitable signs of aging, you probably know to avoid certain bad habits that age your skin, such as spending too much time in the sun without proper SPF, smoking, or eating too much sugar. More>>

12 Daily Habits of People Who Always Sleep Well Video included

If sleep doesn’t come easily to you, it might feel like you’ve been “cursed” with some virus that leaves you wired at 12:13 AM. About 30 percent of U.S. adults report dealing with short-term insomnia, according to the... More>>

What Is a Mini Stroke? The Silent Symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack Video included

Learning you’ve had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) might feel like a relief. It’s only a “mini stroke,” and it doesn’t cause permanent damage. In some cases, you may not have even experienced noticeable symptoms. More>>

Ask a Trainer: What’s the Best Cardio: Bike, Treadmill, or Elliptical? Video included

When it comes to working out, there’s no doubt that we have options. While having a variety of ways to exercise is a great thing, sometimes having too much to choose from can leave you in a bit of a fitness analysis... More>>

Stroke in Women: Why It’s Different + What You Need to Know Video included

Stroke is a big problem for all Americans, but statistics suggest it may especially affect American women: Stroke is the third-leading cause among women, but it’s the fifth-leading cause of death for men, according to the... More>>

How Doctors Diagnose Bipolar Disorder (and Why It’s So Tricky) Video included

A “good mood” has its name for a reason: It feels good. You feel like you’ve been gifted a heavy dose of good luck, or maybe you feel unstoppably productive at work. More>>

These 7 Foods Have Way Fewer Calories Than You Think Video included

When it comes to watching what goes in our mouths, we all have good days and bad days. More>>

4 Clear Signs You Have Pink Eye (+ 4 Ways to Prevent It) Video included

You wake up and out of nowhere, your eye is red and irritated. It’s crusty. It’s oozey. According to what your friend told you that her friend’s kid had, it looks a lot like pink eye. But is it? More>>

Bipolar I vs. Bipolar II: What’s the Difference? Video included

By definition, bipolar disorder includes extreme mood shifts that bounce from one pole to the other—between high-energy mania and low-energy depression. How that actually plays out in a patient’s life can vary, however,... More>>

Getting an Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Diagnosis: What You Need to Know Video included

If you’ve been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed, scared, and have many questions regarding your condition. Can my lung cancer be treated? Can it be cured? What will my life be like... More>>

Medications for High Cholesterol: Understanding Your Options Video included

As soon as you’re diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may worry that the rest of your life will be full of pill bottles and doctors visits. While that may be the case for some, it’s not true for everyone. More>>

You’re Probably Pronouncing These 10 Foods All Wrong Video included

It’s your turn to order, and the waiter looks in your direction expectantly. The rest of your party watches as one bead of sweat builds on your forehead. More>>

“Sugar Sag” Is a Thing—and It’s Aging Your Skin Big Time Video included

It’s no secret that everyone’s skin loses its elasticity over time. It’s also no surprise that certain habits, like smoking and not wearing sunscreen, can lead to premature aging. More>>

The 3 Biggest Myths About Stroke, Debunked by a Neurologist Video included

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Despite this high rate, stroke continues to be misunderstood by many Americans. More>>

Bipolar Disorder vs. Depression: What’s the Difference? Video included

Bipolar disorder might be known for causing two “extremes” of the mood spectrum—mania and depression—yet recognizing symptoms of bipolar disorder can still be challenging. Manic episodes often occur infrequently, and some... More>>

Ask a Trainer: What’s the Secret to Getting Rid of Back Fat? Video included

If it seems like no matter what you do you just can’t get rid of that excess back flab, join the club. Genetics play a big role in where you store fat, so for many people, back fat is a major problem area—and it is... More>>

How Bad Is It to Not Go to the Dentist Super Regularly? Video included

When it comes to maintaining a bright, healthy smile, most of us are less than perfect. It’s OK because, even though you don’t floss every day, at least you brush your teeth twice a day … right? Or, maybe you don’t... More>>

Can Your Car Really Protect You During a Lightning Storm? Video included

Lightning often appears as a brilliant flash in the distance, so it’s easy to forget that strike could be falling down in someone’s yard—and it could just as easily hit your own yard. Lightning is not a harmless flash of... More>>

Here’s the Real Reason Your Eyelid Twitches Out of Control Sometimes Video included

You’re in the zone at work, whizzing through your To-Do list, when all of a sudden your eyelid goes AKJDSLKHFLSKDFJOSLDKS!!—and twitches out of control. More>>

This Flossing Mistake Can Make Your Gum Disease Worse Video included

If you’re like most Americans, flossing is probably an activity you skip a bit too often. Although the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing daily, only 16 percent of American adults say they follow that... More>>

Quitting Smoking After a Lung Cancer Diagnosis: Is It Too Late? Video included

Upon hearing your doctor say those two dreaded words—lung cancer—your goals to quit smoking may have hit a roadblock. You had decided your New Year’s resolution next year would be to prioritize your health and give up... More>>

A Surgeon to Patients: Stop Believing These 5 Breast Cancer Surgery Myths Video included

After learning that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s normal to feel a rollercoaster of emotions, such as confusion, worry, and fear, to name a few. More>>

New Ink? 5 Things You Must Do to Care for Your Tattoo on Beach Day Video included

You planned the tattoo design for months—or maybe even years. You booked the appointment a month or two ago. You saved up and dropped big money for a hygienic and highly rated tattoo artist. You sat in the chair at the... More>>

These 5 Habits May Help You Live 14 Years Longer (Science Says So) Video included

Once every few months, the evening news pauses its sequence of bad news, bad news, and more bad news to feature a spirited man or woman who is celebrating their 100th birthday. You see them blowing out their candles,... More>>

Here Are 8 High-Calorie Foods You Should Have Zero Guilt About Eating Video included

Trying to stick to a low-cal diet? It may seem like fewer is better, but sticking to this religiously can backfire bigtime when it comes to staying healthy while you slim down. Not only does the body need a minimum number... More>>

8 Soothing Tips to Sleep Better with Menopause Symptoms Video included

Everyone experiences a bad night’s sleep once in a while. Lack of sleep can sometimes be caused by seemingly innocent sleep-disrupting habits, such as indulging in a little too much Instagram time or eating a spicy Indian... More>>

Ask a Trainer: Is It Better to Do Cardio or Strength Training First? Video included

When you *finally* find the motivation to get your sweat on, you want to get the most bang for your workout buck. More>>

LED Foods: The Secret to Losing Weight Without Feeling Hungry Video included

All in all, the formula to lose weight is quite simple: Tweak your eating habits to cut calories + add regular exercise to your routine to blast fat = a slimmer, healthier you. More>>

Is It Normal to Wake Up with Wretched Morning Breath? Video included

Ah, what a beautiful morning. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re ready to take on the day. You lean in to wish your partner good morning with a smooch and … GASP. Rejected?! More>>

What’s the Deal with Oat Milk? 4 Perks of the New Bev Video included

If coffee shops are any indication of which milks are “so hot right now,” oat milk is definitely the one to watch. Soy milk was the top milk alternative in coffee shops for years. Almond milk became such a hit that even... More>>

How Long Do You *Actually* Need to Brush Your Teeth For? Video included

Let’s face it: When it comes to good oral hygiene, most of us are far from perfect. You may not floss every day or know how to pick the right toothbrush. You may even forget to visit your dentist regularly. #Oops. More>>

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Could You Have GERD? How Doctors Diagnose Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Video included

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If You Have Insomnia, Here Are 6 Ways to Fall Back Asleep at 3 A.M. Video included

It happened again: The house is dark and silent, except for the dull rattle of the ceiling fan above you. The oak tree outside casts a looming, shivering shadow across the room. It’s 3:20 A.M., and you’ve been awake for... More>>

This Is How to Eat a Paleo Diet, Explained in 2 Minutes Video included

Before 2010, the paleo diet was virtually unheard of. But within three years, the word paleo has become common knowledge, enthusiastically celebrated on menus and grocery store items. New restaurants opened with a focus on... More>>

Men: This Fact May Ease Your Hair Loss Worries Video included

Concerned about male pattern baldness? You’re not alone. In a multinational survey of about 1,500 men, about half reported that they’re losing their hair, and most were worried that hair loss will affect their self-esteem,... More>>

The Silent Signs You Could Be Grinding Your Teeth While You Sleep Video included

Grit your teeth! Keep a stiff upper lip! This is the advice some may offer, or receive, when faced with stress or an uncomfortable situation. While it may be good advice in a figurative sense, literally clenching your lips... More>>

5 Acid Reflux Complications You Can’t Ignore Video included

You probably know the feeling of heartburn all too well—especially after enduring the wrath of a night of heavy drinking or inhaling half a pizza at 3 A.M. Once you get that familiar burning in your chest, you go through... More>>

The Silent Signs Your Bad Breath Could Be Something Serious Video included

OK, there’s no question that certain foods, like garlic or onions, may cause your breath to stink to high heaven. But what if you haven’t eaten anything potent lately and your breath still smells kinda funky? More>>

Healthy, or Nah? Here’s What’s *Actually* in Your Matcha Latte Video included

Just a decade ago, matcha was nearly unheard of in most of the United States. According to Google Trends (which presents the amount of interest in words over time), searches for matcha first surged in May of 2015. Since... More>>

ER nurses might do better 'eyeballing' patients

"Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests.

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White House wants prices in drug ads, but big pharma fights back

In an attempt to head off federal regulation, America's pharmaceutical manufacturers announced Monday that they would take voluntary action to make drug prices more transparent.

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Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity

Children with asthma are at increased risk for childhood obesity, a new study suggests.

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Flu shot in pregnancy lowers risk of flu hospitalization

The flu shot reduces a pregnant woman's risk of hospitalization for flu by 40 percent, new research shows.

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Can intermittent fasting help reverse type 2 diabetes?

Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.

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Hospital privacy curtains may be home to dangerous germs

Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can collect dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers report.

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Does aspirin help prevent liver cancer?

Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help.

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Working out when under the weather

Every now and then you might not feel well enough to exercise and decide to skip a workout. Here's how to stay in the game

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Brain scans suggest pain of fibromyalgia isn't imaginary

People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals.

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What did Americans eat today? A third would say fast food

Americans' love affair with fast food continues, with 1 in every 3 adults chowing down on the fare on any given day.

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Montblanc Summit 2, the first Snapdragon Wear 3100 watch, is now available

Montblanc has taken the wraps off of the new Montblanc Summit 2 -- the first watch to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. The watch features a premium design and Google's Wear OS. More>>

Garmin listens to feedback, adds Spotify to Fenix 5 Plus Series watch

Garmin announced integration with Spotify, allowing customers to listen to offline playlists from their wrist. Adventurers who own one of the Fenix 5 Plus devices can download the Spotify app and start syncing their music. More>>

Forget laxatives — this electronic pill will literally shake the crap out of you

Are you suffering from constipation? What you really need is a vibrating smart pill that promises to shake the crap out of you. And we mean that completely literally. Here's how it works. More>>

Obesity surgery may cut heart attack risk in diabetics

Obesity surgery may help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are severely overweight and have diabetes, a new large study suggests.

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Facebook posts may hint at depression

People may rely on social media such as Facebook to showcase the highlights of their lives, like vacations. But new research suggests the language they use in posts might also help predict depression.

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The best sound machines to help you fall (and stay) asleep

Whether you find that sleep better with white noise, rain sounds, or deep sleep music, there’s a sound machine on the market that will be able to help you catch more z’s in no time at all. More>>

The best snowshoes you can buy right now (updated for 2018)

Snowshoeing is a great way to stay fit and active during the winter months, but finding the right pair can be a challenge. Here are our picks of the five best snowshoes available today to keep you moving on the trail this... More>>

Bug behind stomach cancer also linked to colon cancer

The same type of bacteria that causes stomach cancer may also increase colon cancer risk, especially in black Americans, a new study finds.

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Genes, not diet, may be key to gout flare-ups

Although many people suffering from painful gout flare-ups point to diet as the culprit, new research suggests DNA plays a much bigger role.

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Don't overlook heart care after cancer diagnosis

Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation are less likely to see a cardiologist or fill prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs if they've had cancer, a new study finds.

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With VR dinosaurs and ‘Minecraft,’ one hospital is making medicine less scary

From augmented reality rabbits on the wards to a Minecraft recreation of the hospital for kids to explore, one of the world's most renowned children's hospitals just got a major tech overhaul. More>>

Skip the cold meds for kids under 6, experts say

School is in full swing, and with it comes a plethora of colds passed back and forth among kids.

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Smoggy air tied to higher odds for mouth cancers

Living in urban areas with heavy air pollution could increase your risk for mouth cancer, a new study says.

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Four myths about breast cancer debunked

There are four common myths about breast cancer that can affect prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in American women, an oncologist says.

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One-third of 'gluten-free' restaurant foods in U.S. are not: study

If you're gluten-sensitive, watch out: One-third of the "gluten-free" foods sold in U.S. restaurants actually contain trace levels of the substance, new research suggests.

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Getting your medical records might not be easy

U.S. patients face numerous roadblocks when trying to access their medical records at the nation's top hospitals, a new study finds.

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Flu season lingers in big cities

Big cities with a large commuting workforce tend to have longer, more grinding flu seasons, a new study suggests.

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Path to obesity may start in preschool

Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.

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Does less-invasive surgery make sense for you?

Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic -- or minimally invasive -- procedures.

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