4 Rules for Exercising Safely with Osteoporosis
4 Rules for Exercising Safely with Osteoporosis

If you have osteoporosis—a condition where the body loses too much or makes too little bone tissue—the thought of getting regular exercise may seem out of reach, frightening, or counterintuitive. Lift weights? No way, I’ll...

February 14th, 3:53 PM EST
Then vs. Now: The Creepy History of Anesthesia
Then vs. Now: The Creepy History of Anesthesia

It’s natural to get anxious before a medical procedure or surgery. Even something that doesn’t involve cutting your skin, like a colonoscopy, can induce jitters as soon as the anesthesiologist hooks you up to a heart monitor.

February 14th, 8:53 AM EST
3 Things to Make Your First Pap Smear Less Intimidating
3 Things to Make Your First Pap Smear Less Intimidating

By the time you’re in your thirties and forties, Pap smears are just a necessary annoyance. You still kind of hate them, but you’ve probably endured more difficult things at the doctor’s office (ahem, childbirth). But...

February 14th, 8:53 AM EST
3 Things to Make Your First Yoga Class Less Intimidating
3 Things to Make Your First Yoga Class Less Intimidating

Of all the various fitness classes that gyms offer, yoga is probably the one that people are most familiar with. A 2016 survey found that 36.7 million American adults currently practice yoga, a 50 percent increase since 2012.

February 13th, 4:23 PM EST
Alone Time vs. Isolation: How to Find the Balance
Alone Time vs. Isolation: How to Find the Balance

Some nights, the thought of meeting up with friends for dinner may sound so unappealing. You might have had a long, stressful day at work, and all you want is some time alone, a bowl of spaghetti, and a glass of wine.

February 13th, 4:23 PM EST
These 5 Heart-Healthy Swaps Are So Good, You Won’t Miss Cheese
These 5 Heart-Healthy Swaps Are So Good, You Won’t Miss Cheese

Cheese is one of the most popular foods in the United States. It tops burgers, adds creaminess to salads, and lends a salty tang that’s hard not to love.

February 13th, 3:53 PM EST
Why Exercise Is Essential for Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis
Why Exercise Is Essential for Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, adding exercise to your treatment regimen may seem a little daunting—and counterintuitive. You may be thinking: If my bones are fragile, shouldn’t I be *avoiding* physical activity?

January 22nd, 3:53 PM EST
Travel health essentials: items everyone should have in their suitcase
Travel health essentials: items everyone should have in their suitcase

Swimsuit? Check. Camera? Check. Evening attire? Check. When you’re thinking about what to pack for your vacation, your mind probably gravitates right toward the fun stuff. While there’s no shame in packing 10...

December 14th, 1:17 PM EST
8 calorie-burning outdoor activities to try this winter
8 calorie-burning outdoor activities to try this winter

If you’re one of those people who thinks exercise at the gym feels too much like—umm—exercise, you might think summer is your best season to get in shape. The warm weather allows you to run at the park, swim, take long...

December 12th, 3:41 PM EST
How bad is it to sit at your desk all day?
How bad is it to sit at your desk all day?

Increasing numbers of jobs take place at an office, so it’s no surprise that the vast majority of Americans spend their day glued to a desk chair. “Many Americans spend 80 percent or more of their day sitting,” says Kaliq...

December 7th, 9:06 AM EST
What is ulcerative colitis? Key facts to know
What is ulcerative colitis? Key facts to know

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes irritation, swelling, and sores (ulcers) on the inner lining of the colon. Each year, 38,000 Americans are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis,...

December 7th, 12:56 PM EST
Pet safety PSA: Keep this holiday decoration away from your cat
Pet safety PSA: Keep this holiday decoration away from your cat

Having a cat in the house is always a liability to some extent. They knock your juice glasses off the counter, tip Christmas trees over, use your new couch as a scratching post, and take swipes at your feet when you walk...

December 6th, 8:59 AM EST
Exactly what to do to soothe acute back pain at home
Exactly what to do to soothe acute back pain at home

Back pain is one of the most common ailments experienced by American adults. In terms of the number of doctor visits, lower back pain is second only to colds and flu. Here are the most common types of back pain.

December 5th, 9:29 AM EST
5 safety tips to keep holiday candles from burning down the house
5 safety tips to keep holiday candles from burning down the house

If you’re a candle lover, you know that these wax miracles give your home a soothing ambiance and relaxing scent year-round. What many people don’t think about, however, is that each time you light that wick ablaze you’re...

December 4th, 5:29 PM EST
Ho-oh-no: this popular holiday plant may be dangerous for pets
Ho-oh-no: this popular holiday plant may be dangerous for pets

Holiday decorations are a delight to humans, but they may be even more precious to your pets. Your cat will climb to the top of your Christmas tree within half an hour of its assembly, and there’s at least a 95 percent...

December 3rd, 8:29 AM EST
Palliative care myths that patients and caregivers need to know
Palliative care myths that patients and caregivers need to know

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious illness, you know that coping with the condition and life changes is difficult enough. When you add on trying to understand the diagnosis and treatment options—and...

November 29th, 4:59 PM EST
Should women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis?
Should women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects 24.5 percent of women over the age of 65 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that same age group, osteoporosis affects just 5 percent of men. Why the...

November 28th, 3:28 PM EST
What's Palliative Care? Key Facts Patients and Caregivers Should Know
What's Palliative Care? Key Facts Patients and Caregivers Should Know

Getting diagnosed with a serious illness affects more than a person’s physical health. It can touch multiple areas of their life, including their emotional well-being, finances, and social and spiritual life. A patient’s...

November 27th, 12:59 PM EST
Diagnosing leukemia: signs and symptoms doctors look for
Diagnosing leukemia: signs and symptoms doctors look for

Leukemia is a type of blood cancer that affects blood stem cells in the bone marrow. Instead of maturing into healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, the blood stem cells become leukemia cells that...

November 19th, 5:58 PM EST
“Nootropics”: the new brain-boosting food trend to try
“Nootropics”: the new brain-boosting food trend to try

Gut health has been a big topic lately, with probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, kefir, and kombucha overtaking the grocery store. Although fermented foods have a long history and definitely aren’t going anywhere, there’s...

November 15th, 7:57 AM EST
Will speaking with “vocal fry” damage your vocal cords?
Will speaking with “vocal fry” damage your vocal cords?

“Vocal fry” has re-emerged in conversation due to its use by several pop culture icons—most notably, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears. While the term may seem new to a lot of people, vocal fry is not a new phenomenon (and...

November 13th, 9:27 AM EST
What is art therapy (and should you try it)?
What is art therapy (and should you try it)?

Coloring books have long been considered something for kids, but the past decade changed that. Barnes & Noble sold 14 million adult coloring books made in 2016, with pages filled with intricate mandalas, patterns,...

November 6th, 9:27 AM EST
Does gargling salt water actually help soothe a sore throat?
Does gargling salt water actually help soothe a sore throat?

When you were a kid, being stuck at home when you were feeling under the weather had its perks. You’d get to cozy up on the couch and watch The Price Is Right, and your mom would make you chicken soup to help your cold...

October 22nd, 9:25 AM EDT
Starve a fever, feed a cold? The truth behind this old adage
Starve a fever, feed a cold? The truth behind this old adage

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:...

October 12th, 9:26 AM EDT
How important is it to wash your hands with hot water?
How important is it to wash your hands with hot water?

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...

October 3rd, 1:04 PM EDT
6 little rules to stop yo-yo dieting for good
6 little rules to stop yo-yo dieting for good

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...

October 3rd, 1:04 PM EDT
MSG probably isn't as harmful as you think it is
MSG probably isn't as harmful as you think it is

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...

October 3rd, 1:04 PM EDT
Maple water is a real thing, but is it actually healthy?
Maple water is a real thing, but is it actually healthy?

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.

October 3rd, 1:04 PM EDT
Stigmatizing migraine myths you can safely ignore
Stigmatizing migraine myths you can safely ignore

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”...

October 3rd, 1:03 PM EDT
The symptoms of autism every parent should know
The symptoms of autism every parent should know

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.

October 3rd, 1:03 PM EDT