Health

“Give it to me straight doc,” goes the old quote, “How long do I have to live?” That question might be harder to answer than you think. Doctors aren’t always honest with patients—not because they’re bad people, but because they are people, and no one can be honest all of the time (are you?). Sometimes
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When you want to build muscle, you go to a personal trainer. When you want to build your heart muscle, well, who better to treat, protect and feed the organ pumping literal lifeblood through your veins than a cardiologist? The Remedy went straight to the country’s best to ask how they keep their tickers in
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If you know any doctors—we mean, know them well—you know the deep, dark secret hiding under their lab coats: They’re human. When they get stressed, they overeat; when they want to party, they’ll have some drinks; when they worry about their practice, they’ll stay up too late. “Doctors are not really known to take care
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Your trip home every day is a matter of life and death. You’re dodging other cars. You’re worrying about what to eat. You’re ducking your neighbor, the one with halitosis. When you finally shut your front door, a sense of calm prevails: You made it. You’re home. But are you safe? Shocking new research proves
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Mechanics can fix their own cars and accountants can file their own taxes, but doctors are a little bit different. According to the American Medical Association, doctors should generally make it a practice not to treat themselves—or their close family members. So, doctors have to “flip the script” and look for someone to make an
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It’s that time of year, when the sniffles hit, your head starts pounding, and your throat feels like you swallowed a handful of thumbtacks. Even if you load up on vitamin C and obsessively slather on hand sanitizer, you could still fall victim to cold and flu season. Luckily, you aren’t relegated to curling up
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We’ve all been there: it’s nighttime, well after dinner, but your tummy is still rumbling. You’re looking for something satisfying to silence your hunger pangs and help you fall into a cozy, restful slumber. Or maybe it’s been a late night with a few cocktails at happy hour and your late-night cravings get the best
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Although most of us hadn’t heard of the coronavirus before this month, the media coverage probably seemed familiar. It’s the latest public health scare that has captured worldwide attention, bringing questions, predictions and anxiety—much like bird flu and mad cow disease before it. We looked back at the biggest health scares of all time. Some
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Remember when George Costanza double-dipped his chip? What’s funny on TV can lead to serious illness in real life. And not even the geniuses at Vandelay Industries can generate a cure for an infection like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus or scabies. Read on to discover the most dangerously embarrassing health habits—and think twice before pulling a George.
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Given how sick Americans seem, you might think disease is waiting for you on every doorknob, urinal, handshake and hamburger—one of life’s inevitabilities. But in actuality, many diseases can be prevented. Past data has shown up to 40 percent of the 900,000 deaths in America every year didn’t even need to happen. While you can’t
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Congrats! You’ve made it through your 40s and 50s, and are now headed into the golden years. The kids are out of the house and many you’ll retire, or have already—which means that your stress level may be lower than ever! However, this “third age” of life can host a variety of other health issues.
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As we get older, we get wiser, but, health-wise, we also get more complex. Over the years, life accentuates our differences. Look at 100 20-year-olds and most are similar in health. But 100 70-year-olds will have many differences. Your genes, the environment where you live, your economic situation, your education, your behavior—particularly exercise, nutrition, smoking,
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Having a cold is a miserable experience—no doubt about that. Snuffling, sneezing, coughing, and feeling exhausted—we’ve all been there. Colds, however, are not just unpleasant—they present a very real public health problem. Here’s how to stop a virus before it starts, with everything you need to know about them, too. Shutterstock A cold is an
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Celebrities: they’re just like us, and sometimes, it’s shocking when they are. Veep star and Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus—the beloved, seemingly ageless sitcom staple since the 1980s—revealed recently she has breast cancer. “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my
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Cold and flu season is in full swing. Despite the fact that 173.3 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed, the 2019-2020 season has been one of the worst in recent history. As of January 25, the CDC reports that up to 26 million cases of influenza have been reported, 12 million have landed
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According to a 2018 study, every year over 600,000 patients undergo a treatment—ranging from breast cancer screenings and pre-surgery labs to elective surgery—they don’t need, adding up to a whopping $282 million dollars. Many people tend to think “Why not?” when their physician suggests a test, surgery, or other procedure, but there are so many
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Here’s an unwelcome surprise: Studies show that certain foods can actually do more damage to your teeth than tobacco—and we’re not talking about the obvious sugary candy here. You’d be surprised by the generally otherwise healthy foods you may be consuming that might be damaging your smile. See the foods that might be sabotaging your
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You feel more vital than ever. But 5-0 can quickly become 5-oh-no if you don’t face facts: Your body’s changing. Unless you adapt accordingly, you could have major implications in the years to come. “Health issues that arise in 50s could be a sign of bigger problems to ensue,” explains Robin Raju, MD, a physiatrist
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The meaning of life only ever fully comes into focus after a brush with death. That’s why the Remedy talked to survivors who faced their mortality head on after a cancer diagnosis. What they learned will give you a whole new outlook on life. Shutterstock “Cancer gives you instant perspective. I’m a pretty empathetic person
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For many, your 40s are a time of feeling more comfortable and established, as you become more secure professionally and personally. But it’s no time to become complacent about your health, an all-too-frequent occurrence in this decade. Your 40s are a time when certain health problems can creep up—or be avoided by making healthy choices.
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You know when your sweat glands are working (did I forget deodorant today?), and your salivary glands, too (mmm, bacon). But the thyroid gland is a little more mysterious. Responsible for some of the most important hormones in our body, it regulates everything from metabolism, respiration and circulation to reproduction. Anita Skariah, DO, UNC Healthcare,
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Germs are everywhere—literally—including in the headlines, as the coronavirus out of China spreads across the planet. While the only way to avoid coming into contact with disease-causing bacteria, parasites, and other germy items is living in complete isolation (which obviously isn’t realistic) there are certain ordinary things you come into contact with that. Here are
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Being #1 is usually a good thing. Not when it comes to heart disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing a whopping one in four deaths. The term “heart disease” can be confusing, as it refers to several types
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Spoiler alert: It’s organ donation. One deceased donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and can save (and enhance) more than a hundred lives through the lifesaving and healing gift of tissue donation, according to the American Transplant Foundation. Now you know and can go back to browsing the web—but if you
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You can have it all. That’s what they tell you, right ladies? What they don’t mention is that “all” can also include perimenopause, breast cancer and a decade of unrelenting stress. To ensure you live your best decade ever—and not in the doctor’s office—read these essential doctors’ tips. Shutterstock Move it or lose it. “Physical
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