Health

The last year was like a whirlwind—and in today’s 24-hour news cycle, it can be really hard to focus on what’s important (and ignore what’s just hype). From medical breakthroughs to major epidemics, a lot happened in 2019 that could impact your health. Here are the top ten health headlines from the year. Shutterstock The
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Staying healthy, when you’re a doctor, given the exposure to patients, is always a challenge. That they manage to do so during winter is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Cold and flu season is their busiest time of year, as waiting rooms fill up with people reporting the coughing, sneezing and aching that those
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They might come on suddenly. Or maybe they start with that telltale scratchy tickle at the back of your throat. You might feel kind of blah or run-down. You have the sniffles—sneezing and a runny nose that has you reaching for the tissues and keeping them close at hand. And now all you can do
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While our DNA can be influential in determining many aspects of our lives—such as the color of our hair, body type, intelligence, or even what types of foods we like—genetics do not completely control our destiny, no matter what Darth Vader would have you believe. “Your genes do guide you and guide your development. They
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It seems the season starts earlier every year. Not the holiday season — we know that starts earlier every year—but cold and flu season. Technically, the flu season begins around October each year; when temperatures cool, people spend more time indoors, making transmission of a virus or two that much easier. The average adult gets two
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Of all the things on your bucket list—skydiving, a walkabout, writing the Great American Novel—we’re guessing a prostate exam isn’t near the top. It should be. Because no matter how young you look, act or feel, when you reach the mid-century mark, you need to be aware of a variety of health concerns.  Here from
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Stepping outside in freezing weather can really take your breath away—and not in the poetic Winter Wonderland sense. Breathing in cold air can feel like a Mack truck has taken up residence in your airways. Here’s what’s going on, biologically, that makes that happen—and when to worry. What Happens to Your Lungs When you take
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The common cold is pretty aptly named: There are more than one billion colds in the United States every year. And the average adult has two to three colds annually (although it may feel like more). There are more than 200 different viruses that cause symptoms of a cold. But we tend to catch them
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Netflix has changed the way we view content. As many households continue to drop traditional TV providers in favor of streaming services, the kind of content that Netflix produces and features broadens. Thankfully for us foodies, this means we have even more access to interesting content that showcases anything from the way cuisine is crafted
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Turning 50 is a huge milestone—in more ways than one. You get “older and wiser” and “mature” like a “fine wine.” You also might notice your body’s working…differently. What you could do in your 30s is harder now. There’s a new class of health concerns to worry about. And menopause can be challenging.  Knowledge is
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You don’t have to be a nutrition expert to appreciate one (or all) of these health food-focused documentaries. Each one finds its own unique way to expose the countless health and food system problems in America and serves up the motivation to tackle it head-on. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration to become healthier, or
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Germs are everywhere, including on the computer or phone you’re reading this on right now. However, some places you go to everyday—many you would never expect—are petri dishes for illness-inducing bacteria and hot zones for disease. While hermitizing isn’t the solution—hey, even your home can make you sick!—staying educated about the germiest places is incredibly
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Eighteen hours. That’s how long cold and flu viruses can survive on hard surfaces, scientists say. Soft and porous materials can harbor germs for even longer. When you think about the sheer number of items we touch every day—right after dozens or hundreds of other people have done the same thing—it’s surprising we don’t have
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They call it the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also a time for raging colds, painful backaches and dangerous slips and falls. Take control of your health with these 21 things you should avoid doing this and every winter, from the country’s top doctors. Sorry mom, but it’s just not true—you don’t lose
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There’s no cure for a common cold. But that doesn’t stop you from trying anything and everything to feel better. When you’ve downed the over-the-counter cough syrups and pain relievers, what else is there to do? What else can you do (other than be miserable)? We at The Remedy asked medical experts for their go-to
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Like death, taxes and reboots of 80’s sitcoms movies, colds are a totally normal, unavoidable part of life. The bigger concern is, how long should one last—and when should you worry? According to the CDC, adults have an average of two to three colds every year. Children get sick with colds even more. While most
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Diabetes is one of the most commonly-diagnosed ailments in the world, with 30.3 million individuals—that’s 9.4 percent of the total American population—dealing with the disease in the United States alone. Scarier yet is that 7.2 million diabetics in the United States don’t even realize they have it. While discovering you have diabetes can be a
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So many people have diabetes—about 1.5 million are diagnosed in the United States each year, and nearly 1 in 10 Americans have it—you’d think it’d be easy to spot. But although the condition is relatively common, many people go undiagnosed because the early symptoms can be vague, easily overlooked at first, or confused with other
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“Lying on steel train tracks awaiting an oncoming freight train.” That’s how Stephen Huff describes the terrifying feeling of having a seizure. He experienced his first seizure at 19 years old after suffering a head injury on the soccer field in college. This was one of many “rumblings of the locomotive” that he would deal
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‘Tis the season—for feeling crummy. Your nose is running, your co-worker’s coughing up a lung, and every kid you meet looks like they’ve been slimed. Nobody likes to be sneezing, congested and exhausted. But when the bug strikes (and trust us, it will) there are scientifically proven things you can do to make it less
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When you think of a seizure, you probably think of the classic Hollywood version—a person shaking violently, falling to the ground and passing out. But you might be surprised to learn seizures aren’t always that obvious.  According to the CDC, millions of people around the world have epilepsy. It has no known cure, and is
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If you toss and turn for hours at night trying to fall asleep or find your mind racing from overwhelming deadlines and a constant stream of emails, the stress can feel suffocating. There are many ways of coping with anxiety, including therapy, meditation, and medications, but one you may not have considered is adding a
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It’s safe to say that almost everyone with a microwave has experienced something exploding inside of it due to the intensity of the heat. The question is, do you know how to clean a microwave so that it’s spotless and doesn’t forever smell like the marinara sauce that splattered all over the inside of it?
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As an adult, you probably assume you have your hand washing routine down pat. Soap, water, dry off. What’s so hard about that? But believe it or not, hand washing is one of the most important tasks you can do every day, so it’s important to make sure you’re doing it effectively.  According to the
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No cancer is good cancer. But there are some that seem more…inconvenient than others.  Colon, or colorectal cancer, is any cancer involving the large intestine and/or rectum, and can be as painful as that sounds. Unfortunately, it is very common, with almost 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. “In the United States, it remains the
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Winter is coming! It’s a time to make memories with family, enjoy holiday parties with friends, bundle up by the fire, sip hot cocoa. And maybe sneeze, blow your nose, visit the doctor, suck on a cough drop, and have skin like a White Walker.  Why do our bodies seem to fall apart in winter? 
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Are you tired? Or maybe the better question is: When aren’t you tired? These days, the relentless news cycle and likely unbalanced work/life balance would wear anybody out. But there’s a difference between tiredness and fatigue—that recurrent feeling of being worn out from your head to your toes that doesn’t improve with a full night’s
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