Health

Movies and TV have taught us the telltale sign of heart trouble: A sharp, distinct pain in the chest that’s immediately evident as an emergency. That’s not a great education. “Signs of heart disease can often be mild and so brief that they could be dismissed for something else or not even be noticed at
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Think of your happiest relationships, and there’s a good chance each one requires open communication, honesty and trust. That goes for you and your doctor, too. Lie out of embarrassment, and she can’t treat you. Show up unshowered to a doctor visit, and she won’t want to. Ghost her too many times, and a break-up
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When it comes to shedding unwanted pounds, it’s not counting calories or shrinking your meal portions that will do the trick. The most efficient way to lose weight without ever feeling hungry? Ditch added sugars. Yes, just cutting back on sugar (and its sinister sidekicks— refined carbs and artificial sweeteners) causes those excess pounds to
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Did you know you can buy a hug? Yes, there are people who are happy to invade your personal space, with your permission, for a living. Nothing creepy—we’re talking about therapeutic touch session with a trained professional practitioner, or as they like to call it “human contact coaching.” Why would anyone pay for a hug?
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Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, vacations. The celebrations may change, but the primary temptation remains the same—to booze it up—and so do the day-after consequences: The nausea, fatigue, headache, wooziness and general misery of a hangover. The Remedy asked the experts why over imbibing causes those familiar symptoms and what you can do to ease them—or
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Age 6: That’s how early young girls begin to express shape shame. Before junior high, at least one-third of boys and one-half of girls have turned to dangerous methods (such as skipping meals, smoking, or vomiting) to try to lose weight, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. So it’s no wonder nearly every American
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So you’re making dinner, and suddenly you realize bits of your ingredients have stuck to the pot or pan, and before you can scrape them up, they’ve started to burn. It happens to the best of us. When food is placed on hot pots, typically stainless steel or enameled cast iron, a chemical bond forms
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The nose may be the ultimate body part we take for granted, and the first to make itself known when something’s even minorly awry. Dust, allergens, heat, cold, humidity, bacteria, viruses—our noses protect us from a world of onslaughts every day, and sneezing, runniness, congestion, and sinus pain are some of the body’s most urgent
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In the ongoing debate about the health of our environment, for decades there has been significant concern about whether some products of our industrialized society can lead to birth defects and developmental problems in children. The good news is that birth defects are relatively rare, and there are clear steps you can take to avoid
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The New Year—a time when ambitious resolutions dance in our heads: Total body transformations, swearing off carbs, overhauling that fitness routine, “New Year, New You,” fear of failure, procrastination, postponement and … soon enough, it’s Jan. 1 again. Well, it may be a new year, but you don’t have to be a new you. The
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The holidays: With all the decadent food and drink, constant excuses to skip the gym and ever-evolving sources of family drama, they can leave you feeling pretty ragged come Jan. 1, and eager to press the reset button on your routine. No one understands that more than doctors. They’re presented with all the holiday temptations
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Cell phones may be the most significant blessing/curse combo technology has ever produced. Providing unlimited information at our fingertips, they prevent us from getting lost, waiting hours for a friend who’s running late or choosing a terrible restaurant for dinner (well, some of the time). They enable us to stay in touch with far-flung friends
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Most of us think of ourselves as pretty clean people. And we generally are. It’s the world around us that’s dirty. A certain amount of exposure to that is good: Man has been coexisting with bacteria and viruses since ancient times, which strengthens the immune system. Until it has the opposite effect. Touching germy surfaces,
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Increasingly, carrying around excess weight has become the new norm. Today, two-thirds of Americans are overweight. And a brand-new study from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health projects that half of American adults will be obese by 2030. But as Vin Diesel movies prove, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s good for
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Americans are working more than ever before: The average workweek is 47 hours, or 9.4 hours a day. Studies also show we’re more overweight and less happy than we’ve ever been. Coincidence? Probably not. Jam-packed workdays make it easy for unhealthy choices to slip in and become habits. But recognizing them can lead to easy
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Breast cancer isn’t the only disease affecting women everywhere. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that impacts women, most frequently diagnosed between the ages of 35 and 44. Per the American Cancer Society, about 13,170 new cases of invasive cervical cancer are diagnosed every year, and 4,250 people
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Regardless of sex, genetics, or current health and wellness status, it’s a given fact that our bodies change in our 50s. Even Superman got old. While you might not be able to stop the aging process—mother nature is in control, after all—you can certainly slow it down. The first step to get in front of
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You probably know how much donating blood can help others. According to the Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. It can take 100 pints of blood to save the life of a single car accident victim. And patients with sickle cell diseases or cancers need blood transfusions during treatment. Since
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Doctors — they’re just like us. They have crazy schedules, struggle to balance work and family, prioritize their self-care behind that of the people they care for, and when life gets really hectic, healthy habits like diet and exercise can fall by the wayside. In other words, like many of us, they know better—but life
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Over the last decade the wellness world has exploded. It seems as though every week there is some hot trend being touted by a health expert, influencer, or celebrity (Gwyneth Paltrow, we are talking about you!). However, a handful (or three!) of these latest gadgets, diets, products, concepts, and workout methods have stirred up quite
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Your body doesn’t like it when you do something unhealthy. Smoke a cigarette and you’ll cough up a lung. Drink too much and you’ll toss your cookies. Overeat and the pounds come on. You may not want to stop. But the bag of flesh and bones you live in does. So be nice to it.
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