Health

Ever had a vivid dream that felt so real, it was uncanny—and then you forget it the moment you wake up? For years science has been trying to pinpoint how and why our brains retain some knowledge and toss out the rest—including dreams. Many scientists believe that our brain clears itself of useless information to
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You never want to think about this when you’re on the operating table, or getting a prostate exam, but the truth is: Doctors are just like the rest of us. They have medical degrees, but put their lab coats on one sleeve at a time. That means, despite their best intentions, they misconstrue, miscommunicate, and
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If you worry about a medical misdiagnosis, you have reason to: Unfortunately, they’re pretty common. According to a study published in the journal BMJ Quality and Safety, diagnostic errors affect 12 million—or 1 out of 20—American adults every year. The reality is this: Doctors are human. Medicine isn’t a flawless science, and it’s evolving quickly.
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Every year, up to 49,000 Americans die from the flu or from complications with the illness—and every year, flu vaccination reduces the risk by between 40% and 60%, according to the American Lung Association. That’s why the flu shot is so important. However, there are certain times when a flu shot may be more dangerous
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Imagine you had the chance to peek into the kitchens of the world’s best nutritionists and dietitians—the people who know exactly what to eat for a fitter body, slimmer belly, and a longer life. You probably wouldn’t be surprised by what you see: Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, some olive oil—nothing surprising
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You use it to brew your coffee, make your kid’s mac and cheese, and even soak in it with some bubbles after a long day. You assume your tap water is perfectly healthy because…aren’t there regulations for that? The government does have solid legislation in place that prohibits water companies from providing the public with
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First it was Flint, Michigan. Then it was Newark, New Jersey. Both cities made headlines in recent years when their drinking water was considered undrinkable, due to lead, and neither city has fully recovered. Imagine waking up one day realizing that the half gallon of water you drank every day was contaminated with poison. The
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Inside your veins right now, there’s an army of white blood cells seeking and destroying viruses and bacteria—consider them the Armed Forces in your arm… and leg, and heart, and brain. They keep you healthy in winter. They fight against cancer. They are your friend and ally—until they aren’t. Because sometimes, this army can turn
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In modern life, one thing is clear: We could all use more support. And we don’t just mean from your girlfriends. According to a meta-analysis of studies done by Oregon State University, three-quarters of Americans aren’t eating the daily recommended amount of fruit, and 80 percent don’t have enough vegetables. That means we’re not getting
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In an ideal world, you’d get all of your essential vitamins and minerals from the food you eat. But looking at the average American diet, one thing is clear: It’s time to call for some backup. According to a meta-analysis of studies done by Oregon State University, 75 percent of us aren’t eating the daily
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What could be worse than a broken heart? The fact that you may be doing the breaking. According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans every year—accounting for one in every four deaths—many of them preventable. You can make easy changes to your lifestyle to reduce your risk. Here are
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Sometimes serious illnesses don’t scream—they whisper, making their presence known with vague, nonspecific symptoms that can easily be brushed off. In some cases, they might not be noticeable at all. Others might surface suddenly and disappear. How will you recognize them for what they are: silent signs of illness? By reading this. The Remedy researched
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Living to be 100 used to be a novelty, so much so that Willard Scott, the Today Show weatherman, would announce your name on air in awe (Al Roker still does). Yet, these days it’s not so uncommon to live that long. We’re all living longer than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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You are what you eat. How many times have you heard this phrase before? It’s simple, it’s punchy, and it’s actually relatively true. There is such a thing called the gut-brain axis, which is the way your gut communicates with your brain (and vice versa). The communication network in each organ is comprised of neurons,
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You’d think a medical “emergency”—one requiring, by definition, “immediate attention”—would mean you’d be attended to immediately. And yet most ERs feel like the waiting room from Beetlejuice: Take a number. They’re serving patient 4 and you’re…3,000,005? In fact, although it seems to take ages, the average wait time in American ERs is just 22.4 minutes,
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Although you do it every day, hopping in your car can be downright exciting. It’s your personal karaoke booth, the best place to binge your favorite podcast, and a cozy space to be alone with your thoughts—or close to the fam, as you see the world. Your car could also be hazardous to your health.
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Additional reporting by Kelsey Hampton, MS, RDN, LD, CSSD Chances are you’ve heard of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and have maybe even seen it on nutrition labels for sodas and candies. It’s often blamed for playing a major role in the American obesity epidemic. Despite its ubiquity, not everyone has a firm grasp of
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“Did you wash your hands?” You heard that question from your mom all the time—and probably thought it just yesterday at work, after Dwight from Sales came back from the men’s room. With flu season coming up, it’s a darn good question. Perhaps a better question is: Did you wash your hands right? The truth
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You’ve heard of skin cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer—maybe even cancers of the pancreas and kidneys. But less popularly discussed is cancer of the blood. That’s because it’s less common, with fewer than 200,000 cases a year, and because the most publicized type goes by a different name: Leukemia. And it’s
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When writing this story, one number came to mind first: 30. That’s how many days you have this September to help promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Although the disease is (thankfully) very rare, a diagnosis can upend the life of a child—not to mention the family. How uncommon is it? Should you or your children
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Celiac disease is a hereditary autoimmune disorder—meaning you can’t “catch it” from a friend—that disrupts digestion in your small intestine, making it so you can’t digest gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Over time, if you continue eating gluten-containing foods, the inflammation that results can lead to other medical issues
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You unwrap your favorite ice cream bar, savoring the last days of summer, and can already taste that creamy vanilla ice cream with the hard chocolate coating. You take that first bite, mouth watering, and…OUCH! An intense, throbbing pain shoots through your molar—and throughout your entire body. Maybe you just banged your tooth. Maybe it’s
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