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The 4 Most Common Sleep Disorders That Might Plague Your Nights Video included

Lack of sleep is not an unusual problem. With long work hours, social media, and late-night TV, it’s often hard to switch off the electronics, brush your teeth, and head to bed. It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that 35... More>>

“4 For Life”: The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Bone Health Video included

When planning out an exercise routine, most people would agree that it’s best to choose moves that give you most bang for your workout buck. It’s all about working better, not harder, right? For some, that might mean... More>>

How Eric Adams Is Advocating for Plant-Based Diets in Brooklyn Video included

It’s not unheard of for a politician to promote healthier lifestyles for their constituents, but perhaps no city leader does this with quite as much passion and urgency as Eric Adams, the Borough President of Brooklyn, NY.... More>>

How a Designer Uses the Runway to Advocate for Metastatic Breast Cancer Video included

New York Fashion Week isn’t just about bold fashion and setting new trends. Increasingly, the event is being used to showcase not just clothes, but ideas and movements. More>>

4 Types of Dietary Fat (and Which Ones You Should Be Eating) Video included

Unless you’ve been living in a nutrition science-shielding bubble, you know this story well: A few decades ago, a low-fat craze exploded in the food industry. Margarine became the go-to spread, low-fat cookies and muffins... More>>

Signs of Hyperthyroidism vs. Hypothyroidism: How to Tell the Difference Video included

OK, so you feel tired all the time. Doesn’t everyone? Oh, and you always feel cold when others are comfortable. That’s normal … right? Sure, symptoms like these could be caused by the weather—but they could also be a sign... More>>

How—and Why—Thyroid Diseases Disproportionately Affect Women Video included

The thyroid may be tiny, but its role in the body is mighty. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that’s responsible for controlling the way your body uses energy. It secretes hormones that affect... More>>

Have a Cervix? This Is How Often to Get a Cervical Cancer Screening Video included

Whether you’re working up the courage to get your first Pap smear or you’ve just had your 10th visit, you know that it’s an important—albeit mildly awkward—part of a woman’s health routine. (PS, first-timers: Here are some... More>>

4 Rules for Exercising Safely with Osteoporosis Video included

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... More>>

Then vs. Now: The Creepy History of Anesthesia Video included

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. More>>

3 Things to Make Your First Pap Smear Less Intimidating Video included

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... More>>

3 Things to Make Your First Yoga Class Less Intimidating Video included

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. More>>

Alone Time vs. Isolation: How to Find the Balance Video included

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. More>>

These 5 Heart-Healthy Swaps Are So Good, You Won’t Miss Cheese Video included

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. More>>

Why Exercise Is Essential for Treating and Preventing Osteoporosis Video included

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? More>>

Travel health essentials: items everyone should have in their suitcase Video included

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...

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8 calorie-burning outdoor activities to try this winter Video included

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...

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How bad is it to sit at your desk all day? Video included

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...

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What is ulcerative colitis? Key facts to know Video included

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,...

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Pet safety PSA: Keep this holiday decoration away from your cat Video included

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...

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Exactly what to do to soothe acute back pain at home Video included

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.

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5 safety tips to keep holiday candles from burning down the house Video included

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...

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Ho-oh-no: this popular holiday plant may be dangerous for pets Video included

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...

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Palliative care myths that patients and caregivers need to know Video included

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...

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Should women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis? Video included

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...

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What's Palliative Care? Key Facts Patients and Caregivers Should Know Video included

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... More>>

Diagnosing leukemia: signs and symptoms doctors look for Video included

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...

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“Nootropics”: the new brain-boosting food trend to try Video included

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...

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Will speaking with “vocal fry” damage your vocal cords? Video included

“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...

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What is art therapy (and should you try it)? Video included

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,...

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Does gargling salt water actually help soothe a sore throat? Video included

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...

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Starve a fever, feed a cold? The truth behind this old adage Video included

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:...

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How important is it to wash your hands with hot water? Video included

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...

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6 little rules to stop yo-yo dieting for good Video included

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...

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MSG probably isn't as harmful as you think it is Video included

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...

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Maple water is a real thing, but is it actually healthy? Video included

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.

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Stigmatizing migraine myths you can safely ignore Video included

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”...

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The symptoms of autism every parent should know Video included

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.

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Signs your mood swings are actually bipolar disorder Video included

One cliched image of bipolar disorder shows the two Greek theater masks: one making the joyful grin beside the other with a sorrowful frown. The two masks serve to show the clear-cut extreme moods that define bipolar...

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Why salmon is nature's secret to youthful, glowing skin Video included

To slow the inevitable signs of aging, you probably know to avoid certain bad habits that age your skin, such as spending too much time in the sun without proper SPF, smoking, or eating too much sugar.

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These 7 foods have way fewer calories than you think Video included

When it comes to watching what goes in our mouths, we all have good days and bad days.

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Is it normal to wake up with wretched morning breath? Video included

Ah, what a beautiful morning. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you’re ready to take on the day. You lean in to wish your partner good morning with a smooch and … GASP. Rejected?!

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This is how to eat a paleo diet, explained in 2 minutes Video included

Before 2010, the paleo diet was virtually unheard of. But within three years, the word paleo has become common knowledge, enthusiastically celebrated on menus and grocery store items. New restaurants opened with a focus on...

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5 acid reflux complications you can't ignore Video included

You probably know the feeling of heartburn all too well—especially after enduring the wrath of a night of heavy drinking or inhaling half a pizza at 3 A.M. Once you get that familiar burning in your chest, you go through...

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Why exercise Is the secret weapon to lower cholesterol Video included

The fact that exercise has many health benefits beyond weight loss may not surprise you. But its impact on lowering high cholesterol just might.

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3 solid reasons to rethink your juice cleanse Video included

Juice cleanses are sooo 2012. Back then, having a juice in hand was as hot as carrying a dog in a handbag or stuffing your fridge with the latest en vogue superfood. (Back then, it was probably kale or quinoa.) But trying...

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The 10 foods nutritionists won’t even touch Video included

Moderation and balance are two key words nutritionists love to use, and they’ll be the first to admit they dive into a cupcake from time to time. That said, here are 10 foods nutritionists don’t think are worth including...

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The critical signs your kid's flu is serious Video included

If you’re a parent, it’s natural to feel a little panicky around flu season—especially because this year’s main strain, H3N2, is particularly vicious.

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Colon cancer symptoms you can’t afford to ignore Video included

The most common symptom of colon cancer? “Nothing,” says Anthony Starpoli, MD, a gastroenterologist in New York City.

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This simple tool could put an end to mindless eating Video included

If your “Hello, my name is” nametag should say “Mindless Muncher,” join the club. Most people can’t help but overindulge from time to time—whether it’s Thanksgiving, a birthday party, or a Friday night in with some...

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How to prevent a heart attack, according to heart disease patients Video included

A heart attack or heart disease diagnosis might prompt you to reassess your lifestyle, but what if you could avoid a heart attack altogether and take the steps to prevent it?

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How to prevent hypoglycemia when you exercise with diabetes Video included

You already know that exercise is one of the most powerful tools for managing diabetes and its complications. In a 2015 study, regular exercise was associated with lower A1C levels, lower body weight, and improved...

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7 rookie cooking mistakes that could give you food poisoning Video included

It’s pretty much a given that you’re going to undercook, overcook, under-season, and over-salt your foods at least once while you’re first learning how to cook. Potatoes that are still too hard to mash? Scrambled eggs that...

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4 sneaky health problems from a high-salt diet Video included

Isn’t it ironic? While food companies add sodium to their canned and boxed goods to preserve them and keep them from spoiling, all that excess sodium in your body can have the opposite effect; more and more research...

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Why cardiologists care about your sleep habits Video included

When you think of heart-healthy lifestyle choices, eating a nutrient-rich diet, moving more, and quitting smoking may come to mind. But there’s one crucial factor that you—and more than one-third of Americans—may be...

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4 little ways your pet is making you a lot healthier Video included

You probably didn’t have your blood pressure or your jean size in mind when you adopted Snickers from the animal shelter, but it turns out your furry companion can do more than make your annual holiday greeting card a...

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Is coffee good or bad for your heart? What the science says Video included

A few sips into your morning Starbucks order, you can already feel the buzzing effects. You might feel more alert, energetic, and euphoric, and some people even report feeling their heart pitter-pattering faster than...

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Why cardiologists care about your tooth brushing routine Video included

You know that brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly are the major rules of good oral hygiene (and keeping those pearlies white). But if your oral care habits leave, say, a little something to be desired,...

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Drinking too much coffee: 4 signs you’re overdoing it Video included

It’s safe to say that America has a tad bit of a coffee obsession. According to the National Coffee Association, 62 percent of Americans in 2017 drank coffee on a daily basis. Luckily for us, our java habit has some health...

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3 dangerous myths about heart disease in women Video included

When we think of heart disease, it’s easy to conjure up a middle-aged man clutching his chest, but the harsh reality is that this heart disease is equally devastating for women. One in four American women die from heart...

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4 innocent reasons you always catch colds Video included

Sniffling, coughing, and sneezing ... again?! If you’re notorious for being the office sicko, it may not just be bad luck. Seemingly innocent daily habits can put a damper on your immune system or expose you to more germs...

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These 13 human foods are toxic for your dog Video included

Letting Buddy lick off the last bits of gravy from your dinner plate might feel generous and loving, but not everything on your plate is kosher for your dog. Some of your favorite (and healthiest) foods can actually be...

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Get your kids to eat less dessert: 5 proven tricks Video included

Raise your hand if your kids eat cake three times a weekend at various birthday parties, cap off dinner every night with a sweet treat, or rarely finish playing a soccer or baseball games without digging into a baggie of...

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Why you should try moringa, a new superfood Video included

OK, we admit it. It seems like every time you scroll through Instagram, there’s a new superfood everyone else seems to be obsessed with. Kale, swiss chard, chia seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs—the list goes on and on. (And...

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A silent heart disease symptom you should never ignore Video included

If you were asked to paint a picture of the classic heart disease symptom, you’d probably show a person in distress, clenching their chest. And you’d be right. Tightness or pressure in the chest is the most common...

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Truth time: do you really need 8 glasses of water a day? Video included

You’ve set a goal to drink more water (and less wine) this year. You even splurged on that fancy stainless steel water bottle everyone keeps talking about. The next step? Deciding how many times a day you actually need to...

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All the reasons eating more slowly is so good for you Video included

If your lunch disappears within five minutes (whether you’re trying to hustle back to your work or you simply can’t resist bite after bite of that burrito bowl), you may want to stick a fork in your speed-eating habits.

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Simple carbs vs. complex carbs: what’s the difference? Video included

There’s no question that America has a carb obsession. Carbs make up our morning bagels (white flour), fries at lunch (starch), and sweet afternoon lattes (sugar). On average, Americans consume 239 (for women) and 335 (for...

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These 3 diet myths need to disappear from your brain Video included

First, let’s just state the obvious: Losing weight (and keeping it off) is hard. And all the misinformation online, or in your mom friends text chain, about what to eat, what not to eat, and what time to eat it, makes it...

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This 5-step approach can break any bad habit Video included

If only there were a quick one-size-fits-all bad-habit squashing fix, we’d all probably be fitter, richer, and healthier. Unfortunately, there isn’t one magic formula that works for everyone—that’s because we’re all...

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6 signs your favorite snack bars are actually healthy Video included

Snack bars often appear to be nutritious ways to fuel up in the morning as you fly out the door or on the way to your Wednesday Zumba class, but some of that is just clever marketing. Slap the words “granola” and “whole...

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3 metabolism myths ruining your weight loss goals Video included

Unfortunately, there are more myths about igniting your metabolism than tactics that actually work. And often, believing these misconceptions backfires and puts a damper on your slim-down success. Let’s put an end to the...

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Does celery really have “negative” calories? A nutritionist weighs in Video included

It’s a simple formula: take a low-calorie food, do some chewing, and you wind up burning more calories than you take in. Easy peasy, right?

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Understanding the 4 main types of anxiety disorders Video included

Overcome by worry? Feeling anxious on occasion is a normal part of life, like before taking a test or making an important decision. “It allows us to respond appropriately to danger and fear,” says Khadijah Watkins, MD, a...

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Knowing these 6 numbers can help control your diabetes Video included

You work hard to manage your diabetes—you eat well, stay active, and you take your medication. But if you’re not staying up to date on certain key health metrics (from your A1C to your cholesterol levels to your BMI),...

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4 very real ways your body suffers when you skimp on sleep Video included

Whether the culprit is a looming deadline at work, racing thoughts about that surprise party you’re planning for your partner, or staying up late for a Netflix binge, we all have sleepless nights from time to time. When it...

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Survive a diet setback: these 4 habits will get you back on track Video included

It’s Monday morning and you just woke up from a dream filled with ice cream pints, everflowing wine, and handfuls of French fries… except it wasn’t a dream. It was a flashback from your weekend, which is now your...

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4 reasons your hot sauce obsession is actually healthy Video included

Your friends and family say you’re obsessed. A masochist. You douse everything you eat in hot, fiery, pain-inducing sauce—and you can’t get enough. Good news, fire-breather: Your hankering for heat is actually healthy....

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These 7 eating habits are bad for diabetes Video included

Your daily diet is a critical part of your type 2 diabetes treatment plan. Loading up on healthy foods for diabetes (whole grains, fiber-filled veggies, lean protein, and limited processed foods and sweets) can help...

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Season your food without salt: 4 tricks to add flavor Video included

Americans have quite a taste for salt-laden flavors—and it’s not doing our health any favors. Eating too much salt causes the body to retain water, which can raise blood pressure—a major risk factor for heart disease and...

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This myth about MS needs to be debunked Video included

It used to be the case that there were no good treatments for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve, causing symptoms like blurry vision,...

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5 daily skin-care habits that make your acne worse Video included

Struggling with acne can make you step up your skin care regimen, but not all skin care is necessarily good care. In fact, your valiant efforts may backfire. These skin care habits may actually make acne worse.

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10 highly annoying gym pet peeves that make everyone hate you Video included

Let’s get super honest here: The gym probably isn’t your favorite place in the world to start with, so the last thing you need is a loud and never-ending phone conversation taking place on the treadmill next to you....

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Understanding personality disorders: 6 types to know about Video included

Everyone has unique personality traits; some of those traits help them along while others can get them in occasional hot water. For those with a personality disorder, however, a personality trait is so severe that it...

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The best time of day to work out Video included

When it comes to exercise, does it matter when you do it? As it turns out, there are pros and cons to getting your physical activity on at different times of day. Here’s how working out in morning, afternoon, and evening...

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8 lesser-known headache triggers you should avoid Video included

Anyone who’s had to leave work early or ditch plans with friends because of a headache knows how debilitating they can be—even seemingly “minor” non-migraine kinds. Of course you can take an OTC painkiller to help make the...

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5 reasons avocados are ridiculously healthy Video included

Avocados are so hot right now—and for very good reason. Not only are they creamy, delicious, and versatile; they’re also insanely nutritious. If you’re not already mad about avo, here’s why you should be.

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These 5 menu secrets can help you lose weight Video included

Is it possible to eat your favorite restaurants and still lose weight? You betcha. With these stealthy secrets, you can navigate any menu like a weight loss pro—and still enjoy every bite.

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Is your toothbrush routine making you sick? Video included

Your toothbrush is essential for preventing cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup. However, the same tool that gets all the nasties from your mouth may also introduce new bacteria, if you’re not careful.

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4 things that happen to your body when you do yoga Video included

If there was one activity that could give your mind, body, and soul a boost (plus lean muscles to boot!), would you try it? Well, there is.

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These 5 innocent habits could be giving you insomnia Video included

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’re not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a whopping one in three American adults aren’t getting enough shut-eye.

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Maintaining weight loss: 6 habits “losers” have in common Video included

If losing weight is one of the most challenging things a person can do, then keeping the weight off deserves even more accolades. A study of 500 people who lost at least 10 percent of their maximum weight found that only...

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The best sleep position to stop snoring Video included

Constantly being poked and prodded by your partner all night for snoring? Their sleep quality may not be the only one in jeopardy. Snoring may indicate poor breathing, which can cause you to wake up multiple times...

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Why wearing socks to bed might actually help you sleep Video included

As a baby, your parents always swaddled your little feet into a snug blanket before rocking you to sleep. As a toddler, you cozied into fleece footy pajamas at night. But somewhere in your teens or young adulthood, you...

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5 non-food ways to curb your cravings Video included

When you’re trying to medicate a bad day, a slice of oozy chocolate cake or bag of salty chips may seem like the only cure. Then, after you’ve overindulged, you’re left with a cloud of guilt hovering over you and a tinge...

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7 healthy fats you can feel good about eating Video included

If you lived through the low-fat craze of the 1980s and ‘90s, you were probably at least a little perplexed the first time you heard the phrase, “Yeah, but avocados are the good kind of fat.”

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5 alternative ways to meditate (if you can't just "sit there") Video included

Stress is your body’s natural response to perceived danger, including those insane work deadlines or public speaking (ugh). Stress may seem par for the course these days, but its ability to raise your heart rate and blood...

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6 rules to make your daily coffee healthier Video included

For about five calories a cup, black coffee is a great option if you’re gulping down four cups a day. But let’s be real: How many people really prefer their coffee black?

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The silent symptoms of hepatitis C Video included

In 70 to 80 percent of acute cases of hepatitis C—an inflammation of the liver—patients don’t experience obvious symptoms and can only learn their status through a blood test.

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Here’s exactly how to support a loved one with breast cancer Video included

Treatment for breast cancer will never be “easy,” but having the right support system can completely change the experience. So what is the “right” support? What should you say to someone going through this? What can you do...

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“No judgment”: how a weight loss support system can change everything Video included

When it comes to making major lifestyle changes (like ones that can help you lose 100 pounds) surrounding yourself with the right group of people isn’t just an option; it’s a must.

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“15 and prediabetic”: the wakeup call that changed my life Video included

Ask anyone who has made a drastic change for their health—like quitting smoking or losing a significant amount of weight—and they’ll likely tell you it came after a wake-up call of some kind or another. There’s nothing...

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How 2 minutes of meditation a day can totally change your life Video included

Meditation might seem just for easygoing, zen types, but if you hustle through life as hard as wellness chef Charles Chen, you are actually a prime candidate for meditating.

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The 20-20-20 rule that might save your eyesight Video included

It might seem like no biggie to park yourself at your desk and plow through four hours of spreadsheet analysis without a break, but optometrists seriously want you to reconsider.

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6 time management hacks for adults with ADHD Video included

The little decisions you have to make each day really add up. But those choices that may be so simple to some—like what to wear or what to pack for lunch—can cause a major headache for adults with ADHD.

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Take a walking meeting and sneak more steps into your work day Video included

By your third hour stuck in front of a computer monitor, your office job can really start taking a toll on your body. Sitting all day isn’t just bad for your posture or pain, but can also raise your risk of obesity and...

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How to change your desk setup for better posture Video included

A stiff neck, tight shoulders, and a throb in your lower back might feel inevitable after a long day parked in front of your computer, but these pains are actually a sign that your desk setup may be causing you pain.

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What is eczema? A dermatologist explains Video included

Most people associate eczema with rashes that itch, but dermatologists flip that on its head: They describe eczema as an “itch that rashes.” In other words, the itchiness of eczema itself can bring on a rash, especially if...

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6 dangerous first aid myths to stop believing Video included

Listen up: It’s time to dispel some stubborn first aid myths that could be sabotaging your health. Falling for any of these old wives’ tales can delay healing (at best) or even exacerbate the injury (at worst).

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Eating out with diabetes: 7 tips for Japanese restaurants Video included

Got a love-hate relationship with carbs? We get it: They comprise some of our favorite foods, but they’re not always diet-friendly—especially if you have diabetes.

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How to treat a sprained ankle at home for fast recovery Video included

Just because your sprained ankle isn’t severe enough to warrant a trip to the doctor or ER doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. Sprains happen when you tear the fibers of the ligament, making a painful and...

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5 of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids Video included

Judging by the popularity of avocado toast on Instagram and the proliferation of fancy extra virgin olive oil options at the grocery store, it appears we’ve have finally ditched our fears of “good fats.” (Thank GOD.) After...

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7 treadmill hacks to keep your workout interesting Video included

The treadmill may be your go-to machine at the gym, but let’s be honest: It’s not always the most exciting. Cueing up your favorite cardio music or tuning into a must-listen podcast can certainly help, but there are other...

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The types of cancer that immunotherapy can help treat Video included

Immunotherapy is a breakthrough cancer treatment that harnesses your own body’s immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. When doctors talk about immunotherapy as a cancer treatment, they are actually referring...

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8 common risk factors of heart failure to be aware of Video included

Close to 6 million U.S. adults are living with congestive heart failure. This condition happens when the heart muscle becomes weakened and can no longer pump adequate amounts of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body....

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6 tips for exercising with heart failure Video included

Upon receiving a health failure diagnosis and realizing your heart is weaker than it should be, it might be tempting to slow down, rest, and avoid physical activity. After all, exercise forces the heart to pump harder, and...

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12 health tests all women in their 50s need Video included

This decade is the perfect time to prioritize your health. Even if your dinner plates are full of greens and your Pilates instructor knows you by name, you’ll still want to take an active approach in monitoring your health...

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Is it safe to hold in a sneeze? Video included

Just about every little weird thing your body does (from hiccups to dreaming) has a purpose. Prime example: sneezing.

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Is diet soda that unhealthy? A nutritionist explains Video included

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