Pregnant women are continuously shamed for the choices they make. They’re shamed for working out, for not working out, for overeating, for not eating enough.
Even though it’s spring, you shouldn’t stop worrying about the flu, according to a new CDC report. The report states that the current flu season has lasted 21 weeks. It’s the longest we’ve seen in a decade, according to the Associated Press.
The age-old debate about whether or not size matters has failed to hone in on one specific question: Does penis size matter in terms of fertility?
Many people with chronic back pain are attracted to the idea of laser spine surgery because it conjures up an image of a quick and easy surgery that delivers a fast recovery.
New York City Is Going to Fine People Who Don’t Get the Measles Shot. Is It Ever OK Not to Be Vaccinated?
New York City declared a public health emergency this week in light of an ongoing measles outbreak, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that unvaccinated individuals could face fines of $1,000. Measles cases are at a five-year high in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported this week, with 465 cases across the country—many of which are occurring within Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.
Giving your pets treats helps reinforce positive behavior and establish a human-animal bond. They love it (cue that cute waggy-tailed dance they do when they know a treat’s coming). But just as humans gain weight from mindless snacking, so can your pet, says Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, staff doctor at New York City’s Animal Medical Center. Ahead, tips to keep your animals happy and healthy.
The male body holds many mysteries. Why are guys always scratching their balls? What exactly is a foreskin supposed to do? Why do flaccid penises look so ridiculous?
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 75, is recovering after undergoing heart valve surgery earlier this week. In an Instagram post on Friday, Jagger wrote that he was “feeling much better now and on the mend” after having the procedure at a New York hospital. reported Billboard.
A woman in her 40s might have triggered irreversible brain damage by drinking just orange juice and water for three weeks, according to a news report from Israeli news service Mako.
The word “metabolism” is often paired with terms like “diet,” “exercise,” and “weight loss.” But rarely is the buzzword thoroughly explained. As a result, there’s a lot of metabolism misinformation floating around out there.
This week a company called Digital Wellness released a new product called the DNA Diet Plan. The plan seems simple: You sign up online and then upload your data from either AncestryDNA or 23andMe, two popular services that give people in-depth genetic profiles. The DNA Diet Plan analyzes your results from those tests and then, instantly, tells you what you should do to lose weight—based on your DNA.
It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, read the news, or log onto Facebook right now without reading or hearing about a woman’s experience with sexual assault. What started with celebrity accusations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to women everywhere—including, probably, many women in your own social media feed.
Wouldn’t it be boring if you walk into a drugstore and test out all different types of mascara? Unfortunately, all of those affordable formulas are usually tightly wrapped with plastic and cardboard. And professional beauty analyst don’t make it easier to try before you buy. Some shops let customer try on mascara using disposable spoolies, but there’s no way to really know if other customers have double-dipped into the tube. And while those throw-away tools let you experience the formula, you have no idea how to get the full effect without using. And anyone who loves mascara knows that the wand is the most important part.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, 78, shocked and saddened his fans when he announced yesterday that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although the 35-year television veteran pledged to beat his cancer, Trebek also acknowledged the “low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
Since the beginning of this year, 159 cases of measles in 10 states have been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a lot for just two months, especially for a disease that, back in 2000, was declared eliminated from the United States. (For comparison, most recent years haven’t seen that many cases in an entire 12-month span. Two exception were 2018, which saw 372 cases, and 2014, which saw 667.)
When news broke that actor Jussie Smollett was under arrest for allegedly faking a hate crime against himself in January, America reacted with shock, anger, and serious confusion. Chicago police chalked up his actions to his dissatisfaction with his salary and his role on the television show Empire. But many of us wondered: What else was going on in the actor’s head?
Doctors in California made headlines this week when they issued a statement about a recent rise in Kawasaki disease in San Diego County. Kawasaki disease is a rare childhood illness that can cause fever and a red, bumpy rash, and in a small percentage of cases, a life-threatening form of heart disease.
Tranquil music, pretzel shapes, and gentle candlelight may be the hallmarks of the yoga you’re used to, but there’s another more casual style of yoga that includes cursing, beer, and heavy metal you need to know about: Rage Yoga.
Sure, there is some truth to that old adage “you are what you eat.” But the latest research shows that when you eat can be just as crucial. “Eating in tune with your circadian rhythms—a.k.a. your body’s inner clock that guides you to wake and sleep—automatically helps your health. You are getting fuel when you can actually use it and allowing your body to rest when it needs to,” says Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic and coauthor of What to Eat When. In fact, according to a 2015 study, ignoring these rhythms and eating at the wrong times—say, late at night—can raise blood sugar, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Want to understand meal timing a bit more? Experts weighed in on the four key guidelines to follow.
You’re in your favorite sweats, curled up under a cozy blanket, ready to binge your latest Netflix obsession when you hear the first growl of your stomach. Try as you might to fight your late-night snack cravings, if you’re an ice cream person, you’re an ice cream person, right?
There’s no question that CBD is the buzzy wellness product of the moment. If you live in a state where it’s currently legal, you might feel like CBD has gone from being sort of around to absolutely everywhere all at once. Coffee shops sell CBD lattes, spas offer CBD facials, beauty companies are rushing to release lotions with CBD or hemp oils in their formulas. And everyone from your anxious coworker to your arthritis-suffering dad wants to get their hands on some CBD gummies.
In the movies, taking a solo trip happens Eat Pray Love– style. You know, where extreme heartbreak leads to a far-off journey, bowls of Bolognese, and mind-altering meditations. But IRL, women all over are booking vacations alone for reasons that go beyond getting over love lost. Many women say they travel independently because they are looking for new experiences and want to tap into their adventurous side.
Abusive relationships can be difficult to escape for lots of reasons—fear, denial, and dependence being just a few. And abuse can come in many forms. Some types of abuse, like hitting and sexual violence, are physical. Other types, like psychological and emotional abuse, can be harder to recognize, yet may be just as damaging.
The news this week is all about the weather: Meteorologists are warning of deep freezes in the northeast and record low temperatures in the midwest in the coming days—with states like Illinois and Minnesota predicted to have wind chills as low as -50 and -60 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the early bird catches the worm, what does the night owl get? Pressure to wake up sooner and a big old guilt trip for hitting snooze, says Fiona Barwick, PhD, clinical assistant professor at the Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine. “As a society, we have come to believe that a person is weak or lazy if they aren’t awake and alert early,” she says. And yet research shows that each of us has a genetic chronotype that plays a role in when we wake and sleep. Some of us are biologically inclined to perform best in the morning (these people are called “larks”), and some are more active after dark.
A 28-year-old man from Bangladesh named Abul Bajandar has recently made headlines again after first gaining attention in 2016 for a rare skin condition that transforms skin to look like thick tree branches. Unfortunately, Bajandar is back in the hospital to treat his worsening (and spreading) condition after already having 25 surgeries since 2016.
Real talk: When was the last time you got a Pap test?
When it comes to pooping, your bathroom strategy is most likely to get in and get out—but it’s a good thing to take a look every now and again to see what’s going on in the toilet. The size, texture, and color of your poop can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your body. And it will vary depending on lots of factors.
What Is the OMAD Diet? Everything You Need to Know About This Extreme Intermittent Fasting Weight-Loss Plan
If you follow weight loss trends, then you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting—which has dieters forgoing food for up to 16 hours , then consuming their meals during the remaining eight hours of the day. It’s restrictive, but not crazy-grueling.
Even if you’re not usually a germaphobe, cold and flu season can have the strongest-willed of us feeling squeamish about touching things like bus and subway poles, doorknobs, and even shaking a stranger’s hand. As many moms like to remind their kids: You don’t know where that hand has been. And during the colder months, when it seems that everyone is sniffling and sneezing, a hands-off policy may seem smart.
Nearly 4,000 patients of a New Jersey medical facility received some worrying news recently when they were urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. The HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook informed people who underwent procedures between January 1 and September 7 of this year that they may have been exposed to the three viruses, due to “lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medication.”
American have gotten wider in recent years, but not taller, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report, published today by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that average weight, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) increased among all age groups between 1999 and 2016.
“Asthmatic bronchitis” is not an easy term to define. It’s used often enough, but the truth is, it’s not an official medical diagnosis.
A Detroit community is in mourning after a popular meteorologist for the city’s Fox television affiliate died by suicide last week. Colleagues and fans reacted with shock and sadness as they shared the news that Jessica Starr, 35, took her own life, leaving behind a husband and two young children.
During this season’s parties and family gatherings, it’s possible you—or someone else in attendance—will experience holiday heart syndrome. Don’t be fooled by the festive name: This medical condition isn’t a plot summary of a Hallmark Channel movie, it’s a condition brought on by drinking too much alcohol.
You already know that too much caffeine can bring on the jitters. Sip a second espresso after dinner, and you’re bound to feel a bit on edge. But could that 3 p.m. soy latte actually be messing with your mental health? If you struggle with anxiety, the answer may be yes.
Infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common infections in the world—and one of the most confusing. That’s partly because there are two types of HSV: herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2, or HSV-1 and HSV-2—each of which can affect your genitals or the area around and in your mouth.
Two of the more common types of pneumonia, an infection within your lungs, are viral and bacterial. “Both forms of pneumonia are very similar,” Dawn Turner, DO, attending physician at MedPost, Detroit Medical Center’s urgent care partner, tells Health.
Your heart aches when people in your life wrestle with over-the-top anxiety and worry. And let’s be honest: It can be frustrating when loved ones ditch plans to go out with you because they’re having an anxiety attack.
People often joke about the suffocating holiday spirit that seems to hit store shelves earlier and earlier each year. Sometimes, you’ll find a giant plastic Santa in your local drugstore before the turkey has even been carved on Thanksgiving Day. With the Christmas carols, the cheesy Hallmark movies, and the wallet-busting shopping trips comes family togetherness. For many of us, that means listening to relatives we see once or twice a year argue about politics while we silently wish to be somewhere else.
It’s flu season again. And by that we mean not just the nasty flu that bothers your respiratory system, but also the “flu” that rumbles your tummy. Technically, the “stomach flu” is not actually influenza, which is caused by a virus that only affects your airways. So-called stomach flu symptoms show up in your gastrointestinal system.
If you’re sensitive to indoor irritants, this can be an especially itchy-sniffly-sneezy time of year. “Many individuals spend a great deal more time indoors, so their exposure is increased to indoor allergens,” says Clifford W. Bassett, MD, author of The New Allergy Solution. Read on to learn about common culprits—and smart ways to help control them.
There’s nothing pleasant about being sick—and that’s particularly true if you get the flu or pneumonia, which can leave you feeling absolutely miserable. And, since the two debilitating diseases have a similar constellation of symptoms (think: fever, cough), it can be hard to know if it’s pneumonia or flu.
Most people think that if you overate and over-drank on New Year’s Eve, you did the night right. And to some extent, that’s fair. NYE is all about celebrating, and you’re entitled to enjoy yourself. But what kind of damage are you doing when you order that late-night takeout or polish off your fifth flute of champagne?
Winter is prime time for the coughing, phlegm, fatigue, and general unpleasantness of acute bronchitis. Viruses are by far the most common cause of the illness, which typically goes away in a week or so (although the cough can linger). And–’tis the season–it’s usually the very same viruses that cause the flu or a common cold that give you bronchitis, too.
Many of us get tongue-tied making small talk with strangers or folks we hardly know. Awkward, yes, but really common and no big deal.
Defining pneumonia in a sentence is easy: “Pneumonia at its core is an infection of the lung tissue,” says Luke Benvenuto, MD, a pulmonologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Did mold in a University of Maryland dorm contribute to the death of freshman Olivia Paregol last week? Paregol died from complications of adenovirus, a common virus spread through close personal contact. After his daughter’s death, her father said that mold in her dorm room may have played a role.
Sexuality, food intolerances, and SPF all exist on a spectrum. Bathing habits do not. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. How often you shower typically falls into one of two (extreme) camps: every day without fail or as little as possible (isn’t that why wipes and dry shampoo were invented?).
Bronchitis and pneumonia are both infections that affect your airways. They can have similar symptoms that often blur into each other.