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.

How Many Treats to Give a Pet, According to Vets

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.

A Diet Plan Based on Your DNA Has Arrived—Here’s What You Need to Know

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.

Find A Perfect Mascara Without Trying – Mascara Reviews

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.

Can You Die From Measles? Why Doctors Are So Worried About Recent Outbreaks

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.)

Jussie Smollett Lied About Being the Victim of a Hate Crime, Police Say. Why Would Someone Do That?

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?

When You Eat Really Does Make a Difference—Here’s Why

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.

Every Question You Have About CBD—Answered

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.

Traveling Alone Is a Bold Move—But You Will Never Regret It

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.

6 Easy Steps to Becoming a Morning Person

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.

This Is How Long Cold and Flu Germs Can Live on Surfaces Like Doorknobs and Subway Poles

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.

New Jersey Medical Center May Have Exposed This Patient to Hepatitis B—Could It Happen Near You?

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.”

What Holiday Depression Really Feels Like

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.

7 Signs You Might Have the Stomach Flu

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.

The 2 Most Common Causes of Bronchitis–and How to Avoid Them

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.