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80 Percent of Health Advice on ‘The Doctors’ Is Unproven

When the doctors on The Doctors recommend a certain treatment or diet or supplement, you figure there’s probably some truth to their recommendation, right? But a survey of their advice, along with the Dr. Oz Show’s, finds that most of it is probably not worth heeding.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Diets Like Whole30 Can Lead to Eating Disorders

We don’t often discuss the mental impact of restrictive diets like Whole30 (no “inflammatory” foods), keto (low carb, high fat) or paleo (foods supposedly eaten during the Paleolithic era). People like to tout the weight loss and mood-boosting effects of these diets, but experts say they can push some of us toward…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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The Flu Shot Is 36 Percent Effective This Year

After a few months of hand-wringing over the flu vaccine’s 10 percent effectiveness against one strain of flu in Australia, we finally have a number for how it’s doing in the US this season. It’s 36 percent effective at preventing flu among people in general, and 59 percent effective in children under 8. These numbers…Read […]

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What Is Ultra-Processed Food?

We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn’t necessarily the fact that they’re ultra-processed. This is a weird and arguably unfair way to categorize foods, so let’s take a look at what “ultra-processed” really means.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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What to Buy When You’re Getting Invisalign

Say you need to adjust your wonky teeth as an adult, and your orthodontist sets you up with Invisalign (or competitors ClearCorrect or Orthoclear). They’ll hand you your clear plastic aligners, a case or two, and maybe some Retainer-Brite. But you should also buy these:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Find a Menstrual Cup That Fits You With This Quiz

When I first heard of menstrual cups, I thought there were only two sizes: Size 1 and Size 2. (Several brands, including the Diva Cup I first tried, only offer two and that’s it.) But there’s a huge variety of shapes and sizes out there, and one of them may well be perfect for you.Read […]

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How to Find the Cold Medicines That Actually Work

Cold and cough medicines take up whole aisles in grocery stores and drug stores, and the array of products can be dizzying (which is no fun if you’re there because you already feel dizzy). Picking the right package becomes easier, though, when you realize a lot of the options probably aren’t worth it.Read more… Continue […]

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‘Abortion Reversal’ Is Not a Thing

A typical medication abortion involves two doses of pills. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone that the embryo or fetus needs to grow and thrive. The second, misoprostol, triggers the uterus to expel its contents. But there is a growing political movement to get people who have taken the first drug to undergo an…Read more… […]

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The Sleep Tech That Actually Matters

We’re in a golden age of arguably unnecessary health gadgets, including several new entries to the market that aim to optimize our sleep, or at least give us lots of data describing it. We asked a few sleep experts what’s useful and what isn’t. Here are the features they liked:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Do About the Weird, Gross Things That Happen to Your Pregnant Body 

The pregnant body—it’s a beautiful thing! It’s also a sweaty, gassy, crampy, achy, leaky, bumpy thing. Nobody says growing a new human is easy, but few people tell you about all the weird and gross ailments that can crop up throughout those nine months. Here’s why they happen, and what you can do about them. […]

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What to Do About the Weird, Gross Things That Happen to Your Pregnant Body 

The pregnant body—it’s a beautiful thing! It’s also a sweaty, gassy, crampy, achy, leaky, bumpy thing. Nobody says growing a new human is easy, but few people tell you about all the weird and gross ailments that can crop up throughout those nine months. Here’s why they happen, and what you can do about them. […]

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You Should Bring Earplugs to Movies and Concerts

It’s not just you—shows and movies can be really loud. Carrying earplugs in your purse or pocket might sound like the kind of thing a cranky old person might do, but if you want to be able to complain about things like theater noise when you’re ancient, it’s best to protect your hearing now.Read more… […]

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Don’t Expect Mail-Order Tests to Diagnose Your Food Allergies

“You are what you eat. What is slowing you down?” reads a sales page for EverlyWell’s food sensitivity tests ($199 and up). It would be great if any vague complaints you had about your body could be detected with a simple test and fixed at your next meal. Too bad that’s not how it works.Read […]

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What It Was Like Weighing 350 Pounds

It’s a no brainer that being obese versus being physically fit and attractive is a no-contest comparison. Speaking from experience on both sides, it’s one thing to hear it and it’s another thing to step out of one world and into another. The people around you will change their opinion of you and see you […]

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