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Eyedrops Are Too Big

We need smaller eyedroppers, stat. As ProPublica has reported, eyedrops are so large that they contain more liquid than can possibly fit into your eye. Fortunately, an adapter may be on the way that won’t waste half of your pricey glaucoma medication.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Know the Signs of an Airplane-Induced Blood Clot

Post-flight blood clots can catch even seasoned travelers by surprise, as travel writer Lindsey Campbell recently found out. She stretches before flights and moves around as much as she can—but after landing, she dismissed her calf pain as probably an injury from hiking.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help

Coin cell or “button” batteries are small, shiny, and feel tingly on the tongue. If you’re a toddler, that puts them into the category of “belongs in my mouth.” But a swallowed button battery can begin burning a hole through a kid’s esophagus in hours, causing pain, severe injury, and sometimes complications leading…Read more… Continue […]

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Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are

A new study has identified the hotspots of philosophical and religious vaccine exemptions: the paperwork that (in some states) you can fill out in lieu of getting your kindergartener vaccinated. Most are in rural areas, but 15 mid-size cities have a dangerous combination of a large population and a high rate of these…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Find a Pharmacy That Can Prescribe Birth Control

Pharmacists can prescribe birth control in eight states and Washington, DC, meaning you can walk into a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription and walk out with, often, a full year’s worth of pills. The patch, shot, and vaginal ring can also be prescribed this way.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Your Baby’s Teething Medicine Could Be Dangerous  

If you’re a parent, you’ve been there. All the rocking, patting and rounds of “Old McDonald” in the world won’t stop your baby’s misery. After weeks of sleepless nights, you think the child might need to be exorcised, but then it turns out she’s just getting new teeth.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The New Drug for Migraines Has Some Drawbacks

The FDA just approved a new, first-of-its-kind drug intended to prevent migraines. It comes in an auto-injector device (you stab yourself once a month) at a list price of $575 a pop. In a sad commentary on American drug prices, this is a cheaper price than investors expected. Meanwhile, people on r/migraine are saying…Read more… […]

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Don’t Take Your Baby to a Chiropractor

If you have a baby, and if something is wrong with that baby (something always seems wrong), somebody will suggest that you take your baby to a chiropractor. Perhaps you will hear this recommendation even when nothing is wrong. Friends, do not take your baby to the chiropractor.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Don’t bother inviting me to a dinner party, because I don’t have to snoop in your bathroom to tell you this: you’ve got a mess in your medicine cabinet… or whatever you use for storage in there. Hundreds of band-aids, but none where you need them? Expired medications? Yeah, I’ve been there too.Read more… Continue […]

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What your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean

LDL used to be the “bad cholesterol” and HDL the “good cholesterol.” That’s the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but the science has evolved since then. High HDL is no longer automatically good, for example. Let’s take a look at what your cholesterol numbers really mean.Read more… […]

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Measles Is on the Rise in Europe and Just Visited NYC

Measles isn’t a common childhood disease anymore, thanks to the measles vaccine, which is usually administered in a combination shot called the MMR. In the US, we’re lucky that more than 90 percent of people have gotten the shot, and the disease isn’t in regular circulation. But don’t relax just yet—germs travel.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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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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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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Will You Blab Your Secrets Under Anesthesia? 

Today’s Burning Question deals with deep, dark secrets, and I’m afraid I can’t tell you exactly what those secrets are, because I don’t know either. Our question came in anonymously, and the letter writer asks:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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