Alcohol isn’t exactly a health food, but it can be hard to pass up a drink (or two) even when you’re trying to eat well. How can you make sure you’re not ruining your health too badly with a night out? Here’s what you need to know.
Over-the-counter spot treatments seem downright miraculous, claiming to zap zits in a matter of hours. As it turns out, that’s not how anything works—and if you break out all over your face, selectively treating a few spots is, at best a pretty inefficient strategy.
Probiotics are beloved by many health-conscious folks. They fit that sweet spot between natural (always good, right?) and medical (must have health benefits). I get legit hate mail if I write anything less-than-glowing about probiotics. One charming gentleman called me “fake news” and suggested I get my head out of my…
With its latest redesign, Google Fit no longer makes a big deal about your steps for the day (although the number is still there, in fine print). Instead, you’re supposed to be tracking your Move Minutes and the mysterious Heart Points.
The new $399-and-up Apple Watch will be able to measure the electrical activity of your heart, its groundbreaking ECG or EKG feature. (Both acronyms stand for “electrocardiogram.”) But there are some important caveats.
Colleges and universities often offer mental health counseling as a free service, but school counselors aren’t always required to keep your information private. Here are your options, and what to know, if you want to seek help confidentially.
I grew up a sedentary nerd, resenting gym class and failing miserably at the few sports I tried. But in my twenties I found some forms of exercise I didn’t hate, and in my thirties I started using the word “athlete” to describe myself.
Ah, bathroom matters. Much like with sex, there seems to be a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Also, as with sex, reports of high numbers may be exaggerated. High pooping numbers, that is.
Drugstores are full of things that won’t necessarily heal us—vitamin C, homeopathic drops, probiotics—but we shrug and buy them anyway because, hey, they can’t hurt. But now we have some concrete evidence that probiotics can hurt, if they’re not exactly the right ones for the health condition you’re trying to treat.
Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we’re willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There’s just so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help you with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for iOS.
Bats are adorable and important members of our ecosystem, but they also caused 17 of the 19 rabies deaths in the US between 1997 and 2006. You can be bitten without knowing it, which is why health departments often recommend a rabies shot if you wake up with a bat in your room.
Coconut oil has a great reputation as a healthy, natural, even miraculous substance—even though, as far as we can tell, it never really did anything to earn that reputation. Now a professor is making headlines for calling it “poison” in a lecture in Germany. What do you really need to know about coconut oil?
Google has given us the best email service, the best Maps app, one of the best AI assistants, and the best search engine. And now, they’re getting into the mindfulness game, as well.
Asbestos, a fireproof, fibrous mineral, was once in all kinds of products: building insulation and tiles, the linings of anything that could be exposed to heat, and even fake snow used as a Christmas decoration. Too bad it’s a carcinogen.
We all know that working out is important, but sometimes actually making it to the gym is easier said than done. This week ClassPass unveiled a new app that can potentially make squeezing a workout in those days a little easier.
West Nile Virus has its moment every summer and fall, and in recent weeks many states have started reporting their first human cases of the season. Here’s what to know about this mosquito-borne illness.
23andMe has reached a deal with pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, giving the company access to their (your) genetic data to potentially develop new drugs. Did they just sell us all out? Not exactly.
You can swab the inside of your dog’s cheek to find out whether they have any genes linked to certain canine diseases—but it may be best if you don’t. These services have flaws similar to those of human DNA tests, including false positives and false negatives.
As a parsimonious young adult with crap insurance and what I thought was a pretty decent set of choppers, I once let a decade elapse between visits to the dentist. I brush. I floss. I figured everything was more or less cool.
iOS: Apple and certain medical institutions are making a play to get patients to view their medical records more frequently—and seamlessly—with Apple Health.