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Find the Joy In Improving Yourself Find the Joy In Improving Yourself

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

How to Avoid Giant Hogweed, the Plant That Causes Severe Burns How to Avoid Giant Hogweed, the Plant That Causes Severe Burns

Do not touch this plant. If you get some of the sap on your skin, chemicals in the sap will attack the DNA in your skin cells and make you sensitive to the sun. So sensitive, in fact, that normal sun exposure can give you a blistering sunburn-like rash that takes weeks or months to go away.

You’re Probably Not Allergic to Penicillin After All You’re Probably Not Allergic to Penicillin After All

I went through most of my life thinking I was allergic to penicillin. I’d had hives with a dose of the stuff as a child, and an also-allergic family member taught me to look for an allergy section on every medical form I filled out, and make sure to write “penicillin” on the line.

Please Don't Steam Your Vagina Please Don't Steam Your Vagina

We thought the problems of the “V steam” were widely understood, but recently Chrissy Teigen posted on Instagram that she’s trying a vaginal steam despite not being sure whether it will work or whether, perhaps, her vagina might dissolve.

Know the Signs of an Airplane-Induced Blood Clot 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.

If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help 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…

Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are 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…

Get Enough Vitamin D From Sunlight Using This App  Get Enough Vitamin D From Sunlight Using This App 

Our skin can turn 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D with just a little help from sunshine. If you don’t get much sun, no biggie, you can also get vitamin D from your food. But you may be wondering—how much sunshine is enough?

How to Find the Nearest Blood Drive on World Blood Donor Day How to Find the Nearest Blood Drive on World Blood Donor Day

Every year on June 14, people around the world will donate blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, a celebration to raise awareness of the need for blood and to thank all voluntary donors.

Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line

People with pre-existing medical conditions could lose their individual health insurance coverage if a judge rules in favor of the 20 states currently suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

How to Find a Pharmacy That Can Prescribe Birth Control 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.

How Gross Are Your Used Towels? How Gross Are Your Used Towels?

Germs, like you and I, enjoy the warm and slightly moist embrace of a bath towel. (Hey, if it’s not moist when you first put it on, it gets moist.) But these germs are just here to cuddle; normal use of a bath towel is not likely to make you sick.

Can Sound Make You Sick? Can Sound Make You Sick?

American diplomats in China are falling ill with symptoms like headaches, nausea, and hearing loss after hearing “odd sounds” in their apartments. It’s an eerily similar situation to what happened in Cuba in 2016 when 24 diplomats complained about strange sounds and nearly-identical symptoms. Is sound actually making…

Ask Your Pharmacist About Paying for Your Prescriptions in Cash Ask Your Pharmacist About Paying for Your Prescriptions in Cash

You might think your insurance is getting the best prices possible for your prescriptions at your local pharmacy, but it turns out it could actually be increasing your out-of-pocket costs, thanks to a prescription “gag rule.”

This Graphic Shows What Really Matters in Preventing Cancer This Graphic Shows What Really Matters in Preventing Cancer

Living a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent cancer. (No cancer is completely preventable, though; genetics and bad luck are factors, too.) But which lifestyle factors really matter? The World Cancer Research Fund has a handy graphic to point them out.

How to Tell if Your Fitness Class Is Too Loud How to Tell if Your Fitness Class Is Too Loud

When I walk into my local cycling studio, the music is at a level that’s easy to talk over. But once the instructor clips in, the volume goes way up. The sound fills your ears, so you can’t hear the person next to you breathing heavy. You feel like you’re inside the song, which helps you to really feel its energy.…

How to Take a Mental Health Day From Your Job How to Take a Mental Health Day From Your Job

Taking time away from work when you’ve got the flu or a sprained ankle is not only expected, but encouraged. But mental health issues sometimes require time off, too.

When to Use Liquid Bandages Instead of Band-Aids When to Use Liquid Bandages Instead of Band-Aids

When I get bored at the drugstore, I buy gimmicky stuff I don’t need. That’s how I finally discovered liquid bandage, which it turns out I do need, because it’s great for small cuts, blisters, and any cut on my hand. Liquid bandage replaces a normal bandage with a layer of clear liquid applied directly to the wound.

How to Keep Your Bed as Cool as Possible This Summer How to Keep Your Bed as Cool as Possible This Summer

It’s hard to get a good night’s rest when it’s too hot to sleep—and since we’ve already started seeing “record high temperature” headlines in the news, it’s time to figure out our nighttime cool-down strategies.

Use This 'Pain Scale' to Assess Your Mental Health Use This 'Pain Scale' to Assess Your Mental Health

If you’ve ever been in the hospital recovering from a surgery, you know the health care providers will ask you to “rate” your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, so they can administer pain relief if you need it. But assessing mental-health distress doesn’t have a simple 1-10 scale, because mental health isn’t as…

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