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April 21, 2017

Hi everyone,

This week we looked at popular over-the-counter painkillers, like ibuprofen, to see what happens when you take these seemingly benign pills on a regular basis. Some of the side effects may surprise you.

What do you do if you have a headache? Muscle soreness? Some other ache or pain? As always, we love to hear from you. Email us at health@time.com.

Be well,

Alexandra Sifferlin
TIME Health Writer

News you need
Do soda taxes really work?

A new study on the effects of the Berkeley soda tax shows promising results.

Does taking antidepressants during pregnancy cause autism?

New studies should give mothers reassurance.

Everything you should know about getting an IUD

How does one work? Is it painful? What does it cost? We answer all your questions.

What we're reading
Always hungry? This one ingredient may be to blame

A diet high in salt may trigger overeating and lead to weight gain.

These Are the Ibuprofen Risks You Need to Know

Popping non-prescription painkillers for headaches and sore muscles may come with a price to your health and heart, finds recent research

Why Zumba isn't just for the young and fit

Even people past middle age can benefit from the dance-based fitness program.

How your work commute can help you live longer

Scientists say that people who use their daily commute to squeeze in some physical activity may reap considerable rewards for their health.

Should I eat this?
8 healthy ways to use natural sweeteners

Here's how to use naturally sweet fruits and vegetables in your cooking and baking.

You asked, we answered
How many steps should I take a day?

Experts recommend more than 10,000, but expect diminishing returns.

What to cook this week

Need some spring salad ideas? Here's a tasty recipeĀ from our friends at Cooking Light

Grapefruit, Endive, and Arugula Salad

Cooking Light

 

One more thing before you go
What you should know about antibiotics

Antibiotics can carry some serious and surprising risks, like tendonitis.

 
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