Mental Distress Among Americans Has Tripled During Pandemic
Young adults and those with children experienced the most pronounced spikesBy Markham Heid May 7, 2020
Vaping May Be Worse for Heart Health Than Tobacco Cigarettes, New Study Finds
E-cigarettes may be more harmful to a smoker’s heart than traditional tobacco cigarettes. That’s the finding of new research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, presented today (Nov. 11) at an American Heart Association...By Markham Heid November 11, 2019
How to Help Your Body Adjust to Colder Weather
Fall is here, and the mercury is falling in thermostats across the northern hemisphere. The good news: Not only will your body acclimate to the cooler weather, but you can also hurry this process along....By Markham Heid October 29, 2019
Are Time-Outs Harmful to Kids? The Latest Research Says Otherwise
When Amy and Steve Unruh decided to adopt a four-year-old child from the Philippines, they anticipated challenges. They understood it would take time, as well as a great deal of love and care, for their...By Markham Heid October 15, 2019
Is Melatonin Safe to Take Every Night?
As in so many things, caution is warrantedBy Markham Heid October 1, 2019
Is Wine Really Healthier Than Beer?
Beginning in the 1980s, researchers noticed that the French—despite typically eating a diet with lots of foods containing saturated fat and cholesterol—had lower than expected rates of heart disease and early death. Some called this...By Markham Heid September 27, 2019
Should Parents Worry About Kids Drinking Coffee?
Spend an afternoon hanging out in a Starbucks or Dunkin, and you’ll probably see a handful of teens—and maybe even some younger kids—stopping in for a cup of coffee. A 2017 industry report from the...By Markham Heid September 5, 2019
How Wearing Sunglasses Actually Impacts Your Eyes, According to Science
When most people think about sun-related damage, they probably worry about their skin. But the sun’s ultraviolet rays also pose a threat to a person’s eyes. According to a 2014 study funded by the U.S....By Markham Heid August 26, 2019
How to Avoid Vehicle Pollution When You’re Stuck in Traffic
Most non-electric motor vehicles emit multiple airborne pollutants, including nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons, and ultrafine chemical particles. Breathing in these pollutants can cause or contribute to a wide range of health problems, from heart and lung...By Markham Heid August 19, 2019
Why Drinking Water All Day Long Is Not the Best Way to Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is a drag on human performance. It can cause fatigue and sap endurance among athletes, according to a 2018 study in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. Even mild dehydration can interfere with a person’s...By Markham Heid August 9, 2019
The Best Sports and Exercises to Avoid Injury
The human body is made to move, and physical activity is a requirement for lifelong health. But exercise-related injuries are a significant concern few people think about until it’s too late. Even a mild sprain...By Markham Heid August 7, 2019
Is Sugar as Bad for Kids as It Is for Adults?
Kids love sweets. Of course, so do many adults. But even those grown-ups with a serious sweet tooth would likely struggle to polish off a big bag of candy, while the average kid would relish...By Markham Heid August 1, 2019
Why You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them
If you’re the type who dons new duds without washing them first, there’s a chance you may pay a price for it a few days later. A red, itchy, painful price. Allergic contact dermatitis is...By Markham Heid July 23, 2019
Does Listening to Music Stimulate Creative Thinking, or Stifle It?
Listening to music while you work “significantly impairs” creativity. That was the conclusion of a study published earlier this year in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology that examined the effect of different types of background...By Markham Heid July 16, 2019
Are Paint Fumes a Health Concern? Here's What the Latest Science Says
If you’re one of the many homeowners considering using this summer to repaint your house or apartment, you might have been concerned to hear that, according to a just-published study in the journal Occupational &...By Markham Heid July 5, 2019
What the Science Really Says About Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk
As backyard cookout season kicks into high gear, many people may be eyeing their sizzling burgers and dogs with suspicion. And for good reason: a number of studies published in the past two decades have...By Markham Heid June 25, 2019
Can Wearing a Hat Contribute to Baldness?
Take off that hat. It will make you bald. It’s the sort of thing an opinionated grandparent might tell a grandchild wearing a hat indoors, but there are some who believe there’s wisdom in the...By Markham Heid June 17, 2019
The Science Behind Fever Dreams
Nearly everyone has experienced a fever and its attendant symptoms—from fatigue and body aches to hot flashes and chills. You may also have noticed strange or unusually vivid dreams while trying to sleep off an...By Markham Heid June 11, 2019
Why Not Everyone Should Sleep with a White Noise Machine
Sleep sound machines—producing white, pink, or brown noise—can be indispensable for some. But the science shows they aren't for everyone.By Markham Heid June 4, 2019
Your Bottled Water Probably Has Plastic In It. Should You Worry?
Unfortunately, bottled water is just the startBy Markham Heid May 29, 2019
Experts Say 'How Much' Is the Wrong Way to Assess Screen Time
Way back in the late 1990s—not long after home Internet use became widespread in the U.S.—researchers started turning up links between time spent on computers and poor mental health. A 1998 study in the journal...By Markham Heid May 29, 2019
Are Veggie Chips or Straws Healthier Than Potato Chips?
If you’re trying to sneak more vegetables into your—or your kid’s—diet, swapping regular potato chips for veggie chips or sticks may seem like a healthy substitution. But nutrition experts say some of these ostensibly good-for-you...By Markham Heid May 21, 2019
The 3 Most Effective Exercise Moves That Don’t Require Equipment
No machines or dumbbells requiredBy Markham Heid May 8, 2019
Can Anxiety Cause High Blood Pressure? Here's What the Research Says
Constant worrying is bad for the heartBy Markham Heid April 24, 2019
Is Ghee Healthy? Here's What the Science Says
The fat may be worth adding to your dietBy Markham Heid April 22, 2019
Why Spicy Food Makes Your Nose Run—and Why It's Great for You
Capsaicin has an unusual effect on painBy Markham Heid April 17, 2019
Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here's What the Science Says
Some of the research is encouraging, but not conclusiveBy Markham Heid April 11, 2019
Americans Are Obsessed With Tidying Up. But There's a Downside to Being Organized
Experts says a desire for neatness may be a response to turmoilBy Markham Heid April 9, 2019
Can Meditation Improve Your Health? Here's What to Know
And how to get startedBy Markham Heid April 2, 2019
You Asked: Should I Try ‘Mindful Eating?’
The case for focusing on your food is growing strongerBy Markham Heid March 20, 2019
Depression and Suicide Rates Are Rising Sharply in Young Americans, New Report Says. This May Be One Reason Why
Social media is a prime suspectMarch 14, 2019
Do Gummy Vitamins Work? Here's What Experts Say
They’re not the same as traditional supplementsBy Markham Heid March 13, 2019
Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?
Behavior and biology provide some hintsBy Markham Heid February 27, 2019
Is It Bad to Sleep With Wet Hair?
Here's what fans of night showers need to knowBy Markham Heid February 20, 2019
You Asked: What’s the Most Effective Machine to Use at the Gym?
You don’t need much time to get a total-body workoutBy Markham Heid February 13, 2019
Why Do You Get Sleepy After Eating? These Are the Top Theories
What you eat mattersBy Markham Heid January 30, 2019
Nootropics, or ‘Smart Drugs,’ Are Gaining Popularity. But Should You Take Them?
The research on these pills and supplements is intriguing, but inconclusiveBy Markham Heid January 23, 2019
Is Black Pepper Healthy? Here's What the Science Says
The spice has been linked to benefits—and risksBy Markham Heid January 16, 2019
These Are the Best Ways to Improve Your Memory
All day every day, your brain is bombarded with new information. Confronted with this tsunami of sensory and cerebral input, it’s no wonder much of it slips through your memory’s grasp. But if you feel...By Markham Heid January 7, 2019
Is Snoring Dangerous? Here's When to Worry
Winston Churchill was a notorious snorer. So, allegedly, was Queen Victoria. They have plenty of company. Roughly 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women snore every night or almost every night, according to...By Markham Heid January 4, 2019
Here's the Best Way to Boost Your Immune System
Eat this, move this way and take this supplement.By Markham Heid December 20, 2018
Here's One Simple Way You Can Start Eating Healthier
If you’re going to make one change, make it this oneBy Markham Heid December 4, 2018
Here's Why People Are Obsessed With Popping Pimples
You know it’s a bad idea to pop your pimples. Dermatologists say so. “If the inflamed or infected material”—i.e., the pimple pus—“is not easily extruded with a little pressure, you could force it deep and...By Markham Heid November 21, 2018
Here’s Why You Get More Acne in the Winter — And How to Fix It
Winter weather can cause pimples, but there are ways to fight itBy Markham Heid November 14, 2018
Does Echinacea Really Work Against Colds? Here's What the Science Says
It depends on who you ask.By Markham Heid November 7, 2018
Here's the Healthiest Way to Gain Weight
For most Americans with weight issues, the problem is carrying around too much, not too little. While obesity rates have surged in North America since the 1970s, the proportion of underweight people has remained low—less...By Markham Heid October 31, 2018
There’s Worrying New Research About Kids’ Screen Time and Their Mental Health
Hours of daily use are linked to depression and anxietyBy Markham Heid October 29, 2018
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