Health Tips

Want to take years off your face? These treatments can rejuvenate your skin

An increasing array of nonsurgical products and procedures aim to reduce the effects of time and sun exposure. Image: studiokovac/Thinkstock It’s often said that our lives are written on our faces. But if you feel like doing a little editing—erasing a few fine lines, softening a deep furrow, or evening out some patchy spots—there’s an increasing array of products and ...

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3 easy ways to boost your brain

Mind-bending puzzles aren’t the only route to improving memory and reason. Activities that engage your emotions and senses may be even better. Image: JDwow /Thinkstock Published: January, 2017 In the midst of promotions for commercial brain training programs to ward off age-related cognitive decline, a few studies are beginning to indicate that simple pleasures may be even more productive. You ...

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An aspirin a day for your health?

A daily low-dose aspirin may help prevent stroke and certain cancers, but the therapy carries certain risks you’ll want to discuss with your physician. It used to be that you would reach for an aspirin only if you had a headache or an achy joint, but current research shows that low doses of the drug may reduce your risk of ...

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Obscure Vomiting Illness Linked to Long-Term Pot Use

The rare syndrome can affect people who smoke many times a day, over a lengthy period Credit: pabloborca Getty Images For 17 years, Chalfonte LeNee Queen suffered periodic episodes of violent retching and abdominal pain that would knock her off her feet for days, sometimes leaving her writhing on the floor in pain. “I’ve screamed out for death,” said Queen, 48, who ...

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Trump Administration Halts Program That Evaluates Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Therapies

The initiative was terminated without any replacement offerings set up in its place   Credit: Getty Images The Trump administration has abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help physicians, families, and others separate effective “evidence-based” treatments for substance abuse and behavioral health problems from worthless interventions. The program, called the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, was ...

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The Messy Facts about Diet and Inflammation

Can certain foods really help you fight heart disease, arthritis and dementia? Credit: Celia Krampien In health, as with so many things, our greatest strength can be our greatest weakness. Take our astonishingly sophisticated response to injury and infection. Our bodies unleash armies of cellular troops to slaughter invaders and clear out traitors. Their movements are marshaled by signaling chemicals, such ...

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How Does the Flu Actually Kill People?

Every year the common virus is lethal to many. What happens inside the body that results in death? Influenza virus. Credit: BSIP Getty Images One Sunday in November 20-year-old Alani Murrieta of Phoenix began to feel sick and left work early. She had no preexisting medical conditions but her health declined at a frighteningly rapid pace, as detailed by her family and friends ...

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The Problem Child of Seasonal Flu”: Beware This Winter’s Virus

H3N2 is deadlier than many other influenza strains          Credit: Matthieu Spohn Getty Images People in public health hate H3N2 flu seasons, like the one gripping most of North America right now. So do folks who work in hospitals and in the care facilities that look after the elderly. To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. ...

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How Opioids Kill

What happens in the body during a fatal overdose? And why is fentanyl responsible for more deaths than ever? Credit: vidguten Getty Images One evening this past fall a patient stumbled into the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “I don’t feel so…” she muttered, before losing consciousness. Her breathing was shallow and her pupils were pinpoints, typical symptoms ...

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How to Overcome Lost Motivation

Imagine if you walked into school on the first day of kindergarten and your teacher handed you an exam for calculus. Or maybe even algebra. What would happen? You’d fail, obviously. The same thing happens with diet and exercise. You walk into a trap. One that is designed for most people to start and stop with limited success, regardless of ...

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