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What Genetic Tests Really Say About Your Cancer Risk

How to pick the best at-home DNA test for you — and what to do with the answers you get about your health. Continue reading

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Can’t Sleep? Try These Tips to Get a Better Night’s Rest

Whether you’ve had a few bad nights or true insomnia, there are steps you can take to fall asleep and stay asleep. Continue reading

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Can Copper Cure Pain?

Arthritis sufferers swear by copper bracelets and creams. But the metal’s real benefit is more than skin deep. Continue reading

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If a Parent Has Alzheimer’s, What’s The Likelihood of Their Children Getting It?

Experts say genes are only one part of the equation. Continue reading

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How to Safely Visit Family This Holiday Season

Here’s how to navigate Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday gatherings during the pandemic. Continue reading

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Is Elderberry an Effective Treatment Against the Flu?

Despite a long history of therapeutic use, the research on elderberry’s benefits in fighting the flu comes up short. Continue reading

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Why Wearing a Face Mask Halfway Can Be Dangerous   

COVID-19 targets the types of cells that are found in the nose. Researchers say an exposed nose likely makes someone more prone to getting infected. Continue reading

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He Became Depressed and His Sex Drive Disappeared. What Was the Cause?

‘Everything was fine’ for this salesman, but he couldn’t shake his funk. His hormones may have had something to do with it. Continue reading

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Diet by DNA: Is the Best Way to Eat Written in Your Genes?

Nutrigenomics companies that use genetic data to create diets are becoming more popular. But does matching diet to genes improve health? Continue reading

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How Dogs Can Benefit Your Mental Health

More and more Americans have been getting pups during the pandemic — which can actually boost your overall wellness. Continue reading

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Can You Boost Your Metabolism? Here’s What the Science Says

Metabolic flexibility is the latest buzzword for biohackers looking to shed fat, ward off disease and live longer. Now $300 devices say they can help us track and ‘hack’ our metabolism. But is this really the fast-track to a long and healthy life? Continue reading

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SARS-CoV-2 Infection Can Block Pain, Opening Up Unexpected New Possibilities for Research Into Pain Relief Medication

The spike protein on SARS-CoV-2 interferes with pain perception. Continue reading

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Keeping Coronavirus Vaccines at Subzero Temperatures During Distribution Will Be Hard, But Likely Key to Ending Pandemic

Trucks, planes and storage facilities all need to be able to keep a vaccine cold. Continue reading

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Leptitox Reviews: Does This Fat Burner Work?

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What Is Inflammation, and Why Is It Sometimes ‘Bad’ for Your Health?

The buzzword health condition can help or harm, depending on the situation. Continue reading

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Cancer Is on the Rise Among Young People

Over the past decade, cancers associated with obesity show some of the most troubling increases affecting young adults and adolescents. Continue reading

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Best Keto Diet Pills Review: Top BHB Ketone Supplements 2020

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Best Appetite Suppressants: A Buyer’s Guide

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Why It’ll Take More Than One Vaccine to Beat COVID-19

Multiple vaccines might be necessary to account for variations in effectiveness and how well they protect different populations of people. Continue reading

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To Stop Coronavirus’ Spread, We’ll Need New Testing Technology

Experts say communities must massively scale up COVID-19 testing, with quicker turnaround times. New test innovations in the works promise to do just that. Continue reading

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How Caffeine and Alcohol Can Make Your Mental Health Worse

Overuse of coffee, booze and over-the-counter medications can exacerbate symptoms of anxiety, depression and other conditions. Continue reading

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The Latest Supplement Touted As a COVID-19 Treatment? Melatonin

A Texas physician claims he treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients with everyone’s favorite sleep aid. But there’s reasons to be wary of the hype. Continue reading

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Night Terrors: When It’s More Than Just a Bad Dream

Scientists are still working to fully understand this frightening sleep disorder. Continue reading

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How Chemicals Like PFAS Can Increase Your Risk of Severe COVID-19

The same chronic illnesses associated with exposure to endocrine-disrupting compounds also increase risk of developing severe COVID-19. Continue reading

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A $5 Coronavirus Test Can Deliver Results in 15 Minutes. Here’s How It Works

Give a nurse 15 minutes and a nasal swab, and they might be able to tell you if you have coronavirus with this low-cost, rapid antigen test. Continue reading

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Grain-Free Diets Have Been Linked to Serious Heart Problems in Dogs

The FDA and other researchers are investigating the link between grain-free dog food and a heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. Continue reading

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With More People Getting Outside This Summer, Scientists Wonder if Lyme Disease Cases Will Jump

It’s too soon to know exactly how the pandemic will influence Lyme disease cases. But experts speculate that common viral infection symptoms could cause some confusion. Continue reading

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Coronavirus or the Flu: Is There a Difference Between Symptoms?

Cold, flu and COVID-19 symptoms all look similar, so it’s ill-advised to self-diagnose. But experts agree that it’s probably a good idea to isolate yourself from others while you wait for test results. Continue reading

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A Man Was Reinfected With Coronavirus After Recovery — What Does This Mean for Immunity?

Reports describe a Hong Kong man who was reinfected with the coronavirus after returning from Europe. Why wasn’t the man immune to reinfection? Continue reading

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What Science Knows About Fibromyalgia, a Painful Illness That is Often Invisible

We still don’t know what causes the chronic condition. But researchers are exploring the symptoms, leading to new understanding of its many manifestations. Continue reading

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