Author Archives: Megan Schmidt

Is 99 Degrees Considered a Fever?

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering whether a thermometer reading means you’re sick, you’re not alone. Continue reading

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The Paleo Diet: Should Modern Humans Eat the Way Our Ancestors Did?

According to paleo diet literature, eating like our hunter-gatherer ancestors will help people lose weight and avoid diseases. But is this sound nutritional advice? Continue reading

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What Is Convalescent Plasma Therapy and How Does It Fight COVID-19?

Convalescent plasma therapy, an old-school weapon against deadly illnesses, gives coronavirus patients a dose of virus-fighting antibodies. Here’s what else you should know about “survivors’ blood.” Continue reading

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Why Walking Might Be One of the Best Exercises For Health

Science says: Don’t worry so much about getting 10,000 steps a day. But you might want to walk faster to reduce disease risk and live longer. Continue reading

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What Makes Grass-Fed Beef Different, and Are You Buying the Real Thing?

How grass-fed and grain-fed cattle are raised — and the truth behind the meat labeling requirements. Continue reading

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What Is Dexamethasone? About the Life-Saving Drug Repurposed for Coronavirus

Preliminary results of a study show dexamethasone improves survival more effectively than remdesivir among severely ill COVID-19 patients. Continue reading

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The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That It Benefits Our Health?

Some people believe certain health problems are the result of a diet that’s too acidic. The solution? Alkalizing foods to manage bodily pH. But that doesn’t quite add up. Continue reading

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What Is Hydroxychloroquine and Does It Treat COVID-19?

A look at the science and developments behind the pandemic’s most controversial drug. Continue reading

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What Science Says About the Health Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

What is considered a plant-based diet, and what makes it so healthy? Continue reading

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A Psychologist Explains How to Cope With Video Chat When You’re Socially Anxious

Zooming is all the rage, and that’s causing social anxiety to rear its ugly head among some people. Continue reading

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What Is Remdesivir, the First Drug That Treats Coronavirus?

Remdesivir is currently the world’s best hope for treating COVID-19. But it’s not a silver bullet. Continue reading

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The Pandemic Is Making Us Depressed and Anxious. Can Healthy Food Provide Relief?

We may need nutritious food more than ever. Research has linked higher-quality diets with reduced depression risk. Continue reading

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What Science Says About the Potential Health Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is often hailed as a healing elixir — but are the health claims too good to be true? Continue reading

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Why Coronavirus Is Turning People Into Hoarders: A Q&A on the Psychology of Pandemics

How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting our mental health — and turning some of us into survivalists. Continue reading

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Why Coronavirus Is Turning People Into Hoarders: A Q&A on the Psychology of Pandemics

How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting our mental health — and turning some of us into survivalists. Continue reading

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Meet 10 Women in Science Who Changed the World

Science is often considered a male-dominated field. But these female scientists broke boundaries and made important discoveries. Continue reading

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What Science Says About the Weight-Loss Potential of ‘OMAD’ Fasting — The One-Meal-a-Day Diet

More and more people are singing the praises of eating one meal a day. But is this extreme form of intermittent fasting a healthy and effective way to lose weight? Continue reading

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Food Waste Is a Serious Problem. Here Are 9 Ways to Throw Away Less Food

A third of all food produced is lost or wasted. Here are some strategies to waste less food in your home. Continue reading

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What Science Says About the Potential Healing Effects of Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great. But are they really safe remedies for anxiety, stress, pain and other health problems? Continue reading

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What Science Says About the Potential Healing Effects of Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great. But are they really safe remedies for anxiety, stress, pain and other health problems? Continue reading

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Is ‘Expired’ Milk Safe to Drink? Here’s How to Know When to Throw Away Food

Just because food in your refrigerator or pantry has passed its sell-by date, that doesn’t mean it’s unsafe to eat. Continue reading

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Mathematicians Say They’ve Figured Out How to Brew a Better Espresso Shot

The sacred belief that finely ground espresso beans are supreme doesn’t hold up to scientific testing. Continue reading

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Excess Tongue Fat Could Be Leading to Sleep Apnea, Scientists Find

A 10-percent reduction in body weight improves sleep apnea symptoms, thanks to a slimmer tongue. Continue reading

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Exercise Has Many Health Benefits. Weight Loss Isn’t Really One of Them

It’s harder than you might think to lose weight through exercise alone. Continue reading

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