Should I Get a Second Flu Shot This Year?

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This year’s deadly flu season has just about everybody scrambling to protect themselves from the virus. The news that we may not have even hit peak flu activity yet is almost too much to take. There’s only so much protection you can get from eating the right foods, logging eight hours of sleep, and washing your hands more times than […]

The Surprising Benefit of Eating Fish

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Ordering off the seafood menu may help ease the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study in Arthritis Care & Research. People with RA who ate fish at least twice a week reported less joint swelling and tenderness than those who rarely or never did—and the findings suggest that the more fish they […]

How an MS Diagnosis Changed My Relationship With Food

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For years, food was my comfort. My husband, Richard, spent ten years in and out of the hospital with complications from vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare and life-threatening connective tissue disease that causes spontaneous ruptures of arteries and hollow organs. During his illness, and through the emotional and financial upheaval in our lives, food was […]

The Scary Heart Health Danger Hiding in Plain Sight

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Last spring, I finally made it into my nurse practitioner’s office for a physical, my first one in about five years. (I’d been pregnant twice, moved across the country, bought and sold my first house—I’d been busy!) What I learned from my blood test results shocked and scared me: I was prediabetic. Prediabetes isn’t a disease […]

Antidepressants may raise death risk by a third

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A new study suggests that common antidepressants may pose a serious risk to health; they drastically raise the risk of mortality. As many as 1 in 10 people in the United States take medication for depression. The use of antidepressants has soared in recent years. It is currently estimated that 1 in 10 people in the United States rely on antidepressants. […]

Hepatitis C Is Spiking Among Young People

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Cases of hepatitis C in the United States have nearly tripled within a five-year period, reaching a new 15-year high of around 34,000 new hepatitis C infections in 2015, federal health officials reported. Experts attribute the higher rates to more injection drug use during the ongoing opioid epidemic. The new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

How to Care for Your Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin 101 “Three-quarters of my patients call their skin sensitive,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, “and treating skin too aggressively is one main reason why.” Even if you’re not intending to, you could be overwhelming your skin: The average woman uses 12 […]

10 Home Remedies for Eczema

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When eczema strikes, red, scaly patches invade the skin—and they itch like crazy. This chronic inflammatory condition (also called atopic dermatitis) can’t be cured, and tends to flare periodically and then subside. But with super-simple lifestyle changes and home remedies, you can ease your symptoms during an eczema flare-up—no doctor’s visit required. Here, dermatologists share […]