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How to Build a Cheap Air Purifier How to Build a Cheap Air Purifier

A high-quality HEPA air purifier can eliminate nearly all the smoke, dust or allergen particles from the air in a room—but a $30 contraption can eliminate about 90 percent. It’s worth a try if you need to clean your indoor air on the cheap.

How to Protect Your Pets From Wildfire Smoke How to Protect Your Pets From Wildfire Smoke

Your pets breathe the same air you do. If you’re putting on a mask and taking precautions against wildfire smoke, you should be taking precautions for your pets as well.

Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App Fix Your Bad Sleep Habits With the Shleep App

There’s a lot of pricey sleep tech out there, not to mention supplements and products aimed at giving you more “energy” during the day. But most of us, if we’re feeling tired all the time, just need to get our butts to bed.

This Is the Right Way to Wear a Smoke Mask This Is the Right Way to Wear a Smoke Mask

A surgical mask isn’t going to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke, so if you’re in a smoky area, make sure you have the right mask and you know how to wear it.

How Much Exercise Kids Really Need How Much Exercise Kids Really Need

In the new exercise guidelines for Americans, children get their own section. We don’t always think about how much our kids move around, but we probably should. More exercise means better sleep and a better mood, not to mention setting kids up for a healthier adulthood.

Schedule a Day of Doctor Appointments Schedule a Day of Doctor Appointments

The typical American is terrible at taking time off and seeing a doctor as often as they should. There are, of course, structural reasons for this for many people, but as the year nears its end, consider combining the two, assuming you have the stability and means: Take a day off of work to get all of your medical…

What Are You Afraid You're Dying Of?  What Are You Afraid You're Dying Of? 

Is that recurring twitch in your cheek a symptom of something more serious than fatigue? Why is your eyesight blurry by the end of the day? What’s that thing on your foot? We can’t answer these questions, but we know people who can, maybe!

Track Your Sleep With the Apple Watch Track Your Sleep With the Apple Watch

I share my bedroom with at least one person, sometimes two or three depending on whether any children migrate during the night. So I feel like I have a superpower when I wake up and silence my alarm five minutes before it actually goes off. I’m not super, of course: it’s just a silent alarm on my Apple Watch.

Do You Really Need a Primary Care Doctor?  Do You Really Need a Primary Care Doctor? 

You can get away without having a primary care physician (PCP) for a while if you’re young, healthy, and a little bit stupid. But over time you’ll have enough health concerns that avoiding a PCP will make your life more complicated. Here’s how to know when you hit that point:

Identify Mystery Pills With This Field Guide Identify Mystery Pills With This Field Guide

Ever find a few mystery pills in the bottom of your purse—or worse, in a place your kid or pet may have gotten into? Fortunately every medication has its own distinctive shape, color, and markings, so it’s possible to identify a lost pill. The Poison Control Centers have a pill identifier that can help.

Stop Calling Every Brown Spider a Brown Recluse Stop Calling Every Brown Spider a Brown Recluse

If you live on the east coast, the west coast, or in any of those big square states, you almost certainly did not see a deadly brown recluse in your basement that one time. If you know somebody who was bitten by one, there’s a good chance they weren’t. Even within the recluse’s territory, chances are still low.

Green Tea Extract Can Be Terrible for Your Liver Green Tea Extract Can Be Terrible for Your Liver

A Texas man needed a liver transplant after taking green tea extract, and his case isn’t the first of its kind. Green tea supplements (but not actual green tea) have been linked to liver damage in the past, too.

Why You Should Know How Much Caffeine Is in Everything Why You Should Know How Much Caffeine Is in Everything

Most of us go through life with only a vague idea of how much caffeine is in what we eat and drink. That coffee should wake us up; this soda is probably caffeine-free. But if you want to use caffeine effectively, you really need to know the amount in your favorite sources. You can’t properly time your caffeine…

How Marketing Created Superfoods How Marketing Created Superfoods

What’s so special about superfoods, anyway? Even as the term fades slightly from marketing copy, we all still pay attention to specific foods that we’ve heard are better for us than the rest. Red wine. Goji berries. Kale.

How to Navigate the Health Care System Like a Pro How to Navigate the Health Care System Like a Pro

People with complex medical conditions end up having a lot of contact with our health care system: surgeries, doctors’ visits, specialists and therapies and imaging tests and more. And that makes them experts, in a sense, on how to get the most out of your visits.

Get Treatment for Minor Conditions Without Heading to the Doctor's Office With This Site Get Treatment for Minor Conditions Without Heading to the Doctor's Office With This Site

Even if you have great insurance, visiting the doctor can sometimes be a huge pain. You have to find a time they can fit you in, find a time you can actually get off work to make it into the office, and dig up the cash that you need to pay your co-pay — and you’re doing it all while you’re not feeling your best.

How to Get a Safe Abortion by Mail How to Get a Safe Abortion by Mail

Abortion pills are safe, effective, and legal, but in many parts of the US it can be difficult to actually get your hands on them. For the first time, an online service is making the pills directly available online, through a loophole that they say is legal in the US.

Why You Keep Hearing About a Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' Among Children Why You Keep Hearing About a Polio-Like 'Mystery Illness' Among Children

The CDC confirmed this week that 62 people, mainly children, have come down with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an illness that weakens their arms and legs. But even though the symptoms are scary (they’ve been described as “polio-like,”) it’s a very rare disease and I promise you there’s no need to freak out. Doctors…

How to Know Whether You Need to Call Poison Control How to Know Whether You Need to Call Poison Control

The Poison Control Center is always there for you if you’ve swallowed, inhaled, or been exposed to something you shouldn’t. If your symptoms are serious, you should skip straight to 911 instead. But what if you aren’t sure whether you (or your child) have been exposed to a meaningful amount of poison? The center has a …

Your Guide to the 2018-2019 Flu Shot Your Guide to the 2018-2019 Flu Shot

The CDC recommends a flu shot for everybody from six-month-old babies on up. The recommendations and available vaccines change slightly each year, so we’ve got your cheat sheet for the 2018-2019 flu season.

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