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Is Plant Protein Better For You Than Animal Protein? Is Plant Protein Better For You Than Animal Protein?

We all need protein, but meat isn’t the only place to find it. People who swap out animal protein for plant-based alternatives often end up eating healthier diets, but there are a few things you need to know before assuming that plant protein is always healthier.

All Your Sunscreen Questions, Answered All Your Sunscreen Questions, Answered

Sunscreen is a wonder of technology. It’s the closest thing we have to an anti-aging miracle, and it makes the outdoors safe for pale folks like me who would otherwise fry to a bright pink crisp. But we know you have questions about how to use it, and even whether you really need to use it. Here’s our primer on all…

MG Is a Rare STD That May Soon Become a Lot More Common MG Is a Rare STD That May Soon Become a Lot More Common

As if there weren’t enough sexually transmitted diseases to worry about, Mycoplasma genitalium is now being more closely scrutinized by public officials. A British sexual health organization has released new guidelines for stopping it from becoming the next superbug, and the least we can do is be aware that it exists.

Cipro's Safety Warnings Just Got Scarier Cipro's Safety Warnings Just Got Scarier

I was prescribed Cipro once. When I got the bottle of pills home, I took a minute to read the leaflet that the pharmacy stuffs in the bag—mostly just to be a diligent nerd, not because I expected any shocking news. But when I got to the part that said one side effect is tendon rupture(!!!), I put the leaflet down and…

How to Hide Weed From Your Kids How to Hide Weed From Your Kids

Marijuana is becoming legal in more and more places, which means that more and more people are bringing home weed. No matter if you prefer low-key vape cartridges, sticky nugs, tasty edible treats, or the myriad varieties of concentrates, one thing remains the same: You have to keep that stuff away from your kids.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious condition that can result in seizures, organ failure, and more. And before you get heat stroke, you’ll experience a milder condition called heat exhaustion. Knowing signs of both can help you keep yourself and your friends safe.

What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a Texas state law restricting access to abortion was unconstitutional. If that decision were to be overturned by a future Supreme Court case (something anti-abortion advocates are working toward), states could once again enforce such laws.

Eyedrops Are Too Big Eyedrops Are Too Big

We need smaller eyedroppers, stat. As ProPublica has reported, eyedrops are so large that they contain more liquid than can possibly fit into your eye. Fortunately, an adapter may be on the way that won’t waste half of your pricey glaucoma medication.

Here's Another Friendly Reminder To Wash Your Damn Hands Here's Another Friendly Reminder To Wash Your Damn Hands

If you’ve ever suffered gastrointestinal distress after a summer barbecue, it might not have been the potato salad—it might have been someone’s terrible food safety practices. Specifically, they probably didn’t wash their hands.

Stop Wiping Your Butt So Hard Stop Wiping Your Butt So Hard

Good morning, here’s a story about my butthole. Years ago, it was itching constantly, and I couldn’t figure out why. I assumed it was dirty, so when I went to the bathroom, I always made sure to wipe extra hard. Finally a doctor had to tell me to stop that, and give my butthole a break. I did, and I stopped itching. I…

Find the Joy In Improving Yourself Find the Joy In Improving Yourself

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

How to Avoid Giant Hogweed, the Plant That Causes Severe Burns How to Avoid Giant Hogweed, the Plant That Causes Severe Burns

Do not touch this plant. If you get some of the sap on your skin, chemicals in the sap will attack the DNA in your skin cells and make you sensitive to the sun. So sensitive, in fact, that normal sun exposure can give you a blistering sunburn-like rash that takes weeks or months to go away.

You’re Probably Not Allergic to Penicillin After All You’re Probably Not Allergic to Penicillin After All

I went through most of my life thinking I was allergic to penicillin. I’d had hives with a dose of the stuff as a child, and an also-allergic family member taught me to look for an allergy section on every medical form I filled out, and make sure to write “penicillin” on the line.

Please Don't Steam Your Vagina Please Don't Steam Your Vagina

We thought the problems of the “V steam” were widely understood, but recently Chrissy Teigen posted on Instagram that she’s trying a vaginal steam despite not being sure whether it will work or whether, perhaps, her vagina might dissolve.

Know the Signs of an Airplane-Induced Blood Clot Know the Signs of an Airplane-Induced Blood Clot

Post-flight blood clots can catch even seasoned travelers by surprise, as travel writer Lindsey Campbell recently found out. She stretches before flights and moves around as much as she can—but after landing, she dismissed her calf pain as probably an injury from hiking.

If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help If Your Child Swallows a Button Battery, Honey Might Help

Coin cell or “button” batteries are small, shiny, and feel tingly on the tongue. If you’re a toddler, that puts them into the category of “belongs in my mouth.” But a swallowed button battery can begin burning a hole through a kid’s esophagus in hours, causing pain, severe injury, and sometimes complications leading…

Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are Where the Anti-Vaxxers Are

A new study has identified the hotspots of philosophical and religious vaccine exemptions: the paperwork that (in some states) you can fill out in lieu of getting your kindergartener vaccinated. Most are in rural areas, but 15 mid-size cities have a dangerous combination of a large population and a high rate of these…

Get Enough Vitamin D From Sunlight Using This App  Get Enough Vitamin D From Sunlight Using This App 

Our skin can turn 7-dehydrocholesterol into vitamin D with just a little help from sunshine. If you don’t get much sun, no biggie, you can also get vitamin D from your food. But you may be wondering—how much sunshine is enough?

How to Find the Nearest Blood Drive on World Blood Donor Day How to Find the Nearest Blood Drive on World Blood Donor Day

Every year on June 14, people around the world will donate blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, a celebration to raise awareness of the need for blood and to thank all voluntary donors.

Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Is on the Line

People with pre-existing medical conditions could lose their individual health insurance coverage if a judge rules in favor of the 20 states currently suing the federal government over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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