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How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit

With its latest redesign, Google Fit no longer makes a big deal about your steps for the day (although the number is still there, in fine print). Instead, you’re supposed to be tracking your Move Minutes and the mysterious Heart Points.

What to Know About the ECG Feature in the New Apple Watch What to Know About the ECG Feature in the New Apple Watch

The new $399-and-up Apple Watch will be able to measure the electrical activity of your heart, its groundbreaking ECG or EKG feature. (Both acronyms stand for “electrocardiogram.”) But there are some important caveats.

How to Protect Your Privacy When Seeking Mental Health Treatment at School How to Protect Your Privacy When Seeking Mental Health Treatment at School

Colleges and universities often offer mental health counseling as a free service, but school counselors aren’t always required to keep your information private. Here are your options, and what to know, if you want to seek help confidentially.

What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult

I grew up a sedentary nerd, resenting gym class and failing miserably at the few sports I tried. But in my twenties I found some forms of exercise I didn’t hate, and in my thirties I started using the word “athlete” to describe myself.

This Is How Often You Should Poop This Is How Often You Should Poop

Ah, bathroom matters. Much like with sex, there seems to be a lot of misinformation floating around out there. Also, as with sex, reports of high numbers may be exaggerated. High pooping numbers, that is.

Probiotics Can Potentially Hurt You, It Turns Out  Probiotics Can Potentially Hurt You, It Turns Out 

Drugstores are full of things that won’t necessarily heal us—vitamin C, homeopathic drops, probiotics—but we shrug and buy them anyway because, hey, they can’t hurt. But now we have some concrete evidence that probiotics can hurt, if they’re not exactly the right ones for the health condition you’re trying to treat.

The Essential iOS Apps for 2018

Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we’re willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There’s just so much out there, it’s hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help you with our freshly updated Lifehacker Pack for iOS.

If a Bat Was in Your Bedroom, You Probably Need a Rabies Shot If a Bat Was in Your Bedroom, You Probably Need a Rabies Shot

Bats are adorable and important members of our ecosystem, but they also caused 17 of the 19 rabies deaths in the US between 1997 and 2006. You can be bitten without knowing it, which is why health departments often recommend a rabies shot if you wake up with a bat in your room.

Is Coconut Oil Good for You Or Bad for You? Is Coconut Oil Good for You Or Bad for You?

Coconut oil has a great reputation as a healthy, natural, even miraculous substance—even though, as far as we can tell, it never really did anything to earn that reputation. Now a professor is making headlines for calling it “poison” in a lecture in Germany. What do you really need to know about coconut oil?

How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise

Google has given us the best email service, the best Maps app, one of the best AI assistants, and the best search engine. And now, they’re getting into the mindfulness game, as well.

What Is Asbestos and Could It Make a Comeback? What Is Asbestos and Could It Make a Comeback?

Asbestos, a fireproof, fibrous mineral, was once in all kinds of products: building insulation and tiles, the linings of anything that could be exposed to heat, and even fake snow used as a Christmas decoration. Too bad it’s a carcinogen.

Get 400 Trainer-Guided Workouts For Free With ClassPass Go Get 400 Trainer-Guided Workouts For Free With ClassPass Go

We all know that working out is important, but sometimes actually making it to the gym is easier said than done. This week ClassPass unveiled a new app that can potentially make squeezing a workout in those days a little easier.

What to Know About West Nile Virus This Summer What to Know About West Nile Virus This Summer

West Nile Virus has its moment every summer and fall, and in recent weeks many states have started reporting their first human cases of the season. Here’s what to know about this mosquito-borne illness.

What You’re Really Agreeing to When You Sign Up for 23andMe Research What You’re Really Agreeing to When You Sign Up for 23andMe Research

23andMe has reached a deal with pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline, giving the company access to their (your) genetic data to potentially develop new drugs. Did they just sell us all out? Not exactly.

Don't Use DNA Tests to Make Decisions About Your Dog’s Health Don't Use DNA Tests to Make Decisions About Your Dog’s Health

You can swab the inside of your dog’s cheek to find out whether they have any genes linked to certain canine diseases—but it may be best if you don’t. These services have flaws similar to those of human DNA tests, including false positives and false negatives.

Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out? Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

As a parsimonious young adult with crap insurance and what I thought was a pretty decent set of choppers, I once let a decade elapse between visits to the dentist. I brush. I floss. I figured everything was more or less cool.

View Your Medical Records From Your Phone With Apple Health View Your Medical Records From Your Phone With Apple Health

iOS: Apple and certain medical institutions are making a play to get patients to view their medical records more frequently—and seamlessly—with Apple Health.

What Not to Say to Someone Who's Sick What Not to Say to Someone Who's Sick

Getting diagnosed with a serious illness that requires a lot of medical intervention is an extremely stressful experience. There’s a lot to navigate, and as the friend, family member or even casual acquaintance of someone going through a difficult health scenario, you want to help ease the burden, not make it worse.…

Use Caution When Searching for Health Information on These Topics  Use Caution When Searching for Health Information on These Topics 

Googling for health information is irresistible when you have a question and aren’t sure where to turn. Some topics will lead you to legitimate information, but for others, the real answers to your questions are buried under pages of results for pseudoscience and conspiracy theories.

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.

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