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PSA: This Sore Throat Spray Actually Works PSA: This Sore Throat Spray Actually Works

In the case of Chloraseptic Max Sore Throat Spray, the “max” means “actually does something” beyond dumping a bunch of sweetener down your throat.

The Truth About Electrical Brain Stimulation The Truth About Electrical Brain Stimulation

Shocking your scalp using two wet sponges and electrodes is having a bit of a moment. The procedure, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), has been shown to help you learn math, improve your language skills, and even work out harder for longer. But scientists are split on whether tDCS can really do…

Either Your Sick Co-Worker Goes Home, Or You Do Either Your Sick Co-Worker Goes Home, Or You Do

If you work with someone who refuses to take a sick day, personal-finance site Money has a great idea: Take your own day off to avoid getting sick.

Turn Leftover Oxycontin Into Safe-to-Dispose Garbage With This Free Powder Turn Leftover Oxycontin Into Safe-to-Dispose Garbage With This Free Powder

Opioid prescriptions are so common—and until recently, given in such large quantities—that a lot of us have a half-used bottle or two in our medicine cabinet. Walmart’s pharmacy will now give out a free packet of powder with every opioid prescription that can turn those pills into garbage so you don’t have them…

How to Tell Whether You Have Ordinary New-Mom Worries or Postpartum Anxiety How to Tell Whether You Have Ordinary New-Mom Worries or Postpartum Anxiety

The day after I had my second baby, the pediatric resident came around and offered to give him one of his vaccinations. “Will it make him cry?” I asked, and when she said maybe, I told her no way, I would totally crack up if he cried at that particular moment. She looked at the totally placid baby, and me, sitting…

How to Rescue Your Dry and Cracked Winter Skin How to Rescue Your Dry and Cracked Winter Skin

Look at your knuckles real quick. Are they a bloody disaster?

How to Tell Whether You Have the Flu How to Tell Whether You Have the Flu

You cough. You sniffle. You think you might feel a fever coming on. It’s a bad flu year—every year seems to be a bad flu year—and so you fear the worst. But is it really the flu?

Find Out if You Have a Drinking Problem With This Online Tool  Find Out if You Have a Drinking Problem With This Online Tool 

If you’re an...enthusiastic drinker, you might have wondered at what point social drinking crosses the line into problem drinking. But if you’re worried, you don’t need to be a falling-down, having-blackouts kind of drinker to seek advice and help. Alcohol-use disorder (AUD) is a medical issue that falls on a…

Track Your 2018 Weight Loss Goals With Anker's Smart Scale, Now $14 Off Track Your 2018 Weight Loss Goals With Anker's Smart Scale, Now $14 Off

if you want to keep track of your new year’s weight loss resolutions, Anker’s ultra-popular Bluetooth smart scale is back on sale today.

Why Does Exercise Start Hurting Two Days After a Workout? Why Does Exercise Start Hurting Two Days After a Workout?

If you’ve decided, this year, to start working out, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon: You’ll leave the gym feeling fine, and then two days later wake up sore. This weird time-lag appears unique to exercise, and is, when you think about it, kind of inexplicable—like stubbing your toe, feeling nothing, and…

How to Fix Your Failing New Year’s Resolution How to Fix Your Failing New Year’s Resolution

We’re a few days into the new year now. How’s that resolution going? Not so great, huh? Look, some resolutions are just bad. Yours is probably one of them.

What to Do About a Mole in an Embarrassing Place  What to Do About a Mole in an Embarrassing Place 

Welcome back to Burning Questions. Today’s letter writer just wants to take care of their skin health—but one of their moles is in a very private location.

Why It’s Still Smart to Get a Flu Shot Why It’s Still Smart to Get a Flu Shot

There’s a new flu shot every year, to match the particular flu strains floating around. This year’s shot is only an okay match, 30 percent effective against the strains that are circulating. (Don’t believe the 10 percent number that’s been making the rounds; it’s based on a misunderstanding.) Even so, the flu shot is …

The Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Abortion Pills The Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Abortion Pills

In a recent Black Mirror episode, one character (it’s not a spoiler if I don’t say who, right?) attempts to end another’s pregnancy with emergency contraception in her breakfast smoothie. Folks, EC and abortion pills are two totally different things.

Don't Drink 'Raw Water'  Don't Drink 'Raw Water' 

I love a raw carrot. Crunchy and sweet, you can dip it in hummus or ranch dressing. Raw apples have a similar charm, and raw red onions give salads a happy kick. I’m also a fan of raw honey’s gritty sugar crystals. You know what all these things have in common? They are perfectly healthy to eat raw. Unlike the latest…

Body Politics: Transforming Your #TransformationTuesday Body Politics: Transforming Your #TransformationTuesday

#TransformationTuesday, a popular hashtag that encourages people to share their fitness success stories, has collected more than 11 million tags on social platforms such as Instagram and Twitter. Like many, I’ve indulged in my share of posts showcasing my weight-loss journey and muscle gains. But though visuals can…

Ingredients That Add Flavor Without Adding Salt Ingredients That Add Flavor Without Adding Salt

Adapting to a low-sodium diet can be really hard. Your best bet is to cook most of your own meals, since starting from fresh ingredients gives you the most control over your milligrams. But even though your tastebuds will adjust, the fact remains: subtracting sodium subtracts flavor.

Don’t Drop the Ball: Hangover-Proof Your New Year’s Eve Don’t Drop the Ball: Hangover-Proof Your New Year’s Eve

Anticipating some overindulgence this New Year’s Eve? Plan ahead: There’s a clever new anti-hangover vitamin supplement called Over EZ. It’s designed to help take some of the sting out of the morning after you’ve done too much drinking the night before. Granted, Over EZ won’t stop you from getting drunk, feeling the…

The Best Health Posts of 2017 The Best Health Posts of 2017

We’ve been through a lot this year, from politics wearing on our mental health to wellness purveyors trying to sell us stuff we don’t need. Here are some of our best health how-tos, explainers, and mythbusters of 2017.

Enjoy This Burning Questions Open Thread Enjoy This Burning Questions Open Thread

Hey everyone! I don’t have any fresh advice for you this week because of the holiday, so instead it’s time to open up the comments for a discussion of whatever’s on your mind. Let’s chat.

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