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What Do You Keep In Your Car? What Do You Keep In Your Car?

There was always a pink blanket in the trunk of the family car when I was growing up. It took up a lot of space but could never be removed, because what if the car broke down in winter? We would all have to huddle under the blanket while we waited for help. Driving without a blanket is just asking for trouble.

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.

How to Take a Vacation Without Losing Too Much Fitness How to Take a Vacation Without Losing Too Much Fitness

Summer is a great time to get in shape—you can enjoy the non-freezing weather, the longer days, and depending on your line of work, you might have more free time. But then a vacation happens, and your fitness goals take a back seat for a little while. Here’s how to minimize the damage.

Stop Feeling Awkward About Thanking People Stop Feeling Awkward About Thanking People

It’s good to recognize what’s good in your life (even, and especially, when it seems like the rest is terrible). But if you express that in the form of gratitude journals, prayers, or meditation, you’re sort of making that feeling a solitary one. What about the people in your life you’re truly thankful for? Couldn’t…

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.

How to Stick With a Fitness Routine When You Haven't Seen Progress Yet  How to Stick With a Fitness Routine When You Haven't Seen Progress Yet 

We all hit a slump near the beginning of a fitness program. Not at the very start, when we’re excited to get going—more like a few weeks in. It may take six weeks to notice more muscle or better endurance, but how do you get through that time without losing hope?

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…

Watch Out for These Fake FDA Scam Letters Watch Out for These Fake FDA Scam Letters

If you’ve bought drugs from illegal online pharmacies, you may have plenty of reasons to worry—but a warning letter from the FDA shouldn’t be one of them. The FDA sends nasty letters to illegal pharmacies, not typically to customers. Which means if you receive a letter from the “FDA,” someone’s trying to scam you.

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.

What to Focus on as You Learn to Squat What to Focus on as You Learn to Squat

Squatting seems so complicated when somebody is telling you all the things that can go wrong—knees behind toes! Butt farther down! Head up! But not too up! If you’re following our challenge, you’re probably doing a lot more squats than you ever have before, so let’s talk about how we’re doing them.

'DNA Repairing' Sunscreens Might Actually Work 'DNA Repairing' Sunscreens Might Actually Work

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is dangerous to our skin cells because it damages our DNA. That’s why sun exposure can cause cancer, and why sunscreen is so important (even apart from its power to prevent sunburns). There are sunscreens that claim they can help your skin repair that damage—and, it turns out, they…

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…

Can Vaping Really Help You Quit Smoking? Can Vaping Really Help You Quit Smoking?

Vaping is almost certainly less harmful to your health than smoking cigarettes, since it doesn’t contain bits of burned-up tobacco leaf (the cancer-causing “tar” in cigarettes). But if that fact leads smokers to start vaping, but then they don’t quit smoking, what good was the vaping?

How to Access Paywalled Scientific Journal Articles How to Access Paywalled Scientific Journal Articles

Any time you see splashy headlines about a new study, or some marketer says that “studies show” their diet or product has a certain effect, chances are they’re talking about a paper in a journal that you have dicey odds of being able to access.

How to Lock Down Your Privacy in Your Fitness App How to Lock Down Your Privacy in Your Fitness App

Who knows where you ran last week? If you’re privacy-minded, perhaps just you...and your running app. But our fitness apps often share more information than we realize. The Strava app, and now Polar Flow, have released maps that gave away potentially sensitive military locations.

What's the Safest Way to Get a Tan? What's the Safest Way to Get a Tan?

I’m so diligent about my sunscreen these days that my skin now, in July, is still the same light beige color that it was this winter. But if you yearn for that sun-kissed glow, you’re probably wondering what is the best way to get a tan—and whether any method is truly safe.

Try These Simple Squats During Our July Challenge Try These Simple Squats During Our July Challenge

Squats can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. If you’re doing 100 a day, you may need to ease up to be able to get your quota in without making yourself too sore. And if you’re a total beginner, you may find the simplest squats to be more than enough of a challenge. Here are a few to try:

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.

Keep Your Kid Busy With These Amazing NASA Websites

My kid is home from school while I’m writing this, but he’s been busy at a computer across the room for I think a full hour now. And every couple seconds he says: “WOOOOOOW that is like the COOLEST thing I have EVER SEEEEEN! Oh my OH WOW!”

Here’s How Fast Your Picnic Food Goes Bad in the Heat Here’s How Fast Your Picnic Food Goes Bad in the Heat

When you cook food at home, you know you have two hours—arguably four if you really want to push it—to get your food out of the room-temperature air and into your belly. Any longer, and that plate of chicken salad is a big ol bacterial brouhaha. But if you’re picnicking in 90 degree weather, food goes bad faster—a lot…

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