In spite of professional guidelines and educational campaigns to reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics, the problem is still widespread. It's important to recognize when antibiotics can help you get better--and when they can't.
A free smartphone app provides trustworthy information about herbal products.
It's well known that caffeine can improve athletic (and mental) performance, but not in everyone. A study from Canadian researchers finds that how you perform after a caffeine boost depends on your genes.
The benefits of eating conventionally grown fruits and vegetables outweigh the potential risks of exposure to minuscule residues of the synthetic pesticides used. (The undisputed danger of pesticides is to the environment and to farmworkers who are routinely exposed to high levels of these toxic chemicals.) Still, it makes sense to minimize exposure to pesticides on produce when possible.
Working out in groups with people of similar age motivates older adults to stick with an exercise routine, according to a study published in Health Psychology.
Even brief bouts of exercise—5 to 10 minutes or less—accumulated throughout the day can improve health and reduce mortality rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
About 12 percent of retirees temporarily increase their alcohol consumption to unhealthy levels around the time they leave their full-time jobs, according to a 2017 Finnish study in the journal Addiction. Here's a look at who's at increased risk and at what might be at the root of the problem.
As you plan your next airplane trip, your priority is probably to find the best price and schedule. Have you ever thought to compare airlines on the healthfulness of the food they serve?
As soda sales decline, newfangled waters have been taking their place on supermarket shelves—among them, a crop of so-called "plant waters," made from extracts of fruits, vegetables, grains, grasses, and various other plant parts. One thing they all have in common: a lack of scientific credibility to back the many health claims made for them. Here's a brief look at nine types taking root.
If you're a food labels reader, you've probably seen the additive trisodium phosphate listed as an ingredient in some breakfast cereals. Despite what some websites would have you believe, there is nothing unique about trisodium phosphate compared with other phosphate-containing food additives. But you should also know that there may be some health risks associated with consuming high amounts of phosphate additives, which are abundant in processed foods.
The claim: Laughter yoga can improve your health. Here's what the evidence says.
Studies suggest that besides being good companions and adding joy to many people's lives, pets can provide both physical and mental health benefits. But not all research supports the "pet effect."
Here's a good reason to break up long spells of sitting with brief walks—it may help blunt rises in triglycerides (fats in the blood) after meals, suggests a recent study from New Zealand in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the leading source of added sugars for many people. Most, but not all, research has linked them to a host of metabolic and cardiovascular disorders.
Don't count on cookbooks, even the most popular ones, to give much useful or accurate advice about food safety.