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Telemedicine: The Doctor Will ‘Screen’ You Now

Telemedicine—using telecommunications technology to let doctors interact with patients from a distance—has emerged as a way to keep people out of packed waiting rooms in doctors’ offices and clinics, where they might pick up or spread the new coronavirus. Studies show that telemedicine can be just as effective as in-office care for some chronic conditions, including…

Coping with Isolation in the Age of Covid-19

By now, many of us know firsthand what it feels like to be quarantined or told to shelter at home. We’ve experienced the anxiety, confusion, anger, fear, and even boredom that results. Here’s what previous outbreaks have taught us about how to get through the worst—and how to recover from extended periods of quarantine and social…

7 Smart Stretching Tips

Stretching, a key element of fitness, improves flexibility and allows you to move your joints through their full range of motion. It can enhance physical performance and relieve muscle tension and stiffness. But will it prevent injuries? Some experts say yes, others say no. And is there a right and wrong way to stretch? Different methods…

5 Ways to Fortify Your Immune System

As medical and public health experts continue to warn about the dangers of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, one message is abundantly clear—if you’re an older adult, you’re at increased risk of severe disease and death if you contract it. That’s because your immune system doesn’t function as well as you grow older, making you more…

To Get the Most Out of Meditation, Find a Style that Appeals to You

People who meditate regularly say it reduces stress and improves well-being, among other mental, physical, and spiritual benefits. Doctors often recommend it to help treat chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, and other conditions. And it can be a way to help cope with the coronavirus crisis—or at least provide a much-needed daily respite from all…

More Doubt About Benefits of Vitamin D and Omega-3 Supplements

Vitamin D and omega-3 (fish oil) supplements have been touted to protect against a wide array of conditions, including osteoporosis, colorectal polyps, systemic inflammation, heart failure, and diabetic kidney disease. Based on accumulating findings from the landmark VITAL study and other trials, it’s looking less and less likely that the benefits that have been promoted will…

Rev Up Your Workouts with HIIT: Gym Membership Not Required

Government guidelines recommend at least 150 to 300 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercises like brisk walking or fast dancing, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercises like running or hiking uphill. A shortcut method called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may offer similar health benefits in less time than moderate-intensity exercise. And, it’s achievable for…

Is Your Olive Oil Heart Healthy?

Olive oil has a deservedly good reputation as a healthful oil, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (specifically oleic acid) and compounds called polyphenols. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, notably improved cardiovascular health, are attributed in part to the inclusion of less-processed, high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil. But since claims of “fake” olive oil abound,…

Can Echinacea Boost Your Immune System?

Ads and product labels claim that echinacea prevents or reduces the duration and severity of colds; boosts immunity; and has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial effects. Various species of the plant have been extensively studied, but with conflicting results. Here’s what you need to know before you buy it.

Is CBD a Cure-All or a Snake Oil or Something In Between?

CBD—short for cannabidiol—is a compound extracted from the marijuana plant that’s touted in ads as a way to relieve everything from chronic pain to anxiety to insomnia. A dizzying array of products that contain CBD is now on sale in convenience stores and other retailers or online. Research is ongoing, but in the meantime, here’s why…