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7 Tips to Protect Yourself—and Others—This Flu Season

Flu epidemics usually begin in January or February. If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, getting it in December or even January, is still better than not getting it at all. Here’s what else you can do to protect yourself—and others—from the flu this season.

Antibiotics Before Dental Work Often Not Needed

In the past, antibiotics were routinely prescribed before invasive dental procedures to prevent distant-site infections in patients who had certain heart conditions or who had undergone joint replacement. The latest thinking: Most antibiotics prescribed before invasive dental procedures to guard against distant-site infections are unnecessary, but, sometimes, they’re still recommended. Here’s what you need to know.

Online Blood Alcohol Calculators Can Lead to a False Sense of Security

During the holiday season, more parties and more dinners often lead to more drinking. So, are online blood alcohol calculators a good tool for determining how much alcohol you can drink before reaching the legal limit for driving? Here’s what you should know before you get behind the wheel.

Using Pain Relievers Safely

When you’re in pain—whether from aching joints, strained muscles, or a headache—the drugstore offers what seems like a vast array of options. Keep in mind that all oral over-the-counter pain relievers come with important cautions. Here’s what you need to know the next time you reach for pain relief.

Fountain of Youth in a Bottle?

It isn’t surprising that there is buzz about “anti-aging” dietary supplements known as NAD boosters. Some research suggests the supplements have the potential to delay aging and many conditions associated with it, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's, and cancer. But is it too soon to give NAD boosters a try?

The Flu Vaccine: Your Best Protection Against the Flu

The flu vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get sick from the flu. Nevertheless, it reduces the chance of getting infected and, if you do get sick, the severity of the illness. Moreover, it reduces your risk of being hospitalized for the flu and of developing pneumonia, a life-threatening complication. Here’s what else you should know.

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications

Once you stop taking medication, whether it’s because a product has been recalled, a drug has expired, or you no longer need the drug, what should you do with what’s left? Follow these tips for proper disposal.

Kale Joins the Dirty Dozen

For the first time since 2009, kale has made the nonprofit Environmental Working Group's annual Dirty Dozen list, which ranks conventionally grown fruits and vegetables by the amount of pesticide residue on them after rinsing and peeling, as tested by the USDA and FDA. Here's what you can do to reduce your exposure.

Is Olive Oil Really So Special?

In the past 25 years, olive oil has taken on the status of a health food. But it's not the only heart-healthy choice available.

Do You Need a Measles Vaccination if You’re an Adult?

If you were born in the United States in or after 1957, you were probably vaccinated against measles. But there's no harm in getting a booster dose of the vaccine if you're not sure of your immunity status.