Healthy Living

Antibiotic Resistance: 5 Steps You Can Take to Curb This Growing Threat

Antibiotics were heralded as wonder drugs when they first came along many decades ago and with good reason. But today, experts warn, we’re running out of effective antibiotics as the bacteria they target become increasingly resistant. And some bacterial agents have evolved into “superbugs,” resistant to virtually every drug doctors throw at them. While researchers around…

Another Reason to Skip Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Here’s another reason to think twice before you reach for that sweet soda or sports drink. A recent study in Circulation reports that people who frequently drink sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, are at increased risk for premature death from cardiovascular disease. The increased mortality risk was also seen, to a lesser extent,…

Candida Auris: Here’s What You Should Know About This Deadly New Superbug

Superbugs get their name from their ability to resist antimicrobial drugs that are designed to destroy them. The most recent superbug emerging as a threat is known as Candida auris, or C. auris for short. Fortunately, healthy people are at little risk of developing a C. auris-related infection. However, the, fungus can live for up to…

How Evening Exercise Affects Your Sleep

Standard sleep advice says you shouldn’t exercise moderately or vigorously within a few hours of bedtime. But most studies have found that early evening exercise does not impair sleep quality. Keep in mind, though, that a variety of factors, including age and the intensity of the workout, can affect how exercise impacts your sleep.

Poor Sleep Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Chronic poor sleep can cause or contribute to many serious health problems. Notably, sleep helps support the immune system; one week of poor sleep can lower resistance to infections and impair wound healing. Studies have also strongly linked poor sleep to increased risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety disorders,…

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?