Healthy Living

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.

Debunking the Mayo Myth

The myth that mayonnaise is a major source of foodborne illness continues to circulate. Granted, summertime picnic spreads that include heaping bowls of potato salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, and egg salad can easily be the source of food poisoning if these foods are left out in the heat. But here's the rest of the story.

How to Buy Fish That’s Healthy for You-and the Environment

Compared to people who don't eat fish, those who do tend to live longer and enjoy lower risks of cardiovascular disease, and they may even boost their brain health. Here's how to choose the "best" fish, depending on your priorities (omega-3s, mercury levels, environmental issues-or all three).

Exercise: It’s Never Too Late

Two recent studies in JAMA Network Open offer hope to people who start exercising later in life or who are unable to do moderate-intensity or vigorous exercise.

Alcohol Myths Busted

"Beer before wine and you'll feel fine" and "Grape or grain but never the twain" may be age-old sayings, but they are myths. It doesn't matter if people combine beer and wine or in what order they drink them-they're likely to get an equally bad hangover, according to a recent study in the American Journal of…

More Reasons to Eat More Fiber

A high intake of dietary fiber is associated with a wide array of health benefits, including a reduced mortality rate, according to a massive systematic review and meta-analysis in the Lancet earlier this year.