Healthy Living

Another Reason to Cut Down on Alcohol?

Alcohol may adversely affect the oral microbiome-that is, the colonies of bacteria and other microorganisms in the mouth-according to a 2018 study in the journal Microbiome, which included 1,044 people. And this may have both local and systemic health implications.

The Many Health Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts can provide a variety of health benefits for people of all ages. Here's a summary of some of the research.

Winner: A Baking Soda Wash for Fruits and Vegetables

To remove pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables with edible peels, consider using a wash made of baking soda. At least for apples, that is the most effective way, findings in ...

Do Organic Foods Reduce Cancer Risk?

Many people opt for organic foods, especially fruits and vegetables, because these foods contain little or no synthetic pesticide residues-and thus, they hope ...

How to Not Spread Your Cold

If you have a cold or the flu, these simple precautions can help you avoid transmitting the germs to others.

Rewarding Better Health Habits

One increasingly popular way to motivate people to improve their health habits is to provide financial incentives, but is it effective?

Resolution for the New Year: Move More, Sit Less

Does your New Year's resolution to exercise more seem like a daunting task? Getting plenty of exercise can help you live longer, but keep in mind that even brief bouts of huffing and puffing confer important health benefits, according to updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

How to Chart Your Family Health History

This holiday season, many of us would probably like to avoid discussing politics at family gatherings. So here's an idea: Talk family health history instead. Since many health problems run in families, a holiday gathering is a good time to delve into a discussion about the health of your blood relatives, both living and deceased. This…

14 Facts You Should Know About the Flu

Although it's late November, it's not too late to get your flu shot, if you haven't done so already. The influenza vaccination is an essential protective measure in spite of many misconceptions about its effectiveness. The following flu facts-both new and old-highlight how and why you should take the necessary steps to avoid an encounter with…

When to be Anti-Antibiotics

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.