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How To Pursue an Autism Diagnosis as an Adult

Thanks to growing awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), diagnoses have been on the rise among children in recent years. At the turn of the millennium, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 1 in 150 8-year-old children had an autism diagnosis. By 2018, the number was 1 in 44. But…

How To Cope With Stress From News and Events

In our modern world, there are many stressors and sources of anxiety. Global events, health-related issues and an overload of information from social media can add up quickly. And all of this can create overwhelming stress. “News has become more continual and more immediate,” says psychologist Matthew Sacco, PhD. “It’s harder now to step away…

Food Allergy vs. Intolerance: What’s the Difference?

If you have the same reaction to a certain food every time you eat it — like an upset stomach or diarrhea — you may think you have a food allergy. But it’s more likely you have a food intolerance, which affects an estimated 20% of the U.S. population. The key is understanding the differences…

How Accurate Is a Stool Test for Colon Cancer Screening?

Can a colon cancer screening really be as simple as mailing a sample of your stool (poop) to a lab for analysis? The answer might be yes — but don’t cancel that colonoscopy just yet. At-home stool tests can be an effective tool for detecting colon cancer. But they’re not as accurate as a colonoscopy…

Can Heart Disease Be Cured?

Atherosclerosis is a condition where the arteries in your heart become partially or fully blocked by a fatty material known as plaque. This can lead to coronary artery disease, which is also known as coronary heart disease or heart disease. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for coronary artery disease, and you can’t reverse this condition…

Does Dry Shampoo Actually Clean Your Hair?

You just got in a quick workout, so you give your hair a spritz of dry shampoo. You woke up late without time to shower, so you spray in some dry shampoo. You’re feeling a little greasy while you’re traveling, so — you guessed it — you turn to your trusted friend, dry shampoo. This…

Can Your Dentist Screen for Oral Cancer?

Your dentist likes to see you every six months. During these visits, they routinely check your mouth and teeth for cavities and gum problems. But your dentist is also your first line of defense against something more serious: oral cancer. Oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheek, floor of your mouth, hard and soft…

Can Hearing Loss Lead To Dementia?

If you’ve experienced hearing loss, you may be missing out on more than conversations around you. Several studies suggest hearing loss can increase your risk for cognitive (mental) issues, including dementia. Geriatric medicine specialist Ronan Factora, MD, helps us understand the connection that occurs between our auditory (hearing) system and the rest of our brain, while…

What’s an Asthma Action Plan? (And How To Create Your Own)

If you or a loved one has asthma, you know the stress of an unexpected asthma attack. That’s why taking preventive measures against an attack is key. A helpful step is to create an asthma action plan with your physician. “It’s important for individuals to understand what their symptoms are and what they have to…

Can Adults Get Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?

When we typically think of catching an illness from kids, it tends to revolve around the usual yucks: colds, the flu and maybe a stomach bug. But other more serious illnesses that are frequent in kids can affect adults, too. One of those is hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral infection that’s very contagious…

Is Taking a Mental Health Day Actually Good for You?

Work.   Being the perfect spouse or parent.   Constantly being connected and available.   All of these things can contribute to feeling overwhelmed, anxious and burned out. The good news? The idea of preventing burnout by taking a “mental health day” has become part of the conversation, and people are starting to take note….

How Spring Cleaning Is Good for Your Health

Temperatures are finally warming up, and you can feel it in your bones — the urge to throw open all the windows, “Marie Kondo” your wardrobe and start loading up boxes for donation. For many of us, the renewal of spring signals that it’s time to get into spring cleaning mode. And according to clinical…

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