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Infrared Saunas: What They Do and 6 Health Benefits

Facts are facts, so let’s get one thing straight: Infrared saunas are definitely “cooler” than more traditional saunas that date back to ancient times. Instead of steam or flame-stoked heat, infrared saunas use infrared lamps and electromagnetic magic to create warmth. The process allows infrared saunas to operate at a lower temperature while still providing…

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…

What Are Adaptogens and Are They Healthy?

Stress affects us all at different times and in different ways. You might be worried about a big work presentation. Or maybe you feel exhausted from dealing with in-laws. Or it could be something as simple as forgetting milk at the grocery store. Whatever it is, managing stress can be difficult. That’s where adaptogens come…

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…

What Are At-Home Sleep Apnea Tests?

Most sleep studies are performed in a sleep laboratory. Today, these laboratories are often located in a hotel rather than a hospital. But if your doctor suspects you have sleep apnea — a condition where your breathing pauses or is disrupted while you’re asleep — you might be a good candidate for an at-home sleep apnea…

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….

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