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A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

A Win for Vaccines, but Worries Remain

Doctors who offer easy exemptions could undermine efforts to rein in the antivaccine crowd. In a growing number of states, parents can no longer refuse to immunize their children due to conflicting “personal beliefs”—at least not if they want their children to attend school. California recently joined West Virginia and Mississippi in requiring a medical […]

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Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

Measles Hit Hollywood Amid Vaccination Battle

We have entered the trenches of the vaccine wars. Last fall, the startlingly low immunization rates in our not-so-tinseled town were made public. Many people learned that schools in the most affluent Los Angeles communities had extremely low immunization rates, matching those of South Sudan, and it more than raised some eyebrows. The pro-vaxx/anti-vaxx battles […]

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Is burning incense bad for your health?

Is burning incense bad for your health?

I’m addicted to burning incense in my home because it reminds me of the very zen time I lived in Bali. However, I’ve heard it’s actually not so great for your health to burn such things indoors, even if they do serve as pretty great anti-anxiety tools. A quick Google search on the subject kinda […]

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Is your ear wax normal? Here’s what the sticky stuff can tell you about your health

Is your ear wax normal? Here’s what the sticky stuff can tell you about your health

In a hierarchy of unsexy topics, ear wax lands towards the top of the list. Still, the goo serves a vital function: It protects the delicate skin of the ear canal. What’s more, changes in its color or consistency can provide clues to the overall health of the ear….

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What people get wrong about superfoods

What people get wrong about superfoods

There’s a lot of buzz around superfoods but are they really all that super? Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of “Hype: A Doctor’s Guide to Medical Myths, Exaggerated Claims, and Bad Advice” weighs in on the superfoods debate. Shapiro reveals the superfoods of years past, the superfoods of today, and how to get the most out […]

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6 lies the internet tells you when you google your symptoms

6 lies the internet tells you when you google your symptoms

In the past year, I’ve convinced myself that I had solar retinopathy, rhabdo, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, Lyme disease, appendicitis, and an abscessed tooth. (And that’s just a sampling of my would-be ailments.) I have a sickness, all right. But it’s none of those things. I’m a total hypochondriac—or, rather, a “cyberchondriac.” I’m addicted to […]

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The Bookworm: The medically and fishing obsessed

The Bookworm: The medically and fishing obsessed

For the last few days, you’ve had a tickle in your throat. It’s not much, just a hrrumph that’s gone from occasional to annoying. You’ve looked it up online and, well, it’s either allergies, a cold, or you’re going to die. But, as author Nina Shapiro, MD says in her new book, “Hype” (with Kristin […]

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11 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Googling Health Symptoms

11 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Googling Health Symptoms

If you’re going to Google your symptoms—and everyone does—you might as well do it right. We asked experts about the most common mistakes people make. Here’s what they told us…

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The Truth About the Keto Diet

The Truth About the Keto Diet

“The premise is simple: Eat mostly fat, only a little protein, and a minuscule amount of carbs, and you can trick your body into burning its fat reserves for energy.” The Instagram hashtag #ketotransformation tells you everything you need to know about why the ketogenic diet is the most popular way to lose weight fast […]

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