Body and Mind

What are varicose veins and can they be prevented?

Summer means shorts season, which can cause anxiety if you chronically skip leg day, or if you suffer from varicose veins. Up to 40 percent of Americans have them, and they can be uncomfortable as well as unsightly. But you don't have to resign yourself to living with them if they bother you....

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 2:33pm

What is your third eye?

You don’t have to participate in Hinduism, Buddhism or yoga to have heard about the third eye located in the center of your forehead, associated with the pineal gland. Take, for instance, the common saying, "third eye blind." But what is the third eye, exactly? The third eye,...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 9:06pm

Sore knees? How to tell if it's something serious

When your knees are sore, it's easy to dismiss. You just went too hard at the gym. You must be getting older; don't think about it! It's summer — who has body aches in summer? But knee pain isn't something you should get used to. It can happen at any age, for a number of...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 2:02pm

Is erectile dysfunction curable?

It's estimated that 30 million American men experience erectile dysfunction, or ED. It's a condition that has spawned an entire category of drugs (not to mention paranoia-inducing online ads). Once a man begins experiencing ED regularly, are medications — a temporary remedy, not a...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:47am

Stay healthy in the summer heat

Summer may be less than a month old, but we are already feeling the heat -- a lot of fit. We talked to Dr. Elizabeth Garland, director of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and associate professor, environmental medicine and public health, pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 2:45pm

Ask Mount Sinai: Protect yourself from ticks this summer

Most people know ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, and that if you have a pet, a monthly preventive is a must. Those are serious matters, but they aren’t the only ones; according to a report last month from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “illnesses from mosquito, tick,...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:00am

I Tried to be Body Positive. Here’s How It Went

I’ve struggled with my weight and body image for most of my life, so when I was offered the trip of a lifetime to spend a long weekend in Grand Cayman, I knew I had to work on being more body positive. So I made a pact with myself to not let myself — and my long-unhealthy mindset...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 6:02am

IQ scores have been falling for decades, study shows

It's not your imagination: The world is getting dumber. Scientists have discovered that IQ scores have been dropping worldwide, reversing a century of gains. They say environmental factors — not stupid people reproducing like rabbits — are to blame. Norwegian scientists looked at...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 1:38pm

Does your toothpaste have this common ingredient that could wreck your gut health?

Last year was the year for gut health. You finally started taking a probiotic, eating kimchi even when you’re not at a Korean restaurant and sipping kombucha even though you were extremely skeptical about drinking anything fermented. You’re all about adding things into your routine to...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 5:02pm

How to keep your voice in good shape this allergy season

To put it lightly, this time of year is absolutely brutal for people with seasonal allergies. Normally, walking down a street lined by trees would be a pleasant experience. But in the early stages of summer — AKA, allergy season— sidewalks that run through such lush terrain can become...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 6:09pm

Does coffee dehydrate you, or is that just a myth?

Let’s face it, coffee powers your career. You have your go-to coffee shop, a favorite blend for your coffee machine at home and a mug almost permanently glued in your hand. You know you should probably drink as much water as you drink coffee, but you can’t go without your cuppa. But...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 4:34pm

People are now paying $300 to cuddle cows. Here's why

Believe it or not, people are now shelling out $300 for two people to spend 90 minutes cuddling, brushing and playing with cows. The wellness trend is simply called cow cuddling, and it’s the most recent addition to animal-centric holistic health offers, like goat yoga. If you’re still...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:01am

How confetti-filled photos aim to de-stigmatize mental health

Since 1949, May has been Mental Health Awareness Month, but this very well could be the first time confetti has been used to not only raise awareness for the cause, but also to encourage people to be vulnerable and playful while doing so.  “All the Feels” is a photo series...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 10:05am

Stonehill’s IMC master's degree leads with creativity

When researching graduate programs, you’ll likely see messaging from colleges and universities across an array of media platforms. The goal? Building brand awareness while communicating exactly how they can meet your needs. It's a perfect example of integrated marketing communications (...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 6:02am

Stress eating: It's real and it's not your fault, but here's how to stop it for good

The pressure’s on at work and you’re feeling down and overwhelmed. Suddenly those doughnuts in the break room that looked blah this morning sound really good — irresistible, actually. The siren song of the sugary snacks pulls you to them and, before you know it, you’re down...

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:21pm

Is an electric bike for you? We took a test ride and fell in love

Biking in New York City is, to put it mildly, daunting. There are the distracted drivers on their phones, pedestrians who don’t respect bike lanes, the noise and rush of traffic right next to you. For the people who commute by bike, though, it’s all worth it. “Biking is the only...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:52pm

Stupid simple ways to get healthy that you're still ignoring

When it comes to health, most of us claim we want the good guy who treats us well while running after the bad boy who brings nothing but trouble. You know you should eat greens. You know they’re good for you and they’ll help you slim down and maintain steady energy — and you claim...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:17pm

Viral tweets revealing worst things people have said about mental illness are eye opening

Every year in the U.S. one in five adults experiences mental illness. That equates to over 43 million people, according to Mental Health America. In a five-year period, rates of youth suffering from severe depression increased from 5.9 percent in 2012 to 8.2 percent in 2015, and over 1.7 million...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:15am

It’s okay to ask for help. And it’s available, free, friendly and professional

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and as New York can be one of the most emotionally challenging/stimulating/draining cities in the world, it’s especially important for us to take care of ourselves. And vital to remember that — just like on a rush hour train — you are never...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 9:51am

What is forest bathing, and how can city dwellers reap the health benefits too?

All too often, those handy solutions for stress doctors and therapists swear by only cause city dwellers more stress. I’m supposed to leave my miles-long to-do list and meditate at work, you wonder. Yeah right. That’s why you might have brushed off a new technique from Japan and South...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:08am