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CVS combats nation’s opioid epidemic by limiting prescriptions

In a constructive step forward in the fight against our country’s opioid crisis, CVS announced Friday that it will implement new restrictions on how opioid prescriptions are dispensed in stores nationwide, beginning Feb. 1, 2018. The national pharmacy chain will limit opioid prescriptions to...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:29am

How do you help a loved one struggling with addiction?

When you suspect someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse issues, it can be really scary. Whether it’s your child, partner, family member or a good friend, you want to help them, but it’s tricky to know the right way to approach the situation. What if you say the wrong...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 6:29am

Distinguished gentlemen ride through NYC to raise awareness for men’s health issues

If you happen to see hundreds of well-dressed gentlefolk riding around town on vintage and classic motorcycles this Sunday, don’t be alarmed. It’s not a dapper mustachioed biker gang from yesteryear on the loose — it’s for a good cause. The core of the sixth annual...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 1:50pm

Let's cut the crap: Running makes you poop — here's why

A woman dubbed “The Mad Pooper” has been terrorizing a Colorado neighborhood for the past couple of months. Colorado Springs homeowner Cathy Budde says the woman has been defecating near her home at least once a week — and even popped a squat when Budde’s children were...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 4:25pm

Can drinking grape juice stop you from getting the flu?

Shudder at the thought of getting a flu shot — or worse, making your kids get one? A natural alternative to the yearly vaccine is making the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest and sounds like a dream come true. That remedy? Good, old fashioned grape juice. “It keeps the stomach bug from...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:43pm

You really can be allergic to exercise

Flushed skin. Heavy breathing. Profuse sweating. These are all things that happen with intense exercise or an allergic reaction, but having an allergy to exercise? That’s just what people say to get out of a workout… or is it? While it’s true that some people might fake a...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:19pm

Taking a break from dieting could help you lose weight

Everyone agrees dieting is le worst. Well, here is some good news for everyone: according to new research, taking breaks from your calorie counting can actually help you lose more weight and keep it off in the long run! You no longer have to beat yourself up for veering off your diet or indulging...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 2:02pm

Feeling anxious? Try journaling

Since we were little, we’ve been told the merits of journaling as a way to work through our thoughts and emotions. As adults, indulging in “Dear Diary”-style exercises often takes a backseat to the myriad tasks that pile up on any given grown-up day, as we struggle to find a work-...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:53pm

Dumbo rehab offers addiction recovery with luxe accommodations

Dumbo is known for being an artist enclave and tech hub, but the vibrant New York neighborhood may now find itself on the forefront of the addiction recovery industry with the recent opening of the nation’s first Phoenix Life Center. Part of the 50-year-old Phoenix House rehabilitation...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 5:02am

Sitting is extremely bad for you

If you’re sitting down right now as you read this, you might want to get up and move around, for the sake of your health. New research shows that being sedentary for long periods is linked to an increase in early death — even if you exercise regularly.  The study, published in the...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:03pm

The best treatments for back pain

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting millions of Americans each year. But the bigger problem is that most of us are rushing in with the wrong treatments. We sat down with Dr. Alex Vaccaro, one of the world's leading spine surgeons and President of the Rothman...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:42pm

What to know about ovarian cancer

In the past decade, there have been exciting advances in women’s reproductive health. The Affordable Care Act mandated that insurance carriers cover routine mammograms and gynecological visits, as well as birth control (unfortunately, there are efforts afoot in Washington to reverse these...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:56am

Bernie's Medicare-for-all would cover women's health services -- even abortion

Bernie Sanders has introduced a radical healthcare solution that promises to deliver Medicare for all and offers women total coverage for "comprehensive reproductive healthcare" — including abortion. The plan would roll out over four years, Sanders explained in a New York Times op-...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 1:50pm

Is baby powder safe? Does Johnson's baby powder really cause cancer?

Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a California woman $417 million after she claimed the company’s baby powder caused her ovarian cancer. Plaintiff Eva Echeverria started using the company’s talc powder products when she was 11 and used it for over 50 years. She was...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:56pm

Tattoos aren't just skin deep, researchers are finding — but do they cause cancer?

We already know that tattoos can cause infection, sweat problems — and even serious regret — but not much else is known about the long-term risks they pose to our bodies. At least, until now. A team of researchers from Germany and France say they were able to identify nanoparticles of...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 3:34pm

Can plants make you less anxious?

Can keeping a plant on your desk at work help you have a better day? If you turn your apartment into a “house jungle,” per the recent Washington Post trend piece on millennials, will it improve your mental health, or just makeover your Instagram feed? Studies have shown that spending...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:44pm

Wanderlust Fest brings a mindful triathlon to Prospect Park

A different kind of festival will take over the Nethermead in Prospect Park this Sunday.  Wanderlust 108, a daylong wellness celebration, is not so much Parkchella as it is “a festival for grownups, for people who are seeking balance in their lives,” says founder Sean Hoess....

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 2:13pm

Want to feel more focused and energized? Try Hatha yoga, meditation

If you’ve been feeling foggy-headed, distracted, sluggish — pretty standard for any day in the life — there is self-care you can incorporate into your daily routine that might help you feel better.  A new study from the University of Waterloo found that practicing Hatha yoga...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 2:02pm

This sickness forced Kate Middleton to announce her pregnancy early

And baby makes five! On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton — announced that they’re adding to their family with baby number three. All is not smooth sailing, though. The 35-year-old Duchess had to cancel a Monday...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:00pm

You can help Boston map the entire human microbiome

Though you may be wary of bacteria, those microorganisms are an unavoidable and necessary part of our health. But scientists still don’t know a lot about how all the different kinds of bacteria affect us. To learn more about this, scientists are embarking on a study to map the entire human...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 5:03am