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Tampons have a shelf date, and here's why that's important

  If you’re like most women, you only look at two things when you pick up a box of tampons: the amount they’ll absorb and the price. But there is another thing you probably want to look at: the expiration date. That’s right: Tampons might be made of cotton, but they don...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 5:10pm

When should you visit an urgent care center?

Sometimes when you experience a minor injury or ailment, the wait for a doctor’s appointment can be frustratingly long. And a trip to the emergency room for a UTI could mean a long wait and a large copay. We talked to Dr. Erick Eiting, medical director of the department of emergency medicine...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 4:08pm

Get fit for less with these Black Friday gym deals in NYC

While you’re hunting Black Friday deals on airfare, electronics, homewares and more, know that the holiday is also an opportunity to get a head start on your New Year’s fitness goals. From now through Black Friday, NYC gyms and studios are offering complimentary months, discounts on...

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 3:33pm

Want a healthier heart? Get a puppy

We’ve got good news if you want a puppy for Christmas, but your partner just isn’t that into the idea. A new study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden found that bringing a new little furball into your life can improve your heart health, especially if you live alone. The...

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 3:11pm

Abstaining from masturbation is the key to a good life, 'experts' say

What could you accomplish if you stopped masturbating? For Alex, it was learning Spanish. The 32-year-old man told Gay Star News that he used to spend so much time worrying about sex that it nearly ruined his life. “Every day it was non-stop, and I realized that I was wasting my life. What...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:42pm

Doctors might soon be able to diagnose CTE in the living

A new breakthrough in medical research might give doctors the ability to diagnose traumatic brain injuries in athletes while they’re still alive. In a new study, researchers from the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois, confirmed a case of chronic traumatic...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:04pm

Kratom isn't the answer to opiate addictions, FDA says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a popular alternative to opiates poses its own risks — including addiction and even death. On Tuesday, the FDA issued a warning against using kratom, an herb from Southeast Asia known for its ability to bind to the same opiate receptors as morphine...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:25pm

Sorry, standing doesn't burn many more calories than sitting

Opting to stand instead of sit during your workday provides plenty of health benefits, but higher calorie burn isn’t one of them. For the study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic analyzed data from nearly 50 previous studies on sitting that included more than 1,100 people. The results of the...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:11pm

Is your blood pressure too high?

As of Monday, 30 million more Americans now suffer from high blood pressure.  That’s according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, which state that 130/80 mm Hg or higher now constitutes high blood pressure, or hypertension...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:46pm

The FDA just approved a 'trackable' pill

Do you constantly forget when — and if — you took your medication? A new type of pill just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration might be right up your alley. The FDA will allow the makers of Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets, a medication prescribed to treat...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:00pm

This NYC startup is fighting the stigma of erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction isn’t just an issue that befalls older men. The condition, defined by the National Institutes of Health as the inability to “get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse,” affects 30 million men every year. And while the prevalence...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:03pm

This is how likely it is you'll have a heart attack during sex

Some potential sexual partners might promise heart-stopping sex if you slip between the sheets with them, but a new study shows that’s probably not going to happen. Jokes aside, the risk of sudden cardiac arrest and death is a concern for people with heart disease — including during...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 1:05pm

Here's why IUDs could reduce your risk of cervical cancer

Intra-uterine devices — more commonly known as IUDs — do a pretty amazing job at preventing unwanted pregnancies, but a new study shows they have another power as well. Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California examined data from 16 different...

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:41pm

Yes, people can still — and do — die from rabies in the United States

Bats don’t actually fly around looking to suck on the blood of unsuspecting humans, but they do bite — and some of them carry rabies. Unfortunately, a Florida man learned that the hard way after receiving a bite from a bat infected with rabies. He didn’t seek treatment and died a...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 5:08pm

The secret to healthy indulging over the holidays

The holidays are here, bringing with them presents, parties…and pies. And potatoes and yams and cookies and cocktails; ‘tis the season to indulge. We talked to Brittany Craig, clinical dietitian at Mount Sinai Downtown, Union Square, about how to enjoy the bounty without going totally...

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 4:36pm

Can you get herpes from lipstick? Maybe.

A California woman says she got more than she bargained for while trying on makeup at Sephora. According to TMZ, the unidentified woman filed a lawsuit against the cosmetics paradise because claims a lipstick tester gave her HSV-1 — more specifically, oral herpes. The woman is suing because...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5:23pm

70 percent of CBD products sold online are improperly labeled

A week after the FDA issued warnings to four companies making erroneous claims that their marijuana-based supplements could cure cancer, more cannabis co’s are being called out for distributing misinformation about their products.    A new study published in the Journal of the...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:37pm

Moderate to heavy drinking increases risk of cancer

Drinking is bad for you. You know that already. In May, the American Institute for Cancer Research found that drinking as little as one glass a day increases women’s risk of breast cancer. In August, a study published in JAMA Psychiatry declared alcohol abuse in the U.S. a...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:08am

Over-the-counter drugs just as effective at pain relief as opioids

In the United States, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose. If you haven’t heard, those deaths aren’t all from “street drugs” like heroin. According to the CDC, more than 183,000 people have died from prescription opioid related overdoses since 1999.  Many...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:24pm

Ward off winter's nasty bugs with these easy steps

You see the date on the calendar. You feel the temperature drop and watch the sun set ridiculously early. You hear fellow commuters sniffling on the train. Your immune system quivers at the very notion of cold and flu season, but getting sick doesn’t have to be inevitable. Boost your immunity...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:32pm