Health

Lucuma: the Peruvian orange avocado you never knew you needed

Avocados are everywhere these days: spread on brunch toast, paired with chips, blended into cold drinks — even added to chocolate bars. Now there’s a new Peruvian superfood that looks like the avocado’s half-sibling. It’s called lucuma (loo-coo-ma), and it’s known as...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:55am

Study suggests you're probably washing your hands wrong. Here's the right way

Do you wash your hands correctly? According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), probably not. The study was based on monitoring 383 participants in test kitchens while they cooked, according to USA TODAY. Results revealed that people failed to follow the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 5:18pm

Know these common heat-related health risks

Rejoice! The first major heat wave of summer 2018 officially ended in New York City on Tuesday after four days of sweltering above-90 temperatures. But with forecasters expecting to see the thermometer stuck in the mid- to high-80s for much of the rest of the summer, you're not quite out of...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:39pm

City sees earliest West Nile virus case since 1999: Health Dept.

The city’s Health Department confirmed 2018’s first human case of West Nile virus over the weekend, and it was the earliest identification of the mosquito-borne illness since 1999. Most cases are identified between late July and October, officials said. A Manhattan man over the age of...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 1:05pm

8 summer health concerns to watch out for

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson once said, “Summer means happy times and good sunshine.” And while we sure won't argue with that, summer is not without a few hiccups. And no, we’re not just talking about tripping out of your flip-flops or that inevitable sunburn you’...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 5:01am

Mount Sinai celebrates 50 years of supporting LGBTQ and other city youth

While Pride March 2018 takes place Sunday, next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. In conjunction with that historic milestone, New York will host WorldPride 2019, the first U.S. city to do so. But that’s a year away, and...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 8:59am

You might want to think twice before walking barefoot, even at home

Let’s talk about feet. Now that summer is in full swing, they're seeing a lot more daylight. Naturally, you may not hesitate to slip off your shoes to let your toes breathe — after all, walking barefoot can feel liberating — but this can negatively impact your stride and...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 5:10pm

Opioid users will qualify for medical marijuana, New York health dept announces

Those who use opioids will qualify for medical marijuana under an amendment developed by the New York State Department of Health. Patients can be eligible for medical marijuana use in New York state if they have been diagnosed with certain debilitating or life-threatening conditions. Currently,...

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 4:23pm

The potent pain of Migraines: How to prevent and treat what is much more than ‘just a headache’

More than 36 million men, women and children in the U.S. suffer from migraines, which makes “You Are Not Alone” a fitting theme for the 2018 Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, which takes place every June. But do you actually know the difference between a migraine and a headache...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:30am

State launches awareness campaign to protect New Yorkers from mosquito-borne diseases

With summer comes mosquitoes, and the insects pose more danger than just itchy bumps. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to educate New Yorkers on mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquitoes can transmit viruses like Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, for which there are no human...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:15am

Meet the medical team who keeps you safe at summer music festivals

With Governors Ball 2018 kicking off on Friday, summer music festival season in New York City is so close we can almost taste it. While you may be excited to blow off some steam with tens of thousands of your new closest friends and see headliners like Jack White, Travis Scott and Eminem, for Alex...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 11:35am

Is intermittent fasting healthy? What you need to know

Besides the keto diet, intermittent fasting has been the talk of the health sphere — and the internet — as one of the most popular diets in recent years. It entails alternating periods of fasting and eating. The bottom line is this: it's not necessarily about what you eat. It's...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 1:20pm

Here's a friendly reminder about summer skin care

Skin Cancer Awareness month may be winding down, but with the dog days of summer approaching on its heels, now might be a good time to think about your summer skincare routine. Look, we all know the sun is bad for our skin, but with skin cancer — specifically basal cell carcinomas and...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 9:02am

Site launched to let Mass. residents compare health care costs, quality

Massachusetts residents have a new tool to help them make health care decisions with the launch Wednesday of an online transparency website that includes procedure pricing comparisons, provider quality metrics and other resources. The Center for Health Information and Analysis' new CompareCare...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 2:13pm

What is an embolization procedure?

The White House threw a curve ball on Monday when it announced that first lady Melania Trump went through an embolization procedure at Walter Reed Medical Center. "This morning, first lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 11:21am

This Mother’s Day, remember many women struggle with infertility

If you’re looking for a story on the best last-minute gifts to buy mom for Mother’s Day on Sunday, this isn’t it. Instead, this story is going to cover something that isn’t usually talked about ahead of the holiday: How hard Mother’s Day can be on women who struggle...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:03am

Lead levels in NYC children's blood have dropped, health department says

The New York City Health Department has seen a drop in the amount of lead detected in young children’s blood, officials announced on Thursday. The department’s preliminary data shows a 13 percent decline — from 4,928 children tested to 4,293 — in the number of children...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:12pm

Here's how the world becomes healthier if we stop drinking milk

The longest food fight in history has been the one over milk. Human beings started drinking milk about 10,000 years ago and remain the only animals that continue to drink milk after being weaned from our mothers — and certainly the only ones that drink other animals’ milk. And we’...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:41pm

SoundPrint wants to change the noise level of NYC — and beyond

New York City has one of the world’s hottest restaurant and bar scenes, but some of those establishments aren’t made for having an intimate conversation — or for those who suffer from hearing impairments, like Gregory Scott. Scott, a New Yorker who is completely deaf in his left...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:29pm

Cutting back on salt could hurt your health

First they came for our large sodas; now, they’re back for the salt in our food. At least science was on their side the first time. Last week, a proposal was put forward in — where else — New York City to label any dishes on major restaurant chains’ menus that contain more...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:06pm