Self-Care

Don’t Be So Sensitive

If your teeth hurt when you drink hot or cold beverages or eat icy or spicy foods, for instance, welcome to the hypersensitivity club....

Ask the Experts: Ear Candling

Q. Do you recommend ear candling for removing earwax? No. Ear candling is promoted as an ancient healing practice and a “natural” way to remove earwax. Many websites sell inexpensive...

Are You ‘Salt Sensitive’?

For years, doctors and dietitians have delivered a firm message about salt: Watch your intake or your blood pressure could rise to unhealthy levels. Yet scientists have known for...

Summertime Swim Tip: Cover Up!

If you swim in the great outdoors or in a backyard pool on a hot summer day and put on sunscreen, don’t assume this completely protects you from the...

Did You Take Your Meds?

Forgetting to take medication (or not remembering whether you took it) is a common occurrence, especially for people who are older or who take multiple drugs. Missing a dose...

Ask the Experts: Boogers

Q. Why do boogers form, and what is the best way to clear them out? A booger is simply dried-out mucus that is clumped together. A layer of mucus, consisting...

Natural Deodorants: Sniffing Out the Facts

There’s no question that natural deodorants are having their moment; for evidence, look no further than pop star Justin Bieber, who launched Here + Now in 2019. As with...

4 Steps to Take After a Heart Attack

Following medical guidance after a heart attack increases the odds of long-term survival, according to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which looked at data...

Taming Pain With Topical Products

When aches and pains set in, many people turn to over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers, available as patches, creams, gels, foams, and even roll-ons, sticks, and sprays. Often filling...

Ask the Experts: Undereye Circles

Q. What causes dark circles under my eyes? How can I get rid of them? Dark circles are usually a result of genetics and aging. The thin skin below the...

Anal Fissures: A Pain in the Butt, Literally

It’s a problem little discussed in social circles but one that affects an estimated 250,000 to 340,000 people a year in the United States: anal fissures. The average lifetime...