Wellness Experts

Allulose: The New Low-Calorie Sweetener on the Block

I recently bought a yogurt that was sweetened with allulose. What exactly is this sweetener, and is it safe? You’re probably familiar with so-called non-nutritive...

Does Turkey Really Make You Sleepy?

Is it true that turkey makes you sleepy? Not quite. This claim likely originated from the stupor-like zone many people find themselves in after a...

Home Tests for Urinary Tract Infections

I’m prone to urinary tract infections, but getting tested in a doctor’s office isn’t always convenient. Is a home UTI test a reasonable alternative? Over-the-counter kits that test for urinary...

What Are ‘Net Carbs’?

I see “Net Carbs” prominently listed on some energy bars, frozen meals, cereal boxes, tortillas, and other packaged foods. What does the term mean, and is it something to...

Tooth Pics: Say “Ahh” or “Nay” to Dental X-Rays?

How often should I get dental X-rays? I want to minimize my radiation exposure. It depends largely on your dental health and history, but generally speaking, most people don’t need...

Monkeypox: No Monkeying Around

I’ve read that the monkeypox virus is similar to the smallpox virus. Does that mean that if I received the smallpox vaccine when I was younger, I am protected...

Vaccines: A Pain in the Arm—Some More Than Others

Do some vaccines hurt more than others? I just got my Covid-19 booster, and like with my previous Covid shots, it really stung, and my arm was sore for...

Paper Toilet-Seat Covers: To Use or Not to Use?

If the seat is clean and dry, you don’t need a paper cover. If the seat has drops of urine, they will seep through the paper (just wipe...

‘Take With Food’ Labels on Drugs

When the label on a drug says, “Take with food,” does that mean take it before, during, or after eating, and what’s the time frame? And how much food? That...

What Is an Occupational Therapist?

What is an occupational therapist (OT), and how is an OT different from a physical therapist (PT)? An occupational therapist (OT) helps people to function optimally in their daily activities,...

Resting Heart Rate

What should my resting heart rate be? Adults generally have a resting heart rate that ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. Your number will depend on a variety...

A Fly Landed On My Food!

Can I get sick from food that a fly lands on? Studies have shown that houseflies and blowflies, also known as common green bottle flies, may be carriers of more...