Wellness Tips

Don’t Glaze Over This Warning

Beware of using traditional glazed ceramics for cooking or storing foods or beverages unless you know for sure the pottery is lead free. Reports...

Mouthguards: How to Clean and Store Them

If you wear a mouthguard at night—as is advisable if you clench or grind your teeth—be sure to keep it clean. Research has shown that...

New Flu Shot Recommendations for Seniors

If you are 65 years or older, the CDC recommends that you get one of three specific flu vaccines this year: Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, Fluad Quadrivalent, or Flublok Quadrivalent....

Heed the Mind to Treat the Back

Adding psychological interventions to physiotherapy (aka physical therapy) may help manage chronic low back pain better than physiotherapy alone, according to a systematic review in BMJ of 97 randomized...

Covid Tests Get Extended Expiration Dates

If you have expired Covid-19 tests on hand, don’t toss them just yet: The FDA has authorized extended expiration dates for some of them, including Abbott BinaxNOW, CareStart, Flowflex,...

Beach Umbrella vs. Sunscreen: And the Winner Is…

Don’t count on a beach umbrella to protect you fully from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays—you still need to use sunscreen and take other sun-­protective steps. That’s because scattered...

Nutrition by the Numbers

If you like detailed nutrition information about food and beverages, you can consult the USDA nutrient database, now referred to as FoodData Central. It covers thousands of fresh and...

When a Fat Wallet Is a Pain in the Butt

To prevent “fat wallet syndrome,” avoid tucking your wallet into a back pocket and sitting on it. The wallet can irritate the sciatic nerve in the buttock, either directly...

Build Your Family Health Tree

To keep track of your family health history, check out the free online My Family Health Portrait tool from the Surgeon General. After you enter your personal health data...

Adulterated Dietary Supplements Still on the Market

Dietary supplements adulterated with undisclosed drugs continue to make their way to consumers, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Using the Tainted Dietary...

Mushrooms Can Replace Meat

To reduce the amount of meat in burgers and other ground meat recipes, blend in chopped mushrooms as a substitute for up to 70 percent of the meat. This...

Get Moving with These Exercise Resources

Need guidance on how to start exercising—or motivation to get you back on track? Consult the free 124-page Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute...