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11 tips to help you make it through flu season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season can start as early as October and last well into May, so it’s time to start thinking about what you need to do to keep you and your…

What we know about vaping-related lung illness

More than 500 people have become sick from a mysterious vaping-related lung illness and several people have died. But federal health officials say they still don’t know what’s causing the devastating sickness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

What is 'social jet lag' and is it making you sick?

In a perfect world, I would go to sleep at night when tired and wake up after about eight hours of refreshing sleep at a time dictated by my internal body clock. But this rarely happens. Between my older daughter’s…

6 weird things that happen after you die

Nature isn’t kind to the human body after death. Thankfully, the days of natural decomposition have been replaced by decidedly modern rituals of death. We can choose to delay the decomposition process by being embalmed, where our bodily fluids are…

All the lonely people: Where do they all belong?

In “Eleanor Rigby,” John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously asked: All the lonely peopleWhere do they all come from?All the lonely peopleWhere do they all belong? These are good questions. And I’ll add one more: As the baby boomers get…

​It's time to stop hugging your chickens

If you’re an urban or suburban chicken farmer, there’s a chance you may consider your egg-producing, feathered friends family. You may have even given your chickens names, and you certainly care about them deeply. But do you cuddle and kiss…

Exercise can also benefit your brain health

Physical fitness is the key to keeping your brain young. This is according to studies that looked at brain activity in people as they age. We already know that exercise is good for our bodies. Daily exercise fights the loss…

The rich are different from you and me β€” they live a lot longer

After F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” Hemingway supposedly retorted, “Yes, they have more money.” But the rich apparently have something else, too: better health and longer…

5 ways to beat fall allergies

Fall can be tough for people who have seasonal allergies β€” and this year could be particularly rough. Ragweed is the biggest trigger in the fall, releasing pollen from August until October. Extreme weather patterns like lots of rain and…

11 interesting facts about the lefties we love

Left-handed people make up 10% of the human population on average, but chances are you know a southpaw. Why some people are left-handed has always been a bit of a puzzle, but researchers have found some interesting defining leftie characteristics…