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3 more reasons you should avoid triclosan

Concerns have swirled around the popular antibacterial chemical triclosan for years, linking it to health implications such as impaired thyroid function and liver toxicity. And more studies keep adding to the concerns. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned…

Will children really grow horns from too much phone use?

If you don’t put that phone down, you’ll grow horns. That’s the kind of warning you might expect from parents looking to frighten kids into more fruitful pursuits. It’s a reminder, perhaps of their own childhood when a line like,…

Does an empty baseball field really need outdoor lighting all night?

Outdoor sports were often impractical at night until the 20th century, when electric floodlights began to spark a new fascination with night games. The first night game in professional baseball was a 1930 minor-league contest in Iowa, followed by Major…

Meditation or vacation: Which one is better?

Research shows that both meditation and vacation have a positive effect on your mental health, helping to improve mood and lower stress levels. In fact, a new study finds that 15 minutes of meditation has about the same impact on…

Where do bedbugs come from?

Bedbugs make me positively nauseous. I shudder just thinking about them. Bedbugs are my biggest fear about staying in hotels — so much so, in fact, that though I once used to enjoy sleeping in a luxurious hotel bed, I…

9 unusual ways air pollution harms your health

Air pollution is harmful to the environment and our bodies: There’s the risk of respiratory diseases, fatigue and headaches, anxiety, cardiovascular damage, harm to reproductive organs, damage to the liver, spleen, blood and even the nervous system, according to Active…

What can I do to avoid germs in public restrooms?

Like many people, I get the heebie-jeebies from public bathrooms. When I’m on a road trip, I’ll hold it in for miles to avoid having to go at some nondescript gas station bathroom that requires a key to unlock. So…

You don't even want to know what's in your dust

Forget your human roommates. You’re likely sharing your living space with thousands of little friends. Those dust bunnies in your house are cute, but likely full of hazardous chemicals. More specifically, phthalates, phenols and flame retardants are released into the…

When spring cleaning doesn't bring you joy

It’s that time of year. When everything starts blooming and the weather warms up, there’s some innate drive within us to clean the house. After being cooped up all winter, it’s only natural to want to deodorize, disinfect and clear…

Why listening to music while trying to do something creative is a terrible idea

Everyone has their own way of getting those finicky creative juices flowing. Sometimes, it’s a walk around the block. Or maybe it’s the surprisingly effective mental tonic that is forest bathing. Or maybe you like to watch cute puppy videos…