HEALTH MYTHS

Health myths are often nothing more than old wives' tales that have been repeated and practiced for so long that is hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. For example, is it really bad for our eyes to sit too close to the TV?
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Are cut flowers really bad for hospital rooms?

In the "get well soon" world, flowers are the go-to gift. So why do some hospitals ban them from the premises? Are the uplifting blooms really bad for you?

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  • 10 Instances of Medical Quackery Throughout History

    10 Instances of Medical Quackery Throughout History

    Another headache? Time to reach for your snake oil -- or maybe your electromagnetic belt. Quacks have pulled the wool over people's eyes for years in the name of medicine. Here are 10 of their more outrageous cons. See more »

  • 10 Myths About Body Fat

    10 Myths About Body Fat

    There are many commonly held beliefs about fat that aren't entirely accurate. For example, muscle simply can't turn into fat. See more »

  • 10 Myths About Hangovers

    10 Myths About Hangovers

    Ugh, the morning after the night before! Should you drink some coffee, lots of water or more liquor? Or have some bacon and eggs? There are lots of "remedies" out there for hangovers, most of which are useless. See more »

  • 10 Old Wives' Tales about Your Health

    10 Old Wives' Tales about Your Health

    If someone told you sugar makes kids hyper and cats are after your baby's air supply, you've heard some old wives' tales. Is there any truth in them? See more »

  • 10 Remedies That Do Absolutely Nothing to Treat the Common Cold

    10 Remedies That Do Absolutely Nothing to Treat the Common Cold

    You probably have a list of go-to remedies for colds. But is all that echinacea and chicken soup really helping? See more »

  • Are cut flowers really bad for hospital rooms?

    Are cut flowers really bad for hospital rooms?

    In the "get well soon" world, flowers are the go-to gift. So why do some hospitals ban them from the premises? Are the uplifting blooms really bad for you? See more »

  • Do you really have to wait an hour after eating before swimming?

    Do you really have to wait an hour after eating before swimming?

    When you've spent the day enjoying hot dogs off the grill, is it safe to jump right into the pool and show off your butterfly stroke? Or do you need to take a breather -- a 60-minute break, to be exact? See more »

  • Does sucking your thumb really ruin your teeth?

    Does sucking your thumb really ruin your teeth?

    Sucking on a thumb is a normal reflex that soothes children in times of stress; it's essentially a security blanket that's attached to the body. But will this innocent gesture wreck their teeth? See more »

  • Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?

    Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?

    This expression is repeated about as often apples are eaten. But does it have any truth to it? Should the apple really take credit for keeping people in impeccable health? See more »

  • 9 Medical Myths

    9 Medical Myths

    We've all heard questionable medical assertions, such getting arthritis from cracking your knuckles. Read our list of 9 medical myths. See more »

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