Wellness

There are many approaches and countless factors that make up a persons overall wellness. HowStuffWorks has extensive coverage on the different types of natural medicine such as DIY remedies and traditional Chinese medicine.

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You may have heard of kava, or kava kava, and its calming effects, but how much do you know about its history and the risks associated with taking it?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Witch hazel is a shrub with an unusual name that's been used for centuries to treat many skin conditions. So, how did it get its name and what can you use it for?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Many of us are well aware that ultra-processed foods are harmful for our health. Two new studies have shown that poor nutrition may not be the only resulting health problem.

By Richard Hoffman

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We talked to a virologist who answers six questions about how the monkeypox vaccines work, who can get them and how well they prevent infection.

By Maureen Ferran

More than 3.5 billion women menstruate every month worldwide. Menstrual leave policies could help modernize our collective response to a natural biological occurrence.

By Laurie L. Dove

A new study of older adults found a link between an inability to stand on one leg for at least 10 seconds and an increased risk of death.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

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The Environmental Protection Agency released new water health advisories for PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals" June 15, 2022. An environmental health scientist explains what this means for you and the environment.

By Kathryn Crawford

One epidemiologist scoured the latest research and has some answers.

By Katelyn Jetelina

We talked to Deepak Chopra about how to deal with the stress of 2022 and another year of COVID-19, and whether meditation can relieve the weight that goes along with it.

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

The CORBEVAX vaccine was developed with global access in mind. It is a low-cost, easy-to-produce and -transport vaccine and the $7 million needed for development was provided by philanthropists.

By Maureen Ferran

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people who were previously vaccinated are now being asked to get booster shots. Is there a way to know whether your previous shot might still be valid?

By Alia Hoyt

White and brown sugar differ a lot more than just on color. And within each type are several different varieties.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Our immune systems change as we get older, which is why babies and teens can't take the same dose of a vaccine that adults can take.

By Brian Peppers

If you're always falling short of that arbitrary 10,000-step daily goal, we have good news. Your health can benefit just as much if you hit fewer steps, too.

By Lindsay Bottoms

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Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests can help slow the spread of coronavirus, but only if you use them properly. We'll tell you when and how to use them.

By Zoë McLaren

A landmark study showed that switching from salt to a salt substitute could lower the risk of strokes, heart disease and premature death.

By Alia Hoyt

The FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older, but that still leaves children under age 12 ineligible to get vaccinated. Should off-label use be considered to protect them?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Vaccines stimulate our immune system to help protect us from a specific disease or virus, like COVID-19. But sometimes that protection wanes and we need additional doses, or booster shots.

By Joanna Thompson

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Skipping your daily shower doesn't necessarily mean you're lazy — it can actually be good for your skin, say doctors.

By Alia Hoyt

Supplements promise the moon – lose weight, end depression, stop smoking, sleep better, get young again! The supplement industry grew to massive proportions by offering up perfection in a pill.

By Conor Heffernan

Blood flow restriction training, or BFR, is a technique in which athletes intentionally limit the blood flow to a specific area of the body during a workout using a band or cuff. But can anyone benefit from this technique?

By Joanna Thompson

When thinking about traveling with unvaccinated children, two types of risk should be considered – the direct risk for the child and the risk of transmission to others.

By William C. Miller

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A TikTok trend is pretty harmless, but can lettuce leaves steeped in water really help your insomnia?

By Jesslyn Shields

Pfizer says COVID-19 booster shots are necessary, but the CDC and FDA say they're not. Are these mixed messages only going to confuse those who are still not vaccinated? We asked some expert vaccinologists for their opinion.

By Joanna Thompson