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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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When It Comes to Air Pollution, the Tiniest Particles Might Be the Worst

Increasing scientific evidence shows that ultrafine particles are especially hazardous to health.

'Raw Water' Is Having a Moment

Some alternative health practitioners advocate drinking untreated water because it's 'healthier' for you. But scientists do not agree.

Used Books May Be Germy, But They Won't Make You Sick

From libraries to used book stores, books get passed from hand to dirty hand. How safe are they to handle?

Hold the Gluten? Here’s Why That May Not Be a Good Idea

New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.

A Workout Before Takeoff: Will Airport Gyms Become a Thing?

A quick workout before or between flights would be a nice way to get energized, especially if there was a gym conveniently located at your terminal. So why aren't there more gyms inside U.S. airports?

Hot Yoga Works, But Doesn't Have to Be So Hot

Hot yoga may not be as beneficial as once thought, a new study suggests.

Big Sugar and Its Not-so-sweet Cover-Up

The average American eats 66 pounds of sugar every year, but the sugar industry doesn't want us to how much damage its doing to our bodies.

Gender at the Gym: How Workout Preferences Vary by Sex, Age

Workout trends are changing, as younger people are less into the gender divide of classes for women and weightlifting for men.

Would Exercise Work Better if We Did It Naked?

There are nude bike rides, naked yoga sessions and even the occasional bare-it-all Crossfit sesh. Would our bodies be more efficient without clothes getting in the way?

Why Feeling Clean Feels So Good

Human beings are biologically and psychologically predisposed to prefer clean environments.

More Reasons Not to Eat Raw Cookie Dough

Raw flour has been shown to harbour nasty bacteria, even E. coli.

Why Do People Find Leaf Blowers So Irritating?

Does the sound of a leaf blower make you mad? There might be a physical reason for it.

Financial Incentives Help Teens Manage Chronic Illness

Adolescence is a notoriously tough time for people with Type 1 diabetes, but a study shows that giving them money might help them manage the illness more effectively.

How Iconic — But Ineffective — Drug Prevention Program D.A.R.E. Is Reinventing Itself

Back in the 1980s and '90s, D.A.R.E. was in almost every American school. But the drug prevention program was shown to have little success at keeping kids away from drugs. With the current opioid crisis, D.A.R.E. is poised for a comeback.

Prozac Making Its Way Into Oceans Might Be Affecting Crab Behavior

Crabs exposed to Prozac are more careless in their foraging behavior, and more aggressive toward members of their own species.

Hip Injuries for the Elderly Actually More Likely Indoors, During Warmer Months

Wintry, icy conditions mean the elderly slip, fall and break a hip more often when venturing outdoors, right? Actually, quite the opposite is true, with some caveats.

Mixed Messaging Confuses People Trying to Lose Weight

A study showed that weight loss messages are more likely to work when both are actions ("eat more veggies," "do more exercise") rather than if one is an action and the other is an inaction ("eat more veggies," "eat less fat").

Have Most Plastic Surgeons Had Surgery Themselves?

Are plastic surgeons more likely to go under the knife to enhance their looks? Not when it comes to breast augmentations, finds one study.

Can Medical Marijuana Help Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Studies indicate cannabis can help victims of chronic pain without the risk of deadly overdose.

Citing the Rise of Crazy Plastic Surgery Videos, Critics Draw Up Code of Ethics

A new breed of plastic surgeons is using social media to post video of themselves doing tricks or wearing costumes while performing surgery. But other doctors want to put a stop to this.

Why a Second Breakfast Can Be Good for Us

A second breakfast can be just as beneficial as a first breakfast.

Could Three Days in This Swedish Cabin Reduce Anxiety?

Can spending time in a tiny glass cabin in Sweden's wilderness for 72 hours relieve anxiety? We're about to find out.

Can I Pass a Drug Test With Someone Else's Urine?

Some people buy "clean urine" off the internet. Others borrow a deposit from a helpful friend. But can labs tell whether your pee is your own or someone else's?

A Dirty Little Secret: Why Cigarette Makers Are Embracing Nicotine Patches

Originally tobacco companies opposed smoking cessation products like nicotine patches. Now they manufacture them. What accounted for the switch? And what did they know about these patches before the rest of us?

American Women, Seniors Drinking More Than Ever

A new study gives alarming evidence that more Americans than ever meet the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism.


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