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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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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.

The Opioid Crisis Is Hitting Some States Especially Hard

The U.S. is experiencing a widespread opioid epidemic, but some states are seeing especially high numbers of overdoses.

Acupuncture Doesn't Help Women With PCOS Get Pregnant

A 2017 study found that acupuncture, used on its own or with fertility medication, just didn't work for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Fact or Fiction: Raw Oysters Are Safe to Eat Every Month of the Year

Despite what you've probably heard, oysters are safe to eat in months with the letter "r".

Human-caused CO2 Emissions Could Decrease Grain Protein, Risking Health of Millions

New research shows that human-caused CO2 emissions could decrease the nutritional value of staples like rice and wheat. But there are ways we can prepare.

Hundreds of Scientists Call for Tighter Limits on Common Antibacterial Chemical

Hundreds of scientists and doctors are calling for stronger restrictions on antibacterial chemicals that show up in yoga mats, cosmetics, and even toothpaste.

Long-term Exposure to Aircraft Noise Linked to High Blood Pressure

The latest study on airport noise spotlights the potentially negative relationship between aircraft sounds and human health.

Whole-Wheat Bread May Only Be Better Than White for Some People

Researcher says the finding points to a new paradigm: "Different people react differently, even to the same foods."


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