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Do Nutrition Labels on Restaurant Menus Trim Down Calorie Consumption?

Researchers looked at several studies before finding inconclusive results.

Salt: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

The sodium in salt causes most of the damage to our organs, so how much is necessary for survival?

Sound Bathing Is Today's Meditation

The meditative practice dates back to ancient times but is growing in popularity in the U.S. What are the benefits and are they real?

Who Brushes Their Teeth in the Shower?

A surprising number of people do, but why? And are there any downsides to doing it?

After Weight Loss, Hunger Is a Life Sentence

Why is it so hard to keep weight off after losing it? One study suggests it's because your body wants you to put it back on.

​Room-temp Pizza: A Gamble or Good-to-go?

Leftover pizza is practically a staple in college dorms and bachelor pads, but is it safe to eat at room temperature?

A Former Naturopath Blows the Whistle on the Industry

Britt Marie Hermes started out at a naturopath. Now, she writes a blog criticizing their practices, which has landed her in a lawsuit. At a time when naturopaths are fighting for more state licensing and insurance coverage, she shares her story.

Kratom: The Answer to Opioid Abuse or Part of the Problem?

Many opioid addicts swear kratom helped them get off heroin or other drugs. But the FDA disagrees and just announced it is looking into whether it will put the herbal supplement onto its Schedule I drug list.

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").

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