Current Health & Wellness News


  • There's Now an FDA-Approved Treatment for COVID-19
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 23, 2020

    The FDA extended its first ever approval (not just an emergency authorization) for a drug to treat COVID-19. The drug is one you’ve probably heard of: the antiviral remdesivir, which has been in use in hospitals for the past few months. Read more...

  • Tweak Your Work-From-Home Life for Better Health
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 23, 2020

    In this weekend’s assignment for our October health reset, we’re going to look at the place where you spend most of your day: your workspace. Health isn’t just a thing that happens when you’re away from your desk; you deserve to support your well-being even while you’re working. Read more...

  • How to Tell If You've Had a Good Workout
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 22, 2020

    Exercise shouldn’t feel horrible—although it can often feel hard. It’s tempting to think of soreness or sweat as a sign of a good workout, but neither of those really tell you whether what you’re doing is improving your health or making progress toward your goals. Instead, look at some of these measures.Read more...

  • What the CDC's New Definition of 'Close Contact' Really Means
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 22, 2020

    Repeated brief encounters with the same person are now considered close contact, according to a tweak to the CDC’s definition.Previously, for somebody to be a “close contact,” they had to remain within six feet of you for a stretch of at least 15 minutes. The change recognizes that, according to recent research, you…Read more...

  • I Actually Kind of Love My Chatbot Therapist
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 21, 2020

    We last checked in with Woebot when it was just a baby chatbot, operating within Facebook Messenger and sporting a $39/month price tag. But now the robot therapist is free, has its own app, and has proven surprisingly helpful on days I’m feeling shitty.Read more...

  • Sorry, Mouthwash Isn't a Coronavirus Cure
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 21, 2020

    Mouthwash is designed to kill germs in your mouth. It is, I’d have to say, pretty good at its job. And yet: we do not seriously trust mouthwash to prevent the transmission of common colds, strep infections, or any other mouth-germ-y illness. We shouldn’t get our hopes up it will be an effective way to avoid getting…Read more...

  • How to Turn Your Home Office Into a Workday Gym
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 20, 2020

    Do you prefer to get your workout in bit-by-bit during the workday instead of going to the gym? Or perhaps you just want to start breaking up the monotony with some more healthy habits? Here’s how to turn your office (or the corner where you work) into a place you can also work out.Read more...

  • Consistency Is the Solution to Most of Your Fitness Problems
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 19, 2020

    I work out every day. I don’t really get sore. I don’t worry if I have to miss a workout. I make progress over time. I have good days at the (home) gym, but I almost never have bad days. My secret, while effective, is extremely boring. It is, simply, consistency. Read more...

  • Should You Wear a Mask Outdoors?
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 19, 2020

    Masks protect us from the coronavirus, indoors as well as out. But do you really need a mask outdoors? In some cases, you can go bare-faced, but you should still have a mask in your pocket just in case. Let’s talk about the factors you should consider when deciding if a mask makes sense outdoors. (When in doubt, wear…Read more...

  • Following the Gym Rules Won't Always Protect You
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 16, 2020

    We trust the people in charge. And because of that, you’ll notice that many of us didn’t ask “when is it safe to go back to the gym?” but rather “when is my gym opening?” An outbreak traced to a Canadian spin studio drives home the point that listening to those in charge isn’t always the right move. The gym followed…Read more...

  • Fix Your Sleep By Getting Your Routines in Order
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 16, 2020

    How has this month’s health reset been going? (I’ve got a bunch of kiwis on the kitchen counter that I am going to devour as instructed. Gotta be honest, I’ve been waiting for this one.) This weekend, your assignment is to lock in your bedtime and morning routines so you can sleep better from here on out. Read more...

  • There Is No 'Best' Diet
    by Beth Skwarecki on October 15, 2020

    U.S. News has once again ranked all the diets, with the groundbreaking result that...they are all different ways to eat food. Amazing. Their website does provide a nice comparison of the various diets’ pros and cons, but the whole concept of declaring one diet better than another is broken to begin with. Read more...