Current Health & Wellness News


  • How I'm Using Sleep Tracking to Improve My Fitness
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 15, 2021

    For the past few months, I’ve been wearing an Oura ring to track my sleep. In December, I added a Whoop band for comparison’s sake. I was curious about them because I’ve seen so many athletes—professional and recreational—say they use devices like these to monitor how well they’re recovering from strenuous workouts.…Read more...

  • Keep Your Mask on When You Sneeze
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 14, 2021

    It appears there’s some confusion about what to do when you’re wearing a mask and you need to sneeze. As Matt Karolian noted on Twitter, a man at the recent impeachment vote pulled down his mask to sneeze into his hand, which is exactly the opposite of what you are supposed to do. Read more...

  • How Long Does Immunity Last After Getting Over COVID?
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 14, 2021

    Throughout the pandemic, one of the biggest unknowns about the coronavirus has been how long people are immune after they catch it and recover. Early indications were that it must provide some immunity, since if multiple infections were possible, they would probably be common. But even a year-plus into the health…Read more...

  • All Adults Over 65 May Soon Be Eligible for the COVID Vaccine
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 13, 2021

    If you’ve found it hard to keep track of whose turn it is to get the COVID vaccine, there’s good news and bad news. The White House is recommending that everyone over 65 and adults with high-risk conditions be able to get the vaccine starting two weeks from now, which means a lot of people will be eligible sooner than…Read more...

  • Do You Need Mirrors When Lifting Weights?
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 11, 2021

    Just about every commercial gym has a giant wall of mirrors, whether surrounding the whole space or lining the portion of the gym with the dumbbell rack. Watching yourself in the mirror can help you to make sure you’re lifting with the correct form and using the right muscles—so what the heck do you do if you’re…Read more...

  • Try These Alternatives Instead of Wasting Your Time on a Detox
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 8, 2021

    By now we all know that new year “detoxes” and “resets” don’t detox or reset anything. Depending on which you choose, they are either unsustainable diets or pure pseudoscience—often a mix of both. And yet, they still appeal. Read more...

  • Exercise Is Stress Relief So You Should Probably Go Exercise Right Now
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 7, 2021

    While our Capitol was being overrun by insurrectionists yesterday, I went for a walk. A few hours later, after having been glued to Twitter trying to make sense of it all for far longer than I’d like to admit, I went for a run. It helped.Read more...

  • Track COVID Vaccination Rates With These Websites
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 6, 2021

    Less than a month after the first vaccine against COVID-19 was authorized for use in the US, the CDC reports that we have distributed 17 million doses and vaccinated 4.8 million people. (Full protection requires two doses, so most people have only gotten their first.) If you’d like to track the rollout of the vaccine,…Read more...

  • Is Cauliflower 'Rice' More Nutritious Than Regular Rice?
    by Beth Skwarecki on January 5, 2021

    With the news that Chipotle will now offer cauliflower rice on the menu alongside its traditional brown and white options, you may be wondering how the veggie-based dish stacks up nutritionally. It’s lower in calories and carbs, for starters. Read more...

  • How to Reverse a Cavity (And Prevent One From Forming in the First Place)
    by Elizabeth Yuko on January 3, 2021

    As children, one of the first things we learn about oral health is that if we eat too much candy and/or don’t brush our teeth, we’ll develop holes in our teeth called “cavities” which will then have to be filled in, and a drill is a part of that process. While not completely off, dental hygiene is a little more…Read more...

  • Our Best Hangover Cures, Conveniently Located in One Place
    by Elizabeth Yuko on January 1, 2021

    Sore head this morning? What about a fuzzy mouth, waves of nausea, and/or gnawing anxiety over what you said or did last night? As we’ve learned throughout 2020, just because we’re no longer going out to bars, restaurants and other gatherings like we used to, that doesn’t mean alcohol is going to be any kinder to your…Read more...

  • Hey, the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines Are Finally Out
    by Beth Skwarecki on December 30, 2020

    The U.S. government releases dietary guidelines every five years, and the 2020 edition just came out yesterday. There aren’t any huge changes, but babies and toddlers are included for the first time, and once again we are being reminded that we pretty much all eat too much sugar.Read more...