Current Health & Wellness News


  • Shuffle a Deck of Cards for a Quick Workout
    by Beth Skwarecki on May 29, 2020

    For today’s classic at-home workout, we’re looking all the way back to 2011, when Lifehacker created its own workout program on a now-defunct platform called Fleetly. It offered four workouts per week, adjustable for your goals, and we’re trying one of them today: the deck of cards workout. Read more...

  • Are You Over-Relying on Sleep or Anxiety Meds?
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 29, 2020

    Even more so than usual, our lives are defined by stress right now, the results of which are a lot of anxious, sleepless nights. For many, this has meant turning to anti-anxiety medications or prescription sleep aids. In the past few months, in fact, prescriptions for anti-anxiety and sleep medications have increased …Read more...

  • A Brief History of Medical Face Masks
    by Sarah Durn on Gizmodo, shared by Joel Cunningham to Vitals on May 29, 2020

    If you happened to find yourself in 17th-century Naples, you were in for a rough time. The Plague of 1656 was in full swing and would claim an estimated 300,000 lives in Naples alone. If you were one of the unlucky souls to come down with the buboes and high fever symptomatic of the disease, a visit from the plague…Read more...

  • How to Set Benchmarks as a Beginning Runner
    by Beth Skwarecki on May 28, 2020

    If you’ve taken up running recently, you probably find it exciting to learn what you’re capable of. But if the only goal you know is running continuously for three miles—the famous “couch to 5K”—you may find yourself wondering: Is that all there is?Read more...

  • You Don't Always Know Who Is High Risk
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 28, 2020

    America is racing toward reopening and more of us are planning to go back to work and resume some of our normal activities, but nothing about the coronavirus itself has actually changed. It’s as virulent and deadly as ever, and even if the risk that hospitals will be jammed with high-risk patients is lower, the risk…Read more...

  • How to Handle Your Pet's Anxiety
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 28, 2020

    If your pet has been acting odd lately, you are not alone. Pandemic era pet owners have reported an array of strange new behaviors in their cats and dogs. Unusual hissing and growling, clinginess and disruptive behaviors such as attacking furniture, spinning, excessive grooming, increased vocalizing and scratching…Read more...

  • Taking Melatonin Isn't a Sleep Hack
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 27, 2020

    Given we’re all likely suffering from an uptick in sleepless nights lately, you might be tempted to reach for a bottle of melatonin—nature’s sleep aid. Melatonin is natural! It’s available over the counter! But although melatonin has been shown to be safe and non-habit-forming, there are still side effects that come…Read more...

  • Why Your Positive Coronavirus Antibody Test Might Be Wrong
    by Beth Skwarecki on May 27, 2020

    The CDC has released new guidelines on antibody testing that note it’s possible for a test that’s 90-95% accurate to deliver incorrect positive results more than half the time. That sounds shocking, but it can be true—and it’s important to understand why, if you’re considering getting tested or have already gotten a…Read more...

  • Instead of Finding the Perfect Work Setup, Try Moving Around
    by Beth Skwarecki on May 27, 2020

    Are you having a hard time getting comfortable in your impromptu home office? We’ve absorbed this idea that there is an ideal “ergonomic” setup, and that if everything is properly supportive and set to the right height, we’ll never be uncomfortable again. But what if sitting in the One Correct Position is actually not…Read more...

  • Reduce Your Risk of Coronavirus Exposure With a 'Contact Budget'
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 27, 2020

    Now that states are opening up again, and a lot of people are required to report back to work, many of us are being forced to navigate new sources of risk and uncertainty. With that in mind, one epidemiologist, Ellie Murray, has a suggestion for how to think about your overall level of risk: Make a contact budget. Read more...

  • No, Wearing a Mask Isn't Dangerous
    by Beth Skwarecki on May 26, 2020

    Myths about masks are running rampant, mixed in with and distracting from the critical advice and facts we all need to know to wear them responsibly. Many of these myths are directly tied to conspiracy theories that fall apart when you take a minute to think about them, but they still circulate because they seem like…Read more...

  • What to Know About That New Hydroxychloroquine Study
    by Rachel Fairbank on May 26, 2020

    These past few months, there has been an intense debate over the drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been touted as a miracle treatment for COVID-19. This hype over the drug has come in spite of a lack of strong evidence showing that it works effectively against COVID-19, as well as concerns about serious side…Read more...