Current Health & Wellness News


  • Let's Lift Some Sandbags
    by Beth Skwarecki on August 7, 2020

    It’s a new month and a new fitness challenge, friends. Time to pick up a sandbag! And then put it down. And then pick it up again. Yep, keep going. Just a few more reps. Read more...

  • Record Gym Videos and Play Music at the Same Time
    by Beth Skwarecki on August 6, 2020

    If you video yourself lifting—whether for form checks or just to share your day on Insta—you’ve probably noticed an infuriating flaw in the way our phones work: as soon as you start recording, the music in your headphones cuts out. Read more...

  • Don't Expect Disinfectant Wipes to Be Stocked For a While
    by Beth Skwarecki on August 6, 2020

    In the olden days of 2019, disinfectant wipes had a small but dedicated market. Germaphobes and parents bought them regularly; for many of the rest of us, they were either an occasional or unnecessary thing. Now everything has changed, and the companies that make the wipes are struggling to keep up. Read more...

  • Throw Out Your Onions, FDA Says
    by Beth Skwarecki on August 3, 2020

    Do you have an onion in your kitchen? Yep, me too. Pop quiz: What farm or distributor did that onion come from? If you can’t answer that question, you should probably throw it out. Read more...

  • Use Your Chair for a Home Workout
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 31, 2020

    Welcome to the last of our fitness challenge posts for the month. I hope you’ve enjoyed these mini breaks from your day, even though they’re sometimes a little silly. Today, I have a challenge that’s even sillier: put something other than your butt on your chair. Read more...

  • Can Liquid Chalk Really Double as a Hand Sanitizer?
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 31, 2020

    To protect ourselves from the coronavirus, the CDC recommends keeping your hands as clean as possible, including using hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not possible. Liquid chalk, used by climbers and powerlifters to help with grip, often contains a significant amount of alcohol. So can…Read more...

  • We Still Don't Know All the Long-Term Consequences of 'Mild' COVID-19
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 31, 2020

    Surviving COVID-19 is one thing. Becoming healthy again is another. Recent studies have found that even people who didn’t seem to have life-threatening cases show signs of damage to their heart. We don’t know what the future has in store for them. Read more...

  • The List of Toxic Hand Sanitizers Is Up to 94 Products [Updated]
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 30, 2020

    Hand sanitizers that are effective against the coronavirus are those that include at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol. But there are a few brands that use methanol, a more toxic type of alcohol, and the FDA has issued warnings not to use them.Read more...

  • How to Volunteer for a Coronavirus Vaccine Study
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 29, 2020

    The first phase 3 trial of a coronavirus vaccine began this week, with plans to enroll 30,000 volunteers by the time it’s over—and more phase 3 trials are likely to begin soon. While we’re all hoping for a safe, effective vaccine as soon as possible, the only way to find out whether it’s safe and effective is for…Read more...

  • If We Can't Open Sports Safely, What Hope Is There for Opening Schools?
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 28, 2020

    As I read the many pages of our district’s return-to-school plans, I only had two questions in mind: How will you know if somebody has the coronavirus? and Assuming that the virus makes it into the school, because it will, how will you make sure that it doesn’t get transmitted to anybody else? The plan did not answer…Read more...

  • We're Still in the First Wave
    by Elizabeth Yuko on July 28, 2020

    Despite being told for months that the novel coronavirus is unlike anything we’ve dealt with in modern times, it’s still tempting for us to think of it in terms of influenza. (Even though they’re definitely not the same thing.) This makes sense because we’re familiar with the flu, and with flu season, and they seem to…Read more...

  • That Viral Video About a COVID-19 'Cure' Is Wrong
    by Beth Skwarecki on July 28, 2020

    There’s a viral video out there—removed from many platforms, but there’s a good chance you’ll see it soon if you haven’t already—in which a doctor standing in front of the Supreme Court steps claims that “you don’t need masks” because “there is a cure” for the coronavirus. It’s wrong and dangerous. Read more...