If your health care provider is nice, you’ll feel less pain

Having blood drawn by a courteous health care provider can really take the sting out of those procedures, suggests a study being presented at the Anesthesiology 2019 annual meeting. In fact, an empathetic provider—one who asks about patients’ previous experiences with needles and takes their preferences into account—could make all the difference when it comes to pain management. Patients in […]

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Your personality as a teen may predict your risk of dementia

(HealthDay)—Could your personality as a teen forecast your risk for dementia a half-century later? Very possibly, say researchers, who found that dementia risk is lower among seniors who were calm, mature and energetic high schoolers. “Being calm and mature as teen were each associated with roughly a 10% reduction in adult dementia risk,” said study co-author Kelly Peters, principal researcher […]

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The painful truth about what having a hangover really does to your body

The pounding head. The parched mouth. And, worst of all, the crushing sense of anxiety as you cast your (foggy) mind back to the night before and try to remember if you said or did anything awful. Most of us have woken up with a hangover at some point and struggled through the day wondering how on earth a few […]

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You're Wired to Support Your Favorite Sports Team—Even When They Suck

SAY YOU have a team. Could be a football team or a basketball team or a baseball team, but it’s your team, and it’s been your team for as long as you can remember. For me, those teams have always been the Knicks and the Jets—for the guy pictured above, it’s all about the Mets—and for fans of this New […]

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4 Ways to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress

“Messy bed, messy head.” “A clean space promotes a clean mind.” Cliches like these have been muttered for ages — and scoffed at by anyone who, like me, may have missed the Marie Kondo gene. But eye rolls aside, there’s research to support the fact that too much clutter can negatively affect our well-being and stress us out more than we think. On […]

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Cozy Swaddle Blankets That'll Lull Your Baby to Sleep

Navigating nap and bedtime as a new mom can be intimidating. Hell, navigating sleep schedules as a seasoned mom can be intimidating because no two babies are exactly the same. Luckily, there are tried-and-true tricks that make lulling your little one to sleep a bit easier, like feeding them a warm bottle before putting them down to sleep and finding […]

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How sleepless nights compromise the health of your gut

It is well known that individuals who work night shifts or travel often across different time zones have a higher tendency to become overweight and suffer from gut inflammation. The underlying cause for this robust phenomenon has been the subject of many studies that tried to relate physiological processes with the activity of the brain’s circadian clock, which is generated […]

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High-fat, high-carbohydrate diets affect your brain, not just your physical appearance

Much research has pointed to how an unhealthy diet correlates to obesity, but has not explored how diet can bring about neurological changes in the brain. A recent Yale study has discovered that high-fat diets contribute to irregularities in the hypothalamus region of the brain, which regulates body weight homeostasis and metabolism. Led by Sabrina Diano, the Richard Sackler Family […]

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The Towels That Will Make Your Kids Excited To Get Into (& Out Of) The Tub

Is there anything better than bath time, and helping your sweet little one splash around in a tub full of bubbles? One thing might come close: wrapping your newly clean kiddo in a fresh, soft hooded towel for post-bath snuggles. Okay, okay…it’s not always so idyllic, we admit. Bath time can be killer on your back and knees, and while some […]

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