Health News

How Not to Get Bitten by Ticks This Summer

The last thing you want to bring home from a long hike or a quick dog walk is a case of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, or even a single one of the ticks that carry these (and more) diseases. But to protect yourself properly, you’ve got to get the right product. “Many people […]

Health News

What It’s *Really* Like to Get an Abnormal Pap Smear

Going to see the gynecologist can be a super vulnerable experience. Not only are you openly chatting about your body and sexual history with another person, but then there’s the oh-so-enjoyable pap smear — a procedure where your OB-GYN collects a sampling of cells from the cervix to check for anything abnormal that could be […]

Personal Health

The Only Times It's OK Not to Get the Measles Vaccine

New York City declared a public health emergency this week in light of an ongoing measles outbreak, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that unvaccinated individuals could face fines of $1,000. Measles cases are at a five-year high in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported this week, […]

Personal Health

The Facts (and Myths) About How You Really Get Lyme Disease

Now that winter has transitioned to spring and temperatures are warming up in much of the country, you’re likely to start hearing a lot about Lyme disease. Rates of this tick-borne illness have been rising steadily in the United States over the last two decades, with most infections happening in April through October. According to […]

Health Problems

This Man Was Circumcised By Mistake When He Went to the Doctor to Get His Bladder Checked

Just about everyone knows Miley Cyrus’ famous lyric, “Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.” Yeah, it’s super inspiring and all, but some people who should not take comfort in Miley’s motto. I’m looking at you, doctors. Cue the story of a British man who went into the hospital to have his bladder checked—but instead left with a circumcised penis because doctors […]

Kids Health

I'm Spending Thousands to Get My Kid College Admission

When the news broke about the college admissions cheating scandals, I laughed at the ridiculousness of it all. Then, it hit me that there is a possibility other parents like Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, and the others haven’t been caught yet — and are still “competing” for the same few college admission slots. AKA the same few […]

Health Problems

When is best time to get flu shot? Analysis compares scenarios

When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analysis reveals in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The protection offered by […]

Kids Health

Why You Need to Get Your Kids Outside NOW

Most parents know it in their bones: Kids spend way too much time plopped in front of screens. We know that time outside and in nature is so important for growing brains and bodies, and yet, we all struggle with the question (that is ever-more-pressing as the years go by and the digital distractions increase): […]