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Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine
What are the side effects of ginger tea?
Ginger tea may cause some mild side effects in some people. In this article, learn more about the risks and possible benefits of drinking ginger tea.
Benefits of rice water for the skin
Many people use rice water to improve skin appearance or ease skin conditions. Read on to learn about potential rice water benefits, preparation, and usage.
How to clean nose piercings: Everything you need to know
A new nose piercing requires regular and thorough cleaning to help it heal and to prevent infection and other potential complications, such as scarring.
What can cause bumps to appear on the scalp?
Bumps can appear on the scalp for a range of reasons. Learn more about the causes, their treatments, and when to contact a doctor here.
Why is my skin itchy?
Itchy skin can result from various conditions, including allergies and eczema. Here, learn about some causes and treatment options, including home remedies.
Hives on black skin: Diagnosis and when to see a doctor
Hives are raised bumps or welts that may affect large areas of skin. They sometimes cause redness, though this may not appear on black skin. Learn more here.
How to treat acne on black skin
For people of color, there are many safe acne treatments, remedies, and care techniques. Here, learn about these and the risk of complications in black skin.
How to improve the appearance of stretch marks on the back
Stretch marks can appear on any part of the skin, including on the back. Learn what stretch marks are and what treatments may help improve their appearance.
DIY foot soaks for dry skin, pain, relaxation, and more
Foot soaks may help people soothe sore muscles, moisturize dry skin, and aid in relaxation. Here are six recipes for DIY foot soaks.
Ear, Nose, and Throat
What can cause a person to wake up with a stuffy nose?
Waking up with a stuffy nose can occur for many reasons. Learn more about the causes and accompanying symptoms in this article. It will also cover treatments.
Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses
Tips to prevent coronavirus transmission
There are many steps a person can take to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, including frequent hand-washing and social distancing. Learn more here.
What to know about Valtrex for cold sores
Valtrex is an antiviral drug that doctors prescribe to shorten the duration of genital or oral herpes (cold sores) and shingles flare-ups.
What to know about Lyme disease
Lyme disease is an illness that infected black-legged ticks can transmit to humans. Find out about the symptoms, treatment, and how to reduce the risk.
All about mononucleosis (mono)
Mononucleosis, otherwise known as mono, glandular fever, or the “kissing disease,” is a common illness, especially among teens and college students. In this article, find out the risk factors for contracting it, the disease’s timeline, its symptoms, treatments, complications, and what you can do to try and avoid it.
What is a Candida overgrowth?
Candida is a type of yeast that normally exists on and in the body, but certain factors can cause it to multiply out of control. Learn more here.
When does hand sanitizer expire?
Hand sanitizer does expire, and while it may still be safe to use, it may not work as well. Here, learn about the timing, how to use it effectively, and more.
Neurology / Neuroscience
Loneliness and hunger share a home in the brain
Researchers find that when people need company, the same part of their brain lights up as when they need food — more evidence that socializing is a basic human need.
What you need to know about spina bifida
Spina bifida is a congenital malformation which can lead to problems with mobility and incontinence. Treatment and therapy can improve the outlook.
Nutrition / Diet
Are sardines good for you?
Sardines contain omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and some vitamins and minerals. They may also have anti-inflammatory properties, which can provide health benefits.
Amazon meal kits review
Amazon’s meal kit delivery service helps people cook from scratch if they cannot find the time. Ingredients are premeasured and no subscription is necessary. Learn more about Amazon’s meal kit service here.
What is the best app for grocery delivery?
There are several apps for grocery delivery. Read about the best ones here.
What is Blue Apron’s Weight Watchers plan?
Blue Apron’s Weight Watchers (WW) plan is a collaboration between Blue Apron and WW. Learn more about Blue Apron’s WW meal kits here.
Eating dried fruit linked to better overall diet and health
New research suggests that people could try boosting their intake of vital nutrients by eating more dried fruit without added sugar.
6 of the top smoothie delivery options
What are the best smoothie delivery options? This article lists six smoothie delivery services that may help a busy person maintain a healthful diet.
What to know about Diet-to-Go
Diet-to-Go is a meal delivery service that aims to help people lose weight. Here is an overview of how it works and some example menus.
Vegan diets may be linked to a higher risk of bone fractures
A new study has found that vegan diets — and, to some extent, vegetarian and pescatarian diets — may be linked to an increased risk of bone fractures.
6 of the best gluten-free meal delivery services
Gluten-free meal delivery can make meal preparation for people with celiac disease easier. We list the best meal delivery services for gluten-free diets here.
Noom is a diet app that teaches people the psychology of eating to help them make more healthful food choices. Here, we review Noom and explain how it works
Cheapest meal delivery: Options and considerations
Cooking meals requires time and effort. Using a meal delivery service can help minimize the time a person spends in the kitchen. Learn more here.
What is the best meal kit delivery service?
We review some of the best meal kits that offer people with underlying health conditions and different dietary preferences healthful food choices.
Pain / Anesthetics
What to know about Tietze syndrome
Tietze syndrome is an inflammatory condition affecting the cartilage connecting the upper ribs to the breastbone. Learn about the symptoms and more here.
15 possible causes of abdominal pain
Abdominal pain can result from problems in the stomach, gallbladder, or large intestine. Causes include gas and menstrual cramps. Here, find out more.
Pregnancy / Obstetrics
Is it possible to get pregnant right after a period?
This article discusses how it is possible to get pregnant right after a period, factors that increase the chances, and how to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
How early can people find out the sex of a baby?
Finding out the sex of a fetus can be an exciting moment in pregnancy. Early blood tests now make this possible toward the end of the first trimester.
What do contractions feel like throughout the pregnancy?
Contractions happen throughout pregnancy. Here, learn what preterm, Braxton-Hicks, early, transitional, pushing, and active labor contractions feel like.
7 types of pregnancy rash and what they look like
Pregnancy rashes can occur due to conditions such as eczema, hives, or heat rash. In rare cases, they can signal a more serious condition.
What to know about Instacart shopping app
For those short on time or have difficulty buying groceries in-person, Instacart allows people to purchase products through an app, which are then delivered. Learn more here.
The Recovery Room: News beyond the pandemic — November 27
Medical News Today’s Recovery Room is the place to find 10 recent stories that you may have missed amid all the COVID-19 fervor.
How to remove moths from the home
Moth larvae can eat through clothes and other fabrics, and the insects can trigger allergic reactions, which may be serious. Learn how to get rid of them here.
Is it possible to have pneumonia without a cough?
People with pneumonia typically develop a cough. However, it is possible to have pneumonia without a cough. Learn more here.
What to know about salmeterol
What is salmeterol? In this article, learn more about salmeterol, including what it is, which conditions it treats, safety concerns, and drug interactions.
Sexual Health / STDs
Can sexually transmitted infections cause rectal itching?
An itchy anus may indicate that a person has a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Learn more about possible causes of an itchy anus and treatment options.rn
What to know about genital herpes in men
Genital herpes is a common condition that can cause red bumps around the genital area. There are no cures for genital herpes, but a number of treatment options. Learn more.
Sports Medicine / Fitness
Comparing biking and running for fitness and weight loss
Biking and running are exercises that can benefit a person’s health and fitness. Here, we compare the calories they burn, and their benefits, risks, and cost
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