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Health Explainers

Health 2020-09-25T22:44:00Z

Should my kid wear a face mask? Only if they're at least 2 years old

Children at least 2 years of age should wear a face mask because they can contract and spread COVID-19 just like adults.
Health 2020-09-25T21:28:23Z

What is diabetes? A comprehensive guide to lower blood sugar and manage the condition

Diabetes is a chronic condition that results in high blood sugar. Here's how to get your levels under control and stay healthy.
Health 2020-09-25T21:01:00Z

3 science-backed benefits of vitamin K and how to get enough of it

Vitamin K is an essential vitamin for blood clotting, bone health, and heart health. You can get vitamin K from leafy green vegetables like kale.
Health 2020-09-25T19:36:55Z

Eczema is not contagious, but it can make you more prone to a skin infection that is

You can't pass eczema to another person, but the condition can lead to open sores that are gateways for infectious bacteria like staph or impetigo.
Health 2020-09-25T18:56:00Z

The muscles that running works — and how to protect them from injury

Running works a variety of muscles throughout the body but mostly works leg muscles like the glutes, quads, and calves.
Health 2020-09-25T17:26:57Z

7 science-backed natural remedies that may help with ADHD symptoms

Natural methods of treatment, like therapy and certain vitamin and mineral supplements, may help alleviate some of the symptoms of ADHD.
Health 2020-09-25T17:24:58Z

The best time to get a flu shot is in late September or October — here's why

It's best to get a flu shot in the early fall because the vaccine takes about two weeks to produce enough antibodies to protect you from the flu.
Health 2020-09-25T16:57:00Z

What to eat after a run for optimal recovery and muscle building, according to sports nutritionists

After a run, it's important to eat a meal or snack that has a combination of carbohydrates and proteins.
Health 2020-09-25T16:37:00Z

3 techniques to breathe properly while running and avoid injury

When running, it is important to breathe using your diaphragm and to create a rhythm between your breath and strides.
Health 2020-09-25T15:33:00Z

Signs and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency — and how to treat it

Common symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include poor night vision, dry eyes, and rashes. If vitamin A deficiency is untreated it can cause blindness.
Health 2020-09-24T22:11:59Z

The major causes and risk factors for kidney stones

Kidney stones form when certain substances bind together in your urine, and there are many medical and lifestyle factors that can increase your risk.
Health 2020-09-24T20:59:38Z

5 skincare benefits of vitamin C: How it can help reduce signs of aging, heal skin, and more

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has numerous benefits when applied in a topical serum — like lightening dark spots and reducing inflammation.
Health 2020-09-24T20:51:39Z

Why your blood sugar is high in the morning and how to lower it

People with diabetes often experience high blood sugar in the morning as a result of the dawn phenomenon or the Somogyi effect.
Health 2020-09-24T20:46:06Z

ADHD is partially genetic, but there are other risk factors that play a key role

Some evidence indicates that ADHD is partially genetic, but experts warn that there are other factors that may contribute to developing it.
Health 2020-09-24T20:21:15Z

The best ingredients for fighting acne, according to dermatologists

Ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol, sulfur, tea tree oil, and alpha-hydroxy acids all help reduce acne in different ways.
Health 2020-09-24T18:50:07Z

The benefits of retinol and how to use it to fight acne, wrinkles, and dullness

Retinol increases the turnover of skin cells, meaning that it helps you shed old, dead skin and replace it with newer cells.
Health 2020-09-24T17:55:54Z

The most effective therapies and medications for treating OCD

OCD treatment usually involves a combination of medication and exposure and response prevention therapy to control obsessions and compulsions.
Health 2020-09-24T16:48:00Z

Vitamin A toxicity is rare, but taking supplements increases your chance of developing it

Vitamin A toxicity is a rare condition that causes nausea, headaches, itchy skin, hair loss, and liver damage.
Health 2020-09-23T21:11:00Z

The best sources of B12 for vegans — and when to take a supplement

Some of the best vegan-friendly sources of vitamin B12 are nori, shiitake mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and fortified foods.
Health 2020-09-23T21:00:00Z

6 ways to increase sperm count and improve male fertility

The best way to increase your sperm count is to lead a healthy lifestyle that includes exercising, eating healthy, and avoiding substance abuse.
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