"Thinking of heading to a spa? Be cautious: The massage you enjoyed in your 30s could do some damage in your 80s, and risking an infection for a pedicure may no longer seem worth it, says Consumer Reports."
Category: Health + Wellness
"A ketogenic (keto) diet is high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates. Most of the body's cells prefer to use blood sugar (glucose) as their main source of energy, says Harvard Health Publishing. The keto diet forces your body to use a different type of fuel. Instead of providing your body with glucose from carbohydrates, the keto diet relies on the liver to break down stored fat into molecules called ketones. (This process is called ketogenesis; that's where the diet's name comes from.)"
"Got a high cholesterol reading? You may have a higher risk for a dangerous eye condition called glaucoma, according to a recent study published online May 2 by JAMA Ophthalmology."
"Depression has become increasingly common among American teenagers — especially teen girls, who are now almost three times as likely as teen boys to have had recent experiences with depression, reports Pew Research Center."
"According to the National Community Pharmacists Association’s 2018 Digest, 73% of independent pharmacies are immunizing. As of December 2018, more than 340,000 pharmacists have been trained to administer vaccines across the patient lifespan, reports Drug Store News."
"Many older adults feel fatigued, and often cite this pervasive feeling of tiredness as the main reason they limit their activity. In turn, being too exhausted to see friends or go about your usual activities can mean a decreased quality of life. Such fatigue has long been dismissed as an expected part of aging, but experts are beginning to push back on this idea, says Consumer Reports."
"If you're planning a summer trip overseas, you may be preoccupied with booking airfare and finding lodging, but certain destinations require an extra step of planning: travel vaccines."
"With everything fruit has going for it (natural sweetness, beautiful colors, tons of nutrients) you’d think people would be eating loads of it. But only 12% of Americans get the 1½ to 2 cups of fruit that health experts recommend adults eat every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"If you’re itching for a summer adventure, a trip to the beach or a hike in the park might be just what you need. But watch where you step; poison ivy could be near. We typically think of this plant as lying deep in the woods, but in fact it’s most commonly found in less remote areas: the edges of your backyard, the shoulder of a highway, even a sand dune on a beach, says Consumer Reports."
"Medical advancements have allowed doctors to prevent cervical cancer and detect it early, says Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., a senior investigator with the National Cancer Institute. 'Of all the cancers,' he says, 'this one, we know what we’re doing.' But many women may still have questions about the best way to get screened, how often to get screened, and when to start screening or get vaccinated, says Consumer Reports."
"More than eight in 10 adults who have visited a healthcare provider (e.g., doctor's office, hospital, outpatient clinic, urgent care clinic, etc.) at least twice in the past year agree that if their provider knew more about their health interests, goals and motivations, they would be able to serve them better (84% strongly agree/agree/somewhat agree), reports Ipsos."
"More people are becoming ill with diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes, biting pests that arrive with warmer weather, says Consumer Reports. The annual number of these infections, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus, reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than tripled between 2004 and 2016 in the U.S. But before you spray your yard with pesticides, opt for effective yet less drastic methods."