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Does chocolate cause pimples? Watch our video for the answer as to what really causes acne.
Transcript: Good news for all you choc-aholics: Eating chocolate doesn't cause pimples. Dermatologists agree that...
Good news for all you choc-aholics: Eating chocolate doesn't cause pimples. Dermatologists agree that acne is NOT caused by any specific food, and YES, this includes French fries, potato chips, candy, and soda! Acne is caused by a buildup of dead skin cells within the pore, an excess of skin oil, and a proliferation of acne-causing bacteria. And NONE of these factors are triggered by the foods we eat. Greasy foods, while not great for your health, won't cause oily skin or produce pimples. Hormonal changes within the body have the GREATEST impact on oil production. Oily skin can be hereditary-if your parents have oily skin, you'll probably have it too. So go ahead, and enjoy that piece of chocolate or order of fries-in moderation, of course. Your SKIN will be no worse for it the next day, but your WAISTLINE is another story!More »
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No, knuckle cracking and arthritis are not related. But that does not mean it's safe to crack your knuckles, as it could lead to other problems. Find out more in this video.
Transcript: Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles....
Crack. Pop. Click. These sounds jump from the joints of those in the habit of cracking their knuckles. Depending on your point of view, knuckle-popping sounds disgusting or cool. But there's NO evidence that it inflames the joints or leads to arthritis. Located between two bones, the knuckles are bathed in synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints. Sometimes, a bubble of gas forms in this fluid, and when the knuckles are cracked, it breaks the adhesive seal in the joint, and we hear: Pop! The arthritis connection may be an old wives' tale, but cracking your knuckles CAN hurt your hand in other ways, and there's NO benefit to it. Instead, try bending and stretching your fingers a few times to relieve tightness. And keep in mind, that while cracking your knuckles may seem like an innocent, mindless habit, for the person next to you, it may be just as irritating as the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.More »
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How likely is it that you'll catch a cold directly from cold weather? We've all heard that this is possible, but is it really? Watch this video for more information.
Transcript: No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's...
No. Being cold does not directly give you a cold, but it CAN weaken your immune system. Also, when it's cold OUTSIDE, people tend to stay INSIDE, where air circulation is sub-optimal. You come into closer contact with the people aound you-which CAN increase the likelihood that you will catch a cold. Colds are caused by viruses, and you can get the virus through inhaling infected air droplets sneezed or coughed by an infected person, or by touching something that an infected person has touched and then transferring the germs to your mouth or nose. With over 200 different types of cold viruses in any given season, you can potentially catch many different variants of the cold. BUT, you don''t get it from cold air, slush, wind, or other wintry conditions. So what's the best way to ward off this miserable virus? Wash your hands often.More »
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Antibacterial soap: is it better? Find out by watching our video!
Transcript: Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap....
Like surface-to-air missiles, antibacterial soap just SOUNDS more destructive than old-fashioned soap. Thing is, the germs don't know the difference. Consumer-grade antibacterial soaps are no better at removing more bacteria or preventing infection symptoms-like coughing, sneezing, diarrhea-than plain soap. And the trouble is, it can also breed "super bugs" that our bodies-and antibiotics-can't fight. Furthermore, the soaps, most of which contain the antimicrobial triclosan, produced worrisome antibiotic cross-resistance among different species of bacteria, according to a study published recently in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The conclusion? Stick to plain, old soap and water. If you want to commit germicide with regular soap, take your TIME. The CDC recommends scrubbing for AT LEAST 15 seconds. And pay particular attention to the area under and around your fingernails as this is where most bacteria tend to reside. So heed the call, and lather, rinse, repeat, to get YOUR hands as bacteria-free as possible!More »
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For a guy, finding a lump in one of your pecs may not seem like a big deal. It is, though. Find out more information on male breast cancer in this video.
Transcript: Men don't have breasts, per se. Therefore, men shouldn't get breast cancer. But they DO, to the tune...
Men don't have breasts, per se. Therefore, men shouldn't get breast cancer. But they DO, to the tune of 1,500 new cases a year. The issue is that most men, and even many doctors, don't recognize breast cancer in men. Also, men tend to dismiss a lump, while a woman is much more likely to notice and know what it is. Men are also unfamiliar with the three major risk factors: age; family history of the disease; and obesity. Having even ONE risk factor is reason enough to do a quick self-exam every 3 months. When you're in the shower, feel across the chest with the tips of your fingers, and under the nipple, for any unusual lumps. You're looking for a lump that will feel small and firm, like a pea. And, lump or no lump, if you have any discharge or bleeding from the nipple, ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist in male breast cancer.More »
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Studies show that suicides occur more frequently during some times of the year than others. Does the holiday season have a righer rate of suicide? Watch this video to find out when suicides are more likely to happen.
Transcript: The weather is frightful, the relatives are less-than-delightful, the plaid scarf from Aunt Ruby was...
The weather is frightful, the relatives are less-than-delightful, the plaid scarf from Aunt Ruby was an obvious re-gift from last year, and, in general, melancholy moods can abound. But contrary to what many of us think, suicides are ACTUALLY more common, worldwide, during times of the year that are warmer and sunnier. According to a body of published studies by statisticians, who've examined hundreds of thousands of suicides in the United States and around the world, the number of suicides goes DOWN, not up, over the holiday season, by as much as 40%! According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, this may be because it's easier to repress "troublesome" thoughts during times of greater social interaction. An interesting fact that DID emerge during the Mayo Clinic study, was that suicides are MOST likely to occur early in the week, and LEAST common during weekends.More »
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Can you really feed a cold but starve a fever? Find out the truth about this old wives' tale.
Transcript: Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS...
Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS a certain amount of nutrients and fluids to get better. Without them, the body has a more difficult time fighting off the sickness. It's one of the most well-known medical bromides around: starve a cold, feed a fever. But scientists have found little evidence to support this. How these claims came about is unclear. One popular but unproven theory is that fasting during a fever helps lower body temperature, while lots of food helps raise it, thus helping to fight off a cold. But most doctors, and years of research on cold and flu sufferers, say there's only one tried-and-true treatment: PLENTY of rest and fluids. It may help to know that once someone has contracted a cold or the flu, it'll run its course in 5 to 10 days. So don't starve.More »
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Cosmetic companies would love for us to believe that if we don't wash our face using their products, that acne will soon plague us. Could they be right, though?
Transcript: Once upon a time, people thought acne indicated a lack of hygiene. Then word spread that frequent face...
Once upon a time, people thought acne indicated a lack of hygiene. Then word spread that frequent face washing could actually aggravate acne and that hygiene had little to do with it. Acne is caused by the effects that hormones have on your sebaceous glands. This is the reason teenagers often have issues with acne. Stress plays a role too, since it pushes hormonal buttons. Surface dirt really won't cause acne breakouts, but improper face washing can and will aggravate an existing acne condition. Too much washing of your face can ACTUALLY cause you to get MORE acne, as the body compensates to replace the body oil washed away. Now, we're not saying NOT to wash your face, in fact, research has shown that washing morning and night, with a gentle non-comedogenic cleanser like Cetaphil, is a good way to keep skin in great shape.More »
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If you've ever had poison ivy, you've probably had a family member ask you if it's contagious. So, is poison ivy contagious? Learn more in this video.
Transcript: Contrary to popular belief, the nasty rash that comes from contact with Poison Ivy is NOT contagious....
Contrary to popular belief, the nasty rash that comes from contact with Poison Ivy is NOT contagious. It may APPEAR to spread since the Poison Ivy rash develops sequentially. Scratching may also APPEAR to spread it, but in reality, you CANNOT spread the Poison Ivy rash to YOURSELF or OTHERS. ONLY the area that came into contact with the plant will be affected. Someone with the rash is not contagious because the plant oil has already been absorbed into the skin. They're ONLY contagious if this oil has NOT YET penetrated the skin. A common way to get poison ivy is to touch something that has recently come in contact with the rash-causing urushiol oil, like: gardening gloves or tools, or petting a dog that was running around in the woods. Word to the wise: it's key to treat poison ivy as soon as possible, as that can significantly lessen the severity and duration of the rash.More »
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Does a lump in your breast mean cancer? Not necessarily. Find out more about what else can cause a lump in the breast.
Transcript: Sometimes people stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. And a lump in the...
Sometimes people stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. And a lump in the breast can be a scary thing indeed, but guess what: 8 out of 10 breast lumps are BENIGN! Sometimes lumps are caused by cysts, nipple discharges and calcifications, which can result from hormonal changes, infection, injury or bruising. This percentage tends to fluctuate with age. For young women, more than 80% of breast lumps are benign, as women age, the risk for breast cancer increases, which means that the percentage of benign breast lumps in older women may be much lower than in younger women. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms. If YOU discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it's VERY IMPORTANT that you see a doctor immediately, because catching cancer early SIGNIFICANTLY increases the chances of recovery.More »
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It is generally recommended that you should not consume alcohol while on antibiotics. But is this idea true? You can get more information in this video on alcohol and antibiotics.
Transcript: A widespread myth states that you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, but in fact, drinking...
A widespread myth states that you shouldn't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, but in fact, drinking does NOT lessen the effects of these drugs. Although it's sensible to rest and abstain from partying when taking any medication, it's unlikely that drinking in moderation will cause problems if you're taking most COMMON antibiotics. There ARE a few antibiotics-such as metronidazole or Flagyl, tinidazole or Tindamax, and Bactrim-that should not be mixed with alcohol as this may cause a more severe reaction. Now, we're NOT saying that it's a smart idea to get drunk and rowdy while you're trying to recover from an illness, since alcohol can lower your general energy and delay your recovery. For this reason, it's best minimize alcohol consumption until you've finished the prescribed course of antibiotic treatment, and you've gotten better.More »
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If you're at risk for type 2 diabetes, can you prevent it? It's certainly possible. Learn how to prevent this condition by watching this video.
Transcript: This is a dangerous myth. You can ABSOLUTELY help prevent Type 2 diabetes since it's linked to being...
This is a dangerous myth. You can ABSOLUTELY help prevent Type 2 diabetes since it's linked to being overweight and sedentary. Diabetes affects blood sugar levels, leading to insulin imbalances that affect fat, muscle and liver cells. Studies have shown that those at risk can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by losing 5 - 7% of their body weight. For example, if someone at risk weighs 200 lbs., losing just 10 lbs can have a meaningful impact. Try substituting whole wheat for white bread, eating fewer processed foods, and increasing physical activity; like taking 20 minute walks several times a week. Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, pregnancy complications, lower-extremity amputations, and deaths related to flu and pneumonia. An estimated 41 million U.S. adults have prediabetes-meaning that they are on their way to developing the disease. And for this subset, PREVENTION is even MORE key!More »
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