Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought

We have known for some time that one of the unwanted side effects of taking antibiotics is their disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. But now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even far-more reaching than we thought. Antibiotics destroy cells in the

How Coca-Cola affects your body when you drink it

Sugary drinks are considered a major contributor to health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. But have you ever wondered exactly what these beverages do to your body after consumption? One researcher has created an infographic that explains what happens to the body within an hour of drinking a can of

Fasting: health benefits and risks

Fasting is commonly associated with the month of Ramadan. As you read this, billions of Muslims around the world are engaging in this declaration of faith that involves abstaining from food and drink from dawn until dusk. While fasting for Ramadan is down to spiritual beliefs, many of us choose to fast with the belief

Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack of exercise

Bad diet is a lifestyle cause of obesity, but a lack of exercise is not, says an editorial reviewing controversial questions about this established health risk. The article published in a journal from The BMJ says the problem “cannot be outrun by exercise.” Commercial messages that say sugar and carbs are OK as long as you exercise

Pets: are you aware of the risks to human health?

There is no doubt America is a nation of animal lovers. In 2012, more than 62% of American households included at least one pet. But while most of us are aware of the numerous benefits of pet ownership, are you aware of its risks to human health? Though pets can offer a wide range of

‘Sugar and carbs are the obesity culprits, not lack of exercise’

Bad diet is a lifestyle cause of obesity, but a lack of exercise is not, says an editorial reviewing controversial questions about this established health risk. The article published in a journal from The BMJ says the problem “cannot be outrun by exercise.” Commercial messages that say sugar and carbs are OK as long as you exercise

The Best Birth Control for You Now

You at every age Staying loyal to a great doctor or a genius hairdresser—that’s just smart. But when it comes to birth control, sticking with the same method throughout the years isn’t always the right move. “Your contraceptive should fit your health, lifestyle, and values,” says Michele Curtis, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology

Low vitamin D levels associated with IBS

Many people living with irritable bowel syndrome are vitamin D deficient, according to a new study published in the BMJ Open Gastroenterology. Vitamin D may help ease the symptoms of IBS. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic and debilitating functional disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, affecting around 9-23% of people worldwide and 10-15% of people

I Tried Acupuncture for Better Skin—and It Completely Cleared My Acne

My skin has always given me trouble. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been worried about acne. And for the majority of my life, I’ve used some sort of medication or treatment in an attempt to keep my skin under control. I’ve been on the prescription drug Accutane twice, and as a beauty editor, I’m lucky enough test out every