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Why Stretching May Not Make You More Flexibile

By: Tia Ghose<p>Published: 11/14/2014 10:01 AM EST on LiveScience<p>Many people think stretching is essential to improving flexibility. Runners stretch their hamstrings before hitting the pavement, gymnasts do hyper-splits during their warm-ups and yogis wind down their practice with some forward …

Spirulina: Nutrition Facts & Health Benefits

<i>Spirulina</i> is a microalgae that has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value and supposed health benefits. Today, popular …

Wellness

Here's What Texting Really Does to Your Spine

This image will make you sit up straight, immediately!<p>Pop quiz: Are you currently reading this while hunched over your phone? If so, here's a very scary wakeup call: Looking down at your phone can force up to 60 pounds of weight on your spine, according to a new study in the journal <i>Surgical</i> …

Women's Health

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Tips to reduce your exposure to BPA

BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.<p>BPA is found in …

What's BPA, and do I really need a new water bottle?

There's no doubt about it: We live in a plastic world. We wake up in the morning and brush our teeth with a plastic toothbrush and toothpaste …

FDA

Simple DIY Hand Sanitizer

Shares 92<p><b>By</b> <b>Leigh Ann Dutton</b><b>, Contributing Writer</b><p>I’m not a germaphobe. I think dirt is good, and I like to keep beneficial bacteria around. I believe …

Study: Hand Sanitizers, French Fries Don't Mix Well With BPA-Coated Receipts

A new study by researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia reveals that people who used hand sanitizers, handled cash-register receipts and …

Hand Sanitizer: Kills Germs and Funnels BPA Into Your Skin

All kinds of receipts and tickets contain the potentially toxic compound, which sanitizer helps our bodies to absorb.<p>At the base of CityLab’s office building is one of the best Mediterranean lunch spots you’ll find. Next to the cash register sits a giant jug of hand sanitizer, which I use …

Hand Sanitizer Before Handling Receipts Ups Exposure to BPA

Over the course of a day, how often do you handle receipts? Think about it: You stick one in your pocket after stopping at an ATM, toss one in the …

Environmental Health

Why You Should Never Touch a Receipt With Clean Hands

Clean hands are great until someone hands you a receipt. When people handled cash-register receipts after applying hand sanitizer, the level of bisphenol A (BPA) in their blood stream increased as much as tenfold, according to a new study from the University of Missouri.<p>It's not entirely clear how …

Hand Sanitizer Increases BPA Absorption from Receipts

A new study looks at how much Bisphenol A (BPA) we absorb and ingest when handling receipts. Researchers found that use of hand sanitizer only made …

11 Ways to Use Honey to Get More Gorgeous Skin, Hair, and Nails

This all-natural ingredient is good for so much more than sweetening up your tea or coffee.<p>Honey's often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and …

Skin Care

Is hand sanitizer toxic?

You squirt it on your hands as you catch the office elevator for lunch, and then again on your way home. You have bottles in your bathroom and kitchen, too -- and you use them often.<p>You think (hope?) that your hand-sanitizer habit is protecting you from colds and flu and gross bugaboos like E. …

Schoolchildren Who Add Hand Sanitizer To Washing Still Get Sick

Schools can be a great breeding ground for colds, stomach viruses, the flu and other bugs kids (and their parents) would rather not get.<p>Researchers wanted to know whether the transmission of those baddies could be reduced by telling elementary school children to use hand sanitizer in addition to …

Why I'm Breaking Up With Hand Sanitizer

<b>[Updated May 13, 2014]</b> “I’ll give up my hand sanitizer when they pry it from my cold, dead — and probably diseased — fingers.” That used to be my …