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Could it be your gut keeping you awake at night?

When we lie awake at night, unable to sleep, we usually blame stress, depression, anxiety, adrenaline or the memory of something stupid we said in 2003. But what if our guts were actually the culprit? What if the trillions of microbes sitting in our small intestines – known collectively as the …

Sleep

10 core exercises that are better for your back (and body) than crunches

The abdominals are a pain point for many gym goers. We habitually grab a mat, get down on our backs and start crunching away with the goal of finally carving out those elusive six-pack abs. But is this really the most effective way to work towards a toned midsection? The answer is no.<p>"When most …

Workouts

Can eating mostly fat help you lose weight?

On paper, the ketogenic diet sounds great.<p><i>Every January, fat's in the crosshairs of health columnists, fitness magazines, and desperate Americans. This year, PopSci looks at the macronutrient beyond its most negative associations. What’s fat good for? How do we get it to go where we want it to?</i> …

Nutrition

What your poo can tell you about your health

Get ready—we need to talk about something a bit, um, off-color right now. “Poop!” says Parsley Health nutritionist Adrienne Dowd, with enough …

Feeling Older? Here’s How to Embrace It

The realization that you are getting older can come in waves.<p>You watch movies and point to the actors, saying: “She’s dead. Oh, he’s dead, too.”<p>Your parents move to a retirement community they call God’s waiting room.<p>You hear more snap, crackle and pop in your joints than in your breakfast …

Pew Research Center

A Mood-Boosting Supplement Might Help You Lose Weight Without Trying, Experts Say

Can a supplement proven to fight blue moods also help stimulate weight loss? “Yes it can!” say experts who are now prescribing a natural compound …

Nutrition

14 'Sneaky' Abs Moves Top Trainers Swear By

When you do a typical abs workout, you usually know exactly what to expect. The moves are focused on your midsection, and you can feel a burning …

Squeezing More Battery Juice Out of a Smartphone

<b>Q.</b> <i>My smartphone isn’t that new, but it isn’t that old either, and the battery has suddenly started to burn through a full charge much faster than it did a week ago. Can age catch up with it that suddenly or might there be something else going on with the phone that’s causing it to drain the battery</i> …

Apps

What We're Buying: Actress Lexa Doig Swears by This Powdered Collagen for Your Morning Coffee

<i>Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PeopleStyle offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” (Just check out our shopping</i> …

Skin Care

Why You Should Do Weights Before Cardio

If you can only work out a couple days per week, you probably do both your lifting and cardio exercises on the same days. While that’s not ideal, you …

How Meditation Literally Changes Your Brain (and 5 Tips to do it Properly)

I’ll be honest – I’ve tried meditation on and off for the last two years, but I always found it too difficult.<p>I never stuck to a routine and couldn’t …

Meditation

Republicans call kicking millions off their healthcare 'freedom'? That's perverse

Paul Ryan is promoting Trumpcare as if it were some sort of medical Magna Carta – a brave declaration of healthcare freedom. “We’re not going to make an American do what they don’t want to do. You get it [healthcare] if you want it. That’s freedom” he recently said on Face the Nation. Freedom to …

Health Care

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan

Americans who swept<p>President Trumpto victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace theAffordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of county voting and tax …

Health Care

Does Diet Soda Cause Weight Gain?

Artificial sweeteners were designed to keep food and drinks' sweet taste while doing away with excess sugar's unwanted effects, such as weight gain, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.<p>Sweet tasting drinks without calories seemed like a win-win.<p>And off we went on this large-scale experiment, which …

Doctors And Hospitals Tell Patients: Show Us The Money Before Treatment

Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage.<p>Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an …

Health Care

Cholesterol Control: PCSK9 Inhibitors vs. Statins

Introduction<p>Nearly 74 million Americans have high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, fewer than half …

Welcome to Fit Nutrition and Health

Runners, cyclists, swimmers, wrestlers, boxers, bodybuilders -- they are all athletes. Athletes seem to operate at a level higher than us, mere …

When You Eat Pickles Often, Something Surprising Will Happen To Your Brain

<i>Food for thought</i> might just have a whole new meaning to it and in a more literal sense. We all hold a widely held conception that fish helps our …

Wellness

4 Diet Strategies for Quicker Results

gilaxia / Getty<p>No matter how may fat-burning exercises you do at the gym, or plyometric exercises you do at home, it’s impossible to beat a bad diet. …

Nutrition

We tested the new router that's designed to get rid of your Wifi dead spots once and for all

Early last year, Eero used this dream to launch a crowdfunding campaign that sold over $1 million in preorders.<p>The pitch was that Eero would use multiple devices to blanket your entire home with a smooth Wi-Fi signal that anyone could set up.<p>And after pushing back the launch from last summer, Eero …

Wi-Fi

Smokers with depression try to quit more often but find it harder

People diagnosed with depression are about twice as likely to smoke as the general population. However, new research has found that although …

Depression

‘Touched With Fire’ inspired by filmmaker’s bipolar disorder

Paul Dalio's life changed irrevocably the day he threw a massive glass tank at a security guard in the lobby of L.A.'s Standard Hotel. It was the New York-based filmmaker's first manic episode – a terrifying confrontation that got him charged with assault, landed him in jail and a psychiatric ward, …

Mental Health

What Apple’s latest VR hire means for this growing market

Apple invented the smartphone (even though it didn’t). It also invented the tablet … or maybe not. Now, it looks like it might invent virtual reality.<p>Apple has hired virtual and augmented reality researcher Doug Bowman, according to <i>The Financial Times</i>. Bowman was working as a computer science …

Ted Cruz puts family's health in jeopardy, uses it to make political point

Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire crowd Thursday that he and his family are among the ranks of the uninsured—and it's Obamacare's fault, the demagogue …

Republicans are trying to make broadband speeds slower since losing net neutrality

If the Republican Party has any moral integrity at all they would not be the Grand Old Party we have come to know and make fun of. Six Republican …

Is seasonal affective disorder just a myth? Study finds no evidence it really exists

There is no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to research published in <i>Clinical Psychological Science</i>.<p>The results of the study (a large-scale survey of US adults) are inconsistent with the notion of seasonal depression as a commonly occurring …

Depression

How to Fall Asleep in Under a Minute

<i>Tech savvy</i>. <i>Culturally aware</i>. <i>Underemployed</i>. <i>Spiritual</i> but not <i>religious</i>.<p>These are all words and phrases that have come to be associated with the …

A 'Celtic Curse' Has Roots Stretching Back To The Bronze Age

An inherited disorder that stems from a problem in the way the body handles iron in the blood has been called a "Celtic Curse" because of the condition's high prevalence among people with ancestry in the British Isles and Ireland.<p>But according to researchers writing Monday in the journal <i>Proceedings</i> …

Northern Ireland