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Medical Care on a Cruise: What to Know

A former cruise ship doctor explains what you can expect if you need medical care on the ocean.

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FDA Expected to Restrict E-Cigarette Sales

According to a report in The Washington Post, the FDA is likely to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarette, or vaping, products in convenience stores.

By Diane Domina

Want to Know How You Might Metabolize Your Meds? Get a DNA Test

The FDA approved a direct-to-consumer genetic test to provide information about a person’s ability to metabolize medications based on their genetic make-up.

By Diane Domina

5 Steps to Cultivate Flow

Flow is a state of being when you are so immersed in a task that everything around you seems to fade into the background. Research says the benefits of flow are endless. Here's how to cultivate it.

By Nick Hobson

Does Your Hair Dye Contain Harmful Lead?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken steps to remove lead acetate in hair coloring products amid safety concerns about lead exposure.

By Diane Domina

Medical Crowdfunding for Unproven Treatments

More than 1,000 online crowdfunding campaigns raised almost $7 million for five unproven and potentially risky medical treatments, according a study in JAMA.

By Diane Domina

Is Sending Your Kid to the Best High School Helping or Harming Them?

According to researchers, going to a high school with a higher average socioeconomic background results in benefits later in life, but going to a high school with higher average achievement levels could be harmful.

By Lara DeSanto

Virtual Reality Can Make You More Compassionate, Study Shows

Individuals who participated in a VR experience saw what it would be like to lose their homes and jobs, and therefore developed longer-lasting compassion toward homeless people.

By Lara DeSanto

If You Know Where Your Keys Are, You're Likely Good at ID-ing Smells, Too

If you’re the person who always knows where the passports, holiday decorations, and keys are, chances are high you’re also great at identifying odors.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

PTSD: Choosing Your Own Treatment Yields Better Results

A study has found that people with PTSD who choose their form of treatment, whether drugs or therapy, improved more than those who were prescribed one or the other regardless of their personal preference.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Gut Check: Hospital Infections May Come From Patients Themselves

Researchers found most hospital-acquired infections originate from patients’ own bodies, often from their large intestines, home to hundreds of different bacterial strains.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer