Medical advancements like genetic testing mean we can detect our individual risk for developing serious illnesses earlier than ever — and, more importantly, take measures to protect our health. Still, learning you are may be genetically predisposed to develop an illness — like if you have a BRCA gene mutation — can be overwhelming.
Affecting about 5 percent of American adults, seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) is a form of major depressive disorder (MDD) that occurs in predictable, seasonal patterns during certain months of the year. While some people experience symptoms of SAD during the summer months, it’s far more common during the fall and winter months. For most people with SAD, depression symptoms start in late fall or early winter and dissipate by spring and summer.
Stress isn’t just an emotional experience — it’s a physiological process. Whether you’re nervously preparing to give a presentation at work or having a full-on panic attack on a plane, the physical symptoms that come with stress can range from inconvenient to totally overwhelming, especially when the body’s defensive reaction feels out of proportion to the stressor.
According to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexually transmitted infections like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018.
June Eric-Udorie remembers the exact moment she decided to become a doula — a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and educational resources for women throughout the spectrum of pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum.
A warmer climate doesn’t just mean hotter days and longer summers. Direct effects of climate change, namely rising sea levels, more frequent, extreme storms and increased air pollution, can lead to major health issues — and the World Health Organization predicts that if global temperatures continue to rise, so will the associated health risks.
But which global warming–related illnesses will have the greatest impact, and who’s most at risk? Here’s what five healthcare experts had to say.
Forty years ago, Christopher Gardner — then a philosophy undergrad in upstate New York — was tired of being asked about his protein sources when he told people he was a vegetarian. He dreamed of opening up his own vegetarian restaurant, but he wanted to make sure he understood nutrition first.
Let's just start with the obvious: A leaky bladder isn't only inconvenient. It's straight-up awkward. One minute, you're minding your own business. The next minute, it happens: First, a sneeze, then a flashback to that time in preschool you wet your favorite pants at recess. Not a good look.
From topical ointments and oral tinctures to chocolates and gummies, CBD — a non-psychoactive component of cannabis said to relieve pain, headaches, and even anxiety and depression — comes in many forms. And now, apparently, there’s also CBD-infused clothing.
In many ways, a mother’s health during pregnancy is intertwined with her baby’s health in the womb. A high fever, for example, if it’s left untreated, can interfere with the development of a fetus’ heart and jaw. And if a woman doesn’t get enough of the nutrient folate during the first trimester, the baby’s spine may not develop properly.
Natalie Kraemer was 28 when she made her first gynecologist appointment. After being sexually abused by a boyfriend throughout high school, she avoided any situations that involved undressing or being touched. She’d almost scheduled a Pap smear a few years earlier, but she changed her mind after a massage triggered traumatic memories.
If you’ve ever had the strange desire to hug a cute baby or animal so so tight — but in a super loving way — you’re not weird, and you’re certainly not alone. You’re just part of the approximately 50% of people who experience what psychologists call “cute aggression.”
If you’ve ever coached a friend through a breakup or helped a co-worker figure out how to manage your difficult boss, you know how good it can feel to give someone wanted, genuinely helpful advice: that warm, fuzzy knowledge that you made a difference. The quiet pride in having someone seek out your thoughts. The satisfaction of realizing you actually know what you’re talking about.
From the look on my grandmother’s face when I lifted my shirt to nurse my newborn son, you’d have thought I’d completely stripped down. “When I was raising kids, nobody breastfed,” she said, with an expression that somehow communicated both concern and disdain. “Maybe he’d be less fussy if you gave him bottles.”
According to the American Sleep Association, about 10% of people suffer from teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, and researchers believe the number of patients suffering from it has increased in recent years. While there are a number of medical and lifestyle causes for bruxism, teeth grinding can also be a window into your psyche — and a sign that you may need to reduce stress.