Monthly Archives: May 2016

Your ‘Sixth Sense’ May Keep You Safe While Driving—Except When You’re Texting

Whether it’s kids squabbling in the back seat, work stress, or your phone constantly pinging, countless things can distract you when you’re driving. But are certain distractions riskier than others?  That’s what researchers from the University of Houston and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute wanted to find out. In a new study (funded in part by the Toyota Class Action Settlement Safety Research and… Read More »

The Most Depressing Time of Year? Suicide Rates Spike in Spring

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and woodland creatures are literally coming out to play—it’s like a Disney movie out there. But while springtime seems hyper-cheerful, not everyone feels that way. For some people, the season can be especially tough, and sadly, research shows that suicide rates tend to spike in spring. One possible culprit for feeling low this… Read More »

Tylenol Ingredient May Impair Your Ability to Empathize With Others

A recent study suggests that taking acetaminophen may not only dull your physical pain, but your ability to feel others’ pain as well. Acetaminophen, which is the painkiller in Tylenol, is the most common drug ingredient in the U.S, according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. The trade group has reported that each week, about 23% of American adults use a medicine containing acetaminophen. In… Read More »

14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration

1 of 16 Are you running on empty? by K. Aleisha Fetters Your body is about 60% water. Lose even 1.5% of that H2O—the tipping point for mild dehydration—and your mood, energy levels, and cognitive function all drop, according to research from the University of Connecticut. And while there are obvious reasons you can end… Read More »

12 Best Books to Read at the Beach (or Anywhere) This Summer

When we say beach read, often we mean the equivalent of paper-and-ink candy, but that’s not very fair. A summer read can be just about anything—from deeply literary fiction to romance to suspense to nonfiction to pure fun (and maybe all of the above)—so long as the book captivates you and keeps you turning pages,… Read More »

Eat Your Way to Health and Happiness

1 of 21 Shop wisely by Nancy Rones If a single food was guaranteed to make you instantly slim or happy, or end your allergy woes, stores would have to fight back the feverish shoppers. OK, we’re not quite there yet, but there are foods and nutrients that science says benefit your well-being. “Diet has… Read More »

5 Ways to Fall Asleep Faster

1 of 7 Steps to sweet dreams by Brittani Renaud Poor sleep is nothing to yawn at—it takes a toll on everything from your job performance and sex life to overall health. And in women it’s been associated with feelings of hostility, depression, and anger, as well as higher risks of diabetes and heart disease.… Read More »

Top 10 Healthiest New Year's Resolutions

1 of 12 New Year, healthier you by Alyssa Sparacino New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about… Read More »

21 New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Keep

1 of 24 Have a healthy new year by Esther Crain If you’re like almost half of all adults, you have a New Year’s resolution. But once the champagne flutes are back on the shelf, it’s hard to make that pledge stick. A week into the new year, just 77 percent of resolution makers are… Read More »