Do you really need to take 10,000 steps a day for better health?

Exercise experts often recommend that people aim to take 10,000 steps a day for good health. But that number is not backed by research. A new study shows that it may take far fewer steps to see health benefits. Women who took at least 4,400 steps each day saw a drop in their risk of dying during the study period, when compared with women who took 2,700 steps per day. (Locked) More »

Can I reverse prediabetes?

Prediabetes can be reversed in some cases through lifestyle changes, such as an improved diet, increased exercise, and modest weight loss of 5% to 7% of body weight. (Locked) More »

How do I get rid of dandruff?

Persistent dandruff may be caused by another medical condition, such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, a fungal infection, or eczema. If dandruff doesn’t respond to treatment, it should be checked by a doctor. (Locked) More »

Keep your health habits on track during the holidays

The holiday season is a busy time of year when many people let their good exercise habits and diet slip. Planning ahead for the season can help people stay on track. Some strategies to help maintain good health habits include tracking your fitness and diet, focusing on social connections instead of food and drink at parties, and looking for new, interesting workouts. More »

Sexual and gender minorities face unique health risks

Sexual and gender minorities may have higher risks of certain health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression. A new study also found that they may be at higher risk for dementia.  There are strategies that can mitigate this risk, including adopting health habits proven to promote heart health, such as a healthy diet, regular screening exams and frequent exercise. Experts also recommend addressing mental health problems quickly and finding a LGBT-friendly provider. (Locked) More »

Taking multiple prescriptions can be risky

Taking multiple medications at one time is a common cause of adverse events. This might include dangerous drug interactions or unpleasant side effects. To reduce the likelihood of these problems, people should always be certain that their doctor is aware of all the drugs and supplements they are taking. An online drug interaction checker can help identify dangerous combinations. Automated pillboxes and other technology can help ensure that drugs are taken correctly. (Locked) More »