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All Your Sunscreen Questions, Answered All Your Sunscreen Questions, Answered

Sunscreen is a wonder of technology. It’s the closest thing we have to an anti-aging miracle, and it makes the outdoors safe for pale folks like me who would otherwise fry to a bright pink crisp. But we know you have questions about how to use it, and even whether you really need to use it. Here’s our primer on all…

Watch Out for These Fake FDA Scam Letters Watch Out for These Fake FDA Scam Letters

If you’ve bought drugs from illegal online pharmacies, you may have plenty of reasons to worry—but a warning letter from the FDA shouldn’t be one of them. The FDA sends nasty letters to illegal pharmacies, not typically to customers. Which means if you receive a letter from the “FDA,” someone’s trying to scam you.

MG Is a Rare STD That May Soon Become a Lot More Common MG Is a Rare STD That May Soon Become a Lot More Common

As if there weren’t enough sexually transmitted diseases to worry about, Mycoplasma genitalium is now being more closely scrutinized by public officials. A British sexual health organization has released new guidelines for stopping it from becoming the next superbug, and the least we can do is be aware that it exists.

What to Focus on as You Learn to Squat What to Focus on as You Learn to Squat

Squatting seems so complicated when somebody is telling you all the things that can go wrong—knees behind toes! Butt farther down! Head up! But not too up! If you’re following our challenge, you’re probably doing a lot more squats than you ever have before, so let’s talk about how we’re doing them.

'DNA Repairing' Sunscreens Might Actually Work 'DNA Repairing' Sunscreens Might Actually Work

The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is dangerous to our skin cells because it damages our DNA. That’s why sun exposure can cause cancer, and why sunscreen is so important (even apart from its power to prevent sunburns). There are sunscreens that claim they can help your skin repair that damage—and, it turns out, they…

Cipro's Safety Warnings Just Got Scarier Cipro's Safety Warnings Just Got Scarier

I was prescribed Cipro once. When I got the bottle of pills home, I took a minute to read the leaflet that the pharmacy stuffs in the bag—mostly just to be a diligent nerd, not because I expected any shocking news. But when I got to the part that said one side effect is tendon rupture(!!!), I put the leaflet down and…

Can Vaping Really Help You Quit Smoking? Can Vaping Really Help You Quit Smoking?

Vaping is almost certainly less harmful to your health than smoking cigarettes, since it doesn’t contain bits of burned-up tobacco leaf (the cancer-causing “tar” in cigarettes). But if that fact leads smokers to start vaping, but then they don’t quit smoking, what good was the vaping?

How to Access Paywalled Scientific Journal Articles How to Access Paywalled Scientific Journal Articles

Any time you see splashy headlines about a new study, or some marketer says that “studies show” their diet or product has a certain effect, chances are they’re talking about a paper in a journal that you have dicey odds of being able to access.

How to Lock Down Your Privacy in Your Fitness App How to Lock Down Your Privacy in Your Fitness App

Who knows where you ran last week? If you’re privacy-minded, perhaps just you...and your running app. But our fitness apps often share more information than we realize. The Strava app, and now Polar Flow, have released maps that gave away potentially sensitive military locations.

What's the Safest Way to Get a Tan? What's the Safest Way to Get a Tan?

I’m so diligent about my sunscreen these days that my skin now, in July, is still the same light beige color that it was this winter. But if you yearn for that sun-kissed glow, you’re probably wondering what is the best way to get a tan—and whether any method is truly safe.

Try These Simple Squats During Our July Challenge Try These Simple Squats During Our July Challenge

Squats can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. If you’re doing 100 a day, you may need to ease up to be able to get your quota in without making yourself too sore. And if you’re a total beginner, you may find the simplest squats to be more than enough of a challenge. Here are a few to try:

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious condition that can result in seizures, organ failure, and more. And before you get heat stroke, you’ll experience a milder condition called heat exhaustion. Knowing signs of both can help you keep yourself and your friends safe.

Keep Your Kid Busy With These Amazing NASA Websites

My kid is home from school while I’m writing this, but he’s been busy at a computer across the room for I think a full hour now. And every couple seconds he says: “WOOOOOOW that is like the COOLEST thing I have EVER SEEEEEN! Oh my OH WOW!”

Here’s How Fast Your Picnic Food Goes Bad in the Heat Here’s How Fast Your Picnic Food Goes Bad in the Heat

When you cook food at home, you know you have two hours—arguably four if you really want to push it—to get your food out of the room-temperature air and into your belly. Any longer, and that plate of chicken salad is a big ol bacterial brouhaha. But if you’re picnicking in 90 degree weather, food goes bad faster—a lot…

What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned What Happens in Your State if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

In 1973, the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that a Texas state law restricting access to abortion was unconstitutional. If that decision were to be overturned by a future Supreme Court case (something anti-abortion advocates are working toward), states could once again enforce such laws.

I Just Did 100 Burpees and Am Somehow Not Dead I Just Did 100 Burpees and Am Somehow Not Dead

We’re bringing the June fitness challenge home to a glorious conclusion today. Have you done burpees every single day? (Just some days? Hey, better than nothing.) I’m using some of my newfound strength for a grand finale—you should too.

Eyedrops Are Too Big Eyedrops Are Too Big

We need smaller eyedroppers, stat. As ProPublica has reported, eyedrops are so large that they contain more liquid than can possibly fit into your eye. Fortunately, an adapter may be on the way that won’t waste half of your pricey glaucoma medication.

July's Fitness Challenge Is: Squats July's Fitness Challenge Is: Squats

Get ready for strong legs and a poppin’ butt, because July’s fitness challenge is squats! This is the classic lower body exercise for a reason: squats build pretty much every muscle below the waist, and there are tons of variations for all fitness levels.

The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Will Be Back This Fall The Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Will Be Back This Fall

For the past few years, a flu vaccine has required an injection—much to the disappointment of my kids and my needle-phobic husband. But the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approved a recommendation this week that the nasal spray version should once again be a thing.

How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Morning How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise Every Morning

Long before I noticed any fitness benefits of doing burpees every morning, I noticed something else: I really, really, did not want to get out of bed. Because once I got out of bed, I would have to do my burpees.

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