Can Adults Get Ear Infections?

Photo: Andrey_Popov (Shutterstock) Some medical incidents are inextricably linked to the childhood experience: Kids throw up a lot for some reason, they skin their knees, they have their tonsils removed, and they get ear infections. Of course, these things can happen to grown-ups, too, but it’s much less common. Still, because some illnesses are so … Read more

There’s No Such Thing As a ‘Clean’ Toothbrush

Photo: Bilanol (Shutterstock) There are two types of people in the world. The type who thoughtlessly store their toothbrushes out in the open, in the same bathroom that harbors a fecal-matter-spewing toilet (gross, right?), and the type who takes pains to cover their toothbrushes when not in use, and even periodically disinfect them in the … Read more

How to Know If Your Symptoms Are Bad Enough to See an Allergist

Photo: Budimir Jevtic (Shutterstock) So you’re sneezing and rubbing your eyes this allergy season. Who isn’t? Allergies are common enough that many of us can manage our symptoms with over-the-counter medications and avoidance strategies like spending less time outdoors on days with a high pollen count. But when are allergies bad enough that you should … Read more

Does Sex Position Matter When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant?

Photo: comzeal pictures (Shutterstock) If you and your partner ready to start a family, you might be wondering what you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner rather than later. From taking care of your own health to the timing (and position) of sex, here’s what you need to know as you … Read more

Eli Lilly’s Tirzepatide Weight-Loss Drug Effective in New Trial

Photo: Darron Cummings (PA) Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly last week disclosed the latest data from a phase III trial of its experimental type 2 diabetes and obesity drug, tirzepatide: People who took the drug lost up to 22% of their body weight and achieved far greater weight loss on average than the placebo group. The … Read more

Here Are the Signs You Might Have Adult Dyslexia (and What to Do About It)

Photo: Farknot Architect (Shutterstock) Most dyslexic people are diagnosed in childhood, but the disorder can be overlooked and remain untreated into adulthood, which can lead to a different set of symptoms and struggles. There’s more to dyslexia than the common assumption that it simply makes people mirror or flip letters in their brains. Numerous other … Read more

A ‘Perfect Storm’ Could Make Measles a Nightmare in 2022, WHO and UNICEF Warn

HAS child suffering from measles is treated at a hospital on May 4, 2019 in Manila, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan (Getty Images) The ounce nearly vanquished disease measles is making a worrying comeback. This week, the World Health Organization and UNICEF reported that global cases of the viral illness have so far jumped almost 80% … Read more

PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ Might Be Hurting Our Livers, Study Finds

PFAS chemicals end up in our environment through the plastic products and other trash we throw out. Picture: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto (Getty Images) New research finds evidence that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, can damage people’s lives over time. The study, a review of the evidence in both rodents and humans, might also … Read more

‘Long Haul’ Covid Patients See Some Relief in 4-Week Treatment Program

A protester holds up a placard demanding research into long covid during a demonstration in the UK this March.Photo: Martin Pope/SOPA Images/LightRocket (Getty Images) The results of a small study this week may offer some hope to people struggling with prolonged symptoms following a case of covid-19. The study found that long covid patients taking … Read more

Even a Little Exercise Appears to Prevent Depression in New Study

Photo: Ollie Millington (Getty Images) Research this month points to a mental health benefit from regularly exercising. The review found that people who reported being physically active were noticeably less likely to later be diagnosed with depression. This association was most apparent in people who appeared to meet the recommended amount of exercise a week, … Read more