Weekly Newsletter Articles

A weekly report on the latest in healthcare + research-based advice for staying healthy and mentally well
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New studies on midlife reveal lifelong habits for optimal longevity

Learn how inflammation in your 20s can trigger cognitive decline, how your 40-something diet affects your 70-something health, and what we know about menopause today.

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How to avoid poisonous plants, high bacteria levels and hormonal mosquitos this summer

Summer joys are easily derailed by rashes and infections. The latest science can help you avoid poisonous plants, hungry mosquitos and contaminated beaches.

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New studies reveal music’s effect on our brain and heart

The Tchaikovsky cure for worry + Beethoven’s diagnosis (!) + music’s effect on the heart. Plus, Covid alarms experts (again) + other vital virus news.

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Learn how to prevent tick bites and Lyme disease

How ticks spread illness + Lyme research updates + the long Covid link. Plus, a new fabric with magical cooling powers + a study shows walking can ease back pain!

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Why does REM sleep go rogue? Here’s what the science says.

REM is when we should dream deeply, unmoving and unaware. But some of us move and make choices during REM. Learn why that happens. Plus, warnings for night owls!

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Study reveals on taste buds, tattoos and heat domes

We have taste buds in our organs! A massive heat dome is melting us like cheese! Learn what studies reveal about how our world works in our latest update.

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The latest sun and skin care tips for a safe summer

Do sunscreen sticks work better than lotion? Does wearing makeup to the beach help or hurt? Are tanning beds dangerous? Learn how to protect your skin in 2024!

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Mind-blowing gene therapies are on the horizon

Learn how researchers are unlocking new ways to deliver gene therapies, creating a potential herpes virus cure and teaching the body to regrow spinal dish cushioning.

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How brains make memories and what can alter them

Learn what neuroscientists know about how scent and stimulation affect memory during sleep and exercise. Plus, what happens when we alter those triggers.

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Why are doctors prescribing art as therapy?

For a mental health boost, here are a few reasons to spend time in a museum or theater, seek out a “third place” or take solace in your family kinkeeper.

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What studies reveal about sex and gender differences in health and science

Learn why illnesses that predominantly affect females get less funding, why females live longer but sicker, and why some men mansplain sports to women.

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How simple things like dirt, water and heat affect health.

Learn how the latest research and scientific tools can help us lower risk and feel better when we interact with simple things. Plus, inspiring wellness articles from around the web.

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How to break from perfectionism and busyness!

Learn why more people are feeling the pressures of perfectionism, why night workers are at greater health risk and how to better enjoy your free time.

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What to know about seasonal allergies this spring

Can you be allergic to exercise? Learn about exercise-induced anaphylaxis, why allergies develop in adulthood and why dogs are developing allergies in this healthcare update.

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What you should know about taxes and medical deductions

Learn how to deduct medical costs from your taxes, why being single costs more with time and how reading glasses can boost income. Plus, stress-relieving tips!

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Are you getting the most out of your workout?

Optimize your workout with the latest on exercise plus makeup, timing, cannabis and more. Plus, learn how to save on F45 Training costs while you strengthen and heal.

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How to foster healthy blood sugar levels

Here’s the latest on a tech company turning sugar into fiber, a study connecting blood sugar to brain fog and new diabetes-related cancer risks revealed.

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Are we getting sick younger? Here's what the science says.

The latest research shows that younger people are losing hair, getting cancer, and waking up to pee a few times overnight. Why? Let’s dig into the details.

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When improving your health comes down to the numbers

Learn if hypervaccination protects against Covid-19, why women don’t need to exercise for as long as men and how daylight savings messes up more than just sleep.

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How will technology transform our healthcare?

From speeding up the paperwork process to plagarizing research papers, here’s what we can expect from AI, ChatGPT and more health-tech on the horizon.

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The latest research on how to be happy

Dr. B shares the latest on how outdoor therapy, hobbies and questioning happiness studies can help lighten the emotional load.

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The latest studies on heads and hair

What researchers know about migraines, compulsive hair pulling and the cancer risks to consider before dying your hair.

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How to protect your sexual health

Sex is rarely simple. Here’s what to know about how birth control pills can lower sex drive, why you shouldn’t have sex with a yeast infection and when abstaining from masturbation can harm mental and physical health. Plus, the latest healthcare news about STIs, Viagra and senior Covid-19 deaths.

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Age against brain health, lactose and long-term care

Interested in aging healthfully? We share the latest on how age affects the ability to digest dairy, what tasks can reduce the risk of dementia symptoms and how hospice care can help improve quality of life for young people, too.

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The best ways to improve your physical and financial health

Trying to get in the green? This week, we share how to fight medical bills, when you can use HSA/FSA funds for fitness fees and more.

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Better sex, calmer stress and vital Covid news to know.

This week, we cover ways to reduce stress and encourage fun. Plus, share all the Covid-19 news to know for a safe, healthy season ahead.

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Unwinding anxiety with self-care, magnesium and healing foods

What does the latest science say about shifting practices to invoke greater calm into your life and space? These expert tips will help lighten the load.

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Eye twitches, conjunctivitis and more eye health updates

Curious about why your eye muscles are pumping? Looking for online pink eye treatment? These tips will keep your vision clear throughout the new year.

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The best healthy habit lists to inspire your 2024

To inspire presence and self-care this coming year, work your way through the best roundups of healthy habit tips + vital health news.

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Inspiring health + wellness slow reads

Need affordable online treatment? Dr. B is open during the holidays. Relaxing + restoring? These articles from 2023 will inspire your quiet moments.

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How to battle itchy skin and holiday heart syndrome

Whether referring to an irritated skin condition or a booze-free holiday, we dive into all things dry in our weekly newsletter.

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When it’s time to learn new things

Sometimes we think we know everything about a subject, then a new perspective comes to light, right? Get a new perspective on three old subjects.

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Winter wellness and the health benefits of getting cozy

The latest studies on why we psychologically crave coziness and how short naps are good for our health. Plus, Dr. B’s first Wellness Gift Guide.

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Healthcare updates on online Covid care, dogs and more

As we head into another winter season, keep updated on the latest vaccine numbers and learn the truth about whether or not dogs can spread Covid!

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Self-care tips for Thanksgiving and beyond

Explore what research shows on how to eat, vaccinate and meditate for whole-body health this holiday season. Plus, products to ground you in the coming weeks.

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How viruses spread on boats, to brains and more

Here's what to know about curbing viral spread on a cruise ship, when to worry about sinus infection symptoms and how to find an online doctor.

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Why do we feel more pain at night?

As we face darker days ahead, explore why many symptoms flares at night, the upside to anger and why we often need to know how someone died.

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Studies on fear show we love to be afraid

How does morbid curiosity explain our love of horror movies and conspiracy theories? Dig into studies on the fascinating physicality of fear.

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Big Tobacco vs. gas stove safety

How did cigarette marketing tactics go on to sell us gas stoves, ultra-processed foods and internet shopping addiction? Get the gross history here.

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The latest food science and digestion news

What do the latest studies have to say about how what we eat affect our skin, digestions, bones and more? Let’s dig into the (delicious) food news.

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Sleep health + hi-bear-nating tips

Here’s the lastest health news on how nightmares, periods, carbohydrates, Covid-19 and more can affect rest.

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Fall health and hydration tips

How should we shift our water consumption and skincare routines for optimum winter health? Learn how water can help us stay healthy or cause harm.

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Fall cleaning tips and health news

Are green cleaning products really safer? What’s the best way to wash winter bedding? Is poor air quality making us sick? Get your fall cleaning checklist here!

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When fungi aren’t fun guys.

Magic mushrooms, migraines, climate change and fungal infections—explore the latest health news on all things fungus and health!

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Hair today, gone tomorrow? Let’s talk hair health.

Love the mop on your head? Learn why exactly hair turns gray, which vitamins most help hair grow and how Covid-19 can cause hair loss.

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Feed your brain with shock therapy?

Here’s what to know about the controversial treatment. Plus, how scent affects cognitive function and the new tech giving paralyzed people a voice.

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Does good grief exist? Here’s the latest research.

To lighten the emotional load, learn the benefits pre-grieving an impending loss, how to mourn climate change and how to find a new path after long-term grief.

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How different types of protein impact our health

Discover all the ways protein affects heart health and fatigue. Plus, what sustainable protein sources might be in our future.

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The 411 on whole-body medical massage benefits

Curious about gua sha, vagus nerve stimulation or how lymphatic drainage can help reduce puffiness and more? Here’s what to know about medical massage.

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Human health + ticks + dogs + birds, oh my!

Here's what to know about the current bird flu strain, how tick saliva helps spread disease and why playing with dogs can do wonders for our mental health.

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What do itchy skin and rashes have to do with severe heat?

Summer heat and humidity can flare some skin symptoms. Here’s what to know about heat + eczema, rosacea and melasma. And how Dr. B can help you treat them with an online consultation.

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How extreme heat affects your health (and what to do about it)

A brutal wave puts people with preexisting conditions and pets at high risk for heat-related illness. Explore vetted tips to help you stay cool and in control.

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The latest research shows just how plastics impact our health

Trying to ditch the plastic? Learn more about its health impacts, and how to lighten the load in your plastic-free detergent sheets, kitchen and more.

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The latest cancer care updates to know

Here’s what to know about promising new cancer vaccines, the chemotherapy drug shortage and how clinical trials are harming patients over 70.

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Summer skincare updates and top tools for sun protection!

Want to reduce your risk of skin cancer and sun damage? Here’s how to handle a super-sweaty face (hyperhidrosis), why SPF matters and top UV protection tools.

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2023 Pride and LGBTQ+ health news

Take a tour of standout Pride events nationwide and learn how government organizations and communities are keeping LGBTQ+ people safe and healthy.

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Hydration and safety tips for summer!

The summer months offer so much fun! But these summer health tips will help you avoid dehydration, falls and more.

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Respiratory illness health news to know

What's in wildfire smoke? What inequities put some people in the line of fire? And how can we reverse course on auto air pollution? Read on.

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The latest food science news to know

What do studies say about no-cal sweeteners, artificial food dyes and trigger foods? The latest food science may go down like a bitter pill. But here it is!

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Learn about the latest mental health support resources

How can eating our veggies and doing art curb symptoms of a mental illness? If you’re struggling or in crisis, here’s the latest behavioral health news.

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Top tools to help you manage medical debt

Understanding how medical credit cards work and monitoring your credit score makes a difference. NeighborShare and Dr. B are here to help.

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How do I boost my microbiome health?

The bacteria in our digestive system influences how we sleep, fight cancers and age. Intrigued? Let's dig into everything digestive health!

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Do you know these hypertension risks?

High blood pressure doesn't cause symptoms until it's advanced. Learn how pregnancy, the workplace and more can increase your risk so you can catch it early on.

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How to love nature and protect yourself from ticks!

Update your brain on new tick-transmitted diseases, a human Lyme vaccine on the horizon and why it's important to love nature—despite tick risk.

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What do we know about seasonal allergies today?

Keep on top of the latest research on allergies and aging, mixing antihistamines and alcohol and how to best expel phlegm. (Yep, there's a best way!)

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What exactly is a migraine, anyway?

What causes a migraine? How can loved ones help us navigate migraine life? And what tools deliver migraine relief? Get the latest scoop on this brain drain.

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The latest on STI rates and the stigma that feeds them

Learn all about the latest STD statistics, why there’s so much stigma around the herpes virus how to have the sex talk with potential partners.

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Learn about UTI's, eating meat, and having sex!

Is that burning, itching sensation caused by sex or the meat you ate? Learn how to prevent, identify and treat a urinary tract infection.

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The latest weight stigma in France, film and more

Dive into conversations around fatphobia in The Whale, a myth about thinness and French women, and other weighted issues.

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What do we know about long Covid in 2023?

What causes long Covid in one person but not another? Get to know the latest on symptoms, risk and some personal long Covid stories.

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Workout pain, medical PTSD and pain management tips

Everyone experiences pain. That doesn’t make it easy to articulate or talk about, right? Let's try to do both, anyway.

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The latest on how to age gracefully

Why do we feel younger than our age? Do eye creams work? How does our aging brain work against us? Dig into the latest science to help you age gracefully.

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Let's celebrate Black health activists

Black health experts are often overlooked in the media and history books. Come meet a few creative changemakers taking medical racial bias to task.

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Here's why we get that sexual feeling

What causes the butterfly feeling, how does virtual flirting support IRL fidelity and can Viagra keeps your heart pumping? Let's explore!

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Here's what may be causing your extreme fatigue

Chronic fatigue. Compassion fatigue. Parenting fatigue. We’re feeling all of it. Explore the latest findings on things that affect energy levels.

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The science of health, love and happiness!

Can science explain why humans love?! They can try! Take a look at what researchers currently know about oxytocin, male birth control and staying in love.

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How to take care of your skin in winter

It’s not just about heavy moisturizer. Lean about how vitamin D + hydration make a massive difference in winter skin. Plus, how to tell dry skin from rosacea.

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2023 diet trends, gut health and cheese benefits!

Love to eat? Then dig into the best and worst ranked diets, studies that show cheese can help maintain healthy body weight and findings about the microbiome.

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What are the health effects of quitting alcohol?

You don't have to quit booze indefinitely. Science shows that going dry for a few weeks can deliver health benefits for our brain, body and social ties!

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In dark times, here's how to find the light

If you feel especially dark during this dark time of year, you're not alone. Explore some healing and preventative routines that make a true difference.

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How to make the best non-resolutions this New Year

Not all resolutions are physically or mentally healthy. Learn how to change up your habits while saving energy and cash along the way.

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What happens when you get two viruses at one time?

What happens when you get two viruses together? With the tripledemic infecting holiday fun, learn vital news about compounded Covid-19, RSV and flu risks.

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Swipe right for these top online dating health tips

Healthcare issues have transformed the dating game. So let's review how dating technology helps us date safer and access sexual health services faster.

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Tips for less stressful holiday spending!

Exhausted from gift giving, debating the health benefits fake versus fresh trees, or just tired of it all?! This week's health updates will soothe the spirit!

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Are at-home health options improving?

The pandemic highlighted the importance of at-home healthcare. Learn about how hospital care, food sensitivity tests and STD tests are coming home, too.

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Thanksgiving healthcare news and wellness updates

With the holidays ramping up, this abbreviated newsletter delivers only the resources you need to navigate the hectic season ahead.

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Your 2022 guide to healthy holidays!

Get excellent tips for how to create a wallet-friendly feast, a plan to protect your mental health and Covid-19 precautions for the holiday season.

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How to honor and protect our veterans' health!

This Veteran's Day, find out which healthcare scenarios active service members and veterans face today. And how you can help.

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Why we need to talk about anorexia

The message that thin is in again encourages body shaming. So let's revisit the dangerous intersections of anorexia and larger bodies, religion and alcohol.

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Scary health stories for Halloween haunts!

Urban legends about lethal candy, undiagnosed illness, and weird historical medical treatments... Creeped out but curious? Have a read.

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What is the future of mental healthcare?

How can taking a mental health day benefit more than just your spirit? And what resources help those with mental illnesses thrive? Here's what to know, now!

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How you can nurture the friend zone - and why you should!

Studies show that strong relationships can benefit our brain and body. Curious? Discover how to easily and effectively strengthen your social bonds.

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How to transition your body for cooler weather

Every season affects our body differently. Here’s how to exercise safely, sleep better, and find joy during the dark, cold months.

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Food and lifestyle heart health for women

For World Heart Day, we cover how women (in particular) can assess heart risk. Then fold in some simple heart-healthy habits + a delicious way to start the day.

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Learn about polio's long history and post-polio syndrome

Here's what you need to know about polio's return to the spotlight. Plus, recipes for a good life from post-polio survivor and chef Ina Pinkney.

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Is gluten bad (or good) for you?

What exactly is gluten and how can we assess its place in our health? We dig into diet trends, studies + healthy grains that are safe and delicious for all!

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How every body can celebrate Yoga Awareness Month

Learn about yoga health + history, find an online class that’s right for your body and stock up on inclusive gear.

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Learn tips for fostering healthy work-life balance

Is "quiet quitting" the new approach to work-life balance? Let's explore the history, activities and tips that encourage healthier workspaces.

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How to get at-home Covid-19 care for everyone!

Learn how qualifying patients can get Covid-19 medication online for just $15 with Dr. B's convenient consultation platform.

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Load up on these healthy tools for rest and relaxation

Setting aside time for relaxation is always a good thing. So let’s go through a few easeful and joyful activities that restore our bodies and spirits.

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What to know about Mpox exposure, vaccination and treatment

Mpox is neither as contagious nor as deadly as Covid-19—and vaccines and treatment target it. But you should still stay alert. Learn why.

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Here's how to stay healthfully hydrated

Why is water important and when should you reach for drinks with electrolytes? It's got a lot to do with salt!

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Summer heat means it's time to update your skincare routine!

It’s always smart to show summer skin extra TLC. So we’ve got a history of tanning trends, Dr. B pro tips, and the 411 on UVF clothing.

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PSA: "Disabled" is not a dirty word!

July is Disability Pride Month. Let's celebrate with a disability history lesson + tips on how to be an ally to disabled people.

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The healing power of camping, stargazing and birdwatching

Explore the benefits of getting offline and outdoors, find the most effective mosquito repellents and get ingredients for healthier s'mores!

A white person's arm reaches out into a body of turquoise blue water, holding a sea shell.

No body shame! All bodies are beach bodies!

Explore the history of body shame and why it affects us during swimsuit season. Plus, follow these body-positive influencers and brighten your feeds!

A photograph of a dark blue sky with two fireworks mid-explosion at center.

When the sound and fury of fireworks hurts

The boom of fireworks can hurt veterans, people with sound sensitivities and pets. These resources and disability aids can help soften the blow.

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