What to Do When Exercise Starts to Hurt

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The weather has been great lately and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunities to get outside get active with my family. But all that ball kicking and frisbee throwing has reminded me that I’m not quite as young as I used to be. While staying active is a great way to stay healthy well into old age, going overboard too quickly can lead to muscle soreness, joint pain and even injury. So what should you do if you find yourself lying on the couch cursing yesterday’s burst of exercise enthusiasm? Here are a few tips to help you recuperate. Read more  »

The 7 Best Anti-Aging Beauty Secrets

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“I want to look older.” Said no one ever (no one over 20, that is).

Six weeks after my daughter was born, I saw them. Lines! Crow’s feet! When did that happen? Of course, I’m proud of the life experiences that brought these lines. But that doesn’t mean I won’t put up a little bit of a fight to prevent them. Fortunately, we have many options now – from minimal to more involved treatments. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of hype and false claims around skin care products and anti-aging treatments. So, to tell us what really works, I asked two of my favorite dermatologists — Amy Kim, MD, dermatologist at MetroDerm in Atlanta and Brian Raphael, MD, dermatologist and fellow at Skincare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Consider this your à la carte menu for getting skin that’s smoother than a baby’s you-know-what. Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Surprising Foods that Boost Happiness, the Health Benefits of Hobbies, and 20 Minutes to Younger Muscles

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This week on Sharecare we’re giving you the inside scoop on which foods to add to your menu for a better mood, telling you why hobbies are healthy, and keeping you updated on the latest disease outbreak.

1. Food doesn’t just provide you with the nutrients and vitamins you need — it’s also a great booster of happiness. Discover which foods can help elevate your mood (bacon’s one of them!) and find the best ways to add them to your diet.

2. When you’re in pain, sometimes it can be tough to know if you should call your doctor — or if you need to go to the emergency room. Learn what signs to watch out for that may mean a trip to the ER.

3. Hobbies are a great way to unwind and get lost in something that interests you. But whether you’re knitting, gardening or something else — hobbies can also have a positive impact on your health, particularly your brain. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen are here to tell you how.

4. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to reverse age-related muscle decline. Watch this video to learn how a little exercise can go a long way.

5. Legionnaires’ disease, a rare form of bacterial pneumonia, struck New York, leaving many people sick and seven dead. Should you be worried? Get the latest on this outbreak.

What Do Your Nails Say About Your Health?

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Summer is the perfect time to let your feet have some fun in the sun! Between sandals and being barefoot on the beach, our feet finally get a little air after months of being shoved into heavy boots and sneakers. Although polished nails for many might be considered part of your regular beauty regime, our natural nail condition may provide valuable clues to our underlying health. Medical issues typically do not always first appear in the nails, but abnormal growth or discolorations of our nails could indicate an underlying condition of which we are unaware. Here are some warning signs to look out for: Read more  »

How Immunizations Save Your Life and Probably Already Have

shot vaccine immunization woman doctorImmunizations have been in the news a lot this year. It seems like everyone’s been interested in vaccines for one reason or another, from the measles outbreak and the seasonal flu to the Ebola virus. But while we talk a lot about these life-saving preventative medicines, only a few of us really know how they work and what sort of an impact they’ve had on us. In the spirit of Immunization Awareness Month, here’s some information on how vaccines work and why we all need them. Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Habits of Happy People, 6 Emergency Room Secrets, and Healthy Swaps for Summer Treats

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On Sharecare we’re letting you in on why you may need the Tdap shot, giving you an unusually effective tip to get better sleep and helping you make healthier food choices for the rest of the summer.

1. You’re vigilant about your kids’ and grandkids’ health, but did you know that you might be the greatest health hazard to your little loved ones? Find out why and get the scoop on how one tiny shot can eliminate the danger.

2. Want to feel happier? It may not be as hard as you think. Incorporate these simple habits into your daily routine to get a lasting lift to your happiness — and your physical health, too.

3. When you feel awful, your wait in the emergency room seems to take forever. The good news: There are things you can do to speed up the process. Get tips from ER physician Darria Long Gillespie, MD, on how you can take the pain out of ER visits.

4. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you should go lax on your diet. Learn how you can keep that beach bod going strong by switching out high-calorie summer foods for healthier seasonal choices.

5. Tossing and turning all night? Skip the prescription medicine and the incessant counting of sheep. Instead, try this sleep strategy to help you sleep easier — and even boost your sense of adventure.

4 No-Fail Ways to Curb Your Inner Critic

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“Mediocre.” “Procrastinator.” “Wavering.” This is how my friend described herself –- and I was stunned. She is, in fact, successful, beautiful, and somehow manages to bake goodies for her family in her free time. Yes, bake! (I am baffled, because I do not understand baking, nor how one finds time). But, on this day the negative self-talk was winning, seemingly steam-rolling all of her successes.

Can we talk about that negative inner monologue we all have? Why do we tolerate self-vitriol that we wouldn’t aim at our worst frenemy? This week, I want you to see yourself as I–or your mother/sister/best friend—see you. I promise, you are doing a better job–and are far more fabulous — than you usually let yourself believe. Plus, since we all need a little bit of help, don’t forget to use the fourth tip –- liberally. Read more  »

Keeping Your Eye on the Big Picture of Nutrition

woman eating salad healthy vegetablesWe talk a lot about eating on the show. In the more than 1,000 shows we’ve put together, I’ve covered everything from diets to nutrients to health fads and more. While I always try to connect those messages to the bigger picture, I know that it’s easy to get lost in the details and forget that there’s more to nutrition than what vitamin or mineral happens to be good for you this week. In the spirit of helping to make a forest out of all the trees, I wanted to spend a little bit of time this week talking about the big picture on nutrition and how to make sense of all the information that’s out there. Read more  »