Sharecare Top 5: The Zika Virus, Car Seat Safety, How to Heat Up Your Love Life, and More

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Here’s what Sharecare members are talking about this week:

1. Parents, listen up: Over the past week baby product maker Britax, recalled more than 75,000 car seats due to defective car handles. Learn more about the recall and learn what you can do to keep your child safe.

2. The Zika virus is all over the news, but should you be worried? Watch this video from Dr. Oz to learn about the fast- spreading, mosquito-borne virus, including how it’s transmitted and ways to protect yourself from infection. For more info, check out our Zika Virus Topic Page.

3. Scheduling sex sounds like the unsexiest thing a couple can do — right? Surprisingly, it’s quite the opposite. Find out why from Darria Gillespie, MD and sex therapist Ian Kerner, PhD.

4. Having a spa day may seem like the best way to relieve stress, but there are easier – and cheaper! – ways to feel calm. Watch this video to learn a quick trick that can help take off the pressure.

5. The Presidential race is heating up – and so are the candidates. We tested Sharecare’s new app on the latest Republican debate to measure candidate stress levels. Find out who kept their cool – and who didn’t.

 

Sharecare Top 5: 5 Things You Should Know About the Zika Virus, One Simple Way to Boost Intimacy, and Cold-Weather Workout Tips

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This week on Sharecare we’re giving you the latest on the Zika virus, sharing some surprising insights about which couples have the least sex and – if you skip regular flossing – giving you yet another reason to reach for the string (hint: it helps your ticker, too!).

1. You’ve most likely seen headlines advising pregnant women to avoid certain parts of Central and South America for fear of the Zika virus. Find out why this tropical virus – which rarely causes symptoms — is so dangerous, and why experts believe the mosquitoes that carry it could end up in the US.

2. Fascinating new research reveals that couples with this one thing in their bedroom have 50% less sex than those who don’t. (Really!) Discover what it is – plus simple ways to turn up the heat with your partner.

3. Can exercising in the cold make you sick? What if you already have a cold or the flu – should you skip your workout? Get answers to these and other questions to stay fit and healthy during this cold and flu season.

4. Taking good care of your teeth does much more than keep your breath fresh and gums healthy. In this video, Oz explains the connection between your mouth and common health risks. .

5. Are nuts a part of your diet? If not, you may want to add them to your grocery list. See this slideshow to learn which delicious nuts are the most nutritious – and how much to eat to gain the benefits.

Sharecare Top 5: Say No to Nail Biting, Get Tips to Reduce Diabetes Risk, and Find Out if Your Job is a Pain in the Back

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This week on Sharecare we’re helping nail biters break the habit, sharing smart ways to fend off back pain and giving an insider’s advice on ways to make a trip to the ER less nerve-wracking

1. The federal government just released their new dietary guidelines – the nation’s official healthy-diet blueprint. Here are four things to know about their recommendations (with a special note for the guys!).

2. Scary medical emergencies can happen when you least expect them–which is why it helps to be prepared. Get the inside scoop from emergency room physician, Jonathon Pangia, DO, on how to make you or your loved one’s ER visit less stressful.

3. You don’t have to be a construction worker to have an aching back. In fact, sitting hunched over a computer for hours at a time is enough to leave your back screaming in pain. Fortunately, there are ways to give your back a break (not literally!). Check out these easy tips to head off pain before it starts.

4. Having prediabetes may not sound like anything to worry about – but if you don’t take steps to address it, the condition could turn into full-blown type 2 diabetes. Discover six ways to reverse your risk and get your health back on track.

5. Are you a habitual nail biter? If so, here’s something to chew on: Nail-biting not only leaves you with unsightly nails, it makes it easier for you to pick up bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Learn about the underlying causes, plus tips to beat the habit.

Sharecare Top 5: 5 Bad Back Habits Women Should Ditch, 6 Things Your Gyno Wants You to Know, and Lifestyle Changes to Reverse Diabetes

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This week on Sharecare we’re giving you expert pointers to take the ick out of awkward gynecology appointments, sharing tips to protect your back, and filling you in on ways to lower diabetes risk.

1. Few women like going to the gynecologist. Things like feet in the stirrups or describing a weird vaginal discharge can make appointments embarrassing and downright uncomfortable – but they don’t have to be. HCA experts Darcy Bryan, MD and Arjav Ted Shah, MD explain how to navigate awkward moments to get the most out of your gyno visits.

2. Ladies, listen up. Did you know that a few seemingly harmless habits might be the culprits for chronic back pain? Learn more about five bad back behaviors, plus some easy lifestyle tweaks for a healthier spine.

3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two people die from diabetes-related causes every five minutes. But there’s good news: If caught early, type 2 diabetes can be managed – and sometimes even reversed with simple lifestyle changes. Here’s what you can do to make a difference.

4. Hoverboards were one of the most sought-after gifts of 2015 – but they’re one of the most dangerous too. These motorized skateboards have led to falls and injuries, sending dozens to emergency rooms. Check out the latest news on hoverboards and learn how to use them safely.

5. Looking after a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be emotionally and physically taxing, especially if you’re the primary caregiver. Make it easier on yourself by following these six tips.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Things to Know About the New Federal Dietary Guidelines

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The federal government has released its new dietary guidelines, the official recommendations that influence everything from what goes into school lunches to suggestions on the best way to feed your family. This time, they’re focusing less on individual foods and more on eating a varied, well-balanced diet overall.

Here are four things you need to know. Read more  »

Our Best New Year’s Resolutions

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If you haven’t yet made a few healthy resolutions this year, it’s still not too late. Here’s what we at Sharecare are aiming to do in 2016:

1. Take 10. All it takes is just 10 minutes a day (or less!) for a healthier, happier you. Check out this video with Deepak Chopra for a simple meditation routine to start your day. For more 10-minute tips, visit Sharecare on Facebook.

2. Grow younger. Are you younger – or older – than your calendar years? While you can’t literally turn back the clock, there are certain changes – like eating better and exercising – that can help shave years off your body’s RealAge. Check out these five ways to live longer and healthier.

3. Sleep better tonight. Poor sleep habits can lead to increased anxiety, stress, depression and a whole lot more. Watch this video for easy tips on how to get more ZZZs, and say sayonara to bad sleep patterns.

4. Lose that belly fat – for good. You don’t have to start a fancy diet to ditch that unwanted spare tire. Try these smart tips to slim your waist and blast dangerous belly flab.

5. Listen to your body. If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t talk to your doctor about every little ache and pain. Learn the arthritis symptoms you should speak up about in this video with Paula Radcliff, MD.

Sharecare Top 5: The Science Behind Keeping Resolutions, ER Docs’ Best Holiday Travel Tips, The Biggest Health Stories of 2015 and More

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This week on Sharecare we look back on some of the top health stories of 2015 – and take a look ahead at a few ways to stay healthy (and safe) in the new year. Here’s what we mean:

1. From contaminated ice cream to new mammogram guidelines, this year’s health headlines have been nothing short of fascinating and, at times, scary. Here’s a recap of the top six stories

2. Traveling this holiday season? Make sure you stay safe with these tips from ER doctors who know.

3. Every year thousands of people make New Year’s Resolutions to break bad habits – but not everyone succeeds. Check out this expert advice to see what you can do to break the failure cycle.

4. Tactics to shed stubborn pounds start at home — which is why you shouldn’t let your own house sabotage your weight-loss resolutions. Take this quiz to learn how simple changes around the home can help you lose unwanted weight.

5. Want to bring a little cheer into a friend’s life over the New Year? Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen share eight mini-gifts that will make everyone healthier and happier.

Sharecare Top 5: The Latest Happiness Research, Beating Belly Bloat, and Preventing a Holiday Heart Attack

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This week on Sharecare we’re helping you stop stomach bloating in its tracks, sharing advice on how to stick with your exercise goals and giving you tips to a heart-healthy winter season.

1. Good news for grumps: A new study turns on its head the conventional wisdom that unhappiness can lead to a range of health woes and premature death. While we don’t advocate living in misery, these findings point to what can affect your life span.

2. Want to maintain your exercise goals over the holidays but not sure how? Whether it’s at the gym or at home, these expert tips can help you stay fit through the festivities.

3. We all want to enjoy the holiday festivities, but after a certain amount of noshing, eating and imbibing, you may start to feel uncomfortably full. Nicole Fearing, MD, shares simple ways to stop the bloat before it starts.

4. Even innocent activities like cooking, decorating and shopping ’til you drop can lead to injuries, exhaustion and other cheer-zapping health problems. Get tips from top experts on how to stay safe and healthy this holiday season.

5. The holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends, making merry. But for some, it may also lead to increased heart attack risk. Here are six things you can do to steer clear of potential heart attack triggers and keep your ticker going strong.

Tuberculosis Exposure: Should You Be Worried?

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More than 1,000 people in California, including 350 infants, may have been exposed to tuberculosis (TB) at a hospital between August and November. A nurse working near the newborn nursery of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose was placed on leave in mid-November, when the potentially deadly lung disease was first suspected. The diagnosis was later confirmed.

“While the risk of infection is low, the consequences of a tuberculosis infection in infants can be severe,” said Stephen Harris, MD, chair of pediatrics for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in a statement. The risk is low, according to the hospital, because the nurse did not exhibit symptoms. Although the nurse had been screened for tuberculosis in September and came up negative. It wasn’t until she got an X-ray from her personal doctor for an unrelated condition that she was diagnosed.  Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Water Pills and Weight Loss, New Pediatric Screening Guidelines, and the Best Way to Fight RA

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This week on Sharecare we’re helping connect the dots between love and laughter, clearing up some misinformation when it comes to the flu and answering the question on so many minds: are water pills safe for weight loss?

1. Just this past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its schedule of the preventive screenings children and adolescents need at each age. We caught up with Sharecare Advisory Board Member Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP, to get the scoop on what these guidelines mean for your child.

2. Ever tempted to skip the flu shot – figuring you could just take meds if you do catch a bug? Bad move. Meds may not work – and could come with nasty side effects. Check out more flu myths that can jeopardize your health.

3. If you or a loved one live with rheumatoid arthritis, you’re familiar with the exhaustion that comes with it – all you want to do is rest. But a small study suggests that doing this can give you a big energy boost.

4. There may just be some magic in mirth, especially when it comes to couples. Research shows that real, spontaneous laughter between two people can signal a truly happy connection. Find out more about the link between love and laughter.

5. You may have heard water pills touted as a weight loss wonder, but are they really? Get the facts about who should take them, who shouldn’t take them and why.