Sharecare Top 5: Say Goodbye to Embarrassing Sleep Problems, Solve Skin Issues, The Hazards of High Heels, and More

junges paar entspannt im bettThis week on Sharecare we’re helping you take care of common skin conditions, explaining why you may want to take a break from platform high-heels (flats can be just as cute and way more comfy!) and giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about a surprising disease.

1. Skin problems — even small ones — can be embarrassing. If you’re looking to ease your discomfort, check out these six common cosmetic concerns and get doctor-recommended tips on how to clear your skin.

2. Mitochondrial disease refers to hundreds of conditions — but the symptoms mimic a wide range of other conditions, making it tough to diagnose. Learn how to cut through the confusion about these mystifying disorders.

3. Some people with sleep issues have no problem falling asleep. It’s what they do in their sleep that’s problematic. Discover how you can put an end to these embarrassing sleep problems.

4. Ladies, you may love your favorite pair of heels, but your body may be crying out in agony. Find out more about injuries caused by high heels and how they can sometimes lead to long-term damage.

5. If you or a loved one lives with psoriasis, easing the physical symptoms is a top concern. But find out why taking care of your mental health should be just as important.

Sharecare Top 5: Osteoarthritis vs. Psoriatic Arthritis, Icky Back to School Problems, 6 Body Issues Explained, and More


This week on Sharecare we’re helping you decipher your joint pain, filling you in on the latest salmonella outbreak and clueing you in on where to get the care you need when you’re sick.

1. Ever look in the mirror and notice you’ve put on a little weight or that your hair seems a bit thinner than it was yesterday? Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “Am I normal?” Check out some common problems and what they may mean for your health.

2. School is back in full swing. While that may mean more quiet time in the house, it can also mean more germs for your kids to bring back home. Whether you’re dealing with head lice, pink eye or even stinky gym clothes, discover these tips that can help.

3. Got a cucumber in the fridge? Before you slice it for your salad or sandwich, you may want to do some sleuthing to make sure it’s safe. Get the latest news on the national salmonella outbreak that’s tied to cucumbers imported from Mexico.

4. You know you have joint pain, but you may not know why. Could it potentially be osteoarthritis — or maybe psoriatic arthritis? Learn more to figure out what condition you may have, which can lead to better treatment.

5. When you’re not feeling well, the only thing you want to do is feel better. But it can be tough to know where to go to get the care you need. Use this cheat sheet to help you decide whether you need the emergency room, an urgent care clinic or to call your doctor.

Sharecare Top 5: Kids and Too Much Tech, How Psoriasis May Affect Your Pregnancy, and the Juicy Truth About Red Meat



This week on Sharecare we’re offering ways to get your kids less connected to their electronics, explaining why less red meat may mean a longer life and helping you worry less about psoriasis symptoms during pregnancy.

1. A combined 16 million school-aged kids have asthma or food allergies. If your child is one of them, you want to make sure she knows what to do in the case of a health emergency. Follow these four steps to ensure your child — and her teachers — are prepared.

2. Unsure whether red meat and processed meats — think hot dogs and bacon — are harmful to your health? Nutritionist Janis Jibrin, RD, is here to offer some insight into these cookout favorites.

3. If you’re having trouble getting your child or teen to engage in real life because they’re too attached to their tech devices, you’re not alone. Take our quiz to learn about the harmful effects of technology on your kids, and get ways to limit their exposure.

4. Worried about how your psoriasis meds will impact your pregnancy and your baby? Find out which medications and treatments are safe to take — as well as which to avoid — for a smoother nine months.

5. Myth: Healthy weight loss means skipping meals.
Fact: Healthy weight loss begins when you consume fewer calories than you burn.  Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen explain why skimping out on meals can actually backfire and actually lead to weight gain.


Sharecare Top 5: How Walking May Boost Longevity, Bad Habits That Wreck Your Teeth, Healthy Hair 101, and More


This week on Sharecare we’re sharing the secret to a longer and more independent life, giving you the latest info on an Ebola vaccine, testing your hair smarts and helping you improve your oral health.

1. Want an easy way to stay mobile and improve your quality of life as you age? Go for a walk. Find out why making it a habit keeps you healthy into your golden years and get tips to help you start.

2. Eating nuts can improve your heart health, lower cholesterol levels and even help you live longer. Discover what other benefits different nuts have as well as ways to enjoy them in moderation — think a handful, not a bowlful.

3. Think you know everything there is to know about hair maintenance – such as how often you should wash your locks? Take our quiz to see if you need to brush up on your hair care knowledge.

4. Healthy, white teeth can take years off your appearance. Check out these common habits — from sipping sugary sodas to chewing on pen caps — you should steer clear of for a brighter smile.

5. Last week we shared some important lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic — this week we’re filling you in on a new vaccine that’s been proven effective against the deadly disease. Get more details about this promising vaccine.

Sharecare Top 5: Sleep Better to Lower Stroke Risk, 6 Weird Facts About Adult Acne, Lessons from the Largest Ebola Outbreak in History and More


This week on Sharecare we’re giving you expert tips to sleep tight, filling you in on what’s to blame for your breakouts (as well as tips to get rid of them) and helping you know if your psoriatic arthritis is out of control.

1. Weighed down with acne woes? You’re not alone — adult acne is much more common than you think. Click through to discover some bizarre facts about zits and learn what you can do lower your chances of an acne attack.

2. Bad sleeping habits don’t just wreck your attention and energy levels — poor sleep is now linked to higher stroke and heart attack risk. Check out these tips to help you rest easier.

3. Most of the panic associated with the Ebola epidemic has long cooled down in the United States, but is it still a concern for the future? Find out what a CDC Ebola expert has to say on the most recent outbreak — and whether you should be worried.

4. The best way to get relief from psoriatic arthritis is with the right treatment for you. Discover which warning signs could mean you need consider a different medication.

5. High blood sugar speeds up aging, but a handful of these can help keep your levels low. Watch this video to learn what healthy snack you should nibble on for a longer life.

Sharecare Top 5: Tips to Keep Your Brain Sharp, 5 Age-Defying Dinner Recipes, Dangers of Skipping RA Meds, and More



This week on Sharecare we’re sharing foods that can boost your brain health as well as recipes that can keep you feeling — and looking — your best. Plus, get tips to rev up your love life.

1. Ever heard of the MIND diet? If not, Darria Long Gillespie, MD is here to fill you in. She explains how this delicious, brain-boosting plan can reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk by up to 53%.

2. Looking to boost your weight loss? Discover how these foods can help you re-ignite a tired metabolism to help you feel full faster, increase energy levels and melt those pounds away.

3. Research shows that many people with rheumatoid arthritis don’t take their medications — but missing doses of RA treatment can put your health at risk. If you or a loved one lives with RA, learn why it’s best to stick with your treatment.

4. There are some scary stats about teens texting and driving: Did you know that texting and driving makes your child 24 times more likely to crash? Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen offer tips to give your child next time they’re behind the wheel.

5. Does your sex life need a little lift? Watch this video to find out what you and your partner can do to enhance your time tangled in the sheets by focusing on one simple thing.

Sharecare Top 5: How Your Zip Code Affects Your Health, Your Exercise Wake-up Call, and Tips to Get Younger in Just 5 Minutes

This week on Sharecare we’re offering insight on how location can affect your well-being, giving you easy ways to lower your RealAge and sharing advice on how to shape up your fitness routine.

1. It’s easy to make excuses for not exercising — but this may put you at risk for serious diseases down the road. Check out these five reasons to stop hitting the snooze button on your exercise alarm clock.

2. Location doesn’t just matter when it comes to real estate — it impacts your health, too. Find out where people have the best diets, are the most positive and the least stressed. How does your city compare?

3. Taking care of your body isn’t a sprint. Instead, think of it more as a lifelong marathon. And your daily activities count way more than you think. Try these ways to feel healthier — and knock years off your RealAge — in only five minutes a day.

4. Remission for rheumatoid arthritis is possible, but unfortunately much too rare. But don’t get discouraged: Discover some smart things you can do to ensure that you get the best treatment and the best chance of beating RA.

5. Summer may be nearing an end, but you’re still probably taking a refreshing dip in that pool. Did you know that some of the biggest water dangers are so small you need a microscope to see them? Test your IQ on these dangerous pool pests.

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


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.

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.

Sharecare Top 5: The Health Benefits of Happiness, a Simple Stress-Buster, and 8 Yoga Poses for Strong, Toned Legs

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This week on Sharecare we’re giving out tips to ease daily stress, sharing ways to help your feet look good naked and helping you get the summer beach legs you’ve always wanted.

1. You’ve heard about the damaging impact that negative emotions can have on your health, but are you aware of how a happy mood can boost your overall wellness? Discover how a sunny disposition can shine rays for better heart health, a stronger immune system and more.

2. Everyone has a bad day now and then, but you shouldn’t let that stress overwhelm you. Check out these surprisingly easy ways to tackle the tension and better manage your everyday stress.

3. Do you have pretty feet? Or do you prefer to keep them covered up? Watch this video to learn three simple tips to keep your feet groomed and pain-free so you’ll want to show them off.

4. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its 2015 Dietary Guidelines — a healthy-diet blueprint that affects everything from school lunch menus to the dietary advice your doctor gives you. Find out what Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen think about the recommendations, as well as tips to eat healthier.

5. Summer is in full swing and that means cooler, lightweight clothes. But if you’re lacking the confidence to wear that summer skirt or those breezy shorts, your wardrobe may be limited. Shape up in no time — and boost your confidence — by following this simple yoga routine for leaner, sexier legs.