Sharecare Top 5: Healthy Must-Haves for Your Pantry, 5 Dirty Sweat Facts, and Dr. Oz’s Sugar Detox Challenge

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Check out the latest news and views on Sharecare this week:

1. Want to cut your sugar consumption? Check out Oz’s Sugar Detox Challenge. Daily tips will help you limit sugar and curb your cravings. At the end of three weeks, you won’t even miss the sweet stuff!

2. Perhaps you’ve seen, or even tried, online recipes to make your own baby formula. While it sounds like a cool concept, homemade baby formula can actually put your child in serious danger. Two health experts explain why.

3. Over 5.3 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease – but there are things you can do to help lower your risk. Discover which brain-boosting fruit to add to your diet for a healthier noggin.

4. While sweating can be a nuisance — not to mention embarrassing at times — it’s crucial to keep your body cool. Check out more sweat facts, from which foods can trigger sweat to whether antiperspirants really work.

5. There’s no doubt that spring is finally here — but are your dry, brittle nails still stuck in winter? Watch this video for a simple way to get rid of chipped nails — and grow them longer and stronger.

Sharecare Top 5: 5 Ways to Stop Mindless Eating, 6 Ailments That Call For an Antibiotic, and the 411 on the Latest Cancer Therapy

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Don’t miss Sharecare’s latest wellness tips to help you and your family stay healthy:

1. Tame everyday tension with just one simple tip a day. You’ll feel relaxed and recharged — and even lower your RealAge by up to 13 days! Get started with our Stress Less Challenge.

2. Spring brings warm weather, longer days and – unfortunately – higher pollen counts. Watch this video to find out which food can help ease sneezing and sniffling this allergy season.

3. Research shows that distracted dining can lead to poor food choices and added pounds. Check out five ways to stop mindless eating and avoid calorie overload.

4. Feeling under the weather? While your first instinct may be to ask your doctor for an antibiotic, it may not put you on the path to good health. Discover six common illnesses when antibiotics are the right choice.

5. Immunotherapy – a new technique for treating cancer – has made a name for itself in the oncology world as the latest medical breakthrough. Here’s what you need to know about the therapy, plus why one expert touts it as the next level of oncology care.

 

Sharecare Top 5: Worst Work Habits for Your Health, 6 Everyday Eating Mistakes, Get Fit Fast Challenge, and More

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Boost your wellbeing with Sharecare’s latest health tips:

1. From cubicle clutter to sweating the small stuff, some work habits can wreak havoc on your health. Find out which ones to avoid, plus learn ways to work smarter.

2. Tap into the motivation you need to shed winter flab and tone allover with our Get Fit Fast Challenge. Short, fun workout videos from our team of celebrity trainers will get you started!

3. Are you spending more cash than you’d like on face creams and anti-aging lotions? Save money and get smooth, supple skin with this food staple found right in your pantry.

4. Some “healthy” eating habits can interfere with weight loss or – even worse – make you gain weight. See if you’re making any of these six common diet mistakes — and learn how to fix them.

5. Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about how obesity doesn’t necessarily mean unhealthy. So what’s the deal? Your favorite doctors, Mehmet Oz, MD and Mike Roizen, MD, MD explain.

Sharecare Top 5: The Link Between Baby Powder and Cancer, 21 Easy Yoga Poses, First Aid Mistakes You’re Making, and More

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Check out a few of the highlights on Sharecare this week:

1. Headlines everywhere are talking about the connection between baby powder and ovarian cancer. So what gives — can talcum powder found in baby powder actually lead to ovarian cancer? Is baby powder safe to use? Get the answers to your questions.

2. The Zika virus has been dominating health news since 2015. Its risks and complications haven’t been fully understood – and scientists are just starting to get a firmer grip on the virus and its harmful effects. Here’s what you need to know right now.

3. If you’ve ever wanted to try yoga but fear you’re “not good at it,” put those worries aside. Anyone can do basic poses and gain the benefits. Reduce stress and boost flexibility with simple yoga stretches you can do from the comfort of your own home.

4. Doughnuts, muffins and store-bought pastries can be unhealthy calorie-bombs. Instead, try this delicious banana-chocolate chip muffin recipe — a healthier way to start the day.

5. The right way of treating a nosebleed, burn and other common injuries isn’t what it used to be. Be prepared: Find out if you’re making one of these eight first aid mistakes.

Sharecare Top 5: Don’t Believe These 5 Anti-Aging Myths, Dr. Oz’s List of Foods That Boost Libido, When the Flu Becomes Dangerous, and More

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Here’s what has Sharecare members buzzing this week:

1. Some people are at higher risk for developing serious flu complications than others. Find out if you’re in the high-risk category, which symptoms to watch for and when to get emergency treatment.

2. Bogus skin creams, the rap against workaholics, the happiness myth. We debunk five common anti-aging misconceptions and offer advice on what really works.

3. What you eat in the kitchen may add sizzle to your sex life in the bedroom. Discover which foods Oz says rev libido for a spicier love life.

4. With all the different types of yoga to choose from, it can be hard to decide which may be best for you. Before you hit the mat, check out this simple guide to common yoga styles.

5. Who doesn’t love to warm up with a steaming bowl of chili on cold-winter nights? Find out why chili is so good for you, plus eight ways make it even healthier.

Sharecare Top 5: Stop Morning Stress, Tone Allover with the Do-Anywhere Workout, and Your BMI – a Total Lie?

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Don’t miss the latest health news and advice from Sharecare:

1. A recent study raises important questions about what your BMI says about your health. Researchers found that some within the “obese” range were healthier than some in the “normal” range. What gives? Here’s what one bariatric surgeon had to say.

2. If your mornings resemble the Running of the Bulls as you sprint out the door for work, it’s time to get a grip. Check out these easy tips from Darria Long Gillespie, MD and add some sanity to your morning rush.

3. How healthy is the city where you live? Sharecare used results from the RealAge Test to see where the healthiest people live in the US – as well as the unhealthiest. See if your city made our list.

4. Can’t squeeze in your workouts because you can’t get to the gym? Good news! The closest gym is right in your own home. Tone allover with this 20-minute Do-Anywhere Workout.

5. You already know that exercise and diet can impact your diabetes – but did you know that winter weather could affect it, too? Learn four ways to keep blood sugar under control when the temperature drops.

Sharecare Top 5: Say Goodbye to Belly Flab, Derm Tips for Smooth, Glowing Skin, and Sneaky Signs of Heart Problems

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Get the scoop on the latest health tips and advice from Sharecare:

1. It’s mid-February – how’s that New Year’s weight loss resolution coming along? If you’re a bit stalled, you’re not alone. Get back on track with these 9 steps to blast belly fat.

 

2. Is the usual “drink more water” and “eat a healthy diet” skincare advice just not making a difference? Get ready for a fresher face with these 7 expert-recommended tips for smooth, glowing skin.

 

3. You know the drill about brushing and flossing daily for good oral health – but did you there’s a food that helps keep gums pink and healthy? Learn what it is in this video.

 

4. If you don’t show classic heart disease symptoms you may think you’re in the clear. But these five surprising signs could spell trouble for your ticker.

 

5. After a long day at work, it can be tempting to plop on the couch, reach for a bag of chips and turn on the tube. But research shows the chillin’ life isn’t just bad for your health – it can have a surprising effect on your brain.

 

Facing Up to Addiction

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Friends star Matthew Perry is opening up about his difficult past with substance abuse. During an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 program The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Perry revealed that he was, “a little out of it” during three seasons on the hit sitcom, alluding to his past addiction to alcohol and prescription medicine.

How is that possible? Brain damage from addiction may actually make it that much more difficult to even realize you have a problem, says addiction psychiatrist Joel Holiner, MD, executive medical director of Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas, Texas. “We know that taking alcohol and drugs affects the frontal cortex of the brain and even the limbic region, which could affect judgment, impulse control problem-solving issues, and even memory,” adds Dr. Holiner. Read more  »

Sharecare Top 5: Not Your Usual Valentine’s Day Tip, 3 Mindset Shifts That Boost Weight Loss, 5 Bogus Health Myths, and More

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Check out the latest news and views on Sharecare this week:

1. Can you catch a cold from going outside with wet hair? Does spicy food lead to stomach ulcers? Learn the facts and ease your worries about common health fables.

2. Dropping unwanted pounds can be tough, and negative self-talk doesn’t make it any easier. Use these three mental strategies to get closer to your weight loss goal.

3. Who wouldn’t like to give their love life a boost? Watch this video from sex therapist Sari Cooper to learn one simple way to turn up the heat on your relationship.

4. This winter’s blizzards have taken a toll on the roads, damaged homes, caused power outages and even claimed lives. Find out what you need to know to stay safe before, during and after a winter storm.

5. Are you on caffeine overload? How about your kids? Even if kids don’t drink coffee, they may have more caffeine in their diets than you suspect. Learn about the potential health problems – and which foods to avoid.

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.