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  • 5-Minute Face Massages for Glowing, Healthy Skin

    5-Minute Face Massages for Glowing, Healthy Skin

    Our face goes through a lot. All that smiling, squinting, laughing, frowning, talking, puckering, chewing and yawning we do on a daily basis can take a toll on our skin. Add to that a host of external aggressors such as seasonal changes, pollution and sun exposure—all these deplete our skin’s natural lipids (our skin’s protective […]

  • The End of Antibacterial Soap

    The End of Antibacterial Soap

    The Food and Drug Administration on Friday banned soap companies from using more than a dozen chemicals in antibacterial soaps, citing the possibility they could have harmful side effects. Regulators also say there is a lack of evidence that soaps with antibacterial chemicals are more effective than soaps without them. The FDA, in a statement, […]

  • Keeping A Finger On The PULSE Of Blood Donation Policy After Orlando

    Keeping A Finger On The PULSE Of Blood Donation Policy After Orlando

    On June 12, 2016, a gunman murdered 49 people at PULSE, a Florida LGBT nightclub, in the most lethal mass shooting in U.S. history. Many more were critically injured, requiring blood transfusions and exacerbating the need for blood donors in the Orlando area. Yet gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) […]

  • 5 Reasons to Switch to Organic Beauty

    5 Reasons to Switch to Organic Beauty

    Organic products are everywhere these days, from your neighborhood’s farmer’s market to the corner drugstore’s detergents aisle. By choosing organic, we feel confident that the produce we eat or products we use don’t contain chemicals that could potentially cause serious health problems in the future. But when it comes to treating serious skin concerns, most […]

  • Here’s what you need to know while thinking about joining a clinical trial

    Here’s what you need to know while thinking about joining a clinical trial

    Chances are you’ve seen one of these ads in your local newspaper or on television: “Do you suffer from (insert common medical condition here)? Would you like to participate in a research study to evaluate a new treatment?” Many people are curious about such studies but hesitate to take the next step. Nothing obligates you […]

  • Every Day, 7,000 Americans Try Weed for the First Time

    Every Day, 7,000 Americans Try Weed for the First Time

    American adults are, increasingly, getting high all the time. There’s been a 35 percent increase in the number of people using marijuana since 2002—from 6.2 percent of people over the age of 12 that year to 8.4 percent in 2014, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

  • Shining a light on migraine relief

    Shining a light on migraine relief

    It’s hard to ignore migraine pain. This throbbing headache can last for hours or even days. Although it affects more than 36 million Americans between the ages of 15 and 55, the exact cause of migraines is still largely unknown. What is a migraine? Migraines are different than regular headaches. Headaches can cause mild to […]

  • Birth control right after having a baby should be covered

    Birth control right after having a baby should be covered

    The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently put out a new Committee Opinion, “Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.” I counsel all my pregnant patients about the option of immediate postpartum birth control in the form of IUDs and implants, both of which are long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARC). The contraceptive implant goes in your […]

  • Sketchy Pharmacies Are Selling Hormones to Transgender People

    Sketchy Pharmacies Are Selling Hormones to Transgender People

    Two years ago at Burning Man, Andrea tripped on ayahuasca and had visions of herself as a woman in a past life. At the time, Andrea, a 33-year-old transgender woman, identified as a man, but she had struggled with gender dysphoria since high school. “Growing up I had no transgender role models, and there was […]

  • Debat about The Pill and the American Dream

    Debat about The Pill and the American Dream

    It might seem like a mystery at first, even a paradox: The income gap between rich and poor adults is growing, but the achievement gap between rich and poor kids is shrinking. This was not expected. For the last few decades, adult income inequality and childhood achievement inequality both increased at the same time, and […]

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