05/17/15 7:00am
05/17/2015 7:00 AM

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Don’t sit too close to the TV or you’ll need glasses. Put down that spicy chili dog or you’ll give yourself an ulcer. These are health claims so pervasive that it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. What should you believe? We asked local medical professionals to weigh in on some of the most popular myths.

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05/10/15 7:00am
05/10/2015 7:00 AM
The author has always been able to crack her knuckles — and almost all her other joints, for that matter. But is the habit bad for your health? (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The author has always been able to crack her knuckles — and almost all her other joints, for that matter. But is the habit bad for your health? (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I’m a crack addict, but it’s not what you’re thinking.

When I was 9, I discovered I could manipulate my ankles with very little effort. My toes, knuckles and elbows soon followed. By the time I was a teenager, I was regularly cracking my back and neck. Now, at 29, I’m a full-blown junkie of the “snap, crackle and pop” variety. It just feels good.  (more…)

04/26/15 7:00am
04/26/2015 7:00 AM

About a year ago, prospective customers kept walking into Shelly Scoggin’s Greenport health store, The Market, asking for obscure supplements they had heard Dr. Mehmet Oz endorse as weight-loss breakthroughs on his eponymous CBS television show. They were looking for items like white kidney bean extract and African mango seed.  (more…)

03/29/15 10:00am
03/29/2015 10:00 AM

Whether your child is a tween or a 20-something, the topic of sexually transmitted diseases is generally awkward to broach. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s December approval of Gardasil 9, the newest version of the vaccine previously approved to prevent cervical cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus, means parents may have to tackle the subject sooner than anticipated.

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03/15/15 11:00am
03/15/2015 11:00 AM

They’re inexpensive — often free — and quite literally in the palm of your hand. But can smartphone apps really help you lose weight and get in shape?

With hundreds of apps now available for iPhone and Android devices, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to picking one designed to track all the different elements that go into being healthy.  (more…)

03/08/15 7:00am
03/08/2015 7:00 AM
Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty 'helps you to eliminate faster and more completely' by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Designed by a Utah family in 2010, the Squatty Potty ‘helps you to eliminate faster and more completely’ by forcing you to squat. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

One of 2014’s hottest holiday items wasn’t an expensive electronic device or an innovative kitchen gadget. It was a $25 plastic toilet stool called a Squatty Potty — and it sold out on shopping websites like Amazon.com before many people even had a chance to add it to their virtual wish lists.  (more…)