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Latest by Lara DeSanto

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Insomnia

Connecting the Dots: Sleep and Gut Microbiome

Can't sleep? New research found that your gut microbiome has way more to do with the quality of your snooze fests than you might think.

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Self Care

The Hair Dye and Breast Cancer Study That Everyone Is Talking About

Before you pick up the phone to cancel (or schedule) your upcoming hair appointment, read this.

Woman getting a mammogram to screen for breast cancer
Screening

When Was Your Last Cancer Screening?

Consider this your official reminder to schedule a cancer screening today.

Marijuana smoke.
Brain

Headache? Marijuana May Cut Your Pain by 50%

For the first time, researchers found that puffing on a little cannabis for migraines helps reduce the pain—by a lot.

Preteen girl drinking from a soda can outside.
Obesity

Kids Drinking Fewer Sugary Drinks—But We Still Have a Ways to Go

These days, more and more kids are guzzling healthier milk and water over soda pop and juice, and we couldn't be more proud.

Happy woman.
Treatment

Got Anxiety? Looking on the Bright Side May Help (No, Really)

Looking for something good in a bad situation can actually be effective in reducing anxiety. And the less money you make, the more effective this tactic could be.

Woman with bare skin.
Managing Flares

More Than Just an Itch: How Skin Conditions Impact Your Mental Health

Chronic itch is more than skin deep, research says it can set your mental health back, too (not cool!). Here are some techniques to calm your skin and your mind.

Young girl using asthma inhaler.
Inhalers

How to Manage Your Child’s Asthma—and What to Do in an Emergency

After the news that a Broadway actress died from an asthma attack at the age of 13, it’s time for a refresher on how to keep your child with asthma safe.

Nurse preparing a vaccine.
Treatment

A Vaccine for Breast Cancer?

A shot to treat and prevent breast cancer may be closer to reality than you think.

Woman in sneakers walking up steps.
Treatment

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Takes a Step Forward

A new drug combination has been shown to shrink tumors and extend patients’ lives. Learn the risk factors for this disease and what you can do to lower your odds.