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Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

Picking Scabs: Why We Do It and How to Stop

Ever enjoyed popping a pimple? How about poking a blister? It can feel gratifying to watch the grossness ooze out, right? Almost 90 percent of us are guilty of picking scabs and between 20 to 35 percent of us eat them afterwards. Um, yuck! (More on that in the sidebar

Weighted Blanket for Anxiety: The Latest Tool to Relieve Worry

Weighted Blanket for Anxiety: The Latest Tool to Relieve Worry

Anxiety is a big problem in today’s world—one that’s been made worse by our increasing reliance upon technology and addiction to social media. In fact, about 40 million of us suffer from the disorder, says the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Don’t worry! There’s good news, too. Anxiety is

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat Raw? Start with These 6 Choices

Healthiest Vegetables to Eat Raw? Start with These 6 Choices

We need to eat our vegetables, but information about how to prepare them can be conflicting. Cooking certain vegetables—lettuce, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, for example—can release more nutrients. Others, however, are better for us if they’re eaten raw. It’s the latter group we’ll discuss here: six top veggies

6. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly

1. What Is Low Back Pain?

Despite being such a common ailment, back pain is not completely understood. More than 85 percent of all cases have a diagnosis of “nonspecific low back pain.” Nonspecific pain means that all potentially serious diagnoses have been ruled out, but the cause of the pain is still unknown. Many patients

Social Phobia: How to Overcome a Fear of Social Situations

Social Phobia: How to Overcome a Fear of Social Situations

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 15 million Americans have social phobia (which is also referred to as social anxiety disorder). Their symptoms range from just-about-manageable anxiety and stress in social situations (which may mean they feel like they’re being judged by other people) to physical

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they

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