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Is it a cold or allergies?

By Carolyn Hauck on April 09, 2015

The blooming season of spring can sometimes be synonymous with allergies. When we start sneezing and wheezing this time of year, it’s hard to tell if we’re suffering from a viral cold or allergies.

Dr. Love, a physician on JustAnswer confirms that it is indeed hard to distinguish between...

True or False: More than 8 hours of sleep is bad for you

By Carolyn Hauck on March 26, 2015

While we generally tend to understand that children need a lot of sleep and elders need less than any age group, sleep for humans in their adult years has been the focus of many studies and debate. We now know that getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night can culminate in health issues, but...

Avocado Pits

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True or False: Avocado pits poisonous

By Carolyn Hauck on March 12, 2015

The avocado is loved for its vitamin-D and fatty acid-rich pulp, but its pit is usually discarded and viewed not only as inedible, but also as poisonous, especially to domestic animals.

The pit does in fact contain a fungicidal toxin called persin. Eaten in large quantities, persin can be...

True or False: Sparkling water strips your teeth of enamel

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True or False: Sparkling water strips your teeth of enamel

By Carolyn Hauck on February 26, 2015

When it comes to carbonated beverages, the science behind the bubbles can get a little misinterpreted. For many years now and because of certain studies published in the 90s, there’s been a misconception that the carbonic acid created from the carbonation process in sparkling water erodes the...
Eating Snow

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True or False: It's safe to eat snow

By Carolyn Hauck on February 19, 2015

A handful of snow or two in the winter is a tempting treat, especially for little ones who like to imagine they’re eating homemade snow cones. But is it safe?

It’s definitely not recommended to eat colored snow—like yellow, red, green or brown snow. This is obviously because the snow...

How dental health is linked to overall health

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Why dental health is more important than you think

By Carolyn Hauck on February 17, 2015

While the dentist waves you on your way reminding you to brush and floss 2-3 times a day, mounting research on the link between dental health and overall health are bringing the recommendation from doctors as well.

It’s been known for a while that high-risk populations are more...

Shoveling snow and protecting your back

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Protecting your back while shoveling snow

By Carolyn Hauck on February 12, 2015

Medical experts on JustAnswer see a fair amount of back pain questions related to snow shoveling this time of year. While they’re able to offer help after the fact, here are some suggestions for protecting against injury altogether.

Rethink shoveling as exercise


True or False: Caffeine is dehydrating

By Carolyn Hauck on February 03, 2015

As unbelievable as it may seem, there is a small percentage of people who don’t drink caffeine on a regular basis, but it’s likely that you’re one of the majority that enjoys coffee or soda daily. It’s also likely that you’ve heard that those caffeinated beverages you love are dehydrating.

Do wet heads catch colds?

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True or False: Going outside with a wet head will make you catch a cold.

By Carolyn Hauck on January 22, 2015

“Don’t go outside with a wet head!” Sound familiar? Most of us have been warned against leaving the house in winter with a wet head since we were children. The belief is that we will catch a cold if we do. But does this myth stack up against the scientific evidence?

We asked Dr. Saha on...

Is MSG bad for you?

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True or False: MSG is bad for you

By Carolyn Hauck on January 15, 2015

A short history of MSG: Japanese scientist Kikunae Ikeda discovered MSG (monosodium glutamate) in 1908 when he wanted to know what gave dashi, a popular Japanese soup base, its delicious flavor. His research led him to the seaweed found in the broth, and his experiments with the seaweed...