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This Electric Scalp Massager Is a 'Game-Changer' for Both Headaches and Hair Health, Shoppers Say

If you're dealing with an itchy scalp or constant headaches, an electric scalp massager might provide some much-needed relief. According to Viktoryia Kazlouskaya, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh, a scalp massage might help with microcirculation—that's healthy blood flow in your smallest blood vessels—as well as keeping your scalp in good condition overall. One popular option is the Comfier cordless hair scalp massager, which has over 2,300 five-star ratings on Amazon and is currently on sale for $38.
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How Do You Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Justin Bieber's Condition, Explained

Pop star Justin Bieber revealed he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome—a neurological disorder that has paralyzed half of his face—in an Instagram video shared Friday. "As you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome," Bieber told fans. "And it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis."
CELEBRITIES

Does the Smallpox Vaccine Protect Against Monkeypox?

Fact checked on June 2, 2022 by Vivianna Shields, a journalist and fact-checker with experience in health and wellness publishing. As cases of monkeypox continue to spread across the globe, people have shifted their questioning from "What is it?" to "How can I protect myself?" And as it turns out, some older people in the U.S. may still be somewhat protected from the virus due to a prior vaccination: the smallpox vaccine.
SCIENCE

This Dentist-Approved Mouthwash Helps Fight and Prevent Gingivitis—and It's Just $15 at Amazon

When it comes to dental hygiene, you probably already know the basics: brush teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and rinse with an effective mouthwash when you want fresher breath. However, not all mouthwash is created equal, and when you have inflamed gums and gingivitis—a common gum disease that usually results from poor oral hygiene and causes irritation and swelling of your gums around your teeth—it's especially important to consider what ingredients you're swishing around your mouth.
HEALTH

This Compact HEPA Air Purifier Eliminates 99.9% of Particles to Combat Allergies—and It's on Sale for $49

Springtime is synonymous with blooming flowers, fresh green grass, and flourishing trees. As lovely as these things are, they come at a cost for allergy sufferers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 60 million people in the United States are affected by seasonal allergies every year. And this might even include you, if you're feeling pretty miserable with all of the pollen in the air right now.
ELECTRONICS

MDMA Shows Promise as Treatment for PTSD in New Clinical Trial

Fact checked on April 21 by Rich Scherr, a journalist and fact-checker with more than three decades of experience. The psychedelic drug MDMA, sometimes called "ecstasy" or "molly," may help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when paired with talk therapy, according to new results from a phase 3 clinical trial.
MEDICAL SCIENCE

2022 Beauty Awards

Our beauty team, along with a panel of esteemed experts, tested hundreds of new launches this year and these are the 50 that really impressed us. From patches that help erase lines and wrinkles to a toothbrush that analyzes your brushing habits, you’re sure to find a product (or two, or three) that will take your routine to the next level.
SKIN CARE

How Electric Light Affects Your Sleep—And Your Health

Fact checked on April 19, 2022 by Rich Scherr, a journalist and fact-checker with more than three decades of experience. The amount of electric light people are exposed to at night—and the lack of natural light during the day—can disrupt sleep enough to impact health, wellness, and productivity. But new recommendations aim to correct those patterns.
HEALTH

How the Proposed Fix to the ACA 'Family Glitch' Will Impact Your Budget

Fact checked on April 18, 2022 by Rich Scherr, a journalist and fact-checker with more than three decades of experience. A record 31 million people in the United States now have health coverage as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, there's been reductions in uninsured rates in every state in the country since the law took effect in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and people insured through ACA marketplaces have reached historic levels.

Myotonic Dystrophy Is a Rare, Genetic Disease—And Its Link to Ventricular Tachycardia Is Even Rarer

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away at age 67 on Tuesday of ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type 2, a little known and very rare condition. An inherited disease, myotonic dystrophy occurs in about eight in 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Myotonic dystrophy type 2, is an even rarer form of the the condition and its exact prevalence is unknown.
DIABETES

FDA Authorizes First Breath Test to Detect COVID-19

Fact checked on April 15, 2022 by Rich Scherr, a journalist and fact-checker with more than three decades of experience. A breath test to help detect COVID-19 has been given the green light by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency announced Thursday. The test, called the InspectIR COVID-19 Breathalyzer, is the first of its kind and can give results in just three minutes.
PUBLIC HEALTH

Moderna Is Developing 2 New Vaccines—And 1 Could Protect Against the Common Cold

Fact checked on April 15, 2022 by Rich Scherr, a journalist and fact-checker with more than three decades of experience. Biotechnology company Moderna is expanding its mRNA technology. The makers of the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine are now working on two more vaccines: one to protect against SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); and another for the four endemic human coronaviruses, which can cause the common cold.
INDUSTRY

Health.com's Anti-Racism Pledge

Health.com pledges to create health and wellness coverage that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our audience and features writers, medical experts, and content creators of all backgrounds and experiences. As a health resource for everyone, we know it’s our responsibility to ensure articles and videos include people of diverse values, beliefs, behaviors, culture, and language. This approach takes into account the important push for equity in our nation right now, and it’s mindful of the entrenched health disparities among different populations in the US.
TECHNOLOGY