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Hearing Aid Accesibility: A Mother’s 25-Year FDA Fight, and What Needs to Happen Next

“Your daughter has hearing loss—but don’t worry, there are special schools she can attend.”. This was the response our pediatrician gave me after I’d spent months trying to figure out why my toddler didn’t seem to be developing speech. For months, we’d visited one professional after another who’d pretty much all responded to me as though I were simply being a hysterical, overreactive mother.
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Here’s How Much Water You Really Need in a Day, with Nutritional Scientists’ Latest Wisdom

It’s not like someone telling you to drink more water is bad advice. In fact, out of all of the crazy diet culture myths that come from the Internet, drinking eight cups of water a day—or half of your body weight in ounces of water—isn’t a terrible idea. But it’s important to focus on hydration and getting enough fluids throughout the day—which can come from a variety of sources. According to Harvard Medical School’s blog, staying hydrated is important for so many key physiological functions, such as carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, flushing bacteria out of your bladder, aiding in digestion, normalizing blood pressure, protecting organs and tissues, and regulating your body temperature. Drinking enough water is also beneficial for cognitive performance and easing fatigue, tension and anxiety, according to the British Journal of Nutrition.
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6 Signs You’re Dealing With a Micromanipulator, a Therapist Says

Manipulation in a relationship can pop up in subtle ways. We asked a clinical psychology expert to share the specific ways you experience micromanipulation. While manipulation in a relationship can be obvious and, unfortunately, sometimes abusive, micromanipulation is a different story. It’s subtle and not-so-easy to spot, and can come in the form of passive-aggressive comments or questions that make you rethink your thoughts or values.
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Are You Being ‘Micromanipulated’? Therapists on How to Spot This in Your Relationship

Clinical psychology professionals explain how even subtle, indirect comments and actions can have damaging effects—even if they seem insignificant in the moment. It’s safe to say almost everyone has experienced emotional manipulation in an interpersonal relationship to at least some degree, at some point. But it can be hard to identify when you’re being manipulated—because for the other person in the relationship, being underhanded with their motives is kind of the point. So what is manipulation, and what drives it for the manipulator? In 1972, psychiatrist Ben Bursten, MD, published what would become a widely cited article in the journal the Archives of General Psychiatry in which he defined manipulation in the clinical sense as “based on … a need to put something over on” another person.

Have Acne, Eczema or Psoriasis? Know This About Your Monkeypox Risk, and a Doctor’s Prevention Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported August 9 that there were 9,492 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the U.S. Following President Biden’s August 4 declaration of a U.S. public health emergency, more Americans are growing concerned about their risk—and what could happen if they catch the virus. For the approximately 31 million people around the country diagnosed with eczema and the nearly 8 million with psoriasis, some experts are working to raise awareness about particular issues related to monkeypox these individuals may want to keep an eye out for.

Eating More of This Can Improve Your Gut Health, Says New Science

Research from the American Gut Project found that eating this food can create a thriving and diverse gut microbiome. And, here's how much of it you need. If you love to dive into a colorful bowl of fruits and vegetables, you’ve got guts—or, should we say, a healthy gut! Research shows that eating more plants in your diet can actually benefit your gut health over time—especially if you’re eating a variety of fruits and veggies each week. According to a study published by the American Gut Project, which is led by researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, participants who ate more than 30 different types of plants in a week had a more diverse gut microbiome compared to those who ate 10 or fewer.

Ashton Kutcher’s Vasculitis: What Caused It, and Can It Be Cured? A Harvard Doctor’s Take

The news world buzzed Tuesday after Ashton Kutcher casually took to Twitter to announce that around 2019, he’d suffered from a health issue termed “vasculitis.” The American Vasculitis Association reports that nearly 230,000 Americans experience this condition. Kutcher said his particular case of vasculitis involved “impairments” with hearing, vision, and balance issues right after. “I fully recovered. All good. Moving on,” the 44-year-old actor-producer said in his tweet.

Here’s How Long You Need to Walk to Lower Your Blood Sugar, New Research Finds

If you’ve ever noticed a pattern of eaten something relatively heavy and high in carbohydrates…and then, noticed that your heart was pounding…then it’s very possible you’ve experienced the effects of high blood sugar, wherein the sugar level in your body actually thickens your blood and forces your heart to work harder to pump blood throughout your body. Keeping a balanced blood sugar level is important for everyone, even if you’re not diabetic—as approximately 40 million Americans are, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association.

Here’s What Neil Patrick Harris Ordered on His First Date with David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris plays a jilted lover in his new Netflix series, Uncoupled—but in real life, things on the family front are sweet. Harris and his husband David Burtka have just announced their partnership with HelloFresh, for which Burtka—an actor, professional chef and the author of Life Is a Party: Deliciously Doable Recipes to Make Every Day a Celebration—developed exclusive, mouth-watering recipes. (Think Roasted Chicken Leg with Brown Butter Asparagus and shrimp tacos with “super salsa.”)

Drinking This Beloved Juice Every Day Could Reduce Your Heart Disease Risk

Drinking orange juice daily can benefit your heart health thanks to this powerful antioxidant. Orange juice is heart-healthy thanks to antioxidants. If you’ve ever hesitated to enjoy orange juice in the morning because some health guru online is telling you to avoid “all the sugars”—unless you’ve gotten that same advice from your doctor—maybe don’t listen to them. Turns out, drinking 100% orange juice (as well as other 100% citrus juices) can actually benefit your health in more ways than you might have heard.

My Young Husband’s ‘Mental Illness’ Turned Out to Be Dementia

The Mayo Clinic explains frontotemporal dementia as a rare, rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease most commonly impacting people in their forties and fifties. Frontotemporal dementia—often called “FTD”—causes nerve cells in the brain to lose their ability to function over time. FTD currently affects 50,000 to 60,000 people in the U.S., and patients frequently develop symptoms such as behavioral changes, lapses in judgment, and diminished language skills—all of which tend to appear at a younger age compared to Alzheimer’s disease, says Lealani Mae Y. Acosta, MD, MPH, a board-certified behavioral neurologist and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Researchers aren’t sure what causes the disease, but some say there does seem to be a genetic component.

A Chief of Infectious Disease Just Cleared Up 6 Confusing Monkeypox Questions

From the most likely monkeypox symptoms to details on the vaccine, a physician leader in epidemiology answers the monkeypox questions that are quickly growing more common. On August 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 6,617 confirmed cases of monkeypox/orthopoxvirus across all U.S. states except Montana and Wyoming. Also this week, leaders in California, Illinois, and New York have declared states of emergency for monkeypox outbreaks in their states, which Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he was doing in an effort “to ensure smooth coordination between state agencies and all levels of government, thereby increasing our ability to prevent and treat the disease quickly.”

Here’s What Made Jessica Alba Decide Life ‘Can’t Revolve Around Career and Work’

Jessica Alba embraced “wellness” as a concept long before the Covid-19 pandemic inspired many of us to examine our routines and carve out more space in our lives for self-care. In fact, it’s been a decade since Alba launched her clean health brand, The Honest Company, to provide families with a line of toxin-free products (which today is valued at over half a billion dollars).

These Gentle Exercises May Be the Key to a Longer Life, Say Experts

The idea of “healthy aging” might remind you to track your cholesterol and mind your heart health, or making sure you’re staying physically active. But, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that falls are the leading cause of injury and death from injury in Americans over 65, there’s a type of exercise some trainers say we should all be doing now.

The Best Juice to Sip on To Reduce Inflammation, Says Dietitian

This unexpected juice is highly recommended for sports recovery and reducing inflammation in the body. Even though some juices on the market are loaded with added sugars and may not be completely good for your health, other juices can actually benefit your health in numerous ways. For instance, although it may not be a popular choice, tart cherry juice is known to reduce inflammation in the body and aiding with muscle recovery after a workout.