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What people with high blood pressure need to know about COVID-19

Many people have concerns about staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with a chronic condition such as high blood pressure—a reading above 130/80—may face an increased risk for severe complications if they get the virus. With nearly half of Americans dealing with high blood pressure, the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization

Fake Twitter accounts politicized discourse about vaccines

Activity from phony Twitter accounts established by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) between 2015 and 2017 may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ position on the nature and efficacy of vaccines, a health care topic which has not historically fallen along party lines, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Everything You Need to Know About Taco Bell's New 'Veggie Mode'

Taco Bell is known for releasing some pretty wild items, like a Buffalo Chicken Nacho Fries Burrito. But the company’s newest innovation, called “Veggie Mode,” helps you order vegetarian food more easily. Once activated on the restaurant’s self-service kiosk, you’ll see only American Vegetarian Association-certified menu items. So what’s that? Basically, this designation indicates that

Why You Should Be Skeptical About a 'Healthier' Panda Express

Panda Express, an American-Chinese fast food restaurant chain with locations across the U.S. and around the world, has vowed to improve the nutrition of their food. This effort, dubbed the “Panda Promise” (which may or may not be the subtitle of the next Kung Fu Panda movie), aims to achieve several broad goals. To help

What the brain really thinks about forever chemicals

The human-made chemicals that make our kitchen pans stick-free, our athletic wear water-repellent and firefighting chemicals more efficient do their jobs incredibly well, but it’s at the expense of lingering in the body and environment for what is believed to be forever. These forever chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, more commonly known as PFOS

The truth about forever roses

Everyone loves flowers. But there are those of us that hate buying flowers for Valentine’s Day or simply to dress up our homes — not because they aren’t beautiful, but because they don’t last very long, and to be honest, we feel terrible about paying for something that goes from gorgeous to grungy in just

What everyone should know about cleft lip

After discussing actor Joaquin Phoenix’s appearance on her talk show earlier this month, Wendy Williams received near universal condemnation for mocking those affected with cleft lip—a common birth defect in which the upper lip does not form completely while still an embryo. To her credit, Williams was quick to apologize. Note that it is also

The truth about the Squatty Potty

It has a fanbase that includes celebrity A-listers like Jimmy Kimmel, Sally Field, Howard Stern — and Bryan Cranston, who gifted his wife with one and said, “Elimination is love” (via The Guardian). It has more than 7,300 5-star user ratings on Amazon. It even has its own mascot — a unicorn named Dookie whose YouTube