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Before Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop: 19th century’s Madame Yale and her ‘Religion of Beauty’

On an April afternoon in 1897, thousands of women packed the Boston Theatre to see the nation’s most beguiling female entrepreneur, ...
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Exercise Rx: Physical activity is ‘personal regenerative medicine’ and ‘acts like pharmaceutical drugs’

As researchers learn more about how exercise fights chronic ills like heart disease and diabetes, doctors may soon be able ...
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Why are Americans obsessed with unproven CBD supplements?

CBD belongs to a class of chemicals called cannabinoids, dozens of which have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants, ...
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Can you hack your sleep cycle for a better night’s rest?

Sleep has become the latest frontier in the life-hackers’ battle for self-improvement. But how easy is to to rewire how you ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Natural’ is a feel-good label that can deceive us about the safety of medicine, beauty products and food

People believe that a host of items including foods, medicines, beauty products, cigarettes, lighting, and even causes of injuries are ...
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Testosterone levels can predict and treat diseases. But how do you determine your ‘right level’?

Establishing a universal "normal" range for testosterone depends on factors such as age, location and wealth ...
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Viewpoint: Wellness industry obsession with ‘thin’ preserves ‘vicious fallacy’ and hurts women’s health

[Wellness is] a dangerous con that seduces smart women with pseudoscientific claims of increasing energy, reducing inflammation, lowering the risk ...
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Gluten free diets are all the rage—here’s why that could be a bad thing

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, even though only a tiny fraction of us are susceptible to celiac-linked reactions. But ...
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How dreams may help us declutter our brains and solve problems

Do you remember your dreams from last night? In how much detail? Were they related to anything you experienced during ...