Pouring a Bucket of Ice Water Over Your Head Won't Cure ALS

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping my Facebook news feed and has gone as far as to be featured the Today Show, so it can now officially be classified as having gone viral. Celebrities like Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, golfer Michelle Wei and even the Elle.com digital team have participated in pouring buckets of… » 8/07/14 5:00pm 8/07/14 5:00pm

The Paranoid Hypochondriac's Guide to the Ebola Outbreak

The worst ebola outbreak in history is currently ravaging West Africa, and it might be coming to the U.S. Okay, it's probably not. But it might be. But it's probably not. But oh god what if it is?!? What do we do? This is not the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; this is real life, ok? But those screenwriters… » 8/04/14 11:20am 8/04/14 11:20am

Here's Why It Matters that the Senate Grilled Dr. Oz Over Diet Scams

Senator Claire McCaskill, chair of the Senate's Consumer Protection panel, is NOT JAZZED ABOUT DR. OZ. In fact, she spent half of Tuesday grilling him on why he keeps going on television and telling people that if they just eat enough $45 magic beans they'll wake up with a thigh gap like a soccer goal (and then:… » 6/19/14 5:20pm 6/19/14 5:20pm

Everyday Conditions That Send You Down a Google K-hole

One minute you're just browsing — browsing! — a natural remedies forum, and the next you're in line at Whole Foods buying baking soda, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, Arrowroot tea, and some borage oil to treat a dry patch on your elbow. You have fallen down a Google natural remedy K-hole, and you are convinced you are… » 5/19/14 6:00pm 5/19/14 6:00pm

Why There's So Much Confusion Over Health and Nutrition

If you believed the internet, you'd think there's huge debate over whether eggs, coffee, or salt are good or bad for you. In reality, there's significant agreement on diet and health issues among experts, but the general public is conflicted. So why are we so confused when experts agree? Let's clear the air. » 5/07/14 2:59pm 5/07/14 2:59pm