We've been through a lot this year, from politics wearing on our mental health to wellness purveyors trying to sell us stuff we don't need. Here are some of our best health how-tos, explainers, and mythbusters of 2017.
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If you were to look in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, the chances are you’d find some unused medicine. Maybe you recovered from surgery more quickly than you expected, and didn’t take all the strong painkillers your doctor prescribed. Or perhaps you took a medicine so long ago that it’s expired, the cardboard packaging is disintegrating, and you can’t be certain what it was for in the first place. What now?
It's women who get pap smears on the regular, and girls who are more likely to be up-to-date on their human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines -- but a new study confirms that the virus puts men at risk, too. Men were six times more likely than women to have a high-risk type of HPV in their mouth or throat, where it can cause oropharyngeal cancer.
You've seen the labels on your antibiotic prescriptions: "FINISH ALL THIS MEDICATION unless otherwise directed by prescriber." It's been dogma for years, but this rule might not actually be the best way to prevent antibiotic resistance. But don't throw out your half-used bottle of penicillin just yet.
Cancer is the worst. And, maybe thanks to Movember and pink consumer goods, we're all extremely aware. Too aware. Because we've gotten it drilled into our heads to always get tested, patients are ignoring the risks of unnecessary cancer screenings, says the New York Times. Low-risk patients often get false positives, leading to dangerous and wasteful misapplications of radiation and chemotherapy.
Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she's built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle -- travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs -- but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.
Who doesn't love logging on to the good old 'net on a Saturday morning to the headline "Coconut oil 'as unhealthy as beef fat and butter'"? It has everything. "Ah," you might think, "my favourite health product is as bad as butter!" Or you might even say to yourself, "Those coconut oil-huffing liberals are really getting what's coming to them!"
The drugs used in lethal injections were not designed to kill people, and they are on the market today because of their use in medicine. Pharma companies don't allow them to be used for executions, but Arkansas got their hands on some anyway. Here's what the three drugs in the US state's lethal injection cocktail actually do.
Experts say it's not a matter of if, but when a global scale pandemic will wipe out millions of people. And we are grossly unprepared for the next major outbreak. But in the event of a devastating pandemic -- whether it be triggered by a mutated strain of an existing virus or a bioengineered terror weapon -- there are some practical things you can do, both before and during the outbreak, to increase your odds of survival.