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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?

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Dear Lifehacker, In the past, I've assumed most doctors are charlatans, and only visited them in matter of dire emergency (needing a sick note for work, week-long flu, etc.). I am now reaching a point in my life where my body and mind are getting older and I am reconsidering past decisions.

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Every now and again, Lifehacker asks a medical professional the health questions that you wish an expert would answer but you can't quite bring yourself to ask. Today, we're helping out a reader who has a very personal and intimate butt question.

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Every now and again, Lifehacker asks a medical professional to explain the weird things that our bodies do. Or could do. Or might do

In this way, your thirst for weird bodily function knowledge is sated - without besmirching your search history. Let's get started.

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Do epidurals prolong labour? Read the recent headlines and you'd think we finally answered that question once and for all - with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you're pushing out the baby.

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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.

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It's breast cancer awareness month, but I think we're already aware that breast cancer exists and that mammograms can detect it. So as long as we're surrounded in pink, let's take a look at some important facts that actually need a little more awareness:

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Instagram's not just for checking up on your ex or indulging your love of small, strange dogs. The visually driven social media network is also a way of browsing services: hairdressers, tattoo artists, and -- it's a bit of a leap but it also makes sense -- plastic surgeons.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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Echinacea is not a homeopathic remedy. Neither are essential oils, neti pots or visits to the chiropractor. If you have a vague sense that homeopathy is outside the mainstream and that I'm about to pooh-pooh it, you're right, but the weirdness goes farther than most people realise.

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Obviously, if you break your leg, you're going to head straight to the nearest emergency room. But it's harder to know what to do when you've rolled your ankle, or have a nagging pain in your knee. Will you be fine with rest and ice, or do you need to get it checked out?

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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.

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Video: Sexually transmitted diseases aren't rare -- half of us will have one at some point in our lives. It's important to tell your partner if you find out you have one, and this video from Planned Parenthood shows you how.

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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.