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Even at our cleanest, we are covered in germs and we are full of germs. It's ok! That's totally normal. These microorganisms are essential to our health. You probably don't need to mess with them, but if you'd like to try, the terms to know are prebiotics and probiotics.

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Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, is developing a reputation as a trendy cure-all. But science knows very little about what it does in the human body, so much about the workings of this drug - including whether it works at all - is something of a mystery.

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Many of us have done a little bit of Pilates at some point; Pilates-style moves are found in plenty of workouts that incorporate yoga or bodyweight exercises. But it's another thing to step into an actual Pilates studio and find yourself face-to-face with the famous reformer.

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You shouldn't give your dog your leftover chicken bones because they can break into splinters. You shouldn't give them large raw bones because they can be full of germs (and if they weren't at first, they will be once your dog has dragged them all over the yard). Now, more bad news: The FDA says store-bought dog bone treats are dangerous, too.

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It would be terrifying if baby wipes caused food allergies, right? Good thing we have zero evidence of that (phew). A recent study was reported as if this is the answer to why everybody's allergic to peanuts, but guess what? The study didn't prove that. And it didn't involve baby wipes. It didn't even involve (human) babies.

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Video: It's a modern paradox that we only get the freedom of flying through the air when we are squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder with other humans for the duration. But you probably have a little wiggle room in that seat, and doing some exercises can help relieve that cramped feeling.

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If you use a wheelchair, or other kinds of mobility aids or medical equipment, you might find people staring at your gear instead of looking at you. Elsie Tellier has two fantastic videos about how to dress up yourself and your gear, whether it's to reorient people's eyes or just to have fun.

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LDL used to be the "bad cholesterol" and HDL the "good cholesterol." That's the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but the science has evolved since then. High HDL is no longer automatically good, for example. Let's take a look at what your cholesterol numbers really mean.

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Dear readers, I'm sorry. When I asked Lifehacker staffers what's been missing from our fitness challenges, the resounding answer was that we all need to spend a month working on our plank game.

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Sweaty clothes stink, but sweaty workout clothes stink worst of all. Like those synthetic-fibre leggings, those sweat-wicking socks, those "technical" tees? Phew. These fabrics are especially prone to harbouring the smelliest bacteria.