Health Now

WebMD senior health editor Carrie Gann discusses the latest news and trends, interviews leading experts, and shares simple live-better tips.

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    Thu, 17 Jan 2019

    Meet Our Health Heroes, The Truth About At-Home DNA Tests, Do You Need a Skincare Reboot?

    Hear how Kathy Bates, Rufus Wainwright, and other WebMD Health Heroes are making a difference in health and wellness in 2019. Then, are you thinking of mailing in your DNA to learn more about your health and ancestry? Listen to these facts first. And, dermatologist Dr. Laurel Geraghty tells us why January is a great time to think about some changes to your skincare routine.
    Learn about the incredible work of all of WebMD's Health Heroes.

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    Thu, 03 Jan 2019

    Weight Loss Myths Busted, Habit Hacks, Should You Try Dry January?

    Did you set a goal to lose weight in the new year? WebMD's Chief Medical Editor, Michael Smith, tells us the truth about common weight loss myths. Then James Clear, author of the best-selling book Atomic Habits, shares the four things that you should do to make a new habit stick. Plus, check out our list of the biggest workout mistakes. And are you ready to quit alcohol for Dry January?

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    Thu, 20 Dec 2018

    What to Do If You're Worried About a Loved One's Mental Health; Dirtiest Places When You Travel; Guilt-Free Desserts.

    Concerned that a loved one may be struggling with a mental health problem? Seth Gillihan, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, shares his advice about when to speak up and what to say. And if you’re heading out of town for the holidays, you’ll want to know about the germiest spots in airports, hotels, and other places when you travel.  Plus, get ideas for healthier desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth.   

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    Thu, 06 Dec 2018

    When ERs Break the Law, The Truth About Melatonin, Holiday Health Hazards

    We delve deeper into a WebMD special report on how emergency rooms across the country are breaking the law - often without knowing it - when they refuse to treat patients. Medical Editor Dr. Neha Pathak tells us the truth about melatonin. Is this natural sleep aid all it's made out to be? Plus, tips to keep your kids safe this season and how to tell when it's time to ditch an outdated holiday tradition.

    Read our special report: Deprived of Care: When ERs Break the Law

    Fall asleep faster: 10 Tips to Beat Insomnia

    Learn how to buy supplements: Vitamins and Supplements: How to Choose Wisely


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    Thu, 22 Nov 2018

    Is Fish Oil Worth It?; The Truth About Holiday Foods and Your Weight

    Confused about the latest studies on fish oil and heart health? WebMD's Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Michael Smith, breaks down what you need to know. Then, we do a gut check on holiday food calories – and how to enjoy them while maintaining your weight. Plus, how long is too long to leave those leftovers on the counter? 

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    Thu, 08 Nov 2018

    Anxiety: What's Normal, What's Too Much, and How to Make It Work for You

    A little anxiety can be helpful. After all, it's good to be aware of the world around you. But how much is too much? And how do you tell if anxiety is getting the better of you -- or a loved one? Seth Gillihan, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has the answers. We also hear from Alicia Clark, a psychologist in Washington, D.C., who says anxiety can be a powerful tool for everyday life. Plus, we'll give you real-time tips to help a friend who's having a panic attack.

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    Thu, 25 Oct 2018

    What We Know About "Polio-Like" Illness; Why Do We Love a Good Scare?

     We have the latest on the CDC's investigation into the mysterious "polio-like" illness that's spreading across the U.S. Also, what you can do to help prevent Alzheimer's -- starting today. Plus, why do we love scary movies, haunted houses, and things that go bump in the night? Finally, how to make your favorite fall foods a little healthier.

    Check out our slideshow: 13 Things That Scare Us

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    Thu, 27 Sep 2018

    Electric Scooters: Are They Safe? No, the Flu Shot Won't Give You the Flu!

    Electric scooters have literally popped up overnight in many cities across the U.S. Leigh Vinocur, MD, an emergency physician in Baltimore, talks about the safety risks that come with this zippy new mode of travel. Flu season starts up soon. We’ll tell you everything you want to know about the shot, including why it can't give you the flu. Also, get the truth about aspirin and your health and learn how to shrug your way to better posture.

    Check out our slideshow to learn about other numbers that affect your health: Numbers That Matter as Much as Your Weight

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    Tue, 11 Sep 2018

    Is Coconut Oil "Pure Poison?"; Parenting Pro Tips From a Pediatrician

    STDs are more common than ever, with record-high rates. Our Chief Medical Editor, Dr. Michael Smith, tells us why it's happening and how to protect yourself. Also, is coconut oil healthy or not? Plus, get a pediatrician's tips to help your kids thrive now that they're back in school. 


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    Thu, 30 Aug 2018

    Can You Learn to Be More Resilient; Surprising Causes of Blood Sugar Swings

    Resilience can get you through tough times. Our Medical Editor Dr. Neha Pathak tells us what helps. Find out about surprising things that can spike your blood sugar. Take our quiz on what boosts your mood. Plus, learn why you might want to do a little babysitting, for your own health.

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    Thu, 23 Aug 2018

    What Happens When You Do Whole 30 for 21 Days?

    We challenged WebMD staffers to try the Whole 30 eating program for 21 days. Our Chief Medical Editor Dr. Michael Smith talks with two participants about their experiences. Editor Stephanie Snipes provides a cook’s perspective and shares how changing her diet helped ease some aches and pains. Editor Maira Olivera discusses how Whole 30 helped lower her blood pressure, and offers tips on how to stick to a plan when you’re eating out. Plus, find out how a new recipe can help you avoid takeout temptation.

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    Thu, 16 Aug 2018

    The Very Real Grief of Miscarriage; Is Your Smartphone Hurting Your Health?

    Psychologist Dr. Susan J. O'Grady on how to process the grief that comes with miscarriage, and what not to say to someone who has been touched by it; Dr. Neha Pathak explains why you might want to dial back your smartphone use; plus the connection between distracted eating and your weight. 

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    Thu, 09 Aug 2018

    Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Diet; Are You Drinking Too Much?

    Wendy and Jess, hosts of the the Food Heaven podcast, share their must-have kitchen gadgets, meal-prep tips, and eat-healthy advice; WebMD news editor Valarie Basheda discusses a concerning trend -- more women are drinking too much; plus, how you can benefit from some "good" stress.

    Alcohol Consumption On the Rise Among Women

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    Thu, 02 Aug 2018

    Healthy (But Fun) Lunchbox Ideas; Sanity-Saving Back-to-School Tips

    Beau Coffron, better known as Lunchbox Dad, shares ideas to up your lunch game; WebMD medical editor Dr. Neha Pathak on strategies to stay sane during the back-to-school hustle; plus, tips to get your kids talking.

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    Thu, 26 Jul 2018

    What Happens When You Meditate for 21 Days

    We challenged WebMD staffers to try meditating for 21 days. Our chief medical editor Dr. Michael Smith talks with two participants about their experiences. Health editor Mark Spoor shares how meditation helped him curb anxiety and stress, and content strategy manager Anna Lanfreschi opens up about how meditation finally helped her get a good night's sleep. Plus, get tips on how to start meditating and how to avoid common pitfalls. 

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    Thu, 19 Jul 2018

    Warning Signs of Heat Stroke; 5 Summer Health Myths Busted

    Dr. Michael Smith on how to protect yourself from heat stroke; summer health myths that might surprise you; Dr. Neha Pathak on the importance of the age you feel; tips to keep your dog safe around water; and why you should consider putting your nose in book. 

    Take our quiz: Summer Health Myths

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    Thu, 12 Jul 2018

    15 Foods that Give You Energy; Do You Have Summer Depression?

    How to recognize and manage summer depression; WebMD editors Stephanie Snipes and Robert Allen on what to eat for an energy boost; Ronith Dunn on day-to-day life with multiple sclerosis (MS); and a simple trick to prevent overeating.

    Check out our slideshow: Best and Worst Foods for Energy

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    Thu, 05 Jul 2018

    5 Mistakes That Boost Blood Pressure Readings; How Safe is Supermarket Meat?

    Common mistakes that raise blood pressure readings; WebMD medical editor Dr. Neha Pathak on how to protect yourself from superbugs in supermarket meat; tips to keep your pets cool; how much do you know about how your brain works; and why you should take a break from tech.

    Take our quiz:

    How Your Brain Works

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    Thu, 28 Jun 2018

    How Exercise Can Fight Depression; Safety Tips and Skinny Cocktails for July 4th

    Fireworks safety tips; WebMD Chief Medical Director Michael Smith on how exercise can fight depression; top 5 low-cal cocktails; colon cancer screening news; and how to give your brain a boost.

    Read more:

    10 Skinny Cocktails

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    Thu, 21 Jun 2018

    Why Women Struggle to Get the Right Diagnosis; Signs You're Headed for Burnout

    Tips to eat healthy all summer; WebMD news director Valarie Basheda on why women's health care falls short; who really needs travel vaccines; are you too busy for your own good; and how making time to worry may help relieve anxiety.  

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    Why Women Struggle to Get the Right Diagnosis

    Take our quiz:

    How Does Busyness Affect Your Health?

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    Thu, 14 Jun 2018

    Dad's Day Edition: Raising Smart Kids; Surviving a Heart Attack; Get a PSA Test?

    Good news in men's health; dads who exercise may have smarter babies; who should get a PSA test; life after a heart attack; best health advice; and why you should talk your kid's ear off.

    Watch our video: Recovery After a Heart Attack

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    Wed, 06 Jun 2018

    What's Really in Your Beauty Products

    This week, early mammograms may mean less invasive breast cancer treatments; summer health hazards to avoid; guest Dr. Jessica Helm on how certain beauty products may affect your health; the perks of a midday snooze; and a surprising mood booster.

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    Thu, 31 May 2018

    The Truth About Vaping

    This week, certain foods may affect when menopause starts; the truth about vaping; how one woman moved past the guilt of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; and a simple tip to make exercise feel easier.

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    Thu, 24 May 2018

    Summer Health and Safety

    This week, in our summer safety special: What to know about Lyme disease; how to pick the perfect watermelon; sun protection tips; the truth about dry drowning; and how to get your day off to a great start.

    Discussed in this episode:

    Sunscreen Quiz


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    Thu, 17 May 2018

    Loneliness is as Dangerous as Smoking

    In this episode: sitting hurts your body and your brain; loneliness is being called a widespread public health problem; how one man lost 100 pounds; and tips to tap into your creative side.

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    Thu, 10 May 2018

    Good News in Women's Health, Micro-Me Time

    This week, in our special Mother's Day episode: Positive developments in women's health, modeling healthy habits for kids, share-worthy advice from moms, cutting yourself some slack, and a tip for busy women everywhere.

    Discussed this week: 

    Do These Four Things Now and Your Kids Will Thank You Later

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    Thu, 03 May 2018

    Promising New Migraine Drugs, Romaine Recall

    This week: New drugs offer hope for hard-to-treat migraine; expert answers to questions about the romaine recall; morning people may outlive night owls; how multitasking makes you less productive; and help for when you hit the afternoon slump.


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    Thu, 26 Apr 2018

    Overcoming Opioid Addiction, Social Media and Mental Health

    This week: Weight loss without counting carbs, calories, or fat; when pain relief morphs into addiction; social media and kids’ mental health; and how to feel like a winner.

    Discussed this week:

    Special Report: Pain and Opioids


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    Thu, 19 Apr 2018

    Coffee Controversy, Exercise in Middle Age

    This week: The controversy brewing over coffee and cancer; a little inspiration that might just motivate you to exercise; how some cleaning products may affect your health; and a habit that's good for you -- and for someone you care about.

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    Thu, 12 Apr 2018

    Cancer Vaccine, Living with Schizophrenia

    This week: Experts are hopeful that a vaccine may cure cancer; the link between salt in your diet and dementia; an inside look at what life is like with schizophrenia; how one woman lost 80 pounds -- and keeps it off; and how to refresh your morning routine.

    Discussed this week:

    Voices: Living with Schizophrenia

    Refresh Your Morning Routine

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    Thu, 05 Apr 2018

    The Keto Diet, Married With Bipolar Disorder

    This week: A new study says drinking alcohol is better than exercise for longevity; an expert's take on the keto diet; new hope for people with life-threatening peanut allergies; how one couple faces life with bipolar disorder; the truth about drinking bottled water; and how to set healthy habits you won't forget.

    Watch our video: Married With Bipolar Disorder

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    Wed, 28 Mar 2018

    Introducing: Health Now

    This weekly podcast from WebMD covers all things health: your body, your brain, and your wellbeing. Each week, host Carrie Gann will be joined by one of WebMD's staff doctors, as well as the occasional guest – to talk about the health topics that mean the most to you.
    Available on Thursdays, starting April 5th.