The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On A Theory We Know Is Wrong

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. But these drugs are designed based on a theory that's already been roundly disproven: the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression. Why haven't our drugs kept up with the science of depression? » 4/01/15 7:41pm Yesterday 7:41pm

The Science of Why Chicken Goes Bad So Quickly

Food-borne bacteria are the primary cause of spoilage and food poisonings. Thriving in moist, low-acid environments where lots of protein is present, pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli live with the bird during its life and stay with its meat after slaughter; likewise, other bacteria, such a … » 3/31/15 5:15am Tuesday 5:15am

What Marijuana Actually Does to Your Brain and Body

Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Whatever you call it, it's the most popular illegal drug in the world, gaining support for legalization for both medicinal and recreational purposes. But what does marijuana actually do to us? Let's take a look at this fascinating drug, its health effects, and potential concerns about using it.
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Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 1:15pm 3/25/15 1:15pm

Nootropics and the Human Lab Rats of Reddit

Eric Matzner tells me he takes 30 to 40 pills a day. He is 27 and perfectly healthy. Thanks to the pills, he says he hasn't had a cold in years. More importantly, the regimen is supposed to optimize the hell out of his brain, smoothing right over the ravages of aging, sleep deprivation, and hangovers. » 3/24/15 11:00am 3/24/15 11:00am

Can an On-Demand IV Really Cure a Hangover?

Last night, I drank a lot of tequila. It was very good tequila! But it was a lot, probably an irresponsible amount for a school night. I slept poorly, and when I woke up, my brain felt like an egg yolk getting swirled around in a bowl, ready to break. I needed a cure. » 3/20/15 4:35pm 3/20/15 4:35pm

Americans -- Why Is Your Insulin So Expensive?

Insulin has saved countless lives since its discovery in 1921. But nearly a century later, there is somehow still no cheap, generic version of insulin available in the U.S—making the "wonder drug" too expensive for many patients. Why?
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Knuckle Cracking is Probably Not Dangerous, Just Annoying

Is cracking your knuckles dangerous? Is it really going to give you arthritis, or, like the rumor that gum will sit in your stomach for seven years, is this just another thing your mom made up to straighten out your bad habits? » 3/15/15 7:00pm 3/15/15 7:00pm

Most Popular Lip Balm: Burt's Bees

After a record number of comments, nominations, recommendations, and votes, Burt's Bees is your choice for best lip balm by a wide margin. » 3/13/15 3:22pm 3/13/15 3:22pm

Measles Could Cause More Deaths Than Ebola In West Africa

West Africa's Ebola outbreak could be stanched by mid-year – but in the epidemic's wake, another public health crisis looms. Disruption of the region's already feeble health care systems has derailed health campaigns targeting childhood diseases, leaving the door wide open for measles and other preventable illnesses. » 3/12/15 9:30pm 3/12/15 9:30pm

Many People Hear Voices -- and It Isn't Always a Sign of Illness

Have you ever had a voice in your head that didn't feel like your own? Or heard a voice speaking out loud that you know wasn't really there? Psychologists used to say these were signs of mental illness. But now it turns out that they aren't that unusual — and even people who hear a lot of voices have a wide range of… » 3/11/15 4:30pm 3/11/15 4:30pm

Seven Best Lip Balms

Our lip balm nominations round was poppin', breaking records for number of comments on one of our posts, number of product nominations, number of recommendations for nominees, and more. Here are the top seven, apply and vote. » 3/11/15 3:17pm 3/11/15 3:17pm

Huge Meta-Study Finds Homeopathy Ineffective in Health Treatment

An analysis of over 225 medical studies and 1,800 scientific papers has found that homeopathy is ineffective as a health treatment. Its authors urge that "people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments." » 3/11/15 7:45am 3/11/15 7:45am

How Apple's ResearchKit Could Actually Help Improve Health Care

Our sister site Lifehacker does a deep dive into how Apple's new ResearchKit project—leveraging user data for medical research—will help the broken health care system. Despite the security concerns. Read on: » 3/10/15 1:11pm 3/10/15 1:11pm

What's the Best Lip Balm?

Your lips have barely survived the dryness of never-ending winter, and after a week of blazer weather they'll be subjected to the disgusting heat of summer once again. You need lip balm, but which one? Tell us in the comments. » 3/09/15 3:16pm 3/09/15 3:16pm

How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

Each state determines its own workers' compensation benefits, which means workers in neighboring states can end up with dramatically different compensation for identical injuries. » 3/05/15 6:37am 3/05/15 6:37am

How Does the FDA Regulate Mobile Medical Apps?

Last month, the FDA released new guidance regarding the regulation of mobile medical apps, to replace its earlier version from 2011. Since that time, the amount of health and medical apps on the market has exploded, with the release of Apple's Health app with iOS 8 cementing mobile health as 'a thing'. Needless to… » 3/04/15 5:50am 3/04/15 5:50am

UPDATED: Holy Shit, This Weight Loss Supplement Has Prozac In It

The FDA just issued a warning not to use the weight-loss supplement Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic — because it contains fluoxetine, also known as Prozac. Not a drug humans should be taking unaware, and one that can cause serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and seizures. » 2/28/15 9:20pm 2/28/15 9:20pm

​The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Need

Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They're powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented. » 2/25/15 10:35pm 2/25/15 10:35pm