World Cup Infographic: The Most Common Soccer Injuries

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It's Copa Mundial time again! That means lots of celebrations as well as lots of injuries. The World Cup is the most popular sporting event in, well, the entire world. The accompanying injuries, however, are not quite as popular. The following infographic outlines the most common soccer injuries sustained on the field, as well as how to ... Read More...

Your favorite apps and wearables revealed

Vitals Health Hack Fitbit Contest Winner

In preparation for our panel on digital health at Internet Week, we ran a contest to give away a free fitbit! Vitals followers submitted their favorite #HealthHacks on Facebook, and we published about 13 of our own (you can find them at the end of this article). From analog to digital, you told us your favorite health tricks and devices. Then we ... Read More...

What Health Apps Do Vitals Employees Use?

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  In 2012, we asked our employees what their favorite health-related apps were. With 2014 being dubbed The Year of the Wearable, more and more people are using health apps which pair with devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone. According to one study, 46 million people used fitness apps in January alone. It makes sense, then, that more of ... Read More...

Last minute medical tax deductions

medical tax deductions

When considering your tax deductions, most people think about the same things: business lunches, travel expenses, office equipment. Did you know that you may also be able to deduct health care expenses? According to the IRS website, starting on January 1st 2013, you were able to deduct any amount of medical expenses that exceed 10% of your ... Read More...

What’s the right way to weigh yourself?

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Oh, that anxiety-ridden moment when the nurse asks you to step up on the scale. Perhaps this upsets me so much because (unlike my home scale) I know the doctor’s office scale is going to be accurate. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to take your shoes off. For some people, weighing themselves is a big motivating factor for losing ... Read More...

Symptom Checkers. Do they work?

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It’s 2 am. You wake up with a headache and a burning sensation in your chest. It could be a stroke, or maybe lung cancer, or Ebola. You stumble from bed to the computer and look up your symptoms. What you ascertain is this: you are certainly dying and you are dying today. It’s the big one. Here I come, Elizabeth! After a few minutes of ... Read More...

Should I see an allergist?

should i see an allergist

Allergy symptoms can often be controlled fairly easily with over-the-counter medications. Sometimes, the underlying symptoms can be controlled through diet or vitamins. Vitamin C helps many people, as does acupuncture and other holistic means. Allergies can also be treated on the offensive, such as by avoiding the substance that causes the ... Read More...

8 Vegetarian Staples (Even For Non-Vegetarians)

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National Vegetarian Month may have ended on November 1st, but it’s still as good a time as any to experiment with meatless meals. Going meatless just one day each week can help to lower fat and cholesterol intake, and it will certainly have an immediate effect on your wallet. You don’t have to identify as a vegetarian to institute a ... Read More...

Natural Acne Remedies

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Dealing with acne can be a lot like dealing with allergies—and not just because some acne is  caused by allergies. Like allergies, you can use all the medication in the world to cover and mask your symptoms. But unless you know the underlying cause of your pimples, the results are going to be, well... spotty at best. Often, it's helpful to ... Read More...

Coffee: Is It Good Or Bad For You?

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Every morning I wake up and mumble one single word: “Coffee?” It's my sole addiction, in that my day simply doesn't start without it. Whether or not it’s “good” for me, coffee has some positive results. That is, it gets me up and out of bed in the morning. More than one cup, however, and that's when the trouble starts. A study ... Read More...