There might be dangerous chemicals in your tap water — here’s how to stay safe

Remember the movie "Erin Brockovich"? Of course, you do. But unless you've rewatched it recently, you may not remember that Brockovich—in real life, and in the movie—was fighting a company suspected of polluting a small California town's drinking water with a cancer-causing contaminant called chromium-6 (aka, hexavalent chromium). Fast-forward 20 years, and it may shock you to learn that chromium-6 is still a threat to 218 million Americans, including residents of every state. That's just one Read more [...]

Amazon’s new smart goggles might make sense, if Alexa is everywhere

I’m not a fan of smart goggles, the awkward device Google tried to pawn off on us a few years ago for a high price tag. Google Glass failed because it didn’t really offer that much functionality, and Google didn’t actually convince anyone it made sense to wear glasses. And yet news about Amazon making smart goggles caught my attention, because — while I never warmed up to the idea — I can see the benefit for anyone who already wears glasses anyway. This time around I could see myself Read more [...]

Pills prescribed for alcoholism might not work, study finds

There is no magic pill to cure alcoholism, according to a scientific review of the evidence of five drugs being prescribed by doctors. None of the five drugs has a body of reliable evidence behind it, say the scientists, even though one of the drugs, nalmefene, has been approved for use in the NHS by Nice, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Another, baclofen, has generated huge excitement, especially in France, but has been linked to deaths. The pills have been developed Read more [...]

Apple Watch might soon be able to detect heart problems

Makers of fitness trackers or any device with health-related sensors are often careful to remind their customers that these gadgets, advanced as they may be, shouldn’t be considered as conclusive medical data or replace professional opinion. Apple, however, might be going in a different direction and might soon advertise the Apple Watch as a potential medical aid. Sources close to the matter claim that Apple is working with Standford and telemedicine company American Well to determine if the wearable Read more [...]

20 places, things and experiences your Kiwi mates might show you if they weren’t so keen to keep them secret

John Corbett Escape WENTY amazing places in New Zealand that Kiwis like to keep for themselves. Mountains and fjords: tick. Geysers and mud pools: tick. Bungee jumping: tick. It’s easy to think you’ve been and done the Land of the Long White Cloud, but New Zealand is full of amazing things that tourists often miss. From the top to the bottom of the country, here are 20 places and things and experiences that really say “New Zealand” – and that your Kiwi mates might show Read more [...]

8 Times You Might Mistake Passion for Flakiness

Everyone has that one person on their friend list who just never seems to be around or makes plans then cancels on the day of. This person is inconsistent, all over the place, and always seems to have something going on in their life. You might call them (or people like me) a flake, but the reality is that you are missing the bigger picture. Passion is often mistaken for flakiness, especially in the following eight circumstances: 1. Dates This is something I often do (and I am sorry, honestly) Read more [...]

Why Your Next Trip Is More Important Than You Might Realize

We often talk about the benefits of travel — it’s an opportunity to explore the world, learn about other cultures, meet new people, spark creativity and much, much more. But there’s another, deeper side to the story. Travelers can often have a hugely positive impact on the places they visit, whether they realize it or not. In a recent study conducted by Hostelworld, nearly half of US citizens said they do not think they have an impact on the communities they visit. However, this Read more [...]

When Iodine Might Be Bad For Your Thyroid

Iodine is often suggested for people who suspect that they might have problems related to a low thyroid levels. As I’ve recently been (finally) diagnosed with an auto-immune thyroid condition, I’ve been researching this subject a lot lately. I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice, I’m just sharing personal information that was helpful to me…. It turns out, there are times when taking iodine can actually do more harm than good… Is Iodine Good or Bad for Thyroid? It Read more [...]

Mark Zuckerberg might be the most dangerous presidential candidate who isn’t yet

© AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook reports… Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. If I’m honest, the main reason I can hardly bear to look at Facebook isn’t its well-documented negative effect on mental Read more [...]

Eating this one food might be the trick to losing weight

Could eating more walnuts be the trick to curbing cravings and losing weight?  (iStock) Food cravings can be a total B, especially if you’re trying your best to avoid temptation. But while distracting yourself when cravings strike can help, new research has found that simply eating a few walnuts—yup, walnuts—can help you squelch the urge to eat something unhealthy. That’s the takeaway from a new double-blind study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. For Read more [...]