What's Freaking Me Out

Your Brain

5 Things That Could Help Your Brain Work Better

The brain isn’t literally a muscle, but its function can be positively and negatively affected by the behaviors we engage in every day.
Grant Stoddard
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A Stranger Diagnosed Me With Misaligned Eyes

I’ve had foggy vision, headaches, and jaw pain for years but it never occurred to me that it was because of my eyes. So I asked some experts.
Tracey Duncan

This Is Why Some People Pee Way More Often Than Others

Everything affects your bladder—what you eat, what you drink, stress levels—even the weather.
Kate Willsky

Penises Shrink With Age

And other dick size data you may or may not want to know.
Grant Stoddard
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These Common Meds Could Make You More Likely to Get Sunburned

I kept wondering what had changed to cause me to burn so badly.
Glynis Ratcliffe
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This Is Why Some People Faint When They See Blood

Vasovagal syncope is basically a misguided effort by the vagus nerve: In trying to make you chill out, it overshoots and instead makes you pass out.
Kate Willsky
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These Are the Chemicals That Should Not Be in Your Hair Products

Is 'sulfate-free' a good thing? What's up with parabens? What are the ingredients we should be avoiding completely?
Melissa Pandika
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San Fransisco's Homeless Crisis Is Now a Poop Crisis

The city is overrun with people who have nowhere to relieve themselves—and that's a problem for any resident, whether they have a home or not.
Matthew Terrell
Asking for a friend

How Gross Is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

The final word on whether dragging in all that bacteria on your shoes will actually make you sick.
Elizabeth Brown
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When the Rare Birth Control Pill Side Effect Happens to You

Stomach pain and asthma are occasionally linked to hormonal contraception.
Natasha Preskey
mental health

This Is How to Calm Down if You’re Freaking Out on a Turbulent Flight

Five tips from a psychologist.
Rajul Punjabi
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I Have an Irrational Fear of Vomit

Hearing or seeing someone throw up causes me to reflexively clamp my hands over my ears, squeeze my eyes shut, and make the quickest escape possible.
Risa Kerslake