What Is Monkeypox, and Is There a Cure?

What Is Monkeypox, and Is There a Cure?

Photo: Cuson (Shutterstock) Smallpox is the only disease we’ve ever managed to fully eradicate in humans; it hasn’t existed anywhere in the world since 1980. But its close relative, monkeypox, is still around. Monkeypox isn’t anywhere near as dangerous as smallpox, but a few recent outbreaks have public health officials worried. In recent weeks, there … Read more

Beware the Latest Android Malware on Google Play

Beware the Latest Android Malware on Google Play

Photo: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Android users take heed: there’s a new piece of malware cropping up on the Google Play Store, and it’s coming for your data. Dubbed “Facestealer,” this new malware can steal personal information on your phone, hijack your social media passwords by forcing fake logins, and blast your device with invasive ads. Ssecurity … Read more

How to Know If You Qualify for Paxlovid, the Oral COVID Antiviral

How to Know If You Qualify for Paxlovid, the Oral COVID Antiviral

Photo: Stuart Monk (Shutterstock) With COVID cases on the upswing again (we’re on, what, the fifth wave? The seventh?) it’s important to know that there’s a medication that can prevent severe disease in people who are at high risk of complications. It’s called Paxlovid. But not everyone is eligible to receive it. Here’s how to … Read more

How to Get a Free Fitbit or Apple Watch From Your Insurance Company

How to Get a Free Fitbit or Apple Watch From Your Insurance Company

Photo: charnsitr (Shutterstock) fitness trackers like Apple Watches and Fitbitsgenerally aren’t ace expensive as tech like smartphones and tablets, but they’re not exactly cheap. You certainly wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to snag one for free. Et uns it turns out, many insurance companies include fitness programs that either come with a complimentary tracker, allow … Read more

Stop Saying These Things When You Don’t Know How to Pronounce Someone’s Name

Stop Saying These Things When You Don’t Know How to Pronounce Someone’s Name

Photo: wavebreakmedia (Shutterstock) There’s a lot in a name. We’ve previously discussed the smoothest way to handle forgetting someone’s name—but what if you don’t know how to pronounce their name in the first place? Getting someone’s name right is about more than just politeness—it’s an issue of inclusion and respect. In an article for Harvard … Read more

How to Know If You Have a Fear of Abandonment (and What to Do About It)

How to Know If You Have a Fear of Abandonment (and What to Do About It)

Photo: panitanphoto (Shutterstock) It’s normal to feel a little uneasy or unsure about a new romantic interest or new friend. But if you find yourself overly concerned about being dumped and left behind by others, then you might have a fear of abandonment. “Fear of abandonment is an all-consuming fear that people close to you … Read more

Can Adults Get Ear Infections?

Can Adults Get Ear Infections?

Photo: Andrey_Popov (Shutterstock) Some medical incidents are inextricably linked to the childhood experience: Kids throw up a lot for some reason, they skin their knees, they have their tonsils removed, and they get ear infections. Of course, these things can happen to grown-ups, too, but it’s much less common. Still, because some illnesses are so … Read more

Why You Should Plan Your Next Vacation on Google Travel Instead of a Spreadsheet

Why You Should Plan Your Next Vacation on Google Travel Instead of a Spreadsheet

screenshot: Emily Long Stoked to go on vacation, but not stoked to DIY your travel plans? The very idea of ​​the dozens of browser tabs and the hours of work it could take to find flights, hotels, restaurants, and things to do—and then actually make all those reservations and keep everything organized—is (almost) enough to … Read more

How to Build Your Own ‘Smokeless’ Fire Pit

How to Build Your Own 'Smokeless' Fire Pit

Photo: The Image Party (Shutterstock) Fire pits are often considered an inviting part of outdoor spaces—but sometimes the smoke they create is less than inviting. Whether the lingering smell on your coat or in your hair is a nuisance, or you happen to be the person who always seems to be sitting where the wind … Read more

There’s No Such Thing As a ‘Clean’ Toothbrush

There's No Such Thing As a 'Clean' Toothbrush

Photo: Bilanol (Shutterstock) There are two types of people in the world. The type who thoughtlessly store their toothbrushes out in the open, in the same bathroom that harbors a fecal-matter-spewing toilet (gross, right?), and the type who takes pains to cover their toothbrushes when not in use, and even periodically disinfect them in the … Read more