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When you head to the drugstore for health items, how do you know you’re buying the best product out there? Well, you could do a lot of research, or you could just check out “U.S. News & World Report’s” just-released list of the 2018 Top Recommended Health Products.

The list, made in conjunction with “Pharmacy Times,” was compiled based on recommendations of thousands of pharmacists for more than 1,100 over-the-counter brands, representing over 154 product categories. 

This year's top products include: 

  • Sunscreen: Neutrogena
  • Sun Burn Relief: Solarcaine
  • Headache: Advil
  • Antihistamines (Allergy): Claritin
  • Children's Allergy: Children's Zyrtec Allergy Syrup
  • Children's Pain Relief: Children's Tylenol
  • Cough Suppressant: Delsym
  • Acid Reducer: Prilosec OTC
  • First Aid, Adhesive Bandages: Band-Aid
  • First Aid, Topical Antibiotic: Neosporin
  • Toothpaste: Crest
  • Mouthwash/Rinse: Listerine
  • Immune Support: Emergen-C
  • Topical Cough Suppressant, Lozenge: Cepacol
  • Teething Products: Orajel Instant Relief
  • Acne Products: Differin Gel
  • Athlete's Foot/Antifungal Products: Lamisil
  • Dandruff Shampoo: Head & Shoulders

Click here for the complete list.

Source: U.S. News & World Report

There are certainly a lot of things that can cause stress in a relationship, but a new survey finds that the biggest stressor couples face is, no surprise, money.

A poll by AllyBank finds that 36% of folks married or in a serious relationship say money causes stress in their relationship, with that number going up to 44% for younger adults. The survey also notes that who are in a serious relationship seem to be a little more stressed out by money than those who are married (38% vs. 36%).

When it comes to the second-biggest stressor those who are married and those who are in a serious relationship don’t necessarily agree. Married couples say their health is their second biggest cause of stress (17%), while those in a serious relationship say it’s family (13%).

Meanwhile, when it comes to money, a big issue for couples is how to split the bills, and folks certainly handle that in different ways. Turns out, 40% of couples share all income and household expenses, while 25% split household bills and 20% keep all income and household expenses separate.

Source: Yahoo Finance

It’s no secret that gross germs are lurking everywhere, and according to a new study, when it comes to your dishtowels, things are particularly nasty. In fact, the study out of University of Mauritius finds that some kitchen towels can get so bad that they carried pathogens that could cause food poisoning.

The study looked at 100 kitchen towels that were used for a month, and found that 49% had bacterial growth, or more specifically 36.7% grew coliform bacteria, which could include E. coli; 36.7% grew Enterococcus; and 14.3% grew staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph that can lead to serious infections.

Not surprising, kitchen towels used by large and extended families, as well as families with children, contained even more bacteria, and what foods people ate also contributed to the bacteria. Humid towels, like say ones used to clean surfaces and dry hands, are also more likely to harbor coliforms than dry ones.

Even with these numbers, researchers insist folks shouldn’t be worried about getting sick from their dishtowels, but there are definitely some precautions to take. First off, avoid using towels for more than one purpose, and, of course, wash them. As for how often, experts say every day. And if you know that towel is contaminated by animal or meat drippings, change it out immediately.

Source: CBS News

You may not have realized it, but Father’s Day is only a few days away. It’s June 17th, which is this Sunday and if you haven’t thought about what to get for the dads in your life, you don’t have much time left to shop. But don’t panic because Amazon has you covered with all kinds of Father’s Day gifts that ship overnight so they’ll definitely arrive

in time. Here are a few presents you can get in a flash.

  • His own face brush - The Foreo Luna 2 for Deep Cleansing and Pre-Shave is a high tech three-in-one device that does facial cleansing, pre-shaving and anti-aging with silicone bristles and low-frequency pulsations. $199
  • A nice robe - Dad might not appreciate a fancy spa getaway, but he’ll probably love the luxury of a sweet bath robe. This Gilchrist and Soames Aberdeen Robe will make him feel pampered every time he wears it. $98
  • Better Cleansing Products - If your dad is still using a five-in-one body wash, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and moisturizer product, treat him to something new and improved, like The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Body Wash. $13
  • A relaxing spot to sit - Instead of giving a gift card for a massage for Father’s Day, get Dad something he can use at home all the time to relax, like this Homedics Shiatsu Heated Massage Cushion that warms and loosens tight muscles. $170
  • Fancy Beard Oil - If the dad you’re shopping for has facial hair, Rugged and Dapper Beard Oil will hydrate and leave it smelling nice and feeling healthy, plus it’s non-greasy. $17

Source: Allure

Research has shown that exercise is good for our mental health, but a lot of it has focused on cardio. But a new meta-analysis finds that strength training pumps your muscles and can lift your spirits too.

Scientists from the University of Limerick in Ireland wanted to know how pumping iron would pump up your mood, so they reviewed 33 different studies involving more than 1,800 people. And they found strength training significantly reduced symptoms of depression.

But the best part is you don’t even need to become a full on CrossFitter to get the mental health benefits. Researchers found resistance training significantly lowered symptoms of depression regardless of whether people lifted weights a few times a week or every day and whether or not their strength improved or not.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons to get into strength training, like revving your body’s ability to burn calories, lowering your risk for osteoporosis as you age, and improving memory. And if it boosts your mood too, then ... bonus!

Source: Shape

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