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Sharp Health News

Top 10 health stories of 2017

Dec. 29, 2017

Top 10 health stories of 2017

Of the 464 Sharp Health News stories published in 2017, these are the 10 that generated the highest reader engagement. Readers wanted to learn more about hepatitis A, given the region-wide outbreak, but there are a few surprises included in this year’s top performers. Read on for more.

  1. How often should you change your sheets?
    Your bed is your sanctuary, so you want to keep it germ- and dust-mite-free, right? Here are some simple cleaning tips for sheets, pillows and other bed coverings.

  2. Marijuana and your heart
    New scientific studies point to potential heart damage from smoking marijuana. Learn more about the increased risk of three types of heart damage associated with marijuana use.

  3. My kid swallowed a coin! Now what?
    It’s common for young children to swallow small objects like coins, but is it dangerous? A new mom checks her fears with Sharp pediatrician Dr. Patricia Kettlehake.

  4. 3 ways to prevent snoring
    Surely you don’t snore, but does your bed partner? Learn more about the health risks of regular snoring and three ways to turn down the volume.

  5. The ABCs of hepatitis
    The outbreak of hepatitis A in San Diego this year fueled concerned among those who may be at risk for contracting the liver condition. This guide on the three common types of hepatitis is a great primer for those who want to know more.

  6. Your top 5 flatulence questions, answered
    The most popular Sharp Health News story of 2016 highlighted the 5 gassiest foods. We answered even more common questions about intestinal disruptions with expert Dr. Tommy Yen.

  7. 10 household items you aren’t cleaning, but should be
    Your sheets aren’t the only household items needing a good clean. From earbuds to heating vents, we have your weekend chore list ready.

  8. The essential exercise women aren’t doing
    This discrete but powerful exercise can help women maintain their pelvic floor and avoid incontinence later in life.

  9. Earwax do’s and don’ts
    Your mom was right: don’t stick a cotton swab in your ear. Learn what else to do and not do when it comes to ear hygiene.

  10. 5 things you need to know about hepatitis A
    As San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak worsened, residents wanted to know more about this communicable disease. Dr. Fadi Haddad answered five common questions about risk factors and symptoms.

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