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Would you consider this sanitary?

Say that six people share two shower booths, since there are 14 students per floor, where two are in suites, thus leaving twelve people per gender to use two bathrooms equipped with two shower booths each. Also assume that the shower booths are cleaned using bleach-soaked mops every day at 2 pm. Finally assume that you take showers late in the evening and early in the morning. Under this assumption, if you go barefoot into those shower booths, is this okay?
posted by red_alert_3 on Dec 2, 2016 - 25 answers

One Perfectionist with an Instant Pot

What are your best Instant Pot recipes for an anxious, depressed, perfectionist, one-person household? [more inside]
posted by yueliang on Dec 1, 2016 - 28 answers

What are these small itchy bumps occasionally showing up in clusters?

What are these small itchy bumps showing up in clusters every now and then on my skin? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy on Nov 28, 2016 - 10 answers

YANMD, but any insight as to what might be going on with my finger?

The lateral nail fold of my middle finger has been raw and cracking for maybe 8 months now. I'm not sure what's wrong and no remedy has seemed to work so far. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Nov 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Please help me avoid further injuring myself

YANMD - but my doctor thinks I may have a slipped disc. If you are active, into fitness, running, strength training, etc, how do you manage the associated aches and pains and avoid aggravating things? What can I do now to (hopefully) nip this in the bud, but still enjoy exercise? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Need guidance on sticking to a serious news and social media diet

Another question inspired by recent events: I need a major break from the bad news, negativity, doom and gloom projections, etc. How do I stick to a life diet that doesn't include the the 24-hour news cycle and social media? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Nov 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Long-Distance Psychiatry/Therapy

Is there such a thing as a psychiatrist/therapist who could diagnose and treat (and maybe prescribe) via Skype or another remote mechanism? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Nov 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Name my blog: weightloss + health issues + healthy cooking

Help name my blog! It's going to be about my weightloss journey and healthy lifestyle choices, etc. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2016 - 11 answers

Is eating with utensils better than eating with your hand?

Objectively speaking, is it better to eat with utensils than hands? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Oct 21, 2016 - 27 answers

Prioritized changes in health behaviors with effect sizes. Exists?

I am looking for aggregated data/review articles on the estimated positive effects of lifestyle/diet changes based on research that could be used to prioritize such changes by their impact/effect sizes. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Oct 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Am I too hard on my adult son

I'm worried about my 24 year old son slipping back into a rut and it's led to me badgering him and being tough on him, for his own good I feel. However I do wonder if I'm being too hard. [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema on Oct 16, 2016 - 34 answers

What to do about Dad? (International edition)

Our increasingly elderly father has survived another health crisis, but is going to need more care than we can afford or provide. Difficulty level: he's an ex-pat on the other side of the world, but wants his kid(s) to take care of him. Wall of text and some Whiskey Tango Foxtrot-ness inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2016 - 12 answers

To sleep with wires or not.

REM sleep behavior disorder. I've discussed it with my GP, psychologist and neurologist and we're fairly convinced I have it. Thrown myself out of bed twice in the last year, giving me a lovely new scar on my neck. Too many episodes of thrashing and kicking. Many, many episodes of talking. The last objectively confirmed by family while we were recently on holiday and thus in closer sleeping arrangements. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 9, 2016 - 5 answers

What happens at HIV+ diagnosis where there's no link to a case manager?

For a project at work, I'd like to know more about what happens at HIV+ diagnosis in settings where the patient isn't connected with a case manager (or peer navigator, linkage coordinator, or similar). E.g., at ER's, public health clinics, and any other diagnosis settings where connection to a case manager or similar isn't routine, what happens? Can you fill me in, or suggest how I can find out? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Game-ify my health

I am looking for a health/fitness app to use to encourage some needed lifestyle changes. I want it to be fun, set challenges, track food, and be competitive among a small group of friends. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Is this a food allergy? If not, what is it?

A few years ago, while I was writing about drinks, I started experiencing some … symptoms within an hour or so of getting home. As a courtesy I will describe them after the jump. [more inside]
posted by fedward on Oct 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Shortest path to resolving anxiety

I have a problem with anxiety and need to find the path of least resistance to resolve it. I live in NYC and have semi-decent health insurance. [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Oct 1, 2016 - 11 answers

5:2 Diet with a Thyroid Condition?

Why am I GAINING?! [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear on Sep 27, 2016 - 15 answers

Looking for health record keeping tools

Is there something like LinkedIn but for health? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Sleeping on a full stomach - science or woo?

Is there any reputable evidence that going to bed on a full stomach is bad for you, healthwise? [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo on Sep 21, 2016 - 10 answers

How do you move beyond betrayal?

Hello metafilter, A few months back, I had a break-up with a friend. At the time, I believed we were very close, and I turned to her because I was very sick, needed help, and couldn't find it anywhere else. Instead of offering help or sympathy, she instead sent me a "go away till you're better" letter two days later. It's broken my heart, and I can't seem to move past it. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Sep 20, 2016 - 14 answers

Paging Dr Woo...

Who at a hospital is responsible for compliance to medical "norms"? What happens if a doctor starts prescribing things that fall outside of medicine or his/her expertise? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 18, 2016 - 9 answers

How to help a senior who can't find a job

My friend Jenna (alias), a 62-year old woman, very smart and capable, lost her cashier job of 30-some years about a year ago. She's freaking out and has asked me for help. Now I'm freaking out! [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Sep 15, 2016 - 24 answers

Should I go back to the doctor over being fatigued?

A week ago I suddenly became ill, apparently with some sort of virus. Symptoms included sore throat, general feeling of being dazed, inability to concentrate, queasiness of stomach (did not vomit, but almost did), lack of appetite, and sinus congestion. I went to the doctor, who gave me some meds to combat the symptoms. However, the fatigue has not gone away and may even be getting worse. Should I go back to the doctor, or should I just suck it up and try to push through my responsibilities, delaying a doctor's appointment until perhaps if the fatigue continues for another week? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Sep 15, 2016 - 14 answers

Prove it! Evidence based health blogs.

I'm looking to expand my knowledge about the latest research and breakthroughs in the areas of health, medicine, nutrition and fitness. What are some good resources to peruse? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Sep 15, 2016 - 14 answers

How often do you really need dental xrays? How to decline them?

How often do you really need to get teeth x-rayed? How can I stop the dentist from talking down to me about this when I don't want them? [more inside]
posted by hyperion on Sep 13, 2016 - 27 answers

Anti depressants no better than placebos?

After having yet another conversation with a person who helpfully informed me that I should quit my antidepressants and eat kale, I'm curious about this study that 'proves' that anti depressants are no better than placebos. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Sep 9, 2016 - 28 answers

TENS unit recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations for a TENS unit, and the last question from AskMe is from '05. My PT recommended it to reduce inflammation and get fluid moving in my legs. I'm not sure where to start. They range in price from $20 to $80 and I have no idea how to evaluate the specs or what to look for. I'd like to make an informed choice. Any recommendations for specific brands or units are welcome, as are any tips for choosing one. TIA!
posted by onecircleaday on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Games for K-6 as a non PE teacher - help a gal out

Hi everyone! I'm working for an outdoor adventure company that is coming into a school system for 2 hour blocks per grade (typically 30 min stations) while they do professional development and we work with the students on "enrichment". [more inside]
posted by Bossypants on Sep 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Painful Ganglion in both wrists? What can you do?

Has anyone had this or know of someone who has and how they have dealt with it? Are there any home-remedies or anything like that, that have helped treat it or reduce the swelling/pain? (More details in extended explanation.) [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Sep 6, 2016 - 22 answers

Did I screw my mom over with a mental illness diagnosis?

Within this year got two diagnoses of bipolar and depression while still on my mother's insurance. She recently lost her job. Could it be because of this? Also how will this affect her in looking for another job and insurance? Is there any to hide this or fix it by getting these diagnoses removed?
posted by wilywabbit on Aug 31, 2016 - 11 answers

How can I be kind to my liver and kidneys?

I'm taking a bunch of pain meds right now. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Aug 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I get short-term health insurance?

Hello. Thank you in advance for your help. I have had Kaiser insurance for many years for me and my son. I have been on auto-pay and I guess my auto pay expired and I never re signed up for auto pay so my insurance was canceled. Totally my fault, I get it. I suspect they sent me a million letters but I tend to throw mail away in a haste and probably thought it was junk or just a THIS IS NOT A BILL statement thing. But now what? [more inside]
posted by click on Aug 29, 2016 - 11 answers

So is coffee healthy or not?

I'm looking for evidence-based information about the health effects of coffee. [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Aug 28, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I get all my health/medical records from hospitals and doctors

I'll try to keep this brief. I will likely be moving to Southern-Europe and will need to form new relationships with new doctors. Now, what from what I've been advised - they told me they want everything since I have multiple issues (PTSD from war, Anxiety over loud bangs/sounds, fireworks, Phobia of small places..) had a couple of MRIs after my car being rear-ended as well. So is it as simple (I like in Mass) as emailing/calling them and asking me to send me all my records? I don't even know what records holds. Is it what things they diagnosed me with, blood results, my medication, my MRI results. Stuff like that? Does it cost anything? Any help is extremely appreciated. Thank you all!
posted by bostonhill on Aug 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Helping adult family with mental health

Interested in hearing from 1) adults who have suffered from mental health issues for most/major part of their lives (depression/schizophrenia in particular) and were persuaded* by family to seek help (aka go to a psychiatrist). 2) family of the adult who was suffering from mental health issues and recognised that something was off/not quite right/blatantly bizarre/had classic symptoms of mental health issues (isolation, hygiene, job loss, distorted thinking and more). Additional twist- the adult in question can't stand immediate family and is convinced they are "toxic". [more inside]
posted by xm on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

ISO Alice in Louisville

My dear friend is battling a serious illness in Louisville, KY. She has two very young children. Hopefully she will be recovered in 3 months. I live far away. I would like to temporarily hire Alice from the Brady Bunch to help her and her husband manage their household chores and help them take care of their children. Barring that, looking for ways to support a young mom from a distance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Flying a lot. How not to get sick?

I'm going to be flying a lot over the next year, as much as a few times per week. These will almost all be long flights, both cross-country flights in the US and overseas trips. What are your best tips to feel good and not get sick? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me find a health & weight-loss coach online

I am a woman in my late 30s and I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am ready to really make a commitment to some changes, but as an extremely busy professional and new mother I don't feel like I can do this alone. I am looking for an online health/weight-loss coach who will help me make incremental changes and stick to them over the course of a year to lose about 50 pounds. I'm willing to pay generously for this. Where should I look? How do I find this? [more inside]
posted by quincequince on Aug 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Suggestions for Coping after major surgery: meds, etc

I'll be having major surgery next month. The doctors say I will be on opioid painkillers for 2-4 weeks. I'm worried they will give me digestive problems, as I have a sensitive stomach. My other issue is staying in shape while recovering. It has taken me a year to get to my current fitness level. Doctor says no workouts besides walking and physical therapy for 1-2 months. I'm very concerned I will lose the muscle I have worked hard for, and gain fat. Any advice on either issue?
posted by CancerSucks on Aug 23, 2016 - 14 answers

Getting a part-time job with major health problems

I need a job where I can make $1000 a month after taxes. The catch? I have serious health problems and limited skills. Much more info inside. [more inside]
posted by dork enlightenment on Aug 20, 2016 - 12 answers

The 33 Year Old (quasi) Virgin

I started out as Emma. But I've turned into Miss Bates. [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear on Aug 19, 2016 - 22 answers

Glass of Water, Hold the Lead

I'm moving to a nice but rather old apartment complex soon. There are lead and asbestos addenda in my lease (that I haven't signed yet). What, if anything, should I be careful about while living in this apartment? Should I be worried about the piping? If so, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2016 - 17 answers

Is my screwy blood pressure/heartrate worrying?

People of MeFi, I need some advice. Recently – the last week or so I've really noticed and started tracking it, but probably longer than that overall – I've noticed that my blood pressure and bpm have been acting a bit crazy. [more inside]
posted by BlueNorther on Aug 16, 2016 - 15 answers

Exercise classes in NYC after a long exercising hiatus!

Hi, Fitness Mefites! I am looking for exercises classes in NYC to get back into the swing of more intense exercise. Personal recommendations appreciated! Special considerations inside... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Aug 14, 2016 - 2 answers

What kind of rash is this?

My Lady Friend has a rash on her leg above the top of her foot. Does anyone have any idea what this could be. No pain and no itching either She hasn't been exposed to poison ivy. Thanks in advance for any help
posted by lynnwilson120 on Aug 11, 2016 - 9 answers

What does a chest x-ray rule out?

YANMD. In fact, I went to my doctor on Friday because I'd been experiencing some shortness of breath with exertion, but no pain. The shortness of breath resolves within five minutes of stopping activity. I'm 57 and obese. Over the past year, I've lost 30 pounds and gotten my blood pressure from high to normal through diet and exercise (this morning: 116/68). I've also been experiencing tremendous emotional stress for about six months. I've had a chronic cough ever since I had a severe upper respiratory infection in January. [more inside]
posted by FencingGal on Aug 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Good psychiatric hospital in Florida?

How can I find an inpatient schizophrenia program that will treat my brother like a human being? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jul 29, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I find a new physiotherapist?

I'm seeing a physiotherapist as part of a treatment plan for chronic pain. Recent events have made me wonder whether I should try and find a new practitioner. But maybe I'm overreacting? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 29, 2016 - 6 answers

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