From A (acupuncture) to V (vaping), 2019's most-read articles on ranged from headline-making measles and vaping epidemics to strategies for managing perimenopause and pains after the workday.
Check out the top 10 health and wellness stories on the Franciscan Health blog this past year:
1. JUUL & Your Body
JUUL and other e-cigarette manufacturers have taken heat for their products being linked with lung disease, but other health impacts may be had from the practice. Learn about the health impact of tobacco levels and other substances found in vaping products.
This transition time for women is being talked about more, but how do you know when change is coming? Learn more about the first signs of perimenopause.
3. Pregnancy-Safe Medications
The age-old question: Can I take this during pregnancy? Learn what ingredients are safer and which medications pregnant women should avoid completely.
As more people see the "point" of acupuncture, we explore what an acupuncture session is actually like.
5. Hip Pain After Work
Clearly many of us are feeling a bit stiff at the end of the workday. Here's how to loosen up.
6. IBS On Vacation
Avoid travel troubles with irritable bowel syndrome with these IBS vacation tips.
7. Kissing Bugs
Kissing bugs made headlines this spring. Here's why these blood-sucking bugs prompted health concerns.
8. Measles Epidemic
With the highest number of cases of measles of 25 years in the United States and a deadly outbreak ending the year in Samoa, the need to protect children against measles became a discussion point in the news.
9. MIND Diet
Looking for a change in diet that boosts your brain and helps your body? A review of more than 40 eating plans last winter found that the MIND diet may achieve both.
10. Vaping & Teens
A record 1 in 5 teens are vaping, and community leaders are taking notice. Learn about the hidden (and not-so-hidden) dangers of the growing e-cigarette trend that has local and national health leaders alarmed.
Curious about past years' trends? Check out our top stories of 2018 and 2017.