Allana Akhtar, Insider

Allana Akhtar


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Past articles by Allana:

A cardiologist warns more people in their 20s and 30s are showing up with heart attacks and heart disease

Younger people need to pay more attention to their heart health, says cardiologist Jim Liu. Lifestyle factors like vaping, sitting too much may increase risk. → Read More

3 shady ways wellness brands lure women into buying expensive, useless products, according to new book 'The Gospel of Wellness'

Women are being lured into buying unnecessary supplements and natural beauty products, said Rina Raphael, the author of "The Gospel of Wellness." → Read More

Weight-loss app Noom is laying off 495 coaches in a strategy pivot

Noom told staff the layoffs were part of "an evolution to the coaching model." A coach said the app is pivoting from text to video coaching. → Read More

Some fitness bros are still drinking a gallon of milk a day to bulk up. Here's what you need to know about the 'GOMAD' diet.

The GOMAD diet, drinking a gallon of milk a day, a fad for years, is still popular today. We asked nutritionists the risks of consuming so much milk. → Read More

Scientists rejuvenated the skin of a 53-year-old woman to that of a 23-year-old's in a groundbreaking experiment

The UK team used a technique developed by Nobel Award winner Shinya Yamanaka, who turned "normal" cells into stem cells back in 2006. → Read More

5 'functional' mushrooms the wellness industry is obsessed with, from lion's mane to turkey tail

Functional mushrooms, also called "medicinal mushrooms," come with claims of healing properties alongside nutritional benefits. → Read More

5 'functional' mushrooms the wellness industry is obsessed with, from lion's mane to turkey tail

Functional mushrooms, also called "medicinal mushrooms," come with claims of healing properties alongside nutritional benefits. → Read More

TikTok users are shunning lip fillers in favor of 'lip blushing.' Here's how it's done, and what the risks are.

If done by the wrong person, lip blushing can lead to infection and permanently give the lips an unnatural color. → Read More

I used Mark Cuban's new pharmacy company to order my medicine, and the prescription was a little cheaper. Here's how it worked.

Mark Cuban launched the low-cost prescription drug online pharmacy to help save consumers up to thousands of dollars on life-saving medication. → Read More

Sexual wellness startups warn that outdated rules could hurt an industry that's poised to blow up in 2022

"It's time to embrace pleasure and health, and that pleasure is part of health," said Amanda Morgan, expert at the UNLV School of Public Health. → Read More

An ICU nurse went viral for quitting after 19 grueling months of the pandemic. Now, he says he's more relaxed and is encouraging other healthcare workers to do the same.

Andrew Hudson went viral for a video explaining why he quit nursing. Now he's a podcaster and digital artist, and encourages other nurses to quit. → Read More

Peloton's disastrous month doesn't mean the future of at-home fitness is dead, analysts say

Home fitness equipment sales, excluding Peloton bikes and treadmills, amounted to $3.3 billion between January and November 2021, the NPD Group found. → Read More

Hilton is trying to tap into the $639 billion wellness tourism market with a fitness-focused hotel room. I spent the night and felt invigorated by the space.

Hilton's wellness-focused rooms, which include an exercise bike, TRX bands, and guided workouts felt like the perfect getaway for fitness fanatics. → Read More

Pornhub's elusive co-owner broke a decade-long media silence after his $16 million mansion burned to the ground

Mindgeek CEO Feras Antoon told Vanity Fair Pornhub does not allow illegal content, and suspected anti-porn critics incited violence against him. → Read More

What's in French dressing? Starting next month, the FDA doesn't have a say.

The FDA said it will continue to modernize food standards to allow for "innovation to produce more healthful foods." → Read More

Joe Rogan interviewed a doctor who's been kicked off Twitter for misinformation. Doctors and scientists say it's time for Spotify to better police its podcasts.

270 experts in health and medicine signed an open letter stating Spotify's role in airing misinformation damages public trust in scientific research. → Read More

Disposable mask manufacturers say the supply chain crisis and high demand could lead to product delays

The supply chain disruptions in logistics mean Americans will likely have to wait longer to receive their face masks, Armbrust said. → Read More

Pharmacists say an 'absolute tidal wave' of demand for COVID tests is causing chaos, crowding, and nonstop ringing phones

"We get our shipment once a week, and the tests are gone in a matter of hours," one pharmacist told Insider. → Read More

Rite Aid says it plans to shut 63 stores — and will likely find even more to close in the coming months

Rite Aid CEO Heyward Donigan said he plans to move away from traditional in-store pharmacies, and instead to mail order and digital retail markets. → Read More

IV treatments are the latest trend to cash in on merging medicine and wellness. I tried one that helped me recover after a workout, and though I instantly felt more energized, I couldn't justify the $200 price point.

Wellness brands popularized using IV drips to cure hangovers and give health-obsessed clients a quick boost of vitamins, minerals, and supplements. → Read More