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    Your Smartphone Is Making You Less Smart

    If you’re like most people, your smartphone is probably within reach pretty much all of the time. But new research from the University of Texas at Austin suggests you might want to rethink that habit. According to the study, which was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, your brain capacity is significantly […]

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    Why We Find It Harder to Filter Out Background Noise As We Age

    The problem becomes more common as we age: A friend is talking to you, you see his mouth moving and you hear his voice, but amid the din of other voices and music, you just can’t make out the words. Part of the issue, new research finds, may lie not in the ear itself but […]

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    Can Acupuncture Treat Women’s Health Issues? Studies Find Mixed Results

    Whether acupuncture can really help treat certain health conditions is controversial, and now two new studies on the ancient practice have reached mixed conclusions. One study found that women with stress urinary incontinence — who involuntarily urinate when they cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise — could benefit from acupuncture. But the other study, which looked […]

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    Is the Popular Sunscreen Ingredient Avobenzone Harmful?

    Sunscreen can be a lifesaver when it comes to shielding your skin from cancer-causing UV rays. But can certain ingredients in sunscreen be harmful? Possibly. Researchers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia looked at the stability of the popular chemical sunscreen ingredient avobenzone and found that it can break down into potentially hazardous chemicals […]

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    Instagrammer Makes the Most Relatable Memes for People with Depression

    When it comes to depression and anxiety, it’s not only panic attacks and crying jags. There are also many aspects of a person’s life that are affected by mental health disorders, including personal hygiene. Instagram user Grace is shedding light on those things while still addressing the bigger picture of what life is like with depression and anxiety, […]

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    Woman Who Was Body Shamed by Playmate Dani Mathers Speaks Out

    @DaniMathers Seriously? You love empowering women? Does this look like empowerment? GIRL. Just stop. pic.twitter.com/BglwhW7lIP — Bonnie Reynolds (@bonniereynolds) July 14, 2016 **Updated June 9, 2017 The Dani Mathers case may be over—the former playmate plead no contest and agreed to 30 days of community service (including graffiti removal) and three years of probation—but more […]

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    Allergan in Final Push to Have Botox Approved to Treat Depression

    We already know that Botox Cosmetic can treat more than just lines and wrinkles—the Food and Drug Administration has approved the neurotoxin for a number of other indications including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, chronic migraines and limb spasticity. Now, following the results of a recent study, Allergan is pushing forward with late-stage clinical trials to […]

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    7 Sunscreens That Don’t Look Ashy on Dark Skin

    I was so used to hearing the saying “Black don’t crack” from elders in my family, that I grew up thinking my melanin-rich skin was pretty invincible. But I learned the hard way that Black can crack when I experienced peeling skin after lying out in the sun in Miami’s South Beach during a college spring break […]

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    Is Air-Conditioning Bad For You?

    If you’re blessed enough to have air-conditioning in your house, at some point in the summer you’ve probably parked your body directly in front of your A/C unit and wondered if it’s possible to overdose on cold air. Sure, not having air-conditioning could be dangerous (or unthinkable) on sweltering days. But is blasting the A/C […]

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    Does My Child Have a Mood Disorder?

    People of all ages can develop depression or other mood disorders, and that includeschildren and adolescents. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3.7 percent of children ages 8 to 15 have a mood disorder. When the ages are skewed higher, 14 percent of 13- […]