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Teenage Bullies Want Us to Believe They Have Lots of Sex

Teenage bullies have more sex than non-bullies, according to reports of a new study. With sexually harassing bullies all over the news and in many of our workplaces, it seems both sad and true that people who abuse and manipulate others would have more sex. But this study tells us more about how Canadian teens […]

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That ‘Man Flu’ Study Was Created for Laughs

To hear CNN, Time, and the Guardian tell it, you’d think there was a major medical breakthrough in the field of “man flu,” answering once and for all the question of whether men are wimps in the face of the common cold. But the man flu study comes from a bizarre April Fools-like tradition of […]

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What You Need to Know About the Link Between Birth Control and Cancer

A recent study confirmed a link between breast cancer and hormonal birth control (including pills but also the patch, implant, and some IUDs). Give yourself two seconds to freak out, then take a deep breath, and let’s discuss.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What You Need to Know About the Link Between Birth Control and Cancer

A recent study confirmed a link between breast cancer and hormonal birth control (including pills but also the patch, implant, and some IUDs). Give yourself two seconds to freak out, then take a deep breath, and let’s discuss.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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That Study About Lead in Baby Food Is Nonsense

A new study says our children are chowing down on lead and other contaminants in baby food and formula. But there’s something fishy about said study. For one thing, it comes from a group arguing for “transparency” in labeling… but keeps all their own data hidden.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why There’s Always a New Study About Chocolate

Do you have a vague notion of chocolate, perhaps dark chocolate, as being good for you? It’s good for your heart health, or something. On some level you know that a candy is not actually a health food, but it seems like there’s always a headline saying it is.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Hold Up, There’s No New Study About Epidurals and Total Length of Labor

Do epidurals prolong labor? Read the headlines this week and you’d think we finally answered that question once and for all—with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you’re pushing out the baby.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Being in a Good Mood Won’t Make Your Flu Shot More Effective

It’s almost flu season, which means flu-shot season. The New York Times suggests that a good mood can improve your immune response to the shot, giving you one more reason to be happy to head to the pharmacy. Too bad this feel-good headline is only backed up by some sketchy statistics.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Are Women Wearing Too Much Makeup? And Why Does The Atlantic Care?

This 2014 article is making the rounds again, fueled by an inflammatory headline. It’s a pretty straightforward write-up of the research, but the headline is driving angry shares from the way it puts the blame on women.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why You Shouldn’t Shop for Plastic Surgeons on Instagram 

Instagram’s not just for checking up on your ex or indulging your love of small, strange dogs. The visually driven social media network is also a way of browsing services: hairdressers, tattoo artists, and—it’s a bit of a leap but it also makes sense—plastic surgeons.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Despite That New Study, Everything We Know About Nutrition Is Pretty Much Still True

A study released this week in The Lancet found a link between high carbohydrate intake and risk of death. The resulting headlines had dedicated low-carb dieters celebrating and low-fat vegans spoiling for a fight. But as with most dietary studies, there is more to it than the headlines claim.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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It’s Okay, Yoga Mats Aren’t Messing With Your Fertility

Infertility is rough enough without headlines implying your yoga practice is to blame. A recent study found that certain flame-retardant chemicals may make it harder for you to have a baby, but despite the downward-dog stock photos, yoga mats weren’t involved in the research.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Video Games Aren’t Totally Damaging Your Brain

A recent study found that people who played first-person shooter video games showed shrinkage in their hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for both memory management and spatial navigation. But is playing Call of Duty really that bad for you, and if so, can a daily dose of Super Mario 64 balance…Read more… Continue […]

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How Much Should You Worry About Your Tap Water?

Last week the Environmental Working Group unveiled an updated database where you can plug in your zip code and get a report on the contaminants in your tap water. It’s a great tool, in some ways—but it has some serious caveats, too.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Much Should You Worry About Your Tap Water?

Last week the Environmental Working Group unveiled an updated database where you can plug in your zip code and get a report on the contaminants in your tap water. It’s a great tool, in some ways—but it has some serious caveats, too.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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