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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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Blowing Germs All Over Someone Else’s Food is Fine When It’s Birthday Cake

According to recent research, blowing all over a birthday cake puts germs on that birthday cake. Pretty obvious when you think about it. Would you ever say, “Friend, please blow on my sandwich?” That would be gross, wouldn’t it?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Blowing Germs All Over Someone Else’s Food is Fine When It’s Birthday Cake

According to recent research, blowing all over a birthday cake puts germs on that birthday cake. Pretty obvious when you think about it. Would you ever say, “Friend, please blow on my sandwich?” That would be gross, wouldn’t it?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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That Study About Unhealthy “Plant-Based Diets” Didn’t Actually Compare Plant-Based Diets

If you eat a plant-based diet, you don’t get an automatic get-out-of-heart-disease-free card. (There’s definitely such a thing as vegan junk food.) But a new study that supposedly confirms some plant-based diets are better than others…actually wasn’t comparing plant-based diets to each other at all.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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That Study About Unhealthy “Plant-Based Diets” Didn’t Actually Compare Plant-Based Diets

If you eat a plant-based diet, you don’t get an automatic get-out-of-heart-disease-free card. (There’s definitely such a thing as vegan junk food.) But a new study that supposedly confirms some plant-based diets are better than others…actually wasn’t comparing plant-based diets to each other at all.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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No, Scientists Did Not Just Prove That Smelling Food Makes You Fat

This world must be a special kind of hell if just smelling food is enough to make you gain weight. The latest headlines on obesity research are saying just that—but smelling is probably only making “you” fat if “you” are a very particular type of mouse.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Maybe Don’t Put These Things in Your Face

It’s time to do another reality check on the latest health news. This week people are telling us to snort cocoa powder but not to eat our own personal organ meats. Does their advice check out? Let’s dig in.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Maybe Don’t Put These Things in Your Face

It’s time to do another reality check on the latest health news. This week people are telling us to snort cocoa powder but not to eat our own personal organ meats. Does their advice check out? Let’s dig in.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Can We Hide From Plague, Flu, and the Spectre of Death?

Welcome back to Dose of Reality, where we see whether the week’s health news is really worth worrying—or celebrating—about. Today we’re facing down death and disease, and the news is actually mostly good!Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Sex, Poop, and Champagne Are Great, But Their Health Benefits Are Overrated

Welcome back to our health news roundup, previously What to Worry About This Week. We’ve renamed it to Dose of Reality because health news isn’t always giving you things to worry about. Sometimes it’s benefits, rather than risks, that are overhyped. This week we’re looking at studies that seem to hold the key to…Read more… […]

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