Is your diet soda making you depressed? (Photo: Thinkstock)We know that sugary sodas aren't good for our bodies; now it turns out that they may not be good for our minds, either. A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link between sweetened soft-drinks and depression -- and diet sodas may be making matters worse.
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Americans drink far more soda than people in other countries -- as much as 170 liters per person per year (no wonder New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned super-sized servings of the stuff). But the impact of this study isn't limited to the United States. "Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea are commonly consumed worldwide and have important physical-and may have important mental-health consequences," study author Dr. Honglei Chen, an investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said in a statement.
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The study, which was released on Tuesday and will be presented at the American Academy of
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 9, 2013 1:30 PM EST
Is your diet soda making you depressed? (Photo: Thinkstock)We know that sugary sodas aren't good for our bodies; now it turns out that they may not be good for our minds, either. A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link between sweetened soft-drinks and depression -- and diet sodas may be making matters worse.Read More »from Sweet Sodas and Soft Drinks May Raise Your Risk of Depression, Study Finds
Women may be watching their weight, but fewer of them say they're on a diet, a new survey finds. (Photo: Thinkstock)In spite of the fact that getting in shape and losing weight are two of the most-often made (and broken) New Years resolutions out there, a new survey shows that dieting has fallen out of favor among women in the U.S.Read More »from Thin May Be In, but Survey Says Dieting is Out
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According to data from NPD group, a food-and-beverage market research company, the number of women reporting that they're "on a diet" has declined dramatically in just a generation. "Women are leading the decline in dieting," Harry Balzer, chief food industry analyst and Vice President of NPD, told National Public Radio's blog, The Salt.
Balzer and his team queried 3,800 adults as part of NPD's National Eating Trends food survey, and found that about 23 percent of women reported being on a diet in 2012, down from 34 percent who had reported the same back in 1992.
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"Our data suggests that dieters are giving up on diets more quickly than in the past,"
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine Food – Tue, Jan 8, 2013 11:22 AM EST
Every month, Americans throw out about 40 percent of the food they buy, wasting $2,275 per year. Fruits, vegetables and dairy products go bad quickly, but one of the things most likely to end up in the trash is moldy bread.
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The fungus that causes sour-smelling bread mold is Rhizopus stolonifer, and it grows best in warm, damp environments -- like under the wrapper of that sliced sandwich loaf you left on the counter. But a Texas-based company called MicroZap has come up with a simple way to make bread stay fresh and mold-free for as long as 60 days, reducing the chances of it ending up in the trash.
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MicroZap's technique is exactly what the company's name implies: They've found a way to zap bread with a special microwave-like device, killing mold spores. It takes about 10 seconds, and the bread stays mold-free for about two months.
"We treated bread in the device, and after 60 days, it had the same moldRead More »from Bread that Stays Fresh for 60 Days: Coming Soon to a Store Near You?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Jan 7, 2013 5:24 PM EST
Would you buy slavery-themed action figures like these?We tend to think of action figures as props for kids' imaginary play or collectibles for adults to hoard. But the new line of "Django Unchained" action figures seems out of place by both definitions. Do kids really need to play vengeful slave vs. violent slave-owner? And do teens or adults really need glorify this particular part of American history by buying, trading, and displaying things like this?Read More »from Django Unchained Action Figures: Who Wants to Play Slave and Owner?
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"Django Unchained" is about a slave-turned-bounty hunter (played by Jamie Foxx), who pairs up with his mentor (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from a cruel plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). It's directed by Quentin Tarantino of "Kill Bill" and "Pump Fiction" fame and, in classic Tarantino style, it's drenched in blood and disturbing imagery.
"The movie is absurdly violent," writes Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Wesley Morris at The Boston Globe. "When a slave owner
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Mon, Jan 7, 2013 1:31 PM EST
Finally! Lady Mary and Cousin Matthew get married."Downton Abbey" returned to television on Sunday (in America, at any rate) and fans who hadn't cheated by downloading the British version in advance are buzzing about Season 3's debut. We've been hooked since the beginning, but there are plenty of new plot-points to discuss. Here's a rundown on the two-hour season premier; spoilers ahead, of course.Read More »from Downton Abbey Season 3 Premiere: The Swoon-Worthy, the Awkward, and the Awesome (Spoilers!)
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The wedding: Surprisingly, the producers opted to show Mary and Matthew's wedding in the first episode of Season 3. Also surprisingly, they didn't actually show the wedding—they showed the bride walking down the aisle and then cut to the newlyweds returning from their honeymoon. The 1920s Lanvin-inspired dress was gorgeous, and it was cool to see how the fictitious British aristocracy hewed to the wedding traditions we learned about from real-life royals Will and Kate, but what about the vows? The mothers with tears in their eyes? The jealous looks from Lady Edith? Sometimes, it's possible
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 5:15 PM EST
Think you'll be basically the same 10 years from now? A new study says probably not. (Photo: Thinkstock)What do you think you'll be like 10 years from now?Read More »from What Will You Be like 10 Years from Now? You're Probably Guessing Wrong
Maybe you'll have a different job or live in a different town, but you'll still be the same old you, right? With the same basic personality, political views, values, best friends, and favorite activities?
Probably not. According to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science, people of all ages are terrible at predicting how much they'll change over the course of a decade -- and that affects how well they make big decisions about their futures.
"I have to tell you that never in my wildest dreams when I had a long ponytail and was hitchhiking around the country and playing my guitar did it occur to me that my greatest joy would be sitting next to the love of my life, eating dinner on a TV tray, and watching 'Jeopardy!' " Daniel Gilbert, a psychology professor at Harvard University and a co-author of the study, told The Boston Globe. "But now I'm the guy who does that."
Gilbert and his team surveyed thousands of people and
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Jan 4, 2013 1:54 PM EST
The poster for the Broadway musical All Shook Up. Does this seem too sexy to you? The kids at Herriman High School in Utah had already spent months rehearsing for their 2013 production of the Elvis-inspired musical "All Shook Up" when the complaint came in: An anonymous parent was upset about the show, saying that it was too sexy for high schoolers to perform. Even though it had been approved nearly a year earlier, Jordan School District officials cancelled it on Wednesday, saying that it didn't conform to revised community standards.Read More »from Elvis is Too Sexy for Some Utah Parents -- in 2013?
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"What was communicated to us, they were upset with sexually explicit language and some other aspects of the play," Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf told the Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday. "What they deemed cross-dressing."
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But another district spokesperson, Steven Dunham, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Friday that cross-dressing wasn't the issue.
"The concerns about
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Journalist Susan Spencer-Wendel wrote her life-affirming memoir in three months, typing on her iPhone with one thumb. (Photo: AP)As her body succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, journalist Susan Spencer-Wendel wrote her life story. It took her three months to type it, letter by letter on her iPhone, using just her right thumb-all of her other fingers had stopped working by then.Read More »from Paralyzed by ALS, Susan Spencer-Wendel Writes Memoir About the Beauty of Living
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"I cannot lift my arms to feed myself or hug my children," the 45-year-old mother of three wrote in "Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living With Joy," which will be published in March. By then, she says, she will probably no longer be able to speak clearly.
"My muscles are dying, and they cannot return. I will never again be able to move my tongue enough to clearly say, 'I love you'," she wrote. "Swiftly, surely, I am dying. But I am alive today."
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A former courts reporter for the Palm Beach Post newspaper in south Florida, Spencer-Wendel lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their
What if these were your text books? (Photo: Amazon.com)Pretty much everyone has read E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" by now, but even those who enjoyed the book probably didn't share the more graphic passages in public. Still, students at American University in Washington, D.C., will be doing just that this month, when they study all three of the "Fifty Shades" books -- terrible prose, awkward "apex" references, and all.Read More »from Would You Take a Class on Fifty Shades of Grey?
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The course is being taught by sex educator and adjunct professor Stef Woods, who came up with the idea after a summer spent talking about "mommy porn."
"As I began talking and writing more about the trilogy, I started thinking about how to frame the books in an academic light," Woods wrote on her blog, City Girl. "Could the issues that the trilogy raises be examined in a critical and intellectual way?"
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American University agreed that they could, and "Contemporary
Do babies born during a recession have more problems as they grow up? (Photo: Thinkstock)Kids born during the economic recessions of the 1980s had a higher chance of substance abuse and arrest as teenagers, a new study has found, leading researchers to wonder if babies born in recent years could face a similar fate.Read More »from Do Recession Babies Grow Up to Be Troubled Teens?
"The mechanisms involved may be different in intensity and severity, (but) based on the study it seems like there would be some effects," Dr. Seethalakshmi Ramanathan, a researcher at State University of New York Upstate Medical University and the lead author of the study told Reuters.
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The study, which was published online this week in JAMA Psychiatry, used data from 8,984 people born between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1984, who had participated in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, when they were 12 to 17 years old. There were two recessions in the 1980s, from 1980 to 1981 and then another in 1982.
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