By Leila Brillson, Refinery29
.One of the often-overlooked benefits of the advent of social media is that we now have a public, archived, and searchable barometer for the way people are feeling at any given time. Sure, that might be the product of "over-sharing" or indicative of our modes of communication changing, but we can now see the mood of all Internet-using people, everywhere. And according to Hedonometer, a company that has been tracking the general feelings of people on Twitter, the saddest day the social-networking site suffered through occurred on April 15.
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By using words like "sad," "tragedy," "death," and "sick" (instead of December 25, 2008, Twitter's happiest day, which had words like "love," "family," and "gift"), April 15 easily took the cake for most depressing. Not only is it Tax Day, but the entire Boston Marathon bombing was experienced
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Fri, May 3, 2013 12:04 PM EDT
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- The Editors of EatingWell Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, May 3, 2013 10:41 AM EDT
Breakfast is important-it fuels your morning and may help keep your hunger in check so you don't overdo it at lunch. Although making breakfast at home is ideal-you have more control over the ingredients and can make sure you have a healthy, balanced meal-there are times when you need or want to pick up breakfast on the go. Many popular fast-food restaurants now offer breakfast sandwiches, which spurred me to look into the healthiest (and least healthy) options.
Here's what I found out about some of the healthiest breakfast-sandwich choices and the worst, which you should skip.
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The Best: The Starbucks Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap (pictured, left) has 290 calories, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 6 grams of fiber, 19 grams of protein and 830 mg of sodium. It's Starbucks's lowest-calorie breakfast sandwich option, plus the 6 grams of fiber will help
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, May 2, 2013 5:56 PM EDT
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(FBI Handout) 1973: Shakur and two fellow passengers were stopped for a broken tail light on the New Jersey Turnpike. After a heated exchange, they exchanged fire with police officers, and allegedly Shakur shot and killed Foerster. You can read the FBI's account of what happened here. You can also read conflicting accounts from witness reports, collected by
by Lexi PetronisRead More »from 3 Weird Ways to Improve Your Memory
Arthur Belebeau I think I've told you guys before that my memory is like a sieve (or maybe I didn't! See? Memory!). So if you're anything like me and could use a brain helper every now and again, this latest research is for you.
Brain Booster #1: the Mediterranean Diet
New research has shown that the Mediterranean Diet--which is high in fruits, veggies, and omega-3s (like in fish and olive oil)--may help preserve memory loss as we get older. The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study discovered that participants who ate more olive oil, omega-3 fatty acids and avoided red meats, dairy and cheese were 19 percent less likely to have cognitive problems by the end of the study than those who regularly ate those foods.
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Brain Booster #2: clenching your fists
If you're somebody who forgets someone's name as soon as you learn it, this could be a cool tip: if you're right-handed, clench your right
Breast implants can delay a cancer diagnosis.Researchers found that women who have breast cancer and artificial bosoms were more often diagnosed at a later stage than women without implants. (As we know, early detection is key when it comes to fighting breast cancer.)Read More »from How Breast Implants May Affect Your Cancer Risk
By Natasha Burton
After scientists looked at information from 12 previous studies, they saw that 26 percent of women with implants were diagnosed at a later stage of breast cancer than women without them (which, they do admit, could be totally by chance). However, they think that this late detection may happen because it's more difficult to really get a good look at a woman's breast tissue during a mammogram when she has implants in. Considering that some women who survive breast cancer have reconstructive survey, during which artificial breasts are inserted, this could mean that a resurgence of cancer might be harder to spot as well.
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More research needs to happen before we really know whether or not implants are at fault
- YouBeauty.com | Healthy Living – Thu, May 2, 2013 2:05 PM EDT
Does this mean we have to give up our pretty pouts?
Building on the lead-in-lipstick scares of recent years, a May 2013 study released today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reveals how much lead, cadmium, aluminum and other metals you ingest every time you swipe a bold shade across your lips. The results aren't too pretty, but don't toss the gloss just yet.
Researchers from the School of Public Health at U.C. Berkeley tested 32 drugstore and designer lipsticks and glosses for nine metals, including lead, aluminum, cadmium, chromium and manganese, exposure to all of which may have cancer-causing or neurotoxic effects. They found manganese, titanium, chromium, nickel and aluminum in practically every product, lead in 75 percent of them and cadmium in nearly half.
That sounds bad, but it's not necessarily surprising-or worrisome. Metals are used to make the pigments that make your favorite lipsticks that perfect shade of whatever. They are then washed out beforeRead More »from New Study: Toxic Metals in Lipstick—And How Much of it You Eat Daily
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, May 2, 2013 1:16 PM EDT
Lucky for us, UK-based illustrator Nickolay Lamm seems to be a bit obsessed with Barbie. First, he turned his artistically critical eye on the 54-year-old icon's makeup, stripping down her face with much more grace than another recent effort. Now Lamm, also a blogger, is going after Barbie's oft-criticized physique. In order for an average woman to look like Barbie, she would have to grow two feet taller, extend her neck length by 3.2 inches, gain five inches in bust size, and lose six inches in waist circumference, according to data from the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, cited by the recent Rehabs.com feature "Dying to be Barbie." Lamm has highlighted the discrepancies by comparing Barbie's body side-by-side to the mockup of a realistic version, based on CDC measurements of the average American 19-year-old. Now if only the CDC made a doll.…--Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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- Mandy Ingber, Yogalosophy | Healthy Living – Thu, May 2, 2013 11:18 AM EDT
Author Mandy IngberI have been all over the map with my relationship to my body. I have had times in my life when I've been extremely thin, then overweight; when I have been injured and unable to perform my normal exercise routine; and times when I have worked out for hours on end. All of this has taught me that the body is a work in progress. Since I designed and began following this course in positive reinforcement, which I call Yogalosophy, sixteen years ago, I have never had a major weight fluctuation.Read More »from 28 DAYS to a HEALTHIER BODY—AND MIND—STARTING TODAY
As an instructor, I've given health and fitness advice to women with some of the most admired bodies in Hollywood, and I'm telling you honestly that you are no different than they are. You have the exact same four components as your favorite stars. Here they are:
BODY: a physical body that needs to be cared for
WILLPOWER: a mind as a compass
EMOTIONS: feelings that will motivate you
Ready to get a healthier body-and mind-starting today? Here are five simple steps that you can take to embark on your own
by Valerie Berkowitz, R.D., for SHAPE.comRead More »from The No. 1 Reason to Check Your No. 2
We know it's kind of gross, but it's important!The idea of looking inside the porcelain throne after using it may gross you out, but your waste is hardly a waste when it comes to identifying potential health concerns. How often you go No. 2 and the shape, color, and even odor of your bowel movements (BM) can be warning signs that something's amiss.
The next time you hit the bathroom, sneak a peek to see how things are coming out so you can get some sense of what may be going on inside your body, good and bad.
What's normal: A sausage or snake shape, either with cracks in the surface (type 3) or smooth and soft (type 4)
According to the Bristol Stool Form Scale, there are seven types of stool.
Type 1 (hard lumps resembling nuts) and type 2 (sausage-shaped and lumpy) may mean that you are not drinking enough water and are constipated. Constipation is uncomfortable at the least, but if waste is not being eliminated, it can lead to pain, lack of appetite, straining that results in
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