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  • Study Says Drinking Hot Cocoa May Prevent Dementia


    A new study suggests that drinking hot cocoa may prevent dementia.A new study suggests that drinking hot cocoa may prevent dementia.Oh, no! Terrible news! Medical nightmare! Stop your entire life! A new study published by the American Academy of Neurology (via The Washington Times) suggests that drinking hot cocoa may improve memory in patients with impaired blood flow to the brain, which could stave off dementia.

    By Sam Lansky

    (In related news, a new study published by me right here suggests that drinking hot cocoa may improve deliciousness in everyone, especially near the holidays, when you're wearing a cable knit sweater by a crackling fire with your boyfriend while the snow falls delicately outside, or whatever.)

    Related: A Good Excuse to Eat Chocolate

    In the study, 60 people who had never been diagnosed with dementia drank two cups of hot cocoa each day for a month while taking memory and thinking tests; researchers monitored blood flow to their brains. Out of those 60 subjects, 18 had impaired neurological blood flow when the study began; blood flow improved by 8.3% by the end of the study, while their memory

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  • Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want to Go Back to Work?


    Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want To Go Back To Work?Do Stay-At-Home Moms Want To Go Back To Work?It's been ten years since the media highlighted what they called the Opt-Out Revolution, the trend of women with high-paying, prestigious jobs leaving their careers to become full time mothers. Now, a follow-up article in the New York Times magazine revisits the issue after a decade that's seen radical shifts in the economic climate and job market.

    By Sam Lansky

    Surprise! It's tough out there for the opt-out revolutionaries, many of whom were unable to return to their careers with equal success after years out of the workforce. Although most found work, the jobs were more junior and less lucrative than their former posts.

    Related: 10 Success Secrets Bosses Never Tell You but Should

    But the more subtle consequence, as drawn in the piece, has to do with shifts in the power dynamics of their marriages - husbands reluctant to see their wives abandoning responsibilities they've since come to associate with women, but frustrated by their wives' inabilities to contribute financially during

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  • 15 Things You Really Shouldn't Say to an Engaged Woman

    There are some things you just shouldn't say to a recently engaged girl. There are some things you just shouldn't say to a recently engaged girl. After spending nine months as an engaged woman, I've learned that people can say some weird sh*t to you once they find out you've been ringed up. So, here's a little tutorial on what not to say to your just-got-proposed-to pal.

    By Natasha Burton

    1. "Whoa, what size diamond is that?"
    Think of this like asking what your friend weighs-unless she's your BFF since birth, you just don't make the inquiry. Same goes for the specific carats on your friend's new ring. Truth be told, I wouldn't even know what size my own diamond is had I not peeked at the specs on the certificate that came with it, and I assume many other women simply don't even know.

    2. "OMG yours is so big compared to mine."
    Really? Why would you tell a chick something she already knows (because she has eyes)? An engaged friend of mine told me that some girl, within two seconds of meeting her, grabbed her hand, then glared at her own fiancé to say, "Hers is bigger than mine!" Nice way to spread the awkward, and

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  • Autoeroticism: When the Thing that Turns You on the Most Is…You

    Chrisian Bale in Amercan Psycho.Chrisian Bale in Amercan Psycho.When you see yourself naked, are you totally aroused? Do you daydream about hooking up with yourself after work? Are you basically your own definition of slampiece?

    By Natasha Burton

    Related: A Few Notes on Office "Slampieces"

    Working at Cosmo, you'd think that I've heard every sex term written, uttered, or conceived, ever. So, imagine my surprise-and delight!-when I got to add a new word to my vocab list today: Autoeroticism, as in being sexually aroused by yourself. (Which, as it turns out, should not be confused with creeptastic, watching-himself-in-the-mirror-during-sex Christian Bale in American Psycho.)

    A psychologist recently wrote a fascinating a piece for Psychology Today on the term and some of the misconceptions surrounding it. Autoeroticism, like other sexual preferences and sexualities, works in degrees. So, if you enjoy getting down for some solo lovin' from time to time, then you're at least somewhat turned on by your (sexy ass) self. However, full-on autoerotic (or

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  • When's Wine O'Clock? 7 P.M. Says Survey


    When is the best time to drink a glass of wine? When is the best time to drink a glass of wine? When's the best time to wine down? Just around 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, according to a new survey.

    By Natasha Burton

    After polling people about their vino-drinking habits, bottling company Cobevco found that 6:53 p.m. on Wednesday evenings is the ideal time for popping a bottle. This makes perfect sense to us. Mid-way through the week, you're slowly coming undone, but Friday is nigh, so what better reason to take a little wine to the face? Around 75 percent said they prefer to indulge in a glass (or three) at home, and this is a tad disturbing: 37 percent sip away with no accompanying meal. Haven't you guys ever heard of mac and cheese?

    Related: Is Wine the New Diet Drink?

    As far as wine type is concerned, red and white wine each got nearly 40 percent of the vote, while only one in five kick back with a glass of rosé, my personal wine type of choice. (Because it's pink, duh.)

    So, celebrate getting over the weekly slump tonight with a big ol' glass of your fave vintage-hey,

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  • Do Big Breakfasts Really Help You Lose Weight?

    Do big breakfasts actually help you loose weight? Do big breakfasts actually help you loose weight? While we've heard it all over here, from green-juice-as-breakfast to carbo-load breakfast to fruit cup breakfast, the jury's still out whether a big breakfast actually helps or hurts your weight loss journey.

    By Anna Breslaw

    (I admit, I am partial to my personal delusion that if I keep eating my go-to greasy breakfast sandwiches made of bagel, bacon, eggs, ketchup, salt, unicorn horn powder and the dreams of children, I will magically Animorph into Adriana Lima. Shhh, don't kill my buzz)

    ABC News reports that a new study in this week's Journal of Obesity examined the question and came up - huzzah! - in favor of breakfast. Tel Aviv-based researchers split their test group of 1,600 middle-aged overweight women in half, asking one side to consume most of their daily calories at breakfast and the other side at dinner.

    Related: How to Find Your Ideal Weight

    The heavy breakfast eaters lost an average of 20 pounds over the course of three months while the lighter breakfast eaters

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  • Behind-the-Party-Scene at the Wildest College in the USA

    University of Iowa fans party at a Hawkeye football tailgate. University of Iowa fans party at a Hawkeye football tailgate. It's official: The Hawkeyes party hardest. This week, the latest Princeton Review rankings named the University of Iowa the number-one party school in the country. And Twitter goes wild with a flood of #KeepItUpHawks #WeAreNumberOne #ProudAlumnae!

    By Caitlin Scott

    As a rising senior at UI, I can hardly say I'm surprised. The scene at Iowa is definitely cray. This is partly due to the fact that there isn't a whole lot to do on the entertainment spectrum in Iowa City besides hit up one of the many bars.

    The revelry begins with Friday After Class-#FAC-which means going downtown (or DT, as the cool kids say). Iowa kids have their sh*t together and purposefully craft a schedule that features a class-free Friday, perfect for relaxing all day and partying hard all night.

    At 7 p.m., underage students get their pre-game on (drink of choice: disgusting-but-hella-cheap Hawkeye Vodka), get a buzz going, and then flock to the bars downtown, where they party it up until 10 p.m., at

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  • "Fifty Shades" Casting Has Officially Begun…But the Rumors Continue

    We've been speculating for months about who might play whip-bearing lovers Ana Steele and Christian Grey but we may not have to wait much longer for a concrete answer. According to multiple sources, casting has-finally-begun. (Eeeeeee!)

    By Natasha Burton

    According to a post on Acting-Auditions.org, Fifty Shades is officially in pre-production, which is movie-speak for "actually happening now," and a casting page has been set up for agents and managers to submit their actor clients. However, the submissions had to be made quickly: The site says in an update that the casting info page was removed after just a couple days.

    Related: 10 Guys Who Should Play Christian Grey

    Maybe that means the perfect contenders for the starring roles have already been found?

    Still, until an official announcement is made, we expect that rumors will continue to swirl about who exactly will play Ana and Christian. A recent, though unnamed, "online poll" shows that Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke

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  • Governor Wendy Davis? Texas Senator's Hinting at Gubernatorial Run

    Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.Sen. Wendy Davis, she of the insta-famous 11-hour filibuster, has spent a busy summer hopping from Washington D.C. back to Texas in efforts to fundraise and work with the Democratic pro-choice political group (and our pal) Emily's List. Now, the new feminist icon is considering a gubernatorial run.

    By Anna Breslaw

    "I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either my State Senate seat or the governor," Davis says. Her final decision is expected to come in a few weeks, according to The New York Times.

    A former House speaker confirms that she's added something new and exciting to left-wing Texas politics: "I think there's great enthusiasm, and she's probably created more enthusiasm than any Democrat in Texas has created in decades as far as interest from around the country."

    Related: Texas Governor Rick Perry Uses Wendy Davis's Reproductive History as Pro Life Argument

    Now that Gov. Rick Perry has announced that he's not seeking re-election

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  • Pissed Off at Your Man? Better Get Some Sleep

    Getting a poor night's sleep can mess with your relationship.Getting a poor night's sleep can mess with your relationship.If you love sleep as much as we do, you don't need a reason to set your alarm just a bit later. But, just in case, here's one: Getting a poor night's sleep-yes, one night-can majorly eff with your relationship.

    By Natasha Burton

    Studying 78 couples over two weeks, researchers asked participants to keep notes about their sleep quality and how much they fought with their significant others. Across the board, even just one bad night of insomnia or simply not getting those recommended eight hours increased relationship conflict the next day. (Explains a lot, doesn't it?)

    Related: When Stress Keeps You Up at Night

    According to the findings, a night of tossing and turning made people less empathetic, more negative, more selfish, and less able to diffuse conflict. While we're big advocates of using your bed for activities other than sleep, this all sounds pretty terrible to us.

    So, if you're feeling tired and on-edge, put your jammies on a bit earlier tonight and get thee some

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