• Dark chocolate

    By Elizabeth Stark

    A lot of scientific studies you read about often seem too good to be true, and they usually are; sadly, Croatian scientists will probably never find that 74 percent of subjects who ate only cake actually lost weight,or that a caramel latte a day will reduce your risk of stroke. But sometimes, on a few glorious occasions, it turns out something you love actually is good for you.

    I'm talking about chocolate here. So let's really talk about chocolate. Not all chocolate packs the same healthful punch - the kind you can eat with moderate abandon (an ounce or so a day) is dark chocolate, cocoa, or cacao. Look for chocolate that touts a 70 percent or greater cocoa content, and then get down to the healthy business of inhaling it. Milk chocolate and even a lot of "dark chocolate" candy bars have tons of sugar and a lot of fat either introduced or reintroduced in manufacturing. So any health benefits you get from these are going to be outweighed by the added sugar

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  • Everyone dreads going to the dentist — thinking of the drill buzzing alone is enough to induce nightmares — but to keep your pearly whites looking, well, pearly and white, professional teeth cleanings are absolutely necessary. But to ease your fears of the intimidating oral tools, know that, someday, the person behind the mask about to fill your cavities could possibly be one of these silly dental students featured in the “Wax it Fresh, and Carve it Smooth” video.

    The creators of the cheeky video, Sam King and Greg Montgomery, are in their second year at Creighton Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska, and decided it was time to put down the books and drills and let loose using their newly acquired knowledge. King filmed and edited and Montgomery, the dapper almost-dentist rapping and rhyming about root canals, wrote the maddeningly catchy song. Lyrics like “having dreams about my teeth falling out,” and “I spit out you haters with my anti-plaque” are some of the most memorable lines. The

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  • One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure. One in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure.

    By Jennifer Brown, PhD, Everyday Health

    Sometimes medication is simply not enough to control high blood pressure - or so doctors thought. But in their search for why some patients don't respond to treatment, a team of researchers found many were in fact not taking their drugs at all, based on levels of the medications in their urine samples.

    Lead investigator Maciej Tomaszewski, MD, and others make the case for using a simple urinanalysis to check whether patients with "resistant" hypertension actually take the drugs they were prescribed. The results of their research at the University of Leicester in the UK were published this week in the journal Heart.

    Barriers to Getting Hypertension Under Control

    High blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke - two good reasons to get it under control. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, yet many physicians believe it is preventable by effectively treating its

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  • See? No socks.10. I went yesterday--don't muscles need time to recover because of lactic acid buildup and electrolytes and slow- and fast-twitch fibers… maybe I should fall into a Wikipedia hole of these kinesiology-related terms instead.

    9. I'm too hungry to work out right now. I'll go home, prepare dinner, eat, clean up, and then go to the gym.**

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    8. I don't want to wash my hair. Or shower.

    7. My favorite instructor is out, and the sub is never as good. Do something else there? How dare you; you know Wednesday night is kickboxing night.

    6. I forgot socks. No, you can't buy socks anywhere and everywhere.

    Related: 10 Foods That Burn Fat, For Real

    5. There's a new episode of The Mindy Project on for the first time in weeks. DVR? Watch it at the gym? I still watch TV like it's 1955, thank you very much.

    4. I have a headache. Well, I think I have a headache. I feel like I could have a headache that would probably get worse if I

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  • Most of last year's 2M finishers were females(Newser) - Female runners are making half-marathons the sport's most popular distance race, reports Runner's World. It takes note of new stats from Running USA showing that a record 1.95 million people finished a 13.1-mile race last year, which marks a 6% increase from the previous year and an astonishing six-fold rise since 1990. Of last year's finishers, 61% were women, up from 53% in 2004.

    "Runners, it seems, are divided between people committed to running for maybe 40 minutes and people ready to hoof it for more than two hours," observes Rose Eveleth at Smithsonian. "If you fall somewhere in between, well, maybe it's about time you try for 13.1 miles. Everyone else is."

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    Photo Credit: Flickr, nihonbunka

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    Davide MaestriDavide Maestri
    Since you're going to spring-clean your house anyway--or at least that's the plan (I have yet to tackle my closet before the sheer volume of what's in there tackles me)--why not spring-clean your health too?

    According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the environment of your home can negatively impact your health. Indoor air quality, water purity, and potentially dangerous toxins and chemicals can all lead to possible illness or injury.

    Says Joel R. Cooper, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician practicing at 21st Century Family Medicine in Glendale, Ariz: "By setting aside a few hours one weekend this spring, we can make simple changes inside our homes--from steps to ensure we're breathing clean air to properly disposing of expired medications--that can help lower our risk of becoming sick or injured."

    See more: 11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now

    That's why the AOA suggests these tips--they're little things you can do to help

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  • But is napping the cause, or just a symptom? It's unclear(Newser) - We all know how important it is to get enough sleep-but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who slept for an hour or more during the day were almost a third more likely to die prematurely, the Daily Mail reports. Specifically, they were more likely to die from lung diseases, and researchers say napping could contribute to respiratory ailments by triggering inflammation in the body. However, the researchers note that napping may simply be an early sign that your health is in danger, rather than the cause of the problem, the Independent notes.

    In fact, one expert who did not take part in the study suggests, in people with serious lung problems, the naps "may not have hastened death but delayed it." And he notes that the findings show that 85% of people who napped less than one hour a day were at no higher risk of a

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  • A grumpy young old manIf you're a male who's approaching 50, good news: A recent study found that 80% of the 1,315 men surveyed found that life improved around 50, as opposed to the 20% who said life didn't get easier until retirement age. But the good times apparently have an expiration date. The men found that their happiness began to diminish around age 70, which NPR dubs "the approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men."

    The study, published in March's Psychology and Aging, shed some light on why the men, who were between the ages of 53 and 85 during the 15-year study, found that life improved at first, then started to be a downer around 70.

    "Older adults," referring to those around 50, "on average have fewer hassles-and respond to them better-than younger adults," explains lead author Carolyn Aldwin. But as decades pass new "hassles" set in, and how the men "appraised" them changed.

    Per a press release, appraisals of hassles improved during one's 60s, then downgraded in one's 70s

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  • by Marissa Gold

    Delphine AchardDelphine Achard

    I can't tell you how many times one ill-timed sneeze ruined all of my hard work with a mascara wand. #allergyproblems. Can any of you relate?

    When you have allergies, your relationship with makeup becomes a little complicated. On the one hand, you don't want to pile on a lot of products, because maybe your skin is sensitive, your eyes are watery, or you tend to rub your eyes or blow your nose and smudge it all off. On the other hand, the worse your allergy symptoms are, the more it shows in your face ("Allergy Face" is the term Zyrtec coined for it). So makeup can become pretty important when you need to look presentable despite frightening pollen counts.

    Celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg came to New York City a few weeks ago to talk about her tips for allergy sufferers. I took notes and then did what any responsible editor would do--I peeked into her makeup bag, of course! Here are the five most important makeup tips for anyone with allergies, along

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  • With so many seemingly healthy choices that, well, aren't (Sugar! Sodium! Preservatives!), it's impossible to know what to reach for. Here, some good things that do come in small packages-and the optimal time to eat them.

    By: Danielle McNally

    Mighty Maca Chocolate BarsMighty Maca Chocolate Bars


    Bearded Brothers Mighty Maca Chocolate Energy Bar (Pictured)
    By 10:30, your body has burned through those egg whites, and blood sugar is tanking. This raw, vegan, and gluten- and soy-free treat (made by two actual sibs) is a perfect mix of simple and complex carbs. Plus, it has maca, which combats stress and-as the lore goes-was used by the Incans to maintain energy in battle.

    Whole Foods Turkey Jerky Sticks
    A higher protein snack like this, will stave off hunger longer-with the same number of calories as a high-carb snack-keeping you going through that mid-morning meeting and into lunch. Janis Jibrin, R.D., author of The Pescetarian Plan , recommends pairing this dried meat (about 60 calories each) with 100

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