• I love that Jack Antonoff is known as “Lena Dunham’s boyfriend.” Also cool: the fact that Dunham just directed the new music video for her BF’s first single with the band Bleachers (as opposed to fun.), called “I Wanna Get Better.” In it, Antonoff is cast as a psychotherapist who must head into the office to deal with a lineup of characters after being jilted by his girlfriend. The video, which runs just under 5 minutes, is an awesome marriage of the real-life couple’s skills — Antonoff’s poignant, uplifting pop sound and Dunham’s quirky-smart, playful vision. The whole scene, basically, is unmistakably hers. Here’s why:

    The feel-good font. It’s just so cute and friendly, so "Girls." 

    The supporting characters’ weird-funny lines. “Roxy! Your ketchup toast is ready!” yells a neighbor to her daughter. The soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend says, to Antonoff’s character, “Jack, if you could even begin to examine yourself the way you examine everyone else, be that analytical — you know, judgmental,

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Lara HarwoodLara HarwoodIn case you missed it, there have been a few mini-epidemics of the mumps (a viral disease that causes fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and swelling in the salivary glands) popping up this winter, mostly on college campuses -- at Fordham University in NYC this February, and most recently at the Ohio State University in Columbus, where the number of cases has reached 40 and the outbreak has reportedly begun to spread into the community.

    So, uh, excuse our French, but WTF? We kind of thought mumps was one of those old-fashioned diseases we were, well, done with. In fact, last time we heard anything about mumps, pretty sure it was in that lady-with-the-alligator-purse song. We decided to get to the bottom of things and ask SELF's medical adviser, Harry Lodge, MD, for the 411.

    This mumps stuff sounds scary. Is the disease dangerous?

    Mumps is a pretty miserable infection, but most people get over it just fine--it cures itself with time. Brain inflammation and

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  • by Kafi Drexel

    Courtesy of Author/Studio360Courtesy of Author/Studio360

    If you've ever signed up for a race, be it a long-distance bike ride, marathon, or Tough Mudder, one of the coolest things you can do is look around and see just how many people are competing for charity -- these runners, bikers or whatever-ers have all raised a pre-set amount of money for an important cause, such as hospital building in Africa or cancer awareness. And hey, maybe you've been one of those fundraising fools.

    Since SELF is so into doing good, we're particularly stoked about a trend popping up on the coasts -- and hopefully near you soon, too: Charity-driven gyms where you can sweat for a cause EVERY single time you swing by. Check out these new openers in NYC and Seattle that are giving us some major sweatspiration -- oh, and inspiration, of course, too!

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    Studio 360, Cycling and Yoga

    At this Murray Hill-based double-practice studio, $1 per student per class is donated to a different

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  • How My Breast Cancer Diagnosis was the Gateway to the Ultimate Spring CleaningHow My Breast Cancer Diagnosis was the Gateway to the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning started early for me in 2014. In fact, it started in 2013.

    On Dec. 18, 2013, I went in for my first-ever mammogram. I turned 40 last year, and it was among the boxes I needed to check on my pro-active health list. I was not expecting anything other than a pat on the back when they squished my breasts on the cold metal plate of the mammography machine. With no lump or sick feeling, I certainly wasn't expecting a breast cancer diagnosis. It came anyway - on Jan. 6, 2014.

    I didn't collapse to the ground when the phone call came with the news. I didn't vomit. I did cry, however. A lot. But mostly I was overwhelmed. I live 2,000 miles from my family and 200 miles from major hospitals in a city where I know very few people. I allowed myself to feel sorry for myself for about 48 hours. I drank a lot of red wine. I mewled to my husband about how I've spent my entire life causing my parents distress.

    But then I got down to business. When you have a 2-year-old, a

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Mike LorrigMike Lorrig

    (Short answer: No!)

    You probably saw a bunch of headlines last week about a big meta analysis in Annals of Internal Medicine supposedly revealing that saturated fats are way less bad than we thought. The researchers pored over 72 studies about fatty acids and cardiovascular health and found that people who consumed the most and the least saturated fats weren't all that different when it came to heart disease risk -- and the same went for high and low intake of unsaturated fats, which we see as healthy.

    Their conclusion: Current guidelines about eating lots of polyunsaturated fatty acids and avoiding saturated fats don't have scientific support.

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    Look Better Naked

    Here's the thing, though: Lots of scientists aren't buying it. According to Science magazine, many experts have spoken out criticizing the meta analysis and even asking the authors to retract it. Critics have pointed out errors in the authors' interpretations of studies, important studies

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  • By Gabrielle Reece

    Even though I'm a fitness advocate, and even though I know that everything good in my life, and I mean everything-my attitude, moods, health, ability to be a good family member who doesn't fantasize about walking out the door and joining up with a merry band of (childless) pirates-flows from my working out and staying active, sometimes I'd rather do anything else.

    People imagine that because of how I look and what I do, I bounce out of bed every morning with a twinkle in my eye and a song in my heart: "Woohoo, I can't WAIT to work out!" I'd say my desire to train at any given moment is always about 50/50. Yep, that means half the time I'd rather lie on the couch and eat a bowl of cereal.

    But when I'm feeling less than fully motivated, here are some of the things I like to remind myself-some secrets behind the secret-and also some useful tips for anyone who's just starting out.

    Exercise makes you happy. Even if you can convince yourself your abs are

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  • By: Dennis Tang

    After much hype and fanfare from pothead morning birds and people with GI tracts of iron, the Taco Bell breakfast menu has finally arrived. But what if you're the type who drinks a full glass of water before every meal, subs mustard for mayo in every sandwich, and smugly tells everybody all about it? Well, you're in luck! Here are the most waist-friendly items on the new menu, in order:

    1. Coffee (10 calories)
    Though it depends on what you put in it, whether you think caffeine has long-term negative effects, and how you should feel about the state of your life when you're getting your morning coffee at Taco Bell.

    2. Tropicana Orange Juice (140 calories)
    Seriously, who are we kidding, orange juice isn't healthy. Hell, it's not barely even made of oranges.

    3. Hash Brown (160 calories)
    The third-healthiest item on the menu is a brick of shredded fried potatoes. It's like if the bronze medalist in high dive was Louie Anderson.

    4. A.M. Grilled

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  • (Lauryn Lax / Facebook)At first, Lauryn Lax's local YMCA was just a place to work out. But it became a place where her life would change. Technically, it was the Nashville Y's parking lot, where Lax was first approached by a group of fellow gym-goers.

    A few of the gym's members began noticing that Lax, despite her thin frame, was constantly working out. They wondered if Lax was suffering from an eating disorder. Rather than sit and watch her wither away, eight gym-goers banded together and started thinking about ways that they could help Lax. One researched eating disorders online. Another tracked down Lax's parents in Arkansas. They confirmed that Lax had been struggling with anorexia since she was a girl, and they agreed to help with an intervention.

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    One fateful day in August, Lax was headed to the Y for what she described as "my first 2 1/2 hour workout of the day." In the parking lot, she was suddenly surrounded by the eight

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  • ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A school district and a girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota have settled a lawsuit that claimed school officials violated the student's constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission.

    The Minnewaska School District has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle the 2012 case involving former Minnewaska Area Middle School sixth-grader, Riley Stratton, now 15 years old.

    According to the lawsuit, Stratton was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher's aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home and not using school computers. The ACLU also said administrators viewed her online conversations with a boy because of a complaint the two were using computers to talk about sex.

    "It was believed the parent had given permission to look at her cellphone," Minnewaska Superintendent Greg Schmidt said Tuesday. But Schmidt said the district did not have a signed consent from the parent.

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  • A new Snickers ad has put a seemingly refreshing twist on an old stereotype: catcalling construction workers, who in this case yell out empowering statements to startled female passersby, like, “You want to hear a dirty word? Gender bias!” But the campaign, released in Australia and viewable on YouTube, may actually be doing more harm than good, according to a rising tide of social media critics. That’s because the ad’s confusing premise — that the men simply aren’t themselves when they’re hungry — seems to cement the idea that, normally, male workers are offensive cretins. 

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    “The moral of the new Snickers ad is that we should keep men in a state of constant hunger,” one tweet suggests. And while some tout it for being “great” and “surprisingly funny,” more call it out for being “puzzling,” “confusing,” and “offensive,” with one man noting, “I don't really understand this Snickers ad… Eat Snickers and go back to being a

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