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Morning Links: Breast Implants Linked to Cancer


Environmental Toxins Are Making You Fat – Study finds that our increased exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (dubbed “obesogens“) is increasing our risk of obesity and related diseases, like diabetes. (Rodale)

Breast Implants Linked to Cancer – The F.D.A. announced yesterday that breast implants of any type are linked to cancer; a rare but treatable cancer of the immune system (not the breast). (New York Times)

Bill Gates Supports Vaccines – The prince of Abu Dhabi and Bill Gates pledged $50 million each to vaccine funds for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Seattle Times) … More »

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Morning Links: Breast Implants Linked to Cancer

Jessica Simpson Detoxes, Then Gets Drunk


There are so many reasons to detox, but given Jessica Simpson’s recent post-cleanse feast and stagger episode, we doubt she’s choosing the right ones. The New York Post reported this morning that the star was seen knocking back sake at Katsuya, a Japanese restaurant in Hollywood, celebrating her first real meal in days after a detoxing cleanse. (Exactly which cleanse she was on, they don’t know, but Simpson has tweeted about her vegan detox diets in the past.) … More »

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Jessica Simpson Detoxes, Then Gets Drunk

Morning Links: Sex With Smart Women Is Worth Less, Say Authors


Goodbye, Minimalist – After over 13 years, Mark Bittman is leaving his “Minimalist” cooking column at the New York Times. Check out this video gallery of his greatest hits to commemorate his last week. (New York Times)

This Is Why You’re Sick – Avoid these 7 germiest public places to keep your sick day count from soaring. (Shine!)

Sex Is Getting Cheaper – Women’s success costs them sexual bargaining power, according to new book “Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate and Think About Marrying.” (Salon) … More »

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Morning Links: Sex With Smart Women Is Worth Less, Say Authors

Valentine’s Day the Right Way: How Not to Bust Your Diet for Romance


We’re all for making dinner reservations on special occasions like Valentine’s Day (and we don’t suggest you order your gourmet dressing on the side, either), but letting your healthy habits go to hell in a handbasket for a relationship? That’s far from romantic. Whether this Valentine’s day sparks a new relationship or celebrates an old one, we think it’s a great reminder that relationships should make us happy and healthy, not weigh us down. So eat your truffles, make reservations for a swanky restaurant with no calorie count on the menu, and then remember FitSugar’s tips for staying healthy and fit when you’re in a relationship More »

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Valentine’s Day the Right Way: How Not to Bust Your Diet for Romance

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Health Starts at Home — Read, print, and save these five essential checklists for a healthy, eco-friendly home (didn’t we tell you to make your bed already?). (Re-Nest)
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Morning Links: Sam’s Club to Offer $99 Health Screenings


Health Care Comes Cheaper in Bulk – The bulk supply store Sam’s Club (owned by Walmart) will offer $99 health screenings to its members, along with personalized health coaching and 24/7 nurse hotline services. (NPR)

Unconventional (Diet) Wisdom: Don’t Eat Six Small Meals a Day – Most of us have learned to munch throughout the day to boost metabolism, but some nutritionists vouch that three meals a day can be just as good. (That’s Fit)

Pneumonia Vaccine Introduced in Africa – A new vaccine against pneumonia is being introduced in Africa and South America, and could save half a million lives annually. (BBC) … More »

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Morning Links: Sam’s Club to Offer $99 Health Screenings

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Is Work Hurting Your Health? — Most of us get stressed at work, but if you have one of the 10 unhealthiest jobs, it’s doing serious damage to your lungs, too. (Huffington Post)
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10 Ways to Lower Cholesterol Without Prescription Drugs


Statins — the cholesterol-lowering drugs that significantly reduce risk of future heart attack — are a boon to the health and life span of anyone with heart disease (or high risk for heart disease). In fact, they’re so beneficial that researchers are busy trying to figure out if those at low risk for heart disease might benefit from taking the prescription meds. But after reviewing the progress of 14 medical trials, researchers at the Cochrane Systematic Review found that for those of us who have low risk for heart disease, statins may not prevent heart disease at all.

Now, we’re all for taking vitamins and supplements that boost our ability to fight disease and illness, but when it comes to prescription drugs — shouldn’t we focus on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle instead of finding drugs to keep our arteries intact while we continue scaring Big Macs and Diet Cokes? There are several known ways to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and maintain healthy levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and a vast majority involve simple diet and lifestyle choices (not pricey prescription drugs). So while researchers spend time calculating whether taking prescription drugs to prevent a disease we’re already at low risk to contract, we’ll stick with our oats and vegetables, thankyouverymuch. … More »

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10 Ways to Lower Cholesterol Without Prescription Drugs

Video: A Meditation Guide From Headspace and The Guardian


If you’re overly stressed this January (hel-lo, tough-to-keep resolutions, cold weather, and depressingly short winter days), you might want to jump-start a meditation practice, and The Guardian is on a mission to teach you how. They’ve teamed up with Headspace, a modern meditation project aimed at demystifying the mind-bending practice: “there’s no chanting, no sitting cross-legged, no incense and definitely no gurus … no religious agenda or mystical mumbo-jumbo, just simple, practical tools to help you find a bit more clarity and calm in your everyday life,” says their website. Together, Headspace and The Guardian have created a guide: “How to Meditate In Ten Easy Steps,” with videos like the one below to help break down the hows, whys, and whats of mediation practice: … More »

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Video: A Meditation Guide From Headspace and The Guardian

Modern Family Infographic: Marriage In 2011


One of the most popular New York Times articles over the weekend, “What ‘Modern Family’ Says About Modern Families,” contemplates why the hodgepodge families depicted on one of television’s most popular shows are so well-loved. The author suggests that fans connect to the show’s portrayal of our (sometimes dysfunctional) relationship with technology and media; that the characters’ confessional interviews with the camera reflect our own running monologues, updated regularly on Twitter and Facebook. But in conclusion, the article suggests that many of us love the Pritchett-Thacker family so much because under the surface of their oddball characters, technologically-advanced snafus, and unconventional relationships, they’re acting out the very traditional family values that even we modern viewers crave. … More »

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Modern Family Infographic: Marriage In 2011