Review Category : Health

Men Should Be Careful About Posting Too Many Selfies

iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Guys who start thinking that there might be something wrong with them because they post a lot of selfies may be on to something.

A study out of Ohio State University appears to be the first to measure anti-social traits in men who post photos of themselves on social networking sites.

Lead author Jesse Fox surveyed 800 men ages 18 to 40 about their selfie-posting habits and arrived at the conclusion that many of these men demonstrate narcissistic and psychopathic qualities.

While Fox maintains that men who enjoy posting photos of themselves aren’t necessarily anti-social, many of those who do rate higher on the scale of being narcissistic or psychopathic.

To be clear, narcissists are into self-objectification, meaning they value their looks above all else. This quality, which can also involve feeling superior to others, is particularly acute among those who edit their photos to make themselves look even better.

It can all turn into a vicious circle, that is, when a narcissist gets positive feedback about his appearance, he steps up the number of selfies he posts.

Meanwhile, psychopathy refers to one’s lack of empathy for others and a tendency toward impulsive behavior.

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Many Sexual Fantasies Shared in Study

iStock/Thinkstock(QUEBEC CITY, Quebec) — You may not be ready to share your sexual fantasies with the world but more than 1,500 men and women did with University of Quebec researchers.

Christian C. Joyal, Amélie Cossette and Vanessa Lapierre asked the participants to rate their interests in 55 fantasies provided for them as well share some of their own daydreams about sex.

In the realm of having sex with a total stranger, just under half of women said they imagined what that would be like while over seven in 10 men admitted they did as well.

More women than men had fantasies about being dominated, 65 percent to 53 percent respectively.

However, men were far bolder about thinking about swinging with another couple than women, 42 percent to 18 percent.

Men more than women were also into fantasizing about watching someone undressing without their knowledge by about a ratio of two-to-one.

Of course, these sexual fantasies probably seem pretty tame compared to the real deviant stuff, which isn’t listed here, and as the researchers point out, the study was meant to focus “on the effect of the fantasy rather than its content.”

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Jennifer Lopez’s New Fitness Mission to Help Make Women ‘Look Good’

Image Group LA/ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Lopez is a superstar actress, singer, dancer and an entrepreneur who has a new venture that’s also her mission: to help women get fit and healthy.

Lopez is a partner in BodyLab, a new nutrition and fitness program for women that features a line of supplements and protein shakes, a fitness app and other components to help women maximize their workouts and boost their metabolism and energy.

Before BodyLab, supplements were made for men by men, Lopez says in a promotional video for the program.

“The way we burn fat, our different stressors, different things about our metabolism that is totally different than men,” Lopez said in an interview with Cameron Mathison of ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“We just want to look good. We want to feel healthy. We want to be hot,” Lopez added.

At 45, Lopez has an enviable figure that’s helped keep her in the spotlight as a sex symbol.

The mother of two says she starts every morning with a protein shake made with her new supplement powder.

“It gives me great energy…,” she said.

Doctors and scientists are involved in the formulation of BodyLab’s products. Amy Heaton, director of scientific affairs for BodyLab, explained the importance of protein.

“We need to have sustained protein throughout the day otherwise we can actually lose muscle mass,” she said. “It’s not just about the gym, so that’s why the proteins are really important.”

Lopez says she works out every day, and builds that exercise around her work and children.

“One thing I did do right as a mommy is I tell the kids, my twins, to eat vegetables and greens from a young age,” she said. “And they would love that it has some cheese on it.”

BodyLab’s products are available on the program’s website and in certain pharmacies and other stores.

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Study: Doctors Mishandle Headache Patients

shironosov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say doctors are mishandling many patients every year who approach them with headaches.

According to the study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, more than 12 million Americans approach health care professionals each year with headaches, resulting in $30 billion in health care costs. Researchers say that many of those patients receive little to no relief.

Researchers from Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center looked at data on over 9,000 headache patients between 1999 and 2010. They found that physicians commonly ignore practice guidelines, including increased use of CT scans and MRI scans. Between 1999 and 2010, use of those scans — which are widely discouraged — nearly doubled.

Researchers say referrals for headaches have also increased, meaning more costs for patients and insurers.

Fortunately, the study found that there was not a significant increase in use of highly addictive medications, including opioid painkillers and barbituates for headache management.

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Weight Loss Surgery Linked to Lower Mortality Rates Later On

Jochen Sands/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say that weight loss surgery may add years to the lives of morbidly obese patients.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, bariatric surgery could add years to the lives of obese individuals. Researchers in Seattle studied 2,500 obese veterans who underwent bariatric surgery and compared the data derived from those patients to that of 7,500 similarly obese patients who did not have the surgery.

While the subjects who underwent surgery had a slightly higher mortality rate in the first year after surgery, that changed drastically after 10 years. Ten years after the surgery, 14 percent of patients who had had the surgery were dead, compared to 24 percent of those who had not undergone the surgery.

Patients who did have the surgery likely had increased short-term mortality rates due to the risks inherent with any surgery.

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Why Women Shaving Their Faces Is Now a Thing

dmitroza/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re desperate to ward off wrinkles, tell your man to move over and make room at the bathroom sink.

Turns out shaving your face could help skin stay youthful, according to some beauty experts.

Sometimes called “dermaplaning,” the process of shaving a woman’s face can take place in a professional dermatologist’s office or can be a DIY job.

“It’s definitely a thing,” said Alexis Wolfer, editor of The Beauty Bean. “One reason men are thought to get fewer wrinkles is that they’re constantly exfoliating their faces every time they shave, literally shaving away the outermost layers of skin and encouraging your skin to create new layers.”

Television stars shave their faces. Caroline Manzo of Manzo’d With Children (formerly of The Real Housewives of New Jersey) was seen doing it in an episode last season.

“Let me make something clear and hopefully answer your questions once and for all: I shave my face as a method of exfoliating my skin,” Manzo told Reality Tea. “I don’t shave because I have a hairy face! I’ve been practicing this for over 10 years, and I haven’t grown any facial hair because of it, and I have beautiful skin with minimal wrinkles. I think this should clarify any questions.”

There are many questions. What happens to the hair on your face? Does it grow back thicker?

“The consequences are small if you don’t have facial hair,” said Wolfer. “But for women with facial hair, it can make any hair look much darker and thicker when it grows back in with a blunt edge.”

Beauty company Shiseido sells a facial razor for women. A three-pack sells for about $6 on Amazon.

Wolfer said women shaving their faces is “definitely getting more mainstream,” but it’s not yet what she would call common.

She said there are far better ways to exfoliate and recommends mixing a tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt (it has lactic acid to break down dead skin cells) and a teaspoon of raw honey to moisturize and kill bacteria. Apply a thick layer to clean skin for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take one to two tablespoons of white sugar and gently scrub the mask off for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water and follow with moisturizer.

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Why Women Shaving Their Faces Is Now a Thing

dmitroza/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re desperate to ward off wrinkles, tell your man to move over and make room at the bathroom sink.

Turns out shaving your face could help skin stay youthful, according to some beauty experts.

Sometimes called “dermaplaning,” the process of shaving a woman’s face can take place in a professional dermatologist’s office or can be a DIY job.

“It’s definitely a thing,” said Alexis Wolfer, editor of The Beauty Bean. “One reason men are thought to get fewer wrinkles is that they’re constantly exfoliating their faces every time they shave, literally shaving away the outermost layers of skin and encouraging your skin to create new layers.”

Television stars shave their faces. Caroline Manzo of Manzo’d With Children (formerly of The Real Housewives of New Jersey) was seen doing it in an episode last season.

“Let me make something clear and hopefully answer your questions once and for all: I shave my face as a method of exfoliating my skin,” Manzo told Reality Tea. “I don’t shave because I have a hairy face! I’ve been practicing this for over 10 years, and I haven’t grown any facial hair because of it, and I have beautiful skin with minimal wrinkles. I think this should clarify any questions.”

There are many questions. What happens to the hair on your face? Does it grow back thicker?

“The consequences are small if you don’t have facial hair,” said Wolfer. “But for women with facial hair, it can make any hair look much darker and thicker when it grows back in with a blunt edge.”

Beauty company Shiseido sells a facial razor for women. A three-pack sells for about $6 on Amazon.

Wolfer said women shaving their faces is “definitely getting more mainstream,” but it’s not yet what she would call common.

She said there are far better ways to exfoliate and recommends mixing a tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt (it has lactic acid to break down dead skin cells) and a teaspoon of raw honey to moisturize and kill bacteria. Apply a thick layer to clean skin for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, take one to two tablespoons of white sugar and gently scrub the mask off for 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water and follow with moisturizer.

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Why Missouri Newborn’s Smile Is So Rare

File photo. (Khobe/iStock/Thinkstock)(BRANSON, Mo.) — Alyssa Bailey was born three days after Christmas with a little something extra — two bottom front teeth.

The doctors and nurses who delivered her were quite taken with this dental surprise, said the baby’s mom, Jaklina Bailey.

“Right when she first arrived, everybody was just shocked,” the mother told ABC7, the ABC News affiliate in Branson, Missouri, where the baby was born. “Just like, ‘She has two front teeth? No kidding? Really?’ It was just a big talk about it, you know, in the delivery room.”

While not common, it’s not unheard of for babies to be born with fully formed teeth, said Dr. Laura Corio, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

“Teeth can be present in oral cavities at birth and may be related to certain other health problems but not always,” Corio explained.

About one in every 2,000 to 3,000 babies are born with teeth, according to the National Institutes of Health. Like Alyssa Bailey, they usually appear on the lower gums but on occasion you’ll see a baby born with a mouthful of chompers, Corio said.

Typically, the doctor will remove or shave down the natal teeth as soon as possible to avoid problems with nursing and prevent the baby from cutting its tongue, said Corio.

In baby Alyssa’s case, her mom said they’re going to keep an eye out to ensure the tiny teeth don’t come loose and present a choking hazard. But since they’re an extra set, once they fall out, doctors are confident her usual baby teeth will grow in normally.

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Bill Gates Drinks Water from Human Waste

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates isn’t afraid to put his money where his mouth is, even when it means drinking a glass of water processed from human waste.

Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates funded the creation of the Omniprocessor by the bioengineering firm Janicki Bioenergy.

The machine works by turning sewage sludge into useable electricity and drinkable water within minutes.

“The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle,” said Gates in a written statement. “And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe.”

The machine will be used in a pilot program in Dakar, Senegal, to see how the local community will react to it.

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Why These Young Boys Were Asked to Slap a Girl

Fanpage.it(ROME) — What happens when you introduce a group of young boys to a beautiful little girl? They blush.

What happens when you tell those little boys to slap that beautiful girl? They refuse.

An online Italian newspaper called Fanpage.it created an eye-opening video showing how children respond to violence against women — and fortunately, their reactions are exactly what you’d hope.

“What do you like about her?,” the voice behind the camera asks the boys one by one as they’re introduced to Martina, the pretty, long-haired little girl.

“I like her eyes,” one of the boy replies.

“Everything,” says another.

They are then prompted to make a funny face at Martina, to which they all comply, and then are asked to caress her. The boys agree to that gesture too, gently rubbing her arm or lightly stroking her cheek.

But then it gets awkward.

“Slap her,” the voice tells them.

Lots of confused looks and sideways glances prompt more coaxing from behind the camera to just “Slap her, hard! Come on.”

They will not do it.

“No,” each one of them says.

“Why not?,” they’re asked.

“Because you’re not supposed to hit girls,” says one.

“Jesus doesn’t want us to hit others,” says another.

Then the romantic of the group chimes in with his reasoning: “As the saying goes, ‘girls shouldn’t be hit, not even with a flower.’”

It’s a lovely reminder to the viewer that “In the kids’ world, women don’t get hit,” the video explains.

“As a newspaper, we thought it was important to raise awareness on domestic abuse that perpetuates in the social silence,” Francesco Piccinini, director of Fanpage.it, wrote to ABC News. “We wanted to show the reactions to an order. It’s a social experiment and a news way to report about this crime.”

Piccinini adds that Fanpage uses videos to “talk in a different way about matters that affect [their] country.”

With more than seven million views, it’s safe to say the video’s success has not only gotten Italy discussing domestic abuse, but helped it become a global conversation.

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