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Anna Almendrala
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Anna Almendrala is a Healthy Living editor for the Huffington Post. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in New Zealand and California. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 with a double major in Rhetoric and Spanish and has previously worked for Sojourners and Brave New Films. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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After An Arrest, A Student With Bipolar Disorder Realized She Needed Help

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Mary Lynn R. is a journalist in Rome, Georgia. After being arrested over an Internet comment, she realized that she needed help managing her bipolar disorder. This is her story.

I’ve been told I’m really funny. I know I’m funny, actually.

I have bipolar disorder, so I created this...

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Por que idosos dormem menos?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Há muito tempo se sabe que, quanto mais velho você fica, menos você dorme. Há explicações propostas para esse fenômeno, e elas incluem novos remédios, angústia, aposentadoria ou simplesmente a teoria de que os idosos precisam de menos horas de sono.

Mas um...

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What Your Gym Membership Reveals About Your Social Status

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:44 PM

People with less education tend to be more active throughout the week than college graduates, according to preliminary research presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. this week. The college-educated, however, engage in more intense kinds of exercise when they are moving.

"We see...

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What This Psychologist Wishes She Could Tell Her Patients With Depression

(82) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:03 AM

Miriam S., Ph.D., specializes in neuropsychology and is a scientist and psychologist at an academic medical center in Dallas, Texas. When she treats patients, it's her job to evaluate cognitive functioning -- which, for most people, means thinking and memory. Occasionally, she has to diagnose patients with depression, and they...

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Pregnant Women Should Just Skip This Fish Entirely, Says Consumer Reports

(13) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:03 AM

New research from Consumer Reports shows that pregnant women should avoid all tuna, contrary to the Food and Drug Administration's description of light canned tuna as a fish "lower in mercury."

"Tuna happens to be one of the fish that can be very high in mercury, and...

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We Tried It: AirFit Altitude Training

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:02 AM

What We Tried: AirFit, an indoor exercise studio that pumps oxygen-depleted air into the classroom to simulate high-altitude atmospheres for yoga, circuit training, cycling and rowing.

Where: Pleasanton, California. The AirFit studio is located in The Quad, which is a larger facility that also has a weight lifting...

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Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why.

(176) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:36 AM

It's long been known that the older you get, the less you sleep. There are many proposed reasons for why this happens, and they include new medications, psychological distress, retirement or simply the theory that the elderly need less sleep.

But a new study from...

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We Don't Really Know How To Treat Depression And Alcoholism At The Same Time

(4) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:26 AM

"You're standing at a precipice, and you look down. There's a voice -- and it's a little quiet voice -- that goes 'jump.' It's the same voice, the same voice [that says], 'just one.' There's a voice that goes, 'jump,' and the idea of 'just one.'" -- Robin...

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The Most Insanely Delicious Foods From Outside Lands 2014

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Food is the new rock, and if you needed any confirmation of that, the recently-concluded Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, Calif., serves up plenty of proof.

Consider the festival's newly installed GastroMagic, an "Interactive Culinary Stage" which featured some of San Francisco's best chefs, restaurants,...

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New Ebola Discovery Explains Why Virus Is So Deadly

(5) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM

The often fatal Ebola virus has no proven cure or vaccine, but a new study that details how the virus disables a body's immune response could shed light on a possible treatment for the dreaded disease.

"We've known for a long time that infection with Ebola obstructs an important...

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エボラ出血熱、世界で蔓延するデマ 空気感染する? 臓器が溶ける?

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:13 AM


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The Most Destructive Myths About Ebola Virus, Debunked

(201) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Myths and rumors about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa are hindering health workers from doing their jobs abroad and causing unnecessary panic and paranoia in the United States. Here's the truth about some of the most common misconceptions about Ebola virus:

Myth: Ebola virus is airborne, waterborne...

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This Is What Happiness Looks Like, According To Scientists

(16) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:58 PM

It turns out that the key to happiness can be summed up in a single formula:

happiness equation

In plain English, it means that happiness depends on your expectations.

"Our basic finding is that happiness depends not on how well things are going, but whether...

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Putting Your Child On A Diet Could Have Unintended Consequences

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Women who were put on diets as young girls are more likely to struggle with obesity, alcohol abuse and disordered eating as adults, according to preliminary research presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior.

"We were able to demonstrate that younger age...

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This Gene Could Tell You Who Is At Risk For Suicide

(7) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 5:13 PM

A new study could be the key to creating a blood test that can screen people for suicide risk. Such a test, experts say, could improve treatment in hospitals, clinics or even help military leaders assess which active-duty members and veterans are most at risk of suicide.

The military is...

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Why Some Ebola-Ravaged Villages Are Resistant To International Aid

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Health workers in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Liberia are racing to contain the largest Ebola virus outbreak in history, but in some areas they are facing a roadblock: A lack of cooperation from communities affected by the disease.

"There's a fair amount of distrust in the government in...

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Ebola Not A Significant Threat To U.S., CDC Says

(54) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:24 PM

The deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa is unlikely to spread outside of that region and into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday (July 28).

“No Ebola cases have been reported in the United States and the likelihood of this outbreak...

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The Disturbing Link Between Sleep Deprivation And False Memories

(6) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:31 AM

Sleep deprivation is a serious safety issue and has been implicated in everything from oil spills to plane crashes to nuclear power plant explosions.

It turns out that getting a healthy amount of sleep could also be a justice issue.

A novel study out of University...

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Don't Get Too Excited About The 'HIV-Killing' Condom Yet

(14) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:34 PM

A groundbreaking new condom that uses an antiviral gel as added protection against HIV, herpes and HPV may soon hit the shelves in Australia. But some experts are wary of the effectiveness of VivaGel, the lube that makes the condom so potent against viral sexually transmitted infections.

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This Is What The Victims Of Flight 17 Did For AIDS Research

(34) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:24 PM

AIDS researchers, activists and advocates en route to the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia are among those believed to have perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

The exact number of people who were headed to the conference is...

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