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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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Superbugs May Be Deadlier Than Cancer By 2050 -- And We're Currently Unprepared

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 2:59 PM

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global problem. As infectious bacteria evolve, growing stronger than the medications used to fight them, people are now vulnerable to infections that haven't been a threat to human health since the advent of antibiotics.

In 2012, there were 450,000 cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and...

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Gestational Diabetes Is Linked To Autism Risk

(10) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:28 AM

A new study of more than 320,000 babies links autism to gestational diabetes.

The longitudinal study, conducted between 1995 and 2009 by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, found that children born to mothers who developed gestational diabetes before 26 weeks of pregnancy were at a 63 percent increased...

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Beech-Nut Baby Food Recalled After A Glass Shard Is Found In Jar

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 1:49 PM

Beech-Nut nutrition is recalling almost 2,000 pounds of baby food products that might be contaminated with small pieces of glass.

The announcement, made Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, only concerns four-ounce jars of “Stage 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken,” which were distributed...

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Why The FDA Action Against KIND Bars Doesn't Mean They're Unhealthy

(93) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 8:27 PM

KIND Snacks, the company behind fruit, nut and grain bars (tag line: “ingredients you can see & pronounce”) have been asked by the Food and Drug Administration to strip any mention of the term “healthy” from its packaging and website, as well as the “+” symbol.


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U.S. C-Section Rate Is Double What WHO Recommends

(114) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:58 AM

Pregnant American women give birth via caesarean section at more than double the rate the World Health Organization recommends.

Outcomes for both mother and baby improve as a country’s rate of caesarean sections tops 10 percent, according to a WHO report released Friday. But there's no evidence that...

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Don't Assume Erectile Dysfunction Is A Natural Part Of Aging -- It's Often A Sign Of Undetected Disease

(28) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 8:07 AM

Question: When is erectile dysfunction a sign of something more serious?
Answer: Pretty much always.

More and more researchers are recognizing the link between sexual health and long-term, chronic (and, as many people unfortunately think, inevitable) diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The more advanced these...

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This May Be The Least Healthy Way To Use Eyeliner

(9) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Tracing eyeliner onto your inner eyelids can give your eyes a bold, defined look.

Unfortunately, it's also the most unhealthy and uncomfortable way to use eyeliner -- especially if you wear contact lenses or suffer from sensitive or dry eyes.

A small pilot study published recently in the...

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College Kids Text During Showers, Sex And Class. We're Doomed.

(37) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 8:06 AM

College kids admit to texting during class, while taking a shower and even while having sex -- even though they know the behavior is inappropriate, according to a recent Penn State study.

The participants, 152 college students, responded to a 70-question survey about their...

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What To Do When You Can't... Quite... Go

(43) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 8:07 AM

Everybody poops, but not everybody poops well: A recent study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found that the number of people arriving at hospital emergency rooms for constipation is on the rise.

Depending on one's definition of constipation, the condition can affect between...

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An Amazonian Tribe May Hold The Secret To Better Gut Health

(28) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 8:03 AM

A team of researchers are studying a remote hunter-gatherer community in the Peruvian Amazon with the express purpose of answering a single question: What did our digestive systems look like before antibiotics and fast food?

They now have some insight into how diverse ancient human gut bacteria was thousands of...

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Exercise, Not Diet, Has Most Impact On Weight As We Age

(103) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 8:03 AM

It won't shock anyone to know that Americans tend to gain weight as they get older. But it is a little surprising that as Americans age and put on more body fat, the quality of their diets generally improves.

In other words, Americans do try to correct their softening midsections...

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5 Crucial Lessons From The Recent Measles Outbreak

(85) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:04 AM

While the United States is overwhelmingly vaccinated against preventable viruses like measles, mumps and rubella (on account of them coming altogether in one shot), there are certain pockets around the country where vaccination rates are dipping below the 95 percent needed to maintain herd immunity. These under-vaccinated communities,...

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A New Strain Of Enterovirus D68 May Be The Cause Of Recent Childhood Paralysis Cases

(35) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:31 PM

Scientists have linked a specific strain of the respiratory illness enterovirus D68 to the previously-unexplained rash of childhood paralysis and muscle weakness that struck dozens of children between 2012 and 2014.

Researchers found the genetic imprint of a relatively new strain of enterovirus D68 -- B1 -- in children...

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Needle Exchanges Are Vital, But There's A Major Stigma Around Them. Here's Why.

(11) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:08 AM

To combat an outbreak of new HIV transmissions linked to injectable prescription drug abuse, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued an executive order today allowing local officials to establish a short-term needle exchange program.

Needle-exchange programs, which give people who abuse an injectable drug the opportunity to exchange dirty needles...

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Mercy Kennady, Icon Of The Ebola Epidemic, Has A New Life

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 8:01 AM

During the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia last October, The Associated Press published a series of heartbreaking photos of a little girl named Mercy Kennady, who had just lost her mother to the deadly virus. Then only nine, photographer Jerome Delay captured her mourning. This photo, taken Oct....

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New Research On Appetite-Suppressing Bacteria Could Help Fight Obesity

(5) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 8:06 AM

Scientists already know that different kinds of gut bacteria -- those microbes inside our GI tracts that don't share our DNA yet are oh-so-integral to our health -- play crucial roles in breaking down our food, producing some vitamins and keeping harmful microbes at bay. For people struggling...

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Amy's Kitchen Recalls More Than 70,000 Cases Of Food Due To Fear Of Listeria Contamination

(40) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Frozen vegetarian food company Amy’s Kitchen is recalling an estimated 73,897 cases of products after receiving notice that one of their organic spinach suppliers may have delivered produce tainted with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The list of products being called back include Spinach Lasagna, Enchilada Verde Whole Meal, Gluten Free...

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What We Can Learn About Sleep Schedules From A Rural Town In Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 1:17 PM

How early would you wake up every morning if you didn't have a modern office job?

If your work involves more computer screens than plots of land, chances are you woke up earlier than you wanted to, and if you had a choice in the matter, you would love...

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Franzia, Trader Joe's Sued Over Levels Of Arsenic In Wine

(14) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 11:27 AM

A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday against over two dozen California winemakers, accusing them of producing wine with high levels of arsenic, reports CBS News.

The wines, which include the Trader Joe's Charles Shaw White Zinfandel known as "Two Buck Chuck," Menage a Trois Moscato and...

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