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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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A Good Night's Sleep Could Protect You From The Common Cold

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:24 PM

By: Rachael Rettner
Published: 09/01/2015 11:10 AM EDT on LiveScience

Not getting enough sleep really does boost your risk of catching a cold, a new study suggests.

The study involved 164 healthy people who wore wristbands (similar to fitness trackers) for a week to monitor...

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Frozen Corn Recall For Listeria Contamination Affects 15 States

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Frozen corn made by Bonduelle USA, Inc. is being recalled in 15 states because contamination with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in routine testing in Tennessee. Such bacteria can cause serious or fatal infections. 

The contamination has not resulted in any illnesses to date, according to a

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Hospital Patient's Shooting Has Medical Community Up In Arms

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 3:32 PM

Medical professionals are decrying the presence and use of guns in the hospital setting after an unarmed patient was shot by off-duty police officers last week in Texas.

Alan Christopher Pean, 26, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was shot last Thursday,...

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Goths Are More Likely To Be Depressed

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 12:05 AM

Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, Will was tormented by his peers starting at age 10. 

"The only solace I found was in being alone,” said Will, now 20, a volunteer firefighter, aspiring DJ, and a community leader on Reddit's /r/goth forum.

Around this turbulent time, his...

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Here's Scientific Evidence That Crying Can Be Therapeutic

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:14 PM

Feeling bad? Sometimes having a good cry is all that it takes to lift your spirits. 


New research shows that while shedding a few tears leads to a dip in mood immediately after the crying jag, about 90 minutes later people report feeling...

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Trouble Sleeping? Get Yourself Some Nature

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Anyone having trouble sleeping might want to take a walk to their nearest park — or at least look out the window. 


People who live close to green spaces and bodies of water are less likely to report having bad sleep, according to a multi-ethnic,...

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Jimmy Carter Wants To See The Last Guinea Worm Die Before He Does

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 11:47 AM

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Why President Carter's Melanoma Announcement Was Groundbreaking

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 4:55 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter announced in a press conference Thursday that cancer has spread to his brain, and that he will be receiving radiation over the next few months to treat it. 

With candor that's typical for Carter, but remarkable compared to how other American...

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Doctors Weigh In On Addyi, The New Women's Libido Pill

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 8:37 PM

Experts are calling Addyi, the so-called "female Viagra" that's become the first-ever FDA-approved pill for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a revolution for women’s sexual health. 

"The approval of Addyi is the most important advancement in female sexual health since the Pill was approved in 1960,” said Sheryl Kingsberg,...

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This Study Says Saturated Fat Is OK. Ignore It.

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 7:39 PM

According to a new study, we're focusing on the wrong fat.

A review of past research just published in the medical journal BMJ found that eating a diet rich in saturated fat — found mostly in meat and full-fat dairy — is not linked to cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease,...

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FDA Slams Kim K's Endorsement Of Morning Sickness Drug

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 5:06 PM

The FDA is smacking down on the drug company Duchesnay Inc. for its use of Kim Kardashian West as a spokesperson. The reality star posted an Instagram endorsement of Diclegis, a morning sickness drug for pregnant women.

West didn't follow strict government guidelines in place...

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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About UTIs*

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 2:44 PM

When you have a urinary tract infection, something feels very, very wrong down there. There’s a burning or stinging sensation when you pee, dull aching in your lower back, and in some cases you may be urinating blood. 

If you’re a woman, odds are you're going to...

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Thanks, Gwyneth, But We'll Stick With Scientific Consensus On GMOs

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Hollywood star and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is set to appear alongside Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Wednesday to...
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Another Reason To Love Spicy Food

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 9:03 PM

People who love to feel the burn of jalapeño peppers on their lips, or the numbing of Sichuan peppers in their mouths, have a new reason to celebrate their passion for spicy food. 


A massive population study from China finds that people who eat...

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There's A Simple Way To Get Skeptical Parents To Vaccinate

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 12:05 PM

Vaccination rates are at an all-time low in some pockets of the U.S., due to a seemingly intractable anti-vaccination sentiment among some parents. This is a major risk to the public safety, but doctors struggle to make headway because medical evidence doesn't seem to assuage these parents' concerns.

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Thank You, Mark and Priscilla, for Sharing About Pregnancy Loss

(88) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are finally pregnant with a healthy baby after three miscarriages, and the way they announced their joy -- by acknowledging the pain it took to get there -- gave hope to me and millions of other women who have experienced pregnancy loss. It...

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Everyone's Got The Kale Poisoning 'Study' All Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Anyone who regularly makes a green smoothie for breakfast was likely alarmed a few weeks ago to see headlines like “Sorry, Foodies: We’re About To Ruin Kale” and “People Are Getting Seriously Sick From Eating Kale” from acclaimed and highly critical news outlets Mother Jones and...

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Legionnaires' Disease Kills Seven, Sickens 86 In New York City

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

Seven people are dead and at least 86 others have been sickened after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. 

The cases began July 10, reports AP, and public health officials encourage all New Yorkers with fever, cough, chills and muscle aches to seek prompt medical attention.
“We are concerned about this unusual increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases in the South Bronx,” Dr. Mary Bassett, Health Commissioner, said in a press release. “We are conducting a swift investigation to determine the source of the outbreak and prevent future cases. I urge anyone with symptoms to seek medical attention right away.”
The health department is testing water from cooling towers in the area to see if that could be the source of the infection. Legionnaires' disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is caused by the bacterium legionella. It spreads mostly by inhaling the bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic. Common sources of the bug include spas, hot tubs, hot water tanks, large air-conditioning systems and cooling towers because their plumbing systems are good environments for the bacteria to grow.
Middle aged-people, smokers and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk of developing the disease. Thankfully, the disease does not spread from person to person. 
This is the Bronx’s second Legonnaires' disease outbreak in less than 12 months, notes NBC New York. The disease sickened 12 people between December and January, but no one died. 
UPDATE: This story reflects the latest  number of people dead or sickened from Legionnaire's disease as of Aug. 4. 

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People Who Text While Walking Are Annoying As Hell, Study Confirms

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 11:40 AM

The next time you get stuck walking behind a person who is walking and texting and they’re pissing you off, take comfort in the fact that’s it’s not you — it’s them.

Though perhaps obvious and absolutely not comforting at all, at least this is now cemented in the...

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