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Anna Almendrala
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Anna Almendrala is a Los Angeles 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 West Hollywood.

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Researchers Find Link Between Chronic Inflammation And Prostate Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Researchers have found a link between chronic inflammation in prostate tissue, which is when the body's immune system is in a constant state of high alert, and aggressive prostate cancer.

The finding could lead to more studies on how to prevent or treat prostate cancer, which is the

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Finding Brown Fat In MRIs Is A Big Step For Obesity Research

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 5:54 PM

brown fat mri

A digitally-enhanced axial MRI of the upper chest (as if viewed from the feet). Areas of potential brown fat are shown in green.

In the world of brown fat news, this is kind of a big deal.

Researchers for the first time...

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The Surprising Thing Exercise Can Do For Your Brain

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Why do some people love working out, while others loathe it? If rats are any indication, the will to be active is at least partly genetic, according to a 2013 University of Missouri finding. And according to new research published online in the Journal of Physiology,...

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Veteran Explains How MDMA Helped Heal His Postwar Trauma

(28) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:25 PM

MDMA, the illegal raver stimulant commonly known by its street names molly and ecstasy, may be poised to attract a new demographic beyond young people looking to party: Individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a Ask Me Anything session Wednesday, Tony Macie, a 27-year-old retired U.S....

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Should Breastfeeding Moms Stay On Antidepressants? Why These Researchers Say Yes

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 11:27 AM

New mothers who struggle with depression might feel hesitant to keep taking antidepressant medication while breastfeeding. But new research hints that there are benefits to staying on antidepressants, despite the reported short-term risks of drug exposure in babies.

An analysis from the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide,...

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Obese People Don't Have Enough Of This Special Kind Of Fat. Why?

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Not all fat cells are created equally. There's squishy, energy-storing white fat under our skin, and then there's brown fat, deeply embedded along the shoulders and back. Brown fat actually burns and consumes the fat stored in white fat cells in order to warm us up. 

But not everyone has...

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It's Not The Video Games That Are Making You Angry, You're Just Bad At Them

(5) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Grand Theft Auto. Call of Duty. God of War. These ultra-violent video and computer games get a bad rap for their bloody battle scenes and disturbing player missions, as concerned parents and media experts fear that the gory screen imagery could translate into real-world violence.

But according to...

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What Is 'Conscious Uncoupling'? Experts Unpack Gwyneth Paltrow's Split Announcement

(74) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Even when it comes to divorce, Gwyneth Paltrow is an aspirational lifestyle brand.

When the actress announced her separation from husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin on Tuesday, she described it as a "conscious uncoupling." The phrase conjures up that en vogue mindfulness trend of the moment...

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A Tongue-Tingling Tour Of Spicy Chinese Food In California

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Heat-seeking food lovers will find a wealth of tongue-tingling dishes in Los Angeles County's San Gabriel, a suburban city located east of downtown LA.

The city is just one of several Chinese enclaves in the San Gabriel Valley, an area that has over 600 Chinese restaurants that boast...

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This Family Had To Fire Their Doctor To Get Medical Marijuana For Their Son

(61) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:29 AM

LOS ANGELES -- By the time Andrew Rios was 2 years old, he had already been given nine different medications to quell the non-stop seizures that had racked his little body since he was just 5 months old.

One of them, Felbamate, caused severe bruising, as well as insomnia,...

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NailSnaps App Will Make Custom Nail Art From Your Instagram Photos (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 3:11 PM

This is one fail-safe way to make sure no one has the same nail art as you.

NailSnaps is an app that will let you import your own Instagram photos to create unique, one-of-a-kind nail stickers. The app lets you arrange the photo to either create a continuous image...

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Oil Pulling Might Be The Next Big Thing -- Or Not

(123) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 8:16 AM

Is the ancient Indian practice of oil pulling a cure-all or snake oil?

Oil pulling, or the practice of swishing oil around your mouth every day, has roots in Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic system of medicine that developed 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. Beginners may only be able to...

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More Children With Autism Are Going To College Than Ever Before (And 5 Other Key Findings)

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still in its infancy, but knowledge about the brain disorder, which is associated with developmental delays and social challenges, is growing in leaps and bounds.

The Harvard Review of Psychiatry published summaries on Tuesday of the most recent findings in ASD...

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Benjamin Netanyahu's Visit Brings Traffic Woes To Los Angeles (UPDATE)

(43) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 2:15 PM

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited California this week, he signed an international business deal with Gov. Jerry Brown, said that Iran was building "weapons of mass death" and attended the premiere of an Israel tourist film that he appeared in.

But for...

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E-Cigarette Use Doubles Among U.S. Teens -- But What's The Connection With Cigarette Smoking?

(12) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Electronic cigarettes exist in a limbo world of laws, even as use of the battery-powered nicotine vaporizer grows across the nation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to regulate e-cigarettes the way it does cigarettes or tobacco, leaving states and cities to come up with their own ordinances...

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LA Gang Members Claim To Be Fighting In Syrian War (VIDEO)

(78) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:27 PM

According to a recently-surfaced video, two self-proclaimed gang members from Los Angeles appear to have relocated to Syria to fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

If true, then these two men are among the first people to travel from the United States to fight for the Syrian regime,...

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10 Things I Learned From My Heart Rate Monitor

(3) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Heart rate monitors are an easy and insightful way to get back in touch with your body's signals and rhythms, especially for someone like me.

Like many people who struggle with weight issues, I've somewhat lost that mind-body connection -- that mindfulness that tells me when I'm truly hungry,...

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Bill Clinton Praises Ukrainian Protesters During Hollywood Charity Event

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:09 AM

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Former President Bill Clinton continued to voice support for the non-violent Ukrainian protesters at a Hollywood charity awards ceremony on Thursday, linking their peaceful actions to the theme of the evening: "unite4:humanity."

"When the Ukrainians stormed into that presidential residence, nobody took a painting....

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A Surprisingly Simple Way To Outwit Comfort Food Cravings

(17) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:54 PM

"I try to think before I eat, yet time after time, I find myself having just downed a whole box of cookies just because I've had a rough day," said Meryl Gardner, Ph.D., a consumer psychology expert at the University of Delaware. "I had wanted to make myself feel better, but 15 minutes...

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Dalai Lama On Hollywood: It's Bad For My Eyes And A Waste Of Time

(75) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:48 PM

It's safe to say that His Holiness the Dalai Lama will not be tuning in to the Academy Awards this Sunday.

In a live-broadcast interview with HuffPost Live's Willow Bay Tuesday, the Buddhist leader made it very clear that he was not a fan of Hollywood.

"Do you...

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