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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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Surprising Racial Disparities Found In Flu Vaccine Rates

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 8:16 AM

This year's flu strain was particularly brutal, disproportionately affecting children and the elderly. A record-breaking rate of 217 of every 100,000 people over the age of 65 have been hospitalized for the flu, while 80 children so far have died from the disease, reports AP. And while flu...

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Why One Family With Measles Is Reconsidering Their Anti-Vax Position

(220) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 6:23 PM

People on social media pilloried them as the "measles family" after they became infected with the virus during their Disneyland vacation and brought the disease back to their hometown of Kearny, Arizona.

Now, after exposing an estimated 1,000 people to the virus, Jannae Yslas-Roach, a 32-year-old mother of four,...

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6 Surprising Heart Attack Triggers

(12) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 8:09 AM

Some heart attack risk factors are common knowledge. The average person knows, for example, that obesity, diabetes and hypertension can lead to an increased risk. And behaviors like smoking and a sedentary lifestyle are well-known risk factors as well. But a third group of unusual, little known factors could put...

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C-Diff Kills 15,000 People A Year. Feces Donations May Change That

(25) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 7:14 PM

A bacteria that triggers deadly diarrhea and is one of the most common causes of U.S. infectious disease deaths is caused, in part, by antibiotics.

Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, is a toxin-producing microbe that infected almost a half-million Americans in 2011 and was linked to 29,000 deaths, according to a...

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Por que você deve parar de chamar o câncer de tireoide de ‘câncer bom'

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 8:38 PM

O câncer de tireoide tem uma reputação estranha: é câncer, mas, com uma taxa de sobrevivência de quase 100% quando diagnosticado nos estágios iniciais, é um dos cânceres “bons”, como dizem muitos médicos e sobreviventes.

Alan Ho acha que essa categorização é um mal-entendido comum entre pessoas que nunca tiveram...

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You're Most Likely To Get Hooked On These Foods

(37) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 7:57 AM

It's easy to claim we're "addicted" to foods like the donuts from down the street or our beloved Thai takeout. But while the concept of food addiction is controversial among researchers, there is growing evidence that highly-processed, fatty, sugary foods like pizza, chocolate, chips and cookies as uniquely problematic foods...

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What To Make Of The New Proposed Dietary Guidlines

(66) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Eggs and coffee are in, sugar is out and vegetables will always be good for you, according to a committee of top nutrition experts tasked with advising the federal government. Their recommendations reflect the latest and greatest in food and nutrition research, and will help the U.S. Departments...

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How A Single, Simple Guideline Could Help You Lose Weight

(51) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 9:00 PM

For some super-motivated people, counting calories, calculating macronutrient proportions or weighing food can help in their quest to lose weight. But for everyone else, it can be hard to keep juggling the cups and weighing scales and calculators for too long. If you fall into the latter category, researchers say...

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How The Food Industry Shapes Health Research

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:14 AM

Most scientists agree that added sugar -- especially in liquid form, like soda -- contributes to metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity. But you might never know there was a consensus by looking at some of the research literature.

A study by the medical journal BMJ,

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Por que algumas mulheres estão desistindo pra valer de usar tampões

(15) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 5:50 PM

Maryann Flasch, uma gerente de escritório de 32 anos de idade, de Austin, Colorado, costumava sofrer de coceira vaginal, secura e infecções quando ela estava menstruada, o que ela atribuía ao uso de tampões e absorventes. Ela já havia se resignado de comprar caixa após caixa de analgésicos - até...

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La coupe menstruelle séduit de plus en plus les femmes qui renoncent alors aux tampons

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 12:54 PM

BIEN-ETRE - Maryann Flasch, une responsable administrative de 32 ans qui réside à Austin, dans le Colorado, souffrait au moment de ses règles de démangeaisons vaginales, de sécheresse et d’infections, désagréments qu’elle attribuait à l’utilisation de tampons et serviettes. Elle s’était résignée à dévaliser les rayons d’antalgique, jusqu’au jour où...

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The Way A Cigarette Is Packaged Can Make A World Of Difference

(10) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Smokers are less likely to seek cigarettes if the packaging is plain, as opposed to packs that have brands on them, according to new research from the Universities of Exeter and Bristol in the U.K.

Researchers recruited 144 adult smokers to participate in experiments that tested the...

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One Simple Trick To Make Your Health Goals Stick

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 8:22 AM

How are your New Year's resolutions going?

If you're like most people, those goals you set at the beginning of 2015 are already starting to fall by the wayside. But if you want to jumpstart your resolutions and keep them going strong, don't beat yourself up. New research published in...

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Why You Should Stop Calling Thyroid Cancer 'Good Cancer'

(34) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 8:19 AM

A thyroid cancer diagnosis has a strange reputation: It's cancer, but with a near 100 percent survival rate when caught in the early stages, it's one of the "good" cancers, as many doctors and even other survivors will tell you.

But Alan Ho, M.D., Ph.D., thinks that categorization is a...

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What Really Happens When You're Infected With Measles

(53) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 8:14 AM

While some may dismiss the measles as a common childhood virus, it also happens to be the deadliest childhood rash and fever illness. To make matters worse, about 30 percent of reported measles cases have at least one complication, especially among children younger than 5 years...

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Vaccines Should Be As Nonnegotiable As Seat Belts, Experts Say

(305) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 3:59 PM

In recent weeks, a host of public figures -- from comedians to columnists to President Barack Obama -- have called on parents to vaccinate their children against measles and other diseases.

But some experts say that the time for earnest public health appeals is...

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탐폰과 생리대를 포기한 여자들의 이야기

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 2:48 PM

미국 콜로라도 오스틴시에서 사무장으로 일하는 매리 앤 플래시(32)는 생리 때마다 건조함, 염증, 가려움증을 겪었다. 탐폰과 생리대를 사용해서다. 그녀는 평생 진통제 연고에 의존해야 하는 줄 알았다. 하지만 최근 '생리 컵(menstrual cup)'의 존재를 알게 됐다.

매리는 "다른 선택지가 존재하는지 몰랐기에 수년 동안 탐폰과 생리대 사용으로 생긴 부작용을 감수했다"고 이메일을 통해 허핑턴포스트에 전했다....

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13 Numbers That Explain The Resurgence Of Measles In The U.S.

(179) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 7:29 AM

Along with vaccines for polio and mumps, the measles vaccine was a triumph of investigative research and public health when it debuted in 1968. It quickly became part of the lineup of childhood injections that would inoculate the child and protect society from the scourge of the sometimes fatal and...

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5 Real Ways To Combat The Stigma Around Mental Illness

(16) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 7:28 AM

An estimated 43.7 million American adults -- 18.6 percent of all adults in the U.S. -- suffer from a mental illness. But only 13.4 percent of U.S. adults get any mental health treatment at all. The reasons why are complex and include structural policy problems like...

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O que as dietas mais saudáveis do mundo têm em comum?

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Pesquisando seu livro "The 5 Factor World Diet" (A dieta mundial de 5 fatores, em tradução livre), publicado em 2010, o treinador e nutricionista Harley Pasternak viajou para os países mais saudáveis do mundo para aprender porque eles tinham refeições tão nutritivas. Ele notou que os japoneses comem...

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