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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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Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Over Listeria Contamination

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Whole Foods is recalling Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese, a product that was sold in stores nationwide, because it could be contaminated with the dangerous bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

While no one has reported an illness related to the cheese, routine inspections conducted by the Food and Drug...

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Sí, llorar después del sexo es algo real

(6) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Si alguna vez derramaste una o dos lágrimas después de una disfrutable sesión en la cama, no estás sola. Una encuesta online realizada entre 230 estudiantes universitarias reveló que casi todas ellas –46 por ciento– han experimentado disforia post-coital, o depresión post-sexo, al menos una vez en su...

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Yes, Crying After Sex Is A Real Thing

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 3:19 PM

If you’ve ever shed a tear or two after an otherwise enjoyable roll in the sack, you’re not alone. An online survey of 230 female college students revealed that almost half of them — 46 percent — have experienced postcoital dysphoria, or post-sex blues, at last once in their lives. About five percent...

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5 Major Breast Cancer Advancements You Need To Know About

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 8:33 PM

There are an estimated 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., a testament to the more than 25-year decline in mortality, according to the American Cancer Society. Still, 231,000 women alone will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and about 40,000 will die. 

These women...

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Mais provas de que antidepressivos são muito necessários, não uma ameaça para grávidas

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 4:46 PM

Uma série de três estudos publicados em 16 de setembro traz esclarecimentos adicionais sobre a segurança dos antidepressivos usados durante a gravidez: embora possa haver alguns riscos um pouco mais elevados, os medicamentos são seguros e um tratamento importante para mulheres com depressão moderada ou severa.

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Native American Youth Suicide Rates Are At Crisis Levels

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Five years ago, psychiatrist R. Dale Walker was invited to a small Northern Plains reservation that had suffered 17 suicides in eight months. It was there, listening in a group therapy meeting, that he first heard the phrase "grieved out."

Walker, who specializes in American Indian psychiatric issues...

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5 Signs You Were Raised By Helicopter Parents

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 8:42 PM

The term "helicopter parenting" is the same age as members of the millennial generation, which is telling.

The parenting style, characterized by a helicopter-like tendency to hover over children and swoop in to rescue them at the first sign of trouble, exploded into mainstream consciousness in...

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Saturated Fat Might Be Having A Comeback, But It Shouldn't

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 7:07 PM

You may have read recent health studies that suggest saturated fat, or fat that comes from animal sources like dairy and meat, isn’t as harmful as we used to think. Seven meta-analyses over ten years demonstrated that the nutrient isn’t related to the development of chronic diseases like coronary heart...

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Sperm Quality Could Be Affected By This Super-Common Chemical

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 12:08 AM

Exposure to a group of chemicals called phthalates could be linked to poor sperm quality in men, according to a new study from researchers at Lund University in Sweden.  

Nearly everyone has been exposed to phthalates, which give plastic its flexible quality. In one population-level...

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New App Shows The Longer You’re Awake, The More Calories You Eat

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Like most people, you'd probably describe your eating schedule as three meals a day with perhaps a snack or two in between. 

But a new research project that prompts people to record every bite and sip they take throughout the day might reveal some unsettling truths about...

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Les suppléments de vitamine C ne servent à rien

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 9:42 AM

La rentrée des classes est passée. Autrement dit, la saison des rhumes n’est plus très loin.

Cet automne, en plus de manger des légumes de saison et des agrumes pour éviter d’attraper un rhume ou pour y mettre fin rapidement, vous pourriez être tenté de faire le plein de...

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Automne : pour garder la forme, les mégadoses de vitamine C ne servent à rien

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 7:39 AM

SANTE - La rentrée des classes est passée. Autrement dit, l’épidémie de rhume n’est plus très loin.

Cet automne, en plus de manger des légumes de saison, pour éviter d’attraper un rhume ou pour y mettre fin rapidement, vous pourriez être tenté de faire...

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9 Times Celebrities Dropped Some Major Truths About Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Everyone needs to get their rest -- between 7 and 9 hours of it, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But it can be hard to get the word out, so it always helps when celebrities rave about how important sleep is in their lives, too. 

You need...

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What The Daraprim Price Hike Actually Does To Health Care

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 4:08 PM

In August, a startup company called Turing Pharmaceuticals AG bought the exclusive marketing rights to Daraprim, a 62-year-old drug that treats toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can affect those living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Led by CEO Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund...

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Soft Cheese Is Recalled After One Listeriosis Death, 23 Illnesses

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 1:43 PM

One person is dead and 23 others have been sickened due to an outbreak of listeriosis, a type of food poisoning caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Twenty-one of those sickened had to be hospitalized, and five of them were pregnant at the time. One person’s listeriosis resulted in a loss...

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There's No Good Reason Not To Get A Flu Vaccine Today

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:48 PM

The official start of flu season -- yes, there is a day -- kicked off Thursday, with health officials imploring all Americans over six months of age to get the flu vaccination as soon as possible.

During a press conference put on by the National Foundation for Infectious...

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More Evidence That Antidepressants Are A Much-Needed Therapy, Not A Threat

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 3:58 PM

A suite of three studies published Wednesday gives additional insight into the safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy: While there may be some slightly higher risks, the medications are a safe and important treatment for women with moderate to severe depression. 

Estimates of depression rates during pregnancy...

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Antibacterial Soaps With This Active Ingredient Aren't Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Fall is almost here. And along with breaking out our boots and sweaters, most of us will mark the changing of the season with a vigorous attempt to avoid the inevitable cold and flu outbreaks by washing our hands a lot to stave off germs.

While the...

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Number Of Patients Infected By Salmonella Outbreak Grows

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 11:22 AM

A salmonella outbreak that has killed two people continues to spread across the U.S., according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The number of infections has increased to 418 people across 31 states, 91 of whom have been hospitalized....

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Sorry, Your Vitamin C Megadose Is Basically Useless

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 8:23 PM

It’s Fall which means flu season and a germy free-for-all — but we’re on it! Here's our guide to staying healthy 'til Spring:

Schools are back in session, which means the common cold is not too far behind

To avoid a cold or cut...

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