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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Seus amigos afetam sua saúde muito mais do que você imagina

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Um novo estudo afirma que as dinâmicas interpessoais merecem nossa atenção não só porque as amizades fazem bem, mas porque elas cumprem um papel ainda mais importante em nossa saúde, nosso bem-estar e até mesmo em nossa sobrevivência.

Além de pouco apreciadas, as amizades podem ser pouco compreendidas, argumenta o...

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This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight

(26) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 8:02 AM

People who drink diet sodas over regular sodas are more likely to be overweight or obese, but scientists weren't sure why. The theories fell into two camps: one, something inherent to artificial sweeteners causes weight gain or two, diet sodas imply a diet and heavy people are more likely to...

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Study Shows We're More Attracted To The Body Odors Of People Who Vote Like Us

(14) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Instead of asking new mates about where they stand on key political issues, you could just lean forward and take a big whiff.

In a study recently published in the American Journal of Political Science, lead investigator Rose McDermott, Ph.D., of Brown University, found that...

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A Blood Test For Depression Shows The Illness Is Not A Matter Of Will

(80) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Screening for depression might soon be as easy as a blood test.

A new test that identifies particular molecules in the blood could help doctors diagnose patients with clinical depression, according to a new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The blood test can also predict...

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The Latest Weapon In The Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance Lives In The Vagina

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Researchers have traveled to the ends of the earth in search of exotic microorganisms that can produce the medicine we need to live and thrive. But as a new study points out, we may have overlooked an extremely rich source of drugs that was right under our noses:...

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4-Year-Old Girl Dies After Aggressive E. Coli Infection

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Oregon four-year-old Serena Profitt has died after fighting complications from a particularly aggressive E. coli infection she contracted about a week ago. And now, her five-year-old friend Brad Sutton is fighting for his life in the hospital with kidney failure and a suspected E. coli infection.

Profitt died Monday...

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Yet Another Way Getting Too Little Sleep Affects Your Job Performance

(7) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Skipping sleep to fit in a few more hours on the job may actually hurt your work attendance in the long run, according to the first nationally representative study to examine the link between sleep and work absences. Alternately, too much sleep could also increase your risk for sick days.

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5 Ways The Apple Watch Really Could Make You Healthier

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:56 PM

The shortcomings of most personal fitness trackers are well-known: they're clunky, have limited functionality and seem to only attract people who are already active, as opposed to sedentary people who want to slowly improve their health.

But if the launch presentation of Apple's new Apple...

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It Only Takes A Few Hours For A Virus To Spread Through An Entire Office

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Once a virus makes it onto an office doorknob, it only takes a few hours before it can be found on 40 to 60 percent of the people inside a workplace -- as well as 40 to 60 percent of other commonly-touched objects, like an elevator button or printer --...

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당신의 건강을 좌우하는 건 친구들이다

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 7:08 PM

새로운 연구 결과에 따르면 우리는 친구와의 관계에 더 신경을 써야 한다고 한다. 돈독한 우정이 정신건강은 물론 신체적 건강, 전체적인 행복 그리고 생존에까지 큰 영향을 미치기 때문이다.

이 연구에 의하면 우리는 우정의 가치를 낮게 평가하는 문제도 있지만 우정이라는 개념 자체를 잘못 이해할 수도 있다고 한다. '성격과 사회...

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Our Creepy Attachment To Cell Phones Could Be An Addiction

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:13 PM

I’m taking a community college stats course right now through the UCLA extension program, and even though I’m only 29, I've found myself experiencing a lot of horrifying "back in my day" moments.

Here’s one: The class costs $575, and a parking pass for the quarter costs an extra $129....

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What We Can Really Learn From That Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Study

(162) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:31 AM

A new study comparing low-carbohydrate diets to low-fat diets is making waves with the finding that cutting down on carbs not only results in more dramatic weight loss, but is also more successful at reducing the risk of cardiovascular heart disease than a traditional low-fat diet.

The findings,

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The Frightening Connection Between Lack Of Sleep And A Shrinking Brain

(26) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:21 AM

While all of our brains get smaller as we get older, a startling new study shows that the amount of sleep we get -- or the lack thereof -- could affect how fast they shrink, particularly in people over 60 years old.

“We found that sleep difficulties (for example,...

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Pilots, Flight Crews May Face Higher Melanoma Risk

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Airplane crew members like pilots and flight attendants face more than twice the risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population, and they also have a 42 percent higher melanoma death rate, according to a new review of available research.

While the higher rates of melanoma among pilots...

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More Evidence Happiness Doesn't Come From Buying New Things

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 8:32 AM

News stories about Black Friday shopping violence are depressingly similar, and would be beyond belief save the fact that most are accompanied by security camera footage of the stampedes, fist fights, property damage and riots that erupt once shoppers rush into a store.

Compelling new research published in...

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Your Friends Affect Your Health A Lot More Than You Think

(7) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:26 AM

A new study asserts that interpersonal dynamics deserve our attention, not only because friendships make us feel good, but because they actually play a large role in our health, well-being and even survival.

In addition to being under-appreciated, friendships may be misunderstood, according to the new paper, a summary of...

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Deaths Of Ebola Researchers Underscore Urgency Of Their Mission

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Caregivers at the front lines of the Ebola virus outbreak are at particularly high risk for contracting the disease -- a sobering fact recently underscored by the news that five co-authors of an ebola genome study died of the virus before its publication.

The research project, published...

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Why Dreaming About Failure Is Actually A Good Omen

(3) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Despite the stress and dread they can cause, dreams about failure could actually be a good omen -- especially if you have a big test coming up.

That’s according to a new study by researchers at Sorbonne University and the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France.

Researchers, led...

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After An Arrest, A Student With Bipolar Disorder Realized She Needed Help

(3) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Mary Lynn R. is a journalist in Rome, Georgia. After being arrested over an Internet comment, she realized that she needed help managing her bipolar disorder. This is her story.

I’ve been told I’m really funny. I know I’m funny, actually.

I have bipolar disorder, so I created this...

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Por que idosos dormem menos?

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 9:06 PM

Há muito tempo se sabe que, quanto mais velho você fica, menos você dorme. Há explicações propostas para esse fenômeno, e elas incluem novos remédios, angústia, aposentadoria ou simplesmente a teoria de que os idosos precisam de menos horas de sono.

Mas um...

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