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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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The Genetic Reason Some Women Are More Likely To Have Twins Than Others

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:55 PM

By: Tia Ghose
Published: 05/02/2016 03:04 AM EDT on LiveScience

Twins tend to run in families, and now researchers have identified two genes that make women more likely to conceive nonidentical twins.

Both genes are related to the production and processing of the hormone that...

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McDonald's Is Stripping Artificial Preservatives From Their McNuggets

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 2:20 PM

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are going au naturel.

Well, as naturel as a deep-fried chunks of ground chicken can get. The global fast food chain is experimenting with a recipe for the iconic McNugget that ditches artificial preservatives in an effort to make a more simple product that...

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Military Women Face Serious Challenges When It Comes To Birth Control

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 10:26 PM

Before deploying to the Black Sea in 2014, Navy servicewoman Malia Mason was on a very specific mission: to obtain birth control that could stand up to the rigors of deployed life. It wasn’t her first deployment, and Mason knew that the erratic work and sleep schedules on...

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7 Research-Backed Ways To Find Your Fitness Motivation

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 8:31 PM

We should be all doing at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, but research shows that less than half of all American adults actually meet these minimum goals. 

Clearly, exercise is a struggle. People who don't exercise feel they...

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There Is An Optimal Time Of Day To Get A Flu Shot, Study Suggests

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 2:54 PM

There is an optimal time of the day to get a flu shot: the morning, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Birmingham and published in the journal Vaccine.

In the study, senior citizens who got their flu vaccines in the mornings...

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Nearly 90 Percent Of Americans Have Prayed For Healing

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 1:05 PM

If you’ve ever prayed for healing for yourself or someone you know, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of Americans have prayed for healing at least once in their lives, and this prevalence suggests the spiritual practice could have some major benefits, according to a new...

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4 Things Doctors Wish They Knew About Infertility

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 6:58 PM

About 12 percent of American women of childbearing age have trouble getting and staying pregnant, and about 7.5 percent of sexually experienced men under 44 have seen a fertility doctor, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet despite the fact that infertility...

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Hillary Clinton Faces Down The Calorie Police -- And Wins

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 12:42 PM

After Hillary Clinton's win in the New York primaries on Tuesday, she is one step closer to becoming the Democratic party’s nominee -- and to becoming the first female president of the United States. But lest you forget that she is still a woman, we present to you...

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White Women Suffered Biggest Drop In Life Expectancy In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 8:12 PM

Five months ago, a report made waves with the finding that middle-aged white Americans are dying earlier, and at markedly higher rates -- a demographic health reversal only seen in the U.S. 

Specifically, this increase in mortality rates was linked to increases in deaths from...

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Americans Finally Found Something To Drink That's Better Than Soda

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:57 PM

Bottled water consumption is set to overtake soda in the U.S. this year, according to new data from the market research firm Euromonitor.

Products like carbonated, flavored, fortified and still water will surpass soft drinks including carbonated fruit juice and soda by 2016, and then continue...

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Zika Is Extremely Good At Mutating. Here’s What You Need To Know.

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 3:14 PM

As a disease, Zika virus caught the world’s doctors and scientists off-guard. It appears to cause severe harm in a variety of different ways, including birth defects and neurological disorders, yet the symptoms are mild or negligible for most people who contract it....

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There's Been A Startling Rise In Suicide Rates In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:06 AM

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El poder curativo de la caca te sorprenderá

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 8:15 AM

Hace unos días, en la Near Future Summit —una conferencia pionera con profesionales de las ciencias más vanguardistas— que tuvo lugar en California, el empresario Peter Diamandis, especializado en el ámbito tecnológico, pidió a los miembros del público, unas 250 personas, que levantaran la mano en caso de...

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Why You Get A Throbbing Headache During Your Period

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 7:58 PM

Why do I get really bad headaches during my period?

If your head starts throbbing around the first day of your period, it’s probably more than just a headache: It’s a menstrual migraine. And the short answer to this question is hormones. As estrogen drops in the...

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It's Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly And Other Birth Defects

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 4:55 PM

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday.

While there isn’t yet “conclusive proof” that the mosquito-borne virus causes severe birth defects, health officials asserted that the totality of the research...

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The 6 Essential Elements Of An Effective Apology

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 8:27 PM

Based on his most recent statement of contrition, House Speaker Paul Ryan might be the best apology-maker in the public eye, according to the author of a new study on the art of effective apologies.

Roy Lewicki, professor emeritus of management and human resources at...

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Experts Say Vegetable Oil May Not Be As Healthful As We Thought

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:31 PM

The American Heart Association, U.S. Dietary Guidelines and most doctors and nutritionists say that if you eat more "healthy fats" from vegetable and seed oils and less "bad fats" from red meat and dairy products, you're on your way to better cardiovascular health. 


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We Need To Change The Way We Deal With Sepsis In The U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 6:43 PM

Americans are more concerned about sepsis than ever before in the Internet age. 

Some of that heightened awareness came recently, after Patty Duke's family went public about the fact that she died from the condition. The day the news broke, Google searches for the word “sepsis” spiked 827...

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Cuba ha logrado tres hitos en la medicina que el resto del mundo necesita

(13) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 8:25 AM

Pese a los niveles de pobreza de Cuba, sus habitantes se encuentran entre las personas más sanas y longevas del mundo, y sus avances médicos no tienen nada que envidiar a los del mundo capitalista. Esto se debe a la inversión del Gobierno en la investigación...

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Everyone May Have Been Wrong About Health 'Makeovers' All Along

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 7:05 PM

Conventional wisdom dictates that if you want to make a big life change, you have to start small. Want to lose weight? One good first step might be to drink more water. Want to get fit? Start with a walk around the block


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