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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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This Is What The Victims Of Flight 17 Did For AIDS Research

(33) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 7:24 PM

AIDS researchers, activists and advocates en route to the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia are among those believed to have perished on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

The exact number of people who were headed to the conference is...

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When Being Obese Could Save Your Life

(37) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 8:05 AM

You've just had a heart attack, and you're in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. If you're overweight or moderately obese, you're actually more likely to survive that heart attack than if you were a normal weight or underweight person.

It's what doctors and researchers call the "obesity...

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Evidence That Friends Really Are The Family We Choose

(16) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Sister from another mister. Brother from another mother. The family you choose.

When it comes to describing your friends, those turns of phrase may be a lot more accurate than you think.

Genetics researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Yale University have found that

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Here's Proof 'Doing What You Love' Pays Off

(13) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Career advice to "follow your passion" or "do what you love" has fallen out of favor in recent times and is often dismissed as hackneyed and unrealistic. But a new study suggests that finding one's vocation, or a special calling to do a certain occupation, will always be...

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The Whimsical Way Medical Students Learn About The Body

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 11:29 AM

We already knew doctors have strong stomachs. We just didn't know how strong.

It turns out that medical education has a long and rich history of using food metaphors to describe body parts, diseases, symptoms, and everything else that students have to memorize. For instance, pus from a liver...

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Customer Service With A Smile Comes At A Big Price

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:24 AM

Customer service with a smile is the American way, but faking it all day can take an emotional and physical toll once workers head home, according to a small but compelling new study published in the journal Personnel Psychology.

The findings should give employers pause about just...

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This Test At Your Gyno's Office Is Painful And A Waste Of Time

(19) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:03 AM

It turns out that the most uncomfortable and painful part of your annual gynecological exam is also pretty useless. So useless, in fact, that the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization in the country, recommends that doctors stop performing it.

It's called the bimanual pelvic exam. To...

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There's A Reason The ‘Four-Eyed Bookworm' Stereotype Exists

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Turns out, there's truth to the stereotype of the "four-eyed bookworm."

A new study in the journal Ophthalmology suggests reading and schoolwork may have a greater influence on nearsightedness (also called myopia) than genetics.

The findings are based on 4,685 people who underwent eye exams and...

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Why Kids Don't Need To Take Their Vitamins

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, less is more.

A new report published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that children are overexposed to vitamins and minerals thanks to fortified, processed foods like cereals and snack bars, as well as vitamin...

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TwentyWonder 2014 Fundraiser Celebrates Fifth Year Of Wonderment

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Musicians, masked Mexican wrestlers, mad scientists and Moth storytellers are coming together in Los Angeles for one of the summer's most mind-melting events: TwentyWonder's "A Carnival Of The Mind."

Now in its fifth year, the annual 21-and-over fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles gathers...

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The State Where The Most Americans Drink Themselves To Death

(597) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Since Colorado legalized marijuana last year, politicians and pundits have focused intently on health and safety concerns surrounding legal weed. But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a more imminent danger for the state and its neighbors: alcohol.

According to the report,

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The Scientific Reason Why We Hurt The Ones We Love Most

(14) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:51 AM

The people we know and love the most are the same people we're most awful to in word and deed -- and vice versa.

That’s the takeaway of three decades’ worth of aggression research, distilled and published in a new review in the journal Current Directions in Psychological...

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This Simple Mental Trick Can Keep You From Sabotaging Your Workout

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 10:14 AM

You're absolutely spent after a crushing workout class -- and now you're going to reward yourself with a big plate of fries and the juiciest burger in town.

Sound familiar? Overcompensating for an intense workout with extra food is a known phenomenon, and it's the culprit behind...

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This Health Food May Actually Deserve To Be Called 'Detoxifying'

(6) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Expect to see this unusual ingredient in your store-bought green juices soon: broccoli sprouts.

You see, unlike all those other spurious claims about vegetable juice's "detoxifying" powers, these sprouts may actually have a role in flushing out harmful chemical pollutants from the body.

A new study, published...

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Scientists May Have Found Humankind's Original Addiction

(47) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 8:33 AM

In studying how ultraviolet radiation affects skin, scientists may have stumbled across humankind's original addiction: sunlight.

A new study in the journal Cell shows that UV radiation, even in modest amounts, prompts production of the "feel-good" hormone beta-endorphin that numbs mice to pain. When scientists blocked beta-endorphin with...

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Banish Boring Meetings With This Simple Trick

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 9:34 AM

If you want to spice things up in the board room, try this prank: hide all the chairs.

No, seriously. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri found that if teams of people stood while they were working together on a project, they were likely to be more engaged...

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A Pill For Celiac Disease Is Almost Here

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Going completely gluten-free is socially restrictive, expensive and time-consuming. Yet the diet is the only treatment out there for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that damages the lining of the small intestines when triggered by gluten.

What's more, gluten-free eating might not be totally effective. It turns out...

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This Is Where Self-Esteem Lives In The Brain (PHOTO)

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:05 PM

Researchers at Dartmouth College have identified a region of the human brain that seems to predict a person's self-esteem levels.

It's called the frontostriatal pathway, and the stronger and more active it is in the brain, the more self-esteem someone has. The findings, published online in the journal...

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