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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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Colorado's Teen Birth Rate Fell 40 Percent Thanks To A Free Contraception Program

(109) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Rates of teen pregnancies and abortions have plunged in Colorado thanks to a six-year program that distributed free LARCs -- long-acting reversible contraceptives -- to teens and young women.

The initiative provided women with free IUDs (intrauterine devices) or hormonal implants that can prevent pregnancy for up to 10...

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과학자들, 짐 캐리의 '백신 반대' 트윗을 강하게 비판하다

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 10:50 AM

배우 짐 캐리는 최근 개인적 믿음에 따라 어린이 백신 접종을 강제로 하는 캘리포니아의 새 법에 분노를 표출하는 트윗을 연달아 올렸다. 제리 브라운 주지사(민주당)가 6월 30일에 서명한 이 법은 공립이나 사립학교에 입학하기 전에 모든 아동이 백신 접종을 받는 것을 의무화 했다. 면역 결핍이나 암 등이 있어 접종을 미뤄야 할...

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Εάν βρήκατε το άλλο σας μισό υπάρχει περίπτωση να παχύνετε

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Εάν έχετε πάρει μερικά κιλά από τη στιγμή που μπήκατε σε μία σχέση, δεν είστε οι μόνοι. Σύμφωνα με πρόσφατη έρευνα, που συνέκρινε τον δείκτη μάζας σώματος ανθρώπων που δεν ήταν σε σχέση με εκείνη των ανθρώπων που βρίσκονταν σε σχέση διαπίστωσε ότι η δεύτερη κατηγορία κουβαλούσε μερικά κιλά παραπάνω....

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This Is What The Average Gun Owner Looks Like In America

(2791) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:18 PM

After a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina claimed nine lives, President Barack Obama called for the nation to come to terms with the fact that no other advanced country in the world suffers mass shootings as frequently as the U.S. It won’t be until...

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Scientist Debunks Jim Carrey's Anti-Vaccination Tweets

(2141) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 6:41 PM

In a series of recent tweets, actor Jim Carrey raged against a new California law banning the personal belief exemption for childhood vaccines. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday, makes the shots mandatory for every child before attending public or private school. The only...

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There's A Mental Health Reason To Avoid Added Sugar

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 6:11 PM

When we think about the link between food and feelings, it usually goes something like this: We feel sad, and then we eat something -- usually a comforting gut bomb of sugar, salt and fat -- to feel better. But what if this relationship were actually reversed? What if the...

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Yes, 'Love Weight' Is A Real Thing

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:37 PM

If you find yourself gaining weight once you’re in a relationship, you’re not alone. A recent study that compared the body mass indexes of singles to spouses found that, on average, coupled people had higher BMIs than people who were single.

Scientists from across Europe analyzed data...

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Joni Mitchell's Aneurysm, Explained

(5) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 6:53 AM

Musician Joni Mitchell is recovering from an aneurysm she suffered in March, according to a statement from her conservator, Leslie Morris. Contrary to rumors about her condition, Mitchell can speak, and is going through therapy to help regain the ability to walk again, Morris wrote.

Few details...

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5 bienfaits insoupçonnés du gribouillage

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 9:09 PM

Les livres de coloriage pour adultes sont à la mode, mais une autre activité artistique exige encore moins d’efforts que le maniement des crayons de couleur ou des feutres. Et, pour ne rien gâcher, elle présente de nombreux avantages. Le gribouillage, c’est-à-dire le fait de dessiner machinalement – surtout quand...

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Here's How Thursday's ACA Decision Will Affect 6.4 Million People

(20) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 5:23 PM

Millions of Americans who rely on federal subsidies to afford their health insurance breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when the Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act’s provision to deliver subsidies to people who need them.

Thanks to the court's interpretation of the ACA’s provision for...

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Your Toddler Probably Has Something To Teach You About Right And Wrong

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Parents consider teaching their children the difference between right and wrong to be an important duty, but a recent study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology suggests that children may have a little something to teach adults, too.

Thanks to an inventive set of experiments conducted...

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Hoarding Reality Shows Might Do More Harm Than Good

(46) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 6:35 PM

A recent episode of “Hoarders: Family Secrets” opens on an Ohio couple named Joyce and Wallace, who have been married for 31 years. They live in a mid-sized home that could probably be described as too roomy for just the two of them, were it not for the...

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This Small Change Can Dramatically Reduce Unintended Pregnancies

(10) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Simply informing women about intrauterine and hormonal implant birth control options when they ask for family planning advice can dramatically decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, according to a national study just published in the medical journal The Lancet.

That's great news -- except that very few...

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5 Big Benefits Of Being A Doodler

(14) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 7:00 AM

While coloring books for adults are something of a trend, there's another artistic outlet that requires even less effort than colored pencils and markers. It may have more benefits, to boot.

Doodling -- the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of...

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This App For CPR Volunteers Could One Day Save Your Life

(71) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 12:22 PM

This is as close to a bat signal as we're likely to get.

An app that summons trained CPR volunteers to a person in cardiac arrest has resulted in a 30 percent increase in patients receiving the lifesaving technique before first responders arrive, according to...

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Why Does Coffee Make You Poop?

(54) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 7:00 AM

We all know the feeling: Shortly after that latté, nature calls. But does coffee really make you poop?

We’ve all been told that coffee -- specifically, the caffeine in coffee -- is a mild diuretic, which means that it makes the body excrete more liquid than normal (read: pee more)....

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HPV Vaccine Ceravix Protects Against Cancer In Just One Dose, New Study Reveals

(4) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 9:51 AM

A major new study has found that a single dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, Cervarix, is just as effective as the currently recommended three doses when it comes to protecting against two high risk, cancer-causing strains of the virus.

What's more, a special two-shot protocol could...

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There Will Now Be An Actual Public Health Class On FX's 'The Strain'

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Anyone who's watched “The Strain” would agree that creator Guillermo del Toro has managed to depict and predict details from very recent public health nightmares, like last year's Ebola crisis or the current MERS outbreak in South Korea.

The show, which debuted on FX last summer, re-imagines...

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These Photos Show The Problem With Excess Skin After Extreme Weight Loss

(38) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 10:56 AM

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By the time Tatiana Bobbitt lost 190 pounds, she knew she had a problem. It had been 21 months since her successful bariatric surgery, and while she had shed nearly half the weight of her 5-foot-11, 450-pound frame, her body was covered with loose skin.

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