Author Archives: Briana Rognlin

Probiotics For Your Skin Could Be The Next Big Acne Treatment

Probiotics For Your Skin Could Be The Next Big Acne Treatment

In recent years, research has proven that having “good bacteria” in our digestive systems has far-reaching benefits for our health (thus, the probiotic supplement fad was born). But a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology says that having the right bacteria on our skin could have huge benefits, too; especially for anyone who suffers blemishes, pimples, breakouts or acne. More »

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets Come In Ball, Bone, Boot, or Bell Shapes

McDonald's Chicken McNuggets Come In Ball, Bone, Boot, or Bell Shapes

If you’re like me, you like to think that chicken nuggets are breaded, fried pieces of chicken meat. Not even. According to McDonald’s most recent ‘behind-the-scenes’ reveal, their McNuggets only come in four shapes: ball, bone, boot or bell. (Check out Business Insider‘s photo to see for yourself.) They’re clearly meant to make you feel as if you’re getting real chunks of chicken meat–not some kind of uniform chicken good that’s shaped into a bite-size piece, which is, in fact, exactly what you’re getting. More »

Paula Deen Feels ‘Like A Fat Ass,’ Is ‘Eating Normal, Whatever That Is’…And She’s Finally Relatable, Too

Paula Deen Feels 'Like A Fat Ass,' Is 'Eating Normal, Whatever That Is'...And She's Finally Relatable, Too

Paula Deen has been raked over the coals for sending mixed messages about health and nutrition, and her recent interview with the Miami Herald is no exception to the trend. The most memorable quotes? ““Now, I’m eating normal, whatever normal is,” and “I still feel like a fat ass [...] I need a chin lift so bad,” are my top picks. And for once, these awkward admissions make me actually like the Queen of Southern Cuisine. More »

The President Of Mars Chocolate Wants To Help Solve Obesity With Candy

The President Of Mars Chocolate Wants To Help Solve Obesity With Candy

Debra Sandler, the president of Mars Chocolate in North America, wants to rally the National Confectioners Association in building a strategy to fight obesity (i.e. the catastrophe to come when people start figuring out that candy is bad for you). Speaking at the NCA’s State of the Industry Conference in Miami, she was encouraging other companies to think about how their products play into obesity, and figure out how to “be part of the solution” before regulators force them to. Yes, you heard that right: She wants to help solve obesity with candy. More »

Watch This: A 17-Year-Old’s Takedown of Seventeen‘s Partnership With Biggest Loser

Watch This: A 17-Year-Old's Takedown of Seventeen's Partnership With Biggest Loser

We’ve critiqued Seventeen magazine’s confusing messages about body image, weight and health before, but this message from reader Alice Wilder is especially powerful, given that she’s exactly 17, and a reader of the magazine. She’s critiquing their latest “Body Peace Treaty,” a body positive contract that encourages teens to be confident regardless of how well they conform to ridiculous body standards… and has been a major focal point of Seventeen‘s partnership with The Biggest Loser (which is tackling childhood obesity this year). More »

Tanning Salons Prevent Sunburn, Say Tanning Salons In Missouri

Tanning Salons Prevent Sunburn, Say Tanning Salons In Missouri

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico in the dead of winter, you should hit up a tanning salon to put down a “base” so that you can lounge on the beach while on vacation without getting a sunburn–at least, that was the logic once used to use to justify exposing ourselves to harmful UV rays in indoor tanning beds. Now we know better, right? Wrong, according to a new study that says 80% of tanning salons in Missouri  spout this exact myth to their customers.
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Why Green Living Matters: Guam To Attack Brown Tree Snake Problem By Airdropping Poisonous Mice

Why Green Living Matters: Guam To Attack Brown Tree Snake Problem By Airdropping Poisonous Mice

Pretty soon, thousands of poisonous mice are going to fall from the sky over Guam. And this isn’t for a scene in Magnolia 2. Wildlife officials in Guam have decided that it’s the best way to attack its rampant brown tree snake problem, which were brought to the island in World War II aboard U.S. military vessels, and have been obliterating native bird populations since then. This is just a glimpse at the terrible things that happen when you mess with mother nature. More »

You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

A new study says green tea could lower breast cancer risk, because it can change the way we metabolize oestrogen. With about a million other research studies enumerating the health benefits of green tea (and conflicting information about whether coffee is really all that good for you), this is hardly the first report that makes us think green tea might be the better way to caffeinate. But for women, this could be a pretty big “pro” for team green tea. More »

Correlation vs. Causation: Do More Sex Partners Really Lead To More Substance Abuse?

Correlation vs. Causation: Do More Sex Partners Really Lead To More Substance Abuse?

According to TIME’s health blog, more sex partners = higher risk of drug addiction and alcoholism. But according to the actual study they’re citing, there’s simply a correlation between number of sex partners and later substance abuse. And when you don’t make the distinction (or think critically about what the study does and doesn’t reveal about sexual behavior and addiction), you get a so-called health article that basically reads like slut-shaming, instead of useful news about health research. And this is why everyone should learn how to tell the difference between correlation and causation (because unfortunately, not even reporters can always tell the difference). More »

Fat Talk Is Less Popular Amongst Aging Women…Because They Move On To ‘Old Talk’, Says Study

Fat Talk Is Less Popular Amongst Aging Women…Because They Move On To 'Old Talk', Says Study

And the award for Depressing Research goes to…a study that says as women age, fat talk yields to ‘old talk’. Ugh. It’s not really surprising that our attitude towards growing old is damaging to women’s self-esteem, but the fact that most women just never grow out of talking trash about their bodies and looks is a disturbing revelation. So much for 40 being the new 30 (or whatever the latest adage is that’s supposed to make us feel better about aging). More »

If Lance Armstrong Wasn’t Already In Up To His Ears, Now The U.S. Department Of Justice Is Suing Him, Too

If Lance Armstrong Wasn't Already In Up To His Ears, Now The U.S. Department Of Justice Is Suing Him, Too

Lance Armstrong may have tried to soften his image with his nationally televised doping confession on Oprah, but he’s officially getting into more trouble, not less. Today’s latest Lance Armstrong news is that the U.S. Department of Justice will be joining a civil suit against Armstrong for his use of performance-enhancing drugs while on the U.S. Postal Service cycling team, pressing charges in hopes of getting up to $100 million from the former cyclist. More »