There’s been a good deal of research on “belly fat”—the deep, visceral layer of fat that accumulates underneath the abdominal muscles—as a serious risk factor for older, post-menopausal women. But new research highlights the toll this type of abdominal fat can take on young women as well— particularly on our bone health. More
Topic: health studies
The Daily Mail is touting a new appetite-suppressing diet drug “with no side effects.” Can we get a bag of magic beans with it, too? Because I believe we’ve heard this one before.
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
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.
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
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
This just in: Diet and acne are connected (at least for today), and it’s bagels, not french fries, that are giving you zits. Apparently scientists are now convinced that foods high in empty carbs (think bread, candy, soda–anything sugary) are connected to breakouts, because of a hormonal reaction that occurs when your blood sugar spikes. Aaaaand, cue smug reactions from paleo diet fans. More
If you have trouble minimizing your alcohol consumption in social settings, here are a few (traditional and not-so-traditional) suggestions for cutting back — and cutting your breast cancer risk. More
You barely have to look at smoking statistics to know that it’s terrible for your health, and with so many anti smoking campaigns educating Americans about why they should quit smoking (and never start), it’s hard to imagine why people smoke at all. But a new CDC report says that it isn’t just because of advertising that covertly appeals to teens, or movies that still make it look cool: Mental illness could be a big factor, too. More
A couple of news stories about reproduction are floating around the internets this week: One about how watching too much TV might lower male fertility, and another about how the economy will tank if women don’t pop out more babies, stat. One is based on a health study; the other is the opinions of Jonathan V. Last, a journalist who just wrote a book about politics, fertility, and demographics called “What to Expect When No One’s Expecting.” Neither story necessarily commands readers to take action or address the issue at hand as an emergency, but they do follow a frustrating trend in stories about reproduction and fertility: That it’s a woman’s job to worry about making babies. More