Topic: health studies

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 »

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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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 »

Diet And Acne: Now Scientists Say Bagels Give You Zits (Not French Fries)

Diet And Acne: Now Scientists Say Bagels Give You Zits (Not French Fries)

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 »

Why People Smoke: Mental Illness Is A Big Factor, Says New CDC Report

Why People Smoke: Mental Illness Is A Big Factor, Says New CDC Report

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 »

Men Who Watch Too Much TV Have Fewer Sperm (But Don’t Worry, Fertility Is Still A Women’s Issue)

Men Who Watch Too Much TV Have Fewer Sperm (But Don't Worry, Fertility Is Still A Women's Issue)

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 »

5 Heart Health Facts You Probably Haven’t Heart Yet, In Honor Of Heart Health Month

5 Heart Health Facts You Probably Haven't Heart Yet, In Honor Of Heart Health Month

February is American Heart Health Month, so you’re probably about to hear a lot of advice like “eat more vegetables” and “get more exercise.” But you know this, right? We all do. So to help you learn something new (and get you on the best path to lower your risk of heart disease), we compiled some of the best new research and findings on cardiovascular health from the past year. More »