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What's Happening Now: The Top Must Reads This Week in Health + Wellness

Every week, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!


~ No more counting sheep…or late-night Netflix-bingeing. The discovery of a particular brain circuit involved with the sleep-wake cycle could mean better treatments for insomnia in the future.

Gluten-free diets are on the rise. But if you think that means rates of celiac disease (the G.I. condition for which going gluten-free is commonly prescribed) has changed during the same time frame, you’d be mistaken. Hmmm…

~ Do you ever feel like you’re not getting as much attention from your doctor as you might like? Maybe that’s because he or she is bogged down with electronic record keeping, according to a new report.   

~ Well, this is sort of a buzzkill. New research flies in the face of the idea that sex is good for your health. But since this data mainly applies to elderly men, we’re going to suggest you keep on keepin’ on for now.

~ The conversation around bacteria and health is changing…and we couldn’t be more excited. In the latest development, several common ingredients in antibacterial hand soap, including the much-maligned triclosan, have been banned by the FDA because of both potential health risks (AND the fact that they don’t really work anyway).

~ Parents getting their children vaccinated against the flu will have one fewer option this year, as the CDC has taken FluMist off the menu.

~ It’s a dangerous world out there. A study finds toxic air pollution can find its way into the human brain. Suddenly, country air sounds really refreshing. Anyone down for a road trip out of the city this weekend?

~ Research finds kids who see ads for e-cigarettes are less likely to believe smoking is bad for their health, which could lead to an increase in tobacco use among young people.

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