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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!



  • Despite concerns about the creation of drug-resistant superbugs, a report finds hospitals are still overusing antibiotics. But it seems the world’s leaders are finally wising up; a UN summit this week will take a closer look at superbugs as both a public health threat and a security matter. At the same time, 13 major drug companies, including heavy hitters like Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, have committed to take steps to address drug resistance. Those measures include making sure the only people who get antibiotics are those who truly need them and working to reduce the environmental impact of antibiotic production.


  • Research finds turning on (sorry, had to) a light box — like those used by people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder — may provide a libido boost for men.
  • If you’re hoping to shed pounds with the help of a fitness tracker, you might want to think twice before purchasing.
  • You’ll soon have a new long-term birth control option. The FDA has approved Kyleena, a hormonal contraceptive device that prevents pregnancy for up to five years. The FDA has also granted approval to the first muscular dystrophy drug.
  • Scientists say they’ve identified an area of the brain dedicated to processing numbers — and you have it even if the last time you solved a math equation was when you took the SATs.
  • Stress eating — you know, when a particularly hectic day at the office sends you scavenging for chocolate — may in fact be a myth.
  • Further proof of the mind-body connection, perhaps? Research has uncovered a link between depression during pregnancy and gestational diabetes.
  • A study confirms what millions of bar-and-club-goers already know: You’re more social and more sexually liberated after a few drinks.

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