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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!

 

~ Riding the crimson wave at work? Several startups are here to make it easier, according to Fast Company, and change the way productivity and period drama coexist. To further hone the power of your cycle, we’ve got even more tricks up our sleeve (thanks, Alisa Vitti!).

~ The 2016 Summer Olympics start next week, and the good news is, experts say the games are unlikely to exacerbate the worldwide spread of Zika virus, despite widespread concerns.

~ We’ve always sworn by the power of a good Pilates class to change our moods, bodies and spirits, but the list just keeps expanding for exercise and its health benefits -- some doctors are suggesting exercise as a non-invasive alternative for healing knee-related injuries.

~ It’s pitta season, y’all, meaning the fire in all of us comes out to play. But for some women, menopausal hot flashes are giving them even more reasons to crank the A/C in this blasted heat.

~ You know when you catch a nasty bug, and the only thing that sounds alluring is curling up by your lonesome, chilling solo with Netflix and warm tea? Well, scientists are now beginning to see the link between social behavior and immune system response.

~ With cancer — and effective treatments — steadily on the rise, many survivors are eager to know if they are still eligible to be organ donors.

~ We value the power of food as medicine, and look to our ancestors for ancient remedies from fauna and herbs. But what about taking an IV of magnesium or glutathione after a crazy workweek or raucous weekend? The answer is pretty controversial, according to The Atlantic.

~ Speaking of drips, if you are willing, able and not needle-shy, the American Red Cross is experiencing a shortage this summer and is in need of blood donations.

~ It’s certainly true that America needs to rethink eating so many things that come with a barcode — but we also need to pay close attention to “fake” foods masquerading as the whole, good-for-you kind. We’d never give you a fright without arming you with info, so here’s a guide to steering clear of all things faux.

~ It’s been a very chaotic, tragic month in the news, and it’s important to support your mental health during a time when we can all feel helpless. A PTSD expert with Time provides some helpful insight. In related news, effective mental health treatment may soon come with a smaller price tag.

~ Omm, yes! New research is coming to light on the benefits of yoga to reduce LDL (aka bad) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.

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