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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!


~ Scientific evidence for loving what you do: Research shows that not only is there a link between job satisfaction and physical wellbeing, but that particularly for 20- and 30-somethings, disliking your job now could lead to health problems later in life. 

~ How often should you get a mammogram? It’s a controversial subject, but the latest recommendation is annually for women with dense breasts.

~ It’s no secret that sugar is a problem in the U.S. — particularly among kids — and that sugar-sweetened beverages are Enemy #1. According to new guidelines from the American Heart Association, children between the ages of 2 and 18 should have no more than 8 oz. of sugary drinks per week.

~ …That said, be mindful when talking to kids about their eating habits and weight. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, emphasizing weight loss and dieting when talking to teens can encourage the development of eating disorders (somehow, we’re not surprised…). Instead, the organization recommends focusing on healthy lifestyle choices.

~ What’s the secret to longevity? In addition to a diet abundant in nutrient-rich plant foods, it’s a family support system, says a new study. Time to give Mom a call.

~ A survey finds that the majority of U.S. moms breastfeed their newborn babies, but many stop before the recommended 1-year mark. Why breastfeed? It’s linked to lower risk of certain cancers for moms and a healthier immune system for babies. 

~ If EpiPens are on your back-to-school shopping list, you might get a rude awakening when ringing up. The pharmaceutical company that makes the pens has majorly hiked prices…and now Congress is stepping in.

~ Maybe work from home today? A study finds long commutes are linked to poor health, in part because commuters sometimes consume nearly 1,000 additional calories per day either during or because of their to-and-from-work transit time.

~ Mind, meet body. Women who go into breast cancer treatment with negative expectations experience more side effects, according to new research. In related news, hormone replacement therapy may increase breast cancer risk. 

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