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This Week In Health News

Every Wednesday, 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!



  • If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, read this first! Psychologists say they can explain why your gifts don’t always go over as planned. It all comes down to intention, apparently: Gift-givers choose presents based on how happy they think it will make the recipient the moment they unwrap it, while recipients prefer gifts that they’ll enjoy over a longer period of time. Experts say this is one reason people often give indulgent yet impractical gifts, to emphasize the “wow factor” at the expense of choosing something the recipient is more likely to truly cherish.



  • It may in fact be possible to stop time. That’s according to new research, which claims it’s possible to slow and maybe even reverse the aging process. The study shines a spotlight on the fascinating field of epigenetics, which explains how genetic activity is affected by environmental factors (like, for instance, diet and lifestyle).



  • A study that claims the health risks of eating a lot of sugar are overstated is being called into question. Why? Well, because it was funded by an organization that’s supported by the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and McDonald’s. Shady, no?


  • Want superior medical care from your doctor? Make sure she’s a woman, for starters.


  • Not only does the brain undergo real structural changes during pregnancy, but those changes may last for up to two years after giving birth, according to a new study. Experts believe these changes may support bonding between mother and child.


  • …And speaking of pregnancy and the brain, a report finds a small but growing number of women are smoking marijuana while pregnant (generally as a treatment for morning sickness).


  • Peanut allergies may one day be a thing of the past if scientists are successful in creating a hypoallergenic peanut.


  • For the fifth year running, Hawaii takes the title of Healthiest State in America based on United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings annual report. The unhealthiest, on the other hand, is Mississippi.


  • Though popular anti-choice rhetoric may claim otherwise, a large-scale study found that terminating a pregnancy does not cause mental health problems—it’s being denied access to abortion services when they are needed that does.


  • Earlier this year, we heard about a groundbreaking fertilization treatment that uses genetic material from three parents instead of two, decreasing the spread of certain fatal mitochondrial disorders. And as of this week, the procedure has been approved for use in the UK.


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