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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!


~ Your pretty fresh manicure has an ugly secret…there’s evidence that toxins (such as triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, which is an endocrine disruptor) in many popular brands of nail polish make their way into your system within hours of application.

~ What you think, you create. A new study suggests the same gene that makes people more likely to suffer from depression can also be the path to positivity, because said genes increase one’s sensitivity to environmental factors that affect mental health.

~ Here’s a strong case for cutting back on our collective meat consumption — it could go a long way towards preventing viral pandemics.

~ …And it doesn’t take much to experience the benefits of eating more plants. According to new research, slightly upping your daily intake of plant-based foods while slightly lowering your intake of animal-based foods can cut your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

~ Have you ever gone for a check-up and been told by your doctor that you have “dense breasts?” It’s important because dense breast tissue can make tumors harder to detect, but it turns out the definition of “dense breasts” varies depending on who you ask.

~ The cinnamon in your Sakara breakfast might sharpen your brain, according to new research.

~ Another score for Team Healthy Fats! An analysis of studies on the much-hyped Mediterranean diet concluded that you can feel free to eat lots of good fats (i.e. monounsaturated fats — think olive oil, nuts and seeds) and reap health benefits like lower risk of heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes.

~ Repeat this mantra: I am in control of my health and wellbeing. Research found that a whopping nine out of 10 strokes are preventable, and that if people would address several key modifiable risk factors (such as poor diet, alcohol use and physical inactivity), they could significantly reduce their risk.

~ The Zika virus continues to baffle health experts. The latest: A person who cared for a Zika patient somehow contracted the virus, despite not having had sexual contact with an infected person or traveling to an area where Zika was present.    

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