Your face matters for first impressions

Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals. Researchers at the University of York in England analyzed people’s first impressions of 16 social traits in 1,000 facial images. The traits were then organized into three categories: approachability, youthfulness/attractiveness and dominance. […]

Stressed women, saving yourself from sitting: 5 studies you may have missed

Here’s a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation, so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn’t mean that one causes the other. 1. Not all vitamins are good for you: Studies show […]

Rick Perry declines offer to meet Obama at airport

When President Barack Obama travels, he is often greeted by governors. He won’t be on Wednesday in Texas. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a vocal critic of Obama’s handling of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, declined an official White House invitation to meet the president when he lands in Austin, saying he would like a […]

Too much TV tied to premature death

Not all sitting is the same, according to a new study from Spain that found adults who watch three or more hours of TV per day may double their risk of early death compared to those who watch less. Similar amounts of time spent sitting while driving or using a computer did not have the […]

Obese mothers have babies with more belly fat, study finds

Babies of obese mothers tend to be born with more fat, especially around their middles, than babies with leaner mothers, according to a new study. “There are differences in body composition, already at birth between obese women’s babies and normal weight women’s babies,” Emma Carlsen told Reuters Health in an email. She led the study […]

Less than half of America getting tested for HIV. Here’s why.

HIV has been a serious health concern for Americans for over 30 years. And yet only about 45 percent of Americans have ever had an HIV test. Since HIV testing became available in the late 1980s, almost 1.8 million people in the United States have tested positive for the virus, and each year, there are […]

U.S. top court leaves intact jury verdicts against big tobacco

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a series of appeals filed mainly by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co seeking to overturn Florida court rulings worth more than $70 million in favor of customers who sued over injuries associated with smoking. By turning away the cases, the high court left intact the rulings against […]

Eating breakfast may not matter for weight loss

“Eat breakfast!” nutrition experts have been telling us for decades. It revs your metabolism! It keeps you from overindulging at lunch! It helps you lose weight! But a new study suggests the “most important meal of the day” may not be so important – at least for adults trying to lose weight. Published Wednesday in […]

Mad cow disease-related death confirmed in Texas

Mad cow disease has caused a fourth death in the United States, health officials say. Lab tests have confirmed that a patient in Texas who recently died had Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. Variant CJD is a fatal brain disorder linked to eating beef from cattle with mad cow disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune

Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where […]

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