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Want to Avoid the Flu? Don’t Cut Calories

Need an excuse to delay your New Year’s resolution diet just a bit? Cutting back on calories can make you more susceptible to flu, according to ongoing research at Michigan State University.

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5 Ways to Show Gratitude in the New Year

Now that the New Year is here, why not take some time to appreciate everything you have in life? Joseph Shrand, MD, a Harvard psychiatrist and author of Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World, advises taking a moment to remind yourself to be grateful not just for the things you have, but for the people in your life as well.

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13 Quick New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

Nearly half of us make a New Year’s resolution each and every year. But alas, nearly 75% of those resolutions are doomed to failure. Why not increase the odds of success this season by adopting one of these 13 quick-and-easy resolutions?

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Study Finds TV Chefs’ Recipes Not So Healthy

While they may taste great, recipes created by TV celebrity chefs have more calories, saturated fat, and total fat than the average ready-made meal you find in supermarkets in the U.K., according to a study in the British Medical Journal. These pre-cooked, packaged meals are sold in the refrigerator section of most U.K. supermarkets and can be heated in minutes.

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The Worst Movie for Smoking in 2012? You’ve Probably Seen It

The evidence is pretty clear that smoking in movies influences lighting up in real life, with studies suggesting that kids in particular can be more likely to take up the habit after seeing stars who smoke. But even though smoking is probably less socially acceptable in the U.S. than ever before, we still see gorgeous men and women make the habit look glamorous by lighting up on the big screen. (Hello, have you seen the trailer for Gangster Squad? Emma Stone exhales a plume of smoke just as Ryan Gosling tries to seduce her, probably launching more than a few new teen smokers.)

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Jessica Simpson Pregnant? What Science Says About Timing Pregnancies

Jessica Simpson seems to have taken a pregnant pause, but possibly a short one, according to Us Weekly and other news reports. The singer and “Fashion Star” mentor may be baby bumping again just seven months after giving birth to her daughter Maxwell Drew.

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Energy Drinks: Why The Need for So Much Caffeine?

It used to be the only thing caffeinated in our diet was coffee and tea and perhaps the occasional soda. But over the past few years it’s an additive that’s crept into everything from sports drinks to jelly beans. This week, Cracker Jacks announced plans for a new line of caffeine-infused Cracker Jack’D Power Bites.

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Jennifer Lawrence Obese? We Think Not

Yes, Tinsel Town is officially out of touch with reality, now confirmed by Jennifer Lawrence’s new interview in which she notes that “In Hollywood, I’m obese.”

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Redheads May Have Gene Advantage in Cloudy Climates

Blondes may have more fun, but new research suggests redheads soak up more sun. Experts from the ScotlandsDNA project speculate that people with ginger colored hair have a genetic advantage in gloomier climates because they can create more vitamin D in low-light conditions than peers with darker skin or hair. While about 2% of the population has red hair, about 13% of people in Scotland are gingers.

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5 Tips for Coping with Stress After Hurricane Sandy

Finding food, staying warm, and coping with power outages are still primary challenges for many who’ve weathered the worst of Hurricane Sandy. But psychologists warn that the mental effects of dealing with such challenges can be pretty powerful forces in their own right.

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U.S. Cuts Sugar Intake, But Does it Matter?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently said Americans were consuming less sugar than in the past, a precise-sounding 76.7 pounds per year. While that sounds like a lot, it’s close to 25 pounds less per person; the previous estimate was about 100 pounds per year.

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Woman Loses 80 Pounds On An All Starbucks Diet

A Virginia woman says she’s lost more than 80 pounds by dining exclusively at Starbucks. Christine Hall, a 66-year-old librarian, claims she subsisted mainly on black coffee, hot oatmeal, and bistro boxes from the popular coffeehouse for more than two years in order to shed the pounds. Starbucks made her weight loss convenient and easy, she told NBC News, because they list calorie counts on their labels, enabling her to track her intake online.

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Fitspo Images: Exercise Motivation or a Dangerous Obsession?

Women have suffered from self-esteem issues since the dawn of time. Now thanks to social media, self-loathing is just a few clicks away. Thinspo–short for thinspiration–is a term used to describe images and ideas posted on social media sites that are supposed to inspire women to lose weight, but all too often fuel eating disordered-behavior and the pursuit of skeletal thinness. But what of fitspo, thinspo’s toned and chiseled counterpart?

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I’m Confused: Do Multivitamins Really Cut Cancer Risk?

Taking a daily multivitamin could cut the risk of any type of cancer by 8%, a small but real drop, according to a new study of almost 15,000 men over the age of 50 published this week. No doubt, that’s great news for the one in three Americans who pop multivitamins daily. But wait–are you as confused as I am? Not that long ago–2009–another study of more than 160,000 women found that multivitamins had little or no effect on cancer risk.

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Grumpy Monday? There Are Worse Days of the Week

Wipe that grumpy look off your face–Mondays aren’t so bad! No really, there’s even a new survey to prove it. It seems our moods are no better or worse on Mondays than they are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, according to a team of Stony Brook University researchers who analyzed Gallup telephone poll data from 340,000 men and women collected over a year.

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British Actress’s Shocking Weight Loss: How Skinny is Too Skinny for a Role?

The famous acting coach Constantin Stanislavski once said, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Northern Irish actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes has become the literal embodiment of this quote by transforming her naturally slender body into a gaunt frame for an upcoming movie role as an Austrian kidnapping victim. In doing so, she joins the list of incredibly shrinking actors and actresses, including Natalie Portman, Matthew McConaughey, and Christian Bale, who have shed sometimes shocking amounts of weight for roles.

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New Nutrition Rules for Kids’ Meals: “Failure to Lunch”

Children who buy lunch in public schools are now being served up healthier options, including more fruits and vegetables, as new U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program standards go into effect this year. But it turns out the kids are taking and tossing the healthy stuff.

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