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by Lou Bartelli posted May 5 2016 5:45AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a neurologist, here are five ways to keep your brain sharp as you age: Stay social . . . challenge your brain with things like crossword puzzles . . . don't stress too much . . . exercise . . . and stop eating empty calories.

FULL STORY: Someone recently asked a neurologist to name the top five things we should be doing to keep our brains sharp as we get older. Here's what he said . . .

1. Keep socializing. You're less likely to suffer memory loss as you get older if you have a social life. So pick hobbies that involve other people, not just stuff you do by yourself.

2. Challenge your brain. Read, play games, and do crossword puzzles. And try something NEW every once in a while, like learning a new instrument or another language.

3. Don't stress out too much. A ton of studies have found that too much stress can have long-term effects on your memory and your decision-making skills.

4. Exercise. It improves blood flow to your brain, which helps you stay focused. And it also helps with memory.

5. Stop eating empty calories. Your brain works best when your diet is high in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, which you can get from whole grains.

And a new study that came out this week found that even if you're not overweight, cutting calories can improve your mood, your quality of sleep, and your libido.

by Lou Bartelli posted May 4 2016 10:09AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new survey found the average woman has 103 things in her closet but she only wears 10 or 11 of them. Also, women HATE 21% of their clothes.

FULL STORY: Most women own a ton of clothes. But that doesn't mean they actually wear them.

A new survey found the average woman has 103 things in her closet. BUT . . .

1. She thinks 33% are too tight.

2. 24% are too loose.

3. She just flat out HATES 21% of them.

4. And 12% are brand new with the tags still on.

5. That only leaves 10% that she actually likes and wears . . . about 10 or 11 things. Out of A HUNDRED AND THREE things.

But that's not all. The survey also found 47% of women say they struggle picking out what to wear to work, and 10% feel DEPRESSED when they open their closet. (The survey didn't look into men's closets.)

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by Lou Bartelli posted May 3 2016 9:18AM

HIGHLIGHTS: According to a new survey, the average bridesmaid spends $642 on the bachelorette party and their dress. But groomsmen spend $926 on the bachelor party and their suit. So, $284 more than women.

FULL STORY: When you're a bridesmaid, you spend all morning getting your hair and make-up done. Meanwhile the groomsmen just hang out and get ready in 20 minutes if they need to. So this kind of evens things out . . .

According to a new survey, it actually costs MORE to be a groomsman than a bridesmaid. Here are five stats from the survey . . .

1. The average bridesmaid spends $215 on her dress, and $427 on the bachelorette party. That includes everything from travel expenses to alcohol. So that's $642.

2. The average groomsman spends $245 on his suit, and $681 on the bachelor party. So that's $926 total, which is $284 MORE than women spend . . . mostly because guys splurge more on the bachelor party.

3. The average best man spends almost twice as much on the bachelor party as the maid of honor spends on the bachelorette. $999 compared to $552.

4. 31% of groomsmen also spend at least $200 on a wedding gift, compared to just 20% of bridesmaids. And somehow, guys even spend slightly more on incidentals, like shoes and haircuts.

5. But in general, women are a little more likely to go over-budget when they're in a wedding. 32% end up spending more than they expect to, compared to 28% of men

by Lou Bartelli posted May 2 2016 9:49AM

HIGHLIGHTS: A new book says people without kids should get maternity leave too, just to be fair . . . and the writer is a WOMAN. But there was such a big backlash she skipped an interview on "Good Morning America" on Friday.

FULL STORY: 38-year-old Meghann Foye is a writer who's never had kids. And she has a new book called "Meternity" that pushes for EVERYONE to get a few months off for maternity leave. Even if they've never had kids . . . because it's only fair.

She told the "New York Post" she was jealous of all her friends who'd get time off when they had a baby, because they'd come back more sure of themselves. And that having kids was the only path that provided flexibility at work.

Quote, "There's something about saying, 'I need to go pick up my child' as a reason to leave the office on time that has far more gravitas than, 'My best friend got ghosted by her OkCupid date and needs a margarita,' but both sides are valid."

Well . . . it's safe to say that she didn't find a lot of allies after the article came out.

The main issue people had on social media is that she seemed to confuse maternity leave with a vacation, when it's literally the opposite: It's the most sleep-deprived, stressful time in someone's life. Going BACK to work actually feels like the vacation.

In fact, the backlash was so strong she skipped an interview on "Good Morning America" on Friday. Yikes. I hope one of her friends left work to grab a margarita with her?

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 29 2016 9:18AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few ways your relationship is hurting you:  Fighting increases your risk for heart problems, stroke, and diabetes . . . snoring or hogging the covers can lead to bad sleep . . . and not talking through issues can cause headaches, anxiety, and depression.



FULL STORY:  This week we heard about a study that found women become less stressed after their husbands die.  And if that sounds bad, this DEFINITELY won't help.  Here are five ways your relationship might be KILLING you.  Happy Friday?



1.  Fighting all the time can increase your risk for heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.



2.  Eating too much.  According to a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, marriage raises the risk of women becoming overweight by 3.9%, and men by 6.1%.



3.  Forgetting to take care of yourself.  Taking time out for a walk or the occasional massage can reduce stress and anxiety.



4.  Sleep deprivation.  If your partner's snoring or tossing and turning is keeping you from having a good night's sleep, it can have negative health implications down the line.



5.  Lack of communication.  Not talking through issues can cause everything from headaches and muscle tension to anxiety and depression.  



And even worse, women are more likely to self-medicate through alcohol and drugs to deal with the stress of a bad relationship.


by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 29 2016 6:37AM

  The Larry David-Bernie Sanders connection has been taken to a new level. The Seinfeld creator and the Democratic candidate seem one in the same, which makes this incredible Seinfeld mash-up all the more perfect.
by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 28 2016 9:32AM

Five Daily Habits That Cause Wrinkles


HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are five things we do every day that cause wrinkles:  Squinting . . . sleeping on your stomach or your side . . . rubbing your eyes . . . eating too much sugar . . . and being in the sun while you're driving.  There are two types of UV rays that can damage your skin, and your car windows only block one of them.



FULL STORY:  Here are five things we do every day that cause wrinkles . . .



1.  Squinting.  It causes wrinkles around your eyes and the bridge of your nose.  So if you wear glasses, make sure your prescription is up to date.  And if you're driving with the sun in your eyes, wear sunglasses.



2.  Sleeping on your stomach or on your side.  You end up with your face squished into your pillow for six-to-eight hours.  And it can also restrict blood flow to the side of your face you sleep on, which can also cause wrinkles.



3.  Rubbing your eyes.  The skin around them is the most delicate skin on your body, and you end up stretching it out.  Plus, you transfer dirt and oil from your hands to your face, which also doesn't help.



4.  Eating too much sugar.  It messes with your hormones and destroys some of the collagen in your skin, so it loses some of its stretchiness.



5.  Being in the sun while you're driving.  The windows in your car only stop one type of UV rays, called UVB rays.  But UVA rays still get through and damage your skin.



It can also happen if you sit near a window at work.  And the tiny bit of sun you get walking to and from your car also adds up.  Which is why you're supposed to wear sunblock every day, but most people don't. 




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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 27 2016 11:06AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  You should only be working three days a WEEK.  Researchers found our brains can only really function at peak levels for about 25 hours a week.  After that, the quality of your work declines REALLY quickly.



FULL STORY:  If your boss is into the whole science thing, take THIS to him and see if you can get yourself permanent four-day weekends.



A new study out of the University of Melbourne in Australia found that we should only be working three days a week.



The researchers found that our brains can only really function at their peak levels for about 25 hours a week.  After that, the quality of our work declines REALLY quickly.



The drop is so bad that if you ever try to pull a crazy 70-hour week, your brain is basically USELESS by the end.



Now, there is one catch.  The study only included people over 40, so it's possible that younger people can hang in a little longer.  But still, no matter how old you are, at some point too much work just makes your brain shut down

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 25 2016 9:05AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  There's a new app that works with a special cell phone case to detect your BODY ODOR.  It'll analyze your smell, compare it to a database, and figure out how badly you stink.



FULL STORY:  It's about time your phone does something that makes you BETTER at face-to-face contact . . . instead of way worse.



There's a new app coming soon that can detect and analyze your BODY ODOR.



First you need to put a special case on your phone . . . basically it somehow "smells" your armpit.  Then the app analyzes the smell against its database, and figures out just how badly you stink.



Both the app and the case are in the testing phase right now, but they could be available as soon as next month.



For now, it's only designed to detect men's B.O.  A study found that the part of the brain that detects smells is 40% smaller in men than women, so women are much more sensitive to someone who stinks

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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 22 2016 9:29AM

HIGHLIGHTS:  Here are a few ways the weather can impact your health:  Cooler temperatures can help you sleep . . . hurricanes and tornadoes can lead to anxiety and substance abuse . . . and hotter temperatures can put you in the mood to get it on.



FULL STORY:  Here are five ways the weather can impact your health.



1.  Cooler temperatures can help you sleep.  According to a researcher at the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleeping is 60 to 68 degrees.  That's because when your body cools down, it preps your brain for sleep.



2.  Extreme weather could lead to psychological problems.  People who live in areas that are susceptible to hurricanes or tornadoes are at a higher risk for mental issues.



And according to a report from the National Wildlife Federation, approximately 200 million Americans may have psychological problems such as anxiety or substance abuse due to weather-related issues.



3.  Sunny days are linked with a mood boost.  A study at the University of Michigan found that people who spend at least half an hour outdoors in sunny weather had happier moods than people who didn't.



4.  Your blood pressure is lower in the summer.  Research shows that your blood pressure drops in the summer due to a change in atmospheric pressure.  In the winter, lower temps cause your blood vessels to narrow, which can increase pressure.



5.  Hotter temperatures may put you in the mood.  Research has found that men's testosterone levels tend to spike around June each year, and so do women's hormone levels linked to ovulation.

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Location : Michigan