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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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by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 22 2016 6:11AM
The artist known as Prince has died ... He was 57.

Prince's body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning.
Multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed. We've obtained the emergency dispatch call for a "male down, not breathing."

The singer -- full name Prince Rogers Nelson -- had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu. At the show, Prince prophetically told the crowd, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers."

Prior to his most recent appearance however, Prince had cancelled two shows due to health concerns.
Prince became an international superstar in 1982 after his breakthrough album "1999."
He went on to churn out a ton of hits -- and racking up 7 Grammys in the process. He also performed at the Super Bowl in 2007 ... in one of the greatest live performances of all time.
He also sold more than 100 million records during his career ... and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for Purple Rain in 1985.

Prince was married two times -- the first time to his backup dancer Mayte Garcia. They split in 2000. He then married Manuela Testolini ... but they split in 2006.
He was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and performed a legendary version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to close the ceremony.

by Lou Bartelli posted Apr 21 2016 5:37AM

The Most Important Food Innovation From Each State

HIGHLIGHTS: A new list picked the most important FOOD INNOVATION from each state. Like sliced bread in Iowa . . . hot sauce in Louisiana . . . bourbon in Kentucky . . . and Chipotle in Colorado.

FULL STORY: America may not be good at inventing food, but we're FANTASTIC at taking food that already exists and making it better.

Thrillist put together a list of the most important FOOD INNOVATION from each state. And they did a pretty good job, because a lot of these are going to be pretty hard to argue. Well, except for North Dakota . . . they'll argue. Here are some highlights.

1. Colorado's most important innovation was Chipotle . . . the restaurant chain, not the spice. They also say Georgia's most important innovation was Waffle House . . . Massachusetts's is Dunkin' Donuts . . . and Washington's is Starbucks.

2. Iowa's is sliced bread. Yep, Iowa literally invented sliced bread. It was invented and patented in Davenport, Iowa.

3. Louisiana's is hot sauce.

4. Kentucky's is bourbon.

5. And North Dakota's is . . . unknown. The writers just said it's definitely NOT lutefisk, but they couldn't find anything else.


Yeah yeah, the proliferation of Starbucks has reached a point that it's hacky and cliched to even joke about its ubiquity. But it's undeniable that Starbucks meteoric rise permanently changed the way Americans think about and consume coffee, and without those green-and-white cups making more Americans stop and think "Hey, maybe I should actually give a shit about the coffee I'm drinking?", you probably don't have a market for that third-wave coffee joint that's making you a pour-over while telling you that Starbucks is the devil, so give credit where credit is du

by Brian Stephenson posted Apr 15 2016 3:42PM

Congrats to our two lucky office wiiners this week:

Cornerstone Medical Clinic and Studio Milan!

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