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  1. 6 Cold Remedies That Are Total Bogus Garbage Myths, From AsapSCIENCE

    Remember how yesterday how AsapSCIENCE made us all feel better with their delightful tips on how to improve your body's health? Because not all remedies are created equal, and some are straight up not even true. Like these ones, for example.

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  2. Google Is Now Making Human Skin; at Least That Means They Won’t Take Yours

    For rad Google Doodle tattoos?

    Google has begun manufacturing human skin for research at its Life Sciences facility, and it actually has nothing to do with designing disguises for the cyborgs that walk among us.

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  3. This Smart Desk Will Force You to Stand Up or Sit Down Based on Its Maniacal Whims, Basically

    Maybe the desk is really into improv games?

    We here at The Mary Sue send each other links all the time about how constantly sitting for your day job will eventually kill you in many different horrifying ways. We've heard standing for five minutes every hour will help. We heard walking thirty minutes a day will help. Then we heard that none of that actually helps and we're all doomed. But now, there's the Stir Kinect Desk.

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  4. Facebook in Early Development on Implementing Health Care Support Groups and Preventative Care Apps

    Better or worse than asking your Twitter followers for medical advice?

    Death panels? Not real. But Facebook reminding you that it's been two years since you got a basic physical? ...Maybe?

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  5. Chris Pratt Originally Passed On Guardians Becau—Oh, Good God, Is This Him As Indiana Jones?

    We named the dog Champion!

    In case you missed the barrage of articles hyperventilating over Chris Pratt's transformation from lovable schlub to shredded Cross Fit half-human half-machine, the man was once a little "wealthier" around the middle and is now healthier and loving it. But before he morphed into a human cheese-grater, Pratt felt his fitness (or lack thereof) held his career back—and almost prevented him from starring in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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  6. New Study Says Binge-Watching TV Might Kill You, No Matter How Healthy You Are

    First the radio star...now us?

    Guys, I have some bad news. Are you ready? You might want to sit down, I'm not sure your ticker can handle the shock: according to a majorly depressing new study, our bodies are so profoundly impacted by TV-viewing that watching more than one hour a day is highly likely to have serious health consequences. Better hope there's no buffering in the afterlife.

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  7. Heart Attack on a Hook: The Unhealthiest Restaurant Meal in America

    "Long John Silver's Big Catch meal deserves to be buried 20,000 leagues under the sea."

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has determined through lab tests that Long John Silver's "Big Catch" meal is the "Worst Restaurant Meal in America." The meal of fried fish, hushpuppies, and onion rings has 33 grams of trans fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, 3,700 milligrams of sodium, and 1,320 calories, going above and beyond the baseline of unhealthy restaurant food. Apparently, the pirate-themed seafood chain decided that sensible limits on unhealthy ingredients were more like guidelines than actual rules.

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  8. Calling Out Sick From Work? Here Are Some Excuses Not to Use

    Summer is on its way, which means it's just about time to start converting your sick leave into three day weekends for the coming months. How to make sure your boss doesn't call your bluff, though? Well, today brings us a small good thing -- a veritable litany of excuses not to use when taking a sick day. A British healthcare provider's survey of 1,000 employers and 1,000 employees has turned up some of the world's lamest excuses for not being able to come into work, including gems like "My fish is sick" and the just-vague-enough-to-be-troubling "I've injured myself during sex." 

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  9. AsapSCIENCE Teaches Us How to Believe It’s Not Butter [Video]

    The differences between margarine and butter are pretty clear, right? One is processed vegetable oil -- the other is good old-fashioned cream and salt. One is the finest of all possible ingredients that can save nearly any recipe if applied in time. The other is, well, margarine. What margarine does have going for it, though, is that it's better for your health than delicious, artery-clogging butter -- or is it? In their latest video, AsapSCIENCE details the chemical differences between butter and margarine, suggesting that margarine might not be the lifesaver we tend to think  it is. Too bad, margarine -- if you don't actually have the health factor working in your favor, this really just stopped being a contest at all.

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  10. Called It: Too Much Running Is Bad For Your Health

    Running makes for great exercise and keeps your heart healthy, but overdoing it by running more than an hour per day, or running multiple marathons, can actually shorten your life, according to a recent editorial in the journal Heart. As someone who feels that running is a very good thing to do if you are being chased -- by a mob of villagers with pitchforks, for example, or an angry bear -- and a very silly thing to do pretty much any other time, I'm going to abstain from the customary victory lap and just sit back feeling pretty vindicated right now.

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  11. Hypochondriacs Rejoice! Scanadu Tricorder Will Obsessively Monitor All Your Bodily Functions Next Year

    Think you have a cold but can't prove it? Sifting through WebMD until you convince yourself you have cancer is so last year. With the soon to be launched Scanadu Scout, you'll be able to keep track of all your vital signs right through a convenient smartphone app that acts as a grim reminder of your delicate mortality. The days of having to go 5 minutes without knowing exactly what your blood pressure is are over, and we can feel the stress driving our blood pressure up already. So if the phrase "It's like having a doctor in your pocket" titillates you rather than filling you with creeping dread, this may be a wonderful thing for you to purchase and then lose sleep staring at forever.

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  12. Your Neuroses Could Be Good For Your Health, If You’re Not A Jerk About Them

    A new study suggests that being neurotic could actually be good for your health -- just as long as you're also pleasant and responsible while you're indulging your eccentricities. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that people who were both neurotic and conscientious -- defined for this study as being "organized, responsible and hardworking" -- had unusually low levels of a protein associated with a host of chronic diseases including diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. In principle, this should give neurotics around the world one less reason to worry about their health, though in practice...we totally won't. Nice try, though!

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  13. Genetics is at the Root of Painlessness, Which Sounds Like a Lot More Trouble Than It’s Worth

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    The New York Times has an interesting profile up on a young girl named Ashlyn and her family, who've gathered a unique group of families and children around a single condition they have in common: a congenital insensitivity to pain. Ashlyn, and other children like her, don't feel physical pain, and while that's a state many people might be interested in achieving, it has presented a significant challenge to her parents and caretakers.

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  14. Bet You Didn’t Know Smoking Makes Boobs Sag [Video]

    I wonder if this applies to boobs of the more masculine variety, but I suppose the owners of said moobs already have erectile dysfunction to worry about.

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  15. We Knew It! Reading A Book More Than Once Has Mental Health Benefits

    I Guess I Can't Argue With That

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that The Mary Sue readers have read at least one book twice. If not three, four, ten times. So it's nice to know it's not just for fun, it actually benefits your health!

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  16. Push-Up Challenge: Michelle Obama Vs. Ellen DeGeneres [VIDEO]

    this exists

    We already know First Lady Michelle Obama puts a high priority on staying fit and healthy but we've got a new piece of evidence that shows she's also pretty competitive about it as well. Watch this clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show where the comedian and the First Lady go head-to-head to see who can do the most push-ups. I had a good feeling going in who would win. (via The Daily What)

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  17. E-Urinal Concept Analyzes Your Pee, Judges You

    To the men in our audience: Fellows, how many times have you stood in front of a urinal in the midst of reliving yourself and thought, "I sure wish this thing I am peeing into could tell me if I am healthy or not." Well, friends, that day may be sooner than you think. Designer Royce Zhang has created this interesting urinal concept which combines a sensor suite, touch screen, and space age design into what he calls the e-Urinal. Does it get weirder? Oh, of course it does.

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  18. First Lady Michelle Obama Helps Break Jumping Jacks World Record

    Good News Everyone!

    We all know First Lady Michelle Obama is an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and we've got a new example showing us she talks the walk and walks the walk. Or in this case, jumps the jacks. 

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  19. Kevin Sorbo Reveals He Suffered Strokes While Filming Hercules

    Great Hera!

    Shocking news today from Kevin Sorbo. The actor revealed he suffered not one, but several strokes while filming Hercules: The Legendary Journeys in the 90s.

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  20. Medikidz Comic Opening an Office in the United States

    Sock It To 'Em Ada

    Back in 2009, two doctors had a brilliant idea for helping kids understand the illnesses they'd been diagnosed with: put it in the form of a comic book. Dr. Kate Hersov and Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair, both pediatricians in the U.K., came up with Medikidz after realizing that while parents were being given all kinds of information and support, there was no such material geared towards the kids who were actually suffering. And now, after forming partnerships with over 30 healthcare companies and selling their millionth comic, Medikidz will open an office in the United States.

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