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Fewer financially successful men equals fewer marriages

According to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, more people between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents than with a spouse in 2016. Although there are a number of reasons for the marriage decline, part of the explanation is a growing scarcity of “economically attractive” men as potential marriage partners, say researchers at Cornell University.

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Sugary drinks may contribute to early death

A large, long-term study shows that sugar-sweetened beverages [SSBs] including sodas, energy and sports drinks, fruit drinks and others, are the single largest source of added sugar in the average American’s diet. It also found that the more of those beverages people consume, the greater their risk of dying early, particular of cardiovascular disease and to a lesser extent from cancer. The risk was higher among women than men.

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‘Co-sleeping’ with infants leads to guilt, depression for moms

After analyzing the sleeping patterns of just over 100 new mothers, and their feelings about them, during their babies’ first year of life, researchers found that moms who were still co-sleeping with their infants after six months were 75% more likely to feel depressed, to worry about their babies’ sleep and to believe their choice was being criticized by others.

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Intermittent fasting: More than a trend?

Intermittent fasting, a popular weight-loss method, may not help people lose more weight and body fat than simply cutting calories.

Although a number of small studies show that intermittent fasting helps people lose significant amounts of weight and body fat in the short term, research on its long-term effectiveness is both more scarce and more mixed.

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2019 flu season may ramp up early

Somewhere between 5% and 20% of Americans contract the influenza virus every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]. Although it’s impossible to predict the exact timing and severity of the coming flu season, international trends suggest that this year, the flu may hit both earlier and harder.

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Optimists really do live longer

The study was conducted by a group of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine [BUSM], the VA Boston Healthcare System and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It was based on a group of nearly 70,000 women who were followed for 10 years, and about 1,430 men who were followed for 30 years.

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Multitasking “training” keeps skills strong

Using the online brain-training platform Lumosity, neuroscientists from the University of California-Irvine examined the multitasking performance of older vs. younger users over a period of five years. They focused specifically on data from a task-switching game called “Ebb and Flow,” which challenges the brain’s ability to shift between cognitive processes interpreting shapes and movement.

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