The Checkup: Is This the Miracle Hangover Cure We’ve All Been Looking For?

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• Because it’s a long weekend full of barbecues and beer, and we care: Apparently, Pedialyte — you know, the drink dehydrated, sick children drink? — is loaded with sodium and potassium, making it the perfect morning-after drink when your head is throbbing and your will to live is at the bottom of a Bud Light can somewhere. [Greatist]
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You May Actually Be Able to Avoid Death by Sitting, Science Says — Here’s How

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By now, you guys are probably aware that sitting behind a desk all day is basically killing you. We’ve only told you, like, a billion times (here and here, for a just a few examples). But a new study shows that you might actually be able to counteract the negative effects of spending eight hours glued to your desk chair, The New York Times reports. Read more »

Let’s Discuss: How Do You De-Stress?

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When I chat with friends and family, the sentence “I’m so, so, so, soooo stressed OUT!” pretty much always squeezes its way into the conversation. The catalysts behind the stress vary: law school exams, the prospect of retirement, wedding planning, work (that’s a big one), and so on. But pretty much everyone I know is seriously stressed out for some reason or another at all times. And venting about it seems to be one way of relieving that stress — so feel free to unload on me, friends! I’m happy to listen. But one thing I’ve realized after having about a billion and one conversations that start with this sentence is that we talk about stress a lot, but we don’t discuss how to deal with that stress once the phone call is over, like, ever.
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Cancer Survivor Designs Cards a Sick Person Would Actually Want to Receive

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Cancer, mental illness, debilitating chronic pain: These are all big beasts to confront, whether you’re fighting them yourself, or just know someone who is. And because they’re scary, people whose loved ones are struggling with these sicknesses often end up falling off the face of the planet and not saying a word or, on the other end of the spectrum, blabbering at lighting speed and saying all the wrong things. Read: “Everything happens for a reason,” and “This is just a part of your journey. You will get through this.”  Read more »

Humans of New York-Style Blog Spotlights Philly’s Cerebral Palsy Community

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When asked what she would say if she could speak to a million people, Lauren answered, “Do you have any pets?”

A new blog put together by three Penn students features photos and stories from what might be an unexpected location: the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, in University City. The blog, called A Different Kind of Expression, uses the style of Humans of New York (and its many imitators) to give the world a window into the lives of the kids who spend their days at the school, and the adults who support and educate them.

Nikhil Rajapuram, one of the founders of A Different Kind of Expression, has worked with HMS for almost two years, and he was looking for a way to share the amazing stories he saw there. “The biggest issue facing people with disabilities, especially cerebral palsy, is social stigma,” he says. He hopes that this site can help fight that stigma by helping people understand the cerebral palsy community.

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The Checkup: How to Fall Asleep in Under 60 Seconds — For Real!

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• A study by the American Psychological Association found that 50 percent of millennials report being kept up all night due to stress at least once in the past month, and NPR says 60 million Americans are currently battling insomnia. So, if you’re one of ‘em, you could probably use this: The 4-7-8 breathing exercise for sleep that’s been known to put even the most stressed out people to bed in under a minute. [TIME]

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Jared Leto Gets Ripped to Play the Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto, who cut his acting teeth at Philly’s University of the Arts, is packing on pounds and muscle for his role as the Joker in director David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad. He offered a sneak peek at his new buff bod in an Instagram photo on Tuesday.

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Looks more like Superman, huh? Over the weekend, Ayer posted the first official photo of Leto, 43, in full Joker gear, which, somehow, doesn’t find the actor looking quite so ripped. He is, however, decked out in tattoos, metal chompers and the Joker’s iconic green locks:

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The Perfect Excuse for a Lunchtime Stroll: National Walk at Lunch Day Is Tomorrow 

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Guys, it’s going to be 72 degrees and sunny tomorrow, and you know where you’ll be during your lunch break? No, not sitting hunched over your desk, trying to type with one hand while shoveling leftover pasta into your mouth. You’ll be outside, soaking up the sun! Because tomorrow, April 29th, is National Walk at Lunch Day.
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