This Is The Germiest Place in Your Office

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I hope you washed your hands today if you got coffee from the office break room. A new study found that office kitchens and break rooms, where germ-ridden hands touch things like coffee pots and microwaves, are the germiest places in an office.

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Did Angelina Jolie Cut Off Her Breasts for Nothing? What New Science Has to Say

When Angelina Jolie announced in the New York Times, in May of last year, that she’d undergone a radical mastectomy, she wrote, “Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.” Her bravery was widely applauded, and she became “the new, gorgeous poster woman” for the procedure, which she chose to have because, like her mother, who died at age 56 from cancer, she carries the BRCA1 gene that increases the risks of both ovarian and breast cancer. In the wake of her announcement came a rash of news stories about other women—some as young as 21—who’d opted for the surgery, along with tweets by breast cancer survivors calling Jolie “so brave” (Sheryl Crow) and “admirable,” among other accolades.

Now, belatedly, science is catching up to the publicity buzz.

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Glen Mills Mom Launches Lemon Shot Challenge for Childhood Cancer

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Brielle Barber

Like many of us, Glen Mills mom Kelly Barber spent much of her summer marveling at how the Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm. From pro athletes to celebrities to former heads of state, people have been happily dumping buckets of ice water on their heads in the name of awareness and fundraising for ALS. And it’s worked: The ALS Association says the challenge has raised $94 million in needed funds.

Which, of course, is awesome, except that the cause close to Barber’s heart isn’t ALS but childhood cancer—specifically, childhood brain cancer. See, her four-year-old daughter, Brielle, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called Analplastic Glioma Astrocytoma just about a month ago. This, after little Brielle battled a malignant tumor on her spine earlier this year.

“There’s not a lot of funding for research and trials for childhood cancer, and particularly brain tumors,” says Barber. “So I thought, ‘Hey, the Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success. Why not come up with something to bring awareness to childhood cancer?'”

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The Key to Creativity Could Be Eating Your Fruits and Veggies, Study Says

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Here’s one more reason to load up your dinner plate up with heirloom tomatoes tonight: A new study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that folks who eat more fruits and vegetables report feeling more creative and curious, and also feel a greater sense of purpose and engagement than those who skimp on their bananas and broccoli. Who knew veggies could get so, well, deep?

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Study: Exercise Can Actually Change How You See the World

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There are just about a bazillion reasons to exercise: To bulk up, to lose weight, to reduce your risk of disease, to up your energy level, or to just prove to your Instagram followers that you really do work out. But here’s one reason you might not have thought of: To gain a more positive outlook on the world. Sounds…ambitious, right? But, according to the Huffington Post, a new study shows that exercise helps you do just that—the study shows that after a short walk or run, people perceive their environment in a more positive way.

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CDC Warns of Increased Risk for HIV-Positive Smokers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s most recent ad campaign is a series of graphic TV ads called “Tips From Former Smokers” that outline—in gritty detail—the negative effects of smoking. They include Terrie, a 40-year-old woman diagnosed with oral and throat cancer; Amanda, a 30-year-old woman whose smoking during pregnancy resulted in a premature birth; and Brian, a 45-year-old gay man who suffered a stroke as a result of complications from smoking and being HIV-positive. (Check out his video above.)

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