Surprise: Gluten-Free Products Aren’t Any Healthier Than Their Gluten-Filled Counterparts

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We’ve said it before: A gluten-free diet doesn’t necessarily benefit those who do not have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and it certainly isn’t a weight-loss diet, despite what many people tend to think. And now, there’s even more scientific evidence to show that opting for a gluten-free product at the grocery store — unless you have celiac disease  or are gluten intolerant — isn’t the healthier choice, no matter how you swing it.

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STUDY: Binge-Watching Your Favorite Show Is Making You Depressed

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You may feel elated when you jump on the sofa to begin binge-watching whatever new show was just released on Netflix, but new findings suggest that happy feeling won’t last long. Well-being site Happify released an infographic based on a variety of studies on TV- and movie-watching that shows, among other things, that people who binge-watch tend to feel depressed and lonely. The study found that binge-watching causes a person to be less physically and mentally productive. So although your brain won’t actually turn to mush, sitting stationary for hours on end while not really accomplishing anything will certainly make it feel rather mush-y.

Other interesting tidbits illustrated in the infographic:

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Exercise Could Be a Legitimate Form of Therapy, New Study Shows

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We all know people who use exercise to clear their minds and, in some cases, to maintain their sanity. And new research shows that doing so could do the brain even more good than you might expect: A small study published in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy found that running can help to reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Runner’s World reports.

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There May Actually Be a Case for Weighing Yourself Daily, New Study Shows

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We recently posted about why weighing oneself daily can be misleading and discourage weight-loss efforts. And many trainers and dietitians will back this up. But as with most topics in the science of nutrition and fitness, there’s a flip-side to this coin. According to Medical News Today, a study at Cornell University found evidence that frequent self-weighing and visually charting one’s progress can actually be an effective way to lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off. Read more »

STUDY: Gay Couples Better Than Straights When It Comes To Domesticity

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Do you split the laundry duties with your boyfriend? According to a recent study, chances are you put in your fair share of matching socks and folding clean undies…but so does your partner.

According to New Now Next, a study conducted by PriceWaterHouseCoopers and the Families and Work Institute found that “gay couples in domestic partnerships communicate more and share a more equal amount of household tasks than heterosexual pairs.” The study comprised of 225 gay and straight couples and the results showed “same-sex couples tend to communicate better, share chore duties and more fairly and assign tasks based on personal preference rather than gender, income, hours worked or power position in the relationship.” Read more »

The Checkup: Delicious Fruit-Infused Water Recipes That Make Staying Hydrated Super Easy

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• PSA: The high today is going to be 91 degrees. Yep, ninety-one degrees. So you’re going to need to hydrate. If you’re one of those “Water tastes like garbage” people, try one of these delicious fruit-infused water recipes (think: strawberry, lemon and basil or watermelon and mint) that make drinking a glass of water a way more palatable — dare we say drool-worthy — experience. [BuzzFeed]

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Philly Ranked Sixth Most LGBT-Friendly City in the Country

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In anticipation of Pride month, consumer advocacy site NerdWallet has pulled together a variety of statistics and data to come up with their third annual list of America’s most LGBT-friendly cities. To get their results, they collected data from recent Gallup polls on LGBT population, FBI hate crime statistics, the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Municipal Equality Index, and HRC rankings on hospitals leading the way in LGBT health care equality.

After everything was tallied and crunched, Philadelphia found itself at No. 6 on the list, just behind Baltimore and ahead of Seattle and Salt Lake City. The top 10 are represented in this nifty infographic:

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Philadelphia scored particularly high in the municipal equality index part, with a score of 116. That number, NerdWallet says, tied San Francisco for the highest in its study. “Philadelphia scored high for its nondiscrimination and relationship recognition policies, LGBT services and relationship with the community.” More on their Philadelphia findings:

In the Philadelphia metro area, nearly 4% of the population identifies as LGBT. The FBI didn’t receive any reports of hate crimes related to gender identity or sexual orientation in the city for 2013. Philadelphia also tied for the highest score in the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index. In Philadelphia, the heart of LGBT nightlife is centered in what is nicknamed “The Gayborhood.” This year, Philadelphia is marking the 50th anniversary of the LGBT civil rights movement with a four-day celebration beginning July 2. The city is home to several civil rights, advocacy and LGBT youth organizations including the Bread & Roses Community Fund, the Spruce Foundation and the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI).

What do you think? Did we get a fair score? Explore more data from the study, which details Philly and other cities, here.

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