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 »

STUDY: Gay Men Spend More on First Dates Than Straight Men—But Not in Philly

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From the hall of funny studies comes this one from date auction site WhatsYourPrice.com, which shows that gay bachelors in the U.S. spend quite a bit more on a first date than their heterosexual counterparts

WhatsYourPrice, which boasts 87,000 gay users, pulled member data to determine how much single men are spending on a first date. Turns out gay men spend a none-too-shabby average of $184, while straight dudes pay about $120.

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STUDY: Philly on the Fence About Showing Face Pics on Gay Hookup Apps

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Gay hookup app Scruff has launched SCRUFFtistics, their attempt at using user data for gay social research. Their first project is Face Pic Nation, which takes a state-by-state look at the prevalence of users who use face pics when connecting (or networking!) on the app. Their thinking behind the research:

One of biggest questions people ask today is “how is gay acceptance evolving?” We asked ourselves if the prevalence of face pics—a piece of data that we have been collecting since we first launched—showed any kind of regional differences. Our hypothesis was that a higher prevalence of face pics may correspond with greater gay acceptance in an area.

As you can see in the nifty interactive map below, Pennsylvania falls somewhere in the middle, with 50.99 percent. We rank 31 with the rest of the country, with Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Vermont and Minnesota making up the top 5. Sort of fits with their thinking, huh? Look at Mississippi and Georgia down there with some of the lowest scores.

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Good News for Cheese Lovers: Science Says Cheese Might Be Good for Your Gut

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The good news about cheese just keeps rolling in, folks. Last week, a survey revealed that grilled cheese lovers have more sex than people who don’t love grilled cheese (because, apparently, there are people in the world who don’t love grilled cheese). And now, a new study shows cheese could be the key to changing your gut bacteria for the better. Best news you’ve heard all week, right? Read more »

Not All Vegans Stick With It — But These Are the Ones Who Do, Study Says

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Remember a while back, when we told you guys about the somewhat disheartening new research on how many vegetarians and vegans actually ditch meat for the long haul? In case you need a quick refresher, the research found that a whopping 84 percent of vegans and vegetarians eventually return to their meat-eating ways.

The folks who did that research found the main reason people bounced back to eating burgers and cheesesteaks was due to a lack of social support. But a new study published in the journal Appetite suggests that the reasons why you actually gave up animal products in the first place might have more to do with whether you stick to your meat-free ways than anything else.  Read more »

New Philly-Based Study Uncovers the Trick to Resisting Pizza and Cheese Fries

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If you’ve ever wandered into a cafeteria or food court and immediately lost the will to maintain any dedication to a healthy diet, you are not alone. The smell of cheese fries and pizza tends to have that effect. But a new study, conducted by the Philly-based Center for Urban Health Policy and Research at Einstein Medical Center and published in the journal Appetite, has revealed what could just be the trick to resisting not-so-healthy temptations at a cafeteria: Decide what you’re going to order before you actually step foot inside. That way, the smell of melted cheese (or hot donuts or sweet-and-sour chicken) isn’t even a factor.
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The Checkup: Science Says You Should Watch More Comedies (for Your Waistline)

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• If cry-watching Blue Valentine is hobby of yours (feel no shame, I am totally with you), you might want to make a conscious effort to start watching more comedies instead. A new study found that people eat as much as 55 percent more when they’re watching a sad movie than when they’re watching a comedy. Yikes. [Huffington PostRead more »

5 Science-Backed Ways to Beat Daylight Saving Time Exhaustion

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Surprise! You lost an hour of sleep last night. Daylight Saving Time officially began this morning at 2 a.m. today when — POOF! — without pomp or circumstance, an hour of your day simply vanished into thin air.

So it’s no surprise that you’re feeling extra sleepy this Sunday and may continue to feel so for the next day or two as your body adjusts. If you’re looking for a few tricks to help your beat the waves of exhaustion, here’s what science suggests.  Read more »

5 Totally Weird Science-Backed Ways to Burn Calories Today (Without Exercising)

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We’re all for a good, sweaty, calorie-torching workout here in Be Well Philly Land, but some days — because freezing rain, injury, the new season of House of Cards, duh — a workout just isn’t in the cards. Trust us: We can totally relate. So to help you get the most out of your lazy days, we’ve rounded up five science-backed ways to burn calories without hitting the gym.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Peanut-Allergy Research

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Peanut allergies affect a lot of people — we’re talking 2.8 million Americans. But if the latest surge in peanut-allergy news is any indication, it looks like the ubiquitous nut allergy could soon be a problem of the past. (Fingers crossed.) This month alone, three studies have come out claiming to have found a way to either prevent or treat the all-too-common peanut allergy.

Below, a primer on the latest in peanut-allergy studies. Study up.  Read more »

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