The Checkup: If Your Boobs Hurt When You Work Out, You’re Not Alone

A new study confirms that sore boobs are as common as you probably always assumed.

• No, ladies, you’re not alone if you’ve ever experienced breast pain when you work out. Problem is, no scientific study has ever proven that you’re not alone in your misery—until now. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth in England used data gleaned from a wide swath of women—representing 56 bra sizes, from an AA cup to an HH and chest-band sizes from 28 to 40 inches—who participated in the London Marathon. They found that “more than a third reported that their breasts were frequently were sore, although not necessarily because of exercise,” according to the New York Times. But exercise aggravated the pain in many of the women and affected the way they exercised; some walked instead of ran, for example, while others opted not to exercise at all when their breasts were sore. And although a majority of larger-breasted women reported experiencing frequent breast pain, fully 25 percent of smaller-breasted women said their girls were sore frequently, too. The point? That lots and lots (and lots) of us experience breast pain when we work out, and that it can really take a toll on our quantity and quality of exercise. Which also means we should probably think seriously about investing in proper underwear, right? And—oh, hey!—I can help with that.

• Although the latest data puts the autism rate at 1 in 50 school-age children, there’s still a lot we don’t about it—including how (and if) autism affects boys and girls differently. But new research that’s just starting to dabble around the edges of the autistic gender divide is already showing stark differences in how autism presents in boys and girls, as well as underlying genetic differences between the two genders. HealthDay has a good summary of the research.

• Ruh-roh. Wrigley’s caffeinated chewing gum is going under the FDA’s microscope to determine if its suitable for youngsters. More specifically, the FDA “will investigate the effects of added caffeine on children and teens,” according to CNN. More here.