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by Cooper on March 8, 2013

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Changes To Facebook

Facebook announced yesterday (March 7th) that it’s giving its News Feed a new look and feel. The changes were announced during a press event, in which Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, said the new news feed features three major components: bigger images, multiple feeds and mobile consistency. He said photos will now take up nearly 50-percent of news feed stories and are now front and center, the feeds will have more control options, and the feed will be consistent from your computer screen to your mobile phone screen. (Mashable)

Most Americans Feel They Are Healthy

A new survey by The Atlantic in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline finds that 90-percent of participants think they are in good health. Only 26-percent said they health declined and cited dire economic circumstances as the reason. The survey covered just over one-thousand adults, with 87-percent saying that clean air and water were the key to good health, while 82-percent said regular access to doctors and dentists was key, and 81-percent said healthy food choices were most important for health. Interestingly, 94-percent said the health or medical information they found online was important to their health, but only 12-percent of respondents have ever e-mailed or text-messaged their doctor to ask a health question. (UPI)

Valerie Harper to Discuss Terminal Cancer Diagnosis on TV’s ‘The Doctors’

Rhoda actress Valerie Harper, who just revealed earlier this week that she has terminal brain cancer and may have just three months to live, will discuss her diagnosis on the syndicated medical TV show, The Doctors, with the episode set to air on Monday (March 11th). The 73-year-old Harper appears on the show with her husband as well as her Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars Cloris Leachman and Ed Asner. She reveals that her husband initially hid the diagnosis from her because the projected time she has left is so short, saying, “I didn’t get it because my husband hid it. Poor baby; he was so bereft.” Harper’s medical team will also appear to discuss her treatment and the rare form of cancer she has, which causes cancer cells to spread into the membrane around the brain. When she revealed her diagnosis to People magazine, Harper said she’s trying to have a positive outlook, saying, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”

Placebos Work Better On Nice People

Researchers find that placebos have a greate effect on nice individuals. For the study, scientists administed personality tests to 50-health participants and then gave each one a painful injection followed by a fake, or placebo, pain killer. They found that participants who were found to be resilient, straightforward or altruistic experience a greater reduction in pain from the placebo compared to those who were found to have an angry or hostile personality. Brain scans taken during the experiement to measure the amount of natural painkillers present in the brain called mu-opioids found that the brains of people with more “agreeable” personalities released more mu-opioids than those with angry personalities. (Scientific American)

Hillary Clinton Leads Poll for 2016 Presidential Race

It’s very, very early to be talking about the 2016 presidential race — like the 2012 election was only four months ago early — but polling is already going on, and it’s finding that Hillary Clinton beats out any of the potential top Republican candidates, at least for now. A Quinnipiac poll out Thursday (March 7th) found that Clinton beat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie 45 percent to 37 percent, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida 50 percent to 34 percent, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, 50 percent to 38 percent. While the former secretary of state handily beats these three Republicans, the same isn’t necessarily true for other possible Democratic contenders. The poll found that Christie would beat Vice President Joe Biden 43 percent to 40 percent, while Biden would top Rubio 45 percent to 38 percent and edge out Ryan, 45 percent to 42 percent. Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would do even worse — he just ties Rubio at 42 percent, and would be beaten by Ryan, 42 percent to 37 percent.

Mother Shares Angst Over Discovering 7-Year-Old Daughter’s Diet List

Buzzfeed posted a story Wednesday (March 6th) that highlights the messages being sent to girls in our society, about an Australian mother’s angst after discovering her seven-year-old daughter’s diet list. The woman, Amy Cheney, wrote that she was cleaning her daughter’s room when she found the note, titled, “Diyet,” listing things like doing push-ups, jogging up and down the driveway, and eating apples and yogurt, all in a little girl’s spelling-error-filled scrawl. Cheney writes, “Where did she learn the word diet? How does she even know what a freaking diet is? . . . I felt sick. Physically ill. Like someone had knocked the air from my chest.” Cheney explained that she focuses on healthy eating, never talks about looking fat, and is, quote, “smart about this stuff.” She continues, “And then I got angry. Really, really angry. F*** you society. F*** you and your and stupid obsession with women and the way they look. How dare you sneak into my┬áhome with your ridiculous standards and embed them in my little girl’s head, polluting her innocence with your pathetic ideals.” Cheney later found out from her daughter that she learned about diets from a friend of the same age who was on one. She wraps up, “We chatted about diets and beautiful healthy bodies and the gift that they are. I am not naive. I know this will not be the last time I talk about food and weight and bodies with my daughter. I am just ultra pissed that it had to start when she was seven.”

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