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Pregnant Ladies Best Run TRAIN On That Folic Acid!

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It’s widely known that folic acid - the synthetic form of the B-vitamin folate - is extremely beneficial for unborn babies…

But a recent study conducted by the University of California links folic-acid deficiency during pregnancy to neurological disorders such as

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Gossip Is Good For Your Mental Health

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Gossiping is good for you

So this is why we do what we do! LOLz!

A study from the University of California, Berkeley has found that gossiping can LOWER stress, prevent exploitation others, and encourage policing the behavior of others.

Researcher Robb Willer, a social psychologist at the university, said in a statement:

"Spreading information about the person whom they had seen behave badly tended to make people feel better, quieting the frustration that drove their gossip."

To come to this conclusion, researchers used 4 experiments which included a game with a cheater who hoarded points.

The heart rates of those who weren't cheating increased when they witnessed the bad behavior, but then their heart rates relaxed when they shared what they had seen. In the experiment, gossip was used as a means to prevent the exploitation of others by warning participants that they could be taken advantage of.

In fact, the fourth experiment in the study demonstrated "that prosocial gossip can effectively deter selfishness and promote cooperation."

Ya hear that? PerezHilton.com is deterring selfishness and promoting worldwide cooperation! Ha!

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Fast Food Is The Most Popular Amongst The Lower Middle Class

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Although the poor are usually the economic class we assume eat the most fast food, a new study of 5,000 Americans has revealed the biggest consumer to be the middle class.

After studying data from surveys asking participants about restaurant dining habits, income, race, gender, age and education, researchers from the University of California, Davis, found that visits to fast food joints rose along with annual income up to $60,000.

Senior study author J. Paul Leigh believes the study proves fast food is not the only reason that poor people are more likely to be obese, explaining:

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Scientists Discover We're Naturally Addicted To Fatty Foods

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Potato Chip addiction

If you can't seem to stop eating potato chips, don't feel bad — it's only natural!

Scientists have recently discovered why we just can't get enough of the snack that has been proven to add over a pound a every four years to those indulging in one serving a day.

It turns out our bodies are naturally addicted to potato chips and other junk food because of marijuana-like chemicals in the body, called endocannabinoids, that are triggered by the ingestion of fat.

Researchers at the University of California found that when rats tasted something fatty, cells in their upper gut started producing endocannabinoids which initiated a surge in cell signalling that prompted the wanton intake of fatty foods.

From an evolutionary standpoint, scientists see this bodily phenomena as a way of compelling animals to consume crucial fats necessary for proper cell functioning, which are often scarce in nature.

However, we all know that fat is entirely too easy to come by in our unnatural society, so this research is pointing toward possibly using drugs to block receptors to obstruct endocannabinoid activity and curb our desire for fatty food!

It sounds like scientists may FINALLY be close to developing a diet pill that actually works!

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