Study Reveals That ‘Netflix and Chill’ May Actually Help Strengthen Relationships


(PCM) We have some fantastic news for couples out there who enjoy nothing more than putting plans to the side and snuggling on the sofa to binge watch Netflix and “chill” all weekend!  A new study that was  published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships has revealed that couples who spend time together binge watching various TV shows and mores are actually strengthening their relationships in the process.

The study found that couples who bond together over TV shows, movies or reading books begin to feel more intimate with one another and their relationship gains a new level of confidence and of course what couple wouldn’t benefit from a bit of extra cuddle time with one another as well! The lead author on the study Sarah Gomillion, PhD, went on to explain that it has been known for quite some time that couples who have mutual friends create a stronger bond, however this new study further reveals that perhaps fictional characters in a TV show, book or movie can act in just the same way.  Any die-hard fan of those particular mediums can attest to just how attached we find ourselves to certain characters and we then of course share that emotional attachment with our partners.

Binge-watching Netflix used to be associated with being lonely or depressed, but now research has found that it has some important social benefits, as it is far less isolating than it used to be, unless of course the two of you can’t decide what to watch. That then becomes a new issue all its’ own!

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Study Reveals 1 in 4 Young Women Have Mental Health Issues And Social Media Is To Blame


(PCM) An eye-opening new study has revealed that 1 in 4 young women are currently suffering from various mental health problems and they are placing the blame on an obsession with social media. Young women who are between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the highest risk for mental health issues, as the report from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), found that 26% of participants in the study that fall into that particular age range suffer from some form of anxiety or depression.

The research showed that the young women were highly affected by the imagery found on their various social media accounts and the overall fact that we are in a “selfie” obsessed culture. There is more pressure on young women (and men as well) to be looking their very best at all times and there is a constant comparison going on between their own lives and the lives of others that they see played out on social media each and every day. This can also lead to serious issues regarding body image, self-worth, cyber-bullying and more.

The NHS last did a similar study back in 2007, when social media was still on the rise, but a rather new concept. At that time we were certainly not as obsessed with it as we are today and the number of young women suffering from mental health issues was only at 21%, so it is definitely on the rise. The age range of young women between the ages of 16 and 24 currently are of special concern to mental health researchers, as they are the first generation to grow up completely immersed in social media, whereas individuals who are a bit older can remember a time when we were not so dependent or concerns with these types of things.

So, please be sure to keep in mind that a lot of what is seen on social media is an altered version of reality and majority of the time the type of “perfection” that is seen via social media does not even truly exist. Take some time and unplug for a bit as it is a bit scary that our obsession with social media is actually beginning to make us physically sick.


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Has Science Finally Revealed A Way To Get Rid Of Garlic Breath?


(PCM) Guess what? It may be easier than you think!  At some point in our lives, especially those of us who love garlic, have had to deal with the dreaded stench of “garlic breath” after we have scarfed down a delicious meal. While garlic may taste fantastic when it is being consumed the after effects are often less than desirable. While many turn to items such a gum or mints to hide the effects of “garlic breath”, science has now shown us that other household items can get rid of “garlic breath” once and for all.

Research has now shown chewing on some raw lettuce or eating a few apple slices will significantly reduce the smell of garlic on an individuals breath! See it really is that simple! The study was published in the Journal of Food Science and says “raw lettuce and raw apples reduce the concentration of “aroma volatiles” in your breath by up to 50% within 30 minutes. Cooked apple, apple juice, and cooked or heated lettuce may also be effective as well, but further research would be needed.

So the next time you run out of gum or breath mints when out on a hot date, just reach for that handy head of lettuce or take a trip to the apple orchard and all will be okay!

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There May Soon Be A Way To Detect Your Feelings Wirelessly!


(PCM) There is even more evidence that technology is overtaking our lives with the news that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now developed a way to detect an individuals feelings using wireless signals.

The team feels that they have no found a way that by sending wireless signals that measure heartbeats they can detect a human’s emotional state by the way that the wireless signals bounce off the human body.

The researchers claim that their device is over 87% accurate in using the heart rate and are able to detect emotions such as joy, happiness, anger and sadness within the human body. The device is able to predict the body’s reaction to various emotional states. The device would work much the same as an electrocardiogram, however there would be no need for a sensor in the body, as the heart rate would be monitored wirelessly.

It is the hope that this particular type of device could be used by advertisers to be able to measure and gauge audience reaction to certain products or ideas or as a way to monitor individuals who are dealing with anxiety or certain forms of depression.



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How’s This For Irony? You’re FitBit May Actually Keep You From Losing Weight


(PCM) One of the more popular diet and weight-loss trends was the invention of the FitBit, a bracelet that keeps track of your activity levels to be sure you are getting the proper amount of exercise each day. The devices monitor a users heart rate levels and are currently all the rage, however a new study has found that FitBit tracker and other similar devices may actually have the opposite effect when it comes to actual weight-loss.

A study looked at two groups of overweight/obese young adults who were attempting to lose weight naturally through diet and exercise. One group wore a fitness tracker such as FitBit, while the other group did not. The two groups exercised exactly the same amount, however at the conclusion of the study those that did not wear the fitness trackers ended up losing more weight.

Definitely sounds a bit odd, however the researchers behind the study found that wearing the fitness tracker actually convinces the user that you got more exercise than you actually did, as the technology is focused on tracking physical activity and getting the heart rate up. User then look at the fitness tracker and think ‘Wow, I did a ton of exercise today, now I can eat more’ and they end up consuming more food than normal.

The researchers go on to say that it is also possible for those that wear a FitBit device to see that they did not reach their daily fitness or exercise goals and then turn around and binge eat out of discouragement. Either way it is definitely and interesting study and provides more “food for thought” when it comes to the use of FitBit’s and other similar fitness tracking devices.

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Australian Researchers Create A Breakthrough Cure For Cancer


(PCM) This news is probably some that the major pharmaceutical companies across the world would rather keep quiet, but it seem that Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the cure for cancer with a drug known as Venetoclax. The drug targets a specific protein that helps cancer cells survive and then it literally “melts away” the cells that contain cancer.

The drug has gone through a rigorous testing process over a four year time period on 116 patients and it boasts an 80% success rate. Many patients that took part in the trial and research had previously undergone other treatments and after taking Venetoclax found themselves cancer free with little to no side-effects. The research shows that one in five patients taking Venetoclax ended up cancer free. The medicine is taken only once a day orally.

The medicine targets a specific protein called BCL-2, which helps cancer cells survive, making them simply “melt away.” It was first discovered in the 1980s, but scientists couldn’t find an inhibitor for it until now. There is already a strong buzz surrounding the new drug in both the U.S. and U.N. and it is thought that in addition to treating forms of leukemia, it can also be used to battle other forms of cancer as well.

It has been speculated for many years that a cure for cancer exists, but the major pharmaceutical want it suppressed as cancer is a huge money maker for drug companies. We are happy to see that the Venetoclax has been given a fast track approval, however there is definitely more hurdles to overcome.  Do you feel that a cure for cancer has finally be found?


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