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Feb 02
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Customer Stuck in Burger King Restroom Wants Promised Free Meals

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Customer Stuck in Burger King Restroom Wants Promised Free Meals

There's really not much point in a company promising a customer free meals for life if the company doesn't have a plan for making good on its promise.

Curtis Brooner visited a Burger King in Portland, Oregon, late last year. When he decided to use the restaurant's bathroom, he wound up locked in the smelly confines for over an hour, even though Brooner used his cell phone to summon help from the eatery's employees, who reportedly shoved a fly swatter under the door and told Brooner to unjam the lock on the door.

CBS News quotes a lawsuit filed by Brooner against Burger King as alleging, "Brooner could hear Burger King employees and customers laughing while he remained locked inside its bathroom for well over an hour before a locksmith finally came and broke him out."

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Feb 01
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

The Perils of Ignoring Teen Sexting

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The Perils of Ignoring Teen Sexting

Sex education in the classroom can't be said to have advanced much if it doesn't successfully address the role of sexting -- particularly since teens tend to learn more about sex from the Internet than ever before.

90 percent of the teenagers in a class taught by Johanna Burgos say that they know someone who has sent a nude photo via text, for instance.

“Whether they’re sending the photo or not, they know someone who is sending the photo,” she tells Mashable.

Burgos, who's in charge of a program that teaches healthy relationships to middle school students in New York City adds that, while teens need to be schooled in sexting, that's not currently happening.

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Jan 31
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Want to Stay Healthy and Feel Full? Grab a Handful of Almonds

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Want to Stay Healthy and Feel Full? Grab a Handful of Almonds

Staying full between meals can be a challenge for chronic snackers, especially if one snack isn’t enough. But a handful of almonds can be all you need to keep hunger pangs at bay. Best of all, they have nutritional value that can make them a great addition to any diet.

Just one ounce of almonds provides a hefty dose of fiber, protein, fat, vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium. They only have 161 calories, but the fact that they help you feel full between meals is a bonus since they’ll keep you from grabbing other snacks. They’re also a great source of antioxidants, which help prevent the harm to cells that is thought to contribute to cancer and aging.

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Jan 30
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Nestlé Accelerates War on Plastic

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Nestlé Accelerates War on Plastic

The food giant recently announced plans to achieve a waste-free future, in part by making all of its packaging reusable or recyclable by 2025. There's to be a special emphasis on avoiding plastic waste.

Beginning in 2020 and extending for five years, Nestlé will phase out all hard-to-recycle or non-recyclable plastics from all of its products worldwide. Alternative packaging products will be rolled out along the way.

As of February 2019, the company will start to get rid of all plastic straws, replacing them with paper alternatives or other innovative models.

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Jan 29
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Stair Snacking May Be the Key to Improved Heart Health

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Stair Snacking May Be the Key to Improved Heart Health

If you have a tough time working exercise into your routine, look no farther than your closest staircase. For those who work in an office, chances are it’s not very far away at all. A new study shows that a quick bout of stair climbing several times a day can be all it takes to get your heart healthier.

Called “stair snacking,” this approach involves climbing a staircase at short intervals throughout the day. The activity involves using coffee and lunch breaks to take a quick run up the stairs. Previous studies have shown that sprint interval training like this is most effective when performed for a time period of about ten minutes.

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Jan 28
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Could You Worry Your Way to Weight Loss?

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Could You Worry Your Way to Weight Loss?

Scientists with Scripps Research recently announced that they had discovered a "shared mechanism" for both weight loss and anxiety.

Turns out that a critical molecule that flips a switch for anxiety in the brain also boosts fat burning and metabolism.

Baoji Xu, PhD, professor on the Florida campus of Scripps Research and senior author of the study, said in a press release, "We’ve found a relationship between anxiety and weight loss. This research could guide new therapies for anxiety and help researchers design treatments for obesity.”

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Jan 27
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Can Dulling Brain Cells Be the Key to Pain Treatment?

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Can Dulling Brain Cells Be the Key to Pain Treatment?

Pain management is an ongoing challenge for the medical community. With the current opioid epidemic, physicians are always looking for safer ways to help patients live comfortable lives. But researchers may have found a treatment that could possibly keep us from feeling it in the first place.

Working with mice, a team genetically modified cells from the amygdala part of the brain so that they would light up when they were active. The amygdala is an area of the brain’s gray matter associated with emotion. They then deadened those areas of the brain using a specialized drug. The scientists prodded the mice via heat or a light pin prick, then recorded the results.

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