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CDC: 1 in 3 adults sleep less than 7 hours
March 3rd, 2011
03:00 PM ET

CDC: 1 in 3 adults sleep less than 7 hours

If you're not getting enough sleep and find yourself waking up tired on a daily basis, you're not alone. More than one-third of U.S. adults average less than 7 hours of sleep per night, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That lack of sleep is causing problems during the daytime, CDC surveys found. In one survey, 38% of people said they'd unintentionally dozed off during the day at least once in the previous month. Even more alarming, 5% said they'd nodded off or had actually fallen asleep while driving.

"If you don't get enough sleep, it definitely impacts your functioning, your memory, response time. It definitely impacts your driving," says Lela McKnight-Eily, PhD, one of the authors of the report and an epidemiologist and clinical psychologist with the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Heath Promotion. FULL POST

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The weight of fat discrimination
March 3rd, 2011
02:11 PM ET

The weight of fat discrimination

Fat discrimination can contribute to worsening health problems, according to a study published in the journal Social Psychology Quarterly.

Markus Schafer, lead author and sociology and gerontology student at Purdue University, explored whether the tolls of weight discrimination were compounding the negative health effects of obesity.

Using a data survey from 3,000 Americans, Schafer looked at how their health changed over 10 years of their lives. Not surprisingly, the people who were more obese fared worse over the decade. FULL POST


Study: Fewer teens, young adults say they're having sex
March 3rd, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Study: Fewer teens, young adults say they're having sex

A new government survey on the sexual behavior of Americans is out today with some revealing findings about what men and women in this country desire.  However you define sex - oral, vaginal, or something else - fewer teens and young adults are having it according to the latest statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among 15 to 24 year olds, 27% of males and 29% of females had never had sexual contact with another person.  Only 22% of guys and gals that age reported being so virginal in 2002, when the last survey was conducted.

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March 3rd, 2011
08:20 AM ET

What Serena Williams' condition means

Tennis star Serena Williams has a serious health condition called pulmonary embolism that sent her to the hospital several times over the past week, her representative said.

She underwent surgery for a hematoma - when blood abnormally collects outside a blood vessel - resulting from this condition, the spokeswoman said.

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E-motional affairs: How Facebook leads to infidelity
March 3rd, 2011
08:17 AM ET

E-motional affairs: How Facebook leads to infidelity

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

While the movie "The Social Network" may be Oscar history, Facebook is creating real-life dramas that lead to anything but Hollywood happy endings. In the last couple of years, I’ve seen scores of relationships destroyed by what I call "Facebook bombs" - blasts from the past that leave a relationship shattered to pieces.

If you or your mate are spending too much time strolling down a digital Memory Lane, an emotional affair could be in the works. Here's how to Facebook-proof your relationship:

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