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Do Selfies Help or Hurt Self-Esteem?

Posted 04-08-2014 at 04:06 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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By now you’ve seen—or at least heard of—the latest social media trend: Selfies. This phenomenon sweeping the nation involves taking a portrait of yourself with your phone’s camera, and then posting it on social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for all to see. Pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Rihanna post selfies to the Internet on a daily basis. Even comedienne Ellen Degeneres joined the trend by snapping and posting a few selfies while she was...
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Are Electronics Making You Fat?

Posted 03-31-2014 at 06:06 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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As we become more engrossed in technology, our waistlines expand? It is true that the nation is facing an obesity epidemic—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of the American population is overweight—but are electronics to blame?

The Skinny on Electronics

Studies, including one conducted by Yale University, found that those who watched an excessive amount of television were more likely to consume fatty foods, regardless...
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How to Mentally Cope with Unemployment

Posted 03-18-2014 at 04:51 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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The economy imploded in 2008, and with it went the job market. By the end of that year, the unemployment rate was over 8 percent and thousands of people were out of work. As of January 2014, the unemployment rate has dropped to 6.6 percent, but there are still thousands without jobs; many of whom have been unemployed for more than a year. To make matters worse, employers have shown that they are reluctant to hire the long-term unemployed, and congress has voted not to extend unemployment...
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Do You Have Social Anxiety?

Posted 03-11-2014 at 05:33 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Does the thought of going to a party literally make you sick to your stomach? Do you find that you're not just awkward in social situations, but that you're actually terrified of meeting new people? If you have these feelings, you could have social anxiety.

Also called social phobia, social anxiety is a disorder that is characterized as being more than just a little shy or introverted. With social anxiety, you have a very specific and very real set of physical and...
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Uncovering Sleep Disorders

Posted 01-21-2014 at 05:57 PM by ChristaIB (HealthBoards Blog)
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Do you have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep? Do you find yourself waking up hours before your alarm is scheduled to go off and unable to get back to sleep? Or, do you have difficulty waking up in the morning, and find yourself feeling sleepy throughout the day? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, then you could have a sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders are fairly common, with one in every four people affected. At the very least, a sleep...
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