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You Can Protect Yourself From HIV After Unprotected Sex: Call Your Doctor

After unprotected sex, you know that emergency contraception is possible if you get it in a hurry. Something similar is available for HIV: post-exposure prophylaxis, begun within 72 hours, can reduce the chance of contracting the virus.


Are There Some Vegetables You Can't Stand? It May Be Genetic

Ever wonder why some people think coriander tastes like detergent while others scatter it over everything? Or why Brussels sprouts are delectable to some and disgusting to others? Part of that difference of opinion may lay in our genes.


Why You Shouldn't Worry So Much About Being A 'Perfect' Mother

Even armed with a PhD in developmental psychology, I remember the frightening first moments after bringing my newborn daughter home from the hospital. I wasn’t sure what to do — and not at all confident that I was capable of being the parent she needed me to be.


Can You Be Addicted To Your Lip Balm?

Your lips are dry, so you apply a little something soothing from a tube or a tiny jar or one of those weird golf ball things. Aah, relief. But as soon as it wears off, you need more. The cycle repeats all throughout the colder months. Are you practicing responsible skin care, or have you become addicted?


The Two-Week Sleep Experiment: Everything I Learned From Getting My Full Eight Hours a Night

As groundbreaking personal statements go, ‘I never get enough sleep’ ranks somewhere down there with ‘I enjoy music!’ and ‘I like going out – but also staying in’. It’s the modern default. Because nobody does, right? Unless you’re under 10, over 70 or live on a farm with no wi-fi, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. I was one of those people. I decided to embark on a two-week experience to learn how to get eight hours of shut-eye a night.


Why The Sound Of Running Water Makes You Want To Pee

Some people like the sound of running water because it helps them relax. For others, it creates a strong urge to urinate. This is no coincidence and it happens more commonly than you think — all thanks to the power of suggestion.


The 5 Types Of 'Real Tea' And Other Little-Known Tea Facts

Tea only plays second fiddle to water when it comes to global popularity, and yet so many of us know so little about it. That’s why this episode of Mental Floss’ List Show is dedicated to 36 different tea facts you may not know.


The Right Way To Measure Your Waist Size And Check Your Health

Doctors often use BMI, or Body Mass Index, to quickly screen patients for more tests. But having a normal or low BMI doesn’t mean you’re healthy, and having a high BMI mean you’re unhealthy. To help your doctor better assess your overall health, measure your waist size too. Here’s how.


The Science Behind Choosing A Partner

We know a lot about why people choose different brands of dishwashing detergent, because companies spend billions of dollars investigating who buys what. But when it comes to the processes behind perhaps our most significant life choice – choosing a romantic partner – science knows surprisingly little.


The Most Common Pull-Up Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Most people would be happy to do any pull-up, but you still need to follow the cardinal rule of strength training: use proper technique and form. This video from Buff Dudes can help by addressing some common pull-up bad habits.


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