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Marissa DiPietro

Marissa DiPietro
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Marissa is a health and fitness writer from the Tampa Bay area. In addition to researching the latest trending topics, she enjoys instructing kickboxing classes and posting incessantly to her Instagram account.

Blowing Out Birthday Candles Is Actually Really Gross

The amount of bacteria that lingers on a cake after the candles have been blown out is of some concern.

Even Just One High Intensity Workout Could Lead to Serious Condition

Concerning research into high intensity workouts, including exercises that push the body to its limits, stresses the importance of taking it slow.

New Sunscreen Reacts to Your DNA For Better Protection

A new type of sunscreen works with a person's DNA to better protect the skin.

Baby Poop May Determine Cognitive Performance

Researchers noticed a certain group of bacteria was associated with better test scores among one-year-olds.

Drink to Remember: Alcohol Can Boost Memory Recall

The researchers theorized that the hippocampus, when affected by alcohol consumption, switches from retaining short-term to long-term memory.

Muscular Dystrophy Reversed in Dogs

A team of international researchers explored the possibility of gene therapy in dogs to reverse and ultimately cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

One in Three Cases of Dementia Are Preventable: Report

Dementia is a mental disorder that affects aging populations, but the factors begin in early childhood, according to a new report. Published in The...

Stevia May Be the Cure for Lyme Disease

Stevia leaf extract was shown to treat the tick-borne disease better than traditional antibiotics.

Researchers Determine the Best Time of Day to Exercise

Researchers have determined when the body can gain peak physical performance during the day.

Empathetic Doctors Seem More Competent: Survey

A good bedside manner is more than just an extra thought; it can be a vital component in a patient’s perception of their physician.

Women’s DNA Gets Stronger With Sexual Intimacy

In short, telomeres act as protective end caps to human DNA.

Regular Sexual Activity Could Improve Cognitive Function in Older Adults

Tests administered to older adults revealed that those who had sex on a weekly basis scored the highest on the standardized tests, particularly in verbal fluency.

Scientists Uncover Gene Linked to Depression

The gene works within specific neurons in the brain that respond to stress.

Is There an Ideal Age Gap Between Romantic Partners?

Studies have delved into the ramifications of a larger age gap among married couples.

Does Listening to Music Make Learning Tasks Easier?

New research analyzes whether or not listening to music can aid in developing the parts of the brain that process sound and control movement.

Teenage Emotional Health May Be Linked to Parents’ Brains

New findings show that a parent’s brain and their child’s brain can fire in the same way, resulting in emotional synchronicity.

Doctor Discovers Possible Treatment for Hot Flashes

A doctor experiencing hot flashes decided to take on a project to examine why these symptoms occur and how they can be treated.

Do Sea Anemones Hold the Key to Generating Human Heart Cells?

Sea anemones, although without an actual heart, do contain “heart genes” that researchers have found to be identical to human heart genes.

Too Much Yoga May Cause Injury

There are many benefits to practicing yoga, but a new study also found that there may be a risk for musculoskeletal pain as well.

New Wheelchair Design Eases Mobility Challenges

The gear-driven design utilizes 100 percent of the arm effort, making it much easier to go up slopes and across longer, more challenging distances.

Marijuana Users Are Fitter, More Active

New research calls into question other uses for marijuana as a weight-loss aid or supplement for those who are obese.

Researchers Aim to Create Painless Way to Screen Breast Cancer

This new treatment adds lasers to the mix, using a combination of laser and ultrasound technology to determine the presence or absence of cancer cells in the breast tissue.

Young Children Are Choking on Fidget Spinners

The popular toy is posing a potential hazard for young children.

New Headband Technology From South Korea Aims to Treat Depression

This new type of treatment does not try to lessen symptoms, but rather cure depression itself.

Bright Light Repels Mosquitos, Reduces Bites

It may be the best mosquito repellent that the insects cannot adapt to or find their way around.

Survey Shows 19-Year-Olds Are as Active as 60-Year-Olds

Sedentary lifestyles among young people have reached a new low.

Stress Fractures Are More Likely in Underweight Female Runners

New research shows a correlation between a low BMI of 19 or less and an increased risk of injury in female runners.

Scientists Create Topical Drug That Tans Skin

Scientists have developed a topical drug that darkens skin pigmentation without the sun's rays.

Friends vs. Family: Which Relationships Make You Happier?

A study found that one type of relationship is more beneficial for overall health.

Could Playing Soccer Give You Better Eyesight?

This study is the first of its nature.

No Cuts About It: Non-Surgical Weight Loss Procedure Shows Results

Similar to a gastric bypass procedure, the new 'accordion procedure' works to decrease the size of the stomach but without the cuts and scars that come with invasive surgery.

Do Compression Pants Really Work?

Compression pants are a new wave of apparel technology that boast improved performance and reduced muscle soreness, but do they deliver actual results?

Late Night Snacking Could Cause Serious Health Problems

Have you ever been told to not eat past 7 p.m.? Here's why that practice holds merit.

Walking May Reverse Effects of Dementia

Compared to a non-exercise group, the group that partook in walking classes three times a week showed remarkable improvement in cognitive function.

New Research Breaks Stereotype of Women Being More Emotional

It remains unclear as to whether or not women truly do express more emotions, or rather, they may just handle their emotions differently.

Dirty Money: Cash Has More Disease-Causing Bacteria Than You Think

Dirty money often refers to money obtained illegally, but it turns out that it can be taken far more literally.

These Foods Can Naturally Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

You’re probably used to applying sunscreen, but you can also protect your skin naturally through your diet.

Plastic Surgery Goes Green With ‘Fat Recycling’

Hair is used to make wigs and old clothes are donated, so what can be done with fat taken out of people's bodies?

Old Wives’ Fertility Treatment Proves to Be Scientific Marvel

New research that studied the effect of flushing blocked fallopian tubes with poppy seed oil was promising for women dealing with infertility due to this issue.

Can a Two Week Vacation Ruin Your Health?

A person may exercise daily, eat healthy foods, and maintain an active lifestyle, but just two short weeks can change everything.

Nacho Cheese From Gas Station Causes Botulism Outbreak

A gas station in California's capital city is under investigation for ten cases of botulism from nacho cheese consumption.

Microsoft Watch Helps Parkinson’s Patient Write Again

The "Emma Watch" allowed a young woman with Parkinson's to write legibly for the first time in years.

4 Beneficial Foods for Breastfeeding

Here are four superfoods that breastfeeding moms may want to add to their diet.

How to Work Out on Your Period

Here's what to know about working out during your menstrual cycle.

Antibiotics Found to Counteract Benefits of Whole Grain Foods

Whole grain foods are great sources of fiber and nutrients for the body, but antibiotics were found to neutralize these benefits.

Scientists Can Now See Cancer ‘Glowing’ Within the Body

This research could literally shed light on how cancer moves in the body.

Standardized Cigarette Packaging Could Help Put an End to Smoking

Plainer packaging with upfront warnings has been found to be unappealing to customers.

Robot Joins Classroom as Teacher for Autistic Children

Learning social skills from a robot may seem odd, but for children with autism, it can provide a unique experience that is more predictable and engaging.

New Documentary Shows Benefits of Golf for Autistic Children

The documentary, called "Voices From the Outside," showcases how one organization is helping teach autistic children life skills through professional golf lessons.

Social Media Makes Running More Contagious

A new study found that when people see social media posts of their friends running longer distances, running more becomes contagious.

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