The Sneeze Gene

The Sneeze Gene

The Sneeze Gene

For some people, looking directly into the light can trigger a sneeze, either helping them force out one that won’t come, or catching them completely off guard. Between 18 and 35 percent of the population carries the gene for the photic sneeze reflex, or as it’s called by some clever otolaryngologists, Autosomal dominant Compulsive Helio-Ophthalmic Outbursts of sneezing (ACHOO). 

Why on Earth we have evolved this bizarre reflex is still a mystery. Animals sneeze to enhance their ability to smell, so it’s possible that there is some rudimentary protective adaptation at work here. Or, it’s just a weird quirk we keep passing through the generations.
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How to Keep The Weight Off

How to Keep The Weight Off

How to Keep The Weight Off

For long-term weight maintenance, setting a specific goal of “lose 5 pounds,” research shows, is a less effective strategy for continued pursuit of weight loss than giving yourself some leeway, such as “lose 3 to 8 pounds.” Researchers refer to this latter strategy as a high-low range goal, or one characterized by a range of possibilities for success, from easily attainable to challenging. Individuals pursuing high-low range goals “perceive those goals as being both attainable and challenging, which is needed for people to experience a sense of accomplishment,” says Maura Scott, Ph.D., an assistant professor of marketing at Florida State University. “It’s that feeling of accomplishment that emerges that makes people want to continue.”
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Your Least Favorite Beauty Mark

Your Least Favorite Beauty Mark

Your Least Favorite Beauty Mark

Over 45 million Americans have skin ink, but about 9 million of them regret their tattoos. Good news for them: a PhD student from Nova Scotia may have just changed the tattoo-removal game. Alec Falkenham has invented a pain-free lotion that may soon replace lasers for the tattoo removal process. He’s working on turning his patent into a commercial license, so until then, it’s still laser-time if you’re considering a tattoo removal. Fun fact: Green and blue are the hardest colors to remove.
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A Pill to Prevent Under Eye Circles

A Pill to Prevent Under Eye Circles

A Pill to Prevent Under Eye Circles

With winter cold season in high gear, many of us are popping allergy meds to get some relief. But even if you’re not quite sick, you can still benefit from an antihistamine. It’s something of a celebrity secret: Taking an antihistamine the night before a big event can prevent swelling and keep circulation moving, reducing puffiness and dark circles in the morning. Think of it as an emergency beauty treatment, not a nightly routine. If you’re going to start a habit, make that habit going to bed earlier.
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