What your birth month can tell you about your health risks

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In the Middle Ages, doctors consulted star charts before diagnosing their patients. The signs of the zodiac were believed to rule different parts of the body, determine one’s susceptibility to diseases and even influence the efficacy of different medications. The practice of consulting the stars over medical concerns fell out of favor in the late 17th century, but research suggests that our medieval ancestors may have been on to something. Your birth month really does influence your health.

Researchers at Columbia University completed a study in 2015 that used statistical analysis to examine the medical records of 1.7 million patients in order to determine whether birth month had any impact on long-range health. The study, which included the records of people born between 1900 and 2000 who were patients at New York Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC between 1985 and 2013, found a correlation between the month of birth and 55 different medical conditions.

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8 Easy Ways to Cut Calories and Fat Without Feeling Hungry

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake 9/1/16 Courtesy Naturally, Danny Seo

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
9/1/16
Courtesy Naturally, Danny Seo

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Deprivation leads to overindulgence, so don’t shut the door on desserts if you’re looking to cut calories and fat. Lifestyle expert Danny Seo, whose new cookbook Naturally, Delicious: 100 Recipes for Healthy Eats That Make You Happy launches on Sept. 1, says: “Simply swap out ingredients that are filled with sugar and have zero nutritional value for ones that are healthier and naturally delicious so you can indulge without the guilt.”

1. Check out chickpeas. When making cookies or my chocolate chip cookie cake (recipe below), swap out flour for pureed chickpeas instead (save time by using canned chickpeas). The garbanzo bean is loaded with protein and dietary fiber, which means each oooey, gooey slice of my chocolate chip cookie cake helps fill you up faster so you won’t overindulge.

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Glossier Just Launched the Only Three Serums Your Skin Will Ever Need

✨ Meet The Supers ✨ Three concentrated serums action-packed with nutrients to give your skin the boost it needs on any given day. ⚡️Glossier.com⚡️

✨ Meet The Supers ✨ Three concentrated serums action-packed with nutrients to give your skin the boost it needs on any given day. ⚡️Glossier.com⚡️

NewBeauty |By Danielle Fontana , Editorial Assistant |

The ultimate cool girl makeup and skin care brand Glossier launched their first-ever serums this morning. “Because you’re not just a ‘skin type,’” the brand shares, “your needs change daily and your product lineup should help you adapt.” Enter: The Supers ($28 each or $65 for the Super Pack), each one of the three different serums caters to a specific concern. Debuted as supplements for your complexion, the brand outlines each serum to be used as follows:

The Serum: Super Glow ($28)

When to Use: On days when skin feels dull and lifeless, “like after pulling an all-nighter.”

How It Works: Vitamin C brightens skin while magnesium energizes even the most tired complexions for a skin tone that’s always ready for a photo op. Plus, this lightly scented, water-like serum creates a light-reflective base for makeup or a dewy, I-woke-up-like-this complexion for a no makeup kind of day.

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A Banned Chemical May Lurk in Your Toothpaste

Colgate Total is the only toothpaste in the US to contain triclosan, which the FDA has banned in soap. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Colgate Total is the only toothpaste in the US to contain triclosan, which the FDA has banned in soap. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff |

(Newser) – The FDA last week banned the use of a chemical from soap, but not from the nation’s top-selling toothpaste. Why? The New York Times reports it was because Colgate-Palmolive convinced the FDA that the benefits of triclosan are greater than the risks. Toothpaste containing the chemical “demonstrated to be effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis,” an FDA spokeswoman said. The decision came after the agency announced that there was not enough evidence to prove that antibacterial soap containing triclosan was any better “at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.” Worse, long-term use of the soap, the agency said in a statement, “has raised the question of potential negative effects on your health.”

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