As if social media isn't weird (and invasive) enough, Facebook just upped the ante: The social network behemoth's latest feature is just plain nosy. Plus, get the latest scoop on the science behind obesity, a fun fact about the Med diet, and more healthy news from this week's link roundup.
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1. You can now "ask" about someone's relationship status on Facebook. Because apparently sending a message to someone you're interested in isn't enough, Facebook has just unveiled a new feature that allows you to ping friends who haven't made their relationship status—or address or phone number or job—public information and inquire about it. It even opens up a comment box where you can explain the reason for your curiosity. Enjoy, creepers! (Admit it: We've all wanted to do it once or twice.)
2. Women are shortchanged during sex. Premature ejaculation is one of the most commonly reported sexual disorders in men, but it's not just men who suffer; a new survey suggests that women often feel anxious and stressed during sex. It's not necessarily due to the short duration of the act itself; rather, most women reported feeling that men were a little too strongly focused on delaying ejaculation, therefore they ignored the womens' sexual needs and desires. Still, his performance problems don't have to extinguish the flames! Click here for five tips to deal with his most embarrassing sexual issues.
3. You don't need antibiotics if you have bronchitis. Because most cases of bronchitis are viral, not bacterial, antibiotics will do little to cure them, but that hasn't stopped doctors from writing scrips in at least 70 percent of cases, Boston researchers report. Unfortunately, experts now feel this is contributing to a global health crisis and the rise of superbugs that are becoming resistant to antibiotics (the study also says that prescription rates for bronchitis should be near zero).
4. We finally know why olive oil is so good for the heart. It's long been known that the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes healthy fats such as olive oil, is heart-healthy, but researchers haven't been able to pinpoint exactly why and how the diet is so good for you. Until now: A new study suggests that it might be the specific fusion of olive oil and vegetables (both of which are prevalant in the diet), which combine to create a compound—nitro fatty acid—that relaxes blood vessels and brings down blood pressure, both of which are key to keeping your ticker healthy. Pretty cool, huh?
5. Are we fat because we overeat or do we overeat because we're fat? That's the question posed by David Ludwig, M.D., in a new New York Times piece, which suggests that maybe, just maybe, we've gotten the cause and effect of obesity all wrong. In simplest terms, Ludwig argues that it's not that we're eating more calories, it's that they're essentially being distributed to the wrong place within the body, thus leading us to need an intake of calories, and, well, you get the picture.