You've made it to Wednesday afternoon—you can certainly get through the rest of this week! But first take a break to check out the top stories we've been talking about. Think we missed something? Tweet us @Shape_Magazine or let us know in the comments below!
1. Amy Robach's on-air mammogram may have saved her life. Good Morning America's Amy Robach had been avoiding her doctor's recommendation to have a mammogram done when a producer at GMA called and asked if she'd be willing to have an exam on national TV. This week she revealed that to her surprise, the mammogram turned up evidence of breast cancer, and she will be undergoing a double mastectomy. “While everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did,” Robach wrote in a blog post on ABC.com.
2. Drink to your heart's content without getting drunk. Fellow wine-lovers, rejoice! David Nutt, a leading British neuroscientist, says he has developed an alcohol substitute that mimics the feeling you experience while drunk without the crashing hangover that generally follows the next morning. Although Nutt hasn't been able to conduct a large-scale study of his product yet, he's been testing it on himself and says it appears to be working. (I think that sounds like very solid science, don't you?) Until it's widely available, stick with one of these low-cal cocktail recipes and be sure to imbibe responsibly!
3. Put in a workout at your desk. According to Greatist, a duo from upstate New York is trying to change the way we think about productivity by launching a kickstarter for a pedal-powered workstation that could support anything from food processors to electric generators. The founders' goal is to make people more aware of their energy usage (according to the Greatist article, an adult could power a laptop for six hours after just two hours of pedalling) as well as help them incorporate a physical activity into their everyday lives.
4. Obesity puts you at risk for heart attack. Although a growing body of evidence suggests that being moderately overweight may not be as unhealthy as previously believed, a sobering new study suggests that obese people who do not have metabolic syndrome (a condition that includes high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure that is believed to cause anywhere from 12 to 26 percent of heart attacks) may still be just as likely to suffer a heart attack as those with metabolic syndrome. This study challenges the previous assumption that as long as someone didn't have metabolic syndrome, then being overweight was generally "inconsequential to cardiovascular health." Just another reason to get some regular exercise and make sure to follow a healthy diet!
5. Women are less likely to orgasm during casual sex. Though women are as likely as men to engage in casual sex and hookups, they are less likely to orgasm during those encounters, according to new research. The study authors suggest that women are less likely than men to feel comfortable telling their partner what they want, and their male partners are less likely to focus on the woman's pleasure. “I'm not going to try as hard as when I'm with someone I really care about,” Duvan Giraldo, 26, told the New York Times. There are two things I'm taking away from this study: a) Ladies, don't date that guy, and b) by their very nature casual hookups are, well, fast and casual, which means there's less time to explore each other's likes and dislikes...so it's not really surprising that women may not climax as often as men do in these quick encounters.