Free the Nipple, Pain-Free Fillings, and How Yoga Could Make You Smarter — #RealNews Roundup

Jager Weatherby on 18 Jun 2014 at 9:00am

Breastfeeding in Public

Too busy to sift through the web to find the health and beauty news you need to know for this week? Not to worry, we sifted through the headlines and pulled out the interesting ones just for you. Read on to catch up on what you might've missed!

The female nipple has been under a lot of scrutiny these days, with breastfeeding in public and baring your boobs on social media at the center of the controversy. It’s not just celebs who are speaking out on the issue (most recent to make headlines being Scout Willis), but non-famous moms who feel they’re being harassed for simply feeding their kids. Facebook user and breastfeeding advocate Paala Secor has personally gotten involved in the #freethenipple campaign, saying that it’s less about her and more about the big picture. “It’s about decriminalizing the female body, stopping the shaming and harassment of women for, well, just being women,” she explains to SheKnows.

“I love going to the dentist!” is a phrase we hear, well, pretty much never. Thankfully, some new technology might just make the experience a little less dreadful. Scientists at King’s College London have developed a pain-free filling which allows cavities to be repaired without drilling. The process involves using a tiny electric current to push minerals into the site of damage. The treatment won’t be available for another three years, but it certainly sounds like it’s worth the wait! (We don’t recommend waiting that long until your next visit to the dentist, however.)

Are you sitting down? Well, you might want to stop doing that right this very minute. A new study out of Germany suggests that people who spend the majority of their day sitting have an increased risk for certain kinds of cancers, including colon and endometrial. The good news is you can help reduce your risk by limiting sedentary time (especially in front of the TV) and adding short bouts of light activity throughout your daily routine.

Yoga Might Make You Smarter

Limiting your risk for cancer isn’t the only reason to get active — you might be boosting your brain power in the process! A recent study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign claims that yoga could actually make you smarter. While you shouldn’t necessarily ditch the treadmill just yet, the data shows that yoga has a more positive effect on the brain than standard aerobic exercise. “Following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, and also learn, hold, and update pieces of information more effectively," says lead researcher Neha Gothe.

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