Hipster Eats, Unmasking Costumes and Other News of the Week

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Here is this week’s round-up of stories from around the Web featuring Cleveland Clinic experts that we know you won’t want to miss.

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Hip eating

Hipsters might seem as though they have the health thing down. They tend to be conscious about what they put in their bodies. So they tend to avoid processed foods. Many eat a primarily plant-based diet, which is linked to lower risk for heart disease and other health problems. They are physically active because they walk or ride their bikes everywhere, which helps them to manage their weight and rock those skinny jeans. But hipsters also love calorie-heavy craft beer and high-fat bacon. Does eating organic kale soup cancel out the craft-beer-battered bacon? In a word: no. Hipster or not, don’t justify your unhealthy eating habits with the things you do right. It’s OK to indulge once in a while – as long as you don’t make unhealthy habits the norm. The Hypocritical Diet of the Hipster (usnews.com).

Unmasking costumes

We don’t want to make you paranoid, but your Halloween costume may hold hidden clues to your hidden desires. Usually we are somewhat inhibited when others can recognize us or know who we are. But when we don a costume that conceals our identity, we can let a little bit of our secret selves out. For example, if you dress as a celebrity like Kim Kardashian, you may like to feel a sense of power or popularity. Or if you go the scary clown route, you may want to safely express your dark side. Whatever costume you choose for partying this Halloween, dressing up offers a bit of harmless fun. What does your Halloween costume say about you? (Foxnews.com).

Vasectomy bump

When the economy went down, as it did between 2007 and 2009, vasectomies went up. So says a recent nationwide survey based out of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. . Researchers looked at data from the federally funded National Survey for Family Growth collected between 2006 and 2010 from 8,000 men age 18 and older. The survey found that before the recession, 5.8 percent of the men it surveyed had undergone a vasectomy, but after the recession, 7.5 percent of the responders had. Vasectomy is a simple, safe operation that involves blocking the tubes through which sperm pass into the semen. The procedure makes a man permanently unable to father a child. The researchers say the study does not prove that financial worries drove men to the procedure. But other findings suggest that lean years do lead couples to postpone or decide against having more children. Yes, more U.S. men got vasectomies in the recession (usnews.com).

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Cold sores and Alzheimer’s

What do cold sores and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? A pair of new studies says there’s a link between an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and the herpes virus that gives you cold sores. Researchers from Umeå University in Sweden found that being a carrier of the herpes simplex virus nearly doubled a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In a second study, the investigators followed 3,432 people for an average of 11.3 years, and found that a reactivated herpes simplex infection doubled one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Herpes simplex virus infections are very common, and the majority of the population carries herpes simplex type 1, the virus responsible for most cold sores. Once a person is infected, their body carries the virus throughout their life, and it can reactivate from time to time, which causes the cold sores. Cold sore virus linked with Alzheimer’s disease (CBSNews.com).

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