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Sometimes expressing anger can help a relationship in the long-term

It seems counterintuitive that you would want to pick a fight with a romantic partner, but it can lead to a healthier relationship. The consensus of any relationship is often that when verbal arguments occur more often the relationship is worse. This can be true in general as constant fighting is a sign of a poor relation. However, constantly avoiding fighting can also be destructive to a couple in the long term. While avoiding arguing prevents animosity initially, it can cause the underlying source of a problem to go unanswered. While constant bickering is a burden couples should try to communicate their frustrations with each other. Communicating grievances gave couples a chance to mend what was wrong in their relationship and maintain a healthier relationship overall. As usual it seems that communication is key, even if it occurs as a point of friction.

Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

It seems counterintuitive that knowingly receiving a placebo could affect bowel issues. But such an effect has already been documented. Placebos are typically used as an experimental control to test the effectiveness of new pharmaceuticals. Since placebos do not use an active drug, patients that believe they were cured by it can be proportionally discounted from the success rate of any new drug being tested. While placebos fail to offer any prescription relief, they have proven to be useful by letting patients believe they are receiving treatment. While the success rate of placebos is still questionable it can be used as an effective way to calm patients while physicians search for alternative treatment methods.

Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water

It seems counterintuitive that using antibacterial soap could increase your chances of a deadly infection, yet this is exactly the case. While a typical soap can reduce the odds of infection by washing away contaminants, antibacterial soap also contains chemicals meant to kill the bacteria themselves. Despite this, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has threatened to prevent antibacterial products from being marketed as such. According to the FDA the issue is that there is a lack of evidence to support whether antibacterial products offer any benefits over traditional products in addition to unproven long-term safety. The safety concern is for the rise of “superbugs” infections with resistance to the drugs used to cure them.  Ultimately, the best option is to avoid antibacterial products and their use without consulting medical personnel. 

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