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Health stories for Feb. 21, 2013

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UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 21, 2013 -

There's now biological evidence that women talk more than men.

Previous studies show women average about 20,000 words per day, compared to men who say 7,000 words a day.

New research shows a certain protein may be the key.

The protein is a molecule for communication in mammals.

Researchers found girls had 30% more of the protein in their brain than boys.

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Profanity makes Louisiana the saddest state in the country according to researchers.

They looked at Twitter for key words indicating sadness and happiness.

People in Louisiana curse more than others.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne is not impressed, citing a more specific study a few years ago that showed Louisiana as the happiest state.

This new study has Hawaii as the happiest.

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This year's flu vaccine gets a bad grade, especially among seniors.

Health experts say the shot was 9% effective in protecting the elderly from the most common and dangerous flu strain.

Overall, the vaccine worked about half the time.

Experts emphasize a flu shot is better protection than not getting one.

The worst of the flu season is now over, after a strong and early start.

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What you eat may affect acne and how bad you get it.

A new article in a nutrition journal says food won't cause acne, but it can make it worse.

The article looked at dozens of studies from the past 50 years, and the link between acne and food was inconclusive.

But there are foods to avoid, including cookies, cakes, sodas and high fat dairy.

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Fewer people are making pit stops for fast food.

Americans are getting about 11% of their daily calories from fast food.

That's down slightly from years past.

20-to-39 year olds ate the most burgers, fries, pizza and other take out food.

But the amount of fast food ate decreased as they got older.

Body weight also made a difference.

The study showed that as a person's weight increased, so did the amount of fast food they consumed, regardless of age.

 

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