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Why You Need A Glass Of Bubbly Right Now

Plus the benefits of fasting, an IV drip shortage and more of the best stories of the day

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Champagne! It's delicious, and it may also be anti-aging, too. Well-stocked researchers fed rats a bunch of bubbly and tested their memories via a maze challenge. Rats with Champagne-laced food were 20 percent more successful at solving the maze than the dead sober ones. That may be because sparkling wines have a high concentration of phenols, which are believed to improve spatial memory and promote better memory storage. So yes, pass me another glass. [Source]

Not all celeb beauty products are created equal. A new study found hat many consumers feel scammed by celebrity-endorsed creams and serums. More than half in a dubiously-named VoucherCodesPro study said that they're "not good value for the money." You mean I still won't look like Cindy Crawford, even if I buy Cindy Crawford's skin care line? [Source]

Two-day fasts may help you lose weight and keep it off. It's called the 5-2 diet plan doesn't mean total avoiding food for two days a week, but just limiting your calorie intake for those two days, and eating healthfully the rest of the time. Would you try it? [Source]

Your pet, yourself: That's the idea behind pet insurance, an employee perk more and more companies are providing. Explains insurance analyst (and presumed pet lover) Charles J. Sebaski, "Like any kind of health care offering, (pet insurance) is viewed as an employee enticement and retention tool." [Source]

Heeeeeelp! Celebrities are using up all the vitamin IV drips! While celebs are enjoying the benefits of intravenous doses of B and C vitamins, hospitals around the country are experiencing shortages. And that's bad -- particularly for infants in neonatal intensive care units and old people. Stop hogging the IVs, famous folks! [Source]
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