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As much as we may love our partners, there are always some things that we would probably like to change, but it isn’t exactly easy to let them know what they need to improve on. But, what if you could grade your partner, like teachers do with students? Well, a new report has folks doing just that and it seems a lot of people are pretty critical about their significant others.

The study by EdenFantasys finds that most folks give their partners an overall grade of B-minus or about an 80%, which isn’t actually too bad, but in specific relationship areas, grades aren’t nearly as good. For example, when it comes to making an effort with friends, most people give their partners a C, while they get a C-plus for overall romance, patience, showing affection in public and listening skills and a C for spontaneity. And men and women don’t exactly see things eye to eye when it comes to grades. In fact, while man would give themselves a B-minus for romance, women are more likely to give them a C-plus. 

And when it comes to sexy time, most people give their partners a B-minus for bedroom skills, with most people grading their overall intimate life a B. 

Source: SWNS Digital

If you’ve ever felt like your brain really works better at certain times of the year, you’re onto something. New research from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and the University of Toronto shows that our brains actually do function better during different seasons. So when are they in their prime? Fall, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Researchers analyzed data from 3,353 volunteers and found summer and autumn are when brain functioning was at its peak, with winter and spring function being 4.8 years below other seasons, on average. Even when scientists accounted for other reasons for cognitive decline in these months, like depression and sleep problems, the association between seasons and better brain function stayed the same.

The research also shows that Alzheimer’s-related proteins in the brain were also higher during winter and spring. Study authors say these findings will open the door to new forms of treatment for Alzheimer’s disease by shedding light on the “mechanisms underlying the seasonal improvement in cognition in the summer and early fall.”

As for the rest of us, let’s enjoy this boost we’re getting from better brain power this fall, before it’s gone when winter rolls around.

Source: New York Post

You’ve probably seen moms-to-be share updates on social media of everything pregnancy related, including comparing the baby in their belly to different foods to get an idea of its size. But one Kentucky woman has gotten super creative with her pregnancy and is documenting the growth of her baby using food from Taco Bell.

Kelsey McKain says she searched the Taco Bell menu and created a week-by-week spreadsheet to show how big the baby would be using menu item from the fast food restaurant. She started when she was 13 weeks along, when Baby McKain was just the size of a hot sauce packet. Awww, so little.

At 17 weeks, Baby McKain had grown to the size of four Cinnabon Delights from the Bell and Kelsey even got a tweet from Cinnabon on that one. “Congrats on the bon in the oven,” they wrote in the punny tweet. By week 27, the baby in her belly was the size of Nachos Bell-Grande and by week 30, it was as big as a Chicken Quesadilla.

The expecting mom’s most recent update was week 38, when Baby McKain was the size of a #4 combo - a Mexican Pizza, two tacos, and a large drink. Kelsey’s due date is September 10th, so time’s almost up. Congratulations to the Taco Bell fan.

Source: Delish

We love our coffee and it even has some perks, like potentially lowering the risk for diabetes and heart disease, but it can also damage your teeth. Dr. Matthew Messina, a dentist and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association says its the tannins - compounds in plants that more readily stick to surfaces, like teeth - that cause the staining.

But we can’t possibly give up our beloved brew, so to keep drinking coffee without staining our smiles, it’s all about good oral hygiene. Here are some tips from coffee-loving dentists on how to enjoy a cup or three without ruining your pearly whites.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day - Just brushing goes a long way to help prevent coffee stains. Brush twice and floss at least once every day.
  • Drink water immediately after - If you can’t brush right after your cup of joe, rinse with water to help get surface stuff off your teeth. The more water you drink, the less time your teeth are exposed to the coffee and its tannins.
  • Sip, don't swish - Alice Boghosian, dentist and American Dental Association spokesperson, keeps her smile white by making sure not to swish coffee around in her mouth. She says this keeps the staining agents from finding their way onto your teeth.
  • Use a straw - This helps move liquid past your front teeth, which people see more when you talk. Dr. Boghosian points out that a straw will help coffee go straight down and not move around in your mouth.
  • Skip the sugar - The sweet stuff can latch onto teeth and that can lead to staining, and even tooth decay if not brushed away thoroughly.

Source: PopSugar

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