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August 17, 2018

Weekend reads: At 18, she suffered irreparable damage to her face. At 21, she got a new one.

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    What's the healthiest mayonnaise? Mayonnaise isn't exactly good for you, but there are healthier versions of the condiment—those that use organically produced oils, like avocado or olive, for instance, Casey Seidenberg writes for the Washington Post. When eaten in moderation, avocado and olive oils are good for your heart, brain, and cholesterol. However, if you're looking for the healthiest version of mayonnaise, you can skip the grocery story and make it yourself: Blend four egg yolks, add a pinch of salt and pepper, some mustard, and lemon juice. Then add 1 1/2 cups of organic extra virgin olive oil while blending the mixture until it thickens.

    Do you feel lonely? You probably need to sleep more. Not getting enough sleep may affect your social life, according to a study in Nature Communications. The study found sleep-deprived people are lonelier and feel less inclined to engage with other people than those who get a sufficient amount of sleep. The researchers also observed, among sleep-deprived participants, heightened activity in the area of the brain perceiving incoming human threats.

    Rachel Schulze's reads

    A new face. A National Geographic photo essay chronicles the experience of Katie Stubblefield, age 21, and her family as Katie undergoes and recovers from a face transplant at Cleveland Clinic. When she was 18, Katie suffered irreparable damage to her face and, for three years, lived with a face made from flesh from her thigh and Achilles tendon. When she was 21, however, a donor face became available: A 31-year-old woman died of an overdose, and the woman's grandmother determined that the donation would be what her granddaughter would have wanted. Katie, whose operation made her the youngest American to undergo a face transplant, later recalled meeting her donor's grandmother, Sandra Bennington, saying, "I felt like she was my grandmother. I felt very loved."

    Eat your veggies. Using plates with illustrated images of healthy foods might get kids to eat more vegetables, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found when children at a daycare center ate from plates with pictures of fruits and vegetables, they ate more baby carrots per meal than when they ate from plain plates. While the increase was not significant, co-author, Emily Melnick, of the University of Colorado Denver, said, "Even if it makes a small difference, it might be something to include in a larger toolbox."

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