New health research comes out every day. That seems like a lot of information to digest — and it is — but if you pay close attention we can get a clear indication of how to change our habits to live healthier, happier lives. Here are the 25 health studies we found most relevant, informative and actionable for women in 2014:

  1. Feeling too stressed can sabotage your metabolism.
  2. Your melanoma risk may be closely tied to the sunburns you suffered as a teenager.
  3. Being physically active in your 20s will keep your brain sharp as you age.
  4. Already middle-aged? It’s not too late to start to reduce your risk of disease.
  5. Sleeping in a colder room can boost your metabolism.
  6. Eating a Mediterranean diet can decrease your type 2 diabetes risk.
  7. Some dietary fats can actually help you lose body fat.
  8. High impact exercise increases bone density — which women especially lose as they age.
  9. Don’t love working out? Running for just five minutes a day is all you need to extend your life.
  10. A PMS pill could be in the works. (Until then, there’s just chocolate.)
  11. Working out might increase your risk of cavities.
  12. There’s hope: You can reverse the damage of sitting all day with one easy activity.
  13. Artificial sweeteners are messing with your metabolism.
  14. Soda ages your body as quickly as cigarettes.
  15. Iced coffee fiends rejoice: Coffee does not actually dehydrate you.
  16. Working out and seeing no weight loss results is more common than you think.
  17. An apple a day might actually keep the doctor away …
  18. … or at least postmenopausal women’s cholesterol levels low.
  19. The risk of getting skin cancer from manicure lamps is low but unpredictable.
  20. Low vitamin D levels are tied to a higher Alzheimer’s risk and some pregnancy risks. Go drink some milk!
  21. How you eat during the week matters most when it comes to weight loss.
  22. Stress may contribute to fertility problems.
  23. NSAID pain relievers are the most effective at relieving back pain.
  24. Light exposure in the morning can help keep BMI low.
  25. Performing breast self exams may be just as effective in detecting breast cancer as a mammogram.
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