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Are Little Girls Always As Sweet As They Are Supposed To Be - HER Week In Health

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In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Week in Health" for the week of November 25, 2011, Bailey Mosier finds out that little girls may not be as nice as they are cracked up to be, researchers find a link between Shakespeare and mental health, and finally what foods can help keep your teeth the whitest.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is EmpowHER’s HER Week in Health.

Nutmeg and sage may be the spices on your mind right now, but in this week’s edition we’ll learn that little girls are hardly sugar, spice and all things nice when their friends betray them. We’ll also learn why doctors may want to read up on Shakespeare and if you’ve recently whitened your teeth, here are some foods that will help keep them their whitest white.

Previous research has consistently shown pre-teen boys to react more negatively than girls following minor conflicts with friends, but in a recent study by a Duke University team, they found girls are just as vengeful.

Researchers showed fourth- and fifth-grade children hypothetical stories in which they were asked to imagine that a friend violated a core expectation of friendship, and found girls to be as likely as boys or more so to end friendships.

Researchers say the study has implications for how to help children maintain their friendships in a healthy way and we may need to focus on somewhat different issues for boys versus girls.

In an article published in the journal Medical Humanities, one doctor and Shakespeare expert found that Shakespeare was far more likely than other authors of his time to describe characters in emotional distress as having psychosomatic symptoms.

Shakespeare recognized the mind-body connection and linked fatigue and weariness to grief or distress in a number of his plays, more so than any of his 16th-century contemporaries.

This Shakespeare expert says doctors could learn to be better doctors by studying Shakespeare. Many doctors are reluctant to attribute physical symptoms to emotional disturbance, and this results in delayed diagnosis, over-investigation and inappropriate treatment.

So who knows, med school curriculums may one day include classic literature courses.

Once women have positive and successful experiences with teeth whitening, only half the battle is won. The secret, experts say, is eating foods that help keep your pearly whites white.

Firm fruits and vegetables such as apples, green beans, carrots and celery help scrub teeth while you chew and they promote the flow of saliva, which neutralizes acids and protects teeth.

Lactic acid in dairy products also help keep teeth white and prevents decay.

So if you’re considering whitening your teeth or have already done so, it’s important to eat foods that help protect the teeth and delay retreatment.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every Friday for the latest in women’s health.

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