Samantha Lauriello

An 11-Year-Old Girl Died From an Allergic Reaction to Toothpaste—Now Her Mother Is Speaking Out

Following the devastating loss of her 11-year-old daughter, Monique Altamirano wants to remind people to carefully read the ingredient list of any food or product before giving it to a child with food allergies. Altamirano’s daughter, Denise Saldate, recently died of a severe allergic reaction to something Altamirano never suspected would be a problem: toothpaste.

This Is Why You Could Suffer When Celebs Are Fat-Shamed

It seems like every other day another celebrity is being shamed for something, and a lot of the time, it has to do with their weight. Think Kourtney Kardashian being fat-shamed by her then-husband Scott Disick in 2013 for not losing weight “fast enough” after having their third child. Or Jessica Simpson being called out for looking “noticeably fuller” after wearing a pair of high-waisted jeans at a performance in 2009.

Where Can You Get Tested for STDs? Here Are All of Your Options

Okay, we know getting tested for STDs isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world. But if you’re sexually active, it’s a necessary part of life. STD rates are on the rise nationwide. Many have no symptoms, yet if left untreated some can cause serious health issues. We owe it to ourselves and our partners to get tested on the reg—and not feel embarrassed or afraid.

These Are the Drugs People Take Most Often Before Sex, According to a New Study

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll make up a classic trio. We might not be able to tell you much about the rock ‘n’ roll part (sorry, we’re not a music site), but we can tell you what drugs people take before a sex session. A new study looked into the sex lives of thousands of people to find out which drugs are most commonly used to heat things up between the sheets. 

A College Student Was Killed After She Mistook a Stranger’s Car for Her Uber—Here’s How to Stay Safe When Ride-Sharing

Hopping into an Uber or a Lyft has become such a normal part of life, it’s easy to forget that you’re getting into a car with a total stranger. Over the weekend, a student at the University of South Carolina got into a car thinking it was her Uber. The next day, police found her dead. She had accidentally mistook a predator’s car for the Uber she called for a ride.

How to Find Out Exactly How Many Calories Running a Mile Burns

It doesn’t get any better than heading outside and going for a killer run under the sun….Well, there’s actually one thing that can make that run better: knowing exactly how many calories you burned while doing it. Tracking calories definitely isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine. But some of us only feel seriously accomplished knowing that number. 

This Man Removed Parts of His Ears—and Now His Extreme Body Modification Is Going Viral

By now you’ve probably heard about the man who went viral for having the inside of both of his ears cut out. If not, here’s the story: Charles Bentley reportedly traveled from Australia to Sweden to have his inner ears surgically removed by a man who calls himself a “body modification practitioner.” The procedure is apparently called “conch removal,” and as soon as Bentley’s post-op photos hit the Internet, people started freaking out. 

There’s Now a Semen-Scented Perfume That Literally Smells Like Sex

I’m not super picky when it comes to perfume. Smells citrusy? Great. Floral? Even better. It has woody undertones, you say? Now I’m really intrigued. But there actually are a few scents I would turn up my nose to, like, oh I don’t know, semen. Yet the Parisian fragrance company Etat Libre d’Orange is currently selling a semen-scented perfume. You can’t make this stuff up, folks. 

Smoking Marijuana Daily Increases Your Risk of Psychosis, New Study Says

As more states legalize marijuana, people are starting to believe it’s A-OK to smoke pot on the reg. And it’s easy to understand why. If it’s legal, it can’t be that bad for you, right? Actually, not necessarily. New research shows daily marijuana users, especially those who use high-potency weed, may be three times more likely to develop a psychotic disorder, like schizophrenia, than non-users.

There’s a Reason Certain Noises Drive You Crazy, and It’s Called Misophonia

Growing up, my mom and I got along really well, but I’ll admit, there was one thing she did that always drove me absolutely crazy: swallow water, or any beverage for that matter. OK, to clarify, it wasn’t the fact that she drank water that annoyed me (I of course wanted her to drink it to live), it was the sound she made when she swallowed that I couldn’t stand…that glug glug sound that came from her throat as she gulped down a glass.

What Causes Down Syndrome? An Expert Explains

One out of every 700 babies born in the United States has Down syndrome, making it the most common chromosomal disorder in the country. Fortunately, because it is so prevalent, doctors have become very knowledgeable on how to help people with Down syndrome live full lives. In fact, it’s not unusual for people with the disorder to live independently, play competitive sports, or start a business. 

College Admissions Scandal: A Psychologist Explains Why a Parent Would Cheat and Lie to Get Their Kids Into School

If you remember how damn hard you worked to get into college and how stressed you were as you waited to see where you would be accepted, then you must certainly have strong feelings about the recent college admissions scandal. Fifty people, including Full House actress Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives’ Felicity Huffman, were charged earlier this week in a $25 million bribery scheme to get students into top universities like Yale and Stanford. 

A Nurse Explains the Scientific Reason You Believe Everything Your Doctor Says

Going to the doctor can be downright nerve-wracking. There you are in a thin gown on the exam room table waiting for your physician, who finally rushes in. After you anxiously rattle the symptoms you can remember, she checks you over, maybe asks a question or two, then gives you a diagnosis or tells you what the next steps are. You leave her office not necessarily thinking that what she said is correct. But she’s the doctor, right?