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Health Highlights: Nov. 13, 2015

Victoria's Secret Perfume Repels Mosquitoes Stop Using Facebook, Be Happier: Study

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Victoria's Secret Perfume Repels Mosquitoes

A Victoria's Secret perfume repels mosquitoes, according to a new study.

New Mexico State University researchers conducted lab tests of bug sprays and some bath oils and perfumes and discovered that Bombshell Eau de Parfum warded off mosquitoes "quite effectively" for two hours after it was applied to the skin, CBS News reported.

The study was published in the Journal of Insect Science.

"It was interesting to see that the mosquitoes weren't actually attracted to the person that was wearing the Victoria's Secret perfume -- they were repelled by it," lead author Stacy Rodriguez said, CBS News reported.

The results challenge the belief that flowery scents attract mosquitoes and show that some fragrances may mask a natural odor that draws the bloodsuckers to us, according to the researchers.

However, they also found that bug sprays with DEET provided the most effective protection against mosquitoes.


Stop Using Facebook, Be Happier: Study

Quitting Facebook could make you happier, a new study suggests.

It included more than 1,000 people who were regular Facebook users. Half of them were told not to use the social media site for a week while the other half continued using it, CBS News reported.

The Danish researchers found that 88 percent of participants who stopped using face book said they were happy, compared with 81 percent who continued using it.

Compared to those who continued using Facebook, those who stopped using it were less likely to be worried (54 percent vs. 41 percent) and more likely to say they enjoyed life (75 percent vs. 84 percent), CBS News reported

People on Facebook were 55 percent more likely to feel stressed, the study said.

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