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Taking baby bites and tattoo ink: In health news today

Jan. 24, 2013, 12:12 p.m.

A new study shows there's a link between people who have tattoos and people with Hepatitis C. (Flickr via SoulRider.222)

You're never too old to quit smoking, the Los Angeles Times reports, adding that even at the age of 64 stopping the bad habit could add four years to your life. After reviewing health data of 200,000 Americans, the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that giving up smoking between the ages of 35 and 44 could lead to an additional nine years of life, and quitting between the ages 45 and 54 could add an extra six years.

Whether you're having sex before marriage or not, one counselor recommends talking about sex with your partner before you walk down the aisle. CNN reports that even if you and your partner have a good sex life now, that dynamic may change down the road and it would be in the couple's best interest to discuss a variety of hypothetical situations ahead of time. What if one person's interest in sex changes a lot? What if one of you gets cancer or is in a car accident and loses sensation below the waist?

Besides serving yourself smaller portions and eliminating unhealthy snacking, health officials recommend taking smaller bites when eating to help reduce the amount you actually consume. WebMD reports that people often eat more when watching TV or distracted, so taking smaller bites may slow down food intake. A new Dutch study concluded that because it takes about 20 minutes for us to feel full, eating at a slower rate will reduce the amount of food consumed before your body realizes its satiated.

You may want to think twice about where you get your next tattoo, as new research demonstrates a link between Hepatits C and people with body art. Yahoo news reports that people with the virus were almost four times more likely to also have a tattoo. Hepatitis can be dormant for years so often times people don't even know they have it. The CDC reports that 3.2 million people in the U.S. have the virus, which can cause liver cancer and necessitate liver transplants.

If you and your partner are drastically different weights, with one of you being average and the other being overweight or obese, your relationship may face extra strain. MSNBC reports that "mixed-weight" couples argue more -- especially when it is the woman who is heavy. These couples can have feelings of anger or resentment towards each other, while also having intimacy issues and communication problems. Researchers suggest working together to find ways to reach a healthy weight together.

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