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The link between fat and cancer

You likely know that being overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But did you know it also increases your risk for cancer?<p>If you didn't, you're not alone. While around 90% of Americans know that smoking is linked to higher rates of cancer, Dr. Clifford Hudis says, …

That sweet drink may age you

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages may make certain cells in your body age faster, a new study suggests.<p>The study, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, concludes that sugar-sweetened soda consumption prematurely ages white blood cells. The University of California, San …

6 ways to straighten out smartphone slump with yoga

As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and …

Cardio Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Ask cyclists, runners, cross-country skiers -- cardio is king. Though most endurance athletes supplement their workouts with other forms of training, cardio is the bulk of what they do -- it's what they love to do.<p>Even among first-timers at the gym or those getting back into fitness, cardio is …

8 Foods That Boost Your Body's Natural Detox Power

Don’t fall for a "detoxing" cleanse—your bod can already get rid of toxins. These food will help support the organs that do the heavy lifting.<p>Pricey juice cleanses that promise to help you detox are all the rage right now—but the idea that a liquid diet can help you eliminate harmful substances …

Does Time Really Exist?

Recently, my 15-year-old son asked, "What are some tools I can use to not feel stressed?" I was stunned. What struck me first was the fact that he had the self-awareness to identify his own anxiety. What really impressed me, though, was his ability to ask for help in order to alleviate his …

Why Do Studies of Meditation and the Brain Matter?

Is the general public overvaluing and misunderstanding the significance of scientific studies of meditation and the brain? These were the questions that I and my scientific and scholarly colleagues wrestled with at our 1-day meeting at the Mind and Life House in Amherst, Massachusetts, over the …

How to Save Yourself From the Tantalizing Lie of 'Later'

The days have silent edges now that I've returned from my vacation in Hawaii. When I glance up from my computer, light spills between the blinds, casting the shadow of bars along my carpet in L.A. I'd forgotten the inordinate amount of time I spend in my apartment here. A restless yearning fills …

7 Ways to Gift Yourself Instant Peace and Calm

Some days I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Do you know the feeling? Today, life seems to be moving faster than ever.<p>We all have demands and pressures including work, deadlines, our families, taking care of our bodies and the endless ping on our phone alerting us of an email …

The No-Equipment Move That Tones Your Legs and Butt

Sculpt a lean, strong lower body with just one exercise!<p><i>This article was written by Linda Melone, and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention<i>.</i><p>Here's your fitness challenge of the day: the squat jump! It's an anti-aging power move that takes toning your lower body to a whole new level.<p>Any sort of …

Speed of weight loss may have little impact on success at keeping it off

(Reuters Health) – In a trial of weight loss approaches, the rate at which people dropped excess pounds was not linked to their success in keeping the weight off over the next three years.<p>Researchers say the small study shows that current guidelines advising slow and steady weight loss should be …

Why You Should Develop a Love-Hate Relationship with the Miniband

It only weighs a few ounces, but the miniband will help you achieve big results<p>Reaching for a miniband at the gym may not seem as impressive as grabbing a pair of heavy dumbbells, but this small tool can help you build a stronger body.<p>"Incorporating a continuous-loop miniband in exercises makes …

8 Ways to Ask for What You Want in Your Relationship

Hint: It's not just what you say that matters<p>Obviously a relationship is as much about your partner as it is about you, but what should you do if you feel that you're not getting what you need or want out of it? Yeah, it sounds like a conversation no one ever wants to have, but staying silent isn’t …

17 Weird Things That Can Mess with Your Fertility

Find out which common habits could make it harder to conceive

5 Reasons To Think Twice About Colon Cleansing

By Cari Nierenberg, Contributing writer<p>Published: 10/29/2014 03:51 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Cleaning out the colon is sometimes necessary— for example, before a medical procedure, such as a colonoscopy. But some people do it in the belief that the process will rid their colons of excess toxins that …

Scientists link 60 genes to autism risk

Researchers have found dozens of new genes that may play a role in causing autism, according to two studies published Wednesday in the medical journal Nature.<p>Scientists identified 60 genes with a greater than 90% chance of increasing a child's autism risk. Previous research has yielded only 11 …

Workplace Stress: Sustainable Solutions for Stress Management

Feeling stressed at work? You are not alone. Studies indicate workplace stress is on the rise (American Institute of Stress, 204) with increasing pressure to perform, toxic work environments, and the demands brought on by technological advances and job insecurity. Workplace stress occurs when the …

When Death Happens

On the evening of April 26 I received a phone call that one never wants to get. My younger sister, Keisha told me in a very soft, calm demeanor that our mother passed out. After much anxious questioning, I soon found out that my mother passed away from a heart attack.<p>As I sat in total shock, a …

Lose Yourself Behind a Mask

Every culture and tradition around the world has masks, costumes, dances, puppets and ceremonial characters that teach or bring meaning to the community. In native traditions these are not considered performances to be watched, they are considered sacred or ceremonial aspects of life that the whole …

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The Ultimate Guide to Fighting Zits

Zap those pesky pimples, no matter where they pop up.<p><i>This article was written by Maria Del Russo and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.</i><p>Acne always seems to pop up when you least expect it—in the <i>last</i> place you ever wanted it to be. Whether it's your forehead, your back, or even inside your …

'Lady Ganga' breaks record before cervical cancer death - CNN.com

Michele Baldwin was 45 years old when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The single mother decided to do something extraordinary before her death: Break a world paddle boarding record on the Ganges River.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Lady Ganga<p>Lady Ganga<p>Lady Ganga<p>Lady Ganga<p>Lady Ganga<p>Lady Ganga<p>1<p>2<p>3<p>4<p>5<p>6<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- "I …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we've found that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to …

Emotional Intelligence

Here's Another Reason to Try the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet, high in vegetables, nuts and healthy fats like olive oil, has once again proven itself worthy of our plates.<p>People who …

What Do You Do When a Pet Dies?

When a pet dies, what do you do?<p>This post first appeared on my BeliefNet.com blog.<p>Then, later on my personal blog.<p>Last Wednesday, we said "Good-bye" to our beloved Oscar, a mini-Dachshund, who brought to Pam and me more joy, laughter, and companionship than I can describe here.<p>I have never cried so …

The Most Amazing Veggie Dishes EVER

Even better? You can make them at home.<p>If you've ever been to one of Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurants—or made one of his recipes—then you know: The man is basically a vegetable whisperer. The chef, who's based in the U.K., has an uncanny ability to take normal foods like zucchini and carrots and turn …

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The Grocery List That Will Help You Drop Pounds, Build Muscle, and Gain Tons of Energy

Our four-week training plan with celebrity trainer David Kirsch begins Monday. Here are the foods he suggests you stock up on between now and then.<p>Starting this Monday, October 6, WomensHealthMag.com and celebrity trainer David Kirsch are kicking off <b>Tone Every Zone: The David Kirsch 28-Day,</b> …

Why Leadership Matters: Managing Change

When you realize your identity as a leader (and as I said in my last post, we are all leaders) you will soon develop the ability to change your circumstances.<p>This sounds positive, but change is not easy. In fact, change, even <i>desired</i> change, is the point at which most people stop.<p>Most of us accept …

Support Soda Taxes: Avoid Premature Aging

I was summoned to the emergency room stat. We tried unsuccessfully for more than 40 minutes to resuscitate the patient. Death by heroin overdose. The young man was 43. I had just started my work for Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond. The year was 1981.<p>"Forty-three, so young," I remarked to the …

11 Things That Make You GREAT in Bed

Consider this your better-sex boot camp<p>Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a working knowledge of 52 sex positions or a background in porn to be ridiculously good in bed. Instead, it comes down to more subtle (and realistic) factors that you may already posses. And if you don't, we're here …