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8 Habits that are Messing with Your Metabolism

A few little tweaks can help you max out your calorie burn

Wellness

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10 Tips For Staying Sane On A Long Flight

Flying economy class isn't always the most comfortable experience, but that doesn't have to be the case. Here are a few tips to help improve your flight, even just the slightest bit.<p><b>Even better than gum</b><p>These ear plugs help to prevent your ears from popping while you're miles high.<p><b>A simple answer to</b> …

JFK in art: all the president's pictures

Just before 8am on 22 November 1963, John F Kennedy stepped bare-headed into the rain outside the Hotel Texas and addressed a crowd of 3,000 people waiting stoically there to see him. There were, he deadpanned, no faint hearts in Fort Worth. JFK apologised for his missing wife, upstairs in their …

Your Boobs Age Faster Than You Do—How to Deal

If your girls could talk, they’d tell you that they could use a little more TLC

Women's Health

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

The REAL Reason Your Skin Is So Oily

Plus, how to tame the slip 'n' slide that is your forehead<p>Oily skin can be super frustrating. Unfortunately, here’s some not-so-fair news about your complexion: The oiliness of it is determined by genetics, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research …

Skin Care

Depression 'makes us biologically older'

<b>Depression can make us physically older by speeding up the ageing process in our cells, according to a study.</b><p>Lab tests showed cells looked biologically older in people who were severely depressed or who had been in the past.<p>These visible differences in a measure of cell ageing called telomere …

10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid

If you thought the FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food supply, you'll be equally appalled, if not more, on its regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.<p>There are thousands of …

The Healthy Tea You Haven’t Heard Of

You'll love this tasty, good-for-you concoction<p>Step aside, green tea—there’s another herbal drink that’s getting major hype lately. <i>Kombucha!: The Amazing Probiotic Tea that Cleanses, Heals, Energizes, and Detoxifies</i> hits shelves tomorrow. Haven’t heard of the drink? Kombucha is a bubbly fermented …

Everything You Know About Your Personal Hygiene Is Wrong

Heads up, you're probably covered in bacteria and fecal matter right now.<p>Pretty much all aspects of your daily routine tend to be disgusting and your hygiene habits are way worse than you think. Although this list doesn't cover absolutely every way your life is a fungal-fueled fiasco, these are …

New coating could lead to waterproof mobile phones

A new waterproof coating to protect the delicate electronics in mobile phones could mean getting your phone wet will no longer be a disaster<p>Dropping your phone down the toilet may never be a problem again.<p>Researchers have developed a new way of waterproofing electronic components that means they …

Electronics

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The Super-Weird Ways Women Sleep Differently Than Men. This Explains So Much!

Research shows that we wake up grouchier than men. And now, with this new data from Jawbone UP, maybe there are a few extra clues as to why.<p>Jawbone UP is this cool gadget that you wear all day, and it grabs information about all kinds of neat stuff: how many steps you take, how many calories you …

Why I Don’t Eat Most Canned Tuna Anymore

Wildlife<p>Recently, legendary explorer and tireless ocean protector Dr. Sylvia Earle said something that caused me to rethink the kinds of seafood I put on my family’s dinner table.<p>Dr. Earle and her colleagues at Mission Blue fly with LightHawk to gain a big picture perspective of the ocean surface, …

7 Things to Avoid Eating or Drinking While Traveling

Or you'll be sorry...<p><b>Eating the kinds of bizarre foods</b> TV omnivore Andrew Zimmern puts in his mouth each week was once the hapless lot — never the intent — of 19th century adventurers like Sir Richard Burton, who while trekking from Zanzibar into the Congo would have given anything for some good …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex? http://gu.com/p/3jtcn/fb Japan's under-40s appear to be losing interest in conventional relationships. Millions aren't dating, and increasing numbers can't be bothered with sex. For their government, "celibacy syndrome" is a looming national catastrophe. Many are turning to what sex and relationship counsellor Aoyama terms "Pot Noodle love" – easy or instant gratification. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner/Panos Pictures

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Is It OK To Put Off Your Period?

Expert advice for safely skipping your monthly flow<p>One thing you <i>never</i> want to take on vacation with you: your period. With summer trips coming up, we definitely don’t blame you for fiddling with your birth control to ensure a tampon-free trip. In fact, 17 percent of women report using hormonal …

Women's Health

How to Reduce Belly Fat: A Complete Plan to Shrink Your Waist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the current diet of the Western world is between 70 to 90 percent starch, sugar and fat, and the average sleep time is less than eight hours a night. From driving to working at desks to watching TV, the No. 1 form of activity is sitting, …

Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin

If you're among the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or hip, then perhaps you've tried the nutritional supplements glucosamine and chondroitin. They've been marketed for joint health for about 20 years, and sales are still brisk. But do they help?<p>Some horses …

Our Skin's Sense Of Time Helps Protect Against UV Damage

We all feel the biological master clock, ticking deep within our brains, that tells us when to sleep and when to wake.<p>Well, it turns out that our skin cells have a circadian rhythm of their own. Researchers have found that depending on the time of day, our skin's stem cells busy themselves with …

Do you really need to drink eight cups of water a day?

<b>Drinking eight cups or two litres of water a day is longstanding advice. But is there any scientific basis for it, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken.</b><p>You know those ads that remind us that even a small drop in hydration levels can massively affect performance so you need to keep hydrated with whatever …

19 free things to do in Singapore

Singapore may be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Southeast Asia, but there are plenty of free things to see and do to ease the pressure on your wallet. Here are some of our favourite Singapore freebies.<p>Get a taste of Peranakan history at Baba House<p>Baba House, the exquisitely …

The Pre-Ejaculation Drug Has Arrived, Making Adolescent Teens Everywhere Scream Silently With Joy

The relatively new sex drug Promescent's tag line is "make love longer," a statement that certainly doesn't beat around any bushes in succinctly explaining its end-goal. You see, Promescent "treats" premature ejaculation, or PE, which affects one in three men in their lifetime — and not just …

What It's Like to Get a Double Mastectomy

Plus, how you can take steps to protect yourself from breast and ovarian cancer today<p>This morning, Angelina Jolie revealed that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because she had a faulty BRCA1 gene, which put her at an 87 percent risk for developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk …

Cancer

The Torture of Insomnia: How to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Experts are divided on why we sleep, but the consequences of not getting enough are well-known. Sleep deprivation is an effective torture technique. It's used by cults to break new recruits. It can decrease your life span and it is increasingly being linked to a contributing factor in mental …

Superstitious Numbers Around the World

Numbers carry different meanings depending on what country you are in.<p><b>Today is Friday the 13th—a day thought to be unlucky because of the idea that number 12 is "complete" (think apostles, months of the year, zodiac signs) and 13 is just ... odd. That's the explanation given by Joe Nickell, a</b> …

Makeup, manicures and manscaping: how male grooming went mainstream

It's Thursday evening, and, over a big cup of tea, Andy, 24, is walking me through his beauty routine. "Did you know that there are 20 different shapes your eyebrows can be?" he asks me, "so I printed off a guide from the internet and sketched out the shape I wanted before I plucked." As well as …