Mia Vujacic

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10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.<p>As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic …

Self-help

Where Our Fear of Friday the 13th Came From

The deep-rooted cultural phobia may have safety, and psychological, benefits.<p>Another Friday the 13th is upon us. But don’t despair: experts say people may actually be safer on this infamous day, despite long-held beliefs of gloom and doom. And the cultural superstition may be good for mental health.<p>…

Weather On This Odd Space Object Is Cloudy With A Chance Of Molten Rain

The methods used to find this alien world, which has no host star, could help us to better identify life-sustaining objects in the future.<p>An umbrella won't do you much good on this strange Jupiter-like space object.<p>Scientists have determined the weather patterns on PSO J318.5-22 -- a mysterious 20 …

Spontaneous Dance Photos Capture Moments Never Performed Onstage

“I am on a quest for a perfect moment."<p>A woman’s short, purple dress splays out in a poof. It’s one of those Marilyn Monroe moments when wind and woman meet, making for a lovely image of a fleeting moment. But in this photo of Natalie Deryn Johnson, her gown isn’t being blown tantalizingly upward. …

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The Reality of Life With an Anxiety Disorder

By Kelsey Wallour<p>Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree--that surge of adrenaline released after the mind has detected something to panic about. Your hands shake, breathing increases, your stomach turns, eyes dilate and you start to sweat. But then it passes. Logic prevails, you take a deep …

Scientists identify protein key to Alzheimer's treatment

Known as GPR3, the protein is believed to play an important role in reducing the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, said the findings in Wednesday's edition of Science Translational Medicine.<p>Research on mice with four different varieties of dementia showed …

31 Ways You Messed Up Your Metabolism Today

Metabolism. It’s the elusive set of life-sustaining chemical transformations and a characteristic of bodies that can vary from person to person. It’s …

4 Breakfast Mistakes You Might Be Making

Breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day, so you don’t want to mess that up. Here are the top four breakfast mistakes I see, plus how to fix …

Holistic Medicine

Could All Really Come From Nothing?

The origin of the universe is one of the most difficult realities we ponder.<p>It bends our logic, straining the words we have to describe it. If one is to say the universe started at the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago, the immediate reaction is: "But what came before that? What caused the Big …

Don't make these breakfast mistakes

Breakfast kick starts your metabolism for the day, so you don't want to mess that up. Here are the top four breakfast mistakes I see, plus how to fix each one.<p>The mistake: you skip it to save calories<p>Forgoing breakfast may seem like a calorie-saver, but it can actually be a fat trap. Researchers at …

Nutrition

10 Thoughts Anxious People Have Throughout The Day

"Are they laughing at me?"<p>One of the <i>splendid blessings</i> (read: annoying symptoms) of anxiety is having to deal with rapid-fire thoughts that turn into constant worry. Sometimes these thoughts are warranted (“Did I leave the oven on?”), but often they’re totally unfounded (“Does my boss hate me?”) ― …

6 Moves to Do in the Morning for TONS of Energy

Get up, get moving, and kick ass every day.<p>As a yoga instructor, I know how big of an impact meditation and a few yoga poses first thing in the morning can have on your day. From clearing your mind to prepping your body for eight hours of sitting, kicking off your morning with a little time to …

The 10 Exercises You Should Do Every Day to Stay Fit for Life

Of course, maintaining your long-term health requires more than just a regular exercise habit, but physical fitness is certainly a significant part of the equation.<p>However, beyond the more traditional notions of physical fitness -- running a marathon, boot camp style workouts sessions or extra …

10 Healthy Snacks To Eat At Your Desk

Jonny Bowden, a Los Angeles nutritionist who has written eight books, including, most recently, Living Low Carb: Controlled-Carbohydrate Eating for Long Term Weight Loss, says the ideal office snacks are "well constructed mini-meals." That means food that contains protein, fat and fiber and …

I Gave Up Sugar For Two Months And Here's What Happened

TL;DR, there's sugar in everything and I basically spent two months craving apples.<p>No doubt about it, I am a comfort eater, and the sweet stuff is my biggest weakness. Chocolate, biscuits, crisp and fruity cider, sugary, bready <i>anything</i>, and cinema pick 'n' mix are my Kryptonite, but god, I can …

8 High-Protein Breakfasts That Aren’t All about Eggs

Mix up your morning meal with these alternatives<p>Every man needs protein at breakfast. In fact, studies show that consuming roughly 30 grams at your morning meal will optimize muscle growth, and also help keep you full until lunch.<p>But most guys aren’t even coming close to that number. For instance, …

Images of Pluto and Charon continue to captivate Nasa: 'This world is alive'

Photograph: Nasa/JHUAPL/SWRI<p>A high-resolution image of Pluto taken by New Horizons shows small features, from craters to faulted mountain blocks, to the texted surface of the vast basin informally called Sputnik …

Solar System

Interview: Beautifully Ethereal Portraits Blur the Line between Dreams and Reality

Parisian-born, Los Angeles-based fine art photographer Lola Mitchell blurs the line between painting and photo, beauty and unease, and dreams and reality in her digitally manipulated images of ethereal women drifting in watery realms. Staged primarily near, above, or underneath the surface of …

How plastics in the ocean get into food chain

In a bid to reduce waste, England has introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags.<p>Scientists studying the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment have warned contamination could be passing up the food chain to humans.<p>They've found tiny pieces of plastic inside the guts of zooplankton - the …

Memory loss breakthrough: New implant can reverse Alzheimer's damage

GETTYScientists have developed a high-tech implant they hope will help brains damaged by Alzheimer's<p>Scientists have developed an electronic implant …

Brain Freeze: Those looking to cheat death turn to cryonics — being frozen in liquid nitrogen — to one day live again

TORONTO — When it comes to death, there’s traditionally been two forms of eternal rest: going into a coffin or ending up as ashes inside an urn.<p>But …

Why You Should Take Time to Meditate

“I don’t have time to meditate.” Those words permeate my emails and voicemails weekly. When people tell me this, my response almost invariably is …

Why Everyone Needs to Stop Saying Yoga Doesn't Count as a Workout

It's not a bonus sweat session; it's a necessary one.<p>“How are you so strong? You must do something else besides yoga!”<p>This phrase is as common to me as is “Do you have a dog named Toto?” when I tell them I’m originally from Kansas. I’d like to laugh and say people are clever, but these sayings are …

The 5 best ways to lose belly fat

Repeat after me: "Crunches do not burn belly fat." And it's not just crunches. Neither will planks, leg throws, nor the yoga boat pose.<p>"These exercises can strengthen your abs muscles, but those muscles will still be hidden under a cover of chub," says Chris Piegza, training manager at …

8 Moves to Make Your Pancake Butt Pop

You won't even recognize your booty.<p>PSA to any women who's dreamed of having a bigger, rounder butt: You don't need to settle for the buns you're born with.<p>Give your backside some sexy pop (and strength!) with the workout below, designed by fitness trainer, health coach, and fitness model Elizabeth …

11 Eating Habits That Will Uncover Your Abs

Your six-pack solution is finally here. The video above features the essential exercises guaranteed to blast flab from your belly—no crunches …

What It's Like To Take Photos Of A Dying Man

For more than 10 years, disease had slowly eaten away at He Quangui's lungs, leaving him, for the most part, bedridden.<p>But He was no smoker — he was a Chinese gold miner. He was stricken with silicosis, a respiratory illness caused by inhaling silica dust. An estimated 6 million Chinese miners …