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The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain

You clean your closet sometimes. What about your brain?<p>We know that getting even a measly extra hour of sleep a night can have major benefits for us–like more memories, less anxiety, and happier genes. But scientists have tested another hypothesis for why we need to spend so much time horizontal: …

Neuroscience

The connected fridge is a thing of the past. Washing machines dominate this hype cycle

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Move over internet iceboxes, this decade’s most hyped connected appliance may well turn out to be the washing machine. A …

5 Life Lessons of a Pathological Optimist

<i>path·o·log·i·cal: being such to a degree that is extreme, excessive, or markedly abnormal.</i><p>I am preoccupied. Since quitting my happy life, I've been singularly obsessed with writing a memoir for my daughter. As the narrator, I've been grappling with the characteristics that define me. One consistent …

Happiness

De-Skunk Your Dog with Some Simple Chemistry

Dogs don't have the best of boundaries and that certainly applies with skunks. If your dog gets sprayed, you can remove the stench with a simple bit …

Pets

Learn The Ins and Outs of Wine with this Infographic

Wine is complicated, there's no getting around it. While I prefer to just relax and enjoy it, if you want a better appreciation and understanding of …

Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (Sept. 6-12)

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)<p>Even momentarily …

Relationships

How to Cure Irritable Bowel Syndrome in a Few Days

Almost one of six people has this "disease."<p>I see this every day in my practice.<p>Over 75 percent of people who suffer are not diagnosed.<p>There is no current standard medical treatment.<p>Yet, it causes more than twice the number of days off work, days in bed, and reduction in regular activities than for …

Wellness

Kids on Sweets: Are We Raising a Generation of Sugar Addicts?

There are few joys in life as sweet as seeing our children smile. Thus, it is with the best of intentions that we cave to pleas for candy and tantrums over French fries in hopes of glimpsing those (rapidly decaying) pearly whites. After all, there are bigger threats to our children, right?<p>As it …

Diabetes

Time Out Tip Of The Day: September 7, 2013

Need a time out? You're in luck. In honor of Bliss' Triple Oxygen Month, HuffPost's GPS for the Soul has teamed up with Bliss spa experts to provide the best tips to take a rejuvenating time out each and every day for the month of September. We want to help you make the next 30 days a time of …

Cold Weather Linked With Heart Risk Factors, Heart Attack, In New Studies

Here's some not-so-great news, considering many of us will be moving into chillier weather in the upcoming months: New research shows that cold weather might not be good for our hearts.<p>Two new studies, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2013, show that cold weather not only …

15-Minute Workout: Plyometrics

<i>By Rachel Sturtz for SHAPE magazine</i><p>You (yes, crazy-busy you) are not too busy to work out today. This routine -- designed by Equinox's Stephanie Vitorino, creator of the best-selling VBody DVD series -- gets the fat-burning job done fast. The secret is plyometrics: explosive, high-intensity …

5 Unexpected Sources Of Gluten That Aren't Food

Even if you know to look for gluten in the less-than-obvious foods, gluten can sneak up on you in the most unexpected places.<p>A significant number of non-food products contain ingredients derived from grains that can be problematic with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. In fact, many are now …

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Olympics 2020: Tokyo wins race to host Games

<b>Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games ahead of Istanbul and Madrid.</b><p>The Japanese capital won a final round of voting by International Olympic Committee (IOC) members in Buenos Aires to beat Istanbul by 60 votes to 36.<p>Madrid had earlier been eliminated in a first-round …

Buenos Aires