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This Simple Mental Trick Can Slow Down Time

Ever wonder why time seems to speed up the older -- and busier -- you get? The answer is simple: It's probably because you're just not paying attention.<p>Most of us know the feeling well: As we grow up and fill our days with more busyness, time seems to fly by faster and faster. Of course, we know …

Fecal Transplants: An Inside Look at the Potential, Progress and Pitfalls

I did my first fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) about five years ago. At the time, I was a clinical gastroenterologist caring for a young woman who had contracted C. difficile (C. diff), a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, after taking antibiotics for a sinus infection. The antibiotics …

'Dead' Hospital Patient Wakes Up To Doctors Preparing To Remove Organs

In 2009, Colleen S. Burns was on a hospital table. She had been pronounced dead, and doctors were preparing to remove her organs. Then she woke up.<p>The Syracuse Post-Standard recently obtained a report about the St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center incident under New York's Freedom of Information …

Why Motivation Can't Work

Have you ever tried to motivate yourself to take action? What happened? If you are typical, the motivation might have worked for a short time, but probably didn't last and didn't work in the long run. Did you then ask yourself: What's wrong with me? Why am I unable to motivate myself to do the …

Alzheimer's Disease And Cancer: Each May Lower Risk Of The Other

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 07/10/2013 04:13 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Alzheimer's disease and cancer are both diseases of aging, but interestingly, having one of these conditions lowers the risk of developing the other, a new study from Italy suggests.<p>In the study, people with …

Do You Work Out Enough?

The thing is, it’s not tough to meet the government’s exercise guidelines—especially because you can (and should) break them up throughout the week into sessions that can be as short as 10 minutes each. And it’s time well spent: Physical activity has been linked to benefits you can’t put a price …

Birth Control FAQ

Consider all your contraception questions officially answered! Our medical experts weigh in on your urgent, awkward, and even embarrassing birth control dilemmas.<p><b>Birth control slip-ups, effectiveness, and troubleshooting</b>• If I'm on the ring or the patch and forget to replace it on the right day, do …

Women's Health

7 Productivity Apps To Help You Get It All Done -- Fast

When it comes to productivity, technology is a double-edged sword. For every technological time-saver, there's a new distraction that sweeps in to steal the precious time you just saved. Unfortunately, our smartphones may be doing as much harm as good: A recent British survey estimated that we …

Sun Protection: Fact or Fiction

Evading a sunburn during the sweltering summer months can sometimes feel hopeless. Sweat, heat and humidity can quickly weaken any protection …

How Your Flip Flops Are Killing Your Feet

This summer staple might be a real health flop. Aside from the obvious lack of protection (meaning you're more vulnerable to dropped objects, stubbed toes and the like), your favorite pair could be seriously damaging your feet. "The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of …

8 Ways to Cure Over-Thinking and Regain Your Happiness

Let's face it -- over-thinking leaves you drained. It robs you of your peace and poise of mind. It's mental exhaustion on the level of running a marathon every day. It's a mind-numbing habit that keeps you stuck from leading a happy, healthy life. And who doesn't want to be happier? Here are eight …

Glaucoma Screening: Task Force Skeptical About Recommending Tests

<i>By Jessica Firger</i><p>It's estimated that some 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma, a condition that damages the optic nerve and is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, but only half know they do. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are blind from the condition, according to the Glaucoma …

6 Surprising Stress Symptoms

"Emotional stress alerts the body to produce stress chemicals such as cortisol, which—if produced on an ongoing basis—begin to break down the immune, gastrointestinal, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems," says Molitor.<p>What's worse, those physical symptoms you end up with (um, bald patches) …

Bikini Confidence Boosters

<b>Hang With Happier Peeps</b><br>Psychologists have found that thinking negatively about your appearance is a crucial contributor to low self-confidence and bad body image, especially when the thoughts are repetitive and automatic. Ask the friend who's always bashing her looks to give it a rest. Her gloomy …

More Sleep Makes Your Heart Healthier

When you scope out the most nutritious foods in the grocery store, hit the gym almost every day, turn down cigarettes, and put a limit on the number …

Holistic Medicine

How to Recover From Overeating

Do you suffer from the BBQ binge? Holiday weekends can sometimes be a trigger for our worst eating habits. Obsessing over food like many other addictive behaviors is just another way of numbing out and avoiding un-felt pain, blocked emotions, or a true experience of life.<p>Everyone faces their …

Food

Better Sex: 3 Tips to Improve Your Sex Life

“This definitely goes against the grain and contradicts what we thought we knew,” says Patti Britton, PhD, cofounder of SexCoachU.com and host of the DVD <i>The Great Sex Getaway</i>. Of course, you can't go into autopilot whenever you hop into bed and still expect to keep things interesting between the …

8 Ways to Avoid Beach Bloat

I have a friend who can drink a gallon of sparkling water and maintain a perfectly flat stomach. I, on the other hand, am extremely sensitive to any …

The Disease That Looks Like Lyme--But Isn't

A newly identified disease spread by deer ticks may be among one of the new summer illnesses to be on the lookout for if you spend time outside in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The disease is referred to as Borriela miyamotoi.<p>However, many healthcare providers may not be familiar with or have …

Makeout Session 101: The Perfect Kiss

But even if you know he's The One (or could be!), you owe it to your sex life to keep smooching. "Saliva contains the sex hormone testosterone, which triggers libido," says biological anthropologist Helen Fisher, Ph.D., a research professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "So the more time you …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

This week's most stunning images in science and technology, including ventures in space, extreme conditions on earth, and what to do if you are a hot elephant.<p><b>More stunning image galleries:</b><p>Flying aces, challenging swims and confused robots<p>Supermoon, Tesla coils and medical clowns<p>World’s biggest …

Photos

Health Blog Roundup: Sunburn Remedies, Foot Stretches For Runners And More

<i>There are hundreds of wonderful sites on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. Here at Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.</i><p>What separates a sun-kissed glow from that crispy, lobster look? Probably a little bit of genetics -- and a major difference in …

One Piece, 3 Ways: Denim Cutoffs | Women's Health

<b>Look 1: Uptown</b><br>Shorts suits are really big right now, and you can incorporate your cut-offs into a version that’s casual enough for the weekend. Try a boxy blazer in a bold color or a fun print over a semi-fitted button-down shirt in a pastel or a non-competing print. Slip into some head-turning …

What Really Causes a Sunburn (and How to Treat It Fast!)

With the summer sun beating down, spending quality time outside—whether you’re working out or vacationing—is a given. And though you likely know all …

Skin Care

Bunk About Junk Food

David Freedman's recent article in the <i>Atlantic</i>, "How Junk Food Can End Obesity," has attracted a lot of eyeballs, including many belonging to my colleagues and correspondents. Quite a few of these have encouraged me to react, so reacting I am.<p>First, I like David Freedman. Professionally, he is a …

Nutrition

Sex Workers Tell Tricks of the Trade

Audacia Ray came from a "good family" and had a normal childhood, attended college in New York City and then made a career choice -- she became a …

Best Bikini Body Secrets

10 Best Bikini Body Secrets<p>So, swimsuit season crept up on you…again? You can still get bikini ready in time to hit the beach. These get-fit tips work. How do we know? Women's Health Twitter followers live by them—and they have the toned, fit bodies to prove it!<p>iStockphoto/Thinkstock<p>Buddy up<p>Try …

Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (July 12-18)

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 …