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This fall, when the temperatures drop and the leaves change colors, your emotions may be swinging back and forth as your child departs for college to enter a new phase of their life. As a parent, ...

When Your Kids Leave for College: Tips to Help You Cope

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August, as National Eye Exam Month, is a great time to think about having your eyes tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 11 million Americans over the ...

Celebrate National Eye Exam Month: Have Your Eyes Tested

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Summer travel and business travel can throw off your workout schedule. However, you don’t need fancy equipment to keep in shape while you are on the road. While you are in your hotel room, you ...

8 Exercises You Can Do in the Hotel on the Road

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Today, more and more cosmetics contain sun protection. But should your makeup double as sunscreen? The best way to effectively use your makeup is to consider it a supplement to your daily sun ...

Should My Makeup Double as Sun Protection?

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Did you know that you might be able to eat your way to sun protection? Tomatoes are one of the top sun protection superfoods, according to a small animal study reported on by Glamour Magazine. ...

Sunburn Prevention: Can You Eat Your Way There?

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While in grade school, I was frequently sent to the principal’s office for talking in class. However, this chatty student never viewed the visits as punishment, but as an honor to lunch with the ...

Do I Talk Too Much?

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Shaved ice, snow cones, Italian ice, water ice and frozen pops are all cool and refreshing on a hot, humid summer day. However, these frozen summer staples are loaded with sugar, and make for ...

Healthy Homemade Ice Pops to Cool Off on Hot Summer Days

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Over a relaxing weekend, my husband and I had an argument about the fact that he was eating an unwashed bowl of cherries. I had to remind my forgetful and famished husband about an incident where ...

Washing Fruit and Vegetables: What's the Best Way?

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Three types of hormones in a women’s body are affected during menopause. These hormones are estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. A decrease of estrogen by the ovaries leads to a women’s ...

During Menopause: What Happens to Your Hormones?

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Last summer while I was in Prague, I was suffering from some serious hot flashes. Out of nowhere — whammo! I’d burst into what felt like a fireball of sweat. I felt like I was on fire with ...

How to Handle Menopause With Grace

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In the late spring, many of us will hear sniffles and sneezes in areas like the workplace, library, or while riding public transportation. During Harvard finals, I took extra precautions by ...

Is it an Allergy or a Cold?

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Many of us work in front of a computer all day. Sometimes we might not move for hours. In order to ward off an early death, as well as extra pounds, it is a good idea to stay healthy at work. ...

Sitting at a Computer All Day? You Can Still Be Healthy

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Going for an interview is like going out on a first date. You have to capture the other party's attention in the first 30 seconds, or they will lose interest. One of the things you should do ...

Common Job Interview Questions and Tips on How to Answer

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This spring many college graduates will be relocating to a new city to start their careers. Many families will also be on the move after the school year to start a new adventure. As someone who ...

Moving To a Job in a New City? Some Tips to Ease the Transition

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Postpartum depression is the most common complication of childbirth, and occurs in about 13 percent, or at least one in eight women, according to a Burlington Free Press article. This was ...

Postpartum Depression: What Causes it? What Makes It Better?

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While you may be taking a prenatal vitamin every day when you are pregnant, you need to increase your food intake by 300 calories per day. But it is also important to watch what you eat and drink ...

Foods You Should Avoid While You're Pregnant

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Pregnant women are traveling more and more for work and pleasure. While you are pregnant, there are some important things to be aware of when you are traveling. First, pregnant women should ...

Should You Fly While Pregnant? How to Stay Safe and Comfortable

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During my five-year marriage, my husband and I have been apart three times for more than two months at a time. I am happy to report that our relationship has survived, and our love for each other ...

Long Distance Love: A Survival Guide

Like Anastasia Steele of "Fifty Shades of Grey" or Carrie from "Sex and The City," we’ve all had our share of love and lust experiences. When you are being led by your loins or inexperience, it ...

Is It Love or Lust? How to Tell the Difference

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One of my favorite places is the library. Any library is a wonderful place to find and ferret out inspirational quotes from books, magazines, posters, etc. Some of the best quotes are found on ...

The Importance of Inspirational Quotes

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Organic and natural makeup sales have been increasing, according to the New York Times. Almost all stores ranging from grocery stores to high-end department stores are carrying organic and ...

Is Organic Makeup Really Healthier?

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Grab the popcorn and tissues! This year’s Oscar nominations are for movies delivering some of the most powerful performances and storylines regarding health and medical issues. Films ...

Cinema Therapy: Movies about Health Issues

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National Bubble Bath Day is January 8. It's a great reminder of the simple relaxing pleasures in life. If you are a single woman or part of a couple, a bubble bath is a great way to relax or ...

Celebrate Bubble Bath Day on January 8 and Get Soapy!

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The Partnership for Prevention, the United Health Foundation, and American Public Health Association have been gathering health habit data, state by state, for more than 25 years. Their ...

Hawaii: Our Healthiest State

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Holiday gift giving can create some unwarranted holiday stress because some people are impossible to shop for during the holiday season. According to Frank Flynn, Ph.D., professor of ...

5 Tips to Ease the Stress of Holiday Gift Giving

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Cookies!!! Everyone, including Santa Claus, likes holiday cookies. We drink milk with them, we dunk them in our coffee, and we make them with love and good cheer. A cookie can even put a ...

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes You'll Love

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World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. People around the world unite in the fight against HIV. According to Imane Sidibé, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the ...

Women and World AIDS Day: December 1

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It is raining, snowing, or too cold outside. If you are at home or at work, this may cause you to feel depressed or frustrated, and possibly make you feel the winter blues. So, how do you ...

Beat the Winter Blues: Here's How

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I hate Thanksgiving. I break out in hives just thinking about sitting around a table with relatives and family. Thanksgiving stresses me out! Every year, there is an issue with sitting ...

Thanksgiving Stress Got You Down? Ditch It with These Tips

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The aroma of coffee floating up to the second floor of my house is my alarm clock. We don’t need to set the alarm in our house when we have the smell of fresh brewed hot coffee waiting for us in ...

How to Make Your Morning Cup of Coffee Healthier

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More than 40 years ago, my grandmother introduced me to knitting. As usual, life got in the way and I didn’t keep up the crafting skill. Recently, I ran across something she made and felt ...

Crafting Might Be Good for Your Health

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During the Halloween season many of us prepare recipes with pumpkin, decorating the house for the neighborhood goblins, and watching Halloween movies. Keep in mind, though, that for younger ...

Non-Scary Movies for Halloween

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Superfoods are rich in nutrients and loaded with health benefits. With the weather cooling, this is a great time to purchase some relatively inexpensive superfoods and prepare them during the ...

Harvest the 7 Best Fall Superfoods

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Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, except for a dastardly James Bond villain. For people who suffer from allergies, a night of tossing and turning because of a stuffed nose, watery eyes, and ...

Sleep Survival: Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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Hawaiians say that the Hawaiian Islands have healing powers. That is one of the main reasons that many mainlanders visit the Hawaiian Islands after a medical procedure or surgery to ...

Beach Vacations and the Science Behind Them

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Pregnancy is one of life’s miracles and beautiful experiences. However, this experience may have some minor side effects like heartburn, hemorrhoids, the constant urge to urinate, and insomnia. ...

The Best Pregnancy Sleeping Positions for Safety and Comfort

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Quite frankly, I get annoyed and roll my eyes every time I see a dramatic weight loss story of a celebrity who just gave birth on the cover of a magazine. Magazine covers featuring formerly ...

The Truth about Losing Baby Weight

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False labor pains are also known as Braxton Hicks contractions.  These contractions may arrive after the midpoint of your pregnancy and increase with frequency until the day you give ...

Are Your Labor Pains the Real Deal? How You Can Tell

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In August, melons are plentiful and inexpensive in the produce aisle. If you are a fruit lover, watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews are very sweet and ripe this time of year. My husband ...

'Good and Cheap' Recipes: Free eBook by Leanne Brown

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Every year around Christmas, my husband asks me the same question. "How much do you want me to put in our FSA account this year?" This is usually followed by one of my long, exhaled sighs and an ...

Flexible Spending Account: Plan Ahead, Save Some Money

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I am always yelling at my husband when he microwaves plastic containers, or drinks out of plastic water bottles that may have been sitting in his hot car while he was golfing. My aversion to ...

Miscarriage Risk and Fertility Issues Increase with BPA Exposure

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Wave the rainbow flags because, according to a groundbreaking study which is the largest of its kind, research from Australia’s University of Melbourne indicates that children with gay parents are ...

Kids of Same-Sex Couples are Happier and Healthier, Study Says

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One of my favorite books is "The Secret Garden," written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Two major themes that have resonated with me all these years are that "misery begets misery," as well as the ...

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Gardens and Parks

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Breast milk is known as liquid gold as it has health benefits for a newborn infant, but breastfeeding has health benefits for the mother as well. For example, some studies have reported ...

Breastfeeding Benefits Both Mother and Child

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If you are planning on having a home birth, you may be considering hiring a doula, a midwife or both. But what exactly are doulas and midwives? Also, what are their roles during your pregnancy ...

The Roles of Doula and Midwife during Home Birth

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Between 1930-1945, my grandmother gave birth at home to more than seven children. We used to joke whenever we stayed at my grandmother’s that the bed in the guestroom was known as "the birthing ...

Would You Be a Good Candidate for a Planned Home Birth?

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In December 2012, the world learned a great deal about acute morning sickness as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, suffered from a horrible bout of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) or acute ...

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Morning Sickness Requiring Medical Care

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Almost all pregnant women will have a food craving during their pregnancy, and just as many will have a food aversion. One of the most unusual food cravings that I've heard of was watermelon ...

Pregnancy and Food Cravings

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Recently a very pregnant woman was skewered on the Internet for doing heavy weightlifting two weeks before her due date. In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Daniel Roshan, an ...

Weight Training During Pregnancy? Exercise Caution

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Over the years, home medical tests have become more available. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website, the following home tests have been ...

The Benefits of Home Medical Tests