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Here's Health magazine's list of the famous lows in the last 20 years of female wellness.
"You've come a long way …" not so much
In 1968, Virginia Slims co-opted the feminist movement by portraying smoking as an empowered act. The "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" campaign ran through the 1980s, well after tobacco companies knew that smoking can cause lung cancer.
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In rural Alabama, two African-American girls Mary Alice and Minnie Relf, 12 and 14 in 1973, were deemed mentally incompetent and then sterilized without their consent. The case brought attention to the practice of using federal funds to sterilize mostly poor minorities in the name of public health.
The hysteria diagnosis
From ancient times until 1980, sexually frustrated and otherwise emotional women were diagnosed with hysteria, a constellation of multiple symptoms that added up to one hell of a bad mood. Treatment for the
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By Camille Noe PaganRead More »from Bad foods that are actually great for your waist
If you've been avoiding burgers, ice cream, and pizza thinking you're doing your waistline a favor, don't. They can actually help you lose weight-and keep it off, too. Here are the hidden slim-down perks of five foods that get a bad rap and the best way to add each one back into your diet.
Even burgers and meatballs can be light fare if you make them with ground sirloin, says Bonnie Gluck, MS, RD, a clinical dietitian at New York Methodist Hospital in New York City. "Lean red meat-lean being the operative word-is a great choice for women who are trying to shed pounds," she says. "It's an excellent source of protein. And protein takes longer to digest, helping you feel full and cutting the likelihood that you'll snack later on."
A study of 100 women from Australian researchers found that overweight women who ate reduced-calorie diets rich in protein from red meat and dairy lost more weight than those whose reduced-calorie plans had little meat and more
Getty ImagesBy Ashlee DavisRead More »from Celebrities who battled postpartum depression
About 13% of women who give birth develop postpartum depression, a serious, long-lasting condition that's more than just "baby blues."
Postpartum depression can happen to anyone, even the rich and famous (and new dads too). Exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and other stressors take their toll.
These celebrity moms shared their postpartum depression with the world, despite a cultural stigma against discussing motherhood in less-than-glowing terms.
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Shields put postpartum depression front and center in 2005 when she traded barbs with Tom Cruise, who had criticized her use of antidepressants after the birth of her daughter Rowan.
Shields talks frankly about her extreme, sometimes suicidal, feelings in Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.
"If I had been diagnosed with any other disease, I would have run to get help. I would have worn it like a badge," Shields told People magazine.
By Dana SullivanRead More »from The truth about yoga
Claim: Yoga reduces lower-back pain. | TRUE
Several studies suggest that yoga can help ease the ache. One of the most recent, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005, found that yoga does an even better job at relieving lower-back pain than traditional exercises.
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Claim: Yoga can help you lose weight. | TRUE
How much depends on the type, how often you do it, and your diet (of course). More-athletic styles-most notably ashtanga, a.k.a. power yoga-burn more calories and help build more muscle (which translates into an even higher number of calories torched) than more-meditative versions. A 150-pound woman can work off more than 460 calories during a single hour of power yoga (versus around 170 calories for a traditional yoga session). Many celebrities, including Serena Williams, love how yoga helps them stay in shape.
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Claim: Yoga cures asthma. | FALSE
Many asthma patients
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By Erica KainRead More »from Are you really pregnant? The truth about early pregnancy tests
Is it really possible to find out whether I'm pregnant five days before I miss my period? According to the advertisements for one such pregnancy test, finding out early could help you adopt "a healthier lifestyle in the critical first stages of your baby's development."
So why not pay extra for a super-sensitive test and end the suspense? There may be a good reason to wait.
First, a pregnancy test primer: Whether it's a blood test or a urine test done at a doctor's office or in your own bathroom, a pregnancy test is positive when it detects the hormone hCG in your system. The production of even a small amount of hCG means the fertilized egg has been successfully implanted in the uterine lining.
The variance between at-home pregnancy tests is the amount of hCG they can detect, with early pregnancy tests detecting lower levels of the hormone.
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"The commercial pregnancy tests range from 20 to 50 mIU/mL. Since hCG levels double
IstockphotoBy Jennifer GoldsteinRead More »from 9 hair and makeup secrets to look younger
Once upon a time, there were beauty rules you were supposed to follow when you hit a certain age. But, like perms and frosted lipstick, those guidelines no longer apply. To find the freshest antiaging tricks, Health polled 140 experts for their best advice.
Sure, we heard fundamental tips like "Wear sunscreen!" again and again, but we also picked up some unexpected strategies. Read on for nine great ones that will help you look amazing.
Warm up your hair color
"Ashy tones are your biggest enemy as you get older," says George Papanikolas, a colorist who works with actress Rachel McAdams. "Women tend to add pale highlights and go blonder to camouflage gray, but they end up looking washed out and older."
If you don't need to hide gray, try a few warm highlights around your face. "Blondes should go more golden; brunettes should try warm, caramel tones," colorist Robert Ramos says. For more gray coverage, use a permanent dye in a warm color one or two shades
Answer: Yes. People who are physically active are far more likely to lose weight and keep it off.Read More »from Is exercise necessary for weight loss?
You've probably read headlines that screamed: "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin!" Those stories are based on a controversial Public Library of Science study from 2009 that showed women who exercised regularly for six months were no more likely to lose weight than women who didn't work out at all.
How could that be? We all know that exercise burns calories; an hour on the treadmill torches 300 to 500.
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Here's the deal: Much of what was written about the study was misleading, says its lead author, Timothy Church, MD, director of preventive research at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The study didn't focus on calories; all participants followed their regular diets.
What the study showed, Dr. Church says, is that exercise alone, especially if you eat poorly, may not help you lose weight.
- Health.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Dec 7, 2010 7:00 PM EST
'Tis the season to be jolly-and pack on pounds indulging in rich, fattening fare. Here are 12 holiday diet hazards you and your family should avoid, along with healthier options that only taste indulgent!
If you simply can't resist a calorie-laden holiday favorite, we've figured out how much exercise-running, jump-roping, skiing, etc.-it'll cost you.
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This time of year, who wants to count calories or go on a diet? But you can keep your weight steady or even drop a few pounds without any special effort. Yes, really.
We've tapped some of the nation's top health and fitness gurus (plus real women who have done it) for advice on getting slim effortlessly. Read on to learn their secrets.
Push yourself (just a little)
"If you ride the bus, walk part of the route. If you walk, walk faster. If you run, run farther. These small tweaks will raise your body's metabolic rate, and you'll see a few pounds drop off in a few months without changing anything else!"
-Marcus Eave, personal trainer for Technogym
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Think string cheese
"Americans eat, on average, around 30 pounds of cheese a year! You can slash hundreds of calories a week if you stop eating whole cheese, which is high in saturated fat and sodium, and reach for low- or no-fat varieties or tofu to get your calcium."
- Health.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Dec 6, 2010 5:57 PM EST
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CariDee English, age 25, won America's Next Top Modelin 2006-but it wasn't easy. In addition to meeting the challenges of the reality show, English struggled to hide her psoriasis, which at one point in her life covered 70% of her body. Here she shares intimate details about how psoriasis almost derailed her modeling career, why it still haunts her, and how she fought back. English is now the host of the reality show Pretty Wicked.
I was 5 years old when I looked down at my legs and saw a couple of red spots. "Mom, what's this?" I asked. To this day, I remember the look on her face. It was almost like heartbreak. She knew exactly what it was because she had it, too.
Psoriasis is a hereditary condition that causes the skin to form red, scaly patches called plaques. My mom only had it on her knees and elbows, but by the time I was 12, plaques covered 70% of my body. Ointments relieved the itching and inflammation only temporarily. To hide it, I avoided