You've probably seen the symptoms. They usually start getting bad right just before football season (or basketball season, or hockey season). They get so bad, sometimes, that the most a man can do is lie down on the couch, his head propped up on pillows, TV tuned to his favorite sport. It's called the Man Flu, and it's a debilitating disease that leaves guys unable to do much of anything-or so one out of five women in Britain believe.
And that's not all. According to a new survey (conveniently tied to the Matt Damon-Gwyneth Paltrow movie "Contagion"), some people also still believe that stress turns your hair gray and that hyperactivity is caused by eating too much sugar, among other things.
"Unbelievably, there are still a lot of misconceptions around how minor illnesses and conditions are caused or prevented," Mike Smith, who lead the study, said in a statement.
The most-popular medical myth is one that moms have told children for generations: that we lose most of our body heat
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You've probably seen the symptoms. They usually start getting bad right just before football season (or basketball season, or hockey season). They get so bad, sometimes, that the most a man can do is lie down on the couch, his head propped up on pillows, TV tuned to his favorite sport. It's called the Man Flu, and it's a debilitating disease that leaves guys unable to do much of anything-or so one out of five women in Britain believe.Read More »from Does your guy suffer from the Man Flu?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 10:35 PM EDT
President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)President Barack Obama has announced that all but 150 of the 39,000 U.S. troops still in Iraq will come home by December 31, reuniting military families across the United States.
"Today I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year," Obama said in a news conference. "After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over."
"The coming months will be a season of homecomings. Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," the President added.
More than one million U.S. service men and women have served in Iraq since the war there began in 2003, and more than 4,500 of them have died.
The U.S. combat mission there officially ended in August 2010, but thousands of soldiers were expected to stay in order to help with training and security issues. After the Iraqis refused to provide legal immunity for U.S. troops who remained in Iraq after Dec. 31, the decision was made to bring nearly everyone home. TheRead More »from U.S. troops in Iraq will be home for the holidays, Obama says
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 4:31 PM EDT
Harold Camping, who was roundly ridiculed for predicting that the world would begin to end on May 21, 2011, is avoiding the public once again as his amended date for the Rapture, October 21, 2011, has arrived-and those who were sure that they'd be taken up are still here, waiting.Read More »from What, no Rapture again? Maybe the Apocalypse is taking place on Wall Street
According to the 90-year-old Biblical scholar and leader of the Family Radio empire, May 21 was the day of God's "spiritual judgement," and those who were found lacking would face Armageddon five months later. The self-proclaimed prophet did give himself a loophole, according to The Christian Post: He told followers that the October 21 rapture would be "quiet."
"There will be no pain suffered by anyone because of their rebellion against God," he said. "Unbelievers might just fall asleep and never wake up."
The date for the Rapture has been set at least 67 other times before; Camping himself previously predicted that it would take place on September 6, 1994. It didn't-he says he may have made a mathematical
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Oct 20, 2011 6:31 PM EDT
Think your kid is a genius? Maybe she is-for now. But according to a new study, that genius-level IQ score can, and probably will, change-especially during the teenage years.Read More »from Gifted child? Study shows kids' IQs can change during the teen years
The study, "Verbal and non-verbal intelligence changes in the teenage brain," which was published this week in the international journal "Nature," focused on 33 kids age 12 to 16. Researchers at the University College London used neuroimaging to test whether fluctuations in the kids' IQ test scores might be linked to brain development. They tested the same kids again four years later, and were surprised by the results: Though the group's average IQ remained about the same, some teens' scores had gone up by as much as 20 points, while others had fallen by nearly as much.
"A change in 20 points is a huge difference," lead researcher Cathy Price told WebMD.com in an email interview. "If an individual moved from an IQ of 110 to an IQ of 130, they move from being 'average' to 'gifted.' And if they moved from 104 to
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine Food – Wed, Oct 19, 2011 12:30 AM EDT
The White House garden on the South Lawn, with the Washington Monument in the background. It's almost time to pull up what's left and get ready to plant a winter garden. (Photo: Lylah M. Alphonse/Yahoo! Shine) When it comes to gardening, many people tend to assume that the growing season ends around the time the first frost appears. But that's not necessarily the case-at least, not at the White House.Read More »from The White House and the winter garden: Eating local all year long
"In a week, we're going to pull all this stuff and plant a winter garden," says White House chef Sam Kass, gesturing toward the spent squash vines, woody basil stalks, dried corn stalks among the garden beds in the South Lawn. "So we'll have hoop houses, so we'll grow all year long."
After sitting in on a roundtable discussion about issues that matter most to moms, Kass-who is also a senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives and is very much involved in Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to eliminate childhood obesity-introduced Yahoo! Shine to one of his favorite projects: the White House garden.
"It's been an amazing experience," he says. "It's the first time that there's been a garden here that's really grown a lot of food since the late 1890s."
"We have peppers over here,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 18, 2011 5:56 AM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama (third from right) holds a roundtable discussion on the Wearing a dark pink-and-white print dress with brown trim that she says she got at Target, First Lady Michelle Obama sat down with a small group of women at the White House yesterday to discuss her "Let's Move" initiative. The roundtable discussion quickly turned to other topics, including fitness, healthy eating, work-life balance, and finding some semblance of a private family life while living in the public eye.Read More »from Michelle Obama on the things that matter most to moms
"Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don't mess them up," she said of her daughters, Malia (age 13) and Sasha (age 10). "Even when times are tough, in the end you are as happy as your least happy child."
Yahoo! Shine was lucky to be among the few invited to join the discussion. Here's the first lady's point of view about some of the things that matter most to moms:
On balancing work and parenthood:
She went from a demanding career as a lawyer to what may be an even more demanding one as the first lady of the United States. But she manages to create her own work-life
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Oct 17, 2011 11:44 PM EDT
Deborah Bradley, left, and Jeremy Irwin in the lobby of a Kansas City hotel on October 7, 2011, three days after their 10-month-old daughter, Lisa, disappeared from their home. (Photo: Orlin Wagner/AP)In a weekend interview with Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly, Deborah Bradley, whose 11-month-old baby Lisa Irwin was reported missing from her Kansas City home earlier this month, says that she had been drinking and may have blacked out the night that her baby disappeared. And, while talking to NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Bradley admitted that she last saw her baby hours earlier than the time she had previously told police.Read More »from Missing baby Lisa Irwin's mom admits she was drunk when her baby disappeared
On "America Live with Megyn Kelly," Bradley explained that she had been drinking with a neighbor, but didn't know if the neighbor had gotten as drunk as she had. "I don't think so, I don't know," she said. "We haven't really talked a whole lot about all of the stuff. We're not sitting around comparing notes."
Surveillance video shows Bradly buying a box of wine at a local grocery store at about 5 p.m. on October 3, Reuters reported. Bradley said that she "probably" had more than five drinks that night, but said that she didn't have a drinking problem. "She was
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 14, 2011 9:47 PM EDT
On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 251 to 170 to pass the Protect Life Act, which supporters say would prevent federal money from being used to provide abortions and which opponents say restricts women's reproductive health services in an unprecedented and dangerous way.Read More »from House passes Protect Life Act, Democrats ask "What about jobs?"
Federal law already prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. But H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, which was sponsored by Pennsylvania Republican Representative Joe Pitts, would also prohibit women from using their own money to purchase private health insurance that would cover the procedure if it were medically necessary. The bill would also allow hospitals to refuse, on moral grounds, to treat a woman who was seeking an abortion, even in emergency or life-threatening situations.
"Here we stand, on the 282nd day of this Congress, and the House majority has not yet passed a jobs plan. Instead, we have spent all day long, once again, attacking women's health with a bill that will never
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 13, 2011 8:31 PM EDT
Photo: YouTube/incommunsGisele Bundchen's latest ads for Hope lingerie have set off a firestorm in her native Brazil, where the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, has denounced them as sexist and demanded that Brazil's National Council for Advertising Self-Regulation investigate the campaign.Read More »from Gisele Bundchen and lingerie: Are these ads sexist?
Each of the three ads starts off with the Brazilian supermodel fully (and dowdily) dressed, looking contrite, confessing something that could make her husband flip out (she crashed the car, she spent way too much money, she invited her mother to stay). Then the word "errado"-Portuguese for "wrong"-flashes on the screen. The next shot shows Bundchen making the same confession, but while standing in a come-hither pose and wearing nothing but high heels, a push-up bra, and panties. A bell dings, and the word "certo"-"right"-appears.
"You're a Brazilian woman. Use your charm," a man's voice says in Portuguese as Gisele struts across the screen in skimpy lingerie and sky-high stilettos.
One can't really
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