The Pill. Coffee. Sun. Confused about whether these and other factors put you at risk for breast cancer? To find out we went to the top experts. Here's the latest thinking on when to worry - and when to relax.
5 Things That May Not Cause Breast Cancer After All
1. Mammograms. There's a common misconception that radiation from annual mammograms causes breast cancer. But mammograms expose you to only about 18 millirems of radiation per exam - the equivalent of two days normal exposure to natural radiation in our atmosphere, according to the American College of Radiology. It is true that women who are exposed to very large amounts of radiation during their teens and early 20s have higher rates of breast cancer, probably because developing breast tissue is more susceptible to its effects. When women in their 30s and older are exposed to radiation, the risk is not as great as it is for younger women, says Rache Simmons, a breast surgeon at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical
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- Redbook | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Oct 5, 2010 12:52 AM EDT
The Pill. Coffee. Sun. Confused about whether these and other factors put you at risk for breast cancer? To find out we went to the top experts. Here's the latest thinking on when to worry - and when to relax.Read More »from Are Seemingly Harmless Habits Putting You at Risk for Breast Cancer?
Check out these tiny truths guaranteed to bring couples closer in a big way.Read More »from 12 Secrets to a Happy Marriage
1. "The heart of marriage is memories."
--Actor Bill Cosby, married to Camille Cosby
2. "If I wake up at night, I watch my wife sleep and fall in love with her again."
--Colin, via email
Happy Marriage: How to Have (and Keep) One
3. "My husband introduces me as his 'lovely bride.' It's silly because we've been married 10 years. But he tells me, 'I love you so much, I still feel like a newlywed.'"
--Kenya, Uniondale, NY
4. "The difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid."
--Author Harlan Miller
12 Secrets of Super Happy Couples
5. "A pasta dish with a glass of wine and candlelight keeps our romance sparked. We'll just sit there and relax."
--Actress Kate Capshaw, married to director Steven Spielberg
6. "I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band: Be kind to one another. This is the golden rule of marriage and the
What do happy couples do right in the bedroom? These moves aren't exotic, they don't defy gravity -- they're not even all sex moves, per se -- but they'll make you feel closer to him than ever before.Read More »from 6 Sex Secrets of Really Happy Couples
1. They get busy, period.
You don't have to do the deed every day -- or every six days, for that matter -- to have a great marriage. But there's no way around this fact: "One of the primary ways a man feels close to his partner is by being sexually close to her; it's how he arrives at intimacy," says Laura Berman, Ph.D., director of the Berman Center in Chicago. When a guy doesn't get that regular body-bonding, he isn't inspired to be romantic, which tends to cause his wife's libido to wane, creating a vicious circle, explains Berman.
2. They never withhold nooky as punishment.
Why? Besides the fact that it turns what should be a loving and giving act into a commodity, once sex becomes part of a couple's power struggle, so much resentment builds that soon neither partner wants sex. So
- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Oct 4, 2010 11:01 PM EDT
Downsizing rumors at the office, slashes in health and retirement benefits, and fewer projects (or way too many!) landing on your desk can all lead to feeling uninspired on the job. Here, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada Designs, a $190 million home jewelry sales business, offer five tips for how to keep your chin up when work starts to feel like a downer.Read More »from Uninspired at Work? How to Stay Positive in a Slump
1. Take on new projects. From brainstorming cost-cutting initiatives to volunteering to helm a project, one of the best things you can do to lift your spirits is to pitch in where help is needed. Why? Taking action will give you a sense of control over your work life, while expanding your skill set will keep you motivated and energized.
2. Say no to negativity. Coffee-break chatter about layoffs or pay cuts will only fuel your uncertainty, say Kelly and Walsh. Save your griping for outside the office - with your husband or friends - and keep the conversation with office buddies neutral.
3. Create your own
- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Oct 4, 2010 10:33 PM EDT
The alone time you crave is good for your kid, too. Here's how to make it happen.Read More »from Give Yourself a Break: 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Play Alone
Training your kids to play on their own is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow. "It's the downtime for scribbling, making a car out of a cardboard box, or exploring the backyard that fosters the skills your child needs to be successful and fulfilled: creativity, critical thinking, and confidence," says psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., coauthor of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards.
The Best Rainy-Day Activities for Kids Real moms share their tried-and-true ways to entertain stir-crazy kids on rainy days.
Show Them How It's Done
The first step in teaching your child to be okay with being alone is showing him how fun it can be. This process begins even before he can crawl. "To a certain extent, being alone is a learned behavior, and if you never leave your baby, he won't learn to settle himself," says Cynthia Chandler, Ph.D., assistant professor of early childhood education at Black Hill State
M.F. Chapman's flexible work schedule was a little too flexible: She couldn't find childcare for her unpredictable hours. So she came up with a clever way to help other working moms like her.Read More »from Clever Childcare Solutions Beyond Daycare
M.F. opened Cubes & Crayons, in Mountain View, CA, where children from 6 weeks to 5 years old play in a bright, open space, with lavender walls, piles of board books, climbing toys, and a staff of caretakers. In the next room, their parents tap away at laptops in a quiet, professional work space with office perks like free Wi-Fi, copy machines, and coffee. Members pay anywhere from $15 an hour for drop-in child care to $749 for 60 hours of child care and office space. "We also do $10-per-hour Fridays," M.F. says.
7 Secrets of Low-Stress Families
M.F. finally figured out how to achieve what she calls the "balance and flow" of happily managing both her family and her business, which is now in its third successful year and has 170 members. Here's how she does it.
1. She taps in to the mom
By Alice BradleyRead More »from Are Moms Wired to Worry?
Eight years ago, when I found out that I was pregnant with my son, Henry, I was thrilled. For approximately five minutes. And then I began to worry.
My default worry is my son. There's no rational cause for concern here. Henry is a great 7-year-old. We are, by all objective standards, incredibly lucky. But still my brain goes around and around, like a hamster with a furrowed brow on his Wheel of Doom: What am I not doing right? How am I failing as a mother? Didn't I forget to do... I don't know... something?
"Oh, just you wait until he's a teenager," my sister, Liz, cautioned me. Liz has two grown sons. Liz is a positively tranquil soul compared to me, but being a mom will, it seems, knock the calm right out of anyone. "Wait until Henry is driving, or until he has friends who drive. That'll take years off your life."
"Oh, Henry won't be allowed to hang out with people who drive," I explained to her. "Or with any people. We're going to buy him a pet rock. A soft
Bed bugs tap-danced their way across New York City this summer, and now there's news of more bed bug infestations across the country.Read More »from What You Really Need to Know About Bed Bugs
Fall and winter mean holiday travel, and travel presents some of bed bugs' favorite opportunities to spread: They love taxis, hotel rooms, seats on subway platforms, coat checks, airplane cargo holds...if you thought bed bugs spiked this summer, just wait until the season gets into full swing. (Get a head start on the season with these fun ideas!)
There's no foolproof way of keeping bed bugs out of your life (and thinking you're immune makes you a fool), but there are ways to minimize your risk and catch infestations before they get serious. Here's what you need to know.
Bed bugs are skilled travelers. They can hitch a ride into your home on used furniture (upholstered AND wooden pieces; they love small spaces, and can both hide and lay eggs in the tiniest crack). They can infest your luggage via hotel rooms and taxi trunks (a favorite hiding place).
What's the secret to a long, successful marriage? These well-known couples share the little things that keep their love strong. What do you think is the best happy-marriage advice?Read More »from 7 Star Couples Still Going Strong
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, married 12 years
This A-list couple flaunts their secret: "Have great sex to have a great marriage," Jada told REDBOOK.
Related: Sex Secrets of Really Happy Couples
George and Barbara Bush, married 65 years
When it comes to handling life's stress, Barbara has said, "You either grow apart or together. We always turned to each other."
Related: Couples Confess: What You Really Need for a Happy Marriage
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink, married 11 years
"You have to make time to spend together and to work through your issues," the heartthrob has said. "The more we grow and learn, the closer we get."
Related: How to Communicate Better as a Couple
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, married 22 years
How do they keep the sizzle going? Bacon said just last year, "I think you've
- Redbook | Fashion – Tue, Sep 28, 2010 9:06 PM EDT
"Anti-aging" conjures up pricey treatments and (yikes!) needles but you can fight fine lines and look younger with some simple lifestyle changes too. Here, some easy fixes to shave off a few years fast, and several more to keep them off longer-term. Do them all, and you might just get carded.Read More »from Surprising Ways to Look Younger by Spring â€” or Right Now!
Start looking younger...
Experiment with an artfully messy part. It adds volume while masking gray or grown-out roots. When your hair is damp, rake your fingers through, haphazardly pulling a few tendrils from one side of your part to another. Imperfection is the goal - if it takes you longer than 30 seconds, you're trying to hard. Another hairstyle to keep you looking younger? Try girly braids (with a grown-up twist).
Wear blush. It creates cheekbones, makes your eyes sparkle, and warms up your whole face. Our favorite look-young trick from Bobbi Brown: Dust a bronzer along cheekbones with an extra-big fluffy brush, then swipe a bright pink on the apples of the cheeks. Start with