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Consider these solutions when dealing with those pesky pests. By Lindsy van Gelder
Do fair-skinned people really get bitten by mosquitoes more often?
No. And neither do women nor redheads nor any other specific group. Part of what attracts mosquitoes is the amount of carbon dioxide, heat, and moisture that a person emits. Unfortunately, those factors are determined by genetics, and they're hard to measure. The one phenomenon that scientists have noticed is that "the more you sweat, the more attractive you can become to mosquitoes," says James E. Cilek, professor of entomology at Florida A & M University, in Panama City. But they are not sure why. Whether this has to do with the scent or the moisture in perspiration isn't clear.
How can I uninvite bugs from an outdoor summer party?Read More »from Summer, why you buggin'?
Avoid scheduling your event at dusk, when mosquitoes and no-see-ums are most plentiful, and cover food between trips to the buffet. Your best bet among
- Real Simple Magazine | Parenting – Tue, Jul 19, 2011 10:49 PM EDT
Legoland or Sesame Place seem too everyday? Here's where to go, at home and abroad.
Street urchins and a Great Expectations boat cruise that slogs through the "sewers" and ends, magically, amid the rooftops brings Victorian London alive in Chatham, England (dickensworld.co.uk).
A picture-perfect South Seas fantasy sealed within the world's largest dome...in Germany (pictured). Boasts a beach, a rain forest, a gigantic water slide, and more. Open year-round, 24 hours a day (tropical-islands.de).
Suoi Tien Park
Attractions like the Party of Four Supernatural Creatures, where you ride in boats around an enormous dragon, give this Vietnamese amusement park a fairy-tale vibe (suoitien.com).
Get your fill of alligators and crocodiles, some weighing in at more than 1,000 pounds, at this 110-acre island park in Florida (gatorland.com).
Although genetics help determine your sense of well being, life choices and goals play an important part as well. by Leslie Pepper
Measuring happiness is a tricky business. Still, that hasn't stopped individuals and institutions from trying to gauge how happy people are in an attempt to determine what it is exactly that brings joy. Most recently, British prime minister David Cameron proposed polling residents of the United Kingdom about their subjective well-being on an annual basis. Cameron hopes that by collecting this data, he can help the UK population thrive-perhaps even more than by improving the country's financial standing. As Cameron said, "It's time we admitted that there's more to life than money, and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB-general well-being."
There's a societal (in addition to an individual) benefit to making sure people are happy: Happiness is a cornerstone of productivity. CountlessRead More »from The science of happiness
Although genetics help determine your sense of well being, life choices and goals play an important part as well. By Leslie Pepper
A pair of flaming trousers (or a growing nose, à la Pinocchio) isn't the only sign that a person is spewing falsehoods. Here, five experts teach you how to smoke out a fibber.
A Person's Demeanor or Voice Radically Changes
As an investigator, I first try to assess how someone normally speaks. To do that, I begin an interview by asking questions that I know the answers to, like "What's your full name?" or "Where do you live?" Some folks are naturally animated and talk fast; others are more subdued. Once I know which type of talker a person is, I start asking him questions that I don't know the answer to. If his manner shifts abruptly-going from calm to agitated or lively to mellow-chances are he's not telling the truth.
Gregg McCrary is a retired FBI criminal profiler and a crime analyst in Fredericksburg, Virginia.Read More »from How to tell if someone is lying
The world is getting louder, and all that racket can have serious consequences for your health. Here's how to handle the increase in noise pollution and find a little peace for body, mind, and even soul. By Holly Pevzner
My husband's snoring is a health hazard. Or so I learned last year, when I bought a jar of earplugs and found out that I could pay for them with my flexible-spending account. According to medical experts, nighttime quiet is as important to my well-being as wearing eyeglasses or getting my daily vitamins, and even low-level noise prevents deep, restorative rest. Noise also contributes to high blood pressure, strokes, circulatory problems, and distracted thinking. Plus, anecdotally at least, it makes us cranky.
Lately we seem to be on the run from unwanted sound. There are more than 500 kinds of noise-canceling headphones on Amazon.com, and the iPhone White Noise Lite app has been downloaded more than 10 million times. Writer George Prochnik's In Pursuit ofRead More »from Shhh! Give noise pollution the silent treatment
A few do-it-yourself fixes that work, and others that don't.
Chicken soup for a cold. Many studies have shown that the homemade remedy has anti-inflammatory effects that soothe sore throats and clear stuffy noses.
Cucumber compresses for a headache. The vegetable relieves a throbbing head by tightening blood vessels, lessening blood flow to the area, and relieving pressure. Bonus: Cucumber slices fit nicely over the eyes.
Green tea for bad breath. Drink a cup to kill any trace of garlic or onion.
Krazy Glue for cuts. It made headlines for its ability to seal small wounds, but the Food and Drug Administration and many doctors recommend against this.
Hemorrhoid cream for puffy eyes. Models may use the stuff to deflate eye bags, but over time more blood vessels will form and the skin will thin, causing evenRead More »from Folk remedies: fact or fiction?
- Real Simple Magazine | Healthy Living – Fri, Jul 1, 2011 5:26 PM EDT
The good-for-you staples, snacks, and treats that health experts are really eating-plus, how you add them to your diet. By Lisa Whitmore
"When I need a boost after a workout, I'll eat a small spoonful right out of the jar," says Kathy Kaehler, a fitness expert in Los Angeles. A bonus: Studies show that eating almonds can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
"If I crave ice cream at night, I have a handful of these instead," says Lacey Stone, a fitness professional in New York City. "They're so sweet, they do the job."
SardinesRead More »from The healthy-diet foods that health experts really eat
"Believe it or not, I've loved them since I was a kid," says Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian in New York City and the author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips ($19, amazon.com.) "They're rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids." She eats them straight from the can: "But no heads or tails, please!"
Foot cramps? Shivers? They're usually just a nuisance, but here's what these strange symptoms may be trying to tell you (and how to get rid of them). By Stacey Colino
You Get Light-Headed When You Stand Up Quickly
The explanation: You could be mildly dehydrated. Or you might have orthostatic hypotension (a.k.a. postural hypotension), which occurs when blood rushes to your feet and away from your head as you stand up suddenly. (People with low blood pressure can be especially prone to this phenomenon.)
The fix: Drink plenty of fluids and be sure that when you stand up, you do it slowly, says Donnica Moore, a physician in Far Hills, New Jersey. If you see stars anyway, grab a table or a chair to stabilize yourself or sit back down.
When to see a doctor: If the light-headedness persists or if you actually faint.
You Sometimes Get a Painful Swelling Under Your ArmRead More »from Weird symptoms, explained
The explanation: It could be due to a plugged hair