By: Dr. Holly Andersen
Don't have a heart attack reading this: A large study published today in the Journal of Neurology reports an association of migraine headaches with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Migraines afflict nearly 28 million Americans with a 3:1 female predominance. It is usually characterized as a chronic condition, associated with recurring, intense, throbbing and mostly unilateral headaches. Although incompletely understood, migraines are felt to be due to the "vasodilation" or enlargement of blood vessels flowing into the brain. When these blood vessels dilate, they stretch surrounding nerve cells, which in turn release neurotransmitters or chemicals that can cause pain, inflammation and further enlargement of the arteries.
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Nearly one quarter of migraines are associated with an "aura." Most often this aura is characterized by visual disturbances, such as zigzagging patterns, flashes of light or blind spots. Occasionally,
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By: Dr. Holly AndersenRead More »from Could Migraines Indicate an Unhealthy Heart?
The expectations and demands of today's society are intense, especially in our current economy. We live in a fast-paced world that has conditioned us to constantly operate on overdrive. Juggling work, family and personal needs leaves us feeling depleted and overwhelmed. With a seemingly endless to-do list and the feeling of constantly being on deadline to accomplish more than what seems manageable, it is hard not to feel constantly stressed. In many ways we are asking our brains to function like an elite athlete. But there's a reason why athletes become "elite" - they are trained very differently for that job, and part of their training is learning when it's time to rest.Read More »from Tips for Less Stress in Your 9 - 5
If you are finding it harder than ever to cope with challenges on the job, you're not alone. Between the stress we take from our personal life when we go to work and the stress that meets us when we arrive at the office, it is more important than ever to find ways to minimize pressure. Excessive stress will interfere
In celebration of Valentine's day wOw asked book maven, Roxanne Coady to tell us the most romantic books she's ever read. Here are her recommendations:Read More »from The 5 Most Romantic Books
1. My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides, is about the complexities of love - betrayal, lost love, lost opportunities, heartbreak - as well as the more joyful aspects that we celebrate on Valentine's Day. Looking back on 40 years of marriage, I know I'm lucky to see a preponderance of happiness marking those years, but if I drew them as a bar graph I'd have to include the ups and downs that we also experienced. I think that's true with most couples, and it's why I don't favor love stories about boys and girls (or men and women) who fall in love and live happily ever after. This book really delivers.
How would you define intimacy?
2. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. This may trouble some people, so let me explain. A few years ago I re-read Lolita and I was struck by how it made
By Lori GottliebRead More »from 5 Traits in a Mate That Aren't Deal Breakers
A couple of years ago, I wrote a magazine article called "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough." In it, I confessed that, having found myself still single at 40, I'd come to an eye-opening realization: Had I known when I was younger what would make me happy in a fulfilling marriage, I would have made very different choices in my dating life. It was a hyperbolic essay with a serious message: Look for the important qualities in a partner, and let go of the stuff that won't matter five, ten or 20 years down the line.
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I've never believed that we should stop looking for Mr. Right (we shouldn't!) - but I do think that by changing our rigid idea of who Mr. Right is, we're more likely to find the right Mr. Right. You can't just order up the perfect husband á la carte - I'll take a little of this, a little of that, less of this and more of that. A guy is a package deal, as are we. Recognizing that isn't settling. It's
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Fashion – Tue, Feb 2, 2010 11:19 PM EST
We've all heard about retinol creams as little dabs of beauty wonder, and it is true that retinol acids regenerate collagen and elastin to prevent the appearance of aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. However, many of these creams are only available with prescriptions, so we decided to round up those products that are effective, not chock-full of crazy chemical ingredients - and for sale over the counter. Read on to learn how to turn back the clock without medical intervention - and without blowing your budget.
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Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 10X ($56)
This serum wisely keeps everything else stripped to the bare minimum. Hyaluronic acid will help with moisture retention and caffeine and green tea provides the antioxidants. Among a lot of frogs, this is probably the most prince-like of all the retinol creams.
Yellow Rose Organic Retinol Body Cream ($28)
This body cream has retinyl palmitate.
- Replenix Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum 10X ($56)
"Kept" women or paramours or seductress - whatever we call them, "mistress" is a loose term! Here we cherry-picked 20 of the most notorious mistresses of all times, with special commentary from Gossip Girl Liz Smith, financial columnist Jean Chatzky and Sesame Street founder Joan Ganz Cooney. And let's not be so judgmental. As Liz puts it, "Listen, women have had to use all that they have to survive and get ahead in a world where history often casts them as some powerful man's fancy."Read More »from The Top 20 Most Notorious Mistresses
Tiger Woods was knocked off his pedestal in late 2009 when a slew of other women claimed sexual relationships with the married PGA star. Ladylove and cocktail waitress Jaimee Grubbs grabbed the most attention, and she apparently leveraged the publicity to land a photo shoot in Maxim magazine. (Click here to view the full gallery on Maxim.com.) Club promoter Rachel Uchitel, seemingly Tiger's favorite, also merits mention, as Tiger reportedly paid her $1 million to keep quiet.
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By Nutritionist Patty JamesRead More »from 12 Surprising, Easy Ways to Get Healthy
I know it's January even without a calendar as my phone rings, and rings, with women who are determined to do whatever it takes to regain their good health this year. "I'll do whatever you say" is the mantra. They are willing to empty their kitchen cupboards, replace with all new healthier choices, completely change their way of eating, join the gym, moving from a sedentary life to spin classes all in one fell swoop. A week later, they are so sore they can't walk, are hungry from eating nothing but broccoli and if they have a family, they've drove all the members batty.
It's best to think small and sustainable. You will stick with it and feel good about that fact. Big changes that you cannot maintain leave you feeling disappointed with yourself, paving the way to the Ben & Jerry's. Promise yourself to make one small change a week and by year's end those small changes will be well-used habits and you will feel healthier and quite pleased with yourself.
by Christine L. HohlbaumRead More »from 7 Signs You're Addicted to the Internet
What else are you doing while reading this? Shopping on Zappos? Checking your e-mail? Tweeting? The World Wide Web is both a blessing and a curse. It has revolutionized countless aspects of our lives and makes working from anywhere in the world both intriguing and possible. The Internet can be a fun, interactive, community-building and fascinating cosmos. It can also eat up more of your time than you realize as you "quickly" surf the Internet for something, only to bounce errantly from one website to the next. I am guilty of it. You might be, too. We are entangled in the Web like rose tendrils on a lattice.
According to a recent social media addiction study by Retrevo, almost one third of those surveyed under age 35 admitted to checking their social media pages such as Twitter and Facebook more than ten times a day. Thirty-six percent of the 35-and-under group stated they update their status right after having sex. It may be healthier than having a cigarette,
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Parenting – Tue, Jan 19, 2010 7:54 PM EST
by: Darcy AhlRead More »from Will This Put a Real End to Texting While Driving?
Like many women my age, I took time off from my career to raise a family. At the age of 44, I found myself back in the workforce and highly productive as an executive recruiter. But I always wondered, besides my progeny, what would be my legacy? What would I or could I do in this world to truly make a difference? Then one summer day I had an experience that altered the course of my life and, I hope, will result in a meaningful impact.
I was riding in my car with my 16-year-old son driving. He'd recently acquired his learner's permit and we set out on I-95 for some highway training. My cell phone rang and, almost immediately, his cell phone rang as well. As he struggled to fish it out of his pocket, we crossed the dotted line on either side of us. At 60 MPH, we were fortunate that nothing happened. It was, however, quite obvious that something easily could have. When I returned to my office and recounted my experience to my business partner, Frank, I closed by saying, "I
By Danielle B. Mayoras and Andrew W. MayorasRead More »from Controversial Celebrity Wills
If the recent and sudden death of Michael Jackson taught us something - other than the side effects of too much prescription medication - it's the importance of a will or trust. Wills and trusts are taboo topics. We're usually far more inclined to talk about Botox injections or mammograms than how we plan to divide our assets. But (and sorry for speaking so morbidly) once you're dead, it'll be far too late to finally address it. That's why regardless of your age and health (Jackson was 50 and about to go on tour), it's important to have a proper will - not just for your peace of mind, but for your family's peace of mind too.
In addition to the King of Pop's highly publicized estate battles, here's a glimpse at more late celebrities, who cast a spotlight on the importance of pre-mortem planning. From Leona Helmsley (leaving $12 million to her dog) to former Senator Edward Kennedy (having a confidant as his administrator), here's a look at