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  • Adult Vaccinations: Why Aren't We Getting What We Need?

    By Desiree Miller, Staff


    You keep up with your child's vaccinations like clockwork. But did you know there are some vaccines adults need, too? Leading medical experts say many of us aren't doing a good job keeping up with these critical shots and it's dangerous. American adults are dying because they didn't roll up their sleeves and many others are getting very sick because of it. Leanne Flaig-Hutchinson knows all about it after a serious health threat last year. "I was scared to death that, yes, I was going to die. I had severe chills. My bones were aching from my head to my toes."

    She had to be treated for swine flu and her case was complicated by pneumonia, something that could have been avoided if she had received the pneumonia vaccine. You see, she has a chronic condition that impacts her autoimmune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people with chronic conditions get the pneumonia vaccine, but Leanne didn't know. The

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  • Eco-Fun For Father's Day

    By: Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson

    Let's face it, as much as we love dad, he can be a tad difficult to shop for. It's not so much that he's picky. It's more that his needs and even wants, tend to be simple. He's happy with less which of course, makes him a perfect candidate for green giving.

    So this year, why not come up with great gifts that honor dad and the Earth and that cost little in terms of money or the planet. And, whether we're talking about your dad (if you're reading this), or your kids' father or granddad, be sure to look for ways to put more meaning in the greening.

    Related: CNET Gift Guide for The Techy Dad

    Start by focusing on doing instead of buying. What if your dad were king for a day? What would would his perfect day look like? Would he sleep late? Enjoy breakfast in bed, or brunch served outside? Would he like to work in the garden kids by his side, fly a kite or go for a hike? Would he love to see his

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  • Is Cheese Really An Aphrodisiac?

    By Master of Gastronomy Amy Reiley


    It's not seasonal nor is it figure-friendly, but it is one aphrodisiac I think most of us can't resist. Honestly, I could probably go vegan, if it weren't for my love of funky, aged, dairy goodness.

    (Related: Watermelon is sexy!)

    Like cocoa, cheese contains phenylethylamine (PEA), one of the ingredients that gives chocolate its aphrodisiac reputation. PEA is related to the release of endorphins. (Yep, that's how chocolate got the legendary reputation as being "better than sex.") However, some cheeses are reported to contain more than ten times as much PEA as is found in chocolate. Holey orgasm, Batman!

    Like other protein-rich foods, cheese also promotes dopamine production. Dopamine influences alertness and reaction time. And we all want our lovers to have excellent reaction time!

    (Related: Spice Up Your Love Life With Apricots)

    Yes, cheese is one of those foods that, eaten in excess, can clog arteries as it slowly increases

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  • When Other Couples Split, Does It Make YOU Nervous?


    When Al and Tipper Gore announced they are calling it quits, they told friends they "grew apart." Of course nothing is ever quite THAT simple, but growing apart is one of the most common reasons couples give when they split. There are times in every relationship when couples feel a bit of distance and AL and Tipper made a lot of people sit up and take notice of their own relationships. What can you do if you feel yourself drifting away from your other half? We asked GALTime Love and Sex expert Jane Greer, Ph.D. for some advice.

    • Talk about it- Discuss your feelings about the growing distance, the stress and the worry you are experiencing.
    • Don't play the blame game - Can you identify a particular trigger that started this emotional shift? Avoid criticism and blame even if he/she did something wrong. Instead, tell them how YOU felt and more importantly what you would like in the future. The goal is to change things for the next time, not to punish your
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  • By organizational expert Lisa Zaslow

    "We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality. "
    Iris Murdoch

    As someone who has made it my mission to help people save time, create space and reduce stress by getting organized, I am thrilled to see how many magazines, catalogs and TV shows now address this topic.

    On the other hand, the visions of perfect organization that are shown create unrealistic expectations of how your place should be. If you are a normal person, your home or office will never look like the pictures you see in magazines and it's a good bet that you won't be whisked off for a vacation while a team of people makes over your home. I call the alternate reality that is featured in the media Organization Fantasyland.

    Here are some reasons why the images of Organization Fantasyland can't be replicated in real life:

    Uber-edited closets- In Organizational Fantasyland (O.F.), a woman's wardrobe consists

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  • Do You Know About the Exclusive Travel Deals on Facebook & Twitter?

    By: Desiree Miller GALTime Staff Writer


    Thinking about summer travel and dreading the expense? You can find ways to save if you are willing to make a few new friends and follow some others. That's because many companies are now offering deep discounts via Facebook and Twitter.

    Related: How to Fit EVERYTHING You Need Into a Carry-On

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    Ed Perkins with says, "You should certainly sign up for the social media of any airline you're likely to want to fly." By signing up, he means becoming a follower on Twitter, or "liking" the company on Facebook. "The companies will send savings right to you, instead of you having to search the web for ways to cut costs," says Perkins. And it's not just airlines offering the savings.

    Travel companies from hotels to cruise lines are jumping on board with these special offers that the general public won't always hear about.

    Be aware. These are typically offers that require

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  • 8 Tips To Help You Save $$ On Your A/C


    It's an annual event ... the first heat wave of summer hits and after 8 hours of sweltering, you give in and flip on the A/C. You wait to hear that welcome buzz before you say ahhhhh. But 9 times out of 10, you're swearing instead of celebrating. There's no buzz because the A/C is on strike after a long winter. You call the repair center and am put on a long wait list, along with every other homeowner who wasn't smart enough to beat the rush and get the system serviced before the thermometer started its skyward climb. According to Angie's List, a leading provider of consumer reviews, without regular maintenance, your air conditioner loses about five percent of its original efficiency for each year of operation!

    Here are 8 other A/C facts that will help you stay cool and keep your cash in your pocket.

    1. Don't place lamps, TV sets, or other heat producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat can sense the heat causing the air conditioner to

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  • Eeeww! How to Protect Yourself From Bedbugs in Your Hotel Room

    For GALTime by Anne Banas of


    No one wants to think about creepy crawlies when booking that amazing hotel room with the lovely Frette linens and feathery pillows. But sadly, bedbugs are a reality, even in some of the nicest hotels. To help avoid the heebie jeebies and prevent a few unwanted "friends" from coming home with you, here are a few suggestions:

    When you get to your hotel room, inspect the bed and look for tiny bugs, which might be difficult to spot since they often come out at night. Bedbugs are about the size of an apple seed. They're reddish brown and oval. Look for very small blood stains (dark red or black flecks) on the mattress (especially the seams), sheets and pillows that might indicate that critters have feasted on previous guests. Check the head board (front and back), bedframe/boxspring and dust ruffle, too.

    Related: Special Hotel Safety Tips for Women

    Keep your suitcase off the bed, as well as the couches and

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  • Shop for Pop: Favorite Beauty Products for Dad!

    By: Kerri Winick GALTime Fashion & Beauty Reporter

    Father's Day is right around the corner. Whether your Dad loves gadgets, grilling, or golf, one thing is for sure: Who doesn't love to be pampered? From "man"-icure kits to soothing skin savers, here are some of our favorite beauty products for pop.

    Bigelow Barber Elixir Collections: Keep Dad looking spiffy and clean with C.O. Bigelow's Elixir Collections. Four different scents are available: White (Modern, Bright and Refined), Blue (Refreshing, Adventurous and Clean), Black (Confident, Exotic and Rich) or Red (Sexy, Warm and Smooth). Each collection includes Cologne ($19.50), Hair and Body Wash ($10.00), Deodorizing Body Spray ($10.00), After Shave Moisture Lotion ($10.00) and Ultra-Light Body Lotion ($10.00).


    Related: CNET's Gift Guide For the High-Tech Dad

    Smart Girls Who Surf Surf-Vival kit: Perfect for the Outdoor Dad! The Surf-Vival Kit ($26.99) includes an SPF 30 Sunblock, SPF 32 Face Stick, Soap for Surfers

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  • Yet Another Reason To Skip The Midnight Snacks

    by Susan Krivelow

    I admit it. I'm sometimes a victim of the midnight munchies.. I always worry about my weight and heart health, but now I've got one more thing to obsess over. If I don't stop snacking, I may end up toothless!


    A new study says eating at night may lead to more missing teeth later in life.

    Night eaters had almost four more missing teeth than non-night eaters even when controlling for factors like age, education, diabetes, body mass and binge eating. And gender made no difference.

    "We hypothesize that consuming foods in the middle of the night, not brushing [or] flossing one's teeth after nocturnal ingestions, and reduced salivary flow during the night increase the risk of tooth loss in this sample," said researcher Jennifer Lundgren, a psychologist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    Past studies have estimated that between 9 percent and 12 percent of U.S. adolescents and adults consume food after 11 p.m.

    "It is unclear

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