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  • Surprising Ways Autumn Affects Your Sex Life

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Jena Pincott

    You Get a Pick-Me-Up
    The leaves may be falling...but your libido? Expect it to rise. Autumn is the season when our levels of testosterone--associated with sex drive--are higher than at any other time, found several studies that tracked hormone levels year-round (and yes, this applies to women, too). Whether the surge is the result of ancient mating instincts (other animals have a fall "rutting season"), and if it's triggered by decreasing daylight or increased social activity--well, it's all scientific speculation. But for practical purposes, who cares?

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    You're Even More Attractive to Men
    Those higher testosterone levels may be behind why women have thicker waists relative to their hips--that is, they're less curvaceous--in the fall than at any other time of year, found researchers at Simon Fraser University. (All the pumpkin pie doesn't help the waistline, either). And yet--here's the welcome news--men

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  • 3 Metals that Might Cause Memory Problems

    Photo: Ciara PhelanBy Leslie Goldman

    The exact causes of Alzheimer's disease are still unknown, but experts have identified a host of contributing factors: diabetes, smoking, saturated fats. Now a theory points the finger in a different direction: a variety of metals that can build up in the body over time. Look inside the brains of people with Alzheimer's who have died and you'll find protein clogging the brain's signaling system, along with tiny clusters called beta-amyloid plaques. "When researchers tease those plaques apart, they find metals, including iron, copper, and aluminum," says Neal Barnard, MD, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. "These metals produce free radicals, which are like little sparks that damage brain cells." And dementia isn't the only risk; metals have been linked to everyday mental fuzziness: A study of roughly 1,450 adults in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging found that women who performed highest on

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  • How to Handle Life's Top "What I Should Have Said" Moments

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Leigh Newman

    1. The situation: You're on a second date with a smart, funny guy. But his last 20 out of 21 sentences have been wisecracks or clever comments. By the entrée, you know this isn't a match. You're looking for someone slower, more relaxed, somebody who can be quiet with you. Spending time with him has not been awful. If it had been, you wouldn't be in this situation, because it would have been obvious to both of you on the first date that you two should not see each other again. But as it is, you ate another dinner, you laughed, you found out you both fear live lobsters and love chocolate-dipped cones. It's all perfectly endurable. But when he leans in to ask for a third date, how do you make it clear that this isn't possible--without being rude?

    The response:
    "Tonight was wonderful. But I don't feel like we're a shidduch."

    Certain, very well-meaning pals will urge you to explain what you like about this guy and what you don't. But men, like many of us, don't need

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  • How to Declutter Your Car--for Good

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Candace Braun Davison

    Plug the Quarter- and French Fry-Eating Hole
    For the most part, you probably don't think about that gap between your seat and the center console--until you round a corner and swoosh! Your cell phone slides down, trapped in a space too narrow for your fingers to easily grab it. While we're apt to immediately retrieve our iPhones--though please, resist the urge to lunge for fallen items while driving (distractions like this were responsible for 3,331 deaths in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation)--certain items tend to nest there indefinitely: crumpled gum wrappers, pens "borrowed" from the bank, the loose change you're always hunting for when you reach a toll. After you've taken a few minutes to clear everything out, the next step is to close the gap. A foam seal used for insulating a window air conditioning unit can be trimmed to fill the space, though it may shuffle or fall if you readjust the seat. Another alternative is the Drop

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  • The Biggest Mistakes People Make when Grocery Shopping

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Trying to Avoid Crowds
    Anyone who's spent time catching up on their celebrity-gossip magazine reading while slowly making their way toward the register knows that Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are the busiest days to shop. But while switching your weekly grocery run to a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday may save you a little bit of time, it probably won't save you money. Retailers know that most people shop on weekends, so that's when they offer their best deals, says Roger Davidson, who has held senior positions with major grocery chains such as Supervalu, Wild Oats Markets and Walmart. Stores often start their sales on a Thursday and run them through a Sunday, which is the busiest day. Another reason to head to the store on days when it's crowded: Research shows we're less likely to buy unnecessary items when we're surrounded by many people. If you really love having wide-open aisles but still want to benefit from markdowns, try Thursday or Friday

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  • Suze Orman's Best Advice for Getting Out of Debt

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Suze Orman

    Suze Orman, author of The Money Class: How to Stand in Your Truth and Create the Future You Deserve tells you how to deal with your debts, whether you're simply having trouble figuring out which bills to pay first or considering a trip to bankruptcy court.

    Credit Card Debt
    Q: My husband and I are working our way out of more than $14,000 in credit card debt. (We didn't pay our bills until we were about to be sued.) We've settled one balance for $9,000, and we're in the process of reducing another one. How can we remove these blemishes from our credit reports and improve our scores fast?

    A: Your settlement was merely the second strike to your credit--the first was your delinquency. Honestly, I wouldn't look for a quick fix for your score right now. A higher number might give you easier access to money through extended credit card limits or better loan terms, but you and your husband need to focus on living within your means and examining why you accumulated so

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  • 6 Lip Colors that Can Transform Your Go-To Little Black Dress

    By Jenny Bailly

    A little black dress is the tabula rasa of fashion--hair, makeup, and accessories can take it in almost any direction. Consider your lipstick choices alone: rich burgundy exudes a glam vibe, crisp nudes create a polished effect, and true red gives any LBD an edgy finish. We've chosen two versions of each shade--one for intense, concentrated color, the other for a sheer tint.

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  • Weight Loss Secrets from Around the World

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    Brazil: They eat a superfood side dish almost every day.
    Rice and beans are such a part of daily life in Brazil that the phrase is used colloquially to mean "the foundation" or "the basics." Brazilians know that beans alone are low in calories and fat, high in fiber and complex carbs, packed with antioxidants and can help stabilize blood sugar levels. Combine them with rice, which has some of the essential amino acids lacking in beans, and the pair becomes become a complete protein. What's more, compared with typical Western food, a diet consisting of primarily rice and beans lowers the risk of becoming overweight by about 14 percent, found a study in the journal Obesity Research. (Just be sure to keep the ratios even and not skimp on the beans.)

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    Photo: ThinkstockIndia: Their curries have special powers.
    The spice turmeric is well known for giving Indian curries their yellow color and their slightly peppery taste. Turmeric has also been in the

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  • Easy Pies Anyone Can Bake

    Photo: Aya BrackettBy Lynn Andriani

    The Sweet Potato Pie with Spiced Up Flavor
    Tanya Holland, the chef at the soul-food restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California, considers intense flavors a hallmark of her cooking. "Ingredients are superimportant, but you've got to know how to embellish them," she says. For this Sweet Potato Pie, she enhances the candy-like flavor of fresh sweet potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.

    Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Pie

    Photo: Maria RobledoThe Apple Pie That's Worth the Wait
    Just as some fruits taste better when they're at peak ripeness, there are desserts that taste better when you let them sit for a day--and this apple pie is one of them. Make it the day before, so the juices have time to thicken, and you'll be rewarded with a perfectly rich and beautiful pie.

    Get the recipe: Mile-High Apple Pie

    Photo: Anna WilliamsThe Pumpkin Pie That's Just a Little Different
    A crust of crushed walnuts and gingersnap cookies isn't just an unusual way to jazz up classic

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  • The Scariest Dating Questions You Need to Ask Yourself

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Candace Braun Davison

    What 'crazy' am I holding back?

    In the getting-to-know-you phase, when we're presenting the very best, borderline-Stepford-wife version of ourselves, there are certain things we hold back. They're our things--anything from resisting the urge to adjust his collar, because the little way it flips up at the back taunts your inner desire for orderliness, to the fact that your guilty pleasure is reading bodice-ripping romance novels--the campier, the better--and you dream of writing your own someday.

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    Not talking about that part of you is like trying to hold a beach ball under water--it's manageable for a while, sure; but eventually, it bursts to the surface. And occasionally, it pops you in the face. Your partner doesn't have to love it (or even get it, really), but if you're interested in this thing going farther, he deserves the chance to know that it's part of who you are. After all, if he's worthy of

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