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  • 7 Bizarre Health Questions--Answered!

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    "Why don't we get goose bumps on the face?"
    We do get them on our cheeks, says Jessica Krant, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Goose bumps, or cutis anserine, occur where we have hair--pretty much everywhere except for our palms and soles of feet, Krant says. She breaks down the process: Each hair follicle contains a microscopic muscle called arrectores pilorum that contracts in response to the sensation of cold, or the feelings of fear or excitement. The reason most of us, especially women, don't notice goose bumps on our face is because the peach fuzz there is usually fine and short, and our facial skin muscles are less robust than those in our arms and legs. Krant adds that if you find goose-pimply bumps on any part of your body that don't seem to be affected by fear or temperature, you might have keratosis pilaris, an eczema-like condition caused by inflamed follicles.

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  • Your Sleep Problems-- Solved

    Photo: Adam VoorhesBy Liz Krieger

    "I'm tired." It's the catchall lament uttered daily by the overworked, chronically fatigued, harried, and stressed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a third of all adult Americans are sleep deprived. But having a case of the yawns doesn't automatically mean you're not getting enough rest. To feel truly recharged, you first have to sort out what brand of beat you are.

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    Just Plain Sleepy

    Feels like...your brain's in a fog and it's nearly impossible to keep your eyelids at full mast.

    The Cause: You're generally getting less than seven hours of sleep. While everyone requires a different amount, most people need seven to nine hours to feel fully awake, according to the National Sleep Foundation. "When you deprive yourself of rest--particularly after 9 P.M., when the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin is naturally released--your body switches to a slower survival mode," explains Michael Breus, PhD, a

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  • The Right Workout for Every Goal

    Photo: Adam VoorhesBy Jessica Girdwain

    Exercise with this in mind: Research reveals that when it comes to reaching a specific goal, the kind of workout you do may matter as much as how many hours you clock at the gym. These five fitness routines get results--choose the one that's right for you.

    Your goal: Lower your type 2 diabetes risk.


    The game plan: Cardio plus strength training. Aim for a 30-minute cardio workout five days a week. And do strength exercises, like three sets of squats, push-ups, and biceps curls (eight reps each), three times a week. [Get step-by-step instructions for how to do these moves like a pro]

    The proof: A 2012 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who did both cardio and strength training for at least 2.5 hours a week each had a 59 percent lower risk of diabetes--lower than those who did only one type of exercise. While the study was done on men, researchers believe it could work for everyone, because the heart-pumping cardio incinerates body

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  • 7 Things Never to Say to a Stay-at-Home Mother

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy Shearn

    1. "I love how you're always working out."
    I know that French mothers sashay around in chic blazers and skirts and such, and that dressing like a human being makes you feel more like one, but here's the thing: Yoga pants and sneakers, while not exactly flattering, really do the trick when you need to slide under the couch to scrape peanut butter off the springs. So no, no, I'm not working out soon, or even anytime today, or maybe ever. And yes, I'm wearing stretchy pants and a hoodie. Do stay-at-home dads get flak for dressing like college students during finals week? No, no they do not. They get looks of adoration for being at home at all.

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    2. "So, honey... dinner, dancing or tequila shots?"
    Like so many off-putting comments, people we love say this with love. Of course it is. But after 12-plus hours of feeding, chasing, playing, teaching, disciplining, cleaning up, comforting, protecting, peeling off

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  • The Cheater's Guide to Homemade Food

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Beef Stroganoff, Deli-Style
    Sautéed strips of beef with mushrooms in a sour-cream sauce over buttered noodles is a traditional winter dish, but it can take all afternoon to make. The speed version uses a pound of deli roast beef and the consummate cheater's secret weapon, cream of mushroom soup. Sauté a small onion in butter, stir in the beef (cut it into a 1/2-inch dice first) and a handful of sliced mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, then add the soup and a half can of water. Let it bubble away for 10 or so minutes, then mix in a cup of sour cream. Serve over buttered egg noodles.

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    Pad Thai Minus an Extra Trip to the Supermarket
    The sauce for this salty-sweet noodle dish can call for tamarind pulp, fish sauce, palm sugar and Thai chili powder, but you can approximate the flavor with a mixture of more common staples. Mix 2 Tbsp. each soy sauce and warm water, and 1 Tbsp. each smooth peanut butter and

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  • How to Color Your Hair like a Pro--for Less Than $15

    By Jenny Bailly


  • 5 Items that Should Never Be on Your To-Do List

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Julie Morgenstern

    Stop us if this sounds familiar: You've got your pad of paper and you're merrily scribbling down your to-dos. And when you get to about item number ten, panic sets in. How will you ever get everything done? You know as well as we do: You won't. Not until you devise a realistic plan. "A manageable list will fuel your sense of accomplishment and allow you to get more done," says Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check E-mail in the Morning. We put together a list (office duties not included) that resembles the one buried at the bottom of your purse--then asked Morgenstern to edit it. Follow her sensibly ruthless strategy, and your goals for any given day should fit on a scrap of paper no bigger than a Post-it.

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    What Your Current List Probably Looks Like:

    • Upload vacation pics from camera

    Cut It: Unless it's going to bring you joy to sift through tons of blurry, off-center images to find the gems, ask another family member

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  • 6 Ways to Keep Your Cool when the World is Making You Angry

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Jena Pincott

    Some things have a way of crawling under your skin. But before you let them make your blood boil, try these six simple ideas to reduce white-hot rage.

    The Left-Handed Reducer
    Let's say you have a colleague who has a habit of giving backhanded compliments. "You don't look happy in that dress!" she says sweetly. "Don't worry, it makes you look smaller from behind." Fuming, you keep hearing her words over and over: Worry...Smaller...Behind.

    Reducer: Thomas Denson, a psychologist at the University of New South Wales, found that we can increase self-control in the same way we strengthen weak muscles--literally. For two weeks, right-handed volunteers had to use their left hand to do just about everything: brush teeth, open doors and stir the milk in their coffee. Later, these self-made lefties were less likely to retaliate when provoked than people who hadn't been forced to switch hands. The surprising lesson here is that tiny tweaks in bodily self-control can have such an

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  • 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy Shearn

    1. Who Else Needs a Vote?
    A friend of mine (whom I'll call Will) once told me a chilling story of how his wife came home from work one day with an air of triumph. "What happened?" Will asked, for obviously something had. "Did you get a promotion?" "No!" she said. "I quit!" He described the feeling of his heart falling to his feet. He worked, too, but she was the breadwinner. P.S. They had three children under the age of 3. I don't mean to be a career-change Cassandra here, but I must tell you that soon they were getting divorced. To Will, what stung wasn't that she wanted to change careers--he swore he would have been supportive of whatever she wanted to do--it was that she made the decision without him. Following your passion is wonderful. Leaving your family without health insurance is not.

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    2. How Will You Explain This to Future Bosses?
    Unless your reason for quitting is that you found a huge bag of money somewhere,

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