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  • Teeth Whitening that Really Works

    Photo: Kristine WoodBy Jenny Bailly

    I've had a root canal, given birth to an almost-nine-pound, large-headed baby, and survived a bout of sepsis (not all at once, thank God). Also counted among the most painful experiences of my life: the first time I had my teeth professionally whitened. The year was 2006, and the procedure itself went smoothly (a dentist painted my teeth with peroxide, then shined a blue light on them for about 45 minutes). My smile was a gleaming white. But within a few hours, my newly bright teeth started aching. Then throbbing. It hurt to eat, drink, and talk. It hurt to breathe. The pain lasted 24 hours, and I vowed never to let peroxide touch my teeth again. I would simply offset their yellow tinge by wearing more beige.

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    Then, recently, Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS, suggested I give teeth-whitening another try. Because I look really peaked in beige--and time does indeed dull the memory of pain (I know people who've actually

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  • Delicious (and Simple!) Ways to Cook with Leafy Greens

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Dr. Mehmet Oz

    While growing older puts you at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that results in blurred vision, a high-fat diet lacking antioxidants also plays a role. According to the American Optometric Association, a daily dose of ten milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin (found in one cup of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens) can improve vision and reduce the risk of developing AMD. Protect your sight with one of these easy-to-make meals:

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    Spinach Scramble

    1 cup chopped sautéed spinach + 2 eggs + 1 ounce goat cheese + ¼ cup sautéed yellow onion


    Kale Pasta

    Whole wheat linguine + 1 cup sautéed kale + ½ cup spaghetti sauce

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    Collard Green Quesadilla

    2 whole wheat tortillas + 1 cup sautéed collard greens + 3 ounces grilled chicken + 2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese

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  • 7 Tricks to Make Your Hair Look Thicker--Instantly

    Photo: ThinkstockJenny Bailly

    Consider Bangs
    If your hair is thin at the crown but still thick in front, try bangs to create a fuller look. To go a step further, take a slice of hair underneath the bangs and color it two shades darker than the rest of your hair color, says hairstylist Sam Villa, education artistic director for Redken. When you bring the top layer of fringe down over it, your bangs will look thicker because of the deeper color underneath.


    Layer Wisely
    Ask your stylist to cut the under-layer of your hair half an inch shorter than the top layer. This will add fullness. Never let anyone use a razor, though, because that can create frayed ends that make your hair look wispier. To give heft to fine or thin hair, keep ends blunt.


    Get Highlights
    "Peroxide doubles the thickness of each strand," says colorist Michael Canale of Canale Salon in Beverly Hills. "It swells the hair shaft, which makes your hair look and feel fuller." Another reason you might want to highlight: When your

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  • 20 Things Everyone Should Master by Age 40

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: Thinkstock1. How to Delegate

    Make certain the people around you have good values, good judgment, and are loyal. Allow them to impress you but be sure they're comfortable coming to you for feedback. Most important, hire people smarter than you!

    --Ivanka Trump, executive VP, Trump Organization; principal of Ivanka Trump fashion and accessories lines


    2. How to Comfort Someone

    We're a block from a hospital, so in my 31 years here I've met many people who've just received bad news. If you see someone in distress, don't hesitate to talk to them. Once you've heard their story, sometimes all you have to say is "I'll be thinking of you." Your words are more powerful than you think.

    --Jimmy Vecere, bartender at 12th Street Irish Pub, Philadelphia

    3. How to Spot a Good Opportunity

    A lot of people ask me how I knew Mad Men or Breaking Bad would make great TV. I knew because when I read those scripts, I felt something. I didn't do any market testing or focus groups--I just asked myself, Would I want to watch

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  • Dr. Oz: 5 Health Risks to Avoid This Winter

    Photo: Greg KesslerBy Dr. Mehmet Oz

    Every January I'm surprised by how many people make long-range resolutions but overlook what they could do to protect their health right now. I'm not just talking about warding off the flu--with the bitter cold comes a blizzard of ailments that can affect everything from your skin to your heart. The good news: These conditions are all preventable if you take simple precautions to safeguard your body. As you write your health goals for the year, put my solutions for these common winter hazards at the top of your list.












    Photo: ThinkstockHeart Attacks
    Bundling up before you head outside may do more than just protect you from shivering. According to the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction, 53 percent more heart attacks occur in winter than in summer (peaking in January), and the reason may be linked to simply breathing in very cold air. A recent study from Penn State suggests that people who engage in strenuous activities (like shoveling snow) in below-freezing temps may experience

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  • What Every Woman Needs to Know About Love by Age 30

    Photo: Getty ImagesBy Leigh Newman


    Love Is Location
    You might have learned this one before, when you were off in college in California and your high-school love was off in college in Maine. Sooner or later, somebody got lonely and fell for a more conveniently located mate. Long-distance adult romances have similar issues. Yes, you have a job, a car and a condo with a reasonable mortgage. So does he. But sooner or later, one of you is going to have to move if the two of you want things to work. Skype doesn't let you e-cuddle or e-go-to-the-movies (where you find out that you both crack up during the supposedly scary scenes). I'm not saying you should pick up and relocate two weeks into the relationship. But then again, two years can be too late. All of us fear being the ding-dong who gave up her whole life for some guy. But that guy probably fears the same thing. Nobody talks about it, but love requires bravery--and the kind of closeness that's not just in your minds.


    No Expectations are Not Low

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  • 4 Rules for Teaching Your Son to Keep House

    Illustration: ShoutBy Marcia DeSanctis

    If I've served pasta twice a week since my 17 1/2-year-old son, Ray, first gummed solid food, that comes to roughly 1,768 pots of the stuff. So one evening last summer, when I asked him for help with dinner, Ray's response surprised me: "What's a colander again?" he said.

    I could only blame myself. I was never one for "attachment cooking." Nobody's hands went in the sauce except my own. But that night, as I explained with a touch of panic that a colander is the thing with holes in it, I wondered what else I hadn't prepared Ray for. I felt confident that I'd raised a self-reliant boy, as we all try to do. But could he boil water? Sew on a button? Wash his clothes without turning them pink? No, no, and no. Suddenly it hit me like a ton of boiled rigatoni: He'd be leaving the house in a year to attend college. No way was I going to unleash a spoiled princeling into the world.

    As parents, while we focus on our child's confidence and character, we perhaps don't always

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  • 8 Reasons You're Still Tired

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    You Forgot Your Water Bottle at Home
    Even mild dehydration (1.36 percent loss of normal water volume in the body) can slow your mental gears and make you feel woozy, concluded the authors of a study published last year in the Journal of Nutrition. But the sensation of thirst doesn't usually kick in until you're about 1 or 2 percent dehydrated, so a dry mouth isn't a reliable gauge. In addition to drinking plenty of water, you can stay hydrated by snacking on raw fruit and vegetables, yogurt or soup.


    Your Thyroid Has Turned into a Slacker--or an Overachiever
    You know the connection between fatigue and hypothyroidism, when an underactive thyroid doesn't produce enough metabolism-regulating hormones, so you may already be on the lookout for an unexplained weight gain and a slower-than-average heart rate. But you can also feel wiped out by hyperthyroidism, the opposite condition, says Sandra Fryhofer, MD, an Atlanta internist and past president of the American College of

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