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  • The best new skin savers

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesAnti-aging breakthroughs so amazing they save you time, money… even surgery. By Elizabeth Brous

    Handheld light beams. Micro-pulse vibrations. The latest skin-transforming gadgets and treatments may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but don't let the high-tech flourishes intimidate you: These "skinovations" are actually making it easier to get younger, flawless-looking skin, without having to deal with prescriptions or invasive procedures. And that's no science fiction.

    Breakthroughs that…Save you from RX hassle! New over-the-counter lotions deliver (almost) the same benefit as their prescription cousins-without the wait time at the pharmacy counter.

    Gentle Spot-Lighteners
    Derm-prescribed skin-bleaching creams often contain a skin-irritating ingredient called hydroquinone. Now there are new, non-hydroquinone-based OTC lighteners that are less likely to produce a reaction, says Tina Alster, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University Medical Center in

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  • Food fight! Anthony Bourdain and celeb chefs feud over health, taste

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesBy Alyssa Sparacino


    The notoriously outspoken bad boy of the food scene is at it again.

    Last week, No Reservations star Anthony Bourdain told TV Guide how he really feels about some of the Food Network's biggest celebrity chefs, including Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and most notably, Paula Deen, whom he called "the worst, most dangerous person to America."

    The professional chef, author, and restaurateur went on to bash the Southern cook for her unhealthy recipes and her influence on an already-obese America. (He ended, poignantly, by saying Deen's food "sucks.")

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  • 15 tips for avoiding hotel bedbugs

    By Amanda MacMillan



    If you're sleeping somewhere other than home, beware. Bedbug prevalence is on the rise, and hotels and motels are some of their favorite hangouts.



    These pesky critters can cause severe itching and welt-like bites, and it's costly to get rid of them if they follow you home. What's more, research suggests they can cause financial distress, anxiety, and social isolation.



    But no need to get depressed just yet. With these easy tips, you can cut your chances of critter trouble while on the road.



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  • Diet crutches: What works, what doesn't

    By Ella Quittner



    Let's face it: The rules of weight loss-eat less, move more, treats in moderation- are a drag. And they don't fit with most dieters' quick-fix, thinner-by-dinner expectations. Cue diet crutches: tricks, based on scant science, that may speed up results. So if a friend swears that munching on grapefruit gets her into skinny jeans, or a coworker credits ice water for his sleek physique, should you try it too?



    Not so fast. Some diet crutches are helpful, some harmful, and some won't do much either way. We asked registered dietitians for the bottom line ("skip it," "try it," or "do it right") on the most common diet crutches.




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  • Ditch the fad diets to lose the weight for good

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    By Tina Haupert

    I spent last weekend at the Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia along with 225 health and fitness enthusiasts. The two-day conference was a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests and learn how to better improve our blogs and blogging practices.

    Once the conference ended, I enjoyed dinner with a group of my new blog friends. Inevitably, much of our conversation focused on food and fitness (and dogs!), but one of the most interesting conversations we had was about weight loss. Each of us shared our experiences and what worked for us to lose weight and keep it off. All of our weight-loss stories were different, but it seemed that the key to successful weight loss was slow and steady progress on the scale by making lifestyle changes with regard to healthy eating and exercise. Not a single person mentioned having (long-term) success with a fad diet.

    Before I found my Feel Great Weight, I tried every fad diet out there. From South Beach to

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  • 7 simple ways to be happier

    IstockphotoIstockphotoJudy Dutton, with additional reporting by Kimberly Holland

    These days it can feel like the age of anxiety is winning over the pursuit of happiness. An uncertain economy is just the tip of our worry iceberg. In fact, in a recent poll of Health readers, 48% of you say you worry more today than you did a year ago.

    Here's another anxious thought: Scientists say women are wired to worry-at least more so than men. In our poll, 54% of you said you worry more than your spouse, with only 12% claiming your partner worries more than you do.

    That's thanks, in part, to the hormonal roller-coaster women ride month to month and through the years. "The highs and lows can make women prone to feeling everything from anxious to depressed," says Jerilyn Ross, a licensed independent clinical social worker, president and CEO of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and author of One Less Thing to Worry About.

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    And while men tend to be linear problem

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  • Supermom myth can make you miserable

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesBy Sarah Klein

    Working mothers are less likely to be depressed than stay-at-home moms, a new study suggests.

    However, working moms who thought women should be able to do it all are at greater risk for depression at age 40 than those who had more realistic expectations before they had kids.

    "Holding a job is likely to improve your overall mental health and well-being, which is ultimately a good thing for yourself and your family," says Katrina Leupp, the University of Washington sociology graduate student who led the research.

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    But it's not a bad idea to "accept that balancing work and family is difficult, rather than feeling guilty or unsuccessful if you can't devote as much time as you would like to your job or your family," she says.

    Leupp analyzed U.S. Department of Labor data, which included 1,600 married women who were approximately age 40 in 2006. The women had been surveyed in 1987, when they were around 20, about their thoughts regarding

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  • Should you cut back on coffee?

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    Rob van Dam, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health

    For most of us, java isn't harmful.
    It's true that caffeine may raise blood pressure, so if you have hypertension, it's smart to switch to decaf. Caffeine can also interfere with sleep; if you suspect it's causing you to toss and turn, cut back. Otherwise, there is no health reason to stop drinking it.

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    It may lower your risk of becoming diabetic.
    Every cup of coffee you drink seems to reduce your risk of the disease. In fact, a review of research in Archives of Internal Medicine found that after three or four cups a day, you see a 25 % lower risk. Other research shows that decaf may also cut your risk of diabetes, which suggests that it's not the caffeine but something else in coffee, possibly an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, that's responsible. Coffee drinkers may also be less likely to develop cirrhosis of the liver and liver

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  • What are the signs of life-threatening food poisoning?

    By Roshini Rajapaksa,MD

    Q: Every time I hear about a deadly E. coli outbreak, I wonder: How do I tell the difference between harmless food poisoning and the life-threatening kind?

    A: While a bout of food poisoning totally sucks, most of the time the vomiting, diarrhea, aches, and fever will go away on their own in a couple of days. But in rare situations, a more virulent pathogen-such as certain strains of E. coli bacteria that produce a poison called Shiga toxin-can lead to severe, life-threatening dehydration or kidney failure.

    If you have diarrhea along with a fever of 101 degrees or higher; if you feel very thirsty, dizzy, or light-headed; or if you have diarrhea that persists for more than three days, see a doctor. Head straight to the ER if you have a lot of blood in your stool or a pounding or skipping heart, or if you think you got sick from eating poisonous mushrooms, bad shellfish, or a contaminated canned item (toxins from these foods can have especially serious

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  • Stopping the scariest cancer

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCutting-edge advances are transforming ovarian cancer from a death sentence into a disease women can beat. By Ginny Graves

    Four years ago, Angie DeWilfond of Moline, Illinois, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. "I was distraught," says the 41-year-old. "I couldn't bear the thought of not being around to raise my kids."

    She underwent surgery and chemo twice; both times, the cancer came back. Then in November 2010 she enrolled in a clinical trial of a new class of drugs called PARP inhibitors. Amazingly, blood tests now show that her tumor markers have dropped to the normal range.

    "If the drug continues to work, I could survive on it for a very long time," DeWilfond marvels.

    And that's a major deal. No one wants cancer, but the ovarian kind in particular can seem like the worst-case scenario.

    Health.com: My ovaries or my life

    In fact, it's the most fatal gynecologic cancer. That's because its symptoms are subtle, so it usually isn't caught until it has spread to the

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