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  • 7 Ways You're Ruining Your Hearing

    Your hearing is precious. Be careful.Your hearing is precious. Be careful.

    Scientists say hearing loss can cause social isolation and depression. Luckily, there are simple things you can do every day to prevent long-term ear damage. First off, pay attention to this guideline from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Don't expose yourself to noises that are 100 decibels or higher for more than 15 minutes a day. To get an idea of what 100 decibels means in the real world, here are some noisy activities you should limit.

    1. Listening to loud music
    This one's obvious but worth a reminder. You can only listen to your iPod at its max of 100 to 115 decibels for about eight minutes before causing harm, warns Sharon Sandridge, PhD, director of clinical services in audiology at the Cleveland Clinic. "There's nothing wrong with listening to music, all day every day -- as long as it's below about 85 decibels," says Robert K. Jackler, M.D., chairman of the department of otolaryngology at Stanford University. That's especially true when you're using ear

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  • If Your Spouse Lost a Job, Would Your Marriage Survive?

    Ken and Beth Risdon faced a marriage crisis when Ken lost hisKen and Beth Risdon faced a marriage crisis when Ken lost his

    Meet the Risdons: Beth, 47, and Ken, 48, from Longmont, CO. Married 17 years, their relationship went into crisis mode when Ken lost his job for the better part of a year. Here's how they coped.

    When Ken Risdon's company downsized in January 2011, his wife, Beth, wasn't all that worried at first. She knew that her husband, an information technology expert for a small investment firm, was good at his job, and she had faith that he'd get another one soon. "He's smart, dependable, easy to get along with," says Beth. "I was sure someone would snap him up. I even thought we'd end up with a nice little chunk of his severance to put into savings."

    But in a shaky economy, nothing materialized. As the months passed without an offer and the family made do without the little luxuries they were accustomed to (e.g., dinners out and coffee with friends, new clothes or shoes for Beth and their two children "just because something looked cute"), Beth grew increasingly worried that her salary

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  • 11 Celebrities Who've Battled Heart Disease

    These A-list survivors have had their fair share of heart issues.These A-list survivors have had their fair share of heart issues.

    More than half a million Americans struggle with heart disease and among that group are some A-list names. In honor of American Heart Month, here are some familiar faces and their stories.

    1. Jennie Garth
    Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth's sister and mother had high blood pressure and her father was diagnosed with arterial sclerosis when he was only 37 years old. So when Jennie turned 30, she made it a point to see a cardiologist, who diagnosed her with heart valve regurgitation (colloquially known as a leaky valve), luckily a disease that only needs treatment based on severity. She is now a spokeswoman for Go Red For Women, an organization that funds the American Heart Association's research.

    2. Alex Trebek
    Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is a two-time heart attack survivor. He suffered his first attack in December 2007, but was only hospitalized for a few days and returned to the show the next month. He faced his second attack in June 2012. At first he thought the

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  • The Hydrating Body Washes Your Skin Needs Right Now

    Give your shower a hydrating boost with these moisturizing body washes.Give your shower a hydrating boost with these moisturizing body washes.

    These moisturizing formulas are what your winter-whipped skin is craving.

    LAVISH LATHER
    Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing ($7, aveeno.com)
    Lots of rich suds, and its scent is nice and light. Consumers praised Aveeno, describing it as "silky," creamy," nonirritating, and easy to rinse off.

    Related: Get Thicker Hair With These Shampoos

    MOST GENTLE
    Dove Visible Care Toning Creme ($7, dove.com)
    A top performer in the lab, and its ability to keep skin soft endeared it to testers, too: "I've been using much less lotion since I started applying this," said one.

    Related: 10 Ways to Beat Dry Winter Skin

    BEST SCENT
    Tone Moisturizing Cocoa Butter ($5, drugstores)
    This was a crowd-pleaser: Its mango fragrance was fantastic ("It made me happy in the dreaded morning") and it left skin feeling clean and hydrated.

    - The Good Housekeeping Research Institute

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  • 3 Steps to the Perfect Foundation

    Beauty experts have officially solved your foundation-matching woes.Beauty experts have officially solved your foundation-matching woes.

    Need help matching foundation to your skin tone? Here, expert tips from Mark celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles.

    Related: The Best-Tested Long-Wearing Foundations for Your Skin

    1. Go for easy picks
    "Luminous" or "sheer" liquid foundations blend effortlessly, thanks to their built-in moisturizers; "matte" options tend to cover up skin, so you really have to nail the shade. Similarly, BB creams are more forgiving than CC creams, which often have a higher level of SPF and a thicker texture.

    Related: You Need to Add These to Your Beauty Routine

    2. Do a swipe check
    Compare a few different shades by swiping a little of each along key zones: your cheek, chin, neck, and forehead. Yes, forehead -- the skin there tends to be oiler, so it's a good spot on which to check that the formula isn't too shimmery or shiny for you.

    Related: Uh Oh, Have Your Beauty Products Gone Bad?

    3. Lighten up
    If you're stuck between two shades, go with the lighter one. You can always add

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make when You Dust

    You can become a dust-busting machine.You can become a dust-busting machine.

    Dusting is one of my least favorite chores. It's such a thankless, neverending task. Whisk it away one weekend and, before the next weekend rolls around, your furniture is dust-covered once again. While you can't permanently rid your home of dust, there are some things you might doing that are sabotaging your efforts to zap it.

    1. Using a feather duster
    No question. This tool simply spreads dust from one surface to another. Instead, select microfiber dusters or electrostatic dusters, like Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Swiffer, that grab and hold onto dust. And to ensure they continue to pick up dust, wash or replace them when they get dirty.

    Related: 10 Cleaning Products That Will Make Your Life Much Easier

    2. Overlooking heating and air conditioning vents
    These invisible grilles on your walls and ceilings are hidden dust magnets. Forget to clean them and the air blowing through them can fill your room with dust quickly. With your vacuum's soft brush attachment, take a minute to go

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  • 10 Ways You're Ruining Your Eyes

    These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight.These 10 habits could be seriously hurting your eyesight.

    Sure, mom used to scold you about sitting too close to the TV, but that's not the only thing that could be hurting your eyes.

    1. Not wearing sunglasses
    Remember when Anderson Cooper wore that eye patch? He sunburned his eyes while jet skiing in Portugal on a "60 Minutes" assignment, and while he didn't technically lose his sight, he wore it to protect his eye while it healed. If you don't want that to happen to you, always wear a broad-brimmed hat and shades, making sure they protect against ultraviolet rays (look for a special sticker that says, "100 percent UV blocking"). Exposure to UV rays damages the retina and increases your risk of cloudiness on your eye, also known as cataracts. It also makes you more likely to get skin cancer on your eyelids, says Vinay Aakalu, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and ocular facial plastic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Related: 7 Surprising Ways You're Ruining Your Teeth

    Overexposure to the sun's rays can also lead

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  • 6 Reasons You Need to Eat More Fiber

    Adding extra fiber to your diet has amazing health benefits.Adding extra fiber to your diet has amazing health benefits.

    Fiber deserves special attention in a healthy diet because it's an anti-aging superstar, but the average American only gets about 15 grams of it a day, not even close to the 25 grams recommended by the American Heart Association. You'll find it mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans -- pillars of our 7 Years Younger Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet.

    Related: Do You Know Which Snack Is Healthier? Take The Test!

    It's important to know that although the distinction isn't always apparent on a food label, there are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Most fiber-rich foods contain both types -- the insoluble kind helps improve your digestion, and the soluble kind gives fiber its disease-fighting clout. These health pluses will make you want to add it to your diet:

    1. It shrinks belly fat.
    Soluble fiber, in particular, helps whittle your waist.

    2. It controls cholesterol.
    Oats, beans, and other sources of soluble fiber help reduce LDL cholesterol, too

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  • One Hour a Week is All You Need to Get More Stuff Done

    Take this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.Take this advice to finally tackle that nagging to-do list.

    It's a secret of adulthood: Nothing is more exhausting than a task you never start. I've known this for a long time, but nevertheless had managed to accumulate a lengthy list of small, mildly unpleasant tasks that I kept putting off -- for months, sometimes years. Granted, these projects weren't urgent (which was why they didn't get done), but they weighed on me, made me feel overwhelmed, filled my brain with I need to… and Don't forget…! I had to fix the problem, because it was making me crazy.

    I decided to come up with a habit that would help me cross those items off my list. But what? How could a single habit cover a bunch of nonrecurring, unrelated to-do's? Then I hit upon an idea. Once a week, for one hour, I'd steadily work on nagging chores. An hour felt like enough time to get stuff done, but not too long.

    Related: 13 Little Ways to Make Your Life Even Better

    During this hour, I'd tackle only tasks with no deadline, no accountability, and no pressure -- because these

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  • These Rose Scents Smell Better Than Flowers

    These rose fragrances are a must-have for February 14.These rose fragrances are a must-have for February 14.

    This Valentine's Day, treat yourself to some roses of a different sort: one of these romantic, rose-infused scents we love. Some are classics, some are new, but they are anything but stuffy.

    1. Givenchy Very Irrésistable ($71 for 1.7 fl oz)
    While this fragrance from Givenchy features a blend of five different roses and launched in 2003, it still feels young, fresh, and not too-flowery.

    2. Chloé Eau de Parfum ($75 for 1 fl oz)
    The original Chloe, one of my current favorites, delivers a hint of rose along with peony, freesia and lily of the valley. It's a clean, sophisticated scent that's certainly romantic without being too girly. But for the real rose lover, Chloe now has an edition of the original, Roses de Chloe, a more romantic twist that highlights fresh cut roses.

    Related: 5 Beauty Tips to Wow Your Valentine

    3. Lancôme Tresor Lumineuse ($52 for 1 fl oz, launched in 2013)
    Like a sweet scent? This modern twist on the classic Tresor is lighter and features

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