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  • Scientist Who Made IVF Possible Won a Nobel Prize. Does He Deserve It?

    IVF drugs and needleBritish biologist Robert G. Edwards, who co-developed in vitro fertilization therapy, has just been awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Medicine. With his help, the first "test tube baby" was born in 1978, and since then, about four million babies have been conceived using the technique. You'd think everyone would be celebrating the doctor's long-overdue recognition, but it seems there's as much new backlash as there are new babies.

    When it was introduced, the procedure was a hot-button issue that raised religious, moral, and scientific concerns. Now that long-term studies have concluded it's safe and that IVF children are as healthy as other kids, it's more scientifically accepted, but the religious and moral issues linger. To wit, some reader comments on the NYT piece about the award raised concerns about global overpopulation ("Like the world is not overpopulated enough") or debated the merits of choosing IVF over adoption ("I don't understand why a couple would choose IVF when

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  • The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

    It's not the fake fangs, spiders, or haunted houses that scare my friends most this time of year. Oh, no - it's the pillowcases full of chocolate and candy corn! My advice: Never stock your house with your absolute favorite candy (you know who'll eat most of it), and keep this in mind when snagging a piece from your kid's trick-or-treat bag...






    BEST CHOCOLATE MINIATURE:
    3 Musketeers Minis
    (24 calories, less than 1g fat)
    You'll save calories if you go for chocolates with light and airy insides instead of denser fillings.

    WORST CHOCOLATE MINIATURE:
    Butterfinger Minis
    (45 calories, 2g fat)
    Mindlessly down a few of these and you might as well have eaten a whole bar. Whoops!

    Related: Delicious Candy Recipes

    BEST FRUITY CANDY:
    Fun-size Lemonheads
    (50 calories, 0g fat for 10 pieces)
    Most fruit-flavored hard candies have reasonable calorie counts. But tart ones take longer to eat!

    WORST FRUITY CANDY:
    Starburst Fruit Chews
    (204 calories,4g fat for 10 pieces)
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  • The Pill. Coffee. Sun. Confused about whether these and other factors put you at risk for breast cancer? To find out we went to the top experts. Here's the latest thinking on when to worry - and when to relax.

    5 Things That May Not Cause Breast Cancer After All

    1. Mammograms. There's a common misconception that radiation from annual mammograms causes breast cancer. But mammograms expose you to only about 18 millirems of radiation per exam - the equivalent of two days normal exposure to natural radiation in our atmosphere, according to the American College of Radiology. It is true that women who are exposed to very large amounts of radiation during their teens and early 20s have higher rates of breast cancer, probably because developing breast tissue is more susceptible to its effects. When women in their 30s and older are exposed to radiation, the risk is not as great as it is for younger women, says Rache Simmons, a breast surgeon at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical

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  • 12 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

    Check out these tiny truths guaranteed to bring couples closer in a big way.

    1. "The heart of marriage is memories."
    --Actor Bill Cosby, married to Camille Cosby

    2. "If I wake up at night, I watch my wife sleep and fall in love with her again."
    --Colin, via email

    Happy Marriage: How to Have (and Keep) One

    3. "My husband introduces me as his 'lovely bride.' It's silly because we've been married 10 years. But he tells me, 'I love you so much, I still feel like a newlywed.'"
    --Kenya, Uniondale, NY

    4. "The difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid."
    --Author Harlan Miller

    12 Secrets of Super Happy Couples

    5. "A pasta dish with a glass of wine and candlelight keeps our romance sparked. We'll just sit there and relax."
    --Actress Kate Capshaw, married to director Steven Spielberg

    6. "I would like to have engraved inside every wedding band: Be kind to one another. This is the golden rule of marriage and the

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  • 6 Sex Secrets of Really Happy Couples

    What do happy couples do right in the bedroom? These moves aren't exotic, they don't defy gravity -- they're not even all sex moves, per se -- but they'll make you feel closer to him than ever before.

    1. They get busy, period.
    You don't have to do the deed every day -- or every six days, for that matter -- to have a great marriage. But there's no way around this fact: "One of the primary ways a man feels close to his partner is by being sexually close to her; it's how he arrives at intimacy," says Laura Berman, Ph.D., director of the Berman Center in Chicago. When a guy doesn't get that regular body-bonding, he isn't inspired to be romantic, which tends to cause his wife's libido to wane, creating a vicious circle, explains Berman.

    2. They never withhold nooky as punishment.
    Why? Besides the fact that it turns what should be a loving and giving act into a commodity, once sex becomes part of a couple's power struggle, so much resentment builds that soon neither partner wants sex. So

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  • Uninspired at Work? How to Stay Positive in a Slump

    Downsizing rumors at the office, slashes in health and retirement benefits, and fewer projects (or way too many!) landing on your desk can all lead to feeling uninspired on the job. Here, Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh, cofounders of Silpada Designs, a $190 million home jewelry sales business, offer five tips for how to keep your chin up when work starts to feel like a downer.

    1. Take on new projects. From brainstorming cost-cutting initiatives to volunteering to helm a project, one of the best things you can do to lift your spirits is to pitch in where help is needed. Why? Taking action will give you a sense of control over your work life, while expanding your skill set will keep you motivated and energized.

    2. Say no to negativity. Coffee-break chatter about layoffs or pay cuts will only fuel your uncertainty, say Kelly and Walsh. Save your griping for outside the office - with your husband or friends - and keep the conversation with office buddies neutral.

    3. Create your own

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  • Give Yourself a Break: 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids How to Play Alone

    The alone time you crave is good for your kid, too. Here's how to make it happen.

    Training your kids to play on their own is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow. "It's the downtime for scribbling, making a car out of a cardboard box, or exploring the backyard that fosters the skills your child needs to be successful and fulfilled: creativity, critical thinking, and confidence," says psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., coauthor of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards.


    The Best Rainy-Day Activities for Kids Real moms share their tried-and-true ways to entertain stir-crazy kids on rainy days.


    Show Them How It's Done
    The first step in teaching your child to be okay with being alone is showing him how fun it can be. This process begins even before he can crawl. "To a certain extent, being alone is a learned behavior, and if you never leave your baby, he won't learn to settle himself," says Cynthia Chandler, Ph.D., assistant professor of early childhood education at Black Hill State

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  • Clever Childcare Solutions Beyond Daycare

    M.F. Chapman's flexible work schedule was a little too flexible: She couldn't find childcare for her unpredictable hours. So she came up with a clever way to help other working moms like her.

    M.F. opened Cubes & Crayons, in Mountain View, CA, where children from 6 weeks to 5 years old play in a bright, open space, with lavender walls, piles of board books, climbing toys, and a staff of caretakers. In the next room, their parents tap away at laptops in a quiet, professional work space with office perks like free Wi-Fi, copy machines, and coffee. Members pay anywhere from $15 an hour for drop-in child care to $749 for 60 hours of child care and office space. "We also do $10-per-hour Fridays," M.F. says.

    7 Secrets of Low-Stress Families

    M.F. finally figured out how to achieve what she calls the "balance and flow" of happily managing both her family and her business, which is now in its third successful year and has 170 members. Here's how she does it.

    1. She taps in to the mom

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  • Are Moms Wired to Worry?

    By Alice Bradley

    Eight years ago, when I found out that I was pregnant with my son, Henry, I was thrilled. For approximately five minutes. And then I began to worry.

    My default worry is my son. There's no rational cause for concern here. Henry is a great 7-year-old. We are, by all objective standards, incredibly lucky. But still my brain goes around and around, like a hamster with a furrowed brow on his Wheel of Doom: What am I not doing right? How am I failing as a mother? Didn't I forget to do... I don't know... something?

    "Oh, just you wait until he's a teenager," my sister, Liz, cautioned me. Liz has two grown sons. Liz is a positively tranquil soul compared to me, but being a mom will, it seems, knock the calm right out of anyone. "Wait until Henry is driving, or until he has friends who drive. That'll take years off your life."

    "Oh, Henry won't be allowed to hang out with people who drive," I explained to her. "Or with any people. We're going to buy him a pet rock. A soft

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  • What You Really Need to Know About Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs tap-danced their way across New York City this summer, and now there's news of more bed bug infestations across the country.

    Fall and winter mean holiday travel, and travel presents some of bed bugs' favorite opportunities to spread: They love taxis, hotel rooms, seats on subway platforms, coat checks, airplane cargo holds...if you thought bed bugs spiked this summer, just wait until the season gets into full swing. (Get a head start on the season with these fun ideas!)

    There's no foolproof way of keeping bed bugs out of your life (and thinking you're immune makes you a fool), but there are ways to minimize your risk and catch infestations before they get serious. Here's what you need to know.

    Bed bugs are skilled travelers. They can hitch a ride into your home on used furniture (upholstered AND wooden pieces; they love small spaces, and can both hide and lay eggs in the tiniest crack). They can infest your luggage via hotel rooms and taxi trunks (a favorite hiding place).

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