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  • 8 Things Your Ob-Gyn Wants to Tell You

    By Alexandra Gekas

    8 Things Your Ob-Gyn Wants to Tell You8 Things Your Ob-Gyn Wants to Tell You

    Going to the gynecologist is something every woman has to do. But considering how personal it is, it's no wonder many of us feel nervous or self-conscious when it's time for the yearly exam. Though shyness is perfectly normal, it can also hold you back from asking important questions or sharing information that your doctor needs to treat you. From menstrual cycle issues to sexual history, discover what your gynecologist is really thinking during your annual check-up.

    1. Don't feel shy about your body.
    Your doctor is just that-a doctor. So believe it or not, when she is looking at you "down there," it really is just like looking at any other part of your body. "There's very little we haven't seen and almost everything is normal, so don't be afraid," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and author of A Woman's Guide to Sexual Health. If you're

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  • 6 Little-Known Headache Facts

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Think you're a victim of sinus headaches? Think again. According to research, there's no such thing. Read on to find out what else you didn't know about all that throbbing and pounding.

    1. Fifty percent of people with migraines don't realize they have them. Current stats show that more than 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraines, with three times as many wom6 Little-Known Headache Facts6 Little-Known Headache Factsen affected as men. This type of headache causes throbbing pain on one side of your head as well as nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light- but you don't have to experience all of these symptoms for the headache to be a migraine. "Many people mistakenly assume they're having tension headaches," says Jason Rosenberg, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. If the pain is bad enough to make you skip work or other activities, definitely talk to your doctor. You may need a prescription drug in the triptan class (like Imitrex). For chronic migraines, you may also need to take a

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  • 7 Spectacular Spice Rubs

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Spicy, smoky or a little bit sweet, these zesty rubs are a simple way to add nuance to meat, seafood and vegetables. For an enhanced experience, layer on the seasoning and refrigerate your fixings for a few hours before cooking. Once grilled or roasted, you'll be rewarded with tender, flavorful feast that's spiced to perfection.

    Redeye BBQ Rub Recipe

    The deep, rich flavors of paprika, coffee and brown sugar combine to create this delicious rub that's ideal for hearty meats like London broil, strip steak, beef burgers and pork chops.

    Redeye BBQ Rub RecipeRedeye BBQ Rub Recipe

    Recipe Ingredients

    • 3 Tbsp paprika
    • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp ground coffee
    • Kosher salt and pepper

    Recipe Preparation

    1. In a small bowl, combine the paprika , sugar, coffee, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.

    2. Pat about 2 tablespoons into each pound of meat. For extra flavor, refrigerate for a few hours before cooking. Yields 1/2 cup.

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  • How to Raise a Good Man

    By Laura Flynn McCarthy

    The instant you looked into your newborn son's eyes you knew that every hope you had for his future rested on what you did from that moment on. Would you be able to help him grow into a caring, confident, responsible man? Every mother questions how she's doing when it comes to raising her boy. But if you follow the advice below, chances are, your son will turn into the kind of man you want him to be.

    Number 1: Give Him a Hand at Managing His Emotions

    The strong, silent type and the macho tough guy may be appealing on the big screen, but in real life, the good guys are the ones who know how to deal with their feelings-the right way. "Some qualities that we stereotypically think of as 'manly' are actually repressive-being stoic and in control, not showing how you feel," says Christine Nicholson, PhD, a psychologist specializing in adolescent therapy in Kirkland, Washington. "If your son is upset and you say, 'Buck up, it's not that bad,' he learns to

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  • 9 Beauty Treatment Mishaps You Can Avoid

    By Brynn Mannino

    We've heard the horror stories. After getting a manicure, a friend's nail begins oozing with infection, or following a chemical hair-straightening treatment, a coworker's hair starts falling out in clumps. Which got us thinking: How often do these cosmetic catastrophes occur, and are they preventable? Read on to see what industry insiders say, along with what measures you can take to avoid becoming a victim of a beauty disaster.

    Brazilian Blowout

    The Brazilian blowout-a wildly popular hair-straightening treatment, which applies a mixture of keratin and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen) to the hair before it is blown out and flat-ironed at 450 degrees-can leave your tresses incredibly silky. But, when proper protocol isn't followed or if the mixture contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde, clients can experience devastating side effects, the most common of which is hair loss, according to John Sickles, director of the Salon Professional Academy.

    How to

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  • 7 Dishwasher Dilemmas—Solved

    By Arianne Cohen

    Modern dishwashers have come a long way, but sometimes problems still pop up. Below, get savvy solutions from contributing editor Arianne Cohen, author of Help, It's Broken! A Fix-It Bible for the Repair-Impaired, to the most common appliance complaints.

    1. When I open the door, there's water on the bottom. Why?7 Dishwasher Dilemmas—Solved7 Dishwasher Dilemmas—Solved

    You've got a clogged drain. Empty the dishwasher and look for the filter, usually a plastic mesh container below the spray arm (it's in a different place on every washer). Empty that. Common culprits include chicken bones, cellophane and broken glass-which is invisible in water, so feel around carefully.

    2. Why are my dishes coming out dirty?

    Your water sprayer may be clogged. Turn off the power and empty the dishwasher, taking out the racks and detaching the spray arm (it's removable for cleaning; see your manual to find out how to do it). Check all the little holes on the spray arm; if any are clogged, clean them with a toothpick. If all

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  • Plan a Girlfriend Getaway

    By Laura Manske

    Plan a Girlfriend GetawayPlan a Girlfriend Getaway

    Photo: © Getty Images

    Six years ago, Casey Wohl, 35, of Avon Park, Florida, was in the middle of a messy divorce when she got another devastating blow. "I was fired from my public relations job," she says. "I felt like a failure." Depressed and at a major crossroads in her life, Casey didn't know what to do next. Her three closest girlfriends had a few ideas. "They suggested we all take a trip together, but I was in no mood," says Casey. Her friends didn't let her off the hook that easily. They kept asking her to go, until she finally gave in. Soon Casey found herself zip-lining in Cancun. And amid all the fun there was lots of girl talk-exactly what Casey needed. "We had a blast," she says. "After listening to their advice, I was able to rethink my life with a fresh perspective. Traveling with my friends raised my spirits and boosted my courage to try a new career as a travel writer."

    As Casey discovered, going on vacation with gal pals is about much

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  • What You Need to Know About Life Insurance

    By Woman's Day Staff

    The simplest reason to get life insurance is to make sure your loved ones have enough money to pay the bills and cover important expenses if you were to meet with an untimely end, as they say. Here's how it works: You purchase a policy for a certain amount of coverage and pWhat You Need to Know About Life Insurance What You Need to Know About Life Insurance ay a premium every month. In the event that you pass away, the insurance company will pay a death benefit in the amount of coverage you selected, which your family can then live on. At the very least, you're aiming to replace your income for some years-until your kids, spouse or dependent relatives can fend for themselves, or until, say, your spouse can tap into retirement savings (usually at age 65). The trick is figuring out the amount of coverage that will work best for you.

    Coverage is largely based on your income. A common rule of thumb is to get a policy worth 7 to 10 times your income. If one of you is a stay-at-home spouse, your policy should cover the cost of hiring people to

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  • 8 Ways to Improve Your Memory

    8 Ways to Improve Your Memory8 Ways to Improve Your MemoryBy Eliana Osborn

    Memory often starts slipping in small ways, like when you forget to make a restaurant reservation or misplace an important document. And though some instances can be chalked up to absentmindedness, others are good reminders that, as with the rest of your body, what you do on a day-to-day basis has an impact on your brain. Though researchers are still debating the connection between Ginkgo biloba and memory, there is some solid science out there that links certain activities, habits and even foods to how well you remember things.

    Good Conversation
    When you engage in a pleasant conversation with someone, you get more out of the encounter than just a satisfactory social experience. Researchers at the University of Michigan studied different styles of communication to see what, if any, effect they have on the brain. The results showed that talking in a negative or competitive way doesn't yield any benefits. However, when the conversation was affable and engaging,

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Exer-Gaming

    By Barbara Brody

    Is hitting an imaginary ball with an imaginary racquet or following an avatar personal trainer as good as "regular" exercise? Here's what you should know.

    What is exer-gaming?Everything You Need to Know About Exer-GamingEverything You Need to Know About Exer-Gaming

    Exer-games are video games that get your whole body moving. The two most popular options are the Wii Fit Plus and the Xbox 360 Kinect. (A newer contender is the PlayStation Move.) They use a motion sensor so that when you move, you affect what happens onscreen. For example, every time you step or punch while playing Rhythm Boxing on the Wii Fit Plus, your onscreen avatar follows suit.

    Do these games count toward the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day?

    Absolutely. In terms of calories burned, playing active video games is comparable to mild to moderate physical activity (like walking or casual bike riding), according to a review in the journal Pediatric Exercise Science. And the American Heart Association recently partnered with Nintendo to promote exer-games

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