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  • The Truth About At-Home Medical Tests

    By Linda DiProperzio

    There are many at-home tests on the market, all promising consumers a fast, convenient and-for the most part-cheap way to monitor a preexisting condition or provide a diagnosis for a new one. But not all of these tests are created equal, and many MDs caution against playing doctor at home. "Many times the results are straightforward, but more often than not there are hidden clues that doctors rely on to make a diagnosis," says Victor Perkel, MD, an endocrinologist at Redlands Community Hospital in Southern California. "Evaluation involves a good history and an examination with labs providing confirmation of the suspected diagnosis." Below are a few of the most common at-home tests, along with expert opinions on whether you should add them to your shopping cart or save your money.



    The Condition: High Blood Pressure

    The Test: Omron Automatic Blood Pressure Monitor with Large Cuff ($49.99, at drugstores and OmronWebstore.com)

    How It Works: You simply

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  • 9 Things Your Pharmacist Wants to Tell You

    By Alexandra Gekas


    Prescription drug use in the U.S. has steadily been on the rise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007-2008, the number of Americans who had recently taken prescription drugs rose to 48 percent, a jump from 44 percent 10 years earlier. If you are part of this growing trend of prescription drug takers, it's important to learn as much as you can about your medication like why you are taking it and what the potential side effects are-and pharmacists can help provide this vital information. Woman's Day spoke with three pharmacists to find out what patients need to keep in mind when it comes to prescription medication. From protecting your family from drug abuse to opting for generic brands, here are nine things your pharmacist wants you to know.

    1. Pharmacists are medical experts.

    While you may think pharmacists are more like technicians, they're actually far more qualified than that. "A lot of people think the level of

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  • Get in Shape for Wedding Season

    By Amanda Greene


    With wedding season just around the corner, everyone from bridal party members to event attendees is eager to jump-start their fitness regimen in order to look their best when the big day arrives. And while it's impossible to achieve an overnight transformation safely, there are quite a few nutrition and exercise tricks that can provide speedy and lasting results if you start integrating them now. Read on for eight ways to get party-ready, starting today.

    1. Try circuit training.

    "Mixing cardio and weight training will produce results fast, because you're burning fat, shedding calories and building muscle at the same time," says Monica Vazquez, personal trainer at New York Sports Clubs. While doing cardio, like running or spinning, will burn calories, it's essential to integrate strength training into your routine because muscle burns fat, even while you're resting. Boot camp-style classes are an efficient way to achieve this balance, because they combine

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  • 5 Pain-Fighting Foods

    By Alexandra Gekas


    Whether it's migraines, back pain, joint pain or arthritis, 35 percent of American adults (that's 105 million people) suffer from chronic pain, according to the American Chronic Pain Association. Furthermore, a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed that 26 percent of Americans age 20 years and older (an estimated 76.5 million) have problems with pain that lasts 24 hours or more. Pain is often a symptom of inflammation, which is how your body reacts to injury. "Inflammation is a normal process. Acute inflammatory responses [short-term inflammation of an injury like a sprained ankle] can cause pain, but are beneficial. Without those immune responses, used to heal and prevent infection, we'd all be in trouble," says David Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "But chronic inflammatory changes [in rheumatoid arthritis, for

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  • Make the Perfect Pancakes

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Pancake Prep

    I think we can all agree: Pancake making is an art, which requires the right skillet and some savvy spatula know-how. Using our easy guide, familiarize yourself with these essential steps to ensure you whip up a perfect stack every time.






    Step 1

    To make four servings (12 pancakes), in a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, 1⁄2 tsp baking powder , 1⁄4 tsp baking soda and a pinch of kosher salt. In a separate measuring cup or bowl, whisk together 3⁄4 cup whole milk and 1 large egg. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until fully incorporated (a few small lumps are fine).




    Step 2

    Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. (Tip: If your nonstick skillet is past its prime causing the pancakes are sticking, add 1 tsp of canola or vegetable oil and heat it before pouring in the next batch.) Check the heat by sprinkling it with water-when the water

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  • 3 Elegant Easter Egg Decorations

    By Woman's Day Staff


    Shell Shocked

    Move over, food dye! Egg decorating just got a whole lot swankier. Below, get instructions for perking up your batches with patterned paper napkins, glitter and more from celebrity decorator Eddie Ross.






    Egg Topiary

    Feather your nest with topiaries made from paper napkin-covered plastic eggs glued onto Easter grass-covered Styrofoam cones.

    Click here for how-to instructions.





    Paper Napkin-Covered Eggs

    This Easter, lend a personal touch to your decor by dressing your eggs in a paper napkin pattern that catches your eye.

    Click here for how-to instructions.





    Glittered Egg Box

    As if they aren't already, this pretty iridescent glitter will make your eggs-and holiday decor-the center of attention.

    Click here for how-to instructions.






    Original article appeared on WomansDay.com

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  • Outrageous Royal Wedding Memorabilia

    By Olivia Putnal


    Come Friday, April 29, all eyes will be on London's Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton are walking down the aisle. As the event approaches, and details continue to leak about everything from the bachelor/bachelorette parties to the reception, guest list and Kate's wedding dress, one thing is for certain-the souvenirs have hit the Internet and stores! But in addition to your run-of-the-mill commemorative plates, wedding opportunists are getting pretty creative. From nail decals to pet gear, check out these 10 over-the-top royal wedding mementos.

    Nail It

    Yes, you're seeing these correctly. Nail decals with Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement photo are now available in Westminster souvenir shops in London. We hope the couple's marriage lasts longer than it takes to peel them off!

    Money Honey

    We can't imagine who'd invest in this gold-plated coin, especially since the picture looks nothing like the beautiful royal

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  • Kitchen Cabinet Buyer’s Guide

    By Jeannie Matteucci


    The right cabinets are vital to your kitchen's overall appearance. "They create its visual persona," says John Troxell, director of design for Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry. But you can't just choose what looks best: Your budget, what you store and how frequently you use your kitchen will influence how you shop for them and what you choose. Plus, they're a big investment, taking up as much as half of your remodeling budget. "Cabinets are a big chunk of change, so you want to choose them wisely," says Cheryl Kees Clendenon, owner of In Detail Kitchen & Bath of Pensacola, Florida. There are three ways to buy cabinets: stock, semi-custom and custom. Read on to determine what will work best for you.

    Stock Cabinets
    Widely available and the cheapest option, these are the off-the-shelf boxed frames you find at home retailers like Lowe's or The Home Depot. Usually preassembled and boxed, they are also sold ready-to-assemble for DIY experts. Additional

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  • 12 Beautiful New Blooming Plants

    By Deb Wiley


    In Bloom

    They've got original looks, new color schemes and lots of pizzazz. From hundreds of recent introductions, we've selected annuals, perennials and shrubs you'll want to consider planting in your yard.







    'Secret' Series Coneflowers

    Old-fashioned Echinacea now comes in vibrant shades of red, orange, pink, purple, yellow and white, and in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes. This 'Secret' series has double, anemone-like flowers in sassy colors like the orange-pink blend of 'Secret Desire' and the orange and pink 'Secret Lust,' among others. Zones 4-9. Available at: SoonerPlantFarm.com and TerranovaNurseries.com.





    Starlite Prairieblues Baptisia

    Jim Ault, a plant breeder at the Chicago Botanic Garden, endowed native baptisias with wonderful new colors like these periwinkle blues with a luminous buttercream base that grow 3 feet tall. Plant in full sun and common garden soil- they're not fussy. Zones 4-8.

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  • Bathroom Fixture Buyer’s Guide

    By Nancy A. Herrick


    Unless you're a serial remodeler, when it comes to toilets, sinks, showers and tubs, most of us have no idea where to start. And since the life expectancy of a porcelain toilet can be as long as 50 years, and a castiron tub even longer than that, you'll want to put some serious thought into your choices. We've gathered the facts to help you do just that.

    Toilets

    Price: Expect to pay from $100 to $350 for a standard one- or two-piece gravity-flush toilet; a pressure- or vacuum-assist model (which has more flushing power) will cost an additional $150 to $400. For around $400 to more than $1,200, you'll find toilets that feature distinctive styling, designer colors or greater efficiency.
    Design: Toilets are almost always made of ceramic (also called porcelain or vitreous china), whether they mimic antique shapes or have pareddown lines. Standard dimensions for a round-bowl toilet are 24 to 28 inches from the wall, with a tank that is 19.5 inches wide

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