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  • 10 Things Your Vet Won't Tell You

    By Amanda Greene


    When it comes to taking care of your pet, a yearly trip to the vet is all you need, right? Wrong! Though annual visits to your cat or dog's doc are essential for maintaining their health and well-being, there are many more things you should be doing for Fido and Fluffy in order to keep them in tip-top shape. And since your pets can't tell you what they need, we did the next best thing: We talked to veterinarians across the country to get the scoop on everything they're thinking, wishing and disapproving of during your appointments. Read on to find out how you can boost your pet's health and make your trips to the vet easier and more productive.

    1. Your pet isn't "extra-fluffy" or "big-boned." According to Bernadine Cruz, DVM, member of the Iams Pet Wellness Council, it is estimated that 40 percent of pets in the U.S. are overweight. Obesity in pets can cause a number of health problems, from heart disease to diabetes to skin inflammation. "I wish that more

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  • Solutions for Your Toughest Cleaning Problems

    By Arricca SanSone


    If you're tired of wasting time scouring the stove and scrubbing the tub without getting results, we've got you covered. "Knowing a few cleaning tricks helps you get the job done right the first time," says Liz Trotter, owner of American Maid Cleaning, LLC, in Olympia, Washington. "Even the worst household messes can be conquered with a little know-how." With that in mind, we asked cleaning professionals for solutions to some of the toughest tasks around the house. Read on to find out a few tricks of the trade.


    Problem: A pot has boiled over-all over your stove, that is.

    We understand that, frankly, it can be hard to keep an eye on everything that's going on in the kitchen. To clean up a cooking spill on the stove, let it cool first, then remove drip pans or grates (you'll clean these separately). Apply a dollop of dishwasher detergent gel or a paste of dishwasher detergent powder and water directly to the spill. "Don't use regular dishwashing soap-it

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Vitamins

    By Abigail L. Cuffey

    Before you pop your next multivitamin or consider a new supplement, consider these 10 little-known facts:

    1. Temperature

    Refrigerate supplements that contain oils (such as fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids) or probiotics. "Heat, light and oxygen are the elements that make oils go rancid and kill probiotics," says Rashmi Gulati, MD, medical director at Patients Medical in New York. "If your pills are exposed to any of these for long, they will be completely useless."

    2. Drug Interactions
    If you take aspirin or are on birth control, you may need to boost your vitamin C intake. "People who frequently take moderate-to-large doses of aspirin lose vitamin C in the urine and may need higher doses to maintain their blood levels," says Kathi J. Kemper, MD, author of Mental Health, Naturally: The Family Guide to Holistic Care for a Healthy Mind and Body. Contraceptives that contain estrogen can also lower C levels.

    3. Synthetic vs. Natural
    Go synthetic

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  • 10 Ways to Soothe Sunburn

    By Barbara Brody

    Photo: © Shutterstock

    Maybe you skipped the sunscreen because you didn't think you'd be outside for very long, or perhaps you forgot to reapply after a dip in the pool. Whatever the reason, your skin is red-hot to the touch and seriously painful. Now what? You can pop an aspirin and apply a standard drugstore treatment that contains a numbing agent like Lidocaine, or you can try one of the following natural remedies.

    To Stop the Pain:

    1. Slather on aloe. If you're going to buy it in a bottle, the best choice is one that contains no added colors or fragrances. (A good option is Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera.) But aloe straight from the plant may be even better and possibly more effective, says Lynne C. David, ND, a naturopathic doctor at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Purchase a plant at a garden store or florist, and then just split open a spear and rub the gel on your skin.

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  • Common Summer Skin Problems-Solved

    By Petra Guglielmetti

    As the weather starts to get steamy, the last thing you want to be doing is spackling on foundation and other flaw-concealing concoctions. That's why pre-summer is the perfect time to take charge of your skin and get its irksome issues under control. We consulted top dermatologists to get the most proven treatments for your common skin complaints; start using them now, and you'll be able to go blissfully light on the makeup all season long.

    The Problem: Flaking

    Even when it's warm out, skin can still be parched and flake-prone, especially if you're out in the sun often. Resist the instant gratification of sloughing the dead skin off with a very gritty-feeling scrub; these can be too harsh and just lead to more flaking plus redness, says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD. Instead, use one with smooth, synthetic beads, like Olay Regenerist Thermal Mini Peel. Even more important is to maximize your moisturizing routine. "Think of your epidermis as

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  • 5 Tips for a Flawless Shave

    5 Tips for a Flawless Shave5 Tips for a Flawless Shave

    By Melissa Matthews

    Get smooth results with this advice from Debra Luftman, MD, a Beverly Hills dermatologist and coauthor of The Beauty Prescription.

    1. Wait until the end of your shower to shave. The steam softens hairs for smoother results.

    2. Shave upward (from ankle to knee), using shave cream.

    3. Prevent irritation: The bikini and underarm areas are delicate, so use shave cream (not soap) to avoid friction between the blade and your skin. Again, be sure to shave upward.

    4. Remove your razor from the shower. It's a breeding ground for bacteria, which can irritate skin.

    5. Replenish moisture. When you shave your underarms, you lose 20 percent of the top layer of skin. Soothe the area with a moisturizing deodorant like Dove Ultimate Beauty Care Light Radiance Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant. ($4; at drugstores)

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  • Sunscreens for Every Age and Skin Type

    By Melissa Matthews

    Block Party

    Before you head out for some fun in the sun, be sure to slather on the sunscreen-and fast. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sun's UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Whether you're beach-or block party-bound, apply one of these editor-approved picks well in advance (15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, so your skin has time to absorb the formula), and don't forget to reapply every two hours to ensure all-day coverage.



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    Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 provides irritant-free waterproof UVA/ UVB coverage. $8.99; Drugstore.com















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    Ocean Potion Suncare Cool Dry Touch Sport SPF 30 Sunblock is water- and sweat-resistant, and contains Parsol 1789 to help block UVA rays. $7.49; Drugstore.com










    For Wriggly Kids

    For Wriggly KidsFor Wriggly Kids

    Try Hawaiian Tropic Kids Continuous Spray SPF 30.

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  • Satisfy Your Cravings-and Lose Weight



    By Karen Ansel, RD

    Have you ever tried desperately to avoid a food you crave only to find yourself devouring a pint of ice cream? Labeling something "forbidden" only makes you want it more, so satisfying a craving (in moderation) is usually a better plan. But if you're serious about losing weight, you need to strategize. A few options:

    1. Downsize your treats, so you're eating a smaller amount of the exact thing you want. For example, instead of a 4" square brownie, have a 2" square brownie.

    2. Go for a lower-calorie substitute. That may mean skipping ice cream in favor of sorbet. (Warning: If you've been dreaming about the real stuff for hours, a stand-in might not quash the original craving.)

    3. Make room in your daily calorie count for a food you really want.

    4. Know your trigger foods. The exception to the "don't deprive yourself" rule: foods that you can't eat a bite of without stopping. So, if you know that you can't eat a cookie without devouring the box,

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  • A Month in the Life of Your Hormones

    By Sarah Jio

    Hormones. You know they're there-and that they're responsible for the ebb and flow of your monthly cycle. But have you ever wondered what's going on in your body from week to week? We talked to the experts so you can stay one step ahead of your hormonal fluctuations.

    [Important note: No two menstrual cycles are alike. All women experience different symptoms, and the length of their monthly cycle varies. For the purpose of this article, we have divided the hormonal phases into four weeks, though it may not be true across the board for all women.]

    Week One: Post-Period

    Your period is over-phew! "The very cessation of the period itself makes some women perk up during this time," says Hal Danzier, MD, reproductive endocrinologist and cofounder of Southern California Reproductive Center. But your estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest now, which could translate into two things: tiredness, though many women don't notice energy level dips; and low

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp

    5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain Sharp5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Brain SharpBy WomansDay.com Staff


    Research shows there's lots you can do to avoid those "senior moments." Some techniques worth trying:

    1. Chill Out
    The brain remembers better when it's relaxed, say researchers at the California Institute of Technology. Take a few minutes each day to breathe deeply or meditate.

    2. Focus on the Future
    People who regularly made plans and looked forward to upcoming events had a 50 percent reduced risk of Alzheimer's, according to a recent study. Don't worry if your calendar isn't overflowing with life-changing events: Setting a goal to have a weekly coffee date with a friend (and keeping it) will do.

    3. Go for a Walk
    Mildly elevated glucose levels (even if you don't have diabetes) can harm the area of the brain that helps you form memories, say Columbia University researchers. Experts agree that physical activity can help get blood glucose down to normal.

    4. Snack on Berries
    Blueberries have compounds called anthocyanins that help

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