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  • Delicious New Ways to Eat THIS Thanksgiving-Approved Superfood

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell

    Lisa HubbardLisa HubbardNot only are sweet potatoes a superfood since they are high in fiber and important antioxidants, they are also a fall classic (and no, not the baseball kind) on the Thanksgiving table. Whether served up casserole style, in a pie or even just mashed and topped with marshmallows (YUM!), they're pretty much a guarantee. Perhaps it's because their slightly sweet yet earthy texture is so versatile, or perhaps it's because of their vibrant color; either way, we love this superfood. So skip the yams next Thursday and try one of these inventive recipes instead.

    * Sweet Potato Biscuits: Biscuits make everything better, and sweet potato-based ones are no exception. The orange root veggie is added to the biscuit dough to give it a slightly sweet flavor (think cornbread) but with a wealth of health benefits. These babies will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving turkey and turn into a treat when you top 'em just outta the oven with cranberry sauce.

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  • Another Reason to Quit Smoking Right Now--You'll Want to Read This

    by Anna Maltby

    Eric McnattEric Mcnatt You may have heard the stat that asmoker's risk of cardiovascular-related disease and death drops to that of a never-smoker within 15 years of quitting. (Pretty sweet, right?) Well, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham decided to look deeper into that connection -- and they found that for some folks, that "recovery" time might actually be even shorter than 15 years.

    In a paper to be presented today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, the researchers note that people who quit smoking less than 15 years ago -- with a median quitting time of 8 years -- return to never-smoker levels of cardio health if they smoked less than 32 "pack years." (FYI: Pack years is a term that scientists use to measure smoking. For example, smoking one pack a day for 20 years equals 20 pack years; so does two packs a day for 10 years, or four packs a day for five years.) That means that some people who quit less than eight years ago may already have

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  • Jennifer Lawrence's Side-Swept Bangs and Wine Lips Won the Weekend

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesDid anyone else have a momentary freak out with Jennifer Lawrence chopped off all her hair? I definitely did. But after seeing her at the Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere at Le Grand Rex in Paris, I am a full-on believer in her drastic new look. Particularly at this premiere, right? Her look hits all the right notes between vampy and glam, and there are three things that you can do right now (or later, for a night out!) to pull off a similar style. One thing we can't promise in our tutorial? How to snag a diamond-encrusted ear cuff. We'll let you guys decide on the jewels slash accessorizing for yourselves.

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    What juxtaposes her dark, almost heavy makeup is her honey blond hair -- and those new signature side-swept bangs. If you want to do the JLaw, SELF's own beauty editors, April and Kate, recommend 'em as a great starting point for pulling off the latest iteration of JLaw -- plus, they're easy to grow out, and even

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  • How to Update Your Foundation for Winter

    by Alexandra Samuel

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    It's that time of year: the air is dry outside and is even drier inside thanks to heaters and radiators, which can make skin a little bit weathered -- but also really outdate the current foundation you're using, both formula and shade wise. So, I checked in with Daniel Martin, an amazing makeup artist in NYC, and he gave me the scoop on how to update your foundation for winter.

    There are two issues with winter, says Martin. One, you tend to be paler (there's that shade change) so you need to tweak your color choice, but, two, since said air is so dry, you need coverage that packs in hydration. He recommends Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($60). Not only is the formula hydrating, its reflective pigment also adjusts to the skin's tone so the coverage is balanced.

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    Another, great, brand-new option for fixing your shade are the Chromatic Mixes from Makeup Forever ($14 each). For winter, pick up a bottle

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  • One More Reason to Rethink Your Soda Habit

    by Anna Maltby

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    We've heard a lot about the various evils of drinking too much soda, and a new study from Japan adds a new health concern regarding the beverage: Drinking too many soft drinks may cause kidney problems.

    Researchers at Osaka University found that study subjects who drank two or more non-diet sodas per day were more likely to show signs of proteinuria, an elevated amount of protein in the urine, which can be a sign of kidney dysfunction.

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    Why does this happen, you ask? The researchers point to high levels of fructose in sodas.

    "A [previous] series of animal experiments reported that a fructose-rich diet induces proteinuria and kidney injury," lead study author Ryohei Yamamoto, M.D., told SELF. "Many kinds of soda are rich in fructose, and based on this new information, we think excessive fructose may play a role in kidney injury."

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    But hang on, guys,

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  • SELF's mental health expert, Dr. Catherine Birndorf, M.D., is here to help with all your life and relationship problems.
    by SELF Staffers

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    First, defuse the situation in the moment. Say: "This is not a conversation I'm going to have right now," then agree on a time to revisit the topic when you're not in danger of ending up on YouTube. Later, tell him how his fighting style makes you feel. Don't lay into him, which can put him on the defensive -- focus on your experience of feeling embarrassed. He might not realize he's doing it... or it could be intentional.

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    Maybe he thinks you don't take him seriously in private, or maybe he's capitalizing on the fact that a public tiff makes you squirm and he knows he can win. If he continues to do it, it's OK to get up and take a bathroom break or leave the room. It will send the message that you're not willing to discuss this around others.

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  • Study Drop: Can One HPV Shot Be as Good as Three?

    by Anna Maltby

    Devon JarvisDevon JarvisThe human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a safe and hugely effective cancer-preventer: This we know. But what we also know is that to fully protect yourself from cervical cancer, you have to get all three doses of the vaccine -- and most women don't. In fact, a study last year found that the number of young women who complete all three doses dropped from 50 percent in 2006 to less than 22 percent in 2009!

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    Potentially good news on that front: A study in Cancer Prevention Research finds that just two doses of the HPV vaccine result in comparable protection against the two most cancer-causing strains of HPV as do three -- and even women who only got one dose still had high levels of antibodies against those two strains a full four years after getting the vaccine.

    "Vaccination with two or even one dose could simplify logistics and reduce costs," says Mahboobeh Safaeian, Ph.D., the lead researcher on the study and an

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  • Could Taking Birth Control Raise Your Risk for Glaucoma?

    by Anna Maltby

    Gorman Studio (Christopher & Thomas)Gorman Studio (Christopher & Thomas) Yesterday, some interesting news came out of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting: Women who take oral contraceptives for three or more years could potentially be twice as likely to develop glaucoma as those who take oral birth control for shorter periods of time, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, Duke University School of Medicine and Nanchang University in China. And FYI, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States -- especially when left untreated.

    The researchers suspect there may be a connection between hormone levels of women who take birth control and the role estrogen plays in the development of glaucoma.

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    "The exact role birth control pills may play in this connection is unclear," lead researcher Elaine Wang told SELF. "Oral contraceptives work by interfering with the natural oscillation of female hormones in our body. [One Read More »from Could Taking Birth Control Raise Your Risk for Glaucoma?
  • We're Obsessed: Braid Bars

    by Alexandra Samuel

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesCan we take a second to talk about how perfect braids are for winter? Not only do they stand up to major hat head, they are so versatile that you can rock it at the gym, at a super-chic holiday party (BTW, here's your makeup game plan for those) and anywhere else your life might take you. But, self-plaiting isn't everyone's strong point, and with blow-dry bars taking the nation by storm, it was only natural that a new hairstyling fad hit town: braid bars.

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    Basically, instead of getting a full-on wash and blow-out pre-party (or whenever you need to look gorg), you roll in to the salon with second-day hair -- it has better grip for styling -- and a stylist creates a gorgeous braided 'do. Then, you leave with a killer look that's equal to the price of a blow-out or less. Oh, and like a blow-out, a good braid can last more than a day. And these braid bars, guys, are all over the country! A few of my faves:

    * The

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  • Five Things We Can't Stop Thinking About from the Victoria's Secret Show

    Joey Bartolomeo

    WireImageWireImageLast night, we were lucky enough to snag a couple of coveted seats at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, held at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Although the show won't air until December 10 on CBS at 10 PM EST, we wanted to share a few of the most glam and glittery moments from the night to tide you over for the next month. Bonus: We even took a little video for you, too!

    1. I couldn't tell you which model wore what lingerie because couldn't take my eyes off of their abs, legs and butts. Say what you will about all of this, but I definitely left the show feeling inspired to workout. (How can a lady such as myself look at all these Angels and not wanna start sweating ASAP?) Thanks, Behati.

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    2. Taylor Swift could have been one of the models. She has the beauty, the height and the legs -- which looked amazing, especially in her silver dress.

    3. Victoria's Secret should try to bottle the

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