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  • Hot New Buys for Fall

    --Lois Joy Johnson



    I like to say I'm trend-resistant these days, since most of my time is spent writing at home at the computer. But once a fashion editor, always a fashion editor. This fall I decided to ditch my daily uniform of black and go for camel and brown as a base and add a lot more color. Maybe I've been watching too many foreign films but my picks are feminine, flirty colorful things that make me feel happy, sexy and upbeat. In this economy, with all the stresses and angst, who can't use a little of that fashion magic?

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  • How to Unstuff Your Nose Naturally

    Who hasn't had a stuffy nose? Most of the time it's nothing to worry about, but that doesn't help the annoyance factor. A stuffy nose can keep you from sleeping, socializing, concentrating and enjoying food. You can always try an OTC decongestant, but before you do -- consider these natural remedies for temporary relief..

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  • The "Twilight" Saga Begins Its Last Chapter

    Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 1 Berlin Premiere"As "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" storms into theaters, the three protagonists of Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular vampires-versus-werewolves saga are feeling a little blue about the end of their long, strange trip to superstardom.

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    This, the fourth film in the series, was shot simultaneously with the fifth, so although Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will have one more "Twilight" premiere to attend in November 2012, the ride for them is basically over.

    Stewart is just 21, Pattison 25 and Lautner 19; all three have become household names in the four years since the first film released. It's a position that tends to bemuse them all, especially Pattinson, the dark-haired British hunk who plays Edward, the vampire who loves Bella the human (Stewart) in the saga.

    "I guess it's just presented a whole variety of obstacles, in terms of trying to

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  • Five Little-Known Fiber Benefits

    Granola Trail MixEveryone knows that fiber helps you digest food and relieves constipation, but did you know that it also lowers the risk of heart disease? Fiber, which is found mainly in legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains, also has several little-known health benefits, and after finding out what they are, you'll be sure to get your recommended daily intake from here on out. The National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine recommends that women over age 50 get at least 21 grams of fiber per day.

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    Here are five little-known health benefits of fiber:

    Weight Loss Foods that are high in fiber are less energy dense than others, meaning they tend to have fewer calories for the same amount of food. They also take longer to eat, which is why they are used frequently in diet programs. Since fiber-rich foods generally require more chewing time, your body can more easily evaluate when you are

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  • How to Fight Back If You've Been Diagnosed with Prediabetes

    Women StretchingPrediabetes, formerly known as Borderline Diabetes, is a condition where your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. However, people with prediabetes are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years, since the damage has already begun. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you have blood glucose levels that are high enough to indicate that you are already experiencing some of the negative health effects of diabetes, and you also have an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 57 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes. The good news for prediabetics is that there is still time to change your eating habits and lifestyle to delay or avoid developing full-blown type 2 diabetes. By bringing your weight to within the normal range,

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  • So Long, Regis Philbin

    Regis PhilbinToday is Regis Philbin's last show on "Live With Regis And Kelly," and the television stalwart is retiring as a world record-holder.

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    Philbin, 80, has worked in front of the TV cameras for nearly 17,000 hours--and that's a Guinness World Record. And for the past 26 years, he's been most famous for hosting the "Live" morning show, first with Kathie Lee Gifford and then with Kelly Ripa. (Philbin's wife Joy was a frequent fill-in cohost, and became known as a personality in her own right. She and Philbin have four children.)

    Just like Oprah Winfrey's final broadcast, the show's guest list is top secret, but it's likely that Gifford, as well as Philbin's buddy Jerry Seinfeld, will be making an appearance. Philbin got the honor of a 20/20 special this week: "The Morning Maestro with Katie Couric."

    "I feel bittersweet about it," Philbin told Seinfeld, talking about his departure.

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  • Adult Children Who Depend on the Bank of Mom & Dad

    Paying BillsIf you're currently keeping your adult children afloat financially, or if you've done so recently, you are not only in good company, you are - wait for it - in the majority. In May of 2011, a whopping 59% of parents responding to an online poll commissioned by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) in cooperation with Forbes.com reported that they're now supporting adult offspring who are no longer in school, or that they've done so in the past.

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    The survey found that today's bleak fiscal landscape is the main reason that many of the younger generation are failing to launch. Yet while the tough job market and the global economic downturn are giving the kids a hard time, what's worse is that their neediness is draining the already dwindling nest eggs of their elders just when retirement is on the horizon. The NEFE web site posted an article about the survey results in

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  • Get Fit for Great Sex

    Intimate CoupleIt's a fact you can exercise your way to a flatter stomach, run miles to improve your cardio, and get rid of or reduce the hanging flab off your upper arms by doing a program of weight lifts. Almost any program of moderate exercise done on a regular basis (and, better yet, with the assistance of a trainer) will definitely improve circulation, increase stamina, and make you look and feel healthier. But can exercise positively impact your sex life? The answer is definitely yes.

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    Good sex is inextricably connected to good health. In other words, the healthier you are overall, the better the outlook for your sex life. Sex is in itself a form of exercise, especially if you approach it from a vigorous, athletic aspect. But if your only exercise is sex, you're probably not reaping the most health benefits out of it, or even having especially good sex.

    When we think of good sex, many of

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  • Connecting with Kin Can Keep You Healthy and Happy

    Multi-Generational Family

    If Skype visits are as close as you typically come to spending time with your loved ones, you're not alone. In our mobile society, few families can go over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for the holidays, let alone on a regular basis. That iconic Normal Rockwell painting of the grandparents serving up a bounteous Thanksgiving feast to several generations gathered around the table isn't a reality for many of us these days. For one thing, retirees tend to move to warmer and more affordable locales. For another, the kids and grandchildren often follow job offers to far-flung places. We end up with splintered families and we often feel hungry for more interaction with those we hold dear.

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    Not only that but for many families, remarriage and step-parenting have upped the odds that get-togethers will take some major orchestrating. As a result of all these factors,

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  • Mickey Rourke's New Movie "The Immortals"

    Spike TV's It isn't difficult to see that actor Mickey Rourke has had something of a hard life; it's written all over his face. Remember the strikingly handsome, extremely cocky, captivating young actor from the 1980s, with his performances in films like "Diner," "Rumblefish" and "Nine 1/2 Weeks"? That guy is long gone, replaced by a man with an almost unrecognizable face that has seen the inside of one too many plastic surgeon's offices. A man whose Hollywood career took such a deep downslide that he believed he'd never get work again.

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    But somehow, Mickey Rourke has pulled off the impossible, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Ever since his striking performance in "The Wrestler" in 2008, which garnered him a Best Actor Oscar nomination, he's been regularly getting work in big Hollywood films. Currently, he's starring in the box-office winner "Immortals," playing a vicious, tyrannical king

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