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  • 7 Surprising Foods that Fight Stress

    There's no doubt about it: stress kills. Whether your main source of stress is your finances, your work, or your relationships, people who suffer from excess stress are more prone to ailments including heart disease, high blood pressure, and depression. You may think that in order to reduce your stress level, you have to fix whatever the "problem" is. While it's always good to find ways to be less stressed out, it turns out that how you treat your body is just as important, and that includes what you put into it. By eating certain foods (and no, we're not talking about high-fat comfort foods - although those can be indulged in occasionally!), you can help your body fight the physiological symptoms of stress, and you will really feel the difference. Here are 7 foods that are surprisingly effective at lowering stress:

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  • How to Jump Start Your Sex-Life: The Secrets to Improving You Sex Life

    Woman Smiling

    Dr. Jennifer Landa wants to help jumpstart your libido. "I am very concerned when a woman loses interest in sex," she says. "I also understand how upsetting this can be. I truly lost my libido when I was 28. I was taking a birth control pill that played havoc with my hormones and as a resident I was working about 100 hours a week." This experience, plus her own understanding about the importance of hormones, made her focus in her Orlando, Florida practice on bioidentical hormone therapy, customized nutrition and fitness programs.

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    So why do women often lose interest in sex as they get older? "First of all, we can be distracted by many things in our world. Women have so many obligations. But a big part is a decline in hormones. I think the desire for sex is evolutionary in some ways. We have the greatest desire in our late teens and early twenties when we are most physically fit to

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  • Whats Wrong with My Hair? What Your Hair is Telling You

    Woman Shampooing

    Oh, that dazzling head of hair: sleek, shiny, thick and lustrous. But what if your hair isn't exactly this crowning glory? Well, your less than lovely locks may, or may not, be revealing important clues to your health. Take a look at these signs and what they might mean.

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    YOU GO WHITE OVERNIGHT

    That's a myth and won't happen. But an illness or stress can send actively growing hair into a resting phase. A couple of months later, all those strands in the resting phase may fall out. So, if the dark hairs fall out and the already white ones remain, the result is hair that may appear suddenly grayer.

    GRADUALLY GRAYING

    Whether it starts happening in your 20s or 50s the cause is unrelated to how healthy-or unhealthy-you are. It's genetics. If your parents grayed early, it's likely you will too.

    SHEDDING

    It's normal to lose about 100 strands of hair each day. And even

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  • How Kathy Ireland Got $350 Million

    Kathy Ireland

    Kathy Ireland, the "Sports Illustrated" cover girl who was part of the first wave of "supermodels" (the others were Christie Brinkley, Cindy Crawford and Cheryl Tiegs), is now running a multibillion-dollar retail behemoth, and she's showing no signs of getting out of the game.

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    Ireland, who turns 49 today, is part of the group known as "model moguls," people like Jaclyn Smith and Crawford who have made big bucks by selling clothes, accessories, skin care lines and home furnishings branded with their name. But they can't hold a candle to Ireland, a devout evangelical Christian who's racked up $2 billion in retail sales and has (according to "Forbes") a staggering 15,000 products on the market. Ireland herself is worth an estimated $350 million.

    If you're casually acquainted with Ireland's story, you probably know that she was on three covers of "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue

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  • A Top Skin Doctor's Secrets

    Jeanine Downie

    Dr. Jeanine Downie's mother is a pediatrician and wanted her to be a pediatrician, too. But she became a dermatologist. Why? "Because I had acne and eczema. I also had two brothers who were former models and people would say to me, 'Are you really related to them?' I had to do something." Now, she says, her skin is clear and youthful-looking and her mother is happy she is a dermatologist. "I do Botox on her every three months."

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    But acne is not just a teenage disease, Dr. Downie explains. "About half of my patients who are over 50 have acne." What causes acne? "Hormonal fluctuations and stress . And women in their early fifties have hormonal fluctuations and often the stress of being a member of the sandwich generation."

    How does she treat women who have zits, dry skin and wrinkles? Dr. Downie suggests a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or VIVITÉ® Hydrating Facial Cleanser. She

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  • Test Your Hearing Right Now!

    Hearing Aid

    What? Is this something you hear yourself saying more often than ever? Well, you're certainly not alone. About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems.

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    One reason for the recent rise in hearing difficulties is that people are simply living longer, and that means that age-related hearing loss occurs more often. The other reason is that we live in an extremely noisy world. It's estimated that more than half the mp3 devices sold have volume levels that can go past a safe level of noise. Hearing music at this leve - 89 decibels or above - virtually guarantees a loss in hearing.

    For people with age-related hearing loss, the condition can creep up gradually and be almost unnoticeable. Many times it's family or friends who are the first to realize there's something wrong.

    If the person with the hearing loss doesn't recognize what's going on, or is not

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  • You’re Not Losing Your Mind, You’re Just Stressed Out!

    Worried Couple

    Since this is Brain Awareness Week, ThirdAge decided to have a look at recent research about the aging brain. We ran across riffs on all the usual advice including diet, exercise, crossword puzzles, "neuroplasticity," and the differences between the gray matter of men and women -- but one finding riveted our attention. If you've been having what seem to be "senior moments" lately, getting older may not be the main culprit after all. Instead, the perpetrator could be constant stress.

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    A study, done at the State University of New York at Buffalo by Zhen Yan, Ph.D., and colleagues and published in the journal "Neuron," showed that when your stress hormone cortisol spikes and then remains high, your prefrontal cortex is disturbed to the point that memory problems can occur. Also, neuropsychologist Paul Nussbaum Ph.D., author most recently of "Save Your Brain: The 5 Things You Must Do to

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  • Expert Advice from the Sleep Doctor

    Mounting research confirms short naps not only help us concentrate but improve our moods. Squeezing a 10- to 20-minute nap into the middle of your day is all you need.

    Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael J. Breus is an expert on sleep disorders. Also known as The Sleep Doctor, he is the author of three books, including the bestseller Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep. Besides having a private practice, Dr. Breus also serves as the Sleep Expert for WebMD and pens "Sleep Matters," a monthly column in "WebMD" magazine. He also writes The Insomnia Blog and can be found regularly on "The Huffington" Post and "Psychology Today." Among his numerous national media appearances, he has been interviewed on CNN, "Oprah," "The View" and "The Doctors." He also appears regularly on "The Dr. Oz Show." Yes, you might ask when does this man have time to sleep!

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    Knowing that many ThirdAgers have a problem getting their zzz's we decided to ask The Sleep Doctor you questions about making it through the night.

    Question: On many

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  • The Benefits of Smiling: Seven Reasons Why You Should

    It may sound cold, but negative or needy friends make us feel down and stressed. You needn't drop these friends like hot potatoes, but make it a point to schedule more time with your upbeat buddies.

    Bright smiles are all over the beauty pages, touting our pearly whites as essential to good looks. But it turns out there's more to our smiles than just flashy whites. Psychologists say smiles send out a host of positive signals. Here's what a big grin can do for you:

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    INCREASE TRUST. Participants in one study reported to be ten percent more likely to trust another person if they were smiling.

    BOOST FORGIVENESS. Research shows we're more lenient with people who have broken the rules if they smile after they've committed the misdeed. It doesn't matter whether it's a false smile, a miserable smile or a real smile, they all work to make us want to give the transgressor a break.

    RECOVER FROM SOCIAL BLIPS. Did you forget to buy your partner an anniversary present? Has someone's name slipped your mind? Embarrassed smiles also involve looking down. This combination elicits empathy

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  • International Women's Day: Health Report

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    International Women's Day isn't only a chance to celebrate the achievements of women, but an opportunity to take a look at how well, or not so well, we're doing when it comes to health. With that in mind, TA offers a round-up of the most pressing health issues affecting women around the globe and where American women stand among them.

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    OVARIAN CANCER

    The incidence of ovarian cancer varies greatly. Globally, Scandinavia, Israel and North America have the highest rates. Developing countries and Japan have the lowest. In the U.S. it's predicted one in 56 women will develop ovarian cancer. The five year survival rate is greater than 75 percent if the diagnosis is made early.

    CERVICAL CANCER

    This is the third most common cancer worldwide and the leading cause of death from cancer among women in developing countries. Rates are highest in Central America and sub-Sahara Africa. It's

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