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  • Could This Be the Cure for Double Chin?

    It might work, but its safety is controversial.

    From donning stylish scarves to blending makeup contour, people have long concealed double chins in non-surgical ways-but for the first time, an injection promises to actually dissolve the fat away without the need for going under the knife.

    Kythera Biopharmaceuticals just released results from its clinical trials with ATX-101, a purified synthetic version of deoxycholic acid. A molecule that is naturally present in the body, it helps dissolve fat. About 70 percent of subjects in the studies saw a significant improvement in their double chin-results that eclipsed even the company's projections.

    MORE: Is Liposuction Still the Most Effective Fat-Zapping Procedure?

    The prescribed course of treatment involves injections spaced over a few months that target fat while purportedly leaving other cells alone. According to an investment release by J.P. Morgan, the company anticipates 2015 approval for use in the U.S. and Europe.

    "The injection of drugs into fat is an evolution of

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  • 4 Diet Tips to Live to 100

    The right eating habits can help get you to a ripe old age.Over the past century, average life expectancy has increased radically in the United States. With this increase, it has become more common for people to live to extremely old ages, even up to 100 years.

    MORE: Why Living to 150 is Possible---and How to Do It Yourself

    Many characteristics play into a person's life expectancy. However, diet seems to play a larger role than others in terms of increased longevity and decreased disability. If length of life has grown to be a measure of health, we might be able to learn a thing or two from the people who have been around the longest. The members of the "100 club" have nutrition secrets that could increase your quality and quantity of life.

    Here are a few things you can do today to be more beautiful tomorrow:

    1. Control Your Portions
    Today's centenarians have been through many life events-from the Great Depression to the first landing on the moon-so you can bet they are quite adaptable. But how do portions today measure up to

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  • 11 Myths About the Flu Vaccine

    Your body—and everyone else's around you—will thank you.At publication time, the Centers For Disease Control is not monitoring influenza outbreaks because of the government shutdown. This makes it even more imperative that everyone gets a vaccine as soon as possible, to reduce the chance of a dangerous outbreak that the CDC won't be able to respond to.

    Flu season is upon us, and with it comes the annual rehashing of flu myths. Don't fall for them-particularly the tall tales about flu vaccines. Most everyone benefits from vaccination, and it is especially important for people who are at greater risk for flu and those who interact with them regularly, including young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or kidney disease.

    MORE: How the Flu Vaccine Works

    Still think you don't need one? Read on for YouBeauty's debunking of the top flu myths.

    Caveat: Even though most people should be vaccinated against the flu, there are a few scenarios where you should proceed with

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  • The Mood-Boosting Benefits of Nostalgia

    It's good to sit back and remember the good old days.Remember basking in the glow of your senior prom and never wanting that night to end? And what about the excitement and joy you felt when you landed your first job?

    If you find yourself recalling a fond memory and wishing you could recapture that moment, give in. It may give you the boost you need to deal with a current challenge, or to simply feel better-not just about your past or present, but also about your future.

    MORE: How to Wallow Safely in Sadness

    Nostalgia is much more than mere reminiscing; it's a feeling. "Nostalgia is the warm, fuzzy emotion that we feel when we think about fond memories from our past," explains Erica Hepper, Ph.D., a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey in England. "It often feels bittersweet-mostly happy and comforting, but with a tinge of sadness that whatever we're remembering is lost in some way."

    According to Clay Routledge, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at North Dakota State University, reminiscence

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  • Body-Shaming Women of Any Size is Wrong

    Words meant to empower some women might be bringing others down in the process.Zero is not a size. Real women have curves. Men want something to hold onto.

    These phrases are meant to empower women everywhere and show them that being thin isn't the only beautiful body type. The intentions are pure and honest, but for anyone out there who would consider herself thin or skinny, these "positive" phrases become insults. Putting down other women for their bodies in any way is wrong. Phrases like "real woman" are becoming an accepted part of our culture, but in the end, they only add to the prevalent female body-bashing and unrealistic body expectations that plague us every day.

    MORE: Start Appreciating Your Body Right Now

    After she was named Rookie of the Year in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (and then proceeded to snag the cover spot in 2012 and again in 2013), Kate Upton quickly became America's go-to example of female perfection. She was a blonde bombshell: fit, with serious curves, and an even more serious rack. She was deemed the ideal "real"

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  • You Have No Idea How Much Wine You're Drinking, Study Says

    That one glass is way more than you think.Science has already reassured us that throwing back a glass of cabernet or shiraz can actually help boost our health. Various studies have shown that people who drink one glass of red wine per day tend to live longer and have fewer heart problems than those who drink more or less.

    But a September 2013 study by researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities found that limiting your consumption to that magical one glass is even harder than you think. The study, published in the journal Substance Use and Misuse, found that specific environmental factors such as glass size and color cause wine drinkers to unintentionally overpour, causing us to drink much more than we intended to.

    MORE: 5 Ways Alcohol Sabotages Your Fitness Goals

    One serving of wine is 5 ounces according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, but unlike other beverages that come in single-serving bottles or shot glasses, it's almost impossible to pour an exact amount. And the study found

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  • 3 Ways Life's Hardships Can Be Beneficial

    Life is hard. But you don't have to let it bring you down.Why does everything have to be so hard? You might ask yourself this question all the time, after your latest trip to the car mechanic or when you receive yet another bill that is due all too soon.

    Although it's easy to tell yourself that life is too hard, you have a much better alternative: Embrace the difficulty and find the positivity in it. Below are three ways to see the upside of life's downsides.

    MORE: Stop the Vicious Stress-Eat Cycle

    1. Daily challenges can make you stronger and more resilient.
    For many people, chronic stress and anxiety do not stem from one major traumatic event. Instead, it can be the little daily annoyances that chip away at your sanity, piece by piece. However, you can choose to believe that life's daily challenges make you stronger.

    By proving every day that you are capable of handling numerous bite-sized stresses, you give yourself reason to be confident in your ability to handle things in the future, no matter what comes your way. You may wish that

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  • Want to Live Longer? Adopt a Positive Attitude

    A little positivity goes a very long way.Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life-and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.

    A recent research paper published online in September 2013 in a journal of the American Heart Association shows that even for people dealing with heart disease-the number one killer of adults in this country-a positive outlook means living longer and stronger, or as we say, living younger.

    The study, which looked at 607 patients in a hospital in Denmark, found that patients whose moods were overall more positive were 58 percent more likely to live at least another five years. These people exercised more, too. The scientists can't say for sure if positivity led to exercise or if exercise improved mood, but we say that the important message is the same either way: Positive thinking and regular physical activity are really important for life (and beauty, too).

    MORE: See Your Body in a New Way

    One of the reasons we love this study so much is that we've been

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  • Do You Eat Junk when You're Stressed? Here's How to Stop

    It's time to break those bad childhood habits.You've had a hectic day at work. It feels like you haven't even have a chance to breathe, let alone eat lunch. Wait, did you eat lunch? The day has been so long you can't even remember. But now, on your way home, you're fantasizing about a huge bowl of pasta-no, scratch that-macaroni and cheese. And maybe some Ben & Jerry's. Definitely some Ben & Jerry's. You need carbs and sugar, and you need it now.

    QUIZ: Are You an Emotional Eater?

    Sound familiar? Then you know what it feels like to stress-eat. And although your body is telling you to load up on carbs, sugar and fat, it's not going to make you any less stressed. In fact, it might just make you feel worse.

    Why Stress Makes Us Crave Crap
    When we're stressed out, we want something that will comfort us and calm us down. There's a reason we tend to look for it in the fridge. "A biochemical change occurs in the brain when we eat certain things, like carbohydrates," YouBeauty's Nutrition Expert Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D.,

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  • Are You Working Out for the Wrong Reasons? it Might Be Holding You Back

    Do you have the right motives?What makes you pry yourself away from your comfy bed to hit that treadmill at the gym or push yourself after a long day at work to squeeze in a sweat-inducing spinning class? Sure, you want to be healthy, but if you're truly being honest with yourself, chances are your top reason is to look good or to lose weight. In fact, weight management is the number one motivation for women to work out.


    MORE: The 5 Best Exercises You Can Do

    And yet most of us fail to reach our weight loss goals, and end up right back where we started. So what gives?

    The truth: We've been working out for the wrong reasons.

    Michelle Segar, Ph.D., associate director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls at the University of Michigan, has spent years studying the motivations people have for engaging in exercise. Segar's research has found that working out to lose weight is actually one of the least successful ways of getting in shape.

    It's true that many of

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