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  • Will This Help Us Make Healthier Choices at Restaurants?

    Now that chain restaurant menus list how many calories are in each dish, it's harder to justify eating certain foods anymore (we're talking to you ,460-calorie scone from Starbucks). But a study, presented by Texas Christian University researchers at the Experimental Biology meeting in April 2013, found that people make even healthier choices if, instead of seeing the calorie count, they're shown how much exercise it takes to burn off what they're considering eating.

    Maybe one day, menus will list how many minutes you'll need to log on the rowing machine to erase that scone (48 minutes with vigorous effort, for the record). Until then, here's a quick guide for you (all calorie calculations are based on a 140-pound woman).



    - by Melissa Walker



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  • Should You Be Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?

    A preventative double mastectomy could be what keeps her healthy and cancer-free.

    Angelina Jolie revealed today that she had a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carried a "faulty" gene that made her highly susceptible to breast cancer. Now, she's encouraging other women to seek out information and consider testing for the same genes-namely, mutations on genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, which have been linked to the development of breast cancer. But how necessary-not to mention affordable-is this?

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    The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actress wrote an op-ed in today's New York Times announcing her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after losing her mom to ovarian cancer and finding out that Jolie herself had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer due to a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which predisposes her to both diseases.

    There's no denying that the numbers surrounding breast cancer are scary: More than 230,000 women are diagnosed in the U.S. alone each year and nearly

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  • Why Do Men Love Women's Butts?

    There's a reason that sometimes they can't help but stop and stare.

    We Asked: Viren Swami, Ph.D., YouBeauty Attraction Expert and Reader in Psychology at the University of Westminster in London, England.

    The Answer: They stare, they ogle, they pat and they pinch. But what is it that draws some men so intensely to the female behind? The long held theory that an hourglass figure, including a full lower body, is attractive because it suggests health and fertility has been largely discredited. It has yet to be replaced by a convincing alternative.

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    What we do know is that a booty is a uniquely female trait-and therefore uniquely feminine. After puberty, sex hormones begin to dictate the distribution of fat on the body. In men, fat accumulation is stimulated around the gut and inhibited in the seat. It's the opposite for women, who tend to carry fat in their gluteofemoral region, that is, the butt and thighs.

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    That doesn't mean that males everywhere are

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  • Stop Fat Talking—It's Hurting Your Friendships

    Talking badly about your body is never a good look.

    When was the last time you told your friends you thought your butt looked too big, or explained how much you wanted to lose just five pounds? How many times have you played verbal tennis, volleying back and forth about your body issues?

    Ninety-three percent of women do it, no matter their weight. It's a bonding ritual-or at least that's how it seems, both to women everywhere and psychologists who study body satisfaction. But emerging research on fat talk-those disparaging comments about your own weight and body-suggests that, far from endearing you to other women, it could make them like you less.

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    To test what women really think when others fat talk, Alexandra Corning, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and director of Notre Dame's Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab presented 139 college women with one of four types of photos. The photos were of either thin or overweight women, accompanied by a caption relating either a fat-talk statement or positive

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  • Unrequited Love: Why it Hurts and How to Move On

    Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan

    Remember the first time you fell in love with someone who didn't want to be with you? The total high when he looked your way and the gut punch of his cold shoulder? The agony of unrequited love gets Baz Luhrmann's extravagant treatment in a new movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," coming to theaters May 10.

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    In the story, Gatsby and Daisy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, are teenage sweethearts separated by the war. Daisy has since married a rich, powerful man, Tom Buchanan, and Gatsby is doing everything he can to get her back. He becomes a self-made millionaire, buys a house across the water from hers and throws lavish parties hoping to see her at one of them. He finally does rekindle the fire, only to have his heart broken again when she won't leave her husband.

    Gatsby is disturbingly obsessive, but his response to lost love is a heightened version of what we all go through. It's a natural, chemical

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  • 9 Nutritionist-Approved Snacks to Keep Stocked

    Wouldn't it be nice if a nutritionist came with you to the grocery store to choose healthy products for you? Well, consider yourself one step closer to that wish thanks to registered dietician Heather Bauer. After years of clients confessing to being overwhelmed trying to make healthy choices at the grocery store, Bauer created Bestowed-a monthly service that delivers curated nutritious products to your door.

    "I created Bestowed to introduce people to the best healthy products on the market," she says. "Bestowed members don't have to obsess over nutrition labels or worry about disappointing grocery store experiments anymore."

    Bauer shares her favorite picks and their health and beauty benefits. Munch now. Thank us later.



    - by YouBeauty Editors



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  • Why Do Some Veggies Give You Gas?

    Beans, beans, they're good for your heart...

    We Asked: Anthony Starpoli, M.D., a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist in New York specializing in gastrointestinal disorders.

    The Answer: Beans have long had a reputation as the musical fruit (lyrical legume?), but they're certainly not the only food that's likely to leave you bloated and windy. Many vegetables are full of fiber and certain starches that can't be digested as easily as simple carbs, proteins and fats-and that difference can have uncomfortable consequences.

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    First, there's the matter of resistant starch, found in peas, chickpeas, beans and potatoes. Resistant starch can't be digested in the stomach or small intestine (hence "resistant"), so it skips right through to your colon. There, the bacteria that live in your gut feed on the starch in a process called bacterial fermentation. Fermentation releases hydrogen and methane gas. Cue bloat, burps and farts.

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  • Add These to Your Diet to Protect Your Skin from the Sun

    What you're eating could have serious skin-protecting benefits.

    Most of us know that great skin has little to do with genetics and a lot to do with something else-how well you protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. While most of us turn to the sunscreen bottle or SPF-fortified moisturizer, many are not aware that certain foods can protect our skin as well.

    Here are some nutritional treasures that can protect skin from damage and promote a glowing, radiant complexion.

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    Omega-3s
    Have you ever heard the words collagen and youthful skin in the same sentence and wondered what all the fuss was about? Collagen, found in all animals, is a protein that not only provides structural support throughout our bodies, but also aids in skin cell renewal. As we age, collagen in the skin begins to lose elasticity, which can lead to thinner, weaker skin-not something we look forward to. Diet plays a role in keeping collagen in tip-top shape, and one of the best sources of collagen-boosting foods

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  • New Study Finds a Cure for Gray Hair—Finally

    It sounds too good to be true.

    An April 2013 study will no doubt leave the hair dye industry seeing red.

    According to a joint group of researchers at Germany's Institute for Pigmentary Disorders at E.M. Arndt University of Greifswald and the UK's Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford, they've come across a cure for gray hair.

    First, a mini science lesson: Gray hair is the result of oxidative stress that causes hydrogen peroxide to accumulate in the hair follicle. In response, the hair strand then essentially bleaches itself, from the inside out.

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    In the study, the process appears to be thwarted with the application of a topical complex called PC-KUS, which converts hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. The research also revealed that the compound worked similar magic for a group of 2,411 patients with the skin condition known as vitiligo, which is marked by white patches on the skin caused by pigment loss.

    Could it really be

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  • Body Movements that Instantly Increase Your Happiness

    A few simple movements can greatly improve your mood.

    Do you ever find yourself slouching in your chair or walking with hunched shoulders and a droopy neck? We're all guilty of these posture no-nos from time to time, but new research reveals that poise is not the only thing lost when we give in to the temptation to slump. Such postures can send "sad" signals to our brain, darkening our mood. On the other hand, acting out certain "happy" movements has the opposite effect, brightening our outlook and lifting our spirits.

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    "When we make a gesture and the movements are related to a specific emotion, it can elicit or create that emotion in us," says Tal Shafir, Ph.D., a specialist in dance movement therapy and neuroscience at the University of Haifa in Israel and lead author of the 2013 paper in the journal Brain and Cognition.

    What's more, Shafir and her colleagues found that we don't even have to enact these so-called happy and sad movements in order to experience the corresponding emotions. Simply observing someone

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