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  • Are You Guilty of 'Old Talk'? a New Study Says Probably

    Stop worrying about your wrinkles!

    Ever complimented someone on looking young for her age, or pointed out a peer who is aging poorly? Called attention to the very beginnings of wrinkles on your forehead or a stray gray hair? Have the words "I need a facelift," ever escaped from your lips? If you answered yes to any of the above, you're guilty of "old talk"-and you're not alone.

    As women age, they are increasingly likely to talk disparagingly about looking old or wishing to look younger. That kind of language has the potential to do serious damage to how women feel about themselves and their bodies. There's been a lot of research on the demoralizing impact of fat talk, the negative comments we make about our own weight. But old talk is just starting to enter the conversation.

    QUIZ: How Old Do You Think You Look?

    "Until now, we have used the term 'the thin ideal' to describe what the ideal woman in our culture looks like," says Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Trinity University in San

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  • Groundbreaking News About Tattoo Removal

    Up until now, lasers haven't been very effective at removing tattoos.

    Some mistakes-like that rainbow and pot of gold tattoo that seemed so genius and so necessary when you stumbled into the tattoo parlor on St. Patrick's Day-are a little hard to forget. After all, you (along with the rest of the world) can see it every time you wear a sleeveless shirt. It's like you should have just gotten "drunk" tattooed on your forehead-or maybe you actually did.

    Now there's a way to reverse that poor decision. A new laser system developed by Cynosure, called PicoSure, is the first safe and effective picosecond aesthetic laser to be FDA-cleared and approved for commercialization to remove both tattoos and benign pigmented lesions. And you can expect it to show up very soon in aesthetic dermatologist and plastic surgeon offices.

    MORE: The Reasons Women Get Inked

    So how does this laser remove tattoos better than other lasers out there? Cynosure president and CEO Michael Davin explains: "PicoSure accomplishes this by delivering short-pulse bursts of energy to

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  • Cracking These Cryptic Labels Can Save Your Health

    Wheat? Whole wheat? Multi-grain? It's all so confusing!

    The bread section is the grocery market aisle many of us frequent the most. It's also the most confusing. Faced with labels ranging from "organic whole wheat" to "seven grain" to "flax and grains," it's enough to make your head spin.

    But the decisions you make in this aisle affect your health, along with your risk of chronic disease, in a big way. Consider this your shopping guide to help you bag a loaf that'll add years to your life, instead of taking away from it.

    QUIZ: Are You Getting All Your Beauty Nutrients?

    The Health Risks of White Bread

    Good, old-fashioned white bread? It's no more than an enormous sugar cube. It will shoot your blood sugar to the roof and take it back down just as quickly and steeply as it turned it up. Along for the ride is insulin (sugar's chaperone), needed to take sugar into your cells so it can be used for energy. This roller coaster of blood sugar has been shown to increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, fatty liver, obesity and

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  • Can You Reverse Gray Hair?

    Gray is here to stay.

    We Asked: Des Tobin, Professor of Cell Biology and Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford in the UK.

    The Answer: Sorry, no dice. You can neither slow the onset of graying nor reverse it once it's happened.

    Hair gets its color from melanocytes, pigment-producing cells that live near the base of each hair. As a hair grows, it absorbs pigment, called melanin. The color that results depends on the ratio of eumelanin (which is black/brown) to pheomelanin (red/blonde), and that is determined by genetics, hormones and age. That's why blonde kids often turn brunette after puberty-and why they go gray as older adults.

    QUIZ: How Old Does Your Hair Look?

    Graying happens when your melanocytes begin to produce less melanin, fail to produce melanin altogether or simply die off. Researchers have also found that hydrogen peroxide (a powerful bleaching agent) is produced naturally in the hair follicle, but it's broken down by enzymes. As you age, those

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  • Eat This Breakfast to Curb Cravings All Day

    Looks like a great way to start the day!

    We've all heard that skipping breakfast is bad for us-from our moms to the media. And there are good reasons why you should grab a bite to eat on your way out the door. Ditching the first meal of the day has been linked to everything from high cholesterol levels to large waist sizes.

    RESEARCH: Skipping Breakfast Linked to Major Health Risks

    "When we skip breakfast, we have elevations in morning and afternoon hunger, plus a desire to eat and a reduced fullness or satiety," says Heather Liedy, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri. "We also have elevations in ghrelin, a hormone known to increase hunger, and reductions in PYY, a hormone known to increase satiety." As if that weren't enough, skipping breakfast makes the regions in your brain that control cravings more active in the evening.

    Liedy is the author of a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that not only reinforces the

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  • Want to Lose Weight? Eat More of These

    Go nuts!

    As nutty as it may sound, eating a handful of walnuts, pecans or pistachios every day could help ward off an expanding waistline. It could also boost your heart health and lower your risk of several diseases, according to two 2012 studies. Not too shabby, right?

    MORE: Eight Fatty Snacks That Help You Slim Down

    The first study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, looked at 13,292 men and women and compared their weight and risk factors for certain diseases. What the researchers found was that those who ate at least one-quarter ounce a day of tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts) had a lower body weight, as well as a lower body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference, compared to non-nut-eaters.

    What's more, the researchers also noted that regular tree nut eaters had higher levels of HDL cholesterol (the good kind) and lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker for

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  • Makeup Makes You Look Younger, New Study Reveals Why

    Wear makeup, look younger—it's really that simple.

    When we look at a person's face, we can tell a lot about them. Our brain makes snap decisions as to whether the person is male or female, attractive or not, or young or old. Dr. Richard Russell, a psychology professor at Gettysburg College, studies the cues to health, age and beauty hidden in our faces. "I'm trying to understand how we recognize other people and make judgments about them based on their facial appearance," he explains.

    His previous research found that increased contrast between our eyes and lips and the skin surrounding them was perceived as more feminine. (Read all about those fascinating findings here.) His latest results, published in PLoS ONE, found that this contrast is also an indicator of age.

    MORE: What Makes Makeup So Effective?

    Russell and his team first analyzed 289 faces ranging in age from 20 to 70 years old. As people got older, they noticed, the color of the lips, eyes and eyebrows lightened while the skin of the face generally darkened. This

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  • 4 Medical Tests Your Doctor Might Be Overprescribing

    Are those tests doing more harm than good?

    When you're in grade school, the last thing you want to do is take a test. Study? No thanks! In adulthood, we take different kinds of tests-blood work, mammograms, colonoscopies and pregnancy tests. You don't have to cram, but they're generally not fun and the results can be real nail-biters.

    Unlike your school-aged self, the grown-up you might think the more tests you get, the safer and healthier you'll be. (Though that voice in your head right now is the child inside you yelling, "More tests?! No way!"). That way if you need to lower your LDL cholesterol or get more vitamin D, or if you have a disease, you can start addressing the issue right away. Well, you might want to take it easy on the test-taking. Just as we said in our last column about vitamins and supplements, science is proving that too much of a good thing isn't always so good.

    QUIZ: Are You Doing the Right Things for Your Health?

    Before you start prepping for your next exam, take a look at these tests you

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  • Healthy Food—Or Waste of Stomach Real Estate?

    When it comes to vegetables, the golden rule says: "Eat dark and leafy." But just because a vegetable isn't a powerhouse "green" doesn't mean it can't bring a lot to the table. "There's a misconception that if something isn't dark green, then it's not good for you," says Jackie Keller, author, nutritionist and founding director of NutriFit. But are so-called "filler foods"-low-calorie vegetables that fill us up but aren't known for their nutritional benefits-worth the stomach real estate? Turns out, yes. "Most 'filler foods' have a high water volume and make you feel full, and people who eat high water volume diets are more likely to be at a healthy body weight," explains Keri Glassman, R.D., author of "The New You and Improved Diet," and founder of Nutritious Life, a nutrition practice based in New York City.

    What's more, these eats can help keep you hydrated. "By eating high water volume veggies, you add more water to your diet, and by 'eating' your water you get additional

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  • Vegan Diet: Skin-Saver or Complexion-Killer?

    Well, you really are what you eat (or don't eat).

    You already know that a healthy diet is synonymous with healthy skin. But what about vegan diets? Can you chalk up a youthful, glowing complexion to ditching chicken and ice cream? Whether you nix animal products for health reasons, ethical reasons or both, we got the lowdown from our experts on how this affects your pretty face.

    So what exactly does meat do to our skin?

    QUIZ: Is Your Diet Helping or Hurting Your Skin?

    For starters, it can be loaded with saturated fat, which increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. Unhealthy arteries means your skin isn't getting the glow-inducing nutrients it needs to stay healthy. One study found red meat consumption in particular is positively associated with increased inflammation in the body, which worms its way into your skin to break down collagen and elastin (the building blocks of a youthful complexion).

    It may even contribute to breakouts, according to one study that concluded acne is linked, in part, to our western diet of

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