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  • The Dangers of Hazing: How to Protect Your Children

    By Dr. Richard Senelick,

    Recently, I walked into an examination room to find a young man who shouldn't have survived his college fraternity's hazing prank. He was in the ICU on a ventilator when his parents received the dreaded midnight phone call. He was lucky. He was dismissed from his University Hospital, returned to school to finish the semester and escaped without any brain damage.

    A month earlier, I heard about another college student who was riding his bicycle home to his apartment when he was kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown into the backseat of a car. He was driven to several ATM machines in an attempt to extract money. He was lucky-- they let him go. But will he or his family ever feel safe again?

    When Did It Start?

    Hazing, an act against someone in order to initiate the person into an organization, is not new. Schools in ancient Greece and medieval Europe called it pennalism and adopted it as a requirement for graduation. In 1845, Amherst College

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  • 4-Step Solution to Curb Your Smartphone Addiction

    By Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D.

    Sometimes smartphones are a little too smart. If you're like many people, you probably love your smartphone, yet somehow over the course of time, you may have also become its slave.

    You may not be exactly sure when it happened, but you probably remember a moment when realized you had become more attuned to the presence of that little blinking red light, alerting you to a new message, than you were to whatever it was you were doing.

    Now, you can be in a meeting, talking with friends, watching TV or trying to finish a project on the computer, and the call of that smartphone wins every time. You have to check or the thoughts, urges and anxiety running through your head won't ever leave. And, truth be told, you probably like the small rush you get whenever that little light or chime goes off - somehow it feels like a reward no matter what the results are.

    What started off as a useful tool somehow has taken over your attention and usurped hours of

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  • Dancing With The Stars Cast Revelaed

    What do Ricki Lake, Chaz Bono, Nancy Grace, Ron Artest, Chynna Phillips, David Arquette, Rob Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari all have in common? They will be this season's star dancers on the ABC hit, Dancing With the Stars (DWTS).

    The season is getting a lot of buzz because of the all-star, high-profile cast - which also includes USA Women's Soccer goalie Hope Solo, George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, and Carson Kressley, former fashion expert on Bravo's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." DTWS host Tom Bergeron called the bunch "our most surprising cast yet."

    Ricki LakeRicki LakeLake, who in 1988 was the star of Hairspray and recently announced she was engaged, said she is "terrified" and will look to Kirstie Alley for inspiration on how to succeed on the show. Lake posted a YouTube video Monday night announcing to her fans and Twitter friends that she is joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars.

    "I was faking it - I am not a trained dancer," Lake said of her dancing moves on

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  • Women's Equality Day Is Friday ... Women in Politics Reflect How Far We've Come

    Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Cady StantonHillary Clinton, Elizabeth Cady StantonThe achievements of today's women exercising their political powers should make Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bella Abzug and other women who fought for our right to vote quite proud.

    Women's Equality Day is Friday, August 26. It's a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which was on August 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote.

    While this year's Women's Equality Day marks the 91st year of women having the right to vote, this past decade we've seen several women become strong political voices. In 2008, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to win a presidential primary and the First Lady ever elected to national office. Meanwhile Sarah Palin made history in 2008 as the first female Vice Presidential Nominee of the Republican Party. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives.

    "Whether you agree with their views or not, the presence of women like Hillary Clinton,

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  • 6 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

    Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and its coming signals the unofficial end of summer as the pools close, tourist season ends and the kids go back to school.

    Shortened daylight hours and colder weather means many of us will spend less time outdoors during late fall and winter, so make the most of the sunshine while you can. Consider the end of summer your last hurrah.

    Events

    If you're not vacationed out by now, end the summer with flair by heading to an end-of-summer concert, festival, or big game this Labor Day Weekend. No matter where you live, there's no shortage of Labor Day Weekend events to mark in your calendar.

    1. Sports

    If you're a baseball fan, you're in luck this year. The Red Sox are playing home games against the Texas Rangers on September 2, 3 and 4, so if you can score tickets you might find yourself heading to Boston for Fenway franks and a box of crackerjacks. If the Sox don't float your boat, catch the Yankees playing against the Toronto

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  • 10 foods that turn you on

    By Paula Simpson/ genConnect.com

    According to Marenna Lindberg, author of the book, The Orgasmic Diet, your diet influences your sexual health. Consuming items that are high in protein, low in simple sugars, void of caffeine, combined with moderate fats, fish oil supplements, dark chocolate ... and exercises, such as Kegels, can stimulate the female libido by promoting healthy circulation, improved muscle tone, sufficient free testosterone and balance in your dopamine-serotonin levels. Is Your Low Sex Drive Normal? (VIDEO)

    Here's a list of 10 of the top foods to turn you on...

    1 & 2. Chillies & Ginger: Help to stimulate circulation. Both have been used traditionally in Asian medicine to stimulate energy flow (chi) in the body. Because of their potency, a small amount is all that is needed to add to dishes!

    3. Oysters: They are extremely rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, and iron - common vitamins and minerals. When males are deficient in the trace mineral zinc,

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  • Should a bride take their husband's last name?

    As the August 20th wedding approaches for Kim Kardashian and fiance, New Jersey Nets Forward Kris Humphries, many wonder if she will ditch the infamous Kardashian name, as sources close to Kim previously reported.

    VOTE: Did you take your husband's last name?

    Her mother, Kris Jenner, who took her first and second husband's last names weighed in on the matter: "I don't think she should take his name and be Kim Humphries," Jenner said. "She needs to be Kim Kardashian because she's worked so hard to get where she is."

    Kim's reported decision to become Mrs. Humphries reflects a diminishing trend of married women keeping their last name. The number of women maintaining their maiden names after marriage peaked in the 1990s, when about 23 percent of women did so, then decreased to about 18 percent in the 2000s, says a 35-year-study published in 2009 in the journal Social Behavior and Personality. Now according to the wedding website TheKnot.com, who surveyed nearly 19,000

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  • Study: Having an Autistic Child Raises Autism Risk in Next Child

    Children with older siblings diagnosed with autism are more likely to also have a disorder on the autism spectrum than children who don't have a history of autism in their family, according to new study from the University of California, Davis' Mind Institute.

    Researchers found that the genetic risk that an infant with an older sibling with autism also will develop the disorder is approximately 19 percent. Doctors and scientist followed 664 infants from 12 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The infants began the study at approximately 8 months old until 3 years old, and all the children had at least one older brother or sister with autism.

    Among the male babies, 26% were found to have some form of autism. The rate among the female babies was 9%. Those babies who have more than one autistic older sibling, their risk jumps to more than 32 percent.

    "There is no previous study that identified a risk of recurrence that is this high," Sally Ozonoff, professor of

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  • How Short 'Body Breaks' Can Boost Your Health

    By Gina Murdock, founder and director of the Aspen Yoga Society | genConnect.com

    If you work in an office all day, maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is no easy feat. When you park yourself at your desk from 9 to 5, endure long meetings or seminars, and drive to or from the office, you end up spending the majority of the day off your feet and hardly moving.

    All that sitting works against you.

    It's a road that leads to backaches, tight muscles, and mental fatigue - not to mention eye strain if you sit in front of a computer for hours.

    Even gym junkies aren't off the hook here. Exercise alone isn't enough to counteract sitting for long hours every day, suggests epidemiologist Steven Blair.

    What does help is something Aspen Yoga Society founder Gina Murdock calls a "body break," a 3-to 5-minute routine combining breath and movement, like a condensed yoga class, to renew your energy and stave off the sedentary lifestyle. At the 2011 Aspen Ideas Festival, where the

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  • The Sexiest Chefs

    We have "Top Chef," "Iron Chef," "The Next Food Network Star" ... What should be the next hit cooking competition? "Sexy Chef." Let's face it: Part of the reason why we can't get enough of these shows is for the eye candy. Here's our list of the men who would be strong contenders on this reality show ... Featuring the sexiest chefs ...

    Angelo Sosa

    The two time "Top Chef" contender Angelo Sosa knows his spices and is also one hot tamale himself. You can watch our video interview with Angelo here and visit him in the flesh at his new restaurant Social Eatz. (232 East 53rd St., NYC)



    Richard Blais

    Inventive chef Richard Blais enjoys re-inventing the wheel when it comes to food, but there is no need to change a thing when it comes to his looks and charm! Devour Blais' ingenious burger creations at his three Flip boutiques in Atlanta.



    Marcus Samuelsson

    With Ethiopian and Swedish roots, Marcus Samuelsson exudes a unique flair in both his food and style. Excite your palette at his latest

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