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  • Leg getting wrapped in gauzeBy Heather M. Graham

    Although it's rare, two cases of flesh-eating bacteria have been in the news lately after a student and a new mom were recently diagnosed with the infection. Called necrotizing fasciitis, flesh-eating bacteria can enter an open wound (regardless of its size) and begin to destroy skin, fat and other tissue, and it spreads fast. It's incredibly dangerous, too -- it can lead to gangrene, organ failure and roughly one in four patients die from the infection.

    New mom Lana Kuykendall wasn't even out of the hospital for a full day after giving birth to twins in South Carolina when she noticed a painful lesion on her leg. Within the six hours it took to get Kuykendall to the emergency room and into the operating room the infection had spread to her whole leg. The infected tissue was removed and for now has stopped the spread of the bacteria.

    Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old graduate student at the University of West Georgia, suffered more severe complications. Two weeks

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  • Which is Worse? Mexican Cuisine

    Margarita and SangriaBy Cynthia Ramnarace

    Heading out for margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? From burritos to quesadillas, here's what to order and what to skip.

    1. Margarita vs. Sangria
    Do you opt for the sweet-yet-tart margarita or the fruity and refreshing sangria? Which is worse?
    Answer: Frozen Margarita
    A frozen margarita yields between 450 and 750 calories, compared to between 100 and 200 calories in a glass of sangria, says Anne VanBeber, R.D., chair of the Department of Nutrition Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. That's a meal's worth of calories in one frosted glass. Plus, eat the fruit in your sangria and you get fiber and vitamins. If you have to have your margarita, ask if there's a "skinny version" on the menu. And pass on the salt -- your dinner will deliver more than enough sodium.

    2. Nachos vs. Mexican Pizza
    Which is worse: A mountain of tortilla chips loaded with the works or the Mexican pizza, which uses a tortilla instead of pizza dough and is topped

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  • zipperBy Kimberly Dawn Neumann

    10 discreet ways to keep a fashion disaster from ruining your night out:

    1. Bra Breakdowns
    "MacGyver could stop a ticking bomb with a paperclip and some chewing gum…fortunately, we don't usually have to worry about bombs that blow up, but we do have blow ups with our wardrobe," says Ali Cudby, author of Busted! The Fab Foundations Guide to Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic. Ever have a strap snap or an underwire escape during a date? Here, Cudby's creative fixes for all your bra drama:

    Broken Bra Strap: You're going nuts on the dance floor and Pop!…a strap snap is threatening to let your girls out. The Fix: If a safety pin isn't handy, most places have a stapler. Just make sure to staple the strap so that the open end is away from your body.

    Underwire Pops Out: "There are few things worse than going through a day feeling like a human pin cushion!" says Cudby. The Fix: If this happens to you, feed the wire back into the slot and seal it with a

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  • Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Foods -- How Many Are in Your Shopping Cart?

    ApplesBy Jessica Smith

    Find out which healthy staples Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of the Dr. Oz Show, recommends plus get tips on how to save at checkout.

    Supermarket Staple #1: Tree Fruits (Apples, Pears)

    Why It's a Must Have: White fleshed fruits and veggies (such as apples and pears) have been shown to help reduce heart disease even more than their colored counterparts. "Apples are also rich in quercetin, a flavonoid with strong anti-inflammatory properties," says Erin Palinski, a registered dietitian and author of the Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. "The pectin found in the skin and the anti-aging polyphenols in apples help reduce artery and cell damage, and their fiber has also been linked with reduction of LDL-cholesterol and body weight." In fact, one Brazilian study published in the journal Nutrition found that women who ate three apples or three pears a day lost significantly more weight than those that ate the same amount of calories, but didn't consume

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  • 20 Easy Ways to Ditch 250 Calories (or More!) a Day

    Make just one of these simple calorie slashes and lose two pounds this month without changing anything else.

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  • Think Again: The 10 Worst Times to Make a Big Decision

    By Yelena Schuster
    10 worst times to make a big decisionYou Can't Stop Thinking About Dinner
    Not eating (whether as a result of a diet or a too-busy work day) can do more than make you cranky: the more you resist a craving, the less likely you will be able to resist other desires. Translation: Depriving yourself of that slice of pizza you wanted on the way to the car dealer can lead to you buying a red mustang over a sensible Prius.
    How to avoid a big oops: In a study published in Psychological Science, subjects felt everything more intensely when their willpower was down -- cold water became more painful, an upsetting film more distressing. So pay attention if you start getting overly frustrated by your coworkers or usual commute. Think, "Have I deprived myself of one too many things lately?" Then, give yourself a treat before heading to that board meeting.

    You're Leaning...Like, Physically
    Here's a fun fact: When thinking about numbers, our minds imagine smaller numbers to the left and larger numbers to the right.

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  • Taste Test: The Best Low-Calorie Margarita Mixes

    Taste Test: The Best Low-Calorie Margarita MixesTaste Test: The Best Low-Calorie Margarita MixesTaste Test: The Best Low-Calorie Margarita Mixes

    Are low-calorie, store-bought margarita mixes a substitute for the real, high-calorie thing?

    By Catherine Coreno and Lisa Cericola

    1. The Margarita Mix Taste-Off
    Margaritas are the ultimate hot-weather, good-time cocktail. But they also pack a big caloric punch. Depending on the size and ingredients, many top out around 500 calories! It's no wonder low-calorie margarita mixes are popping up in liquor stores everywhere. But do they taste as good as the real thing? To answer that question, about 25 iVillagers participated in a blind tasting of some of the biggest names in margarita mixes, including Skinnygirl, Jose Cuervo, Tommy's, Master of Mixes and Stirrings. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. In our very unscientific survey, we sampled a range of products: low-cal mixers that contain alcohol, low-cal mixers without alcohol and low-cal, all-natural mixers. Calorie counts ranged from 100 to zero (yes, zero).

    When alcohol

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  • Tequila Time! 10 Fun Takes on the Margarita

    A well-mixed margarita is much more than just a simple cocktail. Kick it up a notch with tangy fruit flavors, fresh herbs and surprising liquors. Celebrate the long, lazy days of summer ahead with one of these amazing margaritas.

    By Colleen Mullaney

    Berryita MargaritaBerryita Margarita1. Berryrita
    Get your blender ready! The tangy sweetness of summer berries blends perfectly with Chambord, an intensely flavored raspberry liqueur. This drink is a must-have for a sultry summer day.
    Get the recipe for Berryrita

    Mojitoarita MargaritaMojitoarita Margarita2. Mojitarita
    Here's a new twist on the ever-hot mojito. Instead of rum, tequila adds a tasty and powerful punch and pairs well with mint and lime. These incredibly refreshing cocktails are ideal served by the pitcher.
    Get the recipe for Mojitarita

    Watermelon Basil MargaritaWatermelon Basil Margarita3. Watermelon-Basil Margarita
    Late summer is watermelon's time to shine, and there's no better way to use it than in this frosty herbal drink. Made with watermelon, watermelon schnapps, tequila and fresh basil, it's summer in a glass.
    Get the recipe for

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  • Expiration Dates 101: When to Keep and Toss Leftovers

    Expiration Dates 101: When to Keep and Toss LeftoversExpiration Dates 101: When to Keep and Toss LeftoversExpiration Dates 101: When to Keep and Toss Leftovers

    Unlike a gallon of milk or a jar of pickles, leftovers don't come stamped with an expiration date. Don't resort to the sniff test with that extra slide of pie or uneaten chicken -- we've got you covered with expiration dates from

    By Lisa Cericola

    1. Cooked Chicken (Except Fried)
    Three to four days in the refrigerator or four months in the freezer.

    Refrigerate cooked chicken within two hours of cooking in a shallow, airtight container or wrapped tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Freezer time is for best quality -- foods kept at zero degrees Fahrenheit will be safe to eat indefinitely.

    2. Cooked Meatloaf or Meatballs
    Three to four days in the refrigerator or three to four months in the freezer.

    Leftover meatloaf and meatballs make great next-day sandwiches. Refrigerate within two hours of cooking in an airtight container, freezer bag or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Freezer time is for

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  • Grocery Stockpiling 101: 10 Tips to Help You Get Started

    Grocery Stockpiling 101: 10 Tips to Help You Get StartedGrocery Stockpiling 101: 10 Tips to Help You Get StartedLearn how to save money on groceries and keep your pantry fully stocked with tips from Kelly Hancock, author of Saving Savvy: Smart and Easy Ways to Cut Your Spending in Half and Raise Your Standard of Living...and Giving! and money-saving website Faithful Provisions.

    By Kelly Hancock

    1. What is Stockpiling?
    Maybe you've seen those couponers on TV with their carts piled high with more mustard or toothpaste than any family could go through over the next 20 years. That is not what I'm talking about when I use the term "stockpiling." Stockpiling means learning how to take advantage of store sales to only purchase the items you use and enjoy when they are at their lowest price. (If you're unsure what those rock-bottom prices are, use the Provisions Price List on my website, available as a free download and as a free iPhone App. Or you can create your own personal price list with this free download.)

    2. Never Run Out
    Stockpiling means you won't run out of those everyday items your family

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