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  • Express Your Affection Through Touch on National PDA Day

    By Rheyanne Weaver

    An arm around your shoulders, a warm hug, a hand intertwined in yours, and a kiss on the lips. These are all types of affectionate touching that can feel wonderful, especially with a significant other.

    Luckily, you have an even better excuse to be affectionate not just while you're alone together, but in public. June 20 is National PDA Day.

    Kory Floyd, a professor and associate director at Arizona State University's Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, conducted research for the skin care company Nivea.

    He specializes in the communication of affection, and he has been working with the company on research as part of their "Million Moments of Touch" campaign.

    This campaign's goal is to "get people to touch more," Floyd said. National PDA Day was created as part of the campaign. He suggested it fall on June 20, since that is the first day of summer.

    According to a press release from Nivea that includes Floyd's research, summertime is when people are more

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  • The Best Relationship Advice

    By Stacy Lloyd

    Starting a relationship is usually the easy part. It's maintaining a relationship that can be tough. Here is some of the best relationship advice to keep relationships strong and healthy.

    Tip #1: Communicate

    Good communication is a fundamental part of healthy relationships, wrote HelpGuide.org. Get in the habit of expressing yourself. Otherwise it may lead to resentment, misunderstanding and anger. Cosmopolitan added that it's important to make sure each person gets a chance to speak. Alternate where one listens while the other talks.

    Tip #2: Don't Be Best Friends

    While this sounds counterintuitive, the reality is that couples need space and time apart in order to have a healthy relationship, said 29Secrets.com.

    Tip #3: Have Sex Often

    Cosmopolitan recommended setting a goal to have sex at least a couple times a week. 29Secrets.com agreed that the more sex couples have, the more likely they are to stay together. .

    Tip #4: Keep Physical Intimacy Alive

    Studies show

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  • 8 Tips for Making Your Online Dating Profile Pop

    By Vonnie Kennedy

    If you've been unsuccessful finding your soul mate through online dating sites, you may want to take a good look at your profile. Is it long and involved? Vague and uninteresting?

    If you're serious about meeting your ideal mate, you need to make your profile jump off the page. Here's how:

    1) Be honest and sincere.
    The key to a perfect match is being honest about who you are. Writing the way you talk will reveal your personality and also that you're taking this dating thing seriously. You're looking for somebody with whom you have lots in common, so be sincere.

    2) Be brief, but remarkable.
    When Mr. Right reads information about you, he's looking for comparable interests, but he might be inclined to skim over an essay and miss really important stuff. Make it easy for him by using short and witty phrases when describing your likes and dislikes, such as "loves fast cars"' or "hates bugs".

    3) Add a little humor.
    Unless you're seeking a dull and boring mate, you

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  • Is a Hoarse Voice Sexy or a Health Problem?

    By Andrew Schorr

    Do you shout at your kids, your partner, or your boss? Are you a sports fan who cheers loudly?

    Do you have to speak up to be heard over noise around you? And with any of this do you end up with a hoarse voice?

    Some may say it's sexy, but your doctor may see it as a health problem that needs to be checked.

    It happens to all of us -- acute laryngitis. When it's really bad it's worse than being hoarse - you can't speak to be heard. Usually resting your voice -- or getting over the cold that may have inflamed your vocal cords -- will make everything right. But not always.

    What if the hoarseness or change in the sound of your voice becomes chronic? That's when you may have developed nodules, or benign vocal cord lesions.

    Believe it or not there is such a thing as "voice therapy" and it can really help. Sometimes the cure is just training you how to use your voice correctly and avoid any misuse.

    Other times, less frequently, you might need fairly simple surgery

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  • 5 Foolproof Tips to a Fantastic Summer

    By Danielle Serrano

    Summer is the season that so many of us look forward to. Warm nights, BBQs, happy kids, and sunshine. What's not to love?

    Unfortunately, there are a few things that can put a damper on summer fun. But as us health nuts know, the best way to keep the good times rolling is to be prepared!

    Mosquito Bites:
    If knowingly going into a mosquito zone, avoid bites first by being prepared with a safe repellent. To avoid chemical repellents like DEET, consider making your own and read here for tips, tricks and recipes.

    If you do get bit, find relief with a baking soda paste, Tiger Balm, or another home remedy.

    Sunburns:
    These are painful, harmful, and frankly, just not a good look.

    First and most importantly, prevent them! Be smart and apply sunscreen before you're sweaty or sandy, and reapply, reapply, reapply! Keep an extra hat by the door or in your car in case you find yourself exposed and unprepared.

    Secondly, make sure to choose a safe, chemical-free sunscreen.

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  • More Vitamin D Means Fewer Stress Fractures for Teenage Girls

    By Mamta Singh

    There's some surprising news for those of us who thought that ensuring the inclusion of calcium alone in the diet of our growing girls was enough for them to grow healthy bones.

    Studies have been conducted at the Children's Hospital Boston to study the relation between occurrence of stress fractures in active adolescent girls, and their intake of dairy products and the findings tell a different story.

    Stress fractures may occur when a bone or set of bones are overused or suffer repeated strain or load over a period of time.

    Though not complete fractures, stress fractures can occur when muscles become fatigued, and in the absence of adequate rest are unable to absorb the shock of impact or load and transfer some of the shock to the bone or skeletal structure in question.

    These are common injuries seen in activities such as tennis, squash, basketball, or any other form of high impact sport on hard surfaces. (1)

    The study which was named "The Growing Up Today

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  • Attachment Parenting Draws Criticism Due to Time Magazine Article

    By Maria Smith

    When the May 21, 2012 issue of Time Magazine was released, just days prior to Mother's Day, the cover photo was titillating, to say the least. It showed twenty-six-year-old mom, Jamie Lynn Grumet, standing up and defiantly breastfeeding her 3-year-old son, Aram.

    The headline screams "Are you Mom enough?" and it is no wonder it became a controversial story as soon as it hit newsstands.

    The cover story was actually about the not-so-new trend many parents are now picking up on called attachment parenting. This parental philosophy typically includes co-sleeping, extended breastfeeding, baby "wearing", and generally the idea of attending to the child's every need before he/she can cry, and not leaving the child alone.

    As can be expected, there are both advocates and opponents of the attachment parenting thought process, in addition to quite a good deal of controversy surrounding the idea.

    The leading authority of attachment parenting is Dr. William Sears, co-author of

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  • A Kiss is Just a Kiss or is it More?

    By Stacy Lloyd

    A good kiss can make most people swoon. But there's more to a romantic kiss than just two people pressing together their lips.

    Time.com reported that in Sheril Kirshenbaum's The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us, Kirshenbaum cited the work of Rutgers University anthropologist Helen Fisher, who says kissing evolved to fulfill three essential needs.

    These needs are sex drive, romantic love and attachment.

    Kirshenbaum told CNN.com that human lips are the body's most exposed erogenous zone. Packed with sensitive nerve endings, they send a cascade of information to our brain which helps decide if we want to continue and what might happen next.

    It may seem natural, said the New York Post, but kissing isn't easy. It involves help from six major muscles around the mouth to pucker up the upper lips, pull up the corners of the mouth, and pull down the lower lips.

    HowStuffWorks.com added that the basic kiss relies heavily on one muscle -- the orbicularis

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  • Are Your Kids Snacking Their Way to Poor Health?

    By Lynette Summerill

    Public health officials are worried about America's expanding weight problem. The ranks of the obese are expected to swell in coming years from 36 percent today to 42 percent by 2030 and it's going to get very expensive.

    A new report says over the next couple of decades treating chronic disease linked to obesity, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, is likely to top $550 billion.

    This week, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington DC, where more than 1,200 public health officials hope to develop a national strategic blueprint for battling the bulge.

    Although obesity rates have slowed in recent years, it's far from leveling off. Duke University Health Economist Eric Finkelstein said it was unclear whether obesity rates had decelerated thanks to public policy initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity, greater societal awareness of obesity's health risks, or because Americans

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  • Reusable Grocery Totes Carry Pathogens: Who Knew?

    By Deborah Ross

    I had one of those "Really?" moments recently while reading an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics press release.

    The registered dietitians of this national organization want us to watch out for reusable grocery tote bags, as they can harbor the kind of bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

    Really? Yes, really.

    As the article explains, the various items -- including fresh produce, meats and poultry -- that are stuffed into a grocery tote can carry harmful bacteria until those items are washed and cooked.

    In turn, the bacteria can transfer to the tote bags and hide out there until we get around to washing the bags.

    But do we wash the bags? The Academy collaborated with ConAgra Foods as part of the Home Food Safety Program to conduct a survey of Americans that found only 15 percent of us regularly wash our grocery totes.

    That's cause for concern, considering that each year, 48 million Americans suffer through food poisoning from salmonella, E. coli and other

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