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  • 5 Foods that Mess with Your Memory

    Paula Deen, remember this? Maybe not.Paula Deen, remember this? Maybe Kristen Mucci-Mosier

    Do you often feel like you can't remember anything? A new study links a decline in memory with a diet high in saturated fat.

    The study, conducted by the Annals of Neurology, the journal of the American Neurological Association, looked at the effects of various types of fat on cognitive functioning and memory among 6,000-plus older participants in the Women's Health Study. The study, which began five years after the dietary assessment, found higher saturated fat intake was associated with worsened cognitive and memory function, while higher monounsaturated intake was related to better functioning.

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    Not to mention, saturated fat boosts your blood cholesterol level more than anything else in your diet. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute estimates that Americans eat an average of 11 percent of their total calories from saturated fat, far above its recommendation of under 7 percent a day.

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    So, what

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  • Can Sugar Make You Dumb?

    Your Brain on SugarYour Brain on SugarBy Sally Jones

    A new study suggests that it just may. But a diet rich in omega-3s may help counter the effects.

    Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) tested rats on the Barnes maze both before and after feeding them a diet of fructose in their water. After six weeks, the rats showed significant memory loss and impaired abilities in the maze. Researchers found these rats exhibited signs of insulin-resistance. Insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar, also helps regulate brain function.

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    "Because insulin can penetrate the blood-brain barrier, the hormone may signal neurons to trigger reactions that disrupt learning and cause memory loss," according to Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning."

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  • Breastfeeding: How Old is Too Old?

    Time magazine cover Time magazine cover Time magazine's most recent cover is giving people something to talk about. The photo pictures a 20-something blond mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son as he stands on a chair. The Los Angeles-based mom says she was breastfed by her own mother until the age of 6.

    In America, this photo seems shocking to us because it is a sight so rarely seen in our culture-and because the image of a kid standing on a chair to breastfeed is, well, probably not realistic. However, worldwide children are commonly breastfed well into their toddler years. According to UNICEF, more than half of mothers worldwide are still breastfeeding their children at 20-23 months. In Asia it's 69 percent and South Asia 76 percent, according to their numbers.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23.8 percent of moms in the United States are still breastfeeding at 12 months, with California being the highest in prevalence at 40 percent of moms and Louisiana the lowest at 7 percent.

    Through her

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  • 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Friend Coping with Infertility

    Do you have a friend or family mTalking to your friend about fertility issuesTalking to your friend about fertility issuesember who is struggling with infertility? That's not surprising considering a recent survey from the nonprofit organization HealthyWomen found that about half of those surveyed had friends or famil y members who had experienced fertility problems. And your friend probably needs your support and understanding now more than ever. Unfortunately, too many people get uncomfortable around this issue and say or do the wrong thing. That's why we've provided this roadmap:

    10 Things You Should Not Say to a Friend Experiencing Infertility
    1. Pregnant yet? If your friend is pregnant, she'll tell you when she's ready. Don't keep asking her how it's going. Let her tell you in her own time.
    2. It could be worse. To a couple who wants children, it really can't be worse.
    3. Haven't you done enough? It is up to your friend to determine when enough is enough.
    4. Focus on the other parts of your life. This is really tough for a woman with infertility problems to do. For

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  • 8 Ways to Cope with the Coworker from Hell

    Pulling your hair out over a difficult coworker? Pulling your hair out over a difficult coworker? Do you have a coworker or boss that makes every day at work feel like a Monday? Or does your job in general stress you out? You're not alone. A reported 25 percent of adults saying that their career is the biggest source of tension in their lives. From heavy workloads to rude coworkers to stubborn bosses, workplace stressors can take a serious toll on your mental health and productivity.

    And too bad stress doesn't stay at work at the end of the day. Stress can become chronic, leading to feelings of overall anxiety that can spill over into your personal life, affecting relationships and diminishing the time you have for relaxation. Intense workplace stress has been known to lead to depression, excess body fat and other chronic health conditions.

    Stress management tools and techniques can save your health and make going to the office more enjoyable, or at least bearable. Try these eight tips for tackling workplace stressors:

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  • 17 Foods that Will Make You Smarter

    Foods that will make you smarter. Foods that will make you smarter. Ever have those days when you're brain just feels like mush? Your diet can make a difference. Foods aren't just fuel for your body. True, they provide the energy you need, yet some have benefits that go well beyond simple nourishment.

    Explore the recesses of your refrigerator and you may find foods that science is, increasingly, crediting with being especially supportive for brain health. These edibles may improve memory, clarify thinking, delay cognitive decline, and perhaps even ward off Alzheimer's disease.

    Recent research shows that you may want to include the following on your shopping list more often for brain-strengthening nourishment:

    * Apple juice and pomegranate juice
    * Red grapes, cherries, apples, blueberries and strawberries
    * Tea and cocoa
    * Salmon and light tuna
    * Soy foods
    * Sunflower seeds, walnuts
    * Vegetables, especially leafy greens
    * Olive oil
    * Dark chocolate

    When buying processed or packaged foods containing these ingredients, be sure to read the

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