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  • 24 is the New Over-the-Hill (Sorry!)

    You might be peaking earlier than you thought.It's one of the eternal questions about aging: At what age do we reach our peak? The answer isn't so easy, because it depends on what you consider your "peak" to be: Intelligence, physical fitness levels and beauty all meet their scientific peak at different ages.

    But when it comes to cognitive motor performance-the fancy name for how long it takes your brain to react to something-if you're over 24 years of age you've already reached your peak, according to an April 2014 Simon Fraser University study.

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    The answer came from analyzing data from a video game (at least they're good for something) StarCraft 2. The 3,305 players ranged in age from 16 to 44. Researchers crunched the data on thousands of hours of strategic real-time cognitive-based moves performed at varied skill levels, looking at how players responded to their opponents and more importantly, how long they took to react.

    "After around 24 years of age, players show slowing in a

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  • Why Living 'Chemical-Free' is Totally Impossible

    A chemical-free planet is really just a big fairytale.Sodium bicarbonate. Ascorbic acid. Dihydrogen monoxide. If you're a health-conscious eater who tries to avoid synthetic or processed ingredients, these names might sound suspect. But in fact, they're totally harmless-and you're probably consuming them on a regular basis. They're the chemical names for baking soda, vitamin C and water.

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    During a time when eating as naturally and organically as possible is a goal that so many of us aspire to, it seems that there's been an equal rise in the wariness of chemicals. For some, this negative connotation and suspicion of chemicals can lead to chemophobia, an exaggerated, irrational fear of anything chemical. Chemophobia is widespread in both the Western world and Asia, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Food Security. As study author Gordon Gribble, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at Dartmouth University, put it: "The word 'chemical' became a dirty word!"

    Chemicals Are Everywhere
    "'Chemophobia'

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  • 4 Secrets to Actually Loving Your Job

    Workplace happiness is key to your well-being.If you're like most people, you have one or two gripes about your job. Maybe your boss is a micromanager, you have a catty co-worker or you feel stifled creatively.

    While conventional wisdom says that the only way to improve your work life is to fix the parts you hate, it turns out that building on what you already enjoy about your job (fun co-workers, fulfilling work, amazing snacks...) could be just as effective.

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    A 2013 study published in the journal PLOS One found that focusing on the positives at work can boost your well-being and make you happier. "This was an observational study looking at what happens when you change certain aspects of your work," says lead study author Stephen Stansfeld, professor of psychiatry at the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine in London. "Our broad conclusion was that there are various positive aspects of work that increase one's well-being and building on these aspects is important."

    Here are four

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  • 4 Tricks to Fall Asleep Faster

    Zzzzz...As our societal demands get even greater with each passing year, we find that we are "on" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This results in greater rates of insomnia, with more and more people reporting that they just can't turn off their brains at night.

    Mental over-activity is a big problem for many people, but there are some helpful techniques that might aid in quieting things down at night.

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    1. Give yourself some mental and physical wind-down time. We are so busy nowadays that there's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. As a result, many people are working (housework, schoolwork, job tasks, managing finances) up until bedtime. The problem with this is that sleep isn't simply an on/off switch. We need to unwind and dim our mind in order to set the stage for sleep. Allow for at least an hour before bedtime to be protected, relaxing, wind-down time. This can help create closure for the day and allow your brain to

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  • Is Lip Balm Addiction Real?

    Addicted to that soft lip feeling?The Scientist: Marc Glashofer, M.D., a dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon practicing in New York and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American College of Mohs Surgery.

    The Answer: Technically, there is no way you can get a physiological addiction to lip balm, like you can to a drug. But the ingredients in your favorite chapped-lip-stick could be making your poor pout worse.

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    Generally, lip balms are petrolatum-based, or contain lanolin, wax or silicone that work to seal in your lips, helping them retain their natural moisture while also making them feel smoother. No problem there. Some also throw in extra ingredients, such as fragrances, preservatives, phenol, menthol and camphor. The latter three give that tingly sensation that it's really doing something . Well, it might be doing something counterproductive. While some people deal fine with these ingredients, other people get a negative reaction, contact

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  • Is it Safe to Eat Saturated Fat Now? Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen Weigh In

    The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    If you saw Mark Bittman's column in the New York Times declaring "Butter Is Back," you might think that the medical community has reversed its position on the dangers of saturated fat. Well, we certainly haven't, and neither have our colleagues.

    There is solid data that the five food felons-trans fat, added sugars, syrups, non-whole grains and saturated fat-promote inflammation, heart disease, stroke and cancer. No ifs ands or buts about it. The highly publicized March 2014 meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine does not change this. Saturated fat, from butter, four-legged animal fat (including milk), poultry skin, and coconut and palm oils, is bad for your health. Period.

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    However, if you substitute trans fat or simple sugars or syrups for butter, then yes, butter might be the lesser of two (or three) evils. Over the years, consumer fear of saturated fat has created a plethora of products that sell because they're touted as

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  • Eating THIS is Making You Tired and Lazy

    Another reason to put down that cookie.We've all felt like a sloth after eating an entire bag of chips. But in the world of nutrition research, an age-old chicken-and-egg debate still rages on: Does eating junk food make you lazy, or does laziness make you eat junk food?

    New research from UCLA points to the former. Eating sugary, processed, and high-fat foods can actually cause tiredness, a lack of motivation and decreased performance, according to a study published in the April 10 issue of Physiology & Behavior.

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    Thirty-two female rats were placed on one of two diets for six months. The first was a standard (read: healthy) rat's diet of unprocessed foods like ground corn and fish meal. The second was made up of highly processed foods that included substantially more sugar, similiar to a human junk food diet. After three months, the 16 rats on the junk food diet became much fatter than the others-no surprise there.

    But they got lazier too.

    As part of the study,

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  • This Drink Might Help You Get a Raise

    New research shows green tea improves cognitive functioning.Add this to the long list of good reasons to drink green tea: You'll do a better job, at your job.

    New research shows that green tea improves working memory, which is the type of cognitive functioning that allows you to grasp what you're reading, or comprehend your boss's instructions and then figure out how to do what she wants.

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    In a small April 2014 study, published by biomedical researchers at the University of Basel in the journal Psychopharmacology, participants performed a working memory task in which they had to watch letters flash on a screen and press a button if the letter was the same as the one that appeared one or two trials before it. Those who had taken a shot of a drink with 27.5 grams of green tea extract before the task did significantly better versus the control group.

    Past research has demonstrated that working memory relies in part on communication between frontal and parietal regions of the brain. The Basel team took

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  • 5 Reasons to Eat More Eggs

    Delicious and definitely nutritious.Eggs are beautiful. They are a picture perfect example of what nature is able to accomplish. They help make us more beautiful by helping both the inside of our body, like our hearts, as well as the outside of our body, like our hair.

    While eggs have gotten a bad wrap for a long time due to cholesterol fears, evidence in the British Medical Journal showed that moderate egg consumption may not have any effect on heart disease or stroke.

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    Here are 5 reasons why eggs can fit well into a beautiful diet:

    Eggs can help make beautiful babies. They're a must for pregnant women. Why? Because eggs are chockfull of choline, a B vitamin that growing babies need for essential development of the brain. Choline supplementation has also been linked to a lower risk of mental disorders in babies, as well as well as a reduced risk for both Down syndrome dysfunction and dementia.

    Eggs can help curb your evening snacking problem. Eating a high-protein

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  • Do You Need to Get Re-Vaccinated for Measles?

    Should you be concerned even if you've been vaccinated?You're not alone if you're a bit freaked out about the outbreaks of measles that cropped up in New York in February and March, along with the March outbreak in Los Angeles. There's valid reason to be concerned: "Measles is extremely contagious-think airborne, respiratory droplets," explains Beth Ricanati, M.D., YouBeauty Wellness Expert. "While a healthy adult might be able to handle an exposure easily, [an infected person] could easily pass it along to a more susceptible individual, such as a small child or an elderly or immunocompromised individual."


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    On average, 90 percent of those exposed to someone infected with measles will contract the disease unless they've been vaccinated or had measles themselves in the past.

    The only way to protect yourself against infection is through vaccination with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The first dose of the MMR vaccine is given at 12 to 15 months of age, while the second dose is

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