• by Sophia Panych

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    The other day I got a facial with a fancy aesthetician. It started out like any other: relaxing massaging, gentle scrubbing, a bit of steam before the extractions. Then, all of sudden, my aesthetician said with a little disgust, "Have you always had so many blackheads in your ears?" What? Wait! In my ears? I'd never heard of such a thing. But there I was, having someone scraping the insides of my ears with a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. How long had they been there? Could people see them? What caused them? It's the earbuds; it has to be those filthy earbuds!

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    Well, although this is a gross beauty issue, it's not exactly a rare one. A quick Google search (which I reeeeally don't recommending doing) brings about thousands of results on how to get rid of them, including lots of popping videos that are the equivalent of zit popper's porn. Also, none of the dermatologists I talked to seemed all that fazed by my problem.

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  • by Jenny Bailly

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    I have sleep deprivation on the brain these days. So I was thrilled by this news: Simply believing you're well-rested is enough to make you feel that way. That's right--you can get placebo sleep.


    In a Colorado College study, just published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants were hooked up to a machine that measures brain-wave frequency and told that it could assess their sleep quality from the previous night. (It could do no such thing.) The group that was informed their sleep had been above average performed significantly better on a subsequent test than the group that was told their sleep was subpar.

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    The takeaway? Clearly, we all need to stop whining--or bragging, or both--about how exhausted we are. Instead, let's start one-upping each other with tales of how wonderfully we slept, how sweetly we dreamed, how utterly refreshed we feel. Productivity levels may just skyrocket (as latte bills plummet).

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  • Janet Mock. Photo: Aaron TredwellThe transgender-rights movement had a banner year. With the passage of trans-inclusive laws on both local and national levels, strides for students seeking equal treatment in schools around the country, and eased requirements for those wanting to change their gender on Social Security records, all in 2013, change is actually happening. That's in no small part due to the rising visibility of activists, and one in particular — Janet Mock, a powerful voice emerging from the trans community.

    Since stepping into the national spotlight in 2011 with her pivotal Marie Claire essay, “I Was Born a Boy,” the Hawaii native and professional journalist has become a well-known activist for trans rights, lending her grace and knowledge to forums from NPR interviews to stints on "Melissa Harris-Perry." In February she’ll release a coming-of-age memoir, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More,” and take her story on the road for a national book tour. Below, five facts

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  • The Upside of Cold TemperaturesThe Upside of Cold Temperatures

    Living in an apartment building in New York City has its benefits and its challenges. One that falls in the latter category: having little control over the heat. Some days, it can reach 80 degrees inside during the winter, prompting us to crack a window to let the heat out. Other days, when the boiler is having troubles, we can be found huddled on the couch, swaddled in sweaters and blankets as the temperature hovers in the low 50s.

    It's hard to think of anything good on days when we are reduced to burrowing in our blankets and it's even too cold to take my kids out for a run in the park. Those "days" have lasted for weeks, it seems, and during that time the hours drag on, and I feel more and more isolated. Playdates are few and far between as everyone else is as tired of bundling and unbundling themselves and their kids as I am.

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    This year, for the first time, I'm feeling the "winter blues" and a mild sort of desperation. The

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  • Harvard Business School's all-male graduating class in 1938. (Getty Images)

    On Monday night, Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) stood in the packed ballroom of the Ritz-Carton Hotel in San Francisco and said "I'm sorry" to a crowd gathered to honor more than 100 Harvard alumnae by the HBS Association of Northern California. Nohria was making an extraordinary public apology to female students and faculty –– past and present –– for their having been "disrespected, left out, and unloved." He continued, "The school owed you better, and I promise it will be better." 

    In his speech, he also committed to quantifiable changes, including doubling the number of female protagonists used in case studies (real-life situations and analyses used by the school instead of textbooks) from 9 percent to 20 percent. Harvard's case studies are used by as many as 80 percent of business schools internationally, so this change could have an impact on the perception of women business leaders around the world.

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  • Snacking Mistakes That Can Wreck Your DietBy Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., EatingWell Magazine

    I am a bona fide snack lover. I always have snacks in my desk drawer at work, a piece of fruit in my purse and a bag of almonds in my car. Smart snacking-choosing healthy foods in portions of 200 calories or less if you're trying to lose or maintain weight-can provide instant hunger relief and be a great way to add nutrients to your diet. The right choices can help fill you up for fewer calories and power you through the day.

    But poor snacking habits can cause you to eat too many calories and do a number on your waistline. Americans now consume on average more than two snacks a day and a recent study found that snacking may make up one-fourth of our daily calories. Here are four easy solutions to common snacking mistakes:

    1. You Nosh on Empty Calories.
    Chips, candies, cookies are devoid of nutrients, don't fill you up and may have you reaching for more food sooner than you hoped.

    Solution: Choose snacks that pair

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  • by Brides Staffer

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    Brides-to-be: If you're slimming down before your wedding day, take a look at Victoria's Secret-and not just for the wedding night lingerie ideas. Instead, consider the amazing, bikini-ready bodies of its models! If you've ever caught a glimpse of the winged "angels" at the Victoria's Secret fashion show or peeked at the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, you've seen the work of personal trainer Justin Gelband. Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, and Irina Shayk are just a few of the models he slims and trims with his signature mashup of mixed martial arts, boxing, yoga, and Pilates. "I've trained with Justin for so many years that he can get my body in shape in three to four days," says Swanepoel, a Victoria's Secret regular who also walked in the Michael Kors and Jason Wu fall 2012 shows. "He's really motivating."

    Brides are some of Gelband's favorite-and most motivated-clients. "I had one

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  • Jonny Benjamin, at left, reunites with Neil Laybourn. (Photo via Twitter) Six years ago, Jonny Benjamin stood dangerously close to the precipice of a busy bridge in London, planning to jump and end his life. Morning crowds rushed by the young man, who was struggling to deal with his recently diagnosed schizoaffective disorder, but one stranger stopped to offer kindness, empathy, and a cup of coffee. Neil Laybourn, a 31-year-old personal trainer, managed to persuade Benjamin to step away from the ledge that day. This week, after years of recovery and curiosity about the young man who had saved his life and then disappeared into the crowd, Benjamin finally reunited with him.

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    “I feel like I’ve won the lottery –– I’m totally elated. It means the world to me to finally have the opportunity to say thank you,” Benjamin, 26, said through a statement released by the U.K. organization Rethink Mental Illness, which helped him track down Laybourn.

    Benjamin, who was in such a state that day on the city’s

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  • CorbisThe female hormone estrogen keeps a woman’s sex drive humming and her menstrual cycles regular, but women with naturally high levels — especially those who are diabetic — are at risk for dementia, according to a study of 5,644 post-menopausal women published January 29 in the journal Neurology. French researchers found that the risk for dementia more than doubled for women over the age of 65 who had high estrogen levels. For diabetic women, the risk of dementia increased 14-fold. Scientists measured the women's blood levels of estrogen and then checked them again four years later, comparing the estrogen levels they had observed in 543 women without dementia with those in 132 women who had been diagnosed with it.

    Estrogen therapy (medicine to replace the female hormones that the body stops making after women reach menopause, usually around age 50) has long been hailed for soothing the symptoms of menopause, but there’s been debate in the science world in regard to its safety. In 2002,

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  • Courtesy of PNCCourtesy of PNCBy Jocelyn Voo

    Does a picky eater mean a picky dater? For those who are strict about their (and their partner's) diet or fitness level, these dating sites make matchmaking a bit easier.

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    For the Fitness Singles
    Dinner and drinks are a thing of the past. For those who think bonding over a run or in tree pose is more appealing, Fitness Singles (www.fitness-singles.com) may be more your speed. Free to sign up, the site claims it has over a hundred searchable categories, from bodybuilding to rock climbing. Talk about a date with a nice (rear) view!

    For Gluten-Free Dating
    If you're more concerned about whether your dinner contains wheat than whether the conversation is crashing, you might have more peace of mind starting here. Developed by two friends sharing gluten sensitivities (one with celiac disease, the other with gluten intolerance) and free to sign up, Gluten Free Singles (www.glutenfreesingles.com) is an online

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