• My grandfather always said, "You're your own best doctor." But he didn't live to see the Information Age and couldn't have foreseen the anarchy that would ensue when his nutty granddaughter could Google "colon cancer symptoms" every time she got constipated. (Not that I ever get constipated, or even have bowels.)

    The Internet has become a mind-blowing informational resource that's enabled patient self-advocacy on an unprecedented level. And isn't it all about self-advocacy these days, when our doctors have only milliseconds to spend with us? We've all seen those news stories about some plucky patient who did her homework and found out that rash was really caused by African sleeping sickness.

    However, the stress of reading bullet points about jaundice and abdominal bloating has probably taken years off my life. At what point should I just close my browser and pop a laxative?

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  • The Pretty Skin Diet

    When it comes to having a gorgeous complexion, you truly are what you eat.

    Maintaining a consistent skincare routine that utilizes a powerful mix of anti-agers to reverse as well as prevent future damage is key to having youthful, radiant skin. However, it's not the only link in the quest for reaching skin nirvana. What you eat-and what you skip-day to day plays a vital role in the integrity and appearance of your skin. Nicole Avena, PhD, a nutrition expert and author of Why Diets Fail, shares some of the top foods that will solve, as well as halt, the main universal skincare concerns.

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    To get smoother, line-free skin: It's as simple as remember to a vast array of fruits and veggies.

    WHAT TO EAT: Strawberries, peppers, oranges, broccoli, pineapples, kale, papaya, and kiwis.

    "Each of these are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant involved in collagen synthesis, among other essential skin functions," explains Avena. "While the

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  • Swedish doctors conduct a practice session before a womb transplant operation. (Photo: AP/JOHAN WINBORG)It sounds like a futuristic medical miracle: A woman born without a womb gets a shot at giving birth to a baby after undergoing a womb transplant (with her own mother serving as the donor) followed by a successful embryo transfer.

    But it's actually happened.

    Now, if a pregnancy results, the unidentified woman (who used her own egg in the procedure) will become the first to give birth from a transplanted womb and the baby would be the first born to a mother using the same womb she was born from.

    "We are hopeful that a baby will be produced in nine months," Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Sweden's University of Gothenburg, who led the transplant team, tells Yahoo Shine. "Right now, we have to wait and see. Even if the embryo is high-quality, there's still a 25 percent chance that it will result in a baby." Incidentally, those are the same odds an average woman has of an embryo turning into a viable pregnancy, and, according to Brannstorm, the fact that the womb

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  • Long before Kate Middleton was a real-life duchess, she played a wanna-be one in her school play. As a Cockney-accented Eliza Doolittle in a production of “My Fair Lady,” Kate played a down-with-the-people role even back then. The adorable 1:23-minute video, from 1993, emerged Monday and is poised to blow up the Internet.

    The footage shows the 11-year-old Middleton starring as the unpolished-to-posh faux duchess, reciting famous lines — “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” —  and receiving lively applause, generally lighting up the scenes with her stage presence. And while no one seems to know where this video has been all our lives or why it’s here now, the consensus is that it’s awesome.

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    Other worth-noting details about the short but satisfying clip: Middleton’s co-star in the St. Andrew’s School production was played by Andrew Alexander, who recently appeared as aristocrat Sir

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  • by Alexandra Owens

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    We love a good makeover as much--maybe even more--than the next girl, so we were pretty excited to learn that the FDA is planning on revamping its nutrition labels. After all, it's been 20 years since the last overhaul. Even the food pyramid has shape-shifted since then. "There's a feeling that nutrition labels haven't been as effective as they should be," says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. So how, exactly, is the FDA going to make them better?

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    Well, nobody's exactly sure yet, but experts are anticipating a few key changes. The biggest deal could be serving sizes that actually make sense: They'd never be measured in grams or ounces (who, other than your shady college boyfriend, could accurately dole out an ounce of anything?); and potentially, a small bag of chips or a bottled smoothie would contain an actual single serving, rather than two or more--so Read More »from Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover
  • Strengthen your teeth naturally with these powerfully protective bitesStrengthen your teeth naturally with these powerfully protective bitesBy Jessica Chia, Prevention

    Show off those pearly whites! Can your smile give your diet away? It won't announce that extra piece of cake you had, but it can show more than you might think.

    First, the bad news: Bacteria love feeding on sugar as much as you do, fermenting the sweet stuff into acid that eats away at your tooth enamel, leading to unhappy side effects like discoloration and cavities. Starchy foods have a similar effect, as enzymes in your saliva break starch down into acid-producing simple sugars.

    Now the good: Instead of scrubbing after every bite and steering clear of sugar forever and ever (how sad would that be?), there are a number of foods that actually work wonders for your teeth. Check out these delicious ways to get a whiter, healthier smile.

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    Firm, crunchy produce like raw carrots force you to chew more than you would while eating a softer

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  • Bonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBonnie Holland/FITNESS MagazineBy Jan Sheehan

    Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race, right? Not according to a new study from the University of Florida, which found that people on plans that gave them a speedy initial drop were five times more likely to be 10 percent slimmer 18 months later than those who didn't accelerate their diet. "Not seeing results soon enough is the number-one reason women give up on weight-loss plans," notes Patricia Bannan, RD, author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight.

    Whoa there! Don't resign yourself to using the latest cleanse or juice fast just yet. Super-restrictive diets lack the nutrients you need, leaving you sluggish, weak, and starving. So what's the happy medium? A plan that targets your biggest diet downfall, allowing you to get slim quickly but safely. Try these easy, no-hunger strategies to outsmart every craving, and watch the post-holiday pudge melt away in record time.

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  • by Jacqueline Risser

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    The 2014 Grammy Awards were exactly what we hoped they'd be: Totally danceable ("Get Lucky" with Stevie Wonder, anyone?), incredibly fun and, as music's hottest night, an unofficial display of some of Hollywood's hottest bods. And two of SELF's favorite celebs, Beyonce and Pink, showed off their seriously fit figures in some body-baring bodysuits.

    We're still reeling from Beyonce's performance of "Drunk in Love" with hubby Jay-Z, a track off of her secretly released album that broke the internet. Our jaws dropped when she appeared in her strappy bodysuit, which she paired with a choppy, wet-looking bob. (Remember how actresses at the Golden Globes were all over this beauty trend?)

    Beyonce's cinched waist looked teensy-eensy, and we could spy some majorly flat abs through her sheer costume. But we couldn't stop body crushing on those killer legs of hers. Seriously, from ankle up to the hip, her legs could not have been more toned -- and we know that going

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  • Why I Became a Plus-Size Model

    Refinery29By Lauren Chan, Refinery29

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved models. In fact, I still own a copy of the 2004 September issue of American Vogue. Covered by Daria, Natalia, and Gisele, and featuring a foldout of Isabeli, Karolina, Liya, Hanna, Gemma, and Karen, the "Models of the Moment" issue marked the beginning of my love affair with the modeling industry. In the photos, the gorgeously styled models appear ethereal, desirable. And, despite the differences in their appearances, they share one thing: They are all unmistakably and overwhelmingly thin .

    The problem was that I was young and impressionable, and took that one measly theme - thinness - to heart. At the time, there were no plus-size models, like Tara Lynn, Robyn Lawley, or Candice Huffine. I hadn't read Crystal Renn's Hungry or heard of Ford's plus-size division-head Gary Dakin. In essence, thin was all I had to look up to.

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  • If only there were an extra hour in the day, we'd get more rest, read more books. Heck, we'd write 'em! But in our frantic world, it's hard to find even a minute. Our plan will show you how to declutter your schedule and make room for what's important -- in just two weeks.

    It's an all-too-familiar scenario: you miraculously find yourself with a free afternoon and call a friend to ask her to go for a hike (or shopping, or to lunch). Her immediate answer, probably delivered with a stress-inflected screech: "I'm too busy." Too much work, too many errands, too many obligations. Too little time.

    Chronic busyness is epidemic in our culture, especially for women. Four in 10 working moms with children under age 18 say they always feel rushed, according to a Pew Research Center survey. And nearly half of working women say their jam-packed schedules leave them with less than an hour a day for themselves. "Many people feel that their time isn't their own," says Lama Surya Das, author of

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