• Mother Nature offers powerful, safer cleaners in the form of germ-killing essential oils
    By Leah Zerbe, Rodalenews.com

    Here's a dirty little secret: The standard way of cleaning your home has a pretty murky health record. The majority of cleaners on store shelves contain hazardous materials you won't always find on the label, which is probably why more and more people are opting for DIY cleaning recipes.

    The ironic twist of modern-day cleaning is that when we use most store-bought cleaners, we're unknowingly polluting our indoor air--oftentimes creating indoor air quality worse than that around a polluted highway! It's not just our lungs at risk, either. Using the antibacterial chemicals found in soaps and sprays can actually encourage pathogens to colonize in our noses, according to a recent study published in the journal mBio.

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    Forget all of the bleach, ammonia, triclosan, and harsh solvents. For most households, Mother

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  • .By Maggie Puniewska, Refinery29

    Think you're working a lot these days? That's nothing compared to your hormones' schedules. These super-busy biochemicals have quite the to-do list of processes they need to regulate. Think: appetite, mood, movement, sleep, sex drive, digestion, immunity, stress, growth - need we say more? They're tough cookies but they can also be easily swayed. Stress and junk food are the obvious offenders, but there are a few other sneaky culprits that could be tampering with your hormones as well. We've tapped the experts and latest research to reveal who - or what - is guilty of hormone bullying. Read on so you can get those trusty hormones back on track.

    Birth Control
    Since it was introduced in the 1960s, hormonal birth control has empowered women to plan (and avoid) pregnancies. Additionally, its hormonal side effects help reduce breakouts, painful periods, and cramps for some users. But, hormonal contraception affects every woman differently, and all

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  • Do You Have a Bowel Problem?

    Seven surprising reasons trouble is brewing in your gut.

    By Katherine Harmon Courage

    Photo: Thinkstock

    You Dumped Your Sugar Habit

    The problem: You replaced refined sugar with other sweeteners, and now you have to go. A lot.

    What it could be: Natural sugars (such as fructose), sugar alcohols (such as sorbitol, xylitol or erythritol) and artificial sweeteners (such as sucralose, i.e. Splenda) "can have almost a laxative effect" for some people, says Robin Rothstein, M.D., medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Temple University. Those sweets are just one category of "fermentable carbohydrates," foods that can wreak havoc on some people's guts (another common irritating class is lactose), causing diarrhea, gas and/or bloating.

    What to do: "[If you're] munching on sugar-free gummy bears and then running off to the bathroom," Rothstein says, start keeping an eye on food labels. Avoid foods with ingredients ending in -ose (as in fructose) and -ol (such as xylitol).

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  • Refinery29By Nicole McDermott, Refinery29

    Whether it's a not-so-friendly email from the boss, a hurtful quip from a friend, or a passing-gas-in-public incident (happens to the best of us), a bad memory can haunt us for days on end. What's the best way to deal? A new study suggests we embrace those unpleasant moments - by focusing on their silver linings.

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    Instead of replaying the unfortunate scene on a mental loop, we should take a hint from this new study from the University of Illinois, which proposes we think about the context of the awkwardness instead. By focusing on a memory's happier elements - such as pleasant weather, or a good friend who was there at the time - we may be able to lessen the blow of emotional distress.

    Study participants were asked to share their most powerful negative memories, such as the death of a loved one. Several weeks later, researchers asked them to recall those memories. They then used magnetic resonance

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  • by Anna Maltby

    John DolanJohn Dolan
    We hope that you guys are using protection when you're in between the sheets. Whether you're having a crazy one-night stand or are involved in a serious, monogamous relationship, it's important to know the health risks of getting it on -- and keep things as safe. New statistics, released by Practice Fusion, an electronic health record system used in doctor's offices (so they have access to info on lots of real patient diagnoses), show that young adults ages 18-25 are 14 times more likely to have an acute STD diagnosis, including chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea, than adults 26 and older.

    See more: Look Better Naked

    Yikes! Other findings:

    * Adult women are 25 percent more likely to have an acute STD diagnosis than adult males (that's 5 female STD diagnoses for every 4 males)
    * 18-25-year-old females are almost twice as likely to have an acute STD diagnosis than their male counterparts

    If that sounds crazy and terrifying, keep a couple of things in mind:

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Stephanie FoleyStephanie FoleyWe've talked before about how extra pounds and eating unhealthy stuff like bacon (ugh, nitrates!) may raise your risk for cancer, but science is still sorting out how other specific nutrients might affect your cancer risk. If you suspected that fatty foods might be bad in and of themselves, and not just because they contribute to weight gain, you might be right -- a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute finds a strong association between fat intake and certain types of breast cancer.

    Experts have suspected for a long time that high fat intake increases breast cancer risk, but it's been tough to confirm because evidence has been inconsistent -- and after all, you can't stick a bunch of ladies in a lab for decades and watch what happens when one group eats healthfully and another group chows down on a bunch of fat. (Sounds like a horror movie, right?!)

    So the researchers behind this new paper decided to use a prospective cohort study (a kind of Read More »from Could This Diet Mistake Raise Your Risk for Breast Cancer?
  • Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesWhen a fellow mom in my daughter’s kindergarten class told me recently that she’d just suffered a miscarriage, I gave her a hug. I didn’t know what else to do, and I was shocked she'd even mentioned it, since most people don't. She shrugged it off, though, as if she’d merely been sick, and smiled to reassure me. “I actually feel fine,” she said. “Really!”

    Though I’ve never lost a pregnancy myself, I know enough people who have to realize that it’s a bigger deal than having the flu. But I also understand this: Talking about miscarriage is pretty much the last taboo. It’s why (most) people are finally writing about Lindsay Lohan this week with a whiff of something besides mockery. “No one knows this, and we can finish [the interview] after this: I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off," Lohan said, tearing up as she spoke on the season finale of her OWN reality show on Sunday. And nothing in our society makes people quite as speechless and uncomfortable as a woman losing

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  • Facebook/Sara Haley FitnessSara Haley, a personal trainer and mom from Santa Monica, California, hits the gym six days a week — and it turns out that's a problem for her fellow gym members, who, Haley says, routinely harass her because she's 35 weeks pregnant.

    According to a recent story published in the New York Daily News, Haley, who specializes in pregnancy fitness, incorporates a combination of pull-ups, tricep dips, dead lifts, and lunges into her workout routine. But the constant stares, whispers, and comments (“Wow, your butt is so big!” and “Those stretch marks are the worst I have ever seen!") in the gym make her feel as though she's being ganged up on. “It is an element of bullying,” the 35-year-old told the newspaper. “Some people have no filter all of a sudden when they see a pregnant woman training.”

    And while Haley — who in April was named one of 50 hottest fitness trainers by Shape magazine — insists that exercise is encouraged during pregnancy, she doesn’t want to be viewed as herculean. “My

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  • Rhode Island's Bryant University is making headlines after the school  asked students to refrain from taking selfies when they go to pick up their degree.

    The university's president, Ronald Machtley, says that he's fine with grads snapping photos during the ceremony, as long as they're not up at the podium. But if every single one of the 800 graduating students stopped to selfie their big moment, it would take up too much time and make the ceremony run long.

    Although Bryant's ban isn't a firm one – they're asking politely, not ordering – it marks a trend in venues requesting that people put their phones away. Last year, the New York Times reported that some chic New York City restaurants were banning customers from Instagramming their food, saying that the constant phone use was distracting other patrons.

    "It even became a distraction for the chef," said Moe Issa, who runs Brooklyn restaurant The Chef's Table. The intimate restaurant has one large table shared by all the patrons, which

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  • Total-body health starts in your mouth--seriously, oral care is connected to everything from brain function to immunity. Plus, learn how your dentist could save your life
    By Caitlin Carlson, Women's Health

    Dental talk: yawn, right? Maybe not--oral health just got a whole lot more interesting, thanks to research showing that what goes on in your mouth can directly reflect what's happening elsewhere in your body, from your brain all the way down to your private parts. And conditions such as gum disease can be precursors to scary stuff like cognitive decline, diabetes, and certain STDs. "Any time you have an infection in your mouth, it doesn't just stay there," says periodontist Sally Cram, D.D.S., a spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA). "It can travel through your bloodstream, affecting your organs and immune system."

    It's too bad, then, that fewer adults than ever regularly visit the dentist, according to a new survey by the ADA. Blowing off your twice-a-year

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