• by Anna Maltby

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    In the realm of "stuff that could bring down civilization as we know it and possibly kill us all," drug resistance is a particularly terrifying beast. SELF has reported on it before, and the big question always seems to be, "What the heck can we do about this?!"

    Well, one answer may actually be sitting in your pantry right now. We've known for centuries that plain old honey has infection-fighting properties, and new research is sussing out why: A study presented this month at the American Chemical Society National Meeting suggests that, in addition to straight-up killing bacteria, honey possesses another tool that helps it fight infections -- and that doesn't risk helping bacteria develop resistance.

    Sciencey moment here, so stay with us: Honey appears to help shut down a bacterial property called quorum sensing, according to the study's lead author, Susan Meschwitz, PhD, an assistant professor of chemistry at Salve Regina University. "Quorum sensing is the

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  • by Sarah-Jane Bedwell, R.D.

    Courtesy PhotoCourtesy PhotoEver wish you could take all your favorite individual ingredients from all your favorite cereals and make the perfect one for you -- a raisin here, a granola cluster there, a nut from somewhere else? Well, now there's a website that allows you to do just that. MixMyOwn.com was created by Klara Charvatova and her fiance, David, because they wanted to give customers a fun, simple way to whip up their own AM meals -- according to their own tastebuds, natch.

    With over 100 -- yes, 100! -- ingredients to choose from, you sort of can't go wrong. Start with the base of your cereal, which includes options like various kinds of muesli, whole-grain granola or multi-gran flakes. Then, you can add fruits with tons of choices like goji berries, freeze-dried kiwi and organic banana chips. You can also add any nut or seed you'd like to the mix -- when I tried it out, I went with pecans and chia seeds, but there are also flax seeds, organic poppy seeds, almonds and

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  • New study finds link between stress, likelihood of getting pregnant(Newser) - If you're trying to get pregnant, you may want to go out and get a nice, relaxing massage first: A new study finds that stressed women took longer to conceive. Specifically, subjects with the highest levels of alpha-amylase, an enzyme that indicates stress, were more than twice as likely not to conceive after trying for a year when compared to subjects with the lowest levels, LiveScience reports.

    Overall, the 12-month study, which involved 401 US couples that had no history of infertility and had just started trying for a baby, found that the women with higher levels took 29% longer to conceive than the women with lower levels, Today reports.

    Interestingly, however, alpha-amylase levels didn't make a difference at first-couples had similar odds of getting pregnant when they first started trying, but after five months, the women with the highest levels saw their odds decrease.

    "This study indicates that if a couple has not gotten pregnant after five to six months of

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  • Empowering quotes from plus-size models.

    By Laura Beck

    Hayley Hasselhoff

    1. "Growing up, I never accepted my curves, but when I got the opportunity to become a plus size model, I was able to appreciate my voluptuous body and love myself, not only on the outside, but on the inside."

    2. "At the end of the day, we are all trying to feel comfortable in any type of size - plus size or not."

    Tess Munster

    3. "Fat is a trigger word. But if you use it often enough, it simply describes another one of your qualities. I think what helps me is taking the hurt out of the word. In the beginning I called myself curvy and all bodies have curves. So I would always myself curvy and get upset when people called me fat. Owning it gives me strength: yeah, I'm fat-but I'm also all the good things that I am."

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    Crystal Renn

    4. "[Someone] told me that the entire time I was in makeup, the stylist had been clomping up and down the hall, sputtering into her cell phone, 'I can't believe I have

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  • A popular radio station in Canada is under fire — pun intended — for reducing $5,000 in cash to a pile of ashes on Friday as part of a publicity stunt. The contest, “Bank It or Burn It,” run by 90.3 AMP Radio in Calgary, asked listeners to weigh in through social media on whether the stacks of bills should go to a lucky listener or be set on fire. Morning cohosts Katie Summers and Ryan Lindsay say they were left with no choice but to follow through when 54 percent responded with the hashtag “#BURN” via text.

    More on Yahoo Shine: Oregon Radio Station Behind Mystery Cash Prizes in Grocery Stores

    “This city made a conscious decision, and we had to stick with what they said because that's what we said we were going to do,” Lindsay tells CTV News. On the air Monday morning, he scoffed at critics who say the money should have been donated to a charity, saying they wouldn’t have donated the cash anyway had they won it. “So many spend so much time b----ing and complaining, instead of voting,”

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  • It took six extra minutes for the average woman with heart attack symptoms to get an EKG.It took six extra minutes for the average woman with heart attack symptoms to get an EKG.

    By Jennifer Brown, PhD, Everyday Health

    Women were 10 to 25 percent less likely to get critical heart attack tests and treatment in emergency rooms on time, according to an international survey of heart attack survivors published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It took six additional minutes for the average woman with heart attack symptoms to get an EKG, and eight extra minutes to get clot-busting drugs, according to the survey and patient data from medical centers in Canada, New York, and Switzerland.

    More than 1,000 men and women ages 18 to 55 were given a standardized survey within 24 hours of their hospital admission for heart attack or angina. Researchers say that a patient's anxiety mapped to poorer response times by healthcare teams during a heart attack crisis for women, but not for men. In addition, men surveyed who had feminine personality traits were more likely to experience delays in care, said researcher Roxanne Pelletier, PhD, of McGill

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  • by Lexi Novak

    Courtesy of Alison SweeneyCourtesy of Alison Sweeney
    Whether you own up to it or not, we've all gone through a soap phase: Dark Shadows for my mom, Hollyoaks for my coworker, and Days of Our Lives for me. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to speak with actress Alison Sweeney--soap star, author, mother, host of NBC's The Biggest Loser, and spokesperson for Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant--about her life and career.

    What are the best beauty tips you've learned over the years?
    "The most important ones are the simplest. My mother always taught me to use sunscreen every day. Another is to take care of my smile. I think it's one of the first things people notice about you."

    Are there any products you can't live without?
    "I don't travel without my eyelash curler. Mandatory."

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    Do you have a favorite workout?
    "It's always good to shake up your routine and try different things. I love to run outside, so when I can, I hit the trail."

    I have so much respect

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  • John Herr/FITNESS MagazineJohn Herr/FITNESS MagazineBy Lauren Cardarelli

    Still haven't tackled a mud run? Women make up 58 percent of the racers, so if you haven't, you're missing out on good, grungy fun. "Plus, simply training for one can take your running to the next level," says Miriam Wasmund, the official trainer for the Mudderella series.

    Related: 15-Minute Cardio Workouts

    Keep gear tight, not white.
    On race day, wear lightweight spandex that hugs your body, Wasmund suggests. Baggy cotton clothes chafe, easily get caught in netting and branches, and weigh you down when wet. Add runners' gloves and high socks to nix scrapes.

    Train like GI Jane. "You'll meet hills, wall climbs, mud pits, and other obstacles during arace," Wasmund says, and that requires adding muscle, not just mileage. Steal Wasmund's key strength moves.

    Get your feet wet. Some mud races boast being over-the-top tough. Start with these newbie-friendly picks: the Mudderella 5- to 7-milers (mudderella.com), the Pretty Muddy 3-miler

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  • Workers who got a happiness boost like chocolate or a funny movie before facing a hard task were more productive.Workers who got a happiness boost like chocolate or a funny movie before facing a hard task were more productive.

    By Susan McMillan

    Can chocolate doled out by your boss make you and your coworkers happier and more productive at work? (Hey, who doesn't want to enjoy their job more?)

    That's the theory that economists at the University of Warwick in Britain wanted to test. They recruited more than 700 participants, then created a series of math problems that participants had to complete. The task was timed at 10 minutes, simulating work under pressure.

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    A "Shock" of Happiness
    In order to create what researchers called a "happiness shock," some test subjects watched a stand-up comedy video before taking the test, while others were offered a buffet of chocolate and fruit first. The control group either watched a generic video or was asked to sit and wait for 10 minutes ahead of testing.

    Overall, the groups who got the happiness incentives were 10 to 12 percent more productive solving the problems than the control

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  • by Sophia Panych

    David StesnerDavid Stesner
    Last night, I got a spray tan that started out just like any other spray tan. I got naked, slipped on a paper thong, tucked my hair into a shower cap, and waited for my spray tanner, Natalie Cupid, to come in and find me standing there awkwardly. But then Cupid broke out something I had never seen before during a spray tan: Ben Nye Latex Paint. "This is for your nails," she said, as she started brushing the gooey stuff on my fingers and toes as if it were nail polish. Just like barrier cream or regular lotion, the latex paint protects your nails from staining, Cupid explained; it just does a much better job. And once you're sprayed and waiting to dry, all you have to do it peel the stuff off with your fingers, kind of like the glue on the back of credit cards (sometimes called "booger glue," I found out after a quick online search).

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    Latex makeup paint is primarily used by special-effects makeup artists to

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