• by Lexi Petronis

    Kourken PakchanianKourken PakchanianWow. Today, CVS Caremark announced that it will stop selling tobacco products at every one of its 7,600 CVS stores around the country as of October 1.

    The drugstore chain has started focusing more on healthcare over the last few years--adding clinics as it works with doctors and hospitals--and says that providing tobacco products would be out of line with that mission. After all, tobacco is responsible for one in five deaths in the United States, and is linked with a slew of different cancers (including lung, larynx, bladder, stomach). Says Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark: "We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered."


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    The move will cost the chain $2 billion in lost revenue, but the retail chain is committed to stomp out smoking and also plans to expand its tobacco cessation offerings (including training staff to counsel people about how

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  • Mark Guiducci and Julian Gilbert

    As athletes from 88 countries prepare to enter Sochi's Populous-designed Fisht Olympic Stadium this Friday night at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games, those of us at home can prepare to root for Team USA by getting to know seven of its stars-including Nick Goepper, Jazmine Fenlator, and Gus Kenworthy, in addition to Ralph Lauren-favorite Evan Lysacek, despite the fact that his recent hip injury will prevent him from competing. After their Vogue.com photo shoot, we asked the Olympians about their own favorite athletes, style influences, and the rituals they'll rely on the day they vie for some of the 1,300 medals up for grabs this year at Sochi.

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  • Katey Rich

    Justin BieberJustin Bieber

    Just like in high school, when you never really knew what was going on in your older brother's bedroom, it's probably indelicate to speculate about what happened in the allegedly misty confines of Justin Bieber's private plane, which landed at New Jersey's Teterboro airport last Friday, as the boy king was on his way to Super Bowl festivities. All we know is that the pilots and flight attendants have spoken up about what happened in that hazy, raucous club in the sky, and well, that box seems to have gotten mighty hot, if you know what we mean. "The flight attendant stated the passengers, including Bieber and his father, Jeremy Bieber, were extremely abusive verbally and she would not work another flight with them," says an official report obtained by NBC News. And according to "multiple law-enforcement sources" cited by NBC News, the private Gulfstream IV plane was "so full of marijuana smoke that the pilots were force to wear oxygen masks."

    This isn't Bieber's

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  • 7 Ways Food Labels Can Trick YouBy Rachael Moeller Gorman

    Food companies know that health--or the appearance of health--sells. According to the International Food Information Council's (IFIC) 2012 Food & Health Survey, the healthfulness of foods and drinks influenced 61 percent of buying decisions.

    But labels can mislead. Studies show that buzzwords like "organic" can make consumers believe food is also low in calories or "high in protein" is perceived as beneficial to their health, even though the food may be highly processed, full of sugar and/or high in calories. Even when these labels are factually correct, people over-infer the healthiness of the food because "these labels create health halos, and they extend way past what the food actually does," says Brian Wansink, Ph.D., EatingWell advisor and director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell. And that can lead to over-consumption.

    Here are 7 examples of how labels can mislead.

    1. Be Wary of Nutrient Callouts
    That tabbed banner of nutrition

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  • by Anna Maltby

    Arthur BelebeauArthur Belebeau If you're popping vitamin C and vitamin E pills to stay healthy this winter, this might give you pause: A new study in the Journal of Physiology finds that those supplements might reduce the effectiveness of endurance training. (Eep!)


    Two caveats right off the bat: This was a small study -- the subjects were 54 healthy, young men and women -- and we're bending an in-house rule and reporting on it without having received any response to our requests for comment from the study author (though we'll keep you posted if we do hear back!).

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    Anyway, the study subjects were assigned to either a group that took daily supplements of vitamin C (1000 mg) and vitamin E (235 mg) or a placebo. (Note: Those vitamin dosages are consistent with what you'll find in typical supplements available in drugstores.) All participants also completed a training program where they did endurance exercise such as running three to four times a week.

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  • by Elizabeth Siegel

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    If that delicious-looking picture doesn't have you craving hot chocolate, then congratulations on having the best willpower in the world...and we'll tempt you with this instead--drinking cocoa (and eating dark chocolate) just may boost brain power. If chocolate isn't your thing, weirdo, new research also suggests red wine and (if you're really healthy) green tea may help ward off Alzheimer's. Here's the scoop:


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    Cozy up with hot cocoa (yes!). Even at low concentrations, the flavanols in cocoa promote blood flow to the brain, according to a Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter. Recently, the flavanols have even been shown to improve cognitive performance among adults with early dementia, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Now, if only someone would discover that whipped cream made you lose weight.

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  • Are You Sweating Too Much?

    Refinery29By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    There are a handful of activities during which it becomes socially acceptable to be covered in sweat. These include, but are not limited to, working out at the gym, running around outside, and moving furniture in July. These situations do not include things like sitting at your desk. So, if you find that white T-shirts are not your friend, or that your new nickname around the office is Clammy Hands McGee, you may have a sweating problem.

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    It's not your fault - some people just sweat more than others, and experts can't really say why. According to Dr. Robert Fealey of the Mayo Clinic, there are two types of sweating: thermoregulatory and emotional. As you may have guessed, the former comes from a rise in core skin temperature, and the latter is from becoming too stressed or excited. But, if you're finding that your sweating is actually affecting the way you live your everyday life, you may

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  • Vacation ideas for every horoscope sign

    Need a vacation? If you're lucky, you'll have a chance to take off and escape from job stress, family responsibilities, bad weather or just too much routine. Keep in mind while you're dreaming up your next big vacation that each horoscope sign has a different definition of fun and relaxation.

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    Here are some suggestions for every sign, to help you capitalize on all the magic that "getting away" can mean for you.

    Aries (March 21 - April 19)

    You Rams are active all year round, and you love being outdoors as much as possible. Skiing, hiking, rollerblading and biking allow you to leave the constraints of work and family behind. For a vacation, consider venues that offer access to being physical in a big way during the day, but also invite you to stay up all night. A ski resort or casino hotel might fit the bill.

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

    Like Ferdinand the Bull, your greatest joy is to stop and smell the flowers. You love

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    By Nancy Gottesman

    You have to live in dreamland if you want a good night's sleep, according to the usual expert advice: Make your bedroom into a spa like sanctuary. Don't drink a drop of caffeine after 2 p.m. No laptops in the bedroom. So we were shocked when sleep doctor Michael Breus, PhD, admitted that he drifts off with the TV on and his Chihuahua, Sparky, and cat, Monte, in the bed -- two major no-nos. His refreshing philosophy: "Steer clear of all the hard-and-fast rules and do what makes sense for your lifestyle." That we can handle. Read on for more surprising sleep tips that mere mortals like us can actually follow.


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    Sleep in on weekends.
    Forget all the blah-blah about maintaining a consistent wakeup time every day. Snoozing late on the weekend can have real benefits. Adults who were sleep deprived for five days (sound like your workweek?) made up for it somewhat -- bouncing back closer to their baseline brain

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  • 4 Super Supplements for Women4 Super Supplements for Women

    Wondering if you should bother spending the cash on vitamins and other pills? For most women, the four super supplements are well worth it.

    Calcium
    Why You Need It: Everyone knows calcium builds strong bones, but this mineral is also crucial for other functions, such as transmitting nerve signals. Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.
    Daily Dose: Women ages 19 to 50 need 1,000 milligrams per day. Figure out how much you get from food and drink, and supplement the rest.

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    Vitamin D
    Why You Need It: Not only does D help the body absorb calcium, it also might play a role in preventing colon cancer, breast cancer and diabetes.
    Daily Dose: 2,000 international units (IUs) of vitamin D-3 in the winter. In summer, drop down to 1,000 IUs or skip it on days you get lots of sun.

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids
    Why You Need It: Low levels of these

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