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Bridging the Gap: 7 Key Books on Alzheimer’s

No Comments 26 September 2014

Alzheimer's disease has robbed more than 5 million Americans of basic brain functions such as memory, recognition, and general awareness—not to mention severing intimate bonds with family and lifelong acquaintances.

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Why Your Nail Salon Is Probably Toxic as Hell

No Comments 23 September 2014

As Dr. Oz once warned in his book YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens, "Nail polish is likely the most toxic cosmetic there is." But it's also one of the most revered and most addictive. Pinterest boards are made of the fabulous hues and nail art that just came down the runway at New York Fashion Week. Gel manicures have soared in popularity, making it possible to go on a week-long vacation and still flaunt salon-fresh nails. Still, aren't we forgetting how under all those pretty gloss patterns, a silent but powerful bed of toxins is seeping through our nail beds and into our bloodstream? Consider the source: your corner nail salon.

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How Learning a Language Could Save a Life

No Comments 17 September 2014

We all know how important it is to be multilingual, and many of us have learning a new language at the top of our lengthy to-do lists. But if you work in a hospital, being bilingual can also be critical to a patient's health. No one knows this better than David, a hospital worker who learned Spanish and now connects better with his patients—and advanced his career by passing required language tests.

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At What Age Should Kids Get Serious About Sports?

2 Comments 12 September 2014

Many people believe that children should hit the field as young as age 4 or 5 if they want to snag a college scholarship or go pro as an adult. I disagree. Here's why. From Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches–Based on My Life in Sports Medicine, with Don Yaeger.

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Is Your Prenatal Multivitamin Falling Short?

1 Comment 29 August 2014

Not at all multivitamins are created equal. If you're pregnant or trying to conceive, check the ingredient list of your multivitamin against the list below with care. From Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child.

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A Surprisingly Easy Way to Boost Your Overall Health

1 Comment 26 August 2014

It's simple: just put yourself on a schedule. Here's why your body will thrive if you stick to a regular, consistent routine for sleeping, eating, exercising, and pill-taking. From A Short Guide to a Long Life.

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Sage Advice for Living through Chemo

4 Comments 25 July 2014

Being able to prepare for side effects can be empowering. If your side effects are as bad as mine were (I sure hope not!), do whatever it takes to create the time and space to allow your body to heal. And remember these few tips. The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

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The Surprising Physical Benefits of Mindful Awareness

No Comments 16 July 2014

Practicing mindfulness is its own reward, since it helps you enjoy life by being fully present instead of just going through the motions. But did you know it can actually improve the effectiveness of your flu vaccine? From The Four Virtues.

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Why You Involuntarily Twitch in Your Sleep

3 Comments 30 June 2014

While winding down to sleep, sometimes people startle themselves (and their bedmates) with a massive, involuntarily jerk. Here's the science behind this curious behavior–and why you may often dream of falling. From The Secret Life of Sleep.

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Why You Should Junk Your Juicer

3 Comments 26 June 2014

Juice from a juicer is not the same as eating nutritious whole foods. Juice is processed, because the fruit or vegetable's fiber, with its phytonutrients, has been removed. When people say that juicing transformed their health, they are really saying it distracted them from eating junk food. From A Short Guide to a Long Life.

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How to (Finally!) Remember People’s Names

No Comments 23 June 2014

Before you greet your new neighbor or coworker with "Hey… you!" again, try one of these memory tricks from The Working Memory Advantage.

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Is Your Sunscreen Toxic?

1 Comment 20 June 2014

Wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF every single day. That is what we are told from the moment we can ask our mothers at the most awkward and public moment possible, "Mommy, why is that lady all brown and wrinkled?" We are told it protects us and our children from harmful UV rays, minimizing our risk for skin cancer as well as premature aging.

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Could Dancing the Night Away Ward off Alzheimer’s?

2 Comments 04 June 2014

It's common knowledge that dancing is a great form of exercise, offering cardio benefits as well as training in flexibility and balance. But studies have recently proven another, less expected benefit.

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8 Coping Strategies for Needle Phobia

2 Comments 27 May 2014

If you hate needles but need blood drawn, here's how to make the task less cringe-worthy. From The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

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