Mammogram

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May 30, 2010

WHEN: Although a recent report said mammograms aren't needen for most women younger than 50, other reputable organizations recommend that women 40 and older get the test every one to two years. Women who are at higher than average risk, including those witha a family history of breast cancer, should consider beginning mammographies before age 40.
WHY YOU NEED IT: The test detects changes in women who otherwise have no symptoms or observable breast abnormalities.
HOW IT WORKS: The breasts are compressed between two glass or plastic plates while a technician captures images via X-rays.

Filter Facts

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May 29, 2010

Get the most out of your purification system. Check the certification. Be sure your filter removes the proper impurities. Buy a filter that has been certified by NSF International or the Water Quality Association, two independent organizations that verify the claims made on such products.
Watch the calendar. Change your filter according to the manufacturer's intructions. Filters lose their effectiveness over time. A carbon filter, for example, acts like a sponge. It's able to absorb contaminants for only so long.
Hook it up. Filfters that attach to a faucet may remove slightly more contaminants than countertop models, because the water forced through them is pressurized-as opposed to water that is poured through a filter in a pitcher.

Shave off 10 years

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May 28, 2010

Cheat with cheap and chick makeup tricks. Lighten your strands. Your hair color tends to darken as you age, throwing your face into unflattering shadow. Tweak your base color by a few shades and consider adding highlights to brighten your complexion and add a soft, flattering halo around your face.
Prime before primping. Before applying makeup, smooth on a silicone-based primer. It minimizes pores and fills in fine lines and wrinkles so your makeup doesn't settle in nooks and crannies.
Slice in bangs. A face-framing fringe always draws attention away from crow's-feet and hides a furrowed forehead or a receding hairline. Opt for sideswept bangs or long, thick, straight ones. Avoid anything too short or severe.
Prevent feathered lips. Before swiping on lipstick, trace and fill in mouth with a liner to lock color into place. Rub the tip between index finger and thumb to help it glide more easily.

Supplement Spotlight: Kefir

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May 27, 2010

Sample this incredible superfood A probiotic long before probiotic was a buzzword, kefir is a tangy fermented milk drink that is packed with healthy bacteria. It costs less per serving than individually packaged probiotic drinks on the market.

Try: Sipping it like you would a smoothie; it comes in flavors such as raspberry and pomegranate.

Why Beets May Beat Psoriasis

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May 26, 2010

Juice therapy is believed to clear up this skin condition "Many people with psoriasis have congestion in the bowels and liver," says Cherie Calbom, MS, a certified nutritionist in Kirkland, Washington, and coauthor of Juicing for Life. "A high-fiber diet will absorb toxins in the gut, and beet juice is wonderful to help detoxify the liver."

Because beets have a strong flavor, she suggests blending beet juice with carrot juice and lemon. "One beet to four carrots (add one-fourth of a lemon to improve the flavor) is an ideal proportion," according to Calbom. She recommends drinking one glass of the beet juice every day.

Edible Sunscreens

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May 25, 2010

Find skin cancer protection right in your kitchen Antioxidants found in green tea and brightly colored produce may help your skin handle the sun's cancer-causing UV rays. Don't give up your sunscreen, but consider these skin savers too:

Accessorize with frosted glasses-and we don't mean Ray-Bans. Reach for iced tea made from green tea; its powerful antioxidants may heal UV rays' oxidation damage.

  • So be Lean Diet Green Tea
  • Honest Teas: Moroccan Mint Green or Community Green teas
  • Republic of Tea: PassionFruit Green or Jade Mint Green teas

  • Surround yourself with red. And orange, and yellow, and dark green fruits and veggies; they may reduce skin redness from intense UV light

    Get a Green Anti-Aging Routine

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    May 24, 2010

    Look younger and protect the planet with these 4 ideas

    Who knew that lessening your footprint on the Earth is also good for your skin? "Increased amounts of smog, pollutants, and free radicals can prematurely age your complexion," says David Goldberg, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Here, simple and smart ways you can make your look-younger routine even greener:

    1. Take shorter showers The average lasts 8 minutes and uses about 17 gallons of water. Cutting yours by 3 minutes conserves at least 6 gallons of H2O and keeps your skin from drying out.

    2. Buy jumbo sizes Purchase products in bulk, which produces 10% less waste, according to The Green Book.

    3. Pick eco-friendly finds Choose brands with recyclable, biodegradable, or minimal packaging. Try Physicians Formula Organic Wear and Smashbox Cosmetics Green Room Collection, with compacts and lipstick tubes that are embedded with seeds-once planted, they sprout flowers.

    4. Air-dry your hair "Reducing drying time by even 5 minutes a day saves almost 45 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year," says green living expert Sara Snow.

    8: Gallons of water conserved each day by turning off the tap while washing your face

    Oxis a Natural Substance

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    May 23, 2010

    Oxis is developing and plans to sell Nutraceutical and Cosmecuetical products which features natural ingredients and is believed to have beneficial effects to human health. Anti aging medicine means early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related diseases. This is quite different from tackling the aging process itself, and a wide array of strategies and therapies are currently available. Calorie restriction, for example, is a demonstrated way to lower risk for a wide range of age-related degenerative conditions.

    Oxis has several therapeutic compounds that are available to be licensed including anti-inflammatory and several therapeutic antioxidant mimics with potential applications in the treatment of neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s), cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and other conditions.

    Oxis is focusing its efforts on developing products that deliver the benefits of ERGO taken by itself and in combination with other elements that enhance various health protective systems. Some of the potential benefits include its ability to conserve and maintain the levels of other antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C and glutathione.

    The production of free radical exceeds the body's natural defense mechanisms, oxidative damage to vital molecules in the body can occur and may lead to cell disfunction and cell death.

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    Earth-Friendly Moves that Keep You Young

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    Try going green to increase your youthful glow: Take shorter, cooler showers: According to the Department of Energy, water heating accounts for 25% of your home's energy consumption. Youth booster: Lukewarm temps keep skin from drying out.

    Use organic cotton pads: One-quarter of insecticide use is linked to conventional cotton growth. Youth booster: Quilted, natural cotton pads are softer and easier on delicate under-eye skin, preventing the wear and tear that can lead to pesky fine lines. Switch to natural fiber makeup brushes: Synthetics are derived from fossil fuels

    that can't easily be renewed. Youth booster: Going green with natural bristles (sable, squirrel, or goat hairs) are less likely to cause irritation and redness and more likely to improve skin care.

    Toss a Skin-Saving Salad

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    May 22, 2010

    A recent study from the University of Queensland in Australia found that people who ate the most vegetables, particularly leafy green vegetables, had a reduced risk of squamous cell carcinoma-a common type of skin cancer typically found on the face, ears, neck, and hands. The folate found in leafy vegetables also helps make new skin cells, which keeps your complexion looking fresh. For a skin cancer-preventing seasonal salad, pick up some spinach, mustard greens, or kale. Chop and toss with winter fruits like roasted pink grapefruit, blood oranges, sliced apples, or pomegranate seeds. Add beans or nuts for a plant-based protein boost. And top with avocado for healthy fats that help skin glow.

    Speak Your Mind, Save Your Life

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    May 21, 2010

    Bottling up your feelings won't help you live longer. Keeping the peace at home could leave you fighting for your life-and losing.

    "Women who put a cap on their feelings during arguments with their spouses have a fourfold higher death rate from all causes than women who express their feelings during conflict," reports epidemiologist Elaine D. Eaker, ScD, who tracked the health of 1,501 married women for a decade.

    Eaker, president of Eaker Epidemiology

    Enterprises in Chili, WI, isn't sure why repressing these feelings can prove deadly. But there is a fix. Start by telling your husband what you've been holding back. Individual or marriage counseling can help. "It's not that these women are timid. They're trying to preserve a relationship, but they aren't preserving their lives," says Eaker.

    The Indirect Route

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    May 20, 2010

    You should grill ribs, roasts and other large cuts of meat over indirect heat, not directly above a flame or hot coals. The longer cooking time allows meat to get tender and absorb smoke flavor, especially if you use wood chips.

    For a gas grill: Preheat with all the burners on high, then turn one or two off and lower the others to medium low. Position meat so it is not over the flaming burners.

    For a charcoal grill: Pile briquettes 2 or 3 deep on one side of the grill and ignite. When briquettes are ready, position the mean on the side of the grill opposite the coals. Keep your chimney starter handy so you can add more briquettes as needed to maintain the temperature.

    Got a task today

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    May 19, 2010

    I was so glad that I had a task today. I guess I did pretty good on my english lol. When I was about to submit my task, I had a little bit of trouble. I had no idea what permanent link URL is: aside from my blog URL. So, I searched it online. Luckily, I've got the answered to my question. It was very easy all I had to do is click on my time at the bottom of my blogs and whaalaaa got it. Then before, I had no idea how to insert link to my anchor text but today, all I had to do is highlight the anchor text then click insert link.

    If I hadn't got it right for sure I will bug Rosemarie to ask her help. I hope my assigned task would be approve pretty soon. And my web hosting would reply quickly when they notice about my task.

    Diabetics: Weight Loss Efforts Count

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    May 16, 2010

    Doesn't matter if you drop the pounds, it's the thought that counts Overweight people with type 2 diabetes hear the message over and over again: Achieve weight loss. But a 2004 study tracking 1,401 diabetics for 9 years adds an encouraging aside: Simply trying to shed pounds could cut type 2 diabetes-related death risk 20 to 30 percent.

    In fact, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that death rates were the same for successful and unsuccessful weight loss dieters.

    Lead researcher Edward W. Gregg, PhD, speculates that dieters may have adopted healthier weight loss habits-eating more produce and getting more exercise-which have long-lasting diabetes benefits regardless of body weight.

    When it's Okay to Lie to Your Kids

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    May 13, 2010

    How to convince your kids to eat their veggies You can get your grown children to eat healthier-just tell them they did so when they were young! Psychologists at the University of California, Irvine, convinced several dozen college students that they liked to eat asparagus when they were in their childhood-even if it wasn't remotely true. That "news" made most of the students more willing to buy, eat, and enjoy the healthy veggie in the future.

    How Safe Are the Drugs?

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    May 12, 2010

    Do the bone protecting drugs have the opposite effect on some? Recently, 25 patients taking bisphosphonates, drugs widely used to treat osteoporosis, reported unexplained leg fractures. Experts aren't sure why bone protecting drugs might have the opposite effect on some, but the number of these cases is tiny, compared with the millions who are safely taking the meds. An even more important number: Within a year of a hip fracture—often caused by osteoporosis—17% of patients die. Women who need the drugs shouldn't be scared away.

    An Unsanitary Squeeze

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    May 11, 2010

    New studies show restaurant lemons may carry bacteria Next time you order iced tea, tell your server to hold the lemon. A recent study found that nearly 70% of restaurant lemon slices were soured by bacteria from saliva, skin, even feces. The fruits's natural antibacterial properties didn't hinder the germs, which may have come from unwashed hands, uncovered coughs and sneezes, and contaminated cutting boards and utensils. Instead of ordering drinks with a twist, keep packets of lemon juice or True Lemon crystallized lemon (truelemon.com) in your purse to spruce up restaurant beverages.

    Egg-cellent Breakfast Tip

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    Rethink your morning meal Trying to whittle your waistline? You might want to rethink your morning meal. Recent research found that men and women who ate two eggs for breakfast as part of a low calorie diet lost 65% more weight and had a 61% greater reduction in BMI than their counterparts who started the day with an equal calorie bagel breakfast. Eggs, a high quality protein, kept people more satisfied until their next meal, which helped them stick to and succeed on a reduced calorie diet. Because the American Heart Association recommends keeping cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg per day (below 200 for those with heart disease and high LDL cholesterol), try scrambling an egg yolk (around 210 mg cholesterol) with two egg whites for a high protein, cholesterol conscious breakfast.

    The Meat You Won't Miss

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    May 10, 2010

    Subbing mushrooms for beef is a simple way to lose weight Here's an easy swap to drastically cut calories: Trade the beef in your recipes for mushrooms. Research from Johns Hopkins University showed that when adults ate a mushroom-based version of four beef dishes such as lasagna and chili, not only were they just as full, but they also ate around 420 fewer calories and 30 fewer grams of fat. Subbing 1 cup of mushrooms for 3 ounces of 85% lean ground meat twice a week could add up to a 6-pound weight loss over 1 year.

    42: The number of calories in 1 cup of grilled sliced Portobello mushrooms

    Fruit: The New Cookie

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    May 09, 2010

    Make like a kid and snack on produce instead

    Attention, adults: Time to take a healthy eating lesson from the young ones in your life. Fresh fruit has beat out cookies as the top snack food among children ages 2 to 12, according to a recent survey by market research firm NPD Group. Adults prefer gum and chocolate; in 2005, only 28.7% of grown women ate the recommended two or more servings of fruit per day. Toss a portable piece like a kiwifruit, banana, or pear into your purse so you have a healthy snack at the ready.

    60: The percentage drop in heart disease risk for adults who eat more than 5 servings of fruit A day

    Wine vs. Lifestyle

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    May 08, 2010

    Why is it that wine drinkers tend to be healthier than beer drinkers? It's been clear for some time that drinking wine is associated with lower mortality than drinking beer or hard spirits. But there's been debate about whether vino's health benefits are due to intrinsic properties or to the lifestyle of wine drinkers.

    In this Danish study, reported in the British Medical Journal, researchers analyzed 3.5 million transactions that took place at 98 outlets of two large supermarket chains. Based on these transactions, customers were classified as "wine only," "beer only," "mixed," or "non- alcohol" buyers.

    What they found was that people who bought wine also bought healthier foods than people who bought beer. Wine drinkers purchased more olives, fruits, vegetables, poultry, veal, beef, milk, low-fat cheese, and cooking oil, while beer drinkers bought more prepared foods, cold cuts, sausages, pork, lamb, chips, sugar, butter, margarine, and soft drinks.

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    Sorbet: Health Friend or Foe?

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    May 07, 2010

    The Claim Fruity flavors and low fat content give the impression that sorbet is a health food.

    The Truth The store-bought version is often loaded with sweeteners, including high fructose corn syrup. And many contain "natural flavor," chemically processed from fruits and meats, which many scientists argue has not been studied adequately for safety.

    Verdict Make a homemade version in minutes that's full of fiber and antioxidants. Just grab a food processor and combine 1 pound frozen blackberries, 1/2 cup fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and several tablespoons of water. Process until pureed. Enjoy or freeze for later. Makes 4 servings.

    Figuring Out Cholesterol

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    May 06, 2010

    Your first step to outsmarting cholesterol is understanding what your numbers mean
    Reaching a healthy cholesterol level-and staying there-is one of the most powerful steps you can take to guard against heart attack and stroke. But in a world loaded with products and information designed to help you cut cholesterol-from foods, supplements and drugs to books, magazine articles and, yes, websites-it would be easy to assume that cholesterol, in and of itself, is a very bad thing.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    Fact is, you need some cholesterol. Your body produces this soft, waxy substance (imagine tiny blobs of soft candle wax) and uses it to build cell walls everywhere-including inside your brain, nerves, muscles, skin, liver, intestines, and heart. Cholesterol is also used to produce hormones, and to make the bile acids that help digest food. It takes only a small amount of cholesterol in the blood to meet these needs.

    Trouble comes when there's too much bad cholesterol-and not enough good cholesterol. "Bad" cholesterol, known as LDLs, can pump artery walls full of dangerous plaque, which raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. "Good" cholesterol, known as HDLs, help sweep out those nasty LDLs-but only if you have lots of it.

    Your age, gender, and genes all affect your cholesterol levels in ways you cannot control. But there's good news. You can take control these important cholesterol-raising or lowering factors: your diet, physical activity, and body weight.

    The first step? Ask your doctor for a fasting cholesterol test, also known as a lipoprotein profile.

    Just-Right Cholesterol Levels

    The goal isn't zero cholesterol-its healthy, balanced cholesterol. Prevention follows national guidelines for healthy cholesterol levels. On the following pages you will find descriptions of these different kinds of cholesterol, and what they mean for your health.

    When Calcium Isn't Good

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    May 05, 2010

    Don't let this supplement spoil your bone scan

    Calcium supplements can help preserve bone density, protecting you from fractures. But did you know that taking calcium just before a bone scan might blur your bone-density test results? The very best test for measuring bone density in the spine and hip-dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA-works by reading how much calcium is present, not only in the bone, but within a cross section of the body. Poorly absorbed calcium can linger in the intestines and mimic dense bone on a spine scan, obscuring telltale signs of thinning bone, says Jeri Nieves, PhD, director of bone-density testing at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY. This rarely happens, but it could at least cause inconvenience: If your doctor notices an odd reading, she may suggest a second scan. "Don't quit taking supplements or cancel your DEXA," says Dr. Nieves. Instead, use a calcium supplement labeled "USP"-meaning it's met the US Pharmacopeia's standard for dissolving. And don't take any calcium supplement within an hour of a DEXA, says Dr. Nieves.

    Little things to do when caring for new belly buttons

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    May 04, 2010

    1. Keep umbilical area dry to help healing. Provide plenty of air exposure and dress baby in breathable cotton clothing.

    2. To swab or not to swab? There are two schools thought about how to care for the umbilical cord. Some recommend using warm water to keep it clean. Others say, simply leave it alone. Follow your doctor's guidance on this question and any other concerns.

    3. If you use warm water to gently swab the cord area, change diaper before cleaning the stump to minimize the risk of spreading bacteria.

    4. As the cord heals, it will turn dark and fall off. This usually takes two weeks to a month.

    Perfect Mood Food

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    May 03, 2010

    Add another asset to omega-3 fat's resume: bad mood buster. Eating more omega-3 fats may make you less impulsive and prone to depression-and easier to get along with, say researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. They measured the blood levels of omega-3 fats (a reliable indicator of consumption) of 106 healthy adults and gave them psychological tests. Those with the highest omega-3 blood levels scored 49 to 58% better on the tests than those with the lowest blood levels.

    Although other studies have linked omega-3 fats to lower depression, this is the first to show possible mood-boosting in healthy people, say the scientists. Experts suggest getting two servings a week of high-omega-3 fish, including sardines, salmon, herring, and mackerel.

    Breakfast in a Bar

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    May 02, 2010

    4 essentials that make these portable meals healthy: Two-thirds of Americans eat breakfast bars. Sales of these on-the-go meals are expected to increase up to 45% by 2011. And that's great news: Studies show that eating breakfast can improve your focus, help maintain your weight, and give your metabolism a boost.

    However, just because a food is convenient doesn't mean it's healthy. Some breakfast bars are packed with protein to fuel you until lunchtime; others are so sugar laden that they sap your energy and leave you tired by 10 am. At their best, breakfast bars are a prep-free opportunity for the overscheduled to get a nutritious head start on the day.

    Here are the four qualities to look for in breakfast bars:

    1. No more than 15 g of sugar: Breakfast bars low in sweeteners will help keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. But these varieties aren't always easy to spot. One package boasts "all the nutrition of a bowl of instant oatmeal," but contains up to 21 g of sugar in each bar-far more than you'd find in most bowls of hot cereal.

    2. 5 g or more of fiber: Breakfast is a prime opportunity to get some fiber in your diet. People who ate high-fiber whole grain cereal for breakfast every day had nearly a 30% lower risk of heart failure than those who chose other foods, found the ongoing Physicians' Health Study. Look for breakfast bars with at least 5 g of fiber, and pair them with a piece of fruit, like an apple or a pear, for an additional boost.

    3. At least 5 g of protein: Protein is essential at breakfast because it's digested more slowly than carbohydrates, which means you won't be ravenous in an hour or two. You should eat around 75 to 100 g of protein a day. The healthiest breakfast bars I found contain more than 5 g; add a golf ballsize portion of nuts (about 1 ounce) or a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk (dairy or soy) to pack in the protein even more.

    4. 25% of the DV for calcium: A breakfast of cereal and fat-free milk can satisfy roughly 25% of your daily calcium need. Choose breakfast bars with at least that-or drink a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk or calcium-fortified juice if your bar has less.