Other Factors Keeping You From Losing Weight + MORE

Greetings,And welcome to the next Total Solution Weight Loss installment.  Here you’ll find our usual mix of informative articles focused on tips, tricks, just good information on achieving and maintaining a healthier you. Not just for the new year… but for a lifetime. So, let’s get started.

 

10 Foods to Enjoy Without Added Sugar

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The problems with consuming too much added sugar seem to be getting lots of attention these days. From contributing to inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, sugar has been recently singled out as a cause for concern.The recently released report from the Dietary Guideline Committee (DGAC) suggests, for the first time, that Americans limit sugar to 10 percent of calories…

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The OTHER Factor That Might Be Keeping You From Losing Weight (VIDEO)

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Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies. From fatigue and insomnia to digestive problems and heart disease, chronic stress is a serious issue for many Americans who are running on empty. But even if your stress levels aren’t at a chronic level, the small daily anxieties we all face every day could be causing some unwanted side effects — like those extra pounds that won’t come off…

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Trainers Share the Worst Fitness Advice They’ve Ever Heard

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It’s a familiar scenario for many: you’re at the gym when you unintentionally overhear the two nice women on the treadmills next to you discussing the parameters of their exercise routines, or a trainer doling out a piece of fitness advice to their client.Click Here to see the Complete List of The Worst Fitness AdviceYou catch something they say and to yourself think one of two things: “Wait, is that really true?” or “I’m pretty sure that’s definitely wrong…

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How to Get Your Spouse to Exercise

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How to Get Your Spouse to ExerciseChanges in one married partner’s exercise routine tend to be echoed in the other’s, highlighting the extent to which our exercise behavior is shaped by the people around us.

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Try This Heart-Opening Partner Yoga Sequence From 2 Fit Moms

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Try This Heart-Opening Partner Yoga Sequence From 2 Fit MomsBy Yoga JournalGrab a partner and try this chest-opening sequence from Two Fit Moms.NOTE These poses require blocks, a strap, and a partner.

Reclining Heart Opener With Blocks

Lie down on your mat with one block (at its lowest height) under your head like a pillow and a second block (at a higher height) between your shoulder blades…

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Timelines can suck it.

Oh, the timeline. It’s something women know all too well. And now, Daily Mail has created yet another timeline for women to measure themselves against. The headline says it all: “The ages that define the life of every woman: She has her first kiss at 15, finds ‘the one’ at 27, earns most at 39—and gives up bikinis at 48…

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It’s not pool weather yet, but you’ll be ready when it gets here.

Join the Women’s Health Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!
Offset Dumbbell Lunge: You know lunges strengthen your quads, calves, and glutes, but this version also packs an abs-sculpting punch…

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An electro-shocker belt hawked on a late-night infomercial won’t give you six-pack abs. At least not unless you can clip it to your tongue and use it to zap your taste buds. (Rendering all food as flavorless as rice cakes.)Achieving a visible six-pack is about work and sacrifice, not gimmicks and crunches…

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Dietitians, Food and Truth: Winds of Change?

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In what became a notorious move before ever the ink had time to dry on the hermetic plastic wrappers, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — until recently, the American Dietetic Association — conferred its “Kids Eat Right” seal of approval on Kraft American Cheese Singles. Blessed, indeed, are the cheese makers! But even they aren’t entirely sure this stuff qualifies entirely as cheese, its somewhat dubious pedigree having been parsed for public consideration before now…

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The disease is on the rise—but these foods may help you decrease your odds of getting it.

Research has long shown that a plant-based diet has cancer-fighting powers. Now, a new study offers even more proof that giving up animal products can lower your risk of one specific type of cancer that happens to be showing up more in younger people: colorectal cancer…

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Experimental anti-cholesterol drug shows promise + MORE

Welcome,Have you achieved your diet and exercise goal for the week?  Or Month? Not to worry if you have not. The updates for this week can be used to easily get you back on track. And if you are sticking with your plan the following will provide additional motivation and information to stick to it.  Either way, we hope you will be served.

The Scary Side Effects of Chugging CharcoalThis health fad isn’t just ineffective—it’s actually dangerous.

Noticed an uptick in the number of people sipping gray-black juice lately? Then you’ve witnessed the charcoal trend first-hand. Weird as it sounds, charcoal is the latest supposedly good-for-you ingredient to be added to juice drinks and cleanses…

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Do you have what it takes to land on the cover of Men’s Health? Click here to enter the second annual Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Competition. We’re looking for a man who inspires us, and reminds us what’s possible with the right combination of grit, guts, and gusto–like last year’s winner, Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway, and 2014 finalist Finny Akers, whose gripping story is told here…

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Folic Acid May Help Ward Off Stroke in People With High Blood PressureChinese study found significantly lower rates in those who got an extra supply of the nutrient

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The Darkness Diet: Melatonin Magic and Nature’s Weight Control Program

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The Darkness Diet: Melatonin Magic and Nature's Weight Control ProgramThe human race has a paradoxical energy crisis. We are drowning in stored energy (fat), something evolution did not prepare us for. Excess body weight now poses the greatest threat to healthy survival.

Most of the world’s population lives in countries where overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight…

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5 Health Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself Right Now

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5 Health Questions Every Woman Should Ask Herself Right NowBy Dr. Mehmet Oz

What’s my blood pressure?

If you don’t know, you could be among the 78 million American adults who have hypertension. That’s not a group you want to belong to. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke. I urge every woman to start tracking her BP now — and that includes young adults…

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Millions of Kidney Failure Patients Die for Lack of Treatment: StudyDire need for low-cost dialysis techniques that could be used worldwide, researcher says

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Find out how Heather Baker shed a ton of weight and got happy again.

Before: 236
After: 136
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I’ve always been on the heavy side. Though I was active throughout my childhood and teenage years, my weight usually stayed somewhere in the 180- and 190-pound range…

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Salt May Be Bad for More Than Your Blood PressureStudy found damage to organs and tissues, even with no sign of hypertension

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Vegetarian Diet May Cut Colon Cancer Risk

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Vegetarian Diet May Cut Colon Cancer RiskA vegetarian diet, especially one that includes fish, significantly reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, a large new study reports

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6 Rowing Machine Mistakes You Might Be Making (And How to Fix Them)

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By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurnNot sure how to work out on a rowing machine without looking like a total fish out of water? It’s easy to make mistakes when using a rower, officially known as an “ergometer,” the first couple of times. But you’d be crazy to avoid the machine altogether out of sheer embarrassment…

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Fear of Frying

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Fear of FryingWhen it comes to frying and deep-frying food it’s not so much the frying you need to consider, but what you are frying and the type of oil you use.

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If you were an avid newspaper reader in 1966, you might have seen a strange little story from United Press International. Under the headline “Stout Scot Peels Off 293 Pounds,” it told the story of 26-year-old Angus Barbieri eating breakfast. In his case, it was literally a broken fast, one that had begun more than a year before…

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Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart Risks + MORE

It’s Monday,We hope you are well on your way towards your weight loss and fitness goals. Don’t forget to celebrate often, now matter how small the achievement – it will do wonders for your motivation. Below is our next collection of useful tips and  information you will find helpful for greater success.  Happy reading.

 

Peanuts May Be Good for Your Heart

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Peanuts May Be Good for Your HeartEating peanuts may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and death, a large study suggests.

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The Firefighter Workout

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The Firefighter WorkoutFour out of five firefighters nationwide are overweight or obese, and roughly half of all firefighters who die in the line of duty each year are killed by heart attacks. Now a group of firefighters is trying to change that with a fitness program called 555 Fitness.

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6 Excuses Your Fitness Instructor Is Really Tired Of Hearing

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It’s been a long week. Work’s been crazy, you couldn’t get your kids out the door all week and you’re fighting with your in-laws. With all that going on, you couldn’t possibly be expected to make it to personal training or yoga. Sound familiar? Yeah, your fitness instructor has heard it all before.In fact, your instructor has heard every excuse in the book for missing a class or training session — “the dog ate my gym clothes” is surprisingly popular — and they’re more than a little skeptical…

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Health Tip: Count Your Calories

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Title: Health Tip: Count Your CaloriesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Think Like a Doctor: Thinner Solved!

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Think Like a Doctor: Thinner Solved!Readers solve the case of a middle-aged woman with arthritis who developed a wasting illness after what looked like a simple cold.

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So Your Diet Crashed and Burned. Now What?

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So Your Diet Crashed and Burned. Now What?It’s frustrating. The diet your coworker shared with you over celery sticks — maybe it worked at first. You followed it perfectly — except for the champagne and cake at your sister’s wedding, and that late night when you ate candy bars from the vending machine for dinner. The scale more or less obediently clicked down in response to your willpower-fueled meals and workouts…

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Title: Another Study Finds Mediterranean Diet May Cut Heart RisksCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/4/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

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What To Make Of The New Proposed Dietary Guidlines + MORE

Hello,Welcome back to our next roundup of Total Solution Weight Loss topics and tips on getting excess weight off and keeping it off,  in the most healthiest way possible.  This update is an informative mix of exercise and diet for flexibility in incorporating what fits best into your schedule.

People Who Eat Small, Frequent Meals Tend To Eat Better & Weigh Less

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By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – Adults who had multiple small meals every day tended to eat better, and weight less, than those who had fewer but larger meals, in a recent study. People eating fewer meals tended to eat the most at night, and to drink alcohol with meals, both of which might contribute to their higher body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight relative to height, the researchers said…

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What It's Like to Be Married to a Personal TrainerDoes it make a relationship stronger? The heart is a muscle, after all.It’s probably your dream to have a personal trainer at your beck and call. Imagine always having someone around who will coax you out of bed for a winter workout on even the coldest of days or who can correct your plank form in a pinch…

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Master the World's Greatest Comfort FoodFew meals are as transportive and satisfying as one in a good Indian restaurant. Each dish carries exotic ingredients that convey richness, savoriness, and spiciness all at once. But cook the stuff at home, and you’re looking at an exercise in frustration. Believe me, I’ve tried. That subtle interplay of spices, those unfolding waves of warming heat? Not at my house…

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Why Heavy Weights Aren't the Only Way to Build Size and StrengthIf you want to grow big, you must lift big. At least that’s what gym-goers have always been told. But training with lighter weights may also help you build substantial muscle size and strength, found a recent meta-analysis of 13 studies published in Sports Medicine. When people performed exercises that were less than 60 percent of their one-rep maximum to fatigue, they saw gains equivalent to their heavy-lifting counterparts over 6 weeks, explains study author Brad Schoenfeld, Ph…

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To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be MindfulBy paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, even the most reluctant of exercisers might begin to find pleasure in movement.

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Health Highlights: Feb. 20, 2015Public Access to Genetic Tests Made Easier by FDA

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The Parent Fat Traps

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The Parent Fat TrapsFat Trap No. 1 You polish off your kid’s fries/scrape the last spoonful of chocolate pudding/lick the peanut butter off the knife. Skinny Solutions: Don’t overload your child. In one sitting a typical toddler will eat just one-quarter to one-half the amount of food a grown-up will. If you keep servings age appropriate, that means fewer leftovers for you to pig out on…

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Fat? There’s No Changing That, Say Researchers. Hogwash, Says Dr. J.
A recent article in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal claims that obesity is a chronic disease that is caused by biologic factors, and because of this it cannot be cured with behavioral modifications. In other words, the obese are prisoners of their biologic urges.
So, according to the experts, a healthy diet and exercise just won’t work…

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What To Make Of The New Proposed Dietary Guidlines

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Eggs and coffee are in, sugar is out and vegetables will always be good for you, according to a committee of top nutrition experts tasked with advising the federal government. Their recommendations reflect the latest and greatest in food and nutrition research, and will help the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) update the nation’s dietary guidelines — something they have to do every five years…

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6 Exercise Mistakes You’re Probably Making

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6 Exercise Mistakes You're Probably MakingBy K. Aleisha Fetters, DETAILSYou’re the picture of perfect form, and you’d never be caught dead slacking off at the gym. Good. But even health nuts fall prey to these subtle (but serious) exercise mistakes.1. Eating Too Much Before Your Workout
Check the back of your pre-workout “muscle” bar. Many are loaded with sugar that could make you crash midway through your regimen, says trainer and owner of Results Fitness, Rachel Cosgrove, C…

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Nutrition Panel Calls for Less Sugar and Eases Cholesterol and Fat RestrictionsA nutrition advisory panel that helps shape the country’s official dietary guidelines eased some of its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol and recommended new limits on the amount of added sugars that Americans should consume.

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Chia seeds—the same magical things that turn sculpture pets into overgrown, sprouted topiaries (ch-ch-ch-chia!)—have found themselves in the health limelight in recent years. Packed with fiber, omegas, potassium, and magnesium, the superfood seeds are great for boosting energy, improving endurance, and even helping regulate digestion…

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Why You Should Give Your Doctor Access To Your Fitness Tracking Data

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.
Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room…

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Your Big Fat House

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Your Big Fat HouseBedroom Carpet (PBDEs), vinyl flooring (PVC), mattress (PBDEs), toys, (BPA), waterproof clothing (Phthalates, PFOA) One study found that children who live in homes with vinyl flooring in the bedrooms are twice as likely to have autism. To further avoid EDCs in your bedroom: 1) Make sure the mattresses and mattress covers you buy aren’t treated with brominated flame retardants…

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9 DIY Ramen Recipes That’ll Make You Kick Instant Noodles to the Curb + MORE

Greetings,

And welcome to the next Total Solution Weight Loss installment.  Here you’ll find our usual mix of informative articles focused on tips, tricks, just good information on achieving and maintaining a healthier you. Not just for the new year… but for a lifetime. So, let’s get started.

Are You ACTUALLY a Binge Eater?

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Are You ACTUALLY a Binge Eater?

Why you should probably stop saying you "binged" every time you have three slices of pizza.

The United States Food and Drug Administration just approved the first drug that’s designed to target moderate to severe binge eating disorder (BED), called Vyvanse (a…

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Valentine’s Day or not, cooking for two can be a tricky skill to master. While leftovers are practical, eating Crock Pot chili five nights in a row can get pretty old. These recipes—from breakfast and starters to dinner and dessert—are perfect to enjoy with your girlfriend, boyfriend, mom, dad, friend, or dog (… if your dog eats human food)…

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How Much Should You Tell Your Friends About Your Marriage?

And which details need to stay between you and your hubby?

Over the years, my girlfriends and I have dissected everything about our relationships with men. And I mean everything—dates, fights, and sex are the biggies, but we’re especially skilled at sussing out the hidden meaning in random comments made by our S…

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How Normal Is It for Sex to Hurt?

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How Normal Is It for Sex to Hurt?

The number of women who are saying <i>ow</i> instead of <i>ahh</i>.

Sex may be pretty much synonymous with pleasure, but that doesn’t mean that the experience is always pain-free. If getting it on makes you feel things in an “ouch” kind of way, you’re not alone…

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Premature Babies With Asthma Outgrow It

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Premature Babies With Asthma Outgrow ItBy the time they reach adulthood, their risk of asthma is no greater than that of full-term babies, a Danish study has found.

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11 Ways To Stay Safe While Running Outside This Winter

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Once winter strikes, it’s not too difficult to convince the majority of exercisers to take their sweat sessions indoors. In fact, finding the motivation to squeeze a workout into a busy day is already tough enough without freezing winds and piles of snow creating additional willpower roadblocks. However, for those über-dedicated runners who will do anything to avoid the dreaded treadmill, a little chill is merely an additional challenge…

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Twenty-two people killed outside Cairo soccer stadiumBy Ahmed Maher and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) – Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian soccer stadium on Sunday when security forces barred fans from entering, the public prosecutor's office said. Most of the dead were suffocated when the crowd stampeded after police used tear gas to clear the fans trying to force their way into a league match between two Cairo clubs, Zamalek and Enppi, doctors and witnesses said…

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This Is What It Means To ‘Lift Like A Girl’

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“I like to feel strong. I like showing that I can.”

That’s what one young woman has to say about powerlifting in a new video from students at Oxford University, “Lift Like A Girl.” In the video, which takes it’s name from the viral Always #LikeAGirl campaign, women share why they lift, what they like most about it, and what they would say to other women interested in the sport…

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Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men, Study FindsExperts aren’t sure why, but say better treatment and support needed for both sexes

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How To Use Avocado To Make Virtually Any Meal A Little Bit Healthier

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When news broke that an avocado a day could keep cholesterol at bay, squeals of joy from guacamole-lovers were audible.

The exuberance was warranted: Beyond the fruit’s inimitable deliciousness, the avocado has a lot to brag about, nutritionally speaking. It’s packed with monounsaturated fat (the good kind), potassium (more than a banana), fiber and antioxidants…

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The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

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Remixes rule in this month’s workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these uptempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum…

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What’s in Those Supplements?

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What’s in Those Supplements?New York’s attorney general said that tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC found that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on the labels.

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Your Daily Dose of Style News

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Your Daily Dose of Style NewsFollow us @MensHealthStyle for more style and grooming dispatches from the market.    New Balance Enters the Soccer ArenaFRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015Be on the lookout for a familiar logo on soccer fields. New Balance announced this week that it's now a player in the world's most popular sport…

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Can Vaccinated Children Exposed to Measles Transmit the Virus?You asked: Can a vaccinated child bring measles into your home?

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The Knife and Fork Diet: Giving up Handheld Food Might Help Solve Obesity(CC BY-NC 2.0) Christoph Spiegl/Flickr
Restrict your handheld meals to three times per week. That includes:

Pizza
Sandwiches
Burgers and hot dogs
Tacos and burritos
Fried chicken and buffalo wings

Sound crazy? Hear me out.

I just finished reading Dr. J’s post on the evils of pizza, which exist in the form of triple-digit amounts of fat, salt, and calories…

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Strong dollar vexes mid-sized U.S. exporters, local demand helpsFirst thing every morning Bill Hickey turns on the TV to see where the U.S. dollar is trading in the hope it has lost value against the euro and other currencies. "And there it is, staring you right in the face," says Hickey, president of Chicago-based steel company Lapham-Hickey Steel, about the dollar's continued strength.

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For A.L.S. Patients, a Hopeful Drug That Is Out of ReachWhen I first noticed I couldn’t type with my left hand, the doctors narrowed down it down to two options: a treatable autoimmune disease or A.L.S. It turned out to be A.L.S., but I’ve recently found a new reason to hope.

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Many States Still in Flu's Grip, But Some Areas Report DeclinesCDC expects to see high activity for several more weeks

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(Healthcastle.com) Your mother was on to something when she told you to eat your vegetables. At least half of the food you eat should be comprised of veggies no matter what diet tribe you may follow. Vegetables provide fibre to feed our friendly gut bacteria and keep our digestive system toned and are the top source of most vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytonutrients we need to renew and repair each day…

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If thinking about ramen summons images of styrofoam cups and seasoning packets with enough salt to make you dry up like a prune, you haven’t lived—when it comes to noodle soup consumption, anyway. Ranging in flavors from bacon and egg to spicy sriracha to vegetarian miso, these ramen recipes outdo any packaged variety, and are almost as easy to make…

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Escape from Statins

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Escape from StatinsI am about to ignore the advice of my doctor. Again. Really, he deserves better. Randall Casper, M.D., is a gentle, matter-of-fact fellow who has been our trusted family physician since the day he saved my grandfather's life by making a diagnosis other docs had missed. For years he has treated me with professionalism and patience, and now I am about to walk out of the examination room and leave his prescription on the desk…

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Coffee Linked to Possible Lower Endometrial Cancer RiskWomen benefited from drinking about 4 cups daily, study suggests

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HIV-positive migrants denied care at Thai public hospitalsBy Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Zaw, an illegal Burmese migrant dying of AIDS-related illnesses, spent a weekend hunched over in waiting rooms at three Thai hospitals near Bangkok – each denying him care as he gasped for breath, his lungs full of fluid. Zaw died 40 days later – a death the Bangkok-based HIV Foundation that was helping him says could have been prevented with timely care…

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How I Lost 30 Pounds—and Then Gained it All Back

A.K.A. what NOT to do after you reach your weight-loss goal

Before: 152 pounds
After: 122 pounds
Now: 144 pounds
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I was never a fit person growing up. In fact, even as a kid I had a pot belly that people loved to rub. When I was about 8 years old, my parent’s marriage and finances were on the rocks—so I turned to starchy foods like bagels and microwave pizzas for comfort…

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The Best Cardio Workout for People Who Hate CardioCardio haters, rejoice. The 4-minute calorie-torching wonder known as the Tabata protocol lives up to the hype, according to an Auburn University study.Participants performed eight 20-second rounds of jump squats separated by only 10 seconds of rest. Each round was done at an all-out pace with the participants working as hard as possible from start to finish…

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How to Have Sex for an Hour!

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How to Have Sex for an Hour!You've tried crunching baseball stats. You've mentally replayed your last round of golf. You've outlined the steps to making your favorite sandwich. But the more you try to slow yourself down during sex, the faster you finish–and you're not alone.”Premature ejaculation is a problem that affects almost every man at some point in his life,” says Thomas J…

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Why 2015 Is Poised to Be the Year of the Vagina

All hail the Queen V

As you can see, this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover comes thisclose to showing model Hannah Davis’ nether regions. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the pose or not, there’s something to be said about this cover and its connection to a larger theme developing in pop culture this year—that would be vaginas…

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Why You Should Stop Calling Thyroid Cancer ‘Good Cancer’

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A thyroid cancer diagnosis has a strange reputation: It’s cancer, but with a near 100 percent survival rate when caught in the early stages, it’s one of the “good” cancers, as many doctors and even other survivors will tell you.

But Alan Ho, M.D., Ph.D., thinks that categorization is a common misunderstanding of people who have never had thyroid cancer nor treated it…

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CAIRO (Reuters) – SODIC, Egypt’s third-largest listed property group, plans about 2.3 billion Egyptian pounds ($301.64 million) in new investments in 2015, it said in a statement on Monday. It said it would deliver 684 new property units this year. Egypt’s once-booming construction sector was hit hard by the 2011 revolt that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule…

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Measles: A Tale of Two OutbreaksThe current measles outbreak, which has topped 100 cases so far, is believed to have started at two Disney theme parks in California.

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How Much You’ll Have Sex in Your 70s and 80s + MORE

Greetings,

And welcome to the next Total Solution Weight Loss installment.  Here you’ll find our usual mix of informative articles focused on tips, tricks, just good information on achieving and maintaining a healthier you. Not just for the new year… but for a lifetime. So, let’s get started.

Deflating the Ball Is Fine, But Don't You Dare Wear Gold Cleats!With all of the hype flying around this weekend's Super Bowl, it can get confusing trying to figure out exactly what we're supposed to be distracted by. Are we supposed to hate the Patriots for cheating, or hate the Seahawks for trash-talking? Should we be looking forward more to the kickoff, or to Katy Perry checking the internal pressure of the game balls as part of her halftime show?Most of the talk has been about players and teams breaking the rules…


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Greece starts drive to sell new debt deal to doubting EuropeBy Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece's leftist government on Sunday began its drive to persuade a sceptical Europe to accept a new debt agreement while it starts to roll back on austerity measures imposed under its existing bailout agreement. After a turbulent first week in office, the new government has made clear it wants to end the existing arrangement with the European Union, the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund "troika" when its aid deadline expires on Feb…


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The Weight-Loss Plan That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds

Catharine Acurso made gradual changes that added up to major weight-loss success.

Before: 248
After: 145
The Lifestyle
I was always a little overweight my whole life. I come from a family of heavy people, and when I was growing up, all of our family get-togethers were based on food…


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Oh, rainbow sprinkles. They’re the life of the (ice cream) party, they bring the fun to funfetti, and they (literally) add color to everything they touch. From desserts to energy bites to dip, they make basically everything taste better—and look better too.
But have you ever stopped to think about what’s in the culinary pixie dust?
While there are few things that are less of a dessert buzzkill than checking out nutrition facts before chowing down, it can be super eye-opening (and totally transform the way you treat that sweet tooth)…


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Some With Kidney Stones Might Have Calcium Buildup in Blood Vessels: StudyThese patients might need closer monitoring for further signs of pending heart trouble, researcher says


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More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Female EjaculationWomen's bodies can be a mystery–even to science. Researchers are still debating the existence of the G-spot. And a similar argument has long raged over the phenomenon of female ejaculation.Fortunately, a half dozen recent studies have helped clear away the fog surrounding “squirting.” Here's what you should know…


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Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?

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Are Vitamin Drinks a Bad Idea?Some nutrition scientists are concerned that with the profusion of fortified foods, beverages and supplements, many people may be ingesting levels of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful.


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True Grits

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True GritsMost life-changing food experiences involve exotic or high-end foods like truffles. But my latest life-changing food experience involved humble grits and polenta – cornmeal mush.


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Why Ryan Gosling 'Hey Girl' Memes Are a Victory for Women Everywhere

Besides the obvious, anyway

You remember the Feminist Ryan Gosling memes, don’t you? The ones in which female-affirming messages appear over pictures of dreamy RyGo, always beginning with the ever so gentle, “Hey girl”? Of course you do:
 

feministryangosling…


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President Barack Obama is urging parents to get their children vaccinated in the face of a measles outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in the United States. In excerpts from an interview with NBC News that will air on Monday, Obama said measles was a preventable disease. He said that while he understood there were families concerned about the effect of vaccinations, he said the science was “pretty indisputable…


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The 'Urine Facial' Is a Real Thing—But Does It Actually Clear Up Acne?

Don't start storing your pee just yet…

This article was written by Maria Del Russo and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.
There are plenty of things ladies will do in the name of zit-free skin. We’re constantly looking for that miracle treatment to rid us of our spots for good…


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Colon Cancer Rates Rising Among Americans Under 50Still, only 10 percent of cases occur in younger group, study finds


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Nut rage: Korean Air boss's daughter treated crew 'like slaves'By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – The daughter of the boss of Korean Air, on trial in a case popularly known as "nut rage", treated flight crew like "feudal slaves", a chief steward said in court on Monday. Heather Cho, daughter of Korean Air Lines chairman Cho Yang-ho and the former head of in-flight service, is on trial for breaking aviation laws and conspiring with other company executives to force crew members lie about the Dec…


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8 Ways To Recommit To Your Resolutions

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By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurn

A month into the New Year and you’ve already wavered a bit on keeping up with your resolutions. Work has picked up, keeping you at the office late, and you’ve caught up with old friends over cocktails — plus, the football playoffs have meant beer and wings galore…


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The Men's Health Super Bowl XLIX Drinking GameLet's start with your first question: Yes, we're actually promoting drinking during the Super Bowl. Why in the world wouldn't we? That'd be like saying, “Celebrate New Year's Eve with some protein shakes and broccoli slaw.” It's the Super Bowl. You should be able to have a few too many cocktails without feeling weird about it…


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Why Men Suddenly Develop Pregnancy Symptoms When YOU'RE Expecting

And we're not just talking about the sympathy weight he's put on.

This article was written by Ali Eaves and provided by our partners at Men’s Health.
It’s nothing compared to what women’s bodies goes through—but men experience hormonal changes when their partners are pregnant, finds a new University of Michigan study…


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17 Super Simple Tips to Lose Weight for LIFE

Something tells us you won’t miss those extra pounds.

This article was written by Diana Kelly and provided by our partners at Prevention.
Studies show that the simpler your diet, the easier it is to stick to over the long haul. Follow these steps to streamline your plan and shed unwanted pounds for good…


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Obama Lifts Curtain on 'Precision Medicine' PlanPresident Barack Obama will unveil details Friday about the “Precision Medicine Initiative” – a move toward tailoring and personalizing individual medical treatment.


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The 11 Beginner Yoga Poses Everyone Pretends To Know (But May Be Doing Wrong)

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Remember when you resolved to do more yoga? And then you sat at the back of a yoga class as the teacher said ridiculous things like “juice your spine” and you wondered what the heck you were doing?

Yeah, we’re here to help.

Yoga doesn’t need to be shrouded in mystery. This week, we caught up with Lisa Sochocki, owner of Yoga Loft Hawaii on the island of Oahu, to talk plainly about how to achieve each basic yoga pose with perfection…


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Calories in Liqueurs: It Varies with the Alcohol and Sugar Content(CC BY 2.0) Dominic Lockyer/Flickr
The number of calories in a “standard drink” varies with the amount of alcohol in the drink, as well as any added sugars. Sugars are carbohydrates, which supply about 4 calories per gram, while alcohol supplies about 7 calories per gram. Since the size and alcohol percentage of a standard drink varies with the type of drink there’s no simple way to determine the calories…


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How To Get A Workout While Watching The Super Bowl (Without Leaving The Couch)

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Even if the term “Deflategate” means nothing to you or you would much rather tune into the second annual Kitten Bowl, chances are you’ll be spending at least a little time in front of the TV on Super Bowl Sunday.

Between the pizza, wings, beer, nachos and more that’s likely to be on the menu, the Calorie Control Council estimates that average Super Bowl snacking could easily add up to around 2,400 calories — more than many people need in an entire day…


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What It's Like to Make More Than Your Husband

One woman opens up about the reality facing more and more women.

When my now-husband Chris and I first met, I was a poor grad student who waited tables to make ends meet. My rent was ridiculously cheap, and thank goodness, because I had negative dollars to my name…


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The Idea That Milk Is A ‘Perfect Food’ Has Been Discredited

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NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.
But how healthy is it?
While the government urges milk consumption, some studies have begun to suggest potential ill effects from drinking too much of the white stuff…


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Sugary Drinks Tied to Earlier Menstruation

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Sugary Drinks Tied to Earlier MenstruationA new study has found that the consumption of sugary drinks is associated with lowered age of the first menstrual period.


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Which Type of Long-Term Birth Control is Best for You?Tired of taking birth control pills? There are lots of other contraception choices that need less action on your part and that you can stop at any time.


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By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio MITHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Worsening drought has led to over 80 percent of water resources in Pakistan’s southern Tharparker district becoming unfit for people to drink, a new study says. “But they are now gradually returning to their villages when they learn about the sweet water (plant),” said the 65-year-old guar farmer, who looks after the property and belongings of neighbors who have migrated.


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How Effective Is the Flu Shot in an 'Off' Year?Out of nowhere, you feel like you got hit by a truck. Your body aches, and though your temperature is skyrocketing, you can't pack on enough blankets to ease up those teeth-rattling chills. You know the feeling. Flu can really knock you on your ass, and in some cases, it can even be deadly…


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How Much You’ll Have Sex in Your 70s and 80s

Take a look into our sexual Magic 8 Ball.

Old people getting down is something you probably never think about, but prepare yourself for visuals: A new study finds that senior citizens are going at it a lot more frequently than you might think…


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What Time Is The Super Bowl?

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It’s on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, and it’s on NBC. The New England Patriots are playing the Seattle Seahawks. That’s all you need to know.


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The Vitamin He Needs So His Penis Can Perform + MORE

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Have you achieved your diet and exercise goal for the week?  Or Month? Not to worry if you have not. The updates for this week can be used to easily get you back on track. And if you are sticking with your plan the following will provide additional motivation and information to stick to it.  Either way, we hope you will be served.

The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk

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The Benefits of a Lunch Hour WalkA stroll pays off in immediate ways, a study found.

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See How Much the "Perfect" Female Body Has Changed Over 100 Years

It's pretty eye-opening.

This article was written by Maria Hart and repurposed with permission from Greatist.
If you’ve ever found yourself wishing for this actress’s waist or that singer’s legs, remember this: The silhouette of the “ideal woman” changes year over year, so the physical qualities we embrace today are often at odds with those from previous generations…

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The Vitamin He Needs So His Penis Can Perform

It's like sex fuel for his boner.

This article was written by Christa Sgobba and provided by our partners at Men’s Health.
Lacking enough of the sunshine vitamin might snuff out the lights on his bedroom game: New research from Italy suggests that low levels of vitamin D may increase a guy’s risk of erectile dysfunction…

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By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Women with breast cancer often don’t know what kind of tumors they have, a new study found. Not knowing one’s tumor features isn’t necessarily tied to worse outcomes, but better knowledge might help women understand treatment decisions and take medications as directed, said Dr…

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Is There Really a Connection Between Birth Control and Brain Cancer?

Get the facts behind the latest scary health headline.

When it comes to oral contraceptives and cancer, the news is mostly reassuring. Taking the Pill offers solid protection against ovarian and uterine cancer. And though recent research suggests that the Pill can jack up your breast cancer risk, other research refutes this, according to Planned Parenthood…

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Sneaky Sugars: They’re in Damn Near Everything in Your Pantry(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Food Thinkers/Flickr
Probably the simplest way to lose (or at least not gain) excess weight is to eliminate added sugars as much as possible. Added sugar is the stuff in packaged food products, not the granulated sugar that you yourself spoon into your tea or coffee or onto your oatmeal or grapefruit…

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The Fat Gene Carries Less Weight Than We Thought(CC BY 2.0) Seattle Municipal Archives
We don’t know exactly how many genes there are in the human genome. The most recent estimates put the number at somewhere between 19,000 and 21,000, although that’s just for protein-encoding genes; if you add in genes that produce functional RNA molecules, we could be talking in the neighborhood of 44,000…

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How To Run Faster By Spring

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By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn

Now that all the big fall races are over and the weather is getting colder, most people are ready to pack away their sneakers and hibernate. While some consider the winter an off-season, it’s definitely not the time to slack off from training.

“Many runners simply take the winter off, but this is a huge mistake,” says Jason Fitzgerald, USATF-certified running coach…

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Train Like a Superhero

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Train Like a SuperheroTraining is not just hard physically, it’s hard mentally. We all know that training our bodies is the right thing to do, it’s sticking to it long term or getting inspired enough to even start in the first place that’s the tricky bit.

Our bodies often trick us and tell us “It’s okay” to skip this one session, or cut that other session short, or over-indulge in something for three days in a row coz “We’re going to make it up” (which we never do)…

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Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDCIf they become pregnant, birth defects and preterm birth are possible risks

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Why Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Doesn’t Believe In Annual Physical Exams

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Bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel made waves earlier this month with his New York Times op-ed about how annual physical exams — arguably the cornerstone of preventive medicine — are a waste of time and money.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Emanuel continued to make his case against the preventive health measure in an interview with HuffPost Live’s Jonathan Cohn, saying that overwhelming data from studies involving tens of thousands of people show that the annual exam makes no difference when it comes to improving health outcomes or extending lives…

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Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDsCHICAGO (AP) — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation's most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

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Warm Up Your Winter

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The first snow has already arrived! For hustling and bustling New Yorkers this can often be the worst time of year. Subways are frozen (and always seem to be moving at a snails pace), yet you always wake up sweating in the sauna-like radiator heat in your apartment. And of course there are the formidable, ever-present colds, flues and stuffy noses…

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Flu Remains Widespread in Much of U.S.The flu is still widespread in a majority of states, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise, the CDC says .

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This Move Could Finally Give You That Dream Butt

Try the squat variation that Next Fitness Star Emily Schromm swears by.

Join the Women’s Health Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!
Pistol Squat: Get ready to blast your booty…

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How Low Should You Squat?

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How Low Should You Squat?“Only Siths deal in absolutes,” is my go-to quote from my favorite movie, Star Wars. That's because–unlike another money line from that film, “these aren't the droids you're looking for”–I constantly consider the quote in my day job, where I help regular Joe and pro-athlete clients alike achieve their fitness goals…

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Get Your Freekeh On

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Get Your Freekeh OnChefs are coming up with all sorts of inspiring ideas for grains.

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Ebola 'Turning Point' as Cases Decline: WHOEbola ‘Turning Point’ as Cases Decline: WHO

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The Awesome Benefit of Having Great FriendsA lonely life may be bad for your brain. In a new British study, people who didn't identify with any groups–family, local community, or social–were nearly 20 times more likely to be depressed than those who reported fitting in to several circles. But it's not just about joining a group, or even meeting with one regularly, says study author Juliet Wakefield, Ph…

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Living With Cancer: Coming to Terms

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Living With Cancer: Coming to TermsThe paucity of words at my disposal to talk about my cancer stymies me; I am grateful that patients have begun to create them.

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Nutritious soups can cut calories (but watch the sodium)(CC BY 2.0) Whitney/Flickr
Starting a meal with soup may help fill you up enough to reduce the calories you consume at the rest of the meal without setting you up to overeat later, according to some researchers. But for this to work, the soup needs to be broth- or vegetable-based, not a high-calorie cheesy or creamy soup…

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Global Access To Health Care Is Now Better Than Ever Before

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Despite the fact that income inequality is rising around the world, health outcomes and access to health care are, paradoxically, becoming more and more equal.

On a day-to-day or even year-to-year basis, it may not seem as if health care access is improving. But Dr. Christoph Benn of The Global Fund takes a historical, global view of health care access and opportunities and notes there are signs of progress…

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Why Skipping The Flu Vaccine Could Harm Your Sense Of Smell

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By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) – In a small new study, skipping the flu vaccine was associated with a higher risk for trouble with a sense of smell or taste. Researchers say the results are preliminary, but since respiratory viruses are a common cause of a lost ability to smell, it’s possible that the flu could be a contributing factor…

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Judge Orders California To Make Timely Decisions On Medicaid CoverageA California judge has ruled that the state must make timely decisions on Medi-Cal applicants, and that those who have waited more than 45 days for approval from the state can get temporary coverage.

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By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system’s powerful T cells are proving to be immensely effective weapons against tumors, potentially transforming the $100 billion global market for drugs that fight the disease. In some trials, the two new approaches, known as CAR T cells and bispecific antibodies, have eliminated all traces of blood cancers in 40 percent to 90 percent of patients who had no remaining options…

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See How Much Every Part of Your Body Really WeighsYou may have air in your head or lead in your butt, but chances are that most of your body parts weigh the same as the next guy's. The diagram below shows how a man of about 180 pounds can be broken down by weight. 1. Blood, water, and lymph system: 100 poundsEquivalent of: filled 10-gallon aquarium2…

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Build Boulder Shoulders

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Build Boulder ShouldersThe overhead press is a standard way to enhance upper-body strength, particularly in your shoulders and triceps. “But performing the movement also delivers a muscle-building hit to your abs,” says Sean De Wispealere, an expert trainer for Men's Health Thrive, a cutting-edge functional training system…

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Viruses May Play Role in Crohn's Disease, Colitis: StudyMore research is needed to define what role they play, researcher says

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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Twenty-somethings who were born prematurely are less likely to move in with a lover or have sex than their peers born at full term, Finnish researchers find. These young adults are also less likely to consider themselves sexy. “Previous studies have found that individuals born preterm might be more cautious and less risk-taking than those born at full term, which might also be reflected in our findings of lower likelihood of romantic relations,” said lead study author Dr…

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Cold mornings call for a warm, hearty, flavorful breakfast. But sometimes oats can feel too heavy, pancakes can seem too time intensive, and scrambled eggs just feel…  boring. Sure, we can pop some bread in the toaster and call it a day, but there’s a better option. While quinoa is commonly served as a side dish or protein-packed salad topper, it makes a great a…

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Welcome to (Your Name Here) Medical School + MORE

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Welcome back to our next roundup of Total Solution Weight Loss topics and tips on getting excess weight off and keeping it off,  in the most healthiest way possible.  This update is an informative mix of exercise and diet for flexibility in incorporating what fits best into your schedule.

Welcome to (Your Name Here) Medical School

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Welcome to (Your Name Here) Medical SchoolA medical journal explored the implications of more medical schools being renamed after benefactors.

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Vitamin D Linked to Lower Colorectal Cancer RiskResearchers say they can now show how vitamin D has the power to protect some people from getting colorectal cancer, otherwise known as bowel cancer.

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Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure

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Blueberries May Lower Blood PressureA cup a day of blueberries lowered blood pressure in older women with hypertension.

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Heartbreaking Photo Series Reveals The True Toll Obesity Can Take On A Family

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At his heaviest, Hector Garcia, Jr. weighed 636 pounds.

After being ridiculed for being overweight as a kid, he began dieting in high school, but the weight kept coming back due to poor eating habits and, likely, a genetic predisposition to obesity. At times confined to his home, Garcia told the San Antonio Express-News he couldn’t remember a time when he was truly happy…

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CDC:  Flu Vaccine Not Very Effective This SeasonIt’s official. This season’s flu vaccine is less effective than experts had hoped.

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By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bangladesh must reform its archaic laws on rape to help boost convictions and instill confidence in victims who are often too afraid to seek justice, a legal aid group said on Monday. Over the last decade, the South Asian nation has implemented programs to help support victims of sexual violence, said the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST), but rape laws, which date back to the British colonial era, remain unchanged…

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7 Easy Article Submission Blunders to AvoidExpert Authors Always Double Check Their Work!
We’ve all had moments when we were confident in our work, but then felt embarrassed due to an honest mistake. Let’s face it, nobody is perfect! … But, as an Expert Author, you won’t be able to earn the title of “Expert” if you’re continually making careless, head-scratching mistakes in the article submission process…

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Why Guys Are Such Babies When They Get Sick

One dude explains why his fellow men cry out for their mommies during cold season.

Man. The stronger sex. The half of the population to whom pain is but a faint idea. The only gender to claim Tim Allen as a de facto mascot. These are, of course, sweeping generalizations (except the Tim Allen thing…

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Health Highlights: Jan. 16, 2015New Cases of Ebola Declining: WHO

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Don't Let Your Wardrobe be as Gray as the WeatherWhen you're dressing for the cold, it can be easy to fall into a comfortable routine of jeans and sweaters. Try this look to add some much needed color to the dreary days of January. The hue compliments all skin tones and the monochromatic pairing compliments all silhouettes.Sweater: ASOSPants: BonobosShoes: Kenneth ColeShirt: Scotch and SodaBracelet: MiansaiSunglasses: CostaClick here for more Look Of The Week styles…

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Christian Writer Margaret Feinberg On Surviving Cancer And Learning To Be Joyous

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(RNS) Vertigo. Anemia. Depression. Receding gums. Early menopause. A double mastectomy.

These are just a few of the many terrors that Margaret Feinberg hid from the public after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis in 2013 before age 40. While the popular Christian author’s books have sold nearly a million copies and she speaks to more than 80,000 people each year, she couldn’t find the words to share this part of herself…

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The Wieder Obesity Barometer, January 2015 Edition(CC BY-SA 2.0) Allen Watkin/Flickr
Obesity statistics, none of them particularly encouraging
A number of research programs and academic studies on subjects pertaining to America’s and the world’s massive weight gain have been published in the past few months, presenting some updated statistics and a few interesting observations…

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The Cost of Gluten-Free

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So, you went gluten-free. But now your morning bagel is on the “forbidden” list and you only have a leftover sandwich in your fridge for lunch. Plus, you spent 30 minutes of your break reading food labels at the grocery store but didn’t buy anything because you left your nutritionist’s list of “additional words that mean gluten” on your desk at your other job…

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How Often Should You Eat? A New Study Clears Up the Dieting ConfusionThe conflicting trends of fasting and eating frequently can be confusing. The first says limit yourself to one or two meals to speed up your metabolism, the second recommends six or more a day to do the same–and there's scientific research to support both! So in a new review, two of Men's Health's most trusted fitness and nutrition experts–Brad Schoenfeld, Ph…

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Title: Smoking, Obesity: Weighing the Financial TollCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/16/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/16/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The 5 Best Core Exercises You Aren’t Doing

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When I ask my clients to do core training it requires them to look beyond abs and see a system of muscles that work together to complete almost all the physical movements you make. For this reason I’ve put together what I feel are not only the best, but the most eye-opening core exercises. Adding these to your workouts will not only help you get better results, but will also help you realize more about your body…

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U.S. News Announces Best Jobs of 2015

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Jobs in health care and technology sectors reign.

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Build Your Arms in 3 Minutes

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Build Your Arms in 3 MinutesSometimes you just want to give your guns a little extra love. That's why Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of The IMPACT! Body Plan created this challenge to put your arm strength and endurance to the test.  It's simple.  Pick up some medium-heavy dumbbells. Perform 10 curls with your left arm, while you hold your right at a 90-degree angle…

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Use It Or Lose It: Activity while Aging Preserves Health(CC BY 2.0) Paul Krueger/Flickr
Use it or lose it: Most of us have heard this adage. Now a new study in the The Journal of Physiology demonstrates how true that phrase really is. Senior author Steve Harridge, Ph.D., and his colleagues found that older exercisers show significantly fewer signs of aging than those who are not as active…

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(Reuters) – Thousands of dollars of donations have poured in from around the world to help pay for the care for newborn quadruplets of a Phoenix mother who died after giving birth to them, a fundraising website set up in the woman’s name announced on Saturday. The story of Erica Morales drew international attention when the 36-year-old died shortly after giving birth to three girls and a boy on Thursday, according to a report on television station KSAZ in Phoenix…

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Bones, ashes at Liberia crematorium a reminder of Ebola traumaBy James Harding Giayhue BOYS TOWN, Liberia (Reuters) – The furnace has been extinguished at a crematorium for victims of the deadly Ebola virus near Liberia's capital Monrovia but a row of barrels filled with ash and charred bone are a reminder of the darkest days of the outbreak. Authorities believe they are close to beating the Ebola virus in this poor West African nation, which together with neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone bore the brunt of the worst outbreak on record of the disease…

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Channel Tunnel set to reopen after 'smoldering load' closurePARIS/LONDON (Reuters) – The Channel Tunnel operator said services could restart later on Saturday after it evacuated a shuttle train and closed the undersea crossing earlier in the day due to smoke from a truck. Eurotunnel said that the incident, which shut the tunnel for several hours, had not caused significant damage…

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New Device to Treat Obesity: Is It for You?WebMD asked two obesity experts involved in clinical trials of the device as well as the manufacturer, EnteroMedics, about how the Maestro System is supposed to be used and who might benefit.

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What The World’s Healthiest Diets Have In Common

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To research his 2010 book The 5 Factor World Diet, celebrity trainer and nutritionist Harley Pasternak traveled to the healthiest countries around the world to learn more about what made their meals extra nourishing. He noted that the Japanese eat a wonderful variety of seaweeds, and that the Chinese tried to incorporate at least five different colors in every meal…

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Naps May Be Good for a Baby’s Learning

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Naps May Be Good for a Baby’s LearningA napping infant is busy learning and memorizing, a new study suggests.

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Title: For Pastors, It’s Easy to Pack on the PoundsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/14/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

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Battle of the Orange Winter Veggies: Pumpkin, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes(CC BY-NC 2.0) sushiesque/Flickr
Pumpkin, winter squash and sweet potatoes are now in season. How do they compare nutritionally? What are healthy ways to prepare them? Let’s take a look.
Antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C – and calories
Pumpkin and winter squash (including acorn, butternut and Hubbard) are in the same plant family, and their nutrient content is similar…

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If you think that etiquette is limited to which fork to use, think again. Etiquette is simply kindness with a heavy helping of common sense. Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave somewhere, you are aware of the flu situation. Whether it’s flu or a common cold,we pass it along through human contact.

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7 Factors You Didn't Realize Were Killing Your Sex Drive

Is your after-work routine putting the kibosh on your libido?

Sometimes, despite the fact that you know how mind-blowing orgasms can be, the thought of having sex just feels so…meh.  Luckily, if your sex drive is tanking lately, there’s usually a reason why—meaning it’s not you, per se; it’s your habits…

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The Small Changes I Made to Lose 80 Pounds

Beverly Brooks shed 40 percent of her starting weight after she found the right motivation.

Before: 206 pounds
After: 126 pounds
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In the fifth grade, my dad died, so I turned to food to cope. I can remember my exact McDonald’s order to this day: a double cheeseburger (ketchup only), supersize fries, a giant soda, and a cinnamon melt…

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Drug for Bladder Problems May Help Control Weight, Too + MORE

It’s _______day,

We hope you are well on your way towards your weight loss and fitness goals. Don’t forget to celebrate often, now matter how small the achievement – it will do wonders for your motivation. Below is our next collection of useful tips and  information you will find helpful for greater success.  Happy reading.

What Previous Generations Would Not Believe about 2015If the idea of it actually being 2015 still feels crazy to you, imagine how freaking bizarre it would seem to the people of previous generations–including your younger self–whose predictions about the future would never have included a single negative thought about O.J. Simpson or Bill Cosby or a single positive one about dietary fat…

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Junk Food in the New Year

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Junk Food in the New YearPeople keep buying junk food once the holidays are over, a new study has found.

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Sanofi, Regeneron submit new cholesterol drug to EMA for reviewPARIS (Reuters) – The European Medicines Agency has agreed to review an application by Sanofi and Regeneron for their cholesterol-lowering drug alirocumab, the pharmaceutical groups said in a statement. The drug, for which the companies have proposed the market name Praluent, has also been under review by the U…

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U.S. News Announces the 2015 Best Online Programs

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New rankings include Online MBA and Criminal Justice programs.

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9 Services Hairstylists Do Against Their Will

You can twist their arms, but your locks will hate you for it.

A hairstylist’s job is to do whatever you want them to do to your locks—but that doesn’t mean that they necessarily agree with your game-plan. Sometimes, your requests make them cringe…

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Most fitness fanatics have a complicated relationship with the treadmill. For many, the “dreadmill” (aka Satan’s conveyor belt) is a necessarily evil, a way to get in some quick cardio when the weather turns too cold for outdoor runs. And we get it; walking or running and not actually going anywhere can make us feel like we’re on a human hamster wheel too…

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Many ‘Healthy Obese’ Don’t Stay HealthyA small study challenges the notion that you can be obese and healthy in the long run.

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Avocados Help Lower Cholesterol in Some PeopleAn avocado a day might help keep bad cholesterol at bay.

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Everything You Need to Know About Popcorn But Were Afraid to Find Out

Crunchy, buttery, full of carbs… popcorn is the ultimate “happy food.” No, really—studies have shown that the serotonin found in the gluten-free whole-grain can have relaxing, mood-lifting effects…

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(Reuters) – Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp agreed to buy Pennsylvania-based OnCore Biopharma Inc to focus on developing hepatitis B virus treatment by combining multiple therapeutic methods. The implied market value of the merged company is about $750 million, based on Tekmira stock’s closing price of $15…

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Obese preschoolers may slim down with Head Start, study saysCHICAGO (AP) — Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study suggests.

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Warning: Your Heart Might Explode While You Watch These 5 Women Reveal They’re Pregnant

Even if you don’t have babies on the brain, you’ll “ooh” and “aww” over these videos.

Prepare yourself—and your ovaries—for some major adorableness. In potentially the cutest video ever, below, Jessica Devins let her husband know she has a bun in the oven…

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How To Find The Right Gym For You

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By A.C. Shilton for Men’s Journal

More people join gyms in January than in any other month. But not all of them will stick around. The International Health, Racquet and Sports Club association (IHRSA) estimates that annual gym attrition rates hover between 20 and 25 percent each year.

So how do you make sure you’re still showing up come August? You find a gym you like, and more importantly, one where you feel comfortable…

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Flu Season May Not Have Peaked: CDCThis year’s flu season is still bad, and it’s too soon to say whether it has peaked, officials from the CDC warned Friday.

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Two Ebola Vaccines Seem Safe: WHOTwo Ebola Vaccines Seem Safe: WHO

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Shots Beat Pills for Knee Arthritis Relief

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Shots Beat Pills for Knee Arthritis ReliefThe most effective treatment for the pain of knee osteoarthritis may be an injection of hyaluronic acid or corticosteroids, and the least effective may be Tylenol or Celebrex pills.

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The Myth About Thinning Hair That Too Many Women Believe (VIDEO)

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For many women, it’s a familiar scene: more than a few strands of hair collecting at the bottom of the shower, coming out more than usual in a hair brush and making random appearances in every place from the bedroom pillow to the office desk. Hair loss isn’t uncommon among women, but it’s still a condition that leaves so many wondering why it’s really happening — and how they can put a stop to it…

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Inside the Strange World of Lip Balm Addiction

It's a real thing—this woman's story is proof.

This article was written by Kelsey Miller and repurposed with permission from Refinery29.
Kerri’s crisis hit in the middle of a meeting. Until then, nobody knew she had a problem. “I could put some on very quickly and they wouldn’t notice,” she told me…

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Title: Drug for Bladder Problems May Help Control Weight, TooCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/6/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/7/2015 12:00:00 AM

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The Seriously Simple Way One Woman Lost 75 Pounds

Katie Svoboda is proof that one step can totally change your life.

Before: 220 lbs.
After: 145 lbs.
The extra pounds crept up on Katie Svoboda, 26, so slowly that it was easy for her to live in weight-gain denial. The 5’7″ former athlete found herself eating fast foods and gaining 15 pounds a year for a few years straight—until in 2012, she’d hit a high of 220 lbs…

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Sleeping on Back in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk in StudyBut impaired fetal growth is a far more likely cause, researchers say

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China will not follow the path of “Western colonists” in Africa, its foreign minister said during a five-nation tour of the continent, parrying criticism that his country’s hunger for resources has led to one-sided policies and damaging projects. China is Africa’s biggest trade partner, and has sought to tap the region’s rich resources to fuel its own economic growth over the past two decades…

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To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?

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To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?One day soon, we may be able to quickly scan a patient’s brain, check his brain activity “fingerprint” and select an antidepressant or psychotherapy accordingly.

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5 Healthy Eating Habits To Adopt This Year

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5 Healthy Eating Habits To Adopt This Year
By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD

Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with “the basics,” and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is 1…

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Why It's So Damn Hard to Quit SmokingResearchers from the University of Wisconsin recently discovered another reason it's so tough to ditch the cancer sticks: When you first stop smoking, you may have a tough time finding pleasure in things you usually enjoy. In the study, smokers trying to quit reported feeling reduced pleasure–a phenomenon called anhedonia–during their first cigarette-free week…

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How To Avoid Foot Surgery

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The congenial New York foot specialist Dr. Rock Positano is known nationally for helping patients avoid foot and ankle surgery. Which explains why he was featured on the front page of The New York Times expressing dismay at those women who choose cosmetic foot surgery to force their feet into high-end designer shoes…

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5-year-old girl in China got HIV through blood transfusion: reportA five-year-old girl in China contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, state media reported, the latest case to shine a light on an issue that has long bedevilled the country. According to the official news agency Xinhua, the girl, nicknamed Maomao, was infected during an operation for congenital heart disease in 2010 in the eastern province of Fujian…

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3 Crazy Stretches That Will Help Improve Your SquatSquatting a heavy barbell takes a ton of strength in your quads and glutes, but that's only the half of it. “If you're not maintaining or improving your mobility in your joints while you're building up those muscles, your performance will suffer and put you at risk for injury,” says BJ Gaddour, C…

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Here's Yet Another Good Reason to Go to Bed Early TonightNight owls, take note: People who stay up late worry more, finds a recent study from Binghamton University. Researchers surveyed participants on their sleep habits and how often they dwelled on their problems. The results: People who slept less and went to bed later both had more negative thoughts…

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Ask Well: Blockages in the Heart and Brain

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Ask Well: Blockages in the Heart and BrainA reader asks: Why do people get blockages in the arteries of the heart and brain, but rarely in other organs?

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Salads Don’t Guarantee Weight Loss + MORE

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Have you achieved your diet and exercise goal for the week?  Or Month? Not to worry if you have not. The updates for this week can be used to easily get you back on track. And if you are sticking with your plan the following will provide additional motivation and information to stick to it.  Either way, we hope you will be served.

TOKYO (Reuters) – Fukushima rice passed Japan’s radiation checks for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster that prompted international alarm over the region’s produce, a prefectural official said. Fukushima official Tsuneaki Oonami said about 360,000 tonnes of rice, nearly all of last year’s harvest, had been checked and none had tested above the 100 becquerels per kilogram limit set by the government…

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3 ‘Myths’ About Acne That Are Actually True (VIDEO)

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For some, the word “acne” drudges up memories of pimple-prone teen years and blemishes of decades past. For others, it’s an all-too-common affliction that follows them into adulthood. Whether you’re prone to the occasional breakout or you’ve been battling acne for longer than you’d like to admit, you’ve heard plenty of theories about causes…

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Common Breast Biopsy Finding May Be More Dangerous Than ThoughtThirty percent of women with ‘atypical hyperplasia’ eventually developed breast cancer, study found

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What to Do About Crotch Sweat

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What to Do About Crotch Sweat

So you never have to swear it's not pee again

It’s the world’s most embarrassing sign of a good workout: the crotch sweat-spot.
So let’s talk about it. First of all, it’s completely natural to sweat where the sun don’t shine. After all, you’ve got sweat glands…

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FDA Shares Advice to Avoid Colds and FluInfluenza virus is spread by sneezing, talking and touching contaminated surfaces

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The Doctor Is Out; You May Be in Luck

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The Doctor Is Out; You May Be in LuckIn some cases, heart patients survive longer when their doctors are away at conferences.

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Here’s How Bendy Your Body Actually Gets During Yoga Class

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It’s no secret that yoga does a body good, but have you ever wondered what your bones look like as you’re moving through your sun salutations?

Hybrid Medical Animation, a medical and science 3D animation studio, put together a video to show a realistic X-ray representation of what the human skeleton looks like while doing yoga poses like Crow and Tree…

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Some Blind People Use Echolocation to 'See'Soundwaves help to judge position of objects in surrounding area, study shows

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Sneaking leafy greens into meals is nothing new. In fact, it’s a pretty awesome way to get extra nutrients in your diet—cheesy kale chips, anyone? But sometimes adding greens to smoothies can taste like your mouth has collided with a grassy knoll.
Fortunately green smoothie recipes have improved by leaps and bounds since stepping into the health limelight…

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Hasbro, Makers of Play-Doh, Is Super Sorry about Selling Your Children All Those DildosIs there anything worse than having your company's Facebook page covered in photos of what appears to be dildos? There is, actually. It's worse if those dildos are actually toys that your company sold to children for Christmas.As Scooby-Doo would say, “Ruh-roh.”To be fair, Hasbro–the toy and board game manufacturer that's been in business for close to 100 years–can't claim they never saw it coming…

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Title: Your Birth Year Could Influence Your Odds for Obesity, Study SuggestsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/30/2014 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

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Ring in a Fresh, New Year with a Content Marketing Resolution!You Have 365 Days, Plan to Make Them Count!
Ah, the beginning of a new year is upon us. It seems everybody is setting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, eat healthy, eliminate debt, or maybe break a bad habit.
New Year’s is a great time to set a personal goal; however, it is also a great time to set a professional goal…

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Lindsay Lohan Sick With Chikungunya VirusLindsay Lohan Sick With Chikungunya Virus

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Living With Hep C: What to ExpectYou’ve been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Here’s what you need to know about symptoms, treatments — and a possible cure.

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How I Lost Half My Body WeightWeight loss surgery, exercise, and determination helped a WebMD user shape up.

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I Dropped 50 Pounds and Became Addicted to Running

How a pair of jeans and an upcoming wedding inspired Theodora Blanchfield's incredible weight loss

Before: 189
After: 137
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As a kid, I was always really active. I was never super skinny, but I played a lot of sports like tennis and gymnastics…

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5 Things to Know About New Year’s Eve

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5 Things to Know About New Year’s EveNew Year’s Eve can ring in healthful resolutions and new beginnings, but it can also be a risk factor for accidents, death and other dangers.

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Random Mutations Responsible for About Two-Thirds of Cancer Risk: StudyCancer often linked to ‘bad luck,’ Hopkins researchers say

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Try Reframing 2015 Fitness Resolutions to Make Them Stick

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Try Reframing 2015 Fitness Resolutions to Make Them StickOverdid it on the holiday cheer? You’re not alone.

For as long as I can remember, I’d get myself into a hole by this time each year. And as much as I tried to convince myself that I enjoyed the challenge of digging out come January 1, it only ended up being discouraging and exhausting.

If that vicious cycle sounds all too familiar, you’re in good company…

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A Diet For Food Lovers

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Don’t overthink calorie intake, we don’t want you to! We do want you to consider how the meals and snacks make you feel and think about how the suggested portions and ingredients keep you satisfied and fueled throughout the day.

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In Memory of Stuart Scott, Say F U to CancerTake a moment today and join us in saying F U to cancer.Don't just do it because it's satisfying, and let's face it, very much deserved. If anything deserves to be insulted with expletives, it's cancer. Do it today, in particular, for Stuart Scott.Scott, a longtime anchor for ESPN, whose infectious energy and enthusiasm (and catchphrases like “Boo-Yeah!”) made him one of the network's most beloved personalities, died this morning…

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All the Things Women Mistakenly Think Men Find Sexy

A guy gives it to us straight.

As a desperately romantic guy, I’ve racked up more than my fair share of misguided attempts to impress women (note to all dudes: surprise-serenading a lady with a Dave Matthews tune while wearing nothing but a guitar is apparently not as sexy as it sounds)…

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Eat Less, Breathe More

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Breath is central to many disciplines, including yoga, meditation, and karate. And now researchers have shown that breath is also important for overall fitness, leading to a new weight loss mantra: Eat less, breathe more.
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How Marriage Put the Kibosh on My Shopping Habit

Even new underwear became a thing of the past

Not to brag (okay, kind of), but I used to have a sick wardrobe. Before I married my husband Chris, I had a new outfit for every occasion—weddings, parties, date nights. I even bought hot new underwear on the regular…

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Salads Don’t Guarantee Weight Loss

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So you’ve been eating salad for lunch all month and haven’t lost a pound? What’s up with that?
Salad is a terrific way to make vegetables a large part of meals. That’s great for overall health and can support an overall weight management program. Several possibilities could explain why simply switching to salads at lunch hasn’t helped with weight loss…

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Why You Can’t Understand Obama Until You Understand Hawaii

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The Washington Post recently ruffled feathers in Hawaii for what some perceived as a mocking and condescending tone regarding the Aloha State’s hopes for a beachfront presidential library.

In a Dec. 12 blog post, WaPo’s Jaime Fuller summarized the proposed designs for President Barack Obama’s library, which the University of Hawaii is vying with three other schools to host…

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SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.comWho hasn’t gotten up quickly from sitting down and felt a little bit dizzy? Or had a stomach virus and things spun a bit? But while dizziness can be a side effect of minor health issues, it can also be a sign of a serious health problem.“Dizziness is absolutely not normal,” says Donnica Moore, M…

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An American health care worker who experienced high-risk exposure to the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived at a Nebraska hospital Sunday for observation.

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How to Finally Clean Your ClosetThe time to break out a lighter wardrobe and stash the heavy stuff away for next winter is coming soon. Make the most out of the transition process and take inventory of your wardrobe.Yes, it can feel overwhelming, time consuming, and messy if you do it all at once, but it's easy to tackle in a few stages…

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The Lean Muscle Diet

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The Lean Muscle DietWhen men set out to lose weight, they usually start at the wrong place. They pick a popular diet; any diet, it doesn't matter which one. Most plans tell you to eat none of some things and tons of others. Your weight drops until it stops. Then it's up to you to make sure your shrunken gut stays that way…

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