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For many, it will be a challenging Thanksgiving. Political realities and an environment of  hatred and animosity  can make a holiday that’s organized around a sense of happiness and gratitude feel obsolete or even inappropriate. Cultivating a sense of thankfulness may feel like the last thing anyone wants to do right now.

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Thanksgiving is typically associated with feel-good food, friends and family. However, since this year it comes on the heels of a nasty election season, there may be an added guest at the dinner table: Hostility

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There’s more to exercise than torching calories.

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Sermons on Being Happy

03Nov

Happiness is not found in a future endeavor, a belonging, a position, a person or the right conditions. Happiness is here and now. It is available to everybody

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7 Days to Simpler Living

28Oct

Life can be complicated, confusing and chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be. I live my life simply. I collect what I need and discard what I don’t

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Trauma is startling. It picks you up, shakes you senseless, and plops you down facing a completely different direction. Having recently hopped off of this merry-go-round, now it’s up to you to figure out how the hell to reconnect with self and create a new normal

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The Real Reasons You’re Not Sleeping Enough

23Oct

By meQuilibrium Poor sleep leaves you with zero capacity to manage stress. And tiredness isn’t the only issue! A sleep-free night leaves you drained, dazed, clumsy, and maybe more emotional than usual (the weepy mess, the irritable crank, etc.) You likely know what you should do to avoid this — power down the electronics, limit caffeine, keep evenings as calm as you can. But somehow you’re still not getting the sleep you need

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By Zahra Barnes for Life by DailyBurn The best way to set your day up — and give yourself the energy to power through it — is to have a healthy breakfast . “Breakfast is like putting gas in your car before you go on a long trip,” says Abby Langer, RD. And in an ideal world, you’d have enough time to whip up a gourmet meal every day.

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Everyone has different opinions on what living his or her best and fullest life really means. And whether living out your dreams includes volunteering more often or traveling the world, we can all start taking small steps that can change our lives for the better. Encouraging all readers to chase their dreams, we partnered with Abbott to ask people how they would live their best lives if possibilities were endless and limitations were nonexistent

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In the second part of the interview series with Eckhart Tolle entitled, Changing the World from Within , Suza Scalora speaks with Tolle about how our negative thought patterns often dominate our minds–on a personal and collective level–and how we can prevent these patterns from manifesting negative situations in our daily lives. Suza Scalora: Most of us recognize we have an internal dialogue, a voice in our head, which consists of negative thoughts in the form of judgments, blame and criticism directed toward others and ourselves

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Although we spend a lot of time talking about physical strength, we devote a lot less attention to mental strength. As a result, there are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be mentally strong.

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Ask JJ: Protein

25Sep

Dear JJ: Protein is the new “hot” nutrient, and I’m seeing protein-fortified everything . Why is protein so important, what are the best sources, and how much should I be eating daily

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Photo: Pond5 By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn When was the last time you used a stability ball at the gym? Sure, shiny new gadgets and machinery might look fun, but some machines can be more trouble than they’re worth. (We’re looking at you, seated crunch machine !) The ’90s called and reminded us that the humble stability ball is actually an incredibly effective way to sculpt your way to a stronger core.

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7 Types of Thinking to Give Up Immediately

15Sep

Have you ever met someone for the very first time and seconds later you cannot recall their name? Or maybe you have had the all too common experience of arriving in your garage with little recollection of the journey home.

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“What? You quit a New York City advertising career? And one that was on Madison Avenue — the Madison Avenue — of all places?” Indeed I did

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Foam Rolling vs. Stretching: Which Is Better?

12Sep

Photos: Pond5 By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn You know you’re supposed to be foam rolling and stretching your muscles , to keep your body strong and healthy. But what if you can barely squeeze in your workouts in the first place — let alone 10 extra minutes at the beginning and end of each session? Before you give up on your recovery routine entirely, we’re about to make it easier for you to manage.

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The Labor Day weekend brings into sharp juxtaposition two irrepressible, seasonal forces: one is the culturally sanctioned indulgence in an end-of-summer barbecue blitzkrieg; and the other is the return of our kids to the daily disciplines of a school day. We might add a return to more generally frenetic demands on ourselves as well, as the relative lassitude of another summer recedes into memory. Taken all together, then, we have license to stuff our faces for the holiday, and then launch directly into escalating demands on our brains.

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For the majority of my child and adult life, I never considered myself a “morning person.” I was a night owl.

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” Connection is inevitable, distraction is a choice .” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang In today’s times of being connected to modernistic devices, constantly being updated on a real time basis and overloading your organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates with information galore which might not even be important to you otherwise, it certainly seems like the future is only going to get worse. Being a social media maven myself, more for work related stuff that involves marketing and advertising activities, I often wonder how growing up in the 90’s was more of a boon than a bane.

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My best friend in high school was a pretty, outgoing, talkative extrovert. Not only did she have gorgeous skin, a cute figure, and shiny brown hair that fell practically to her bottom, she was also flirtatious, opinionated, and quick to laugh.

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If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: Sam, self-love is a hard sell. No one walks around thinking, “How can I love myself more?” What you’re thinking is: How can I lose 20 pounds?

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What to Do With Your Mind During Meditation

08Ago

By Lodro Rinzler I have been teaching peaceful-abiding meditation for 14 years now, and over that time I have realized that there are many misconceptions about what to do with your mind during meditation. If you have ever sat down in a cross-legged posture, began focusing on your breath, and immediately wondered, “What should I do about all these thoughts?” this is a simple answer. Before You Meditate For most of us, we run around all day letting our mind flit from one topic to another like a hummingbird surrounded by bird-feeders

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If you have celiac disease, you may have friends, family, or a significant other who is hesitant about eating gluten-containing foods in front of you. You might also have friends, family, or a significant other whom you think would benefit from getting screened for celiac, but perhaps you are hesitant about how often to bring it up.

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Is Coconut Water More Hydrating?

30Jul

Back when coconut water became a thing, marketers positioned it as a hydration powerhouse, claiming its natural sugar and electrolytes will hydrate better than water. While the nutrient composition of coconut water does resemble a lighter, more natural version of a sports drink, it may not deserve all of the hydration hype after all. How Coconut Water Compares Coconut water is simply the naturally occurring liquid from the inside of a coconut.

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When you think of all that we do with our hands, it’s hard to imagine completing even the most basic day-to-day tasks without them.

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills California Woman

03Jul

A 21-year-old woman from Bishop, California, has reportedly died from a rare but devastating infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba. Inyo County public health officials told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the woman died on June 20 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri , a microscopic amoeba usually found in warm freshwater and soil.

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A recent episode of “Hoarders: Family Secrets” opens on an Ohio couple named Joyce and Wallace, who have been married for 31 years. They live in a mid-sized home that could probably be described as too roomy for just the two of them, were it not for the piles of junk that take up every surface in every room in the house.

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In most homes across America and in nearly every on-screen family, dinner scenes are the same: there’s dysfunction, yelling, spilled milk…or in Kevin McCallister’s case, soda.

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ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week. This week, we read everything we could get our hands on about human behavior, including an essay on what the rise of trigger warnings and safe spaces say about us as a society, and a piece on the psychological advantages of strongly identifying with being biracial.

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A few weeks ago, my friend Alex pictured above had an accident during a rock climbing session and broke her fibula .

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Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to people who can use it to save lives. With all the different programs – some in urban areas, some in rural; some run by governments, some by nonprofits; some with large budgets and some with no budget at all – it might be difficult to sort through the information to determine what works best. To help, here is a short list of best practices that can be adapted to any program no matter its size, location, or budget

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By: Julia Calderone Published: May 22, 2015 11:16am ET on LiveScience . More…

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The fast food industry is constantly complaining about how they can’t afford to serve unprocessed foods or raise worker’s wages. According to them, prices would rise, their sales would plummet and the CEOs, now raking in millions, would end up homeless and destitute. It is however quite possible to serve real unprocessed food in a convenient and affordable way, without exploiting the environment, suppliers, employees, or customers and Thryve is poised to prove that.

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ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week. This week, we found ourselves drawn to stories about sexual politics in health.

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By: Agata Blaszczak-Boxe Published: May 12, 2015 01:05pm ET on LiveScience . More…

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Here’s an all-too-familiar springtime scenario: The sounds of incessant sneezing and coughing echo throughout your office, and the force with which your coworker blows her nose rattles your desk. Peering over the cubicle wall, you see her swollen eyes and ruddy skin.

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Lately, with all the talk about rising rates of opioid use and addiction, we are hearing more about opioid treatment programs (OTPs). OTPs provide opioid-dependent patients with behavioral therapy and medication, such as methadone or Suboxone (buprenorphine), sometimes called medication assisted therapy, (MAT), to control cravings for illicit opioids and help them resume normal lives.

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By: Laura Geggel Published: April 08, 2015 07:23am ET More…

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Inside The Mind Of A Superfan

08Abr

After Duke pulled out a victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA championship on April 6, ending the Badgers’ March Madness run, Wisconsin fans were understandably disappointed. Photos circulated online of defeated Wisconsin fan dressed in a Teletubby costume, seemingly on the verge of tears.

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On Quora , the social question-and-answer site, a user asked : “What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go against common sense or wisdom?” One of the most popular answers came from Quora contributor and former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong . * * * More…

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People of all attention-span lengths understand how easily a text message, phone call or email notification can distract them from an important task. No one is fully capable of addressing them while staying focused on their current project — at least not successfully .

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Iconic folk singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell was hospitalized Tuesday after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. She has yet to disclose the cause, but Mitchell, 71, has discussed a number of health complaints in recent years, including Morgellons disease — a mysterious illness that has been the subject of ongoing debate among medical researchers and patients.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to review the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine. The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will hold a two-day meeting next month on regulations for homeopathic medicines, which have long occupied a place on the fringes of U.S. health care

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Ebola has taken its greatest toll on babies. About 90 percent of children under age 1 who caught the virus in West Africa died from it, the first large study of the epidemic’s impact on children suggests

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In this busy, self-involved world, a simple “thank you” has the ability to stop us dead in our tracks.

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The question: On several occasions, I’ve woken up from a “good” night’s sleep and still felt surprisingly tired and lethargic. What gives? Why can’t I seem to get going after giving my body the uninterrupted rest I know it needs

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In case you haven’t heard, Apple has a lot going on right now. There’s the Apple Watch , for one, and a lot of new updates and features on top of that. But interestingly enough, the health app didn’t get any lady-related updates, like period and fertility trackers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials say a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products may have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients.

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California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell joined with Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, as authors of this blog post. The start of Spring Training brings the sounds of line drives smack off a new bat, the pop of blazing fastballs in the catcher’s mitt, the youth-filled crowd cheering on their teams, and still all too often, the spit and splat of tobacco juice expelled from a player’s mouth

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Military men and women face many high-stress situations during their training where they intensely test their ability to remain focused and attentive before they even deploy. Now, a recent study from the University of Miami suggests that meditation exercises may also help to better prepare active-duty soldiers for combat. Psychology professor Amishi Jha , the study’s lead author, joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss why such practices could be critical to soldiers’ training before setting out for their tours.

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Let’s be honest: There are few cardio workouts more painfully boring than jogging on the treadmill.

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People on social media pilloried them as the “measles family” after they became infected with the virus during their Disneyland vacation and brought the disease back to their hometown of Kearny, Arizona. Now, after exposing an estimated 1,000 people to the virus, Jannae Yslas-Roach, a 32-year-old mother of four, explained her family’s side of the story in an in-depth interview with The Arizona Republic about the family’s ordeal.

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Before we were able to Google our every itch and twinge and ache, we had very different relationships with our doctors. “In the early years of my career, information was something the doctor had and the patient didn’t,” Dr. Michael L.

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LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – A total of 107 cases of measles have been confirmed in California, more than a third of them linked to an outbreak that began in Disneyland in late December, state health officials said on Monday. More than three dozen additional cases of the highly infectious disease have been reported in 19 other states and in Mexico, including three new cases diagnosed in Cook County, Illinois. Seven of the eight cases so far found in Cook County are associated with a daycare center in the city of Palatine

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* Growing calls for research into “post-Ebola syndrome” * Doctor says Ebola can cause autoimmune response * West Africa outbreak has 5,000-10,000 survivors * Early Ebola patients suffered neglect in centers By Emma Farge and James Harding Giahyue DAKAR/MONROVIA, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Romeo Doe, a 29-year-old tailor who survived Ebola in Liberia, is struggling to cope with the impact of a disease that killed seven members of his family and now threatens his livelihood. Since he was released from an Ebola center in the capital Monrovia in November, pressure is rising in his eyes and affecting his vision – a complaint some doctors say is common among survivors of the West African outbreak.

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Singer Mary Lambert doesn’t shy away from tough topics when it comes to her music. She’s used her voice to advocate for gay rights and now, in her single “Secrets,” the artist opens up about dealing with bipolar disorder.

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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?

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On August 6, 2003, I had a medical intuitive reading that blew me away.

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Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living. Pillemer admits he’s an advice junkie.

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“Down time” is a true rarity these days. When we finally find it, many of us exude sighs of relief at the opportunity to sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing. However, it doesn’t take long for that wondrous feeling to transform into one of frustration and anxiety over our strangely empty plates — we are bored

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Jan 17 (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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Viruses flourish in high-density areas and vacation spots where large numbers of visitors coming together, bringing their unique colonies of pathogens. So it shouldn’t be particularly surprising that an outbreak of measles has been tracked back to December visits to Disneyland in Orange County, Calif.

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Women who are looking to quit smoking might benefit from checking their ovulation calendars. A woman’s menstrual cycle could play a role in determining how easy (or difficult) it is for her to quit smoking, according to a small but compelling new pilot study . Lead researcher Adrianna Mendrek of the University of Montreal said that her findings emphasize the need for gender-based smoking cessation therapies that also take menstrual cycle phase into consideration.

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It’s been a long day. You worked really hard. You deserve chocolate, right

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By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – The children of people who attempted suicide, regardless of whether they have a mood disorder themselves, have a four- to five-fold increased risk of trying to take their own lives, according to a new study. While mood disorders play a role in a person’s risk of attempting suicide, the study’s lead author told Reuters Health that the study suggests there are other factors that need to be explored and explained

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Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration’s new recommendations take effect.

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Dec 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded contracts worth a total of about $43 million to NewLink Genetics Corp and GlaxoSmithKline Plc for faster development of two Ebola vaccines

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By Kristen Domonell for Life by DailyBurn Ready to hit the slopes this winter? If you spend most of your week cooped up at a desk, weekend ski and snowboard trips could leave you with strained muscles and a sore back. But with the right preparation, including strengthening your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and core, you won’t have to risk injury or suffer from the usual aches and pains, says Mike Morin, alpine program director at Stratton Mountain School, who coached the U.S.

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There are plenty of arguments that advocate throwing away the bathroom scale , but a new study suggests daily weigh-ins may be a key component to weight loss. The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE and conducted by Elina Helander and co-authors from Tampere Univeristy of Technology in Finland, sampled 2,838 weight observations from 40 people attending a health program and found that when people weighed themselves daily they tended to lose weight, while taking breaks from daily weigh-ins for longer than one month led to weight gain in certain cases. More..

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“Health” and “goth” aren’t exactly two words that appear in sentences often, unless you’re reading one of the recent news or trend stories on the health goth subculture anywhere from HuffPost Healthy Living to The New York Times . This unique group has grown exponentially in the past year and may have started, according to one adherent recently interviewed on HuffPost Live, with goths who wanted to dress in comfortable workout gear at the club. However strange, the name refers to exactly what it sounds like: health goths are goths who happen to enjoy working out.

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Like most people, you probably experience the natural peaks and valleys of healthy living: You read about the newest fad, try it for a few weeks, realize it is not so fun/helpful and go back to your generally C+ fitness regimen. But maybe that’s because you’re not going big enough. Maybe those baby steps have been setting you up to take a bold leap, and actually commit to one of those huge health changes you read about and scoffed

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By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, Contributing Writer Published: 12/04/2014 10:34 AM EST on LiveScience More…

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Whether it’s eating well or getting the right amount of exercise, staying healthy can often be time consuming.

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There’s a lot to be optimistic about in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. By the end of 2013, 12.9 million people were taking life-saving anti-retroviral therapies that suppress the virus and help people lead long, healthy lives — 11.7 million of which were from low- and middle- income countries, according to the World Health Organization . Groundbreaking research is uncovering better ways to keep AIDS at bay and prevent HIV infection and transmission.

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If you’re a germaphobe, you can’t help but wonder about the sinister mysteries that lurk in the nooks and crannies of your bathroom. The harsh reality is that science actually validates your fears: many of the items in your bathroom can harbor tons of bacteria, and you don’t even know it. Now for the good news: these problems are totally fixable, and we’re here to hold your (well-scrubbed) hand

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5 Allergens to Watch Out for This Winter

30Nov

Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap, so do their allergies. But the truth is that they are mistaken. While the onslaught of colder weather and freezing temperatures brings an end to seasonal pollen allergies, it doesn’t mean that your environment is free of allergens.

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