DIY Tips to Groom Your Brows Like a Pro

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Brows seem so innocent, but good grooming can instantly transform your face, making your eyes look younger and more awake. But if you’re going to shape your brows at home, be sure to take it slow and really think about what you’re doing. Over-plucking can lead to too-thin brows, which ages the face, since brows tend to naturally thin with age. This is why full brows are associated with youth and health. Try these tips and tricks straight from the pros to get brows that really fit your face. 

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To start, brush your brows up in the direction the hair grows. Using brow scissors, cut just the tips of the longer hairs. Make sure to trim in the direction of the hair growth, brushing through while trimming. Remember: Less is more. You can always cut more later. Read more  »

Drink Milk to Slow Arthritis, Study Says

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A glass of milk a day may help keep arthritis away, according to a new study.

The new research showed that women who drank up to seven glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk every week experienced significantly slower joint narrowing in their knees, which is one of the hallmarks of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disease that worsens with age or repetitive motion and results in swollen, painful joints – usually in the hands, hips or knees. Osteoarthritis, which affects nearly a third of all people over age 65, occurs when the cartilage protecting a joint degenerates and the joint space narrows, bringing the bones into closer contact and resulting in bony overgrowth and stiffness.

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Today’s Headlines: Morning Light, Beans and Paternal Obesity

To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light, study says: Getting more light could help you lose weight, according to a new study. Researchers asked 54 volunteers to record their diets and wear a wrist monitor to track light exposure and sleep patterns. “People who loaded up on light exposure at the beginning of the day were most likely to have a lower body mass index,” regardless of how many calories they consumed. For every hour that light exposure was delayed in the morning, BMI rose by 1.28. While all light over 500 lux (about as bright as a typical office) had an effect, morning light was particularly powerful, perhaps because it “contains more wavelengths in the blue portion of the spectrum,” which is known to affect the circadian system and metabolism. (The Washington Post)

Beans, lentils, peas: Your recipe for lower cholesterol?: Legumes could be your key to lower cholesterol, a new study reports. The new analysis looked at 26 different studies and found that one daily serving (or 3/4 cup) of legumes, including beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas, could reduce bad cholesterol by 5%. The effect was present for both men and women, but was more marked for men. The new research suggests that simply adding legumes to an everyday diet could significantly lower heart disease risk, according to the study’s authors. (CBS News

Father’s obesity tied to child’s risk for autism: “Paternal obesity may increase a child’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorders,” according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers looked at 93,000 children and found that children born to obese fathers were almost twice as likely to develop an autism spectrum disorder, though risk in both groups was low. “Overall, a child born to an obese father had a .27 percent risk of developing ASD while a child born to a normal-weight father had a .15 percent risk.” While prior studies have suggested maternal weight may also relate to autism risk, no such connection was found in this study. (Fox News)

3 Mistakes Not To Make When You Sign Up for Obamacare

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First the worry was IF you’d be able to sign up for coverage at the flawed healthcare.gov. Now your concern should be HOW you sign up. Yes, after many red faces and delayed deadlines, the Obama administration was able to announce that the system met its goal of getting 7 million new people to sign up.

That may well encourage more people to give it a whirl during future enrollment periods – and if you do – I want you to sidestep common blunders that can be a pain in the neck when you’re trying to go see a doctor about the… pain in your neck.

I asked the IIABA – Association of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America – for advice on choosing well. Independent agents help clients choose among lots of different insurance companies, so they’re accustomed to comparing and contrasting different plans.

“All the recent focus has been on the difficulties in signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act,” said Bob Rusbuldt, President and CEO of IIABA. “But the even harder part is trying to sign up for the right coverage.” Here are the top three mistakes according to the in-the-trenches experts at the IIABA.

1. Not understanding your deductible. Affordable Care Act bronze plans can have as much as a $5,000 deductible. That’s the amount you have to pay out of pocket before the plan starts paying for your care. Usually a higher deductible means lower monthly premiums, so if you use very little healthcare and coming up with $5,000 is not a hardship for you, then this could be a good choice. But if you know you need lots of care and/or you have cash flow problems, then a plan with a lower deductible might be better for you. The IIABA says, “consider a silver plan instead. It may seem more expensive on the surface, but once the out-of-pocket expenses are factored in, it may be a better deal for you.”

2. Not looking beyond deductibles and co-pays. It’s important to consider other factors beyond just cost when you choose your Affordable Care Act plan. In some instances, insurance companies were able to create lower cost healthcare programs by excluding some hospital systems you might like or prescriptions that you take. “Look beyond the top line numbers and see if your doc and hospital are participating, or you might be in for a surprise,” said Rusbuldt.

3. Not following up or confirming. There have been many reports of “back end” issues for enrollments through the exchanges, where the insurers are receiving incomplete, duplicate and/or corrupted files from the government sites. Worst-case scenario, you could have a health problem, think you’re covered, but then find out you’re not when you go to the doctor or pharmacy. Close the loop and confirm your coverage before you have a problem.

If you’re uncertain about making the right choices when you sign up for one of the new healthcare plans, expert help is available. Local communities have trained thousands of people to guide folks through the process, and you can access their assistance here.

You can also consult an insurance agent – look for one who has been certified for the healthcare Marketplace – to help you not only choose a plan but also look for any assistance that may be available to you in paying for that plan. Your insurance premiums will be the same whether you get an agent’s help or not, so it’s a win-win.

Curb Hunger With These 3 Protein-Packed Breakfasts

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Does your breakfast pass the protein test? Here’s why you should check: Researchers are increasingly zeroing in on protein’s ability to keep hunger at bay when compared to lower-protein breakfasts that have similar calories, fat and fiber. And it seems that protein’s benefits can last well into the day, reducing our urge to snack sugary or fatty foods later in the evening. But how to get there with nutrient-rich, healthy foods that you aren’t already tired of eating? Here are three bold breakfast ideas, each of which packs at least 20 grams of protein to shake up your routine deliciously. Read more  »

Roasted Apple and Onion Soup With Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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French onion soup gained popularity in the US in the 1960s, and with good reason. This starter is packed with tangy flavor and is low in calories. But, a traditional cup has over 1,000 mg of sodium, which can raise blood pressure and hurt your heart health over time. Try this healthier twist on the classic dish to leave your taste buds happy while even sneaking some fruit into your diet. Get the recipe here.

You Wanted to Know: Muscle Cramps

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Whether it’s the excruciating pain of a charley horse or a dull, achy pain in your neck, nearly everyone has had or will experience a muscle cramp at some point. These sudden, involuntary muscle contractions usually only last a few seconds to 15 minutes, but they can be temporarily debilitating. One of our viewers, Alex, is looking for solutions:

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Sharecare Top 5: Surprising Allergy Triggers

You might be quick to blame your spring allergy symptoms on pollen, or your year-round allergies on other usual suspects: mold, dust or pet dander. But something else you might not expect could be the cause of your sneezing, wheezing and even skin reactions. Watch out for these five surprising allergy triggers.

1. Spices
When you think of food allergies, shellfish or peanuts probably come to mind. But, less commonly, people are allergic to spices. Cinnamon and garlic are prime culprits, — although any spice can trigger a reaction, such as sneezing and wheezing. What’s worse, you don’t just have to eat spices to get an allergic reaction. Spices can also be found in cosmetics and dental products. Watch this video with functional medicine expert Mark Hyman, MD, to find out what increases your risk for a food allergy.

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In Case You Missed It: March 31 Through April 4

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If you missed a segment or forgot to jot down a tip this week, we’ve got you covered. Check out these helpful hints and takeaways and click to read more on DoctorOz.com!

1. Giuliana and Bill Rancic sat down with Dr. Oz to talk about their health issues. Plus, they spilled their secrets when they answered the Oz Five!

2. Dr. Oz dropped three new bombshells about Alzheimer’s prevention. Learn more about the risk factors here.

3. It’s strawberry season! Learn how to incorporate this sweet ingredient into salads, puddings and breakfast dishes.

4. Has your sex life flat lined? Learn how to bring intimacy back into your relationship with tips from expert Esther Perel.

5. Full of antioxidants, this healthy fat is an Oz-approved essential for a healthier you.