How You Might Be Sabotaging Your Efforts to De-Stress

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There are many things in life that can add to our stress levels, from work to family to the daily commute. A little stress can be good, but too much is a bad thing. Chronic high levels of stress can be damaging to your body and lead to a variety of health problems including high cholesterol and heart disease. One of the biggest challenges is acknowledging the problem and figuring out the source of your stress.

The problem is, even when you get started on removing stress from your life, sometimes old habits can get in the way of real change. Here are a few ways to keep your de-stress efforts on track. Read more  »

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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The winter holidays are quickly approaching, and we are all excited for the happiest time of the year. Everyone gathers together to celebrate the season with family, friends, fun, food, and more food. All is well, for a while, until just before New Year’s when we start to reflect on our resolutions for the upcoming year and discover that fitness or weight-loss goals top the list again. Read more  »

Drink Soda, Age Faster?

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Want to age faster? I’m guessing that your answer, of course, is no. But that’s exactly what you might be doing when you drink soda. If the thought of obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disease isn’t enough to make you think twice before picking up a can or bottle of some sugary brew, a new study reports that drinking soda may make our cells age faster. Looking at telomere length in more than 5,000 healthy U.S. adults between the ages of 20 and 65 years old, researchers found telomere length to be shorter in subjects who sipped on sugar sweetened soda. Read more  »

Secrets from the World’s Most Beautiful Skin Doctors

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Hello from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Annual Meeting in San Diego! The ASDS meeting is the most comprehensive educational meeting for procedural dermatologists; those that are experts in skin cancer surgery or aesthetic dermatology. And although the meeting was jammed with new technology and procedures to help improve the health and beauty of the skin, what struck me most was the health and beauty of the skin of the doctors at the meeting. Many of my female colleagues, whose age range from 45 to 65, continue to look luminous and youthful. Clearly these are women that know a thing or two about skin care! Their skin has a glow that radiates health and vitality. So why do they look so good? I asked my friends and colleagues about their own personal skin tips and tricks. Here are some common themes I heard over and over again: Read more  »

Easy Tips to Treat Yourself While Cutting Stress

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During crunch times in our lives, we often long to find ways to make ourselves feel happier. One of the worst ways we can do this is by turning to comfort foods, which are often very unhealthy and can lead to weight gain and contribute to disease down the road. But depending on what you do, treating yourself can actually be great for your health while boosting your mood and cutting your stress. Read more  »

Bigger Than the Ice Bucket Challenge

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It popped into our lives 90 days ago and grew like nothing I’d ever seen. Bigger than Shake Weight, and with more power than Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge pulled eyeballs to digital devices worldwide and plucked bucks from our pockets to help others in need. More than $100 million has been donated to the ALS Association in the months following the flash, and many have learned more about this little-understood disease in those three months than in the past three decades.

Why hadn’t more been done for ALS in the past decades? Why did it take so long to grab a headline beyond one tied to Lou Gehrig, the baseball legend who died from the disease? The reasons just might surprise you and it’s most definitely bigger than the ice bucket. Read more  »