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September 2007


Snoozing in for more than an hour can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, and anything that tinkers with your body’s natural rhythms may prime you for pain, says Lisa Mannix, M.D., a spokeswoman for the National Headache Foundation in Chicago.

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Katherine Sutherland, an OB-GYN in Mountain View, California, knows something about terrible periods — and not just from her patients. She used to go through tampons every hour, excusing herself to go to the bathroom between appointments. Heavy bleeding made doing what she really loved –hiking — especially difficult. Truth is, she wanted her period to go away altogether. In 2003 Sutherland, then age 51, got her wish.

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In 2005, the last year recorded, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery said its members performed nearly 1 million such procedures, about 300,000 more than in 2003.

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“When you can see a woman’s had work done on her face, she immediately loses her sex appeal. Take the lips. Cosmetic surgery Mask of deceit: Carter resorted to subterfuge to explain the bruising Once you know they aren’t natural, it’s instantly unsexy.

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Your face may be the one part of your body that most reflects youth and beauty. Walking outside your door every day exposes you to pollution; driving in your car leaves the left side of your face vulnerable to sun; laughing and crying create wrinkles. Simply living life causes damage to your skin, so what’s a girl to do?

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It’s every mother’s mantra: Cover your mouth when you cough. During flu season, it’s the best advice you can give any child — or adult – who wants to avoid the flu. The flu virus is passed from one person to the other through fluids from mouth and nose secretions. When we cough and sneeze, those droplets go into the air.

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You eat a big meal out, late at night. You indulge in seconds and then thirds, have a few too many glasses of wine or cups of coffee, and then go to bed on a full stomach. Wake up a few hours later, and the pain is screaming upward from your chest into your throat. You groan: Sleep is impossible.

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People with asthma experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus. Common symptoms of asthma include: * Coughing, especially at night * Wheezing * Shortness of breath * Chest tightness, pain, or pressure Still, not every person with asthma has the same symptoms in the same way.

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As summer turns to fall, certain seasonal changes may put a crimp in your calorie-burning opportunities. And while it may seem too early to be worrying about such matters, cooler temperatures are right around the corner so having a plan to keep your workout on track is essential to your success. After all, when it comes to exercise, preparation is half the battle. Here, we’ve put together four strategies for transforming summer’s steamier workout into a regimen fit for fall:

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You’ve probably heard that 30 minutes of daily exercise helps improve your health. Then again, maybe you’ve read that 60 minutes of exercise on most days of the week is necessary.

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