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Are Halloween Contacts Safe?

Contacts with cat pupils or neon colors can be fun, but are you sure you want to put a piece of plastic from a costume store into your eye? We’ve got some tips from the American Optometric Association on how to look cool at parties without getting a raging eye infection.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Breast Cancer “Awareness” Misses These Painful Realities

It’s breast cancer awareness month, but I think we’re already aware that breast cancer exists and that mammograms can detect it. So as long as we’re surrounded in pink, let’s take a look at some important facts that actually need a little more awareness:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Trumpcare Just Snuck in Through the Back Door

After 900 failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (that number may be a little off, it’s been a long year), President Trump took two actions yesterday that could destroy insurance markets. Don’t panic yet. Your current insurance still works, and you’ll still be able to buy an “Obamacare” plan for next year.…Read more… […]

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Hold Up, There’s No New Study About Epidurals and Total Length of Labor

Do epidurals prolong labor? Read the headlines this week and you’d think we finally answered that question once and for all—with epidurals turning out to have no effect. But the study actually asked what happens if you already have an epidural, and turn it off as you’re pushing out the baby.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Flame Retardants Are One Step Closer to Being Banned in Furniture and Baby Products

Flame retardant chemicals are in most of your favorite foam-filled furniture—until recently, a California law even required them. But they don’t prevent fires, and they do carry health risks. Now, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is a step closer to banning them.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What Your Employer Should Be Doing to Support Your Mental Health

We spend almost half of our waking hours at work (how’s that for a depressing thought?) so if your workplace is stressful, or if it’s full of bullies and harassers, your mental health can suffer. Today on World Mental Health Day, the World Health Organization wants your employer to know they can and should keep […]

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How to Choose the Best Nursing Facility for Your Aging Parent

No one really wants to think about their parents declining. If we’re lucky, our parents will have selected a retirement community well in advance—and will have the means to pay for it. But for the rest of us, we may very well be doing the legwork ourselves, either by coaxing them to research options while […]

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Use “The Four Cs” to Boost Your Happiness and Clear Mental Clutter

If you’ve ever found yourself compulsively refreshing Twitter for the latest god-awful news development—or caught in a vicious cycle with your non-negotiable afternoon candy fix—we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but your mind has been hacked.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Calling 911 May Not Be the Fastest Way to the Hospital After a Gunshot Wound

After a gunshot or stab wound, a new study suggests sometimes people are better off dragging themselves into the backseat of a friend’s Ford Taurus and telling him to book it to the nearest hospital, rather than calling 911 and waiting for an ambulance.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Donate Blood in the Aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting

One simple way to help in the wake of a tragedy is to donate blood. Even if you aren’t near Las Vegas, blood banks and hospitals network together to get supplies where they need to go. Donating now (or in the coming weeks) will help get more blood to the people who need it.Read more… […]

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How to Donate Blood in the Aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting

One simple way to help in the wake of a tragedy is to donate blood. Even if you aren’t near Las Vegas, blood banks and hospitals network together to get supplies where they need to go. Donating now (or in the coming weeks) will help get more blood to the people who need it.Read more… […]

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I Tried a Vintage Mail Order Bodybuilding Course and There’s a Reason Nobody Does These Anymore

“I CAN GIVE YOU MASSIVE ARMS, BROAD SHOULDERS, AND A GIANT SIZED CHEST IN JUST FOUR WEEKS,” the Body-Tone pamphlet promises. It is the “World’s Fastest Strength and Muscle Building System.” It cost $20 in the late 1950s, but today the program is available for free in the Stark Center Archives. I am ready to […]

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Perimenopause: What You Need to Know If You’re in Your Thirties (or Beyond)

If you’re a person with a uterus, you probably got an awkward talk when you were around nine or ten explaining some changes that were coming for your body. (Maybe you saw a movie that memorably involved pancake batter poured into the shape of the female reproductive system.)Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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