Heart disease: the top killer for women

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/February 28/2006 - 03:27 AM
Health Fitness 
“There is no definite age for women to start having regular check-ups. They could start at 30, 35 or 40 and then their doctor will guide them accordingly. They may do a stress test in their 30s but won’t have to do one every year. The doctor will guide them when it’s necessary to come back for another one. In the meantime, their weight, blood cholesterol level, diet and exercise levels will be monitored.”

Dr Anstassiades said it was good to have a follow-up every couple of years, and that women over 50 should definitely see a cardiologist. “After menopause, an....

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Winter Fashion Faux Pas -- and How to Avoid Them

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/February 05/2006 - 05:47 AM
When the temperatures plunge to sub zero, your first thoughts aren't about fashion. And while there's something to be said for putting function before style, especially in winter weather, that doesn't mean that you have to look frumpy as you battle the elements! Here, five big winter fashion faux pas -- and what you can do to avoid them:

Faux Pas: Wearing clunky, chunky, take-me-snowshoeing boots for daytime. Sure, your boots need to protect your feet from snow, ice, and slush, but they don't need to be big, bulky, and totally un-chic to do so!

Fix: Choose a stylish but warm pair....

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Accessorize Your Winter Coat

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/February 05/2006 - 05:43 AM
Part of the joy of snowy, blowy weather is buying a brand-new coat. And whether you pick a parka or a pea coat, one thing's certain: The coat's not enough. In fact, to make your winter coat wearable, you need to accessorize! Here, the hats, scarves, gloves, and other add-ons that'll make your coat cozy and stylish:

The Coat: Down Parka

The accessories: Rugged and whimsical. Try a ski-inspired knit cap in stripes or a colored solid. A pom-pom on top is a fun bonus! Then add a similarly sleek long scarf and knit gloves for an outdoorsy vibe. To make the....

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Tips to help you avoid weight loss temptations

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/January 15/2006 - 02:26 AM
Health Fitness 
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions that people make is to lose a few pounds during the upcoming year.

Unfortunately, it is also very common that most people will have abandoned their weight loss efforts within two or three weeks. One of the primary reasons people fail to stick to their resolution to lose weight is because of giving in to temptation.

Before you start your weight loss efforts, take time to eliminate any tempting foods from your home, such as snack cakes and ice cream. Fill your shelves with whole grain cereal, pasta, and bread, fresh fruits and vegetables,....

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Women expected to freeze eggs in future

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/January 10/2006 - 10:20 PM
A small number of women in Britain have had their eggs frozen to preserve their fertility because of a medical condition, but only a handful of cases have been done for lifestyle reasons, the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Eggs are harder to freeze than sperm because they contain more water and using current technology, there is a danger an egg may be damaged in the process.

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Get Winter Wonderful Skin

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/January 04/2006 - 04:35 AM
Save Face Woman with Fur Trimmed Hood

For many of us, winter is not only the season for fun times in the snow and by the fireplace, but for dry, dull, itchy skin when every part of your body suffers -- from your cheeks and lips to your hands and feet.

What is it about wintertime that stresses skin so? The answer has everything to do with moisture levels: the skin's inability to keep and replenish it while exposed to the season's cold temperatures, lashing winds, and extremely low humidity levels (both indoors and out). Add to that our well-intentioned, but extremely drying,....

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Seasonal marriage

Posted by: smilie on Tuesday/December 27/2005 - 03:38 AM
Marriage is a social bond of human being, a social recognition of living together in family life for a man and a woman. There are no especial rules and regulations for particular timing of marriage ceremony in any society or country. But what may be called seasonal marriage became a tradition at Char Kukri Mukri under Charfashion upazila in Bhola district, a remote island in the country.

The "seasonal marriage" in the society of remote coastal area Char Kukri Mukri is usually performed when the people from the mainland go to the area for fishing during rainy season and harvesting season....

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Tip of the Week

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:32 AM
Beauty Tips 
Clear up breakouts on your back or arms with a body wash that contains salicylic acid, the same acne-busting ingredient found in facial products.

More tips:


* Give new life to a too-thick foundation by applying it with a damp sponge.

* Went a little overboard with the eyeliner? Not a problem -- run a cotton swab over the line to soften the color.

* Sweeping powder shadow over pencil liner keeps it from fading or smearing.

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Holiday Dressing Dos (and Don'ts!) for the Office

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:30 AM
Spread good holiday cheer and style by following our festive-dressing dos and don'ts:

Don't Pull out the cleavage-baring, super-sexy clothes for your holiday office party. Do Think festive instead of sexy. Slip a lace-trimmed camisole under your office suit, or swap your regular blazer for a velvet one. Add chandelier earrings and strappy heels for an elegant (not too-sexy) look.

Don't Go overboard with holiday-themed accessories like appliqued sweaters, jingle-bell earrings, Santa pins, and candy-cane-patterned socks. DoConsider getting in the holiday spirit with color instead: Wear a red, green, or blue sweater over dark slacks; or sport a scarf in red-and-green or....

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Look Great While Traveling

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:28 AM
Beauty Tips 
Say goodbye to sweats and scrunchies! It's easy to look chic and stay comfortable while you travel. Here, 10 ways to do it.

Pick fluid fabrics. Cotton, cashmere, silk, and other moveable, breathable fabrics will keep you comfortable.

Try loose-fit jeans. Ones with a bit of Lycra for stretch will move with you and not feel too restricting.

Keep hair under control. The last thing you want on a plane or car ride is to worry about high-maintenance hair! Stick to a ponytail or quick twist secured with a barrette.

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Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 22/2005 - 04:13 AM
Health Fitness 
When it comes to living a healthier lifestyle, adding a little variety to your routine can help keep you inspired. It also makes daily activities, such as eating a balanced diet and exercising, more enjoyable.

• Fight Brain Drain. Morning or afternoon slumps often occur because the brain needs more fuel. Try keeping some quick snacks on hand to give you a burst of energy.

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Health Talk

Posted by: smilie on Thursday/December 15/2005 - 05:10 AM
Health Fitness 
Are you ready to change?

Did you get 30 minutes of activity today? Did you yesterday? Do you even think you need to be more physically active?

Given that 54 percent of Vermont's population falls into the overweight or obese categories, and that only about 25 percent of Vermonters are getting enough physical activity, the chances are pretty good that you need to get more activity.

But how ready are you to change your lifestyle? Are you even thinking about making changes?

In the world of health care, people's willingness to make lifestyle changes is discussed in terms of the "Readiness to Change" model....

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Consider ways to maintain healthy lifestyle for holidays

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/December 14/2005 - 04:16 AM
Health Fitness 
If you are concerned about being healthy, the holidays are enough to drive you mad. Unless you are running late for a very important date, take a few minutes to review these healthy holiday tips.

Keep exercise high on the priority list. Exercise provides much-needed stress relief. It improves sleep. It improves feelings of self-worth and mental well-being.

Make an appointment for exercise on your calendar, and keep it! If weather is keeping you from your normal exercise routine, go to the mall before shopping hours. Most area malls open their doors early for walkers and post information about distance. For example,....

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Winter Fashion 2005 Shimmers and Shines

Posted by: smilie on Monday/December 12/2005 - 05:32 AM
Gemstone shades offer magnificent color. Rich, earthy browns and vibrant gemstones are the colors of winter 2005. Pair amethyst and lapis with sapphire. Try jade with emerald and basic brown or black for a stunning look. Metallics accentuate garments and add shine to accessories this season.

Bohemian inspired velvet fashions are here

The romantic layered look continues into winter. Keep the camis in your closet – just add a flowing blouse embellished with sequins or rhinestones. Finish the look with a jacket, shrug or cape. Look for micro capes with a satin ribbon tie, shrugs or fur trimmed capes.


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Beauty Tips From North Korea

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/November 30/2005 - 02:56 AM
A North Korean monthly has laid down the rules for makeup use in the puritanical Stalinist state, warning against decadent Western influences in the application of facepaint. The October edition of the Joseon Yeoseong magazine said makeup should be appropriate to location, environment and context and cautioned that it reflects a woman’s intelligence and morals. Makeup should be applied in consideration of the tasks for the day, the magazine said, being light enough to look natural when women go out in the day and only more colorful if they perform on stage or “dance in the open air” at night.....

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One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime

Posted by: smilie on Wednesday/October 19/2005 - 02:52 AM
Health Fitness 
I know the American Cancer Society recommends that, starting at age 40, women should have an annual breast exam by a health professional. But a lot can change in a year. So what else could we be doing in the interim to check for signs of the disease?

This year, I decided to take the plunge and write a story from the point of wellness rather than illness. I set out to learn what I could about prevention, starting with breast self-examination ---- and I don't mean the introspective kind ---- and clinical breast examination, which is done by a professional. ....

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Herbal Weight Loss Products

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/October 02/2005 - 03:58 AM
Health Fitness 
Green Tea is another wonderful ingredient which helps in decreasing the body fat by increasing the metabolism. It also contains powerful anti-oxidants that help support cardio-vascular health. Many Chinese people have been drinking green tea for centuries for all the positive aspects that it brings to your health. This has spread to people worldwide and green tea is now the second most popular beverage in the world. Green tea is said to have many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, boosting the immune system and helping to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Ephedra (under the name Ma huang) has been used in....

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Makeup Tips: Wearing The Eyeliner

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 09:06 PM
Eyeliner has been seen all over fall-winter runways. Now, it’s time to perfect the skill, even if your artistic skills are barely there.

Eyeliner in metallic berry hues or in basic black is coming back strong this year, and as fall approaches, it’s time to arm with essential tools: a khol, a slanted brush and a cake eyeliner for seasoned fashionista.

The easiest way to apply eyeliner is using khol – such as Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Khol. Dip a cool metal stick into a loose powder, close your eye and quickly sweep the stick inside the lashes. The applicator leaves....

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Hair Volume Boosting Tips

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 08:54 PM
Fall hair styles may be simpler, but they don't lack the volume and bounce. Here are simple tips on how to add volume to your hair.

1. Cut Corners

Extra hair adds weight. If hair is one length, add long layers in the front for more movement and volume.

2. Turn it Upside Down

Blow-dry wet hair upside down. Once your hair is dry, switch the dryer to cool mode and direct it to your roots. This volumizing trick helps keep the scalp healthy.

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Local Woman Dances Her Way To Weight Loss

Posted by: smilie on Sunday/September 25/2005 - 08:51 PM
Health Fitness 
The Dancing Diet. For one Chicago woman, ballroom dancing is more than fun.

As Medical Editor Mary Ann Childers reports, she’s rhumba-d, waltzed and cha-cha’d her way to weight loss.

Food is Jennifer Fite’s business. She’s personal assistant to nationally renown chef Rick Bayless.

Two years ago, she realized her weight was out of control. Diet after diet failed. And she admits she was in denial.

"You tend to live from the neck up,” she said. “You tend to just focus on what can you can see in the mirror like this." ....

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