Stories by Colleen Rush

Are Your Hands Deadly Weapons?

The most basic, life-saving hygiene -- washing your hands -- takes about 20 seconds. The Centers for Disease Control says this simple task can prevent the spread of deadly foodborne illnesses and infections and curb your chances of catching a cold or the flu. And, yet, 95 percent of us aren't doing it right, according to a study by researchers at Michigan State University.   read more

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Tampons, Mascara -- and the Morning-After Pill?

Plan B One-Step, the morning-after contraceptive pill, is headed for a drugstore near you -- and it won't be behind the pharmacy counter. The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with a judge's order to OK the drug for nonprescription use, which means the contraceptive pill will be sold over the counter, like aspirin or cough drops.   read more

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Breaking Beauty News: Jessica Alba Has Bangs!

Yes, we know this intel is right up there with the recent kerfuffle about the NSA's secret phone tapping investigation and IRS shenanigans. Jessica Alba. Got. Bangs! The 32-year-old actress was spotted with her new, thick fringe on an outing with her equally adorable family on Sunday. According to HuffPo, the "Fantastic Four" starlet lopped the new bangs for her role in the upcoming film "Dear Eleanor," a coming-of-age story about two teens bent on meeting Eleanor Roosevelt during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.   read more

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Does the Grand Canyon Make My Ass Look Fat?

National parks around the country are havens of natural beauty and historic significance, but until now, that description never jived with the food sold at concession stands in places like the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty. (Unless you count hot dogs under heat lamps for a questionable amount of time as "history.") The National Park Service recently introduced new food standards for concession stands at all national parks, calling for healthy options like fruit and vegetables, smaller portion sizes, low-sodium and low-fat meals, and non-sugary drinks to be added to menus.   read more

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The Nice Girl's Guide to Pushy Salespeople

When the M·A·C lady spends 20 minutes giving you a makeover, you have to buy something. Or do you? Here, we detangle etiquette for backing out of a hard sell, returning bad products and (gasp) asking for a do-over.   Etiquette help

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Are Natural Products Better?

Admit it: When you buy a product labeled "organic" or "natural" you get a warm, fuzzy feeling -- even if it costs twice as much. Well, it's our job to bring you down to earth: Organic and natural beauty products are often twisted on labels to the point that they're virtually meaningless terms.   Find out the truth

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8 Beauty No-Nos When You're Preg-O

True confession: While researching this story, I got scared reading just a fraction of the beauty ingredients that are potentially harmful to pregnant women and their babies. I obsessed over labels on moisturizer, nail polish -- everything in my bathroom -- to the point that in the shower one morning, I was afraid of my shampoo. And I'm not even pregnant.   No-no ingredients

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