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We do love men, but when it comes to handling stress, we've always known that the ladies have an edge. We give birth. We wax. We multi-task jobs (mother, wife, executive, daughter, friend therapist) and barely break a sweat. New research published in the journal Molecular Psychiatrysuggests that estrogen may be the magical compound that helps us cope. The animal study showed that female rats were more resilient (in memory, attention and decision-making) after repeated episodes of stress, but male rats suffered from short-term memory loss after the same test. Source

If you've ever wanted to be a part of a huge celebrity hair makeover, you're in luck. Monica Potter, who plays Kristina on the show "Parenthood," is letting fans choose her new haircut. Tweet your suggestions to @MonicaPotter -- the winning cut will be revealed on Friday. Source

Here's one way to beat the heat: Snip Barber Shop in Glendale, AZ is offering crushed ice shampoos infused with mint to cool your jets. Throw in a marg on the rocks and we're sold. Source

Another lazy, mindless, but restful way to lose weight: Turn down the heat. A new study shows that turning down the thermostat while you sleep could help rev up your metabolism. The reason? Your body works overtime trying to get to that warm and cozy 98.6-degree temperature. Source

A L'oreal researcher may have found the cure for grey hair. His anti-grey pill promises to prevent oxidization stress that causes hair to lose its color, keeping silver hairs at bay. The catch? The pill won't be available until 2015. Oh, and you might have to start taking the pill 10 years before you start greying ... and take it for the rest of your life. Source

Great news! America is no longer the fattest country in the world. That dubious honor has been bestowed on Mexico, according to recent study from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. To blame? Cheap, processed food. We wish this meant good news for obesity rates in the U.S., but it's more a case of being outweighed by Mexico -- we're still hanging there in second place. Source


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