Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?

Coveting celebrities' body parts is nothing new. We pine for Zooey Deschanel's big blue eyes, and Sofia Vergara's dangerous curves, but there's one body part that perhaps we need to be more envious of: the gut. Or, more specifically, the contents of it.   read more

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Got the Insomniac Blues? 8 Playlists That Will Knock You Out

How many stories or headlines have you read this month about the millions of Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders? Every week, it's the same old story: we're all sleep deprived -- 40 million of us, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hell, we even posted a sleep story a few weeks ago (but we had the smarts to serve it up as The Best Anti-Aging Remedy Ever -- because lack of sleep doesn't just make you cranky ... it hits your face with the old and ugly stick.)   read more

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A Baby Girl for Will & Kate?!

Our money is on the appearance of a wee lass for the Royal couple, based on word from researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K., who are touting studies that show stress during the pregnancy and morning sickness point to the likelihood of having a girl. For those who have been tracking royal baby news, you may recall the Duchess was hit with a serious bout of morning sickness early in her pregnancy, and being the most-watched mom-to-be in the world right now is surely stressful. Source   read more

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It's Official: Sugar is the New Crack

A new study found that eating high-glycemic foods (think: white bread, potatoes, and corn syrup) can trigger cravings and tweak the parts of your brain linked to addiction, according to a research team led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center.   read more

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The Gruesome App That's Like Instagram for Doctors

This is the age of Instagram. Where there's a meal/animal/sunset/skyline, there's a person whipping out a smartphone to snap, filter, and share it with friends.   read more

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5 Healthy Things That Could Kill You

Unhealthy things that can't actually kill you: loaded chili cheese fries, whiskey and ginger on the rocks, a 72-hour Netflix binge.   read more

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This Might Be the World's Meanest Photographer

So, this is what it looks like to take candy from a baby.

Award-winning photographer Jill Greenberg captured some serious emotion when she recently gave her little portrait subjects candy -- and then snatched it away from them to capture their reactions. Not surprisingly, the images are causing some controversy.   read more

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Don't Bend it Like Beckham

When you hear "Victoria Beckham," what do you think? "Posh Spice," "David Beckham," "designer handbags," "heels?" Apparently, the latter two are also on the minds of health professionals, and not for good reason.   read more

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12 Swimsuits That'll Make it Look Like You Lived in the Gym All Winter

Haven't exactly been sticking to your workouts like you vowed you'd do on January 1? Fake it with one of these cute suits   read more

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The 6 Newest Super Foods to Add to Your Diet

Ah, super foods. You know the deal: Trendy foods with hard to pronounce names (see, "acai") from far off places, that always seem to be especially far from your local grocery store. The coming and going food fads seem like an episode of "Project Runway": One day goji berries are in, the next day, they're out. It's enough to make you pine for simpler times, when all you really needed was an apple a day. A plain, easily spelled, highly accessible, apple.   See more

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