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19 Jul

25 of LIFE Magazine’s Most Memorable Kisses

Sometimes you need a reason to give another person a kiss. And, as was the case in probably the most famous kissing photo of all time: the iconic picture of a World War II sailor kissing a nurse at the end of the war. But, other times, a kiss is its own reason to celebrate. Whatever you want to call it — a peck, a smooch, a snog — a kiss communicates love in a way that few other acts can match. How people started kissing is a mystery and why we do it is complicated, but, from a child's sweet kiss to a lover's sexy kiss, the act is a language of its own. And a photograph of a kiss, it follows, captures that feeling. Here is a look...
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4 Apr

The Inspiring Story Behind the Founder of $1.2B Makeup Brand, IT Cosmetics

The story behind the insanely-popular and beloved beauty brand IT Cosmetics is one that mirrors a modern-day fairy tale—a story filled of hurdles, risks, dedication, passion and ultimate success. In less than a decade from its conception, the beauty company that’s aimed at “real women” is now on everyone’s beauty radar, with many processional makeup artists not able to get enough the brand’s amazing products. The reason behind the billion-dollar beauty brand’s overwhelming success is rooted to Co-founder and CEO Jamie Kern Lima’s personal magnetism and her problem-solution approach to beauty. Before the conception of IT Cosmetics, Lima—a long-time suffer of rosacea and hyper-pigmentation—had a career as a local news anchor in Studio City, California. For years she struggled with finding...
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8 Mar

The Best Dog Breed for Every Zodiac Sign

Admit it: You’ve fantasized about your future Fido more than a couple times. You walk into the shelter, lock eyes with “the one” and the next thing you know, you’re frolicking through fields of freshly mowed grass and endless tennis balls with your true love. Except, how are you supposed to know which breed is going to be your best match (or if your current four-legged friend is your ultimate counterpart)? Turn to the stars, of course. Here, the best dog for every zodiac sign....
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5 Jan

10 “Healthy” Habits to Give Up in 2017

We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they're good for us. For example, take using BMI to tell whether you're a healthy weight. Is it really the best measure of fitness? What about only eating fruits and veggies to lose weight? Is that really the best way to drop pounds? Or taking a daily multivitamin. Healthy habit or a little bit of nonsense? The answers to these questions might surprise you! Here are 10 "healthy" habits you should give up this year. ...
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10 Aug

U.S. Women’s ‘Final Five’ Win Gymnastics Team Gold

Following a powerful qualifying heat on Sunday, the U.S. women’s gymnastic team once again dominated the competition Tuesday—winning the team competition gold medal by an unprecedented margin. The U.S. scored 184.897, impressively beating out second-place Russia by eight points. As USA Today pointed out, the gap between the U.S. and Russia is more than double the gap between silver-winning Russia and last-place Brazil. The five gymnasts – Simone Biles, 19, Gabby Douglas, 20, Raisman, 22,Madison Kocian, 19, and Laurie Hernandez, 16, – won by more than eight points in the Rio Olympic Arena. Laurie Hernandez kicked things off on the vault earning a score of 14.8— the best vault score of of the day. Next up was uneven bars, where Madison Kocian and Gabby...
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19 Jun

10 Things You Need To Know About Maternity Leave In The US

The US is one of only three countries left in the world that do not guarantee paid maternity leave. The others are Papua New Guinea and Oman. The closest thing we have is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which became law in 1993 and allows qualified employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons. Having a baby, or caring for an adopted child, falls under this category. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12% of Americans have access to the paid parental leave, which is considered a benefit by employers. Only 5% of low-wage earners receive paid maternity leave. Paid parental leave policies remain up to individual employers. Let's take a look...
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18 Jun

Breastfeeding Might Reduce Leukemia Risk, But What Does That Really Mean?

I breastfed both my children. It would be wonderful if that meant I also decreased their risk of leukemia, which is precisely what a recent meta-analysis of 18 studies suggests. We will get to the science of what that study found in a minute, but first, I want to address a different question: even if breastfeeding does reduce a child’s risk of leukemia, what does that actually mean? What is the effect – in real life – of having a study that tells us a child is very slightly less likely (we’ll get to the numbers shortly) to develop leukemia if they were breastfed instead of formula fed? The study itself is just a study, published in JAMA Pediatrics today. It is...
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30 Jul

Woman Takes Six Years of Selfies to Overcome Struggle with Hair-Pulling Disorder

Selfies are all the rage, but one young woman has had the tenacity to take one of herself every single day for more than six years. However, the reason she's been so consistent is not one you'd typically expect. Rebecca Brown, 21, of Essex, England, has taken a picture of herself every day - from age 14 to 21 - putting them together in a video montage all to bravely share her battle with depression and her struggle with trichotillomania disorder, the compulsion to pull out one's own hair. She says the video project, which has received more than 5.5 million views on YouTube since it was originally posted on June 8, has immensely helped her deal with overcoming the disorder. "It's been...
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12 Jul

Aspiring Model With Crohn’s Disease Shows Off Colostomy Bags

Looking at Bethany Townsend's beautiful face, you'd never think she suffers from Crohn's disease, a debilitating condition that wreaks havoc on a person's digestive system. Earlier this week, the 23-year-old make-up artist and aspiring model posted a striking photo of herself on Facebook sunbathing in a barely-there black bikini with an unusual accessory: a colostomy bag. The photo, which has gone viral, has received more than 200,000 "likes" on Facebook. She shared her story with Crohn's and Colitis U.K., an organization to raise awareness and funding for research. Townsend, who lives in Worcester, England, reported that she's contended with Crohn's since she was 3-years old but was misdiagnosed early in life. It wasn't until Townsend was 11 and needed urgent surgery...
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3 Jul

Facebook conducted research study on user’s emotions

Facebook has generated anger among members of its social network after a study surfaced tied to its users' news feeds. Earlier this month, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published a study conducted by a Facebook data scientist and two other researchers from the University of California and Cornell University on how social networks impact users' emotions. The study required researchers to manipulate the News Feeds of roughly 689,000 users to determine whether positive or negative content would affect their emotions and subsequent Facebook updates. The experiment -- carried out for one week in 2012 -- explored "whether exposure to emotional content led people to post content that was consistent with the exposure—thereby testing whether exposure to verbal affective expressions...
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