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11 Facts About Your Thyroid

Increasingly common — yet often overlooked — thyroid disease affects millions and can affect multiple systems in your body. Here’s what you need to know about your thyroid now, as reported by Jill Gru…


How to Cope With Social Anxiety

I should have worn something different today." "Why is she looking at me funny?" "I wish I hadn’t said that." "What am I going to do if I’m asked a question I can’t answer?" For some people, though…


Defining and Managing Out-of-Control Anger

One of Stephanie Butler's earliest memories takes place on a playground. She and her best friends were playing a game together when something went wrong. The next thing she knew, she was hitting h…


Find Your Pressure Points

If you bump your knee, stub your toe, or whack your elbow, your first impulse is to touch the spot that hurts. That instinct — the desire to soothe pain with touch — is the essence of acupressure. …


How to Eat to Manage Your Mental Health

Robert Hedaya tried everything in mainstream psychiatry's toolbox to treat a patient with panic disorder, including cognitive behavioral therapy and a series of prescribed medications. She was still h…


Supporting a Sick Loved One: Challenges and Tips

When someone dear to you is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, it opens a Pandora’s box of worries: What’s wrong? What’s the best treatment? What if he or she doesn’t make it? Just as vexin…


How to Handle the Stress of Credit Card Debt

Credit-card spending can be like eating potato chips. You usually feel worse after indulging, but it can be fiendishly difficult to stop. And when there’s nothing else in the cupboard to eat, chips fo…


7 Common Peppers – How Hot Are They?

Here's a guide to the most common peppers commercially available, with their Scoville rating (which measures chilies' heat). The higher the number on the Scoville scale, the more capasaicin a chili ha…


5 Ways to Indulge in Food, Guilt-Free

A few months ago, I wrote about the value of occasionally eating tempting but unhealthy things we know we "shouldn't." I got a flood of positive mail in response, which made me wonder whether a great …


Want to Work Harder? Take a Break

At Google, goofing off is the way to go. In fact, it’s encouraged. Engineers at the tech powerhouse’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters are told to spend 20 percent of their work hours — whether a c…


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