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Latest by Lara DeSanto

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Lifestyle

How Well Are You Managing Life With Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Take this test to learn about areas in your life — like nutrition, stress and side-effect management, and more — where you may need extra support.

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Treatment

The New (Free! All-Natural!) Way to Relieve Stress

Feeling stressed? Just 20 minutes in nature may be just what the doctor ordered, according to a new study.

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Risk Factors

How a Hot Temper Can Damage Your Health

As you get older, excessive anger could up your risk of chronic illness, a new study finds.

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Meditation

How to Reap the Benefits of Meditation

A new study found that not all those who meditate enjoy it. Here’s how to get the most out of this mindfulness technique, plus five free apps that make it easy.

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Work

Think Listening to Music Will Boost Creativity? Not So Fast

Music and creativity go together like Simon and Garfunkel – or Jay and Bey, depending on your generation. Or… maybe not.

Woman living alone.
Relationships

How to Stay Connected When You Live Alone

Even the most solitude-loving people get lonely sometimes. Here’s how to fight it.

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Fitness

Got Period Pain? This Healthy Habit May Help

Even though your cramps may make you want to curl into a ball and stay far, far away from jogging shoes, this new study recommends you lace up and get moving.

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Nutrition

What Happens When Kids Don’t Drink Enough Water—and What You Can Do to Make Sure Yours Do

As many as 1 in 5 kids say they don’t drink water regularly. Find out what they’re downing instead (and what they’re risking because of it).

Coffee, iced and hot drinks.
Risk Factors

The Science Behind Your Love for Coffee and Beer

It’s not as obvious as you may think — in fact, it’s in your genes.

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Prevention

Do You Do Dairy?

A new research review found that this food group can help lower the risk for a host of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and more. Find out why you might want to add a little more moo to your life.