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  • Lisa Ling's Surprising ADD Diagnosis at 40

    When journalist Lisa Ling decided to be tested for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on an episode of "Our America With Lisa Ling," the results surprised her: She met all of the criteria for Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD.

    "My head is kind of spinning," she said. "But I feel a little bit of relief because, for so long, I've been fighting it and I've been so frustrated with this inability to focus."

    Ling suspected she might have an attention disorder -- she said she remembers elementary school teachers frequently talking to her parents about her issues focusing in class. In high school, if a topic didn't interest her, she could sit through an entire period and not retain anything that was covered.

    Related: Lisa Ling Gets Her ADHD/ADD Test Results

    "I have always had a bit of a difficult time focusing on things that aren't interesting to me, and I get really, really anxious before taking any kind of test or having any kind of evaluation," Ling said in

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  • The 10-Minute Express Clean for Your Kitchen

    You've finished dinner and your favorite show is starting soon. Here's how to get everything spotless and put away, so you can be on the couch in time for the opening credits.

    By Lynn Andriani

    Photo: marekuliasz/iStock/360/ThinkstockThe Safety-First Step

    Before you tackle the dishes, deal with the food itself and store the leftovers. That chicken-and-rice casserole has probably been sitting on the table for at least 15 minutes--and at room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. Once you've wrapped and refrigerated tomorrow's lunch, fill extra-greasy pans, or dishes with stuck-on food, with hot, soapy water and set them on the (turned-off) stove to soak. (We'll get back to them in a few minutes, once that soap has had a chance to work on the rice.)

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    Photo: brebca/iStock/360/ThinkstockThe Dishwasher Loading Secret

    Clean Mama blogger, Becky Rapinchuk,who is author of The Organically Clean Home loads items in groups to make it easier for her 8-year-old daughter to

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  • When doctors couldn't cure her, Fiona Maazel forged her own path to recovery. Along her journey--filled with detours, wrong turns and daring adventures--she learned that when it comes to getting well, you are your own best advocate.

    By Fiona Maazel

    Illustration: Dan Bejar"The plan," she said, "Is to activate your body's resources for self-repair."

    "And you can do that from 2,000 miles away?" I asked.

    "I just need a photo so I can channel my energy your way."


    And so began the first in a series of long-distance phone sessions with a bioenergy therapist. She lived in Canada, I lived in New York, and while I would have preferred that my healing happen in person, she worked for free, so who was I to complain? When she said she was ready, we'd hang up, and for the next 20 minutes I'd sit on the edge of my chair while she worked her magic. Or made a sandwich. Or jumped up and down in her underwear. There was no way for me to know, and I didn't much care.

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  • 7 Swimsuits that Make Your Stomach Look Flatter

    Look for ruching or draping, strong fabrics, inner mesh for shaping, and dark colors or strategic prints. Here are three little-in-the-middle options that will instantly make you look ten pounds lighter.

    Photo: Richard Majchzak

    Hidden Shaping Swimsuit

    Hidden shaping technology smooths the tummy, while shirring hides wobbly bits.


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    Photo: Richard MajchzakWaist-Minimizing Swimsuit

    Features waist-minimizing Lycra spandex and flattering draping.


    Photo: Richard Majchzak

    The Halter Swimsuit

    The halter neckline, wrap detail and stripes draw attention away from the stomach.


    Photo: Richard MajchzakPhoto: Richard Majchzak

    Black Halter Swimsuit

    Adjustable halter straps provide extra bust support. Vertical trim elongates and slims.


    Underwire Swimsuit

    Underwire and a back bra closure ensure proper fit. Shirred panels in the front and back camouflage stylishly.

    Empire Swimsuit


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  • From a Man's Mind: 5 Apologies I Owe My Wife

    The author of the memoir Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples With a Lifetime of Regret, One Incident at a Time reveals a few crucial times his spouse deserved a mea culpa.

    By Dave Bry

    Photo: Cargo/Imagezoo/Getty Images1. Sorry for wearing sweatpants to our first dinner date. And then for writing about doing so in public. I take almost 100 percent responsibility for whatever embarrassment my behavior (and my willingness to discuss it with strangers) might have brought you during our 15 years together. Not 100 percent responsibility, though. A percentage point or two belongs to whatever Panglossian chip in your brain led you to believe sweatpants guy was marrying material.

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    2. Sorry for tricking you into thinking I didn't like to watch sports on TV. When we met, I was engaged in a six-year boycott of Major League Baseball, my childhood passion, in reaction to the players' strike that cancelled the 1994 World Series. As you know, in the time since we

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  • 9 Signs You've Forgotten Yourself

    In other words: You've fallen off on your own to-do list-without your even realizing.

    By Leigh Newman

    Photo: prinsfotografen/iStock/360/ThinkstockYour Hair Mysteriously Seems to Have Stopped Growing...

    Which brings up the three most sleep-killing questions in the world-Am I Pregnant? Do I Have Cancer?, Did I Get the Family Bald Gene? But don't worry, scientifically speaking, this can happen when, "dirt and oil accumulate on your scalp and hair follicles, causing inflammation and irritation." In other words, your hair growth has stunted from lack of washing. Prescription: lather, rinse, repeat at least once a week.

    Related: A Simple Exercise That Could Double Your Happiness

    Photo: sarahdoow/iStock/360/ThinkstockYou Find Yourself Proudly Thinking, "I Just Burned 26 Calories," After Washing the Dishes (or Stirring Cookie Batter)

    While the claim may be true, it also implies that you are not working out, and that you are telling yourself that taking care of the house and the other people who live there is also taking care of yourself. You have time

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  • 7 Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You

    The author of Family Life: A Novel shares the secrets all women wish they knew...

    By Akhil Sharma

    Photo: Luciano Lozano/ Getty Images1. Say something nice about someone people expect you to speak ill of.

    As soon as we met, I knew that my future wife was nothing like me. She was nine years older than I was and almost 6 inches taller. She was blonde and blue-eyed, which to me, as an Indian, was not immediately attractive. (Blonde suggests malnutrition, since the hair of starving children turns straw-colored; blue eyes seem eerie and alien.) I say all this because, though my wife is conventionally beautiful, her looks did not play a large part in my falling in love with her. I was more interested in her attitude about a woman who had bad-mouthed her as a way to get a promotion.

    Lisa, instead of saying something angry, talked about what a good mother this woman was. Her generosity made me think: This is a person who will be kind, not just with me but with others.

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  • 7 All-Natural Allergy Cures

    Maybe you don't want to deal with side effects like drowsiness, or you feel that pills and nasal sprays don't jibe with your let-the-body-heal-itself philosophy. Here are some natural alternatives.

    By Corrie Pikul

    Photo: Nic_Ol/iStock/360ThinkstockPhoto: Nic_Ol/iStock/360ThinkstockThe Fruit Cocktail You've Never Heard Of

    Try: Quercetin, a bioflavonoid found in grapefruit and apples (as well as red wine, onions and black tea) and bromelain, an enzyme cocktail that's abundant in the stems and juice of pineapples.

    Why: Quercetin acts like a natural antihistamine to prevent allergic reactions-at least in test tube studies. Bromelain has long been used as an anti-inflammatory, and it happens to be a great buddy for quercetin: It helps increase the absorption of quercetin into the bloodstream.

    How: Taking quercetin and bromelain together may help prevent the immune response that causes symptoms like itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose, says Sezelle Gereau-Haddon, MD, an integrative otolaryngologist with the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center

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  • 5 Secrets to Giving Yourself a Salon-Quality Manicure at Home

    If you're going to take the time to adorn your fingers and toes, be sure your handiwork can go the distance.

    Photo: Jonathan Storey/Getty Images1. "Polishes continue to dry over time, which makes them turn brittle. Every night, rub a drop of cuticle oil, like Essie's Apricot, around the nail and on its surface to keep the skin and enamel moisturized. This helps the polish stay flexible, so it won't crack." --Tom Bachik, L'Oréal Paris global nail artist

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    2. "Wait 60 seconds after each coat of polish-including the base coat-before applying thenext one. If you don't allow the solvents in the formula to evaporate, the enamel won't set well, which increases the chance of chipping." -- Deborah Lippmann, manicurist and founder of Deborah Lippmann nail products

    3. "It's better to apply two thin coats of polish than one thick one, which won't dry well and will more likely peel off."-- Deborah Lippmann

    4. "Before you polish, swipe the surface of each nail with rubbing alcohol to

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  • Miracle Clothes that Will Make People Wonder If You've Lost Weight

    These no-diet figure fixers (and one genius pair of shoes) feature details that will help you look leaner, walk taller and camouflage trouble spots.

    By Adam Glassman


    Slim Pickings

    Banana Republic's popular Sloan pant has inspired a full collection designed in the same figure-flattering fabrics: The stretch material (which gives in all directions) smooths wobbly areas, and the pieces are expertly tailored with strategic darting and seaming. Everything is wrinkle resistant-perfect for travel-and comes in petite and tall sizes.

    Skirt, $80;

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    Stretch fabric and smart tailoring are extra slimming

    Dress, $130;

    Photo: Oprah.comThe Muffin-Top Annihilator

    Not only is this fitted-on-top, swingy-on-the-bottom shirt super flattering, but it also features a hidden inner tank made of nylon and spandex that holds you in and banishes bulges. The longer length in back offers extra rear

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