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Latest by Lara DeSanto

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Work

Tips for Working From Home With Depression

One of the most common symptoms of depression? Fatigue and lack of motivation. Couple this with a remote work position, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Here’s how to get through it.

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Cholesterol

An Avocado a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

You know what they say about apples—one a day will keep the doctor away—but a new study finds this old saying could apply to avocados, too.

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Treatment

Getting Zen About Eye Injections

Wet AMD is a serious—but treatable—condition. It just happens that the treatment requires getting regular injections into your eyes. (We know!) With some prep and practice, you can get over your fears and get the sight-saving medicine you need.

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Prevention

Using a Daily Skin Moisturizer Could Protect You From Diseases Like Alzheimer’s, Diabetes

A new study out of the University of California at San Francisco found that older adults who used a skin cream twice a day for a month had lower levels of inflammation throughout their bodies. Here’s what you need to know.

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Doctor & Patient

When to Break Up With Your Therapist

How healthy is your relationship with your therapist? Is it time to split up? Find out when and why breaking up is the right thing to do.

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Doctor & Patient

How to Break Up With Your Therapist

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially with a therapist. Lara DeSanto offers cogent advice supported by interviews with two mental health experts.

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Tests

Gene Test for Cervical Cancer Is 100 Percent Effective, Researchers Say

While Pap smears and HPV tests have been fairly effective in detecting cervical cancer, a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics is basically fool-proof — and more affordable.

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Lifestyle

Greater Life Satisfaction Is Tied to This Major Belief

If you believe in the idea of “oneness,” you’re likely to be happier, according to this new study published by the American Psychological Association. But what does that mean, exactly?

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Work

Not-So-Happy-Hour: Faking Smiles at Work Could Increase Your Risk of Heavy Drinking

If you work in service, the phrase “service with a smile” is likely familiar. But this practice could be hurting you, according to a new study.

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Nutrition

Hey, Chicken Lovers: It May Be Time to Cut Back

New research suggests that white meat may not be much healthier than beef after all.