Monthly Archives: January 2015

Life Is Good

I felt several flashes of gratitude today, and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving or Ben & Jerry’s free cone day. First my husband, Dave, got me iced coffee without my asking. Then my 8-year-old presented me with a handmade Rainbow Loom bracelet. And my new comforter felt amazingly soft and luxe when I fell into bed… Read More »

20 Ways to Fall In Love All Over Again

1 of 22 Reignite your spark by Amanda MacMillan There are lots of great things about being in a long-term relationship: Research shows that happy couples, in many ways, have better health and overall wellbeing than their single or divorced peers. After all, a loving partner can offer companionship, comfort, and physical and emotional support… Read More »

8 Ways Sex Affects Your Brain

1 of 10 Your brain on sex by Amanda Gardner Understanding how sex affects your brain can improve your roll in the hay, and it may also shed light on other parts of your health, says Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. It’s not the easiest… Read More »

Grandmothered plans: love ’em or leave ’em?

EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of’s continuing coverage of the 2014-2015 Obamacare open enrollment period, we recently published a 38-page eBook, The Insider’s Guide to Obamacare’s Open Enrollment. Authored by contributor Louise Norris, the publication book is filled with advice written to help consumers more easily – and more quickly – navigate this open enrollment… Read More »

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

1 of 22 Toss these now by Nicole Cherie Jones When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipes, and the list goes on. But becoming the healthiest version of yourself also means throwing away the stuff… Read More »

Study: The doctor is more likely to see you now

Watching the trench warfare over health reform, you might think liberal and conservative health wonks disagree about everything. You’d be forgiven for thinking so, but we actually agree about some basic problems – though we don’t always agree about the best way to solve them. Just about everyone from conservative Avik Roy to liberal Harold… Read More »

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

1 of 19 Keep your brain young by Amanda Gardner What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated fat, or alcohol, as well as getting enough exercise and sleeping about eight hours a night. But evidence… Read More »

Open enrollment’s ‘missing persons’

Last spring I was shouting from the rooftops about off-exchange QHP enrollments at a time when most reporters (and especially ACA opponents) seemed to be under the impression that ACA’s exchanges were the only game in town when it came to individual/family healthcare policies. Apparently, they thought that starting on Jan. 1, 2014, no one was allowed to simply call… Read More »