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February 2011

In Recovery

On my birthday in 1999, a year and a half after my divorce from the man I had adored and fought in equal measures since I was 22, my daughter, Lindsey, phoned me from college in Baltimore. She was in trouble and called the one person she thought could help her—the mother she’d been battling […]

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February 2011

10 Best

Get Gorgeous 1. Before the aestheticians at Mandala Med-Spa treat your skin, they use VISIA Complexion Analysis to evaluate it. According to spa director Dr. Marguerite Barnett, this data creates a personalized skincare regimen without guesswork. “VISIA allows us to identify skin types, pinpoint problems, and track improvements in an objective way,” she says. 1715 […]

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January 2011

Body Talk

Smart Cookie Finally, a baked good that’s good for you. The Omega Cookie, made by Venice-based Ambo Foods, delivers dessert-quality flavor with no high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats or artificial preservatives (it’s gluten-free, too). Made with only all-natural sweeteners (think honey, applesauce, banana purée and fruit juice), the Omega Cookie actually has less sugar than […]

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November 2010

Body Talk

Big Bands Before your run, try on the latest workout accessory for long-haired athletes: SweatyBands. The fashionable sport headbands help keep sweat out of your eyes while wrangling those annoying flyaways that break free from your ponytail. Their secret is a non-slip underside that keeps them comfortably in place all workout long. Plus, they come […]

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October 2010

Body Talk

  Laser That Pain These days, medical lasers are used for more than incisions and eye surgery: The high-powered class 4 laser can penetrate well below the skin to treat neuro-musculoskeletal pain. “For our patients at IMG Academy who have shoulder and knee pain, or seniors with spinal stenosis and diabetic neuropathy, laser has worked […]

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February 2009

10 Best Beauty Trends

Laser skin resurfacing is a powerful technique that softens wrinkles, improves skin tone, eliminates age spots and repairs sun-damaged skin. Fraxel laser treatments are in high demand because of their minimal discomfort and downtime. Sandra Day, co-founder of NeoDerm Aesthetics, says she’s seeing “terrific results with Fraxel in reducing lip lines. The improvements are remarkable […]

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June 2008

Top Doctors 2008

Even in our little slice of paradise, we have to watch our health—and we need good doctors to watch it with us. Fortunately, as in so many other things, we’ve got choices. Many world-class physicians have come here to enjoy the same sunshine, arts and lifestyle we do. They’re also drawn by our demographics, which […]

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April 2007

More Than a Pretty Smile

The good news first: You don’t have to be born with a perfect smile to have one—not anymore. Like most things these days, you can buy it. You, too, can flash a celebrity smile after only a few hours in the dentist’s chair, thanks to what’s informally called “cosmetic dentistry.” The not-so-good news? If your […]

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February 2007

You Must Remember This

If you’re a baby boomer, chances are that you’re losing more than your hearing, hair and skin elasticity. You’re also losing brain cells. Scientists (who really use—and need—their brain cells) already knew this. “The human brain reaches its maximum volume by the age of 20 and then slowly starts shrinking,” says neuropsychologist Cheryl Luis, Ph.D, […]

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October 2006

Hot Flash!

The love of your life is hot, irritated and glaring at you. You switch the thermostat lower, but she’s still flushed.  It’s hot as hell in here! Turn it lower! She sounds really, really annoyed. It’s on 68, honey! C’mon! But there’s more. She’s weepy, hostile for no apparent reason, and having trouble sleeping. The […]

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November 2005

The Kindest Cut

Half a century ago, husbands passively stood by as their wives endured unnecessary hysterectomies to prevent further pregnancy-then the only legal option for female sterilization. Later, when legislators approved tubal ligation, women once again bore the burden of invasive surgery, although a partner’s vasectomy most certainly would have involved far less cost, recovery time and […]

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