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Viewers watching the Olympics this weekend may have spotted the pepperoni-like bruises on athletes and wondered: What is that?  This is the caused by the effect of cupping.  Cupping is a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy. Olympians at Rio have taken to cupping -- an ancient therapy that have mostly been used in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, especially China. The therapy consists of having round glass suction cups that are warmed, then placed on sore parts of...

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Think you’re too young to worry about getting old? You may have less time than you think: According to a new study, physical decline begins earlier in life than doctors typically detect it—often when people are in their 50s. And even if you’re not there yet, the authors say, it’s important to take steps while you’re still young and healthy to ensure you stay that way as long as possible. Researchers at Duke University wanted to know when, exactly, people started to slow down and experience symptoms of physical decline. So they asked 775 people, ranging in age from their...

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Clean eating and regular exercise absolutely work better than any other strategy for getting rid of extra fat in the body, whether you’re talking about major weight loss or a few extra pounds. But when those few extra pounds are lodged stubbornly in an especially unwanted spot and refuse to respond to diet or even a serious workout schedule, the world of dermatology has been hard at work at some pretty effective, non-invasive—if also not jaw-droppingly dramatic—solutions. The new fat-melting devices have little to no downtime, but they also do less in the way of fat removal than traditional surgery...

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By Emily Blackwood There’s a lot you can do to alter the way you look and cover up what you don’t like. Makeup hides zits, spandex smoothens out belly bloat and you can even contour yourself some bigger boobs. But while our arsenal of beauty tools can fix most issues, the one enemy we never defeat is time. Unless you’re Marty McFly with a souped-up Delorean, there’s no time machine for your face. Nothing can make you feel worse than when you look back on old pictures and compare your looks from then and now. You think you look the...

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Summertime is getaway time, be it to a nearby beach, a cabin in the woods, or a far-off land a plane ride or two away. And, of course, some folks travel virtually year-round to work and play. So how to avoid travel ills no matter how much you roam? Simple: Keep your body fortified all year long so it’s less susceptible to bugs—and better equipped to fight them should one or two gain a foothold. How to fortify yourself? The classic rules apply: Eat fresh, whole foods; get regular exercise; get enough rest; steer clear of sugar, drugs, and alcohol;...

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