Shark Tank Host Daymond John Opens Up About His Cancer Diagnosis

A host of one of TV’s most popular reality shows is opening up about his recent cancer diagnosis.

After 200 episodes of the popular reality show – where entrepreneurs try to get one of the “sharks” to invest in their idea – lots of viewers feel a special connection to the hosts, which is why he decided to discuss his condition publicly.

But he also hopes that increasing awareness about thyroid cancer will encourage more people to be proactive about their health.

Daymond John, the founder of clothing company FUBU, who’s been a shark since the show debuted in 2009, revealed his diagnosis during an interview on Good Morning America this week.

John’s doctors found a nodule on his thyroid last year and continued to monitor it. Last month the businessman and motivational speaker had an operation to remove the nodule and half of his thyroid.

Like fellow celebrity Sofia Vergara, John wanted to raise awareness about the disease and let his fans know he’s doing alright.

“I want to share this with people because that’s what success is. It’s staying in your family’s lives, it’s being around,” he said.

“If I decided to just stick my head in the sand and go, ‘you know what, I’m not going to check into stuff,’ I would’ve really had some big, big problems.”

Thyroid cancer is usually very slow and not aggressive. It affects your thyroid, a small gland on the front of the neck that produces hormones to regulate your metabolism.

It’s more common in women than men, so you should monitor your cancer risk, but most patients live a totally normal life after being treated.

In fact, John admits he was “out partying and dancing two days [after my surgery].”

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[H/T: ABC News]

Activated Charcoal Could Make Your Birth Control Less Effective

It doesn’t seem like that long ago when we were celebrating the arrival of unicorn lattes and mermaid toast that literally had many of us reeling from a glitter-induced sugar high.

Now, the latest trend in food has taken us as far as far away from the color spectrum as possible. The introduction of activated charcoal has us turning our favorite treats black as night and potentially affecting much more than a supposed gut “detox.”

One recent article published in Women’s Health revealed that activated charcoal has to potential to render any medication – including birth control pills – ineffective.

It seems like everything’s getting the ‘dark touch’ on Instagram these days and there is no shortage of rave reviews to be read. But as more people climb on the charcoal bandwagon, we’ve got to ask: why?

Sure, they look cool and they make for amazing instagram photos, but just how good is all this activated charcoal for you – really?

Find out how activated charcoal actually works and why you might get pregnant if you consume too much on the following page!

It’s everywhere these days, rom ice cream to pizza crusts, there’s no doubt that activated charcoal is the hottest new food trend of the summer.

As with most trends they rise fast and crash hard, typically once we realize that it’s not as awesome as we thought it was.

Perhaps the downfall of activated charcoal everything will be the fact that it actually has the ability to absorb much more than toxins…

By now, the word is everywhere and most people know that it turns your food and pretty much everything it touches pitch black. But what exactly is it and what does it do?

Dr. Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. explains that activated charcoal is carbon that has been treated with oxygen. “The treatment results in a highly porous charcoal (and) it is used in water filters, medicines that selectively remove toxins, and chemical purification processes.”

This activated carbon absorbs a wide range of contaminants such as chlorine, odors and pigments. It absorbs by chemically binding impurities to the carbon.

Many people believe that it removes toxins from the body, improves digestive health and improves the luster of your skin. But, it’s important to remember that activated charcoal is not a cure-all.

According to Helmenstine, activated charcoal will remove:

  • Chlorine
  • Chloramine
  • Tannins
  • Phenol
  • Some drugs
  • Hydrogen sulfide and some other volatile compounds that cause odors
  • Small amounts of metals, such as iron, mercury, and chelated copper

… but it won’t remove:

  • Bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and other microorganisms

Like all good things in life – too much of it can be bad for you.

Dr Patricia Raymond, M.D., a Virginia Beach gastroenterologist, tells Women’s Health that activated charcoal is typically given to people to counteract an overdose. It is effective in absorbing medication when someone has taken a dose beyond what is safe for them to consume.

However, “if you’re drinking it and you also are on any meds, even birth control pills, the charcoal is likely to absorb the drugs. So you risk having them become ineffective,” says Dr. Raymond.

Consuming activated charcoal within hours of taking hormonal contraceptives could reduce their efficiency and even render them ineffective.

According to Eater, it really depends on the quantity you eat and the type of medications you are taking, but the safest bet would be to consult with your doctor before trying out the new trend.

[h/t Women’s Health / Eater / Romper / Thought Co.]

7 Tasty Fruit And Vegetable Scraps That Everyone Throws Away

We’ve shared stories about the huge amount of food that gets wasted everyday, but it’s worth sharing the shocking numbers one more time. As much as half of America’s fruit and vegetables are thrown away, and while most of that waste happens in farms, factories and grocery stores, we can all do our part to stop food waste at home. One of the biggest ways Americans are wasting food is the fruit and vegetable “waste” that we carelessly throw out.

It turns out pretty much every part of our fruits and vegetables are edible – and tasty – but we’ve raised an entire country of picky eaters.

Next time you open up your vegetable crisper, think about this list of 7 produce “scraps” that are really useful.

1. Corn silk

While corn husks and leaves are actually featured in some grilling recipes, the stringy “silk” at the end of your corn is a hidden gem. While it can feel “icky,” these fibers are loaded with vitamin K and potassium, which help prevent UTIs and kidney stones.

You don’t need to munch on dry corn silk either, steeping it in boiling water makes flavorful corn silk tea.

2. Celery leaves

The first thing we do when we cut up a new stalk of celery is chop the leaves off and throw them into the garbage. What a waste! Think of these leaves as herb, because that’s pretty much what they are. They taste just like parsley, so get creative and reuse them in any healthy recipe, including smoothies and salads.

3. Apple peels

Like cutting the crust off of bread, we learn bad habits at a young age that lead us to waste perfectly good food. If you’re eating apples for the extra fiber or antioxidants, you should know that those are mostly found in the peel.

The fiber-filled apple core and seeds are safe to eat as well – don’t believe any silly rumors about how they’ll poison you.

Click the next page for 4 more produce scraps that taste great!

4. Banana strings

Hre’s another part of a fruit that people avoid mainly because it seems “gross.” The leathery strings inside a banana peel are called phloem bundles, and they deliver water and nutrients to the fruit. That’s right: all these years you’ve been throwing away the most nutritious part of the fruit just because it looks a little weird. Now don’t you feel silly?

5. Watermelon rind

If you like the crunchier part of the watermelon down near the rind, odds are you’ll also enjoy the rind. It’s actually the perfect snack for a hot summer day, because it has a satisfying crunch but it’s also refreshing.

Plus, the rind of a melon is chock full of citruline, a nutrient that improves circulation and helps lower blood pressure.

6. Broccoli and cauliflower stems

Some grocery stores actually sell versions of these vegetables without the stems attached. It seems almost nobody uses these, so customers think it’s a way to “get more for their money.” If you really want to start saving, look up some of the delicious recipes – especially for soup – that feature the stems.

Cauliflower leaves can also be recycled: add a little salt and oil and you can roast these for a healthy snack.

7. Citrus peels

We know, we know, nobody wants to just bite into an orange and eat the whole fruit, and we don’t expect you too. But it’s still true that the ring has most of vitamins and the potassium that we buy these fruits for. Just save your rinds and add them to water for a flavored drink, or mix them into your baked goods.

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‘Snortable’ Chocolate Is Here And We Have A Lot Of Questions

Moms everywhere are rolling their eyes so hard they’ve probably given themselves a headache. For years, millions of mothers have told their children not to play with their food and “no, don’t put that up your nose” has been the mantra of anyone who’s ever raised a three-year-old.

It’s fair to say that the individuals who invented ‘snortable chocolate’ were probably the same kids who shoved peas up their nose.

It’s true that chocolate can have a positive effect on our memory and concentration by naturally increasing the blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate especially can help to prevent heart disease, improve your mood and even protect your skin.

But, given the sugar content, just how much we should consume and how often are still a subject no one can agree on.

While the benefits of chocolate are often debated, one thing no one questioned was whether we should be putting it up our noses – until now.

Coco Loko is a “snortable” chocolate powder that supposedly gives you an energy boost.

Wait. What?

According to the company that created the product, Legal Lean, the powder’s raw cacao promotes a “euphoric” experience that will “help with anxiety and to reduce stress.” The chocolate mix also includes energizing ginkgo biloba, taurine and guarana – ingredients often found in energy drinks.

Nick Anderson, the founder of Legal Lean, tells The Washington Post that the effects last between 30 minutes to an hour and gives the user motivation to “get things done.”

Snorting chocolate is a relatively new concept. With little research to verify that it is actually safe to consume cacao powder through your nose, doctors are skeptical.

“The question is, what are the risks of doing it?” said Dr. Andrew Lane, director of the Johns Hopkins Sinus Center. “There’s no data, and as far as I can tell, no one’s studied what happens if you inhale chocolate into your nose.”

The product hit shelves in the United States last week and has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. If you’re feeling adventurous, tins of Coco Loko are available for $25 online.

If you think that’s weird, you could be baking your cookies with this dangerous hallucinogen.

Do you use energy drinks? Would you try this?

[h/t The Daily Meal / Science Alert / Washington Post]

Clif Bar Recalls Popular Kids’ Protein Bars Over Allergy Concerns

We’re all trying to eat well and exercise, but sometimes life gets a little hectic and we can’t always eat the way we want to.

Whether you’re grabbing it as a quick snack before your morning run, or an energy boost mid-afternoon, protein bars are a super convenient way to get a healthy boost of energy. While there are plenty to choose from, one of the most popular brands Clif Bar & Company makes healthy, organic energy bars.

The well-known organic foods brand has a variety of energy bars tailored to women, children and other markets.

Recently, Clif announced a massive recall of three of its protein bars. Turn to the next page to learn more about the specifics and see which bars are affected.

Clif Bar & Company recently recalled three of its protein bars after receiving multiple customer complaints that they had experienced allergic reactions to peanuts or tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and walnuts.

The products affected by the recall are Clif Builders’ bar in Chocolate Mint, Clif Kid ZBar in Chocolate Chip and Clif Kid ZBar in Chocolate Mint, which are sold online and in retailers in the United States.

Anyone with nut allergies is urged not to consume the products and return them to the store from where they were purchased.

Affected protein bars include:

  • CLIF® BUILDER’S®18count Variety Pack Chocolate Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mint – Lot Code FROM: 24MAR16M – Lot Code TO: 08FEB18M
  • CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein 30count Variety Pack – Lot Code FROM: 31MAY16M – Lot Code TO: 15OCT17M
  • CLIF® BUILDER’S® Chocolate Mint 12count – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF® BUILDER’S® Chocolate Mint 6pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF® BUILDER’S® Chocolate Mint 7pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF® BUILDER’S® Snack Size Chocolate Mint 200count – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Chip 10pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Chip 150count – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Chip 5pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint 10pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid ZBar® Protein Chocolate Mint 150count – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3
  • CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint 5pack – Lot Code FROM: 05APR16M3 – Lot Code TO: 23APR18M3

To read more about the recall, visit the Clif Bar & Company website here.

Have Another Cup: People Who Drink The Most Coffee Live The Longest

Planet earth practically runs on coffee: it takes 2.25 billion cups each day to keep this big ol’ world of ours running, and if you’re responsible for drinking a few of those just to get your morning started, we have some good news.

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We already know that coffee is one of the best things you can drink, because it helps pretty much every part of your body. Anyone who needs a few cups to wake up can tell you that coffee gives you energy, but it also improves your mood, memory, and reaction times.

It’s even been proven to ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia. And that’s just the start of the impressive benefits coffee drinkers get: caffeine is proven to help burn fat, reduce inflammation, and help prevent type 2 diabetes, plus every cup has a healthy dose of vitamins and nutrients like riboflavin and

Now, a massive study of coffee lovers from the U.S., UK and Japan has uncovered even more benefits to waking up with a cup of Joe (or 3).

Click to learn why researchers are suggesting you should drink more coffee!

The new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, includes surveys of coffee drinkers from around the world that compared their health throughout the years.

The good news is that across the board the group that drank the most coffee (about 3 cups per day) had a significant drop in mortality compared to light coffee drinkers and people who don’t drink at all. Simply put, coffee seems to help you live longer.

Coffee seems to reduce your risk for everything from circulatory diseases and digestive problems to liver disease. Women who drink lots of coffee also seem to have a lower risk of ovarian cancer.

The best part is these results apply to whatever kind of coffee you drink (the caffeine and antioxidants are the important part) and even decaf drinkers get some of the benefits.

Professor David Spiegelhalter from Cambridge University says “an extra cup of coffee every day would on average extend the life of a man by around three months, and a woman by around a month.”

Sounds like a deal to me!

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Former American Beauty Queen Woke Up With A British Accent After Trying To Sleep Off A Headache

Michelle Myers grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but she speaks in a way that is completely different from everyone in her family. It all started in 2011, when she had an excruciating headache that would go on to change her life.

The mother of seven went to take a nap to try and stop a particularly bad episode, but when she woke up something had changed. She said that her tongue felt different when she woke up, but that wasn’t all; her voice had changed.

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“I started screaming and my family came in,” Myers remembered.  “I’d had a splitting headache and when I woke up, my voice was that of a completely different person.” Her voice no longer sounded American, she was speaking with an Irish accent.

“At first they thought I was just joking around, because I am a funny person. But I started crying and they realized something was really wrong,” Myers recalled. “It was a joke in my family that I’m terrible at accents, so I think when they heard how good it was, they knew I wasn’t kidding!”

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Myers was too afraid to go to the doctor’s because she assumed they wouldn’t believe her. “I was scared to go to the doctor, though, because I thought he’d say I was just crazy, if I started sounding Irish, as I did at that point.”

It took eight days before her voice returned to normal, but when it did she tried to put it out of her mind. But three years later, the headaches returned, and her voice once again changed…

“I had moved to California and was on a swing in my back garden when, suddenly, my head started hurting really badly,” Myers said. “My ears were ringing and I felt pressure in my head. I passed out on the swing, and when I woke up, my face felt funny on the right side and my left hand felt tingly.”

This time it wasn’t an Irish accent she heard. “I hollered and this time came out with an Australian accent. My mother was insisting that I should go to the doctor, but I was still reluctant and it went away after a day or so again, so I just tried to forget it.”

But after another year of ignoring her condition, it kept getting worse. in 2015, her eyesight started to go in her right eye and the left side of her body went numb. And finally she couldn’t ignore it anymore.

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“My brother drove me to the emergency room. I was losing my cognitive function,” she said. “I would try to say something and completely different words would come out. It was like I couldn’t process words.”

When she woke up in the hospital, she was speaking with an English accent, and her voice has not returned to normal since. “We’ve never been overseas, but my family keep teasing me, saying I sound like I have emigrated to America from England. During the election season, I would voice my opinions about politics and people would tell me off, saying, ‘You aren’t from here.’ Sometimes people can be quite hostile. I try to explain that I am American and they say, ‘Why, because you got your green card?’ thinking I’m foreign but have married a US citizen.”

The migraines she has been experiencing have been diagnosed as “hemiplegic migraines” which is what causes the weakness in her body. But the accents are caused by a different issue.

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She also suffers from foreign accent syndrome, which causes the change in her tongue and her vocal chords. The symptoms are known to appear and disappear in connection to head injuries or traumas, and can affect the rhythm, pitch, and tone of the voice. She suffered a “mini-stroke” which has led to the issue, so it’s unlikely that her voice will return to normal at this point.

“I have some amazing family and friends, who’ve helped me to realize I’m still the same person – I just sound different. I do see old videos sometimes and tear up a little bit,” Myers admitted. “In my work as a public speaker and advocate, I think it can actually help, too. I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people.”

While she is working to accept her condition, it has been challenging for the mom.  “I felt like I lost a person.”

Have you ever heard of this condition? How would you react if you woke up speaking with a completely different accent?

She Made One Mistake With Essential Oils, Now She Has ‘Third Degree’ Burns

Warning: Graphic images may disturb some readers

Everyone who uses essential oils does so because they are supposed to be more natural than the chemicals and toxins we find in commercial beauty products.

But, just like with anything else, it’s important to know how to properly apply essential oils. If you misuse them, you run the risk of doing much more harm than good to your body.

Unfortunately for Elise Nguyen, she learned that the hard way.

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In a recent Facebook post, Nguyen shared a warning to other essential oils users not to do what she did after applying the ‘skin-safe’ products to her wrists and neck.

Prior to attending a hot yoga class, Nguyen applied the Doterra oils. After the class she laid down in a tanning bed. What happened to her skin next was horrifyingly painful…

See her warning on Page 2…

Nguyen intended to get a quick base tan before she flew to Jamaica for a wedding, but something worse happened.

The next day, her skin appeared red and irritated from where she applied the oil. Since her initial thought was to blame it on new detergent, she didn’t think much of it. But, when the pain intensified a few days later, she realized it was actually a chemical burn.

Read about the experience in her own words on Page 3 and see why it’s been shared more than 90,000 times!

The painful chemical burn turned into blisters that eventually burst, exposing raw new skin beneath.

She still has open sores on her body and it’s been 22 days since the burns began. Nguyen doesn’t blame Doterra for what happened to her skin – she knows that it was her own fault.

However, she wants her experience to be a warning to others who use essential oils. For many brands, users must stay out of sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application!

Do you use essential oils? Pass it on to anyone who does – they need to know this too!

[h/t 22Words / Elise Nguyen]

The Newest Trend To Get Perfect Skin? Snail Slime

If you’re looking for the next best thing in beauty products we have good news and bad news for you: the good news is fans swear it can relieve wrinkles, acne, inflammation and even scars. The bad news? It’s pretty gross. Snail mucin – the slime that they leave trails of – has been a popular ingredient in South Korean beauty treatments for years, and now snail products are finally starting to reach American consumers.

The proof is in the pudding: snails use their mucin to keep their skin healthy and hydrated while they’re dragging it against the ground, and it can protect your face just as well.

If you’re brave enough to try, that is.

While the science is still out on how effective these treatments are, snail mucin is full of acids that exfoliate your skin, as well as proteins. Doctors do say that hormones in the snail goop can make fine lines disappear if you use it consistently.

Since ancient Greece, doctors have used mucin to treat sore throats, and until recently facials using live snails were still popular.

Today, face masks and creams with clever names like “Escarglow” are earning fans around the world, but if you want to try a true snail facial they’re still available.

Be warned: if you’re the kind of person who worries about animal testing, mucin products aren’t for you. While some companies advertise “free range” mucin collection, most put the snails through “extreme stress” to harvest it.

If you do try mucin, follow the snail’s example and go slow, because some people discover they’re allergic.

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You Make 6 Mistakes Every Time You Wash Your Hair

One of the things many people look forward to the most when they walk into a salon is the wash. Everything about it is relaxing: from the delicious-smelling shampoos and conditioners, to the stylist’s expert scalp massage that leaves you drooling in your seat.

Once cut and dried, you look fabulous and your hair seems to have sprung back to life. You’ve probably wondered why it couldn’t look like this every day, well it can – as long as you stop making these common mistakes in the shower!

Most people break at least one of these hair washing faux-pas every day, but after reading this article, you won’t be one of them!

Your hair looks it’s healthiest when the oils that start in the scalp are left to their own devices. Allowing two or three days in between washes ensures that your hair’s natural oils have enough time to strengthen every strand.

If you’re stressed about oily roots, spritz with a dry shampoo and restyle with a blow-dryer.

Although it might seem more practical to buy whatever’s on sale, experts suggest that you’re actually doing your hair more harm than good by switching shampoos so often.

Contrary to what some people believe, your hair won’t build up a tolerance to the shampoo that works. One caveat: if you have extremely oily hair, or use a lot of styling products, use a clarifying shampoo every couple of weeks to rinse away any residue.

Moral of the story: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Like they say, a little dab’ll do ya. Instead of slathering on the shampoo all the way to the roots, concentrate on sudsing up at your scalp. Then, apply the conditioner about midway down to the ends of your hair.

The ends need more moisture to protect against splitting, while your roots need a little less to prevent excessive oil-buildup.

See more mistakes you’ve probably made, don’t split hairs, turn to the next page…

We all love a good, hot shower, but let’s face it: that steaming water does not love us. While your body will adjust to the heat after a while, if your skin turns pink, it’s too hot and you’re likely doing much more damage than you think..

Whether you’ve got natural or color-treated hair, these next few steps apply to everyone, so don’t be lazy, follow through right to the end for gorgeous results.

When it comes to conditioner, remember the Goldie Locks method: not too much, not too little, use it every time you wash.

Conditioner actually cuts down on friction, which causes breakage when you brush your hair. If you have especially brittle hair or color-treated hair, you won’t want to skip this step.

If you’re experiencing dandruff, or just extra flakiness in your scalp, the water temperature is probably too hot to handle.

Use warm water at the beginning of your shower and cold water at the end. The warm water will open the hair’s cuticle and activate the shampoo/conditioner. Cold water will rinse away the suds, closes the cuticle and seals in the moisturizing conditioner.

You mean well, but over-rinsing your hair actually shortens the lifespan of your color treatment. Hair that has been dyed absorbs and releases water more easily, which means that as the water washes away, it takes some of the dye with it. Even weeks after your initial coloring.

Shorten your rinse time, but make sure you do a thorough job of it. Use lukewarm or cool water, as heat also causes color to fade faster.

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[h/t Good Housekeeping / Naturally Curly / Science Alert]

Women Everywhere Are Saying ‘Ta-Ta’ To Boob Sweat With These Genius Towels

As we swelter through July and August it can seem like there can be no relief to the inevitable boob sweat situation that many women face.

Whether you’re hopping out of the shower or strolling down the street, humidity has an unfortunate way of gluing the skin on the underside of your boob to itself. It can be uncomfortable and, for some of us, pretty noticeable.

The new Ta-Ta Towel not only holds your boobs up, but also keeps them dry! People are snatching them up faster than they can produce them.

In their first launch, the brand has already sold out of three different styles!

Their slogan is “Keep ’em high. Keep ’em dry.” See more styles on the next page and find out how you can get yours!

The Ta Ta Towel comes with an adjustable strap on the back of the neck and is double-sided. It costs $45 dollars and you can pre-order the invention on the Ta Ta Towel website.

While it is lounge wear, and meant to be worn on its own, you can easily slip a shirt over your Ta Ta Towel.

This genius invention is perfect for hot summer days, but also super practical for nursing moms. While some women aren’t sure what to think of the towels, many more can’t believe they didn’t think of it sooner!

What do you think? Genius item or not your style? Let us know in the comments below!

[h/t Bustle / ]

Researchers Tested Makeup Store Samples, And The Results Will Disgust You

It’s hard to imagine a makeup store without testers, those little free samples of products that let customers try new products before they buy them.

But a new investigation has revealed the ugly truth about these free samples, and if you’re still using them, this story might change your mind. You may remember that a woman is already suing the chain of Sephora makeup stores after claiming she caught the herpes virus while sampling lipstick.

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It’s a strange claim, but viruses like herpes can survive for up to a week on makeup products, and dermatologists say the woman’s story is believable.

In the lawsuit, the woman is blaming the store for not warning her about the risk of catching herpes from the samples. She’s also suing the store for emotional distress caused by her diagnosis.

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If that story didn’t scare you away from testers, this one might. A team of investigative journalists swabbed testers are three different stores – Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta – and uncovered some disgusting results.

We’re warning you: this story is not pretty.

At each store, investigators found nasty bugs lurking on the makeup samples.

Testers at each store were swabbed, and those swabs were sent to a laboratory to be analyzed. In each case, samples tested positive for harmful bacteria like E. Coli and staph, which causes dangerous infections.

Multiple samples also tested positive for Kebsiella pneumoniae, which is usually expelled with feces. “You could literally be applying and smearing someone else’s fecal matter directly onto your lips,” dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe explains.

Of the eight samples from Sephora, four tested positive for some kind of bacteria. Macy’s and Ulta also had samples test positive for viruses like E. Coli, staph, and Klebsiella.

Experts warn that if you do use makeup testers, you should rub them on the top of your hand. Your eyes and lips are much more vulnerable to diseases.

Also, consider buying a product and trying it at home. Many stores will let you return the product if you’re not satisfied.

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[H/T: Today]

Doctors Say Women Are Ignoring These Symptoms Of Ovarian Cancer Until It’s Too Late

We all like to think that we’re keeping on top of our health problems, but let’s be honest: it’s tough.

As we age, it gets harder and harder to keep track of every ache and pain, and we tend to chalk them up to getting older in general.

But a new study points out why we should keep a close eye on our bodies: a worrying number of women are ignoring deadly cancer symptoms until it’s too late.

Women are “risking their lives”

A British organization recently asked women how they would deal with consistent bloating.

More than half said they would change their diet, while only a third answered that they would visit a doctor.

That may sound like a reasonable reaction, but in fact it’s very dangerous.

The organization, Target Ovarian Cancer, says women are “risking their lives” with this kind of thinking, and explains that chronic bloating is a major symptom of the disease.

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“Lives will be saved” if women learn these symptoms

Ovarian cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in American women. But another study from Target Ovarian Cancer found only one in five women could identify symptoms of the disease.

“If women know ovarian cancer symptoms such as persistent bloating and are able to link them to ovarian cancer early on,” says the group’s chief executive Annwen Jones, “lives will be saved.”

It’s as simple as that.

One in 79 American women will develop ovarian cancer, so don’t put off learning the symptoms any longer. Keep reading to learn more about this deadly condition.

Experts say ovarian cancer is such a killer because women overlook their symptoms until nothing can be done.

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What to watch for

Many the disease’s symptoms are already associated with aging, or other chronic conditions. But there are telltale signs that you’re dealing with ovarian cancer:

  • Look for bloating that doesn’t improve with time or changes to your diet.
  • Be on the lookout for severe or long-lasting abdominal pain.
  • If you notice your body is having trouble eating, and you feel nauseous during meals, see your doctor.
  • Some ovarian cancer patients also describe feeling full more quickly during meals.
  • Finally, if you need to urinate more often, and need to go urgently, it could be a bad sign.

A simple blood test can identify the cancer early on, so it pays to visit your doctor if you have any doubts.

Family history

Researching your family history can also alert you to an ovarian cancer risk: if your mother had ovarian, breast, colon, or other forms of cancer, you’re more likely to develop ovarian cancer.

Even your father‘s medical history plays a part. But the news isn’t all bad.

Certain things, like having a child before age 26, also lower your ovarian cancer risk.

Be smart, and visit your doctor if you notice these symptoms!

[H/T: Target Ovarian Cancer, Yahoo]