What to know about pelvic floor dysfunction

The muscles, ligaments, and tissues of the pelvic floor support the bladder, rectum, and sexual organs. When the supportive structures weaken or become especially tight, doctors describe it as pelvic floor dysfunction. It is a common health issue. When a person has pelvic floor dysfunction, the organs in the pelvis may drop. They often press…

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See 51 of Jennifer Aniston’s Most Iconic Looks

After landing her breakout role as Rachel Green on Friends, Jennifer Aniston took the lead as America’s sweetheart. The ELLE cover girl has starred in a slew of big-screen hits and graced countless best-dressed lists. While she’s known for her classic little black dresses, Jen knows what works for her and has always wowed on…

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Can diet improve a person’s vaginal health?

Certain foods and drinks contain compounds that may improve vaginal health and symptoms of vaginal conditions. These include probiotics, prebiotics, and fermented food and beverages. The vagina uses natural secretions, immune defenses, and «good» bacteria to keep itself healthy. Eating a healthful, balanced diet might also further prevent infections and improve vaginal conditions. This article…

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Searching for the Distinctive Character of California Syrah

Some wines confirm assumptions. Others shock the system. Good syrah, especially when made using traditional methods like fermenting the grapes with their stems, can be one of those jarring wines. Depending on one’s experience and expectations, it can delight or appall. I adore syrah, and the more extreme, the better. Yet when I recently opened…

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Where Age Is the Thing: Rioja Gran Reserva

If ever a wine seemed out of step with the times, it would be Rioja Gran Reserva. The rest of the wine world has adopted the Burgundian way of thinking, in which a wine is defined by the place in which the grapes were grown. The more distinctive the vineyard, and the more narrowly circumscribed,…

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How Brexit Will Affect Travel to the U.K. and Europe

The Conservative Party’s victory in December’s general election opened the way for Britain to finally make good on its plans to leave the European Union. Brexit day is slated for Jan. 31. That doesn’t mean everything will change overnight: There will be a standstill period, as Britain and the European Union work out the final…

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The Campaign to Redefine ‘Chinese Restaurant Syndrome’

Merriam-Webster added “Chinese restaurant syndrome” to its dictionaries in 1968. The definition described symptoms affecting “susceptible persons eating food and especially Chinese food heavily seasoned with monosodium glutamate.” The entry came shortly after a physician, Robert Ho Man Kwok, wrote The New England Journal of Medicine to describe an unusual malady. Whenever he ate at…

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The Work Diary of Derrius Quarles, Million-Dollar Multitasker

Derrius Quarles is a man of many modes, but he’s perhaps best known for founding Breaux Capital, an online financial platform and community for black millennial men (the name is a play on the word “bro”). Having read that 70 percent of black millennials couldn’t afford a $1000 emergency, he created an app that automates…

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Georgian Rarities, Served Without Fanfare, at Chama Mama

Ekala is a prickly climber akin to North American greenbrier, often dismissed as a troublemaking weed. In the Imereti region of Georgia, its crisp young shoots are gathered in spring, before their thorns sharpen, when they’re as skinny and fragile as first asparagus, and pickled to last. It rarely makes its way to New York,…

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