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    Could your toothpaste be harming you? Perhaps, if it contains triclosan, a chemical linked to cancer and a host of other health issues, including fertility problems.

    Colgate's popular toothpaste, Total, which I happen to use, is now the only U.S.-made toothpaste that still contains the controversial triclosan, according to a report this week by Bloomberg News.

    Colgate says Total is safe and cites the FDA's approval of the cavity-fighter. But the Bloomberg article says much of the information used to establish the toothpaste as safe for use in 1997 wasn't "black and white" or available to the public.

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    "My tummy is an area that I'm still learning to love," Tess Munster writes, revealing two selfies of herself wearing a bikini. Munster is a plus-sized model who shared the photos on her Facebook page and Instagram over the weekend. This is a beautiful woman with the confidence to be photographed regularly in swimwear. But in her post, Munster confessed that she's always been afraid of wearing bikinis that aren't high-waisted -- until now.

    Because she appreciates everything her belly has done, including carrying her son, and because her fiancé loves it and touches it, Munster says, "I recently decided to be kinder to it." When was the last time you thought of your body, or a part of your body, that way? Being kinder to it? Well, it's easier said than done, even for Munster. Here's what she says is the key to self-acceptance.

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    Girls actress Zosia Mamet was told she was fat for the first time when she was just 8 years old.

    In her Glamour column, the 26-year-old recounts that ever since that day, there's been a "monster" inside her brain that fuels her belief that she needs to be thinner.

    Mamet knows she's not alone. Thirty million Americans struggle with eating disorders, and the actress believes that when it comes to this disease, which she's battled in secret, keeping quiet isn't the answer. Regarding herself as "an addict in recovery," Mamet takes society to task for forcing us to believe that "skinny is beautiful." 

    "'Skinny' sells us everything, from vacations to underwear, effectively," the star writes, imploring us to redefine beauty and remind each other that it is a trait we already possess.

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    The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco sported a very interesting accessory on her way to yoga class in Los Angeles Thursday. Shunning your traditional stretchy headband, the 28-year-old actress opted instead for a veritable floral arrangement to hold back her short blond 'do. 

    We suppose the fitness fan can afford to purchase a full-blown botanical garden if she wishes. Cuoco, who is married to tennis player Ryan Sweeting, just negotiated a deal that will see her pull in $1 million per episode for the next three years, making her one of the top-paid actresses in Hollywood.

    She may be filthy rich, but doesn't this new accessory remind you of something you might find around a candle on your aunt's coffee table? 

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    Growing up, summer used to be my favorite season. I didn't have a care in the world. Nerd that I was, I even looked forward to diving into my required summer reading.

    But when you're a mom, summers are a lot less carefree. Now, I think I'd have to enter the Federal Witness Protection Program if I wanted to read a novel for an hour uninterrupted.

    But just because we have more responsibilities, that doesn't mean we should give up on experiencing some of the youthful fun of the sweetest season. As summer winds down (say it isn't so!), if you feel like it has lost some of the magic it had when we were kids, just remember, you have the power to change all that.

    Here are 7 things you can do in these last weeks of summer to feel like a kid again!

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    Actress and star of TV Land's Jennifer Falls Jaime Pressly revealed she underwent an almost-full mastectomy several years ago following an undiagnosed case of mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary gland in the breast. 

    The 37-year-old blonde, who gave birth to son Dezi James Calvo in 2007, told hosts of The Talk that she initially dismissed the pain, noting she has a high threshold after spending 25 years as a dancer and attributed her discomfort to breastfeeding. 

    Four years after first experiencing the pain, Pressly discovered lumps spread around her breasts and sought medical treatment. 

    The My Name Is Earl star explained that the lumps spread and most of her breast tissue needed to be removed. While she called the experience "the craziest thing," Pressly said she thanks God it wasn't cancer. 

    So, what are the symptoms of mastitis? Here's what you need to know.  

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    Wow, this is what happy, healthy, and confident looks like. Britney Spears posed in her undies for a photo shoot recently and then posted an un-Photoshopped take on Instagram. "Amazing amazing shoot with @jefflipsky today! Been working hard this summer! So ready to bring it for the next round of #PieceOfMe shows next week," Spears said in the caption. And you know what? Britney's hard work really shows in this photo -- but not just because she's got flat abs.

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    I have fought the battle of the bulge my entire life. I was never satisfied with the size or shape of my body, and even when I was at a reasonable weight, I still didn’t believe I looked good. Of course, it doesn’t help when we are bombarded with images of the thin and the beautiful.

    Once I had kids, as so often happens, I put on weight that I just couldn’t take off. Along with the stresses of motherhood came the handfuls of mindless eating. I’d be really good during the day. I’d eat lots of salads or low-calorie sandwiches, but then in the evening when the kids kicked into gear, so did my eating. I munched on everything in sight -- except of course for fruits and vegetables. But because I had kept my mealtime eating in check, I denied that my out-of-control snacking was largely responsible for my weight gain.

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    There's insomnia. And then there's "momsomnia." I think you know what I'm talking about. It's that special kind of sleep disorder moms get that comes from routinely being awakened by a baby, then a toddler, then a preschooler, then for crying out loud even your 10-year-old -- does it never end?!? And when that's not happening, you're lying awake reviewing your giant to-do list and worrying about everything from grades to buying new shoes again.

    You're having trouble sleeping because your life is extremely challenging. But you need plenty of sleep to handle your extremely challenging life. What's a mom to do?

    We talked with Dr. Ronald Kotler, medical director of the Pennsylvania Hospital Sleep Disorders Center and author of 365 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep, for tips on dealing with insomnia.

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    Do you spend hours per week just trying to remember where you left your car keys? Have you ever exited the grocery store without the one item you went in to purchase? Did you recently meet someone and instantly forget their name?

    If these things have happened to you, you're not alone. 

    The good news, according to Tim David, author of Memory Improvement Tips: Simple Tricks to Help You Increase Your Memory, Reduce Brain Farts, and Improve Your Mental Health, is that by making a few simple changes, you can easily get back on track and be less forgetful. 

    "First and foremost, stop believing you have a terrible memory," says David. "It like that old saying, 'Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right.' It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and because we tell ourselves we have a bad memory, we don't engage the right parts of our brains."

    He offers the following 5 tips for improving your memory.

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