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Health News, Wellness, and Medical Information Health Blog The Affordable Care Act took effect on Jan. 1, and the health-care overhaul is now affecting millions of people. Throughout 2014, the Wall Street Journal is telling the stories of ten people, documenting the impact the law has on their lives. Along the way, we’re asking you to share your story with us. More than 100 people have written in to share their experience with the law known as Obamacare. Below is a small sample of these stories. Want to tell us how you’ve been affected by the health law changes? “The Affordable Care Act allowed me to stay on my dad’s insurance plan for a year after graduation until I found a job with benefits.” – David Stanton “It has allowed me to leave my job of 10 years and start my own company–a dream come true! “I am a gastroenterologist in a large single specialty group. “I have owned a [medical billing] revenue cycle management company since 1982. I was one of the lucky few who signed up for the ACA before this year.

Health & Nutrition Blog The kitchen spa Help your skin survive unpredictable weather with these two essential steps: exfoliation and moisturization. Skin-cell buildup leads to dryness, poor circulation and blemishes. Exfoliation eliminates these dead cells, revealing fresh skin that is better able to absorb moisture. And guys, take note: While men’s skin tends to be oilier than women’s, men may be more prone to epidermal dehydration. Food: Avocado Purpose: Moisturizer The scoop: Loaded with vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium and fat, avocado is the perfect moisturizer. Recipe: Take a spent avocado peel and using gentle upward strokes, lightly massage your face with the inside of the peel. Food: Cucumber The scoop: Cucumbers contain compounds known to tighten pores and reduce inflammation, which is why they’re the classic choice for minimizing puffiness around the eyes. Recipe: Puree 1 tablespoon each of cucumber and parsley. Food: Oatmeal Purpose: Exfoliant and moisturizer Food: Peach Purpose: Exfoliant Food: Strawberry

Great skin from this day forward Apply sunscreen each morning and a retinoid at night to repair and protect your skin. A study found sunscreen also protects against free radicals -- the molecules that cause agingPick an eye cream that has antioxidants high on the ingredient listFor light sun spots, try an OTC bleaching cream ( -- OK, so you baked yourself silly in high school. "Studies show you can reverse the damage," says Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of "Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist." We know what you're thinking: Sure -- if you're willing to empty out your savings in the name of skin care, anything's possible. "You can reverse skin damage with three basic tenets," says New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, M.D. In the last 10 years, skin-care breakthroughs have made it possible to pull that off, repairing skin's most vulnerable areas with targeted products and treatments. So what gets results you can actually see at the best possible price? Rejuvenate your face Bottom line.

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