In the News: Sweet and Low

Diabetic patients have a new way of keeping their blood sugar in check. Last week the FDA approved Januvia, the first in a new class of oral drugs that patients can take alone or in combination with insulin and other treatments.

Style: It's Such A Cinch

After years of unembellished waistlines, belts are back in style. This season's look is the "corset belt," says Women's Wear Daily's Roxanne Robinson-Escriout--a thick strap worn at the waist.

Moms Mean Business

It wasn't long into my maternity leave when I hatched my first idea for a new business: I'd start a "night-care center" where sleep-deprived parents could drop off their newborns and head home for eight hours of uninterrupted slumber.

Technology: Want to be a Video Star?

Ze Frank's daily video blog looks simple enough. In each installment of "The Show" ( zefrank.com/theshow ), one of the most popular "vlogs" on the Internet as ranked by technorati.com , the 34-year-old New Yorker riffs on airport delays, politicians' names and other topics.

Dermatology: What a Stretch

Motherhood is beautiful. The scars it leaves behind aren't: more than 90 percent of women develop stretch marks during the last trimester of their pregnancies.

Food: Calorie Counter

It's hard to know--or even notice--how much you're eating at a holiday party. TIP SHEET asked American Dietetic Association spokesperson Katherine Tallmadge to calculate fat and calorie counts for some of the most popular seasonal foods and explain how much gym work each one requires the next day.

Home: Think Like MacGyver

If you've been craving a good crafts project, two new books will help put your hands to work: "Ready-Made" ($16.50; amazon.com ), by ReadyMade magazine founders Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne, and "D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself," by Ellen Lupton, a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her students ($19.95; in stores next month). "Ready-Made" tackles everything from stationery to home decor (including a cool doormat made from wooden clothespins).

Home: Blast From The Past

Remember when pro-style ranges were a novelty? Now practically everyone owns a Viking. To stand out, design aficionados are turning to the next big thing: buying and restoring vintage stoves.

Family: 'It's My Party...'

Birthday parties are a blast for some kids, but torture for others. "They can be pretty overwhelming," says Marti Olsen Laney, author of "The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child," out next month.

Travel: New York Views

Last week the GE Building reopened its 1930s-era observation deck for the first time since 1986. How does it stack up against other landmark views? A comparison.

Workplace: 'You're No Donald'

You've met your deadlines and trimmed your department's budget by 10 percent. But your boss gave you a lame "satisfactory" on your year-end review. What can you do?

Workplace: A Greener Commute

Your trip to the office takes a serious toll on your nerves. But it doesn't have to take a toll on the environment. This week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation release their annual list of Best Workplaces for Commuters (see bwc.gov starting Wednesday morning), a ranking of companies that provide good incentives for workers to leave their cars at home.

Style: A Secret Picture

Along with everything Victorian, lockets are back in style. Stores like Target and Tiffany's are selling bracelets and necklaces with charms that open to reveal secret photos. "They're in keeping with the romantic mood in jewelry: small, sentimental pieces that are personal," says Brooke Magnaghi, jewelry-fashion editor at W Jewelry.

Fitness: Pull Your Weight

Long used by Soviet athletes, kettlebells are catching on in gyms across the United States. They look like cannonballs with handles, and trainers say they melt fat and build muscle definition faster than traditional free weights. "More and more people are looking at this as really good functional training," says Terry Malone, director of physical therapy at the University of Kentucky.

Parenting: Ditching Diapers

Christine Gross-Loh started toilet training her son, Daniel, when he was 3 weeks old. (She'd hold him over a potty when she thought he needed to go.) By the time he was 9 months, he could indicate that he needed to be taken to the bathroom, she says.

CELEB T SHIRTS: FREE THIS TREND!

If last summer's fad was the plain white T shirt, this year's is the instant-celebrity logo. Moments after watching Tom Cruise on "Oprah," West Hollywood artist Sheila Cameron designed one of the first FREE KATIE tees and sold more than 3,000 online.

THE BLING'S THE THING

It's a busy morning at Jacob & Co. jewelers. The shop's owner, Jacob Arabo, is about to sit down with a visitor when Sean (P. Diddy) Combs, the rapper turned fashion impresario, bursts through the front door with his entourage, including a tiny white dog.

TRAWLING FOR TAG-SALE TREASURE

Chris Heiska of Lusby, Md., collects old shaving brushes, tin lunchboxes and antique ice-cream scoops. John Schroeder's passion is vintage radios; he's bought more than 100.

BEATING BUG BITES

You can count on mosquitoes to drain the fun from just about any summer activity. Fortunately, travelers have some new weapons this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) have issued new recommendations that tout Picaridin, popular in Europe and Asia, as an odorless alternative to DEET.

HEALTH: WHEN DIMPLES GO BAD

Until last month, Lindsay Christiansen, 26, hadn't worn a bathing suit in three years. The San Diego-based flight attendant gained weight after college and felt self-conscious about her increasingly dimpled thighs. "It got to the point where I didn't even want to wear shorts," she says.

IN SEASON: FEELING CRABBY

Each spring, blue crabs along the East Coast shed their hard outer shells, becoming what chefs and watermen call "softies," or soft-shell crabs. At your seafood store, look for "primes," crabs that are three to four inches from front to back.

WORKPLACE: BE MASTER OF YOUR E-MAIL

If not managed rigorously, e-mail can ruin your life," says Marilyn Paul, a management consultant and author of "It's Hard to Make a Difference When You Can't Find Your Keys." That may sound dire, but having a messy inbox can lead to missed appointments and hours of wasted time.

HEALTH: MORE THAN CALORIES

Last week's Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago revealed a new lineup of functional foods. A guide to the latest ingredients:Plant sterols. "Evidence is very strong that they can help reduce total and LDL cholesterol," says the American Dietetic Association's Jeannie Moloo.

THE NEW BLING RINGS

Jon Cronin's girlfriend would nearly cry each time she watched the ad where the guy slips his wife a giant rock on a trip to Venice. So when the Boston-based real-estate developer decided to propose four months ago, he flew her to Italy, where he popped the question in St.

FOOD: SECRETS OF A CHOWHOUND

Jim Leff speaks in a breathless staccato: "Incredible barbecue. In a shack. In Newark." He's raving about his newest restaurant find, which he says serves some of the best South Carolina-style mustard sauce in the Northeast.

GADGETS: DIAL 'M' FOR 'MOM'

Your kids want that new phone with the camera, Web browser and 12,000 ringtones. You want some measure of control over who they're talking to--and you'd rather not dip into their college savings to buy it.

STYLE: TOTALLY TRENDY

In the days before refrigerators, New Englanders used L.L. Bean's Boat and Tote bags to haul ice home from the rivers. That was back when totes were frumpy but practical.

GET SOME SLEEP

Christopher Lotz, an attorney from San Antonio, Texas, has his travel routine down to a science. Three days before a transatlantic flight, he begins going to bed and waking up earlier, nudging his body clock toward European time.

STYLE: FLOWERS FOR HIM

Just as men were getting used to shirts with bright stripes, along comes a new fashion challenge: flowers. Taking a cue from their bolder counterparts in Europe, American shirt-makers are rolling out duds your lawn might envy. "It's a way for men to be a bit more expressive in what they wear," says Sid Mashburn, vice president of design at normally staid Lands' End, which has upped its floral-shirt count from one a few years ago to five this season.Designers admit the shirts may not suit...

FOOD: A TOUGH BALANCING ACT

It's been a difficult few years for dieters. First Atkins had us loading up on steak and trading skim milk for half-and-half. Soon South Beach halted our fat free-for-all, but turned us off carrots and orange juice.

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