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Alabama Baby Born Without a Nose, Mom Says He’s Perfect

Alabama Baby Born Without a Nose, Mom Says He’s Perfect

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Eli Thompson came into this world in the late afternoon of March 4, perfectly healthy but with one distinction -- he didn't have a nose."The day I delivered, everything went fine," his mother, Brandi McGlathery, told ABC News Wednesday. "At 4:42 when he was born, he came out and the doctor put him on my chest. When I took a closer look at him, I said, 'He doesn't have a nose,' and they took him out of the room.""He had the most apologetic look on my face," she said. "I knew right away that something was wrong."Although her baby showed no signs of additional abnormalities, McGlathery said she was at first shocked and upset to hear the news from her doctor.Dr. R. Craig Brown, McGlathery's obstetrician, said his own research has revealed only 38 cases of "absolutely nothing being wrong other than no nose." That's very, very rare."I've seen facial abnormalities, cleft lip and pallet, but this is the first time I've seen a case with just no nose," Brown told ABC News.McGlathery became Brown's patient early in her pregnancy, he said, noting that the 23-year-old mom of three showed no signs of a high risks, and tests showed Eli to have a nasal bone."She came in right at 37 weeks and went into labor," Brown said. "Once I delivered him and we cleaned him off I could tell something wasn't right, but I didn't want to alarm her."Other than not having a nose, "he's doing great," Brown said. "He's a super cute kid and you could tell he was fighting.""I recounted everything I did throughout my pregnancy to figure out if I did something wrong," McGlathery said. "I realized it was nothing anyone did. I mean, he's perfect. I'm not going to say I was sad. I was just scared for him because I didn't think he'd make it."Because Eli was born without a nose, he must use a tracheostomy, a tube that will assist his breathing.McGlathery said she and her family have all been trained in controlling her child's equipment, and all received CPR training."After I realized nothing wrong was him health-wise, I was scared what other people would say," McGlathery said. "I don't ever want my son to come home and say 'mommy, somebody made fun of my nose.' But I also don't want others to pity him."On March 30, McGlathery brought Eli home and she said he's been doing wonderfully since."He's an extremely happy baby and does cute stuff all the time," she said. "There's a reason aside from his health issue and not having a nose as to why we call him our miracle baby. He just tugs on people's heart strings. It's his demeanor.""I don't think my son will ever have an idea of how much he's impacted people," McGlathery added. "He's definitely started something and has got a big purpose in life. He's going to have one hell of a testimony to tell people one day."

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Recovering Joni Mitchell Has Claimed to Have Mysterious Skin Condition

Recovering Joni Mitchell Has Claimed to Have Mysterious Skin Condition

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell's health scare is drawing attention to the fact that she's said in the past that she has Morgellons disease, a rare and controversial illness characterized by a crawling sensation on the skin with no apparent cause.Mitchell was found unconscious in her home Tuesday and rushed to the hospital, according to her official website. As of Tuesday night, she was "awake and in good spirits," the website reported.Health experts say there could be any number of reasons Mitchell, 71, collapsed, but Morgellons disease probably isn't one of them.Morgellons disease is a mysterious condition, prompting experts to debate whether it is a skin condition, a psychological condition, a neurological condition, an allergy or something else, said Dr. Kevin Cooper, who chairs the dermatology department at U.H. Case Medical Center in Cleveland.These patients feel that there's something wrong with their skin, causing them to scratch and dig at it, creating open wounds and scabs, he said, adding that they don't always believe they caused the wounds. They often bring bags to dermatologists containing "fibers" they pulled from their skin, but these fibers can be anything from their own hairs to cotton fibers that had become stuck in their scabs."Generally when we biopsy it, we don't see much," he said. "Just erosion. The top of the skin has been scratched off or died spontaneously. So patients are pretty miserable."Many Morgellons patients think bugs are crawling on their skin he said, but when they exterminate their homes, they find nothing, Cooper said. Some are diagnosed with delusions of parasitosis, but they don't agree with it, he said.Cooper said even when nothing's touching you, there's a sort of "static hum" of sensation that your skin feels. For patients with Morgellons, Cooper said perhaps that hum is turned up, resulting in a crawling sensation.Other symptoms include fatigue, short-term memory loss and trouble concentrating, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Middle-aged white women are most likely to have it, according to the site.He said the disease is vague, varies from patient to patient and could have multiple causes.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied a cluster of 115 women in northern California who said they had Morgellons disease. Investigators concluded in 2012 that the illness was not caused by anything infectious or environmental.

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College Baseball Player Gets Call to Donate Bone Marrow to Stranger

College Baseball Player Gets Call to Donate Bone Marrow to Stranger

Jeremy Fleming/Furman University(NEW YORK) -- Jake Kinsley sees himself as an average student who plays baseball for his college.Three years ago, the now 22-year-old was presented with what he said was an amazing opportunity to help save a life."It started back when I was a freshman," said Kinsley, who attends Furman University in South Carolina. "My assistant coach had a relative who needed a bone marrow transplant, so I signed up."Kinsley, who registered at 18 years old, told ABC News that he signed up with the national marrow donor program, Be The Match.He was eventually notified that he was not a match for his coach's family member."I didn’t even think about it after a while," he said. "They'd send me mail to remind me that I signed up, but it wasn't really on my mind."In mid-February, Kinsley received a phone call that he said completely shocked him."It came up three years later saying I was a potential match and asked if I was willing to donate to this lady," he said. "I never thought twice about being able to give."After an additional look into his health background, it was determined that Kinsley was a perfect match for the person in need of a bone marrow transplant.The donation was set for March 30."On average, 1 in 540 U.S. Be The Match Registry members go on to donate to a patient," a Be The Match spokesperson told ABC News. "Most donors typically back to their normal routine in a few days. The donor's marrow naturally replaces itself in four to six weeks."Kinsley went in for the four-hour procedure on Monday.Since he's now weakened by the process, doctors told him that he should sit out as catcher for his next few baseball games."Last night I missed the game against Clemson and will probably miss another four games," Kinsley said. "Being able to give up some of my senior year of baseball is nothing compared to being about to help someone out."Due to patient confidentiality, it is unclear who received Kinsley's bone marrow donation.Be The Match confirmed that if both parties are in the U.S. and consent after one year, then they are able to exchange contact information."I guess it's to allow her to heal in privacy," Kinsley said. "But I’m definitely going to try and take advantage of that and see the impact it made when I'm allowed to.""I'd also like to say that I feel there's a lot of misconception donating for bone marrow and that’s why I think there's so few matches out there. I think people are scared and that it's painful. It's really a non-invasive procedure and I would really encourage people to sign up at Be The Match," he added.

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Why Your Brain Will Trick You this April Fool’s Day

Why Your Brain Will Trick You this April Fool’s Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you gotten taken in by an April Fool's Day prank don't be embarrassed, it turns out we're hardwired to be gullible.According to experts, the human brain has evolved to sometimes override our clear sensory perceptions of the world around us, meaning sometimes we fall for a good prank.Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and professor at the University of California San Francisco Medical School, said humans can override our basic "bottom up" sensory perception of the world with "top down" processing, meaning we can override natural instincts with rationalizations.Gazzaley explains that this could mean ignoring what's going in the physical world around us because we believe we "know" better than what our sense are telling us."It’s based on memories and experiences and that is really a powerful force and an overwhelming force in humans that shape how we view the world," explained Gazzaley, of human perceptions of the world around us.Gazzaley said one example of "top down" processing overriding our "bottom up" perceptions would be missing a close friend on the street because you're engrossed in your phone screen. Another clear example is going to see a magic show and trying to figure out how the trick is performed, but being unable to."In the whole misdirection thing when [the magician is] showing you their hand, your experience is telling you this is important," said Gazzaley. "But they're doing something with the other hand."Gazzaley said magicians have told him that intoxicated people are better at figuring out the trick because their "top down" processing is dulled."You set up your whole belief system based on memories and goals. It shapes your reality in a way that is not exactly corresponding with more on the surface reality," said Gazzaley. "It could create the type of illusions that magicians thrive on."Gazzaley said as a result, people can easily be taken in by a good April Fool's prank."April fool’s jokes...play off across your belief structure and your view of reality to create something that in other circumstances isn’t that believable," he said.In addition to the "top down" fake out, there's also scare tactic pranks that humans are hard-wired to respond to, according to experts.Dr. Tanvir Syed, a neurologist at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said that the brain is designed to perceive any threat as real, even if it's a rubber snake."The way we process any kind of stimulus is by threat level," said Syed. "The way our nervous system is, we respond to threats very quickly...to prepare us for fight or flight."That means if someone decides to try and prank you with something that scares you, you're likely not going to be able to remain calm and collected. Syed said your brain would rather react to a threat -- even a fake threat -- than be injured.Even if you try to plan ahead and have no reaction to a prank designed to scare you, Syed says you'll likely have a subconscious response to any threat, which is "100 times more powerful" than the conscious mind in terms of brain synapses.

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Picking Your Work Hours Could Pick Up Your Spirits

Picking Your Work Hours Could Pick Up Your Spirits

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUGHBOROUGH, England) — Choosing your occupation is one thing. Choosing the number of hours you work is an entirely different matter altogether, which may not be in your power.However, Andy Charlwood, a professor of human resource management at Loughborough University, says if workers did get to pick the amount of hours they spent on the job weekly, it would improve their spirits and probably their performance.In studying the working-time patterns of 20,000 adults over 18 years, Charlwood and his team discovered that over half of those working 50 hours or more weekly and 40 more percent working 40-to-49 hours preferred to put in fewer hours.The obvious drawbacks of being overworked, according to Charlwood, are deterioration of life satisfaction as well as added stress.Ultimately, he says that “government and employer policies need to give workers greater flexibility to choose the hours that they work.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pains in the Head and Hand Have Apparent Link

Pains in the Head and Hand Have Apparent Link

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — On the surface, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraine headaches don’t seem to be connected but a new study reports that these painful connections are apparently linked.Dr. Huay-Zong Law of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas says that they actually share a “common systemic or neurological factor.”Law and his team, after analyzing the data found in a health survey of 26,000 U.S. adults, learned that a third of people with carpal tunnel syndrome, a numbness and weakness of the hand, also complained of debilitating headaches known as migraines.What’s more, twice as many people with migraines had carpal tunnel syndrome than those who didn’t have migraines.Delving further into the study, Law discovered that migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome share several risk factors, including obesity, diabetes, smoking and being a woman.Still, Law cautioned the exact connection between the two conditions is not totally clear.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

High Blood Pressure Only During Doctor’s Visits Could Be a Sign of Trouble

High Blood Pressure Only During Doctor’s Visits Could Be a Sign of Trouble

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Do you suffer from white-coat hypertension?It’s a condition whereby a person’s blood pressure actually spikes during a doctor’s visit but usually during no other times.However, whatever white-coat hypertension is attributed to, such as anxiety, for instance, it may also be sign of serious health problems that are normally associated with actual hypertension.That’s the finding of Italian researchers who did a meta-analysis of 10 studies involving thousands of adult patients from three different continents including the U.S.What they learned was that people who experienced white-coat hypertension had significantly thicker carotid neck arteries than people with normal blood pressure.Thicker carotid neck arteries is a sign of hardening of the arteries, a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.While hypertension is associated with carotid artery thickening, even surges of blood pressure, such as in the doctor’s office, can also result in arterial damage.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bacon Sounds Better than It Tastes and Smells

Bacon Sounds Better than It Tastes and Smells

iStock/Thinkstock(OXFORD, England) — Ah, bacon. It tastes good. It smells good. And yes, it sounds good too.Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at Oxford University who also fancies himself a food sensory expert, says what really turns people on about bacon and other culinary delights are the pleasant sensations they provide the ear rather than the taste buds or nose.Although many of Spence’s peers believe he’s a bit daft, he says he can back up his claim with a study in which people used various descriptive words to explain what they liked about 79 foods.According to Spence, the word “crisp” was used three times as much as other descriptors because "crisp" indicates freshness.University of Leeds researchers also gave Spence more ammunition when participants in a bacon experiment said that crunchiness was crucial to what makes up the perfect BLT.As Spence explains it, people are enamored with the textural properties of food as they're biting or chewing it while the actual sound made while eating seems to affect the perception of flavor.He adds that as people age and start to lose their senses of taste and smell, the ambient quality of food might compensate for these deficiencies.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Five Patients Being Monitored for Ebola Reach End of Quarantine Period

Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The five people at Nebraska Medicine being monitored after being exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have reached the end of the quarantine period. According to a statement from the senior media relations coordinator for Nebraska Medicine, none of the five have been determined to have contracted Ebola. Four of the five patients left the Omaha area.The fifth patient, the hospital said, had a cardiac-related issue over the weekend, but was discharged from the hospital. That patient will leave the Omaha area soon.

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1,000-Year-Old Eye Infection Salve May Kill MRSA Super Bug, Study Shows

1,000-Year-Old Eye Infection Salve May Kill MRSA Super Bug, Study Shows

University of Nottingham(NEW YORK) -- A relatively new super bug may have met its match in a 1,000-year-old eye treatment, according to researchers from the University of Nottingham.The recipe to cure eye infections comes from Bald’s Leechbook, an old English leather-bound tome that was buried deep within the British Library in London. When scientists painstakingly followed a step-by-step recipe to recreate the old-world salve, they found it killed over 90 percent of a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus -- also known as the MRSA bacteria -- that was grown in a petri dish of mouse cells.The tenth-century concoction contained two species of allium (garlic, plus either onion or leek), wine from a vineyard that has existed since the ninth century and oxgall, the bile from a cow’s stomach. A very specific set of instructions included brewing the solution in a brass vessel, straining it through a cloth and then letting the mixture sit for nine days before use.The researchers concluded it wasn’t one particular ingredient that did the trick but rather the entire recipe.“We thought that Bald’s eye salve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab," Freya Harrison, one of the lead Nottingham researchers, said in a statement. “But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.”Each year, 90,000 Americans suffer from invasive MRSA infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has become one of the most antibiotic-resistant bugs known, costing billions of dollars in health care spending and killing about 20,000 yearly. The CDC says MRSA is a particular threat in hospital settings, though in recent years infections from the deadly virus have declined by over 50 percent.While the results of the experiment are intriguing, the team is looking for more funding to see if the treatment has any practical application in the real world. The preliminary results done using the simple mouse cells were presented at the annual conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Birmingham earlier this week.

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Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis

Doctors Ask Why Some Enterovirus 68 Patients Developed Polio-Like Paralysis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When 4-year-old Allen Howe went from being a little goofball to being unable to move 80 percent of his body, his mother was in tears. Days earlier, he had a fever and a cough."I felt helpless," Teresa Howe told ABC News' Nightline in December. "He was lying in bed and he literally was screaming, 'Help me, Mom,' and I'm just bawling."Allen was among the small fraction of children with the respiratory illness enterovirus 68 to develop sudden unexplained paralysis after the initial severe flu-like symptoms. Allen and the others are reportedly recovering, but doctors at the University of San Francisco set out to figure out why the paralysis set in to begin with -- and why only some children were hit.Federal and state health officials have confirmed 1,153 enterovirus 68 cases in 49 states and Washington, D.C., from August through January. Fourteen patients died, and several clusters developed polio-like paralysis.Doctors now know that the paralysis and weakness is brought on by acute flaccid myelitis, or inflammation of the nerve cells, but it's tough to say how it's connected to the virus, experts say.Dr. Charles Chiu and his team at UCSF studied 25 patients who developed paralysis in California and Colorado for their study published this week in the medical journal The Lancet. They found that of two siblings with identical strains of enterovirus 68, only one developed paralysis, leading Chiu to suspect that the virus alone may not be at fault for the paralysis. It could be an abnormal immune system response."This suggests that it's not only the virus, but also patients' individual biology that determines what disease they may present with," Chiu said in a statement.The researchers also noticed that they didn't find traces of the virus in the cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the inflamed nerve cells, leading them to believe the virus wasn't directly attacking them. Chiu said it's crucial to continue searching for answers."Given that none of the children have fully recovered, we urgently need to continue investigating this new strain of EV-D68 [enterovirus 69] and its potential to cause acute flaccid myelitis," he said.The peak enterovirus season has been over for some time, but Dr. Kathryn Miller, assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said it could come back next year.As a mother of four, she said she thinks it's important to remember that cases will go away like normal colds. Parents should remind their children to wash their hands thoroughly, and if a child's cold seems more severe than usual, parents should call their family doctor.

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Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Great American Ball Park(CINCINNATI) -- Baseball-loving moms with babies everywhere can root, root, root for the Reds -- even if they're Cards fans.The Cincinnati Reds have debuted what's thought to be the first suite in Major League Baseball for nursing moms and their offspring -- the Reds fans of the future.During the off season, the Cincinnati Reds partnered with Pampers and local homebuilder Fischer Homes to create the suite.The decision was made after Reds Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini was informed by the Great American Ball Park operations staff that an increasing number of moms were requesting a quiet and private place to feed their babies while at a Reds game.The suite features gliders, changing station, a kitchenette with a sink, ice and refrigerator, lockers for storing items and, most importantly, a flat-screen TV so mom doesn't miss a home run. It's located on the Suite Level near the Champions Club elevators.The suite will be ready to welcome tiny fans and moms on April 6 to coincide with Opening Day.

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‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

‘Bubble Boy’ Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- March 27 was a big day for 'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane, the 5-year-old who was born without an immune system.Trending worldwide, the social media campaign #WearYellowForSeth grabbed the attention of Seth fans from all over the globe.On Tuesday, Seth embarks on the first step towards having the bone marrow transplant that could potentially save his life."He's doing generally okay," mom Leanne Lane told ABC News. "He’s having an operation today to have his gallbladder out so so he can have his chemotherapy. He's in there right now.""This is new for us. He's never had any operations on his organs before. He gets upset. He just says 'mummy and daddy' over and over again, but we’ll be outside waiting until hes awake," she said.Despite her little boy having to go through surgery on Tuesday, Lane said that Seth was overjoyed about the amount of people who wore yellow for him on Friday."Friday was amazing," she said. "The hospital did a lot there, even the local firemen came to see him and put a ladder up to his window. He [Seth] was shell-shocked.""It was so busy, we couldn’t even keep up. Obviously there was Ashton Kutcher and 'Paw Patrol.' They did all pups in yellow and sent him a voice message. Seth thought it was brilliant," Lane said."On Saturday morning he said 'is everyone going to wear yellow again today?'" she added.Celebrities like Joe Jonas and Fifth Harmony's AllyBrooke joined Kutcher in wearing yellow. Television crews, retail stores, and even the cast of Sesame Street, tweeted in support of Seth."There was a time difference between the UK and America and once America woke up, it went crazy again," Lane said. "It's really hard to put that in words. We just want to say thank you. He's one little boy in England who's five years old and it makes us feel amazing that people care so much. On Friday and Saturday Seth spent the whole day out of his bed and it really picked him up.""People have been messaging me saying it's inspired them to register to give bone marrow. If they can help one person that’s amazing," she said.Because Seth is on steroids, Lane said it will slow down his recovery process.She added that if all runs smoothly, Seth's doctors will perform the transplant in three to four weeks.

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The Best and Worst Easter Candy for You, Ranked by a Dietician

The Best and Worst Easter Candy for You, Ranked by a Dietician

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s Easter candy week, and with holiday favorites -- Peeps, chocolate bunnies and crème eggs -- hitting the shelves, it can be very hard to resist temptation.ABC News spoke to Georgie Fear, a registered dietitian and author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss, to rank your options from (relative) best for you to worst.“It’s weird to call any candy ‘best’ for you,” Fear told ABC, but she forged ahead anyway so you can indulge as you see fit.High-Quality Dark Chocolate Bunnies“Where chocolate bunnies are concerned, a high-quality dark chocolate rabbit such as a Lindt gold foil-wrapped bunny offers some healthy polyphenols and may be satisfying in smaller portions than other types of chocolate,” Fear said.Single Serving Crème Eggs“If portion control is tough for you, and you love seasonal items that aren't available all year, pick up a Cadbury Crème egg or Russell Stover single-serve egg in the flavor you like most,” she advised. “One of the great things about Easter candy is that you can buy single servings easily, often near checkout, and not even need to venture down the candy aisle gauntlet.”“A single Cadbury Crème Egg or Russell Stover Easter Egg could be just what you want for about 150 calories. And compared to possessing a Valentine’s Day box of chocolate-filled candies, you'll be far less likely to eat past your comfort level,” she added.Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg“If you like chocolate and peanut butter, you might prefer a Reese's chocolate and peanut butter egg for 170 calories. Compared to the classic two-cup Reese's peanut butter cups package, you'll save some calories and fat,” Fear revealed.Homemade Easter Candy“This is a dangerous idea -- if you make two dozen chocolate peanut butter eggs, someone's going to eat them all eventually! Not having to even unwrap the candies makes it exceptionally easy to go overboard with eating some multiple times a day,” she warned.“If you do want to make your own, wrap them up and keep them out of sight, and try to plan on a moderate amount with a meal instead of grazing on them every time you pass through the kitchen,” Fear advised. “Homemade candy does offer the option of using higher-quality, real-food ingredients (such as dark chocolate, fruit or coconut) than pharmacy-purchased candy, but it's not a nutritious choice, and the portion size increase makes it a worse health hazard than a smaller portion of the kind you'd unwrap.”Jelly Beans and Marshmallow Treats“They’re fun Easter classics, but don't be fooled into thinking that just because these are fat free that they are healthy picks,” she said. “Essentially, both these options are straight sugar, which means that they could send you on a blood sugar roller coaster and only craving more of the sweet stuff in a short time.”Milk or White Chocolate Bunnies“A milk chocolate or white chocolate rabbit lacks as many of the heart-healthy polyphenols that dark chocolate offers, and can pack a hefty calorie and fat price tag, even if the monetary cost is low. White chocolate actually contains no polyphenols at all, since it has no cocoa content,” Fear revealed. “The worst Easter candy, in my opinion, is low quality ‘chocolate’ bunnies made with partially hydrogenated oil instead of cocoa butter and hardly any actual cocoa at all.”

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Terri Schiavo: 10 Years After Her Death ‘End of Life’ Debate Rages On

Terri Schiavo: 10 Years After Her Death ‘End of Life’ Debate Rages OnTim Boyles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten years after the death of Terri Schiavo, the debate over when to end the life of someone catastrophically ill rages on.Terri Schindler Schiavo collapsed at home in the early morning hours of Feb. 25, 1990, accord...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

American Eagle(NEW YORK) — American Eagle's underwear line has been awarded the National Eating Disorders Association's first-ever seal of approval for showing real bodies and unretouched photos on its website and in its ads.NEDA announced on Monday that the intimate apparel line, called Aerie, has been awarded with its Inspire seal of approval. Aerie in 2014 launched its #AerieReal campaign, setting itself apart from other bra and underwear brands by leaving in models' blemishes, tattoos, cellulite and other imperfections. This year, it partnered with NEDA, becoming a key sponsor in its eating disorder awareness walks across the country."Unrealistic images in advertising and the media play a role in the rising epidemic of eating disorders and poor self-esteem," NEDA CEO Lynn Grefe said in a statement. "But Aerie's campaigns highlight a range of body types. Their approach is not only socially responsible, but also resonates with the public and is profitable. We hope others will learn by Aerie's outstanding example."Model Hana Mayeda was one of the first models to be part of Aerie's new campaign, and she said the thought of not being retouched initially gave her butterflies. She said the experience forced her to deal with her own insecurities, and she came out embracing her flaws."I had to travel to the place of 'Oh my god, there's a huge billboard, and that's my butt and it's not retouched,'" she said, adding that she grew to realize the flaws make some of the photos more beautiful. "They were capturing essence of who I was in a moment as opposed to how I fit in a designer gown."Jennifer Foyle, global brand president for Aerie, said the company is trying to create a movement, and showing unretouched photos is just the beginning."We just want girls to feel proud about themselves," she said.Still, experts say there's a long way to go before we reach true acceptance.Body image expert Tomi-Ann Roberts, who chairs the department of psychology at Colorado State College, said the first image she saw on Aerie's website was of a woman in a sexualized pose who had been cropped to avoid showing her limbs. This, she said, wasn't exactly realistic."She is not emaciated like a runway model, but she is the idealized thin, white, beautiful we see," Roberts said.The site does have a page to show customers photos of every cup size on a real woman with that cup size, but it takes a few clicks to find.Sara Ziff, a model who founded the advocacy group Model Alliance, said Photoshop is one of the many tools used to enhance photos to "promote an unrealistic ideal.""For example, lighting, the angle of the photographer's lens, and make-up also play a big role," Ziff said. "So while it is refreshing and admirable that a company like Aerie has made a policy not to retouch their models' images to promote a more realistic body image, it is also somewhat naive to think that even these unretouched ads are unfiltered and, hence, 'real.'"Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News and practicing OBGYN, said half of her patients are young girls, and body image is a frequent topic of conversation at appointments. She said whether it's the fashion industry or taking selfies that has prompted a young girl or woman to think about her body, it's important to focus on overall wellness rather than a number of the scale or jeans size."It's nice to say that you're not touching up any models, but there's no shortage of models who look spectacular untouched," she said. "Until we start seeing models of every size, every color, every age, you're not really going to see that change in terms of accepting imperfection."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — No one ever said making friends in school was easy but if your children manage to do so, they might be setting themselves up for a very secure financial future.According to a survey of U.S. high school students that followed them to adulthood, teens who made a lot of friends earned salaries that were ten percent higher than adolescents who had fewer close pals.What's more, high school kids improved their earning power if they became the center of their group of friends and influenced their peers.Researchers said the major takeaway of the study is the need to show youngsters the importance of developing social skills and participating in school activities, which can benefit them now and in the future.The findings from the AddHealth study were presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in England.

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The dangers of excessive alcohol consumption are well documented. Now comes a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund International that states the chances of contracting liver cancer go up significantly with as few as three alcoholic drinks daily.Scientists made this discovery through an analysis of almost three dozen studies involving more than eight million people.However, drinkers and non-drinkers alike may be able to reduce their risk of liver cancer by drinking coffee, based on research from the same study. According to the report, a single cup of coffee daily may cut the chance of contracting liver cancer by 14 percent.Previous studies have shown that coffee and its extracts lessen the inflammation of genes that can cause cancer in the liver.An estimated 24,550 people die each year in the U.S. from liver and intrahepatic duct cancers, according to the American Cancer Society.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Breakfast is often touted as the most important meal of the day but in reality, all three repasts are on equal footing.That's why a new study from the Nestlé Research Center is somewhat alarming: it claims that millions of kids ages 4 to 13 are not eating lunch regularly.Based on stats from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping 13 percent of youngsters ages 4 to 8 don't eat lunch while an even greater number of 9- to 13-year-olds -- 17 percent -- are also eschewing lunch.Things actually get worse on the weekend for the older kids in the study since one in four also don't bother having lunch.Study author Kevin Mathias contends, "This study highlights an opportunity for both government and the food industry to develop new strategies to encourage children and adolescents to consume a healthy lunch."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

Quit Procrastinating! It Could Save Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(SHERBROOKE, Quebec) — Don't put stuff off until tomorrow that you can do today, especially since your life might depend on it.According to one study, people who tend to procrastinate are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and hypertension, two conditions that can shorten one's life.Participants in research conducted at Bishop University in Canada filled out questionnaires prepared by the psychology department that delved into their personality, health and the way they cope with stress.Generally speaking, people who were older, less educated and were habitual procrastinators are more prone to CVD and high blood pressure.While the researchers didn't establish a definitive link between procrastination and serious diseases, it's presumed that people who don't get around to doing things right away add more stress to their lives when they finally do.Another theory is that they also delay healthy habits such as eating right, exercise and quitting smoking.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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