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Dogs Can Be Important Members of Families with Autistic Children

Dogs Can Be Important Members of Families with Autistic Children

AnneMS/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Owning a dog can be a family’s great pleasures, particularly those with special needs children, at least according to one study.
A University of Missouri study seems to allay the fears of parents who have youngsters…

The Closer You Sleep, the Stronger the Relationship

The Closer You Sleep, the Stronger the Relationship

BartekSzewczyk/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sleeping together doesn’t have such a sexual connotation when you’re talking about how couples actually fall asleep in bed.University of Hertfordshire psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman wanted to find out abou…

Extroverts May Hold the Key to Happiness

Extroverts May Hold the Key to Happiness

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PULLMAN, Wash.) — Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” is everywhere these days although there’s been no study to show if it actually makes people happy.However, Timothy Church, a Washington State University professor …

AG Eric Holder Highlights Heroin Death Epidemic

AG Eric Holder Highlights Heroin Death Epidemic

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday told a group of police leaders it is time for street cops to start carrying the drug Narcan that can reverse deadly heroin overdoses. And this time the police, facing a…

Deciphering the Signs of Anorexia in the Very Young

Deciphering the Signs of Anorexia in the Very Young

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Until the age of 10, twins Reagan and Grace Freeman were like two peas in a pod living in a Houston, Texas, suburb.After they moved to another state, their mother, Cindy Freeman, noticed that Reagan started rejecting foods…

UK Doctor: ‘I’d Rather Have HIV than Diabetes’

UK Doctor: ‘I’d Rather Have HIV than Diabetes’

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A U.K. doctor has stirred up controversy after writing an op-ed in the U.K. paper The Spectator where he argued that he’d “rather have HIV than diabetes.” Dr. Max Pemberton, author of The Doctor Will See You Now and w…

French Lab Loses Thousands of Vials of Deadly SARS Virus

French Lab Loses Thousands of Vials of Deadly SARS Virus

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — A French lab has lost more than 2,000 vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus, which killed nearly 800 people in a 2003 epidemic across four continents. The Pasteur Institute in Paris, France announced this week …

Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — By combining Microsoft Kinect’s motion-capture camera with medical imaging tests, French researchers have created a “digital mirror” that appears to peel back the skin of users and expose their organs.Scien…

No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak

No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Unvaccinated kids could spend 25 days at home if someone at their school develops mumps — a contagious disease making the rounds in Columbus, Ohio.At least 224 people in Franklin and Delaware counties have contracted t…

Smoking Marijuna May Lead to Brain Changes, Study Says

Smoking Marijuna May Lead to Brain Changes, Study Says

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Some people might want to rethink their views about marijuana being relatively harmless, a new study from medical school researchers at Northwestern and Harvard suggests.Anne Blood, a senior study co-author…

Cat Owners Should Avoid Displaying Easter Lilies

Cat Owners Should Avoid Displaying Easter Lilies

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s that time of year when people adorn their homes with the flowers of the holiday season, such as Easter lilies.But while these flowers might look great on your coffee table, they can be murder on …

Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital

Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital

Jenni and David Ezell(DALLAS) — Jenni Ezell, the mother of conjoined twins who will be released from Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas on Tuesday, said the family feels “relief, joy and elation.” The Ezell twins, Owen and Emmitt, were b…

‘Glow’ Parties Projecting the Wrong Kind of Light?

‘Glow’ Parties Projecting the Wrong Kind of Light?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With throbbing lights and crowds of kids, privately promoted events known as “glow” parties are quickly becoming the go-to parties for teens across the country.The parties are billed as safe and alcohol-free e…

Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon

Team Hoyt to Run Last Boston Marathon

Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Team Hoyt has become a fixture on the Boston Marathon course, but after running it more than 30 times, the father-and-son team has decided it’s time to say goodbye.Dick Hoyt pushed h…

Brides Say ‘No’ to Makeup for Their Wedding Day

Brides Say ‘No’ to Makeup for Their Wedding Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Beyonce flaunted her natural beauty while on vacation in the Dominican Republic this week — and countless other celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Cameron Diaz have all posted fresh-faced selfies for th…

Boston Bomb Victim Dances Her Way Back Despite Prosthetic Foot

Boston Bomb Victim Dances Her Way Back Despite Prosthetic Foot

Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Adrianne Haslet-Davis went to last year’s Boston Marathon with her husband to celebrate his safe return from Afghanistan. But 6,500 miles away from the war zone, a bomb went off in t…

Pregnancy Weight Has ‘Goldilocks Effect’ on Baby’s Obesity Risk

Pregnancy Weight Has ‘Goldilocks Effect’ on Baby’s Obesity Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women who gain more or less weight than recommended during pregnancy give birth to kids with an increased risk of childhood obesity, new research suggests.Researchers found that normal-weight women who gained more weight …

Mom Whose Child Died of Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines

Mom Whose Child Died of Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines

Shannon Duffy Peterson(NEW YORK) — Abby Peterson was just a few weeks shy of her sixth birthday in 2001 when she caught a severe case of chicken pox that made her so weak that she came down with pneumonia, her mother recalled. Her little body couldn&r…

How Fast You Grow Up Could Affect Tumor Growth

How Fast You Grow Up Could Affect Tumor Growth

moodboard/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — It’s not something anyone thinks about during their teen years but the longer it takes one to reach their full height, the greater the risk of developing certain brain tumors during adulthood.Add that to the li…

Childbirth Can Also Make Men Blue for Years

Childbirth Can Also Make Men Blue for Years

monkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Instances of postpartum depression among mothers are well documented but studying the mental state of men who become first-time fathers hasn’t been as extensive.However, new research seems to suggest that men…

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