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London Has a “Fifty Shades of Grey” Problem

London Has a “Fifty Shades of Grey” Problem

Fuse/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The London Fire Brigade has a request: Please think before trying to emulate some of the things you've read about or seen in Fifty Shades of Grey.Ahead of the movie's release this weekend, the Brigade announced Thursday that its chiefs were "concerned" that the film "could lead to more people being stuck or trapped in objects like handcuffs or rings" because emergency calls about these things have increased since the book was published in 2011.Officials said that the Fire Brigade responds to at least one "embarrassing incident" a day."For example, in November last year firefighters came to the rescue of a man forced to undergo surgery to remove two metal rings that had been stuck on his penis for three days," the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.The man went to an emergency room at a London hospital "in the early hours but when doctors found they couldn't remove the steel rings they called the Brigade. Two firefighters scrubbed up and removed the rings using pedal cutters -- a hydraulic handheld piece of cutting equipment," the Fire Brigade said in its statement.So they started the "50 Shades of Red" campaign to urge caution."The Fifty Shades effect seems to spike handcuff incidents so we hope film goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red faced," Fire Brigade Officer Dave Brown said in the statement. "I'd like to remind everyone that 999 is an emergency number and should only be used as such. If there's a genuine emergency, fire crews will of course attend and will be on the scene to help within minutes."Britain's 999 is the equivalent of 911 in the U.S.ABC News called emergency responders at six major U.S. cities, but those agencies could not determine whether they had experienced a similar Fifty Shades phenomenon.

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Boy Who Battled Leukemia Lobbies for More Vaccinated Students

Boy Who Battled Leukemia Lobbies for More Vaccinated Students

luiscar/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A young boy who fought through leukemia is now fighting to keep unvaccinated children out of school.After going through chemotherapy, Rhett Krawitt, 6, remains unprotected against certain illnesses, including the measles. So the boy and his family this week asked his local school district to support new legislation that would abolish personal-belief exemptions, which allow families to opt out of required vaccinations, according to ABC News station KGO-TV in San Francisco."My name is Rhett and I give a damn!" Rhett told the Reed Union School District members, according to KGO.Rhett and his Corte Madera, California, family asked the Reed Union School District to support state legislation introduced by state senator and pediatrician Dr. Richard Pan that would abolish personal-belief exemptions that allow students to attend school without being fully vaccinated. For the current school year, 5.89 percent of kindergartners in Marin County have a personal-belief exemption.Rhett attends school in Marin County in California, where just over 84 percent of kindergartners are fully vaccinated, according to the California Department of Public Health."This story isn't about Rhett anymore. It's about the expecting mothers, the babies and the hundreds of kids currently with suppressed immune systems," Rhett's father, Carl Krawitt said, according to KGO-TV.The multistate outbreak of measles that started in Disneyland in December has infected at least 121 people, with 99 of those infections in California, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.After the family’s plea, the school district voted to support legislation introduced by Pan.Carl Krawitt also told ABC News that son Rhett will meet with his doctors to determine whether his immune system is healthy enough to get a measles vaccination.The importance of vaccinations was underscored again Wednesday after the Contra Costa Public Health Department alerted Bay Area California residents that a passenger on the Bay Area Rapid Transport public transportation system has been infected with measles, meaning other passengers could have been exposed to the contagious virus.

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Rosie O’Donnell Talks Life After Weight-Loss Surgery

Rosie O’Donnell Talks Life After Weight-Loss Surgery

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Losing weight has been only half the battle for Rosie O'Donnell."It's not like all of a sudden you change and, boom, you lose the weight, everything's fine, you got on a size 10, life is great. You're having amazing sex. Nothing is wrong. It doesn't work that way," O'Donnell told the Dr. Oz Show airing Friday. "So all of the stuff that you carry with you as a heavy person in the world will still be there when you're a thin person in the world."O'Donnell opened up to host Dr. Mehmet Oz about her life after weight-loss surgery.The View co-host said she tried every diet imaginable, including one followed by former President Bill Clinton."I went to the Internet and I looked up where Bill Clinton did that weird diet and I went on that diet. Basically, impossible, in my opinion, but I did that diet for a couple months," she said. "I went vegan for a couple months. I just couldn't do it."Finally, after having a heart attack and nearly dying, she settled on gastric-bypass surgery despite her reservations."I had thought about gastric bypass before, but I was always concerned about some of the side effects," she said, confessing that her biggest fear was of "dumping," in which solid parts of a meal get "dumped" directly from the stomach into the small intestine without being digested."It was terrifying to me, who has a mild phobia of pee or poop in public," she said. "That’s me! I can hold it all day, haven’t gone since 6 a.m. Don’t worry I won’t wet the seat!"Having lost more than 50 pounds, O'Donnell doesn't yet think of herself as beautiful."No, but I like when my kids tell me I am. I don't think that, but I think that I'm working on that," she told Dr. Oz.O'Donnell is also making some big changes in her life. This week will be her last on The View and she is splitting from her wife of more than two years, Michelle Rounds.In a video posted Monday, the 52-year-old comedian said, "The truth is, I had a heart attack two years ago and stress is very bad for a heart attack survivors."Her goal now is to cut down stress and maximize her well-being. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Living on Campus Becoming More Commonplace at Community Colleges

Living on Campus Becoming More Commonplace at Community Colleges

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Community colleges are also known as commuter schools since the vast majority of students don’t live on campus. However, as U.S. News and World Report has learned, things are changing, albeit slowly.Currently, one in four two-year colleges in the U.S. feature dormitories, with over 40 of these schools having added on-campus housing during the previous decade.Erin Wheeler, a learning consultant with the Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University, asserts that student engagement is the key to success, pointing to statistics at four-year-colleges that show students who live in dorms are less likely to drop out than commuters.Wheeler added, “Living on campus provides students with opportunities and support they would miss if they were commuting and living at home."There’s just one caveat: if community colleges offers on-campus housing, meaning there will be students on campus around the clock, they should also supplement it with dining facilities and extracurricular activities for students that includes access to a gym.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former Smokers Now Craving Nicorette Lozenges

Former Smokers Now Craving Nicorette Lozenges

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve noticed others acting more fidgety around you lately, it could be that they’re itching for a Nicorette lozenge fix.The popular smoking-cessation product has been off the market since last year because of apparent quality control problems.Nicorette maker GlaxoSmithKline not only stopped making them, but the lozenges were also recalled from warehouses and distributors. Basically, retailers sold them until all the shelves emptied.Many former smokers who swear by the lozenges say Nicorette chewing gum is not the same. They apparently like the way the lozenge gets rolled around in the mouth while providing users with 25 percent more nicotine than cigarettes.Meanwhile, GlaxoSmithKline can’t say when it will resume production, making lozenge lovers even more anxious.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Broken Heart Can Feel Like a Heart Attack

A Broken Heart Can Feel Like a Heart Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Doctors have figured out what becomes of the broken-hearted or at least some of them: the lovelorn think they’re suffering a heart attack.While most people who get dumped persevere, there are those who suffer physical pain so profound that they actually experience chest pains and shortness of breath.Loyola University Health System cardiologist Sara Sirna say that broken heart syndrome is real and usually follows a traumatic event such death, divorce, a serious medical diagnosis or a financial calamity.Meanwhile, the typical broken heart syndrome patient is generally over 50 and most often a woman.Sirna says the good news is that this condition is “usually is reversible, with no long-lasting effects on the heart muscle.”But doctors advise people not to take chances. If it feels like a heart attack, it could very well be one so there should be no delay in calling 911.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Naps Really Do Have Health Benefits

Naps Really Do Have Health Benefits

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- Boys will be boys and men will be men but neither does well on just two hours of sleep a night. That is, unless, they can sneak in a short nap or two at some point.Researchers at the University of Paris Descartes had 11 healthy men between the ages of 25-and-32 sleep two hours one night without naps and then two hours another night with two 30-minutes naps the following day.The results were that after the men napped, there was no destabilization of hormones that help them deal with stress. Without naps, they all experienced a boost in norepinephrine, which drives up heart rate, blood pressure and blood sugar.Another important finding was that after naps, the men produced normal levels of a protein with anti-viral properties that improves the immune system. Minus the naps, levels of this protein dropped, which weakens the immune system.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Troubling Ties Between Public Health and Sugar-Peddling Companies

Troubling Ties Between Public Health and Sugar-Peddling Companies

rez-art/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- If the public health sector had to describe its relationship with major players in the sugar industry on Facebook, it would probably be, “It’s complicated.” A new investigation in the U.K., published in the BMJ, shows worrisome connections between organizations meant to serve the health interests of the public and major food companies marketing heavily sugared items such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-co, Mars, and Nestle. These connections take the form of millions in research funding to public health researchers from food companies, food company representatives on the boards of major public health organizations, and more. Also concerning in the study were policy statements released by industry groups, in which they state a commitment to “protection and promotion of sucrose consumption” through research and sitting on dietary advisory committees.

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Smoking Worse Than We Thought?

Smoking Worse Than We Thought?

JanelleAnn/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– It’s known that smokers have a two to three times higher rate of death than non-smokers, but new research suggests doctors may have been lowballing the number of people killed by tobacco.The new data, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that doctors have been off in yearly reporting by about 25,000 people. The surgeon general already formally links 21 diseases with smoking, but these diseases do not appear to account for all the deaths believed to be due to smoking.Several diseases newly linked to smoking cause nearly 20 percent more deaths in smokers, according to the new study. After reviewing data on nearly 1 million Americans, researchers found increased rates of infections, various cancers, kidney and liver disease, all conditions not previously linked to smoking.

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Obama Declares End of Military Ebola Mission: ‘New Phase’ in Fight – ‘Getting to Zero’

Obama Declares End of Military Ebola Mission: ‘New Phase’ in Fight – ‘Getting to Zero’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- It looked and felt like a “mission accomplished” moment – but President Obama said on Wednesday he was really just declaring a “transition” in the fight against Ebola.  In a speech at the White House, Obama announced the end of the military mission in West Africa, saying all but 100 of the 2,800 U.S. service members deployed there will be home by April 30. “While our troops are coming home, America's work is not done. Our mission is not complete,” Obama said. “For as long as Ebola simmers anywhere in the world, we will have some Ebola fighting heroes who are coming back home with the disease from time to time.”He said the U.S. is more prepared than ever before because of efforts by the Centers for Disease Control to improve Ebola testing and response.  He set a new goal for the global coalition of “getting to zero” cases of Ebola.“As long as there is even one case of Ebola that's active out there, risks still exist. Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire,” he said. He was joined by six of the eight American Ebola survivors.

Dr. Kent Brantly, Fort Worth, TX Dr. Rick Sacra, Concord, MA Dr. Ian Crozier, Chandler, AZ Nina Pham, Dallas, TX Amber Vinson, Dallas, TX

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Commuters Exposed to Measles on San Francisco Transit System

Commuters Exposed to Measles on San Francisco Transit System

cosmonaut/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Officials in Northern California said on Wednesday that commuters across the Bay Area may have been exposed to measles, after an infected person rode the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.The Contra Costa County Department of Health said a person with measles rode BART between the Lafayette station in the East Bay and the Montgomery station in San Francisco while infected. The person traveled between the two stations during the morning and evening commutes, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. between Feb. 4 and Feb. 6. Health officials say the person rode on the transit system before being diagnosed. "Measles is circulating in the Bay Area and we don’t know yet where this person was exposed,” said Erika Jenssen, Communicable Disease Program Chief with Contra Costa Public Health. “The ongoing measles outbreak in California highlights the need for people to be vaccinated, and this is just another example of how interconnected our region is and how important it is for everyone to be up to date on their immunizations,” Jenssen added.Health officials said the risk of being exposed to measles on BART is low, but since the measles virus can stay in the air for up to two hours and BART cars circulate throughout the Bay Area, anyone who used the transit system during that time could have been potentially exposed to the virus.  Health officials urge anyone who shows symptoms of measles to contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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Experts ‘Appalled’ by Puerto Rican Bill to Fine Parents of Obese Children

Experts ‘Appalled’ by Puerto Rican Bill to Fine Parents of Obese Children

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Obesity researchers say a Puerto Rican bill that would fine parents of obese children up to $800 is "unbelievable" and "unfair." Puerto Rican Sen. Gilberto Rodriguez filed a bill in an attempt to curb obesity in Puerto Rico by having schools find children who are obese and then refer them to health department advisers to determine the cause of obesity, formulate a diet and exercise plan and follow up every four weeks. If the "situation" persists for six months, parents can be fined up to $500, according to the bill, and if a third progress report six months later still shows no significant weight loss, the parents can be fined up to $800. "What's next? Will they be fining parents of children suffering from other diseases? Maybe diabetes? Maybe cancer? Maybe something else?" said Nikhil Dhurandhar, who chairs the department of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University. Rodriguez's bill assumes that people who are obese can choose not to be, but it's not that simple, Dhurandhar said. Dhurandhar's own research has shown obesity can be caused by a multitude of factors, including the environment in a mother's womb, too much or too little sleep and chemicals in the environment. There's more to losing weight than eating less and moving more, he said. "This proposal is very unfair and inappropriately penalizes and stigmatizes parents," said Rebecca Puhl, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. "Childhood obesity is a highly complex issue, and while the home environment is important to address, much broader societal changes are required to effectively address obesity." Policies that support parents are much more helpful than policies that penalize them, she said. Improving access to opportunities for physical activity and providing incentives toward buying healthier food, for example, have already proven effective in cities like Philadelphia, Puhl said. The fines this senator has proposed "drastically oversimplify obesity and are more likely to be harmful than incur any benefit," she said.

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How the CDC Responded to GOP Questions About Immigration and Measles

How the CDC Responded to GOP Questions About Immigration and Measles

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- When Sen. Bill Cassidy asked Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the possible link between illegal immigration and the current outbreak of measles, she shut him down. “Of those folks infected in the California epidemic, how many were native-born Americans and how many had immigrated here,” the Republican senator from Louisiana asked at a Senate health committee hearing on Tuesday. Schuchat, who is the CDC's national director of immunization and respiratory diseases, replied, “I don’t have that information but what I can say is that most of the importation we have of measles each year are in Americans who are traveling abroad and back.” Cassidy, also a physician, pressed on, saying he was worried that some immigrants might have “fallen between the cracks.” “With the measles we are seeing spread in some of the wealthier communities in California for instance,” Schuchat responded, adding that the current outbreak can most likely be traced back to a strain of measles that came from the Philippines, carried into the U.S. by unvaccinated American travelers. Years ago, the measles virus was often imported from Latin America, Schuchat went on to say, but thanks to a vigorous public health campaign in those countries that is no longer the case.

In the Philippines, much of the immunization structure was destroyed after a typhoon ripped through the country two years ago, she noted.

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New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean These Foods Could Be Back on the Table

New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean These Foods Could Be Back on the Table

Alexandrum79/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Now that an influential group of nutrition scientists have indicated the U.S. Department of Agriculture may drop the 50-year-old warning against eating cholesterol-laden foods, some changes to the American diet may be in order.The current recommendation by the USDA is for adults to consume no more than 300 mgs of cholesterol per day from dietary sources. The agency won’t make any changes to those guidelines for at least six months and if they do, they will still caution diabetics and people who take statin medications to refrain from eating a lot of cholesterol.But for the rest of us, here are some foods that would be back on the table if the new guidelines are adopted:EggsEggs have long been the poster child of the anti-cholesterol message, possibly because one large egg contains nearly a day’s worth of cholesterol, according to the USDA nutritional database. Assuming the new guidelines are accepted, the 636 mg in a three-egg omelet with cheese won’t matter to most people.BaconBacon might also make it back onto more breakfast tables. Some cuts deliver up to half the current daily limit of cholesterol. Of course, there are other health reasons for limiting your ration of all processed meats, including the high amounts of sodium, fats and nitrates they contain.LiverOne ounce of chicken liver totals 180 mg of dietary cholesterol. So a typical 4-ounce serving of this organ meat is more than 200 percent above the current recommended daily intake of cholesterol. According to the USDA and American Heart Association, other meats considered high in cholesterol include lamb, duck, fattier cuts of beef and pork.Shell FishShrimp, with 194 mg per 3.5 ounce serving, could also swim back onto the menu more often if the cholesterol limits go away. Other shell fish too would once again be considered a healthy, low-calorie choice.Whole Fat DairyNew guidelines would mean less guilt when choosing whole milk with 24 mg of cholesterol compared to 5 mg from fat-free milk. You might also consider switching from a 3-ounce serving of a low fat cheese which has virtually no cholesterol to a full-fat cheese with approximately 30 percent of the current daily limit on the nutrient.

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How Safe Are Your Eyelash Extensions?

How Safe Are Your Eyelash Extensions?

puhhha/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez are stars all known for their luscious eyelashes, and women from coast-to-coast go to extremes to get that same long-lash look.The quest for beauty -- which, in this case, involves individually gluing single synthetic lashes to each natural lash -- can sometimes, however, turn ugly.Natasha Pieper is a Houston woman who had eyelash extensions applied last year. After four applications, Pieper says she had a bad reaction."My eyes were swollen up to my eyebrows and then my eyes were completely bloodshot, just lots of burning," Pieper told ABC News.Anthony Aldave, an ophthalmologist, says eyelash extension wearers with symptoms like Pieper's should visit their doctor."Symptoms that last for more than a day, anything associated with pain in the eyes or decreased vision should prompt a visit to an eye care professional," said Aldave, also an associate professor of ophthalmology at UCLA.Pieper believes the culprit of her bad reaction was the glue used. Some experts say that the formaldehyde contained in glues used by some salons can cause allergic reactions, like the one Pieper suffered.The Association for Damage-Free Eyelash Extensions told ABC News in a statement that, "properly applied eyelash extensions are not dangerous." The organization also said that the,"adhesive should not contain formaldehyde," and that "hypoallergenic adhesives are available" for use.The owner and founder of Makeup Mandy, an eyelash bar in Los Angeles, says that her salon sees two to three customers per week asking them to fix bad eyelash extensions they got elsewhere."We have a lot of people that do come in with horror stories," said Amanda Jacobellis. "They went to the place that was the bargain and their lashes are all stuck together, way too much adhesives used."Jacobellis added there are three things people interested in getting eyelash extensions should ask about in advance."I would ask that they're certified and licensed. I would ask about the products they're using," she said. "Ask for pictures. It should look like a single hair per lash."

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Snorting Is Next Phase of Extreme Chocolate Obsession

Snorting Is Next Phase of Extreme Chocolate Obsession

Angel Canales/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In a possible attempt to one-up Willy Wonka, a Belgian chocolatier wants chocolate lovers to indulge not with their tongues but with their noses.The chocolate shooter is a cocoa powder catapult that launches two small bumps of cocoa powder into the user’s nostrils.While it is obvious that creator Dominique Persoone has found himself at the extreme of chocolate obsession, what’s less known are the possible health effects of snorting chocolate; there is no research on the impact to the nose or lungs, although medical experts are far from condoning this indulgence.However, that has not discouraged Persoone from reportedly selling more than 20,000 kits online. Nor has it stopped a Vancouver, Canada, shop from becoming the first known North American store to offer these cocoa bumps.Mary Jean Dunsdon has been selling the kits for $109 or $2 per sniff to more than to 100 customers. And so far, she has had no complaints.“We get some people back who’d like to try it again. Or people that like to try both flavors, but no there’s no addict,” Dunsdon says.So why are we snorting chocolate? It could be the same reason why we’re willing to plunk down big bucks for artisanal chocolate. The Mast Brothers, Rick and Michael Mast, sell $8 bars made in their chocolate factory in Brooklyn, New York.“For people that want to take their pleasures to the next level you engage in a company like Mast Brothers,” says co-owner Rick Mast.And for the Iowa natives the next level means bringing it back to basics. Rick’s brother Michael says they want people to “think of chocolate in the purest sense and not just as a bar with a laundry list of ingredients.”They do so by sourcing cacao beans from small farms around the world, and bypassing large producers. The brothers use select beans for small batches that have a distinctively different taste from the chocolate bars you find at the grocery store checkout counter. Their chocolate is often referred to as bean-to-bar or craft chocolate.

This delicious trend is part of a $330 million premium chocolate category that, according to the National Confectioners Association, has seen 15 percent growth since 2013.At the University of Michigan, Dr. Ashley Gearhardt runs a cleverly disguised room that looks like a fast food restaurant, but is actually a science lab where she studies food addictions. Chocolate, she has reported, is consistently ranked as the number one food respondents have trouble putting down.And her research shows that the culprit for the obsession could be our brains.“That same brain region is one of those regions that we know is really important in other drug addictions,” Gearhardt says. “This section of the brain is activating and saying you want that you crave that you really should get more of that.”Which could explain how The Mast Brothers have sold more than a million bars sold around the world and are opening a factory this week in London. Rick Mast credits their success to one simple truth about chocolate.“We said many times chocolate is the most popular food on the earth,” he says. “People start smiling just by hearing the sound of it and they just want to taste it, they crave it, they are addicted to it. It’s everything to a lot of people.”

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‘Statement Lip’ Latest Way to Look Young & Avoid Trout Pout

‘Statement Lip’ Latest Way to Look Young & Avoid Trout Pout

NikiLitov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Move over statement necklace. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the "statement lip" is all the rage.That's lip, singular. Just the top please, according to one New York City plastic surgeon."Lip augmentation has certainly been on the rise as it appears that more and more beauty trends and celebrities are touting the statement lip as a fashion accessory," said Dr. Jody Levine, AOB Med Spa National Medical Director.Levine said Kylie Jenner, Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler and Megan Fox all appear to have gotten the statement lip treatment.Driving the trend, Levine said, is the never-ending quest to look younger.

"Plumper, fuller lips can exude youthfulness and femininity and can certainly make a beauty statement when lip color is worn. Some patients have naturally thin top lips, while others notice significant volume loss in the lips over time," she said.

And of course, the all-important selfie plays a role.

"As the lips lose volume, they can be less projected and lines can form around the edges. This could certainly impact the ability to 'make a statement' when wearing lip color or smiling for the camera," she said.Levine said she avoids the dreaded "trout pout" and "duck lips" by just injecting the edge of the lip."If you inject the border and leave the middle of the lip alone, it actually gives a very sexy look that is so natural and avoids the pout and the duck look. Also, if you inject filler around the border of the lip and then inject some Botox above the top lip, it turns the lip out in a sexy way without making the lips big," she said.And while Levine said it's crucial to seek out a trained injector to perform the 20-minute, outpatient procedure, there's good news for those who get plumped beyond perfection."If the patient doesn't like the early result, the plastic surgeon or dermatologist can dissolve the hyaluronic acid with an injection of hyaluronidase," Levine said. "And, if the patient should get tired of the new look, it will gradually disappear in time."

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Your Chronic Fatigue Isn’t All in Your Head

Your Chronic Fatigue Isn’t All in Your Head

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tired of people telling you that feeling constantly tired is all in your head?You've got some ammunition now after Vanderbilt University researchers have verified that "systemic exertion intolerance disease" does really exist and that it affects as many as 2.5 million Americans.This is the new name for what was previously called chronic fatigue syndrome, which sufferers claim seems to just downplay the condition of feeling tired all the time.Lead researcher Ellen Wright Clayton says the disease is serious and should be treated as such by health care providers, who often contend patients are just imagining their fatigue.The main symptoms are fatigue and a reduction in activity lasting over half a year; the condition growing worse, not better; sleep that does not provide relief from exhaustion; and cognitive impairment.Although there is no cure at the moment for systemic exertion intolerance disease, doctors can treat individuals on a case-by-case basis depending on their symptoms. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Don’t Get Too Specific When Buying a Valentine’s Day Gift

Don’t Get Too Specific When Buying a Valentine’s Day Gift

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- You don’t have to be single to be depressed on Valentine’s Day. Even people in long-term relationships get anxious during this time of year, if for no other reason than that they get stressed about what present to give their significant other. In that case, researcher Mary Steffel of the University of Cincinnati has some words of advice: don’t worry about trying to knock it out of the park and just concentrate on reaching base. If the baseball metaphor is a little vague, what Steffel means is that people shouldn’t be overly concerned with trying to find the so-called perfect gift when something not so specifically intended to match their sweetheart’s personality will suffice. For example, when choosing a gift card, go with versatility. Steffel says research shows that personalization often works against the giver and that "recipients prefer more versatile gift cards regardless of how close they are to the giver."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Everybody Wants a Soul Mate, Not Everybody’s Got One

Everybody Wants a Soul Mate, Not Everybody’s Got One

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A soul mate is defined as a person with whom one has a feeling of deep or natural affinity. Meanwhile, only about two-thirds of Americans claim to have found one. According to a survey conducted for Princess Cruises, 36 percent say they haven’t yet met their soul mate, and of that group, seven in ten don’t believe it will happen this year. However, that doesn’t mean that people without that “special someone” are ready to throw in the towel. Overall, 76 percent of Americans believe that everyone’s got a soul mate either now or in the future, while most say it takes an average of four relationships to get to that person. Somewhat incredibly, 65 percent believe that they would know right away if someone is destined to be their soul mate. Unfortunately, about 38 percent of Americans wind up kicking themselves for not making the first move to meet their potential perfect partner.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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