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Plastic Surgery Confession: I Hide Botox from My Husband

Plastic Surgery Confession: I Hide Botox from My Husband

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While millions of women get Botox in an attempt to turn back the hands of time, not all women come clean, not even to their spouses, about their plastic surgery fix.“He has this perception that you get Botox, you’re going to look like Joan Rivers,” a woman, “Krissy,” who asked to keep her identity private, said of her husband.“It’s not true,” she said. “I go home and he doesn’t even know I have it.”Morgan Shanahan, a 33-year-old blogger from Los Angeles, is one woman who did spill the Botox beans to her husband, but only after the pressure of hiding it from him became too much.“I didn’t really feel guilty right away,” Shanahan told ABC News. “I started to think, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never kept something from him before.’”Shanahan waited until one month after she had 16 units of Botox injected into her forehead to tell her husband, according to her blog.“He expressed to me that he was not only disappointed that I had not told him, he felt like our trust had been a little bit fractured,” Shanahan said.The reasons why women like Shanahan may hide Botox treatments from their significant others can range from risks to costs to the social stigma surrounding the beauty treatment, experts say.“I can understand why women feel the pressure to hide Botox,” beauty and image consultant Morgen Schick told ABC News. “There’s only one thing worse than aging, and that’s looking like you care about aging.”Shanahan says though her husband tells her she is beautiful as she is, she would have Botox again, but would keep the lines of communication open this time around.“I would do it again,” she said. “And I would talk to my husband about it first.”
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Jennifer Aniston Is ‘Really Comfortable’ at 110 to 113 Pounds

Jennifer Aniston Is ‘Really Comfortable’ at 110 to 113 Pounds

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Jennifer Aniston has always been svelte. However, even she would like to change a few things about her body.”These days, if I was being super picky, I would love to drop five pounds,” she told Yahoo. “That is just where I have always been really comfortable at, about 110 to 113 pounds. But it is harder at this age.”Aniston, 45, explained that to stay in such great shape, she tries to “strike a balance,” with her diet. For example, weekends, she said, are the time when she lets herself have bread.The actress also chalks up her looks to genetics, among other things.”My dad is 100-percent Greek; he turned 81 and he barely has a wrinkle. And neither does my grandmother, who was 95 when she died,” she said. “But it’s also just water, drinking a lot of water, using really nice good products for your face. Don’t overproduct, that’s the other thing. Getting proper sleep is always important.”Still, when a wrinkle does crop up, don’t expect Aniston to run to a plastic surgeon. The actress said that her fiancé, Justin Theroux, would “put a gun to my head if I touch my face in any way.””There are also so many things that women can do today with technology in terms of LED light therapy, good lasers that tighten the muscles, and massages for your face — and don’t forget great creams. I think that’s the route to go,” she said.”I also understand that age is kind of awesome,” says Aniston.  “I am fortunate enough to know women like Gloria Steinem, who I think is one of the most stunning women on the planet, and doesn’t touch her face. Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, all of these fabulous fearless women who are flawless, they embrace it. You know, to each their own; I don’t judge it if you do it, but sometimes I wish I could beg the people I know, who I am very near and dear to, to not touch their face.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Colorado’s Pot Laws Also Impacting Teens

Colorado’s Pot Laws Also Impacting Teens

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Colorado is one of two states where it’s legal to buy and use small amounts of marijuana, provided you’re 21 or older.However, that hasn’t stop Colorado high school students from smoking pot, according to a 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado survey.Among those polled, more than a third admitted to having used marijuana at least once, with 20 percent saying they’d gotten high in the past 30 days.Besides marijuana’s availability, teens seem to see less risk in using the drug. In 2013, 54 percent said there was moderate or great risk from marijuana, compared to 58 percent two years earlier.Yet despite marijuana being legal in Colorado, the state only ranks seventh in use of the drug. The nation’s smallest state, Rhode Island, has the largest ratio of users to non-users.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Caffeine Could Thwart Tinnitus Development

Caffeine Could Thwart Tinnitus Development

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — That annoying ringing in one’s ears known as tinnitus affects an estimated 50 million people in the U.S.While doctors are still finding ways to treat tinnitus, which is actually a symptom of a more serious disorder, drinking coffee may actually reduce the chances of developing it.Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers examined 65,000 women, aged 30 to 44, over an 18-year period. It was discovered that those who consumed larger amounts of caffeine were 15 percent less likely to experience a regular ringing or whining in their ears than women who drank lesser amounts of coffee.Researchers are unsure why caffeine cuts the risk of tinnitus, although it has been previously shown to affect the physiology of the inner ear.Just the same, people with tinnitus are not advised to start drinking excessive amounts of coffee until more research is conducted.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Jersey Couple Marries as Cancer Threatens to Tear Them Apart

New Jersey Couple Marries as Cancer Threatens to Tear Them Apart

iStock/Thinkstock(LAUREL SPRINGS, N.J.) — A New Jersey couple who married after learning cancer may cut short their time together are hoping their love will beat the odds.Melanie Gaskins, 46, and Pierre Freeman, 51, of Laurel Springs were married after doctors told them that Freeman, who lives with an inoperable brain tumor, has only one more year to live.”We just don’t accept that,” Gaskins told ABC News. “He was diagnosed in 2008 with a brain tumor that was the size of a plum tomato and he’s still here from that. So I just can’t accept that.”The couple, who Gaskins says were both foodies before Freeman was given a feeding tube, met, fittingly, at a barbecue in 2005.”He jumped up and asked if he could get me a plate of food,” Gaskins recalled. “But we got to talking and I never got that plate.”So Freeman visited Gaskins at her home the next day with food from the previous night, which included a dish of fried alligator.”It was his attention to detail that got me,” Gaskins said. “I just thought he was a big teddy bear. He’s physically in stature big, but he is so incredibly sweet.”The couple were together for one year when Freeman started to rapidly lose his vision.”He started dropping weight,” Gaskins said. “Doctors said he was diabetic.”But when Freeman’s vision continued to worsen, Gaskins told him to go to the hospital. There, a doctor found a tumor in Freeman’s brain so advanced it could not be removed.”That word, inoperable, I couldn’t understand what he meant by that. And I’ve been to college and graduated law school. It freaked me out. It was unimaginable,” Gaskins said.But Gaskins says it that it was Freeman’s strength that carried the couple through difficult times.”He is so incredibly strong,” she said. “He even drove himself to his chemo appointments.  I was there for major appointments and whenever we got results, but for every appointment he drove himself.””He is my superman,” she added. Indeed, at their wedding last week in Philadelphia, Freeman wore a superman t-shirt and socks beneath his suit.As for the future, Gaskins has nothing but excitement.”We used to be real foodies, but not anymore since Pierre got the feeding tube. Now we want to travel. He’s really excited about the possibility to travel. We want to go to Italy, so we’ve been planning a way to make it happen.”In the meantime, she expects they’ll be together for longer than doctors think.”It’s just not his time. It’s not his time. He has something to teach everybody, how to grow and how to overcome your problems even when you think they are insurmountable.”
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Faced with Ebola, West Africa Health System Has ‘Collapsed’

Faced with Ebola, West Africa Health System Has ‘Collapsed’

iStock/Thinkstock(MONROVIA, Liberia) — Demonstrators in West Africa protested the government’s delays in collecting bodies of Ebola virus victims, blocking Liberia’s busiest highway Saturday. Health officials in neighboring Guinea closed land borders to Liberia and Sierra Leone to keep Ebola from spreading, but experts say hospitals in the region are not properly equipped to deal with the outbreak.”The health system has completely collapsed,” said Dr. Frank Glover, missionary and president of health organization SHIELD in Africa. “And by that I mean, they don’t have capacity to even see patients. Every day they are seeing patients, mothers present with dead babies in their womb because there’s no one to do a C-section.”Glover stressed the importance of giving protective gear to workers on the ground, due to the large death toll of nurses and doctors trying to treat Ebola. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international emergency. On ABC’s This Week, Robin Sanders, former U.S. Ambassador to Congo and Nigeria, said a quarantine and close quarters often make the situation worse.”People are quarantined, they were not told in advance and therefore there are food shortages in those same areas,” Sanders said. “How the virus sometimes gets into the population is that people are food insecure, so they eat bush meat, rodents that are infected with the virus.”
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Veteran Who Lost Leg in Iraq Becomes Professional Wrestler

Veteran Who Lost Leg in Iraq Becomes Professional Wrestler

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Chris Melendez may have lost a leg while serving in Iraq, but the native New Yorker is not going to let the injury cut short his dream of becoming a wrestler.Inspired by his father, a Vietnam veteran, Melendez joined the military when he was 17 years old. In 2006, when Melendez was only 23 days away from returning home after his deployment, he lost a leg in a roadside bomb at the age of 19.”When I was able to open my eyes after the explosion, I looked across the battlefield to see what I thought was a fellow-soldier in need of help,” Melendez told ABC News. “I quickly realized it was my leg.”Melendez was treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The bomb damage led to his jaw being rebuilt, the severed tendons in his left arm getting replaced and, ultimately, his left leg being amputated above the knee.Despite the injuries, Melendez made a quick recovery. With a prosthetic leg, he was walking again within 40 days.Melendez, a Purple Heart recipient, had watched wrestling since he was little with his grandmother, who was a huge fan. He had always wanted to become a wrestler, and the injury didn’t deter him.After he able to walk again, Melendez began training to become a professional wrestler in 2012.His talent was spotted by TNA Impact Wrestling, which offered him a multi-year contract. He made his debut at Manhattan Center in New York on Aug 5.”I am very excited because there have been so many people who have not seen me perform, who are questioning my ability, whether I can go to the distance,” Melendez said. “Once I step in there, I will show the whole world what I’m capable of.”Melendez had a few words of encouragement for other injured veterans: “Regardless of what happens, you can still succeed at whatever you apply yourself to.””I like to credit the fact, a lot, that I’m a New Yorker,” Melendez said of his recovery. “I don’t waste any time, and I have to hurry up.”Although appreciative of his prosthetic leg, Melendez actually thinks that he wrestles better without it.”I prefer to work with it off because my agility’s better, I move a little faster, I’m able to do certain things that I can’t do with it on,” he said. “It’s actually a hindrance to have it on.””I like that ability to captivate the audience and tell a story, not with words, but with our bodies,” Melendez said.
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Dentists Can’t Agree on Right Way to Brush Teeth

Dentists Can’t Agree on Right Way to Brush Teeth

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re confused about how often, how long and the best way to brush your teeth, you’re not alone. It turns out even dentists don’t agree on recommendations.According to a new analysis of 58 studies published in dental journals, recommendations vary on almost every aspect of brushing. In terms of duration, 26 sources recommended brushing for two minutes, 12 recommended brushing two to three minutes and two recommended brushing for three minutes. There are also some discrepancies regarding frequency: while 42 sources recommended twice daily brushing, another source recommended we brush our teeth three times daily. Finally, there are different types of brushing techniques, which vary by the type and location of brush stroke — and each even has its own name. Again, dentists really couldn’t agree on which technique to use: 11 studies recommended the “Bass” technique (mostly horizontal, with some vertical and circular motions), 10 recommended “Fones” (large, sweeping, circular motions, with brush at right angle to teeth), five recommended the “Scrub” approach (horizontal motions, parallel to the gums) and two recommended “Stillman” (primarily vertical brush movements).The analysis, published in the British Dental Journal on Friday, points to much-needed synthesis and streamlining of dental recommendations, so that both the public — and dentists — can understand how to brush.
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Tumor Blamed for Teen’s Football Practice Death

Tumor Blamed for Teen’s Football Practice Death

Photodisc/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — A Pittsburgh-area teenager who collapsed during high school football practice earlier this week died of a rare heart tumor, an autopsy has revealed.Noah Cornuet, 16, had been living with a right atrial myxoma, a noncancerous tumor that “would never be detected” during a routine checkup, Marty Coyne, a supervisor at the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner, told ABC News.The tumor was about the size of a “small orange” and broke off, blocking blood flow between the heart’s chambers and preventing the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the body, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams said.”He was such a good boy,” Noah’s mother, Pam Cornuet, said, addressing a crowd at a candlelight vigil at Burrell High School Thursday night, according to ABC News’ Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE. “He never hurt anyone and never would have. We are so proud of the child and young man he grew up to be, and we’re just mourning the loss of the life he would have had, because all we really wanted was for him to grow up and be a successful member of society.”Noah collapsed Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. and was pronounced dead at Allegheny Valley Hospital about an hour later, according to the report.The teenager collapsed during conditioning training before any rigorous training started, and although paramedics were on hand, they could not save the rising sophomore, according to WTAE.The state athletic association requires three days of conditioning drills to get high school players used to the high summer temperatures before allowing them to participate in contact drills.
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Girl Who Survived Brain-Eating Amoeba Swims Again

Girl Who Survived Brain-Eating Amoeba Swims Again

Facebook/Prayers-For-Kali-Le-Ann(NEW YORK) — A 13-year-old Arkansas girl, who is one of only three people in the United States known to have survived a brain-eating amoeba, is back enjoying swimming after contracting the infection at a water park last year.“I have a swimming pool in my backyard. I go swimming in that as much as I can,” Kali Hardig told ABC News’ 20/20. “In fact I was in it yesterday for I don’t know how long.”Hardig was swimming at Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, last summer, when she became sick with a fever, nausea and severe headaches.“I started with a real bad headache, and all of the sudden the headache just started getting worse, so I told momma,” Hardig said.“And I knew when her eyes rolled back in her head, I knew something bad was wrong,” Traci Hardig, Kali’s mother, told 20/20.Traci Hardig and her husband raced their daughter to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, where she was diagnosed with having contracted primary amoebic meningoencephalitis — a rare form of meningitis caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri.“Naegleria is an infection that you can’t get by just swallowing some water. The water actually has to get splashed up your nose,” said Dr. Matthew Linam, who treated Kali at the time. “The amoeba, when it’s out in the environment, uses bacteria as a food source. Once it gets in the brain, it doesn’t have those bacteria for food so it starts attacking nerve cells as food.”Kali Hardig was in critical condition for weeks but eventually recovered and went home last September. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been only 133 known infections like Kali Hardig’s in the United States in the past 50 years.After her ordeal, Hardig said she was scared to come in contact with water, even to take showers, at first.
“I was afraid to take a shower because I know that I got it from water, and I was thinking that it could be from all kinds of water, that it could be in the shower,” she said.After undergoing treatment and intensive cognitive and physical therapy, Hardig now is looking forward to playing for the volleyball team when school starts.When asked about whether she wishes to forget the ordeal, Hardig said, “Actually I hope I never forget it because it’s something that I’ve got to experience but never want to experience again.”
Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
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Full-Circle Transplant Recipient Says He Has His Life Back

Full-Circle Transplant Recipient Says He Has His Life Back

KGO(SAN FRANCISCO) — A California man has gotten a second chance at life thanks to an organ donation from a family he helped years ago.“Before, I didn’t have much of a life. I was really sick a lot,” Bill Millard told ABC News station KGO-TV, “but I’m feeling a lot better.”Millard received a kidney transplant from Janice MacKinnon on July 10, and the operation was a success. The Millard and the MacKinnon families were able to help each other through the gift of organ transplantation and two lives have been saved as a result.“They told him a few years ago he wouldn’t live to see 40,” Tish Millard, Bill Millard’s wife, told KGO, “And here it is: He’s 49, he’s still alive. They don’t know how, but now he can maybe live until he’s 70.”Ten years ago, the Millard family lost their son, Kalem, in an ATV accident and made the decision to donate his organs. Kalem’s pancreas was donated to a then-19-year-old Petaluma, California, boy, Jake MacKinnon.This past July, when Bill Millard desperately needed a new kidney, Janice MacKinnon, Jake’s mother, quickly offered her help and agreed to donate her organ. The two- to three-hour surgery took place at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.Weeks later, Millard was reportedly doing well. Though his transplant will always have to be monitored, doctors expect he can live a normal life again.“Simple, everyday life is so precious,” Janice Mackinnon told KGO.Free of the dialysis machine he had been hooked to prior to the operation, Millard and his family are ready to venture out.”We’re going to go somewhere, we’re going to do something,” Tish Millard told KGO, who added that a cruise may be on the horizon. “We couldn’t do anything like that at all because he was always hooked up to a machine.”Both the Millard and MacKinnon families hope their story will inspire others to become donors, and look forward to reuniting once more at Jake MacKinnon’s wedding, a celebration taking place on the one-year anniversary of the latest transplant, KGO reported.
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The Reason Behind ‘Ice Water Challenge’ Trend

The Reason Behind ‘Ice Water Challenge’ Trend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you keep seeing people dump buckets of ice cold water on themselves, you’re not alone.But it’s more than just an excruciating game — the social media stunt aims to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), according to Patrick Quinn, who suffers from the disease.It’s called the ice water challenge and videos of participants are going viral on Facebook and Instagram.“Someone nominates you to do the challenge. You have 24 hours to do it or you’re supposed to donate $100 to your choice of ALS charity,” Quinn, from Yonkers, New York, told ABC News Thursday.Quinn for the Win, a charity he launched to raise awareness about the disease, has been encouraging people to participate in the challenge and post the videos on social media.“The more people who get involved, the more money will be raised, the more research we can support,” he said.Quinn, 31, said his life changed drastically after he was diagnosed with ALS last year.“At this point, my arms are very weak, my hands are even weaker,” he said. “I have a lot of neck pain. My legs have been pretty tough. They’re shaky, they twitch a lot. But I’m still walking, so I’m pretty lucky.”ALS is a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells that control movement, according to the Centeres for Disease Control and Prevention. It can cause paralysis, and most people die within five years of being diagnosed.While most of the videos mention ALS, there’s not one cause tied to the challenge. People have been using the ice water challenge to support many diseases.The movement mirrors another similar, albeit dangerous, campaign in which people were dared to jump into freezing Lake Michigan and then post a video of the leap online. At least one death was linked to the stunt.
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Teen with Shorter Right Leg Designs Snap-On Underwear

Teen with Shorter Right Leg Designs Snap-On Underwear

Courtesy Robinson Family(NEW YORK) — Charlotte Robinson has endured painful fractures and surgeries since she was a toddler, but when the then 13-year-old needed to wear a massive brace to lengthen her right leg, there was one thing that bugged her:A nurse told her the only pants she would be able to wear for her first year of high school were tear-away sweatpants — the ones with snaps up the sides so basketball players can rip them off. She waited until she and her mother got to the car before she said anything.“‘I’m not going into high school wearing boys’ pants,’” Sarah Robinson said, mimicking her daughter with a laugh.So Charlotte Robinson learned to make her own skinny jeans with snaps up the sides so she could get them on and off easily without having to resort to sweatpants. And now, she’s making clothes for other people with similar medical devices.“It’s nice to know you can have a pair of underwear that you can put on after surgery that’s not too bad,” she said, arguing that surgery and healing is stressful enough without having to deal with itchy Velcro underwear.Robinson, 17, was born with a hemangioma, a rare disorder that caused vascular tumors to grow in her right tibia, creating holes in her bones and damaging her joints and growth plate. By the time she was 13 years old, her right leg was 2.5 inches shorter than her left and turned at an odd angle.“Blood vessels have taken over the bone of her right leg,” said her doctor, Dr. David Feldman, the chief of pediatric orthopedic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center.Because of the disorder, Robinson’s bone had grown “honeycombed,” making it extremely fragile. But with drugs, the leg brace — called a Taylor Spatial Frame — was designed to lengthen the damaged leg and allow it to grow normally.The cylindrical metal frame around Robinson’s leg was attached to pins that reached into her bone. For months, her mother turned the pins a little bit each night to help the bone lengthen.“It really is similar to wearing braces on your teeth,” Feldman told ABC News. “Every time you move a tooth in your jaw bone…it fills in with bone behind it. That’s why it stays there. If you cut a bone and lengthen it slowly — a millimeter per day — the bone will fill in behind it and will create new bone.”Though the process usually takes a few months, it took Robinson’s bones more than a year to grow to the desired length and required a stem cell transplant from the base of her spinal cord into the gap in her tibia. The device went on in June 2011 and off in July 2012.Because Robinson initially couldn’t play tennis — which she’d been playing with a platform shoe on her right foot to maintain her balance — her mother signed her up for sewing classes. First, she made dresses, and then she made skinny jeans and covers for her frame to wear in the wintertime.Although her mother initially made Velcro underwear for her to wear with the brace, Robinson eventually devised a better plan: snaps.And so, her No Guts No Glory clothing line was born. She’s started by selling five different styles of snap-on underwear.Though she envisioned them for only people with Taylor Spatial Frames like hers, it wasn’t until a follow-up surgery that she realized it could be bigger.A young girl in the next bed recovering from spinal surgery to treat her scoliosis was getting a lecture similar to the one Robinson received when she was 13. Robinson, who had just come out of her own surgery, turned to her mother and said “Snap, snap is all they have to do. No bending at all.”“When everything else is so difficult…make at least one thing easy in your life,” Sarah Robinson said.
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Smiling Through Hard Times Not So Good for You, Say Researchers

Smiling Through Hard Times Not So Good for You, Say Researchers

iStock/Thinkstock(HONG KONG) — The old saying “Smile and the world smiles with you” may have some kernel of truth to it but it doesn’t tell the whole story.University of Hong Kong researchers say there’s nothing wrong with smiling when one feels genuinely happy. However, smiling all the time even through hardships might not be the best strategy.Marketing professor Anirban Mukhopadhyay and his team conducted a series of experiments to test this theory, which included asking participants how often they smile and whether people forced themselves to smile. Researchers also asked participants about their own level of life satisfaction.The results show that those who smile frequently because they’re actually happy felt much better than people who did not ordinarily smile often but forced themselves to do so anyway.Mukhopadhyay says the bottom line is that it may be best for certain people not to smile until they resolve whatever it is that’s bothering them, otherwise it could “make them feel worse, because they may interpret smiling as trying to become happy.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Parents and Pre-Schoolers Who Diet Together, Lose Weight Together

Parents and Pre-Schoolers Who Diet Together, Lose Weight Together

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The obesity epidemic in the U.S. affects all ages, even children of pre-school age.Parents who are concerned about their youngsters’ weight are strongly advised to do something about it. And, as University of Buffalo researchers point out, they may want to join their kids in a weight-loss program as well.According to a study of overweight and obese preschoolers, those who went through behavioral treatment and diet education with a parent gained four pounds less on average over 24 months than children who were treated separately.But that’s not the only advantage to a joint weight loss program. The UB researchers say that parents also lost 14 pounds over a comparable period of time.  Adults who tried the same program but without kids experienced no appreciable weight loss.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Get Buzzed: Coffee Scrubs Promise Smooth Skin

Get Buzzed: Coffee Scrubs Promise Smooth Skin

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The beauty industry is abuzz.According to a growing number of experts, there’s an easy secret to smoother skin and it’s hiding in your kitchen cabinet.”Caffeine has long been used as a cellulite remedy,” explained Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com and author of The Recipe For Radiance: Discover Beauty’s Best Kept Secrets In Your Kitchen. “It’s in most of the highest end cellulite creams that are currently on the market.”Red Flower, a luxury organic skincare label, fortified its Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub with Arabica beans.
Frank, which operates out of Australia, based an entire brand on the concept of caffeinated scrubs. The all-natural exfoliant, which bills itself as 200 grams of “tough love,” vows to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and even acne.But those looking to test-drive the trend, “don’t really need to spend a lot of money or buy a fancy ingredient,” said Wolfer. In fact, they don’t need to spend any money at all.In her book, Wolfer whips up a DIY scrub from spent coffee grounds and wheat-germ oil. The paste is not only “literally free,” but also made of pronounceable, chemical-free ingredients that Wolfer swears by.Wheat-germ oil, says Wolfer, is high in Vitamin E, which means the simple scrub will target, “not only cellulite, but stretch marks.”Wolfer is quick to stress that even her miracle scrub will only temporarily minimize cellulite and mask stretch marks. And skeptics point out that even potent scrubs are not designed to penetrate skin for visible improvements in tone and texture.Heidi A. Waldorf, a professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, confirmed that many topical treatments contain caffeine to combat cellulite, but said that scrub alone is unlikely to improve skin condition.”We tell people, there’s no cure for cellulite yet. The best cure for cellulite is Spanx,” she said.Still, Waldorf added that massage can stimulate blood flow, which will, “make the skin feel smoother” and promote increased blood flow.If you do decide to concoct your own brew, be sure to apply a body oil or moisturizing lotion after the treatment.”Exfoliating will get rid of an excess layer of skin,” said Waldorf. “But you want to maintain that [moisture] barrier.”
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Boy Who Won Over College Football World Battling Cancer Again

Boy Who Won Over College Football World Battling Cancer Again

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(ATKINSON, Neb.) — The 8-year-old boy who won over fans everywhere after running a 69-yard touchdown for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers is again fighting for his life after doctors found his brain tumor is growing, despite being declared in remission.Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Nebraska, has spent the past few years fighting brain cancer and raising awareness about pediatric brain cancer, along with his family, as part of the Team Jack Foundation.The pint-size football fan won over the hearts of millions last year after he made a 69-yard touchdown during a scrimmage game at the University of Nebraska.Hoffman donned a specially sized uniform with the number of his favorite player, Rex Burkhead, and ran with the entire team for 69 yards to “score” the game’s final touchdown. The moment earned Hoffman an ESPY award for “Best Moment” and a chance to meet President Obama in the Oval Office. While Hoffman was found to be in remission in October, his family confirmed on Thursday that the 8-year-old’s tumor was growing again.Hoffman’s brain tumor had been declared stable or in remission after he underwent numerous operations and chemotherapy treatments. But new MRI scans revealed this week that the tumor had again started to grow.“This is a mild setback and everyone remains optimistic for Jack, including and especially his Mom and Dad,” Jack’s parents, Andy and Brianna Hoffman, wrote online. “We love you all and can’t thank you enough for your support.“Jack Hoffman will have to undergo treatment again, including chemotherapy and possibly another operation, according to the family statement. The 8-year-old was first diagnosed after suffering a seizure in 2011.
His parents have started the Team Jack Foundation in his honor, which aims to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.In spite of the bad news, Hoffman and his family managed to salvage the day by going out for a special treat.“After getting some crummy news, about the only thing a person can do is go and eat a hot fudge brownie sundae,” the family wrote on the Team Jack Foundation Facebook page. “So that’s what we did.”
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Sex Every Day for a Month? Couple’s Experiment Leads to Greater Intimacy

Sex Every Day for a Month? Couple’s Experiment Leads to Greater Intimacy

ABC News(PROVO, Utah) — With small children, hectic jobs and busy schedules, Meg Conley and Riley Bingham, both 29, worried they were losing touch with each other.When Conley realized that she and her husband hadn’t touched each other for about eight days, she said that was “crazy” for them. He agreed.“I thought, you know, I — how can you miss someone that you sleep next to and that you spend all your days with, but, yet, you still somehow miss them?” Bingham said.That’s when Conley came up with an experiment to get that spark back into their marriage of eight years.”He got home from work that night and I was like, ‘What if we just have sex every night for the next month?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah! What if we do?’” she recalled, laughing. “So, so, so we did!”Bingham said the idea made him feel as though he’d “hit the lottery.”“I dropped my bag out of shock,” he added.The pair stopped watching reruns on Netflix after their children — daughters Margaret, 5, and Viola, 2 — went to bed and, instead, they started reconnecting with each other.The Provo, Utah, couple had sex every night for 30 days.Asked whether she ever felt too tired to keep her promise, Conley admitted that she did.“There were times where I would have to look in the bathroom mirror and, like, psych myself up, like, ‘You can do this!” she said. “And then, after two weeks — I, I craved it.”“At the end of the day, under the bills, the mortgage, the years, the kids, he’s that same boy that you fell in love with and you’re that same girl. And you get to have that spark,” she said.Conley wrote about her experiment on her blog, Meg in Progress, at the end of 2012, and it struck a chord with other couples. Some said her idea was brilliant, while others felt it was oversimplified, but Conley and Bingham felt it was just what they needed.”It added excitement,” Conley said. “He would come home from work and he’d come into the kitchen, like, pick me up and twirl me around. It felt like we were kids again and we were, we were talking more to each other. Our communication — those lines, like, really opened up. We got on the same team again.”Bingham agreed.“We did talk a lot more. We became much more generous, less selfish,” he said.They’re no longer having sex every day, but they still figure out ways to show their affection to each other.”We still make it a point to be intimate every day, whether it’s hand-holding or kissing…or, something that’s just her and I, where we feel close, no matter how long the day is — it’s just us,” Bingham said.
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Jaime Pressly Opens Up About Undergoing a Mastectomy

Jaime Pressly Opens Up About Undergoing a Mastectomy

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for TV Land(LOS ANGELES) — Jaime Pressly revealed that after giving birth to her son Dezi in 2007, she suffered mastitis.”I had something that happened to me years ago, I didn’t know,” she said on The Talk Wednesday. “I have a high threshold for pain, I was a dancer for 25 years. When I had my son, I got mastitis but I didn’t know, ’cause I thought it was just regular breastfeeding pain.”According to the Mayo Clinic, mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue, and treatment usually includes antibiotics.
For the actress, she ended up almost having a full mastectomy because it spread and mutated. She said four years after having her son, she noticed lumps all over her breasts.”What do you immediately think of?” she said, alluding to breast cancer.Pressly said she went to the doctor and had the scar tissue removed, but then it spread.”I still have some breast tissue left, but almost a full mastectomy,” she said of her procedures.She even said the mastitis mutated into something else and it was a big ordeal.”[But] thank God it wasn’t [cancer],” Pressly said, knocking on the wood table.A mastitis infection warranting a mastectomy would be extremely rare, said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a practicing OBGYN and senior medical contributor for ABC News. Mastitis is typically treated with antibiotics and warm compresses, she said.“While mastitis is painful, upsetting and potentially can lead to a systemic blood infection, it can usually be effectively treated and breastfeeding can continue,” Ashton said.
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See the Special Ward Designed to Treat Ebola Patients

See the Special Ward Designed to Treat Ebola Patients

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak continuing to ravage west Africa, medical officials across the globe are ramping up containment and treatment plans in case the virus arrives in local emergency rooms.The virus has killed at least 932, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.In Nigeria, one nurse died after becoming infected by a passenger with Ebola, who flew in from Liberia. Although the virus has not been confirmed outside of Africa in this outbreak, a man in Saudi Arabia was tested after showing signs of hemorrhagic fever following a trip to Sierra Leone.In the U.S., two American aid workers were evacuated from Liberia to Emory University hospital, where they are being treated in a specialized ward.
In the U.K., the Royal Free Hospital in London is prepping their specialized unit that would handle any patient infected with the disease.
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Because the virus is spread through bodily secretions, such as blood or urine, doctors and other medical personnel would have head-to-toe protective gear. The disease is not airborne and only spread through close bodily contact or contaminated surfaces.Health workers are some of the most at risk population because they treat the sickest patients, when their viral load is the highest.According to the World Health Organization, 145 health workers have been infected and 80 have died.The isolated beds at Royal Free Hospital are not only for Ebola but can be used to house patients with any contagious disease, including other airborne pathogens like the avian flu.According to the Express, the unit will even filter the air to protect against any dangerous pathogen escaping. There are two units, fitting one bed each.“Everything is contained within the tent under negative pressure so the air is constantly added and removed,” Dr. Stephen Mepham, of Royal Free Hospital, told the Express. “Outside the tent, the air flows through a series of filters and is deposited outside the hospital.”While the Ebola outbreak is the deadliest on record, health officials cautioned the scared public from over reacting. Mepham said the chances of meeting an undiagnosed Ebola patient in Britain were nearly impossible.
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