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Fighting the ‘Mom-Shell’ Image: New Moms Struggle to Embrace Post-Baby Body

Fighting the ‘Mom-Shell’ Image: New Moms Struggle to Embrace Post-Baby Body

Beyonce performing in Atlantic City, a little less than 4 months after giving birth. Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — There is a new breed of mother on the playground.Just weeks after giving birth, women dubbed “mom-shells,” a hybrid of mommies and …

Truckers Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

Truckers Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

File photo. Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — John Drury is a rare breed. At 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds he is a trucker who is also a dance fitness instructor. He cares a great deal about his health, but admits it’s tough to keep in shape when you’re behi…

’14 Steps to Follow Before You Have Children’ Makes Rounds of Parenting Blogs

’14 Steps to Follow Before You Have Children’ Makes Rounds of Parenting Blogs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you think you’re ready to have a baby, first try walking around for nine months with a giant bean bag under your shirt, going to the grocery store with a goat or stuffing an octopus in a bag.That’s the…

Texting Study Shows Women Wear Their Emoticons on Their Sleeves

Texting Study Shows Women Wear Their Emoticons on Their Sleeves

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(HOUSTON, Texas) — The folks over at Rice University, having apparently figured out everything else there is to know about everything, have turned their attention to those sometime grating graphic symbols called emoticons that …

Texting Study Shows Women Wear Their Emoticons on Their Sleeves

Texting Study Shows Women Wear Their Emoticons on Their Sleeves

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(HOUSTON, Texas) — The folks over at Rice University, having apparently figured out everything else there is to know about everything, have turned their attention to those sometime grating graphic symbols called emoticons that …

Is Snail Slime the Latest Beauty Breakthrough?

Is Snail Slime the Latest Beauty Breakthrough?

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(LONDON) — An old adage used to say little boys were made of “slugs and snails and puppy dog tails.”  But at least two of those ingredients are apparently finding their way into the opposite sex’s makeup bags.The Dai…

‘Body Shaming’: Plus Size Models Speak Out

‘Body Shaming’: Plus Size Models Speak Out

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Critics proclaimed Ashley Judd’s face too chubby, Jessica Simpson’s baby body too big and LeAnn Rimes too thin.But now, Plus Model magazine’s “Love Your Body” issue wants to…

Study: Transgendered Voters May Face Discrimination at the Polls

Study: Transgendered Voters May Face Discrimination at the Polls

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study from the Williams Institute, an LGBT think tank at the University of Los Angeles, estimates that about 25,000 transgender Americans could be disenfranchised in the upcoming election because of a patchwork of vot…

Food TV Star Reveals Healthy Cooking Secrets

Food TV Star Reveals Healthy Cooking Secrets

Tom Briglia/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — What do you get when you take a young, hip Canadian comedienne, add food, fun, fashion and music, then put it on TV?  Nadia G!Nadia Giosia is one tough Canadian cookie, raised in an Italian home in the diverse ne…

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

Sarah Palin Writing a Fitness Book

by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sarah Palin debuted a new look in Los Angeles this week: frosted hair, frosted lips, and a thinner figure than she’s had in the past. Turns out, she’s got a new project to go with it — penning a d…

Household Danger: Product That Spontaneously Combusts

Household Danger: Product That Spontaneously Combusts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Linseed oil, a common wood polish and sealant, can burn your house down in minutes if it’s not handled properly.The product can spontaneously combust and mishandling it can be as simple as tossing some rags and…

Man Sues Philly Strip Club for Bladder Rupture During Pole Dance

Man Sues Philly Strip Club for Bladder Rupture During Pole Dance

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A bachelor party celebration at a Philadelphia strip club turned painfully dangerous for Patrick Gallagher, who says his bladder was ruptured while participating in a pole dance on stage.Gallagher, of Lansdale, P…

Gay Boy Scout, Bullied by Troop, Denied Eagle Rank

Gay Boy Scout, Bullied by Troop, Denied Eagle Rank

Courtesy Karen Andresen(NEW YORK) — Ryan Andresen has spent a decade completing the requirements for the coveted Eagle Scout award, and now that he is just about to turn 18 — the cut-off date for attaining the highest honor — his Boy Scout troop won…

Technology Addiction Considered a Mental Illness

Technology Addiction Considered a Mental Illness

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Are you spending too much time on the web?  Suffering blackberry burnout or iPhone fatigue?  Well, doctors say you may have a real psychological problem.  That’s why they’re adding Internet addiction to their li…

Study Finds Young Children Watch a Shocking Amount of TV

Study Finds Young Children Watch a Shocking Amount of TV

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How many hours of television are your children watching?  Probably more than you think.  Pediatricians have long been concerned about television exposure in childhood, as it can affect cognitive development an…

Woman with Tourette’s Says ‘Biscuit’ 16,000 Times a Day

Woman with Tourette’s Says ‘Biscuit’ 16,000 Times a Day

Laura Page/RexUSA(NEW YORK) — Jessica Thom, a sassy and smart 32-year-old from London, says the word “biscuit” 16,000 times a day. She also involuntarily bangs her head against the wall, beats her chest and when least expected, lets out a guttural sou…

Celeb Fitness Trainer’s 7 Tips for Improving Your Workout

Celeb Fitness Trainer’s 7 Tips for Improving Your Workout

Courtesy Noah Neiman(NEW YORK) — Celebrity trainer and fitness instructor Noah Neiman of Barry’s Bootcamp offered these tips for improving your workout and day-to-day lifestyle. Follow him on Twitter, @noahDneiman:How to Spice Up Your Exercise R…

Looking for a ‘Hunger Fix’? Food Addicts Can Re-Train the Brain

Looking for a ‘Hunger Fix’? Food Addicts Can Re-Train the Brain

Melia Patria/ABC(NEW YORK) — Tara Costa calls herself a recovering addict, but the substance she abused was food.Costa wasn’t just overeating, she was out of control.”I used to probably have a pint of ice cream almost every other night, if not more th…

NJ Lawmakers Consider Pet Seat Belt Bill

NJ Lawmakers Consider Pet Seat Belt Bill

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) — It may be “Click it or Ticket” for pet owners in New Jersey, as state lawmakers consider a bill that would require drivers to secure pets in seat belts or pay a fine. Penalties could run up to as muc…

NJ Lawmakers Consider Pet Seat Belt Bill

NJ Lawmakers Consider Pet Seat Belt Bill

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TRENTON, N.J.) — It may be “Click it or Ticket” for pet owners in New Jersey, as state lawmakers consider a bill that would require drivers to secure pets in seat belts or pay a fine. Penalties could run up to as muc…

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