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Here’s some food calories for thought as your kids go door-to-door this Halloween on their candy grab. The average child will eat 3,500 to 7,000 calories worth of treats on Halloween night. And you wonder why they can’t go to sleep after their sugar-fest. The calorie estimate is based on the nutrition labels on popular candies, according to Donna Arnett, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School… Read More

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A new study found that families with pets in the house could end up with healthier kids. The Finnish study followed nearly 400 newborns during their first year and found that babies who grew up with dogs or cats had fewer ear infections and respiratory problems. Researchers say animal interaction helps a baby’s immune system to mature more quickly. They also found that kids with pets needed less medication, even when they… Read More

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It’s a brand new year, and many of us are resolving to lose weight and get into shape. I stood on the scales AND hit the gym this morning for the first time in 2012. It was no coincidence. My goal is to lose a few pounds. Donna Simpson’s goal is a lot more challenging. Who’s Donna Simpson? I mentioned Simpson in a couple of my blogs in 2010 (Shortest Man, Heavy… Read More

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I can’t believe something so small can hurt so much. My ordeal with the kidney stone (Oh Baby! It’s a Kidney Stone) is finally over. It ended Friday night, nearly three days after the “labor” began. Many compare passing kidney stones with giving birth. I neglected to take pictures of my first “child” 15 years ago. That was before the iPhone. This time I was ready. And no, he she it didn’t… Read More

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Every time we do a story on TV about obesity, I usually joke (off camera of course), “There are those headless people again.” We’re careful not to offend anyone about being overweight, or make them feel uncomfortable, so we show them from the neck down. Apparently discretion isn’t  doing them any favors. The latest obesity report found that Americans are packing on the pounds. Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in… Read More

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Famed actress Elizabeth Taylor died this week at the age of 79. Taylor’s cause of death is listed as congestive heart failure. Whenever someone as famous as Elizabeth Taylor suffers from, or in this case, dies from a disease or disorder, we want to learn more about it. Millions live with congestive heart failure The American Heart Association says there are about 5 million Americans living with congestive heart failure today. It’s… Read More

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What would make you happy? “Well, if I could live in paradise, that would make me happy,” might be one reply.  There might be something to that. A new Gallup survey reveals which states are happiest, and Hawaii comes out on top. Bummer for those who live in West Virginia. Dead last! They’re pretty glum about the news. Naturally.  Am I Happy? Since I don’t live in Hawaii or West Virginia, I… Read More

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Flu season is just around the corner.  And that means rolling up your sleeve and saying, “Why yes, I’d love to get stuck with that big needle.”   But for a lot of people that flu shot will not only be a pain in the arm, but also in the wallet. NewsChannel 8 reports that the Oklahoma State Health Department has done away with its “free shots for anyone” program.  It gave… Read More

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None of us want to look and seem older than we really are. How many times have you said this about someone? “They’re only (age)? Gee, they look much older.” It could be because of four common bad habits combined, according to new research. Smoking Drinking too much Inactivity Poor diet The 20 year British study should give us another kick in the pants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. An AP story… Read More

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We all want to live longer and healthier lives.  Of course, what we eat sure helps.  I came across a fascinating list of so-called “superfoods” you should eat, depending on how old you are.  It’s broken down by decade.  Looks like I’ll be eating lots of nuts, beans, spinach and eggs the rest of my life.  I’ll add another one my dad turned me onto years ago… oatmeal every morning.  It must… Read More

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