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Increased stress could lead to immune system disorders, study finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stress may not just affect the mind, but may actually affect the physical immune system, a new study found. Everyone will experience a significant life stressor at some point in their lives, such as loss of a loved one, or exposure to violence. While most people exposed to hardships gradually recover, a significant percentage develop severe psychiatric …

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Mom shaves toddler's head: "We made a decision cancer wouldn't take his hair."

Nichole Brooks(DALLAS) — A mom who made the decision to shave her toddler’s head as he undergoes chemotherapy for cancer treatment shared her powerful photos to Facebook. And though it was a difficult process, Nichole Brooks took great comfort in what happened when her 2.5-year-old son Wyatt looked in the mirror and saw himself hairless for the first time. Wyatt, …

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Science shows party dip can give you herpes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you need another reason to avoid parties, consider this finding from the U.K. show Food Unwrapped: you can get a nasty stomach bug, and even herpes, from party dip. While the scourge of double-dipping came to the fore thanks to that famous Seinfeld moment, scientists on Food Unwrapped noted that norovirus — which can give you …

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Life after attempting suicide: What 4 survivors want you to know

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the shocking deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain still fresh in our minds and dramatic new statistics showing suicides on the rise, we’re all grappling with how pervasive and devastating suicide is. Around 1.4 million in the United States alone are estimated to attempt suicide every year. Someone in your life could be struggling right …

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Around 30 noxious Hogweed have been found in Virginia

ABC News(CLARKE COUNTY, VA.) — Scientists and officials on the East Coast are working to locate invasive plants known as giant hogweed that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness to those who come in contact, after Virginia residents reported discovering the noxious plants in their yards. Giant hogweed looks very similar to the common native species cow parsnip, …

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Playing video games too much might lead to a real problem, World Health Organization says

BY DR. KARINE TAWAGI, BY ABC NEWS iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — “Call of Duty,” “Grand Theft Auto” and “Fortnite” are just some of the super-popular video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers around the world. But health officials have become increasingly concerned about what all those hours lost in gaming worlds might actually be doing to mental health. This …

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Four healthy grilling ideas for your next summer barbecue

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Summer is all about backyard barbecues and that means lots of burgers and food on the grill. If you’re trying to be healthier this summer, there are simple swaps to lighten up the go-to grilling dishes, says nutrition expert Brooke Alpert. Alpert, author of “The Diet Detox,” shared a healthy summer BBQ menu with leaner proteins that …

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For obese people with a common joint disorder, weight loss can lead to pain reduction

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Weight loss may be a promising treatment for obese people with one of the most common joint disorders, according to a new study. For those who are overweight or obese with knee osteoarthritis, losing 20 percent of their body weight can result in a 25 percent reduction in pain, according to a study published Monday in the …

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Saving Carter: Family of boy with rare disorder dubbed 'childhood Alzheimer's' launches campaign to save him

Becca Rillo Photography(NEW YORK) — The parents of a 6-year-old boy who suffers from a debilitating disorder likened to ‘childhood Alzheimer’s’ have started a campaign to save their son. “Carter is probably one of the most loving children you’ll ever meet,” Jennifer Sarker, Carter’s mom, told “Good Morning America.” “He’s very affectionate, he’s very playful. He keeps us on our …

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Road Trips And The Biggest Source Of Stress In The Car

  Just in time for summer road trip season, Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, polled more than 1,000 parents with young kids to find out what gets moms’ and dads’ goats on those long haul voyages. Turns out more than half of those polled say choosing where to stop is the biggest cause of stress …

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