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Weight Gain Is Another Occupational Hazard


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Is your job weighing you down? Maybe it's because you're packing on the pounds at work.A CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,000 job professionals finds that close to half of them claim they've put on weight at their current place of employment.Of those who say they've gotten heavier, the majority report a weight gain of more than 10 pounds during time spent at the present job, and a quarter admit adding over 20 pounds.In what might be a bit of fitting justice for

Good Things Can Happen When Tastes Change After Surgery


iStock/Thinkstock(LEICESTER, England) -- Is it possible that weight loss surgery not only affects one's appetite, but taste and smell too?That appears what Leicester Royal Infirmary researchers found after a study of 100 patients whose stomachs were made smaller while having their small intestines shortened.As expected, virtually all of the patients' appetites were affected by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. However, 42 percent claimed their sense of smell also changed, and just over seven in

Health Officials Step Up Psychological Support Efforts at Boston Marathon


iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Bob Spiner, Jr. has breezed through several 20-mile runs in the past few weeks. The 50-year-old lawyer from Lynbrook, N.Y., has trained a steady 40 to 50 miles a week for the past year and said he is in top physical condition to run this year's Boston Marathon. He's just not sure he's mentally ready."I am emotionally fatigued by all of the new security measures and I'm not convinced I want to put myself through it or my family through it," Spiner said.A lot of this y

Woman Reportedly Finds Bird Leg in Bagged Spinach


iStock/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) -- An Ohio woman is unhappy with the food giant Dole after reportedly finding a bird leg in her bagged spinach.After she opened the bag, Rose Carducci said, "As I started looking some more I saw what looked like nails, like talons, and realized, 'Oh my gosh, this is part of a bird.'"Carducci says Dole offered to send vouchers for spinach and salad, but she turned it down."Birds carry diseases... it's in my salad... I mean could other bags be contaminated?" Carducci

Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults.In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress ho

SARS-Like MERS Virus Spreads Among Healthcare Workers


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A sudden uptick in the SARS-like corona virus called MERS-CoV for Middle Eastern Respiratory Coronavirus is partially related to healthcare workers becoming infected with the disease.This month the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 32 cases of the virus so far, including a cluster of 10 healthcare workers, all of whom worked with an infected patient, who died on April 10. Nearly all the cases were located in the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia,

Woman With Engineered Vagina Says She Has 'Normal Life'


iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- A woman who took part in a ground-breaking study in which scientists were able to use her cells to engineer lab-grown vaginas is speaking about the procedure that changed her life.The unnamed woman was one of four subjects between the ages of 13 to 18 who took part in the study. All four suffered from a genetic condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauster (MRKH), which left them with vaginas that were incomplete.The unnamed woman, who lives in Mexi

Thirteen-Pound Baby Waldo Wows Parents


iStock/Thinkstock(DREXEL HILL, Pa.) -- An expecting couple got an unexpected surprise when their newborn weighed a whopping four pounds more than expected.Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer was born by C-section on Monday weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces, according to ABC affiliate WPVI."We knew he was big but not that big," Danielle Dwyer told WPVI, explaining that doctors guessed Waldo would weigh about 9 pounds, 10 ounces. "I'm thankful he was healthy and well."The median birth weight for boys i

'Pee Parties' Latest Baby-Making Trend


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Conception has gone social. Pee parties -- also known as POAS, or Pee on a Stick Parties -- are the latest way women are taking what was once a very private moment very public. The trend was first spotted by BabyCenter.com. "They will discuss what day they are going to test," said Rebecca Michals, director of global community and customer service, "and then come back to post the results." Is this the ultimate in oversharing? Maybe not. The intention behind the part

Why ESPN Anchor Refuses to Let Cancer Win


Rich Arden/ESPN(NEW YORK) -- Stuart Scott is an ESPN original and the man GQ magazine once said put the hip-hop in sportscasting.When the Sportscenter anchor is not at ESPN’s studios, he can be found once or twice a month practicing mixed-martial arts wearing sunglasses, for a very specific reason.“I’m blind in my left eye,” Scott told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview this week.  “Contrary to what people say, it is not a glass eye so I have to prot

Rise in Women Using Surrogates for Social Reasons


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For most women, carrying their own baby is the ultimate joy. More and more women, however, are turning to surrogates to carry their babies, not because they cannot conceive, but because they do not want to.It’s a trend many are calling “social surrogacy” and one that was recently highlighted in an article in the May issue of Elle magazine.“This is a wonderful opportunity for women to have more choices,” said Dr. Saira Jhutty, CEO of Co

Ohio Soccer Player Is Dangerously 'Allergic' to Her Own Sweat


Courtesy Caitlin McComish(NEW YORK) -- Caitlin McComish, a promising collegiate soccer player, set out for a run in her hometown of White House, Ohio, in May 2013 when she began to have trouble breathing and went into life-threatening anaphylactic shock.As a child, she'd been diagnosed with food allergies and had two or three mild attacks a year."It's never the same, it's always like a group of symptoms," said McComish, 20.But this one was different."I was right in front of my grade school," she

Drinking Coffee When You're Tired May Keep You Honest


TongRo Images/Thinkstock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) -- Caffeine as the ultimate truth serum? It certainly seems to make people less inclined to be dishonest when they feel tired, according to three professors from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.Co-author Michael Christian says that sleep deprivation weakens people’s resolve to be ethically strong, such as when a supervisor tells a worker to do something that’s not entirely on the up-and-up.In fact, Christian

Many Looking Forward to New Scientific and Tech Breakthroughs


AlexRaths/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Advances in science and technology are moving faster than people can keep up with, but in spite of feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of everything, Americans are pretty optimistic about the way things are headed.A new Pew Research center survey suggests as much even as the changes come fast and furious.For instance, just over eight in ten respondents believe that science will have the ability to regularly grow replacement organs within the next half-centur

Food Texture Can Fool People


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Food texture is probably not high on the list of what people think about when they enjoy a meal.Yet, somehow, there’s a perception that when a food is either hard or rough, it must contain fewer calories than soft and smooth foods.Researchers from University of South Florida, the University of Michigan and Columbia University wanted to find “the link between how a food feels in your mouth and the amount we eat, the types of food we choose, and how ma

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