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Your Body: How Stress Can Lead to Weight Gain

Top Photo Group/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorIn the battle of the bulge, sometimes will power can wilt. The culprit? It could be stress.In a recent study published in the journal Neuron, researchers found that participants who experienced even moderate stress were more likely to choose foods that tasted good over healthier options. Now, when people are under stress, their body actually wants to have glucose. Why? That’s the brain's preferred source o

Study: To Ward Off Depression, Don't Just Call Grandma

(NEW YORK) — A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics found that elderly people who interact with their relatives in person -- and not on the phone or by email -- are less likely to suffer from depression. Researchers pored through data on more than 11,000 adults from the national Health and Retirement Survey, and compared those who suffered from symptoms of depression with the method and frequency with which they kept in touch with their friends and family members.

Robot Trainer Whipping Seniors into Shape

Huntstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While some may feel their personal trainer's enthusiasm is phony, some seniors in Singapore know it for a fact: the residents of Lions Befrienders Seniors' Activity Centre are being kept in shape by a robot. Asia One reports Robocoach, which was originally developed by students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, has been leading fitness classes by example, demonstrating moves, and by employing its motion-sensor technology to ensure its trainees are keeping up. Sing

Florida Teen 'Punched Back' After Shark Attacked Him

Whitepointer/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A 14-year-old boy was bitten by a shark while surfing in waters off of Volusia County, Florida Sunday, officials said, marking the 11th shark bite reported in the county this year.The teen was in the water in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, about 15 miles south of Daytona Beach, with four other people, Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Aaron Jenkins told ABC News.The boy, from Vero Beach, Florida, was paddling on his surfboard when a 4- to 5-foot black-tip

Haze Over Malaysia Shuts Schools Down Due to Health Fears

NagyDodo/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- Many schools in Malaysia will be closed for two days following the nation's health concerns over thick haze in Southeast Asia, according to the BBC.Forest fires in Indonesia are causing the haze.Malaysian authorities determined that due to the haze polluting the air, most schools must be closed on Monday and Tuesday.  The haze is also a contributing factor to tensions between nations in the southeast Asia region, reports BBC News.  Exposure to th

Class-Action Suit Filed Against Natural American Spirit Cigarettes Maker

Alessio Rigato/EyeEm Premium(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) -- Sante Fe Natural Tobacco Co. is facing a class-action lawsuit for referring to its Natural American Spirit cigarettes as "natural" and "additive-free."The company has used those terms for American Spirit since it was founded and according to the plaintiffs, the parent company Reynolds American Inc. is misleading smokers by making them think the cigarettes are healthier than other brands, including selling them in health stores.The lawsuit, fil

Public Health Emergency Declared in Flint, MI After Water Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) -- There's lead in Flint's water system, and state officials are working to get rid of it.On Friday, officials in Michigan released a new plan to fix the water system in Flint, Michigan, after reports last week surfaced saying the number of children in the city with elevated blood-lead levels jumped over two years.The Genesee County health department had declared the crisis a public health emergency on Thursday.The new plan includes free and immediate testing of w

Keytruda Approved by FDA to Treat Most Common Form of Lung Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A drug to treat advanced stages of the most common form of lung cancer gets approved.On Friday, the Federal Drug Administration announced the approval of Merck & Co.'s Keytruda drug used to treat patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer when treatment is beyond chemotherapy and radiation, and tumors express a protein known as PD-L1.The FDA said it's the first drug to be approved in lung cancer for patients whose tumors express PD-L1.“Our growin

Young Boy Gets 'Life-Changing' Plastic Surgery for 'Elf Ears'

Mobley Foundation for Charitable Surgery(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Gage Berger, a 6-year-old boy in Utah, recently got "life-changing" plastic surgery after suffering "years of bullying from kids who called him elf ears," according to his parents.Prior to cosmetic ear pinning surgery, Gage had prominently protruding ears that made him the subject of unwanted teases and taunts, his dad Timothy Berger told ABC News. He said that over the past year, his "playful, outgoing" son had "changed." Gage started

'Miracle' Dog Falls 11 Stories From Balcony and Survives, Owner Says

Kimberly Bellinger(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A dog that fell 11 stories from a Florida balcony and survived is being called a "miracle" dog.Kimberly Bellinger was visiting her mom in West Palm Beach with her 12-year-old Pekingese Bonzo when the pooch fell “at least 120 feet” from the condo's balcony, Bellinger told ABC News Friday.With Bonzo, which she rescued eight years ago, having neurological problems from a prior stroke and hip dysplasia causing him limited mobility, Bellinger s

Danny Pintauro Opens Up About Learning He Was HIV-Positive

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When former Who's the Boss? star Danny Pintauro scheduled a routine physical three years ago, he didn't realize that he was sick.So, when he got a call from his doctor on his lunch break shortly thereafter, he wasn't prepared for the news that he had tested positively for HIV."I had no idea," Pintauro recalled on The View. "[I] went to the doctor’s office and got the news, walked back to work, spent another six hours doing talent agent stuff and went home and cried."P

Couple Turns Hospital ICU Into Wedding Chapel as Groom Battles Cancer

Mary Lou Dodson/Vanderbilt University Medical Center(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — An intensive care unit was recently turned into wedding chapel for one couple anxious to get married before it was too late.Caleb Hanby and Bethany Davidson were married at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center last week, just hours after Hanby was rushed to the hospital due to breathing problems, according to the hospital.Hanby, 28, was diagnosed last year with a rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma that affected h

Your Body: Do Ellipticals Burn More Calories Than Walking?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor It’s the calorie conscious question that’s plagued us for decades: What’s better? Walking or using the elliptical?According to recent estimates by the Mayo Clinic, when it comes to calories, ellipticals burn more. Research shows that a 160-pound person using an elliptical for one hour will burn about 365 calories. That same person will burn just 314 calories walking for the same amount of time.But why?

Report: Minorities More at Risk to Suffer from Diabetes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new report indicates that diabetes is rising in the United States, and minority groups are more at risk.According to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the percentage of Americans suffering from the disease rose from 10 percent in 1988 to 12 percent in 2012. Dr. Amisha Wallia, assistant professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native Americans and

Could Breakthrough Find Lead to Exercise in a Bottle?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists at the University of Sydney have successfully mapped 1,000 molecular reactions to exercise, a discovery that researchers say could lead to drugs that mimic the health benefits of exercise for people — without them actually doing it.The research, which was undertaken in collaboration with researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, was published in Cell Metabolism."Exercise is the most powerful therapy for many human diseases, inc

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