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Donating My Eggs Destroyed My Chance of Having Kids

From Redbook

I first saw the advertisements about egg donation around my college campus and in the campus newspaper. Full-page flyers wallpapered the area near the dorms, with taglines like "Make up to $10,000 by helping a family achieve their dreams." They were always there, and they mostly just faded into the background. I thought it sounded like a cool thing to do - helping out a family - but never made any steps towards donating. At least, not until my friend decided to do it.

Watching her go through the donation process really made me want to do it, too. She got to meet the person she was donating to (a single woman trying to conceive) and walked away feeling like she made such a difference in that woman's life.

I've always had a soft spot for women dealing with infertility. My mom wasn't really a part of my life, and it seemed like this incredibly cruel twist of fate that there...


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I Refused to Invite My Sister to My Wedding

From Redbook

Growing up, I didn't have any sisters. I was born smack dab in the middle of two brothers, and while I loved hanging around with the guys, I'd be lying if I said I didn't occasionally yearn for another girl in the family. Someone who could dance around the room with me, burrow through my mom's makeup stash with me and, yes, gossip about boys with me.

So when my mom introduced my brothers and my 12-year-old self to the man she was dating - who happened to have two daughters who were 5 and 9 years old - I was stoked. I had hit the jackpot. I wasn't getting just one girl to hang out with, but two. I even remember meeting them for the first time. We went to see Monsters, Inc. in theaters, and as we walked across the street to McDonald's for vanilla ice cream afterward, we all linked arms and told each other, "I wish you were my sister."

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Jenna Dewan Tatum Threw Channing a Unicorn-Themed Bowling Birthday Party

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Fresh off the launch of Magic Mike Live in Vegas - when Jenna Dewan Tatum and Channing confirmed that they were still very much in love - Jenna threw her husband a pretty fabulous 37th birthday party at a bowling alley (do these guys know how to have fun or what?).

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Channing must have a thing for the ubiquitous Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, because the bowling alley was filled with unicorn balloons for the occasion.

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Dewan Tatum also posted an adorable picture of herself and her husband with their 3-year-old daughter Everly.

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Everly did more than just show up for the party - she baked her dad a pretty impressive birthday cake.

Seriously, this family is the cutest. The two actors have...


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Fit Mom Chontel Duncan Is Pregnant With Her Second Child

From Redbook

You might remember Chontel Duncan from when her third trimester baby bump - or lack of bump - went viral during her first pregnancy.

Duncan has lived up to her fit mom persona ever since. She's continued to share photos of her post-pregnancy abs and from life with her 13-month-old son, Miah. But things are about to change for the trainer - she took to Instagram earlier this week to announce that she's expecting baby number two in September!

"Come September, we'll be welcoming baby number two into the Duncan residence," she shared in the first of two videos. "Yes, that means I'm pregnant! I'm over four months pregnant and I'm so over the moon, we are so happy and cannot wait to meet our little baby."

Duncan admitted to being a little afraid to tell her fans about the happy news. "I have finally built up the courage to open up another journey in my life with you all," she...


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Kim Kardashian Says North West Is Kind of a Mean Older Sister

From Redbook

North West may look like mom Kim Kardashian West's doppelgänger, but her attitude, apparently, is much more similar to dad Kanye West's.

"She's really, really smart, actually. She knows how to outsmart us - of she thinks she does. But she is Kanye's twin," Kardashian West said during an appearance on Ellen. "Same personality, says the same wild things. Those two…"

The couple's daughter isn't the nicest older sister, either, according to the reality star. "North just beats him up all day long… she's just awful," Kardashian West said. "She is so jealous, and I thought it was a phase - it's not going away. She just says boys aren't allowed in her room. Like, when she's gone at school, I'm like, 'It's time let's go in her room! Do whatever you want - go crazy!'"

North's behavior goes all the way to when Saint was born, Kardashian West explained. "When I was breastfeeding...


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Jennifer Hudson Explains Why She *Still* Isn't Married

From Redbook

It seems like every other day another celebrity announces a secret wedding, but Jennifer Hudson's fiancé David Otunga popped the question back in 2008 and she's still not running to the altar.

The Oscar-winner opened up about her long engagement on Ellen this week, and when the comedian asked Hudson about her relationship status, the actress confidently shrugged it off saying, "I'm not in a hurry. He ain't going nowhere."

It's not like making it official has never crossed been on her mind - the singer/actress told Essence in 2016 that when she went to Ciara's wedding to Russell Wilson, the beauty of the event sparked some inspiration. And, yes, she's realized all of her peers are married, but she's still following her own timeline.

Plus, Hudson has been keeping plenty busy since former wrestler Otunga proposed. Between starring in movies, a stint on Broadway as Shug...


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John Legend Opens Up About Holding His Daughter Luna for the First Time

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John Legend was recently chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people - for the second time, no less - and his daughter Luna agrees.

Legend shared a heartwarming Instagram of himself and his daughter, who was seeing double while holding an issue of the magazine with her dad's photo on the cover. In the video, Teigen asks her Luna who's in the photo, and she responds "dada, dada" to her parents' delight. Cue the awwws.

Clearly, Luna is a daddy's girl - and she's got her famous father wrapped around her little finger. Legend reminisced about holding his daughter for the first time in an appearance on The Late Show. "It's beautiful, it's very emotional, and it brings you and your wife closer together," he told Stephen Colbert. And if that wasn't enough to melt your heart, he continued, ""It's a different kind of love. It's very pure, it's...


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Why Does My Shingles Vaccine Cost So Much?

If you're covered by Medicare, you may feel the pain of a shingles shot more in your wallet than in your arm.

That's because the federal program that insures most seniors in the U.S. provides poor coverage for some recommended vaccines, including shingles, and could leave some people paying $200 or more for protection. 

Shingles is a viral infection that often causes a painful, blistering rash and, in some cases, leads to lingering nerve pain and, in rare cases, even blindness.

The vaccine isn't foolproof, but for people aged 60 and older it reduces the risk of getting shingles by about 51 percent and, if you do get shingles, reduces the nerve pain it causes by close to 70 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Energy drinks unleash potentially 'life threatening' changes - The Sunshine Coast Daily

Just one energy drink can trigger potentially "life threatening" changes in blood pressure and the heart, warns new research.

The study showed that drinking one 32 ounce can of a commercially available energy drink resulted in more "profound changes" in the heart's electrical activity and blood pressure than drinking the same amount of a control drink containing the same amount of caffeine.

Researchers warned that people who have high blood pressure, underlying cardiac conditions or other health issues might want to avoid energy drinks until more is known about their impact on heart health.

They said that while the US Food and Drug Administration generally considers caffeine in daily doses of less than 400mg as safe, energy drinks often consist of a host of other ingredients.

With more than 500 types of energy drinks on the market, there has been an increase in...


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Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault - CNN

But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the legal system, according to an article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Taking action may also add a new layer to the ongoing discussion about consent and sexual assault, the author said.
"I worry that victims (of stealthing) might struggle in court using current laws," said Alexandra Brodsky, who authored the article when she was a student at Yale Law School. She is currently a fellow at the National Women's Law Center.

Survivors of sexual assault may face a number of "myths and biases" in court, Brodsky said. For example, jurors may refuse to see a crime as "serious," or simply not believe the victim, in cases where the victim has had a relationship with an alleged rapist, or when their prior sexual activity is called into question.

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Got this kind of face? You're more likely to be left-handed - New Atlas

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He's 25 percent more likely to be left-handed than someone with a rounder face, says a ...

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Our faces are a key way in which we evaluate each other. We can glean trustworthiness, threat, love and humor from a simple glance at another person's visage. Now, it appears that scientists can ascertain another fact about us simply from looking at our faces – how likely we are to be left-handed.

Trying to determine characteristics about our makeup from the look of our face isn't new. You might have heard that individuals with creases in their ears are more likely to have a heart attack, for example. In a new study published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, researcher Philippe Hujoel, a professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and an...


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Vaping Vs Smoking: E-Cigarettes Are Safe, Don't Cause Cancer, New Study Reveals - The Inquisitr

E-cigarette use is rising in popularity as more smokers now prefer to vape instead of smoking tobacco. There have been concerns over the use of e-cigarettes as previous studies revealed that excessive exposure to the vapor would damage DNA and cause cancer. Now, a new study emerges to refute the claim.

In 2015, University of California, San Diego researchers, along with VA San Diego Healthcare System, conducted a study on e-cigarettes causing cancer, the results of which stated that vapor from the e-cigarettes can render genes unstable and will lead to cancer. Although vaping is now a preferred option for smokers because it doesn’t contain nicotine, it is the nicotine-free vapor itself that caused the damage, the previous study stated.

For this newer study published in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis and conducted by researchers at British American Tobacco, it was found that...


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Worrying is good for you - New York Daily News

Breathe a well-deserved sigh of relief, all you list-making over-planners.

A recent article argues that worry has motivational and emotional benefits. In her paper titled "The Surprising Upsides to Worry," Kate Sweeny, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, argues that worry is a tool that people can harness to avoid unsatisfactory situations. She contends that worry is a way of recovering from past trauma -- and worriers perform better in school and at work, are better problem solvers and take active steps towards better health.

"Despite its negative reputation, not all worry is destructive or even futile," Sweeny wrote. "It has motivational benefits, and it acts as an emotional buffer."

Worry is a motivating asset in preventative care. Sweeny says that Americans who worry about cancer used more sunscreen, did self-exams at home and had...


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This Gym Is Now Offering Napping Classes - Shape Magazine

And no, we're not just talking about Savasana.

By Sophie Dweck | Apr 28, 2017

Over the past few years, we've seen our fair share of unconventional fitness and well-being trends. First, there was goat yoga (who can forget that?), then beer yoga, napping rooms, and well now, napping exercise classes. A gym in the U.K. is now offering a class for people to take naps.

Yes, you read right. And no, we're not talking about that 10-minute Savasana at the end of a yoga class. (It just never seems long enough, right?)

For gym-goers who are weary and fatigued, one of the David Lloyd Clubs is offering a 60-minute class called Napercise, as Mashable first reported. And it is exactly what it sounds like.

The class begins and ends with some tension-relieving stretches with a 45-minute nap in between. That means uninterrupted zzz's in the perfect temperature for getting the most out of your...


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NHS covered up breast surgeon with 'God complex' who needlessly butchered hundreds of women - Telegraph.co.uk

“There are hundreds, if not thousands, of claimants and then we have got to think about people who haven’t come forward, people who have died. It’s on a huge scale.

“I would say, from our standpoint and what we know, there have been cover-ups since the late Nineties.”

Sara Burns, a medical negligence partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “It is crucial that the whole healthcare industry learns from this as soon as possible.”

Heart of England NHS Trust said in a statement: “We welcome the verdict and appreciate the distress caused to Ian Paterson’s patients and families.”

A Royal College of Surgeons spokesman said: “It is now vital that all health services reflect on the lessons of this unacceptable practice.”

How victims thought Ian Paterson was saint in white coat

By Martin Evans and Katie Morley

With his convincing bedside manner and “god-like” status on the wards, Ian Paterson was able...


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The Surprising Link Between Bullying & Plastic Surgery - Refinery29

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It's no surprise that bullying can have widespread effect on a person's mental state — but according to new research, it could also lead to physical changes, for both the bullies and their victims.

According to a study from the University of Warwick, bullies and those that they bully are more likely than anyone else to want plastic surgery. Researchers studied almost 2,800 teens in the U.K., analyzing emotional problems, their levels of self-esteem and body image, as well as their desire to have plastic surgery. The study, published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, found that over 11% of bullying victims and nearly 9% of those who bullied and were bullied had an “extreme desire” to have plastic surgery.
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Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault - CNN

But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the legal system, according to an article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Taking action may also add a new layer to the ongoing discussion about consent and sexual assault, the author said.
"I worry that victims (of stealthing) might struggle in court using current laws," said Alexandra Brodsky, who authored the article when she was a student at Yale Law School. She is currently a fellow at the National Women's Law Center.

Survivors of sexual assault may face a number of "myths and biases" in court, Brodsky said. For example, jurors may refuse to see a crime as "serious," or simply not believe the victim, in cases where the victim has had a relationship with an alleged rapist, or when their prior sexual activity is called into question.

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Ardi Rizal seven years later Picture: Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images - NEWS.com.au

Ardi Rizal seven years later Picture: Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

DO you remember the two-year-old who was addicted to smoking?

Indonesian boy Ardi Rizal shocked the world when his 40 smokes a day habit was revealed seven years ago. Now nine, the young boy has managed to turn his life around.

But it has not been without difficulties, with Ardi developing a food addiction when his food weaned him off cigarettes when he was five.

Seven years since the photos emerged of the chain smoking Ardi, he has managed to quit the habit, lose weight and become a “champion” at his primary school.

The boy from a remote village in Sumatra became an international concern following backlash of a photo that showed the two-year-old puffing a cigarette while riding his bike.

With government intervention and the help of intensive specialist care, Ardi’s parents...


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Potentially harmful effects of energy drinks - it's not the caffeine - AsiaOne

Drinking 32 ounces of energy drink is associated with potentially harmful changes in blood pressure and heart function that are beyond those seen with caffeine alone, according to a new study.

There are more than 500 energy drink products on the market, and their increased popularity is matched by a significant rise in energy drink-associated emergency department visits and deaths.

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Manufacturers and fans of these products claim they are as safe as caffeine, but there is little evidence to support that claim.

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Caffeine in doses up to 400 mg (about five cups of coffee) is generally recognised as safe by the Food and Drug Administration. While energy drinks usually contain caffeine, little is known about the safety of some of their other ingredients the study team writes in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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Health ministers approve the legalisation of hemp for human consumption - The Sydney Morning Herald

Hemp smoothies and hemp-laced muffins could appear on shop shelves and cafe menus by the year's end following a decision to legalise the cannabis plant's seeds for human consumption.

After rejecting proposals to amend the Food Standards Code as far back as 2002, state and federal health ministers have now decided hemp - the same species as marijuana - is safe to eat.

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