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The Eight Most Germy Spots at the Mall

You’re probably going to be headed to a mall within the next few weeks to do your Christmas shopping, so here’s a list of eight germ hot spots to gross you out, thanks to Health Magazine.

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Burger King Changes Their Fries

Burger King is changing their french fries for the first time in 13 years and I squealed in horror when I saw the news because I absolutely love their french fries and if you haven't had the new fries yet, here's what's in store.

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Why Sixth Grade May Be the Most Important Factor for Your Child Graduating High School

The latest numbers show about eight percent of American kids drop out of high school before graduating. Want to keep your kids from becoming a statistic? Then pay attention to how they do in the sixth grade.

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Category: Health, Kids, Parenting
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Is Your Coffee Fix Getting in the Way of Medication?

The average American adult drinks about three cups of coffee a day, and while many can’t imagine a morning without it, people taking certain drugs may want to think twice.

Studies show that more than a dozen medications — antidepressants, estrogen, and thyroid and osteoporosis drugs, for example — can be affected by coffee, which can block absorption or enhance the effects of the drugs.

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Ten Delicious Holiday Foods

One thing I love about the holiday season is all of the wonderful flavors and spices that come out this time of year. Ginger, peppermint, pumpkin and apples and cinnamon are some of my favorites. Tomorrow is December, so now is the time to enjoy all of these delicious treats, but the folks at one website are giving us reasons why we shouldn't indulge.

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Morning Person or Lazy? There’s a Gene for That

If you’ve ever wondered why some can get by on just a few hours of sleep while others need much more, scientists may have found an answer.

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Category: Health, Medical, Work
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Should We Be Concerned About Obesity in Kindergarteners?

We never used to think of chubby kids as being anything other than adorable, but researchers are now more concerned about children’s eating habits now that more Americans are being considered obese.

According to a new study, 40 percent of American children enter kindergarten with a body mass index (BMI) greater than the 75 percentile. Anything over the 85th percentile is considered “overweight,” and over the 95th percentile is “obese.”

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Category: Health, Medical
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Holiday Stress? It May be Your Decorations

With Thanksgiving 2011 in the history books, a lot of people are going to be breaking out the Christmas decorations. Be careful, though. Apparently you can ruin your holiday with poor decoration placement.

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Singing Helps Heal Depression, Improve Parkinson’s Conditions

Parkinson’s Disease is a frustrating and frightening medical condition, and treatment options are few. However, a group in Canterbury, England may have made a surprising discovery that could benefit not only them, but everyone else in the world – singing seems to make them feel better.

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Category: Health, Medical
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Hey Ladies, Fight Cancer by Drinking Coffee

If you’re one of those women people tease because you’re never seen without a Starbucks cup in your hand, you may actually be bettering your health. All that coffee might be warding off cancer.

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Category: Health, Medical
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Smarter Kids May Be Experimenting More with Drugs

A new study of 8,000 kids published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health finds those who had high IQs were more likely to use certain illicit drugs as they aged. Smarter girls in particular may tend to experiment with marijuana, cocaine, and other illicit drugs later on.

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Category: Health, Kids
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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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