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Children's Dreams Come True One Picture at a Time


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Junaisy Vargas, 6, has a lot of wishes in life -- No. 4 seems the most impossible.“I want to be a mermaid. That’s my wish,” she said.Junaisy of Las Vegas has Ewing’s Sarcoma, a bone marr

FDA Warns Against Hysterectomy Technique That May Spread Cancer


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Boston couple behind a campaign to stop doctors from performing a controversial surgical procedure is applauding a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning against doctors performing the procedure, called laparoscop

School Flier Counsels Kids Not to Rat Out Bullies


Ziviani/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- A Nebraska elementary school has apologized for passing out a flier containing nine questionable rules for dealing with bullies. Rule No. 7 is “Do not tell on bullies.”Josh Mehlin, a parent who has children

What Led to Former "DWTS" Co-Host's Cancer Diagnosis


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Months before former Dancing with the Stars co-host and ET correspondent Samantha Harris received a diagnosis of breast cancer, the TV personality had a mammogram and got an “all clear” from her doctor.The mother-of-two s

How Christina Milian Co-Parents with Ex-Husband


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Christina Milian is a chart-topping R&B and hip-hop star best known for hits like “Dip It Low” and her star run on Dancing With the Stars. It is a much more personal role, however, that means the most to Milian: being

Conjoined Twins See Sunlight for the First Time


Medical City Children's Hospital(DALLAS) -- A pair of formerly conjoined twins were finally able to go outside and see sunlight for the first time, more than seven months after they had surgery to be separated.Owen and Emmitt Ezell were born joined from t

Alicia Silverstone's Son Has 'Never Had a Drop of Medicine'


MJ Kim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Silverstone has long been a proponent of attachment parenting. Now, she has written a book about it.In The Kind Mama, Silverstone opens up about raising her nearly 3-year-old son, Bear."He's never been sick-sick, ju

Dogs Can Be Important Members of Families with Autistic Children


AnneMS/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Owning a dog can be a family’s great pleasures, particularly those with special needs children, at least according to one study.A University of Missouri study seems to allay the fears of parents who have youngsters dia

The Closer You Sleep, the Stronger the Relationship


BartekSzewczyk/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sleeping together doesn't have such a sexual connotation when you're talking about how couples actually fall asleep in bed.University of Hertfordshire psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman wanted to find out about t

Extroverts May Hold the Key to Happiness


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PULLMAN, Wash.) -- Pharrell Williams’ song "Happy" is everywhere these days although there’s been no study to show if it actually makes people happy.However, Timothy Church, a Washington State University professor of

AG Eric Holder Highlights Heroin Death Epidemic


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday told a group of police leaders it is time for street cops to start carrying the drug Narcan that can reverse deadly heroin overdoses. And this time the police, facing a ri

Deciphering the Signs of Anorexia in the Very Young


iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Until the age of 10, twins Reagan and Grace Freeman were like two peas in a pod living in a Houston, Texas, suburb.After they moved to another state, their mother, Cindy Freeman, noticed that Reagan started rejecting foods sh

UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV than Diabetes'


iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A U.K. doctor has stirred up controversy after writing an op-ed in the U.K. paper The Spectator where he argued that he’d "rather have HIV than diabetes." Dr. Max Pemberton, author of The Doctor Will See You Now and who

French Lab Loses Thousands of Vials of Deadly SARS Virus


iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- A French lab has lost more than 2,000 vials containing fragments of the deadly SARS virus, which killed nearly 800 people in a 2003 epidemic across four continents. The Pasteur Institute in Paris, France announced this week tha

Digital Mirror Reveals Internal Organs


iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- By combining Microsoft Kinect’s motion-capture camera with medical imaging tests, French researchers have created a “digital mirror” that appears to peel back the skin of users and expose their organs.Scientis

No Shots, No School Amid Ohio Mumps Outbreak


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Unvaccinated kids could spend 25 days at home if someone at their school develops mumps -- a contagious disease making the rounds in Columbus, Ohio.At least 224 people in Franklin and Delaware counties have contracted the

Smoking Marijuna May Lead to Brain Changes, Study Says


Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Some people might want to rethink their views about marijuana being relatively harmless, a new study from medical school researchers at Northwestern and Harvard suggests.Anne Blood, a senior study co-author, s

Cat Owners Should Avoid Displaying Easter Lilies


Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s that time of year when people adorn their homes with the flowers of the holiday season, such as Easter lilies.But while these flowers might look great on your coffee table, they can be murder on you