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Five Weird Food Traps That Are Making You Gain Weight

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you want to be skinny, think like a skinny person, says Brian Wansink, the mastermind behind a decade's worth of innovative studies at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab.Wansink and his team spend their time watching

How "NCIS" Star Michael Weatherly Lost 35 Pounds

Robert Voets/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) -- NCIS star Michael Weatherly has never been tough on the eyes.But now, the actor is telling Closer Weekly that he's dropped some major weight to boot."My friend and I ha

Idris Elba Joins Fight Against Ebola

C.J. LaFrance/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Idris Elba, the actor from HBO's The Wire and BBC's Luther, was in New York City on Monday to take on one of the most important roles of his life: The fight against the deadly Ebola virus raging through West Africa.

Coke, Pepsi Among Others to Help Reduce Calories Consumed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and other leading beverage companies have announced they'll commit to reducing the amount of calories consumed by their customers by 20 percent by the year 2025.In a joint effort by the Allianc

Utah Is Happiest State in US, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The happiest state in the country is...Utah!According to a study by WalletHub, the Beehive State was crowned the happiest state. Minnesota wasn't too far behind, coming in at second place, while West Virginia came in last.Th

Ebola Could Infect 1.4 Million People by End of January, CDC Projects

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Without the proper intervention, the Ebola outbreak could reach 1.4 million cases by the end of January, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That means there could be 21,000 new

Roasting Peanuts Might Be the Cause of Severe Allergic Reactions

iStock/Thinkstock(OXFORD, England) -- There's news from England that might brighten the day of people suffering from peanut allergies.As reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers now think it's something in the actual roastin

Negative Findings on Use of E-Cigarettes by Cancer Patients

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The debate over the health benefits of e-cigarettes rages on with a new study apparently debunking the notion that these electronic devices can help cancer patients kick the smoking habit.Researchers at Memorial Sloan Ketter

Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy Has Possible Link to Autism

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- An iron deficiency in women, especially those who are pregnant, may contribute to a child developing autism.Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute made the connection by examining the intake of iron supplements

Texas Newborns Potentially Exposed to TB Awaiting Test Results

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health officials began screening more than 700 infants who may potentially have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, officials said Monday

Cuddlr App Lets You Hug a Stranger

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are apps that link people up for dates, and others that guarantee meet-ups for more than that. But a new app called Cuddlr promises users something between the two: a hug. Charlie Williams, a veteran of the music-findi

Danica McKellar Dishes on Her Fitness and Diet Routines

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Danica McKellar couldn't be happier as she prepares for a wedding she says "perhaps" could happen later this year.The Dancing with the Stars and Wonder Years star, 39, told ABC News that after getting e

How New STD App Might Change Safe Sex Practices

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to sex with a new partner, safety can be a huge concern-- but what if proving you're free of sexually transmitted diseases could be as easy as showing your partner your results on a smartphone?California-based

Report: Chris Christie Has Lost 85 Pounds Since Surgery

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is continuing to shed pounds after having weight loss surgery.The New York Times reports the governor told conservative donors behind closed doors last Friday that he has lost 85 pou

TB Testing for Families of over 700 Babies Begins at Texas Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- Testing for Tuberculosis (TB) begins Monday for the families of more than 700 infants born at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas.The babies' parents were informed their children may have been exposed to the

Homework Time Is a Stressful Time for Many Families

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Many kids are back at school, and for a lot of families that means Mom and Dad are hitting the books as well.A new survey by the National Center for Families Learning reveals that more than 60 percent of pare

Children of Marijuana Users Are Three Times More Likely to Use It Themselves

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Are you a parent who smokes marijuana? Well, according to a new nationwide survey of young adults ages 18 to 25, children of parents who smoke weed are more than three times more likely to use it themselves.The survey o

Officials Warn Virus Could Sicken, Kill Dogs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health officials are warning dog owners to be on the lookout for a deadly canine virus that could sicken or kill their pets.Dozens of dogs have been killed by the canine parvovirus in New Jersey, according to ABC News affili

Swedish Man Acquitted of Rape Due to 'Sexomnia'

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(SUNDSVALL, Sweden) -- A Swedish man who was convicted of rape had his charges overturned after an appeals court found the man could have been asleep during the attack and cited "sexomnia" as a reason he should be released.Mika

Insurance Coverage Could Be Obstacle to Genetic Testing That Could Warn of Breas

monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say that poor insurance coverage may mean a lack of genetic testing to warn women of their risk of breast cancer.When breast cancer runs in families, mutations in the BRCA gene puts wome

Researchers Call for Improved End-of-Life Care

drpnncpp/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the Institute of Medicine released a report on Wednesday calling for improved end-of-life care."For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end

Enterovirus Confirmed in Washington State, 160 Sick

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(KING COUNTY, Wash.) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed at least two cases of Enterovirus 68 in Washington state, officials announced on Friday.The CDC "did confirm the presence of Ent

Sierra Leone Starts 'Lockdown' as UN Sounds Alarm on Ebola

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the worst-ever Ebola outbreak shows no sign of slowing, government officials have now resorted to desperate measures to stop the virus from infecting more people.In Sierra Leone, the government will attempt to institute a

Bone Marrow Recipient Meets Donor Who Saved His Life

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two men who changed each other’s lives forever by being on the giving and receiving ends of a bone marrow transplant met for the first time on Friday and had their first chance to say, “Thank you,” face-to-face.&ldq

Lawmakers Propose Overhaul to Federal Black Lung Program

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two U.S. senators are preparing legislation to better protect ailing coal miners who are suffering from black lung disease on the heels of reports by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity that exposed flaws in the f

Emergency Room Wait Times Vary Widely

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How long did you have to wait the last time you visited an emergency room?According to two new studies reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, wait and treatment times vary widely, and the hospital setting is a factor.An analysi

FDA: 'Low T' Therapy Provides Few Benefits and Increased Heart Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- You've seen the "Low-T" commercials targeted at Baby Boom generation men to convince them that testosterone replacement therapy is the answer to the sagging muscles, lower energy levels and sexual problems that often come

Study: 'Angelina Effect' Led to Increase in Breast Cancer Referrals and Testing

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- A new study from the United Kingdom found a 2.5 percent increase in hereditary breast cancer referrals, which they linked to the publicity given to the BRCA1 gene when actress Angelina Jolie opted for a double mastectomy last

NFL Teams Up with National Domestic Violence Hotline

JumpStock/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Domestic Violence Hotline announced Thursday that the NFL has, "committed to providing significant resources to the organization" in order to help women who have been abused by their boyfriends or