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(ThinkStock Photos)When some laws are enacted, it's hard to believe they weren't in place before. For example: Today, millions of Americans earned the right to be by their partner's side as they lay dying. A new law went into effect nationwide allowing same-sex partners to be their significant other's next of kin in a hospital setting. It also allows same-sex partners to make medical decisions for each other should either be incapacitated.
Hard to believe that only two days ago, a sick person could be denied the right to see their loved one on their deathbed, but marriage laws put a crimp in certain otherwise inalienable rights. Last year, after hearing the tragic tale of a lesbian couple denied access to each other by a hospital in their final hours as a couple, President Obama drafted the legislation.
"I kept saying it's not a gay right to hold someone's hand when they die, its a human right," Janice Langbehn told the Washington Post. She had been with her partner Lisa Pond for 18 years before Pond
This couple could have met because they both farm or because they both wear uniforms. Either way, they're meant for each other. (ThinkStock Photos)Wouldn't it be hilarious if sea captains had a dating site? It would. So some internet jester created a site exclusively for sailors in search of a "first mate." It's most likely a joke, but know who isn't laughing? Members of FarmersOnly, the dating site for seed sowers. Totally real niche matchmaking sites that seem totally fake are popping up across the internet. The Gloss and the New York Times rounded up a few. Here's our very own hand-picked list of 'who knew?' sites designed with very particular people in mind.
'Teen Mom' Leah and her twin girls (Courtesy of MTV)Last night on "Teen Mom 2," we saw a fair share of drama: Jenelle's mom took her to court for custody of her son. Chelsea might get back with her baby's jerk father. And Kailyn may have to find a new place to live with her baby. But all that drama paled in comparison to what Leah faced. The young mother of twins discovered one of her babies may never be able to walk again. It's every mother's worst nightmare, but for a teen mom with no career prospects and a fractured partnership with her children's father, the road ahead seems incomprehensible.
Of all the couples on the show, Leah and Corey, the father of her twins, seem the most mature. They're trying to work on their relationship and they're figuring out how to financially and physically provide for their two children. Despite their history of high school era break-ups, they seem to genuinely love each other and their babies. But dealing with a child whose health is jeopardy is something even the most adept parents have difficulty
Dr. Michael Lemole at a press conference after surgery. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Yesterday, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was downgraded from critical to serious condition. Her incredible recovery from a bullet wound through the head over the past week is a testament to her strength-and to Dr. Michael Lemole. The brain surgeon who operated on the congresswoman immediately after the Arizona shootings and continues to care for her is being very humble about his part in the whole thing. Aside from deftly responding to press questions like a seasoned politician, Lemole has managed to keep a low profile. Until about an hour ago, there were only two things we knew about the man: he's a genius and he looks like a young Dan Aykroyd. But with the help of ye olde Internet, we dug up 10 more factoids:
(Photo by ThinkStock Images)As if new moms don't have enough to worry about, the debate rages on about the best way to feed newborns. The World Health Organization recommends exclusively feeding your child breast milk for the first six months of life. But a new review by pediatric researchers at the University College London raises doubts about the standards, and suggests they could lead to iron deficiency or trigger allergies during development.
Should moms following the WHO guidelines worry? Not really, says Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on Breastfeeding. "First of all, breastfeeding isn't being called into question-it's still the healthiest way to feed your baby," she says. "The only issue raised is when to add solid foods." While the WHO sets the standard of six months, they're taking into account developing nations, which may have additional health factors in play. The new review, published in the British Medical Journal, suggestsRead More »from Study questions breastfeeding alone for first 6 months
If anything good can come from being a child subject on TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras," it's that 20 years from now they'll be able pinpoint the exact moments that scarred them for life. For one little girl, that moment is featured above. After getting "her skin ripped off" during a mom-mandated eyebrow wax in preparation for a pageant, she's forced to endure it all over again. Waxing hurts for adults, but 5-year-old skin is extra sensitive so the pain, coupled with fear, has to be traumatizing. Too bad pageants are about beauty, says her mom. But there's a bigger problem at hand. It's the piping hot wax that's being spread on your child's face and then ripped off. Wait, is that even legal?
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Carrie Fisher in her hit show She's rich, respected and far more cynical than your average weight-loss spokesperson. At first, Carrie Fisher seemed a strange choice for diet company Jenny Craig. Their cast of characters are usually picked up on the way back from sitcom obscurity-grateful, rehabilitated and ready to write a tell-all book.
Think Valerie Bertinelli or Kirstie Alley. How could a cult legend with a shameless past and a thriving one-woman-show fit the mold? And why would she even want to? Even the clumsy, Cathy cartoon humor of Jenny Craig commercials seems a slight to Fisher's writing talents; she's one of Hollywood's most sought after script-doctors. But Fisher's respectability and slap-in-the-face-wit is just what Jenny needs.
Despite gaining an unhealthy amount of weight (5'1, 180 pounds), she's not the kind of person you immediately associate with body image. Her career as a writer eclipsed her career as a sex symbol long before she put the weight on. As a result, the very public diet she's about