Ten years into her recovery for bulimia and anorexia, former Miss Florida Allison Kreiger Walsh suffered a miscarriage and was shocked to learn it was likely related to her past eating disorders. "Losing a child was the worst thing that ever happened to me," she tells Yahoo Shine. Walsh says she was lucky to have a doctor who recognized the link. "He sat me down and told me I wasn't the first survivor to be in that situation." It's commonly thought that once a woman returns to a normal weight and her hormone levels are balanced, she regains her reproductive health, but new data shows that isn't necessarily the case. Walsh was lucky. Her doctor recognized the problem and she was able to conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term. Now she has a 20-month-old little girl. "I'm very fortunate," she says, "but many women aren't."Read More »from Study Links Eating Disorders to Childlessness
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Just thinking about getting a flu shot makes my arm sore. Receiving an influenza vaccination isn't pleasant, and its not 100 percent effective, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and infectious-disease experts recommend that everyone over 6 months old get one, with only a few exceptions. And now is the time. "This is absolutely the best time to get your vaccination," Andrew Pekosz, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tells Yahoo Shine. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop maximum immunity, and he warns, "We've already seen cases positively diagnosed."
This year, there are many vaccine options, some of which are available for the first time. The variety can be confusing, and the CDC isn't recommending one particular vaccine, but that's not a reason to avoid getting vaccinated. "Go to your health care provider," William Schaffner, MD, professor ofRead More »from Planning to Blow Off That Flu Shot? Think Again
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 7, 2013 2:39 PM EDT
Fox 4 News. "By no means is she overweight." The girl, a star on her middle school volleyball team, had her Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated as part of a health screening mandated by Florida law. While parents can opt out, Grasso, a mother of four who says she tries to encourage her children to be active and feeds them healthy meals, said she thought the upcoming screenings would be about vision and hearing, not about weight.A Florida mom received an unpleasant surprise in the mail recently. No, it wasn't an unexpected bill; it was a letter that said her 11-year-old daughter, Lily, was overweight. "Lily is tall, she's athletic, she's solid muscle," Kristen Grasso, told
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About 20 states have now adopted mandatory health screenings including weigh-ins to calculate the BMI of public school children as part of an effort to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. BMI is determined by dividing a person's weight in kilograms byRead More »from Florida Mother Upset by School's 'Fat Letter': Is BMI Bogus?
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Fashion – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 1:29 PM EDT"No shoes, no shirt, no service" is a common rule posted outside many restaurants, but now you can add saggy pants to the list of forbidden attire. At least two Houston-area McDonald's have banned low-slung, baggy trousers. "The signs say, 'Pull your pants up or don't come in. Try to have some decency and respect for others. No one wants to see your underwear,'" the manager of one of the restaurants told Yahoo Shine (he preferred not to use his name). He added that the rule doesn't apply to young children.
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A spokesperson for McDonald's said that she had heard of the ban and that individual franchises are free to impose their own dress-code policies. "It's our understanding [that the restaurants] chose to do so of their own accord and to reflect what they feel is appropriate for their community business," she explained via an email to Yahoo Shine. "We continually strive to maintain a positive restaurant environment inRead More »from Texas McDonald's Tells Patrons to Pull Up Their Pants
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Shine Food – Thu, Oct 3, 2013 3:18 PM EDT
Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, California, is known for its thin-crust pizzas. But now, not only is the eatery famous for stretching dough, it's also famous for stretching the truth by calling itself the No. 1 pizza spot in America and citing restaurant reviewer Zagat. Along the Northeast corridor from New York to New Haven to Providence, over to brawny Chicago and far across to the foggy San Francisco Bay – you can almost hear the cry of "We was robbed" echoing from mom-and-pop joints and tony bistros alike.
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The restaurant says it uses local, organic ingredients, makes its own mozzarella daily, and has been voted the tastiest pizzeria in Los Angeles for the past two years. "We managed to top that by being named the Best Pizzeria in the United States, a title Tony's in San Francisco has held for years," owner Michael Dene told the Long Beach Patch this week. "It's very humbling, and I'm extremely proud of my staff who works in theRead More »from Food Fight: L.A. Restaurant Claims to Make Country's Best Pizza
- NBC's Meredith Vieira how, during the ordeal, "she didn't' feel human." In 2002, Smart was abducted at knifepoint from her bedroom by itinerant street preacher Brian David Mitchell and held by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. "To her, I was a slave, and to him, I was an object," she said.During her nine months of captivity, Elizabeth Smart, then 14, was subjected to unthinkable physical abuse and psychological manipulation. In a special interview airing on Friday, she tells
At the moment of her kidnapping, she said, her greatest fear was that her family would never know her fate. She wished he would rape and murder her by her parents' house so that at least they would have some answers.
The kidnappers took Smart to a secluded campsite about 18 miles from her home. Mitchell performed an improvised wedding ceremony and then raped her. Initially, he chained herRead More »from Elizabeth Smart Speaks Out on Surviving Evil
- Kentucky Fried Chicken has just released Go Cups for behind-the-wheel snacking. Targeting America's love of fast food, driving, and cheap meals, the containers have smaller bottoms that are designed to fit in a standard automobile cup holder. "People are already eating on the go," a spokesperson from KFC told Yahoo Shine, "and we're trying to make that as easy as possible."Break out the wet wipes and air freshener ––
The patented container, which took two years to design, cradles a deep-fried bounty of seasoned potato wedges with your choice of Chicken Littles, Extra Crispy Tenders, Original Recipe Boneless, Original Recipe Bites, or Hot Wings, all for a bottom-of-the-bucket price of $2.49. Before we get distracted parsing the difference between Littles, Bites, and Tenders, let's evaluate the ways eating chicken and fries on the road is a finger-lickin' bad idea.
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"Girls" depicted the parents of main character Hannah yanking their financial support of what they call her "groovy lifestyle." They are fed up with funding Hannah's work as an unpaid intern after she graduated from an expensive liberal arts college. As a stepparent to two early-20-somethings, I watched this and chuckled knowingly. When will these (darn) kids foot their own phone bills, get real jobs, and find apartments? A new report released by the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce says that young adults' "failure to launch" is more about serious structural shifts in the economy and less about mom's free Wi-Fi.The very first episode of the Zeitgeist-y TV show
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"The economy determines what the possibilities are for people," Anthony Carnevale, center director and lead author of the study, tells Yahoo Shine, debunking the idea that some widespread character flaw is slowing down the millennial generation. "ThisRead More »from Millennials' Endless Youth: It's Not Their Fault
- It's Gwyneth Paltrow's birthday today, and I'll confess: My relationship with the actress/singer/lifestyles guru/wife/mother/chef/rap aficionado/fluent Spanish speaker is a little stalker-ish. Like any addiction, it's the combination of celestial highs and belly-in-the-gutter lows that keeps me coming back for more.
Yes, I dubbed her Nashville flick "Country Strong Smelling," but also deem "Shakespeare in Love" one of the all-time great romance movies. Her website GOOP is insufferably pretentious, but damned if I haven't checked it for cleanse tips. I also know she was cursed with a "long butt" — until celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson (nope, didn't have to Google that name, it's just there in my brain, because I care) boosted it to new heights, allowing her to wear gowns with full on sheer side panels in public, for photographs.
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 26, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
New research indicates that older girls who regularly eat peanut butter, nuts, and other sources of vegetable protein and fat may reduce their risk of developing benign breast disease (BBD) by as much as 39 percent. The findings are based on data collected from over 9,000 girls and young women who participated in Growing Up Today, a long-term research study led by Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. While BBD, which includes a range of conditions, such as cysts and benign tumors, is noncancerous, some forms of it can increase the risk of developing breast cancer later in life.Peanut butter is a delicious snack, but here's another incentive to dig into a jar of crunchy.
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The findings were based on the reported dietary habits of girls aged 9 to 15 between the years of 1996 to 2001. Later, from 2005 to 2010, the same participants reported whether they had been diagnosed with benign breast disease that hadRead More »from Breast Health, a Great Reason to Love Peanut Butter and Jelly