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  • Bald and Beautiful, Barbie Gets a New Look

    Through the years we have witnessed many different incarnations of the Barbie doll, but now the hard work of those pushing for the production of a Barbie doll unlike any we've seen in the past has finally paid off. Mattel has agreed to manufacture a hairless Barbie for young girls dealing with hair loss from cancer treatments, Alopecia, and Trichotillomania. A Facebook page called "Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made" caught the attention of the Barbie making company and the rest will soon be history.

    A recent report from CBS News discusses the plans for the new bald Barbie which will come with wigs, scarves, hats and all the other accessories little girls love to style their dolls with.

    But before you rush out to your local toy store, the company says they are not for sale. Instead, the dolls will be donated to children's hospitals and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

    Co-founder of the Facebook page that started all the buzz about bald

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  • Is This Man "Scary" Enough to Stop Bullying?

    In a day and age where bullying among teens is on the rise and in the news just about every day, many schools are struggling to curb bullying behavior among their students. Some schools go above and beyond the norm by hiring an unconventional public speaker known only as "The Scary Man" to teach their students how harmful the effects of bullying can be on their peers.

    A recent report from CNN report spotlights the The Scary Man, a former tattoo artist covered head to toe in ink and piercings, and his odd way of speaking to kids that many school officials swear works to end bullying. With a high price tag of $6,500 a day, The Scary Man does not come cheap. His highest pay out for an anti-bullying appearance was $20,000 paid by a Minnesota community for a two-week stay.

    With no formal education or background in public speaking, Scary Man relies mainly on shock value when performing in front of teens. By groaning, rubbing his tattooed belly, spitting apples out of his

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  • Teen with Cancer May Get His Date with Taylor Swift After All

    It's not every day a high school senior gets up the nerve to ask the beautiful and talented Taylor Swift to prom. But this was just what Kevin McGuire and family did when they set up a Facebook page called "Taylor Swift take KEVIN MCGUIRE TO PROM".

    McGuire is a fiercely courageous 18-year-old battling his second bout of leukemia in six years. Soon after the Facebook page went live it got the attention of many, including who it was intended for.

    Though Taylor Swift was unable to attend McGuire's prom, she had this to say on her own Facebook page in response, ""Kevin, I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the (Academy of Country Music) Awards are coming up … Would you be my date? Love, Taylor."

    A recent USA Today report discusses the singer and the high school student's plans for the awards show and how Swift arranged for McGuire to get the star treatment with airfare, a tuxedo and accommodations taken care of. Unfortunately,

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  • Reese Witherspoon Talks To Her Kids About Domestic Violence

    Actress Reese Witherspoon recently geared up to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th by speaking at the World Conference of Women's Shelters and drawing attention to her long-standing cause of ending violence against women.

    A recent Washington Post report discusses Witherspoon's 5-year long partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women and how she educates her own children about the dangers of domestic violence.

    Witherspoon explains how she used the highly publicized arrest of Chris Brown when he assaulted Rihanna in 2009 to have a dinner-time conversation with her kids about violence against women. She explains, "I think it's very powerful for children to know they can make a change in their community and schools."

    Witherspoon worries that the seriousness of the issue may not be totally understood by kids who hear these reports and may become desensitized. Witherspoon explains, "People need to understand this is happening in one in three households in

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  • April Fool's Funnies Across the Web

    The internet had no shortage of April Fool's Day pranks this last Sunday when giants like Google, Sony, and Virgin took part in some good old fashioned trickery. A recent report from MSNBC highlights some of the well-played pranks across the web.

    Google made quite a production of the unveiling of a phony new product called "Gmail Tap" which eliminates 26 keys to just 2 allowing users to communicate entirely in Morse code. In one segment of the absurdly amusing video clip, it shows how users can switch modes in order to type two emails at once.

    Sony also threw its hat in the April Fool's Day ring when it introduced a new miniature laptop computer the size of a quarter. When customers click on a link to purchase the tiny computer they are given the "April Fool's" message.

    Virgin's Richard Branson took funny to another level when he announced "Virgin Volcanic", a new vehicle that would take its passengers to the center of an active volcano. Branson said that he planned

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  • A New Place to Turn for Women with Postpartum Depression

    For many women, admitting and feeling comfortable enough to speak up about postpartum depression (PPD) can be very difficult. Celebrities likes Brooke Shields and Kendra Wilkinson made headlines when they revealed they had gone through a dark depression after having babies.

    According to the CDC the still taboo disease affects some 10 to 15 percent of women during the first year after birth. Women can suffer from PPD in many ways ranging from moderate to severe cases. In the most severe cases, women are sent to psychiatric wards and lumped in with a population of patients suffering from many different diseases from schizophrenia to drug addiction.

    There may now be another option for women with severe cases of PPD. Time magazine recently reported about the first inpatient facility, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, that is specifically designed for treating new moms with PPD. The new facility offers round-the-clock care and unlike most psych wards

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  • National Nutrition Month

    Alana Gruss is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks

    On my quest to lose weight I notice that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have named March National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics EatRight website has great resources to help you make healthy lifestyle changes that last!

    Here are some ideas I am using in my personal weight loss journey that might help you to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight for life through nutrition!

    Don't do it Alone
    Share your journey with your family, friends or blog about it online.
    I blog about my weightless journey and it helps to keep me accountable and transparent. When I cook, I make sure my family eats healthy too! I don't cook a healthy meal for myself and something unhealthy for everyone else. If your family is not so excited about the changes in their diet, make small, gradual changes like apples and string cheese for snacks, adding veggies to your pasta sauce or

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  • Cut Tuition Costs with the New 3-Year Degree

    With the rising cost of college tuition and the current climate of the economy, many families across the nation are scratching their heads as to what they will do come application time. Of course we want our children to get degrees (a recent SheSpeaks poll reveals more than 91% of us feel a college degree is worth pursuing) but a growing number of parents also fear the massive debt their children can get into paying for their education.

    A recent CNN report reveals a new surprising measure some colleges are taking to attract students on a budget. Some schools are now unveiling a new three-year degree program or four-year graduation guarantees. Spokesman for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities explains the measures, "These types of initiatives have been used to some degree in the past, but have become increasingly prevalent since the economic downturn -- and we expect to continue to see them

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  • Are Teens with ADHD Safe Behind the Wheel?

    Handing over the car keys is worrisome for any parent of a new teenage driver. But when you add cognitive conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Asperger syndrome, the worries and risks escalate. A recent New York Times report highlights the unique challenges teens with ADHD face when learning to drive.

    Since driving takes a great amount of focus and patience, it would make sense that teens with the hyperactive disorder would have a more difficult time honing this skill.

    A recent study from the Medical University of South Carolina and Daniel J. Cox of the University of Virginia Health System finds that drivers with ADHD are up to four times more likely to have an accident as those without the condition. And surprisingly, young adults with the ADHD are even more likely to get into a wreck than a legally drunk adult.

    Researchers suggest parents encourage their teens with ADHD to wait until they are a

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  • The Famous Nude Pregnancy Pose: Still a Shocker?

    Pregnant celebs gracing the cover of magazines a la Demi Moore's famous 1991 Vanity Fair cover shot has become old hat. From Britney Spears to Christina Aguilera and now Jessica Simpson, many have opted to copy the pose that once shocked so many across the nation. The LA Times reports that at the time the famed Moore Vanity Fair issue was released, some retailers sold the magazine in a brown paper bag as though it were Playboy or Hustler.

    Now that more than 20 years have passed since Moore's pregnant nude pose, it would seem that the public is used to seeing this sort of thing at their local newspaper stands and grocery stores. But a recent report from USA Today reveals that there are some who are still not ready to see that type of image displayed in public.

    Workers at one Safeway store located in Tucson have covered Jessica Simpson's Elle cover with cardboard after receiving multiple complaints from

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