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Mom and six sons cut their hair, donate it to kids in need

Phoebe Kannisto(CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.) — One family in Cheektowaga, New York donated more than 17 feet of hair to an organization that helps kids in need. Phoebe Kannisto along with her six sons — 10-year-old Andre, 8-year-old twins Silas and Emerson, and her 5-year-old triplets Herbie, Reed and Dexter — ventured to a local hair salon, Hizair Hair Salon, to do …

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Bride gets kidney transplant days before wedding: ‘It saved my life’

HYWARDS/iStock/Thinkstock(HEARTLAND, Tex.) — A Texas bride received a life-saving kidney transplant just one week before walking down the aisle. Anu Philip of Heartland, Texas, underwent surgery on March 19 and was married on March 25. The 28-year-old had been discharged from the hospital 24 hours before, she said. “Everything was planned and we did not expect a kidney at all,” …

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Exercise can help offset effects of ‘fat gene,’ study finds

LuckyBusiness/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Doctors have long known that genetics can predispose some people to gain weight despite a healthy lifestyle while others seemingly never gain an ounce no matter how much they eat. A new study sheds light on how people can counteract their genetic makeup, even if it’s in their DNA to put on more weight than others. Researchers …

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Program helping US areas of need get foreign doctors up for renewal this week

Monkey Business Images Ltd/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Amid a brewing debate on the future of America’s health care, a little known program sustaining a pipeline of doctors to underserved communities is set to expire on April 28th. The program, known as the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, offers individual states the opportunity to exempt up to 30 foreign doctors per year from their …

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Your Body: Nuts and your health

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor The nut business is booming. No doubt you’ve seen those commercials for pistachios, for example. And these bite-sized snacks can pack a powerful nutritional punch — they’re loaded with healthy fats, proteins and minerals. But not all nuts are created equally. So which ones are best for your diet and which …

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One woman’s story of ‘exercise addiction’ highlights the consequences

Courtesy Katherine Schreiber(NEW YORK) — Since she was in elementary school, Katherine Schreiber, 28, remembers struggling with body issues. Sometimes these feelings were so severe she felt she was “too ugly” to go to class. Schreiber told ABC News she felt “so self-conscious, obsessed with imperfections.” As a teenager, she thought she found a solution to counteract her feelings of …

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Backyard chickens could soon be banned in the nation’s capital

Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Backyard chickens might soon be banned from the nation’s capital, if Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to make chicken ownership in the city illegal becomes law. At a news conference on Thursday, Bowser said she was concerned about the conditions the chickens might create for Washington, D.C. “The provision is that we keep neighborhoods safe, and clean and …

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Artificial ‘biobag’ womb for extremely premature newborns in testing

Ondrooo/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Infants born extremely prematurely face a host of health issues from underdeveloped lungs that can cause chronic lung damage to fragile blood vessels that can cause bleeding in the brain. For decades, doctors in the neonatal intensive care unit have done their best to mimic the complex environment of the womb as they work to keep these …

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Your Body: What you need to know about urinary tract infections

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Women are far more likely to suffer from urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men, statistics show. UTIs can occur when bacteria travel through the urethra and into your bladder. Symptoms include frequent and urgent urination, pelvic pain, a burning sensation when peeing and, sometimes, blood in your urine. While UTIs aren’t …

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New study links ’emotional feeding’ in young children to ’emotional eating’ later in life

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There may be a link between the common parenting practice known as “emotional feeding,” or using food as a means of comforting or rewarding children, and the development later in life of “emotional eating,” or the habit of eating to comfort or reward oneself, a new study suggests. A team of researchers based out of Norway examined …

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