THIS YEAR’S LIST OF DANGEROUS TOYS
A public interest research group has released their list of the ‘most dangerous toys' on the market. The toys on this list can cause harm to the child that plays with them.
Of the toys on the list 7 are a choking hazard, 3 have some toxic substances and two could give an impact hazard.
These toys include:
• Princess Wand
• Littlest Pet Shop-Sunil Nevla
• Littlest Pet Shop-Seal and Dolphins
• Littlest Pet Shop-Candyswirl Dreams Collection
• Gobble Gobble Guppies
• Fisher-Price Loving Family Outdoor Barbeque
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pencil Case
• Marvel Superhero Squad Soft Shield
• Lamaze Take and Tidy Activity Mat
• Sonic Sound Sizzlers Noise Magnets.
7 HOLIDAY FOODS THAT ACTUALLY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
1. Cheese--Full-fat cheese is packed with protein, so a small amount will satisfy you quickly, which means eating some of the real deal may actually help you lose weight. Choose hard, full-flavor cheeses like Parmesan or aged Gouda, because their sharp taste helps you conquer cravings fast. These cheeses are slightly higher in calories than soft ones like Brie, but they have more protein. Stick with 1 oz-or four to five small cubes-per day.
2. Champagne--At 100 calories per 5-oz serving, champagne is one of the few naturally low-calorie beverages you can always reach for without counting calories in your head. But stick to just one glass per evening: Because of the carbonation, your body will absorb champagne faster, which means you'll feel the effect sooner than with other alcoholic beverages.
3. Roasted Nuts--The ideal pairing for a happy hour cocktail, nuts are full of fiber, which can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. They are high in calories, so use this rule to avoid overdoing it: Take a small handful and put it on your plate at the beginning of a party. Munch on that amount instead of grabbing nuts throughout the evening.
4. Dark Chocolate Truffles--Dark chocolate is loaded with blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering antioxidants. And new research shows that those antioxidants can also boost your mood and calm your body's stress response. Go for one truffle-or two squares of dark chocolate containing 70% (or higher) cocoa-per day.
5. Red Wine--A study found that moderate consumption of red wine (one 5-oz glass per day for women) may help keep off weight gain thanks to piceatannol, a compound that might slow fat cell growth. Stick with one glass per evening and sip slowly.
6. Shrimp Cocktail--This seafood appetizer is high in protein and omega-3 fats, which means it can help you stay fuller longer and help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. The best part is it's also low in calories. You can fill up on nine medium shrimp for just 50 calories.
7. Spinach-Artichoke Dip--A small portion of a rich dip that contains fat can help hunger hormones, which means you'll fill up quicker on less. Also, consider what you're pairing with an indulgent dip: Load an appetizer plate full of low-calorie and fiber-filled vegetables. Cap your intake at two medium-size spoonfuls of dip per party.
3 Rules to Stay Slim This Holiday Season
1. STOP SKIPPING MEALS--If you skip food during the day to save up for a big party in the evening, think again. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and can encourage you to overeat by sundown.
2. BALANCE WITH LIGHTER CHOICES--If you know that dinner will be heavier than usual, keep your day's food fresh and healthy.
3. WATER, SLEEP AND EXERCISE--Sounds simple, but these habits are extremely important to keep you on track throughout a hectic season. Less of any of them can lead to unwanted weight gain.
DRIVING WITH A HANGOVER CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS DRIVING DRUNK
A new study has found that driving hungover can actually be just as dangerous as driving while under the influence.
Hangovers cause drivers to make plenty of mistakes on the road while their reaction time is slowed and they tend to speed.
Hungover drivers also tend drive more erratically.
The study has shown the importance of educating people on how their driving can be impaired while hungover and they need to adjust their behavior to stay safe on the roads even after they sober up.
OXYCONTIN TOPPED THE LIST OF MOST ABUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers.
OxyContin and Percocet are brand names for drugs containing oxycodone. Brand names of drugs that contain hydrocodone include Vicodin and Lortab.
Researchers looked at more than 3,500 prescription painkiller abusers in 160 drug-treatment programs across the United States. They found that 45 percent liked oxycodone and 30 percent liked hydrocodone.
Both drugs come in pill form, but almost 64 percent of oxycodone abusers and just over one-quarter of hydrocodone abusers crushed the tablets and inhaled the drug. One in five abusers said they sometimes dissolved oxycodone in water and injected it. Less than 5 percent said they injected hydrocodone.
The survey found that 54 percent preferred the high they got from oxycodone, while 20 percent said the high from hydrocodone was better.
Both drugs are opioids, which are prescribed to treat pain.
THE MOST OBNOXIOUS BABY NAMES OF 2013
Parenting website BabyCenter says Sophia and Jackson are likely going to be the top baby names this year, but the official tally of the top baby names of 2013 won't be out until May.
BabyCenter collects name data on the parents who shared their new kiddos' names with the site… and they've received some doozies.
Forty-three percent of parents surveyed by BabyCenter said they were looking for a unique name for their baby. Some of them succeeded, and here they are:
For girls: Blip, Blue, Chevy, Fairy, Feline, Harlowe, Kinzly, Kalliope, Kiwi, Nyx, Tulip and Ziggo.
For boys: Ajax, Apollo, Cheese, Daxx, Holmes, Hurricane, Kazz, Kodiak, Panda, Stetson and Zion.
KID SUSPENDED FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR 'PRETENDING' TO HAVE A BOW AND ARROW
A 10-year-old boy was suspended from a Fawn Grove, PA elementary school for pretending to shoot his friend with an imaginary bow and arrow.
The 5th grader violated the schools zero tolerance for weapons policy when he drew back an imaginary bow and shot an arrow into his friend while pretending to be his favorite superhero.
He was suspended for one day and threatened with expulsion for "making a threat" towards another student using a "replica or representation of a firearm."
Lawyers (the Rutherford Institute) are defending the boy and asking the Superintendent the take away the suspension and wipe it from his record.
MOM, DAD: POCKET HOOKAHS ARE POPULAR WITH YOUNG MARIJUANA USERS
Pocket hookahs can look like writing pens, lip gloss or asthma inhalers and they have become very popular with young marijuana users.
The portable pot vaporizers are called "vapes" or "pocket hookahs" and they are going hand-in-hand with electronic cigarettes and taking the marijuana world by storm.
In fact, they are so well disguised and can be used so discreetly that they are setting off alarm bells with those concerned about keeping legalized pot away from minors.
One supporter claims that the vaporizers provide as a safer way for adults to consume marijuana without smoking it, while others call them "the iPods of getting baked."
SMART WATCH LETS PARENTS TRACK THEIR KIDS
The FiLIP is a watch made for kids ages 4 to 11 that has GPS built in and the ability to call up to 5 numbers that are stored on the watch.
Kids can call or text those 5 numbers and parents can track their kid through the GPS.
The watch also has the ability to set "safe zones" so parents can be alerted if their child travels outside of them.
The watch doesn't have Internet access - which keeps the wearer from getting on sites or services parents might be consider inappropriate.
ECSTASY USE IS ON THE RISE AGAIN AMONG TEENS
The number of American teens who wind up in the emergency room after taking Ecstasy has more than doubled in recent years.
Emergency room visits related to MDMA -- or Ecstasy and Molly -- increased 128 percent between 2005 and 2011 among people younger than 21. Visits rose from about 4,500 to more than 10,000 during that time.
Ecstasy produces feelings of increased energy and euphoria, and can distort a person's senses and perception of time. It works by altering the brain's chemistry, but research hasn't been able to come up with the effects of long-term abuse on the brain.
Ecstasy abuse can cause potentially harmful physical reactions. People can become
dangerously overheated and experience rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure and dehydration, all of which can lead to kidney or heart failure.
Alcohol also appears to be a factor. One-third of the emergency room visits involving Ecstasy also involved alcohol, a combination that can cause a longer-lasting euphoria. Teens can become less aware of how much alcohol they've consumed, and also can be more likely to make poor decisions that lead to bodily harm.
MDMA affects a person's level of serotonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles and is responsible for feelings of happiness and well-being. Overusing the drug can cause depression, confusion, paranoia, anxiety and sleep disorders.
AMERICAN 15-YEAR-OLDS FALLING EVEN FURTHER BEHIND ASIAN AND EUROPEAN TEENS IN READING, MATHS AND SCIENCE RANKINGS
Kids in the US are falling even further behind other nations in reading, math and science.
Researchers looked at tests scores of 15-year-olds from the 65 wealthiest countries.
They found that the academic performance of the teens in the US has remained relatively flat in recent years while other nations have experienced significant growth.
The US dropped to the middle of the rankings in reading and science, but math scores were even worse-- and the US ranked 35th.
WHICH STATE IS THE MOST SWEAR-HAPPY?
A recent poll has found that Ohio is one of the least courteous states in the US, and the most swear-happy.
According to the study, people in Ohio like to cuss on the phone. Researchers said Ohioans cursed in 1 out of every 150 phone calls. Other states that were swear-happy included Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois.
** The study also looked at which states tended to say "please" and "thank you" the most in phone calls - and Ohio was found to be in the bottom of that ‘polite' group as well.
Which other states don't seem to mind their manners?
Wisconsin, was number one in that department, followed by Massachusetts, Indiana and Tennessee.
** The most polite states are South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.
When it comes to swearing, Washington was the state that seemed to swear the least - only 1 out of every 300 phone calls had a swear word occur.
Other states that tend not to swear as often are Texas, Arizona and Virginia.
GUYS: TOP 10 BACHELOR HABITS TO STOP RIGHT NOW
10. Keeping your dirty clothing in a pile
When you were in high school you got a pass, but as an adult it's time to discover the wonderful invention that is the laundry hamper.
9. Playing video games all weekend
There's nothing wrong with playing games as a recreation, but you're getting too old for every weekend to be a shower-less, pants-less, all-you-can-Dorito marathon.
8. Using Febreze instead of cleaning
While you could simply cover up odors in your late teens and early 20s, eventually you have to actually start cleaning things like your clothes, your sheets, and your entire apartment.
7. Treating hygiene like it's for special occasions
Hygiene is a funny thing - when you're lacking in it, very few people are going to tell you about it, but they'll certainly notice.
6. Not preparing your own meals
Including all lazy food habits including frozen meals, semi-prepared meals, and yes, take-out. Learn how to cook.
5. Poor sleep habits
Sleep becomes more critical to your well being as you age, so it's time to make a change.
4. Bad toilet etiquette
Bachelors are often responsible for leaving the seat up, peeing on the seat, and not cleaning your toilet. Stop it.
3. Wearing wrinkled clothing
People do notice if you don't take the time to iron your clothes, especially if you're interviewing for a job or trying to flirt with someone who cares about stuff like being seen with an adult.
2. Drinking from the container
You're getting backwash into the juice, which means you're saying, "No one will ever come over to visit, and I definitely won't offer them anything to drink!
1. Bedroom wall posters
You don't have to attend galas and purchase expensive art in order to turn your dwelling into a place that looks like an adult lives there.
7 SCIENCE-BACKED REASONS WHY GENEROSITY IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money – doesn't just help the people you're helping. Research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the receiver, including a better outlook at your job and more years of life.
Here are a few science-backed reasons on why you should make generosity a regular part of your day:
1. It will keep stress in check.--Being stingy is linked with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A study looked at cortisol levels in response to giving away money and choosing to keep more money for yourself. The more money people chose to keep in the experiment, the greater shame they felt and the higher their cortisol levels were. While some stress is good, high levels of stress have been linked to illnesses.
2. Happiness at work depends on it--Helping others while on the job could boost your happiness at work. A study showed that being altruistic not only improves well-being at work, but also makes people feel more committed to their work and less likely to quit.
3. It's beneficial to the greater good--Generosity trumps selfishness when it comes to success in the long run. Researchers found that in a strategic game involving multiple people when there was cooperation and everyone benefits from working together, there was more success than when one person dominated the other.
4. You'll enjoy more years of life--Researchers found a link between giving and unselfishness and having a lower risk of early death. Helping others -- whether it be by helping to run errands, watching their children or giving them a lift somewhere -- is linked with a decreased mortality risk.
5. It keeps the cycle of "good" going--Thinking about the times you've given of yourself makes you feel selfless and want to help others, compared with thinking of the times you've been on the receiving end of things. In other words, thinking about times you've helped others will then make you want to help others again.
6. Your marriage will be stronger--Generosity is one of the key factors for a happy marriage. People are happier in their marriages when they make a regular effort to serve their spouse in small ways, from making them a cup of coffee, to giving them a back rub after a long day, to going out of their way to be affectionate or forgiving.
7. It promotes mental health--Volunteering not only improves well-being and life satisfaction, but it's also linked with decreased depression and a lower risk of dying early. People reporting stronger social relationships have a reduced risk of mortality, so the social aspects of volunteering can contribute to that as well.
WAL-MART'S HOTTEST BLACK FRIDAY SELLER WAS A 29-CENT TOWEL
The most-sold item on Black Friday at Wal-Mart was towels.
The chain store sold 2.8 million towels throughout the day compared to 2 million TVs and 1 million tablets.
Towels and washcloths were being sold in a 6-pack for $1.74 and it seemed to grab peoples' attention. The towel deal was so hot that there were a bunch of fights recorded on Twitter and YouTube, and some were pretty intense.
Needless to say more money was made on the TV sales than towels, but they were still the hottest item of the day.