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Taggie Smartphone App Helps Kids Make Smart Food Choices [VIDEO]

If you’re someone who wants your kids to know more about food — something we should all know more about — you’ll probably find a new app in development pretty interesting.

Taggie, the brainchild of recent Dutch design school graduate Niels van Hoof, uses your smartphone camera to scan a barcode of food items. It then launches a 3D augmented reality animation to give children a short, fun lesson about the food’s origin, growth process, and different varieties.

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Striiv, Inc.
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Get Off the Couch or Striiv’s Pedometer Will Text You Into Shape

Doctors have been telling us to take at least 10,000 steps a day to stay in shape and prevent health risks, but who has the time? Apparently, the new Striiv pedometer proves that it’s not a question of having time, it’s a question of having the right motivation.

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Would You Use Thanksgiving Leftovers For Skin Care? – Poll Of The Day

What to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers?  Make soup.  Make a sandwich.  Put it on your face?

Elina Fedotova owns a skin care clinic in Kalamazoo.  She says you can put Thanksgiving leftovers on your skin.  We have her advice on how to use mashed potatoes, cranberries, carrots, and more.

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Writing On The Mall, Flickr
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Testosterone-Fueled Macho Men May Be More Likely to Use Condoms — Health Check

A new study finds that while elevated testosterone may typically be associated with a higher propensity for risk-taking, such behavior apparently doesn’t carry over into the bedroom. Research conducted on a group of college freshman found those with higher testosterone levels to be more accepting toward condoms and protected sex.

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Check The Calories AFTER You’ve Eaten Cookie Dough…

Last night after the "KO Cancer" event at the JW Marriott, my wife and I went to find some food.  When all three of the places we wanted to hit on 44th Street were closed, we opted to grab some frozen pizza at Family Fare.

During our run through the store for pizza, we spotted EGG NOG.  We grabbed it.  We also had a craving for COOKIE DOUGH.  So we grabbed that too.

Unhealthy?  You bet.  But oh, so good.

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Category: Health
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FBellon, Flickr
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Want to Weigh Less? Eat More Often — Health Check

A new study finds those who’ve lost weight and kept it off tend to eat more often than heavier people — yet still took in fewer daily calories.

Lead researcher Jessica Bachman, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, was part of a group that profiled 250 people who’d lost significant amounts of weight. The key was to learn how they maintain their weight loss in order to help others lose weight and keep it off.

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US Teen Birth Rate Hits a 70-Year Low — Health Check

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the teen birth rate in the United States dropped to an all-time low in 2010.

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Category: Family/Kids, Health
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Measles Outbreak Has West Michigan Doctors Recommending Vaccination [VIDEO]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says measles are up 300% this year making 2011 the largest outbreak in the U.S. in 15 years.

Why the outbreak?  Many doctors says it's because some parents are choosing to not get their children vaccinated.

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Weirdo Parents Mail Chicken Pox Infected Lollipops To Other Parents

I've heard of chicken pox parties before. And I think that they're insane. What's a chicken pox party, you may ask? Well, basically it's parents getting some kids who have the chicken pox together with a group of kids who don't have the chicken pox so that the healthy kids can get infected. While to some parents it may make sense, all I can think is, "Dude, you just got your kid sick. On purpose."  What ever happened to letting kids get things organically? I think that I got the chicken pox at the same time that my older brother got them. Why? Because we lived in the same house. How did he get them? From some kid at preschool who came to school with them before they had really showed up. That's the way that chicken pox should be spread. Not by crazy parents.

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Scantily-Clad People Are Viewed as Less Competent, More Sensitive

A University of Maryland study conducted with both male and female volunteers discovered that, as with women, scantily-clad men are seen as more sensitive but less competent than their fully-clothed counterparts.

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Panel Says Kids Should Get Cholesterol Tests by Age 11 — Health Check

In a country with a soaring childhood obesity rate, doctors on an expert panel appointed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics announced Friday that children should be tested for high cholesterol as early as age 9.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
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Millions of Unneeded Antibiotics Are Prescribed to Kids Every Year

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City found that pediatricians write more than 10 million prescriptions for unnecessary antibiotics every year.

In the two-year study, 65,000 kids were profiled to determine the type of diagnosis they were given during doctor’s visits as well as the type of of drugs, if any, they were prescribed. The research revealed doctors prescribed antibiotics during one of every five visits.

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