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- Luchina Fisher at ABC News4 hrs ago
As CIA agent Carrie Mathison, actress Claire Danes will become a single mother when her hit show "Homeland" returns for the fourth season.
In real life, Danes, the mother of nearly 2-year-old Cyrus, is married to actor Hugh Dancy, but even with a partner, she finds motherhood challenging.
"Being a mom is incredibly challenging, but we still feel a pressure to talk about it in very romantic terms. And it's not just that," she told the UK edition of Harper's Bazaar. "We all have that resentment at times and anxiety about being trapped by the role, that responsibility."
Danes told the October issue that the bigger adjustment to being a mom was realizing she was always on.
- Richard Davies at ABC News5 hrs ago
It's the battle of the dollar stores. Dollar General has boosted its bid for smaller rival Family Dollar, offering $80 a share in a deal that would be worth more than $9 billion. Family Dollar rejected an earlier bid from the firm after agreeing to be acquired by Dollar Tree. In addition to the sweetened offer, Dollar General now says it's willing to divest itself of 1,500 stores to avoid problems with government regulators.
- Luchina Fisher at ABC News5 hrs ago
While a slew of celebrities tied the knot this weekend, Lauren Conrad was getting ready for her big day with a floral-themed bridal shower.
Conrad's pal and editor of her website, Allison Norton, posted a photo of the bride-to-be against a lovely floral backdrop.
"Best bridal shower for the best bride," she captioned the photo.
Conrad, 28, gave her fans a peek at the festivities, posting photos of the table setting.
"Thank you to @Dishwishgirl for making my shower so lovely," she wrote on Instagram.
She also showed off a personalized napkin for the event.
"Thank you to my amazing friends and family for the best shower ever! #tellmeyouloveme," Conrad wrote.
"The Hills" alum got engaged to University of Southern California law student William Tell back in October 2013.
- ABC News at ABC News Blogs6 hrs ago
By Gina Jabbour, MD
When it comes to choosing the best diet for weight loss and a healthy heart, low-carb may beat low-fat, a new study found.
Researchers at Tulane University found that people following a low-carbohydrate diet had significant benefits in terms of weight loss, decrease in fat mass, waist circumference and cholesterol levels compared to a low-fat diet.
"Carbohydrates, in general, are not the kind of neutral dietary component that we thought they were," said Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University, the study's lead researcher. "[Historically] they were often at the base of the dietary pyramid."
In the NIH-funded study, Bazzano and her colleagues followed 73 people on a low-fat diet and 75 people on a low-carbohydrate diet for one year. During this year, researchers monitored what the participants of the study ate daily, urging the low-carbohydrate group to limit their carbohydrates to less than 40 grams per day and the low-fat group to get less than 30 percent of daily calories from fat and less than 7 percent from saturated fats.
- ABC News at ABC News Blogs7 hrs ago
By Dr. Shaun Hanson
We've all been there before. You hunker down by the TV with a bag of chips, a tub of ice cream or perhaps your very own pizza pie, and before you know it, the credits are rolling, and the food is gone.
Were those pepperoni slices extraordinarily tasty? Or did the title of that "Hunger Games" movie have a subliminal effect on your appetite? Something made it much easier to eat while you were on that couch, but what exactly?
A new study from the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University asks that very question. What it finds is that it's not TV itself that makes the cheesy puffs go "poof," but certain shows or movies that may stop you from realizing just how much you're consuming, until it's too late.
The study, published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, was led by Aner Tal, a Ph.D. in consumer behavior at Cornell. Tal hypothesized that distracting, action-packed programming was a key factor.
- ABC News at ABC News7 hrs ago
By Pearl Philip, MD
What you feed your child in his or her first year of life could very well predict their health habits at age 6, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The findings provide a lens to understanding childhood obesity rates, which have more than doubled in the past 30 years.
The researchers surveyed more than 1,500 mothers and concluded that children who were breastfed for longer periods as infants tended to eat more healthily at age 6 - drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, and indulging in fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.
Moreover, the children whose parents introduced them earlier to healthful foods between 6 months and a year of age tended to continue to enjoy a healthier diet later on. For example, when mothers fed their children a sugar-sweetened beverages or juice during the first year of life, their children were twice as likely to drink sugar-sweetened beverages at age 6.
The study was published today in a special supplement of the journal Pediatrics.
- Michael Rothman at ABC News1 day ago
We are less than four weeks away from the season 4 premiere of "Once Upon a Time," on ABC.
This season is particularly exciting as a "Frozen" crossover is happening when Elsa comes to Storeybrook. In a 30-second teaser video released by The Hollywood Reporter, you see Georgina Haig, who plays the "Frozen" princess walk through the town, freezing everything in her path.
"This September, winter comes early," the video says, as Elsa walks by Mr. Gold's shop frosting his windows, leaving Captain's Hook's appendage encase in ice and other story book folks with breath clouds.
Regina - the evil queen - even says, "Here we go again."
Check it out!
- Liz Kreutz at ABC News4 days ago
Just off a three-week vacation in the Hamptons, Hillary Clinton used her first day back on the speaking circuit Thursday to address the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, applauding President Obama for his response to the protests and calling for a nationwide effort to improve racial inequalities that she said still persist in the American justice system.
"Watching the recent funeral for Michael Brown, as a mother, as a human being, my heart just broke for his family," Clinton said during her prepared remarks at a tech conference in San Francisco.
"Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that," she added, referencing "dramatic, terrible" pictures she watched on television.
- Ron Claiborne at ABC News Blogs4 days ago
For the health care workers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, lunch time is puppy time.
Rather than grabbing a sandwich or a cup of coffee, they decompress a little from the day's highs and lows by cuddling puppies and kittens.
The idea for the program called Pet a Pooch - though there are also some friendly felines - came from Heather Matthew, an emergency room nurse at the Philadelphia hospital. She said unwinding from a particularly overwhelming day started when she got home and spent time with her bull dog, Annabella.
"Health care is an incredibly stressful field, from the medical intensive care [unit] to the emergency [room] to the newborn nursery," Matthew said. "It's stressful."
So in 2013, Matthew came up with the program to help ease her coworkers' stress.
She recruited the Pennsylvania SPCA to bring puppies and kittens to the hospital where, during their lunch hours, anyone could drop by and hold, pet and love a furry animal.
- Suzan Clarke at ABC News Blogs5 days ago
Most children sing their ABCs a cappella, like they're taught in school, or maybe with a little flair, the way they may hear it on "Sesame Street."
Ethan Conrad is not like most children. When he sings his ABCs, he rocks out, heavy metal style.
Video posted to YouTube on Tuesday showed Ethan, then 1, singing what could be recognized to be his ABCs, but the boy had supercharged his rendition, even adding a bit of head banging.
When he started out singing his pacifier made it hard to hear the lyrics, but once he removed it, he really got going.
Ethan loves to hang out in the basement where there's a music studio, his father, Sean Conrad, 27, said in a Wednesday interview with ABC News.
Conrad works in a bank but is a music enthusiast. He plays in a hard rock/heavy metal band called Acid Reign, and regularly holds jam sessions in the basement of his home in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
Ethan loves to be part of those sessions, his father said.