Beyond The Headline
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In a world where many people are worried about having a little extra weight around their waist, the fear of it being “bad for you” might be nothing more than an oldwives tale.
The obesity paradox in New Orleans, Louisiana has raised the question, “Is it better to be fat and fit, instead of focusing on the scale?” One doctors says- “It’s much more important to be fit, than to be thin, if you’re trying to improve long term health.” While this doctor isn’t promoting obesity or weight gain, he does say that if people “don’t lose that last 20 or 30 pounds, they can still be very healthy.”
While many people think this is wonderful news, some doctors think this is misguided information. Another doctor says- “claiming that it’s okay to be overweight or obese is actually doing harm to many people.”
We learned, what might look healthier on the outside, might actually be misleading.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline10 days ago
No one enjoys scouring their credit card bills or bank account statements, but tricky marketing and sales tactics might mean you are being charged unknown fees, which are easily overlooked.
1 in 4 Americans are victims of “grey charges,” which can come in the form of unknown subscription fees, free-to-paid trial subscriptions, or unwanted auto-renewal fees. And according to the Better Business Bureau these charges are racking up average cost of $356 dollars a year for the average consumer.
You can prevent these charges by scanning your credit card and banking statements closely, though only 1 in 10 people actually do this.
Which is why Yaron Samid, BillGuard’s CEO developed an app that allows mobile phone users to track their credit, debit and bank account charges so they can quickly detect any questionable or fraudulent charges.
In the last two years BillGuard says they have identified $50 million dollars in suspicious charges for their users.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 days ago
In the opening week of Major League Baseball, New York Met’s second baseman Daniel Murphy missed two games for the birth of his first child, Noah. And his decision to sit those two games out and travel to Florida to be with his wife has opened a major controversy across sport’s radio.
Major League Baseball players have negotiated three days of paid paternity leave, even companies like Bank of America and General Mills offer paid time off to new fathers.
But that hasn’t stopped radio hosts like Boomer Esiason from using his radio show, “Boomer and Carton” on WFAN to openly criticize Murphy for spending time with his wife after the birth of their son – insisting the player should have stayed on the baseball field.
The comment drew a mixed response from many of the program’s male listeners.
Murphy has defended his decision claiming that being by his wife’s side was the best thing for his family.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline14 days ago
For many people the start of spring and the warmer weather that follows means storing the heavy winter gear and getting re-acquitted with the sun by spending more time outdoors.
And according to new research, spending at least ten minutes a day in the sun could help save your life by reducing the probability of developing several diseases.
Two new studies show people with low levels of vitamin D have a 35% increased risk of developing heart disease and also have a 14% increased risk in dying from cancer.
Vitamin D is credited with not only helping reduce the odds of developing several major illnesses, but it also boosts heart health and even strengthens your bones.
How exactly can you maximize your body’s production and consumption of vitamin D in order to reap its benefits?
For starters, vitamin D, also known as the sunshine nutrient is produced in the body when the sun comes into contact with the sun, so spending more time outdoors is the key. Doctors suggest spending at least one hour a week in the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline16 days ago
There’s a dirty secret in neighborhoods all across the United States, giving Inspector Darren Johnson an unusual beat.
He’s part of a special hoarding team at California’s Orange County Fire Department.
Instead of eviction, however, the Orange County team uses a new tactic – compassion – to teach hoarders how to pull themselves out of their mess by bringing in clean-up crews. While also providing help by providing access to mental health services.
The strategy was a welcome approach for a retired Orange County psychiatrist who asked ABC News not to use his name. He said he didn’t consider himself a hoarder and that his mess had stemmed from a depression triggered by a breakup.
Teams like the one in Orange County are springing up across the country to address the growing problem. Hoarding affects an estimated 2 percent to 5 percent of the population, according to the American Psychological Association. Long considered a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, it was reclassified this year as a unique psychiatric condition.
The health hazards and potential for fires pose a risk to the people who live in hoarder homes as well as their neighbors.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline17 days ago
Spring training is a time for young baseball players to prove themselves to the coaches and hopefully earn a spot on the opening day roster. This year, a walk-on named Hank became a star during spring training and is the big story on opening day with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hank can’t crush a baseball 400 feet, or throw a 100 mile per hour fastball, but he sure is cute.
Believed by a vet to be a two-year-old bichon frise mix, Hank was a stray dog wondering the streets when he walked into the teams spring training facility in Arizona. He was in bad shape when the team found him; he was dirty and an injury to his tail looked like he may have been hit by a vehicle.
After an unsuccessful search for his owner the Brewers decided to take him in and name him after Milwaukee baseball legend Hank Aaron.
Now he’s in Milwaukee and is arguably the most loved member of the team. He already has his own line of stuffed animals, T-shirts, pins and pennants, and a bobble-head doll on the way, with twenty percent of the proceeds going to help other dogs like Hank.
The Brewers hope that Hank will bring the team good luck on opening day and during the long dog days of summer.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline20 days ago
Tony Award nominated actor Norman Lewis remembers how nervous he was when he tried out for the lead role in the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera. He had talked about playing the role for years and wanted it badly.
“I love the music, I love the story, I’ve always loved seeing this show, I never get tired of seeing the show and hearing the show,” Lewis says.
To land the title role is than a dream come true for Lewis, it’s history for the show which has been on Broadway longer than any other musical, over 25 years, but until now has never had an African-American lead.
“People have a vision,” says Lewis, “with the Phantom, it was a white character, a white guy who was shunned by society. So people have a certain vision of a particular character and a lot of times we as minorities don’t fit that particular vision. And now, I think that people are a little more open to that.”
But Lewis believes that the challenges he’s had to face as an African-American actor help him relate to his character.
“There are certain things I cannot do because of who I am, and I feel that that’s a correlation of who the Phantom is, someone who feels shunned, and wants to be heard, and wants to speak his mind.”
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline21 days ago
As search efforts for the Malaysia Airlines plane missing in the southern Indian Ocean were scaled back today due to bad weather and rough waves, more and more satellite images have been released showing about 300 new objects floating in the ocean.
But does this mean authorities are closer to finding missing flight MH370? And why haven't they recovered any debris so far?
A simulator built to train sea captains and their personnel during search and rescue scenarios at the Maritime Institute clearly shows the difficulty in recovering debris in stormy seas. The seas are so heavy in the south Indian Ocean that a piece of debris can appear briefly before its swallowed -- disappearing in the rough waves.
But once they are able to recover a piece of debris belong to flight MH370 we will start to gather the answers needed to piece together what happened to the missing jetliner.
There is a university in Arizona that teaches investigators how to look at the pieces of debris. They will be looking for cracks and fractures in the debris to determine how the plane hit the water.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline23 days ago
ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries are often referred to as an athlete’s worst nightmare. Not only are they extremely painful, but depending on the severity of the rip or tear, most ACL injuries require expensive surgeries and long periods of rehabilitation.
The ACL is the main stabilizing ligament that joins the upper and lower leg bones together while also supporting the knee. When an athlete runs, cuts, or pivots and tears his or her ACL, the knee becomes unstable, making walking next to impossible.
While ACL injuries are commonly seen in adult athletes, as more and more children join and participate in organized competitive team sports, more cases of children with ACL injuries are being reported.
Most doctors have recommended delaying surgery for children with ACL injuries until their bones have finished growing and reached skeletal maturity. Though some doctors point out that there are also risks associated with waiting for surgery, such as cartilage injury, joint instability, and meniscus tears. But how exactly does a doctor make that determination?