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    Stress is an inevitable part of everyone's life and while many of us just grin and bear it, there is, in fact, a science behind stress …and, believe it or not, we actually need small doses of it to function.

    I spoke to Cindy Ackrill, who is from the American Institute of Stress and also the President of Wellspark, to learn more about stress.

    According to Cindy, stress is defined as our reaction to a perceived threat. Of course, each person has their own unique set of stress triggers, so it can mean very many different things to different people.

    People today seem to be more stressed than ever before, which Cindy attributes to the financial crisis, unhealthy lifestyle choices, a general disconnect from others and even lack of sleep.

    Although we need a little stress to motivate us in our day to day activities, excessive amounts can be dangerous and have harsh effects on the body. Common symptoms of stress include headaches, stomachaches and fatigue. In more extreme cases,

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    It seems like every grocery store has a shelf (or several) of gluten free products these days.  It turns out roughly three million Americans suffer from Celiac disease, a disorder which makes it difficult to digest gluten…a protein component found in certain grains.
    To learn more about the symptoms and consequences of celiac disease I spoke to Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University, a leading expert.
    According to Dr. Green, the symptoms vary, but the most common ones include IBS, gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.

    As those can be symptoms of lots of digestive problems, many people in the United States don't get properly diagnosed.  In fact, 90% of those affected by Celiac disease don't even know they have it.

    Celiac disease can easily be identified through a simple blood test, but the bad news is that there aren't any drugs to treat it. And that brings us back to those supermarket shelves, as a gluten free diet is really the only remedy available.
    But some people
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    Some friendships last a lifetime, but the truth is most don't.  In fact, the average friendship only lasts seven years.

    I sat down with psychologist and friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine, author of "Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend," for some tips on how to make an "unfriending" as painless as possible for all parties.

    Dr. Levine says there are many reasons that friendships end. There are events that she calls "friendship killers," hurtful acts of betrayal that lead to loss of trust.  But the most common cause is simply people drifting apart.

    When ending a friendship, Dr. Levine cautions to keep in mind that this is a moment that your friend will remember for the rest of his or her life, so it's important to be as fair as possible. Don't say things that are hurtful, accusatory or undermining to them.  They once were your friend, after all. She also advises that you should never close the door completely.  Allow the option of reconnecting

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