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The Real Secret to Self-Control

dolgachov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Every­one is sus­cep­ti­ble to some form of temp­ta­tion and a lot of peo­ple often give in to it, some­times with dis­as­trous results.

How­ever, as researchers at Florida State Uni­ver­sity report, it doesn’t have to be that way, pro­vided you know the strat­egy for success.

It’s pretty sim­ple, actu­ally: just don’t get into a sit­u­a­tion where you might lose your self-control, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in Per­son­al­ity and Indi­vid­ual Dif­fer­ences.

In an exper­i­ment with 38 col­lege stu­dents, the par­tic­i­pants were told to choose between a crowded stu­dent lounge to solve a prob­lem or wait for a quiet lab to become available.

Most of the peo­ple ranked with low self-control picked the lounge over the lab while a major­ity of those with more self-control chose the lab over the lounge. Another exper­i­ment with peo­ple aged 18–60 yielded sim­i­lar results.

The bot­tom line, accord­ing to the FSU researchers, is that high self-control is more asso­ci­ated with shun­ning dis­trac­tions than try­ing to over­come them.

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Macy’s, Make-a-Wish Get Special Flute for Teen with Cystic Fibrosis

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At just 18 months old, Eliz­a­beth Shea was diag­nosed with cys­tic fibro­sis, an incur­able genetic dis­ease that affects the lungs and diges­tive sys­tem. It can make catch­ing the com­mon cold life-threatening.

Shea’s mother, Marissa Shea, says her now-17-year-old daugh­ter counts every morn­ing as a blessing.

The teen’s reg­i­men includes tak­ing 12 pills with every meal, plus using inhalers and get­ting reg­u­lar res­pi­ra­tory treatments.

I don’t remem­ber never hav­ing to take med­i­cine,” Shea said in an inter­view with Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.

When Shea was in the 6th grade she dis­cov­ered a pas­sion that has helped her in many ways.

She took up play­ing the flute, and, now a high school senior at West­ern High School in Davie, Florida, she plays in the march­ing band. “The doc­tors have told me that play­ing a wind instru­ment helps keep the lungs work­ing,” she said.

Shea’s tal­ent landed her a spot to play in the Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day Parade in New York, but there’s one thing that she wanted: a top-of-the-line flute.

It would be kind of hard for my par­ents to…get the flute for me,” she said.

Make-a-Wish and Macy’s teamed up to ful­fill Shea’s dream. She got her flute just in time for her trip to play in the parade.

This is the sev­enth year that Macy’s and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Cam­paign to spread hol­i­day cheer to chil­dren with life-threatening med­ical conditions.

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How Many Calories You'll Eat this Thanksgiving

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s noth­ing like a day of solid eat­ing to get you in the Thanks­giv­ing spirit. But as fam­ily mem­bers catch up, they often don’t real­ize just how many calo­ries they’re devour­ing over the course of the day.

Experts say peo­ple often eat more than a full day’s worth of calo­ries in one gravy-laden feast, in part because overeat­ing is as much a part of the hol­i­day as the turkey.

I think peo­ple would be frowned upon if they were, quote, ‘diet­ing’ on Thanks­giv­ing,” said reg­is­tered dietit­ian Jamie Pope, who teaches nutri­tion at the Van­der­bilt Uni­ver­sity School of Nurs­ing in Nashville, Ten­nessee. “It’s kind of a socially accept­able day to indulge.”

It’s a com­monly held belief that the aver­age Amer­i­can con­sumes 3,000 calo­ries dur­ing the Thanks­giv­ing meal plus another 1,500 on snacks and drinks, num­bers that come from the Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil, which is the indus­try group for diet food com­pa­nies. That’s 4,500 calo­ries in all, and about 45 per­cent of them come straight from fat, accord­ing to the council.

The aver­age per­son may con­sume enough fat at a hol­i­day meal to equal three sticks of but­ter,” the Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil said in a statement.

But many have con­tested the 4,500-calorie fig­ure in recent years, includ­ing New York Times health reporter Tara Parker-Pope, who in 2012 tried to come up with the most calorie-laden Thanks­giv­ing din­ner she could muster, but only came up with 2,486 calo­ries. She con­cluded the Calo­rie Con­trol Council’s num­ber was a myth.

The Calo­rie Con­trol Coun­cil did not respond to requests for comment.

Cedric Bryant, chief sci­ence offi­cer of the non­profit Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Exer­cise, did his own cal­cu­la­tions and said while 4,500 calo­ries for the day may be “lib­eral,” eat­ing 3,000 calo­ries dur­ing the meal is prob­a­bly right on target.

If you look at how peo­ple tend to have that feast men­tal­ity for the meal I think that is very likely,” Bryant said, adding that if some­one had their blood tested after eat­ing Thanks­giv­ing din­ner, the fat in it would be ele­vated for a lit­tle while.

Pope said the Calo­rie Con­trol Council’s count seems “inflated,” but that doesn’t make this a diet meal by any stretch. Pope said the basics of the meal aren’t ter­ri­ble for you, but the embell­ish­ments and the sec­ond help­ings are enough to put the meal over the edge.

A day of overeat­ing won’t hurt in the long run, unless it’s the start of a six-week hol­i­day binge, she said. Then, the 2 or 3 pounds peo­ple gain dur­ing the hol­i­days might not come off once Jan­u­ary comes around.

Pope rec­om­mends peo­ple enjoy the fes­tiv­i­ties but sim­ply be aware of how much they’re eat­ing. She said she never rec­om­mends weight loss as a goal for the hol­i­day sea­son because between the treats and the lack of exer­cise because of cold weather and lim­ited day­light, the best that can be expected is weight maintenance.

You don’t have to go hog wild but also real­ize this shouldn’t be the impe­tus for the loss of con­straint going for­ward,” she said. “You don’t want to go para­noid into the hol­i­days. Peo­ple just have to be aware.”

Bryant also rec­om­mended going on a run in the morn­ing and tak­ing a walk after the big dinner.

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Tiny Liver Transplant Patient to Taste First Thanksgiving

Cour­tesy Donya McCoy(PITTSBURGH) — Born with a rare meta­bolic dis­ease that ren­dered eat­ing pro­tein poi­so­nous, 3-year-old Kennedy Steven­son was never able to appre­ci­ate a good bite of Thanks­giv­ing turkey.

But all of that is about to change thanks to a liver trans­plant she received two weeks ago from her mother’s Face­book friend.

She just ate a chicken fin­ger for the first time ever,” her mother, Donya McCoy, told ABC News Tues­day from Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Pitts­burgh, where Kennedy under­went her trans­plant and will remain an inpa­tient through the holidays.

Kennedy wasn’t so sure about the chicken, McCoy said, but she loved her first taste of choco­late milk.

Her eyes got big and she just kept suck­ing the straw,” McCoy said. “She didn’t want to stop.”

Kennedy was diag­nosed with a rare meta­bolic dis­or­der called S-adenosylhomocysteine hydro­lase defi­ciency. It’s so rare that only eight peo­ple have ever been diag­nosed with it, six of whom are still alive today, McCoy said.

The enzyme defi­ciency pre­vents Kennedy from pro­cess­ing pro­tein nor­mally, lead­ing to a buildup of other toxic sub­stances in her sys­tem and caus­ing degen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal effects over time, said Dr. George Mazarie­gos, chief of pedi­atric trans­plan­ta­tion at Children’s Hos­pi­tal of Pittsburgh.

Although other doc­tors had changed Kennedy’s diet to elim­i­nate pro­tein and make it “stricter than vegan,” McCoy said they decided that a liver trans­plant was her best chance for sur­vival because the defi­ciency was con­cen­trated in her liver tissue.

In the two weeks since the trans­plant, McCoy said doc­tors told her the new liver was “kick­ing butt.” Lev­els of the toxic byprod­uct that used to build up because Kennedy couldn’t process pro­tein are way down, even when she eats chicken and choco­late milk, McCoy said.

She can now have turkey and stuff­ing,” McCoy said. “It’s just going to be really spe­cial that she can eat a Thanks­giv­ing dinner.”

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New Beauty Tool Sterilizes Makeup Brushes, Cuts Drying Time in Half

Brush Medic(NEW YORK) — You wash your hair, body and clothes on a reg­u­lar basis. But how often do you wash your makeup brushes?

Now, one prod­uct is vying to make the pesky task of clean­ing your brushes an eas­ier one.

It’s called Brush Medic, and it’s said to elim­i­nate 99 per­cent of dirt and bac­te­ria through a UV ster­il­iz­ing system.

It was really my wife’s idea who’s a makeup artist at a large cos­metic store,” says Billy Turner, co-founder of Brush Medic. “One night she was say­ing how it took way too long for the brushes to clean and dry, so we cre­ated some­thing that would kill bac­te­ria and take less dry­ing time.”

How it works is you start by clean­ing your brushes with soap and water. Or, try the Brush Medic Quick Clean Wipes. “They are alco­hol free, so they won’t dam­age your brushes,” Turner says. Fin­ish by plac­ing them in the Brush Medic machine for a deep cleaning.

In addi­tion to a bac­te­ria free clean­ing, the sys­tem promises a dry­ing time that’s up to 10 times faster.

In the future, the com­pany hopes to expand its reach to pro­fes­sional makeup artists.

We are devel­op­ing a larger prod­uct that we think would be great for com­mer­cial brands,” Turner says. “We’d like to spread the word through­out the makeup industry.”

One expert agrees that Brush Medic can be a use­ful tool for beauty buffs everywhere.

Your makeup brushes should be cleaned every sin­gle day,” says green beauty expert Sophie Uilano. “If you don’t clean your brushes, you’ll absolutely break out.”

The prob­lem with brush clean­ers is that they are highly toxic, so this is a fan­tas­tic solu­tion,” Uilano says. “Brush dry­ing time is also an issue, so it’s great that it cuts that too.”

The Brush Medic Pro will be avail­able exclu­sively at Cus­tomers can pre­order the sys­tem for a price of $199. A mini ver­sion is sold for $99.

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New Procedure Dubbed 'Inside-Out' Face Lift Claims to Smooth Skin

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There’s a new treat­ment for saggy, creased skin around the mouth that works from the inside out to tighten soft tis­sue and pro­duce a smooth­ing effect on the surface.

Dr. Chris­tine Lee, a der­ma­tol­o­gist, helped pio­neer a new treat­ment that’s known as the inside-out face lift.

The pro­ce­dure uses a laser that deliv­ers tar­geted heat from inside the mouth, Lee says.

Jacki Adams, a pop­u­lar model dur­ing the 1980s, has posed on the cov­ers of mag­a­zines includ­ing Vogue and Elle, but years of out­door sports exposed her face to days of wind and sun.

With plans to return to act­ing, Adams hoped to smooth out some facial lines.

I pre­fer to look good for my age, rather than look another age,” she said.

Adams vis­ited Dr. Lee at her Wal­nut Creek, Cal­i­for­nia prac­tice, The East Bay Laser & Skin Care Cen­ter, Inc.

When you go inside the mouth, what it does is causes imme­di­ate con­tract­ing, and that tight­en­ing makes this nasal labial folds by the side of the mouth seem like they’re plump­ing up,” Lee said as she per­formed the 30-minute procedure.

ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica spoke to some doc­tors who were skep­ti­cal of the pro­ce­dure. They said patients could get bet­ter results from lasers used directly on the skin, or from less expen­sive treat­ments such as fillers.

The gen­eral con­sen­sus is that with laser ther­a­pies, that is best accom­plished from the out­side in not the inside out, but again, it’s a new pro­ce­dure. I think peo­ple should pro­ceed with cau­tion until we know more,” ABC News’ Dr. Jen­nifer Ash­ton said.

Lee says her pro­ce­dure “has some of the same effects a filler does but appears much more nat­ural, and you’re not hav­ing to inject a for­eign sub­stance in your face.”

Her patients undergo sev­eral treat­ments that cost about $1,500 per ses­sion. Results can last for months, she said.

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Vitamin D Supplements May Not Be for Everyone

areeya_ann/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says that the vit­a­min D sup­ple­ments many Amer­i­cans take at a doctor’s rec­om­men­da­tion may not be quite as ben­e­fi­cial as they believe.

Accord­ing to a study con­ducted by the United States Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force and pub­lished in the jour­nal Annals of Inter­nal Med­i­cine, there is insuf­fi­cient evi­dence to deter­mine whether screen­ing for vit­a­min D defi­ciency in adults not show­ing symp­toms of a defi­ciency is more ben­e­fi­cial or harmful.

Vit­a­min D can be found in in cer­tain foods, and can also be obtained by the con­ver­sion of ultra­vi­o­let rays from the skin that come in con­tact with bare skin. Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have shown that low lev­els of vit­a­min D may be linked with increased risk of dia­betes, can­cer and heart disease.

Patients with kid­ney dis­ease or bone dis­ease, as well as elderly patients, should still take vit­a­min D sup­ple­ments if instructed to do so by their doc­tor, the study said. How­ever, researchers believe that many peo­ple may not stand to ben­e­fit from vit­a­min D sup­ple­ments not rec­om­mended by a physician.

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Researchers Say Device Could Reduce Mammography Discomfort

monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers say that a newer, less painful mam­mo­gram may be possible.

Accord­ing to a study pre­sented at a meet­ing of the Radi­o­log­i­cal Soci­ety of North Amer­ica, researchers believe that the improved process can exert pres­sure through­out the breast tis­sue, avoid­ing direct force applied to the breast.

Researchers tested the pro­posed pro­ce­dure on over 400 women. Of those par­tic­i­pants, 27 per­cent said they expe­ri­enced less severe pain, com­pared to the cur­rent stan­dard protocol.

Researchers say the images pro­duced by the mam­mog­ra­phy were not infe­rior to the old tech­nique, and could be imple­mented in many hos­pi­tals or doc­tors’ offices quickly using a sim­ple device.

The pro­posed mam­mog­ra­phy method did have at least one draw­back, how­ever. Researchers found that the pressure-based test had three times the num­ber of peo­ple forced to re-do the test when com­pared to the force-based test.

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