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  1. Living With Anorexia: Carré Otis

    By Carré Otis Growing up in an alcoholic household where life was chaotic and unstable had me searching for ways to cope and remedy the anxiety I experienced. I had a tremendous fear of becoming a woman, and my relationship with my mother was fractured. I lacked the nurturing that makes the process

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  2. The Changing Face of Anorexia

    Think anorexia is a teen disease, or a habit taken up by spoiled, white rich girls? Think again. White women in their teens and 20s still account for most anorexia cases in the U.S. But experts say women in their 40s and 50s, men, black and Hispanic women, and even little girls as young as 8 or 9 ye

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  3. Overcoming First-Day Jitters

    Whether it's the first day at kindergarten, junior high, or high school -- or if it's a new school -- children get excited but they also get nervous. These are milestones in your child's life, and how your child adapts may determine how he or she adjusts to other "firsts" later in life. "Kids who ar

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  4. Anorexia and Bulimia: Cracking the Genetic Code

    Not so long ago, doctors and therapists blamed anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders on overly controlling parents. When they first gained attention in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the diseases were often seen as psychosomatic -- the willful behavior of often-spoiled, privileged teenagers

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  5. Pro-Anorexia Web Sites: The Thin Web Line

    "Thinspiration." "Ana." "Mia." "I love you to the bones." This is the vocabulary of a burgeoning subculture of web sites known as "pro-ana," meaning pro-anorexia. Created primarily by young women who have anorexia or bulimia, or are in recovery from one or both of the disorders, these sites have bee

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  6. Living With Anorexia: Denise Demers

    By Denise Myers Demers Weight has always been an issue for me. In my high school yearbook I wrote as my goal, "Stay 105," which is pretty sad when you think of it. In the summer of 2004, I was about to turn 45, and I decided I wanted to meet that goal. The goal became my focus, because so many other

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  7. How to Survive a Plane Crash

    A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport due to landing gear problems. No one was hurt when plane landed safely, though one of the front tires burned up after touching down. The incident was not a crash. But it may make some people wonder "what if" the

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  8. Meth 101

    Use of methamphetamine, a powerful and addictive stimulant, is rampant and spreading across the United States, reaching levels that have been called "epidemic." In places where it hasn't been a problem in the past, it may seem to have come out of nowhere, but methamphetamine has been a fixture of th

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  9. Portrait of a Psychopath

    Jack Levin, PhD, knows a lot about psychopaths and serial killers. He's the director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of several books on serial killers, including Extreme Killings. Levin said that serial killer Dennis Rader's cool a

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  10. Many Emotions Can Damage the Heart

    Volatile emotions like anger and hostility are bad for heart health. But studies have shown that some of the quieter emotions can be just as toxic and damaging. "Study after study has shown that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are many times more likely to get sick and die prematurel

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