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Entries by Verena von Pfetten from 02/2009

N.J. Disc Jockey To Part With Jenny's Number

Posted 02.02.2009 | Style

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — After five years fielding thousands of calls to one of rock 'n' roll's most celebrated phone numbers, disc jockey Spencer Pott...

Second-Hand Style: Wedding Dresses Get Re-Worn

Posted 02.02.2009 | Style

At a time when the average cost of a wedding is $28,082, and the average dress is $1,075, according to the Brides.com American Wedding Study 2009, and...

Is Green Tea Really Good For You?

Posted 02.02.2009 | Healthy Living

Q: My wife is insisting that we change to green tea for breakfast instead of my normal cuppa because it is good for us. I can't stand the stuff becaus...

Flu Season Off To A Slow Start...So Far

Posted 02.02.2009 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Flu season is making a slow start this winter, with widespread illness in only two states _ Virginia and New Jersey. "It's been ki...

Unity Through Yoga: How Our Daily Practice Can Bring Us Together

Posted 02.02.2009 | Healthy Living

To start, we all need to have an open mind to other forms of yoga. Yogis seem to have become divided based on the type of yoga we practice. People who...

Have The Obamas Made Parenting Cool Again?

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

Forget about what role Barack and Michelle Obama are playing in reshaping the political and cultural landscape. Yes, he's renewed our country's optimi...

Nadya Suleman, Octuplets Mom, Gets TV, Book Offers To Tell Story

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES — The mother of the world's longest-living octuplets is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business propos...

Marijuana Use Down Among Teens Around The World

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — Kids on both sides of the Atlantic are smoking less pot and going out less often with friends at night, a study of 15-year-olds in 30 ...

Study: One-Third Of US Kids Take Vitamins

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO — About a third of U.S. children and teens take vitamins, even though most of those taking the pills are healthy, active kids who probab...

Study: Mental Illness Alone Is Not A Trigger For Violence

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO -- A new large study challenges the idea that mental illness alone is a leading cause of violence. Researchers instead blame a combination of...

Housing Crisis Causing More Families To Move In Together

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

The weak economy -- which has brought surging foreclosures, sinking property values, vanishing home equity and mounting job losses -- is playing a maj...

The Truth Behind Magic Lists: Do They Really Work?

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

Okay, fess up--at some point you've had your own magic list, haven't you? The only problem with magic lists is that their efficacy is, um, patchy....

Raised In The Trash Trade: Lessons In Recycling From Cairo's Slums

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living
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You might think that the world's most effective recycling program would be in a high-tech, first world country backed by R&D funding and PhDs. Actuall...

In Good Company: When Better Business Means Saving People's Lives

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

There are plenty of charitable foundations and public agencies devoted to helping the world's poor, many with instantly recognizable names like Unicef...

100 Best Foods For Boosting Productivity

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

There are lists, and then there are lists. And then there are handy charts like the one FoodProof.com has, which lists the top 100 foods for improving...

What Exactly Is Crying Good For?

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

Now, some researchers say that the common psychological wisdom about crying -- crying as a healthy catharsis -- is incomplete and misleading. Having a...

Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity Founder, Dies At 74

Posted 02.03.2009 | Healthy Living

Millard Fuller, who founded the U.S. charity Habitat for Humanity, a pioneering organization that builds houses for low-income families around the wor...

Injured Man Dies In Japan After Rejection By 14 Hospitals

Posted 02.04.2009 | World

TOKYO — After getting struck by a motorcycle, an elderly Japanese man with head injuries waited in an ambulance as paramedics phoned 14 hospital...

The Difference Between A Food Allergy And A False Alarm

Posted 02.04.2009 | Healthy Living

For Ingelisa Keeling, a Houston mother of three children with multiple allergies, mealtime was a struggle. Nuts, eggs, wheat, beef, peas and rice were...

How Fast Will The Presidency Age Obama?

Posted 02.04.2009 | Healthy Living

When a new President takes the oath of office, he often exudes a youthful optimism. But Presidents tend to leave Washington visibly wearing the stress...

Arkansas Animal Cruelty Bill Makes Abuse A Felony

Posted 02.05.2009 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a ...

Study: 9/11 Lung Problems Persist Years Later

Posted 02.05.2009 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders who became ill after working at the World Trade Center site found many had lung problems yea...

The Surprising Link Between Diabetes And Alzheimer's

Posted 02.05.2009 | Healthy Living

Dr. Margaret Gatz, a professor of psychology, gerontology and preventative medicine at the University of Southern California, conducts research on int...

5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Life

Posted 02.05.2009 | Healthy Living

Allergy Fighters "The old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came fr...

Dieting? Friendly Competition Might Be Your Best Bet

Posted 02.05.2009 | Healthy Living

Mr. Ee, 30, worked at an Internet company in SoHo, and had been competing with a colleague to see who could lose more weight. But they had both stoppe...