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Why Many Americans Are Choosing Not to Own A TV

For pretty much an entire generation, televisions have been more important to Americans than the living room  sofa — but according to a recent report this could be changing.

For the first time in 40 years, the number of households with TV sets has actually dropped, despite th

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Love Salt? You Probably Did As a Kid, Too — Health Check

If salty foods are your weakness, blame your childhood. Research has found that babies given such foods can develop a preference for them that carries over into adulthood.

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Obesity Isn’t Just Bad for Your Body, It’s Bad for Your Wallet, Too — Health Check

The health risks of obesity are well-documented, but there’s a financial downside, too — data shows obese people also earn less money, especially women.

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‘Obesity May Run in the Family,’ Say Researchers — Health Check

Is obesity contagious? A study back in 2007 seemed to indicate that, saying we get it from our friends. To back that up, researchers highlighted data showing members of social groups were likely to have similar rates of obesity. New research, however, seems to be changing all this by finding that social interactions may have little impact on body weight.

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Sorry Drivers, Hands-Free Devices Aren’t Safer Options to Cell Phones

In response to the National Transportation Safety Board-proposed ban on cellphones while driving, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers tried to defend hands-free devices. They’re “designed to be used in a way that helps drivers keep their eyes on the road,” they said, but now it looks like this defense doesn’t hold water.

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Are Working Moms Healthier Moms? — Health Check

Many new mothers grapple with whether or not they should work while their children are still young.

But if a new study is to be believed, it can actually benefit a woman’s health to collect a paycheck between changing diapers.

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Put Down the Raw Cookie Dough and You Won’t Get E. Coli — Health Check

Arguably the best part about making cookies during the holidays is getting a sneak spoonful of the raw dough before it goes in the oven. Like with tons of other great-tasting grub, however, it’s so not good for us. In fact, two years ago, 77 people in 30 states became ill from doing just that.

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Wondering What Most Use the Internet for? Well, It’s Not That Exciting — Survey of the Day

Why did the average American go online? For no particular reason (Ba-dum-bum).

Although this may not become the newest joke anytime soon, it’s actually a true statement. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 53 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Americans go online just for fun or to waste time. With 2,260 participating adults, it turns out that 58 percent of all adults go online for the same reason.

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Can Chewing Gum Help Control Your Appetite? — Health Check

Smokers have a gum that helps them quit smoking, so it’s only fair that overeaters have a gum to help them quit eating. Thankfully, scientists are getting close to making a safe appetite suppressant gum a reality.

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Most Would Rather Eat Their Vegetables Than Work Out — Survey of the Day

According to a new Gallup poll of 1,012 adults, 52 percent lost weight at some point in their lives, but it’s how they’re doing it that’s intriguing.  Of those successful weight droppers, 32 percent got slimmer by dieting exclusively, and 47 percent named both diet and exercise as important factors.

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