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Facebook Envy Leads Moms to 'Financial Insecurity'

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Show­ing off on social media isn’t just for the rich kids of Insta­gram. New research shows the major­ity of moms feel pres­sure to appear well off on social media.

For every day peo­ple — moms included — a daily visit to Face­book is often an assault of cyber friends’ new cars, expen­sive strollers and pricey fam­ily vacations.

Keep­ing up with the Jone­ses is actu­ally keep­ing up with the e-Jonses, thanks to Insta­gram and thanks to Face­book,” said Laura Gel­man, lifestyle con­trib­u­tor for BabyCenter.com.

It all leads to what experts call finan­cial inse­cu­rity. BabyCenter’s Cost of Rais­ing a Child Report found 60 per­cent of moms feel pres­sure to appear well off on social media as well as envy or embar­rass­ment about their own finan­cial situation.

Nicole Perez, mom of a 6-year-old tot, said the con­stant influx of mate­r­ial pos­ses­sions on social media “makes you feel as if you are a fail­ure as a mother. It’s heart­break­ing when your child says ‘mom, when you get enough money can I get that toy?’”

Perez said that fam­ily trips to Dis­ney are all over her Face­book news feed, some­thing that’s just not pos­si­ble in her cur­rent finan­cial situation.

She’s not alone. Colleen, a mom of two who pre­ferred to use her first name only, admit­ted to “a habit of check­ing out the mate­r­ial ‘clues’ in the back­grounds of people’s Face­book pho­tos: kitchen cab­i­nets or expen­sive fur­ni­ture. I sup­pose it sort of cre­ates a ‘keep­ing up with the Jone­ses’ feel­ing, and I’m sure I’m pro­ject­ing all sorts of com­par­isons that might not even be there.”

Gel­man said beyond the emo­tional stress these feel­ing can cause, there are very real finan­cial concerns.

There’s a lot of max­ing out of credit cards and buy­ing things you can’t afford. Which is really unfor­tu­nate just so you can go online and say ‘look what I’ve done for my kids,’” she said.

Robin Danks is a recently divorced mom of two who tries to see beyond what she sees on social media.

You take every pic­ture like that on Face­book and I think you uncrop it. And what do you see out­side of that? Every one of us is going to have some­thing out­side of that, whether it be the child that takes an hour and a half to do 20 min­utes of home­work or the sick par­ent in the next room or the empty alco­hol bot­tle. There’s some­thing in everyone’s life,” Danks said.

While quit­ting social media is always an option, it’s not an option for everyone.

No way could I quit,” said Perez. “I’m too nosy. Also there are good things about it — see­ing happy fam­i­lies enjoy­ing them­selves, that’s a beau­ti­ful thing. It’s not their fault it makes me feel bad.”

Danks also agreed get­ting off social media wasn’t some­thing she wanted to do.

For any­one who has been in the dumps after being on social media, she said, “I would sug­gest peo­ple really think about their life. There’s at least one good thing in your life that you can’t buy with money and instead focus on how impor­tant that is.”

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Thanks to Hipsters, "Beard Net" Sales on the Rise

Stone/Getty Images(LONDON) — Hip­sters haven’t exactly been known for their hygiene, but that seems to be changing.

The Daily Mail is report­ing that sales of “beard nets” have sky­rock­eted in the U.K. and abroad thanks to scruffy hip­ster dudes work­ing in the food indus­try. It seems their pen­chant for bushy beards poses a prob­lem while prepar­ing and pack­ag­ing food. One com­pany in par­tic­u­lar is address­ing it.

Lion Hair­care & Dis­pos­ables said they have invested in more staff and equip­ment to keep up with demand of the beard guards. The Nottingham-based com­pany sup­plies the nets glob­ally and they’ve even intro­duced a new line of them with built-in antibac­te­r­ial agents. They now sell over three mil­lion “beard nets” annually.

The rise in demand seems to be com­ing from a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors,” said Adrian Wright, chief oper­at­ing offi­cer at the firm. “Trends towards more facial hair, whether that is full beard or the stub­ble look and increas­ing qual­ity assur­ance demands dur­ing food prepa­ra­tion. The two aspects go hand in hand.”

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Improper Use of ADHD Drugs Rampant in Colleges

The Image Bank/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For decades, col­lege stu­dents have taken over-the-counter stim­u­lants to stay awake and ille­gal drugs for recre­ational use to wind down from their studies.

How­ever, the Part­ner­ship for Drug-Free Kids says the lat­est prob­lem on col­lege cam­puses involves stu­dents using pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions to keep up with the demands of the classroom.

All in all, about 20 per­cent of respon­dents to the Part­ner­ship for Drug-Free Kids sur­vey say they’ve taken pre­scrip­tion drugs at least once while half in that group admit they do it in an effort to boost grades.

Often, they’ll eschew cof­fee and energy drinks when pulling an all-nighter and instead take Ritalin and Adder­all, which are used to treat atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­ity disorder.

How­ever, while these drugs are known to improve atten­tion and con­cen­tra­tion, there have been pre­vi­ous stud­ies that dis­pute the belief that Ritalin and Adder­all also help stu­dents improve their grades, whether they suf­fer from ADHD or not.

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Report: Going Gluten-Free Is Not for Everybody

Moment/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — So you’re into a gluten-free diet. So what?

Con­sumer Reports says that many Amer­i­cans have got the wrong idea if they believe gluten-free foods are always the best choices.

The mag­a­zine doesn’t dis­pute the fact that peo­ple with Celiac dis­ease, an autoim­mune dis­or­der of the small intes­tine, can develop more com­pli­ca­tions if they con­sume foods con­tain­ing white flour, whole wheat flour or semolina, for instance.

How­ever, Laura Moore, a dietit­ian at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas Health Sci­ence Cen­ter at Hous­ton, told Con­sumer Reports, “If you go com­pletely gluten-free with­out the guid­ance of a nutri­tion­ist, you can develop defi­cien­cies pretty quickly.”

Among the draw­backs about going gluten-free with­out know­ing all the facts is that a diet may cost more plus leave peo­ple sus­cep­ti­ble to weight gain as well as boost expo­sure to arsenic.

Ulti­mately, Con­sumer Reports says it’s impor­tant to read the labels of gluten-free prod­ucts because some may con­tain more sugar, sodium and calo­ries than other foods.

The right diet, says the mag­a­zine, is one that includes whole grains and whole foods like fruit, veg­eta­bles, lean meat and poul­try, fish, dairy, legumes and nuts.

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It's Good to See Eye-to-Eye with Your Restaurant Chef

Cultura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Appar­ently, one way to improve your restau­rant expe­ri­ence is by mak­ing eye con­tact with the chef before plac­ing your order.

A small Har­vard research project reveals that cooks who can observe their guests dished out markedly bet­ter meals than when cus­tomers were out of their sight.

The find­ings were culled after Har­vard Busi­ness School doc­toral stu­dent Tami Kim and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, set up four suc­ces­sive exper­i­ments in a work­ing cafe­te­ria over a two-week period.

The exper­i­ments included din­ers and cooks who couldn’t view one another; din­ers able to see the cooks; cooks able to see the din­ers; and finally, din­ers and cooks mak­ing eye con­tact. Fol­low­ing each meal, din­ers rated their experience.

Kim and Tsay found that although cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion increased by ten per­cent when the cook could see the guests in the din­ing area, sat­is­fac­tion went up 17.3 per­cent and ser­vice was 13.2 per­cent faster when they were able to see one another.

They attrib­uted the improved expe­ri­ence to chefs feel­ing more moti­vated and inspired by see­ing patrons. Still, not all restau­rants should begin break­ing down kitchen walls just yet since the researchers acknowl­edged that much more com­pre­hen­sive study is necessary.

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Nearly Everyone Sides with Those Forced to Work Thanksgiving

OJO Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thanks­giv­ing Day shop­ping is just three days away.

With more retail­ers than ever throw­ing open their doors on a day which once meant a hol­i­day for every­one, PBS.org has con­ducted a poll to ask whether retail­ers should remain open on Thursday.

Appar­ently, Amer­i­cans feel a lot of com­pas­sion for those who have to work Thanks­giv­ing Day because about 98 per­cent of the 12,300 respon­dents have thus far agreed, “No, employ­ees should be able to spend Thanks­giv­ing at home.”

Yes, it’s nice to have another option for Black Fri­day sales” received about 1.5 per­cent of the vote with the remain­ing few said they were “Unsure.”

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Talk Therapy Could Lower Suicide Rate

Credit: Tetra Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Researchers say sim­ple talk ther­apy could help to notice­ably lower patients’ risk of suicide.

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Lancet Psy­chi­a­try, researchers in Den­mark ana­lyzed data from over 60,000 patients who had recently tried to com­mit sui­cide. Some of the par­tic­i­pants were given talk ther­apy, while oth­ers were given no therapy.

Researchers found that both one year and ten years later, those patients who had under­gone talk ther­apy had a decrease in sub­se­quent sui­cide attempts. In those receiv­ing no ther­apy, about nine per­cent tried to com­mit sui­cide a sec­ond time, com­pared to about seven per­cent in those who had talk therapy.

Researchers esti­mate that for every 44 patients receiv­ing talk ther­apy, one life would be saved.

It’s not clear what aspect of the ther­apy directly low­ered the sui­cide rate.

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Study: 1.2 Million Veterans Have No Health Insurance

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Researchers from New York Uni­ver­sity and the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health say that more than one mil­lion vet­er­ans have no health insurance.

Accord­ing to the study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Lancet, more than 1.2 mil­lion vet­er­ans have no health insur­ance and less than 50 per­cent of U.S. vet­er­ans receive ben­e­fits through the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs. The lack of vet­eran insur­ance is at least in part due to a sim­ple lack of enroll­ment. A num­ber of vet­er­ans, though, have not been able to sign up, as they live in states that have opted out of the ACA Medicare expansion.

The Vet­er­ans Affairs health care sys­tem doesn’t fully pay for health insur­ance for all veterans.

The study noted that the vet­er­ans with the largest risk for remain­ing unin­sured are young, low-income African Amer­i­can vet­er­ans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Still, researchers believe that all vet­er­ans can be cov­ered if the resources are used properly.

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Two Children Being Tested for Possible Ebola in Ohio

Credit: Mar­tin Barraud/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio pub­lic health offi­cials are test­ing two chil­dren for the Ebola virus after they devel­oped fevers fol­low­ing a trip to West Africa.

We have two cases that we’re test­ing,” Jose Rodriguez, direc­tor of pub­lic affairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Colum­bus Pub­lic Health Depart­ment, said Sun­day. “We’re not in a panic situation.”

Two sis­ters, ages 4 and 6, were taken to Nation­wide Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Colum­bus early Sun­day morn­ing after they showed signs of a fever, Rodriguez said.

They are being kept in iso­la­tion and are receiv­ing sup­port­ive care, Rodriguez said. Doc­tors are also test­ing the girls for other res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses, like influenza and enterovirus D68, Rodriguez said.

The girls’ mother is not being held in iso­la­tion. She was not iden­ti­fied as a high-risk indi­vid­ual, Rodriguez explained, because she was not in Sierra Leone as a health care worker.

The iden­ti­ties of the girls and their mother have not been released.

The girls returned from Sierra Leone 17 days ago, Rodriguez said. Since return­ing, their tem­per­a­tures have been mon­i­tored twice daily.

Rodriguez said the girls will remain in iso­la­tion for sev­eral days. If they test neg­a­tive for Ebola, they will likely be tested again.

EMS staff who took the chil­dren to the hos­pi­tal wore pro­tec­tive gear and are not con­sid­ered to be at risk for con­tract­ing the virus. They will be mon­i­tored if the chil­dren test pos­i­tive for the virus, accord­ing to the Colum­bus Health Department.

The children’s test results were expected later Sunday.

The Colum­bus Health Depart­ment was work­ing with the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion and the state health depart­ment on the situation.

Sierra Leone is one of the four coun­tries hard­est hit by the Ebola out­break in West Africa.

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