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Is Gum Our Secret Weapon Against Ear Infections? — Health Check

Painful ear infections, common among children, are frustratingly heartbreaking for parents. But what if you could stave them off simply by having your kids chew gum?

Scandinavian researchers have found “fair evidence” to support the conclusion that children who chew gum containing the natural sweetener xylitol may have a lower risk of developing middle ear infections. In fact, regular consumption of xylitol in gum, lozenges or syrup was associated with a 25 percent reduced risk for such infections.

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sethw, Flickr
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Video Games Might Be Warping Our Minds — Health Check

Is your kid hooked on video games? New research says simple brain-wiring may be to blame. Brain scans conducted on 154 teenagers who played video games at least nine hours per week found the structure and activity in the part of the brain associated with reward processing was larger than in those who played less often

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mikebaird, Flickr
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Women Who Exercise More and Watch Less TV Tend to Be Happier — Health Check

A study of almost 50,000 women over a 14-year period found older women who exercised more and spent less time watching television were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression.

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Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

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How Long is Too Long in the Freezer?
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How Long is Too Long to Eat Frozen Food?

Do you think my breakfast sandwich is freezer burned? It is the only breakfast I have available this morning and I am super hungry.

I discovered eating something that has been in the freezer too long cannot hurt me

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Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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Potatoes Are Your New Weight Loss Enemy

Potatoes are always a part of Southern cooking: French fries, fried potatoes and onions, baked potatoes and boiled potatoes with other veggies are yummy sides to any main course. Potatoes are inexpensive, usually fat-free and cholesterol-free source of vitamins and fiber. But a new study has shown that potatoes might contribute to weight gain -- and not just when they are fried.

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Top 5 Grossest/Worse Bathrooms in Texarkana
Top 5 Grossest/Worse Bathrooms in Texarkana
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Top 5 Grossest/Worst Bathrooms in Texarkana

We are all human.  We all have to use the bathroom throughout the day. Where you are when "it" hits is vitally important, especially for women. Here are my Top 5 Grossest/Worst Bathrooms in Texarkana:

Albertson's on Stateline: Unfortunately I was sick on a Saturday (very busy day) and had to get some medication from the pharmacy at Albertson's on Stateline. While waiting f

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houseofair, flickr
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Trampoline Parks Popping Up All Over US.

Move over Roller coasters and water slides, The latest trend is indoor trampoline parks. Charging fees of $8 to $14 an hour, there are approximately 50 parks in the US that feature wall-to-wall trampolines. The parks are exceedingly popular, with revenues approaching $100 million.

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Betty White Gives Tips for a Long and Happy Life [VIDEO]

Are you looking to live a long and healthy life? If so, you might want to take some advice from Betty White, who, at age 89, is still going strong.

Last night, the Emmy-winning TV legend appeared on 'The Late Show With David Letterman,' during which she revealed her own tips on how to make it to your golden years.

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Senior Expo in Texarkana
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9th Annual Senior Expo is set for Friday, June 3 in Texarkana

Get ready for the 9th Annual Senior Expo this Friday, June 3 from 9AM to 2PM at Special Events on the Boulevard. Register for a two-night getaway at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas at Los Colinas.

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Dog Crashes and Completes Half Marathon (image)
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Dog Crashes and Completes Half Marathon [VIDEO]

Dozer, a three year-old golden doodle, ran most of the Maryland Half Marathon last week.

Unbeknownst to his owners, Dozer broke free of his electric fence and joined up with the road race when its participants ran past his front yard -- which sat at about the five mile mark of the half marathon.

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Jennifer Garner Crossing Arms
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Crossing Your Arms Reduces Pain

Simply crossing your arms reduces the feeling of pain.

Since we generally use our right hand to touch things on the right side of our orientation, and our left hand to touch things on the left side, scientists believe that when you cross your arms the brain gets confused and doesn't process stimuli -- including pain -- as well

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