Health Officials Step Up Psychological Support Efforts at Boston Marathon

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_fdf280dbb2.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BOSTON) -- Bob Spiner, Jr. has breezed through several 20-mile runs in the past few weeks. The 50-year-old lawyer from Lynbrook, N.Y., has trained a steady 40 to 50 miles a week for the past year and said he is in top physical condition to run this year's Boston Marathon. He's just not sure he's mentally ready. "I am emotionally fatigued by all of the new security measures and I'm not convinced I want to put myself through it or my family through it," Spiner said.

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Weight Gain Is Another Occupational Hazard

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_2cca2f0e12.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Is your job weighing you down? Maybe it's because you're packing on the pounds at work. A CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,000 job professionals finds that close to half of them claim they've put on weight at their current place of employment. Of those who say they've gotten heavier, the majority report a weight gain of more than 10 pounds during time spent at the present job, and a quarter admit adding over 20 pounds.

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Good Things Can Happen When Tastes Change After Surgery

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_d9890840cd.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (LEICESTER, England) -- Is it possible that weight loss surgery not only affects one's appetite, but taste and smell too? That appears what Leicester Royal Infirmary researchers found after a study of 100 patients whose stomachs were made smaller while having their small intestines shortened. As expected, virtually all of the patients' appetites were affected by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.

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Woman Reportedly Finds Bird Leg in Bagged Spinach

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_c1e24b39b1.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (AKRON, Ohio) -- An Ohio woman is unhappy with the food giant Dole after reportedly finding a bird leg in her bagged spinach. Rose Carducci said, after she opened the bag, "As I started looking some more I saw what looked like nails, like talons, and realized, 'Oh my gosh, this is part of a bird.'" Carducci says Dole offered to send vouchers for spinach and salad, but she turned it down.

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Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_5f7fc9d9a1.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults. In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video.

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