Why Is Childhood Obesity Down Among Poor Kids?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_b00419f411.jpgDigital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The obesity rate among young, poor children -- which for years has remained stubbornly high -- shows consistent declines for the first time since it's been recorded. Impoverished preschoolers' obesity rates dropped in 19 states and territories between 2008 and 2011, according to data released this week by federal health officials. 

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Activist's Story Highlights Importance of End-of-Life Conversations

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_d389529375.jpgCourtesy Alexandra Drane/Engage with Grace(NEW YORK) -- When Alexandra Drane was just 32, her beloved sister-in-law, Rosaria "Za" Vandenberg was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. The family had never spoken with her about her end-of-life wishes. "We had no idea what she wanted because we never had the conversation with her about what her preferences would be, and we didn't because we never thought we would need to," said Drane.

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Detection Kit Warns Users of High Caffeine Levels

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_3c2a34e921.jpgGerald Zanetti/FoodPix(NEW YORK) -- What if each time you got your coffee, a little light went off telling you just how much caffeine was in each cup? A new kit might be able to do just that. Caffeine Orange, developed by Young-Tae Chang from the National University of Singapore and Yoon-Kyoung Cho from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, takes a sample of your beverage and detects how much caffeine is in it.

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New Fertility App Pays You If You Don't Get Pregnant

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_ddf91c8641.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two male tech entrepreneurs want to help women get pregnant.  And not in the way you think. PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and former Google executive Mike Huang launched Glow on Thursday, an iPhone fertility app that's different from the other popular options in the App Store. 

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Flip Flops 101: Potential Danger of Summer Footwear

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_0d266026a3.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- By now, most women have heard that wearing stiletto heels are not great for our feet, legs or back.  But if you think it’s safer to go with flats -- perhaps a natural-feeling flip-flop -- think again. Podiatrists’ offices are seeing women with foot pain caused by a summer season spent in slides, also known as flip-flops. Research from Auburn University has shown that wearing flip-flops for excessive amounts of time can cause temporary or even long-term damage to the musculoskeletal system.

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