Survey Puts US at Top of Fitness Poll

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_8cb5fa9581.jpgLUNAMARINA/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Americans can all feel a little prouder today, if a new fitness survey is to be believed. According to a poll of 8,000 people living in eight countries, the U.S. is number one when it comes to exercising, or at the very least, planning an exercise program. Spain and France follow with the United Kingdom dead last as about 40 percent of Brits say they never bother to plot an exercise regimen.

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Parents and Kids Disagree About Impact of Divorce

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_2c19f84f10.jpgwavebreakmedia/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Parents don't understand the full impact a broken marriage has on kids, a survey of 1,000 parents and 100 children in the United Kingdom about the effects of divorce suggests. Conducted by the parenting website Netmums, the survey revealed that nearly four in ten youngsters disguise their true feelings about the split.  Just 10 percent of parents thought their children were hiding their feelings.

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Reddit User Posts $55,000 Hospital Bill for Appendectomy

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7d312f74c4.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --  When a 20-year-old man got over the pain of having his burst appendix removed in October, he got hit with a hospital bill he wasn't expecting. The bill from Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., said the total charges were $55,029.31 but that the patient owed only $11,119.23 because his insurance had covered the rest. Shocked, the patient took to Reddit to post the bill and vent his frustrations.

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Plus-Size Barbie Sparks Online Debate over Body Image

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_17a9023803.jpgBill Fehr (NEW YORK) -- Should toymakers abandon Barbie’s pencil-thin physique for a double chin? That question, posted to the Plus-Size-Modeling.com Facebook page, has created a social media firestorm with people weighing in on female body image. The photo of a fuller Barbie with the words “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” was posted to Plus-Size-Models’ Facebook page earlier this month, and now has over 40,000 likes.

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Boy Who Fought 'Under 12 Rule' Gets Lung Transplant

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_a861160a0b.jpgCourtesy Pepper Hamilton LLP (PHILADELPHIA) -- A young boy who spent months lying a few beds away from Sarah Murnaghan at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia awaiting a lung transplant received new lungs and is now recovering, his mother said Monday. Javier Acosta, 12, underwent an adult double-lung transplant on Oct. 13, but his mother, Milagros Martinez, didn't want to announce it until he recovered from surgery.

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