New Cotton Ball Diet Fad May Have Dangerous Consequences

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_3e2402c8ea.jpgTom Hussey (NEW YORK) -- The cotton ball diet is a disturbing new trend that's prompting health warnings from medical experts. The fad involves eating cotton balls soaked in juice, in an attempt to suppress hunger. However, the cotton balls can have dangerous consequences, including intestinal blockages.

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FAA to Check Obese Pilots for Sleep Apnea

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_3b708d28fc.jpgfotog/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Obese pilots and air traffic controllers will soon need to be screened over concerns that their weight is causing them to lose sleep and negatively affects work performance, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA flight surgeon Fred Tilton said Tuesday that under the new policy all pilots and air traffic controllers with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 or a neck measurement of more than 17 inches will have to be checked by a sleep specialist before they can get their medical certificate to work.

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High School Classes Are Great for Social Networking

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_988446f6cc.jpgYuji Kotani/Getty Images (EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Movies really don’t get it right when they portray how cliques are formed in high school, according to a Michigan State University study. The answer is really more elementary -- that is, the classes students take seem to result in long-lasting relationships. Kenneth Frank, professor in MSU's College of Education, says this pattern is consistent after checking data from the academic transcripts of 3,000 students at 78 U.S. high schools.

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NYC Bans Sale of Cigarettes to People Under 21

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_3d59461934.jpgClaudio Arnese/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Forget about buying a pack of cigarettes in New York City if you're not at least 21 years old. The city, which already has some of the toughest smoking restrictions in the nation, made it illegal Tuesday for stores to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. That includes e-cigarettes, which have been gaining in popularity in recent years.

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NeNe Leakes Diagnosed With Blood Clots in Lung, 'Blessed To Be Alive'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_e2e2ec8802.jpgAlberto Rodriguez/BET/Getty Images for BET (ATLANTA) -- NeNe Leakes is "blessed to be alive," she said, after a serious health scare. The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 45, was diagnosed with blood clots in her lung, she wrote on her website. "I'm told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job," she wrote. "I'm thankful to be alive."

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