Sherri Shepherd’s ‘Plan D’ Weight Loss Tips

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ca79bc5392.jpgABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua (NEW YORK) -- Sherri Shepherd looks like a new woman these days thanks to a more than 40-pound weight loss that has transformed her body and her life. The View host began her weight loss journey after she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the same disease that killed her mother. Shepherd, mom to an 8-year-old son, Jeffrey, vowed to get healthy and did it through diet and exercise, something she wrote about in her book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don’t Have It).

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Pet Owners Becoming More Negligent About Caring for Pets

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_b280a14da4.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Perhaps the government should consider an Animals Affordable Care Act. According to USA Today, pets are less healthy today than several years ago, chiefly because Americans are either wary of the cost of treating their dogs and cats or are just afraid to bring them to the vet.

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Kids' Ear Infections Cost US Nearly $3 Billion

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ef230a1902.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- Kids' ear infections are a real pain, in more ways than one. A new study from Mattel Children's Hospital University of California, Los Angeles says the yearly cost to the government for treating earaches in youngsters is a whopping $2.8 billion. That breaks down to an average of $314 for everyone under 18 for outpatient health care.

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Sam Berns, Boy with Aging Disease Progeria Dies at 17

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_562bca310d.jpg Sean Fine/courtesy of HBO (NEW YORK) -- The 17-year-old boy who became the face of progeria, the so-called "Benjamin Button" disease, has died. Sam Berns died Friday from complications of the disease. Progeria is a fatal genetic condition that causes rapid aging. He was diagnosed at just 22 months old. His parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, reacted to his diagnosis by creating the Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to find the cause of the disease and a cure.

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Study Says People May Be Nicer to Bad-Smelling People

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_e7299797a4.jpgAblestock.com/Thinkstock Photos (NEW YORK) -- Can coming into contact with a foul-smelling person make you more likely to treat them well? It turns out the answer is yes, but there’s an important caveat to this theory. While it’s only natural for someone to turn away in disgust while encountering a person with over-powering body odor, Camps says that it also seems to make people feel more empathetic and even generous if they believe the individual with the bad smell is destitute through no fault of their own.

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