High Taxes on Cigarettes Could Greatly Curb Worldwide Habit

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_680ea5d19a.jpgWavebreakmedia Ltd/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Smokers might scream but many could eventually be priced out of buying cigarettes. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine speculates that 200 million deaths from smoking over the next century could be prevented by tripling cigarette taxes around the world. By making the habit cost-prohibitive, particularly in poorer nations, the number of smokers could be slashed by a third, according to Dr. Prabhat Jha, director of the Center for Global Health Research of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

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Three Women Lose Half Their Body Weight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_9dca87dff9.jpgCourtesy People Magazine (NEW YORK) -- Every New Year, many people vow to get in shape. It’s a vow that Ginger Stauffacher, Marqkria McMiller and Kait Ekstrom made to themselves and kept.  In fact, the three women were so determined that they each lost half their body weight. Their stories are featured in People magazine’s 12th annual special issue celebrating people who have lost half their size and sharing the tips and tricks that helped them do it.

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Terri Schiavo's Foundation Secretly Helping Jahi McMath

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_051f43544d.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- A foundation started on behalf of Terri Schiavo has been secretly helping the McMath family to keep their brain dead daughter on life support following complications of a routine tonsillectomy, the foundation announced Tuesday. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network said it has been "working on behalf" of Jahi McMath, 13, in "relative silence."

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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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