Holy Water May be Harmful to Your Health, Study Finds

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_f387030079.jpgGodong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images (VIENNA) -- Despite its purported cleansing properties, holy water could actually be more harmful than healing, according to a new Austrian study on "holy" springs. Researchers at the Institute of Hygiene and Applied Immunology at the Medical University of Vienna tested water from 21 springs in Austria and 18 fonts in Vienna and found samples contained up to 62 million bacteria per milliliter of water, none of it safe to drink.

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How to Lower Risk of Bacteria Infection from Water Supplies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_fc3038bb7c.jpgUIG via Getty Images (ST. BERNARD PARISH, La.) -- Water supply tests in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana confirmed the presense of naegleria fowleri, a rare brain-eating amoeba. The outbreak is connected to the death of a 4-year-old boy. State officials said the water is still safe to drink, CNN reported Friday.

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Eight Surprising Effects of Obesity

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_8b59fc4ecd.jpgTina Stallard/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- More than 36 percent of Americans are now considered obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An additional 34 percent are considered overweight. These statistics are quoted so often that many people may no longer find them surprising. Yet what may still be surprising is how far the effects of obesity reach beyond clothing size and cardiovascular risks.

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Exclusive: Linda Ronstadt Suspects She Had Parkinson’s for 12 Years

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_132ae0b176.jpgABC News (NEW YORK) -- Linda Ronstadt’s new memoir, titled Simple Dreams, is a rocket ride through a megahit career and the glory days of rock and roll. It makes no mention, however, of her battle with Parkinson’s disease, which she disclosed to AARP in August. Ronstadt said, at the time, she was still finishing up the book and a diagnosis had not been officially confirmed.

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills 4-Year-Old Boy

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_ecf78dc30a.jpgUIG via Getty Images(ST. BERNARD PARISH, La.) -- A 4-year-old child has died after he contracted a deadly amoeba that was found in the water supply of St. Bernard Parish, La. The boy died of encephalitis, swelling of the brain, as a result of contracting the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. The deadly amoeba causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection that leads to the destruction of brain tissue.

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