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Macy’s, Make-a-Wish Get Special Flute for Teen with Cystic Fibrosis


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At just 18 months old, Elizabeth Shea was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an incurable genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. It can make catching the common cold life-threatening.

Shea’s mother, Marissa Shea, says her now-17-year-old daughter counts every morning as a blessing.

The teen’s regimen includes taking 12 pills with every meal, plus using inhalers and getting regular respiratory treatments.

“I don’t remember never having to take medicine,” Shea said in an interview with Good Morning America.

When Shea was in the 6th grade she discovered a passion that has helped her in many ways.

She took up playing the flute, and, now a high school senior at Western High School in Davie, Florida, she plays in the marching band. “The doctors have told me that playing a wind instrument helps keep the lungs working,” she said.

Shea’s talent landed her a spot to play in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, but there’s one thing that she wanted: a top-of-the-line flute.

“It would be kind of hard for my parents to…get the flute for me,” she said.

Make-a-Wish and Macy's teamed up to fulfill Shea’s dream. She got her flute just in time for her trip to play in the parade.

This is the seventh year that Macy's and Make-A-Wish have teamed up for the Believe Campaign to spread holiday cheer to children with life-threatening medical conditions.


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How Many Calories You'll Eat this Thanksgiving


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's nothing like a day of solid eating to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. But as family members catch up, they often don't realize just how many calories they're devouring over the course of the day.

Experts say people often eat more than a full day's worth of calories in one gravy-laden feast, in part because overeating is as much a part of the holiday as the turkey.

"I think people would be frowned upon if they were, quote, 'dieting' on Thanksgiving," said registered dietitian Jamie Pope, who teaches nutrition at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. "It’s kind of a socially acceptable day to indulge."

It's a commonly held belief that the average American consumes 3,000 calories during the Thanksgiving meal plus another 1,500 on snacks and drinks, numbers that come from the Calorie Control Council, which is the industry group for diet food companies. That's 4,500 calories in all, and about 45 percent of them come straight from fat, according to the council.

"The average person may consume enough fat at a holiday meal to equal three sticks of butter," the Calorie Control Council said in a statement.

But many have contested the 4,500-calorie figure in recent years, including New York Times health reporter Tara Parker-Pope, who in 2012 tried to come up with the most calorie-laden Thanksgiving dinner she could muster, but only came up with 2,486 calories. She concluded the Calorie Control Council's number was a myth.

The Calorie Control Council did not respond to requests for comment.

Cedric Bryant, chief science officer of the nonprofit American Council on Exercise, did his own calculations and said while 4,500 calories for the day may be "liberal," eating 3,000 calories during the meal is probably right on target.

"If you look at how people tend to have that feast mentality for the meal I think that is very likely," Bryant said, adding that if someone had their blood tested after eating Thanksgiving dinner, the fat in it would be elevated for a little while.

Pope said the Calorie Control Council's count seems "inflated," but that doesn't make this a diet meal by any stretch. Pope said the basics of the meal aren't terrible for you, but the embellishments and the second helpings are enough to put the meal over the edge.

A day of overeating won't hurt in the long run, unless it's the start of a six-week holiday binge, she said. Then, the 2 or 3 pounds people gain during the holidays might not come off once January comes around.

Pope recommends people enjoy the festivities but simply be aware of how much they're eating. She said she never recommends weight loss as a goal for the holiday season because between the treats and the lack of exercise because of cold weather and limited daylight, the best that can be expected is weight maintenance.

"You don't have to go hog wild but also realize this shouldn't be the impetus for the loss of constraint going forward," she said. "You don’t want to go paranoid into the holidays. People just have to be aware."

Bryant also recommended going on a run in the morning and taking a walk after the big dinner.

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Tiny Liver Transplant Patient to Taste First Thanksgiving


Courtesy Donya McCoy(PITTSBURGH) -- Born with a rare metabolic disease that rendered eating protein poisonous, 3-year-old Kennedy Stevenson was never able to appreciate a good bite of Thanksgiving turkey.

But all of that is about to change thanks to a liver transplant she received two weeks ago from her mother's Facebook friend.

"She just ate a chicken finger for the first time ever," her mother, Donya McCoy, told ABC News Tuesday from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where Kennedy underwent her transplant and will remain an inpatient through the holidays.

Kennedy wasn't so sure about the chicken, McCoy said, but she loved her first taste of chocolate milk.

"Her eyes got big and she just kept sucking the straw," McCoy said. "She didn't want to stop."

Kennedy was diagnosed with a rare metabolic disorder called S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase deficiency. It's so rare that only eight people have ever been diagnosed with it, six of whom are still alive today, McCoy said.

The enzyme deficiency prevents Kennedy from processing protein normally, leading to a buildup of other toxic substances in her system and causing degenerative neurological effects over time, said Dr. George Mazariegos, chief of pediatric transplantation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Although other doctors had changed Kennedy's diet to eliminate protein and make it "stricter than vegan," McCoy said they decided that a liver transplant was her best chance for survival because the deficiency was concentrated in her liver tissue.

In the two weeks since the transplant, McCoy said doctors told her the new liver was "kicking butt." Levels of the toxic byproduct that used to build up because Kennedy couldn't process protein are way down, even when she eats chicken and chocolate milk, McCoy said.

"She can now have turkey and stuffing," McCoy said. "It's just going to be really special that she can eat a Thanksgiving dinner."

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New Beauty Tool Sterilizes Makeup Brushes, Cuts Drying Time in Half


Brush Medic(NEW YORK) -- You wash your hair, body and clothes on a regular basis. But how often do you wash your makeup brushes?

Now, one product is vying to make the pesky task of cleaning your brushes an easier one.

It’s called Brush Medic, and it’s said to eliminate 99 percent of dirt and bacteria through a UV sterilizing system.

"It was really my wife’s idea who’s a makeup artist at a large cosmetic store," says Billy Turner, co-founder of Brush Medic. "One night she was saying how it took way too long for the brushes to clean and dry, so we created something that would kill bacteria and take less drying time.”

How it works is you start by cleaning your brushes with soap and water. Or, try the Brush Medic Quick Clean Wipes. "They are alcohol free, so they won't damage your brushes," Turner says. Finish by placing them in the Brush Medic machine for a deep cleaning.

In addition to a bacteria free cleaning, the system promises a drying time that’s up to 10 times faster.

In the future, the company hopes to expand its reach to professional makeup artists.

“We are developing a larger product that we think would be great for commercial brands," Turner says. "We'd like to spread the word throughout the makeup industry.”

One expert agrees that Brush Medic can be a useful tool for beauty buffs everywhere.

“Your makeup brushes should be cleaned every single day," says green beauty expert Sophie Uilano. "If you don’t clean your brushes, you’ll absolutely break out.”

“The problem with brush cleaners is that they are highly toxic, so this is a fantastic solution," Uilano says. "Brush drying time is also an issue, so it’s great that it cuts that too."

The Brush Medic Pro will be available exclusively at indiegogo.com. Customers can preorder the system for a price of $199. A mini version is sold for $99.

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New Procedure Dubbed 'Inside-Out' Face Lift Claims to Smooth Skin


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There’s a new treatment for saggy, creased skin around the mouth that works from the inside out to tighten soft tissue and produce a smoothing effect on the surface.

Dr. Christine Lee, a dermatologist, helped pioneer a new treatment that’s known as the inside-out face lift.

The procedure uses a laser that delivers targeted heat from inside the mouth, Lee says.

Jacki Adams, a popular model during the 1980s, has posed on the covers of magazines including Vogue and Elle, but years of outdoor sports exposed her face to days of wind and sun.

With plans to return to acting, Adams hoped to smooth out some facial lines.

"I prefer to look good for my age, rather than look another age,” she said.

Adams visited Dr. Lee at her Walnut Creek, California practice, The East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center, Inc.

"When you go inside the mouth, what it does is causes immediate contracting, and that tightening makes this nasal labial folds by the side of the mouth seem like they're plumping up," Lee said as she performed the 30-minute procedure.

ABC's Good Morning America spoke to some doctors who were skeptical of the procedure. They said patients could get better results from lasers used directly on the skin, or from less expensive treatments such as fillers.

“The general consensus is that with laser therapies, that is best accomplished from the outside in not the inside out, but again, it’s a new procedure. I think people should proceed with caution until we know more,” ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton said.

Lee says her procedure “has some of the same effects a filler does but appears much more natural, and you're not having to inject a foreign substance in your face.”

Her patients undergo several treatments that cost about $1,500 per session. Results can last for months, she said.

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Vitamin D Supplements May Not Be for Everyone


areeya_ann/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study says that the vitamin D supplements many Americans take at a doctor's recommendation may not be quite as beneficial as they believe.

According to a study conducted by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults not showing symptoms of a deficiency is more beneficial or harmful.

Vitamin D can be found in in certain foods, and can also be obtained by the conversion of ultraviolet rays from the skin that come in contact with bare skin. Previous studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D may be linked with increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Patients with kidney disease or bone disease, as well as elderly patients, should still take vitamin D supplements if instructed to do so by their doctor, the study said. However, researchers believe that many people may not stand to benefit from vitamin D supplements not recommended by a physician.

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Researchers Say Device Could Reduce Mammography Discomfort


monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say that a newer, less painful mammogram may be possible.

According to a study presented at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, researchers believe that the improved process can exert pressure throughout the breast tissue, avoiding direct force applied to the breast.

Researchers tested the proposed procedure on over 400 women. Of those participants, 27 percent said they experienced less severe pain, compared to the current standard protocol.

Researchers say the images produced by the mammography were not inferior to the old technique, and could be implemented in many hospitals or doctors' offices quickly using a simple device.

The proposed mammography method did have at least one drawback, however. Researchers found that the pressure-based test had three times the number of people forced to re-do the test when compared to the force-based test.

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FDA Finalizes New Rules Requiring Calorie Information for Restaurant Menus, Vending Machines


Igor Dimovski/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday finalized a pair of new rules related to labeling of products in vending machines, chain restaurants and other retail food establishments.

"Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement.

The new rule will cover restaurants and retail food establishments with 20 or more locations that do business under the same name and offer largely the same food products, such as amusement parks, movie theaters and pizza parlors. Those establishments will be obligated to list calorie information for all standard menu items on both menus and menu boards, along with a short statement regarding suggested daily caloric intake. That statement will read: "2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary."

Additional health information about the food will have to be made available in writing upon request.

Foods sold at grocery stores and other retail locations that are intended for more than one person to eat, or which require additional preparations -- such as pounds of deli meats, cheese and large deli salads -- will not be covered by the new rule.

The rule regarding vending machines will apply to operators who own 20 or more such machines and will force those operators to disclose calorie information.

It has taken four years since the bill was signed into law for the FDA to finalize its recommendations into guidelines. Companies now have one year to comply.

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