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Kidnapped Teen Jayme Closs Escaped Her Abductor. Here’s What She May Be Going Through Now

It’s hard to imagine what Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who escaped her kidnapper safely on January 10 after being held captive for 88 days, is dealing with in the aftermath of her abduction.

Missing since October 15, her accused abductor, Jake Patterson, 21, fatally shot both of her parents, taped her hands and ankles together, and put her in the trunk of his car before driving her to his cabin in the middle of the night, reports CNN.

The conditions Jayme faced were horrendous. She was forced to go “without food, water, or access to a toilet for as long as 12 hours,” according to the New York Times. She was also barricaded under his bed when he had guests over, and while the details of her captivity have not been made public yet, Patterson allegedly was physically violent. Jayme managed to escape the cabin and run to a nearby road, where a woman walking her dog took her to a house and called police.

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Details of her harrowing experience are stomach-churning, sure, and she showed incredible bravery and strength during her ordeal. But what may lie ahead for Jayme as she begins healing? Here's what a child abduction expert told us.

The road to recovery

“When you compound a kidnapping with the loss of parental figures, the emotion of grief is likely to be overwhelming,” Rebecca Bailey, PhD, a child abduction expert and the director of Transitioning Families, tells Health. Her grief may have been “unprocessed” as she was being held, Bailey explains, so Jayme may just now be dealing with her parents' murders. “During captivity, an enormous amount of energy is channeled into mere survival, leaving the victim with little energy for anything else,” she says.

Now that Jayme is home, the road ahead may be fraught with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though not everyone will experience this mental health condition, says Dr. Bailey, who has treated Jaycee Dugard, the California woman who survived an 18-year abduction from 1991 to 2009. Shock, numbness, anxiety, guilt, depression, anger, and a sense of helplessness are some of the other emotions that kidnapping victims often face upon their release, according to the American Psychological Association.

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During recovery, it’s also normal to experience intrusive thoughts and flashbacks. Many trauma survivors try to avoid these and think of them as obstacles preventing them from moving on. But they actually may be an important part of healing, says Dr. Bailey. Beyond the mental and emotional fallout is the physical toll of trauma, which can manifest in the body as medical problems and stick around for years.

One common roadblock Jayme will likely face, something all kidnapping victims struggle with, is regaining a sense of safety. “Safety and security is the most important ingredient to the ability to heal and stabilize after a traumatic experience,” says Dr. Bailey.

Even a victim’s ability to make choices for themselves—something that was taken away from them during the kidnapping—can be burdensome. “Freedom, although wonderful, can come with a number of stresses,” she adds.

Facing her captor in court

Patterson has appeared in court on charges of intentional homicide, kidnapping, and armed burglary, according to CNN. His bail is $5 million. If and when he has a trial, Jayme won’t have to testify, prosecutors have said. But she may still have to deal with what Dr. Bailey calls the "overwhelming circus" around a case, which includes everything from public speculation and scrutiny to TV commentators “projecting doomsday futures for the survivor." 

What will help Jayme get through this is a strong family network, people she trusts who she can retreat to for support and love. “Individuals and families need a place to heal and reconnect. Having this time [together] is imperative,” says Bailey. It’s also worth noting that her family members likely have their own complicated feelings associated with her kidnapping and release that they will need to process and work through.

RELATED: The Most Common PTSD Triggers—and How to Manage Them

The long-term outlook

People are incredibly resilient—something that is proven after horrors like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings. Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 and held captive for nine months, has spoken out about Jayme's ordeal and has urged her and her family to "create a new normal," according to People.

But how can a 13-year-old who has lost both of her parents adjust to that new normal, as well as thrive and forge a successful future? “I have experienced firsthand individuals who have survived incredible circumstances,” says Dr. Bailey. “The people I’ve worked with express they are grateful each day for their release and do not dwell on the past. They can absolutely recover. The kidnapping will always be a part of them but does not need to define them,” she says.

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Overnight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions

Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care, where the government is still shut down, there’s another lawsuit over Medicaid work requirements, and a key Democrat met with the administration on drug pricing. We’ll start with that meeting… Dem…

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Surgeon Will Pay $3,000 Fine for Removing Kidney He Mistakenly Thought Was a Tumor

A Florida surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine, as well as perform hours of continued medical training, after removing a woman’s kidney during what was intended to be back surgery.

According to court records, Maureen Pacheco, who checked into Florida’s Wellington Regional Medical Center in April 2016 to have a few vertebra in her lower back fused together, was not consulted about the change of plans, the Washington Post reported.

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However, during the back procedure, surgeon Ramon Vazquez mistook her kidney for a cancerous tumor in Pacheco’s pelvis and cut it out, according to the Palm Beach Post, citing a lawsuit that had been settled in September.

A pathologist at the hospital confirmed that the tumor was actually a pelvic kidney, the Palm Beach Post reported. Pelvic kidneys refer to organs that failed “to ascend to their normal position above the waist” during fetal development, ” according to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

In addition to the $3,000 fine, Vasquez has also agreed to complete 3 hours of continuing medical edition in how to evaluate pre-operative spinal surgical patients, as well as five hours of risk management training, according to a court documents filed by the Florida Board of Medicine on Dec. 27.

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Vasquez has also agreed to perform a one-hour lecture regarding wrong-site surgery “to the entire medical staff of the hospital” where he maintains staff privileges, according to the documents.

Additionally the surgeon will pay the $4,817.90 in costs the Florida Department of Health incurred while investigating and prosecuting the case.

Prior to reaching the final agreement, the Florida Board of Medicine initially rejected a settlement that carried only a $1,500 fine, according to the Palm Beach Post.

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In a statement, the surgeon’s attorney, Michael Burt told the Palm Beach Post“Dr. Vazquez is an excellent surgeon who has been providing exemplary, often life-saving services in our community for many years. In this instance he, in collaboration with other members of the surgical team, exercised professional judgement.”

Vazquez’s attorney also told the outlet that the lawsuit “was settled on his behalf for a nominal amount,” adding that his client did not “admit liability by agreeing to this settlement.”

According to a health complaint filed by the Florida Health Department in December, the “unauthorized procedure” was “medically unnecessary” as it was “unrelated” to the lumbar fusion Pacheco was scheduled to receive that day.

The complaint also claimed that Vazquez made a “presumptive diagnosis” and did not perform a “biopsy of the mass…given the potential malignancy.”

According to the lawsuit, Vazquez — who had no prior record of discipline on file with the state’s Board of Medicine — was not consulted about the two MRIs that had been performed ahead of the procedure, in which the kidney could be clearly seen, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Prior to agreeing to the final order, Vazquez told the Florida Board of Medicine on Dec. 7 that while Pacheco’s test results were not available to him at the time of her surgery, he now makes sure he reviews all films of patients, according to the outlet.

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Here’s How This Grandmother Lost 159 Lbs. at 56 Years Old

For decades, Debbie Baker was resigned to living her life at 300 lbs. She had gained weight in college — she would down an entire pizza by herself late at night — and then added more after giving birth to her two daughters. As a kindergarten teacher, she spent her days with kids who left her too exhausted to move when she got home.

“I would just take out a sleeve of saltine crackers and put butter on them, and I would eat that whole sleeve because I was tired and exhausted, and then I would wonder why my weight wouldn’t go anywhere,” Baker, 57, tells PEOPLE for the 2019 Half Their Size issue.

RELATED: One Woman Inspired Her Family to Lose Weight Together—and They Dropped a Total of 487 Lbs.

She had tried every diet imaginable, but any success only lasted a few weeks, and then her weight would go right back up. The years of yo-yo dieting left Baker with “very low self-esteem.”

“I was always very negative about myself,” she says. “You walk into a place and you can feel the eyes. I knew what they were thinking: ‘What’s wrong with her, she needs to lose weight.’ “

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And she was also accustomed to the 5-year-olds at school telling people, “My teacher is the fat one.”

“The only person that never said anything was my husband,” she adds. “He just was always there for whatever decision I made — he was right behind me.”

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Baker and her family lived in Ohio for years, but she had to move to Florida for an autoimmune disorder unrelated to her weight. Suddenly they were in a town where they didn’t know anyone, and it was there that she saw an ad for TOPS, or Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight loss support group. That gave her the idea to give it a shot.

“I was like, ‘Well I don’t know anybody, so why not?’ “ she says. But the final straw came after she decided to throw her fast food leftovers in the yard for the birds — and a week later, they were still there.

“The birds wouldn’t touch them,” she says. “I decided that if the birds aren’t eating them, then I shouldn’t either. And that’s when it all clicked. This is not healthy.”

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Baker signed up for TOPS soon after, and immediately felt comfortable. The program is just a support group — members are expected to lose weight on their own through the diet plan of their choice — and she loved the community. Baker decided to cut her calories down to 1,500 a day, and started tracking her meals with MyFitnessPal. She also got a Fitbit and started by walking from her driveway to her neighbor’s, and she would add another driveway to her route each day.

“At first I was hungry a lot,” she says. “My stomach would rumble and it was really hard, but I was determined.” And from past dieting experience, Baker knew that her eating habits had to be sustainable or she would give up, so she decided to give herself one day each week where she could eat what she wanted. “That way I don’t feel deprived, and I don’t binge.”

And Baker’s plan immediately worked, along with the support and motivation from TOPS.

“I walked in there and nobody said anything about my weight. They just all were very welcoming and warm, and then the next week I had lost four pounds and they’re all standing up and cheering,” she says. “I’ve been in it since 2014 and still, anytime anybody loses a quarter of a pound, we all stand up and cheer for them. That makes a difference to people to know that you’re not out there alone.”

Baker hit her goal weight — 159 lbs. down — in July 2017, and is now the leader of her TOPS group. These days she’s doing things she never thought would be possible, like riding a bike, and is even preparing for a 30-mile bike ride in her area.

The grandmother says that she feels like a new person.

“I can really feel a difference,” she says. “I don’t sit still very often; I get up, I move around. I can chase my 3-year-old grandson around. It’s amazing how I feel. I can do anything.”

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Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) met with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Tuesday to discuss bipartisan ways to work together to lower drug prices. “He pledged that he wants to work with me,” Cummings…

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These Celebrities Are Not Happy with Jillian Michaels Since She Slammed the Keto Diet

Jillian Michaels didn’t make too many friends with her comments against the popular keto diet.

The longtime trainer, 48, is getting called out left and right by celebrities after she said the high-fat, low-carb diet was a “bad plan.”

Michaels first heard it from Andy Cohen on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.

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“Tonight’s ‘Jackhole of the Day’ goes to Jillian Michaels, who slammed the keto diet as an awful diet,” Cohen, 50, said. “Don’t feel bad, keto diet. A lot of people think Jillian Michaels is a bad idea.”

Then Today weatherman Al Roker said on Thursday that Michaels’ time on The Biggest Loser made her a poor source for health advice.

“So @JillianMichaels says #Keto is a bad idea,” he tweeted. “This from a woman who promoted on camera bullying, deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Now those sound like bad ideas.”

RELATED: 7 Dangers of Going Keto

Roker, 64, explained on Today on Friday that he’s been successfully following the keto diet since Sept. 1, and saw improvements in his cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

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“My point is, what works for you, works for you,” he told Today co-anchors Craig Melvin and Dylan Dreyer. “There’s science on both sides that says it’s not a great idea and science that says it is a good idea. I think it’s up to people — with their doctor, with their medical professional — [to make their own decision].”

Roker said that Michaels emailed him a response that he chose not to read on air. Later that day, SHAPE shared a new video with Michaels explaining more about why she’s anti-keto.

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“What’s my take on keto? It’s not a take. There is no take,” she said, explaining that what she’s saying is fact. “The side effects? Too much fat, too many calories, too many animal proteins. You’ve got micronutrient deficiencies, because you’re not getting all the phytonutrients and the antioxidants and polyphenols that you would be getting if you weren’t afraid of an apple, or a banana, or a papaya, which is absurd.”

“On top of all that, our cells are made of protein, fat, carbohydrates and nucleic acids,” she continued. “When you’re not eating all of the macronutrients you’re literally starving your body, you’re starving your cells. Those macronutrients have very specific jobs for your biochemistry; for your body to do what it needs to do for you to continue living in the healthiest way possible. So if you want to look your best, feel your best and live your longest, that is not the diet for you.”

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Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagninothe self-proclaimed “Keto Guido” after losing 50 lbs. on the program — saw the SHAPE video on Instagram and sarcastically commented that he’s quitting keto.

“S—, I guess I have to go back to eating pasta and bread now,” Guadagnino, 31, wrote on Instagram, as spotted by Comments by Celebs.

He then posted a pre- and post-keto photo on his Keto Guido Instagram account, with the caption, “Sorry Jill #ketoguido.” And Jenna Jameson, who dropped over 80 lbs. through keto, liked the post.

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Is Celery Juice Actually Healthy? Here’s What a Nutritionist Thinks

New year, new juice? Everywhere you scroll there’s another health-and-wellness-minded Instagrammer touting the benefits of their new celery juice habit. The green juice has won over so many, grocery stores are selling out of the often-neglected veggie.

DJ and fitness enthusiast Hannah Bronfman swears by it for digestion and skin perks, and Goop is all over it.

Even Busy Philipps is on board. “Apparently it’s supposed to do all of these wonderful things for you and something with Gwyneth Paltrow and I don’t know but I’m on board,” she said on Instagram last year. “So now I’m drinking celery juice. It’s really good.”

Philipps is all of us when it comes to trying self-improvement tips from social media. She wants to be her best self, but, like us, has questions.

So to find out more details on the potential perks of this buzzy juice, we went to Health contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD. “Many people think of celery as a throw-away veggie with no nutritional value,” Sass says. “But it actually packs some key health-protective nutrients. In addition to being low in calories and a source of fiber, celery provides some folate, vitamin K, potassium, and antioxidants.”

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Sass also says eating celery pre-workout has been shown to boost endurance, and enhance strength-training performance. Not to mention, each stick is packed with several potent anti-inflammatory substances.

Philipps also mentioned you’re supposed to drink the juice within 10 minutes of it being prepared, and she might be onto something there: “Consuming celery shortly after it's been chopped or blended preserves more of its nutrients,” Sass says.

But don’t feel pressured to stuff a bunch of stalks in your juicer and prepare a 12-oz. glass of the stuff. “I think it’s fine to do, but I don’t think it’s essential,” Sass says. “You’ll get similar benefits from eating celery and plenty of other fresh veggies in a variety of ways throughout day.”

Want to add more of the crunchy veggie to your diet? Sass has a few suggestions.

“Instead of just drinking straight celery juice, you can blend raw celery into smoothies along with other veggies and fruit, incorporate it into omelets, or finely chop to add to oatmeal or Greek yogurt,” she says. “Or eat it raw to help satisfy a crunch tooth. Many of my clients like to eat celery at the end of breakfast as a palate cleanser. I find it can help shut off a sweet tooth, so you're less tempted by office goodies.”

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Everything You Need to Know About Retin-A, the Anti-Aging Cream Dermatologists Swear By

As an editor at Health, I'm lucky to have the opportunity to interview top dermatologists for their recommendations on everything from the best vitamin C serums to how to heal a scar. One word that seems to pop up again, and again, and again when I ask about their own skincare routines? Retin-A. The powerful prescription cream, which contains a form of retinoid called tretinoin, is considered by many experts to be the gold standard for anti-aging.

"You'll be hard-pressed to find a single dermatologist who is not using Retin-A," says Anna Guanche, MD, a dermatologist and celebrity beauty expert based in Calabasas, California, adding that she's been using it herself for 24 years. "It's the most powerful anti-aging topical known to us at this time."

But is it right for you? Here's everything you should know about Retin-A before you ask your dermatologist for a prescription.

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Retin-A vs. OTC retinol: What's the difference?

You're probably familiar with over-the-counter retinol creams. Maybe you even currently use one in your routine. But while they may sound nearly identical, prescription retinoids like Retin-A and over-the-counter retinols have some major differences. Both are vitamin A derivatives that work to increase cell turnover, but the prescription version is much stronger—and can deliver dramatic results in less time.

"Retin-A works more quickly and is more potent than retinol products," explains New York City-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, author of the book Skin Rules. "Retinol is slower and needs to be converted in the skin to be effective, but Retin-A does not need this conversion process."

That's not to say retinols aren't worth your money. They're typically gentler on skin and tend to cause fewer side effects than their prescription cousins (more on that later). So, depending on your skin type, your dermatologist may recommend you start out with retinol and then work up to something stronger once your skin has time to adapt. (Ready to try retinol? These are a few of our favorites.)

There are different prescription retinoids

To make the retinoid-retinol family tree even more confusing, tretinoin is one of a few different retinoid varieties. Others include isotretinoin, tazarotene, and adapalene—which you might recognize as the key ingredient in Differin Gel, currently the only over-the-counter retinoid available without a prescription.

The main difference? "Other forms of retinoids such as Differin are synthetic," says Dr. Jaliman. "Retin-A is a natural form of vitamin A."

Retin-A is a brand name version of tretinoin, but another, called Altreno, was also recently approved by the FDA. This new lotion may be a good choice for those with skin prone to irritation, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

"It uses a honeycomb technology to disperse tretinoin evenly within the lotion and contains ingredients you may have heard of from your moisturizer, like a form of hyaluronic acid and glycerin," explains Dr. Zeichner, who worked with Altreno on their launch.

RELATED: 6 Things to Know Before Adding Differin to Your Skincare Routine

Retin-A can deliver major benefits

There's a reason Retin-A is in the medicine cabinets of so many dermatologists. The formula uses an accelerated process to remove dead skin cells and keep pores clear, which can prevent inflammatory and cystic acne, notes Dr. Jaliman.

It's also a natural exfoliant that can improve skin texture, and as a result, help lighten dark spots and erase hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.

Maybe most importantly, it can make you look younger than your years. "It's known to promote collagen synthesis, and will help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles," says Dr. Jaliman.

But it can have some side effects, too

As effective as it is, Retin-A isn't for everyone. Most importantly, pregnant women should not use Retin-A (or any other retinoid or retinol for that matter) because the ingredient has been linked to birth defects and fetal development problems.

Many first-time Retin-A users report that their skin actually gets worse before it gets better. As frustrating as this is, symptoms like dryness, redness, and irritation are normal when first introducing Retin-A, says Dr. Guanche. "Retinoids have a 'retinoid reaction,' which is a period where peeling and some mild irritation occurs," she says.

The good news? Skin should adapt within two to four weeks, says Dr. Zeichner. "With continued use, this irritation goes away on its own," he tells us.

Retinols and retinoids also make skin more sun sensitive, so it's crucial to wear sunscreen every single day when you're using it (and of course, you should be doing that anyway, because skin cancer). Dr. Guanche likes EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($33;

It's not a team player

Like Differin and retinol, Retin-A doesn't always mix well with the other ingredients in your skincare routine. "Tretinoin is a very temperamental molecule," says Dr. Zeichner. "It's easily activated in the presence of light or ingredients like benzoyl peroxide."

In addition to the common pimple-fighter, you'll want to avoid salicylic acid, toners, and chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid, all of which can make skin too sensitive when used in combination with Retin-A.

Instead, reach for a gentle face wash that won't strip moisture from skin. Dr. Guanche is a fan of SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser ($34; and classic Cetaphil ($28 for 2;

She also recommends iS Clinical Moisturizing Complex ($87; and SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Interrupter ($162; to combat the dryness you might experience in that initial "retinoid reaction" phase.

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5 Superfood Carbs You’re Probably Missing on the Keto Diet

We may have started a new year, but the keto craze continues. With a staggering 3.9 million posts under the hashtag #keto on Instagram, the ultra popular diet shows zero signs of losing speed.

If you need a quick refresher on the basics of the ketogenic diet, here’s the CliffsNotes version: The medical diet first surfaced in the 1920s as a treatment for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. These days, the high-fat, low-carbohydrate meal plan is followed primarily as a means for weight loss.

Keto meals are comprised of about 70%–80% fat, around 20% protein, and around 5% carbs. That means both “good” and “bad” carbs are basically off-limits on the keto diet. “Fruit, grains, starchy and root vegetables like parsnips, beans, lentils, sweeteners, baked goods, juices, smoothies, and sodas are cut out,” explains Carolyn Brown, RD, a nutritionist at Food Trainers in New York City.

Limiting your intake of refined carbohydrates like white bread and baked goods is never a bad idea. But restricting complex carbs like those found in whole grains, fruits, and veggies can lead you to lose out on critical vitamins and minerals. Below, five carb-rich foods that deliver major health benefits—but aren’t keto-friendly.

RELATED: 9 Fruits You Can Actually Eat on the Keto Diet


“Whatever diet works best for you, veggies should really be at the forefront and make up at least half of your plate,” says Brown. Apart from their ability to lower chronic disease risk, vegetables provide fiber, phytonutrients, and bulk that helps keep us satiated.

Take carrots, for example. A half cup of baby carrots (about six) delivers 6 grams of carbs, about 10% of your allotted daily carbohydrate intake on the keto diet, which is around 50 grams per day. That relatively high carb content is likely to cause keto eaters to avoid carrots like the plague. Because who eats just six baby carrots at a time?

The too-sweet-for-keto veggies are also packed with beta carotene, the antioxidant precursor to vitamin A, which promotes eye health and skin health and is critical for proper immune function.

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“Right off the bat, cutting carbs can result in low blood sugar, low energy, moodiness, hunger, and exhaustion,” says Brown. “When people cut out carbs long term, we find that when they add them back in they regain all the weight lost and then some.” Plus, carbs are delicious and food is meant to be enjoyed, adds Brown. “It’s more about choosing the right ones and keeping quantity in check.”

Keto eaters are advised to significantly limit their intake of whole grains like oats, which serve up 14 grams of carbohydrates per half cup, nearly a third of the carbs allotted for one day.

Yet oats aren’t empty carbs. The breakfast staple contains soluble fiber that’s critical for maintaining heart health and lowering cholesterol levels (which may be even more important when you’re loading up on animal foods high in saturated fat while eating keto). Oats also contain some protein and important minerals like iron, folate, and magnesium.

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Keto lovers like to think of fruit the same way most of us think of candy: as a once-in-a-while treat that’s not to be consumed daily. While low-glycemic fruits like berries are allowed in moderation on the ketogenic diet, fruits that fall higher on the glycemic index are on the outs.

A medium banana containing 27 grams of carbohydrates, then, is almost a sure keto no-no. While it’s true that diabetics may want to steer clear of the starchy fruit, avoiding bananas simply because they fall on the higher end of the carb spectrum isn’t necessary for everyone, especially since they provide potassium, vitamin B6, and fiber. Bananas also act as prebiotics—aka food for the good bacteria in your gut.

RELATED: 6 "Bad" Carbs That Are Actually Good For You


Eat a cup and a half of cooked lentils (which contains around 60 grams of carbs) and you’ve already exceeded your keto carb intake for the day. That leaves no room for fruits, veggies, whole grains, or dairy on your plate at any other meal. It’s not surprising, then, that keto eaters stay away from pulses.

Lentils are far from the enemy, though. Just one cup of cooked lentils contains around 18 grams of protein (as much as three eggs) and 15 grams of fiber; minerals like copper, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous; and no saturated fat, making them a plant-based nutritional powerhouse.

Still, if you do choose to try the ketogenic diet, be strategic about when you nosh on your allotted carbohydrates. “Consider eating your carbs pre-workout, as they give you a quick energy spike,” says Brown.

RELATED: The Best Diets of 2019—and Why the Keto Diet Ranked So Low


Nut lovers beware, cashews aren’t keto-friendly. Though most of us place nuts in the fat or protein category, they do contain carbohydrates, and the amount in certain varieties can add up when following a ketogenic meal plan.

A quarter cup of cashews, for example, will set you back about 10 grams of carbohydrates, roughly 20% of your daily recommended carb intake while eating keto. While we don’t suggest eating a whole cup of cashews, placing the nuts on your don't-eat list isn’t necessary. Why? Eating an ounce of cashews—about 18 nuts—will give you 17 milligrams of healthy omega-3 fatty acids (an ounce of almonds, on the other hand, contains 0 mg). Early research even shows adding cashews to your diet may lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.

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DNA pioneer stripped of honorary titles after ‘reprehensible’ racist remarks

The man who co-discovered the structure of DNA has been stripped of his honorary titles by the lab he once directed after he repeated racist comments in a documentary linking race and intelligence.James Watson, who won the Nobel Peace…

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Ebola outbreak spreads as confirmed cases top 600

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has infected more than 600 people as the epicenter spreads south to a hard-hit city near the border with Uganda. The Congolese health ministry said in a statement…

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Trump administration sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work requirements

More than a dozen Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky have filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration over its re-approval of the state’s controversial Medicaid waiver.The lawsuit comes after a federal judge in June blocked Kentucky’s…

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Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions

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60 फीसदी भारतीयों को पसंद है शाकाहार, ग्लोबल रिसर्च कंपनी इप्सोस ने 29 देशों में किया सर्वे

लाइफस्टाइल डेस्क. ग्लोबल रिसर्च कंपनी इप्सोस ने भारतीयों के खाने के मिजाज पर एक सर्वे किया है। सर्वे के मुताबिक, 60 फीसदी भारतीय शाकाहार पसंद करते हैं और नॉनवेज को छोड़ना चाहते हैं। रिसर्च कंपनी के मुताबिक, देश में डायबिटीज जैसे रोगों से पीड़ित लोगों की संख्या बढ़ने के बीच खाने की पसंद बदल रही है और मांसाहारी के मुकाबले शाकाहारी लोगों की तादात बढ़ रही है।

ग्लोबल रिसर्च कंपनी इप्सोस की रिपोर्ट फूड हैबिट्स ऑफ इंडियंस के मुताबिक, भारतीय परंपरागत तरीकों को छोड़कर अब प्रयोग में विश्वास करने लगे हैं। 29 देशों में करीब दो माह तक चले सर्वे में एक हजार लोग शामिल किए गए थे। रिपोर्ट में सामने आया कि 57 भारतीय ऑर्गेनिक फूड डाइट में शामिल करते हैं। वहीं ब्रिटेन में 12 और जापान में 13 फीसदी लोग ऑर्गेनिक फूड (प्लांट बेस्ड डाइट) खाना चाहते हैं।

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बैंडेज जो एंटीबायोटिक रिलीज करके घाव को ठीक करेगा और स्किन में ही घुल जाएगा

लाइफस्टाइल डेस्क. वैज्ञानिकों ने ऐसा एंटीबैक्टीरियल बैंडेज विकसित किया है जो स्किन को तेजी रिपेयर करने के साथ संक्रमण से भी बचाता है। लंबे समय तक इसका इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है और एक बार इसे लगाने के बाद बदलने की जरूरत नहीं पड़ती। यह बायोडिग्रेडेबल है जो धीरे-धीरे अपने स्किन में मिल जाता है। इसे मॉस्को की नेशनल यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ साइंस एंड टेक्नोलॉजी और चेक रिपब्लिक की ब्रनो यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ टेक्नोलॉजी ने मिलकर तैयार किया है।

  1. शोधकर्ता एलिजवेटा का कहना है कि बैंडेज को पॉलीकापरोलेक्टोन नैनोफायबर से बनाया गया है। इसके फायबर में जेंटामायसिन मौजूद है जो एक तरह का एंटीबायोटिक है। बैंडेज को घाव पर लगाने के बाद यह एंटीबायोटिक दवा रिलीज करता है और धीरे-धीरे गलते हुए स्किन में मिल जाता है। इस्तेमाल करने के 48 घंटे के अंदर बैक्टीरिया की संख्या में तेजी से कमी आती है।

  2. शोधकर्ताओं का कहना है कि आमतौर पर घाव होने की स्थिति में एंटीसेप्टिक का प्रयोग किया जाता है जो संक्रमण फैलाने वाले बैक्टीरिया को खत्म करने के साथ शरीर को फायदा पहुंचाने वाले जीवाणुओं को भी खत्म कर देता है। घाव वाले हिस्से की ड्रेसिंग बार-बार होने पर मरीज को दर्द होता है। इन बातों का ध्यान रखने हुए बैंडेज को तैयार किया गया है। इसमें घाव को तेजी से भरने की क्षमता है और बार-बार बदलना नहीं पड़ता है।

  3. शाेधकर्ताओं के मुताबिक, रिसर्च के दौरान बैंडेज का असर ई-कोली बैक्टीरिया पर देखा गया। जो काफी असरदार रहा। बैंडेज का उपयोग घाव भरने के साथ हड्डियों से जुड़ी सूजन जैसे ऑस्टियोपाेरोसिस में भी कारगर है। रिसर्च मैटेरियल एंड डिजाइन एकेडमिक पत्रिका में प्रकाशित की गई है।

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वैज्ञानिकों ने खोजा शरीर का कैलेंडर, फरवरी बचत का तो अक्टूबर प्यार का महीना

हेल्थ डेस्क.प्यार पाने के लिए अक्टूबर का महीना सबसे अच्छा होता है और वजन कम करने के लिए नवंबर। वहीं, जनवरी सबसे बेहतर होता है नई आदतों की शुरुआत के लिए तो फरवरी में आप अच्छी-खासी बचत भी कर सकते हैं। यूनिवर्सिटी ऑफ टोरंटो के वैज्ञानिकों की एक स्टडी में यह निष्कर्ष निकला है। वैज्ञानिकों ने इसके लिए 2019 का कैलेंडर भी बनाया है। इसमें हर काम के लिए एक खास महीना बताया गया है। वैज्ञानिकों ने इसका कारण मौसम या हम जो करते हैं या खाते हैं उसमें हो रहे बदलाव को बताया। वैज्ञानिकों की टीम के प्रमुख डॉ. एंड्रयू लिम ने बताया कि ऐसा हमारे शरीर में विशिष्ट हार्मोन और दिमाग में रसायन परिवर्तन के कारण होता है। विटामिन डी का स्तर भी इसका अहम कारण है।

    • जनवरी :सर्दियों में दिमाग अधिक रचनात्मक होता है।कोई नया और छोटा संकल्प लेकर उस पर टिके रहें।
    • फरवरी : पैसा बचाने के लिए अच्छा समय हो सकता है।बैंक, फोन टैरिफ स्वीच कर सकते हैं। फायदा होगा।
    • मार्च : बसंत के इस मौसम में उदासी, डिप्रेशन दूर भगाएं।ग्रीन टी पीएं। विटामिन-डी और एंटीऑक्सीडेंट बढ़ेगा।
    • अप्रैल :सूर्य की तेज रोशनी से लोग ज्यादा चिंता में रहते हैं।तनाव वाले इस महीने में आप कढ़ी का सेवन ज्यादा करें।
    • मई : सूर्य की तेज रोशनी से आप ज्यादा खुश होते हैं।शाम को 15 मिनट खुद को दें। पॉजिटिव एनर्जी मिलेगी।
    • जून : शरीर में सेरोटोनिन बढ़ने से एकाग्रता बढ़ जाती है।एक कप लेकर ध्यान केंद्रित करें। उर्जावान महसूस करेंगे।
    • जुलाई : हार्मोन कोर्टिसोल कम होगा। टूर प्लान करें।दोस्तों के साथ समय बिताएं। सोशल नेटवर्क को भी बढ़ाएं।
    • अगस्त : आपका प्रदर्शन इस महीने सबसे अच्छा होता है।इस महीने आपको कुछ नया सीखना शुरू करना चाहिए।
    • सितंबर : हल्की ठंड से ज्यादा ऊर्जावान महसूस करेंगे।सोचे हुए काम की लिस्ट बना लें और पूरा करने में जुट जाएं।
    • अक्टूबर : ठंड बढ़ने से प्यार पाने की इच्छा होगी।डेटिंग पर जाएं। प्यार पाने के लिए एक कदम आगे बढ़ाएं।
    • नवंबर : बारिश के बाद आप वजन कम कर सकते हैं।लंबी दौड़ लगानी चाहिए। वह भी सीधी सड़क पर नहीं।
    • दिसंबर: तनाव वाले हार्मोन कोर्टिसोल को काबू में रखें।करीबियों को बांहों में भरें। इससे कोर्टिसोल कम होगा।
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Welcome to Monday’s Overnight Health Care.  The government shutdown is now entering its fourth week. But it’s not stopping House Democrats from kicking off an investigation into the pricing practices of the prescription drug industry.Also on…

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House Judiciary chair demands info on family separation policy

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FDA to restart high-risk food inspections despite shutdown

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This Woman Lost 312 Pounds—but the Real Change Happened After Her Loose Skin Was Removed

Just three years ago, when Lexi Reed weighed 485 pounds, she made it her new year's resolution to finally lose weight. Fast forward to the present, and the 28-year-old from Indiana has lost an incredible 300 pounds. But as the weight came off, Reed began to face a new obstacle: loose skin.

It caused her debilitating pain, to the point where her arms would go numb from holding up the weight of all that extra skin, she previously told Health. But on Halloween of last year, she underwent a 9-hour procedure to have some of the loose skin removed. She was terrified, she said, but now she sees it as the best decision of her life. 

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During the first few weeks of her recovery, Reed was completely pain-free; a literal weight had been lifted from her shoulders. But when she started working out again (about seven weeks post-op), some of the pain returned, although it wasn't nearly as limiting as it was previously. In a new interview, Reed tells Health, "Before, it would basically disable me to where I would start crying." 

She had seven pounds total of loose skin removed, but that wasn't all of it. "Rome wasn't built in a day," she says, explaining that she'll get another surgery to remove skin from her back, arms, and boobs. Her hope is that the pain will subside even more after the next surgery. 

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Though she knows the procedure will be worth it, getting more skin removed won't be easy for Reed. As a person who's built her lifestyle around staying active, she found recovery pretty challenging. "It was a mental battle because I wanted to be able to work out like I always do, but I couldn't do that. So I actually had to do things like read a book and watch a movie, which was at the same time rewarding, because I hadn't done those things in so long. It was bittersweet." 

Getting back in the gym wasn't a piece of cake either. "I had lost some muscle, some endurance. I could tell I wasn't as fit as I was before." Reed pushed through her first few weeks back by repeating the same mantra she used throughout her weight-loss journey: It never gets easier, you get stronger. 

She was right. She did get stronger, and working out became much easier than it was before the surgery. "It's crazy how much lighter I feel," she says. "I don't have to worry about always tucking in my stomach. When we do jumping jacks, my stomach isn't constantly moving, so I don't have pain from that. I feel like I'm flying across the room." 

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Another more unexpected result of surgery: Reed can see her belly button for the first time ever. She can also sit cross-legged, which she was never able to do before. 

Needless to say, Reed is loving her life after surgery. She's currently working to get certified as a fitness instructor, and she also plans to write a book. Overall, she really just wants to help other people. That's why she's candidly documented her experience on her Instagram account, which now has over one million followers. "I just want to continue to help those million people," she says. 

Reed always tells them to remember one main thing: "It's not about the weight that you loose, but the life that you gain."

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I Tried Marie Condo’s Tidying Up Method—and It Had a Serious Impact on My Happiness

Can decluttering your home really change your life? That's the promise behind the international best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up ($17, by Japanese "organizational consultant" Marie Kondo. I first heard about this little book from my friend Amanda, a personal organizer here in New York City, but since then it's basically taken over the internet, from the New York Times to the Huffington Post to Real Simple—to Netflix.

Kondo promises that radically purging your stuff will not only make it easier to put together a decent outfit, it will actually transform your life. By clearing out objects that weigh you down mentally and emotionally, you'll make space for new people, things, and experiences. Kondo says that some of her clients have even lost weight or had their skin clear up, possibly due to the "detoxifying" effects of purging your home.

Sounds too good to be true? I tried her methods myself, and while I haven't experienced any miraculous effects (yet!), I can say that it has made me a whole lot happier in my home. Here's what I learned.

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Keep only items that spark joy

This is Kondo's central guiding principle. Take everything you own—"every sock, every shirt, every tube of toothpaste, every single book, everything"—into your hand and ask yourself: Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, ditch it.

It's a surprisingly useful gauge. Using joy as a metric, I got rid of not only worn-out T-shirts and pants that haven't fit me in years, but perfectly good sweaters that I'm just "meh" about. It's amazing how different it feels opening my closet in the morning knowing that every single thing in it is something I'd be delighted to put on.

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Do all your discarding at once

Most of us clean up in dribs and drabs, ”tossing a few items of clothing when we switch over our winter to summer wardrobes," say, or suddenly getting the urge to reorganize the medicine cabinet once or twice a year. The problem with this, Kondo says, is that it's too easy to backslide.

"Tidying is a special event," Kondo writes. "Don't do it every day." Instead, she says, do all your throwing out at once, by category of stuff: Start with your clothes (the easiest category to purge), piling every item of clothing you own on the floor and going through them one by one. Then move on to books, then papers, then miscellaneous (DVDs, makeup, stationery, electronics, etc.), then finally mementos (the hardest category).

Once you're done, Kondo says, maintaining this "state of perfect order" will be a snap and you'll never have to purge again. In fact, she says she has had zero repeat clients.

If this sounds daunting, know that you're not doing it all in one day! Kondo says that the whole process takes her clients around six months. I had to break down clothing alone into multiple subcategories and do it over the course of three weekends. At the end, I had nine big bags of clothes to donate, probably amounting to more than half my wardrobe.

Photo: Jeannie Kim

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Don't let your possessions weigh you down

I have tons of things that I hang onto mainly out of guilt (I spent too much money on that! It was a gift!). As the daughter of Korean War survivors who have turned frugality into a high art form, I especially have trouble getting rid of things that are "perfectly good" or "might be useful someday," even if they do nothing for me but take up space.

But Kondo writes, "When you come across something that you cannot part with, think carefully about its true purpose in your life. You'll be surprised at how many of the things you possess have already fulfilled their role." That necklace you loved in the store but never wear, for example, served its purpose of giving you a thrill when you bought it. The hideous vase your aunt gave you as a wedding gift has done the job of conveying your aunt's love and good wishes for you. It's okay to let it go now.

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Store in rows, not piles

By now you've probably seen Kondo folding T-shirts and even socks and underwear into perfect little rectangles that can stand up on edge. The idea here is that clothing actually gets less wrinkled when it's not piled up (think of that poor smushed sweater at the bottom of a tall teetering stack) and that everything is easier to access when it's "filed" vertically in drawers.

Kondo also talks about how folding clothing properly transfers energy to the fabric, making it "stronger and more vibrant." I don't know about that; I just know I am so tickled by the sight of all my T-shirts lined up in perfect rows that I sometimes open my drawers just to admire them. I'm not the only one: Do a quick search for #KonMari (the name of Kondo's method) on Twitter or Instagram to see the legions of drawer "after" photos taken by proud tidiers.

Photos: Jeannie Kim

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Don't buy lots of storage items

When you decide to get organized, is your first stop to The Container Store to stock up on shelving units and fun little drawer dividers and cool nesting baskets? Stop right there.

"Putting things away creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved," Kondo writes. Get your belongings under control first, then figure out where to put it all. Once you've sorted through your stuff (and tossed most of it), you'll likely find you have all the space you need. (Still need to divide your sock drawer? Repurpose old shoe boxes, Kondo advises.)

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Store things where they're easy to put away

"Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong," Kondo writes. "Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out." I am not exaggerating when I say that this totally blew my mind.

The reason I let my papers and financial statements pile up all over my bedroom? My filing system was too complicated, making it cumbersome to file anything. Throw away as many papers as you can, Kondo advises, and sort the rest into just three files: needs attention now, needed for a limited amount of time, and must be kept indefinitely. On the rare occasion you need something from one of those files, you won't mind sorting through to find it. (And of course, file them vertically rather than stacking them in piles!)

I can't say that I've attained tidiness perfection yet (far from it, my family would probably say), but the pleasure I've already gained from Kondo's methods has made me a convert. I'm devoting a few months' worth of weekends more to "tidying," and looking forward to the total transformation when I'm done.

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