Today’s Headlines: Mila Kunis Gives Birth, Nestlé Plans to Cut Sugar, Magic Mushrooms Help Cancer Patients

Mila Kunis gives birth to baby boy. Sources confirm that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have welcomed a second child this past Wednesday, November 30th. While no name has been released yet, we do know the gender of the baby thanks to a minor slipup from Kutcher on the Today Show. When Savannah Guthrie asked him how his daughter Wyatt is adjusting to her mother’s pregnancy, Kutcher said, “she points to Mila’s belly and she’s like ‘baby brother’ and then she points to me and goes ‘beer!’ The married couple who met on the set of That ‘70s Show when they were just children themselves, have spoken about wanting a huge family, so we can expect more adorable and genetically gifted babies on the horizon. If you are planning to get pregnant or currently expecting, here is the definitive guide to what you can (and can’t) eat during pregnancy. (E!)

Nestlé plans to cut sugar in chocolate. The Swiss food company which is responsible for long-adored treats like Kit Kats, Yorkies, and Aeros, has discovered a way to structure sugar differently, so that they can use less of it without compromising the flavor. By making the sugar dissolve faster, the tongue registers the same amount of sweetness without having to use the same amount. Since sugar has been held responsible for the growing obesity epidemic, this scientific breakthrough should be well-received by chocolate fans the world over. Love to snack on chocolate? Here’s a healthy treat you can enjoy guilt-free! (GUARDIAN)

Magic mushrooms help cancer patients. Studies have found that psilocybin, known as a “magic mushroom”, can relax cancer patients. Doctors found that the substance reduced stress and sadness in 80% of participants and many found that even one use registered as a supremely meaningful experience. For one breast cancer patient, taking this drug gave her a sense of connection with the world and made her feel like she was part of something bigger. Even after she came down from the high, she still felt peaceful and calm, instead of experiencing the dread she was accustomed to. Have you heard of ‘eating the rainbow’? It might have cancer-fighting powers. (NBC)

 

How New York City Police Are Taking on the Drug Overdose Epidemic

The drug overdose crisis that has swept across our country affects us all, but some areas have been hit harder than others.  In New York, the borough of Staten Island has some of the highest rates of overdose deaths in the city.  With a population of less than half a million residents, the inhabitants of this island are truly feeling the effects of this epidemic.  The story of one man’s death made national headlines when his journal, which chronicled his struggle with addiction, was discovered by his mother. We recently hosted his mother and brother on the show to tell more of his story so we can all learn from it.

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Today’s Headlines: Gilmore Girls Stars Discuss Reboot, Son Takes Mom on Fairy Tale Trip, Study Finds Further Benefits of Coffee

Gilmore Girls stars discuss the reboot. More Gilmore Girls may be on the way. Now that the long-awaited Gilmore Girls reboot has arrived, plenty of hardcore Rory and Lorelai fans are left wondering if there are more episodes to come. Without giving anything away, the very anticipated last four words have provided a lot of room for more storytelling. When asked about the likelihood of another batch of episodes, Lauren Graham shrugged and said, “The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, don’t cha think?” So there you have it. Fans will have to wait and hope for more. (TODAY)

Son takes mom on fairy-tale trip. After Barton Brooks’ father, Karl, passed away, he made it his mission to help his mother, Carla, recover from the devastation. Along with his partner, Gregg, they embarked on a European trip with 20 stops, significant because Karl had suffered a stroke 20 years before his passing and Carla had been taking care of him all that time. The trip began with a castle tour in Northern Wales, and Budapest will be the next stop. When asked how she’s enjoying the trip, Carla said, “It’s stunning, we’re just loving it!” Need help learning how to cope with grief? Check out these useful resources. (PEOPLE)

Drinking 3 cups of coffee may reduce dementia risk. A new report has found a link between caffeine and dementia. Scientists claim that drinking three cups of coffee daily can help increase the amount of antioxidants that flow through your body, which can help fight off “toxic clumps” that build up in the brain and lead to dementia. Even moderate consumption has been found to potentially stave off Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders. Though it is still unclear how coffee prevents cognitive decline, experts seem to think that it has to do with the stimulation of the central nervous system. While only further research and time will tell how strong this correlation is, these findings do provide good news for java lovers everywhere. Check out this slide show to learn more about the pros and cons of drinking coffee. (DAILYMAIL)

Today’s Headlines: Jennifer Aniston’s Husband Surprises Her, Little Boy Helps Sick Kids, EPA Releases List of 10 Chemicals for Review

Jennifer Aniston reveals husband’s surprise. As she explains on The Ellen Degeneres Show episode airing today, Jennifer Aniston didn’t expect to spend Thanksgiving with her hubby this year. Justin Theroux, who is currently in Germany for work, told his wife he wouldn’t make it home this time around. When Aniston delivered the news to their friends, she couldn’t help but notice their crestfallen faces. But the disappointment didn’t last long, when it was time to bring out the turkey, in walked Justin himself, carrying the turkey, or as Aniston puts it, “There was another turkey holding that turkey.” Cue the “awws” heard ’round the world. (PEOPLE)

Boy makes stuffed animals for sick children. While many of us have grown cynical about today’s youth, there’s one special 12-year-old who is changing all of our perceptions. Campbell “Bumble” Remess loves coming home and sewing, which is how he got the idea to make hundreds of toys for sick kids. Even his mom tries to convince him to take a break to play video games or watch movies, and he can’t help but sneak back to the sewing room and continue working. He has made 800 stuffed animals and countless children smile since he took up this hobby a few years ago. While we’re on the topic of being charitable, meet the doctor dancing all over Boston. (TODAY)

EPA selects 10 chemicals for review. The Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of chemicals that they deem potentially harmful to human health. Chemicals included on the list were asbestos, and carbon tetrachloride, among several others. Sonya Lunder of the Environmental Working Group Action Fund says, “Today’s historic action by the EPA will finally begin the process of restricting the remaining sources of asbestos, which is responsible for hundreds of thousands of American deaths.” With a new law making it easier for certain ingredients to be banned, this review may have implications on the products we buy in future months and years. Wondering where else dangerous chemicals can pop up? Check your family’s clothing. (NBC)

Today’s Headlines: Andy Cohen Talks Cancer Scare, California Announces Netflix Tax, Turmeric in the Spotlight

Andy Cohen reveals cancer scare. Bravo’s Andy Cohen recently revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer when he was on Live with Kelly. Close friend Kelly Ripa urged him to go see a doctor when she noticed a black mark on his lip. After some convincing, he decided to take her advice and went to a dermatologist who determined it was melanoma, the most harmful type of skin cancer. Luckily, he was able to get it removed quickly and has since changed his thinking about excessive tanning. Think you only need sunscreen in the summer? Think again! (PAGESIX)

California announces Netflix tax. After announcing a 9.4 percent tax on video streaming, the Pasadena city council has received a lot of flack. Designed to compensate for lost revenue from people quitting cable TV and home phone lines, this tax is being treated as a “utility expense,” much to many residents’ chagrin. Thanks to plenty of opposition, this tax is on hold, but it’s still causing a lot of TV bingers to question these policies. Planning to do some binge-watching soon? Here are some healthy snacks to eat during your TV marathon. (CBS)

An ancient spice is in the spotlight. Turmeric, a spice that has been enjoyed in Asia for more than 4,000 years is finally seeing some positive attention in the United States. Thanks to recent medical research that shows a link between turmeric and illness prevention, lots of Americans are taking an interest. Beloved by mega-celebrities Queen Bey and GOOP goddess Gwyneth Paltrow for some time now, many claim that this warm and peppery spice can make your skin glow and provide lots of anti-inflammatory benefits. Want to learn more about the glory of turmeric? Check out these seven health benefits. (TODAY)

Today’s Headlines: Leah Remini Fights Scientology, Dog-Lover Helps Homeless Pups, New Patch Tests Sweat

Leah Remini continues taking a stand against Scientology. Former Scientology member Leah Remini has detailed her experience with the church in her tell-all Troublemaker and is now continuing her fight against the organization. Referring to the church leaders as bullies, she vows to continue supporting the victims of Scientology who have been ostracized for leaving the church and labeled enemies. Want to learn more? Listen to Leah Remini discuss her Scientology struggles. (E!)

Dog lover spends $50,000 to help injured homeless pups. A long time ago, when California native Annie Torres would see homeless dogs in need of medical help, she’d put their vet bills ahead of her own needs, surviving on cheap hot dogs and macaroni just as long as they got the veterinarian care they needed. Twenty years later, she’s solely responsible for saving more than 200 dogs, to the tune of $50,000. Last year, she created the nonprofit Crash Fund to provide spaying and neutering for local dogs and raised $10,000 in the process. It’s easy to see this dog lover is totally paw-some! Dr. Oz has a soft spot for canines too. Meet his newest four-legged family member! (PEOPLE)

New technology tracks health and wellness through sweat. Researchers have created an experimental device, similar to a FitBit, designed to assess the biochemical components within your sweat to determine acidity level, sweat loss, amount of chloride, glucose, lactate, and more. These findings can measure hydration levels and electrolyte loss so you can determine when it’s time to refuel, which will make your workout more effective. Afraid your patch will slip off like a loose Band-Aid? No sweat! It’s designed to stand the test of time and stay in place. Find that you’re sweating too much? Here are some surprising reasons why. (CBS)

5 Things to Know About Flossing

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Written by: Dr. Matthew Messina, D.D.S.

As we all know, flossing was in the news in 2016, and some media reports focused on the benefits of cleaning between your teeth while others showed some skepticism. However, I can’t state it clearly enough: using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed flossing is “an important oral hygiene practice” in an August 2016 statement.

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Today’s Headlines: Jon Voight Gets Into the Holiday Spirit, Experts Offer Travel Health Tips, Breakfast Sabotage Preventing Weight Loss

Jon Voight buys Thanksgiving turkeys for surprised customer. When nonprofit employee Sydney Gholston was in the checkout line ready to buy six turkeys for children at “Home of the Innocents,” she struck up a conversation with a friendly man behind her who seemed very interested in her organization. Before long, she recognized the Ray Donovan star and was left gobsmacked when he whipped out a credit card and paid for all the food, right there and then. Looks like even Midnight Cowboys can get into the holiday spirit! (INSIDE)

Experts offer tips on avoiding emergencies during travel season. With Thanksgiving a day away, we are officially in the busiest travel period of the year. More than 48 million people will be traveling this week, excited to spend time with family and friends. But one easy way to put a damper on the festivities is with a health emergency. Dr. Steven Corbett, an emergency medicine physician at Orlando Health, suggests filling meds before you depart, taking pics of prescriptions and important medical info, and buying travel insurance to enjoy stress-free traveling this year. Feel a cold coming on? Try an immunity-boosting beverage. (CBS)

Breakfast sabotage could prevent weight loss. We’ve all heard by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But research shows that five common habits could be getting in the way of your weight loss goals. Some types of sabotage include eating too many calories and not enough protein, consuming too much sodium and carbs, using too much oil and butter, and drinking sugary fruit juices. Want some breakfast inspiration? Try these 10 filling options. (TODAY)

Today’s Headlines: Gigi Hadid Apologizes for Impression, Experts Weigh in on Overeating Relief, Study Shows Decrease in Dementia Rates

Gigi Hadid remorseful after Melania impression. This past Sunday, model Gigi Hadid hosted the American Music Awards and received mixed reviews. While many people loved her many outfit changes and bubbly personality, some were not so amused by her poking fun at Melania’s RNC convention speech. After getting roasted on Twitter, she posted a tweet of her own, apologizing for her joke and defending herself at the same time. Looks like her impression bombed “bigly,” but at least she handled it with grace. (TODAY)

Medical experts explain how to feel better after overeating. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away and Christmas on the horizon, it’s easy to see that we’ve entered into the season of overeating. With all that delicious holiday food and all those parties to go to, it’s not shocking that many of us walk away from the table moaning in pain from being too full. Experts recommend taking anti-gas drugs, sipping on peppermint tea, and going outside for a stroll to undo some of the damage that’s been done. Ever wondered why you overeat? Here are 6 surprising reasons. (COSMO)

Dementia rates declining according to new research. In a study dating back to 2000, it appears that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have lowered significantly. At the start of the study, 11.6 percent of Americans over 65 had dementia, but by 2012 that number dropped to 8.8. percent. Experts chalk this up to improved treatment for conditions like diabetes and heart disease, as well as rising levels of education among adults over the last 25 years. Did you know a brain game can potentially reduce your dementia risk by 50 percent? Check it out and see for yourself! (NBC)