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.

In honor of Flossing Day, here are five things you need to know about this important cleaning tool: Read more  »

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)

Today’s Headlines: Special-Needs Boy Set on Fire, Nicole Kidman Helps Abuse Victims, Fitness Blogger Protests Unrealistic Expectations, Study Links Gut Bacteria to Fiber

Special-needs boy set on fire by bullies. Kayden Culp, a 10 year old special-needs boy with a hearing aid and a lisp was set on fire by the people he thought were his friends. While playing with some boys after school, a fire was list inside a shed and he was left with severe second and third-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. After undergoing skin graft surgery and painful infections, he is now on the road to recovery, but it will be a long time before he is back to being completely okay. Check out an exclusive sneak peek for more on this story. (NYPOST)

Nicole Kidman speaks out on violence against women. After meeting with women and children in Kosovo who suffered abuse, Nicole Kidman made it her mission to help them any way she could. At a fundraising dinner this week, she said she’s spent the last 10 years being “a voice for the women who don’t have a voice.” By night’s end, this event raised over $100,000, along with a $50,000 donation from Kidman herself. Despite this generosity, she points out there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. The United Nations reports that one in three women across the globe have undergone physical or sexual abuse, typically at the hands of a loved one. Do you know someone currently experiencing violence? Check out these resources to help them get the support they need. (PAGESIX)

Fitness blogger sets the record straight on misleading photographs. Ashlie Molstad, a popular fitness blogger, recently posted side-by-side photos taken seconds apart, to show followers how misleading a picture can be. In one photo, she looks tan and fit, and in the other, she is sitting in a less flattering position, letting her stomach rolls hang out. The message is clear: nobody is perfect. While so many of us think we can achieve flat abs, perfect skin, and an overall toned physique if we only tried harder, the reality is many influencers use Photoshop, posture tricks, and great lighting to look superhuman. While some workout motivation is always helpful, it’s important not to get discouraged when you see someone who looks totally flawless. Changes are, it’s all in the angles. (YAHOO)

Gut microbes need fiber to function efficiently. A new study published in the journal Cell found that certain types of gut bacteria rely heavily on fiber in their daily diet. When their meals are lacking in fiber, these microbes begin eating away at the mucus layer surrounding your gut. As creepy as that sounds, it also has some serious side-effects. When gut microbes feast on your gut walls it causes inflammation and infections, which can do harm to your body overall. While future research will further determine how these microbes function, for now we can keep eating a variety of natural fiber to keep the gut happy. Check out the ultimate fiber checklist to get started! (MEDNEWS)

Today’s Headlines: SJP Dreams of Reliving Labor, Female Teen Depression on the Rise, E-Cigarettes Have Dangerous Side Effects

Sarah Jessica Parker wishes she could relive giving birth. While many women would never dream of going through the labor process again, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who describes the experience as “absolute euphoria,” is not one of them. After giving birth to son, James Wilkie, in 2002, she was unable to get pregnant again. So, in 2009, she, like so many other women, went the surrogate route and welcomed twin bundles of joy, Marion Loretta and Tabitha Hodge, making the Parker household a happy family of 5. Are you struggling with infertility? You’re not alone. (TODAY)

New research on depression shows alarming trend. According to a recent study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, depression rates have increased by 37 percent throughout 2005–2014. Teenage girls, in particular, showed the fastest rise in symptoms such as loss of interest, sadness, and other hallmarks of major depressive episodes. In 2005, 8.7 percent of the participants described feeling depressed, with that number rising to 11.3 percent nine years later. For the girls studied, those numbers went from 13.1 percent at the beginning of the study to 17.3 percent by 2014. Think your teen may be depressed? Here are the signs to look out for. (YAHOO)

E-cigarettes may not be as safe as we thought. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that e-cigarette use has gone up in the last few years. While many reach for this alternative thinking that vaping is healthier for them, it looks like the vapor is just as harmful as tobacco for mouth cells. In some cases, extended use can lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and even mouth cancer. If you never leave the house without something to smoke (whether it’s an e-cig or the regular kind), it may be time to kick the habit for good. Here’s how to do just that, right in time for the New Year. (MEDNEWS)

 

3 Pinterest Tastemakers Share Their Thanksgiving Hacks

Family at the dinner table at the Thanksgiving day.

Coming up with 99 Thanksgiving hacks is no simple feat! I collaborated with, in addition to chefs, food editors, and my own wonderful family, some of today’s top Pinterest tastemakers from across the country who helped me come up with several of the Thanksgiving shortcuts that are featured on today’s brand-new show and exclusively on DoctorOz.com.

Meet the three power pinners:

  • Beth Le Manach is based in Los Angeles, CA. She shared her meal-prep hack to make cooking a breeze. Find her on Pinterest at EntWithBeth.
  • Beau Coffron is from Oklahoma City, OK. He shared his hack for keeping food hot and cold—a must for when you’re traveling to a Thanksgiving gathering with that beloved casserole or freshly made salad. Find him on Pinterest at LunchboxDad.
  • Jeannette Kaplun calls Miami, FL, home and shared her valuable money-saving hacks so you don’t have to worry about going over your budget this holiday season. Find her on Pinterest at JeannetteKaplun.

You can find the entire list of 99 Thanksgiving hacks on DoctorOz.com. Happy feasting!