Today’s Headlines: Lady Gaga Opens Up About PTSD, 11 Year Old Boy Dies From Delayed Allergic Reaction, Study Finds Back Pain-Mental Health Link

Lady Gaga discusses PTSD struggles. As part of NBC’s “#ShareKindness campaign, pop star Lady Gaga visited the Ali Forney Center in Harlem, to meet with homeless LGBT teens. As she explained on the Today show, “I’ve been searching for ways to help myself. And I found kindness is the best way. I told the kids [at the homeless center], that I suffer from PTSD and I never told anyone that before.” Since many of the children she met with are not only homeless but also trauma survivors, Lady Gaga, who was raped at 19, is channeling her own traumas to be more empathetic and help them any way she can. (PAGESIX)

11 year old boy dies from food allergies. Merrill Debbs, whose son Oakley suddenly passed away, wants to raise awareness about food allergies to help other families avoid the tragedy she lived through. Oakley, who had asthma and a mild peanut and tree nut allergy, ate a slice of pound cake that ended up having a walnut inside. After taking Benadryl, he seemed fine, until a few hours later when he began vomiting and turning blue. An hour and a half after he ate the walnut, his airwaves closed up and his heart stopped beating. Debbs wants every classroom to have EpiPens and wants all nuts banned. While it’s unclear how common these delayed fatal reactions are, Dr. Todd Green recommends administering an EpiPen even when only mild symptoms are present, since delayed reactions can be fatal. If you can’t afford to pay for an EpiPen here’s how to get a generic version. (TODAY)

Back pain may increase risk of mental health issues.  In the largest back pain-mental healthy study in history, with nearly 200,000 participants, researchers determined that people who have back pain are more susceptible to have a range of mental health issues. A questionnaire found that those with back pain were twice as likely to have anxiety, depression, stress, sleep deprivation, and psychosis. The link between these two seemingly separate issues can influence future treatment methods and approaches. Living with back pain? Here’s what you can do. (MEDNEWS)

Today’s Headlines: Madonna’s Daughter Takes Home Gymnastics Medals, 1,400 People Waitlisted for LBD, Study Finds Risks of Going to Bed Angry

Madonna’s daughter wins big at gymnastics competition. It looks like talent is a family trait in the Madonna household. On Sunday, the pop star was beaming with pride on social media when she announced that her 10-year-old daughter Mercy took home four medals at a recent gymnastics competition. Madonna adopted Mercy at an orphanage in Bvumbwe, when she paid her first visit to Malawi. She also adopted her son David Banda, 11, on that trip, from a different orphanage. At a recent charity event, Madonna showed her support for her children’s birthplace when she raised $7.5 million dollars. Want to make your kids healthier? Taking part in sports is a great start. Find out what else you can do here. (PEOPLE)

1,400 people on wait-list for little black dress. We’ve all heard of the “LBD,” the little black dress that always fits perfectly, accentuates the right places, and camouflages the others. This coveted wardrobe staple is often hard to find, but now clothing company MM.LaFleur is making it easier than ever by creating the magical LBD that flatters all women. When the company released its “Tory” dress last year, it had a 1,600-person wait-list. This year, the “Casey” is causing a huge stir with more than 1,400 people on the wait-list so far. With women wearing these dresses during pregnancy, to the office, on a night out, and everywhere in between, this dress is as multifunctional as it is comfy. Want to learn some other slimming wardrobe secrets to keep in mind? Try these tips! (TODAY)

Study uncovers dangers of going to bed angry. That famous saying “Never go to bed angry” seems to have some serious credence now. In a study published in the Nature Communications journal, scientists found that your brain changes the way bad memories are stored while you slumber, making it more challenging to forget or ignore these negative feelings in the years to come. Using a technique known as “think/no-think,” 73 male participants were tested on their abilities to suppress memories. They found that memories were more difficult to un-see once they have been processed during sleep. Now we know why so many people recommend making up before you hit the hay. Do you know what your sleep type is? Find out today. (GUARDIAN)

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 slip-up 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 are 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 that 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. With the sugar dissolving 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 percent 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)

 

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)

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)