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    In a horrific scenario, a man overheard his family and doctors discussing organ harvesting -- of his own organs. The man, Jimi Fritze, had suffered a stroke in his early 40s and lay unable to move, speak, or respond in a hospital bed. However, he could hear and see everything -- and understand it. But he had no way of alerting anyone to that. When doctors informed his family that there was no hope for the man, his family filed in to say goodbye. And that's when doctors reportedly began discussing organ donation with them. Imagine lying there listening to that and having no way to tell anyone you could hear it all!

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    A cancer survivor who wore a tutu during a race was made fun of in the April issue of Self and was extremely offended, to say the least.

    The magazine writer declared war on tutus worn during races in a column called "The BS Meter." Underneath a photo of two women wearing superhero T-shirts and tutus -- one of whom was Monika Allen, who was undergoing chemo for brain cancer -- the caption read: ”A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to fashion, but this Self writer was totally off-base and ill-informed.

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    I was one of those germaphobe first-time moms armed with hand sanitizer and shopping cart covers, doing what I thought I could to keep my then tiny baby healthy.

    Yes, I was more than a little obsessed.

    Now that I have four kids, I look at all the moms I see whipping out the wipes and the gels and the high-chair covers and roll my eyes because it's a total waste of time.

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    There's a reason bottles of nail polish that taste like arsenic fly off shelves. A great many of us are guilty of biting our nails when we're nervous, bored, or feeling insecure, and just as many of us are willing to apply what tastes like poison to our hands in order to get ourselves to stop.

    Well, if you count yourself among those whose hands always look disastrous as a result of your bad habit, there's another -- far more important -- reason why you should quit pronto: nail biting can cost you your health or life. John Gardener, a 40-year-old soccer referee, bit his nails so badly they bled and led to an infection that turned septic, causing him to suffer from a fatal heart attack.

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    Say it isn't so! A new study reveals the happiest shade on the color spectrum isn't as mellow as we think. The yellow dyes found in items that many of us have in our homes -- because, let's face it, yellow is pretty -- could contain a dangerous chemical called PCB-11. Yep, everything from our towels and kids' pajamas to papers and the very paint on our walls may contain traces of polychlorinated biphenyls, which are linked with cancer, birth defects, irritations, developmental problems in children, and severe acne.

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    For the parent of a child who suffers from seizures, every second of an attack feels like an eternity. There are so few options for children who have epilepsy or other disorders that cause seizures. Naturally, if one comes along and it has proven to work for other children, parents are going to seize upon it. In Colorado, an oil infused with a special pot strain is causing joy and controversy after it has reportedly helped several children who experience seizures. The pot is called Charlotte's Web because it is named after a child who had as many as 300 grand mal seizures a week, used a wheelchair, and went into cardiac arrest several times as the result of a rare genetic disorder called Dravet's Syndrome. After ingesting the oil, which doesn't provide a high like regular marijuana, Charlotte's parents say she can walk, talk, and has been largely free of seizures.

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    Euthanasia is a hotly contested topic, as it should be. The decision to assist a person in dying because he or she is suffering greatly from an illness is not a matter that should be taken lightly. But now we've thrown an additional question into the mix: should seriously ill children be allowed to have a say in whether they live or die? There's no way, as a parent, you won't feel something just thinking about that possibility.

    This week, Belgium became the first country to remove age restrictions on euthanasia, which has caused folks from both sides of the debate to come out and speak their minds. Those in favor of it argue that children who experience incomprehensible pain deserve the same respect adults receive to choose whether they want to put an end to their suffering. But plenty of people oppose the practice and feel it's immoral or inhumane to help a child end his life.

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    There's really no worse feeling a mom can have than seeing our kids sick and miserable, especially when they're up in the middle of the night suffering from a fever.

    And while there are certain things you can give to try and bring down their temperatures -- not all parents want to medicate their toddlers, especially without having them seen by a doctor first. On top of that, sometimes our poor little ones feel so icky, they refuse to take the meds in the first place.

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    Just before New Year's, an army wife from Colorado named Melissa Klein passed away at just 21 years old. She had made headlines weeks before for her campaign to raise $10K to undergo experimental treatment for the incurable, rare genetic disorder (mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, aka MNGIE) she suffered from. The sad reality is that the treatment -- which aims to repair the molecular defect that causes her condition -- hasn't been approved by the FDA, so it wasn't covered by Melissa's insurance. For now, it is only being offered in London to those who can pay over $6K a month.

    When a story about Melissa ran on Gazette.com, people rushed to donate, and within hours, she had surpassed her $10K goal. One man said he'd donate $1K and pay for the couple's airfare to and from London. But Melissa wouldn't make it overseas, dying on December 27 from complications following surgery to remove a port in her chest that had become infected, her husband said.

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    From being sure to wear a hat to not going outside with wet hair, my mom doled out her fair share of "old wives' tales" about keeping colds and flus at bay while I was growing up. I'm still a bit brainwashed, I'd say. But just how much of all of that old-school wisdom is legit? 

    It's a valid question nifty YouTube channel AsapScience covered in their recent video entitled, "Does Being Cold Make You Sick?" And as it turns out, there's actually some scientific proof that winter temps can trigger illness. (I know, you're looking at your local weather report stating tomorrow's high will be -10 and thinking, "Grrrreat."

    Here, everything you've ever wanted to know about catching a cold summarized in less than 3 minutes ...

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