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Health Headlines: Breakthroughs, Happiness and Hannah Montana

There are some health headlines that are worth sharing. Often the stories behind the headlines live up to their tag lines. I wish I could say there was a method to the madness, some theme that connects these stories, but there is not. These stories just caught my eye and were oddly entertaining.

Appendix Removed via Patient's MouthWebMD
Having watched my husband heal slowly after having his abdominal wall cut to reach his "smoldering" appendix, this headline caught my eye. It seems like with enough tubes and cameras anything is possible! The man who had his appendix removed through his mouth was doing sit-ups two days post surgery!

Money can buy happiness — if you give it awayMSNBC
This headline has got to make some non-profits happy. New research reveals that when individuals give money as gifts to friends or charitable donations, they get a boost in happiness. Conversely, those who spend on themselves get no such cheery lift. Nice way to lift your spirits!

Hannah Montana Toys Tainted With Lead?CBS News
The "tween" idol might shine on, but some of her toys and accessories contain unsafe levels of lead. Many Hannah Montana products and the worst offenders seem to be a Girls Rock backpack from Wal-Mart and a Secret Star wallet found at Toys 'R Us that had lead content of 1,800 parts per million-to-8,300 parts per million. The federal standard of safety for lead in paint is 600 parts per million. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has yet to comment on the story and recalls have yet to be announced.

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