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  • Top of the Morning: Baby who was Almost Aborted Turns 1 Year Old

    Doctors pressured parents for an abortion but they said no, plus, more reasons to love chocolate
  • 1. "Non-viable foetus" who was almost aborted celebrates his first birthday
























    Over a year ago, Mhairi and Paul Morris ignored their doctor’s advice to abort their premature son, baby Jett Morris, who was born at 25 weeks with a weight of only 1.4 pounds. The couple claim that they had been harassed by repeated calls from the nurses at the East Surrey Hospital in the U.K. to have an abortion after Mhairi's water broke 20 weeks into the pregnancy. "The doctor said 'we're going to get you into theatre. You have to have a termination because there's nothing we can do'." Last December 6, they celebrated the first birthday of baby Jett, who is healthy and strong (inset photo). Good thing his parents didn’t give up on him. (telegraph.co.uk)

    2. Chocolate may fight age-related memory loss
    Chocolate lovers have another reason to rejoice: A new study published in Nature suggests that chocolate may help boost memory. Flavanol, a compound found in chocolates, may be useful in fighting normal, age-related memory loss. The study looked at brains of 50- to 69-year olds and found that those drinking high-flavanol mix showed improvements on memory tests and higher activity in the part of the brain associated with memory. (time.com)

    3. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden tie the knot

























    The actress and the guitarist of the band Good Charlotte were married in an intimate ceremony at their home in Los Angeles, California. The couple had been dating since May of 2014 and were engaged before Christmas. Over the weekend, they hosted an intimate rehearsal dinner at their Beverly Hills pad, and Cameron also had her girlfriends over for a bachelorette party. The wedding was held in front of 90-plus guests and felt very down-to-earth and sweet. (people.com)



    4. Cause of increase in autism cases
    A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that the primary cause of the increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorder is due to the changes in how it is diagnosed. The study shows that it’s not because of the environmental factors or parental age, or that doctors diagnose it much better, but because of changes in diagnostic criteria -- 60% of the increase was attributed to these. Though the study looked at criteria changes in Denmark, the U.S. has also seen similar changes in the diagnosis of psychological and brain-development disorders. (time.com)

    5. Whole grains can help you live longer
    Eating whole-grains improves health and may help one live longer. According to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, each daily serving of whole grains reduced the risk of death by five percent. The study supports the dietary recommendations that whole-grain foods are one of the major healthful foods for prevention of chronic disease. (huffingtonpost.com)

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