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18-Year-Old Brazilian Woman Auctioning Off Virginity to Pay Mom’s Medical Bill

After Rebeca Bernardo's mother suffered a debilitating stroke, the 18-year-old tried waitressing and other "legitimate" forms of employment to raise funds for mom's care.

But when that wasn't enough, Bernardo turned to the world's oldest profession. Inspired by fellow Brazilian Catarina Migliorini, who raised $ 780,000 by auctioning off her virginity, Bernardo decided to put her first time on the block.

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photo by Andy Capwell

What AreYour New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy New Year! 2013 is upon us and it's another chance to make and stick with New Year's resolutions. Looking back at 2012, I came close but didn't quite make my two New Year's resolutions. I wanted to drop down to 200 pounds and to bench press 250 pounds. I made it to 215 pounds, and have since gained some weight since my low point this summer. I also benched 240 pounds. Again, close but no cigar. Who made up that saying and what exactly does it mean?

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Veganism on the Rise in 2013

Experts from a national research group studying health related behavior in the U.S. say we can expect certain health trends in 2013. Some of the top health and wellness trends we’ll see looking ahead are more gluten-free products on the market and less food waste. With heath care costs expected to rise  7% this year, more and more work places will put a premium on work place health.

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Adam Berry, Getty Images

Gonorrhea is on the Rise in Maine

The number of gonorrhea cases in Maine has more than quadrupled in the past four years. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 441 reported cases of the sexually transmitted disease as of mid December, up from 98 reported cases in 2008. More than half of those cases are in people in their 20's.

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Chip Somodevilla,Getty Images

Old School Flu is Back This Flu Season

This season's flu is worse than in past years, in part because we have not seen this flu strain in a while and we don't have immunity. Maine state health officials believe it could get worse before it gets better.

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Sharon Got Spray Tanned

What a treat!  In order to tell people about a product you have to try it out, right? And I was lucky to meet Desiree from Bronze Bombshell Mobile Airbrush Tanning. She came in to give me a GREAT spray tan just in time for my gig on New Year's Eve!

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Going to Grandma’s House is the Perfect Time to Do a Safety Check

If you are going to see older family or friends this holiday, it is a great time to make sure all is well. Of course you want to spend time and visits and that is perfect chance to do this. You just need to put on your thinking cap, take a look around and get chatty.  You will learn a lot. AARP even has offers some advice.

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Young Cancer Patient Has Heartwarming Meeting With His Wrestling Hero

Professional wrestlers may seem like tough guys, but underneath their shiny spandex outfits and long, flowing hair (clearly a sign of ultimate masculinity), they have hearts of gold. Daniel Bryan, for example, recently met with a seven-year-old boy who has had brain cancer for almost four years, and says he's Bryan's biggest fan. It's okay if you need to go grab some Kleenex before you look at the pictures.

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Adam Berry, Getty Images

Hospitals Pushing to Get Maine to Pay Medicaid Debts

Hospitals are lobbying state lawmakers to begin paying off Maine's Medicaid debt. The state owes hospitals $186 million dating back to 2009.  That needs to be paid. That debt is a road block to $298 million in federal matching funds that hospital officials say they need desperately.

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5 Dying Regrets

Bonnie Ware, a nurse in Australia, published a book called ‘The Top Five Regrets of Dying’. She has worked for several years as a nurse caring for people who are in the last 12 weeks of their lives. Over the time spent caring and consoling, she recorded their dying words and a common theme of regrets.

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