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The Names of the Best- and Worst-Behaved Boys and Girls

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new survey suggests that the names Joseph and Ella may be at the top of Santa’s naughty list.

SchoolStickers.com, a digital reward system, asked more than 58,000 students to report stickers they received for good behavior in school. After receiving about one million entries, the company examined the data and released a light-hearted “naughty list” of kids most likely to misbehave. Joseph tops the list for boys, while Ella ranks number one for girls.

Jacob and Amy were the names of the best-behaved boys and girls, according to School Stickers.

Nail Hodges, the managing director of SchoolStickers.com, says in a press release that “the annual ‘Santa’s Naughty and Nice list’ is just a bit of fun, and obviously there are many Ella’s and Joseph’s that are perfect little angels, just as I’m sure there are many Amy’s and Jacob’s that can be a bit of a handful.”

Top 10 Worst-Behaved Girl Names:

1. Ella
2. Bethany
3. Eleanor
4. Olivia
5. Laura
6. Holly
7. Courtney
8. Amber
9. Caitlin
10. Jade

Top 10 Worst-Behaved Boy Names
:

1. Joseph
2. Cameron
3. William
4. Jake
5. Joshua
6. Jamie
7. Lewis
8. Benjamin
9. Ethan
10. Luke

Top 10 Best-Behaved Girl Names
:

1. Amy
2. Georgia
3. Emma
4. Charlotte
5. Grace
6. Sophie
7. Abigail
8. Hannah
9. Emily
10. Alice

Top 10 Best-Behaved Boy Names
:

1. Jacob
2. Daniel
3. Thomas
4. James
5. Adam
6. Harry
7. Samuel
8. Jack
9. Oliver
10. Ryan

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Do You Suffer from Christmas Tree Syndrome?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Christmas apparently isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for people who have allergic reactions to not only live Christmas trees, but also fake ones.

AFC Doctors Express, an urgent care medical provider, reports it treats a lot of patients this time of year for “Christmas tree syndrome.” The symptoms include runny noses, sneezing and itchy eyes, which are often mistaken for signs of the common cold.

The company says research conducted by the State University of New York found that 70 percent of the molds found in live Christmas trees can cause fatigue and sinus congestion and even trigger severe asthma attacks.

The sap of Christmas trees contains terpene and other substances that can irritate skin and mucous membranes.

ConsumerAffairs.com says some of the materials used to make artificial trees can cause sinus irritation. It also notes that artificial trees can collect dust and dirt if they are not wrapped securely and kept in a cool, dry place.

ConsumerAffairs.com advises live Christmas tree traditionalists to wear gloves and long sleeves when bringing the tree indoors to avoid sap touching their skin. It also suggests spraying the tree with water to remove some of the mold and pollen before bringing it into the house. And put the tree in a bucket of water and let it dry outside for a few days. That will prevent mold from growing.

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Reading Fewer Emails Means Less Stress

iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Want to reduce stress at work? Try checking your email inbox less often.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted a study of 124 adults from various careers and instructed half the group to limit checking email to three times daily for one week. The other participants were told to check their email as often as they normally checked it prior to the study.

After the instructions were reversed for the participants during a subsequent week, the researchers conducted a brief survey.

“Our findings showed that people felt less stressed when they checked their email less often,” says Kostadin Kushlev, the study’s lead author and a PhD candidate at UBC’s Dept. of Psychology.

Kushlev says most participants “found it quite difficult” to change their email behavior and only check it a few times a day.

“This is what makes our obvious-in-hindsight findings so striking: People find it difficult to resist the temptation of checking email, and yet resisting this temptation reduces their stress,” Kushlev notes.

He suggests that companies try to help reduce worker stress by encouraging staffers to check their email in chunks rather than constantly responding to messages.

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Congress Doesn’t Want Medicare to Pay for Your Erectile Dysfunction

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When the House voted to approve the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act this week, lawmakers including Speaker John Boehner rejoiced that the move would be “a powerful step to help individuals with disabilities across the country” by enabling them to save for their futures through the creation of tax-free savings accounts.

But for some men suffering from erectile dysfunction, the ABLE Act may actually make their life experience worse.

Deep in the legislation, lawmakers inserted a provision to bring some consistency to how taxpayers provide relief to men suffering from erectile dysfunction. This provision “would prohibit Medicare coverage of vacuum erection systems,” universally known as penis pumps, “until such time that Medicare covers erectile dysfunction drugs under Medicare Part D.”

When the Medicare Part D program was created in 2003, it established a statutory prohibition on erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis. But there was no such prohibition for penis pumps.

The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report in Dec. 30, 2013 that found that Medicare was paying more than double the market price for the pumps, which typically are available to consumers for about $150.

“Medicare payment amounts for VES [vacuum erection systems] remain grossly excessive compared with the amounts that non-Medicare payers pay,” the report stated. “Medicare currently pays suppliers more than twice as much for VES as the Department of Veterans Affairs and consumers over the Internet pay for these types of devices.”

From 2006 to 2011, Medicare dished out about $172 million for 474,000 penis pumps. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 30 million Americans suffer from erectile dysfunction.

So why add the provision in the ABLE Act? The new penis pump prohibition provision partially offsets the cost of tax-free savings accounts created for disabled Americans in the underlying legislation.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the pump provision will cut spending by nearly $45 million annually, or $444 million over the next decade. The bill does not impact the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to provide penis pumps to military veterans.

The House passed the bill Wednesday evening with overwhelming bipartisan vote, 404-17. The bill is expected to come up next week in the Senate, where there is also wide bipartisan support for the measure.

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Cyber Santa Claus Connects With Patients at Pennsylvania Children’s Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — Santa Claus is busy this time of year, but dozens of patients at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital got a chance this week to share their Christmas wishes with Santa through web-enabled cameras and a live video monitor.

The hospital’s Child Life Program connected with the North Pole Tuesday through the web so that children who would otherwise be unable to visit Santa in person still get a chance to interact with Santa. And for the many patients who weren’t able to leave their bed, hospital workers carried around iPads so they, too, could speak with Santa, according to ABC affiliate WHTM in Harrisburg.

“Some of the boys and girls have to be at the hospital to be checked out and so forth, so this is a really great way for Santa to be in touch,” Santa told WHTM. “This is a great place to get them to feel better, so it’s really important that we can make a memory and make this a special Christmas.”

Aiden, one of nearly 60 patients who met with cyber Santa, wished for a train. In the meantime he got an early gift — a superhero blanket, as well as a cyber high-five from Santa.

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The Easy Way to Make Coffee Taste Less Bitter

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Want your coffee to taste better? Then ditch the white mug.

Psychology researcher George Van Doorn of Monash University in Australia says that people tend to think their coffee tastes more bitter when sipped from a white cup. He says that the color brown may have something to do with that perception and that a white container makes coffee appear browner.

To prove that point, Van Doorn had participants drink the same brand of coffee from white, blue and glass mugs and the general consensus was that the coffee tasted more “intense” in the white container.

In another experiment, even when the cups were the exact shape, it was the coffee served in a white mug that was listed as most bitter and intense.

Van Doorn claims the study might be useful to coffee shops in that avoiding white mugs might help to generate repeat business.

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The Easy Way to Make Coffee Taste Less Bitter

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Want your coffee to taste better? Then ditch the white mug.

Psychology researcher George Van Doorn of Monash University in Australia says that people tend to think their coffee tastes more bitter when sipped from a white cup. He says that the color brown may have something to do with that perception and that a white container makes coffee appear browner.

To prove that point, Van Doorn had participants drink the same brand of coffee from white, blue and glass mugs and the general consensus was that the coffee tasted more “intense” in the white container.

In another experiment, even when the cups were the exact shape, it was the coffee served in a white mug that was listed as most bitter and intense.

Van Doorn claims the study might be useful to coffee shops in that avoiding white mugs might help to generate repeat business.

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Dating App LoveFlutter Covers Users’ Faces, Hosts Paper Bag Speed Dating

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Call 2014 the year of mobile dating. With 50 million accounts and counting on Tinder, people are relying on dating apps more than ever to hook up, but one dating app is trying to go beyond sexy selfies – by covering users’ faces.

The app, LoveFlutter, has been dubbed the so-called “anti-Tinder” (Tinder does show profile pics). LoveFlutter users find matches based on 140-character blurbs, which the company calls #QuirkyFact, before their photos are revealed — to create an account, users also have to take a “QI” or “Quirky Interesting” Test.

And LoveFlutter has taken anonymous dating one step further by hosting special speed-dating events where participants wear paper bags over their heads.

The founders say the idea is to have sparks fly based on personality instead of looks.

“The paper bag is such a plain thing; it levels the playing field,” LoveFlutter co-founder David Standen said.

LoveFlutter’s motto is #SayNoToShallow, and paper bag speed daters are encouraged to display their personalities and thoughts about themselves on their bags with doodles and written messages. Daters keep track of their “likes” and “passes” on a form. If it’s a mutual “like,” LoveFlutter will connect the daters later via email.

Although when Nightline recently attended one of their speed-dating events in New York City, it didn’t seem that many couples mingled after the paper bags came off. But LoveFlutter’s creators are optimistic that online daters can get beyond a pretty face.

“We’ve yet to see the first paper bag marriage but, hopefully, that comes soon,” co-founder Daigo Smith said.

LoveFlutter is free, but is currently on iOS devices and Web only, with an Android app coming soon, according to the company’s website.

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Is “Mean Girls” Wrong? Study Finds Boys Are Cattier than Girls

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Contrary to popular belief — and the characters depicted in the movie Mean Girls – boys are actually cattier than girls, according to a new study.

Researchers writing in the journal Aggressive Behavior say that at every grade level from middle school through high school, boys more frequently than girls used rumors, rejection, and social exclusion to manipulate others.

Overall, 96% of boys and girls said they had passed a rumor or made a nasty comment about someone, and 90% had been victims of relational aggression.

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Runners Will Chug Through Wednesday’s Beer Mile World Championships

Flotrack.org(AUSTIN, Texas) — To most people, going for a “beer run” means popping down to the market for a six pack. But for competitors in Wednesday night’s first ever Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships, it means chugging a beer between all-out sprints.

A beer mile race works like this: Competitors line up on a track. Before they start running they knock back a 12-ounce bottle or can of brew. They take another drink at the start of each quarter mile lap for a total of four beers. Anyone who loses their lunch before the end of the race is rewarded with an additional penalty lap.

Wednesday night’s World Championships in Austin, Texas, is the first time beer racers will compete in a bonafide race setting, complete with automatic timing, professional track meet rules, and race officials, according to Runner’s World magazine.

And lest you think the beer mile is a sport full of Homer Simpsons, world record holder James Nielsen completed a chug and run mile in a smoking fast 4:57.1 minutes. Chris Kimbrough — a 45-year-old mom of six — smashed the women’s world beer mile record by over 13 seconds last month when she guzzled and ran her way through the distance in just under 6 minutes and 30 seconds.

The men’s field Wednesday night includes Scott McPherson, who was a top 20 finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon. McPherson said beer mileing is the perfect way to combine his love of running with his love of drinking.

“We take racing and training so seriously, it’s a nice way to kick back and have fun,” he said.

McPherson, who says he is usually more of a bourbon fan, trained hard for Wednesday night’s event. He ran interval workouts on the track stopping every 200 to 800 meters to suck down a beer.

But McPherson said he never threw up during a workout. He feels confident he can avoid the vomit penalty lap on Wednesday night.

“I have a good gullet and I think that will help me out,” he said.

Sans beer, McPherson has run a mile in 4:05. But he said anything under 5:15 Wednesday night will make him happy.

“I could set the record or I can run a six-minute mile — it’s anyone’s guess,” he said. “Either way I’ll have a blast.”

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