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Goody Blog Daily News RoundupEpilepsy’s big, fat miracle
But Sam has epilepsy, and the food he eats is controlling most of his seizures (he used to have as many as 130 a day). The diet, which drastically reduces the amount of carbohydrates he takes in, tricks his body into a starvation state in which it burns fat, and not carbs, for fuel. Remarkably, and for reasons that are still unclear, this process — called ketosis — has an antiepileptic effect. He has been eating this way for almost two years. (New York Times)

Girls as young as 3 want to be thin, small study finds
Girls as young as 3 are already emotionally invested in being thin, to the point where some even will avoid touching game pieces that depict a fat individual, a small study on preschoolers suggests. (MSNBC)

Abort or give birth? Couple asks Internet to vote
Minnesota couple Pete and Alisha Arnold are doing just that on birthornot.com — an idea so ill-conceived (get it?) it’s either a pro-life stunt, libertarian performance art or the lamest 4chan prank ever.(MSNBC)

Circumcision decision: City’s proposed ban adds to debate
In the California city that banned Happy Meal toys, outlawed sitting on sidewalks during daylight hours and fined residents for not sorting garbage into recycling, compost and trash, Lloyd Schofield wants to add a new law to the books in San Francisco: A ban on all male circumcisions. (CNN)

Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged
In this village in Pakistan’s Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother. This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham’s mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something. (CNN)

Toy-related injuries, hospital visits rise, U.S. says
Injuries involving toys increased 7.6 percent last year in the U.S., causing 186,000 emergency- room visits for children under the age of 15, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. (Businessweek)

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