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Fashion's High Price: How Heels Damage the Body

High Heels
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Fashionable feet come at a price.

The laundry list of damage that high heels can do to your body just got longer: According to podiatrists, high-heeled shoes are one of the most common causes of ingrown toenails.

This toenail problem, which occurs when the toes are compressed so that the big toenail grows into the skin, is usually nothing more than a painful annoyance. But ingrown toenails can become infected, sometimes necessitating the removal of the entire nail.

"Ingrown toenails can be painful, but many women are willing to cope with the discomfort in order to continue wearing their high heels,"Rodney Stuck, a professor of podiatry at the Loyola University Health System, said in a statement. "However, more serious complications can arise and cause permanent damage to the toenail, if they are left untreated."

Stuck suggested avoiding overly pointy, tight shoes and tight hosiery. Trimming the toenails straight across can also reduce the risk of ingrown nails. Soaking the feet in lukewarm, soapy water, drying them thoroughly and then applying a mild antiseptic can prevent infection if toenails are already ingrown.

But heels can harm more than just the toes. Research has linked high heels in youth to heel and ankle pain in older adults. One study published in October 2009 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research analyzed foot-examination data from more than 3,300 men and women and found that more than 60 percent of women reported wearing shoes with poor support, including heels, pumps and sandals, compared with only 2 percent of men. In women, wearing these shoes in the past was linked with heel and ankle pain.


Wisconsin Governor Will Not Challenge Recall Signatures

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Scott Walker
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not challenge any of the more than one million signatures gathered by opponents to force a vote to recall the controversial Republican, saying his campaign did not have enough time to review them.

Walker faced a deadline Monday to file challenges after a Dane County judge granted him a 20-day extension beyond the 10 days allotted under state law. Walker also sought an additional two weeks but was turned down.

"We faced an impossible timeline," Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews told wispolitics.com.

Walker has been in office only a year but he angered Democrats and union members by pushing through the state legislature a law stripping public sector unions of many of their powers. Republicans said the law was necessary to improve the condition of state finances but Democrats accuse him of "union busting." Tens of thousands of people marched on the state capital to protest last winter.

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Fatal school fight between 2 girls was over a boy, friends, family say

US, California - An 11-year-old girl who died after a fight with a classmate in Long Beach cried, complained of a headache and vomited after the altercation, friends and family said.

Long Beach police said the girl underwent surgery hours after the fight but declined to say what type and have not revealed a cause of death.

"There are still many questions, many questions that cannot be answered," said Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Robert Luna.


RFK's Son Arrested For Trying To Take His Baby Out Of Hospital

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Surveillance video shows Douglas Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment relating to a Jan. 7 scuffle in the maternity unit of Northern Westchester Hospital, in a violent scuffle with two nurses.

Two nurses allege Kennedy twisted one's wrist and kicked the other while they tried to prevent him from taking his two-day old son outside.

Kennedy says he was trying to take his son, Beau, out for some fresh air, when nurses tried to stop him.

On the surveillance video, you see Kennedy lift his leg and a nurse fall backwards on the floor.


Unrepentant: Kevin Annett And Canada's Genocide

This documentary exposes the kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of tens of thousands of Native Americans in Canada by the Catholic Cult Church.

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One Dead, Four Injured in Ohio School Shooting

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Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured
One student has died following a shooting this morning at Chardon High School in Ohio. Four others were injured and the shooter is in custody.

"There is one deceased student," Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said at a news conference. "That's the sad news for all of us today."

Police will not yet identify the gunman, saying only that he has not yet been charged and that he is a juvenile.

The gunman opened fire with a handgun just before 8 a.m. in the school cafeteria where students were eating breakfast, authorities and witnesses said.


Canada's treatment of First Nations rapped by United Nations committee

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Canada's record of dealing with aboriginal people has come under more criticism, this time from a United Nations panel.

Members of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, made up of human-rights experts, questioned why Canada has not made more progress in closing the gap between First Nations communities and the rest of the country, Postmedia News reported.

"This problem should not continue the same way as it has in the past,'' Noureddine Amir, vice-chairman of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, said at the panel's meeting in Geneva. "How long will this be ongoing?'

The panel's scrutiny comes amid news reports of the housing crisis at the Attawapiskat, in northern Ontario, and concerns of a health crisis among large numbers of aboriginals addicted to OxyContin.

The committee this week was conducting an examination of Canada's record on combating discrimination and heard from several aboriginal groups, including the Assembly of First Nations.

Catrina Tapley, a senior Citizenship and Immigration Canada official, appeared before the panel and acknowledged that mistakes had been made in the past, Postmedia reported.


Via Train Derailment Began with 'a Little Bump'

Passenger says 'everything was crashing, people were screaming'
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A Via Rail train is strewn beside the tracks in Burlington, Ont., where crews began the cleanup and investigation early Monday.

Canada, Ontario- Three Via Rail employees, all in the locomotive section, died in a train derailment in the southern Ontario city of Burlington on Sunday afternoon.

"There's no question it's very tragic. We're a relatively small company, we're a family, we know everyone by name," said Via chief operating officer John Marginson, speaking to reporters at the scene.

"We certainly feel for the families of the colleagues that we lost," said Marginson, who added that there was no fuel leak at the site. The derailment involved five cars as well as the locomotive.

"It's very premature to speculate ... but obviously something went very wrong," he said.

One of the engineers who died was a trainee. A fourth Via employee was injured in the derailment.

Halton police Chief Gary Crowell said the bodies of the dead were removed from the train at about 8 p.m. ET.


70 in Hospital after Chlorine Incident at Swimming Pool in British Columbia

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Sam Ketcham pool in Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, site of this morning's incident
It was supposed to be a busy day at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex where dozens of kids were getting ready for a swim meet Sunday morning when suddenly they started smelling "something weird."

The fumes, caused by what authorities called "a chlorine incident", forced the evacuation of the complex in this central Interior community and sent 70 people to hospital, the majority of them children.

"People just said 'you've got to get out," said Abbi Taylor, a 17-year-old swim coach who was there.

She said the kids, who were mostly under the age of 12, were in the pool at the time, warming up for the meet. A hockey game was also going on in the complex.

Taylor said a "wall of people" began running towards the door after the alert was given.

The children, many still wearing wet bathing suits, were ushered to the adjacent ice arena before the whole building was evacuated and ambulances arrived.


Corruption Fear on New Police Roles

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Sir Norman Bettison expressed concerns that younger chief constables might be influenced by commissioners
One of Britain's most prominent chief constables has warned that the new directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners could be vulnerable to "corruption with a small 'c'".

West Yorkshire chief Sir Norman Bettison, who is a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said he fears that those elected could feel obligated to people who helped them win power.

He said he also has concerns about new commissioners undermining operational independence.

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Sir Norman accepted that a lot of candidates will stand for election simply because they want to make the world a better place.

But he said: "My fear is that (in other cases) it could be the door that unlocks corruption and anything that does has the potential to destroy public trust in policing. There is potential for some corruption with a small 'c'. What I mean is not the problem of huge frauds and secret banks accounts in Monaco.