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From February:

Monday, Feb. 27, 2006

How many times have you looked in the mirror and asked, "Do I look fat in this?" The phrase is so commonly used, it's no longer just a question by people who may be worried about their less-than-perfect bodies. It's now the title of a new book.

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The author, Jessica Weiner, visited The Early Show Monday and said the phrase is part of a "secret language of fat" that can destroy your relationships and sabotage your personal growth.

To see that report, click here.
To read an excerpt, click here.

It's easy enough to handle Monopoly money, but when it comes to the real world, children often have trouble understanding the value of the dollar. Parents are often barraged with demands for money, whether it's from a seven-year old craving candy or a teenager pleading for a new iPod. And answering those demands is not always easy.

Janet Bodnar, deputy editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance is the author of a new book, "Raising Money-Smart Kids." To see her on The Early Show, click here.

To read excerpts from her book, click here.

Friday, Feb. 24, 2006

To read an excerpt of "Only With Passion," by Olympic gold medal figure skater Katarina Witt, click here.

For information on the "Youth Skate Program" of Olympic gold medal skater Brian Boitano, click here.

In HealthWatch, The Early Show examined a ten year study, focusing on the drinking habits of teenage girls. It found that they drank a lot more soft drinks than milk and that their soda consumption actually tripled over that time.

Elisa Zied, a registered dietician with the American Dietetic Association, joined the broadcast to talk about the study.

She pointed out that dietary guidelines for Americans recommend the equivalent of 2 to 3 cups of milk a day for teenage girls, as well as calcium rich foods, like fish with bones, green vegetables, and beans.

To watch that report, click here.

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006

Most people know Karenna Gore Schiff as the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore. But she's got a full blown career of her own now, most recently as the author of a new book, "Lighting the Way."

The book profiles nine women who helped change America for the better. And visiting The Early Show Thursday morning, Schiff explained how her father's failed presidential campaign helped inspire her to write.

"It was after 2000, and I did feel disheartened, but I wanted to reconnect to what I always loved about politics, the nitty-gritty of real public service," she said.

To watch the interview, click here.

To read an excerpt from "Lighting the Way," click here.

Friday, Feb. 17, 2006

If your car goes off the road and into a body of water, would you know how to get out? Susan Koeppen spoke with an expert, and told what you should do in such an emergency, on The Early Show Friday.

For information about devices that can help you escape a sinking vehicle, log onto and

To watch Smith's report, click here.

John Smith last saw his three young boys in November 2004.

As Hattie Kauffman reported from San Diego on The Early Show Friday, Keoni Fernandez was three-and-a-half, and twins Lance and Mason Fernandez two-and-a-half at the time.

Authorities believe the boys' mother, Francinca Fernandez, fled with them to the Philippines. Kauffman says the FBI even thinks it knows where she's hiding them. But because the children now have Philippine citizenship, the FBI's hands are tied.

There is a federal arrest warrant for Fernandez, and the FBI says any American citizen who helped her flee could also be charged.

If you have information on the case, please call the FBI's San Diego office at (858) 565-1255.

To see Kauffman's report, click here.

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006

Students go off to college to get an education. Unfortunately, many learn hard lessons about campus crime.

A disturbing number of burglaries, sexual assaults and other crimes take place at colleges and universities nationwide.

Catherine Bath, executive director of, discussed the problem with The Early Show co-anchor Hannah Storm Wednesday.

"People think of (the campus) as an ivory tower," Bath said, "but a lot of bad things can happen there. Burglary is kind of rampant. A lot of times, students leave their doors unlocked. Laptops, iPods are stolen. The easy access that students leave to their rooms just makes it easy.

The more serious problems that we really worry about are the violence problems. The fights, sexual assaults, that type of thing."

Eighty-percent of campus crime is committed by students against other students, Bath says, and about 80 percent of the violent crime is blamed by administrators on drugs and alcohol.

So what can your kids do to avoid being a crime victim on campus?

Watch the segment to get Bath's tips, and other comments, and go to

Friday, Feb. 10, 2006

If you have information on the whereabouts of Bianca Piper, who was 13 when she vanished without a trace while taking a walk almost a year ago in her hometown of rural Foley, Mo., call the Lincoln County Police at 636-528-6100.

To watch a video of The Early Show segment in which Bianca's story was told Friday, click here.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006

You've heard the old saying: first comes love, then comes marriage.

Unfortunately, it fails to mention something lots of couples struggle with: money.

In her years as a columnist for the Washington Post, Michelle Singletary has heard from a lot of women who are constantly fighting over the family finances. She visited The Early Show with some sound advice from her new book, "Your Money and Your Man."

To watch that report, click here.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006

Sometimes, the kitchen just needs a facelift. Or the bathroom cries out for an update.

But taking on a home improvement project can be intimidating. Many homeowners are wary of hiring construction help because of the horror stories they've heard from others.

So The Early Show had a visit from its resident home improvement expert Danny Lipford, host of "Today's Homeowner," for advice on how to avoid some common pitfalls.

His advice is to start any project with a very clear idea of what you have in mind.

"You need to define exactly what you want to achieve in the renovation," he said on the broadcast.

Lipford explained who you will need to hire, what you can do yourself, and where to watch out for hidden costs.

To watch Lipford on The Early Show, click here. And check out "Kick Starting Your Remodeling Project" on Lipford's web site.

Gloria Allred's intense passion for the law has made her one of this country's most well-known trial attorneys.

Her recent clients include Scott Peterson's lover Amber Frey, actress Hunter Tylo, who sued TV giant Aaron Spelling for pregnancy discrimination, and members of Nicole Brown Simpson's family.

Allred has written about her career in a new book called "Fight Back and Win." In a visit to The Early Show, she told the intensely personal story of being raped in Mexico and how that experience helped build her commitment to other victims.

She also spoke about some of the famous cases that have kept her in the headlines. To watch that segment, click here.

To read an excerpt of "Fight Back and Win," click here.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006

On The Early Show's Health Watch, fresh concern over tooth decay.

A new study found that by third grade, almost two-thirds of children in California had dental disease, making it the most prevalent childhood health problem in the state.

Communities that put fluoride in the water supply once reduced tooth decay by up to 40 percent but with so many kids drinking bottled water nationwide, dental health is suffering.

Nancy Rosen, a dentist, visited the broadcast to discuss ways to put adequate fluoride into children's diets. To see that report,


Too many teenagers are caught in abusive relationships and, usually, they suffer in silence.

In an effort to call attention to the problem, advocates have created the first national teen dating violence awareness and prevention week.

The first lady of Texas, Anita Perry, kicked off the campaign in her state with the help of 17 year old Nicci Avey, who was the victim of an abusive boyfriend. The two visited The Early Show to help alert others to this troubling issue. To see that report,


Friday, Feb. 3, 2006

Friday is "Go Red for Women Day," encouraging awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention in women. Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in the Unisted States.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006

Millions of Americans suffer from depression every year, but few share the darkness of their experience the way supermodel Emme Aronson and her husband Phillip Aronson do in their new book.

In "Morning Has Broken: A Couple's Journey Through Depression," the couple writes a first hand account of Phillip's clinical depression and how it affected each of them and their marriage.


on The Early Show Wednesday.

To read an excerpt of their book, click here.

A cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone. And it can be particularly terrifying for pregnant women,since doctors have long believed that chemotherapy could harm the unborn child.

But The Early Show's resident veterinarian, Debbye Turner reported Wednesday that a study by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center finds that when chemotherapy is given to a pregnant woman in the second or third trimester, it does not harm the fetus.

The study is ongoing, but appears to offer hope to pregnant cancer patients.

To see Turner's report,

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