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Tuesday
Nov062018

This mom's hilarious candy chart has every parent thanking her after Halloween

Courtesy Marilee Bradley(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- A mom created a genius candy chart to eliminate the guilt parents feel after sneaking too much of their kids' Halloween candy, and it has us laughing all the way to the trick-or-treat bags.

Maralee Bradley, of Lincoln, Nebraska, told ABC's Good Morning America that she designed her parody chart after seeing another chart on Facebook that counted the calories of fun-size candies and what exercise would be needed to burn them off.

"Motherhood is hard enough without candy guilt," Bradley wrote on the Facebook page for her blog, A Musing Maralee. "So I whipped up this little chart to put a bit of a different spin on it. Motherhood is hard, candy is delicious and maybe it's okay to sometimes give ourselves a little reward for being awesome moms."

Thanks to her six children, Josh, 12, Danny, 9, Bethany, 8, Joel, 6, Carolina, 5 and Teddy, 4, Bradley said trick-or-treating yields giant bags of candy, which are currently gracing her kitchen countertop.

She told "GMA" she decided to post her chart to encourage other parents to reward themselves with a piece of candy for making it through tough times, such as an unexpected, 2:37 a.m. wake-up call from a little one.

"It's not that important to me to burn off a Snickers," Bradley explained. "It's actually important to me to feel like I'm being a good mom and rewarding myself and not feeling guilty for that."

"It kind of breaks that isolation that you're the only one who's dealing with the pressures to be the perfect mom, and have the perfect diet," she added.

Since she posted it Monday, Bradley's chart has garnered hundreds of likes from parents who say they can relate.

"It feels so sweet to me to feel like we are all in this together," she said.

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Tuesday
Nov062018

Artificial intelligence predicts Alzheimer’s years before diagnosis

iStock/Thinkstock(OAK BROOK, Ill.) -- Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is challenging, and often times diagnosis occurs many years into the disease. Now researchers say earlier detection is possible with high-tech imaging.

Research published in the journal Radiology has shown that changes in glucose uptake in certain parts of the brain can be associated with Alzheimer’s, which can be detected with a type of imaging called FDG-PET scan. These scans can allow for earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, which is when treatment can be the most effective.

The study from the University of California-San Francisco looked at creating and training a deep learning computer algorithm to recognize changes predictive of Alzheimer’s on FDG-PET scan. They trained the algorithm on 1,921 brain scans of patients with Alzheimer’s. They then tested the algorithm on 40 scans of new patients, seven with an ultimate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, and the algorithm was able to correctly identify Alzheimer’s disease 100 percent of the time more than six years before the final diagnosis. This was compared to radiology readers, who could only identify four of the seven scans of people who were ultimately diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

With further training of the algorithm, it could potentially be used to augment radiologist readings and improve the early prediction of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tuesday
Nov062018

Can’t get your kids off their devices? These automatic kill switches can help

Circle Media Labs, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Conflict around screen time limits are taking a massive toll on families and new apps and hardware have sprung up to try and address this pain-point.

ABC News asked the Sargent family of Phoenix, Arizona, to try a leading product in the device control and monitoring space called Circle with Disney. (Disclosure: ABC's parent company, Disney, has a licensing agreement with Circle).

The small hockey puck-sized gadget plugs into a power outlet and then wirelessly connects to your WiFi router. Using an app installed on the parent's phone, all family members are given unique accounts. As they sign into various devices around the house (phones, tablets, computers and gaming consoles) Circle tracks their cumulative usage on all devices.

Each family member can be assigned time limits. The limits can be tracked across devices: two hours of screens a day totaled up from usage on the Xbox, tablet and/or computer. The limits can also be device or app specific -- one hour of Xbox or 30 minutes of Snapchat. Finally, Circle can schedule blackout times -- no access after 9 p.m.

Circle has an accompanying mobile app that can be added on for $4.99 a month that will impose the same restrictions and usage logging on a child’s phone when they are out of the house and on cellular networks. It can shut down all apps so that the child’s phone can be solely used to text and call.

For ABC News' test family, the Sargents including their three children (aged 10, 7 and 4), the device definitely helped reduce conflict. Dad Henry said the kids had to make their own choices about time and practice self-regulation.

"They’re able to regulate the time frame without us having to dictate for them," he said.

Mom Carle added: "They know they get 30 minutes: after school if their chores are done [or] they can watch it before bed. It’s kind of up to them.”

Both parents said it was liberating. Before Circle, Carle said it was tough to monitor the kids' usage: she couldn’t make dinner, help with homework and keep track of who was on what device for how long.

She also said she would nag and remind the kids to get off their devices "but now Circle just shuts down their computer, so you don’t have to do any reminding. Their 30 minutes is up and their device just shuts down. That’s fabulous."

Circle costs $99 and if you want the add-on Circle Go functionality for kids with cellphones, it’s an additional $4.99 a month. The device does have filtering and reports so it helps with content management in addition to time management.

Circle and a competitor Koala Safe may be the best options for children under 13 who access multiple devices. But there are other options if your child only uses one device or if they are older and you don’t need as many controls.

If your child only uses a single iOS device, try Apple’s free parental control features. Within any iOS 12 or subsequent operating system, you can designate a child’s phone as a part of your “family” and then use new parental controls to limit times of the day the child can access the device, apps they can open and control the types of content they can see.

For Android users, parental control apps have been around for a while. PC Magazine did a roundup of the best Android options and lists Qustodio as its top pick. It costs $49.95.

For older kids, a new product in the parental control space called Zift makes monitoring information for parents look a lot like your Facebook feed. The idea is to keep parents apprised of kids' actions in real time. It aims to be a more scalable approach as tweens and teens mature. Yes, it can create on/off schedules to make a child's device inaccessible during homework or bedtime hours. Yes, you can pause the child’s device remotely. But its real power comes in the filtering and the alerts it provides in real time for the issues parents fear most: porn, drugs, weapons and suicide.

Zift is free for basic features but offers in-app purchases for some of the logging and scheduling features.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.


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Monday
Nov052018

DNA, genetic genealogy led police to suspected killer in Maryland cold case

Anne Arundel County Police(ODENTON, Md.) -- A suspected killer is behind bars eight years after his alleged crime and Maryland police say they found him thanks to DNA and genetic genealogy.

Fred Frampton Jr., now 32, was taken into custody early Thursday. He is accused of shooting Michael Anthony Temple Jr. in 2010 in a home in Odenton, Maryland, the Anne Arundel County police said.

On Feb. 2, 2010, two men in masks invaded a home where they shot Temple, leaving him a quadriplegic, police said.

Temple died on June 18, 2015, and his death was ruled a homicide, police said.

The police department's cold case unit picked up the investigation in October 2015, police said.

Because DNA was left behind at the crime scene, experts were able to develop a composite image of a possible suspect, police said.

Despite the image and a $10,000 reward, which were released in December 2015, police said no arrests were made -- until genetic genealogy came into play this year.

Through genetic genealogy, an unknown killer's DNA from a crime scene can be identified through his or her family members, who voluntarily submit their DNA to a genealogy database. This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using law enforcement databases like CODIS, in which an exact match is needed in most states, according to experts.

Over a dozen crimes have identified suspects this year thanks to genetic genealogy, including the April arrest of the suspected "Golden State Killer" -- a cold case that stumped California law enforcement for decades.

Once genetic genealogy led experts to Frampton as a possible suspect in Temple's killing, detectives then surveilled him and obtained multiple DNA samples, police said Friday.

The DNA collected from Frampton was found to be a match to the DNA left behind at the crime scene, police said.

Frampton, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was apprehended Thursday and arrested on multiple charges including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and armed robbery, police said.

Search warrants and interviews led authorities to identify the second suspect as Jonathan Ludwig, police said; however, Ludwig died this March.

Frampton appeared at a bond hearing Friday and was held without bail, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams said.

His preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 27.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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Monday
Nov052018

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines on Spanking

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new policy guidelines on parenting actions they call corporal punishment.
 
The association dedicated to children's health is making it clear they are against hitting and spanking as a means of discipline.

AAP highlights data which shows that this form of corporal punishment can lead to aggressive behavior in children and can damage the parent-child relationship, both short term and long term. There can be negative impacts on vocabulary, IQ, cognitive development and an increased risk of mental health disorders, the data also shows.

When disciplinary actions are necessary, parents should ask themselves several questions, says ABC News' Dr. Jennifer Ashton. Those questions are:

1. What is your short term goal?
2. What is your long term goal?
3. Why are you doing it?
4. What are you trying to teach?

"When they say the goal of parental discipline is to teach responsibility and self-control," Dr. Ashton says, "[parents must ask] does hitting, spanking, corporal punishment do that?"

Dr. Ashton says the issue with corporal punishment is that it can reflect both what is going on internally for the parent, as well as situationally what is going on with the child.

Dr. Ashton offers the following tips for parents, regarding child discipline:

"If you find that it's getting out of control, talk to a professional, a social worker," she says. "Take a time out -- not just for your child, but for yourself -- and really focus on the bigger issues. [Ask] what you're trying to show [your child] and take steps to lower your stress, because that may be all you need."

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Monday
Nov052018

Teens recount positive experience laying off social media for 14 days

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- While for most teens these days social media is seen as an inevitable, and maybe even necessary, part of their day-to-day social life, some new studies associate excessive screen time with mental health issues or increased anxiety.

ABC News' technology correspondent Becky Worley led a group of 10 girls from Northern California aged 13 through 14 through a social media detox. You can read more about the experiment and see Worley's guide for parents on how to host your own social media detox for your teen or tween here.

The girls who took part in the experience all shared how they fared when doing what some might view as unthinkable: Going without Instagram or any social media for two whole weeks.
 
Yet all of the girls said they had a positive experience, and many said they experienced some rather unexpected consequences -- such as sleeping better -- when doing the cleanse. Check out their responses, in their own words, below:

"I really had a great experience doing the social media cleanse," Serena Pillsbury said. "I fell asleep a lot quicker than usual so was better rested for the day."

"I also I noticed I was more focused during homework, not preoccupied with what may be happening on social media," she added. "With that said, I did miss it."

Pillsbury noted that she often goes on Instagram to watch inspirational or motivational stories, which is what she missed the most.

Camille Wellborn reiterated Pillsbury's comments, saying that her break was "good," and that she "never had the temptation" to re-download apps like Instagram or Snapchat.

"I felt like I wasn’t on my phone as much as I used to be," she added.

Wellborn said the "hardest part about the break was when I would hang out with my friends, they would constantly be in their phones sending each other things."

For Hope Johnson, this was also the hardest part of the challenge, saying she felt like she "was being excluded from certain things and not being in the loop."

"I felt this way because in class my friends would talk about something that happened over Instagram that night but I wouldn’t be part of it," Johnson said.

Besides this, Johnson said the cleanse "was really easy and I really liked it."

"I got my homework done faster, I slept better, I wasn’t as stressed out, and I was more productive," she said. "I kind of didn’t want to download the app again because it was so nice not having it."

Kirsi Harris described her two-week detox as "amazing."

"I was much more productive and got lots of my school work done on time," Harris said. "Also, I did not feel the need to always bring my phone everywhere I went."

Again, she said the hardest part was "when I would hang out with friends they would sometimes be on their phones, and I would feel excluded not being able to join them and see what they were looking at."

Ella Noblin said “it was much easier than I expected to give it up," of her experience with the cleanse.

"There were times I felt like I was missing out, but overall I felt a lot more peaceful and less stressed," she said. "I was able to enjoy my family and friends more. I realized how addictive social media can be and how unhealthy it can be."

Lucie Nivaud described her two-week cleanse as "absolutely fantastic." Nivaud said it "changed the way I now use my phone and use social media."

"It really helped me be more present and in the moment," she added. "I spent so much more time outside, doing my homework, and I slept a lot better for not being on my phone at night."
 
She said she hopes to do it again, and would recommend it to others to try as well.

Madeline Wooster described it as "hard yet fun," noting again that she felt out of the loop at times. Still, she says she would "100 percent recommend it."

"It’s a really good step back and it helped me focus more," Wooster said.

Finley Simon said she felt some guilt for "not being able to respond to people," but that it felt good to take a break from the "pressure and stress" of social media, and added that she "would do it again."

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Saturday
Nov032018

Croup: The cold-like illness that affects children the most

iStock/ThinkstockDR. TIFFANY YEH

(NEW YORK) -- We’ve all heard of, and probably tried, various home remedies for cough and cold, from eating chicken soup to lathering on Vick’s VapoRub and wearing socks to sleep. But while most cough and colds are from viruses that might come and go without many complications, others, can be a little scarier. Croup, a cold-like infection that’s common in kids, is one of those.

Jim Harbaugh, head football coach at the University of Michigan, recently spoke about croup on his podcast, “Attack Each Day.” On it, he talked about taking his two young children to the doctor for respiratory problems that turned out to be croup. His father had recommended a family remedy called mustard plaster — a paste made of dry mustard, flour and warm water — to help with cough and congestion. The doctor had never heard of this treatment, Harbaugh said.

Treating croup can be a minefield of trial-and-error for people seeking real help. So here are some tips for treating croup.

But first, what is croup?

Croup is a viral illness, most often brought on by the parainfluenza virus. It causes swelling and narrowing of the vocal box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea), resulting in cough, noisy breathing and congestion. Children with croup often have a loud, low-pitched barking cough, and make noise when they inhale (called stridor).

These symptoms normally last only a few days but a lingering cough can remain for up to three weeks. In many kids, it also tends to cause a low fever.

Croup is most common in children ages 3 months to 5 years. In children over 8 years old and adults, however, the airways are large enough where the virus doesn’t cause as much swelling, and croup acts more like the common cold.

Croup is contagious, especially during the first three days of the illness — or until the fever is gone. Kids can generally go back to school once they feel better and the fever is gone. One tip: Remind your children to cover their mouths with the inside of their elbows when they cough, and to wash their hands regularly.

Most children with croup can be cared for at home, but if it’s severe, they may have difficulty breathing and should see a doctor.

How do you treat croup?

Croup is a viral illness, so antibiotics are not recommended for treatment, as they only work on bacterial infections. Your child will get better as the virus runs its course, but in the meantime, here are some easy, safe and doctor-approved home remedies for relieving the cough and stridor associated with croup:

1. Run the shower to steam up the bathroom. Allowing them to breathe in the warm, moist air will help relax the vocal cords and reduce the cough symptoms.

2. Breathe in cold air to relieve stridor. Take your child outside (if it’s cold out) or open the fridge or use a cool mist humidifier, and let them breathe in the soothing, cool air for a few minutes.

3. Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) to treat fever. If their fever is over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, these over-the-counter drugs are your best bet. Use as needed, according to the directions.

4. Use a saline wash to reduce stuffiness. If your child has a stuffy nose, you can try using a bulb syringe to get some of the mucus out. A few drops of nasal saline wash (a half-teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of water) can be used to help loosen up the mucus, after which you can suction it out.

5. Use honey to soothe the sore throat and cough. A teaspoon of honey can help soothe an irritated throat, thin out mucus and loosen the cough. Important note: Only do this if your child is over a year old.

6. Drink fluids. As with all cold-like illnesses, make sure your child is staying hydrated and drinking enough liquids, such as water or Pedialyte. If they can’t drink or keep anything down due to the coughing or difficulty breathing, they should see a doctor as soon as possible.

7. Stay calm and wait it out. The more anxious or upset your child is, the worse the narrowing of the windpipe can get and the harder it can be for them to breathe.

If you’ve tried all of this and your child continues to breathe noisily or have difficulty breathing, take them to the closest emergency room. Thy may need a dose of an oral steroid or a nebulizer breathing treatment to help bring down swelling. Some children may even need to be admitted to the hospital for closer observation, to make sure the swelling doesn't come back or get worse.

What shouldn’t I use?

Some home remedies are better than others, but you can definitely skip these ones:

1. Cold medicines. OTC medicines like DayQuil or Sudafed are not recommended for children under the age of 6 because they can actually be harmful. These medicines often contain a mixture of different medications that can cause excessive sleepiness or even suppress breathing.

2. Vitamin C. These supplements have not been shown to reduce symptoms or the length of time of the cough.

3. Zinc. These supplements also have not been shown to help with croup.

So what about Harbaugh’s mustard plaster?

There’s no available research to support the effectiveness of mustard plaster on treating cough or cold associated with croup. That said, it’s still a widely used home remedy with lots of anecdotal evidence to back it up.

Before you go playing doctor at home, though, it’s always recommended you check in with your child’s pediatrician first.

Dr. Tiffany Yeh is an endocrinology fellow at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Saturday
Nov032018

Sleep experts suggest sticking to usual schedule when Daylight Saving Time ends

iStock/ThinkstockBY ERIC M. STRAUSS

(NEW YORK) -- Some people's favorite weekend between Halloween and Thanksgiving is here: the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Remember to “fall back” this Sunday; most of our nation gets a bonus.

But don't make a common mistake: turning that extra hour into an extra hour of sleep.

When does Daylight Saving Time officially end?

On November 4 at 2 a.m., most of the country will move from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time (ST).

Does this happen everywhere in the country?

No. If you live in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and most of Arizona, your clocks will stay the same. For the rest of you -- enjoy your bonus hour.

Why do I feel out of whack?

Janet Kennedy, clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, says the best strategy is to switch to the new time right away. Stick to the clock.

“Some people gain an hour of sleep the first night whereas others wake earlier because 6 a.m. feels like 7 a.m. Regardless, stick to your usual schedule and do not go to bed early the following night. Avoid napping and extra caffeine, which can make it harder to fall asleep at the 'right' time," Kennedy said. "It can take up to a week to fully adjust, so don't be alarmed if you feel sluggish in the meantime.”

Daylight Saving Time is just an hour. Can an hour really affect your sleep that much?

“Absolutely -- we are creatures of habit. Transitions to new schedules take time. Even a change of one hour can make a difference,” said Rebecca Robbins, co-author of Sleep for Success and a post-doctoral research fellow at NYU School of Medicine.

Her research identifies strategies for improving sleep and health.

“Resist the urge to sleep in on Sunday and instead keep your normal bedtime the night before the time change. Then wake up -- perhaps without an alarm -- on Sunday and start your day by walking outside," Robbins added. "It will likely be early, but getting up and going about your day will help you adjust to an earlier schedule of sleep and wakefulness.”

Shouldn't I use this hour to catch up on much-needed rest?

Probably not. The best example of this is "sleeping in," the weekend temptation we all face without the need to rise early for work or school. It comes with the trap to "catch up" on sleep.

But this is a myth, Robbins says.

“If we delay our bed or rising time by even one hour, our body goes into transition mode, trying to transition to a new time zone," Robbins said. "The best way to recover from insufficient sleep is to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible. If you wake up at 6 a.m. during the workweek, you can sleep until perhaps 6:45 a.m. on the weekends -- but not much longer."

"Then pay back your 'sleep debt' with a power nap or -- better yet -- a siesta, which is a nap that is 90 minutes in duration in the afternoon," Robbins continued. "This will allow you to recover from cutting sleep short during the week without negatively impacting your sleep schedule.”

I have little kids. They’re not going to sleep an extra hour, are they?

Children are acutely aware of changes to their sleep schedule; they will likely keep you honest and wake you up at their normal time.

What this means for parents is that it will be important to resist the urge to stay up a bit later. Keep your regular bedtime, put the kids to bed at the regular time, and wake up at your regular time.

Winter’s coming. It’s going to be darker when we wake up. How do we deal with that?

“During winter months, we have evidence that we sleep longer. In some ways, this could be viewed as hibernation of sorts," Robbins said. "Without access to sunlight, our bodies have less ability to fully understand when it should be alert and when it should be tired."

"To ensure your circadian rhythm remains intact, go outside when the sun is out as often as you are able, and optimally first thing in the morning. This will trigger the 'alert phase' of your circadian rhythm. Then an afternoon walk -- even if it seems to be gray outside -- will help your sleep and wake phases stay intact,” Robbins added.

Look on the bright side, Robbins continued.

“Colder temperatures can bring about a cozy atmosphere. Develop winter habits with your family that center around lighting candles or a fire and spending time together off of screens," she advised. "This can offer tremendous health benefits that may counteract the drawbacks of less sunlight.”

What other sleep advice do you have about this annual event -- setting our clocks back?

“Consider a bedroom refresh," Robbins added. "Is your bedroom cozy and optimized for rest and relaxation? If not, consider refreshing your mattress, pillows or sheets."

Eric M. Strauss in the managing editor of the ABC News Medical Unit and welcomes you to share your sleep strategies at @ericMstrauss.

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Friday
Nov022018

Sewing needles found inside Twizzlers Halloween candy prompt Massachusetts police to alert residents

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police are warning residents of a coastal community in Massachusetts to inspect Halloween candy after needles were found inside Twizzlers.

The morning after Halloween in the quiet town of Marshfield, some 30 miles from Boston, parents discovered what are believed to be sewing needles in two packages of Twizzlers that their child had collected while trick-or-treating in the neighborhood Wednesday night, police said.

"This was supposed to be a night that was fun for the children," Marshfield Police Chief Phillip Tavares said at a press conference Thursday. "Anyone caught giving out candy contaminated with injury-causing substances faces five years in state prison."

The parents told police the needles were inside the twisted licorice candies and that there didn't appear to be any puncture holes on the packaging.

"Anything's possible at this point, so we're actively investigating where exactly were the needles put into the candy," Tavares told reporters.

A spokesperson for The Hershey Company, which manufactures Twizzlers, said its products are made "with the highest food safety and quality standards in the industry," including the use of metal detectors.

"Unfortunately, product tampering is a serious issue this time of year, which is why it is so important for parents to be vigilant and examine their children's candy," the spokesperson, Jeff Beckman, told ABC News in an emailed statement Friday. "At The Hershey Company, quality and safety are our top priorities. We manufacture our products with the highest food safety and quality standards in the industry. This includes a strict quality and safety program that utilizes metal detectors, visual inspections and a variety of other techniques to ensure our products are safe to consume when they leave our facilities."

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Friday
Nov022018

Gwyneth Paltrow says she's in early stages of menopause, wants to 'rebrand' life change

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow made headlines Friday when she posted videos on her website Goop about experiencing the beginning stages of menopause.

The idea behind the videos was to "rebrand" this very natural life change and give other women just like her an "aspirational" person to look up to, the 46-year-old Oscar winner explained.

Paltrow, a mother of two, also reflected on how she remembers her mother dealt with the process and the "grief" she endured.

"I can feel the hormonal shifts happening," she said. "Sweating, the moods, you're just like all of the sudden, furious for no reason."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55.

"A woman has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row," the CDC states on its site. Menopause stops the ovary from "producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone."

Perimenopause, which Paltrow said she is experiencing, begins years before menopause and "usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in the 30s as well," according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' chief medical correspondent and a board-certified OB-GYN, said having a celebrity with Paltrow's presence and reach "has the potential to bring increased awareness to an important stage in a woman's life."

"While 15 percent of women will experience severe menopausal symptoms, the majority may experience mild to moderate signs and symptoms of hormonal changes," she noted. "The key, as always, is for women to get their information from medically credentialed experts and not base their knowledge on hearsay or myth."

"Also, women should weigh possible risks versus proposed benefits when considering using any therapy, treatment or product," she added.

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