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Avocado Toast Recipes That Will Please Everyone

If you didn’t already know we’re obsessed with avocados, you haven’t been reading closely. Getting tired of your usual schmear and run? Shake things up with the options below. Avocado Toast, 3 Ways Recipes by: Rebecca Firkser Makes: 3 toasts Ready in: 5 minutes (per toast) Caprese-Style Toast: INGREDIENTS 1/8 avocado 3 mini mozzarella balls, chopped 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried basil 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt Pinch red pepper flakes Pepper 1 slice multigrain bread 1 garlic clove Olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. Chop avocado, mozzarella, and tomatoes and place in a bowl. Add basil, vinegar, salt, and both peppers. 2. Toast bread. Slice garlic clove in half and rub onto the toast. 3. Pour avocado salad onto the toast. Drizzle with olive oil. Lox Toast INGREDIENTS 1/8 avocado 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt 1 teaspoon diced red onion Salt and pepper 1 slice rye bread 1 slice smoked salmon or lox A pinch dried or fresh dill DIRECTIONS 1. Mash avocado, then mix with yogurt, onion, salt, and pepper. 2. Toast bread. 3. Spread avocado mixture over the toast. 4. Place smoked salmon over the avocado and sprinkle with dill. Bacon and Egg Toast INGREDIENTS1 egg 1 slice sourdough bread 1/8 avocado 2 pieces cooked turkey bacon, chopped Salt and pepper Hot sauce DIRECTIONS 1. Crack egg into a small bowl and heat a nonstick pan over medium. (If you don’t have a nonstick pan, grease with a bit of olive oil). 2. Pour egg into the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, then flip. Cook for another 30 seconds, or until the yolk is cooked to your liking. 3. While egg is cooking, toast bread. 4. Slice avocado and spread onto toast. 5. Sprinkle bacon over the avocado, then place egg over bacon.

Matt McGorry Is the Body Image Spokesperson Men Have Needed for Years

Though there's still work to be done, we’re basically living in the golden age of body positivity—for women, at least. But what about men?! Yes, women face a ton of criticism about their bodies, but actor Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder) recently opened up about how much it affects guys too. McGorry used to be a competitive bodybuilder, which actually made him more critical of his body. He told TODAY he was miserable while training, but being OK with how his body looked when he wasn't super muscular wasn't easy. McGorry even admits to slipping back into old crash-dieting habits before his first shirtless shoot for Orange Is the New Black. And he says he's still working on not being too self-critical. McGorry has a lot to say about gender and body image, so we’ll let you hear it from him: I hope that discussions of body issues and self-criticism will become more of a conversation among men. I really do think that tied in those issues—and our willingness (or lack thereof) to discuss them—is a conversation of how vulnerable men are willing to be in general. We're taught, typically, that a real man doesn't show vulnerability, nor does he exhibit self-conscious behaviors. But in my experience, being public about things like that leads to great freedom. It's the first step. If we can't express it, it's hard to change how we think and feel about it. When we lock our boys away from those feelings, not only are they more likely to hurt themselves, [but] they're more likely to hurt others and to hurt women. They'll likely be the ones policing masculinity among other men too. It's time to get away from the idea that men are supposed to be strong and hard and unfeeling, and women are soft and maternal. Gender is a spectrum, not a binary system, and it's time we view our behaviors, emotions, and appearances on a spectrum as well. Many men are vulnerable to unhealthy, powerless feelings when it comes to body image. Let's talk about it.

Surgeons use nasal cells to repair knee joints

Swiss surgeons have successfully used nose cells to repair damaged knee joints, according to a study released Thursday by the journal The Lancet.

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"The treatment is safe and feasible," study co-author Dr. Ivan Martin told CNN.

Between 2004 and 2011, nearly 2 million Americans had knee surgery due to cartilage problems. As the population ages, these surgeries will become increasingly common.

Martin, a professor of surgery and biomedicine at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, has been working on a new way to repair knees since 2001. His latest procedure uses engineered cartilage tissue grown from the nasal septum of the patient. He said that nasal cells “have a larger and more reproducible capacity to form new cartilage.”

"We further established that the cartilage tissue generated by nasal chondrocytes (one type of cell) can respond to physical forces (mechanical loads) similar to articular cartilage and has the 'plasticity' to adapt to a joint environment," Martin told CNN. In one of their pre-tests for the current study, he implanted engineered tissue into goat joints and found it "efficiently integrated with surrounding articular cartilage."

For the new study, Martin used 10 patients from 18 to 55 that had cartilage problems in their knees. The team extracted a 6-millimeter biopsy specimen from the nasal septum, using local anesthetic. Then the harvested celled were exposed to growth factors for two weeks.

After an additional two weeks, Martin’s team was able to craft a 30-by-40 millimeter cartilage graft. Surgeons then implanted it as a replacement for damaged knee cartilage.

None of the patients reported side effects related to the experimental surgery. CNN reported.

Dog battling cancer gets sweet wagon ride around town

Joey Maxwell wanted to give his beloved dog, who is battling cancer, a special ride, and the journey has touched the hearts of people around the world.

Maverick is a 9-year-old Golden Retriever who is battling lymphoma for the second time. While Maverick has responded well to chemotherapy, he gave his owners a scare this month when he had to be rushed to the animal hospital and spent two nights in the ICU.

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After being discharged, Maxwell wanted to treat his dog to a ride around town, but he needed a wagon, since Maverick is unable to walk. He went to his local Lowe’s, but the wagon inventory was depleted in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

But once they heard what the wagon was going to be used for, Lowe’s staff sprang into action. They called area stores until they tracked down a wagon, had it sent to the store Maxwell was at and even put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maxwell took Maverick on a joyous ride around downtown Deland, where Maverick made many new friends and enjoyed a few treats. According to the latest update on the Everybody Loves Maverick Facebook page, Maverick’s health has stabilized and Maxwell is continuing to take him on wagon rides.

Maverick got to spend the day with some of his best friends yesterday on our downtown wagon adventures! Thanks to Eileen, Steve, and Trevor for the wonderful day, and of course the photos!!Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, October 16, 2016

Maverick has a GoFundMe page to assist with cancer treatment costs.

Best Halloween Candy for the Money

You voted, and the results are in. Here are the winners for the best Halloween candy for the money We broke down the most and least requested candy into individual pieces or packages to determine which one was the most costly. Not surprisingly, the chocolate candy seems to be the most expensive, but also some…

Mom says smiling preemie 'happy to be alive'

A baby girl’s smile is warming hearts around the world.

A photo posted by the Love What Matters Facebook page has gotten over 200,000 likes and 37,000 shares since it was posted Sunday. The photo shows an adorable baby girl born prematurely, smiling ear-to-ear.

According the the baby’s mother, the photo was snapped just five days after her birth.

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>>Kids pose with photos of themselves as preemies to give parents hope

"Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive! This picture was one I looked at often...Posted by Love What Matters on Sunday, October 16, 2016

“Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive!” mom Lauren Vinje wrote. “This picture was one I looked at often to get me through the ups and downs of our NICU days. Life is so precious.” The photo inspired other parents to share photos of their preemies, who beat the odds and grew up to be strong and healthy.

Mom's quest to make son with Down syndrome a model goes viral

Asher Nash is 15 months old and lives in Buford with his parents and older sister. He has bright blue eyes and light brown hair and loves to wear bowties.

Asher Nash also has Down syndrome — and a mother who wants to share his beauty with the world.

"I want the world to see just how amazing he is," Meagan Richter Nash said, "and just how amazing other people with Down syndrome are."

In July, Nash submitted her son's photos to a talent agency handling a casting call for OshKosh B'Gosh, the popular children's clothing brand owned by Atlanta-based Carter's. She never heard anything back and, a few months later, contacted the talent agency. 

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The agency told Nash that Asher's photos hadn't even been submitted because OshKosh "didn't specify that they wanted a baby with special needs." 

That didn't sit right. 

"My first thought," Nash said, "was, 'Well, did they say they did not want a baby with special needs?'"

Nash eventually started working with a campaign called Changing the Face of Beauty and, about two weeks ago, took to Facebook to lobby OshKosh to use her son in an ad. 

The Internet took over.

A post highlighting Asher on the popular "Kids with Down Syndrome" Facebook page has garnered more than 89,000 likes and 100,000 shares in a week and a half. His story has been picked up (with varying accuracy) by viral news sites like The Mighty  and PopSugar.

It's all gotten OshKosh's attention.

Nash said a marketing representative for the company has reached out to her, and she and Asher have a meeting with the company next week. 

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An OshKosh B'Gosh corporate spokesperson confirmed as much in a statement sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday morning.

“OshKosh B’Gosh appreciates the importance of representing the diversity of our customers in our advertising," the statement said. 

"Since we became aware of Ms. Nash’s request, our team has reached out to her directly to better understand her perspective and provide additional information about our casting process. We agree there is an opportunity for greater representation of children with special needs in advertising. We look forward to meeting with Asher and his family, as well as taking steps to enhance the representation of diverse children in our marketing.”

Nothing has been promised, but the prospect of a modeling career for Asher — "the most loving, outgoing, hysterical baby you've ever met" — and other kids like him appears to be gaining steam. 

Nash wants people to know she was never "out to get" OshKosh, whose clothes Asher loves to wear. But she's excited about what the future might hold.

"My intentions were not for me to tell anyone my son needs to be in there over anyone else," she said. "I'm really just trying to take a stand for him and other children and babies and adults like him."

Radiant 86-year-old bride moves groom to tears

A bride in New Jersey wowed the crowd and moved the groom to tears with her ageless beauty.

Millie Taylor-Morrison, 86, married Harold Morrison, 85, on Sunday. Taylor-Morrison’s granddaughter, Khadija Elkharbibi, submitted a photo of the beautiful bride to the Facebook page, “Love What Matters.” Elkharbibi said Taylor-Morrison had been married for 41 years until her husband’s death, and found love again 25 years later. Elkharbibi said the family is thrilled and the couple is a “true testament that age is just a number and everyone can find love again."

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"This is my beautiful grandmother, Millie Taylor-Morrison, who was married over the weekend at 86-years-old. She just...Posted by Love What Matters on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Elkharbibi told The Huffington Post that Taylor-Morrison is a former model and designed her striking purple wedding gown herself. Elkharbibi said everyone who attended the wedding was “blown away” by how radiant the bride looked and that the groom “teared up” when he saw her walking down the aisle.

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