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Saturday
Oct252014

Pa. Company Recalling Nearly 32,000 Pounds of Chicken Products

neirfy/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Pennsylvania company is recalling nearly 32,000 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with bacteria.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture said in a press release Saturday that Murry's Inc. is recalled 31,689 pounds of chicken products that may contain Staphylococcal entertoxin. All of the products have a "best by" date of Aug. 9, 2015.

The recall affects 12-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets" and 10.5-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast." All products subject to recall have the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were shipped nationwide.

The USDA says that the toxins that may have contaminated the products are "fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes." Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea." Most patients do recover after one to three days.


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Saturday
Oct252014

WHO Could Field Test Ebola Vaccine by December

Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization says an experimental Ebola vaccine could be ready for field testing by December, the BBC reports.

As the number of cases of the disease has surpassed 10,000 in West Africa, with over 4,000 dead, the WHO has been working on a drug that could help combat the disease. In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO said that "all is put in place by all partners to start efficacy trials in affected countries in December, as early as in December 2014."

Earlier this month, Kiely wrote in a commentary piece on the WHO website that she and other WHO staff were volunteering to test the vaccines "to help get effective vaccines tested and available as quickly as possible, and to be part of the solution any way we can."


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Saturday
Oct252014

Study Says Listening to Gossip Impacts Self Evaluation

Ridofranz/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers from the Netherlands say that listening to gossip impacts the way we judge ourselves.

The study, published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, looked at two separate groups, consisting of a total of 305 undergraduate students. The students listened to either positive or negative gossip, and found that either form could have a positive impact on their feelings about themselves.

Listening to positive gossip, researchers said, allowed the listeners to use the information they heard for self-improvement. Meanwhile, listening to negative gossip gave listeners an ego boost, as they felt superior to the person being gossiped about.

Those students who listened to negative gossip were, however, more guarded, out of concern that they too may be the subject of gossip behind their backs.

The study also found that men and women react to hearing gossip slightly differently. Women who listened to negative gossip were more likely to be concerned about their own risk of being gossiped about than men, while men who heard positive gossip experienced more fear.


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Friday
Oct242014

NJ, NY Toughen Ebola Quarantine Rules After Doctor Case

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The New York doctor who tested positive for Ebola wasn't required to quarantine himself when he returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Instead, Dr. Craig Allen Spencer went about his life, hitting a popular restaurant and bowling alley before his diagnosis -- and sending health officials scrambling in the aftermath.

But the rules on quarantines are changing.

Governors in New York and New Jersey announced Friday that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This comes one day after Spencer’s Ebola diagnosis, and two days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control tightened guidelines to require 21-day self-monitoring -- but not quarantines -- for travelers to Ebola-affected regions.

Friday, a woman who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was quarantined in Newark, New Jersey, after her plane landed. She was originally quarantined despite not having any symptoms. Hours later, however, officials said the woman, who was not identified, has a fever. She is in isolation and undergoing tests.

"This marks a very different approach, quarantining someone who wore protective gear when they had contact with an Ebola patient. It would not be based on science, which would say she is not at risk," said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical editor. "However, given all the work the city has decided to undertake because Dr. Spencer was around town before he got sick, perhaps that is why New York and New Jersey have decided to take a different approach."


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Doctors who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa are required to self-monitor for the 21-day incubation period, but they are not required to self-quarantine,according to guidelines from Doctors Without Borders, for whom Spencer was working overseas.

"Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms," the organization said Thursday in a statement. "However, returned staff members are discouraged from returning to work during the 21-day period."

This fits with CDC guidelines, which indicate that because Spencer was wearing protective gear when he was around Ebola patients, he was not required to be quarantined.

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said Friday. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

The CDC announced on Wednesday -- after Spencer arrived back in the United States -- that all airline passengers traveling from Ebola-affected nations would get Ebola kits and be required to self-monitor for 21 days. They are required to take their temperature twice daily and answer several questions about their symptoms, according to the CDC. If they do not report, they will be tracked down, the agency said Wednesday.

In the days before Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola, he traveled to Manhattan's Highline Park and a popular restaurant called The Meatball Shop on Tuesday. The next day, he took a 3-mile run along Riverside Park and traveled on the subway to Brooklyn, where he went bowling. He was fatigued, but had no fever, officials said.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

“Extremely strict procedures are in place for staff dispatched to Ebola affected countries before, during, and after their assignments,” said Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders. “Despite the strict protocols, risk cannot be completely eliminated. However, close post-assignment monitoring allows for early detection of cases and for swift isolation and medical management.”

Spencer's fiancee was placed in quarantine, but she has shown no symptoms so far, officials said.

"Until today, out of more than 700 expatriate staff deployed so far to West Africa, no MSF [Doctors Without Borders] staff person has developed confirmed Ebola symptoms after returning to their home country," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement.


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Friday
Oct242014

Evenflo Recalling Over 200,000 Child Car Seats

Evenflo(NEW YORK) -- Evenflo is recalling over 200,000 child car seats.

The buckles in the Embrace and AmSafe models can reportedly become difficult to unlatch, especially after a child has been eating or drinking in the seat. The buckle can allegedly get sticky if its spilled on, making it harder to get a child out during an emergency.

Owners can get replacement buckles if requested.


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Friday
Oct242014

Does Your Doctor Owe Thousands in Unpaid Student Loans?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are 846 doctors and dentists in 43 states who have been named by the U.S. Department of Education on a public list in a desperate effort to get them to repay their defaulted student loans.

And because the loans were federally guaranteed, it's taxpayers who are left with the bill.

"Physicians have a higher calling in the community. They have a higher responsibility," Tom Schatz of Citizens Against Government Waste told ABC News’ 20/20. “The Hippocratic Oath says, ‘Do no harm.’ Why should they be doing harm to taxpayers?”

Many of the doctors appear to be living lives of luxury and operate practices in high rent places, including Malibu, California, or Key Biscayne, Florida. But the doctors on the list have collectively defaulted on over $100 million in student loans.

Congress created the federally guaranteed loan program for aspiring doctors in the 1970s, but because of the high default rate, it pulled the plug on the program in the 1990s.

That’s when the government decided to publicize the list to shame doctors into paying up. The government has also seized doctors’ tax refunds, prevented the doctors from participating in Medicare, filed lawsuits and even garnished bank accounts.

"They were more likely to pay the money back because it’s embarrassing to them professionally," Schatz said.

ABC's New York station WABC launched its own investigation and tracked down several doctors on the list, including Brooklyn dentist Sammy Saadia, who owes $156,000, and Montclair, New Jersey, podiatrist Demi Turner, who owes almost $700,000, according to the Department of Education.

"They continue to practice medicine. They make money, and there’s absolutely no legitimate reason not to pay that money back," Schatz said.

Dentist Mladen Kralj is one of the doctors on the list. He runs a dental practice in the penthouse of an office building in Chicago’s Gold Coast section. Kralj owes the government over $394,107, yet he had the money to buy two condos in a renovated loft building in downtown Chicago.

“I’m actually in repayment form with them. I’ve had some issues here,” Kralj said when confronted by 20/20.

Kralj’s loans date back over 23 years. He was sued by the Justice Department and was ordered to pay back the money.

But as of today, Kralj's outstanding debt is bigger than ever because of principle and interest. Kralj told 20/20 that he went through tough times after losing an investor in his business. He said he hasn’t been paid in nine months.

“There’s circumstances in my life that are very sensitive that happened during this part, that I've never been able to catch up on,” Kralj said. “I’m trying to take responsibility for all of this simply because it’s caught up. And the thing is, trying to maintain a practice and trying to pay off loans and trying to get ahead, it’s difficult.”

Over the years, being on the public list has largely worked. Many doctors and dentists on the list have paid back thousands of dollars, leaving only the stalwart holdouts, like leading podiatrist and sports medicine specialist Dr. Scott Kantro.

Kantro, who also made a name for himself as a medical inventor, lives in an upscale home on five acres of property in New York. But according to the list, he currently owes $287,819 for loans he took out in 1979.

While he refused to speak to 20/20 on camera, Kantro claimed he had actually paid his debt off 30 years ago and that it was all a mistake. But when 20/20 asked for his permission to check out his story with the government, he refused.

“There’s some level of sympathy, perhaps, at this point, but not over this long period of time.” Schatz said. “It means that resources have been spent by the government to even get to this point. Thirty percent of these people have been on since 1995. That’s a really long time to keep fighting and not paying.”

Click here to find out if your doctor or dentist is on the list. Then tune in for the full story on ABC News' 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.


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Friday
Oct242014

Why New York Doctor with Ebola Didn't Quarantine Himself

Craig Spencer/LinkedIn(NEW YORK) -- There's a reason Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, who has tested positive for Ebola, didn't quarantine himself when he returned to New York after treating Ebola patients in Guinea.

He didn't have to.

According to Doctors Without Borders guidelines, doctors who have treated Ebola patients in West Africa are required to self-monitor for the 21-day incubation period, but they are not required to self-quarantine.

"Self-quarantine is neither warranted nor recommended when a person is not displaying Ebola-like symptoms," the organization said Thursday in a statement. "However, returned staff members are discouraged from returning to work during the 21-day period."

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said on Friday. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they develop any symptoms.

In the days before Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola, he traveled to Manhattan's Highline Park and a popular restaurant called The Meatball Shop on Tuesday. The next day, he took a 3-mile run along Riverside Park and traveled on the subway to Brooklyn, where he went bowling. He was fatigued, but had no fever, officials said.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

“Extremely strict procedures are in place for staff dispatched to Ebola affected countries before, during, and after their assignments,” said Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders. “Despite the strict protocols, risk cannot be completely eliminated. However, close post-assignment monitoring allows for early detection of cases and for swift isolation and medical management.”

Spencer's fiancee was placed in quarantine, but she has shown no symptoms so far, officials said.

"Until today, out of more than 700 expatriate staff deployed so far to West Africa, no MSF [Doctors Without Borders] staff person has developed confirmed Ebola symptoms after returning to their home country," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement.


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Friday
Oct242014

Ebola 'Poses No Threat to Others,' Mayor Assures New York

Office of the Mayor NYC(NEW YORK) -- The mayor of New York City on Friday assured a city alarmed over the presence of an Ebola patient that the patient "poses no threat to others."

"We are fully prepared to handle Ebola," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Friday, a day after it was announced that Dr. Craig Spencer was admitted to Bellevue Hospital with a diagnosis of the lethal virus.

De Blasio said the city's emergency system has "planned for the crisis...That's why we've been ahead of the game."

Spencer, 33, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital Thursday, seven days after returning from Guinea where he had been treating Ebola patients. Spencer is in stable condition, according to the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Mary Bassett.

The doctor's fiancee Morgan Dixon and two friends have been quarantined so they can be monitored. An Uber taxi driver was also in contact with Spencer, but was not believed to be at risk.

De Blasio said that there were three public establishments that Spencer visited in the day before he was symptomatic. Two of the establishments -- Blue Bottle Coffee, a stand on the High Line park, and a Brooklyn bowling alley called The Gutter -- have been cleared to reopen.

A Greenwich Village restaurant called The Meatball Shop was in the middle of their inspection during the press conference. If the restaurant is cleared, it plans to reopen for dinner Friday night.

Officials stressed that the tests are being done out of an abundance of caution because Spencer did not display symptoms when he visited those locations and the first time he recorded his elevated 100.3 degree fever was between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday.

A clean-up crew hired by the city's Health Department was inside Spencer's Manhattan apartment on Friday to ensure it was disinfected.

"Our contractor will clean and disinfect out of an abundance of caution. They will throw away the bed linens, towels, toiletries, food in the fridge, throw away garbage," a Health Department spokesman said. "They will wipe down hard frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant. And once complete, we will inspect and certify the apartment is Okay to re-enter."

The health official said the department did not believe there were any bodily fluids, which transmit the virus, in the apartment.

"We do not believe there are any body fluids in the apartment because the patient did not report any vomiting it diarrhea," the spokesman said.

Spencer's decision to travel to West Africa to work for Doctors Without Borders was described as a selfless act by the mayor.

"These individuals who are going there to serve are going to be the ones to end this crisis," de Blasio said. "We can't have the illusion that is 'we turn away from it, then someday it will end.'"

De Blasio paid tribute to Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who had contracted Ebola while treating a patient who died of the virus. Pham was released Friday and spoke outside the National Institutes of Health in Maryland just minutes before the New York City press conference started.

De Blasio said that her recovery shows that "the capacity of our medical community to address this issue is extraordinary."

Pham met with President Obama in the White House on her way back home to Dallas Friday.


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Friday
Oct242014

Jump Right onto Trampoline Fitness Craze

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Workout enthusiasts have likely seen it offered in some form at their local gym -- the trampoline workout. But the demand for this type of fitness is so high, one fitness instructor has opened an entire studio dedicated to the workout craze.

Going to a class at JumpLife in New York City, it’s a bit like the Jane Fonda workout on steroids goes clubbing on a trampoline. The low-impact, high-intensity, 45-minute workout is done on individual trampolines primarily in the dark under disco lights and is set to club music.

Owner Montserrat Markou said the classes are so popular there are plans to open more studios next year. Why?

“The fun,” Markou said. "They [the participants] said they’re actually working out, but having such a great time. I mean, people actually leave with smiles on their face because they feel like not only did they workout, sweating coming out all sweaty, but they also feel like a kid again.”

The studio also offers classes tailored for kids as young as 5 years old. But adults -- even those who have suffered injuries -- are the ones getting the most out of class.

“It’s low impact so a lot of people who have existing injuries like knee problems, like back problems come,” Markou said. "It’s a very comfortable way of working out and getting their fitness back.”

There are three types of adults classes offered: JumpDance (the class mentioned earlier with the low lighting and club music); JumpFitness, which uses weights and focuses on strength and toning; and JumpFusion, which is 60 minutes and fuses yoga, Pilates and rebounding at a slower pace than the other JumpLife classes.

Markou said jumpers can burn up to 600 calories in just one session.

Markou got the idea for the class after her own neck injury inspired her to become a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist. Her clients at her Long Island practice began asking her how to get back in shape without aggravating their injuries.

Walking by a store one day, she saw a trampoline in the window and instantly knew the answer.


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Friday
Oct242014

Food Network Star Sunny Anderson Opens Up About Ulcerative Colitis

Brad Barket/Getty Images for NYCWFF(NEW YORK) -- There's a reason why Sunny Anderson isn't keen on eating vegetables and it has nothing to do with personal taste.

The Food Network star revealed that for the past 20 years, she's suffered from ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease that affects the large intestine and doesn't allow her body to absorb nutrients as it should. Unfortunately, greens, along with vegetable and fruit skins, can trigger flare-ups.

"I can’t just have a big salad because my body doesn't break it down," she explained to ABC News. "If you get my cookbook, there are only four vegetable recipes. Everything else is meat and potatoes!"

Anderson, 39, has since teamed up with the the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America to raise awareness of the disease and develop recipes (available on getyourfullcourse.com) to help others who have it. For the chef, her diagnosis came at age 19, after suffering from cramps "worse than that time of the month" and bloody stools for a month.

"I was thinking it was stress or the food [I'd been eating in Korea]...but luckily my dad is a doctor and I felt comfortable talking to him," she said.

"Sometimes people think it's something they ate or stress," she added, "I can't tell you how many times I cried. Thank goodness [for my father] who was a doctor and we were raised in an open family, but going through a battery of tests was really, really tough."

Now, she's encouraging others who have noticed symptoms to see their doctors, though she admitted discussing stools and other symptoms can be "embarrassing."

Still, a colitis diagnosis doesn't necessarily mean those who have the disease need to change their diets completely -- they just need to be more mindful of what they're eating.

"A wedge salad is one of my favorites. Argula is one of my favorites. Sometimes, you know what you're doing to yourself and you pay for it," she said. "But it's important to know what it is, and what the symptoms are."


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