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Sunday
Mar292015

Oklahoma Reports First Case of Measles Since 1997

RidvanArda/iStock/Thinkstock(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced on Friday the state had received the first confirmed measles case in Oklahoma since 1997.

Officials said the person is a spouse of an Oklahoma State University student who lives off-campus, and recently traveled out of the country.

State health officials are working with the Payne County Health Department, Oklahoma State University and local medical facilities in the investigation.

Officials however warned that the infected person visited the following locations in Stillwater, and may have exposed others to the virus:

  • Aldi (1188 N Perkins Rd) - March 13.
  • Crepe Myrtle Market (613 S Lewis) - March 13.
  • Food Pyramid (421 N Main St) - March 13.
  • Boba Fusion Café (211 N Perkins Rd) - March 13.
  • China Wok (917 N Perkins Rd) - March 14.
  • Jimmy’s Egg (811 W 6th Ave) - March 16.
  • University Health Services on March 17 or 19.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed is asked to review their immunization records and contact their local health department with any questions.


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Saturday
Mar282015

Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States.

Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease.

Researchers found that even though restaurants offered on average five meal options in the kid’s menu, barely one in 10 menus included at least one healthy option.

While 39 percent of the restaurants reviewed offered fruit, only 23 percent offered fruit without added sugar, and 33 percent of the restaurants offered a healthy drink option.

Although some restaurants turned to milk as their healthy substitute, researchers say only 28.5 percent of the restaurants reviewed offered low-fat or skim milk as an option.


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Friday
Mar272015

Indiana Couple Welcomes 'One in a Million' Set of Triplets 

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) -- An Indiana couple is celebrating an extra-special arrival with the birth of their identical triplet daughters.

Ashley and Matt Alexander of Greenfield, Indiana, were surprised weeks ago when they learned they were expecting three new additions to their family during a routine sonogram, according to ABC affiliate WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"She was checking [Ashley] and right away there were twins, and she goes, 'Let me check for a third,'" Matt Alexander told WRTV-TV in an earlier interview. "I'm like, she's just joking. I said, 'You're joking,' and she said, 'No, we don't joke about this stuff.' So [Ashley] about came off the table."

The couple, who already have a son, had conceived the triplets naturally, so they were not expecting to see three heartbeats on the sonogram.

Ashley Alexander told WRTV-TV she has a plan to tell the girls apart.

"I'm painting their nails," she said. "One's going to be pink, one purple, and the other probably pale blue."

Dr. William Gilbert, the director of women's services for Sutter Health in Sacramento, California, said in an earlier interview with ABC News there was no definite rate for the number of identical triplets born every year.

"It's hard to calculate a conservative estimate," Gilbert said about the rate of naturally conceived identical triplets. "One in 70,000 - that would be on the low end. The high end is one in a million."


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Friday
Mar272015

Germanwings Crash: How Often Pilots Commit 'Aircraft-Assisted Suicide'

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) -- Although authorities said the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that crashed earlier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 people on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted suicides” are rare, according to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and sometimes, the pilots expressed their intentions beforehand, according to their study.

Of the 7,244 fatal airplane crashes in the United States from 1993 through 2012, 24 were the result of aircraft-assisted suicide, the authors concluded in the 2014 study published in the journal Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine.

That's 0.33 percent, and they noted that most of these flights were private, not commercial.

But the study's lead author, Dr. Alpo Vuorio of the Mehilainen Airport Health Centre in Finland, said their findings show a need for greater transparency by the pilots’ when it comes to self-reporting their psychological conditions. He said five of the eight pilots involved in aircraft-assisted suicides in the United States from 2003 through 2012 somehow voiced their suicidal thoughts beforehand, investigators uncovered after the crashes. Yet those suicidal thoughts were not disclosed to aviation doctors or the airlines by the pilots or those who knew of their suicidal thoughts.

"Somebody knew," Vuorio said. "They’re [crash investigators] not saying the aviation doctor knew. That information was there, but it wasn't spoken about and that's sad.”

The Federal Aviation Administration requires pilots to undergo medical evaluations at least once a year, but Seattle-based aviation analyst Todd Curtis, said psychological conditions are mostly self-reported.

"If you self-identify that you have certain things wrong with you, you can be denied license," he said. "If you can pass a medical exam where there's very little vetting of information outside the exam, sure, you can fly."

Until five years ago, U.S. pilots weren't allowed to take most antidepressants. Today, most psychological conditions require an FAA decision before pilots can be allowed to fly, according to the administration's guide for aviation medical examiners. Conditions including psychosis, bipolar disorder and a prior suicide attempt are grounds for denying or deferring a pilot’s license. It’s up to the FAA to make a final decision.

The FAA was not immediately available for comment.

In Europe, pilots "may" be required to undergo psych evaluations and those with "schizotypal or delusional" disorders will not be allowed to fly, according to published guidelines.

Notable suspected aircraft-assisted suicides involved commercial flights such as Silk Air Flight MI 185 in 1997 and LAM Mozambique Airlines Flight 470 in 2013. And according to Curtis, who founded AirSafe.com in the mid-1990s in order to track airplane accidents, there are others that officials determined to have been sabotaged by pilots or are suspected of having been downed by their pilots.

Japan Air Lines in 1982


In 1982, a Japan Air Lines pilot reportedly "lost his senses" and crashed a plane carrying 150 people into Tokyo Bay, killing 24 of them but not the pilot, according to the New York Times. There was reportedly a fight in the cockpit before the plane went down.

Silk Air in 1997

In 1997, all 104 people aboard Silk Air flight MI 185 died when the flight went down in Indonesia. Contradicting findings by Indonesian authorities, which ruled out a suicide, U.S. investigators determined that the crash was intentional.

"The accident can be explained by intentional pilot action," they said in a letter to Indonesian investigators in 2000. "The evidence suggests that the cockpit voice recorder was intentionally disconnected."

EgyptAir in 1999

Egypt Air Flight 990 went down near Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 1999, killing all 217 people on board, ABC News reported at the time. Investigators concluded that there was nothing wrong with the plane itself -- as EgyptAir suggested -- and wondered whether the crash was intentional.

The NTSB led this investigation and wrote in its final report, "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the EgyptAir flight 990 accident is the airplane's departure from normal cruise flight and subsequent impact with the Atlantic Ocean as a result of the relief first officer's flight control inputs. The reason for the relief first officer's actions was not determined.

LAM Mozambique Airlines in 2013

All 33 people aboard LAM Mozambique Airlines flight 470 died in 2013 after the pilot put the plane into a "dangerously steep dive, seemingly on purpose" in Namibia, according to Vuorio's study.

The accident remains under investigation.

Malasia Air in 2014

Malaysia Air flight 370 disappeared last March carrying 277 passengers and 12 crew members. About an hour into the flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, air traffic controllers lost contact with it, and investigators believe it flew thousands of miles off-course.

Despite more than a year of searching, the plane has not been found.


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Friday
Mar272015

School Tells 'Tiny' Girl Her Body Mass Index is Too High

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A Missouri mother is livid after her daughter came home from elementary school with a note saying that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.

"She goes, 'Does this mean I'm fat?' and I said, 'No, this does not mean you are fat,'" Amanda Moss, of Belton, Missouri, told KMBC, ABC's Kansas City affiliate.

Moss's daughter Kylee is 7 years old, 54 pounds, 3-foot-10, Moss told the station.

According to the BMI calculator on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, her BMI is 17.9, making her overweight. But Moss says Kylee is an active, thin second grader.

"She is tiny," Moss told KMBC. "She has no body fat at all."

The school calculated students body mass indexes, which are a measurement of height, weight and age, as part of a grant program, Belton School District Superintendent Andrew Underwood told ABC News. In the future, he said parents will be allowed to opt out.

"We do the body mass index on our students for positive reasons to try to promote healthy habits as far as what the kids eat and their activity," Underwood said. "There was no malicious intent by this."

BMI is a controversial measurement because it does not distinguish muscle mass from fat mass, said Dr. Naveen Uli, a pediatric endocrinology at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Uli has not treated Kylee.

Knowing the average BMI for a student population can be helpful in making administrative changes such as increasing physical activity time or adding healthier options to the cafeteria menu, but it may not be as helpful on an individual scale, Uli said.

"[I]t may in fact be psychological[ly punishing, since school personnel may not be familiar with details regarding that child's health," he said in an email to ABC News. "This is best addressed by that child's healthcare provider. That being said, if the school is in a neighborhood with limited access to healthcare, the child might not be seeing a pediatrician regularly. In that scenario, the school report to the child's parents on BMI might be a much needed wake-up call."


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Friday
Mar272015

Pot Brownie That Made Man Fear Stroke Highlights Concerns About Pot Edibles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The case of a man who mistook a reaction to marijuana-laced brownies for a stroke has again highlighted concern about what can happen when people confuse marijuana edibles with regular food.

A Michigan man called police earlier this week thinking he was in the middle of a deadly stroke, but he actually was having a reaction to marijuana–laced brownies his daughter had baked, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The 58-year-old man was transported to the hospital and his daughter quickly alerted law enforcement his symptoms were likely related to brownies she had baked, the sheriff’s office said. Marijuana both for recreational and medical use remains illegal in Michigan and the incident is under investigation.

But the incident also shows the kind of complications that have occurred elsewhere as marijuana edibles have become more common and more states consider legalizing medical or recreational marijuana.

In Colorado, where recreational marijuana was legalized last year, doctors say they’ve seen a number of cases, mainly young children, who come to the ER after mistakenly ingesting edibles.

Dr. Sam Wong, emergency room doctor at Children's Hospital Colorado, said they’ve had many children arrive in the ER in such circumstances, with parents having had no idea their child ingested edibles.

“With kids, when they come to ER, at least half the time we don’t know they got into marijuana,” he said.

Only adults over the age of 21 can possess and consume marijuana products in Colorado under state law.

Wong cited a range of symptoms that children can present with if they ingest marijuana including laughing or giggling, lethargy, muscle seizures or, in severe cases, unconsciousness and breathing issues.

"We don’t see panic or anxiety. It’s mostly sleepiness," said Wong. "They’ll say, 'He’s just wanted to take more naps today,' or, 'I couldn’t wake him up. ... When he got up he couldn’t walk.’"

Wong said the edibles look similar to candy or other foods, which can make it hard for children to tell the difference. Parents also don't realize their children were able to get to the marijuana-infused products until a doctor asks them about it.

Wong said not knowing if a child was exposed to marijuana can create complications during treatment and lead to extra procedures.

“A lot of these kids get blood draws and lumbar punctures and CT scans of the head,” said Wong, procedures that can have a small risk of complications. “[In] an ideal case, we know the exposure and know the amount [of marijuana], and don’t have to do further tests.”

A 2014-published study in the Journal of American Medicine by the University of Colorado found a rise in children showing up in the ER with severe reactions to marijuana exposure. The study found that 14 children were admitted to the University of Colorado hospital during 2014, with seven children ending up in the intensive care unit.

The vast majority of children admitted to the hospital for marijuana-related reasons were because of ingesting edible THC products, according to the study.

Wong said he tells parents to keep edibles in a childproof case and store them somewhere apart from food and out of reach of small children.

“I think in Colorado we’re trying to do the best we can to deal with regulations and packaging and warning labels ... to curb these unintended exposures,” he said.


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Friday
Mar272015

Baby Nicknames Include Happy Meal, Sweet Thang, Fish Stick

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Happy Meal. Pepperoni. Little Tuna.

They're all words that might easily be taken for foods a woman craves while she is pregnant. But in fact, they are among the nicknames given to unborn children across the country.

The app Ovia Pregnancy, a fertility tracking product by Ovuline that has more than two million users in the U.S., recently released data revealing some of the most unusual terms of affection for unborn babies in all 50 states.

“Baby nicknames are one of the first emotional connections a mother has with her unborn baby,” said Ovuline’s chief product and marketing officer, Gina Moro Nebesar. “By giving her baby a cute nickname, [moms] can laugh with their partners over questions like, 'How's little Peanut doing today?' Or in the case of Minnesota users, 'How's Fish Stick doing today?' Creating pet names is a very human thing to do.”

Upon registering with the app, users are asked to give their baby a nickname, which is how Ovuline came to learn what might otherwise be a private moniker.

While the top three nicknames were Bean (8,024), Peanut (34,516) and Baby (37,862 entries) -- the default option -- Ovuline was curious whether any nicknames were unique to states or popular in certain regions. So a data team comprised of Nebesar, senior data scientist Isabella Patton, and software developer Christina Kelley culled through 630,000 data points related to baby nicknames, then used a filtering process to isolate 56,093 unique, rare nicknames entered by users in each of the 50 states.

The results were not strictly related to snacks. Sweet Thang was called out as North Carolina's most unusual nickname, while South Dakota parents chose the more humorous Buttkiss.

“The most surprising things about the results were the specific regional differences in Ovia Pregnancy users' baby nicknames,” Nebesar told ABC News. “Some were expected, like ‘Baby Pineapple’ in Hawaii or ‘The Lone Ranger’ in Texas. But we also found broader regional trends beyond the state. For example, entire regions tend to enjoy creating unique names with similar base words, like ‘sugar’ in the South, ‘bean’ in the Northeast, and ‘bug’ in the Northwest."

So is there any chance that labels such as “Tiny Beep” and “Sugalump” will stick with the child through to adulthood? Possibly.

“These children will all likely get more official names once they’re born,” said Nebesar. “But their mothers will probably always call them by this very first one.”


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Friday
Mar272015

How Kelly Rowland Lost 70 Pounds in Just Four Months

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Wait, what!? Kelly Rowland dropped 70 pounds of baby weight in just four months.

The former Destiny's Child singer, 34, spoke to Extra about having a baby, Titan, with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, in November.

 

 

Apparently, spin class is the key to dropping all the weight.

“Jeanette Jenkins is the secret, SoulCycle is the secret," she told the show. "When I go in there and it’s the wee hours of the morning, she is a great secret -- so motivational. Jeanette comes in with so much energy and this huge smile on her face, and you can’t help but to get excited about working out.”

 

 

Rowland also went back to the basics -- eating healthy.

“The 80/20 rule is all the way real, 80 percent of the time you eat those foods giving you nourishment, you’re eating clean, and 20 percent of the time, have guacamole, a ton of it like I do, and a margarita and maybe queso too!” she said.


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Friday
Mar272015

'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane Asks the Internet to Wear His Favorite Color

Courtesy Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) -- Five-year-old Seth Lane is taking the Internet by storm on Friday with his family's viral campaign #WearYellowForSeth.

On March 11, Seth's mom, Leanne, posted a video of her son on YouTube asking the world to don his favorite color on March 27 to raise awareness of severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID), which he was diagnosed with at 5 months old.

"Basically, he was born with no immune system and has no way of fighting any form of infection," she said. "The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection."

Leanne Lane of Northamptonshire, England, told ABC News Seth must be kept in a sterile room to protect him from germs and bacteria.

In other words, he spends most of his time in a “bubble.”

"It's before bone marrow transplants happen -- that’s where the term 'bubble boy' comes from," she said. "They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured."

Seth has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. Although he started school at a normal age, most of his learning has also been inside of a ward.

But despite his health issues, Lane said Seth has been smiling throughout.

"He is the most loving, happy child," she said. "It sounds ironic after what we've been talking about, that I'd just say that. He deals with everything extremely well."

"When we went to the hospital, he said to me, 'I'm not going home for a long time Mummy, am I?' I said, 'No, you’ve got a lot to do here' and he comes to the conclusion that he's just accepted it," Lane continued.

In a bid to shed awareness on Seth's condition, the Lanes have enlisted folks around the globe to join in wearing the happy hue and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

"Yellow is Seth's absolute favorite color," Lane said. "He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, 'Look, yellow!'"

"It perks him up when he's feeling rubbish, really," she said. "We said we're going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there's going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.”

Lane said that in addition to raising Seth's spirits, she hopes the social campaign will bring attention to SCID.

"It's about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life,” she said. “It's not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed. If more children can get more matches because of this, even if one child can get a match, then that’s fantastic."

Because of taking antibiotics for years, Seth must have his gallbladder removed sometime next week, his mother said. If all goes well, Seth is scheduled to start chemotherapy in five weeks, then have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later. His father will be his donor.

The Lane family added that they are not looking for any donations. They just want people to share photos of their wearing yellow for Seth on Friday.


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Friday
Mar272015

Sunburn Indicator Strip Could Be a Real Lifesaver

iStock/Thinkstock(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) — One doesn’t normally think of Ireland as the sun and fun capital of Europe but like anywhere else, people do get sunburned there.

That’s what might have spurred a Queen's University Belfast chemical engineering professor to come up with technology that gives sunbathers an important signal about when to get out of the sun.

Dr. David Hazafy’s sunburn indicator is a strip of plastic that can be worn as a bracelet and adapts to one’s skin type.

The strip has what Hazafy calls “smart” ink, which starts off as a blue color but then gradually becomes clear, a sign that the sunbather has reached a point where ultraviolet light will start to burn the skin.

Hazafy says the key to his invention is a metal oxide photocatalyst that harvests ambient sunlight, which in turn, “should warn people when they are receiving too much of the UV component of sunlight, and prompt them to seek shade.”


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