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Monday
Nov262012

Pregnancy Revealed in 1,000 Pictures

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stop-motion home movie made of 1,000 separate photos of a mom, Osher Grencel, during her pregnancy could be called the “prequel” for little baby Emma Grencel, who was born on July 3.

The video shows every step of the nine-month pregnancy process, including morning sickness, the first precious face scan images of Emma, and includes cameos from her dad, Tomer Grencel, 30, who put the entire video together.

In Tomer’s description of the video, he explains he was the photographer, Photoshop editor, director, script writer and proud dad of the entire production. He boasts, “Look at our 9 months pregnancy in 1,000 pictures! Each frame (picture) was separately taken, edited and uploaded! It was 9 months of a growing belly and 1 month of video editing… :-)”

The Grencels, who live in Tel Aviv, told ABC News they decided to take a photo of Osher’s pregnant belly each day so they could “see the belly grow!”

Tomer, a professional photographer, said he got the idea to create the video when “someone told Osher that because she is so skinny no one will know she is pregnant until relatively late stage of the pregnancy.” Tomer had known he wanted to do something special to document the pregnancy, but until that moment, wasn’t quite sure how yet.

The video, which has had more than 500,000 hits on YouTube, wasn’t originally intended to be used as anything more than a fun video to show friends and family.

“Actually it’s quite funny,” Tomer said. “In some of the days before taking the photo, Osher told me, ‘I don’t want to take the photo today, I look bad!’ And my answer was, ‘Come on, honey. You look great, and no one will see it anyway.’”

Tomer said he quickly learned one important rule throughout the pregnancy: SHE is not pregnant. You BOTH are.

When asked if the couple would recommend creating a video like this to other people, they replied, “Of course. It’s an amazing souvenir for the child … You have to be patient, it’s a long process and you must be consistent. But it’s sure worth it.”

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar062012

Sleepless Nights? Sleep Tips for a Better Night's Rest

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A small minority of people don't need the suggested eight hours of sleep each night.  These people can get by on less than five hours, scientists found.  But for the majority of you who need your eight hours of shut-eye, but find yourselves staring at the ceiling at night, Dr. Mallika Marshall shares tips on how to get better rest.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Man Captures Daughter's Birth on Tape While Driving

Zachary Russell videotaped the backseat birth of his daughter while driving his wife to their Mansfield, Texas, birthing center. (ABC News)(MANSFIELD, Texas) -- A determined dad-to-be managed to videotape the backseat birth of his daughter while driving his wife to their Mansfield, Texas, birthing center.

Zachary and Jennifer Russell were 15 minutes into the 45-minute trip when Jennifer's water broke. Moments later, baby Willow was born.

"By the time my water broke, I pushed once and she was out," Jennifer Russell told ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV. "I didn't think it was going to happen that fast."

The first thing proud papa did was whip out his video camera.

"I just kept making sure the frame was good and that I was staying on the road," Zachary Russell told WFAA. "I'm surprised. I did real well!"

While most moms-to-be make it to the delivery room with time to spare, experts say a quick labor can surprise even the most practiced of parents.

"The vast majority of women have plenty of warning before their baby is going to come," said Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "But some people have very, very rapid labors."

Other unplanned labor locales include a New Jersey PATH train, a stuck service elevator in Spanaway, Wash., a Baltimore airport bathroom, a Denver library, a McDonald's in Vancouver, Wash., and an airplane en route to San Francisco.

Despite having a due date -- an estimate based on the time of conception -- babies tend to come out when they're ready, regardless of whether the parents feel the same. But several warning signs signal the start of labor, which for first-time moms lasts an average of 16 hours.

"About 1 percent of women break their water before they go into labor," said Greenfield. "It's usually a big gush, but sometimes it's more of a constant trickle." Either way, "you can usually tell."

There are other, more ubiquitous signs that a baby is ready to go: Contractions that start out feeling like menstrual cramps and steadily grow more intense; a tightening feeling across the lower back; and the sensation that the baby is curling up inside. But there are false alarms, too.

"I think that's part of what keeps people from acting at first," said Greenfield. "People sometimes feel crampier and have more pelvic pressure" late in pregnancy. "And there's the bloody show -- mucus and blood coming out of the cervix. But they're not very predictive of labor."

Some women are caught off-guard because they don't feel pain with contractions.

"Everyone's been telling them, 'Pain, pain, pain,' and they don't recognize what contractions feel like," said Greenfield of the women some would call lucky. "But that's pretty rare."

Even for veteran moms who've been there, done that, labor can be sneaky.

"If their first baby came in two hours, the next baby may be the one they're going to deliver in the car on the way to the hospital," said Greenfield. "The second delivery, on average, is usually half the length of the first."

Although few women would choose the backseat of a Ford Compact over a birthing center, Greenfield said quick labors are usually a sign that everything is going smoothly.

"This is the way nature intended," she said. "Labor wasn't intended to happen in hospitals hooked up to IVs."

Wherever they're born, babies need to be dry and warm.

"The most important thing is to dry it off and put it skin-to-skin against mom," said Greenfield. The next step is to get mom and baby to the nearest hospital. "It's so dramatic and exciting," said Greenfield. "When it ends well, it's certainly a story to tell."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun142011

Cancer Is a Bully Caught on Camera

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Cancer is termed metastatic when it has spread from the original site to other areas of the body.  Authors of this study asked a simple question:  how do cancer cells invade other tissues?

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School focused on ovarian cancer and found that once these cancer cells break off the original tumor, they literally bully their way through other tissues, pushing healthy cells to the side as they "barrel through."

The authors know this because they've caught the bullies on camera. Using time-lapse video microscopes, the authors labeled cancer and healthy cells with different colors and then watched what happens when cancer cells come in contact with the healthy ones.

The authors also figured out how these cancer cells push the healthy ones to the side, and these mechanisms could prove to be targets for prevention of metastasis of ovarian cancer.

Their findings were published in Cancer Discovery.

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