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Friday
Jan102014

The Fattest Jobs in America

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Do you have a long commute in the car, only to get to work and sit at a desk all day? Do you work an overnight shift when the only dinner options are fast food?

Without proper exercise and healthy eating, your job could be helping you pack on the pounds.

According to results from a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, which was released in May 2013, people who worked in transportation, manufacturing and repair industries were more likely to be obese. Obesity was defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of over 30. Doctors were found to have the lowest level of obesity, with teachers, business owners and other professionals joining them at the bottom of the list.

In analyzing behavioral and emotional factors, the survey used data collected from January 2012 to September 2012 and was based on phone interviews with more than 139,000 American workers.

Separately, Nightline spoke to a few people in various lines of work about the struggles of staying healthy while on the job.

Troy Robbins is a 47-year-old trucker who drives up to 700 miles a day, spending up to 14 hours every day sitting. When he stopped to eat, his dining choices at truck stops ranged from greasy to greasier, and usually no salad in sight. He weighed almost 500 pounds before he started a fitness routine with "Rolling Strong."

Bob Perry, a fitness guru to long-haul truckers, developed the "Rolling Strong" program, which are fitness routines designed around the big rigs, from walking laps around the truck, to doing "stairs" on the truck steps, to doing exercises inside the rig.

Below is the list of 14 professions, according to Gallup's findings, ranked in order of which had the greatest level of obesity:

  • Transportation: 36.4 percent
  • Manufacturing or productiom: 29.9 percent
  • Installation or repair work: 28.3 percent
  • Clerical or office work: 26.6 percent
  • Manager, executive or official: 25.6 percent
  • Service worker: 25.6 percent
  • Nurse: 25.2 percent
  • Fishing, farming or forestry:24.7 percent
  • Construction or mining: 24.0 percent
  • Sales: 23.2 percent
  • Professional (excluding physicians, nurses and teachers): 22.1 percent
  • Teacher (K-12): 20.9 percent
  • Business owner: 20.4 percent
  • Physician: 14.0 percent

Tune in to Nightline Friday night at 12:35 a.m. ET to watch the full story.

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Friday
Jan102014

Family Discovers Sperm Bank Nightmare 21 Years After Daughter's Birth

KTVX/ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Utah family who used a sperm bank more than 20 years ago uncovered a nightmare when they performed DNA tests this year: their adult daughter's real father is a convicted felon who swapped his sperm with theirs.

The family has chosen to remain anonymous but has spoken under the pseudonyms of Paula, Jeff and Ashley to ABC News affiliate KUTV and genealogist CeCe Moore about their plight.

"They came to me in October 2012...when they were interested in finding out who Ashley's biological father was," Moore told ABC News Friday. Moore runs an online email list and blog about genetics and geneaology. "They never imagined they'd uncover what they did."

Paula and Jeff used a Salt Lake City area fertility clinic in the 1990s to conceive Ashley, but recently performed a DNA test and found out that Ashley's real father was convicted kidnapper Thomas Lippert, who worked at the clinic in the 1980s and 1990s, they told KUTV. He died in 1999.

"I felt my stomach just drop," Paula told the station. "When I called my daughter and my husband's DNA up next to one another they didn't share any DNA at all, and I just thought to myself, 'oh my God.'"

Now, the couple and Moore, along with the University of Utah, are urging families that used the Reproductive Medical Technologies Clinic to take advantage of free paternity testing to see if Lippert had any more victims. Several families have already contacted Moore and Paula through an email address they set up, Moore told ABC.

"Several said last night through email that they were clients there and were really worried. Hopefully this is an isolated case, but we just don't know," Moore said.

The University of Utah is offering free paternity tests to parents who used the sperm bank during those years.

"The bottom line is that we are hoping that couples who used the Reproductive Medical Technologies Clinic in Salt Lake City (which they, like Paula, may have simply known as the University of Utah's fertility clinic) to conceive between 1986 and 1995 will hear about this story and reach out to Paula," Moore said in a blog post on her website this week.

"If couples suspect that they may have been one of Tom's victims, they are encouraged to have their children tested...," she wrote.

Paula told KUTV she believes Lippert's actions were purposeful. He kept a stack of baby photos at the desk of the clinic that he showed off as babies he "helped" to conceive, she recalled.

"I just thought, 'oh my gosh,' this was not an accident, this was intentional. All those photos of the babies that he was so proud of I thought, 'oh my god how many of those are his biological children?'" Paula told KUTV.

The clinic, which is now defunct, was associated with the University of Utah. According to the university, it was a privately-owned clinic that did some work for the school, but was also owned in part by three faculty and staff members.

"Since April 2013, the University of Utah has been investigating credible information regarding the possible mislabeling or tampering of a semen sample," the university said in a statement, referencing the plight of Paula, Jeff, and Ashley.

"There are no remaining records from RMTI to prove the claim and the man in question has been deceased since 1999. Consequently, it is unknown how this incident might have happened. In addition, there is no evidence to indicate this situation extends beyond the case in question," they said.

Moore did not immediately return requests for comment from ABC News.

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Friday
Jan102014

First-Time Mom Live-Tweets Birth With Unflinching Honesty, Tweets Go Viral

ruthiorio/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- When Ruth Iorio went into labor on Christmas night, she decided to document her journey in real-time on social media and even designated a hashtag, #ruthshomebirth, for her friends, family and curious strangers to follow.

Through her 12-hour labor, which began when she was doing housework, Iorio, whose maiden name is Fowler, posted photos taken by her husband, photojournalist Jared Iorio, to Instagram and tweeted what appeared to be her raw, honest-to-God truth about the stages her body went through as she waited for the baby, whom she lovingly called “the beast,” to be born.

“It was quite a nice atmosphere,” Iorio told ABC News Friday, laughing. “Every single contraction [my husband] pressed on my back with one hand and the other would be out taking a picture of me.”

And now, the unflinchingly honest photos and tweets have gone viral.

 

 

 

 

The British-born Iorio, whose father is a doctor who delivers babies, said she opted for a home birth because it’s more common for midwives to care for pregnancies in the U.K., while she said “docs are for emergencies.”

Still, she said she knows it isn’t for everyone, and if a woman is more comfortable giving birth in a hospital, that’s where she should go.

 

 

 

For Iorio, social media was a welcome distraction from the labor pains she was experiencing.

 

 

No detail was too graphic or private. Iorio remained committed to tweeting the raw truth about giving birth.

 

 

Iorio shared a photo of herself in the bathtub, waiting for her little “Beast” with a whiskey sour in hand, she wrote.

After her bath, Iorio said she her contractions slowed and she laid down to rest, but experienced “nasty back labor.”

“Erratic timing. Back pain. F—, this really does hurt,” she wrote during the early hours of Dec. 26.

At 6:20 a.m., Iorio said her water broke. She posted an Instagram photo of herself kneeling in the shower.

 

 

Iorio’s doula arrived to help deliver her baby. Twelve hours after his mother began documenting his arrival into the world, Nye Soledad Iorio was born at 9:04 a.m. on Dec. 26.

 

 

 

When the doula realized the placenta wasn’t coming out, Iorio said she was taken to UCLA Medical Center, which is a ten-minute drive from her home.

At the hospital, Iorio said she had to have a blood transfusion.

In keeping with the theme of documenting every detail, no matter how private or painful it may seem, Iorio tweeted a photo of her doula, Allegra, next to a bloody placenta.

“Yeah the placenta is crazy innit?” she wrote.

It isn’t the first time Iorio has offered an unflinchingly honest look at her life. After college and struggling to establish herself as a New York City journalist since she did not have a work visa, Iorio, then Ruth Fowler, turned to stripping. In 2009, she published a memoir, Girl, Undressed about the experience.

Iorio said she and her husband are turning the photos into a book to share with her son when he’s older.

“It was a difficult birth but nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “I was grateful to be at home.”

 

 

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Friday
Jan102014

Rocco DiSpirito’s ‘Pound A Day’ Diet Claims Quick Weight-Loss

Courtesy Grand Central Publishing(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito says you can eat what you love and still lose weight with his “Pound A Day Diet.”  The goal of his new diet book: to help dieters lose up to five pounds in five days.

Part of the appeal is quick weight loss, so dieters feel motivated immediately, and DiSpirito says the fact that it’s from a chef’s perspective distinguishes the plan from others.

“It’s a chef’s point of view that’s been missing in the world of health,” DiSpirito said.  “These recipes are easy to make and they taste great.”

DiSpirito says the diet turns your body into a fat burning machine. 

In phase one, you consume lots of water -- half your weight in ounces every day -- and six small protein-packed meals, totaling 850 calories a day.  More calories are permitted on the weekends for a month. 

In phase two, you get to eat more, but learn to keep the weight off for life, he says.

One of the staples of his plan is a morning chocolate shake made up of just six ingredients.

“It’s got 30 grams of protein.  The reason I put so much protein in this chocolate smoothie is because it is breakfast and protein is sustainable fuel.  It’ll last throughout the whole day,” he said.

Don’t have time to cook?  No problem, DiSpirito says.

“If you still don’t think you can do a five-ingredient, ten-minute recipe. ...You can do my 28-day Phase One with store-bought food if you really want to,” he notes.

While a diet designed for quick weight loss can help keep dieters on track, experts say in some cases that can actually be associated with real risks, including electrolyte abnormalities, cardiac consequences, and multiple other medical issues, according to ABC News’ Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

DiSpirito maintains his diet is safe and was created with the help of a doctor and filled with micronutrients that other aggressive diets may lack.

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Friday
Jan102014

Placebos Cure Some Migraine Headaches

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- They don’t call it the “placebo effect” for nothing.

To test how the mind can trick you into believing almost anything, people with migraine headaches were either given the powerful headache remedy Maxalt or a pill that had absolutely no medicinal value. The dozens of people who took part in the experiment were also told by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston that the pill they were taking, whether real or bogus, would help relieve their pounding migraine.

The results were that those who took Maxalt reported more relief. However, some who were given the placebo along with the story of its so-called therapeutic value also said they felt better afterwards.

While admitting that more studies are needed, the researchers suggest that when a patient even hears the word “medicine,” it can actually influence the body’s response.

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Friday
Jan102014

An E-Cigarette that's Yours and Yours Alone

AnneMS/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- Smokers are generally willing to give out a cigarette if asked but in this day and age of e-cigarettes, it makes sharing your “smoke” more problematic.

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a company called Vapor Corp. unveiled the latest innovation in e-cigs designed to make certain that the vaporizer is used by you and you alone.

Called the Vapor X, the device offers patent-pending fingerprint lock technology, meaning it only works when you handle it and no one else.

To get started, the authorized user is assigned a fingerprint scan in order to activate the Vapor X, which uses biometric technologies. In that way, it can’t be abused by minors or pickpockets for that matter.

Meanwhile, users will also be able to download an app that will record just how many times they use the Vapor X.

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Friday
Jan102014

Puppy Dog Eyes Are No Accident

Zoonar RF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s tough to resist a dog when it make those “puppy dog” eyes designed to melt the hardest of hearts.

In fact, a study out of England’s University of Portsmouth discovered that dogs able to make their eyes look larger usually get adopted quicker.

What’s more, it seems canines developed this skill knowing instinctively that humans are suckers for child-like faces.

Dr. Bridget Waller, an expert in the evolution of social communication at the university, conducted a study of dogs in a shelter that seemed to widen their eyes by raising their brows.  It turns out that “big eyes” attracted more potential owners.

Waller claims her experiment was the first to show that these child-like expressions are an important factor in the way people go about picking dogs.

Actually, this particular talent can be traced back to wolves, according to Waller, using it to make themselves less threatening to humans. Since dogs are descended from wolves, that trait appears to have been passed down through thousands of years.

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Friday
Jan102014

Coffee May Not Cause Dehydration, Study Finds

iStock/Thinktsock(NEW YORK) -- For so many, that morning cup of coffee is essential, but as long as they’ve consumed it, coffee drinkers have been told that a shot (or shots) of caffeine can leave them dehydrated.

“I would say that if I’m drinking coffee, that I would generally like to follow the coffee with a water,” said Darcy Cadman, a patron in a New York coffee shop.

While it’s true that caffeine can be dehydrating, a study Thursday in PLoS ONE found that wasn’t the case when it came to drinking moderate amounts of joe.

Researchers at Birmingham University took a group of 50 healthy men and had half of them drink four small mugs of coffee daily for three consecutive days. The other half drank four small glasses of water. Then the men switched.

The study results: There was no significant difference in the men’s hydration levels.

Coffee, after all, is made up of more than 95 percent water.

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Friday
Jan102014

Personalized Heat Pods Next 'It' Workout? 

Iobella(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- CrossFit? That's so 2013. The "it" workout of the new year might be the one that involves spending 30 minutes in a heated pod.

The Iobella workout takes place in temperature-controlled pods heated to 98 degrees and uses weighted pulleys to work the entire body, it claims, in just 30 minutes.

Iobella has seven locations in Argentina and one in the United States, in Santa Monica, Calif. Roxana Lissa, the California spa's owner, was visiting her mother in Argentina and came across Iobella.

She had just had a baby and was looking to lose a little around the middle. She tried Iobella and said she noticed a difference after a few sessions.

"I realized I had to bring it to the U.S.," she said.

It took a year and a half to make it happen.

Iobella isn't the first workout that requires heat. Bikram yoga has been around for decades. Its devotees sweat it out in 90-minute workouts in a room that's heated to a sizzling 105 degrees.

It's not even the first workout that involves pods. The pod method is popular in Europe, especially Italy, and parts of South America, Lissa said. But the Iobella in Santa Monica attracts primarily U.S. clientele.

"There was some skepticism at first," Lissa said. "But people are always looking for something different."

The Iobella workout takes place in a pod, rather than a heated room, Lissa said, because of the personal nature of the workout. Each individual has a personal trainer for his or her 30-minute session.

The person's head it outside the pod for every part of the workout except the ab portion. The trainer can turn down the heat if necessary.

Plus, Lissa said, "you only have to deal with your own sweat."

But it's that heat, and sweat, that supposedly makes a big difference.

"In Spanish, those difficult parts of our body are called the 'cold areas,'" Lissa said, referring to the parts of the body particularly susceptible to cellulite.

"Working out at the body's natural temperature promotes immediate circulation to those areas."

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Thursday
Jan092014

California Hospital Sets Up Flu Tent

Fuse/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., has set up a flu tent near its emergency room to treat patients, as the highly infectious virus has become more widespread throughout the region.

So far, a total of 15 people have died in California, according to ABC’s San Francisco affiliate, KGO-TV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that more than 20 states have high flu activity, with the H1N1 virus being the most prevalent nationwide.

In the past four years, the CDC has changed its recommendations and now urges all Americans six months and older get a flu shot. Children under the age of 9, who are getting immunized for the first time, should get two doses, one month apart.

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