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Study: Without Exit Screening, About Three Ebola-Infected Individuals Could Fly


Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study released on Tuesday by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research found that without exit screening, about three people infected with Ebola could fly out of West African nations impacted by the disease's outbreak each month.The study, published in The Lancet, analyzed historical flight itineraries and concluded that 2.8 travellers infected with Ebola leave impacted countries on commercial flights every month. Notably, 64 percent of travellers leaving Gui

Drawing Attention to the Risks of Drowsy Driving


Tomwang112/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to drowsy driving dangers, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that Americans need to wake up.The NTSB, for the first time, held a forum on drowsy driving in Washington, D.C.Mark Rosekind, a board member, said one of the biggest problems is that people underestimate just how tired they are.“Humans are just horribly inaccurate if we have to self-diagnose fatigue,” Rosekind said. “That’s what all

Journalist Who Contracted Ebola Now Disease Free


Ashoka Mukpo(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with NBC in Liberia is now disease free, he tweeted Tuesday.Ashoka Mukpo was transported from Liberia to the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment center on Oct. 6.The medical center announced Tuesday that he was free of the disease and would be released from the hospital on Wednesday.The 33-year-old made the announcement himself, tweeting that he is "Ebola free and feeling so blessed." Just got my r

Family Denies Teen Was 'Scared to Death' at Haunted House


iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Ohio) -- The 16-year-old girl who collapsed and died after visiting an Ohio haunted house was not “scared to death,” her family says.Christian Faith Benge was on a family trip last week to the Land of Illusions haunted house in Middletown last week when she collapsed.Benge’s mother, Jean Benge, said she and a paramedic performed CPR on the teen before she was taken to a local hospital. The teenager was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital

Utility Workers Indicted Over Brain-Eating Amoeba Testing


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Two Louisiana utility workers have been indicted for allegedly failing to test the water supply for a brain-eating amoeba and then lying about it.In late August, St. John the Baptist Parish officials told 13,000 people in three Louisiana towns that the deadly amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, had been found in their water supply. The following month, state police officers began to inspect inconsistencies in the water inspection data, according to AB

Ashoka Mukpo Says He Doesn't Know How He Contracted Ebola


Ashoka Mukpo(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with NBC in Liberia may be released from an isolation ward in Nebraska this week.Ashoka Mukpo was transported from Liberia to the Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment center on Oct. 6 and could be released this week if new tests confirm he no longer has the virus.The 33-year-old has opened up via Twitter about how he still is not sure how he contracted the disease but does not regret going to Liberia to h

Study Investigates What Traits Make a Kid a Future Killer


iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Is there any reliable way to predict whether a child will grow up to be a murderer?Alex Piquero, a University of Texas at Dallas criminologist, says trying to figuring that out is extremely difficult.About the only two factors that many killers have in common is that their IQ is usually lower than other criminals and they were generally exposed to extreme violence at some point in their lives.Piquero says in studying 1,350 serious juvenile offenders who mostly commit

Michael Strahan's Trainer Reveals How to Get in "Magic Mike" Shape


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Want to know Michael Strahan’s secret weapon for getting into ripped, chiseled, rock solid Magic Mike-worthy shape? Meet his personal trainer, celebrity fitness guru, Latreal “La” Mitchell.As a Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, Strahan was already pretty physically fit. But Mitchell has helped transform his body into tip-top shape, skyrocketing his confidence and muscle tone to conquer the silver screen -- shirtless.But that trim transformation doesn&r

Sugary Soda Linked to Cellular Aging


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Sugary soda seems to do more damage to the body than previously suspected.University of California San Francisco researchers contend, “Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body’s metabolic control of sugars but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues.”In other words, the DNA of people who drink the equivalent of 20 ounces of sugary soda daily is almost five year

There's a Secret to Eating a Healthier Bowl of Pasta


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- People love pasta but it's not exactly the healthiest thing for you. For example, the carbohydrates in pasta can cause weight gain while the glucose from the starch spikes the body's blood sugar.However, a show called Trust Me, I'm A Doctor on Britain's BBC suggests there's an easy way to reduce some of the less beneficial effects of pasta.The solution, according to Dr. Denise Robertson of the University of Surrey, is to let your pasta cool down before eating it an

Those Who Feel Good About Aging Take Better Care of Themselves


iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Middle-aged Americans who don’t have a problem with getting older tend to take better care of their health.Eric Kim, a University of Michigan doctoral student, says in a study that too many people 50 and older seem resigned to the fact that a certain amount of physical and mental decay is inevitable so to them, it makes little sense to take advantage of preventative health care services.That's why Kim says it’s important to have a positive minds

CDC Issues Updated Guidelines on Ebola Treatment


Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday new guidance for the use of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers treating patients with Ebola.Noting successful and safe treatment of patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the CDC put out "enhanced guidance" focusing on ensuring no skin

Man Runs Marathon Forwards and Backwards


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Chukuske never imagined eight years ago that he would run a marathon, let alone one twice in one day. But the Minnesota runner proved otherwise Sunday, running 52.4 consecutive miles in the Mankato Marathon. The run is 26.2 miles long."The slogan is, 'Go Bold for Mankato,’" he said. "So, my friend said why don't you do something bold this year. I don't usually say no to any running challenges."Chukuske, 33, began the day at three in the morning, running

Third Ebola Patient Treated at Emory University Hospital Released


Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- A patient who was hospitalized at Emory University Hospital last month with the Ebola virus was discharged on Sunday, the hospital said.The patient, who was not identified, was the third Ebola patient treated at Emory University, following Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. According to a hospital statement, the patient was discharged after being "determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat," and asked to remain anonymous. A

The Heartbreaking Poem a Nurse Who Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan Wrote in Tribute


Will Montgomery(DALLAS) --  The last nurse to leave the hospital room where Thomas Eric Duncan died has written a poem about the Ebola patient, penned during the sleepless days after Duncan's death, a source told ABC News.The source provided the poem to ABC News, noting that the nurse who wrote it asked to remain anonymous. Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, died at the Dallas hospital on Oct. 8. Two of the nurses who cared for Duncan -- Nina Pham, 26,

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