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Child Discharged from Chicago Hospital After Testing Negative for Ebola


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A child who had symptoms of Ebola has been discharged from a Chicago hospital after testing negative for the disease.The child, who recently traveled from West Africa, was admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center Friday after having a fever during an Ebola screening at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.On Saturday officials said the child, whose age and gender were not released, tested negative for Ebola and was discharged.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var j

Child With Symptoms of Ebola Under Quarantine in Chicago


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A child with symptoms of Ebola is under quarantine in Chicago.The child, whose age and gender have not been released, was admitted to University of Chicago Medical Center Friday after having a fever during an Ebola screening at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.Hospital officials say the child is stable and is under observation as a way to rule out Ebola.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElemen

App Shows What 200 Calories of Holiday Treats Look Like


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This season there's plenty of holiday cheer, but also holiday treats and goodies that can wreak havoc on any diet.To help those trying to stay healthy while enjoying seasonal treats, the app Calorific has created a handy guide that shows what 200 calories of holiday treats look like. The weight-loss app displays pictures of a single food in the amount that would equal 200 calories.Apparently it takes a whole plate of Brussels sprouts to equal 200 calories, but j

Conjoined Twin Babies Undergo First Step Toward Separation


XiXinXing/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Elysse Mata leaned over her 8-month-old conjoined twins, kissing their faces as tears streamed down her face and she whispered "I love you."The babies were about to undergo a skin-stretching surgery, the first step in their eventual separation at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. They share a chest wall, diaphragm, intestines, lungs, lining of the heart and pelvis.Five hours later, it was over.In recovery, the Mata family leaned over groggy Knatalye an

Caramel Apples Linked to Four Deaths in Multi-State Listeria Outbreak


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Health officials are warning consumers to avoid eating caramel apples after linking the fall treats to a multi-state listeria outbreak that has been linked to at least four deaths.Officials from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that at least 28 people from 10 states, including Minnesota, Arizona and Texas, have been infected with Listeriosis due to Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause life-threatening illness.Of those i

The Science Behind Nailing Your New Year's Resolution


Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Year's resolutions seem so full of promise on Jan. 1, but by the middle of the week, many people have already skipped the gym, eaten the stacked burger and been a jerk to their in-laws.No one said goal-setting would be easy.Fewer than one in five adults who made health-related New Year's resolutions were able to make any significant strides in weight loss, healthier eating, exercise or stress reduction by March, according to a 2010 poll by the American Psychol

School Takes Away Blind Boy's Cane as Punishment for Acting Up


iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A school took away an 8-year-old blind boy's cane as punishment for acting up and replaced it with a pool noodle, his father told ABC News on Thursday.Dakota Nafzinger, who was born with no eyes, was listening to his music on the school bus when the driver took it away from him, his father, Donald Nafzinger said. Dakota often taps his cane to the music, but this time, his father said he threw it in the air. Nafzinger said school officials told him they thou

Plus-Size Blogger Asks Beauty Editors to Transform Her Photo


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When blogger Marie Southard Ospina sent a photo of herself with no makeup and no clothes to photo editors in 21 countries around the world and asked them to Photoshop her, she said she was surprised by one thing most of the experts did not do to her image."I was surprised that only three out of 21 altered my weight and my bone structure," Ospina told ABC News' Juju Chang. "So that was nice to see.""[I thought] that the majority of the editors would slim me down and

Iowa Spa 'Makeover' Lifts 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient


Blush Salon & Spa/Facebook(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- An Iowa spa catered to a very special client when it gave a full "makeover" to a young cancer patient Wednesday.Taryn Oberthein, 4, has spent much of the past year dealing with doctors and hospitals after she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, according to ABC News affiliate KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Neuroblastoma is a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells in different areas in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic

Santa's Heartwarming Surprise for Deaf 6-Year-Old Girl


iStock/Thinkstock(WESTMINSTER, Mass.) -- For one 6-year-old girl in Westminster, Massachusetts, the best Christmas gift she received didn’t come in the form of a perfectly wrapped box with a bow under the tree. Instead, the special surprise came personally delivered from Santa himself -- in the form of sign language.For the first time in her life, Sadie Adam sat on Santa’s lap and the jolly-old-guy knew exactly what she was sharing, with no interpreter needed.“I am glad I was a

The Possible Health Benefits of Mistletoe?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Leave it to medical researchers to find something about mistletoe that has nothing to do with kissing. The traditional plant that people hang in their homes at Christmastime may one day keep your liver healthy.In a report published on the website Science Daily, researchers say a compound produced by a particular variety of the plant -- Korean mistletoe -– may help fight obesity-related liver disease in mice.That particular mistletoe contains a number of

The Couple that Tries to Lose Weight Together May Not Lose Weight Together


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two brains are better than one when it comes to tackling certain things, but a new study indicates that when it comes to weight loss, a person’s chance of shedding pounds is greater when they don’t team up with a partner.In a study published in the journal Eating Behaviors, researchers assessed 50 overweight duos who made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, and found those who dieted together generally failed separately.The researchers fou

What to Know About European Union's Obesity Ruling


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Europe's highest court ruled on Thursday that obesity can, under certain circumstances, be considered a disability, taking a step forward against obesity discrimination, experts say.The European Court of Justice heard the case of a child-care worker identified in the ruling as "Mr. Kaltoft," who claimed he had been fired from his job because of his weight. The court ruled that although obesity was itself not a disability, it can cause certain hindrances that can be

Medical Miracles that Happened in 2014


Second Sight(NEW YORK) -- Modern medicine has always been capable of amazing things, but 2014 was an especially remarkable year.Much of what happened over the past 12 months wasn’t even possible just a few short years ago. Some occurrences, like the ones that follow, might even qualify as miracles:Bionic EyesightIn October, a North Carolina man became one of the first people in the world to receive a bionic prosthetic eye implant. After being blind for over 30 years, doctors were able to r

Coroner's Office Identifies 4th Plane Crash Victim


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Regional Forensic Science Center has positively identified the fourth person killed in last week's plane crash at Mid-Continent Airport. He's been identified as Sergey Galitskiy, 54.

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