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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 on

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. Have you picked up your copy of the April issue of @essencemag? On newsstands now! http://t.co/zAXBIXLf5i pic.twitter.com/aDqkyCVnDw— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) March 23, 2015 Apparently, spin class is the key to dropp

'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.

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

Researchers: Schools Should Counsel, Not Suspend, Pot Smoking Adolescents


iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — The war on drugs is becoming less punitive and more supportive, at least at some schools in Washington state and Victoria, Australia.Richard Catalano, a professor of social work at the University of Washington, says a study of 3,200 adolescents has shown that handing out suspensions to seventh and ninth graders who got caught smoking marijuana didn’t do much to deter future use.In fact, these kids were twice as likely to smoke pot during the following yea

Average Doctor's Office Wait Time Dipped By a Minute in 2014


Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The waiting is often the hardest part at the doctor’s office as anyone who’s had an appointment can attest.The physician review website Vitalis.com says the average wait time to see a physician last year was an interminable 19 minutes and 16 seconds.But take heart, America, that's actually one minute faster than 2013.And why is that? Vitalis CEO Heywood Donigan credits the Affordable Care Act boosting the number of walk-in clinics from 1,2

How to Cut White Rice's Caloric Content in Half


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For much of the world, rice is the staff of life. Here in the U.S., it’s more of a side dish with white rice the preferred variety by most people.However, even a single cup packs 200 calories, which in of itself isn’t terrible, but combined with other food items on your plate can help you to put on unwanted weight.Yet, a simple method of making rice less caloric was discovered by researchers from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka who ma

Manufacturer of Scopes Cited in Spread of LA 'Superbug' Releases Updated Disinfe


ChrisPole/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Olympus America, the company that manufactures the duodenoscopes that were cited in the spread of a superbug at a Los Angeles hospital in February, released an urgent safety notification regarding updated cleaning processes to ensure high levels of disinfection in between uses.The new process, which consists of "revised manual cleaning and high level disinfection procedures," should be implemented "as soon as possible," the company says. Olympus recommend

Ebola Patient at NIH Upgraded from Critical to Serious Condition


Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/MCT via Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A patient being treated for the Ebola virus at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda was upgraded from critical to serious condition, the NIH said Thursday.The NIH still did not share any additional details about the patient, who was admitted on March 12. The patient was volunteering at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone when they tested positive for the disease.The patient is the second to receive t

CDC Unveils New Anti-Smoking Ads Featuring Real Smokers


Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new set of anti-smoking ads featuring real smokers who are living with the long-term health effects of smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.The "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign was first launched in 2012. "Since its launch," the CDC says, "the Tips campaign has featured compelling stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases and d

Blind Hawaii Woman Gets Bionic Eye to See Again


Fuse/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A Honolulu woman who went blind two years ago will soon be able to see again thanks to her new bionic eye.Surgeons at the Eye Surgery Center of Hawaii implanted the device on Tuesday into a 72-year-old Japanese-American woman who had gone blind two years ago due to an incurable hereditary disease called retinitis pigmentosa, said Dr. Gregg Kokame, who performed the operation. He told ABC News the hospital was not identifying the woman by name, but that she was the fi

Dallas Woman Behind Bars for Allegedly Giving Illegal Butt Injections


Dallas County Sheriff's Department(DALLAS) -- A Dallas woman has been arrested for allegedly administering to patients illegal cosmetic procedures -- butt injections -- without a medical license, according to police.Denise Rochelle Ross, known as "Wee Wee," turned herself in to authorities Wednesday because she had been wanted for practicing medicine without a license, according to the Dallas Police Department. Ross' bond was set at $500,000, according to court records. Her alleged accomplice, J

NASA Studies Kelly Twins to Understand Space's Impact on Human Body


Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NASA will examine how a year of zero gravity will affect the human body when Scott Kelly blasts off for an extended stay on the International Space Station.But NASA isn’t just going to look at Kelly and fellow astronaut Mikhail Kornienko. The team also will be following Scott Kelly’s identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, as an earthbound control group.Officials hope to understand what exactly happens to a human body hundr

What Drew Barrymore Said About Her Post-Baby Body


Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- For every star who seemingly bounces back to her pre-pregnancy size weeks after giving birth, there's Drew Barrymore to keep it real."After making two babies, holy cow, does your body do some crazy stuff! It’s hard to stay positive and love yourself," the 40-year-old actress admitted about her post-baby body in Glamour magazine. "You feel like a kangaroo with a giant pouch; everything’s saggy and weird. But you think about how beau

Indiana Governor Declares Public Health Emergency to Battle Worst HIV Outbreak i


iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Thursday declared a public health emergency for an Indiana county battling what is believed to be the worst HIV outbreak in the state's history.Pence said 79 cases have been confirmed, and, with more testing underway, "We expect that number to go up."The cases have either been found in or are connected to Scott County, near the Kentucky border.The state health department has attributed the outbreak to an opioid painkiller called Opa

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