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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 one of the first emotional connections a mother has with her unborn baby,” said Ovuline’s chief product and marketing officer, Gina Moro Nebesar. “By giving her baby a cute nickname, [moms] can laugh with their partners over questions like, 'How's little Peanut doing today?' Or in the case of Minnesota users, 'How's Fish Stick doing today?' Creating pet names is a very human thing to do.”

Upon registering with the app, users are asked to give their baby a nickname, which is how Ovuline came to learn what might otherwise be a private moniker.

While the top three nicknames were Bean (8,024), Peanut (34,516) and Baby (37,862 entries) -- the default option -- Ovuline was curious whether any nicknames were unique to states or popular in certain regions. So a data team comprised of Nebesar, senior data scientist Isabella Patton, and software developer Christina Kelley culled through 630,000 data points related to baby nicknames, then used a filtering process to isolate 56,093 unique, rare nicknames entered by users in each of the 50 states.

The results were not strictly related to snacks. Sweet Thang was called out as North Carolina's most unusual nickname, while South Dakota parents chose the more humorous Buttkiss.

“The most surprising things about the results were the specific regional differences in Ovia Pregnancy users' baby nicknames,” Nebesar told ABC News. “Some were expected, like ‘Baby Pineapple’ in Hawaii or ‘The Lone Ranger’ in Texas. But we also found broader regional trends beyond the state. For example, entire regions tend to enjoy creating unique names with similar base words, like ‘sugar’ in the South, ‘bean’ in the Northeast, and ‘bug’ in the Northwest."

So is there any chance that labels such as “Tiny Beep” and “Sugalump” will stick with the child through to adulthood? Possibly.

“These children will all likely get more official names once they’re born,” said Nebesar. “But their mothers will probably always call them by this very first one.”

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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 dropping all the weight.

“Jeanette Jenkins is the secret, SoulCycle is the secret," she told the show. "When I go in there and it’s the wee hours of the morning, she is a great secret -- so motivational. Jeanette comes in with so much energy and this huge smile on her face, and you can’t help but to get excited about working out.”

 

Week 3 of our #GetYourBodyBack challenge with @KELLYROWLAND #WorkoutCalendar & #MealPlan -> http://t.co/23XegXDGbR pic.twitter.com/fy1WnqQ9lV

— Jeanette Jenkins (@JeanetteJenkins) January 26, 2015

 

Rowland also went back to the basics -- eating healthy.

“The 80/20 rule is all the way real, 80 percent of the time you eat those foods giving you nourishment, you’re eating clean, and 20 percent of the time, have guacamole, a ton of it like I do, and a margarita and maybe queso too!” she said.

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'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. "The only ways those children can survive is having a bone marrow transplant. He had his first one when he was 7 months old, but it tried to fight his body and treat it like it was a virus or infection."

Leanne Lane of Northamptonshire, England, told ABC News Seth must be kept in a sterile room to protect him from germs and bacteria.

In other words, he spends most of his time in a “bubble.”

"It's before bone marrow transplants happen -- that’s where the term 'bubble boy' comes from," she said. "They need to stay in a bubble to have any chance of surviving until the bone marrow transplant. Even the common cold could lead to death because his body cannot deal with it, but if the transplant is successful, then he can be cured."

Seth has spent most of his life in and out of hospitals. Although he started school at a normal age, most of his learning has also been inside of a ward.

But despite his health issues, Lane said Seth has been smiling throughout.

"He is the most loving, happy child," she said. "It sounds ironic after what we've been talking about, that I'd just say that. He deals with everything extremely well."

"When we went to the hospital, he said to me, 'I'm not going home for a long time Mummy, am I?' I said, 'No, you’ve got a lot to do here' and he comes to the conclusion that he's just accepted it," Lane continued.

In a bid to shed awareness on Seth's condition, the Lanes have enlisted folks around the globe to join in wearing the happy hue and share it on the Web using the hashtag #WearYellowForSeth.

"Yellow is Seth's absolute favorite color," Lane said. "He loves anything yellow. If I put a yellow shirt on, he says, 'Look, yellow!'"

"It perks him up when he's feeling rubbish, really," she said. "We said we're going to hang them [photos] all up, but I think there's going to be a lot more pictures than we thought. I think we’ll need a football stadium.”

Lane said that in addition to raising Seth's spirits, she hopes the social campaign will bring attention to SCID.

"It's about raising awareness about how a bone marrow transplant can literally save a life,” she said. “It's not something a lot of people know about it. I didn’t know about it until Seth was diagnosed. If more children can get more matches because of this, even if one child can get a match, then that’s fantastic."

Because of taking antibiotics for years, Seth must have his gallbladder removed sometime next week, his mother said. If all goes well, Seth is scheduled to start chemotherapy in five weeks, then have his second bone marrow transplant eight days later. His father will be his donor.

The Lane family added that they are not looking for any donations. They just want people to share photos of their wearing yellow for Seth on Friday.

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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’s skin type.

The strip has what Hazafy calls “smart” ink, which starts off as a blue color but then gradually becomes clear, a sign that the sunbather has reached a point where ultraviolet light will start to burn the skin.

Hazafy says the key to his invention is a metal oxide photocatalyst that harvests ambient sunlight, which in turn, “should warn people when they are receiving too much of the UV component of sunlight, and prompt them to seek shade.”

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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 year in contrast to schools where no suspensions were meted out.

Meanwhile, schools that adopted policies whereby students who used marijuana were referred to counselors saw that these same youngsters were 50 percent less likely to smoke grass in the next year.

Catalano, who co-authored the study, says “We need to ensure that schools are using drug policies that respond to policy violations by educating or counseling students, not just penalizing them.”

The study also found that other methods of deterring drug use, such as reporting the students to police or expelling them, has no discernible effect on their marijuana smoking.

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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 1,200 in 2011 to the current level of 1,600.

Chances are wait times will drop even further, provided the ACA remains in place, since Accenture puts the number of these facilities at 3,000 within two years.

Of course, doctor's office wait times usually depend on the kind of care one is seeking. The longest average wait is for pain specialists at 23 minutes and 15 seconds while it only takes 11 minutes and 33 seconds on average to see your friendly neighborhood psychologist.

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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 managed to convert some digestible starch into non-digestible starch.

Their method? Put a teaspoon of coconut oil in boiling water, add a half-cup of non-fortified rice, cook for 40 minutes and then refrigerate for 12 hours.

What you don’t really need to know is that this cooling process rearranges the molecular structure of the rice, making it harder to digest.

What you need to know is that this process reduces the calorie content by 50 to 60 percent even if you reheat it. So, enjoy.

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Manufacturer of Scopes Cited in Spread of LA 'Superbug' Releases Updated Disinfection Process

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 recommends using a small bristle cleaning brush to clean the scopes. The company anticipates shipping these brushes to facilities by May 8. "Until your facility has received the brushes, you should continue to clean the...duodenoscope in accordance with the original cleaning instructions."

The new process also includes "additional recess flushing" and "forceps elevator raising/lowering steps" during precleaning and manual cleaning. Facilities are additionally advised to flush the scopes with alcohol.

The company says that the updated procedures were reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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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 treatment at the NIH Clinical Center. The first, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, contracted the disease while treating Thomas Eric Duncan. Pham was the first person to catch Ebola on U.S. soil in connection with the outbreak in West Africa. She was admitted to the NIH facility in October and later released Ebola-free.

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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 disabilities and the toll that smoking-related illnesses have taken on them."

In September 2013, the Lancet medical journal published an article saying that the Tips campaign has motivated about 1.6 million smokers to attempt to quit smoking, with at least 100,000 U.S. smokers expected to quit permanently as a result of the campaign.  

The CDC posted videos featuring 27 real people on their website. "I smoked and got macular degeneration," a woman named Marlene says in one of the videos. "So I don't see very well."

After describing the first time she received one of the medical procedures she goes through as a result of her disease, Marlene says she "went home and I felt miserable, and I said to myself, 'Why the hell did I ever smoke?'"

"I would never have smoked if I knew that I was gonna be going through this," she says.

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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 first person to receive the implant in the Asia Pacific region.

"She'll actually start to see motion, actually start to see somebody walk into the room and be able to see different shades of grey," Kokame said, explaining that she was totally blind and could perceive only some light before the four-hour surgery.

Kokame and his team implanted a microelectrode array on the surface of the woman's retina that connects wirelessly to a pair of glasses with a camera, he said. The glasses process images and transmit them to the implant, which then sends that information to the woman's optic nerve and onto her brain.

The device will not help the woman to see color or fine detail, but as the software advances, he said the implant will still be able to communicate with it.

The woman will heal for two weeks before Kokame and his team can turn the device on for the first time. He said she'll be able to see her loved ones first because he's sure they'll want to be right there with her.

"She was in very good spirits," he said. "She's a very pleasant, very strong lady. She's looking forward to having the implant turned on."

The device, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, costs $144,000, but it was covered by Medicare for this patient, Kokame said.

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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, Jimmy Joe Clark, is still at large.

Ross was being held on $50,000 bond, and police did not know if she had yet entered a plea in the case.

According to the arrest affidavit, Ross, 43, allegedly made an appointment with a "patient" over the phone who agreed to pay $520 for her first butt injection session. At the appointment, Ross allegedly injected a substance into one buttock and Clark allegedly injected it into the other, but they were vague about what they were doing when they explained the procedure, the affidavit alleges. Ross allegedly said it was water-based liquid saline and then said it was Hydro Gel.

The patient "felt intense pain and was told to be quiet after screaming in agony," the affidavit says. Afterward, Ross and Clark allegedly closed the injection holes with super glue and cotton balls to keep any of the liquid from coming out. They gave the patient two tubes of the glue to take home.

Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said illegal cosmetic procedures are on the rise among people hoping for a Kim Kardashian-looking rear end while looking to save money.

They can be harmful because often they're not done with medical-grade silicon, but rather with the type of silicon used in construction. The most common side effects of these underground procedures are pain from scar tissue and infection, but sometimes the patient experiences excessive bleeding or the injectable material travels through the blood stream to the lungs, he said.

"If you walk into a garage or a basement or a dimly lit little room somewhere, your natural instinct should be to walk away, to run away," Glasberg said. "The downside of a little saving on cost is, potentially, your life."

Attempts by ABC News to reach Ross' family members were unsuccessful.

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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 hundreds of miles above Earth's surface.

“We need to figure out how people are going to live in space for really long periods of time, especially if we want to send somebody to Mars or maybe we want to build a base on the moon," Mark Kelly told ABC News' David Kerley.

There are a number of studies being conducted, with collaborations among various universities, including Stanford University, Colorado State University, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University.

The astronauts will be subject to a battery of tests looking at things such as muscle mass, bone loss and even the shape of their eyeballs. In a previous NASA study, some astronauts reported a change in vision after the physical shape of their eyeballs changed.

NASA medical officer Dr. Steven Gilmore said being able to compare samples between identical twins would be helpful for the research.

“You can look at, in detail, how the genes and the proteins that are made from them change as a result of this unique environment," he told ABC News.

Researchers will look at how genes go "on and off" during space flight and if being away from Earth in the vacuum of space affects proteins in the body.

NASA wants to know how the stressors unique to space flight could change the body. This means seeing how microgravity, confinement in the space station and radiation changes affects the proteins and metabolic systems in the body.

NASA also wants to discover how blood flow changes -- a result of microgravity -- can have unexpected effects on the body. One hypothesis is that astronauts' eyes change shape in space because blood volume on their upper body increases without gravity.

“Your nose gets stuffy, your eyes get a little bit of pressure,” said Jennifer Fogarty, a clinical transitional scientist in a NASA video. "You feel like you have a really bad head cold."

The study results could be key in finding a way to send humans to Mars to create a permanent colony on the moon.

“That's one of the things that make it exciting and something I’m really happy to be a part of," Scott Kelly said on ABC News' This Week.

Scott Kelly is scheduled to lift off Friday for his year in space.

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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 beautiful it is that you’re able to make children."

She added, "When I lose sight of that, I exercise, read Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and spend time with my kids. Then I start to see things that are bigger than myself."

Barrymore isn't afraid to look less than perfect in public, either.

"You don't always have to look stunning on Instagram," she told Glamour. "I've been makeup-less, pregnant, and stuffing food in my face in many pictures; that makes it all the more exciting when I do do something more attractive. I don't like it when everyone looks so perfect all the time. Where's the humor in that?"

Barrymore is married to Will Kopelman, with whom she has two children -- Olive, 2, and Frankie, 11 months.

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Indiana Governor Declares Public Health Emergency to Battle Worst HIV Outbreak in State History

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 Opana. It's believed to be the worst HIV outbreak in the state history, a spokeswoman at the Scott County Health Department said.

"For years we've been fighting Opana in our county," said Brittany Combs, public health nurse at Scott County Health Department. "[Doctors] won't give [prescriptions] for Opana unless absolutely necessary. Our doctors aren't writing for it. It's coming from out of county."

Combs said Opana is a painkiller normally given in pill form to patients, and it is used as "last resort" for pain relief. People recreationally using the drug often crush the pill and inject it for a longer-lasting high, according to Combs.

Everyone who has tested positive for HIV has admitted to intravenous drug use, although some have also had sex with other users, meaning it is not always clear how the virus was spread, according to Combs.

A public awareness campaign to alert residents about the increase in HIV cases has started in the region.

In addition to local and state health officials, the CDC has sent a team to the area to assist with the response.


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