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Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Virus-Free, Mom Says

Debra Berry(DALLAS) — A Dal­las nurse who con­tracted Ebola from Liber­ian national Thomas Eric Dun­can is virus-free, her mother said in a state­ment obtained by ABC News.

Amber Vin­son became the sec­ond per­son to con­tract Ebola in the United States after she treated Dun­can at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las. Dun­can died of the virus on Oct. 8, and Vinson’s fel­low nurse, Nina Pham, 26, tested pos­i­tive for Ebola on Oct. 11.

Vin­son, 29, was diag­nosed on Oct. 15 and trans­ported to the iso­la­tion unit at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal for treatment.

We are over­joyed to announce that, as of yes­ter­day [Tues­day] evening, offi­cials at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal and the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol are no longer able to detect virus in her body,” the fam­ily said in the state­ment Wednes­day, adding that Vin­son should be able to leave the iso­la­tion unit.

Amber and our fam­ily are ecsta­tic to receive this lat­est report on her con­di­tion,” Vinson’s mother, Debra Berry, said in a state­ment. “We all know that fur­ther treat­ment will be nec­es­sary as Amber con­tin­ues to regain strength, but these lat­est devel­op­ments have truly answered prayers and bring our fam­ily one step closer to reunit­ing with her at home.”

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Boy Battling Inoperable Brain Cancer Gets His Own Superhero Theme Song

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — When Chad Carr fell and broke his nose, the four-year-old boy’s par­ents took him to a hos­pi­tal. Med­ical staffers saw him and sent him home, but the inci­dent had his mother think­ing about all the other times her son had fallen.

I just said I think we have to take him back to the ER, I don’t think something’s right.…,” Tammi Carr, of Ann Arbor, Michi­gan, told ABC News.

While Carr and her hus­band, Jason, waited on the results of an MRI that was to have taken two hours but which took over three hours instead, Carr said she knew some­thing was wrong.

When the anes­the­si­ol­o­gist came out I just knew some­thing was really bad because she lit­er­ally couldn’t look at us and she’d been crying…so it was — she just said they found some­thing, and then a doc­tor came in later and told us what it was,” Carr said.

The Carrs were told that their son -– the youngest of their three young boys –- had dif­fuse intrin­sic pon­tine glioma (DIPG), an aggres­sive, inop­er­a­ble tumor in his brain stem.

He was soon started on radi­a­tion and put into a clin­i­cal drug trial at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. Asked about his prog­no­sis, Carr said doc­tors said it was “not good,” but she added that her son has been improving.

One bright spot came in the form of a text from a friend, who wrote that his fam­ily had been inspired by Chad’s chal­lenge and was writ­ing a song about him. He sent them lyrics, and Carr said the song was “totally catchy and adorable.”

It became Chad’s own super­hero theme, with rous­ing music and lyrics that extol the virtues of a boy who’s “stronger than the dark­est night, faster than the speed of light,” with a chant in the back­ground: “We need Chad tough.” The video fea­tures appear­ances by Chad, his two broth­ers, his cousins, his father, and the bas­ket­ball team of the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

The video, first posted to YouTube on Mon­day, now has over 6,000 views.

Carr said, “It’s a great song. It’s some­thing I’m going to cher­ish forever.”

Pro­ceeds from the sale of the song will go for Chad’s care and treat­ment. A sep­a­rate GoFundMe page for Chad had raised more than $9,000 of the stated $50,000 goal. That fund was started fif­teen days ago.

Carr hopes the fam­ily won’t have to use the funds.

It’s our goal that we don’t have to use that and we can do some­thing great with it for research but if our son needs it then we’re going to do what­ever we can, so it’s great to have that started. It’s a peace of mind for sure because there’s a lot com­ing our way. We don’t exactly know yet what it is but none of it is expen­sive,” she said.

Carr said Chad is being kept out of preschool while he under­goes treatment.

We want to make sure we’re spend­ing time with him as much as we can and, you know, God will­ing, he’s able to go back to school next year and, you know, get ready for kinder­garten the next year,” she said.

Carr said her fam­ily also has a fund started at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan for brain can­cer research.

I worked in rais­ing money for 11 years to build the hos­pi­tal that we’re get­ting treated in now,” she said, adding that the build­ing that houses the unit where her son is treated bears her father-in-law’s name. “It’s just crazy.”

Carr is pleased that the video has caught on, not only because it’s spread­ing her son’s story, but also because it’s giv­ing her the oppor­tu­nity to spread the mes­sage about the impor­tance for greater fund­ing for child­hood can­cer research.

Accord­ing to the National Can­cer Insti­tute, child­hood can­cer is the top cause of disease-related deaths among chil­dren and ado­les­cents up to age 19 in the United States. DIPG affects between 200 and 300 chil­dren every year, and the out­look for patients is gen­er­ally poor, accord­ing to infor­ma­tion from the National Insti­tutes of Health.

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CDC to Monitor All Travelers Coming from Ebola-Affected Countries

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — All peo­ple return­ing to the United States from Ebola-affected coun­tries will undergo 21-day mon­i­tor­ing, Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion announced on Wednesday.

Trav­el­ers arriv­ing from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has killed more than 4,000 peo­ple since the worst out­break of the virus in his­tory began in March, will be given a home kit with a ther­mome­ter and Ebola infor­ma­tion so that they can self-monitor and report to the CDC, accord­ing to the agency.

If they do not report, offi­cials will track them down, the CDC said.

Trav­el­ers will need to take their tem­per­a­ture twice daily and answer sev­eral ques­tions about their symp­toms, accord­ing to the CDC.

The pro­gram will focus on the six states that see about 70 per­cent of the traf­fic from these regions: Geor­gia, Mary­land, New Jer­sey, New York, Penn­syl­va­nia and Virginia.

Some states may mon­i­tor these trav­el­ers in person.

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Dog of Ebola-Infected Nurse Tests Negative for Deadly Virus

Dal­las Ani­mal Ser­vices and Adop­tion Cen­ter(DALLAS) — The dog of an Ebola-infected nurse has tested neg­a­tive for the deadly virus.

Bent­ley has been quar­an­tined after its owner, Nina Pham, was diag­nosed with Ebola ear­lier this month.

Accord­ing to a state­ment from Dal­las City Hall, the dog was tested Mon­day and will be tested again while he remains in quar­an­tine for 21 days, sim­i­lar to how humans are quar­an­tined for the dura­tion of a pos­si­ble Ebola incubation.

Pham was diag­nosed on Oct. 12.

The dog has been cared for at an undis­closed loca­tion by a large team includ­ing Dal­las Ani­mal Ser­vices, Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity and the Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cine & Bio­med­ical Sci­ences, and Texas Ani­mal Health Com­mis­sion, among others.

The Dal­las Ani­mal Ser­vices, which has helped care for the the dog in quar­an­tine, posted images of the dog on Mon­day as he was being tested.

A team mem­ber from the Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity Vet­eri­nary Emer­gency Team wore full pro­tec­tive gear as he took sam­ples from Bentley.

In Spain, the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse there was euth­a­nized amid fears the ani­mal could spread the virus although there was no con­fir­ma­tion the dog had been infected with the virus. Thou­sands protested the deci­sion by local gov­ern­ment officials.

Pham con­tracted the virus after she treated Thomas Dun­can at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal. She was moved to the National Insti­tutes of Health hos­pi­tal in Bethesda, Mary­land, on Oct. 16 for fur­ther treatment.

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Ashoka Mukpo Says He Owes Hospital a 'Debt He Can Never Repay'

Ashoka Mukpo(OMAHA, Neb.) — Ashoka Mukpo, the free­lance Amer­i­can jour­nal­ist who caught Ebola and was dis­charged from Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter on Wednes­day, said he owes the hos­pi­tal staff “a debt he can never repay.”

Mukpo, 33, a cam­era­man cov­er­ing the Ebola out­break in West Africa for NBC News, Vice and oth­ers, con­tracted the deadly virus. He was flown to Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter for treat­ment in its iso­la­tion unit on Oct. 6.

After end weeks where it was unclear whether I would sur­vive, I’m walk­ing out of the hos­pi­tal on my own power, free from Ebola,” Mukpo wrote in a state­ment read at a news con­fer­ence at the hos­pi­tal Wednesday.

He took to social media through­out his treat­ment, tweet­ing Tues­day night that he tested neg­a­tive for Ebola three times over three days.

Just got my results. 3 con­sec­u­tive days neg­a­tive. Ebola free and feel­ing so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amaz­ing feeling

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 21, 2014

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People with Kids Laugh, Smile and Are Stressed

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What’s the mat­ter with kids today? Not a lot, accord­ing to most adults who have young­sters run­ning around the house although they’ll admit that the respon­si­bil­ity of being a par­ent is also a strain.

A sur­vey of more than 131,000 adults by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that 84.1 per­cent of par­ents with chil­dren under 18 — about 36,000 of those inter­viewed — said they smiled or laughed a lot on a daily basis.

Mean­while, 79.6 per­cent of sur­vey respon­dents with no kids in the house reported the same thing.

How­ever, hav­ing kids isn’t all fun and games as just about any par­ent will attest. The poll also reveals that just over 45 per­cent of peo­ple with kids who aren’t adults yet expe­ri­ence greater stress. That’s com­pared with just under 37 per­cent of peo­ple who don’t live with children.

Inter­est­ingly, more women than men feel stress in both groups while they’re both on the same level when it comes to laugh­ing and smiling.

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New Sex Education Program Reduces Middle School Sex

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Get Real is an exper­i­men­tal sex edu­ca­tion pro­gram used in a lim­ited num­ber of U.S. mid­dle schools that seems to have been effec­tive in get­ting some young­sters to put off hav­ing sex by the time they grad­u­ate the eighth grade.

Planned Par­ent­hood, in part­ner­ship with the Welles­ley Cen­ters for Women, says that Get Real involves reg­u­lar sex edu­ca­tion in con­junc­tion with stu­dents dis­cussing class­room work with their par­ents after school.

After eval­u­at­ing 24 schools in the Boston area over three years, it turned out that 16 per­cent fewer boys and 15 per­cent fewer girls had sex in the 12 schools where Get Real was taught.

The way that Get Real works is that in addi­tion to edu­cat­ing young­sters about sex, it also sharp­ens their rela­tion­ship skills, accord­ing to Planned Parenthood.

Although the pro­gram has been expanded to 150 schools in Mass­a­chu­setts, New York, Rhode Island and Texas, the plan is to roll out Great Real on a national scale.

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Coffee and Beer May Affect Some Couples' Ability to Conceive

FogStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Cof­fee and beer are a cou­ple of America’s favorite bev­er­ages but one may pos­si­bly be bet­ter than the other when it comes to cou­ples who are hav­ing prob­lems conceiving.

Accord­ing to a sur­pris­ing study out of the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health in Boston, cof­fee con­sump­tion by men seems to impair infer­til­ity treat­ments. How­ever, a man’s beer drink­ing might increase the odds of preg­nancy, although researchers are not sug­gest­ing they imbibe in great quan­ti­ties of suds.

In a study of 105 men involved in vitro fer­til­iza­tion treat­ments over seven years, cou­ples in which men drank at least 24 ounces of cof­fee daily were half as likely to con­ceive than those in which males drank less than an eight-ounce cup daily.

Mean­while, cou­ples enrolled in IVF had more luck with live births when the man had the equiv­a­lent of two 12-ounce beers daily com­pared to other cou­ples with lim­ited alco­hol con­sump­tion among men.

Why do beer and cof­fee have these effects? Sci­en­tists admit they’re stumped and with a small sam­ple size, they’re not about to make any rec­om­men­da­tions until fur­ther stud­ies are conducted.

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