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Hidden Camera Records More than 100 Catcalls Aimed at New York Woman

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Aided by a hid­den cam­era, a New York City woman has exposed what she says hap­pens to her every day on the city’s streets.

Shoshanna Roberts says she was cat­called over 100 times while being filmed over the course of 10 hours.

It was all types peo­ple,” Roberts told ABC News. “All col­ors, shapes, sizes [and] ages.”

Roberts filmed her first-hand view for Hol­laback!, a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion that raises aware­ness about street harassment.

The record­ing of Roberts, an actress, is now being used by the orga­ni­za­tion as a PSA titled, “10 Hours of Walk­ing in NYC as a Woman.”

I wanted to give it to guys who would maybe con­sider whistling at a girl,” said Rob Bliss, the owner of his own cre­ative firm who reached out to Hol­laback! with the idea of cre­at­ing the PSA.

To see things from the other side and to really feel for the first time, going through this every day, I feel kind of sick,” said Bliss, who cap­tured the cat­call­ing with a GoPro cam­era hid­den on his back while he walked in front of Roberts.

View­ers of the PSA have responded with com­ments online like, “No woman should ever have to expe­ri­ence this,” and, “All you men should be ashamed of yourself.”

The woman at the cen­ter of the cat­calls says it is time for change. “It is not accept­able,” Roberts said. “Enough is enough.”

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POLL: Ebola Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ebola wor­ries have eased slightly in the lat­est ABC News/Wash­ing­ton Post poll, despite a broad sense among Amer­i­cans that their local hos­pi­tals are unpre­pared to deal with the virus — and con­tin­ued pref­er­ence for a more robust response by the fed­eral government.

After the dif­fi­cul­ties at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las, where two nurses were infected, just 29 per­cent in this national sur­vey think the staff at their local hos­pi­tals is ade­quately trained to deal with Ebola cases. Six in 10 think not.

[See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.]

The fact that both nurses recov­ered — and just one fur­ther case has been iden­ti­fied — may have done at least a lit­tle to calm fears of a broad out­break. In inter­views Thurs­day through Sun­day, 36 per­cent of Amer­i­cans expressed worry that they or an imme­di­ate fam­ily mem­ber might catch the Ebola virus, down by 7 per­cent­age points from two weeks before. And while 60 per­cent are con­cerned about an epi­demic occur­ring in the United States, that’s eased from 65 percent.

Fur­ther, the new poll, pro­duced for ABC by Langer Research Asso­ciates, shows an 8-point increase in Barack Obama’s approval rat­ing for han­dling the issue, to 49 per­cent, now exceed­ing the 41 per­cent who dis­ap­prove. There’s a closer divi­sion on the response by the fed­eral Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, 47–45 per­cent; it’s said it could have moved more force­fully in pro­vid­ing over­sight in Dallas.

Another result shows steady major­ity con­fi­dence — 63 per­cent — in the abil­ity of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to respond effec­tively to an out­break. That said, 61 per­cent also say the gov­ern­ment should do more to try to pre­vent fur­ther cases in the United States.

The pub­lic by 46–37 per­cent also says the United States is not doing enough to try to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa; on this ques­tion 17 per­cent have no opinion.

Inter­views for this sur­vey were con­ducted before debate erupted over moves by some state gov­ern­ments to impose greater restric­tions than the CDC’s on peo­ple who’ve been to West African coun­tries affected by Ebola. Regard­less, 70 per­cent sup­port restrict­ing entry to the United States by such peo­ple — sim­i­lar to the level two weeks ago — indi­cat­ing gen­eral sup­port for aggres­sive efforts to pre­vent spread of the disease.

AWARENESS and WORRY This sur­vey also finds a high level of aware­ness about the dis­ease: Eighty-one per­cent feel that they under­stand how the Ebola virus is trans­mit­ted among humans — an impor­tant result, because feel­ing informed relates to concern.

Specif­i­cally, wor­ries about catch­ing the virus, and about a U.S. epi­demic, are sub­stan­tially lower among those who say they under­stand how it’s trans­mit­ted. These con­cerns are low­est among the 37 per­cent who feel they know “very well” how trans­mis­sion occurs, under­scor­ing the role of edu­ca­tion in quelling pub­lic fears.

Edu­ca­tion fac­tors into feel­ing informed — among col­lege grad­u­ates, 91 per­cent say they’re well informed about how Ebola is trans­mit­ted, includ­ing 51 per­cent “very” well informed. Those num­bers decline to 76 and 30 per­cent, respec­tively, among those who lack a degree.

GROUPS and CHANGES Con­cerns about Ebola are con­cen­trated in some groups. Worry about catch­ing the dis­ease remains par­tic­u­larly high among less-educated adults — nearly twice as high among those with­out a col­lege degree (42 per­cent wor­ried) com­pared with col­lege grad­u­ates (24 per­cent). Con­cerns about a U.S. epi­demic, sim­i­larly, are 23 points higher among the less-educated group, 68 vs. 45 percent.

That said, some of the great­est changes from two weeks ago are among more-concerned groups. Worry about catch­ing Ebola is down by 8 points among non-graduates com­pared with ear­lier this month, and con­cern about an epi­demic is down by 6 points in this group.

Among other groups, worry about an epi­demic has sub­sided among Repub­li­cans and con­ser­v­a­tives, by 11 and 8 points, respec­tively. Nonethe­less, both remain much more apt than oth­ers to say the gov­ern­ment should do more to try to stop the spread of the dis­ease in the United States — putting these groups in the some­what unusual posi­tion of favor­ing more, not less, gov­ern­ment action.

Women are 10 points more likely than men to express worry that they or a fam­ily mem­ber might catch the dis­ease, and 9 points more apt to say they’re con­cerned about an epi­demic. There’s also a sharp racial divi­sion, with wor­ries about catch­ing Ebola 22 points higher among non­whites than whites.

METHODOLOGYThis ABC News/Wash­ing­ton Post poll was con­ducted by tele­phone Oct. 23–26, 2014, in Eng­lish and Span­ish, among a ran­dom national sam­ple of 1,204 adults, includ­ing land­line and cell-phone-only respon­dents. Results have a mar­gin of sam­pling error of 3 points, includ­ing the survey’s design effect.

The sur­vey was pro­duced for ABC News by Langer Research Asso­ciates of New York, N.Y., with sam­pling, data col­lec­tion and tab­u­la­tion by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y.

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More Parents Find Nutrition Labels Really Are Helpful

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Over the years, nutri­tion labels have become part of the super­mar­ket shop­ping expe­ri­ence even if many Amer­i­cans still don’t pay much atten­tion to them.

For­tu­nately, the num­bers are trend­ing upwards, at least among par­ents, accord­ing to the Mott Children’s Hos­pi­tal National Poll on Children’s Health.

In the sur­vey of nearly 1,500 par­ents, four out of 10 moms say they read nutri­tion labels “very often” or “always” as com­pared to 35 per­cent of dads.

Mean­while, ten per­cent of moth­ers and 16 per­cent of fathers admit they don’t look at the labels while shopping.

In terms of how much the nutri­tion labels influ­ence their pur­chases, 46 per­cent of moms and 33 per­cent of dads said either “very often or always.”

What tops the list when it comes to which nutri­ent par­ents regard as “very impor­tant?” It’s sug­ars in both cases, although women also say that pro­teins and dietary fiber are also “very important.”

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Fatalities Jump as More People Ride Bikes

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More Amer­i­cans in recent years are bik­ing as a means of stay­ing fit and reduc­ing trans­porta­tion costs. How­ever, the down­side to this phe­nom­e­non is that more bik­ers are also dying on U.S. roads.

The Gov­er­nors High­way Safety Asso­ci­a­tion reports that between 2010 and 2012, the num­ber of bicy­clists involved in fatal col­li­sions with vehi­cles jumped 16 per­cent from 621 to 722.

The researchers wouldn’t say con­clu­sively that an increase of peo­ple on bikes was directly related to a jump in deaths although the signs cer­tainly point in that direction.

Dur­ing the first year the asso­ci­a­tion com­piled fig­ures in 1975, there were just over 1,000 deaths as the result of crashes involv­ing cars. Back then, the over­whelm­ing major­ity of peo­ple killed were under 20 years old. Today, most of those killed are over 20.

The study also showed that two out of three bicy­clists killed in 2012 were not wear­ing helmets.

Another dis­turb­ing find­ing is that 25 per­cent of bik­ers over the age of 16 who died had been drink­ing alco­hol with many at or over a blood alco­hol level of 0.08 per­cent, which is legally drunk.

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Modern Communication Is Essential to Healthy Family Relationships

iStock/Thinkstock(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — While par­ents might com­plain that their kids are too involved with tech­nol­ogy, their chil­dren might pos­si­bly have a big­ger gripe that mom and dad don’t know much about today’s many modes of communication.

In that case Uni­ver­sity of Kansas’ Jen­nifer Schon hap­pens to side with the younger gen­er­a­tion. She says if par­ents really want to under­stand their kids bet­ter, they need to enhance their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Upon ask­ing grown chil­dren ages 18 to 29 how they share and exchange infor­ma­tion with their folks using vir­tu­ally every­thing from land­lines to Snapchat, the respon­dents of a sur­vey said their rela­tion­ships grew stronger based on how many chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tions were used.

Tak­ing into account that some par­ents have a hard time com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their chil­dren, Schon con­tends that using social net­works and other tech­nolo­gies can cer­tainly help.

Mean­while, when asked to pick the bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tor out of their par­ents, the major­ity said their moms, mainly because they were usu­ally eas­ier to get in con­tact with than their dear old dad.

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Researchers Consider Bluetooth Technology as Means of Monitoring Athletes' Hearts in Real Time

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers in Ger­many were able to used portable elec­tro­car­dio­grams and Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy to study how marathon run­ners’ hearts are stressed dur­ing a race.

The study, pub­lished in the Euro­pean Jour­nal of Pre­ven­tive Car­di­ol­ogy, looked at data from 10 run­ners con­tin­u­ously dur­ing a marathon. The data col­lected via Blue­tooth was com­pa­ra­ble to that gath­ered by the EKG attached to the run­ner. One-hundred per­cent of heart abnor­mal­i­ties found by the direct EKG were also found via Bluetooth.

Researchers won­der whether the tech­nol­ogy could hold impli­ca­tions for real-time mon­i­tor­ing of ath­letes, per­haps work­ing to pre­vent sud­den car­diac arrest.

The study was small, in that it only looked at 10 run­ners, and col­lect­ing data on thou­sands of run­ners at an event like the upcom­ing New York Marathon could be dif­fi­cult, requir­ing hun­dreds of car­di­ol­o­gists and putting a strain on cell phone towers.

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Study: Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis More Effective at Preventing False-Positive Breast Cancer Diagnoses

monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study par­tially sup­ported by the National Can­cer Insti­tute found that while more expen­sive, women with dense breasts are bet­ter served by receiv­ing a mam­mo­gram com­bined with a process called tomosyn­the­sis than a mam­mo­gram alone.

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Radi­ol­ogy, found that adding the tomosyn­the­sis to a stan­dard mam­mo­gram can reduce over-diagnosis of breast can­cer in women ages 50 to 74 with dense breasts. Researchers used data from the NCI’s Breast Can­cer Sur­veil­lance to com­pare the effec­tive­ness of the two screen­ing options.

The tomog­ra­phy and mam­mog­ra­phy com­bined pre­vented 405 false diag­noses per 1,000 women through 12 rounds of screen­ing, accord­ing to the study.

This method, researchers say, while more expen­sive than just a stan­dard mam­mo­gram, could elim­i­nate unnec­es­sary diag­nos­tic work-ups and inva­sive pro­ce­dures — and the costs that accom­pany them — that result from false-positive diagnoses.

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Kaci Hickox Won't Follow Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule, Lawyer Says

Hand­out Photo(FORT KENT, Maine) — Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quar­an­tined at a New Jer­sey hos­pi­tal despite exhibit­ing no Ebola symp­toms after arriv­ing from West Africa, won’t fol­low the quar­an­tine imposed by Maine offi­cials, her attor­ney said Tues­day night.

Going for­ward she does not intend to abide by the quar­an­tine imposed by Maine offi­cials because she is not a risk to oth­ers,” her attor­ney Steven Hyman said. “She is asymp­to­matic and under all the pro­to­cols can­not be deemed a med­ical risk of being con­ta­gious to anyone.”

Hickox will abide by all the self-monitoring require­ments of the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion and the state of Maine, Hyman said.

Maine requires that health care work­ers such as Hickox who return to the state from West Africa remain under a 21-day home quar­an­tine, with their con­di­tion actively mon­i­tored, Gov. Paul R. LeP­age said in a statement.

We will help make sure the health care worker has every­thing to make this time as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble,” he said.

Hickox left Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Newark Mon­day after­noon and was taken to Maine, where she lives.

Hickox, 29, was the first per­son forced into New Jersey’s manda­tory quar­an­tine after arriv­ing at Newark Lib­erty Inter­na­tional Air­port Fri­day. She had pre­vi­ously treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders, but never reg­is­tered a fever, leav­ing no med­ical rea­son to keep her quar­an­tined, another of her attor­neys, Nor­man Siegel, told ABC News.

She was held in a tent struc­ture out­side of Uni­ver­sity Hospital.

Her civil rights were vio­lated,” Siegel said. “At a min­i­mum, she could bring an action for dam­ages. But I think her goal is to try to revise the cur­rent poli­cies with regard to, for exam­ple, manda­tory quarantines.”

Siegel crit­i­cized New Jer­sey and New York gov­er­nors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo for enact­ing quar­an­tine poli­cies, despite crit­i­cisms from the Obama admin­is­tra­tion and med­ical experts that the mea­sures were unnecessary.

When you look at what hap­pened and how it hap­pened, you come away with the sense that this pol­icy was based on fear and pol­i­tics rather on med­ical fact, and we can’t have the politi­cians direct­ing these kinds of impor­tant issues,” Siegel said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Allergy and Infec­tious Dis­eases, said that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has estab­lished Ebola guide­lines that are “based on solid sci­ence,” but he declined to clas­sify states’ quar­an­tine efforts as a mistake.

I don’t want to use the word ‘mis­take’ because I think when peo­ple do things, the gov­er­nor of New York, the gov­er­nor of New Jer­sey, they’re doing it in good faith to try and do what they feel is the best for their con­stituents,” Fauci said in an inter­view with Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. “What we’re try­ing to do is set the bar that’s based on sci­en­tific data, but that’s not to crit­i­cize or to put down a deci­sion that an offi­cial might make want­ing to go the extra mile. That’s just judg­ment on their part.”

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