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Stories from Moms Who Delivered Blizzard Babies

Pati­cia Strick­land holds twins born in Mass­a­chu­setts dur­ing Mon­day night’s bliz­zard. (Cour­tesy UMass Memo­r­ial Med­ical Cen­ter)(NEW YORK) — At 35 weeks preg­nant, Pati­cia Strick­land was jok­ing with a friend about what would hap­pen if she went into labor dur­ing the storm bar­rel­ing toward the East Coast this week.

An hour later, she was on all fours as con­trac­tions came one after another for 20 min­utes until an ambu­lance could arrive at her home in Worces­ter, Massachusetts.

Con­trac­tions came out of nowhere,” she told ABC News. “There was no warn­ing at all. They were so strong, I just got the sud­den urge to push.”

Strickland’s 5-year-old daugh­ter cried as Strick­land left in an ambu­lance alone after get­ting a few hugs and well-wishes from her fam­ily. All the roads were closed to non-essential traf­fic because of the snow emer­gency, so Strickland’s hus­band couldn’t fol­low her to the hos­pi­tal. Worces­ter was expect­ing 18 to 20 inches of snow by the time the storm is over.

I was so scared,” said Strick­land, 28, a home­maker with three other children.

As Strick­land was sit­ting up in the back of an ambu­lance on the way to UMass Memo­r­ial Med­ical Cen­ter, her water broke, she said. Sec­onds later, her son Gabriel was born. But that wasn’t the end of it.

When they pulled up to the hos­pi­tal, Strick­land was rushed to the oper­at­ing room, where she then deliv­ered baby Aliyah.

I was only in labor for maybe 40 min­utes,” she said. “My first call was to my children’s father to let him know that his chil­dren made it into the world.”

When she told him Gabriel was born in the back of an ambu­lance, she said it sounded like he stopped breathing.

Strick­land said she can’t wait to take her “lit­tle min­ions” home. They were born pre­ma­ture, but they’re expected to stay in the hos­pi­tal only about 10 days, she said.

Mean­while, in Nan­tucket, Mass­a­chu­setts, Danielle Smith went into labor at the height of the storm — just as the power went out.

She wasn’t up to talk­ing to ABC News on Tues­day, but she gave birth to baby Cay­den Moore at 3:35 a.m. at Nan­tucket Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal, a hos­pi­tal offi­cial said.

Cay­den was born at the height of the bliz­zard just after the island had lost power, forc­ing the hos­pi­tal to rely on its gen­er­a­tor for power,” said hos­pi­tal spokesman Jason Graziadei.

ABC News’ Boston sta­tion WCVB-TV reported on sev­eral other New Eng­land bliz­zard babies who just couldn’t wait to make their arrival.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Turns Up in Child's X-Ray

Fuse/Thinkstock(JEDDAH, Saudi Ara­bia) — A doc­tor in Saudi Ara­bia was astounded to find car­toon icon Sponge­Bob SquarePants in a child’s x-ray.

Dr. Ghofran Ageely, a radi­ol­ogy res­i­dent at the King Abdu­laziz Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Jed­dah, Saudi Ara­bia, told ABC News he was sur­prised the car­toon char­ac­ter looked so clear in the x-ray. The item the child swal­lowed, which appears to be some kind of tiny pen­dant, looked like a “pin” when he first saw it.

I thought it is just a pin,” Ageely said in an email. “But when I opened the frontal view I was shocked to see Sponge­Bob look­ing at me with a big smile. Its angle and rota­tion are just perfect.”

Ageely said the tiny Sponge­Bob was safely removed from the 16-month-old child through a scope.

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E. Coli Found in Winnipeg, Boil Water Advisory Issued

Tomjac80/iStock/Thinkstock(WINNIPEG, Man­i­toba) — Health offi­cials insti­tuted a boil water advi­sory for the city of Win­nipeg on Tues­day after two clus­ters of E. coli were located.

Offi­cials at the Win­nipeg Regional Health Author­ity say that no source for the con­t­a­m­i­na­tion was located as of Tues­day after­noon. Still, res­i­dents east of the Red River were being urged to boil all water used for drink­ing, ice mak­ing, food and bev­er­age prepa­ra­tion and teeth brush­ing. Offi­cials say the advi­sory was issued as a pre­cau­tion­ary measure.

The WRHA expects addi­tional infor­ma­tion to be avail­able on Wednesday.

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Study: 'Targeted' Biopsy May Help Detect High-Risk Prostate Cancer Early

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at the National Insti­tutes of Health have found a new method that may help detect high-risk prostate can­cer early.

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion, researchers looked at 1,000 men with either ele­vated test results or sus­pi­cious results from rec­tal exam­i­na­tions with an MRI to iden­tify sus­pi­cious areas of prostate can­cer. The patients were then biop­sied twice, includ­ing once with a stan­dard biopsy method and once with a new “tar­geted” method.

The results of the study deter­mined that the “tar­geted” method may be bet­ter for dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing between low-, inter­me­di­ate– and high-risk cancers.

The pro­ce­dure for the “tar­geted” biopsy is the same as the stan­dard biopsy, researchers say, mak­ing pro­ce­dural risks more tol­er­a­ble. Nonethe­less, the study did not fol­low the par­tic­i­pants for an extended period of time, mak­ing it impos­si­ble to deter­mine the pre­dictabil­ity of “tar­geted” biop­sies for long-term out­comes, such as recur­rence and mortality.

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Sugary Drinks Could Be Linked to Earlier Onset of Menstruation

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers at Har­vard Med­ical School say that sug­ary drinks may be linked to the ear­lier onset of menstruation.

Accord­ing to a study pub­lished in the jour­nal Human Repro­duc­tion, researchers sur­veyed girls between the ages of 9 and 14 who had not yet begun to have their peri­ods, to cal­cu­late the amount of sug­ary drinks they con­sumed. They found that girls who drank more than 1.5 sug­ary drinks each day had their first peri­ods about 2.7 months ear­lier, on aver­age, than those girls who drank two or fewer sug­ary drinks each week.

Researchers say the results of the study held up even when account­ing for other fac­tors, such as eth­nic­ity and BMI, which are believed to affect the onset of menstruation.

Ear­lier onset of men­stru­a­tion has been linked to health risks includ­ing an increased life­time risk of breast cancer.

The study shows only a link, not a cause, between con­sump­tion of sug­ary drinks and early men­stru­a­tion. Researchers note that girls who drank more sug­ary drinks may also have other dietary habits con­tribut­ing to the results of the study.

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Latest Report Indicates 64 Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland

David McNew/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The lat­est update from the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health notes 64 cases of measles linked to an out­break at California’s Disneyland.

The lat­est tally includes 50 cases in Cal­i­for­nia with epi­demi­o­logic links to Dis­ney­land, as well as 13 in other U.S. states and one in Mex­ico. The states affected by the out­break thus far include Ari­zona, Col­orado, Nebraska, Ore­gon, Utah and Washington.

Thirty-seven of the 50 measles cases in Cal­i­for­nia are among patients over the age of 5, despite the fact that the first dose of the MMR vac­cine is rec­om­mended for chil­dren between 12 and 15 months old. Health offi­cials are urg­ing par­ents to vac­ci­nate their children.

Despite the fact that measles has been erad­i­cated in the United States since 2000, out­breaks still occur over­seas, and inter­na­tional trav­el­ers can bring the dis­ease with them, in par­tic­u­lar to loca­tions where trav­el­ers and tourists may go — includ­ing theme parks and airports.

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Blizzard 2015: Dating Sites See Boom During Snow Storm

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As mil­lions of peo­ple in the North­east hun­kered down dur­ing a mas­sive win­ter storm this week, many took the excuse to stay indoors as a chance for a snow day hook-up.

Some dat­ing sites reported record amounts of traf­fic over the past 24 hours in New York City and sur­round­ing states, around the same time a storm was wal­lop­ing the area, dump­ing as much as two feet of snow from New Jer­sey to Maine.

Match.com told ABC News exclu­sively it saw a big jump in the num­ber of peo­ple log­ging on their site.

For the bliz­zard states we’re see­ing an increase of over 60 per­cent of email ini­ti­a­tions between Match mem­bers,” a Match.com spokesper­son said.

OKCu­pid also reported a 10 per­cent spike in traffic.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Tin­der didn’t respond to ABC News’ request for user activ­ity stats dur­ing the storm but the dat­ing app, along with Face­book and Insta­gram, reported out­ages on Mon­day. Hinge, another pop­u­lar dat­ing app, declined to pro­vide such numbers.

Some peo­ple in New York City even took to Craigslist to post “want ads” for “bliz­zard boyfriends” and girl­friends, hop­ing to find some­one to snug­gle with on the snow day. “Seek­ing a sin­gle 20– to 30-something female who shares my excite­ment for snow days,” one ad read.

Seek­ing snow day make-out buddy” another ad read.

Adam, a Craigslist user who posted one of the snow day ads, said he did it as a joke, and received dozens of responses.

I fig­ured I’d post it, send it to a few friends for a laugh and maybe get one or two responses, which would also likely gen­er­ate laughs,” he told ABC News via email. “I truly thought of it as a joke, but one of those could-be-like-1-percent-truthful kind of jokes, because, after all, who doesn’t want a snow-day make-out buddy?.”

Another used named Phil C., who also posted a hook-up ad on Craigslist, said he didn’t receive any responses.

[I] Think most [peo­ple] on Craigslist are so very fake,” he said via email. “All they want to do [is] just ask for a photo, never answer you back.”

Rela­tion­ship expert Logan Lev­koff wasn’t sur­prised by the uptick in activ­ity on dat­ing sites dur­ing the storm.

Win­ters may be tough on sin­gles because peo­ple can feel lonely dur­ing cold bleak times,” Lev­koff said. “A bliz­zard, espe­cially one that traps you indoors, may moti­vate sin­gles to seek connection.”

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Longtime Anchor Announces ALS Diagnosis

ABC News(DURHAM, N.C.) — Lit­tle did long­time news anchor Larry Stogner know that when he did the ALS ice bucket chal­lenge last sum­mer, he already had the genetic dis­ease in his body.

Stogner, an anchor on ABC News’ North Car­olina sta­tion WTVD for 40 years, announced that he will be retir­ing and has been diag­nosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

For nearly four decades, I’ve met you right here, usu­ally at 6,” Stogner began, address­ing view­ers. “Boy, we’ve seen a lot of change over those years. But, we have to stop meet­ing this way.”

Before announc­ing the diag­no­sis, he drew atten­tion to his voice.

I am sure that in recent months, you’ve noticed a change in my voice, my speech [is] slower,” he said. “Many of you were kind enough to email me ideas about what it might be, or just to show con­cern, and I truly appre­ci­ate that.”

As it turns out, I have ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Dis­ease,” he added.

ALS, or amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, is a an incur­able neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease that even­tu­ally causes the brain to stop com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the mus­cles. Those who have it even­tu­ally lose their abil­ity to move and speak, and the con­di­tion is fatal. Some, like Stephen Hawk­ing, are able to sur­vive, in part, thanks to breath­ing mechanisms.

The ALS ice bucket chal­lenge took the nation by storm as peo­ple chal­lenged each other to either douse them­selves with a bucket of ice water and share it on social media or donate to ALS research.

Stogner took the chal­lenge, too, and said “lit­tle did I know it was about to change my life.”

He said his career was over, and he was “blessed” to have had such a great job at WTVD. He will take a vaca­tion and return to the air in two weeks to say good­bye to his view­ers, he added.

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