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Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The “kid’s menu” at your local restau­rant may fall short when it comes to nutri­tious fare, accord­ing to a new study that looked at restau­rants in two states in the south­east­ern United States.

Researchers at Vir­ginia Tech looked at nearly 140 chil­dren menus from var­i­ous restau­rants in North Car­olina and Vir­ginia in a study pub­lished Thurs­day in Pre­vent­ing Chronic Dis­ease.

Researchers found that even though restau­rants offered on aver­age five meal options in the kid’s menu, barely one in 10 menus included at least one healthy option.

While 39 per­cent of the restau­rants reviewed offered fruit, only 23 per­cent offered fruit with­out added sugar, and 33 per­cent of the restau­rants offered a healthy drink option.

Although some restau­rants turned to milk as their healthy sub­sti­tute, researchers say only 28.5 per­cent of the restau­rants reviewed offered low-fat or skim milk as an option.

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Indiana Couple Welcomes 'One in a Million' Set of Triplets

WRTV(GREENFIELD, Ind.) — An Indi­ana cou­ple is cel­e­brat­ing an extra-special arrival with the birth of their iden­ti­cal triplet daughters.

Ash­ley and Matt Alexan­der of Green­field, Indi­ana, were sur­prised weeks ago when they learned they were expect­ing three new addi­tions to their fam­ily dur­ing a rou­tine sono­gram, accord­ing to ABC affil­i­ate WRTV-TV in Indi­anapo­lis, Indiana.

She was check­ing [Ash­ley] and right away there were twins, and she goes, ‘Let me check for a third,’” Matt Alexan­der told WRTV-TV in an ear­lier inter­view. “I’m like, she’s just jok­ing. I said, ‘You’re jok­ing,’ and she said, ‘No, we don’t joke about this stuff.’ So [Ash­ley] about came off the table.”

The cou­ple, who already have a son, had con­ceived the triplets nat­u­rally, so they were not expect­ing to see three heart­beats on the sonogram.

Ash­ley Alexan­der told WRTV-TV she has a plan to tell the girls apart.

I’m paint­ing their nails,” she said. “One’s going to be pink, one pur­ple, and the other prob­a­bly pale blue.”

Dr. William Gilbert, the direc­tor of women’s ser­vices for Sut­ter Health in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, said in an ear­lier inter­view with ABC News there was no def­i­nite rate for the num­ber of iden­ti­cal triplets born every year.

It’s hard to cal­cu­late a con­ser­v­a­tive esti­mate,” Gilbert said about the rate of nat­u­rally con­ceived iden­ti­cal triplets. “One in 70,000 — that would be on the low end. The high end is one in a million.”

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Germanwings Crash: How Often Pilots Commit 'Aircraft-Assisted Suicide'

ABC News / Flight Aware(NEW YORK) — Although author­i­ties said the co-pilot of the Ger­man­wings flight that crashed ear­lier this week in France intended to “destroy the plane” with 150 peo­ple on board, so-called “aircraft-assisted sui­cides” are rare, accord­ing to researchers who reviewed decades of crash data. Still, they’ve occurred in the past, and some­times, the pilots expressed their inten­tions before­hand, accord­ing to their study.

Of the 7,244 fatal air­plane crashes in the United States from 1993 through 2012, 24 were the result of aircraft-assisted sui­cide, the authors con­cluded in the 2014 study pub­lished in the jour­nal Avi­a­tion, Space and Envi­ron­men­tal Med­i­cine.

That’s 0.33 per­cent, and they noted that most of these flights were pri­vate, not commercial.

But the study’s lead author, Dr. Alpo Vuo­rio of the Mehi­lainen Air­port Health Cen­tre in Fin­land, said their find­ings show a need for greater trans­parency by the pilots’ when it comes to self-reporting their psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tions. He said five of the eight pilots involved in aircraft-assisted sui­cides in the United States from 2003 through 2012 some­how voiced their sui­ci­dal thoughts before­hand, inves­ti­ga­tors uncov­ered after the crashes. Yet those sui­ci­dal thoughts were not dis­closed to avi­a­tion doc­tors or the air­lines by the pilots or those who knew of their sui­ci­dal thoughts.

Some­body knew,” Vuo­rio said. “They’re [crash inves­ti­ga­tors] not say­ing the avi­a­tion doc­tor knew. That infor­ma­tion was there, but it wasn’t spo­ken about and that’s sad.”

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Admin­is­tra­tion requires pilots to undergo med­ical eval­u­a­tions at least once a year, but Seattle-based avi­a­tion ana­lyst Todd Cur­tis, said psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tions are mostly self-reported.

If you self-identify that you have cer­tain things wrong with you, you can be denied license,” he said. “If you can pass a med­ical exam where there’s very lit­tle vet­ting of infor­ma­tion out­side the exam, sure, you can fly.”

Until five years ago, U.S. pilots weren’t allowed to take most anti­de­pres­sants. Today, most psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tions require an FAA deci­sion before pilots can be allowed to fly, accord­ing to the administration’s guide for avi­a­tion med­ical exam­in­ers. Con­di­tions includ­ing psy­chosis, bipo­lar dis­or­der and a prior sui­cide attempt are grounds for deny­ing or defer­ring a pilot’s license. It’s up to the FAA to make a final decision.

The FAA was not imme­di­ately avail­able for comment.

In Europe, pilots “may” be required to undergo psych eval­u­a­tions and those with “schizo­typal or delu­sional” dis­or­ders will not be allowed to fly, accord­ing to pub­lished guidelines.

Notable sus­pected aircraft-assisted sui­cides involved com­mer­cial flights such as Silk Air Flight MI 185 in 1997 and LAM Mozam­bique Air­lines Flight 470 in 2013. And accord­ing to Cur­tis, who founded AirSafe.com in the mid-1990s in order to track air­plane acci­dents, there are oth­ers that offi­cials deter­mined to have been sab­o­taged by pilots or are sus­pected of hav­ing been downed by their pilots.

Japan Air Lines in 1982

In 1982, a Japan Air Lines pilot report­edly “lost his senses” and crashed a plane car­ry­ing 150 peo­ple into Tokyo Bay, killing 24 of them but not the pilot, accord­ing to the New York Times. There was report­edly a fight in the cock­pit before the plane went down.

Silk Air in 1997

In 1997, all 104 peo­ple aboard Silk Air flight MI 185 died when the flight went down in Indone­sia. Con­tra­dict­ing find­ings by Indone­sian author­i­ties, which ruled out a sui­cide, U.S. inves­ti­ga­tors deter­mined that the crash was intentional.

The acci­dent can be explained by inten­tional pilot action,” they said in a let­ter to Indone­sian inves­ti­ga­tors in 2000. “The evi­dence sug­gests that the cock­pit voice recorder was inten­tion­ally disconnected.”

EgyptAir in 1999

Egypt Air Flight 990 went down near Nan­tucket, Mass­a­chu­setts, in 1999, killing all 217 peo­ple on board, ABC News reported at the time. Inves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded that there was noth­ing wrong with the plane itself — as EgyptAir sug­gested — and won­dered whether the crash was intentional.

The NTSB led this inves­ti­ga­tion and wrote in its final report, “The National Trans­porta­tion Safety Board deter­mines that the prob­a­ble cause of the EgyptAir flight 990 acci­dent is the airplane’s depar­ture from nor­mal cruise flight and sub­se­quent impact with the Atlantic Ocean as a result of the relief first officer’s flight con­trol inputs. The rea­son for the relief first officer’s actions was not determined.

LAM Mozam­bique Air­lines in 2013

All 33 peo­ple aboard LAM Mozam­bique Air­lines flight 470 died in 2013 after the pilot put the plane into a “dan­ger­ously steep dive, seem­ingly on pur­pose” in Namibia, accord­ing to Vuorio’s study.

The acci­dent remains under inves­ti­ga­tion.

Mala­sia Air in 2014

Malaysia Air flight 370 dis­ap­peared last March car­ry­ing 277 pas­sen­gers and 12 crew mem­bers. About an hour into the flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bei­jing, air traf­fic con­trollers lost con­tact with it, and inves­ti­ga­tors believe it flew thou­sands of miles off-course.

Despite more than a year of search­ing, the plane has not been found.

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School Tells 'Tiny' Girl Her Body Mass Index is Too High

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A Mis­souri mother is livid after her daugh­ter came home from ele­men­tary school with a note say­ing that her body mass index was too high despite her lean frame.

She goes, ‘Does this mean I’m fat?’ and I said, ‘No, this does not mean you are fat,’” Amanda Moss, of Bel­ton, Mis­souri, told KMBC, ABC’s Kansas City affiliate.

Moss’s daugh­ter Kylee is 7 years old, 54 pounds, 3-foot-10, Moss told the station.

Accord­ing to the BMI cal­cu­la­tor on the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention’s web­site, her BMI is 17.9, mak­ing her over­weight. But Moss says Kylee is an active, thin sec­ond grader.

She is tiny,” Moss told KMBC. “She has no body fat at all.”

The school cal­cu­lated stu­dents body mass indexes, which are a mea­sure­ment of height, weight and age, as part of a grant pro­gram, Bel­ton School Dis­trict Super­in­ten­dent Andrew Under­wood told ABC News. In the future, he said par­ents will be allowed to opt out.

We do the body mass index on our stu­dents for pos­i­tive rea­sons to try to pro­mote healthy habits as far as what the kids eat and their activ­ity,” Under­wood said. “There was no mali­cious intent by this.”

BMI is a con­tro­ver­sial mea­sure­ment because it does not dis­tin­guish mus­cle mass from fat mass, said Dr. Naveen Uli, a pedi­atric endocrinol­ogy at UH Rain­bow Babies & Children’s Hos­pi­tal in Cleve­land, Ohio. Uli has not treated Kylee.

Know­ing the aver­age BMI for a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion can be help­ful in mak­ing admin­is­tra­tive changes such as increas­ing phys­i­cal activ­ity time or adding health­ier options to the cafe­te­ria menu, but it may not be as help­ful on an indi­vid­ual scale, Uli said.

[I]t may in fact be psychological[ly pun­ish­ing, since school per­son­nel may not be famil­iar with details regard­ing that child’s health,” he said in an email to ABC News. “This is best addressed by that child’s health­care provider. That being said, if the school is in a neigh­bor­hood with lim­ited access to health­care, the child might not be see­ing a pedi­a­tri­cian reg­u­larly. In that sce­nario, the school report to the child’s par­ents on BMI might be a much needed wake-up call.”

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Pot Brownie That Made Man Fear Stroke Highlights Concerns About Pot Edibles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The case of a man who mis­took a reac­tion to marijuana-laced brown­ies for a stroke has again high­lighted con­cern about what can hap­pen when peo­ple con­fuse mar­i­juana edi­bles with reg­u­lar food.

A Michi­gan man called police ear­lier this week think­ing he was in the mid­dle of a deadly stroke, but he actu­ally was hav­ing a reac­tion to marijuana–laced brown­ies his daugh­ter had baked, accord­ing to the Oak­land County Sheriff’s Office.

The 58-year-old man was trans­ported to the hos­pi­tal and his daugh­ter quickly alerted law enforce­ment his symp­toms were likely related to brown­ies she had baked, the sheriff’s office said. Mar­i­juana both for recre­ational and med­ical use remains ille­gal in Michi­gan and the inci­dent is under investigation.

But the inci­dent also shows the kind of com­pli­ca­tions that have occurred else­where as mar­i­juana edi­bles have become more com­mon and more states con­sider legal­iz­ing med­ical or recre­ational marijuana.

In Col­orado, where recre­ational mar­i­juana was legal­ized last year, doc­tors say they’ve seen a num­ber of cases, mainly young chil­dren, who come to the ER after mis­tak­enly ingest­ing edibles.

Dr. Sam Wong, emer­gency room doc­tor at Children’s Hos­pi­tal Col­orado, said they’ve had many chil­dren arrive in the ER in such cir­cum­stances, with par­ents hav­ing had no idea their child ingested edibles.

With kids, when they come to ER, at least half the time we don’t know they got into mar­i­juana,” he said.

Only adults over the age of 21 can pos­sess and con­sume mar­i­juana prod­ucts in Col­orado under state law.

Wong cited a range of symp­toms that chil­dren can present with if they ingest mar­i­juana includ­ing laugh­ing or gig­gling, lethargy, mus­cle seizures or, in severe cases, uncon­scious­ness and breath­ing issues.

We don’t see panic or anx­i­ety. It’s mostly sleepi­ness,” said Wong. “They’ll say, ‘He’s just wanted to take more naps today,’ or, ‘I couldn’t wake him up. … When he got up he couldn’t walk.’”

Wong said the edi­bles look sim­i­lar to candy or other foods, which can make it hard for chil­dren to tell the dif­fer­ence. Par­ents also don’t real­ize their chil­dren were able to get to the marijuana-infused prod­ucts until a doc­tor asks them about it.

Wong said not know­ing if a child was exposed to mar­i­juana can cre­ate com­pli­ca­tions dur­ing treat­ment and lead to extra procedures.

A lot of these kids get blood draws and lum­bar punc­tures and CT scans of the head,” said Wong, pro­ce­dures that can have a small risk of com­pli­ca­tions. “[In] an ideal case, we know the expo­sure and know the amount [of mar­i­juana], and don’t have to do fur­ther tests.”

A 2014-published study in the Jour­nal of Amer­i­can Med­i­cine by the Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado found a rise in chil­dren show­ing up in the ER with severe reac­tions to mar­i­juana expo­sure. The study found that 14 chil­dren were admit­ted to the Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado hos­pi­tal dur­ing 2014, with seven chil­dren end­ing up in the inten­sive care unit.

The vast major­ity of chil­dren admit­ted to the hos­pi­tal for marijuana-related rea­sons were because of ingest­ing edi­ble THC prod­ucts, accord­ing to the study.

Wong said he tells par­ents to keep edi­bles in a child­proof case and store them some­where apart from food and out of reach of small children.

I think in Col­orado we’re try­ing to do the best we can to deal with reg­u­la­tions and pack­ag­ing and warn­ing labels … to curb these unin­tended expo­sures,” he said.

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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.

 

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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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