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Meghan Trainor Was ‘Addicted to Diets’ Before Embracing Her Curves

Epic Records(NEW YORK) — Before she was singing about “bring­ing booty back” and embrac­ing her curves, Meghan Trainor had to fight low self-esteem just like the rest of us. The 21-year-old singer admit­ted to U.K.’s Reveal that she used to be “addicted to diets,” and tried to fol­low Beyonce’s weight-loss secret.

Meghan tells the pub­li­ca­tion that her inse­cu­ri­ties began in school when her best guy friend told her she’d be “so hot” if she lost ten pounds. She said she rushed home and told her mom she was “never eat­ing again.” That’s when she started research­ing fad diets online.

I Googled, ‘What does Bey­once do?’ and decided I’d try the detox diet with cayenne pep­per,” Meghan recalled. “Do you know how much I had to drink to get used to it? It was so gross. I stopped straight away. I was like, ‘This is not normal.’”

Meghan said she’s since met Bey­once, who’s a fan of her music, and cred­its her for hav­ing a “real fig­ure” in a busi­ness where many women feel they have to be skin and bones.

I def­i­nitely feel like I’m 30 and I’ve been through a lot,” the 21-year-old singer said. “I haven’t expe­ri­enced any­thing cru­cial or dev­as­tat­ing. But I got addicted to weird lit­tle diets and I quickly real­ized how stu­pid it was.”

Meghan said that when she first wrote her #1 Grammy-nominated hit “All About That Bass,” it was more about how she wished she felt, rather than how she actu­ally felt, about her body. But once she started per­form­ing and get­ting pos­i­tive feed­back, she says, she started to feel more con­fi­dent.  Now, she encour­ages her friends to love their bodies.

I’m just 100 per­cent hap­pier than I was,” she said. “The trick I tell my girl­friends now is that you have to say it out loud. You haven’t got to nearly kill your­self on these diets. You just have to look in the mir­ror and tell your­self, ‘Damn I look good today!’”

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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. 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 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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