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Children of Ebola Specialists Shunned, Hospital Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Chil­dren whose par­ents work with Ebola patients are being dis­in­vited from birth­day par­ties, accord­ing to one hospital.

Dr. Mark Rupp, an infec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist at the Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter, spoke at the hos­pi­tal in an attempt to calm fears sur­round­ing the Ebola virus. Dur­ing his remarks he men­tioned that a child belong­ing to a staff mem­ber in the bio­con­tain­ment unit, where a free­lance cam­era­man is being treated for Ebola, was invited to a birth­day party. Later the child was dis­in­vited once the host found out where the child’s par­ent worked.

Rupp said employ­ees don’t plan on speak­ing to the media, but ear­lier on Mon­day the hos­pi­tal tweeted about their experiences.

Chil­dren of par­ents who are work­ing in our Bio­con­tain­ment Unit are being shunned. This isn’t help­ful or appro­pri­ate,” read one tweet.

Hav­ing chil­dren shunned at birth­day par­ties or soc­cer games because their par­ent works in the Bio Unit is irra­tional,” read another tweet.

Nebraska is one of four hos­pi­tals in the coun­try that is fully equipped and has a staff trained in deal­ing with highly infec­tious dis­eases such as Ebola. The CDC has said that among the many mis­con­cep­tions the pub­lic has about Ebola is that the virus can eas­ily spread from casual contact.

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Dallas Nurses Call Colleagues Who Contracted Ebola 'Heroes'

Pham family/ Debra Barry(DALLAS) — On Mon­day, nurses at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal hailed as “heroes” their two col­leagues who con­tracted Ebola car­ing for Thomas Eric Dun­can — the Liber­ian national who became the first per­son to be diagnosed …


Ebola Quarantine Ends for Louise Troh with 'Praise to God'

ABC News(DALLAS) — When Louise Troh, the fiancee of Ebola vic­tim Thomas Dun­can, emerged from a three week quar­an­tine Mon­day she reached both hands up to heaven and said, “Praise to God.”

Troh has been in quar­an­tine since Dun­can was diag­nosed with the dis­ease. She was among 43 who were released from quar­an­tine Monday.

Troh was delighted to no longer be confined.

Praise to God. I am free. I am so happy…All thanks to God,” she said, accord­ing to a spokesper­son for Troh who spoke to ABC News.

Troh was delighted to no longer be con­fined, but her pas­tor said she cur­rently has nowhere to go. Her lease was up on Sept. 30, and she and her fam­ily were tem­porar­ily stay­ing in a donated apart­ment for part of the quarantine.

She doesn’t have a per­ma­nent res­i­dence at this point,” said Pas­tor George Mason of Wilshire Bap­tist Church. “She’s lost every­thing that she owns in the apart­ment. She lost the man she loves.”

Dun­can, the Liber­ian national who arrived in Dal­las in late Sep­tem­ber to visit fam­ily, went to Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las with Ebola symp­toms on Sept. 26, but was sent home with antibi­otics. He returned in an ambu­lance two days later when his symp­toms wors­ened and was diag­nosed with Ebola and placed in isolation.

But he spent more than a week around friends and fam­ily, who have been under close obser­va­tion for the last three weeks amid fears that they, too, con­tracted the deadly virus. But none of them have shown any Ebola symp­toms, offi­cials said. Forty-three peo­ple are no longer under active mon­i­tor­ing, but about 120 peo­ple are still being mon­i­tored for pos­si­ble Ebola symp­toms, accord­ing to the health department.

The eight chil­dren who were released from Ebola quar­an­tine Mon­day were expected to return to school on Tues­day, but four of the chil­dren sur­prised school offi­cials by arriv­ing on Mon­day, accord­ing to a state­ment from the Dal­las Inde­pen­dent School District.

While we had planned on them com­ing back to school Tues­day. They were obvi­ously eager to return back to the school envi­ron­ment and decided on their own to attend,” said Super­in­ten­dent Mike Miles. “Because they have been cleared by med­ical author­i­ties and pose no health risk to any stu­dents or staff, we have no intent on send­ing them home. Their inter­est in get­ting back into school is encouraging.”

Dun­can died on Oct. 8 at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las. Two nurses con­tracted the virus from him, Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vin­son, 29. They are being treated for Ebola at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal in Atlanta, Geor­gia, and the NIH hos­pi­tal in Bethesda, Mary­land, respectively.

Troh, Duncan’s fiance, released a state­ment last week, announc­ing that she’d received an apol­ogy from the hos­pi­tal for fail­ing to save him. Although mem­bers of her fam­ily said he was treated unfairly, she said, “It is my posi­tion that God is the judge of oth­ers and their actions, and vengeance is not mine to demand. God is the judge, and God will take care of me.”

The last peo­ple being mon­i­tored should Ebola should be out of the 21-day incu­ba­tion period on Nov. 7, accord­ing to the health department.

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Another Reason Not to Skip Breakfast

Dig­i­tal Vision/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — You’ve prob­a­bly heard time and time again that break­fast is the most impor­tant meal of the day and yet, for a lot of folks, a quick cup of cof­fee and a slice of toast will suf­fice, if that.

How­ever, Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri researchers say that peo­ple, and par­tic­u­larly, young adults, are doing them­selves a dis­ser­vice by not sit­ting down to a high-protein break­fast since it can reduce the crav­ings for sweets and food loaded with fat.

Heather Leidy, who con­ducted the study, says when break­fast is skipped, the crav­ings and desire to overeat rise dur­ing the course of the day.

She fig­ured this out by exam­in­ing the brain’s dopamine lev­els when dif­fer­ent break­fasts are eaten.

Dopamine, the chem­i­cal that mod­er­ates impulse and rewards, is released by food among other things.

When peo­ple forgo break­fast, the dopamine level is blunted, mean­ing it takes more food later on to sat­isfy the brain’s need for reward.

Con­versely, Leidy said, a high-protein break­fast reduces that need as well as the impulse to grab a piece of food that’s high in fat.

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Your Brothers and Sisters May Have Made You a Better Person

iStock/Thinkstock(PROVO, Utah) — Sib­lings often fight like cats and dogs but they also may be help­ing each other in ways they never imagined.

In a study, co-author Laura Padilla-Walker of Brigham Young University’s Depart­ment of Fam­ily Life found that hav­ing a sib­ling teaches chil­dren to be more com­pas­sion­ate and gen­er­ous as they age.

Padilla-Walker says this is par­tic­u­larly true of boys even if these pos­i­tive qual­i­ties are con­sid­ered more feminine.

To arrive at these con­clu­sions, 308 pairs of teenage sib­lings were stud­ied, regard­ing their per­sonal devel­op­ment and the kinds of rela­tion­ships they had with both fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

What the researchers deter­mined is that sib­lings value their rela­tion­ships with their broth­ers and sis­ters and even though they’ll fight from time to time, they often walk away from con­flicts sen­si­tive to the other person’s feelings.

Another pos­i­tive that comes from a larger fam­ily, accord­ing to Padilla-Walker, is that there’s more of a feel­ing of com­mu­nity and sharing.

On the other hand, young­sters who grow up as an only child can be at a dis­ad­van­tage if there’s no need to sac­ri­fice or com­pro­mise.
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Uncertainty Can Add Excitement to Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(HONG KONG) — It’s said that peo­ple like a sure thing. How­ever, uncer­tainty can be more exciting.

That’s what’s called the motivating-uncertainty effect, accord­ing to researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Booth School of Busi­ness and Uni­ver­sity of Hong Kong.

Appar­ently, while know­ing the out­come of some­thing pro­vides a rel­a­tive degree of com­fort, uncer­tainty is seen as a way to moti­vate people.

To demon­strate this, the researchers ran sev­eral exper­i­ments.  One included split­ting col­lege stu­dents into two groups. The first was told they’d received $2 for drink­ing an entire glass of water while the other group was told the reward would be either $1 or $2 for com­plet­ing the same task.

It turned out that more peo­ple who were uncer­tain about what the reward would be fin­ished the water.

The researchers sur­mised that when peo­ple are uncer­tain about out­comes, it can make the sit­u­a­tion seem more like a game than work.

There­fore, they said, man­agers can pos­si­bly use this infor­ma­tion as an incen­tive to moti­vate workers.

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A Child Is Given Wrong Medication Every 8 Minutes, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study finds a child is given the wrong med­ica­tion every eight minutes.

Researchers in Ohio stud­ied reports over an 11-year period and found 700,000 med­ica­tion errors in the United States.

The most com­mon mis­take was acci­den­tally giv­ing a child med­i­cine more than once.

Henry Spiller, Direc­tor of the Cen­tral Ohio Poi­son Cen­ter at Nation­wide Children’s Hos­pi­tal, says this is an easy mis­take for par­ents to make.

The mom goes into the room, gives the child a dose, comes out. Dad doesn’t know, he also goes into the child and gives another dose and then later they find out that they’ve sort of over­dosed their child,” Spiller said. “When you’re about to give out the med­ica­tion, I know it’s busy and everyone’s fix­ing din­ner and get­ting kids ready for bed and things, but try and take a moment to kind of put that bub­ble around you to not be distracted.”

This is some­thing where the peo­ple who are car­ing for the chil­dren really really are inter­ested in their best health, acci­den­tally make these errors,” Spiller added.

Spiller says 97% of the errors hap­pened at home. The study also deter­mined errors peak in the winter.

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Hearing-Impaired Kids Get Their Own Superhero

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For more than 35 years ear spe­cial­ist and sur­geon Dr. Ronald Hoff­man has searched for new treat­ments and devices to help hearing-impaired chil­dren. But no mat­ter how impres­sive the newest hear­ing aids or cochlear implants were, Hoff­man said he’s seen many chil­dren bul­lied for being different.

One of the moms told us that her son had taken [his hear­ing aids] and buried them in the sand,” Hoff­man said.

As direc­tor of the Ear Insti­tute at the New York Eye and Ear Infir­mary of Mount Sinai Hos­pi­tal in New York, Hoff­man said he is con­stantly look­ing for new ways to empower his patients, in addi­tion to treat­ing them.

This year Hoff­man stum­bled upon a slightly unusual way to edu­cate the pub­lic and chil­dren about hear­ing loss.

Hoff­man and the team at the Ear Insti­tute at the New York Eye and Ear Infir­mary along with the Children’s Hear­ing Insti­tute in New York were able to part­ner with a divi­sion of Mar­vel Comics to cre­ate a hearing-impaired super­hero named Sapheara.

The comic book hero­ine sports cochlear implants and fights along­side Blue Ear, a fel­low super­hero with hear­ing aids.

We wanted the pedi­atric patients to really revel in the expe­ri­ence of hav­ing a super hero all their own,” said Melissa Willis, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Children’s Hear­ing Insti­tute in New York, which hosted the unveil­ing event.

The comics are designed to do more than just enter­tain; the story lines will edu­cate chil­dren about devices used by the hear­ing impaired, includ­ing cochlear implants and hear­ing aids.

The comics will be given as part of edu­ca­tional mate­r­ial to chil­dren in the New York area and will reach approx­i­mately 150,000 chil­dren, accord­ing to New York Eye and Ear Infir­mary of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Hoff­man said the goal of the comics was also to help decrease the stigma sur­round­ing hearing-aids for chil­dren and to help stop bullying.

We’re very excited,” Hoff­man said, adding that he hoped the books could “enlighten chil­dren” and “pro­mote tol­er­ance and decrease bullying.”

Hoff­man said the dis­abled super hero will also help par­ents and chil­dren learn more about dif­fer­ent options to han­dle all lev­els of hear­ing loss.

It is cru­cial par­ents and chil­dren under­stand the facts about hear­ing impair­ment and the many viable treat­ment options avail­able for patients,” Hoff­man said in a state­ment. “Hav­ing Sap­heara as a resource for enter­tain­ment and edu­ca­tion could help many more patients receive the eval­u­a­tions and care they need to lead active and engaged lives.”

Mar­vel Comics is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, which also owns ABC News.

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