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Superheroes Save Pediatric Patients From The Joker

A man dressed as Cap­tain Amer­ica flies in a police heli­copter near the Dell Children’s Med­ical Cen­ter in Austin, Texas as part of Super­hero Day on April 30, 2015. Dell Children’s Med­ical Cen­ter(AUSTIN, Texas) — The pedi­atric patients were in trou­ble. The Joker had stolen their ice cream and stuffed ponies. Things weren’t look­ing good.

But then the super­heroes arrived, repelling down the side of Dell Children’s Med­ical Cen­ter of Cen­tral Texas, to save the day. Bat­man, Bat­girl, Cap­tain Amer­ica, Iron Man, Spi­der­man, Star-Lord, Super­man and Wolver­ine and Won­der Woman foiled the Joker, and got the chil­drens’ treats back.

If they can take down this crafty crook, they can do any­thing,” KVUE reporter Cori Cof­fin said. KVUE is ABC’s Austin affiliate.

One lit­tle boy had a feel­ing it would all be OK.

Batman’s going to kick his butt,” he told KVUE, refer­ring, of course, to the Joker.

A day after the heroes saved them, the patients were still talk­ing about it, hos­pi­tal spokes­woman Kendra Claw­son told ABC News. She said par­ents flooded the hospital’s Face­book page with pos­i­tive feedback.

This was such a great expe­ri­ence for all the kids and par­ents,” Misty Arring­ton Lake wrote on the Face­book page. “My son will remem­ber this for many years!”

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USDA Considering Approval for Genetically Modified Potato

Joerg Mikus/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture opened a pub­lic com­ment period on Sat­ur­day as they con­sider whether or not to approve a genet­i­cally mod­i­fied potato that has a num­ber of attrac­tive characteristics.

The potato in ques­tion is genet­i­cally engi­neered to be resis­tant to late blight, a potato pest and has reduced black spot bruis­ing, says the USDA. It also does not turn as dark when fried and has lower sugar levels.

One more attrac­tive char­ac­ter­is­tic of the engi­neered potato is lower acry­lamide poten­tial. Acry­lamide is a chem­i­cal pro­duced when pota­toes are cooked at high heat, and has been linked to can­cer in lab ani­mals at high doses.

The com­ment period is open for 30 days.

The USDA recently approved the first genet­i­cally mod­i­fied food ear­lier this year — a non-browning apple.

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Patient in Texas Tests Negative for Ebola

chromatika/iStock/Thinkstock(FORTH WORTH, Texas) — A res­i­dent of Tar­rant County, Texas has tested neg­a­tive for Ebola after exhibit­ing at least one symp­tom of the dis­ease, says Tar­rant County Pub­lic Health.

The patient report­edly had one symp­tom that matches the dis­ease. TCPH says that the indi­vid­ual recently returned from Liberia. Though the last case of Ebola in Liberia was in late March, the patient was being tested for Ebola out of an abun­dance of caution.

On Fri­day evening, TCPH said that the test came back negative.


Tar­rant County res­i­dent, who trav­eled to Liberia, has tested NEGATIVE for #Ebola.

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The only patient to die of Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Dun­can, was treated in Texas — at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las. Two nurses who treated Dun­can were later diag­nosed with the dis­ease, though both recovered.


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CDC Warns of Possible Sexual Transmission of Ebola

Bumbasor/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In a report issued on Fri­day, the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion rec­om­mends that Ebola sur­vivors avoid unpro­tected sex­ual activ­ity in an effort to ensure that the spread of the dis­ease is contained.

The report details the case of a 44-year-old woman in Mon­rovia, Liberia who con­tracted the dis­ease approx­i­mately one month after the most recent con­firmed Ebola patient was iso­lated. The typ­i­cal incu­ba­tion period for Ebola is 21 days.

The CDC says that the woman’s only link to the dis­ease was unpro­tected sex with an Ebola sur­vivor. As a result, the agency now believes that the virus may sur­vive longer in semen than pre­vi­ously believed.

Ebola virus has been iso­lated from semen as long as 82 days after symp­tom onset,” the CDC report notes. “CDC now rec­om­mends that con­tact with semen from male Ebola sur­vivors be avoided until more infor­ma­tion regard­ing the dura­tion and infec­tious­ness of viral shed­ding in body flu­ids is known.”

If male surivors have sex,” the report adds, “a cod­nom should be used cor­rectly and con­sis­tently every time.”

While trans­mis­sion of Ebola in West Africa has dipped in recent months, the CDC warns that sex­ual trans­mis­sion is possible

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Why You Should Leave Your Desk Two Minutes an Hour

Erik Snyder/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study sug­gests that get­ting up from your desk every so often could help pro­long your life.

Dr. Srini­vasan Bed­dhu, a nephrol­o­gist at the Uni­ver­sity of Utah, stud­ied sur­vey data from more than 3,000 peo­ple who’d been given accelerom­e­ters for on aver­age of a lit­tle less than three years, and found those who engaged in light phys­i­cal activ­ity, like walk­ing, for an aver­age of two min­utes an hour had a 33 per­cent lower risk of death.

The study was pub­lished Fri­day in the Clin­i­cal Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Nephrol­ogy.

It’s is dif­fer­ent pieces of the same puz­zle,” Bed­dhu said. “We should have this seden­tary aware­ness. … Take at least a cou­ple of breaks each hour from sitting.”

His study revealed that the par­tic­i­pants spent more than half their time doing seden­tary activ­i­ties. Bed­dhu said peo­ple should be mind­ful to do more than just stand when they step away from their desks. They should take a walk for cof­fee, for instance, he said.

Obe­sity, mal­nu­tri­tion and kid­ney dis­ease are all related, Bed­dhu said.

One of the big prob­lems that we have in peo­ple with chronic kid­ney dis­ease is that they’re not active, and obe­sity is pretty high, so that’s the rea­son why I got inter­ested in this par­tic­u­lar topic,” he said.” In this study we found that peo­ple with chronic kid­ney dis­ease are much more seden­tary than peo­ple who are not.”

An aver­age of 2 min­utes of exer­cise per hour with some weekly mod­er­ate exer­cise reduced the risk of death by 41 per­cent in peo­ple with chronic kid­ney dis­ease, he said.

Still, the study is asso­cia­tive, not causal, he said. And it relies on self-reported sur­vey data, which can some­times be flawed. Bed­dhu said the next step would be a ran­dom­ized con­trolled study to show causation.

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What It Means If the Royal Baby Comes After Its Due Date

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) — After months of wait­ing, many res­i­dents in the U.K. are still on pins and nee­dles await­ing the birth of another royal heir. But though Duchess Kate Mid­dle­ton could pos­si­bly be past her due date, it likely is not cause for alarm, experts say.

While the palace has not con­firmed a spe­cific due date, Mid­dle­ton has said that she was due to give birth to the couple’s sec­ond child any­time between mid-April and the end of the month.

Dr. Jen­nifer Ash­ton, a senior med­ical con­trib­u­tor for ABC News and prac­tic­ing obstetrician-gynecologist, said it is very com­mon for women to deliver a healthy baby after their due date.

Only 5 per­cent of babies are born on their due date,” 40 weeks into a preg­nancy, said Ash­ton. “Full term of preg­nancy is 37 weeks to 42 weeks.”

Dr. Kim­berly Gecsi, an obste­tri­cian and gyne­col­o­gist at Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tals Case Med­ical Cen­ter in Cleve­land, said if a woman is over­due, she should be see­ing her obste­tri­cian and med­ical team to ensure the fetus is devel­op­ing and active.

Between 39 and 41 weeks, really that’s the best time for both baby out­comes and mama out­comes,” said Gecsi. “When you go past 41 weeks … that’s when we start to see prob­lems with not hav­ing enough fluid around the baby,” among other issues.

Gecsi said as long as there are no other com­pli­ca­tions, a doc­tor can use med­ica­tion to induce labor in an over­due pregnancy.

Ash­ton said the fact that the duchess already deliv­ered a healthy baby indi­cates she likely will not have too much trou­ble dur­ing the sec­ond birth.

The fact that she had a baby before is very, very reas­sur­ing,” said Ash­ton. “We would expect that if she were to be induced … she would suc­cess­fully deliver.” 

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Jill Duggar Dillard Criticized over Use of Sling-Style Baby Carrier

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A photo show­ing Jill Dug­gar Dil­lard car­ry­ing her new­born in a sling-style car­rier has fans of the 19 Kids and Count­ing star in an uproar.

The photo appears to show the new mother with her 3-week-old son, Israel David, and some crit­ics said the baby seemed to be placed too low in the sling that was rest­ing at about mid-stomach level on her body. The child’s entire body, includ­ing his head, appeared to be com­pletely wrapped up by the sling.

Com­menters on Face­book took the new mother to task, say­ing that car­ry­ing the baby that low in the sling could be dangerous.

Some­one needs to tell her it’s a baby sling, not a purse,” one poster wrote, while another added: “Please remem­ber a baby shouldn’t be car­ried that low. He should be close enough to kiss, so he should be at your chest.”

Dil­lard, 23, is a mid­wife in training.

Holly Ann Cordero of Wild Was Mama, a Brook­lyn, New York, store that sells slings and helps moth­ers learn the proper way to carry a baby in a sling, told Good Morn­ing Amer­ica that the type of sling Dil­lard was using could be difficult.

It’s great that she wants to wear the baby in the sling. It is really hard car­rier to under­stand with writ­ten instruc­tions and a pam­phlet. … It is dif­fi­cult to posi­tion the baby right,” Cordero said. “Usu­ally in a ring sling, the baby should be a lit­tle bit higher up on her body.”

She added: “You want to have the baby either upright or in a cra­dle posi­tion. You want it high enough so it is at heart and you want to be able to see her face.”

There are seri­ous risks asso­ci­ated with incor­rectly car­ry­ing a baby in a sling. The Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion has iden­ti­fied 14 infant deaths with sling-style car­ri­ers in the past 20 years.

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and med­ical edi­tor, spoke about the dangers.

The big issue with a sling is the risk of suf­fo­ca­tion,” he said. “There are some babies who are at greater risk. If your baby’s pre­ma­ture or small for their age, or [in] the first four months of life or they have any cold at all, don’t use a sling.”

Besser added that incor­rect use of a sling can lead to hip prob­lems. When they are used cor­rectly, slings are a good way for a mother to have her child close while hav­ing her hands free.

Jill Dil­lard declined to com­ment when ABC News con­tacted her for this story. She gave birth to Israel on April 6.

She and her hus­band, Der­ick, had planned to have a home birth but the baby was deliv­ered by C-section at a hos­pi­tal instead after she labored for 70 hours.

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The Dawn of the 'Dad Bod': Is It Women's Favorite Physique?

Dig­i­tal Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For­get about wash­board abs and bulging biceps, accord­ing to one col­lege stu­dent whose essay has gone viral, what women really want is a “dad bod.”

My friends and I saw this body type on a lot more guys and we were attracted to it,” Clem­son Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Macken­zie Pear­son told ABC News.

Pear­son explained the appeal behind the “dad bod” — a “nice bal­ance between a beer gut and work­ing out” — in an arti­cle last month on The arti­cle now has over 1,200 com­ments and has made the term “dad bod” go viral.

In the arti­cle, Pear­son, a sopho­more, gives five rea­sons why women are attracted to men with okay fig­ures as opposed to the “per­fectly sculpted guy.”

Pearson’s rea­sons range from bet­ter cud­dling to mak­ing the girl in the rela­tion­ship feel like “the pretty one” to being able to go out to eat with your man.

As a col­lege stu­dent, Pear­son says she has even noticed her male class­mates embrac­ing the “dad bod.”

You try to main­tain that healthy body but at the same time in the, ‘I want to go out and drink on the week­ends,’” she said.

Pear­son also con­cludes that men with “dad bods” just are not as intim­i­dat­ing as their opposites.

It makes girls feel a lot more vul­ner­a­ble when they aren’t with some­one who’s meal prep­ping every Sun­day and being really intim­i­dat­ing,” Pear­son said.

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