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Cincinnati Reds Debut Stadium Nursery for Mom-Baby Baseball Fans

Great Amer­i­can Ball Park(CINCINNATI) — Baseball-loving moms with babies every­where can root, root, root for the Reds — even if they’re Cards fans.

The Cincin­nati Reds have debuted what’s thought to be the first suite in Major League Base­ball for nurs­ing moms and their off­spring — the Reds fans of the future.

Dur­ing the off sea­son, the Cincin­nati Reds part­nered with Pam­pers and local home­builder Fis­cher Homes to cre­ate the suite.

The deci­sion was made after Reds Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer Phil Castellini was informed by the Great Amer­i­can Ball Park oper­a­tions staff that an increas­ing num­ber of moms were request­ing a quiet and pri­vate place to feed their babies while at a Reds game.

The suite fea­tures glid­ers, chang­ing sta­tion, a kitch­enette with a sink, ice and refrig­er­a­tor, lock­ers for stor­ing items and, most impor­tantly, a flat-screen TV so mom doesn’t miss a home run. It’s located on the Suite Level near the Cham­pi­ons Club elevators.

The suite will be ready to wel­come tiny fans and moms on April 6 to coin­cide with Open­ing Day.

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'Bubble Boy' Seth Lane to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplant

Leanne Lane(NEW YORK) — March 27 was a big day for ‘Bub­ble Boy’ Seth Lane, the 5-year-old who was born with­out an immune system.

Trend­ing world­wide, the social media cam­paign #WearYel­low­ForSeth grabbed the atten­tion of Seth fans from all over the globe.

On Tues­day, Seth embarks on the first step towards hav­ing the bone mar­row trans­plant that could poten­tially save his life.

He’s doing gen­er­ally okay,” mom Leanne Lane told ABC News. “He’s hav­ing an oper­a­tion today to have his gall­blad­der out so so he can have his chemother­apy. He’s in there right now.”

This is new for us. He’s never had any oper­a­tions on his organs before. He gets upset. He just says ‘mummy and daddy’ over and over again, but we’ll be out­side wait­ing until hes awake,” she said.

Despite her lit­tle boy hav­ing to go through surgery on Tues­day, Lane said that Seth was over­joyed about the amount of peo­ple who wore yel­low for him on Friday.

Fri­day was amaz­ing,” she said. “The hos­pi­tal did a lot there, even the local fire­men came to see him and put a lad­der up to his win­dow. He [Seth] was shell-shocked.”

It was so busy, we couldn’t even keep up. Obvi­ously there was Ash­ton Kutcher and ‘Paw Patrol.’ They did all pups in yel­low and sent him a voice mes­sage. Seth thought it was bril­liant,” Lane said.

On Sat­ur­day morn­ing he said ‘is every­one going to wear yel­low again today?’” she added.

Celebri­ties like Joe Jonas and Fifth Harmony’s Ally­Brooke joined Kutcher in wear­ing yel­low. Tele­vi­sion crews, retail stores, and even the cast of Sesame Street, tweeted in sup­port of Seth.

There was a time dif­fer­ence between the UK and Amer­ica and once Amer­ica woke up, it went crazy again,” Lane said. “It’s really hard to put that in words. We just want to say thank you. He’s one lit­tle boy in Eng­land who’s five years old and it makes us feel amaz­ing that peo­ple care so much. On Fri­day and Sat­ur­day Seth spent the whole day out of his bed and it really picked him up.”

Peo­ple have been mes­sag­ing me say­ing it’s inspired them to reg­is­ter to give bone mar­row. If they can help one per­son that’s amaz­ing,” she said.

Because Seth is on steroids, Lane said it will slow down his recov­ery process.

She added that if all runs smoothly, Seth’s doc­tors will per­form the trans­plant in three to four weeks.

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The Best and Worst Easter Candy for You, Ranked by a Dietician

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s Easter candy week, and with hol­i­day favorites — Peeps, choco­late bun­nies and crème eggs — hit­ting the shelves, it can be very hard to resist temptation.

ABC News spoke to Georgie Fear, a reg­is­tered dietit­ian and author of Lean Habits for Life­long Weight Loss, to rank your options from (rel­a­tive) best for you to worst.

It’s weird to call any candy ‘best’ for you,” Fear told ABC, but she forged ahead any­way so you can indulge as you see fit.

High-Quality Dark Choco­late Bunnies

Where choco­late bun­nies are con­cerned, a high-quality dark choco­late rab­bit such as a Lindt gold foil-wrapped bunny offers some healthy polyphe­nols and may be sat­is­fy­ing in smaller por­tions than other types of choco­late,” Fear said.

Sin­gle Serv­ing Crème Eggs

If por­tion con­trol is tough for you, and you love sea­sonal items that aren’t avail­able all year, pick up a Cad­bury Crème egg or Rus­sell Stover single-serve egg in the fla­vor you like most,” she advised. “One of the great things about Easter candy is that you can buy sin­gle serv­ings eas­ily, often near check­out, and not even need to ven­ture down the candy aisle gauntlet.”

A sin­gle Cad­bury Crème Egg or Rus­sell Stover Easter Egg could be just what you want for about 150 calo­ries. And com­pared to pos­sess­ing a Valentine’s Day box of chocolate-filled can­dies, you’ll be far less likely to eat past your com­fort level,” she added.

Reese’s Peanut But­ter Egg

If you like choco­late and peanut but­ter, you might pre­fer a Reese’s choco­late and peanut but­ter egg for 170 calo­ries. Com­pared to the clas­sic two-cup Reese’s peanut but­ter cups pack­age, you’ll save some calo­ries and fat,” Fear revealed.

Home­made Easter Candy

This is a dan­ger­ous idea — if you make two dozen choco­late peanut but­ter eggs, someone’s going to eat them all even­tu­ally! Not hav­ing to even unwrap the can­dies makes it excep­tion­ally easy to go over­board with eat­ing some mul­ti­ple times a day,” she warned.

If you do want to make your own, wrap them up and keep them out of sight, and try to plan on a mod­er­ate amount with a meal instead of graz­ing on them every time you pass through the kitchen,” Fear advised. “Home­made candy does offer the option of using higher-quality, real-food ingre­di­ents (such as dark choco­late, fruit or coconut) than pharmacy-purchased candy, but it’s not a nutri­tious choice, and the por­tion size increase makes it a worse health haz­ard than a smaller por­tion of the kind you’d unwrap.”

Jelly Beans and Marsh­mal­low Treats

They’re fun Easter clas­sics, but don’t be fooled into think­ing that just because these are fat free that they are healthy picks,” she said. “Essen­tially, both these options are straight sugar, which means that they could send you on a blood sugar roller coaster and only crav­ing more of the sweet stuff in a short time.”

Milk or White Choco­late Bunnies

A milk choco­late or white choco­late rab­bit lacks as many of the heart-healthy polyphe­nols that dark choco­late offers, and can pack a hefty calo­rie and fat price tag, even if the mon­e­tary cost is low. White choco­late actu­ally con­tains no polyphe­nols at all, since it has no cocoa con­tent,” Fear revealed. “The worst Easter candy, in my opin­ion, is low qual­ity ‘choco­late’ bun­nies made with par­tially hydro­genated oil instead of cocoa but­ter and hardly any actual cocoa at all.”

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Terri Schiavo: 10 Years After Her Death 'End of Life' Debate Rages On

Tim Boyles/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ten years after the death of Terri Schi­avo, the debate over when to end the life of some­one cat­a­stroph­i­cally ill rages on.Terri Schindler Schi­avo col­lapsed at home in the early morn­ing hours of Feb. 25, 1990, accord…


National Eating Disorder Awareness Group Endorses Aerie Underwear

Amer­i­can Eagle(NEW YORK) — Amer­i­can Eagle’s under­wear line has been awarded the National Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Association’s first-ever seal of approval for show­ing real bod­ies and unre­touched pho­tos on its web­site and in its ads.

NEDA announced on Mon­day that the inti­mate apparel line, called Aerie, has been awarded with its Inspire seal of approval. Aerie in 2014 launched its #AerieReal cam­paign, set­ting itself apart from other bra and under­wear brands by leav­ing in mod­els’ blem­ishes, tat­toos, cel­lulite and other imper­fec­tions. This year, it part­nered with NEDA, becom­ing a key spon­sor in its eat­ing dis­or­der aware­ness walks across the country.

Unre­al­is­tic images in adver­tis­ing and the media play a role in the ris­ing epi­demic of eat­ing dis­or­ders and poor self-esteem,” NEDA CEO Lynn Grefe said in a state­ment. “But Aerie’s cam­paigns high­light a range of body types. Their approach is not only socially respon­si­ble, but also res­onates with the pub­lic and is prof­itable. We hope oth­ers will learn by Aerie’s out­stand­ing example.”

Model Hana Mayeda was one of the first mod­els to be part of Aerie’s new cam­paign, and she said the thought of not being retouched ini­tially gave her but­ter­flies. She said the expe­ri­ence forced her to deal with her own inse­cu­ri­ties, and she came out embrac­ing her flaws.

I had to travel to the place of ‘Oh my god, there’s a huge bill­board, and that’s my butt and it’s not retouched,’” she said, adding that she grew to real­ize the flaws make some of the pho­tos more beau­ti­ful. “They were cap­tur­ing essence of who I was in a moment as opposed to how I fit in a designer gown.”

Jen­nifer Foyle, global brand pres­i­dent for Aerie, said the com­pany is try­ing to cre­ate a move­ment, and show­ing unre­touched pho­tos is just the beginning.

We just want girls to feel proud about them­selves,” she said.

Still, experts say there’s a long way to go before we reach true acceptance.

Body image expert Tomi-Ann Roberts, who chairs the depart­ment of psy­chol­ogy at Col­orado State Col­lege, said the first image she saw on Aerie’s web­site was of a woman in a sex­u­al­ized pose who had been cropped to avoid show­ing her limbs. This, she said, wasn’t exactly realistic.

She is not ema­ci­ated like a run­way model, but she is the ide­al­ized thin, white, beau­ti­ful we see,” Roberts said.

The site does have a page to show cus­tomers pho­tos of every cup size on a real woman with that cup size, but it takes a few clicks to find.

Sara Ziff, a model who founded the advo­cacy group Model Alliance, said Pho­to­shop is one of the many tools used to enhance pho­tos to “pro­mote an unre­al­is­tic ideal.”

For exam­ple, light­ing, the angle of the photographer’s lens, and make-up also play a big role,” Ziff said. “So while it is refresh­ing and admirable that a com­pany like Aerie has made a pol­icy not to retouch their mod­els’ images to pro­mote a more real­is­tic body image, it is also some­what naive to think that even these unre­touched ads are unfil­tered and, hence, ‘real.’”

Dr. Jen­nifer Ash­ton, a senior med­ical con­trib­u­tor for ABC News and prac­tic­ing OBGYN, said half of her patients are young girls, and body image is a fre­quent topic of con­ver­sa­tion at appoint­ments. She said whether it’s the fash­ion indus­try or tak­ing self­ies that has prompted a young girl or woman to think about her body, it’s impor­tant to focus on over­all well­ness rather than a num­ber of the scale or jeans size.

It’s nice to say that you’re not touch­ing up any mod­els, but there’s no short­age of mod­els who look spec­tac­u­lar untouched,” she said. “Until we start see­ing mod­els of every size, every color, every age, you’re not really going to see that change in terms of accept­ing imperfection.”

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Making Friends in High School May Be as Important as Making Good Grades

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — No one ever said mak­ing friends in school was easy but if your chil­dren man­age to do so, they might be set­ting them­selves up for a very secure finan­cial future.

Accord­ing to a sur­vey of U.S. high school stu­dents that fol­lowed them to adult­hood, teens who made a lot of friends earned salaries that were ten per­cent higher than ado­les­cents who had fewer close pals.

What’s more, high school kids improved their earn­ing power if they became the cen­ter of their group of friends and influ­enced their peers.

Researchers said the major take­away of the study is the need to show young­sters the impor­tance of devel­op­ing social skills and par­tic­i­pat­ing in school activ­i­ties, which can ben­e­fit them now and in the future.

The find­ings from the AddHealth study were pre­sented at the Royal Eco­nomic Society’s annual con­fer­ence in England.

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Coffee Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The dan­gers of exces­sive alco­hol con­sump­tion are well doc­u­mented. Now comes a new report from the World Can­cer Research Fund Inter­na­tional that states the chances of con­tract­ing liver can­cer go up sig­nif­i­cantly with as few as three alco­holic drinks daily.

Sci­en­tists made this dis­cov­ery through an analy­sis of almost three dozen stud­ies involv­ing more than eight mil­lion people.

How­ever, drinkers and non-drinkers alike may be able to reduce their risk of liver can­cer by drink­ing cof­fee, based on research from the same study. According to the report, a sin­gle cup of cof­fee daily may cut the chance of con­tract­ing liver can­cer by 14 percent.

Pre­vi­ous stud­ies have shown that cof­fee and its extracts lessen the inflam­ma­tion of genes that can cause can­cer in the liver.

An esti­mated 24,550 peo­ple die each year in the U.S. from liver and intra­hep­atic duct can­cers, accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer Society.

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Many US Kids Are Skipping Lunch

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Break­fast is often touted as the most impor­tant meal of the day but in real­ity, all three repasts are on equal footing.

That’s why a new study from the Nestlé Research Cen­ter is some­what alarm­ing: it claims that mil­lions of kids ages 4 to 13 are not eat­ing lunch regularly.

Based on stats from the 2009–2012 National Health and Nutri­tion Exam­i­na­tion Sur­vey, a whop­ping 13 per­cent of young­sters ages 4 to 8 don’t eat lunch while an even greater num­ber of 9– to 13-year-olds — 17 per­cent — are also eschew­ing lunch.

Things actu­ally get worse on the week­end for the older kids in the study since one in four also don’t bother hav­ing lunch.

Study author Kevin Math­ias con­tends, “This study high­lights an oppor­tu­nity for both gov­ern­ment and the food indus­try to develop new strate­gies to encour­age chil­dren and ado­les­cents to con­sume a healthy lunch.”

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