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'Skinny Mom' Who Caused Instagram Uproar Gives Birth to Big Baby

sarahstage/Instagram(LOS ANGELES) — Sarah Stage, the slen­der Los Ange­les model who caused an Insta­gram uproar with her pregnant-yet-toned physique, finally gave birth April 14. He’s a whole lot big­ger than expected.

James Hunter was 8 pounds, 6 ounces and 22 inches long at birth, Stage’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive confirmed.

The preg­nant model’s tiny belly caused a huge uproar on social media.

Stage, 30, reg­u­larly posted pics show­ing off her barely-there preg­nancy belly on Insta­gram and other social sites. In her last pic­ture, posted three days ago, her tummy was larger, but her abs seemed to have remained sleek and toned.

Her 1.3 mil­lion Insta­gram fans were vocally divided on whether she looked fit or famished.

Check this out…almost 9months pregie and look at that tummy!!!” one admirer said of a mod­el­ing shot depict­ing Stage in lingerie.

”Hope I look like this when im 8 months preg­nant,” another wrote on a post about a month ago that gar­nered over 10,000 comments.

Stage recently told ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica a lot goes through her mind when she reads those criticisms.

I don’t know how some­one could say some­thing like that to a preg­nant woman,” she said. “I think that is so rude. My baby is healthy and we are happy.”

Dr. Jen­nifer Ash­ton, ABC News med­ical con­trib­u­tor and a prac­tic­ing obste­tri­cian and gyne­col­o­gist, pre­vi­ously defended Stage’s slight frame, say­ing, “The fact that she looks skinny on Insta­gram does not mean her baby growth is restricted or too small. It has noth­ing to do if you can see her mus­cles, if her uterus is the per­fect size and she has gained an amount of weight that is acceptable.”

The model said she gained about 20 pounds through­out her pregnancy.

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Watch Deaf Minnesota Infant Hear His Mom for the First Time

Photick/Thinkstock(ANDOVER, Minn.) — A 9-week old infant looked sur­prised when he heard his mother’s voice clearly for the first time, thanks to hear­ing aids.

Eli­jah Cook was born pro­foundly deaf in his left ear and able to hear only 75 deci­bels on the right side, accord­ing to a descrip­tion by his mother on her YouTube page.

His mother, Ahavah Cook of Andover, Min­nesota, said in a post for the Children’s Hos­pi­tals and Clin­ics of Min­nesota that she and her hus­band, Jason Cook, knew it was a pos­si­bil­ity that Eli­jah could have hear­ing loss because both of their fathers and moth­ers were deaf. Addi­tion­ally, Jason had no hear­ing in one ear. But they were hop­ing for the best.

When Eli­jah came back [from the first test], we were expect­ing good news because we have almost a dozen nieces and nephews that have no hear­ing issues,” Cook said on the website.

After a series of tests at the Children’s Spe­cialty Cen­ter, which is con­nected to the Children’s Hos­pi­tals and Clin­ics of Min­nesota, doc­tors diag­nosed Eli­jah with severe-profound sen­sorineural hear­ing loss.

One solu­tion for the hear­ing loss would be tiny hear­ing aids that would allow Eli­jah to hear clearly as he grew up. Eli­jah got his first hear­ing aids last month at just 9 weeks old.

In a video, the infant looks slightly sur­prised as his mother says his name, and he starts blink­ing at the noise.

The first time I saw him blink, I had a lot of emo­tions,” she said. “I was try­ing really hard not to cry. I didn’t want him to see me cry. I was try­ing hard to keep it together and just talk to him.”

Jason Cook said after the hear­ing aids were implanted, Eli­jah has even started mak­ing some noise of his own.

The coo­ing is the big thing,” Jason Cook said on the web­site. “He wasn’t very talk­a­tive, but ever since he was fit­ted for his hear­ing aids, he’s coo­ing more, he pays more attention.”

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E-Cigarette Flavors Expose Users to Chemicals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Man­u­fac­tur­ers of e-cigarettes pro­mote the health ben­e­fits of not inhal­ing the harm­ful tar and nico­tine found in tobacco prod­ucts, but new research indi­cates that the fla­vor­ings in e-cigs may expose vapers to more chem­i­cals than they might want to inhale.

Researchers exam­ined 30 dif­fer­ent e-cigarette flu­ids in a vari­ety of fla­vors, includ­ing tobacco, men­thol, vanilla, cherry, cot­ton candy and bub­ble gum, and dis­cov­ered the fla­vor­ings can carry twice the rec­om­mended work­place expo­sure lim­its of two chem­i­cals, ben­zalde­hyde and vanillin. Those chem­i­cals have been known to cause res­pi­ra­tory irritation.

The study points out that while the chem­i­cals may be harm­less when eaten, they may be less safe when inhaled, par­tic­u­larly at the higher tem­per­a­tures present dur­ing vaping.

Med­ical observers not involved in the research note that the study assumed a con­sump­tion of five mL a day, which is based on widely self-reported num­bers on vap­ing online forums.

The research is pub­lished in the jour­nal Tobacco Con­trol.

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Mississippi, Alabama Health Officials Concerned About Spike in Spice Overdoses

chromatika/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — State health depart­ments in Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama have reported more than 300 spice over­doses in the past month, stok­ing con­cern about the dan­ger of the syn­thetic marijuana.

The Mis­sis­sippi State Health Depart­ment said that between April 2 and April 15, there had been 227 reports of spice-related emer­gency room vis­its. The Alabama Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health said it was aware of 98 peo­ple who came to hos­pi­tals with drug over­doses sus­pi­cious of being caused by the drug in the past month.

Syn­thetic drugs are toxic to users and pose risks to the pub­lic,” the ADPH said, not­ing that the long-term health effects of spice and other syn­thetic drugs are unknown.

The MSDH notes on its web­site that spice’s effects, “are more pow­er­ful than mar­i­juana, often caus­ing severe ill­ness and some­times death.”

Spice is also known by other names, includ­ing K2.

Of par­tic­u­lar con­cern is the increased fre­quency that health offi­cials are see­ing in spice over­doses. In Alabama, the six reports of expo­sure to syn­thetic cannabi­noids in the first months of 2015 are far higher than the seven cases in all of 2014.

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Video Shows What Actually Happens When You Crack Your Knuckles

Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cana­dian sci­en­tists have finally solved the mys­tery about why our knuck­les crack — though they did not deter­mine whether the action brings any last­ing effects.

The sci­en­tists attached a tube-like “fin­ger trap” to a human fin­ger and applied force until the joint cracked. Using real-time MRI imag­ing, they were able to see a cap­ti­va­tion bub­ble form­ing within the joint cav­ity — con­firm­ing a the­ory that was first described by sci­en­tists in 1947 and refuted in 1971.

The the­ory that the sound of a crack­ing knuckle comes from a pop­ping bub­ble within the joint had been accepted, but was dis­proved by the sci­en­tists’ video.

The study, pub­lished in the jour­nal PLOS One, did not spec­u­late as to the long-term impact of crack­ing one’s knuckles.

Despite warn­ings from grand­par­ents that crack­ing your knuck­les will lead to arthri­tis, Dr. Deb­bie Yi, an Emer­gency Med­i­cine and Neu­rol­ogy physi­cian at the Hos­pi­tal of UPenn, told ABC News ear­lier this year that no such claim has ever been proven.

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Snoring Linked to Early Onset of Cognitive Impairment

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Snor­ing can be a nui­sance when you’re try­ing to get to sleep and your sig­nif­i­cant other is dron­ing like a lawn mower, but a new study indi­cates that it could be linked to some­thing even worse.

Researchers at New York Uni­ver­sity stud­ied nearly 2,500 indi­vid­u­als between the ages of 55 and 90, and found that those with sleep-related breath­ing prob­lems were diag­nosed with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment about 10 years ear­lier than those with­out breath­ing prob­lems. Mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment is described as hav­ing suf­fi­cient impact as to be notice­able to oth­ers, but not to impair day-to-day function.

Study par­tic­i­pants who treated their prob­lems with a con­tin­u­ous pos­i­tive air­way pres­sure or CPAP machine were diag­nosed with mem­ory prob­lems 10 years later than those who left their breath­ing issues untreated.

The study also uncov­ered a link between sleep breath­ing issues and ear­lier onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Peo­ple who are tak­ing care of older indi­vid­u­als should be cog­nizant of sleep apnea,” Dr. Harneet Walia of the Cleve­land Clinic said. “They should screen these indi­vid­u­als with sleep apnea questions.”

Ninety mil­lion Amer­i­cans are affected by snor­ing — includ­ing 37 mil­lion on a reg­u­lar basis — accord­ing to the National Sleep Foundation.

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Couple Surprises Family, Friends with 'Secret Twins'

Korey Rademacher(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — Sharon and Korey Rademacher found out they were hav­ing twins in August, but what they did next was a lit­tle different.

As soon as my wife and I picked our jaws up off the floor, the doc­tor walked out. Within a minute of the doc­tor walk­ing out, my wife said ‘Let’s not tell any­one,’” Korey Rademacher told ABC News. “Lit­er­ally, I was think­ing the same thing.”

When they told the doc­tor their plan, he laughed and said he was sure they’d tell some­one. But Rademach­ers never let their secret out. If they ever said “babies” instead of “baby,” no one noticed, Rademacher said.

So when friends and fam­ily stopped by the hos­pi­tal after the babies were born in March, they were in for a sur­prise. And the Rademach­ers filmed the whole thing, as vis­i­tor after vis­i­tor pulled back the hos­pi­tal room cur­tain and met Maryann Grace and Bri­anna Faith.

Oh my good­ness,” one vis­i­tor squeals, car­ry­ing one pink bal­loon and one red bal­loon. She thought she was just going to be sur­prised by the baby’s gender.

Another woman marches in and freezes. “Whoa,” she says, a smirk build­ing. “Are you kid­ding me? There’s two babies,” she tells a child next to her.

Two?” a man says, grin­ning. “Two?”

Now, the babies are a month old and doing well at home in Pen­sacola, Florida, with their big brother, Rademacher said.

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Parents of First All-Girl US Quintuplets Recount 'Crazy' Experience

Cour­tesy Busby Fam­ily(HOUSTON) — Fifty dia­pers a day. At least 40 bot­tles. And some­how squeez­ing five addi­tional new fam­ily mem­bers into a sin­gle bed­room of a three-bedroom house.

These are the chal­lenges that face Danielle and Adam Busby, par­ents of the first all-girl quin­tu­plets ever born in the U.S.

It’s crazy that I’ve already had five babies” plus a 4-year-old daugh­ter, Danielle Busby told reporters at a news con­fer­ence Wednes­day. “But I don’t know life with­out them now that I’ve seen them in person.”

The cou­ple says they sus­pected from the very begin­ning of the preg­nancy that they were car­ry­ing mul­ti­ples even though the first ultra­sound came up empty.

Its alarm­ing. We do not see any­thing!!” the mom-to-be wrote at the time on her blog, itsabuzzworld.com.

By the third ultra­sound, four babies appeared on the screen, she recalled. By the fourth scan, one egg had split and there were five babies.

We imme­di­ately saw 2 babies in one sac…AND that was NOT there last time, lol,” Adam Busby wrote, say­ing he even­tu­ally learned they would be par­ents to the first all-girl quin­tu­plets born since 1969, and the first ever born in the U.S, accord­ing to Woman’s Hos­pi­tal of Texas, where the babies were delivered.

The cou­ple used IUI, or intrauter­ine insem­i­na­tion, for this preg­nancy and to con­ceive their 4-year-old daugh­ter, Blayke. For the health of mom and baby, the doc­tors rec­om­mended abort­ing some of the babies, the Bus­bys said. But cit­ing their strong reli­gious faith, they decided against it.

How would you even choose at that point?” the cou­ple wrote on their Gofundme page.

She tried to eat at least 4,500 calo­ries a day to nour­ish the babies, the mother said dur­ing Wednesday’s news con­fer­ence at The Woman’s Hos­pi­tal of Texas. She said she was fully mobile through the entire preg­nancy, includ­ing right up to deliv­ery. She cred­ited a strict fit­ness regime for sail­ing through the pregnancy.

The babies were born on April 8, 2015, 28 weeks into the pregnancy.

They were all jump­ing inside the uterus and we reached a point we didn’t know who was who but knew they were doing well because the mon­i­tor­ing was reas­sur­ing,” said their doc­tor, Dr. Alexan­der Reiter, maternal-fetal med­i­cine spe­cial­ist with Hous­ton Peri­na­tal Associates.

The deliv­ery by C-section took just four min­utes. The cou­ple named their newest fam­ily mem­bers Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige. Olivia and Ava are iden­ti­cal twins.

All the girls were healthy, rang­ing from two pounds and 13.4 inches (Hazel Grace) to 2 pounds, 6 ounces and 14.4 inches (Olivia Marie.) Shortly after their birth, doc­tors dis­cov­ered they all had heart mur­murs, but the cou­ple said the mal­ady can be treated with medication.

Each baby has her own unique quirks and per­son­al­i­ties that seem to coin­cide with how they behaved in the womb, the Bus­bys said on a video they posted a few days after the birth.

It’s kind of funny just know­ing how they were inside, that the nurses kind of see what I was sus­pect­ing about their per­son­al­i­ties,” the mom said.

Riley is the feisty one while Parker is more relaxed, she said. Hazel is tiny with a full head of blonde hair and the twins, Olivia and Ava, have “their lit­tle wild streaks.” The babies will remain in the hos­pi­tal until they are healthy enough to come home, they added.

Big sis­ter Blayke is prepar­ing for life with five new sis­ters, the cou­ple said.

She thinks it’s nor­mal for moms to have five babies at a time,” Danielle Busby said.

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