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Daphne Oz on Losing Baby Weight: ‘Your Body Does Not Instantly Bounce Back’

ABC/Jeff Neira(NEW YORK) — Since giving birth to her first child in February, Daphne Oz has learned first-hand how hard it is to shed the baby weight and says moms need to cut themselves some slack.

“There’s a big gap between what people hear and how it actually is,” The Chew co-host told the November/December 2014 issue of Fitness magazine. “Everyone needs to choose what works for them, and it’s not fair to you to compare your progress to others. We have to reinforce that shedding pounds is a long, hard process.”

The 28-year-old daughter of Dr. Mehmet Oz welcomed a daughter, Philomena, with her husband, John Jovanovic, in February.

Immediately after giving birth, she said she was surprised to learn that she still looked pregnant.

“You still look six months pregnant once you’re home from the hospital. Your body does not instantly bounce back,” she told Fitness. “I don’t own a scale, because it would make me neurotic, but I thought I knew where I’d be when I went for my first doctor appointment a few weeks after giving birth. I’d lost only 10 pounds!”

Now, she said, she is in no rush to drop the baby weight.

“It’s a priority, but it’s one of many. I’m breast-feeding, so my priorities include eating to nourish my baby, gaining muscle tone and feeling good. It’s about being back in charge of my body,” she said. “The weight isn’t pouring off, but I figure that it takes nine months to have a baby and it’ll take at least that long for it to come off.”

As for her workout routine as a new mom?

“I figure out how much time I have and adjust my routine to fit. Philomena loves being in the stroller or carrier, so that’s how I’ll get a walk in. I run about four miles three to four times a week, and I intersperse that with half-hour online workouts,” she said.

To keep herself motivated, even when she’s too tired to exercise, Oz said, “I put on my workout clothes, and I don’t let myself think about it. Once I’m out for a run or doing a video, I’m on my way to finishing it. The 10 minutes between waking up and showing up are the most dangerous.”

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How Tom the Cat Brings Comfort to Dying Patients

Marian McConnell(NEW YORK) — In the finals moments of his life, Edwin Gehlert was surrounded by his family and loved ones. But as he took his last breaths, a somewhat unfamiliar face was curled up right next to Gehlert on his hospital bed. That face belonged to Tom, the tabby cat.

“We had seen Tom in and out of daddy’s room on a few of our visits,” Gehlert’s daughter Pam Thompson said. “But on that day it’s like he knew something was different.”

Tom sat with Gehlert and comforted him and his family, placing his paw in Gehlert’s hand immediately after his passing.

“I would never have believed a cat could have touched my heart like this cat did, but I truly felt like God was speaking to me that afternoon through Tom,” Thompson said. “It was as if Tom’s paw was God’s hand leading my daddy up towards that light to heaven, just as I had been begging him to do for weeks.”

Tom is responsible for many comforting stories since arriving at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia, in May 2012.

Laura Hart, the lead physician’s assistant at the Salem VA, said she came up with the idea to bring Tom to the palliative care unit after hearing Dr. David Dosa speak at a conference in Denver. Dosa is the author of Making Rounds with Oscar, a book about a cat named Oscar who comforted Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing center in Rhode Island.

“We’re trying to make it a home-like environment, which is hard to do in a hospital,” Hart said. “But we know the little things, like a pet, make it more bearable.”

Hart and colleague Dottie Rizzo, the VA’s hospice and palliative care coordinator, then began their search for the perfect cat. They found a veterinarian in Salem who asked local shelters for a cat that they think would fit the bill. Salem Animal Shelter immediately thought of their cat Tom. He ended up being the perfect match.

“We have seen first-hand the impact that he makes on the families and the patients and even our staff,” Rizzo said. “A hospice can be a really sad place to be and work and Tom brings a calmness and normalcy to our unit. We try to be a home-like environment and a pet kind of takes it to the level that maybe it is a little more like home here with him.”

Tom helps lift the spirits of patients, families and staff alike, Hart said, noting that families are comforted by his presence, knowing that when they leave the VA their loved ones will find company in a small, furry friend.

“Families don’t want their loved ones being alone, and it’s comforting for them to know Tom is there,” Hart said. “And it’s amazing how many of the families really feel that Tom is there to be with their family member when they die, whether he kind of comes and herds the family into the room right before the patient passes, or he just curls up on a patient’s bed in their final hours.”

And that experience leaves families with a little more peace and serenity in some of their toughest moments, just like it did for Thompson and her family.

“I left the VA that afternoon with a smile on my face and love in my heart knowing that my father was now at peace and on his way to a wonderful new adventure and it was all with the help of Tom the Cat,” Thompson said.

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Moms Stressed Out by Social Media Want to Go Offline

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More moms are admitting that social media can be a serious stress factor in their lives, and a new survey suggests that many of them are thinking about pulling the plug.

“For new moms it’s a great place to ask for parenting advice, but then on the other side, you get some who are too opinionated and that can get in the way,” said Francisa Morales, a stay-at-home-mom of two from New York. “I don’t have time to post everything I do and that’s where it seems like people are trying to make their lives seem perfect, when they post every little thing about their lives.”

Just as mothers are affirming some frustrations with social media, researchers are establishing that there is in fact a connection between moms and social media stress.

The online survey found that out of 1,400 mothers, 53 percent of the women considered taking a break from social media. Sixty percent of younger moms ages 18 to 24 said they wish to cut back on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

The opt-in survey was administered by Impulse Research, a communications and marketing research firm, and published by Current Lifestyle Marketing this year.

“Through ongoing research we started noticing a trend of moms commenting that they are getting sick of social, millennial moms can be particularly vocal about it,” says Amy Colton, executive vice president of Current Marketing. “We wanted to check the trend, so we conducted quantitative research to confirm what we have been hearing.”

The survey did not define how long people would like to unplug from social media, but asked “Do you ever consider stopping use of, or taking a break from, social media because you are burned out or frustrated with it?”

Millennial moms had specific reasons for wanting to lay off social media platforms.

The number one reason moms cited was people sharing too much information, while millennial moms cited annoying invites and excess brand marketing as their top reasons.

“We are becoming performers on social media,” said Suzana Flores, a clinical psychologist and an expert on emotional side effects of social media.

“Our friends are no longer our friends, they’re our audience, so there’s this competition of one-upmanship,” said, Flores, author of Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives.

The survey also finds that young moms often feel the pressure to present perfect lives on social channels.

“We selectively choose what we post and how we perceive ourselves,” Flores said. “Facebook and other networks are incredible ways to seek encouragement and validation. Hearing that ‘you’re a good mom’ is something everyone wants to hear. The negative side is that we no longer trust our inner voice and rely on the external noise of social media to determine our self-worth.”

“It’s about learning to maintain a balance,” Flores said. “The digital world should be second to our real-life relationships.”

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Quarantined Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox to Be Released by New Jersey

Handout Phot(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey has decided to release a nurse who was forcibly quarantined after she returned from Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

The release was announced Monday morning after Kaci Hickox, hired a lawyer to sue over her mandatory quarantine for 21 days. Shortly before the decision by the New Jersey Health Department, the nurse said she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

Hickox, 33, has hired civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to fight her mandatory quarantine. The nurse has said she feels that her “basic human rights are being violated,” kept in a isolation tent at Universisty Hospital in Newark, despite showing no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

“Medically speaking there’s no reason for the state of New Jersey to keep her quarantined,” Siegel said outside the hospital on Sunday. “She very simply wants to be released. We will advocate for the state of New Jersey and the governor to release her as soon as possible.”

Hickox, who was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, never registered a fever so there is no medical reason to keep her quarantined, he said.

She is the first person quarantined under a new strict policy instituted by Christie on Friday.

New York, Illinois and Florida also instituted mandatory quarantines for anyone exposed to people infected with Ebola health. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will allow home quarantines for people showing no symptoms, rather than requiring isolation in hospitals.

The policies have drawn the attention of the Obama administration, which told the governors of New Jersey and New York that there are “concerns” about the mandatory quarantines, a senior administration official said today.

Hickox told CNN she is being held in a “tent structure” outside of University Hospital, “with a port-a-potty like structure and no shower and no connection to the outside world except my iPhone.”

“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Hickox told CNN.

Medical experts say that there is no reason for mandatory quarantines, since unless a person is showing symptoms of Ebola, they are not contagious.

“As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked I would not have recommended [mandatory quarantines],” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday on This Week.

Christie has said he concluded the quarantine was necessary to protect public health in his state and that he thinks the CDC “eventually will come around to our point of view on this.”

A New York doctor, Craig Spencer, who returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa has tested positive for the virus and is being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. His fiancee, Morgan Dixon, and two other people he came into close contact with have also been quarantined, but they haven’t shown any symptoms.

In addition, a 5-year-old boy who returned from Guinea on Saturday was taken to a New York City hospital on Sunday with Ebola-like symptoms. When the boy’s temperature spiked this morning, doctors decided to test him for Ebola.

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Quarantined Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox to Be Released by New Jersey

Handout Phot(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey has decided to release a nurse who was forcibly quarantined after she returned from Africa where she treated Ebola patients.

The release was announced Monday morning after Kaci Hickox, hired a lawyer to sue over her mandatory quarantine for 21 days. Shortly before the decision by the New Jersey Health Department, the nurse said she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

Hickox, 33, has hired civil rights attorney Norman Siegel to fight her mandatory quarantine. The nurse has said she feels that her “basic human rights are being violated,” kept in a isolation tent at Universisty Hospital in Newark, despite showing no symptoms of the Ebola virus.

“Medically speaking there’s no reason for the state of New Jersey to keep her quarantined,” Siegel said outside the hospital on Sunday. “She very simply wants to be released. We will advocate for the state of New Jersey and the governor to release her as soon as possible.”

Hickox, who was treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, never registered a fever so there is no medical reason to keep her quarantined, he said.

She is the first person quarantined under a new strict policy instituted by Christie on Friday.

New York, Illinois and Florida also instituted mandatory quarantines for anyone exposed to people infected with Ebola health. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will allow home quarantines for people showing no symptoms, rather than requiring isolation in hospitals.

The policies have drawn the attention of the Obama administration, which told the governors of New Jersey and New York that there are “concerns” about the mandatory quarantines, a senior administration official said today.

Hickox told CNN she is being held in a “tent structure” outside of University Hospital, “with a port-a-potty like structure and no shower and no connection to the outside world except my iPhone.”

“This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated,” Hickox told CNN.

Medical experts say that there is no reason for mandatory quarantines, since unless a person is showing symptoms of Ebola, they are not contagious.

“As a scientist and as a health person, if I were asked I would not have recommended [mandatory quarantines],” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday on This Week.

Christie has said he concluded the quarantine was necessary to protect public health in his state and that he thinks the CDC “eventually will come around to our point of view on this.”

A New York doctor, Craig Spencer, who returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa has tested positive for the virus and is being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. His fiancee, Morgan Dixon, and two other people he came into close contact with have also been quarantined, but they haven’t shown any symptoms.

In addition, a 5-year-old boy who returned from Guinea on Saturday was taken to a New York City hospital on Sunday with Ebola-like symptoms. When the boy’s temperature spiked this morning, doctors decided to test him for Ebola.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

Handout Photo(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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NYC Ebola Patient ‘Looks Better’ After Plasma Treatment

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City doctor, who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea, “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

Dr. Craig Spencer, who is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital, received plasma treatments Saturday, when doctors said his illness had entered a “more serious, but expected stage.”

“He tolerated the plasma treatment which was given to him yesterday well, and he had a good night’s sleep,” Ram Raju, head of the city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, said.

Health officials did not identify the source of the plasma, but the aid agency SIM Charity told ABC news that health worker Nancy Writebol, who survived Ebola she contracted in Liberia, donated blood to Spencer.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he spoke with Spencer for 10 or 12 minutes by phone on Saturday.

“This is an incredible noble human being,” the mayor said. “He ran towards the danger to protect the entire world.”

Spencer, 33, had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea until Oct. 12, New York City Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said. Spencer left Guinea on Oct. 14 and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 17 following a stopover in Brussels, Belgium.

Doctors Without Borders Guidelines requires doctors like Spencer to take their temperature twice a day and to stay within four hours of a hospital for the 21-day incubation period. They are also supposed to contact Doctors Without Borders if they developed any symptoms.

On Thursday morning, Spencer recorded a temperature of 100.3 and called Doctors Without Borders, who contacted New York authorities. Emergency responders arrived at his northern Manhattan apartment in full protective gear and took him to Bellevue, where he was placed in isolation and later diagnosed with Ebola, according to officials.

Spencer’s fiancee and two friends who were determined to be at risk of having contracted the disease from him have also been quarantined in their homes until Nov. 14, city health officials said.

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