Review Category : Health

Layla Luciano Leads Kickboxing, Strength Training Workout on “GMA”

Courtesy Layla Luciano(NEW YORK) — Layla Luciano is a New York City-based fitness trainer known for her high-intensity and exhilarating workouts. Luciano uses her 20 years of martial arts training to design workouts that activate both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers, ensuring a complete body burning and calorie-torching workout.

The PACT Park co-founder will lead ABC News’ Good Morning America viewers Wednesday in a live-streamed workout for “Workout Wednesday.” In the new series, top fitness personalities lead workouts that are live-streamed on every Wednesday morning.

Luciano’s workout will feature shadowboxing and body-weight strength training moves.

Here are some of her kickboxing workout tips:

1) To get the most out of your strike, visualize an opponent or target to help you keep focus and keep your strikes from getting lazy and sloppy. If you think you are punching the air, it is definitely going to look and feel like you are punching the air.

2) Stand with your dominant side back.

3) Keep elbows close to your ribs and your knuckles next to your jawline to protect yourself. Never drop your hands even when shadowboxing.

4) Spread the legs slightly wider than your shoulders and pull your shoulder blades down to your back pockets.

5) Push your hips back and bend your knees to sit on your punches. This helps you to keep your legs and hips involved.

5) Take a small step on the jab (this is the only punch you do not turn your hips and shift your weight into).

7) Try to avoid standing in place before or after throwing punches (stick and move). It’s a hit and run sport.

8) After you throw a series of punches and/or kicks (combos), get into the habit of adding a slip, duck or weave to develop a defensive habit and keep moving.

9) Shift your weight forward on the front leg while throwing dominant punch or kick: crosses, uppercuts, hooks and slipping to the left.

10) Shift your weight back to the back leg when throwing a lead punch or kick: hooks, uppercuts or slipping to the right.

And here are Luciano’s tips to maximize your workout burn:

1) Changing up your training is important. Your body becomes accustomed to your routine so if you find yourself getting stuck in a rut and not seeing any changes, it’s time to change it up. For example, simply varying the speed of your reps. Mix fast reps and slow reps to gain strength and muscle mass.

2) If you are training individual muscles, make sure to focus on the muscle you are working on. If you’re doing a bicep curl, think about only your bicep doing all of the work. This will help with muscle recruitment and muscle growth.

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How Sisters Mara Schiavocampo and Pia Schiavo-Campo Arrived at Body Image Acceptance

ABC News (NEW YORK) — Everyone has his or her own way of achieving body-image acceptance. ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo and her sister Pia Schiavo-Campo arrived at their goals through different methods.

The two women appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to discuss how they found happiness by pursuing their own fitness goals: Mara lost 90 pounds through diet and exercise, as chronicled in her book Thinspired, while Pia chose to love her 230-pound frame as is. She writes about body acceptance in her blog Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick.

The sisters wrote a joint blog for their GMA appearance. Read below for more of their take on their personal fitness goals.

Mara and Pia Talk Self-Acceptance

Like so many women, our path to self-love and acceptance has been a rocky one. We’ve both gone through more than our fair share of fad diets and periods of feeling bad about ourselves. But we’ve come out of that journey stronger and happier than ever. Here are some of the ways we stay focused on body positivity and true self-care.


Best Advice

Be kind to yourself. Tend to your true needs. When you’re tired, rest. When you’re sad, cry. When you’re thirsty, drink. Taking care of yourself makes you feel and look better.

Personal Mantra

“I am strong.” I’m not getting strong. I’m not feeling strong. I am strong. Right now.

Most Rejuvenating Exercise

Running. I actually strongly dislike running, but nothing makes me feel better than when I’m finished. It fills me with energy and endorphins, and makes my body feel relaxed and powerful.


Best Advice

Stay away from despair and compare, and focus on yourself. We’re all different, and what one body needs is very different from what another body needs. You have to seek your own happy place.

Personal Mantra

“I am enough.” No matter where you are, by the very virtue of your existence and humanity, you are enough.

Most Rejuvenating Exercise

I love downward facing dog. It feels so good on my back and my legs. I love pigeon pose too. It allows my hips to open up a lot which feels great.

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Zika Virus Guidelines Updated for Pregnant Women in Wake of New Findings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pregnant women should be tested for the Zika virus with 14 days of suspected exposure to the virus or if they exhibit viral symptoms, according to updated guidelines issued Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC previously advised testing pregnant women within one week of exposure to the virus or if they exhibited symptoms of viral infection. Additionally, the CDC is advising pregnant women to use barrier contraception or abstain from sex if their partners, either male or female, were in an area with ongoing Zika transmission.

The revised guidelines were issued after new studies found the virus can remain in the body longer than previously thought, and earlier this month, the CDC documented the first case of female-to-male transmission through sexual contact. Researchers are continuing to learn about how the Zika virus infects and affects in the body of those with the disease.

The news comes as more infants with Zika-related microcephaly have been born in both the U.S. and Europe.

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Dog Overcomes Severe Abuse to Help Autistic Children and the Homeless

Courtesy Zach Skow(NEW YORK) — While his rescue may have been “typical”, Hooch is far from a run-of-the-mill dog.

When Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue took the dog from a shelter three years ago, he weighed half of what he does now and was suffering from a bad case of pneumonia. His ears had been sheared off, leaving him with an infection. But all of this seemed minor once the veterinarian finally opened Hooch’s mouth and made a horrifying discovery -– his tongue had been removed.

Hooch had been a victim of severe abuse, and some of Marley’s Mutts‘ social media followers urged the rescue organization to euthanize the dog, but founder Zach Skow immediately recognized Hooch’s capacity to persevere and lead a normal life.

“We don’t treat him specially and we don’t enable him to feel sorry for himself, which is how he’s become such an incredible dog,” Skow told ABC News of his beloved canine. Skow eventually adopted Hooch from his rescue, and now refers to him as both his spirit-animal and his wingman.

Hooch’s lack of tongue made eating nearly impossible, but through experimentation and determination, Skow and his team developed an effective technique. To feed Hooch, Skow pours hot water over dry food, rolls it into a ball, and places it in the back of his mouth.

“It’s the most therapeutic thing. If you’re feeling lost inside of yourself or feeling sorry for yourself — all those things that tend to happen to us because of the rigors of life — if you take the time to feed Hooch, nothing will snap you out of your [rut] like feeding that dog,” Skow said, noting the perspective his dog provides.

Staying cool is also a challenge for Hooch, since dogs rely on panting to regulate their body temperature. And though less detrimental to his health, Hooch’s tongueless mouth is also defenseless against drool.

But perhaps most remarkable of all the obstacles Hooch has overcome, is how he has managed to put his trauma behind him and embrace people.

“He could choose to have [his past] control him, but he doesn’t,” Skows said of his dog’s admirable aptitude for people. “He’s a powerful reminder to get out of your pity party and to live.”

Though he is not an officially certified therapy dog, Hooch and Skow take regular trips to local organizations where Hooch works with autistic children, the homeless, and other individuals who could use some canine companionship.

Skow notes that Hooch is especially good with nonverbal autistic children -– a particularly difficult task for most dogs -– because he is able to stay calm when the kids get excited and can adapt to the abnormal body language. His connections with the children are so powerful, in fact, that one of the nonverbal children even began saying Hooch’s name, according to Skows.

Hooch’s work with the community has recently earned him the coveted Emerging Heroes Award from the American Humane Society.

“He’s a testament to how we all ought to live,” Skows said. “A lot of times we search for examples of how to be resilient, and he’s a living, breathing, drooling example of that.”

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Zika Virus Infection Risks Calculated for Pregnant Women, Olympic Attendees in New Studies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just weeks before the Olympics are slated to start in the nation at the center of the Zika virus outbreak, researchers have found new evidence about who is likely to contract the disease.

Two studies published Monday help shed light on the virus that the World Health Organization has called a “global health emergency.” Yale researchers modeled the risk for people attending the Olympics and found only a small chance that those visiting Rio de Janerio for the Olympics would contract the virus.

Of the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to visit Brazil for the Olympics, researchers found that just three to 37 attendees will contract the virus and then bring it to their home countries, according to the study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

The researchers conducted a mathematical model to understand the risks of an attendee contracting the virus. They examined multiple factors, including the spread of the dengue virus, spread by the same mosquitoes that spread Zika, during the World Cup and found that few people reported illness. They also noted that many travelers are coming from countries where the virus is already spreading.

“The possibility that travelers returning from the Olympics may spread Zika has become a polemic issue that has led to athletes dropping out of the event, and without evidence, undue stigmatization of Brazil. This study provides data, which together with initial findings from Brazilian scientists, show that these concerns may be largely exaggerated,” Dr. Albert Ko, co-director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership and chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health, said in a statement.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said the modeling provides more evidence about who is most at risk for public health officials studying the outbreak.

“Any number of us have also been of the opinion of that the Olympics will offer low risk acquisition by people there and having them bring this infection home,” he told ABC News Monday. “It’s very, very nice to see that a group quietly and rigorously address this in a structured modeling fashion and have come up with an entirely similar conclusion.”

Another modeling study published Monday investigated how many pregnant women either had been infected or are likely to be infected by the end of the recent Zika outbreak. The study, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, found that as many as 1.65 million pregnant women could be infected by the end of the “first wave of the epidemic.”

Researchers from various institutions, including the Department of Biological Sciences and Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, examined past viral outbreaks including chikungunya epidemics that are spread by the same mosquito that spreads the Zika virus to estimate how many pregnant women were likely to be infected. They also looked at different population demographics to estimate how many women were likely to be pregnant.

“Projections such as these have an important role to play in the early stages of an epidemic, when planning for surveillance and outbreak response is actively under way both internationally and locally,” the authors wrote in the study.

They did not estimate how many infected pregnant women would give birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by an abnormally small head and brain, which can lead to severe developmental disabilities.

Schaffner pointed out these kinds of modeling studies are important to help react to the virus, but that experts are still unsure if the virus will remain endemic to certain areas after the explosive outbreak or if it will largely die out.

“We look forward to another rigorous modeling study,” in this area, he said. “We think Zika infection has been so pervasive” it might cause one big year of infections “and then smoldering cases subsequently.”

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Judge Gives Life to Friend and Fellow Judge With Kidney Donation

Courtesy Derek Mosley(MILWAUKEE) — A Wisconsin judge is recovering after getting a kidney from an unlikely source: his best friend and fellow judge.

Derek Mosley, 45, was diagnosed two years ago with renal failure. The municipal court judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin knew that the disease could be deadly.

“Kidney disease runs in my family, my father passed away from it and my [grandmother] passed away from it,” he told ABC News.

For two years Mosley stayed on an overnight dialysis so that he could work during the day. But the dialysis, done through a tube in his stomach, took a toll.

“I was hooked up on my machine at night,” he said. “Essentially you’re sleeping on your back, on a straight back in a straight line…it wasn’t a fun two years.”

Mosley said one of the first people he told that he needed a new kidney was fellow municipal court judge, Joann Eiring. The pair have been best friends for 14 years and when Mosley said he needed a kidney Eiring didn’t hesitate to offer to get tested.

“She’s my best friend and we’re close and we do lunch a lot,” said Mosley. “She was one of the first people I broke it to besides my wife and family.”

Mosley said he was skeptical since he and Eiring are different races and different heights.

“Literally we couldn’t be more opposite of each other,” said Mosley.

After Eiring was tested she came back a perfect match for her best friend and agreed to give him her kidney.

“I honestly just froze. I thought it was a joke,” said Mosley. “I was probably stuttering and I’m never at any loss for words.”

The pair underwent the surgery last Wednesday and both are doing well. Eiring is expected to be out of the hospital Monday. Mosley said as soon as the surgery was over he felt better — and when he got to see his best friend again he was overcome with emotion.

“I lost it, I completely lost it and I started crying because she literally gave me back my life,” he said. “She knows that whatever she needs she’s got it. There’s no way you could repay that.”

Mosley’s doctor, Dr. Michael Zimmerman, Kidney Transplant Program Director at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, said he hoped the case would give hope to others in search of donors.

“Anybody potentially can be a living donor,” said Zimmerman. “Size wise, she’s a small Caucasian female donating to a much larger African-American male…doesn’t mean you can’t be a donor.”

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Deaf Baby Bursts Into Giggles After Hearing His Mother for the First Time

Taryn Blair(NEW YORK) — An adorable video captures an Australian baby hearing his mother’s voice for the first time and bursting into giggles after he’s fitted with a pair of hearing aids.

Jordan Blair was born with hearing loss and failed both of his hearing screenings at the hospital, his mother Taryn Blair told ABC News Monday. The family then went to an audiologist who confirmed that hearing loss runs on the mother’s side of the family. In addition, when baby Jordan was only 3 weeks old he got bronchiolitis, which caused fluid to build up in his ears, Blair said.

“He didn’t react to a lot,” Blair explained, saying that she and her husband feared the worst for their son’s hearing.

But last week, the infant was fitted with hearing aids and able to hear clearly for the first time. Blair said when they turned the hearing aids on, “he had this amazing reaction we were so excited to see! He finally laughed which we’ve never seen before.” She added that it brought her husband and her to tears.

Blair also said that her son was born with laryngomalacia (a floppy larynx), which makes it hard for him to breathe, and has endured many other health complications.

“So you can imagine it was lovely to go to this appointment and see him laughing and cooing like a ‘normal’ baby should,” Blair said. She described her son as a “little warrior.”

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Mom Uses Hypnosis as a Parenting Tool

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hypnosis is a clinical technique typically used to treat conditions like anxiety and pain but some say it could also help as a parenting tool.

“Hypnosis and parenting is a natural solution,” Lisa Machenberg, a hypnotherapist and mother of three, told ABC News. “You naturally influence your child anyway, let’s learn how to do it with intention.”

Machenberg began hypnotizing her own children to help them get through the night without wetting the bed. She now uses it as a tool to help her kids deal with everything from performance anxiety to difficulties focusing.

“My children are able to use logic and reason,” she explained. “They have a form of diligence or perseverance that you don’t see in other children.”

There is no science to support the idea that hypnosis is an effective parenting tool. The method, experts say, should only be done by trained clinicians.

Machenberg charges $125 per hour for her sessions and said she has worked with more than 1,000 kids in her years of practice. She also works with parents on strategies they can try at home and teaches kids self-hypnosis strategies.

Machenberg’s 17-year-old daughter, Rayna, said she has “always known” that her mom used hypnosis on her and said it has had a positive impact on her life.

“Being able to push back on stress and think about it deeply and do self-reflecting was a skill that I’m really grateful that my mom taught me,” she said. “I think it still influences me a lot today and helped me develop into the person I am right now.”

ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, whose parents are both clinical hypnotists, said hypnosis works for shaping behavior but the evidence is still out on whether or not it is a good tool for children.

“The evidence on the clinical use is really, really strong,” Besser said. “I haven’t seen that kind of evidence for parenting and that bothers me a little bit.”

Besser said other strategies parents can use to help their kids perform better include offering praise for good behaviors, using a star chart for school-age kids to track achievements and staying consistent on discipline and expectations.

“Not idle threats,” Besser said, adding again that hypnosis should only be done by a trained professional.

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Officials Warn of Spontaneous Combustion Risk of Linseed Oil

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Summer is a popular time for home improvement projects, but officials are warning of a danger that many people may not be aware of until it’s too late: spontaneous combustion of common household products used to finish furniture and decks.

Oil-based wood stains and linseed oil can combust and burn even without any spark to initiate the fire, officials say.

Shannon Priddy’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, house was destroyed in 2014 after she says contractors left rags soaked in wood stain under her deck.

“We had no idea that anything like this could happen,” Priddy, who was not injured in the incident, told ABC News.

To demonstrate how easily this can happen, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue in Maryland teamed up with ABC News’ Good Morning America on the Lookout to conduct an experiment. GMA put linseed oil on some rags and put them into a box and waited.

Donnie Boyd, a Montgomery County fire inspector, explained just how combustion occurs when linseed oil is left on a cotton rag.

“It actually heats up as it dries. It’s a chemical reaction,” he said. “So it spontaneously combusts once it reaches its ignition temperature.”

Two hours into the experiment, a probe recorded a temperature of 204 degrees inside the box, and after four and a half hours, smoke appeared. Nearly six hours into the experiment, the box was burning.

Boyd said ignorance of — or disregard for — the issue has contributed to many fires in Montgomery County. He urged everyone to carefully read the labels on products used to do housework and home improvement projects.

The label of the container used for the GMA on the Lookout experiment read, “CAUTION! CAN CAUSE SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. Boiled Linseed Oil generates heat as it dries, which can cause the spontaneous combustion of materials contacted by this product. Oily rags, waste, and other oily materials contacted by Boiled Linseed Oil can cause spontaneous combustion fires if not handled properly.”

Homeowners should also keep rags that have absorbed oils, such as linseed oil, in well-covered metal cans and make sure the rags are thoroughly dried before collection or transport.

It’s a message that Priddy hopes to spread.

“I would never want it to happen to anyone else,” she said.

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Your Body: Teaching Kids About Sun Safety

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

You can never be reminded too often about the dangers of sunburn, so some educators are trying to start early with kids.

A new course called Sunbeatables is being added to some schools to teach children about sun safety. The program is part of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Sunburns in childhood increases a person’s chances of developing skin cancer later in life. If you want to begin teaching your child now, here are some things to start with:

  • Use sunscreen everyday on the face and hands.
  • Remember to use hats and clothing to protect your skin.
  • Never use indoor tanning salons. In 2009, the World Health Organization increased its warning of such tanning devices, stating that they are known to cause cancer.

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