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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.

— TCPH (@TCPHtweets) May 2, 2015

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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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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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 TheOdysseyOnline.com. 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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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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Health Illiteracy Could Spell Doom for Heart Failure Patients

iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Despite all the advances in treating heart failure over the past 20 years, there is a certain class of people in the U.S. who are at a great disadvantage, even after receiving life-saving care.

Dr. Candace McNaughton of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville says that many of the millions of people who experience heart failure are “health illiterate,” that is, they have a hard time understanding medical instructions following a discharge from the hospital.

This difficulty in filling out forms and following general do’s and don’ts after heart failure means they’re a third more likely to die during the 21-month follow-up period than people who follow instructions, take all their medications and change their lifestyles appropriately.

According to McNaughton, those who are “health illiterate” are often older, male high school dropouts who receive government health insurance.

However, McNaughton says even so-called “intelligent” people may still have problems following sometimes complicated medical information, putting them at risk of premature death after a bout of heart failure, which occurs when there’s not enough blood delivered to other organs.

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Study Finds Some Industries Are Full of Heavy Drinkers

iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKVILLE, Md.) — Not everybody drinks alcohol but the majority of those who do usually drink responsibly. And then, there are the binge drinkers, problem drinkers and alcoholics.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) set out in a new survey not to necessarily find out why some people drink more heavily than others but to learn which professions tend to attract workers who might have issues with alcohol or drugs.

Covering a period from 2008 to 2012, the survey said that 8.7 percent of full-time workers ages 18 to 64 drank heavily in the past month while 9.7 were dependent on drugs or alcohol during the past 12 months.

It seems that the workers in the mining and construction industries drank most heavily of all professions at 17.5 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively. SAMHSA says it’s not so much the nature of the industry but the types of people who work in it that explains this, namely, young, white males who typically consume more alcohol than other groups.

Other professions where people tend to drink a lot of booze are the restaurant and service industries, which can also be blamed on night shifts that mean going out late afterwards and partying until the wee hours of the morning.

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Glen Campbell’s Life Living with Alzheimer’s

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) — Glen Campbell is a Grammy-winning country music icon, but his wife Kim Campbell says one of the most important things the legend has done in his life is to “help remove the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Glen was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, went public and embarked on a farewell tour with his family, including his wife and their three children — Cal, Shannon and Ashley — which ended in 2012. Kim said the experience touring with their father only brought the immediate family closer together and really shed light on the disease.

“I’m so proud of the kids and the time we had on the road during the goodbye tour,” she told ABC News. “It was such a gift to us to be able to celebrate his life. They learned so much from him … not only as a musician, but as a human being.”

The tour was featured in the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Kim said her daughter Ashley “actually wrote a song for her dad in the documentary called Remembering. I’m hoping in the summer, it will be played on the radio, so we are excited about that. The documentary is uplifting and positive.”

That’s the message Kim wants to spread.

“A lot of people are afraid if it’s Alzheimer’s in the subject, it’s going to be very depressing,” she said. “It’s something people have kept under the covers and felt like they needed to be discrete about, but it’s a disease that affects 5.4 million people in the United States and almost every single family is touched with it, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. People rally around you and want to give you all the support that’s possible.”

For that reason, she has continued her husband’s work of raising awareness for the disease, while he cannot.

Kim spoke to ABC News in conjunction with “Celebrating Hope,” an event taking place Friday night, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, at Richards of Grennwich. Kim will share her story and inspire others at the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Campbell family just celebrated Glen’s 79th birthday on April 22, and Kim said “it was a really good day.”

“The kids and I went [to see him],” she said. “He was a little sleepy at first, but we brought him burgers and fries, his favorite food. Once he got up and moving around, he was just having a great day.”

Campbell is unable to communicate more than just a few, short sentences, but that doesn’t stop him from cracking jokes.

“He was communicating better than I’ve seen him in a long time that day,” she said. “We were sitting there eating ice cream cake and he told the punch line to one of his jokes. Then, I told the set up for it. He just laughed and laughed and laughed.”

She continued, “He’s still got his same twinkle in his eye … he just has trouble communicating now and of course his memory. We had a great day filled with laughter, love and hugs … you have to make the most out of each moment you have with him.”

With Campbell now in a long-term care facility since March of last year, the support community has helped Kim exponentially, as well as her husband.

“It’s really sad to be losing the one you love day by day, drip by drip, there’s nothing you can do about it though. I go to bed depressed, I wake up depressed, but you have to tell yourself ‘I have so much to be thankful for.’ … I’m visiting Glen everyday in the memory support community, I know all the other patients and their families, we are a community and I try to be a blessing to them everyday too.”

She continued, “I have been blessed with such a great family … when the doctors advised me Glen would really benefit from being in a support community for people with cognitive issues, I tried it out and it made a big difference for his happiness and his well-being. We can’t do anything about the disease, but we can try and make life as good as possible. It’s helped me too with my depression, because now my support team is even bigger. That’s given me the piece of mind to be able to go out and speak about it.”

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Centenarians and 10-Year-Old Kids Have a Lot in Common

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For its tenth annual 100@100 survey, United Healthcare polled both 100 centenarians and 100 10-year-olds to get their responses to virtually the same questions.

For instance, while a quarter of centenarians said that maintaining a positive attitude was the key to staying healthy, 37 percent of the youngsters gave eating healthy as their number one answer.

Both 100-year-olds and 10-year-olds agreed that laughing and having a sense of humor is a very easy thing to do at 84 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Asked separately, a slight majority of centenarians claim to feel younger than their chronological age, while on average, they said they felt like spry 79-year-olds. Sixty percent also said they don’t feel “old.”

As for when they were the healthiest in their lives, the 100-year-olds said it was when they were 46. Curiously, the 10-year-olds believe that 46 is the average when people become “old.”

Asked what it would be like to be 100, about seven percent of youngsters think it will be “boring” while four percent are hoping flying cars will exist to relieve that boredom.

All the kids and nearly all the centenarians say they believe in the importance of family.

As for their favorite things to do, 86 percent of ten-year-olds chose watching TV while 89 percent of their older counterparts picked visiting family and friends.

Both groups were also asked about selfies. While 66 percent of the kids had taken at least one, only one percent of centenarians could say the same and just 43 percent actually knew what selfies were.

And for that all important question about who they’d most want to have dinner with, 63 percent of the centenarians said Betty White while two-thirds of the 10-year-olds would enjoying sharing a meal with Taylor Swift.

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Dog Infects Humans With Plague for First Time in US

Gerdzhikov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A plague-infected dog spread the dangerous disease to four Colorado residents, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials told ABC News that this is the first report of a dog infecting a human with the plague in the U.S.

The dog, a 2-year-old American pit bull terrier, became sick last summer with a fever and jaw rigidity, among other symptoms. The dog’s health declined so quickly that it was euthanized the following day at a local vet’s office, health officials said.

Four days later, the dog’s owner entered the hospital with a fever and a bloody cough that became worse over the next few hours, but an initial blood culture was misidentified, according to the CDC report.

As the patient’s symptoms grew worse, the test was redone and he was found to have been infected with pneumonic plague, according to the CDC report. The remains of the dog were also tested and were found to be positive for the plague bacteria.

“Frankly one of the biggest surprises of this outbreak is the source,” said John Douglas of Tri-County Health Department in Colorado, one of the study authors. “Primarily…dogs don’t get sick at all or they get a minor illness” after being infected with the plague.

Janine Runfola of the Tri-County Health Department in Colorado, lead author of the report, explained that cats are more likely to infect humans with the disease than dogs because they exhibit more symptoms.

“For pneumonic plague a more likely scenario would be you have a cat [play] with prairie dogs and infected fleas get on the cat,” Runfola said. “The cat gets sick and sneezes and coughs on its owner.”

The dog’s owner remained hospitalized for 23 days as he recovered from the potentially deadly disease, the report said. In addition to the owner, a close contact of the owner and two veterinary employees who treated the dog or handled its body also became infected with the plague. All three were successfully treated with medication after exhibiting symptoms.

The plague is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, and can infect the body in different ways. For example, a flea bite can lead to infection of the glands, which is called bubonic plague — notorious for the epidemics it spawned during the Middle Ages in Europe. Because this plague was spread from dog to owner through coughing, it developed into pneumonic plague, according to Douglas.

The plague is known to be endemic to prairie dogs in the American Southwest, which can then lead to isolated outbreaks of the disease in domestic animals or humans.

“Pneumonic plague is the worst form,” said Douglas. “It’s the one that you least want to get. You get sick fast and the chances of getting a rocky or even fatal course” are increased.

The plague is incredibly rare in the U.S., with an estimated eight infections in the country reported every year. Douglas said pneumonic plague is even rarer and accounts for just 3 to 5 percent of plague cases.

Douglas said the case shows the importance of considering all the options when diagnosing a patient, even extremely rare options like the plague.

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Guess How Much Weight This Famous Boston Marathoner Gained in 10 Days

federicofoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Famed marathoner Meb Keflezighi has already gained more than 12 pounds in the 10 days since he ran the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Keflezighi, who won the race in 2014 and finished eighth less than two weeks ago with a time of 2:12:42, tweeted that he weighed 121.6 pounds four days before the race and 134 pounds on April 29.

The 5-foot-5 runner told ABC News that he makes an effort to lose weight and stay lean during training for races, but afterward, he said he aims to gain some weight for recovery.

“The next week after a marathon, I don’t do anything, and I gain weight,” he said. “It’s not a horrible thing.”

My weight 4 days before @bostonmarathon was 121.6. Guess what my weight is10 days after the race? No running, no diet pic.twitter.com/0TF7rEF7xO

— meb keflezighi (@runmeb) April 30, 2015

..And the winner is…134.0. The scale, finishing line, and watch never lie. Now, the work towards race weight begins pic.twitter.com/EWEA4Lbgwd

— meb keflezighi (@runmeb) April 30, 2015

During training leading up to a race, Keflezighi said he runs 100 to 130 miles per week. He eats only two meals a day, skips sugary desserts and drinks 32 ounces of water before dinner to fill his stomach.

Afterward, he eats three meals a day and can treat himself to things like omelets with bell peppers and cheese, ice cream and strawberry cheesecake.

The Marathon’s over. Time for a treat! Enjoying Strawberry Cake at the @google NYC cafeteria. pic.twitter.com/btO2x73DgP

— meb keflezighi (@runmeb) April 23, 2015

He said his weight is usually around 125 pounds, but it gets down to about 120 pounds. The most he’s ever weighed is about 138 pounds, he said, adding that he steps on the scale every day.

“Weight fluctuates,” Keflezighi said. “You have to treat yourself, and you have to also be disciplined when you want to lose weight.”

The celebrated runner and three-time Olympian is about to celebrate his 40th birthday next week.

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