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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

— 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

— 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.

— 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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Adorable 911 Call Saves a Mother’s Life

spilman/iStock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Colo.) — Aydhun Byars is only five years old, but he saved his mom’s life this week.

Aydhun, who has a medical condition that affects his hands, dialed 911 when his mom went into diabetic shock on Monday, according to KMGH-TV, ABC News’ Denver affiliate.

Byars said he didnt know his address or what his mom was doing.

“I don’t know what Mom is doing, but I need someone’s help,” he told the 911 operator, who tried to help him figure out his address for several minutes. “I don’t know what apartment we live in, and I’m not tall enough to reach the doorknob.”

Help eventually arrived, and Aydhun’s mom, Tarah Gunderlock, was unresponsive, according to the call. She has type I diabetes, meaning her pancreas produces little or no insulin, the hormone that breaks down sugars and allows them to enter cells for energy. And she’d gone into diabetic shock, according to KMGH-TV.

The Aurora Fire Department told ABC News that it provided care at Gunderlock’s home and did not need to transport her to a hospital.

Gunderlock told the station this week that her little boy was a superhero, and he’d told her that his superpower was love.

“I was a little scared but I was a lot calm,” Aydhun told KMGH-TV. “I just didn’t know what to do.”

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Five-Year-Old Meat Served to Kids at Tennessee School

senkaya/iStock/Thinkstock(ROGERSVILLE, Tenn.) — School officials for a Tennessee county school district said they are trying to figure out why meat that was frozen more than five years ago was served to students at multiple schools.

A pork roast was served at schools in Hawkins County on April 22, even though it was frozen in 2009, a county official said.

Steve Starnes, the school director for Hawkins County, told ABC News affiliate WATE-TV in Knoxville that the school was now running inventory on food to ensure no years-old meat will be served again.

“We also began inventory on all of our frozen food items to make sure. We’re not only going to be incorporating the package date, but also the delivery date on our inventory items to make sure we know exactly when those items came in,” Starnes told WATE-TV.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as long as the meat remained entirely frozen it can be safe to eat indefinitely.

“Food stored constantly at 0 °F will always be safe,” the USDA reports on their website. “Only the quality suffers with lengthy freezer storage. Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage.”

For quality and taste reasons pork roasts should be thawed and eaten within four to 12 months, according to the USDA.

Starnes told WATE-TV he wasn’t sure why the meat from 2009 had been served at multiple schools and that schools would now be inspected quarterly to ensure food quality.

Michael Herrell, a county commissioner, said he was alerted to the use of the years-old frozen meat after the husband of a cafeteria worker sent him a picture of the thawed meat that was dated 2009 and served on April 22. Herrell told ABC News on Thursday that he brought up the issue with a local principal and then the school director because he was acting as a concerned parent.

“Students in Hawkins County — that one meal makes a difference in their day,” said Herrell, referring to the fact that the county is not affluent and many students rely on free or reduced lunch at school for their nourishment. He explained he was concerned that younger children wouldn’t be able to tell if something was amiss with the food. “These smaller kids…they think it’s alright if they’re being served,” Herrell said.

No students had been reported ill due to the meat, Starnes told WATE-TV. He did not immediately respond to requests for further comment from ABC News.

Herrell said his children didn’t eat the pork roast served at their middle school and high school that day, and that despite the incident, he expects to allow his children to eat the school cafeteria food in the future.

“I think it will get fixed,” Herrell said, noting that he hopes ingredients “don’t fall through the crack again.”

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Two-Headed-Calf Born in Florida

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida woman discovered a two-headed calf in her field and named the baby animal Annabel.

Carolyn Crews, whose family owns the Baker County farm, told ABC News affiliate WJXX that she feeds Annabel four times a day — but she’s not sure how long the animal will live. Annabel’s breaths are labored and she can’t stand up, Crews said.

“It was just like a surprise because no one has even seen anything like this around here,” Crews said. “I never dreamed of such a thing happening. It’ll be something that we probably never seen in our lifetime.”

Having more than one head is called polycephaly, and it’s believed to occur when an embryo begins to split into twins, but stops.

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Dr. Phil’s App Lets You Visit Your Doctor Virtually

Doctor on Demand(SAN FRANCISCO) — Psychologist Phil McGraw from the television show Dr. Phil wants your next doctor visit to be as easy as ordering take-out on your smartphone. McGraw is backing a video-based app for virtual doctor visits that just got a major boost from a big health insurer.

Doctor on Demand, which recently raised $21 million, announced Thursday that it is partnering with insurance provider UnitedHealthcare.

The app connects patients with board-certified doctors, psychologists and lactation consultants 24 hours a day from a pool of about 11,000 professionals. McGraw, his son, Jay, and co-founder Andrew Jackson started the company in 2012 in San Francisco.

McGraw said the app will let you bypass a lot of typical headaches when you need to see a doctor.

“You’ve got to get in your car, you might have to get your children covered with some kind of child care, you’ve got to take off work, you’ve got to drive down there — that’s gas, parking, all of this,” he said. “Or [with the app] … you can get on your smart phone, your tablet or your laptop, your desktop, hit a button and, usually within about 30 seconds, you’re face to face with a board-certified physician.”

The website lists conditions that Doctor on Demand doesn’t treat, including cancer and chronic conditions.

“For more serious or chronic conditions, a visit to a doctor or hospital is important and necessary,” the website states.

Arthur Caplan, head of NYU School of Medicine’s Division of Medical Ethics, cautioned that telemed apps are useful, “but not a substitute for primary care visits.”

“It isn’t clear if they can protect your privacy, liability for errors is murky, and quality control over providers remains uncertain,” Caplan told ABC News.

McGraw said the app has been described as a “disruptive force, which is apparently the highest praise,” upending what can be a wait to see a doctor.

UnitedHealthcare is also partnering with two other telemedicine companies, NowClinic and American Well, to provide the service to their 45 million customers with health benefits.

Unlike other virtual doctor services that require a monthly subscription or another upfront cost, users only pay for Doctor on Demand when they are connected to a health care provider. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store for Android devices.

After users download the app, they provide a list of their symptoms then start their “video visit.”

The cost of a video-based virtual visit starts at $40, which, according to UnitedHealthcare, is less than the price of minor medical needs treated at a doctor’s office visit ($80), urgent care visit ($160) or emergency-room visit ($650). The insurer said participants pay a portion of the visit cost, subject to deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket expenses based on their health plans. A session with a psychologist starts at $50 for 25 minutes while the same amount of time with a lactation consultant is $40.

“Over 80 percent of doctor visits end without hospitalization, which means you didn’t need to go, because you weren’t going to be hospitalized,” McGraw said. “And most of those things can be handled with this virtual visit. And we have the ability for you to take a picture of your ear, or your throat, or your rash, or your finger, or your thumbs, and transmit it during the visit [to] where they can blow it up and take a look at it.”

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Breastfeeding Reduces Recurrence of Breast Cancer

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The well-documented benefits of breastfeeding include supplying babies with vitamins and nutrients as well as disease-fighting substances.

Mother also get something out of it, namely reducing the risk of developing breast cancer from five to 10 percent.

But that’s not the only way a woman protects her future health. Research scientist Marilyn Kwan at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland says that a study of 1,600 women with breast cancer found that those who breast fed reduced their chances of the disease returning by 30 percent.

Meanwhile, nearly an equal percentage were less likely to die from breast cancer if they breast fed their infants.

What’s more, the types of breast cancer these women contracted are usually less aggressive than those of mothers who bottle-fed their babies.

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Why More Doctors Should Give Cartoons a Shot

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cartoons, what are they good for except mindless entertainment?

It just so happens that these animated features, much maligned by parents for generations, actually serve a useful purpose when it comes to distracting children from the often traumatic experience of getting immunized.

A new study from Italy published in the journal Nursing Children and Young People states that six-year-old youngsters watching cartoons showed less stress and anxiety when receiving injections than kids given shots without the benefit of this distraction.

To measure the youngsters’ level of stress, the researchers used the Wong-Baker FACES pain rating scale, a visual-numerical scale.

In addition to being an inexpensive way of taking children’s minds off the impending immunizations, the researchers say the cartoon distraction may cut down on the number of kids who develop anxiety before doctor’s visits and/or a phobia of needles.

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Study Examines Personality Traits Linked to Aggressive Driving

iStock/Thinkstock(BEDFORSHIRE, England) — If you’re quick to anger, you might be equally quick to drive aggressively and that could put you and other drivers or pedestrians in danger.

Although a new report from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom doesn’t break any new ground from previous studies, it does represent the first time results in Britain were factored from a wide array of drivers from local communities in the U.K. and Ireland rather than the U.S. college students.

In a questionnaire provided to close to 550 men and women ages 18 to 75, the researchers learned about their subjects’ personal traits as well as whether they demonstrated certain behaviors behind the wheel such as shouting or swearing or going as far as trying to hurt other motorists.

Essentially, qualities such impulsiveness and sensation-seeking along with a short temper, were the best predictors of aggressive driving.

The purpose of the study was to determine how to use the results to develop road safety campaigns aimed at toning down aggression, and at the same time, reducing the risk of accidents.

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An Apple Also Keeps Unhealthy Food Choices Away

iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — As good as apples are for your physical health, they can also affect you psychologically in a way you probably never thought of.

Cornell researchers Aner Tal and Brian Wansink found that just by having an apple or some other healthy snack before grocery shopping, it can lead to healthier food choices.

To demonstrate this, they had 120 people either eat an apple sample, cookie sample or nothing and then sent them off to shop.

When they were finished, the shoppers who snacked on the apple bought 28 percent more produce than the cookie eaters and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than the consumers who shopped on an empty stomach.

Tal and Wansink also had other participants do virtual market shopping, essentially duplicating the same results.

Their theory is that it’s the perceived healthfulness of a snack that compels people to make better food choices than the actual health benefits of fruits and veggies.

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Mom Says She Was ‘Lunch Shamed’ by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter

Courtesy Leeza Pearson(AURORA, Colo.) — Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee’s lunch and sent her off to school at the Children’s Academy in Aurora, Colorado.

Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.

“Dear Parents, it is very important that all students have a nutritious lunch. This is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, a vegetable and a heavy snack from home, along with a milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it. Lunchables, chips, fruit snacks, and peanut butter are not considered to be a healthy snack. This is a very important part of our program and we need everyone’s participation,” read the note, provided to ABC News by Pearson.

Pearson said she is baffled by how the school handled the situation.

“I think it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can’t eat what is in her lunch,” Pearson told ABC News. “They should have at least allowed to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again.”

Officials at the Children’s Academy said they have no comment when contacted by ABC News. However, Patty Moon, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools, which provides funding for some of the children to attend the private pre-school, said a note in the lunchbox is not supposed to be standard practice.

“From our end we want to inform parents but never want it to be anything punitive,” Moon said.

Moon said the school was just trying to promote healthy eating but Pearson said that effort has often been inconsistent. During this year’s Easter holiday, for example, she said the school asked students to bring in candy for the celebration. Her daughter also receives jelly beans as a snack when she stays for after-school care, Pearson said.

“They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food,” Pearson said. “Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?”

The child was offered an alternative snack, Moon said. But Pearson said this was not the case and her child came home hungry.

“She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy,” Pearson said, noting her daughter’s lunch also included a sandwich and some string cheese. “It’s not like I was offering cookies to the entire class and it’s not like that was the only thing in her lunch.”

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