Review Category : Health

Anderson Cooper Reveals Why He Underwent ‘Sudden Surgery’

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Anderson Cooper had a good reason for missing work Monday night.

The anchor revealed on Twitter that he had to have surgery.

“I’ll be back on air tomorrow,” Cooper wrote. “Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.”

I’ll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 2, 2014

Cooper, 47, isn’t the first TV journalist to recently take time off for his health. Elisabeth Hasselbeck revealed last month that she missed time on Fox and Friends to have surgery on a tumor in her abdomen.

“I had a scary week where we didn’t know what the results were, but I’m OK. Everything came back OK,” the she said. “Surgery is not fun, but … thankfully I had the blessing of it not being cancer.”

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Why Olive Oil and Red Wine May Help You Live Longer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another benefit to the Mediterranean Diet: longer life.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found that consuming less dairy and meat and more olive oil and red wine — in moderation — takes less of a toll on DNA that’s a lifespan indicator.

Immaculata DeVivo, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the study’s senior author, says your telomeres — the ends of DNA at the ends of your chromosomes that are a marker of aging — benefit from eating antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, olive oil, and red wine.

Regular exercise also helps.

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Active Monitoring Period Ends for People Who Cared for NYC Ebola Patient

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The active monitoring period for those involved in the care of a New York City Ebola patient ends Tuesday.

From hospital staff to fire department responders, there were 114 people involved in the care of Dr. Craig Spencer, who was released from Bellevue Hospital in New York last month, free of Ebola.

All of those workers have now passed the 21-day monitoring period, and the health department here praised them for giving Spencer “the best care possible” and for doing it safely.

Overall, the city is still actively monitoring 222 people who arrived within the past 21 days from the four Ebola-affected countries.

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How Some Exercisers Are Using GPS to Create Art

Strava and Bret Labree(NEW YORK) — Some people exercise for weight loss. Others train for marathons. Bret Lobree cycles so he can draw a really nice picture of a turkey.

Lobree is part of a growing group of exercisers who use their outdoor workouts to draw GPS images. After downloading a fitness app like RunKeeper, Nike+ or Strava Run, they turn on the global positioning system function of their smart device, then ride, run or walk through a route to trace an image or a word on a computerized map.

Lobree’s best example of this ultimate form of street art is a 52.9-mile cycling journey he did before Thanksgiving this year to create a drawing of a turkey.

The 41-year-old mechanical engineer started by planning the route on a mapping website. Then he cycled to the start, turned on his GPS and rode through the intricate grid of San Francisco streets to sketch out a “Gobble Gobble Graffiti” drawing on his GPS screen.

“Ironically, I draw with GPS but I have to hold a paper map to help navigate,” Lobree told ABC News.

This is his second year doing the cycled turkey art. Last year, four other riders joined him. This year, it was seven. He’d like to grow it into a yearly event, though he admits the effort “is not trivial.”

Michael Oldenburg, a spokesman for Strava navigation systems, said the company noticed this budding phenomenon several years ago when the hash tags #stravaart, #rundraw and #figurerunning started popping up on social media. He said cyclists can usually do the most elaborate drawings because they can cover more mileage than walkers and runners.

“People all over the world are getting really creative with this,” he said.

Lobree said he began his GPS drawing hobby several years ago after he’d ridden every single street in San Francisco. When he was done with that, he needed a new goal to stay motivated and noticed a few other people posting their GPS creations on Facebook. He decided to try it out for himself and was hooked right away.

Lobree said he’s starting to see other exercisers out there holding maps and glancing down at their watches, including some runners.

“Why not?” he said. “It’s a great way of showing people you can do things other than just ride from A to B to see your city.”

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100 Years of Beauty Time Lapse Video Goes Viral

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — From flapper finger waves to the hair-crimping fad of the 1980s, it’s safe to say that the perception of beauty is ever-changing. Now, one production company is showing how our concept of beauty has unfolded over the last 100 years.

Cut Video has created a nostalgic YouTube video showing model Nina Carduner transforming through a century of beauty looks by decade.

The years are compiled in a one-minute time lapse from a vintage 1910 Edwardian lady to a modern Millennial in 2010 — and everything in between.

“We plucked out 10 iconic hairstyles and makeup looks over the course of 100 years,” said Mike Gaston, creative director of Cut Video. “Our goal is to do this with many different models and show how our concept of beauty has evolved.”

Gaston and his team plan to show men and women of various ethnicities going through the same transformations as Carduner.

“We are also going to be using people from other orientations,” Gaston says. “We want to reflect how beauty has been represented over the course of 100 years among different types of people.”

The video has received over 300,000 hits on YouTube in over a week.

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The Most Popular Baby Names in 2014

Ruth Black/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What’s in a name?

According to the latest trends in baby names, it is the power, strength and ambition found in parents’ favorite TV characters.

Names from popular shows like House of Cards, Scandal and even Orange Is the New Black saw major increases among babies born in 2014, according to a just-released list of most popular baby names from BabyCenter.com.

Galina, the name of an Orange Is the New Black character, is up 67 percent this year, while Robin Wright, the actress who plays Claire on House of Cards, saw an increase in not just her character’s name but in both “Robin” (+12 percent) and “Wright” (+65 percent).

Perhaps inspired by the TV show Nashville, Southern-style names are increasing in popularity, including Tennessee (+61 percent), Macon (+29 percent), Virginia (+21 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Raleigh (+11 percent) and Austin (+11 percent).

In a trend BabyCenter.com is calling “The Shonda Rhimes Effect,” characters’ names from Rhimes’ trifecta of hit shows – Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — saw big bumps, including Arizona (+35 percent), Callie (+30 percent), Avery (+25 percent), Fitzgerald (+56 percent), Huck (+44 percent) and Bellamy (+ percent).

Jackson, the name of a doctor played by Jesse Williams on Grey’s Anatomy, reigned as the top boys’ name for the second year in a row.

On the girls’ side, Sophia, Emma and Olivia remained the three most popular girl names for the third year in a row on BabyCenter.com’s list.

Although Rimes may have seemed to have an impact on a generation of babies’ names, her own name is not catching on.

Babycenter.com reports that “not a single baby in our database was named Shonda this year.”

Read below for the top 10 boy and girl names:

Most popular girl names:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emma
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Zoe
  8. Lily
  9. Emily
  10. Madelyn

Most popular boy names:

  1. Jackson
  2. Aiden
  3. Liam
  4. Lucas
  5. Noah
  6. Mason
  7. Ethan
  8. Caden
  9. Jacob
  10. Logan

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Woman’s Dramatic 280-Pound Weight Loss: ‘I Have My Life Back’

Rhonda Martin(EL CAJON, Calif.) — At 457 pounds, Rhonda Martin could barely walk. Even breathing was a chore. She certainly never imagined that one day she would look like she does now — nearly 300 pounds lighter.

“I was just existing,” Martin, of El Cajon, California, told ABC News. “I had no social interaction with people. My life was very limited.”

Desperate to lose weight, she tried countless fad diets, even weight loss pills, but she always gained it right back.

“I knew that if I didn’t get my blood pressure under control and get the weight loss off, there was a great risk of me dying soon,” she explained.

Fearful for her life, she ditched her old, unhealthy eating habits and started drinking protein shakes.

“It’s only two shakes a day, and then the other three meals that I’d have would be just regular food, so I wasn’t limiting myself to the shakes,” said Martin.

She began counting her calories, drinking eight glasses of water a day and using a pedometer to track her steps, pushing herself to walk 100 more steps each day.

“By setting these tiny, mini goals along the way, it kept me focused,” she recalled.

And when walking wasn’t enough, Martin began riding an electric bike.

“It was amazing for a woman of my size to be able to get on a bike and be able to move as freely as I was able to move,” she said.

Tracking her two-year weight loss journey with her 15,000 devoted Facebook followers, Martin went from 457 pounds in February 2012 to about 180 pounds now, a dramatic 280-pound weight loss.

“For me to be under 200 pounds, I never thought that would be possible,” she said.

But her personal journey didn’t end there.

“I did the Spring Sprint Triathlon,” said Martin. “After I finished the race, I went home and I signed up for my next one.”

Since then, the 43-year-old has completed three half-marathons and four sprint triathlons, and she is now training for a full Ironman.

“I have my life back,” she said. “Before, I was just existing and now I am living my life and I’m living it the way I want to live it.”

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Pot’s Active Ingredient May Curtail Alzheimer’s

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The main active ingredient in marijuana may be instrumental in curbing the onset of memory-wasting Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists at the University of South Florida and Thomas Jefferson University say that “THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways.”

In a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Alzheimer’s research cells were treated with THC. It was later determined that levels of a type of protein linked to Alzheimer’s symptoms were lowered by the marijuana compound.

Furthermore, besides inhibiting aggression of the protein amyloid beta, THC also lowered other key Alzheimer’s Disease markers without toxicity.

In fact, THC was shown to enhance the function of the mitochondria, which keeps the cell full of energy.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. with more than five million people diagnosed with the disease.

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Deaths Caused by Prescription Painkillers, Heroin Triple

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data on Tuesday indicating that deaths related to prescription painkillers and heroin tripled between 1999 and 2012.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics noted that in that 13-year span, the number of deaths from prescription drugs, Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycodone, reached 16,000 in 2012. In 1999, that figure was just over 4,000.

The CDC notes that these opioid painkillers include substances similar to heroin — which also caused three times as many deaths in 2012 as in 1999.

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Beauty Site Devoted to Redheads Is Catching Fire

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Growing up, sisters Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti say they were always searching for hair and makeup products that would suit their cinnamon tresses and alabaster complexions. But despite redheads making up 6 percent of the U.S. population, the women felt mostly ignored by mainstream beauty magazines and websites.

So, after years of toying around with the idea, they decided to start their own.

How To Be A Redhead is a beauty blog devoted entirely to the needs of those with cardinal locks. In three years, it has not only gotten the attention of redheaded celebrities such as Debra Messing, but a legion of nearly 25,000 followers on social media who respond to its fiery editorial voice.

“If you talk to any redhead, they were all bullied as kids for their looks and then often, once they get older, they feel more empowered and want to really own their red hair,” said Adrienne Vendetti Hodges, now 27 and married. “So we just knew that this was what redheads needed because we wanted this as little kids.”

All products recommended on the site undergo a 10-day vetting process during which one of the sisters or a colleague tests out its functionality.

“Because [redheads] have such sensitive skin, finding the right makeup and skincare products can be difficult,” Hodges told ABC News. “We also get a lot of e-mails from readers asking about eyebrows and eyelashes. On redheads, they are typically coarser and blonder. So how do you enhance them and make them complement your red hair?”

In some instances, when the right beauty product hasn’t existed, the women have teamed up with a partner brand to create it. To wit, most drugstores and chain stores fail to offer bobby pins in a color spectrum that compliments redheads, favoring brunette and blonde shades instead. So How To Be a Redhead began selling proprietary packs of redhead pins in three hues, and it has since become the most popular product on the site.

While the sisters say the majority of their audience are females between the ages of 21 and 35, more mature readers have also reached out with age-related beauty queries.

“We get a lot of inquiries from older redhead women whose hair has faded but who do not want to dye it,” said Hodges. “So we’ve been sharing a lot of information about color-depositing shampoos and conditioners for redheads of late.”

But the most rewarding e-mails are sent from a younger demographic, who feel encouraged by the site to embrace their individual beauty.

“Giving out makeup and hair advice is great, but I think the most powerful thing is that young girls write in saying ‘If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t even go to school’ because bullying is so intense,” said Hodges. “That’s really the power behind How To Be A Redhead. It’s empowering other women.”

To grow that sense of community in 2015, the sisters plan to host a series of live events in five cities across the United States as part of a “Rock It Like A Redhead” beauty tour that will feature how-tos, fashion shows, concerts and more. The first stop in Austin, Texas was announced on the site Monday, with future dates to come.

“Adrienne and I go to a lot of events, so we wanted to make sure that it is not tradeshow-y at all,” said Vendetti, 25. “These are going to be really engaging makeup artists doing lots of demonstrations and other hands-on activities, so women will gain a lot in beauty knowledge and, hopefully, in confidence.”

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