Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center(DALLAS) — The dog of an Ebola-infected nurse has tested negative for the deadly virus.

Bentley has been quarantined after its owner, Nina Pham, was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month.

According to a statement from Dallas City Hall, the dog was tested Monday and will be tested again while he remains in quarantine for 21 days, similar to how humans are quarantined for the duration of a possible Ebola incubation.

Pham was diagnosed on Oct. 12.

The dog has been cared for at an undisclosed location by a large team including Dallas Animal Services, Texas A&M University and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Texas Animal Health Commission, among others.

The Dallas Animal Services, which has helped care for the the dog in quarantine, posted images of the dog on Monday as he was being tested.

A team member from the Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team wore full protective gear as he took samples from Bentley.

In Spain, the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse there was euthanized amid fears the animal could spread the virus although there was no confirmation the dog had been infected with the virus. Thousands protested the decision by local government officials.

Pham contracted the virus after she treated Thomas Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She was moved to the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16 for further treatment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Get Real is an experimental sex education program used in a limited number of U.S. middle schools that seems to have been effective in getting some youngsters to put off having sex by the time they graduate the eighth grade.

Planned Parenthood, in partnership with the Wellesley Centers for Women, says that Get Real involves regular sex education in conjunction with students discussing classroom work with their parents after school.

After evaluating 24 schools in the Boston area over three years, it turned out that 16 percent fewer boys and 15 percent fewer girls had sex in the 12 schools where Get Real was taught.

The way that Get Real works is that in addition to educating youngsters about sex, it also sharpens their relationship skills, according to Planned Parenthood.

Although the program has been expanded to 150 schools in Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Texas, the plan is to roll out Great Real on a national scale.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you can afford to do it, why not dine out as much as possible?

Well, researchers at Queens College, City University of New York are advising against it and not purely for financial reasons.

According to lead author Ashima Kant, when people dine frequently at restaurants, they run a higher risk of putting on the pounds and boosting bad cholesterol as compared to those who mainly enjoy their meals at home.

In an analysis of 8,300 adults in the U.S. between 2005 and 2010, people who ate at least six meals in restaurants on a weekly basis had a higher body mass index, lower levels of good cholesterol and a deficiency in Vitamins C and E.

Who are the worst offenders? Generally, college-educated men in their 20s and 30s who earn good salaries.

As for why restaurant fare isn’t a great choice on a daily basis, the obvious answers are too much salt, too much fat, large portions and not enough fruits and vegetables offered.

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FogStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Coffee and beer are a couple of America’s favorite beverages but one may possibly be better than the other when it comes to couples who are having problems conceiving.

According to a surprising study out of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, coffee consumption by men seems to impair infertility treatments. However, a man’s beer drinking might increase the odds of pregnancy, although researchers are not suggesting they imbibe in great quantities of suds.

In a study of 105 men involved in vitro fertilization treatments over seven years, couples in which men drank at least 24 ounces of coffee daily were half as likely to conceive than those in which males drank less than an eight-ounce cup daily.

Meanwhile, couples enrolled in IVF had more luck with live births when the man had the equivalent of two 12-ounce beers daily compared to other couples with limited alcohol consumption among men.

Why do beer and coffee have these effects? Scientists admit they’re stumped and with a small sample size, they’re not about to make any recommendations until further studies are conducted.

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FogStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Coffee and beer are a couple of America’s favorite beverages but one may possibly be better than the other when it comes to couples who are having problems conceiving.

According to a surprising study out of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, coffee consumption by men seems to impair infertility treatments. However, a man’s beer drinking might increase the odds of pregnancy, although researchers are not suggesting they imbibe in great quantities of suds.

In a study of 105 men involved in vitro fertilization treatments over seven years, couples in which men drank at least 24 ounces of coffee daily were half as likely to conceive than those in which males drank less than an eight-ounce cup daily.

Meanwhile, couples enrolled in IVF had more luck with live births when the man had the equivalent of two 12-ounce beers daily compared to other couples with limited alcohol consumption among men.

Why do beer and coffee have these effects? Scientists admit they’re stumped and with a small sample size, they’re not about to make any recommendations until further studies are conducted.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — No one’s telling Americans not to take Ebola seriously. However, millions can start preparing now for another contagious disease: the flu.

John Challenger, CEO of the outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says that if this year’s flu season is anything like last year’s, it will be tremendous drain on the economy.

Overall, a seasonal flu outbreak costs the nation’s economy $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalization and outpatient visits, not to mention another $7 billion dollars annually in lost productivity at work.

Obviously, Americans at risk of catching the flu, such as the young and those over 50, can reduce the risk of contracting the flu by getting vaccinated.

Challenger also advises employers to start taking steps to stop the flu from spreading.

For instance, he recommends “encouraging employees to wash their hands, offering free or low-cost flu vaccination shots, and routinely washing and disinfecting work surfaces.”

Perhaps even more important than all that, managers and supervisors should make it a point to tell workers early on that if they’re sick, stay home.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — No one’s telling Americans not to take Ebola seriously. However, millions can start preparing now for another contagious disease: the flu.

John Challenger, CEO of the outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says that if this year’s flu season is anything like last year’s, it will be tremendous drain on the economy.

Overall, a seasonal flu outbreak costs the nation’s economy $10.4 billion in direct costs for hospitalization and outpatient visits, not to mention another $7 billion dollars annually in lost productivity at work.

Obviously, Americans at risk of catching the flu, such as the young and those over 50, can reduce the risk of contracting the flu by getting vaccinated.

Challenger also advises employers to start taking steps to stop the flu from spreading.

For instance, he recommends “encouraging employees to wash their hands, offering free or low-cost flu vaccination shots, and routinely washing and disinfecting work surfaces.”

Perhaps even more important than all that, managers and supervisors should make it a point to tell workers early on that if they’re sick, stay home.

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Tomwang112/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to drowsy driving dangers, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that Americans need to wake up.

The NTSB, for the first time, held a forum on drowsy driving in Washington, D.C.

Mark Rosekind, a board member, said one of the biggest problems is that people underestimate just how tired they are.

“Humans are just horribly inaccurate if we have to self-diagnose fatigue,” Rosekind said. “That’s what allows us to put ourselves in life-threatening situations.”

According to the AAA, 40 percent of drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

Losing two hours of sleep in just one night can affect a person’s reaction time by 20 percent, the NTSB said.

All that can add up to one of the most under-reported problems on the road. One study has suggested that 20 percent of crashes — one out of every five accidents — involves a tired driver.

On test tracks at Virginia Tech, researchers are assessing drivers for alertness and signs of fatigue.

Cameras are also being tested to see whether they can look at a person’s face and find telltale signs of a lack of sleep. Some cars have even been equipped with technology that can sense a driver drifting into another lane.

For now though, the NTSB is issuing this bit of advice: If a driver has not had enough sleep, they should not get behind the wheel.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIDDLETOWN, Ohio) — The 16-year-old girl who collapsed and died after visiting an Ohio haunted house was not “scared to death,” her family says.

Christian Faith Benge was on a family trip last week to the Land of Illusions haunted house in Middletown last week when she collapsed.

Benge’s mother, Jean Benge, said she and a paramedic performed CPR on the teen before she was taken to a local hospital. The teenager was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.

Benge said she has been frustrated by early news reports insinuating that her daughter was “scared to death.” Benge, however, cited a life-long congenital defect as being responsible for her daughter’s not-surprising death.

Benge said her daughter was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. The condition means abdominal organs move into the chest because of a hole in the diaphragm, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The defect had been fixed when Christian Faith Benge was an infant, Jean Benge explained, but there was long-term damage related to the condition, including an enlarged heart and one nonfunctional lung. She said her daughter was never told to avoid certain stressful situations, such as so-called haunted houses.

“It had enlarged four times her natural size,” Jean Benge of her daughter’s heart. “It kicked out. When she collapsed, she died instantly.”

After talking to the coroner, Benge said she believes her daughter’s heart could have given out anywhere and that they just happened to be at a haunted house.

The Warren County Coroner in Ohio will not officially release a cause of death until toxicology tests return.

Benge said she is trying to focus on her daughter’s managing to survive far longer than expected and the many friends in her school and local church. She said doctors had not been optimistic that the girl would live past infancy and even sent her home to die when they couldn’t do anything else to help her, Benge said.

“My husband named her [because] Christian faith is the reason why she lives,” Benge said. “People rule out miracles in our society. She was a living proof that God still works miracles.”

There are some cases where patients with cardiac conditions should avoid stressful situations, but such cases are rare, according to Dr. Sahil Parikh, a cardiologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

Parikh, who did not treat Christian Faith Benge, said the most common reason for sudden death is an arrhythmia, when a heart’s electrical system malfunctions and can cause the heart to stop beating or to beat irregularly. In cases similar to the one described by Jean Benge, when the heart is enlarged, the patient can be more at risk for sudden heart failure.

“The heart gets bigger and bigger as it gets weaker and weaker,” Parikh said. “It was trying to compensate.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Is there any reliable way to predict whether a child will grow up to be a murderer?

Alex Piquero, a University of Texas at Dallas criminologist, says trying to figuring that out is extremely difficult.

About the only two factors that many killers have in common is that their IQ is usually lower than other criminals and they were generally exposed to extreme violence at some point in their lives.

Piquero says in studying 1,350 serious juvenile offenders who mostly committed felony crime, the average IQ of the 18 convicted of murder was 79 compared to 85 for the others. The young killers were also more apt to witness a crime such as assault or rape.

However, Piquero contends that so-called risk factors such as drug use or mental illness are not good indicators of whether a juvenile will turn into a murderer because so many young criminals also have these problems.

Murder, he concludes, is usually driven by the situation.

Piquero says the best way of dealing with the problem is by improving education and lowering neighborhood violence.

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