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Study: Without Exit Screening, About Three Ebola-Infected Individuals Could Fly Out of West Africa Monthly

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A study released on Tues­day by the Cana­dian Insti­tutes of Health Research found that with­out exit screen­ing, about three peo­ple infected with Ebola could fly out of West African nations impacted by the disease’s out­break each month.

The study, pub­lished in The Lancet, ana­lyzed his­tor­i­cal flight itin­er­aries and con­cluded that 2.8 trav­ellers infected with Ebola leave impacted coun­tries on com­mer­cial flights every month. Notably, 64 per­cent of trav­ellers leav­ing Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were trav­el­ing to low-income and lower-middle-income countries.

While researchers con­tinue to note the impor­tance of bal­anc­ing the poten­tial harms caused by travel restric­tions, exit screen­ing in West Africa “would be the most effi­cient fron­tier at which to assess the health sta­tus of trav­ellers at risk of Ebola virus exposure.”

Such action, how­ever, would require inter­na­tional sup­port to prop­erly implement.

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Drawing Attention to the Risks of Drowsy Driving

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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Family Denies Teen Was 'Scared to Death' at Haunted House

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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Utility Workers Indicted Over Brain-Eating Amoeba Testing

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — Two Louisiana util­ity work­ers have been indicted for allegedly fail­ing to test the water sup­ply for a brain-eating amoeba and then lying about it.

In late August, St. John the Bap­tist Parish offi­cials told 13,000 peo­ple in three Louisiana towns that the deadly amoeba, called Nae­g­le­ria fow­leri, had been found in their water sup­ply. The fol­low­ing month, state police offi­cers began to inspect incon­sis­ten­cies in the water inspec­tion data, accord­ing to ABC New Orleans affil­i­ate WGNO.

Util­ity work­ers Kevin Branch, 54, and Danielle Rous­sel, 43, were both indicted Mon­day on one count of fail­ing to per­form a duty required of a pub­lic employee and another count of cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing false pub­lic records, accord­ing to the indict­ment obtained by ABC News.

It’s unbe­liev­able really because we trust them. We thought they were doing their jobs, and I’m kind of shocked,” res­i­dent San­dra Remon­det told WGNO. “I can’t believe it.”

Nae­g­le­ria fow­leri causes pri­mary amoe­bic menin­goen­cephali­tis, an extremely rare but almost invari­ably fatal brain infec­tion, accord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion. The amoeba thrives in warm fresh­wa­ter and enters the brain through the nose. This infec­tion is not caused by drink­ing water con­t­a­m­i­nated by the amoeba.

A 4-year-old boy from a nearby parish died last year after con­tract­ing the amoeba while play­ing on a Slip ‘N Slide. After­ward, New Orleans flushed its water sup­ply with chlorine.

Accord­ing to the grand jury indict­ment filed Mon­day, inves­ti­ga­tors com­pared the water inspec­tion logs with data from the GPS devices on Branch’s and Roussel’s parish vehi­cles and con­cluded that Branch did not stop at 30 of the 48 water inspec­tions he claimed to have done between Aug. 1 and Aug. 27. And Rous­sel did not stop for three of the six inspec­tions she claimed to have com­pleted over the same period, the indict­ment states.

Both Branch and Rous­sel were given 24 hours to sur­ren­der to the parish jail, accord­ing to a state­ment from the Louisiana attor­ney general.

There have been 132 other reported cases of Nae­g­le­ria fow­leri infec­tions between 1962 and 2013, with only a hand­ful occur­ring each year, accord­ing to the CDC. By com­par­i­son, about 10 peo­ple die in unin­ten­tional drown­ings per day, the agency said. Four of those Nae­g­le­ria fow­leri cases occurred in Louisiana.

In July, 9-year-old Hally Yust died after being infected with the amoeba in Kansas.

Nei­ther Branch nor Rous­sel could be reached for com­ment. The Louisiana attor­ney general’s office said infor­ma­tion on their attor­neys was not available.

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Journalist Who Contracted Ebola Now Disease Free

Ashoka Mukpo

(OMAHA, Neb.) — The free­lance cam­era­man who con­tracted Ebola while work­ing with NBC in Liberia is now dis­ease free, he tweeted Tuesday.

Ashoka Mukpo was trans­ported from Liberia to the Nebraska Med­ical Center’s bio­con­tain­ment cen­ter on Oct. 6.

The med­ical cen­ter announced Tues­day that he was free of the dis­ease and would be released from the hos­pi­tal on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old made the announce­ment him­self, tweet­ing that he is “Ebola free and feel­ing so blessed.”


Just got my results. 3 con­sec­u­tive days neg­a­tive. Ebola free and feel­ing so blessed. I fought and won, with lots of help. Amaz­ing feeling

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 21, 2014

Through­out his treat­ment he opened up via Twit­ter about how he still is not sure how he con­tracted the dis­ease but does not regret going to Liberia to help spread the word about Ebola’s impact on west Africa.



For the record — no idea how I got it. It was some­thing fluky. My best guess is I touched a sur­face and didn’t chlo­ri­nate fast enough.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 20, 2014

He wrote about the “end­less debt, end­less grat­i­tude” he owes to his sup­port­ers, men­tion­ing how the head of Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders’ bur­ial team took time to visit Mukpo while he was still being treated in Liberia.



I was around a lot of sick peo­ple the week before I got sick. Thought I was keep­ing a good dis­tance, wish I knew exactly what went wrong.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 20, 2014



But I don’t regret going to Liberia to cover the cri­sis. That coun­try was a sec­ond home to me and I had to help raise the alarm.

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 20, 2014



I’ll have time to say more the next few weeks, but for now, I’m in awe of my good for­tune. I’m a very very lucky per­son. #blessed

— ashoka (@unkyoka) Octo­ber 20, 2014



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Michael Strahan’s Trainer Reveals How to Get in “Magic Mike” Shape

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Want to know Michael Strahan’s secret weapon for get­ting into ripped, chis­eled, rock solid Magic Mike–wor­thy shape? Meet his per­sonal trainer, celebrity fit­ness guru, Latreal “La” Mitchell.

As a Pro Foot­ball Hall-of-Famer, Stra­han was already pretty phys­i­cally fit. But Mitchell has helped trans­form his body into tip-top shape, sky­rock­et­ing his con­fi­dence and mus­cle tone to con­quer the sil­ver screen — shirtless.

But that trim trans­for­ma­tion doesn’t come overnight, even if you’re a celebrity.

The best weight-loss tip I can give is being patient,” Mitchell told ABC News. “If some­one gains weight over the last 10 years, they want to lose it. All of a sud­den they want to lose it now. So be patient and start elim­i­nat­ing things slowly, and the weight will def­i­nitely come off.”

Now Mitchell is giv­ing our ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica view­ers a free per­sonal train­ing ses­sion live on the ABC News web­site, help­ing to con­tinue the new work­out while you watch the series called All-Access Celebrity Work­out. It’s another 30-minute livestream work­out that you can do right along with us from the com­fort of your own home.

Take a look at Mitchell’s extra work­out tips to keep you in A-list shape:

  1. It’s not impor­tant how you got to be this way, it’s impor­tant that you are tak­ing care of your­self now.
  2. Break the scale obses­sion and its emo­tional and eat­ing roller-coaster — instead look at how your clothes fit and how you feel.
  3. Be kind to your­self — con­grat­u­late your­self on accom­plish­ments and for­give your failures.
  4. Renew your com­mit­ment to tak­ing good care of your­self every day.
  5. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”

As with any exer­cise rou­tine, if you have any con­cerns about start­ing a work­out regime, check with your health care pro­fes­sional to see whether it’s right you.

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Sugary Soda Linked to Cellular Aging

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Sug­ary soda seems to do more dam­age to the body than pre­vi­ously suspected.

Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Fran­cisco researchers con­tend, “Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of sugar-sweetened sodas might influ­ence dis­ease devel­op­ment, not only by strain­ing the body’s meta­bolic con­trol of sug­ars but also through accel­er­ated cel­lu­lar aging of tissues.”

In other words, the DNA of peo­ple who drink the equiv­a­lent of 20 ounces of sug­ary soda daily is almost five years older than those who don’t con­sume car­bon­ated beverages.

Since diet soda doesn’t have the same effect on cel­lu­lar aging, the researchers assume the heavy sugar con­tent in most sodas is to blame.

If there’s an upside to the study, it’s that Amer­i­cans are con­sum­ing less sug­ary drinks than in years past.

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There's a Secret to Eating a Healthier Bowl of Pasta

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Peo­ple love pasta but it’s not exactly the health­i­est thing for you. For exam­ple, the car­bo­hy­drates in pasta can cause weight gain while the glu­cose from the starch spikes the body’s blood sugar.

How­ever, a show called Trust Me, I’m A Doc­tor on Britain’s BBC sug­gests there’s an easy way to reduce some of the less ben­e­fi­cial effects of pasta.

The solu­tion, accord­ing to Dr. Denise Robert­son of the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey, is to let your pasta cool down before eat­ing it and then, reheat it.

Robert­son had peo­ple eat freshly made pasta, pasta that was cooled down or reheated pasta with each par­tic­i­pant then giv­ing a blood sam­ple every 15 min­utes for two hours.

The result was that while cold pasta reduced the blood sugar increase, reheated pasta actu­ally cut the increase by 50 per­cent com­pared to the just cooked pasta.

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Those Who Feel Good About Aging Take Better Care of Themselves

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Middle-aged Amer­i­cans who don’t have a prob­lem with get­ting older tend to take bet­ter care of their health.

Eric Kim, a Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan doc­toral stu­dent, says in a study that too many peo­ple 50 and older seem resigned to the fact that a cer­tain amount of phys­i­cal and men­tal decay is inevitable so to them, it makes lit­tle sense to take advan­tage of pre­ven­ta­tive health care services.

That’s why Kim says it’s impor­tant to have a pos­i­tive mind­set about the aging process. He explains that when peo­ple are com­fort­able in their own skin and hope to remain vig­or­ous and healthy in their 50s, 60s and 70s, they get their cho­les­terol checked reg­u­larly and undergo colonoscopies.

For men, higher aging sat­is­fac­tion also involves prostate exams while women will undergo a mammogram/X-ray or pap smears.

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