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Always Hungry Girl Gets ‘Childhood’ Back After Weight Loss Surgery

Always Hungry Girl Gets ‘Childhood’ Back After Weight Loss Surgery

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center(CINCINNATI) — A Texas girl who couldn't stop eating has lost more than 50 pounds after undergoing gastrectomy surgery at age 12.Alexis Shapiro ballooned from just 50 pounds to more than 200 pounds after undergoing surgery to remove a benign brain tumor left her with a rare condition called hypothalamic obesity, which caused her to always feel hungry.

Before surgery, Alexis Shapiro weighed just over 51 pounds. (Courtesy Jennifer Shapiro)

Her family turned to surgical options after trying to control her ballooning weight with exercise and diet plan.

Earlier this year Alexis became one of the youngest people in the U.S. to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy surgery.The surgery was supposed to be a full gastric bypass, but because Alexis' liver was enlarged, doctors in the operating room decided to try a gastric sleeve, which reduced Alexis' stomach to just 25 percent of its original size.Seven months after the surgery, Alexis' mother said that her daughter's health has improved remarkably and that she has her "childhood" back.In a post on the Cincinnati Children's Hospital website, Jenny Shapiro said her daughter lost at least 55 pounds and no longer needed to take medication for her type 2 diabetes."She has had zero hospital stays related to hypothalamic obesity, which is a record since her brain surgery three years ago," Shapiro wrote.The 2011 surgery removed the tumor but damaged parts of Alexis' brain, including the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus, which affect how her body perceives signals from her digestive system."We've also seen wonderful growth in Alexis' independence, strength and stamina," said Shapiro. "She loves her school work and even recently joined an after-school club. I'm so happy to be able to see her get back parts of her childhood that she once enjoyed so much but had lost while she was so sick."In a statement posted to a Facebook documenting Alexis' recovery, Jenny Shapiro said her daughter still struggles with her engery but manages to walk a half mile to school every weekday."She likes learning!" Shapiro wrote. "She is still scared to try new things that she couldn't do while she was much heavier, but we are trying."

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Players on Four NHL Teams Sick with Mumps

Players on Four NHL Teams Sick with Mumps

christian ammann/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is being tested for mumps as the viral disease has struck four NHL teams.Crosby "has not been feeling well" and will miss the next two days while he undergoes testing for the viral illness, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said."There is no indication at this time that this is the mumps, but we are going to hold him out as a precaution," Rutherford said. "We'll have additional test results in a few days."If Crosby tests positive, he could join the ranks of nearly two dozen National Hockey League players who have tested positive for the mumps in recent weeks, according to local reports. Players for the Anaheim Ducks, the Minnesota Wild, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils have been affected.Mumps is a viral illness that effects the salivary glands. Symptoms include swollen glands, fever and fatigue, and although complications are rare, they can be serious, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those include encephalitis and inflammation of the testicles.Although mumps was once common in the United States, most Americans are immunized against it via the MMR vaccine while toddlers. But the vaccine's protection weakens over time.Dr. William Schaffner, who has not treated these hockey players but is chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said this outbreak reminds him of mumps outbreaks that occur at small colleges because those affected are young adults, including some from foreign countries that don't have the U.S.'s "comprehensive" mumps vaccination program. And the players are in close contact."What you have in a traveling team that plays together and practices together -- sit on airplanes together -- is prolonged close contact," Schaffner said. "If somebody is sick, they need to stop playing, traveling. This virus can spread even before you become sick."

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First Child’s Death From Liquid Nicotine Reported as ‘Vaping’ Gains Popularity

First Child’s Death From Liquid Nicotine Reported as ‘Vaping’ Gains Popularity

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A toddler from upstate New York may have been the first child to die from poisoning by liquid nicotine, the substance used in e-cigarettes, in the U.S., concerning health officials as e-cigarettes continue to rise in popularity.Police reported that the 1-year-old child died after ingesting liquid nicotine at a home in Fort Plain, New York, on Tuesday. The child was found unresponsive and rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.Fort Plain police released a statement saying the death is believed to be a “tragic accident.” They declined to say whether the liquid nicotine was associated with an e-cigarette.But health officials are concerned if steps aren’t taken to protect children, they could see more fatal accidents similar to this one.The rise of e-cigarettes and “vaping” in recent years has also meant a rise in the purchase of liquid nicotine. Coming in flavors like cotton candy or gummy bear, health officials say that the brightly colored liquid could appeal to young children."One teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and smaller amounts can cause severe illness, often requiring trips to the emergency department," the American Association of Poison Control centers in a statement Friday. "Despite the dangers these products pose to children, there are currently no standards set in place that require child-proof packaging."In November the American Association of Poison Control Centers announced that the number of dangerous "exposures" to liquid nicotine has skyrocketed in recent years with 3,638 exposures as of Nov. 30. An exposure means coming into contact with liquid nicotine through ingestion, inhalation or by absorbing the substance through the skin.The number is more than double the 1,543 exposures reported in 2013 and exponentially higher than in 2011 when 271 exposures were reported.Before this week, the only confirmed death related to liquid nicotine happened in 2012 when a man injected himself with the substance, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.Dr. Donna Seger, director of the poison control center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said her center has started to get more calls about exposure to e-cigarettes or liquid nicotine.“They’re not that difficult to get into,” Seger said of the vials that contain the nicotine. “The issue is once the exposure occurs, it could be bad.”Seger said just a small amount of nicotine can cause dangerous symptoms in children, including seizures.Phil Daman, president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, said he was “saddened to hear the terrible news.”“[We] want to always be mindful to put safe products on the market,” said Daman, who said the trade association recommends childproofing products to “err on the side of caution.”Daman questioned if the child could have gotten a hold of a high-grade liquid nicotine that could be a much higher concentration than what is in many common e-cigarette products. Because e-cigarettes are not federally regulated there is a wide-range of liquid that could be purchased to use in e-cigarette products, ranging from potent high grade liquid nicotine to material that has an extremely small amount of nicotine.In April the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention warned they were seeing an increase of calls to poison control centers for liquid nicotine exposure and children were becoming sick after ingesting, inhaling or absorbing the chemical through their skin. The most common symptoms were vomiting, nausea or eye irritation.“Use of these products is skyrocketing and these poisonings will continue,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in April. “E-cigarette liquids as currently sold are a threat to small children because they are not required to be childproof, and they come in candy and fruit flavors that are appealing to children.”To combat these cases of increased exposure some state lawmakers have introduced bills that would require e-cigarette companies to put child-resistant caps on bottles of liquid nicotine.In New York State, a bill passed earlier in the year that would require child resistant containers for liquid nicotine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to sign the bill in the next few weeks, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.At least one e-cigarette retailer, Vapor World, changed their packaging this year so that bottles of liquid nicotine are more child resistant.

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Holiday Travel: Should Fido Stay or Go?

Holiday Travel: Should Fido Stay or Go?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to pet parenting and holiday travel plans, there are two camps that owners fall into: those that bring their four-legged friends everywhere and those that decide it's best for their furry pal to stay behind.Both choices have pluses and minuses. But either way, before you leave, there are certain steps experts recommend to ensure that Fido has a stress-free season as well."Pet parents are always mindful of the comfort and well-being of their furry kids, so it makes sense that they would factor them into their travel plans," said TripsWithPets.com founder and president, Kim Salerno.Salerno's sentiments echo the results of a recent, albeit unscientific, online poll conducted by TripIt in which 77 percent of pet owners surveyed said "their pets will influence their holiday travel plans."But "influence" needn't turn into "control." Instead, experts recommend matching your plans to your pooch's behavior."The health and well being of pets should be the primary concern," according to Salerno. "Not every pet makes a good travel companion. Pets who are sick, temperamental, anxious, or poorly socialized are probably best left at home. However, if pets are easygoing, great around people, and cope well with new places and situations -- bring them along."With that in mind, here are a few best practices animal experts suggest you follow if ......You can't bear to leave Spot behind."First aid kits, medicine, car safety devices and crates are all must-haves when traveling with pets," note the experts at TripsWithPets.It is equally important to keep important documents, such as current health certificates, on hand. Most airlines require such papers to fly with a pet.Staying at a pet-friendly hotel? Consider where the room is located on the property and whether any ambient noises will cause your pooch or kitty distress. You may be able to request another space.If staying with a friend or family member, keep in mind that their house rules for pets may not be the same as you own. When in doubt, always ask whether your pet is allowed on couches, beds and even certain rooms of the house....Your furball doesn't do well on the road.Whether you are having a pet sitter come to your house, home-boarding elsewhere in the neighborhood, or taking your pet to an overnight facility, Nicole Ellis, a spokesperson for DogVacay, recommends making sure all of their regular care items are available to them and the caretaker."Some dogs get an upset stomach if you change their brand of doggie chow, so be sure to have plenty of your dog’s usual food for his stay," Ellis said. "It's also always a good idea to keep more than one leash available -- a short leash and one that has an extendable line for areas where your dog might want to get some exercise."Ellis also suggests leaving something of your own behind."An old t-shirt that smells like you can also make for a great cuddle toy for your dog while you are apart!" she said.

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E-Cigarettes Remain Available to More Than 16 Million American Children

E-Cigarettes Remain Available to More Than 16 Million American Children

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than 16 million American children live in states where they can legally purchase electronic cigarettes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, despite the fact that those products may well be unsafe."We know e-cigarettes are not safe for youth," Tim McAfee director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health says. "While [electronic nicotine delivery systems] may have the potential to benefit established adult smokers if used as a complete substitute for all smoked tobacco products, [they] should not be used by youth and adult non-tobacco users because of the harmful effects of nicotine and other risk exposures, as well as the risk for progression to other forms of tobacco use."The National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 4.5 percent of all high school students and 1.1 percent of middle school students used e-cigarettes within the 30 days prior to being surveyed in 2013. Ten states and the District of Columbia do not ban the sales of e-cigarettes to minors, with 16 million children under the age of 18 living in those states.Additionally, 26 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants, worksites and bars -- but only three of those states, New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah, prohibit used of electronic nicotine delivery systems indoors. "ENDS aerosol is not harmless water vapor; it can contain nicotine and other toxins," Brian King, Ph. D., senior scientific advisor in the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health said. "Exposure to nicotine can harm adolescent brain development and can be toxic to fetuses."

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Why Jahi McMath’s Family Still Has Hope a Year Later

Why Jahi McMath’s Family Still Has Hope a Year Later

The McMath Family / Facebook(NEW YORK) -- A year after the tonsil surgery complication that led doctors to declare then-13-year-old Jahi McMath brain dead, she is still on a ventilator, "alive and well," her family wrote on its public Facebook page.McMath's family successfully fought a legal battle to keep her on life support after doctors at the Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, said the hospital could no longer care for her because she was brain dead. Since then, the family has argued that she is not brain dead and may recover."Today marks one year [since] this tragedy happened at the Children's Hospital Oakland, and we want to thank God for keeping Jahi ALIVE and WELL against all odds," the family wrote on the Keep Jahi McMath on Life Support Facebook page.The teen was undergoing tonsil surgery when she had significant blood loss and went into cardiac arrest on Dec. 9, 2013. She was declared brain dead, but the family sued to keep her on life support. She eventually was moved to a long-term care facility in New Jersey.The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which has supported McMath's family throughout the ordeal, said in October that the teen was "showing signs that may prove the hospital designation wrong." McMath's mother, Nailah Winkfield, has said her daughter responds to verbal commands.

Schiavo's case sparked a national debate in the 1990s and 2000s, when doctors, lawyers and family members battled for more than a decade over whether to remove Schiavo's feeding tube and let her die. Shortly after the Supreme Court refused to hear Schiavo’s case in 2005, a judge ordered that her feeding tube be removed. Despite more legal back-and-forth over the next two weeks, she died on March 31, 2005.This week, the McMath family gave a special thanks to their attorney, Christopher Dolan, for fighting for Jahi as if she was his child."Without him, they would have killed, Jahi," the family wrote on Facebook.McMath's relatives also thanked their other supporters."Thank you to all who respected and still respect our choice to save Jahi," they wrote. "Jahi's life IS worth the fight. Jahi McMath is ALIVE and doing well because of you. God bless you."The Benioff Children's Hospital said in a statement to ABC News that its heart continues to go out to the family.

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Latest Data Shows over 18,000 Cases, 6,000 Deaths from Ebola in West Africa

Latest Data Shows over 18,000 Cases, 6,000 Deaths from Ebola in West Africa

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The latest data from the World Health Organization shows that the number of cases of Ebola in West Africa has surpassed 18,000, and the number of deaths is well over 6,000.The latest release includes data from Guinea and Sierra Leone through Wednesday and from Liberia through Sunday.

Sierra Leone, which earlier this week overtook Liberia for the largest number of cases of Ebola, extended that gap in recent days. More than 8,000 cases of Ebola have now been reported in Sierra Leone, compared to 7,765 in Liberia.Liberia has still reported the most deaths from the disease, 3,222 in total, compared to 1,899 in Sierra Leone and 1,462 in Guinea. The three nations are the most severely impacted by the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The WHO notes that Mali is also involved in the outbreak, with seven confirmed cases and one probable case of the disease. Six Ebola patients have died in Mali.

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Why to Hope Your Surgeon Is Grooving to the Bee Gees, Not House of Pain

Why to Hope Your Surgeon Is Grooving to the Bee Gees, Not House of Pain

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" is maybe not the best song for your surgeon to play while he's standing over you in the operating room, scalpel in hand, according to a tongue-in-cheek editorial in the British Medical Journal's December issue."Stayin' Alive" topped the list of the best songs for surgery compiled by surgeons at the University Hospital of Wales for the journal's annual, lighthearted Christmas issue."Though a great suggestion for the patient, operating team members should resist the urge to emulate John Travolta's expansive dance routine," surgical registrar Dave Bosanquet and his co-author wrote of the song.They added that if the patient goes into cardiac arrest on the table, the disco beat is actually the perfect rhythm for chest compressions.The Bee Gees' hit was followed by Sade's "Smooth Operator" and Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart," which was "ideal for cardiac surgery."Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" was recommended for patients to listen to while they await epidural anesthetics, but the authors warned to "avoid repeated exposure as lyrics may cause dangerous introspection.""You can have a lighthearted environment even in someplace as serious as a[n operating] theater," Bosanquet said, adding that operating rooms inherit old CD players and speaker systems that doctors can use to connect their phones and play music.About 80 percent of the people in operating rooms found that playing music during surgery helped reduce anxiety, improve efficiency and foster team communication, according to Bosanquet's research. He noted that when patients were awake during procedures, studies have shown that hearing tunes actually has pain-relieving effects.But not all songs belong in the OR. In addition to avoiding "Another One Bites the Dust," the surgeons advised against REM's "Everybody Hurts," because "no patient appreciates receiving such a repetitive reminder."Radiohead's "Knives Out" and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Scar Tissue" were also no-nos."Knives Out" was "not only likely to increase patient anxiety, but will bring melancholy to the theatre," they wrote. "Staff may question the meaninglessness of existence."Bosanquet and his team advised against anything by the hip-hop trio House of Pain, which is "likely to increase analgesic requirements."But House of Pain also had an upside, they wrote: "The single 'Jump Around' may shorten operative time considerably."

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Meet Some of the Most Under-Appreciated Doctors in Fight Against Ebola

Meet Some of the Most Under-Appreciated Doctors in Fight Against EbolaSerena Marshall/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Time magazine named the Ebola fighters as their person of the year, and while Americans came to know Dr. Jerry Brown, Dr. Kent Brantly and others by name, there is one group of fighters who have gone largely unreco...

Robot ‘Shadow Hand’ Could Bring Sense of Human Touch to Space

Robot ‘Shadow Hand’ Could Bring Sense of Human Touch to Space

esa.int(NEW YORK) — A robotic technology being tested by the European Space Agency could allow people on Earth to literally have a hand in space.A robot shadow hand aims to replicate the delicacy and precision of human touch, allowing remote machine operators to feel as though they're really performing a task in space."The aim is that remote operators will feel as though they are right there with whatever they are controlling, such as planetary rovers," the European Space Agency said in a statement.The robotic hand is so human-like that it is able to easily grip objects, such as an apple, and mimic the motion of the human operator.Experiments with the shadow hand are being carried out at the Telerobotics and Haptics Laboratory in the Netherlands. It was not immediately known when the "helping hand" would be sent to space.

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Why Are Magazines in Doctors’ Waiting Rooms So Dull?

Why Are Magazines in Doctors’ Waiting Rooms So Dull?

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your doctor can answer all your health questions, but can he answer this question: Why are the magazines in the doctor's waiting room usually dated and dull?Researchers in New Zealand decided to find an answer.  They placed 87 magazines -- both new and old -- as bait in the waiting room of a primary care practice of over 5,000 patients.After 31 days, 41 magazines had disappeared, and 60 percent of those missing mags were newer issues, less than two months old.The researchers also discovered that 98 percent of so-called “gossipy”-type magazines -- the ones that feature five or more photos of celebrities on the cover -- went missing, versus just one of the “non-gossipy,” more educational magazine offerings.The researcher calculated that magazines disappear from doctors’ offices at a rate of 1.32 per day.The research is published in the British Medical Journal’s Christmas issue, which tends to be tongue-in-cheek with reports of scientific scrutiny being applied to less-than-serious subjects.

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Memory Complaints Tied to Stroke Risk Among Higher Educated Individuals

Memory Complaints Tied to Stroke Risk Among Higher Educated Individuals

Burlingham/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study indicates that highly educated individuals who complain of memory problems may have a higher incidence of stroke.According to the study, published in the journal Stroke, researchers in the Netherlands looked at 9,152 participants aged 55 years old or older, and attempted to link memory complaints with stroke risk. Subject were divided into low, intermediate and high education. Researchers say those in the higher education category who had memory complaints were 39 percent more likely than those who did not report memory lapses to suffer a stroke.The same link was not found in individuals in the intermediate or lower education groups.Researchers say the link among higher educated participants persisted even when they adjusted for other risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes, and cognitive test scores.It is possible that the link is caused by the increased ability of those with more education to notice subtle changes in their memory.

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Tamoxifen Effective in Lowering Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Tamoxifen Effective in Lowering Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

podfoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study conducted by an international team of researchers confirmed the effectiveness of Tamoxifen, a commonly prescribed breast cancer treatment.The study, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, showed that a five-year course of Tamoxifen is effective in cutting recurrence risk for at least 20 years.

Researchers studied more than 7,000 breast cancer survivors, half of whom took the five-year course of Tamoxifen, while the other half took a placebo for five years. They later followed up with the participants, an average of 16 years later, and found that those who took the Tamoxifen were 20 percent less likely to have had a recurrence of breast cancer.The drug did not lower the risk of breast cancer death, researchers said.

Tamoxifen was approved for use in 1998 and has been used by millions of women.

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Study: Few High Schoolers Get Enough Sleep

Study: Few High Schoolers Get Enough Sleep

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday determined that most American high school students do not get sufficient sleep.Looking at data from over 52,000 students between 2007 and 2013, researchers asked the students how many hours of sleep they get. The data was then separated by sex, grade, and race/ethnicity into those who answered "five hours or less," "six hours," "seven hours," "eight hours," or "nine hours or more."The study found that between 6.2 percent and 7.7 percent of females and eight percent to 9.4 percent of males reported getting nine or more hours of sleep. Researchers did note, however, that the percentage reporting nine or more hours of sleep decreased as grade level increased.The CDC recommends that adolescents get nine to ten hours of sleep each day. The vast majority of students in this study, however, did not reach that standard.The study didn't specifically look at the effects of too little sleep on its participants, though researchers believe insufficient sleep can be harmful in areas including memory formation, chronic disease risk factors, increased risk of obesity and emotional problems.

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‘Feel Full’ Chemical Could Be Future of Weight Loss

‘Feel Full’ Chemical Could Be Future of Weight Loss

Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Scientists in the U.K. say they have devised an innovative way to fight against weight gain by making diners “feel full.”Researchers from the Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow published a small study in the medical journal Gut examining the effects of a fatty acid called propionate on hungry diners. Your body makes propionate naturally when dietary fiber is broken down in your digestive system, and in theory, propionate tells your brain to stop eating.It has been studied in mice as a possible appetite suppressant, and the Glasgow researchers wanted to see if it worked in humans.Dr. Gary Frost, the co-author of the new study, said the goal was to give adults a way to fight back against slow incremental weight gain that happens over time.

"We know that adults gain between 0.3 and 0.8 kilos [0.7 and 1.8 pounds] a year on average, and there's a real need for new strategies that can prevent this,” Frost said in a statement.In the first part of the study, 20 dinners were given additional propionate or a dietary fiber supplement and let loose on an open banquet. Those who were given the propionate ate 14 percent less than the people who were given the fiber supplement, according to the study.Frost and his colleagues were able to sprinkle propionate over food because they bound it to a dietary fiber called inulin, which comes in powder form. The inulin allowed the propionate to travel to the colon, where it was released into the body.In the second part of the study, 60 overweight people started integrating either powered propionate or dietary fiber into their daily meals over 24 weeks. Those taking propionate were more easily able to maintain their weight, the study found.Only one of the 25 volunteers who took daily propionate gained more than 3 percent of their body weight, according to the study. In comparison, six out of 24 volunteers who were given propionate gained more than 3 percent of their body weight.Although some study participants lost weight during the study, the difference in weight loss between those who ingested propionate with their food and those who didn’t was not statistically significant.At the end of each section of the study, the researchers measured participants’ hormones associated with hunger and feeling full. During the banquet part of the study, they found raised levels of appetite suppressing hormones. In the daily meals part, there was no measurable difference in hormones.Researchers are working on conducting more studies and working with a food company to develop propionate into an approved food ingredient, Frost said, describing the powered propionate as tasting "slightly bitter."Dr. Naveen Uli, a pediatric endocrinologist at University of Cincinnati Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital, said this study is part of a larger trend in the medical community to look at changing food itself to create healthy eating habits.“I think it is promising, but certainly it remains to be seen if the effects are sustained in a larger study,” said Uli, who was not involved in the new study.ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said studies have shown propionate can help control weight in mice, but results in humans are not as clear.“What this suggests is there may be ways to trigger the body to tell us we’re full. That could be a really exciting approach to weight control coming in the future,” Besser said. "So far, no, this is not the silver weight loss bullet.”

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Most Googled Dishes in States Ranked Least Healthy

Most Googled Dishes in States Ranked Least Healthy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana got the dubious distinction this week of being the unhealthtiest states in the country, according to the United Health Foundation's annual rankings.

So ABC News asked Google to tell us the most popular recipes searched in those three states. The list may make you gain weight just by reading it.Here's what Google came up with using data since 2004:Mississippi:

Comeback sauce, a concoction that features mayonnaise and chili pepper. Chess squares, a cake with a pecan crust and a cream cheese filling. Crawfish bisque Chicken tetrazzini Butter roll Corn dip Drunk chicken, a fowl dish that includes beer. Crack dip, which includes sour cream, Ranch, cheese and bacon. Tomato gravy

Arkansas:

Mexican chicken Chocolate gravy Deer chili Chicken spaghetti Cornbread salad Chili seasoning Corn dip Mexican cornbread Giblet gravy

Louisiana:

Pastalaya recipe Crawfish fettuccine Crawfish Monica Shrimp fettuccine Crawfish bread Canes sauce, a combo of mayonnaise, ketchup and worcestershire sauce. Shrimp stew Crawfish bisque Corn grits Pecan candy

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Acoustic Ceiling Tiles Could Make Classroom Learning Easier

Acoustic Ceiling Tiles Could Make Classroom Learning Easier

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Teacher, if you can’t get your students to quiet down, maybe there’s something you can do about your classroom.Actually, researchers in China might have developed an important learning tool that has nothing to do with learning: sound-absorbing ceiling tiles.In a very small study, the acoustic tiles were installed in a third-grade classroom with 44 kids. Apparently, the new ceiling did wonders because 86 percent of the students admitted they could hear the teacher much more clearly than before.Even more impressive, two-thirds of the eight- and nine-year-olds claimed they could focus on their lessons better.These sound-absorbing tiles made a huge difference in that they not only reduced noise from other kids or appliances such as fansm, but also blocked out much of the sounds from the playground and the street.

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Study Affirms New Moms’ Concerns About Losing Extra Pregnancy Pounds

Study Affirms New Moms’ Concerns About Losing Extra Pregnancy Pounds

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The joy of giving birth notwithstanding, many women tend to worry that they won’t be able to shed all those pregnancy pounds after the blessed event.Well, guess what? Their worries are justified, according to a study by University of Chicago obstetrics and gynecology professor Dr. Loraine Endres.By studying 770 low-income women before, during and after pregnancy, Endres says that 75 percent of them are heavier than their pre-pregnancy weight a year after having a baby.What’s more, a third of formerly pregnant women become overweight or even obese while two in ten hang on to more than 20 of those pregnancy pounds.Endres says she’s very concerned by most women’s inability to lose the weight since so many health issues are linked to being overweight or obese. She attributes the problem to too much weight gain during pregnancy.For example, pregnant women should ignore the advice that they’re “eating for two” and instead, indulge in just 300-400 extra calories daily.While it's a chore to lose the weight gained during pregnancy, Endres recommends breast-feeding and moderate exercise as ways of dropping pounds.

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Most Americans Support Calorie Listings in Restaurants

Most Americans Support Calorie Listings in Restaurants

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The food and restaurant industry might not like it but the public overwhelming supports the FDA’s new rules, making it mandatory for chain restaurants and vending machine operators to display calories counts on menu items.That’s according to 1,100 adults surveyed by WebMD. Although only slightly more than half had actually seen the information on menus, eight in ten who had calorie counts, gave it a thumbs up.While three-quarters of all respondents believe calorie counts are beneficial in helping them making healthy choices, 56 percent were admittedly surprised that the count totals were higher than expected.Those surveyed by WebMD said they ate outside the home an average of twice a week with fast food restaurants the most popular choice.In places where people have seen calories listed, fast food restaurants such as McDonald's leads the way, followed by casual dining spots like Applebee’s and then, fast-casual restaurants that include Panera Bread.Fine dining restaurants trailed the pack with just 23 percent of respondents noticing any calorie listings.

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Researchers Say Larger Midsections Could Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Researchers Say Larger Midsections Could Increase Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the University of Minnesota say that those who carry excess weight around their waist and hips are at significantly higher risk of sudden cardiac death.The study, published in the British Medical Journal, involved researchers calculating a ratio of waist to hip size and found that both men and women with larger midsections may be at twice the risk of sudden cardiac death when compared to the average waist-to-hip ratio. The study looked at data from nearly 15,000 middle-aged Americans. Researchers determined that cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes did not factor into sudden cardiac death outcomes. Previous studies had hypothesized that the type of fat most commonly found in central obesity had a larger impact on metabolic abnormalities and inflammation that could contribute to sudden cardiac death.

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