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One Family’s Method to Kick Their Kid’s Soda Habit

One Family’s Method to Kick Their Kid’s Soda Habit

iStock/Thinkstock(LIVINGSTON, Mont.) — Jonathan Sarisky proved that all it takes to avoid the lure of cold sugary beverages is the promise of cold hard cash.The 11-year-old Livingston, Montana, boy made $500 by eschewing soda, juices and energy drinks for a full year and opting instead for only milk and water.It was his mother Renee Shifley, stepfather Rick Shifley and father Jason Sarisky who made the offer to Jonathan to swear off sugary drink for the entire year.Actually, Jonathan could have made $100 right away, like his brother Andrew did, and spent 2014 sipping the sweet concoctions that health experts have blamed on childhood obesity crisis and all the health problems associated with it.But he opted for the bigger cash prize and managed to complete the challenge without cheating.

Jonathan's mom said that waitresses in restaurants admired his willpower.As for what happens now, Jonathan said he might indulge in a sugary drink once in a while but swears he won't overdo it.

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Fauci: 2015 Will be ‘Bad Year’ for the Flu

Fauci: 2015 Will be ‘Bad Year’ for the Flu

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Flu season has hit the U.S. particularly hard this year and the widespread outbreak has officially been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High flu activity is reported in 22 states, with increased hospitalizations across the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said today that Americans are in for a rough flu season.

“If you look at the trajectory, it’s not going to be a good year. It’s going to be a bad year,” Fauci told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on This Week. “How bad it’s going to be will depend on how it actually evolves.”

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Children, people over age 65, and those with weak immune systems are especially vulnerable to the flu. So far this year, 15 children have died from flu complications, while dozens more flu deaths have been reported nationwide.Fauci told ABC News that the spread of the virus is “difficult to predict,” but that experts track “patterns” of influenza cases across the country.“The one thing about the flu that you can be sure, it’s really unpredictable,” Fauci said when asked how widely the flu could spread. “At the end of the day, it just devolves and it’s difficult to predict.”

Fauci said this year’s vaccine is only 33 percent effective in preventing the flu because the virus started to “drift” and mutate after the vaccine was already manufactured.Though this year’s vaccine is not a strong match for the most prevalent strain of the flu, Fauci still encouraged people to get vaccinated.“Even though it isn’t a good match to what’s circulating… getting vaccinated can give you cross protection. It could be the difference between getting very sick or just being mildly sick, the difference between being hospitalized or not,” Fauci said. “So we strongly recommend people getting vaccinated.”Despite the 67 percent ineffectiveness rate of this year’s vaccine, Fauci recommended that those at high risk — such as children and the elderly — seek treatment if they feel ill.“Particularly people at high risk … should get an anti-viral drug. They should see their physicians, because the anti-influenza drugs can be very, very helpful for people, particularly at high risk,” Fauci said.Unfortunately, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel for those hoping to avoid the flu this year: Flu season peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

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Busy Lives, Work Lead Couples to Honeymoon Solo After the Wedding

Busy Lives, Work Lead Couples to Honeymoon Solo After the Wedding

fatchoi/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes two plane tickets to far-flung destinations for rest and relaxation. But for some newlyweds, those boarding passes may not lead to the same departure gate.Conflicting schedules and demanding jobs are causing a number of recently married couples to take unimoons, a post-wedding retreat spent without one's spouse.Author Bill Powers wrote about his own experience choosing the unimoon path in his new book New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City."Even as Melissa and I married in a small ceremony with family and close friends, our overworking led us to join the disquieting 'uni-moon' trend," Powers wrote. "Instead of a honeymoon trip together in the busy weeks after our wedding, we each took separate, individual vacations without each other--uni-moons, or what amounted to a few days of free time at the end of separate work trips."While Powers' wife spent a few days solo in the sunny Dominican Republic, he wandered the romantic streets of Paris alone. The trip ultimately inspired the author to reflect on whether he and his wife had become too wrapped up in their careers, and how they could share more meaningful time together.Travel writer Ann Abel didn't initially set out to vacation without her husband, but felt compelled to extend her stay beyond their trip so she could advance her byline."My solomoon in Southeast Asia came about because of work," she told ABC News. "I extended my trip beyond our two weeks together because editors started saying 'Oh, you're in the neighborhood, could you go here and write about this for me?' I was just starting as a freelancer then and eager to make money and build my brand."After 16 days together, Abel's husband returned home. But she continued on for another two weeks."My fiancé was incredibly understanding every time I told him I was adding to the trip. I was anxious when I asked him about each one," she said. "He would have loved to join me, but had an office job he had to get back to."Abel is no longer married, but she doesn't attribute the breakup to her extra island time. Still, she doesn't champion it either."I wouldn't have done it if I wasn't a travel writer and can't say I recommend it," she said.Powers echoed those sentiments and went so far as to caution against taking a unimoon."Couples might ask themselves this: Why take an individualistic first step in the wonderfully communal journey of marriage? Might that be oxymoronic?" he told ABC News, adding that the uni-moon trend plays in to a "work-and-spend" pattern."On one of the several real honeymoons we took after the disasterous unimoons, we took a stay-cation in our Greenwich Village neighborhood, lowering the carbon footprint associated with traveling long distances and sinking into the beauty right around us," he said.

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Scottish Ebola Patient’s Condition ‘Deteriorating,’ Now Critical

Scottish Ebola Patient’s Condition ‘Deteriorating,’ Now Critical

JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Scottish health care worker being treated for Ebola is now in critical condition, the hospital said Saturday.The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust announced Saturday that the patient's condition "has gradually deteriorated over the past two days." The hospital identified the patient as Pauline Cafferkey, 39.Cafferkey returned from Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom on Dec. 28, 2014. Three days later, she decided to receive blood plasma treatment and take an experimental anti-viral drug.

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CrossFit Vacations Take Your Burpees to the Beach

CrossFit Vacations Take Your Burpees to the Beach

Ammentorp Photography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After spending months getting in shape for a long-awaited beach vacation, you all too often find that hard work undone within days because of high-calorie drinks, indulgent meals and zero workouts. But what if you could maintain your edge while enjoying paradise? That's the inspiration behind a new series of CrossFit vacations hosted in exotic locales with built-in workouts and no-guilt cuisine. It's heaven, for a certain brand of a health nut. "They're doing all kinds of things right now," said Stephanie Vaughan, head coach at CrossFit Giant in Englewood, New Jersey, and Edgewater, New Jersey. "Lots of [locations] are organizing vacations to attend the CrossFit Games for inspiration or to different tropical islands or to use it as a challenge, like, 'How fit can you get while you're away?'" Based on a health regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit training circuits are typically performed inside minimalist gyms called "boxes." But, sometimes, an athlete needs to get outside the box and take in the scenery, say proponents of the high-intensity retreats. "Life needs balance and at Destino you'll find that we have brought together everything that our community values. Be ready to drink hard, laugh hard and WOD hard," Destino Retreats founder Ty Texidor said on the website. "Destino is the culmination of wanting to engage others in learning about the capability of their bodies, share with others incredible destinations around the world, and wanting to raise a glass to toast life in the presence of good company." Destino Retreats takes its clients to destinations including Mexico, Arizona, Mammoth and Hawaii, combining stunning outdoor surroundings with two workouts of the day (WODs), plus meals that hew to the paleo diet. Another CrossFit excursion company, StayFit Travel, takes its athletes even farther from home, with trips ranging from Los Angeles to Belize to London. "StayFit Travel offers full vacation packages with all the usual 'tourist highlights' of the area, but will also include visits to local boxes for a WOD every day," StayFit Travel founder JD writes. "You’ll get the chance to work with different coaches on their home turf who will motivate you to lift heavier, run faster and work harder." If all of this leaves you feeling like you need to book a plane ticket, you're not alone. CrossFit Giant has previously hosted day trips and three-day ski strips, but Vaughan said she is in the early stages of planning an extended tour out to the West Coast. "It's a very community-oriented group," Vaughan said of her athletes. "The people who start it and continue, we definitely are like-minded. “So planning a trip somewhere for the summer, we know we can enjoy doing the things we like to do with people who are all supportive of one another."

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New Beauty Service Give You Thicker, Fuller Eyebrows

New Beauty Service Give You Thicker, Fuller Eyebrows

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eyelash extensions have made waves since breaking into the beauty service scene. Now, experts are helping you channel your inner Cara Delevingne with the latest in trends -- eyebrow extensions."I think the fashion industry definitely influenced the trend with models having thicker brows,” says Courtney Buhler, owner of Lash Affair, a full service eyelash and eyebrow lounge in Canada. “We’ve been wanting to get away from the days in our teens where we’d over-tweeze. Plus the fuller the eyebrow, the more youthful you’ll look.”Eyebrow extensions begin with a consultation where an expert works with you to see what shape best suits your face.“We typically judge it by looking at the hair on a customer’s head,” says Buhler. “If the hair is thick, you’ll usually want thicker brows."

The extensions (which are similar to synthetic lash extensions) are then applied with one of two latex-based adhesives, depending on how much hair need is needed."There's a skin safe adhesive and a hair safe adhesive," Buhler says. "The skin adhesive is FDA regulated and can be applied directly to the skin. It was developed for women who had gone through chemo, or with alopecia who didn’t have any brows at all."For women that simply want to thicken their brows, the extensions are applied onto the base of the existing hair.Customers can choose from five colors, length, and level of thickness.The extensions last from six to eight weeks, according to Buhler. Those needing full brow replacement could see a two-to-three week lifespan.Prices range from $50 to $200 depending on level of restoration.

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Possible Measles Exposure at Kids’ ‘Please Touch Museum’

Possible Measles Exposure at Kids’ ‘Please Touch Museum’

John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Health officials in Pennsylvania announced the end to a measles scare this week at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia and in a nearby pharmacy.The health department initially announced that person who "likely has the measles" may have exposed people to the highly contagious disease at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia on Monday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., but the person has tested negative for the virus, according to a statement from the state health department. They did not say whether the person was a child or an adult.“Based on initial information received from those involved in the treatment of the individual and based on initial investigation by the department, it was believed this was a likely case of measles and public notification was made out of an abundance of caution," said Pennsylvania health secretary Michael Wolf.Wolf said that there is no longer a public health risk for the measles in southeastern Pennsylvania.The initial measles exposure alert came as health officials recorded 20 measles outbreaks nationwide over the past year despite the fact that measles is considered a vaccine-preventable disease.Officials were concerned because it could take up to two weeks for symptoms to appear in those who were exposed to the virus."Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for up to two hours," according to a health department statement. The measles virus can also spread through the air and can remain airborne for a few hours.

Health experts were particularly concerned about the person's visit to the museum because many of the museum's visitors may be too young to have had their MMR vaccine, which protects them from the measles. Admission to the museum is free for children under a year old.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 610 measles case in 20 separate outbreaks in 2014 alone, which is more than triple the number of cases in any single year since 2001. The agency suggested that a large outbreak in the Philippines may be partially to blame.

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Why Champagne Hangovers Are the Worst

Why Champagne Hangovers Are the Worst

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Did you ring in 2015 with a little too much champagne? That can only mean one thing: a hangover.The bubbly New Year's treat gets a bad reputation for bringing on a killer hangover the next day, and there may be some science to why that is, said Boris Tabakoff, a pharmacology professor at the University of Colorado."The carbon dioxide in carbonated beverages like champagne helps absorb the alcohol," he said. "You get a faster rate of absorption, higher blood alcohol levels -- and brain levels -- if you drink champagne as opposed to something non-carbonated."As a result, most people -- about two thirds of them -- get drunker faster when they drink champagne or other carbonated alcoholic beverages.Because of that, the hangover is worse, Tabakoff said. Hangovers, in theory, are caused by two things: the brain inflammation that alcohol consumption causes, and the brain's lingering overcompensation in the face of alcohol's depressant mechanisms. That's why bright lights and loud noises seem exaggerated (and torturous) the day after a night of heavy drinking, he said.

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Look at the Obese Dachshund That Lost 43 Pounds

Look at the Obese Dachshund That Lost 43 Pounds

WSYX-TV(WEST COLUMBUS, O.H.) -- Dennis the Dachshund is starting the new year off with a new, slim body. The dachshund was much bigger than he should have been -- a whopping 56 pounds -- after his owner picked him up from a relative's house who had been feeding him human food and an excessive amounts of treats. Now, after more than a year of a strict diet and exercise regime coupled with a skin removal surgery, Dennis is down to a svelte 13 pounds. "He now can go up and down the steps," owner Brooklyn Burton told ABC News affiliate WSYX-TV. "He never used to be able to do that. Run, even faster. He thinks he rules the house." The physical transformation is remarkable, but not over. He will still have another skin removal surgery later this month at Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital. His owner is being very diligent about keeping him on track, but she told WSYX-TV that he still has the same passion for food that got him into trouble before. "He loves when it's chow time," she said. "He does a little dance."

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Ohio Mom, Dad and Baby Celebrate New Year’s Day Birthday

Ohio Mom, Dad and Baby Celebrate New Year’s Day Birthday

moodboard/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- An Ohio couple has a lot to celebrate on Jan. 1 every year. Not only is it New Year's Day, but both Raheen Stover and his wife Qiana Stover celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 1. And as of 7:56 a.m. Thursday, it's also their first born daughter's birthday, according to UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was born. "I'm still in shock about the whole thing," Raheem Stover told ABC News. "All of us to share the same date together is really unbelievable." They named the new baby girl Autumn, because that's their favorite season. The baby wasn't due until Jan. 10, but Qiana's water broke at about 5 a.m. on New Year's Day, Stover said. They rushed to the hospital, and less than three hours later, they were parents. "It didn't all sink in until afterwards," he said. "And it's New Year's." Next year, everyone in his family will get their own birthday cake, Stover said. He prefers chocolate cake, but his wife doesn't like it. And they'll just have to wait and see what baby Autumn likes best. "Somebody's going to have to celebrate theirs on the 31st," Raheem Stover joked to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV. "Somebody's going to have to go on the first and maybe somebody's going to have to take the second."

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The Hottest Tech-Savvy Workout Wear for 2015

The Hottest Tech-Savvy Workout Wear for 2015

Ibrakovic/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you made a New Year’s resolution to get in shape this year, the good news is that workout wear is both more fashionable and more high-tech than ever.“The whole idea behind workout wear for 2015 is that it’s not just to make you look good at the gym but it can also enhance your workout,” said Dana Avidan-Cohn, senior marketing editor and digital correspondent for InStyle magazine.Avidan-Cohn appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday to share four of the hottest techie workout apparel items on the market, all priced at under $100.“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a lot for your workout wear and to really make it work for you,” she said.Adidas miCoach Sports Bra: $54.95This smart sports bra has a small transmitter that snaps into a pocket to monitor heart rate and send data to a monitoring device, smart phone or cardio equipment.Lululemon Swiftly T-Shirt: $58The tee utilizes silverescent technology, which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. “If you want to take a really crowded workout class and you want to feel fresh and confident the whole time, this is a really great option,” Avidan-Cohn said.Athos Capris: $99, plus a one-time $199 purchase of Athos Core, a device that translates the date from the capris to your smartphone.These capris have built-in sensors that read muscle activity, track heart rates, breathing levels and more, and then relay that information to your phone via Bluetooth. Avidan-Cohn described the tool as, “like having a personal trainer attached to your body.”Funktional Wearables Tory Fitbit Bracelet: $39.99, plus $99 FitBitThis bracelet, available in silver or gold, slides over your FitBit for a look that can take you from the gym to running errands to dinner, all while tracking your steps, calories and distance. “No one knows that you’re wearing a FitBit underneath,” said Avidan-Cohn.

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Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens

Meditation Becoming More Popular Among Teens

Deklofenak/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the most surprising trends among teenagers going into the New Year is, of all things, meditation.It’s due in large part to the growth of scientific research that suggests meditation can help teens to reduce stress, regulate emotions and boost grades.Meditation is now being taught in schools across America.Actor Russell Brand meditated with students at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco, where officials say meditation has brought down violence and improved academic performance.Research suggests meditation has benefits for both grownups and children, including improved focus, better test scores, boosted immune systems and lower blood pressure.Neuroscience has also shown that meditation can effectively rewire key areas of the brain that are associated with stress, self-awareness and compassion.Elisha Goldstein is a psychologist and the author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. He and his wife, Stefanie, developed the Connecting Adolescents to Learning Mindfulness (CALM) program, which, through meditation, teaches teens how to more effectively deal with change, stress, disappointments and overwhelming emotions.Since teenagers have shorter attention spans than adults, Goldstein and his wife often incorporate playful activities, such as hiking or music, into the program.Because a teen’s brain undergoes important transformations, meditation can lay the groundwork for a lifetime of improved resilience and focus, Goldstein said. The benefits are especially important in an era when teenagers’ attention spans are so fractured by digital devices.“So there's this incredible opportunity to lay the foundation to experience a sense of personal control, so you cultivate a sense of emotional intelligence and to learn how to connect with people in meaningful ways and that lays the foundation for the adult years that follow,” he said.Chloe Ashton, 16, the daughter of ABC News contributor Dr. Jen Ashton, recently learned to meditate.“Since I've been meditating, I’ve noticed that I'm more relaxed and I face problems a little bit differently than I might have,” she said. “I look at them with more of an open mind, but I've also only been meditating for a couple weeks. I'm excited to see the changes in the future.”

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Could Fat Cells Help Keep You Healthy?

Could Fat Cells Help Keep You Healthy?

Alexander Raths/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study indicates that some fat may help keep you healthy.The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California-San Diego and published in the journal Science, determined that cells that make fat in mice also serve to trigger an immune response. Specifically, researchers exposed laboratory mice to a staph infection, and found that those mice with a deficiency of fat-creating cells were more likely to become infected.Mice with higher skin fat, on the other hand, were more likely to avoid infection.Because the study was conducted on mice, the impact on humans is, as of yet, unclear. Researchers also note that excessive fat can cause insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, each of which can predispose humans to infection.

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Is There Any Way to Avoid the Lure of Junk Food?

Is There Any Way to Avoid the Lure of Junk Food?

David Parsons/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Do you get a warm, fuzzy feeling when you daydream about brownies?That’s probably true for a lot of people and might explain why it’s so hard to resist the temptation of junk food, according to Ashleigh Haynes at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.Haynes, who’s getting her PhD in applied cognitive psychology, says that while we know that most snack foods and desserts aren’t doing our bodies any favors, we still think positively about them which Haynes says may have to do with evolution and our life experiences.To test this, Haynes had nearly 200 people first rate four unhealthy foods from one to seven and then asked them to evaluate the snacks with positive and negative words. With that, they were then allowed to dig in.Afterwards, Haynes assessed how much food was eaten during a ten-minute span. She discovered that the greater the negative implicit evaluation of junk food, the less tempted people were to eat it,Hence, Haynes believes that it is indeed possible to retrain one’s self to replace positive associations with negative ones in order to reduce the lure of chocolate, french fries and the like.

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For the Middle-Aged, Driving and Texting Really Don’t Mix

For the Middle-Aged, Driving and Texting Really Don’t Mix

Onzeg/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The older generation ought not to throw stones at the younger generation when it comes to the potentially deadly mix of texting and driving if they’re tapping out messages on their phones.Not only shouldn’t they be texting to begin with but people considered middle-aged are much more apt to get into a serious accident than virtually everyone younger who drives.A study conducted at Wayne State University in Detroit put participants ages 18-59 through a driving simulator test in which they drove on a two-lane country road, sometimes at speeds of 50 to 60 mph while texting with one hand.Beforehand, all the participants were asked about their texting skills, which ran from rudimentary to expert. After each person was tested for 30 minutes, co-study author Randall Commissaris said that about two-thirds either swerved into the other lane or drove on the shoulder while texting.Even half the people ranked as expert texters committed lane excursions. But what was most interesting is that virtually every “driver” aged 45 to 59 drove into the oncoming lane while texting, regardless of their skills in contrast to a quarter of participants aged 18 to 24.So what’s up with middle-aged drivers? Commissaris said the best guess by researchers is that they’re more prone to look at their phone while texting and just aren’t as proficient at multi-tasking as younger folks.

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Cautious Doctors Use Telemedicine to Diagnose Flu

Cautious Doctors Use Telemedicine to Diagnose Flu

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Some doctors in Tennessee are asking patients with flu-like symptoms not to come into their offices to avoid spreading the virus to other patients in their waiting room.Instead, these doctors are evaluating patients over the phone or on computers as part of something called "telemedicine.""If you're really feeling crummy and you have the symptoms of influenza, your chances of having influenza are very, very high -- over 90 percent," Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. "Doctors are saying I don't need to do a test because sometimes the test is negative even if you have influenza." Although the rapid influenza test is effective at determining whether children have the virus (as opposed to some kind of bacterial infection), it's wrong 25 percent of the time in adults because their bodies don't produce as much of the virus when they're sick. Children, on the other hand, have weaker immune systems and become little flu distributors even before they start to feel sick. As a result, they have very high viral loads.So Schaffner said many doctors will discuss symptoms over the phone and prescribe an antiviral medication. But they ask that sick patients have a family member pick it up at the pharmacy.He said this approach is cost effective because patients avoid the cost of the test and the doctors visit. And they don't spread the virus to other people by coming to the doctors office. The influenza virus is highly infectious and can be spread to people within 3 feet of a sick patient when that patient coughs, sneezes or talks, he said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic this week with 22 state reporting high amounts of "influenza-like activity."Tennessee has seen epidemic levels for two weeks, and three children have already died, Schaffner said, adding that one child was 8 months old and the other was 11 years old.Although children die from the flu every year across the nation, Schaffner said "even one is something that we are distressed about.""Each of those is a tragedy" he said. "Three is a large number in our state."He said in years like this when flu activity is high and one of the strains is H3N2, it's bound to be fatal in both children and adults with underlying medical conditions.It's not too late to get a flu shot, which though not perfect can still be effective against the B strain, which tends to crop up in late January and February."If you haven't been vaccinated, go ahead and do it," Schaffner said. "And then on Jan. 1, make a new year's resolution that when this fall comes around in September, October 2015 be sure to get vaccinated. Go to the front of the line and get vaccinated.

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Twins Born in 2 Different Years Celebrate 1st Birthday

Twins Born in 2 Different Years Celebrate 1st Birthday

iStock/Thinkstock(ABILENE, Texas) -- Hannah and Danielle Reed were born a minute apart but in two different years.

Hannah was born via cesarean section at 11:59 last New Year's Eve, and her sister, Dannielle, was born just 40 seconds after midnight, making her the first baby of 2014 in Abilene, Texas.

Their mother, Veronica Reed, 32, said they celebrated Hannah's first birthday Wednesday night with dinner, presents and a cupcake. And they'll to it all over again to celebrate Danielle's birthday Thursday.

"They’re just perfect," Reed said. "They're healthy. They have eight teeth each. Danny's crawling and around here, and Hannah's well on her way."

The girls look alike, but it's already clear to Reed that they have very different personalities. Danielle is "on the go all the time from sun up until sun down" and her big sister is quieter and likes to observe before she does anything, Reed said.

But they also have a few things in common.

"Both love to laugh and play and clap," Reed said. "And they love music."

They also love the telephone because Reed was deployed in the African country of Djibouti for about four months this year, and that's how they used to keep in touch, she said. As a result, the girls like to pretend they're on the phone.

"They say 'hello' and immediately put their hand to their ear like they’re on the telephone," Reed said.

They'll have a birthday party Sunday for family and friends, but each girl will get her own theme: "winter onederland" for Hannah and "sugar plum fairy" for Danielle.

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First 2015 Baby in New York Wastes No Time

First 2015 Baby in New York Wastes No Time

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A little boy born at midnight became the first baby of the new year in New York City.

Maxim was born at Coney Island Hospital at 12 a.m. on the dot, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, according to a news release from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.

He is 21 inches long, hospital spokesman Robert Cooper told ABC News.

"Mother and baby are doing well," he said.

hree hours later, a baby girl became the first baby of 2015 in the Bay Area, according to KGO, ABC's San Francisco station. Although she hasn't been named, she weighs 8 pounds and is 21 inches long.

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Hangover Remedies for the Desperately Hung-Over

Hangover Remedies for the Desperately Hung-Over

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The only true hangover cure is likely prevention, and there's an app for that.

It's called Hang Over, and it's one of several apps that keep tabs on your drinking. Simply tap in your drinks as you consume them -- including non-alcoholic beverages like water and sports drinks -- and within a few hours of your last tap you'll get a numerical score that dictates just how brutal your day will be.

But if the damage is already done and you're in need of relief, there are a few products on the market that claim they can help. Most recently is the debut of The Hangover Club, the latest in a trend of medical-style facilities offering hangover relief via an IV drip.

The Hangover Club offers both in-home services and a bus that will be located outside a ... bar ... in New York's Flatiron District. Recipients of the intravenous hangover relief The Hangover Club offers get free admission to the bar. And round and round we go.

If needles aren't your thing, far less invasive are hangover "suckers." Three Lollies Hangover Sucks for Alcohol Hangover Relief are available on Amazon and contain "all-natural ingredients, key vitamins and nutrients, and powerful essential oils to ease fatigue, dehydration and headaches."Also on Amazon, the Party Armor Hangover Protection Dietary Supplement claims to be specifically formulated to stop hangovers before they start."We designed our product to meet the needs of the working professional who 'works hard & plays harder!'"There's also a patch you can wear while drinking.The Bytox Hangover Patch "contains 12 organic, all-natural ingredients. This powerful blend of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants can help reduce the severity of hangovers," the web site reads.Simply apply the patch to a "hairless area of your body" 45 minutes before consuming alcohol and keep it on for at least 8 hours after you’ve stopped. Be sure to stay hydrated during that time, the site says.

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The Surprising Reason You’re More Likely to Die on New Year’s

The Surprising Reason You’re More Likely to Die on New Year’s

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a cheery fact to start off the New Year: You’re more likely to die on New Year's than just about any other day of the year.

A 2010 University of California study found an increase of 42,325 deaths above and beyond what you’d normally expect during the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

The increase wasn’t attributed to car crashes or other kinds of accidents either. The causes for all that extra carnage were considered natural, ranging from heart failure to respiratory failure to cancer.

The researchers speculated that that flu, cold weather and substance abuse were also not responsible for the higher holiday death rates. More likely, overcrowding in emergency rooms and slower ambulance response were to blame.

That, or might be a simple coding error. It’s also possible a lot of death reports pile up in the in-boxes at hospitals and funeral homes and they all get entered at once at the last minute, the researchers theorized.

Either way, happy holiday!

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