Posts by Katie Moisse

  • 'Ridiculously Photogenic Surgery Girl' Goes Viral

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A 28-year-old woman who had 60 percent of her lung removed is giving Zeddie Little, better known as "ridiculously photogenic guy," a run for his money.

    The woman, known only as Rachel, was nicknamed "ridiculously photogenic surgery girl" after posting photos from her hospital bed on Reddit.

    "I'm currently in the ICU of the Cleveland Clinic," she wrote. "My pain is being reasonably managed, but I cannot fall asleep. Anyone care to entertain me?"

    Judging by the response, the answer was yes. The post amassed 612 comments in 11 days, many about her beauty, and spurred the Internet meme, "Lose 60% of her lung ... wins 100% of my heart."

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  • Yogurt Makes Mice Slimmer, Sexier

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Scientists studying the power of probiotics to fight obesity got more than they bargained for: Not only does yogurt make mice slimmer; it also makes them sexier.

    Studies in humans suggest eating yogurt may help stave off age-related weight gain. But Massa­chusetts Institute of Technology researchers Eric Alm and Susan Erdman wanted to know why.

    "Maybe it has to do with the healthy bacteria that live in our guts," said Alm, an evolutionary biologist, explaining how there are 10 times more bacteria in the body than human cells. "Maybe probiotics in the yogurt have something to do with the effects on weight."

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  • Heat Forces Boston Marathon Dropouts

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    The no-shows, some 16 percent of the 27,000 registered runners, likely took marathon organizers up on an offer to defer into next year's race, an unprecedented gesture prompted by the weather forecast.

    "We're asking runners who haven't run previously to think about tomorrow and maybe coming back next year," Boston Mayor Tom Menino told runner at a pre-race pasta dinner Sunday,  the AP reported. "We don't want to have any accidents out there, or anybody overtaken by the heat."

    Runners keep cool by sweating. But heat and high humidity impede the body's cooling process, according to Dr. Corey Slovis, chair of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

    "In temperatures above 70 degrees, the body begins to lose its ability to cool itself. And once the temperature hits 80 degrees, people begin to suffer  heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke," Slovis said.

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  • 10-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth to Daughter

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A 10-year-old Colombian girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl, making her one of the youngest mothers ever.

    The unnamed girl from Manaure, a town in the Colombian Department of La Guajira, arrived at the hospital in tears and "enormous pain" from the contractions, according to  Univision's Primer Impacto. She reportedly delivered her daughter, who weighed 5 pounds, by cesarean section.

    Experts say a C-section delivery for such a young mother is not unusual.

    "The baby's head needs to come through a bony outlet. But in a young girl, the pelvis may not be ready or big enough to deliver a baby," said Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an OB/GYN at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland.

    Extremely young mothers also have a higher risk of pregnancy-induced high blood pressure known as preeclampsia, and their babies are at risk for fetal growth restriction, according to Dr. Frederick Gonzalez, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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  • Paula Deen, Who's Diabetic, Drops Two Sizes

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Six weeks after announcing she had type 2 diabetes, Paula Deen  said she's  shedding weight by walking more and eating less.

    "I've dropped two pant sizes, and I feel great," the 64-year-old Food Network cooking show host told People.

    Deen said she's walking for 30 minutes every day and cutting her food portions in half. She doesn't know how much she weighs - "We don't own a scale in our house," she told the magazine - but said she'd find out at her next checkup.

    "Every six months I go for a physical and find out," she said.

    Deen has known about her type 2 diabetes for three years  but only made it public in January.

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  • Second Birth Control Pill Recall in Month

    Katie Moisse at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    Less than one month after Pfizer recalled nearly 1 million packages of faulty birth control pills, Glenmark Generics has recalled its version of the oral contraceptives because of a packaging error that landed the pills in the wrong order.

    The India-based drug company has warned that seven lots of norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets distributed to U.S. pharmacies between Sept. 21 and Dec. 30, 2011, "could leave women without adequate contraception, and at risk for unintended pregnancy."

    "Select blisters were rotated 180 degrees within the card, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiry date visible only on the outer pouch," the company said in a statement released Friday, explaining the packaging error.

    The correct packaging aligns 28 tablets in four rows, with the white tablets containing norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol in the top row and light green placebo tablets in the bottom row.

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