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August 31st, 2014
08:40 AM ET

Concerns Grow About Joan Rivers' Health

Joan Rivers was 81 when she went into cardiac arrest during surgery. Although extremely young at heart, her age undoubtedly was a factor in this procedure

Christi and Victor spoke with Dr. Dave Montgomery, a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart Institute who has performed the very same procedure many times.

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WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency
August 8th, 2014
05:54 AM ET

WHO: Ebola Outbreak in West Africa an International Health Emergency

Global health experts Friday declared the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach.

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the Ebola virus, which has killed 932 people in those countries. The epidemic has also spread to Nigeria.

"The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries," the World health Organization said Friday, after two days of emergency meetings.

The United Nations health agency described it as the worst outbreak in the four-decade history of tracking the disease.

"A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of Ebola," WHO said.

A WHO official said bogus information is adding to the rapid spread of the disease.

"Perhaps one of the most important factors contributing to this is fear and misinformation," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the assistant director for health security.

"This is critical to understand, because what it is doing is that it helps foster suspicion and anxiety in communities, and when that happens we see a situation where people are reluctant to go to health facilities or maybe reluctant to bring their family members there. And it underscores the importance of communities being aware and understanding but we also see that fear impacts other countries."

See the latest on "New Day" at 6am ET.

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July 15th, 2014
10:51 AM ET

9-Year-Old Girl Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba in Water

A brain-eating amoeba that lurks in fresh water has prompted warnings from Kansas officials after it killed a 9-year-old girl.

Hally Yust was an avid water skier and spent the past few weeks swimming in several bodies of fresh water. She died last week fromNaegleria fowleri, a brain-eating parasite that lives in warm, standing water.

At Hally's funeral Monday, her family wore matching T-shirts with the logo of her water-skiing club, CNN affiliate WDAF said. Relatives honored the young athlete by announcing the Hally Yust Women's Basketball Scholarship at Kansas State University.

"Our precious daughter, Hally, loved life and part of her great joy was spending time playing in the water," her family said in a statement.

"Her life was taken by a rare amoeba organism that grows in many different fresh water settings. We want you to know this tragic event is very, very rare, and this is not something to become fearful about."

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June 26th, 2014
04:21 PM ET

UFC Inside Your Living Room?

This might be the best living-room workout you haven’t heard of yet

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My workouts are usually limited to the gym, ice rink and occasional Tough Mudder course. Not usually my living room, where I had Mike Dolce — a shave-headed, shirtless 38-year-old man with visible, enviable abs — bark orders at me via my flat screen.

“We’re not done,” Dolce’s gravelly voice piped through my speakers.

My hardwood floors were. Yes, Dolce made me sweat so much my laminated lumber had become treacherous with puddles of perspiration, even if my mixed martial arts-inspired punches and kicks were nowhere close to the Ultimate Fighting Championship he’s trained for over the years. I was watching (and awkwardly tossing around fighting moves to) UFC FIT, Dolce’s pivot from an MMA diet guru toward becoming a mainstream fitness authority.

P90X was created by an actor,” Dolce, ever the self-marketer, told OZY. “Insanity was created by a dancer. Do you want a program that was built by an actor or a professional who does this every day?”

At $120, UFC FIT, launched last fall, is priced the same as those two programs and will get a huge marketing push over the next several weeks.

“We are going to find out soon if this will be a commercial success or something that is just a technically sound product,” Dolce said. “I think it’s going to be killer.”

Read more on OZY.com: Ultimate Fighting Workouts — for Your Living Room

 

 

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