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Report: Big Drop in Teen Pregnancy Rate


Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teen pregnancies continue to drop, with the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showing that the teen pregnancy rate is less than half of what it was in 1991.

In 2013, the NCHS says that there were just 26.6 births per 1,000 teens, 9.5 percent lower than the 2013 figure. That drop-off is the second-largest one-year dip in teen pregnancies since 1945.

The National Vital Statistics Report released recently indicated that teen pregnancies are lowest in the Northeast and highest in the South.

Still, however, the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. continues to outpace that of other developed nations. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the latest data indicates just 21.8 births per 1,000 teens.

The NCHS warns that teen pregnancies bring heightened risk of low birth-weight and premature birth, which are linked to a number of health complications."

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California Patient Being Tested for Ebola


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A patient in California is being tested for Ebola on Tuesday.

According to a statement from Dr. Stephen Parodi, Infectious Diseases Specialist and Director of Hospital Operations at Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, the patient, "may have been exposed to the Ebola virus."

The statement does not provide any identifying information about the patient, their recent travels or their symptoms.

The hospital says it is acting cautiously to protect its other patients and its staff, even though the patient has not been confirmed to have Ebola. The patient is reportedly being isolated in a specially-equipped negative pressure room, and hospital staff in contact with the patient are using personal protective equipment.

Doctors and infectious disease experts at the hospital are also working with local and state public health agencies to monitor the latest developments and share information on the case.

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Study: Couples Who Wait Longer to Have Sex, Live Together, More Likely to Report Higher Marriage Quality


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia finds that survey subjects who waited longer to have sex with their significant other were more likely to have a higher quality marriage.

The study, conducted as part of the National Marriage Project, found that nearly one-third of respondents said that their relationship with their eventual spouse began as "a hook-up." The researchers did not define "hooking up," rather, allowing the respondents to do so themselves. However, those respondents who said their relationship began as a "hook-up" were less likely to have a higher quality marriage. Of those who said their relationship began that way, only 36 percent ranked in the top 40 percent of overall respondents for marriage quality. Forty-two percent of those who said their relationship did not begin as a hook-up placed in the top 40 percent of marriage quality.

Researchers also said that the longer into their relationship that couples waited to have sex, the more likely they were to see higher levels of marital quality.

A larger gap in marriage quality, however, was seen when looking at responses to whether or not respondents and their spouse had lived together before making the commitment to get married. According to the research, just 31 percent of those who cohabited before having plans to marry ranked in the top 40 percent of overall marriage quality. However, 43 percent of respondents who had waited until after making plans to marry one another ranked in that same upper class of marriage quality.

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Brita Recalls Children's Water Bottles Due to Safety Concerns


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Consumers are being urged to stop using Brita hard-sided water filter bottles for children after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the lid can break into pieces with sharp points.

According to the CPSC, about 242,500 of the bottles have been recalled, including four different styles. Among the recalled products are versions featuring Dora the Explorer on a violet bottle, Hello Kitty on a pink bottle, SpongeBob Square Pants on a blue bottle and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a green bottle.

Brita has reportedly received at least 35 reports of the lids breaking or cracking, which poses a threat to children drinking from the bottle. No injuries have been reported, however.

Consumers are asked to stop using the bottles and contact Brita to receive a pre-paid shipping package to return the bottle. Customers will receive a full refund.

The bottles were sold at a number of retailers, including Target and Walmart stores and online on Amazon.com between June 2013 and July 2014.

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Experts Blast Rob Schneider's Parkinson's Drug Twitter Rant


Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Rob Schneider’s Twitter rant blaming Parkinson’s drugs for Robin Williams’ death has highlighted the delicate balance between the risks and benefits of the prescription drugs millions of people take every day.

In a series of tweets Monday, Schneider blasted the “evil pharmaceutical industry” for admitting that “100,000 people in the USA die a year from prescription drugs,” some of which list suicide as a side effect.

But Parkinson’s disease experts say Schneider is out of line.

“Suicide is of no more concern in patients with Parkinson’s versus those who don’t have Parkinson’s,” said Dr. Irene Richard, a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a science adviser to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

In fact, a 2008 Howard University study found that people with Parkinson’s are 10 times less likely to commit suicide than the average person. Williams' widow revealed after the comedian's death that Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive condition of the nervous system marked by tremors and general difficulty with movement. It attacks the nerve cells that produce neurotransmitters associated with mood and, along with the shock of the diagnosis, can lead to depression, studies suggest.

More than 50 percent of people who receive a Parkinson’s diagnosis develop clinical depression, according to Parkinson's Disease Foundation. The foundation notes that about 30 percent of patients reported being depressed even before their diagnosis and that antidepressants are often an effective treatment. Parkinson’s medications like pramiprexole even have an antidepressant effect, according to the foundation.

However, some Parkinson’s drugs do list an increased risk of suicide as a possible side effect.

For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that patients taking either levodopa or SINEMET, two drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson’s, “should be observed carefully for the development of depression with concomitant suicidal tendencies.”

Some Parkinson’s drugs have also been shown to increase impulsive behaviors that can lead to out-of-control gambling, sex addiction and other compulsive disorders. But Richard, who studies Parkinson’s related depression, cautioned against linking impulsiveness to suicidal tendencies.

The only Parkinson’s treatment that has an outright possible association with increased suicide risk is deep brain stimulation, Richard noted, a surgery where electrodes are implanted in the brain to control its electrical activity. Any candidate for such an operation would be carefully screened for history of depression and other mood disorders, Richard said.

Several prescription medications list suicide as a possible side effect -- a labeling requirement based on safety data, patient reports and other relevant information, according to the FDA.

“It is limited to those events for which there is some basis to believe there is a causal relationship between occurrence of an adverse event and the use of a drug,” FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh told ABC News.

The agency is currently examining concerns about suicidal tendencies linked to a diverse list of medications, including some for asthma and controlling seizures, and even one for quitting smoking. All antidepressants in the United States carry a warning that they are associated with an increased suicide risk in adults aged 18 to 24 during initial treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health.

So long as their depression is properly managed, James Beck, vice president of scientific affairs for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, said that suicide shouldn’t be a primary worry for the majority of Parkinson’s patients. He added that if Schneider did not know the specifics of Williams’ treatment, then his tweets were ill-informed and irresponsible.

“Williams had a lot of issues and it’s hard to say what was going through is mind,” said Davis, who was not involved in Williams’ care. “I don’t think you can blame his suicide on one particular thing.”

Schneider’s spokesman told ABC News that the comedian, who was a longtime friend of Williams’, would not be commenting any further.

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How Children Are Struggling Through Ferguson Unrest


Fuse/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- As the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, continue, some children in the community have shown signs of anxiety and stress -- such as nightmares -- as inflamed tensions between local authorities and residents continue for a ninth day.

Angela Tate, a counselor and director of the region’s Behavioral Health Response, said her 14-year-old daughter keeps asking over and over what exactly is going on.

“Her questions [are], ‘How long is this going on.’ She wants to go back to school,” Tate said. “Her questions haven’t been the deeper-thought level questions. It’s been more on the surface is what happens first and what happens next.”

Tate’s daughter is just one of 11,000 students in the Ferguson-Florissant school district who remain unable to go to school because of the protests. The district has postponed school twice since the protests began, meaning thousands of children have been left without their normal day-to-day routine.

The delayed school date is more than a minor annoyance because it can create more stress for young students already living through a stressful and new event, some experts say.

Dr. Alan Kazdin, a professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University, said an everyday routine is key to keeping down stress levels.

"Routines and rituals help keep a lid on anxiety,” Kazdin said. “You can’t reason a person out of these things.”

Tate said her daughter didn’t talk too much about her fears surrounding the situation, until a window was broken at a store next to Tate’s husband’s barber shop.

"'Is Daddy’s shop still safe?'" Tate recalled her daughter asking. "We have responded to her by watching the news reports together but not too much because that can become overwhelming. We can watch it once a night and try to talk to the facts."

Tate said her goal has been to support her daughter but also be transparent with her if she does not know the answer to a question and to be clear it is ok to feel scared, afraid or unsettled.

“We talk about normalizing these emotions and the effects of this type of trauma,” Tate said.

Kazdin said monitoring how much children -- both teens and younger ones -- are exposed to events, either on TV or in person, is key in helping them feel safe and calm.

“Many children during September 11 [terrorist acts] had post-traumatic stress symptoms and it was perplexing,” Kazdin said. “They had no contact with September 11[events.] It turns out it was related to the amount of TV they watched [of events.]”

Carolyn Landis, a psychiatrist and professor of pediatrics at the UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, said parents can frame the scary events happening outside in a more positive manner to make children feel safe and secure.

“They can be anxious about going back to school and now there is unrest,” Landis said. “Definitely with younger children [parents should] be very careful about having a TV on because [of] nightmares. What they’re exposed to is what they’re going to be dreaming about, try to be as positive as possible.”

Gayle Babcock of the Ferguson Youth Initiative said she has heard from parents that young children have been unable to sleep after seeing or hearing violence in their neighborhood or on the television.

“As an adult I’m traumatized; most of the kids are [too,]” said Babcock, who works mainly with teenagers in the area as part of a traveling youth center. “The kids are saying the police need to talk to youth and need to hear them. The youth are not bad just because they’re teenagers.”

Both Tate and Babcock are working to provide young people and children in the community with access to counselors or other resources so that they don’t feel overwhelmed. Tate has been going to rallies with other counselors to talk to families or teens.

The St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund is planning to send an additional 25 counselors to the school district when classes start, effectively doubling the amount of counselors available to students.

While younger children may be without a clear schedule because of the protests, older teens have had the opportunity to participate in large daily protests likely for the first time.

Amy Hunter, director of Racial Justice at the YWCA in St. Louis, said she has talked to many of the younger protesters, some of whom are the same age as her teenage children. She said she has found signs of hopefulness among the protesters, in addition to their anger over the death of Michael Brown.

“For many of the young people it’s one of the first times to have their voice and have their voice heard,” Hunter said. “This is how social movements change forever. I think a lot of the older middle-aged people are encouraging them to have their voices heard in a nonviolent way.”

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Impact of Ebola Outbreak Grows with Reports of New Cases


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Ebola outbreak continues to spread with an additional 113 cases reported over two days.

The virus has killed at least 1,229 and sickened 1,011 more, according to numbers released Tuesday by the World Health Organization.

The outbreak is already the deadliest on record and has shown no signs of slowing. About 44.2 percent of all Ebola deaths since the virus was discovered in 1976 have occurred since March 2014, according to WHO data.

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#LikeaBoy Social Media Campaign Celebrates Boys' Sensitive Sides


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With 47 million clicks and counting, the "Like a Girl" advertisement campaign from Always is sparking a national conversation on female empowerment and self-esteem.

Now, a gender twist is taking the conversation even further.

Ilana Wiles, creator of the MommyShorts.com blog, loved the ad's message so much she asked her readers to submit photos of their daughters doing "all the amazing things our daughters do," she explained, along with the hashtag #LikeAGirl.

But then something unexpected happened.

"It was my readers who started posting pictures of their sons doing so-called feminine things," Wiles of New York City, recalled.

Soon her blog was flooded with pictures of little boys proudly displaying their feminine side, from putting on polish to playing with dolls, all with the defiant hashtag #LikeABoy.

"We would never want someone to tell our girls that they can't do the same thing boys can do," said Ericka Souter, editor at TheStir.com. "But when it comes to boys, we limit them to what we think are the right things for little boys to do and the right ways for little boys to act and we have to ask, 'Is that really fair?'"

Heather Castic, a mom from North Carolina, posted a picture of her 2-year-old twin boys "playing princess" with their 4-year-old sister.

"That's what my boys do," Castic explained. "They emulate their sister and it was actually very refreshing to see other people out there with boys doing things just like my boys do because sometimes you question if it's normal."

She says her boys, who love dinosaurs as much as tea parties, are helping to redefine what it means to be "like a boy."

"I really think the hashtag should have been #LikeAKid because it's what kids do," Castic said. "They're just using their imagination. They're at an age of innocence. They're just having fun.

Added Wiles: " Housework and childcare isn't girly. It is what makes a good man and a strong family. Every little boy should be handed a doll and a toy vacuum."


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Startling Viral Video Shows Effects of Sun on Skin


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Photographer Thomas Leveritt is hoping his video will help shed light on the importance of sunscreen and it seems to be having an effect.

The video, which has been licensed by ABC News, shows how skin appears when viewed under ultraviolet lights. The difference is like night and day.

People of diverse races are seen approaching the camera and then standing to be viewed. Many of them gasp to see the appearance of their skin under the UV light, which shows the appearance of the skin beyond what can be seen by the naked eye.

Also compelling is what happens when people apply sunscreen to their faces. The portion of skin that’s covered by the lotion appears under the UV as solid black streaks. Levitt says this shows that sunscreen can indeed block UV rays.

“I think what’s interesting about the UV camera is that it shows you exactly how effective sunscreen can be,” he said in a Skype interview with ABC News. “People are so used to being told about certain product’s scientific quality, but when they’re finally shown, it’s a much more deep and emotional impact.”

The video was published to YouTube on Aug. 12. As of Monday night, it had been viewed more than 9 million times.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the publication JAMA Dermatology.

Dr. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, said people need to be “sun smart.”

“We know that skin cancer can happen in every skin type…everyone should have their skin checked at least once a year. And if you have a lot of spots check more often,” she said. “Studies show that if you use sunscreen everyday all year round, that you lower your risk of skin cancer and aging by 20 percent.”


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Study Says New Moms Need to Take Care of Their Health


iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Women who are thinking about having a child should take heed of a new study out of the University of Minnesota.

Based on research conducted on 2,400 women who gave birth around the nation in 2011 and 2012, it was found that a third of the new moms were in poor health.

What's more, women with health issues were also 30 percent less likely to breastfeed than those in better condition. Breastfeeding has been shown to provide numerous benefits to babies and infants.

According to Dr. Katy Kozhimannil, the study's lead author, new moms with health problems that include obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes tend to be non-white, lower income, unmarried without support and receiving medical care funded by the state.

Of the women in this category who try to breastfeed, Kozhimannil says that many just give up and resort to expensive formulas.

She says her study is hopefully a wake-up call to the medical community at-large to go beyond just counseling women with special needs about the importance of breastfeeding and staying in better health.

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Public Perception of Jobs Also Influences Views on Parenting


Fuse/Thinkstock(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- Your job may be holding you back from being as good a parent as you can possibly be. Or at least, that's what some people think.

That's the finding of University of Iowa researchers, who say that the public's views of particular workers perceived as aggressive, weak, or impersonal may needlessly add more stress.

Researcher Mark Walker says the study conducted with co-author Mary Noonan shows "the cultural meanings of a person's occupational and parental identities could impact the psychological well-being of working parents."

Essentially, the low opinion people have of certain workers make them feel they won't be good parents either.

Those occupations include attorney, salesperson, laborer, receptionist, police officer or politician.

However, teachers, doctors, registered nurses, principals and professors are viewed more favorably by the public, and therefore are seen as better parents.

One solution, according to Walker, is if employers in certain "stress" fields could potentially provide more targeted mental health resources for those in "at risk" occupations.

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Owners, Employees of California Slaughterhouse Charged for Distributing 'Adulterated' Meat


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The United States Attorney for the Northern District of California announced an indictment against one of two owners -- and two employees -- of the now-defunct Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, California slaughterhouse.

According to the indictment, Jesse Amaral Jr., 76, a co-owner of the slaughterhouse, and employees Eugene Corda, 65, and Felix Cabrera, 55, allegedly conspired to distribute, "adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat." Documents released by the U.S. Attorney's Office indicate that between 2012 and Jan. 2014, Amaral told Cabrera to "process" cattle that had been condemned by a United States Department of Agriculture veterinarian. Cabrera then instructed employees to remove stamps from cattle carcasses that read "USDA Condemned" and distribute over 100 condemned cattle.

Additionally, Amaral and co-owner Robert Singleton, 77, are accused of instructing employees to circumvent standard inspection procedures. That action allegedly led to the distribution of approximately 79 diseased cattle.

Amaral is also accused of fraudulently charging farmers "handling fees" based on lies regarding the distribution of their cattle which had either died or been deemed condemned, despite the fact that the cattle had been sold for human consumption anyway.

The illegal actions reportedly led to the recall of over eight million pounds of beef products in February.

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Ebola Outbreak Worsens with Reports of Looting, US Scare


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control amid reports of looting at a Liberian health center and the isolation of a traveler from Sierra Leone in the U.S.

The virus has killed at least 1,145 and sickened 982 more, according to numbers released Friday by the World Health Organization. An updated outbreak toll is expected soon.

The outbreak is already the deadliest on record and has shown no signs of slowing. About 42.5 percent of all Ebola deaths since the virus was discovered in 1976 have occurred since March 2014, according to WHO data.

Here are some things you should know about the outbreak as fears continue to mount in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and beyond:

More Americans Tested for Ebola


A 30-year-old woman in New Mexico is being tested for Ebola, according to state officials.

The woman had recently traveled to Sierra Leone and arrived at the hospital with a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever, according to the New Mexico Department of Health, which is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rule out Ebola.

Potential Ebola patients at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland and an undisclosed hospital in Ohio have all tested negative for Ebola over the past several weeks. The CDC had sent a health alert to hospitals across the country urging them to ask patients about their travel history to help identify potential Ebola cases.

As of Aug. 5, the CDC had tested blood samples for six possible Ebola patients in the United States. They were all negative.

Officials Request Exit Screenings at Airports, Seaports

The World Health Organization on Monday requested exit screenings at international airports, seaports and land crossings in all countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

“Any person with an illness consistent with [Ebola virus disease] should not be allowed to travel unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation,” WHO said in a statement. “There should be no international travel of Ebola contacts or cases, unless the travel is part of an appropriate medical evacuation.”

Ebola symptoms include fever, weakness, muscle pain and sore throat before they progress to vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Some people may also experience bleeding.

The WHO Ebola Emergency Committee advised against international travel or trade restrictions at this time.

Officials Say Outbreak Is ‘Vastly’ Underestimated

The Ebola outbreak is already the deadliest on record, and WHO officials say the impact may be far worse than reported.

The number of known infections -- currently 2,127 -- “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak,” according to staff at outbreak sites.

The agency said it's scaling up its response in "recognition of the extraordinary measures needed, on a massive scale, to contain the outbreak in settings characterized by extreme poverty, dysfunctional health systems, a severe shortage of doctors, and rampant fear."

Governments Are Reviving the ‘Cordon Sanitaire’

Officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have implemented a “cordon sanitaire” or sanitary barrier -- a cross-border isolation zone designed to contain people with the highest infection risk.

The tactic, used to prevent the spread of plague in medieval times, literally blocks off an area thought to contain 70 percent of the epidemic. But some experts say there’s little proof that isolation zones can prevent the spread of disease.

“It may not be sufficiently structured so it can prevent people from leaving,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Fearful Communities Are Shunning Survivors

An estimated 47 percent of people infected in the outbreak have survived the virus, according to WHO data. But they face fear and shame from their communities.

The Ebola virus can only be spread through contact with bodily secretions such as blood, urine or sweat. But misinformation is rampant in areas hardest hit by the virus, health officials said.

Drug Companies Are Rushing to Provide Treatments

The growing outbreak has left pharmaceutical companies scrambling to test drugs that could treat and prevent the infection.

There is currently no drug approved to fight Ebola, but WHO has allowed medical professionals to use experimental or untested medications in a last ditch effort to save lives.

One drug, an experimental serum known as ZMapp, has been used to treat three patients: American health workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, and a Spanish priest. Brantly and Writebol survived but the Spanish priest did not.

Another drug, an Ebola vaccine developed by the U.S. National Institute for Health, is scheduled to be tested on humans for the first time in September.

FDA Warns Against Fake Ebola Treatments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning people to avoid fake Ebola treatments and vaccines being sold online. The agency said products claiming to protect people from the infection began popping up online after the outbreak began in March.

“There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola,” the agency said in a statement. “Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, these investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited."

"There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet," the FDA added. "By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease.”

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Mandy Ingber on Jennifer Aniston's Vacation Prep, Tips for Healthier Life


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mandy Ingber says Jennifer Aniston "is in amazing shape all the time," but when she is preparing for a romantic trip like the one she is on with fiancé Justin Theroux in Bora Bora, there are a couple things she does to "tighten up."

Aniston and Theroux recently jetted off to the tropical destination to celebrate the two-year anniversary of their engagement and Theroux's 43rd birthday.

Ingber has a slew of celebrity clients who come to the renowned yoga instructor to get an amazing body like Aniston, 45.

"Jen's a very consistent exerciser and eater," Ingber told ABC News. "But when she has something she needs to focus a little more on, she just tightens it up a little bit."

For example, before a trip where she is showing off her fine physique, she will cut down on the snacks.

"She won't have the extra chips," Ingber added. "It's kind of like just being disciplined, she's like anyone else that she goes through those times when she can lose a little but pretty much, she's always in great shape."

As far as how the yoga routine changes, Ingber said it's about the cardio.

"We up the cardio a little bit, if she's looking to sort of trim down," she said. "So we add a little more cardio to the yoga, but also what she puts into her body is essential. That really is 80 percent of it...it's not a big deal if you have a bite of this or that if you are mostly eating well."

Ingber said for Aniston or anyone for that matter, there's no way to spot reduce, so it's all about being more disciplined and getting into shape overall. But like any women, the Friends icon definitely has areas she likes to focus a little on.

"She focuses on butt exercises for sure, I'll add some squats into the yoga routine," Ingber said. "For me, there's no better thing to lift your butt than squats. Pretty much, that's gonna do it...she likes to focus on that like most women. Most of us want that area a little higher."

She continued about Aniston, "she's an incredibly inspiring woman, an incredibly positive person, it's so obvious, everyone that works around her is doing really well, it's a lot because of her positivity is very contagious."

Ingber spoke to ABC as part of her collaboration with Silk soy milk, including five tips to get into shape for all people.

One of these tips include hydration with water, something Aniston has been a promoter of for years.

"Jen is definitely somebody that has encouraged me to hydrate, she is a hydrator from way back in the day," Ingber joked. "That's definitely one of the tips I use because I have so much more energy when I drink. When you stay hydrated, you’re not as hungry. Sometimes when you think you're hungry, you're actually thirsty."

Ingber recommends you drink half your weight in ounces of water. "So if you're 140 pounds, then 70 ounces a day," she said.

"The next tip is energizing with a 20-minute yoga flow," she added. "The cardiovascular of yoga, it gets the heart pumping, all the blood to the extremities, it synchronizes the breath with the movement. I recommend 20 minutes of a yoga flow, incorporated into your day."

She also recommends a more plant-based diet, especially when it comes to getting your daily protein. She stresses you don't have to be a vegetarian, but lean toward plants for protein.

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Cancer Drug Reverses Baldness Caused by Alopecia in Small Study


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A drug approved to treat a rare form of leukemia reversed hair loss caused by alopecia, a small study found.

The drug, ruxolitinib, helps reduce inflammation caused by disease. But it also helped three alopecia sufferers regrow full heads of hair within five months, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine.

“We still need to do more testing to establish that ruxolitinib should be used in alopecia," said study author Dr. Raphael Clynes, director of the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology at Columbia University in New York City. "But this is exciting news for patients and their physicians."

It’s not yet known if ruxolitinib can restore other types of hair loss.

Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that leads to patchy hair loss. It is not the same as male pattern baldness, which has its roots in genetic and hormonal causes.

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