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Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- When Duchess Kate stepped out of St. Mary’s Hospital in London Saturday -- 10 hours after giving birth to her 8-pound, 3-ounce daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana -- in a Jenny Packham dress, three-inch high heels and flawless hair, the crowd outside the hospital was stunned.

Kate’s picture-perfect presentation caused jaw-dropping reactions from mom bloggers across the Internet, too.

A blogger for ScaryMommy.com wrote that Kate, “…looks like she spent the day in a spa and got a baby as a thank you gift.”

A contributor to MoneySavingMom.com reminded other moms that, “…we can’t compare ourselves to Kate. Our reality is completely different than her reality.”

ABC News’ senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton confirms the U.K. model of labor and delivery is different from what most moms experience in the United States.

“In the U.K., it’s not as unusual,” Ashton said of Kate’s quick hospital discharge. “Here [in the United States], it’s pretty much a land-speed record. Most women stay in the hospital two nights because that’s what most insurance plans cover.”

“And they want every minute of that time,” Ashton said of U.S. moms. “They need the rest, especially if they have babies or children at home and, let’s face it, not everyone has a full staff to help her when they get home so for moms that don’t, they need that time, the support nurses can give the baby.”

Kate, 33, is at home now in Kensington Palace with her husband, Prince William, and their older child, nearly 2-year-old Prince George. The family has one nanny, Maria Borrallo, who cares for Prince George and will also help with the new baby.

The pair of midwives who helped see the duchess through her healthy labor was photographed in U.K.’s The Daily Mail. Kate’s medical team, said to be led by Dr. Guy Thorpe Easton, gave her the all-clear to leave the hospital the same day as the princess was born.

“British practice for second and subsequent births, I think so long as there are no medical complications, mothers are encouraged to take their children home,” ABC News royal contributor Patrick Jephson said. “It enables the family to start bonding together straight away.”

The family bonding for the new princess, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, started Sunday when her grandparents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and Prince Charles, the father of her father, Prince William, and his wife, Camilla, came by Kensington Palace for visits.

Up next is the first meeting with the baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who was announced Monday as part of the baby's namesake.

Royal watchers said that the British had been pulling for Diana, the name of William's late mother, to be included in the name of William and Kate's first daughter.

“Polls in this country today suggest that Diana is the people’s favorite, the sentimental favorite,” ABC News royal contributor Victoria Murphy said prior to the baby's name announcement. “We do know that William likes to involve Diana in his family life, however, I think that the smart money is on a traditional royal name for one of the first names and on Diana being somewhere in there, possibly in the middle name.”

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Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A growing number of women are delaying having children until later in life, new research shows.

According to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the birth rate for women aged 20 to 24 dropped 3 percent between 2012 and 2013, creating a record low. The rate for women aged 25 to 29 fell by 1 percent.

Meanwhile, the birth rate for women in their 30s increased by 1 to 2 percent. The rate for women in their 40s has also steadily gone up since 1990, likely due to the prevalence of fertility treatments.

The study also found that the birth rate for teenage girls between 15 and 19 is at a historic low. It's down 10 percent since the last annual report.

Another finding: The U.S. continues to have higher infant mortality rates than 26 other countries, including Japan (which had the lowest), Germany, France, the U.K. and Cuba.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — If you make healthy meals, kids will come and eat it.

That's the chief finding of a study by ChildObesity180, a Tufts University Friedman School program that examines and finds solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.

Researchers there said that after the Silver Diner, a restaurant chain operating in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, made menu changes in 2012, close to half of the orders for kids came from the healthier options.

In fact, kids' meal orders with at least one healthy side such as strawberries, mixed vegetables, or side salads also rose dramatically from 26 percent to 70 percent once the changes were implemented.

For good measure, the Silver Diner also eliminated fries and sodas from the kids' meal although they were available as a substitute if ordered.

Lead author Stephanie Anzman-Frasca concluded, "Our study showed that healthier children's menu options were ordered a lot more often when those options were more prevalent and prominent on kids' menus, highlighting the promise of efforts to shift the status quo and make healthier options the new norm."

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iStock/Thinkstock(OSLO, Norway) — Suffering from insomnia is more than a pain in the neck; it can also boost sensitivity to pain in those who are sleep-deprived.

A study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Bergen appears to verify this claim as over 10,400 adults took part in an experiment in which they submerged their hand in ice cold water for 106 seconds as researchers asked questions about how well or how little they slept.

Overall, only about a third were able to keep their hand in the water for the full amount of time they were told to do so.  Meanwhile, 31 percent who removed their hand prematurely reported no insomnia while 42 percent said they suffered from some sleep impairment, including insomnia.

Lead researcher Børge Sivertsen also found that people felt more pain from the ice water based on the frequency and severity of their insomnia while the least amount of tolerance was reported by those with both sleep disorders and chronic pain in their everyday lives.

Sivertsen adds that people who deal with insomnia and chronic pain should benefit from treatments aimed at relieving both conditions.

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Andrea Culverhouse(PRINCETON, Texas) -- For Andrea Culverhouse, a mother in the Texas suburb of Princeton, the last year and a half has been a battle -- but thanks to the Dallas Police Department, her family has a lasting memory to help them through the tougher times.

In December 2013, her oldest son Jack, now 7, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor -- a cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. It's found in the brain stem and affects most natural movements of the body, including loss of motor skills and loss of swallowing.

Jack, whom his mother describes as very smart and responsible, underwent radiation treatment, and "was able to regain all of his functions back completely," she said. But by January 2015, Jack lost movement in his left side and was unable to swallow. They decided to do a clinical trial, which has "helped for a couple of months," Culverhouse said.

According to the DIPG registry, fewer than 10 percent of children with DIPG survive two years after their diagnosis.

"Jack has been fortunate enough, we've had about 16 months so far," Culverhouse told ABC News today. "But the tumor you can tell is growing, because he keeps having more progressive symptoms."

When the Dallas Police Department heard about Jack, officers decided to give the 7-year-old a day he wouldn't forget. On Friday, Jack and his family traveled to Dallas where the Police Department initiated him as a detective.

When they arrived at the station, they were greeted by officers -- including some who were dressed up as superheroes, Culverhouse said.

"As soon as [Jack] saw Captain America, he was excited," she said.

The Dallas Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Culverhouse said the police gave Jack a tour of the headquarters, made him a uniform, and even gave him a police badge with a special meaning -- it had the same number as his great-grandfather's police badge.

Culverhouse said her grandfather spent about 24 years as a detective with the Dallas Police, and when he retired, he worked another 26 years as a police chaplain. He died in 2012, Culverhouse said.

"We were all pretty close to my grandfather," she said. "Jack was about 5 [when he died]. But we lived across the street from my grandfather Jack's whole life.

"When [the officers] heard about Jack, they all said he's a superhero to them, because of him battling and fighting like this," she said. "They also do remember my grandfather, because my grandfather gave so much service to Dallas."

Culverhouse says the day at the police department was all about making "happy memories."

"[It] put a smile on his face -- that's what were trying to do," she said. "To try to make every day good and happy and try to do as many fun things as we can."

Despite Jack's disease, "He's completely aware," his mother says. "It doesn't affect his ability to think."

"Since learning of this horrible cancer we have seen so many kids die and so many are battling right now," she said. "I pray for a cure to save my son but I see him getting a little weaker every day.

"I just want him to be happy and not scared," she added.


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A man dressed as Captain America flies in a police helicopter near the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas as part of Superhero Day on April 30, 2015. Dell Children's Medical Center(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The pediatric patients were in trouble. The Joker had stolen their ice cream and stuffed ponies. Things weren't looking good.

But then the superheroes arrived, repelling down the side of Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, to save the day. Batman, Batgirl, Captain America, Iron Man, Spiderman, Star-Lord, Superman and Wolverine and Wonder Woman foiled the Joker, and got the childrens' treats back.

"If they can take down this crafty crook, they can do anything," KVUE reporter Cori Coffin said. KVUE is ABC's Austin affiliate.

One little boy had a feeling it would all be OK.

"Batman's going to kick his butt," he told KVUE, referring, of course, to the Joker.

A day after the heroes saved them, the patients were still talking about it, hospital spokeswoman Kendra Clawson told ABC News. She said parents flooded the hospital's Facebook page with positive feedback.

"This was such a great experience for all the kids and parents," Misty Arrington Lake wrote on the Facebook page. "My son will remember this for many years!"


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Joerg Mikus/Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture opened a public comment period on Saturday as they consider whether or not to approve a genetically modified potato that has a number of attractive characteristics.

The potato in question is genetically engineered to be resistant to late blight, a potato pest and has reduced black spot bruising, says the USDA. It also does not turn as dark when fried and has lower sugar levels.

One more attractive characteristic of the engineered potato is lower acrylamide potential. Acrylamide is a chemical produced when potatoes are cooked at high heat, and has been linked to cancer in lab animals at high doses.

The comment period is open for 30 days.

The USDA recently approved the first genetically modified food earlier this year -- a non-browning apple.

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chromatika/iStock/Thinkstock(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- A resident of Tarrant County, Texas has tested negative for Ebola after exhibiting at least one symptom of the disease, says Tarrant County Public Health.

The patient reportedly had one symptom that matches the disease. TCPH says that the individual recently returned from Liberia. Though the last case of Ebola in Liberia was in late March, the patient was being tested for Ebola out of an abundance of caution.

On Friday evening, TCPH said that the test came back negative.

 

Tarrant County resident, who traveled to Liberia, has tested NEGATIVE for #Ebola.

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The only patient to die of Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated in Texas -- at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Two nurses who treated Duncan were later diagnosed with the disease, though both recovered.

 

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Bumbasor/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a report issued on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Ebola survivors avoid unprotected sexual activity in an effort to ensure that the spread of the disease is contained.

The report details the case of a 44-year-old woman in Monrovia, Liberia who contracted the disease approximately one month after the most recent confirmed Ebola patient was isolated. The typical incubation period for Ebola is 21 days.

The CDC says that the woman's only link to the disease was unprotected sex with an Ebola survivor. As a result, the agency now believes that the virus may survive longer in semen than previously believed.

"Ebola virus has been isolated from semen as long as 82 days after symptom onset," the CDC report notes. "CDC now recommends that contact with semen from male Ebola survivors be avoided until more information regarding the duration and infectiousness of viral shedding in body fluids is known."

"If male surivors have sex," the report adds, "a codnom should be used correctly and consistently every time."

While transmission of Ebola in West Africa has dipped in recent months, the CDC warns that sexual transmission is possible

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Erik Snyder/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study suggests that getting up from your desk every so often could help prolong your life.

Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu, a nephrologist at the University of Utah, studied survey data from more than 3,000 people who'd been given accelerometers for on average of a little less than three years, and found those who engaged in light physical activity, like walking, for an average of two minutes an hour had a 33 percent lower risk of death.

The study was published Friday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

"It's is different pieces of the same puzzle," Beddhu said. "We should have this sedentary awareness. ... Take at least a couple of breaks each hour from sitting."

His study revealed that the participants spent more than half their time doing sedentary activities. Beddhu said people should be mindful to do more than just stand when they step away from their desks. They should take a walk for coffee, for instance, he said.

Obesity, malnutrition and kidney disease are all related, Beddhu said.

"One of the big problems that we have in people with chronic kidney disease is that they're not active, and obesity is pretty high, so that's the reason why I got interested in this particular topic," he said." In this study we found that people with chronic kidney disease are much more sedentary than people who are not."

An average of 2 minutes of exercise per hour with some weekly moderate exercise reduced the risk of death by 41 percent in people with chronic kidney disease, he said.

Still, the study is associative, not causal, he said. And it relies on self-reported survey data, which can sometimes be flawed. Beddhu said the next step would be a randomized controlled study to show causation.

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Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- After months of waiting, many residents in the U.K. are still on pins and needles awaiting the birth of another royal heir. But though Duchess Kate Middleton could possibly be past her due date, it likely is not cause for alarm, experts say.

While the palace has not confirmed a specific due date, Middleton has said that she was due to give birth to the couple’s second child anytime between mid-April and the end of the month.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News and practicing obstetrician-gynecologist, said it is very common for women to deliver a healthy baby after their due date.

"Only 5 percent of babies are born on their due date," 40 weeks into a pregnancy, said Ashton. "Full term of pregnancy is 37 weeks to 42 weeks."

Dr. Kimberly Gecsi, an obstetrician and gynecologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said if a woman is overdue, she should be seeing her obstetrician and medical team to ensure the fetus is developing and active.

"Between 39 and 41 weeks, really that’s the best time for both baby outcomes and mama outcomes," said Gecsi. "When you go past 41 weeks ... that’s when we start to see problems with not having enough fluid around the baby," among other issues.

Gecsi said as long as there are no other complications, a doctor can use medication to induce labor in an overdue pregnancy.

Ashton said the fact that the duchess already delivered a healthy baby indicates she likely will not have too much trouble during the second birth.

"The fact that she had a baby before is very, very reassuring," said Ashton. "We would expect that if she were to be induced ... she would successfully deliver." 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A photo showing Jill Duggar Dillard carrying her newborn in a sling-style carrier has fans of the 19 Kids and Counting star in an uproar.

The photo appears to show the new mother with her 3-week-old son, Israel David, and some critics said the baby seemed to be placed too low in the sling that was resting at about mid-stomach level on her body. The child’s entire body, including his head, appeared to be completely wrapped up by the sling.

Commenters on Facebook took the new mother to task, saying that carrying the baby that low in the sling could be dangerous.

“Someone needs to tell her it's a baby sling, not a purse,” one poster wrote, while another added: “Please remember a baby shouldn't be carried that low. He should be close enough to kiss, so he should be at your chest.”

Dillard, 23, is a midwife in training.

Holly Ann Cordero of Wild Was Mama, a Brooklyn, New York, store that sells slings and helps mothers learn the proper way to carry a baby in a sling, told Good Morning America that the type of sling Dillard was using could be difficult.

“It’s great that she wants to wear the baby in the sling. It is really hard carrier to understand with written instructions and a pamphlet. ... It is difficult to position the baby right,” Cordero said. “Usually in a ring sling, the baby should be a little bit higher up on her body.”

She added: “You want to have the baby either upright or in a cradle position. You want it high enough so it is at heart and you want to be able to see her face.”

There are serious risks associated with incorrectly carrying a baby in a sling. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified 14 infant deaths with sling-style carriers in the past 20 years.

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical editor, spoke about the dangers.

“The big issue with a sling is the risk of suffocation,” he said. “There are some babies who are at greater risk. If your baby's premature or small for their age, or [in] the first four months of life or they have any cold at all, don't use a sling.”

Besser added that incorrect use of a sling can lead to hip problems. When they are used correctly, slings are a good way for a mother to have her child close while having her hands free.

Jill Dillard declined to comment when ABC News contacted her for this story. She gave birth to Israel on April 6.

She and her husband, Derick, had planned to have a home birth but the baby was delivered by C-section at a hospital instead after she labored for 70 hours.


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Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forget about washboard abs and bulging biceps, according to one college student whose essay has gone viral, what women really want is a “dad bod.”

“My friends and I saw this body type on a lot more guys and we were attracted to it,” Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson told ABC News.

Pearson explained the appeal behind the “dad bod” -- a “nice balance between a beer gut and working out” -- in an article last month on TheOdysseyOnline.com. The article now has over 1,200 comments and has made the term “dad bod” go viral.

In the article, Pearson, a sophomore, gives five reasons why women are attracted to men with okay figures as opposed to the “perfectly sculpted guy.”

Pearson’s reasons range from better cuddling to making the girl in the relationship feel like “the pretty one” to being able to go out to eat with your man.

As a college student, Pearson says she has even noticed her male classmates embracing the “dad bod."

“You try to maintain that healthy body but at the same time in the, ‘I want to go out and drink on the weekends,’” she said.

Pearson also concludes that men with “dad bods” just are not as intimidating as their opposites.

“It makes girls feel a lot more vulnerable when they aren't with someone who's meal prepping every Sunday and being really intimidating,” Pearson said.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) — Glen Campbell is a Grammy-winning country music icon, but his wife Kim Campbell says one of the most important things the legend has done in his life is to "help remove the stigma of Alzheimer's disease."

Glen was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, went public and embarked on a farewell tour with his family, including his wife and their three children — Cal, Shannon and Ashley — which ended in 2012. Kim said the experience touring with their father only brought the immediate family closer together and really shed light on the disease.

"I'm so proud of the kids and the time we had on the road during the goodbye tour," she told ABC News. "It was such a gift to us to be able to celebrate his life. They learned so much from him ... not only as a musician, but as a human being."

The tour was featured in the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me and Kim said her daughter Ashley "actually wrote a song for her dad in the documentary called Remembering. I'm hoping in the summer, it will be played on the radio, so we are excited about that. The documentary is uplifting and positive."

That's the message Kim wants to spread.

"A lot of people are afraid if it's Alzheimer's in the subject, it's going to be very depressing," she said. "It's something people have kept under the covers and felt like they needed to be discrete about, but it's a disease that affects 5.4 million people in the United States and almost every single family is touched with it, and it's nothing to be embarrassed about. People rally around you and want to give you all the support that's possible."

For that reason, she has continued her husband's work of raising awareness for the disease, while he cannot.

Kim spoke to ABC News in conjunction with "Celebrating Hope," an event taking place Friday night, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter, at Richards of Grennwich. Kim will share her story and inspire others at the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Campbell family just celebrated Glen's 79th birthday on April 22, and Kim said "it was a really good day."

"The kids and I went [to see him]," she said. "He was a little sleepy at first, but we brought him burgers and fries, his favorite food. Once he got up and moving around, he was just having a great day."

Campbell is unable to communicate more than just a few, short sentences, but that doesn't stop him from cracking jokes.

"He was communicating better than I've seen him in a long time that day," she said. "We were sitting there eating ice cream cake and he told the punch line to one of his jokes. Then, I told the set up for it. He just laughed and laughed and laughed."

She continued, "He's still got his same twinkle in his eye ... he just has trouble communicating now and of course his memory. We had a great day filled with laughter, love and hugs ... you have to make the most out of each moment you have with him."

With Campbell now in a long-term care facility since March of last year, the support community has helped Kim exponentially, as well as her husband.

"It's really sad to be losing the one you love day by day, drip by drip, there's nothing you can do about it though. I go to bed depressed, I wake up depressed, but you have to tell yourself 'I have so much to be thankful for.' ... I'm visiting Glen everyday in the memory support community, I know all the other patients and their families, we are a community and I try to be a blessing to them everyday too."

She continued, "I have been blessed with such a great family ... when the doctors advised me Glen would really benefit from being in a support community for people with cognitive issues, I tried it out and it made a big difference for his happiness and his well-being. We can't do anything about the disease, but we can try and make life as good as possible. It's helped me too with my depression, because now my support team is even bigger. That's given me the piece of mind to be able to go out and speak about it."

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Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- Joe Namath, one of the most charismatic players in NFL history and one of the game's greatest quarterbacks, said on Thursday that if he'd known then what he knows now about concussions, he would never have played football.

Namath, who has recently undergone treatment for brain injuries, was asked in an interview with Tiffany Kenney of ABC's West Palm Beach, Florida, affiliate, WPBF-TV, whether he would still play the game, given all he has learned about the effects of concussions.

"No," he said. "I hate to say that because if I had a child who wanted to play I'd let them play...but I'd wait 'til he developed a little more."

"This instrument that we have, that we have been blessed with...it's not designed for the kind of contact or physical abuse your body gets playing this sport," he said.

"I suffered several 'get-your-bell-rung' hits ...whether you hit the ground and get your bell rung or get hit by a forearm several times," Namath said. "Of course, going back to high school even."

Namath led the New York Jets to their only Super Bowl championship, in Super Bowl III, a victory he guaranteed, and with his outsized personality he became known as "Broadway Joe."

In September, the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, opened the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center to help combat the debilitating effects of traumatic brain injuries.

The center launched a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treating the traumatic brain injuries that can result from sports-related concussions, motor vehicle accidents, strokes, military combat or other accidents.

Namath not only helped raise $10 million to fund the project, he took part in the therapy, spending 120 sessions in the hyperbaric chamber.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the healing process by allowing oxygen to flow into the injured or affected area, according to a statement from the Jupiter Medical Center, which said it has used the method to successfully treat diabetic wounds and foot ulcers.

Namath told WPBF-TV that about three years ago he noticed age-related forgetfulness, but he began to wonder whether all the hard hits he'd taken in his 13 years as a pro, and in college and high school, had damaged his brain.

He knew that several other former players, including Dave Herman, who played with Namath on the Jets, had been diagnosed with degenerative brain disease that was linked to suffering repeated concussions.

"They shed some light for a whole lot of us...that, 'Hey I better check into this,'" Namath told WPBF-TV.

He had brain scans done that showed parts of his brain were not receiving enough blood. Since the treatments, he has felt better, he said, and his brain scans showed improvements.

"The scans are beautiful and I really feel like I've gotten sharper," he said. "I feel better than ever."


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