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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women are sure to expect labor pains when they are expecting, but games in the delivery room?

Labor Games is the title of a new game show on TLC that is sparking outrage because it goes into the delivery room just moments before women give birth and offers the parents-to-be the chance to win prizes.

Jessica and Aaron VanZeeland were picked to compete on the show while awaiting the birth of their son.

“It was kind of vague,” Jessica told ABC News. “We knew that it was a chance to win some prizes so, I mean, why not.”

“Actually Jessica was in labor for 28 hours so it was a welcome distraction,” Aaron said of Labor Games.

During the show, airing Wednesday night on TLC, the birthing room is transformed into a full-fledged game show set.

For every correct answer to seven baby trivia questions, the couple is awarded loot such as baby strollers, food and clothing for their bundle of joy. The show’s grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship.

ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said bringing a game show into the delivery room could prove a distraction.

“During labor, emergencies can arise,” Besser said. “This is one of the most important moments of your life. I think this is a really bad idea to have a camera come in at that moment in your life.”

TLC said it gets prior consent from parents-to-be and the hospital before filming.

"I had no worries," Jessica said. "TLC was wonderful on the fact that my health and the baby's health were first and foremost. ... I called the shots. If at any point I wasn't ready or willing to continue, we were done."

The VanZeelands both said Labor Games was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I think people will think we’re crazy but it was worth it,” Jessica told ABC News.

“[A] really neat life experience that our boy, River, can talk about for the rest of his life,” said Aaron.

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KTRK(BELLAIRE, Texas) -- A Texas teacher literally went the extra mile for a student when she gave him a lift so that he could cross the finish line during a special race at the school field day.

After undergoing facial surgery, Lance Dromgoole, 9, had been told by doctors not to participate in physical activity during the field day at Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, Texas.

Days earlier, the boy had undergone a five-hour surgery for Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects facial development and usually results in underdeveloped facial bones.

Lance's grandfather, Willie Dromgoole, said after the surgery the third grader wasn't even supposed to go to school, but he asked to go see his friends at the field day event, when students play games and have fun races.

"He enjoys school, he really does. That’s where most of his friends are," said Dromgoole.

While Lance could attend, he wasn't able to participate in any of the events. So to keep Lance included in the activities, Dromgoole said, his third grade teacher, Tiffany Thorn, spent the day asking Lance to be her "coach."

"On some of the events, he was my coach. He helped me pass out materials, helped me cheer on his classmates," Thorn told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston.

For the big balloon race, Thorn had another idea. She asked if Lance wanted a piggy-back ride.

"It was the balloon pop, I put him on my back and we ran down, popped the balloon," she told KTRK-TV. "Had a little bit of trouble, but we popped it and then ran back and celebrated."

Dromgoole said his grandson remained excited about the race long after it was over.

"He was in hog heaven," Dromgoole told ABC News.

Lance's grandmother, Kathy Dromgoole, also a teacher at Horn Elementary, said she was thankful that Thorn made a special effort for Lance.

"He was smiling and giggling, and he had his hands in the air crossing the finish line," Kathy Dromgoole told KTRK-TV. "He had a great time."

"When Ms. Thorn did this, it was so uplifting. She's special," she added. "She went so above the call of duty."

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce's body was on full display in her jeweled peekaboo dress at Monday's Met Gala, and the singer looked fitter than ever.

To pull off such a daring display, Beyonce apparently started preparing weeks in advance.

The singer's personal trainer and the founder of 22 Days Nutrition, Marco Borges, told E! News that Beyonce did his plant-based, 22-day revolution.

Borges called it "unique in that it's not a diet but rather a way of life, which starts with habit formation over 22 days."

He added, "With most diets, you see weight loss and then as soon as the program ends the weight slowly starts to add back up again. With The 22-Day Revolution, you'll experience weight loss, improved sleep, clear skin, increased energy, improved sex drive and more, but unlike other programs, at the completion of the 22 days the benefits continue because you walk away armed with the tools [habits] you need to continue experiencing these remarkable benefits. ... In short, the best version of you emerges."

There seems to be little doubt that we were seeing the best of Beyonce at Monday's ball. But this isn't the first time Beyonce apparently has gone vegan.

In December 2013, she and her husband, Jay Z, undertook a 22-day vegan challenge, sharing photos of their meat-free meals on Instagram.

This past February, Beyonce announced that she was teaming up with Borges to create their own 22-day meal service.

The meal plan, dubbed, “22 Days Nutrition” lets you choose meal plans with options between one to three meals per day for as many days of the week as you’d like, all delivered to your doorstep. The dishes are organic and gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, and run $9 to $16 per meal.

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ABC(NEW YORK) — Anthony Daniels is 23 years old, yet he’s battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a cancer of the lymphatic system — for the fourth time.

“Each time I beat cancer, it puts more of a toll on my body,” he said. “And every single time it comes back, it gets worse.”

A boxing enthusiast, Daniels knows he needs to keep fighting the disease. He has been looking for a bone marrow donor for a year and a half.

Daniels has a special supporter in his corner.

Actor Bradley Cooper appeared alongside him on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday to raise awareness about the man’s fight.

During their appearance, Daniels demonstrated the use of a bone marrow donor swab kit and Cooper, 40, swabbed his own cheek.

People who are interested in donating marrow can register online for a swab kit. They’ll swab the inside of their cheeks and return the kit for testing in order to be considered for the bone marrow registry.

Learn more about the process or register at DeleteBloodCancer.org, and learn more about blood cancers and bone marrow donation on BeTheMatch.org.


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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — Although it's highly disputable that women are the weaker sex, they may be in one regard, that is, when it comes to being diagnosed with acute asthma in the emergency room.

In that case, according to Rose Chasm, MD from the University of Maryland Medical System, women are 60 percent more likely than men to require hospitalization for their condition.

Chasm and other researchers in their study found that women with acute asthma are at a disadvantage because of factors related to airflow obstruction, female sex hormones and differences in bronchial hyper responsiveness.

Even when women share numerous similarities with men such as being smokers, being overweight, not using inhalers and not having seen an allergist for their asthma, the ladies were more likely to need further treatment.

What may not be well known is that after puberty, asthma is more common in women than it is in men.

In any event, physicians recommend that patients with asthma consult an allergist who will be able to help them control their condition, leading to fewer ER visits and fewer hospitalizations.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Those disinfectant wipes that have become a regular presence in the kitchen may be just what the doctor ordered to help eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses.

University of Arizona researcher Dr. Gerardo Lopez says antibacterial wipes used to clean off kitchen counters are effective in cutting the risk of food poisoning by more than 99 percent.

In particular, the wipe’s antibacterial agents remain on counters for several minutes after the initial cleaning, which greatly lessens chances of contracting a Campylobacter jejuni infection that comes from raw and undercooked poultry.

People sickened with campylobacteriosis often experience vomiting and diarrhea, which generally lasts anywhere from two to five days.

Lopez adds that the disinfectant wipes are also effective in stopping the spread of other stomach illnesses caused by E.coli, Salmonella, and noroviruses as long as all surfaces are thoroughly wiped clean.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mom is someone who rarely lets you down, which might explain why so many of them don’t complain about their Mother’s Day gifts.

Yes, moms are human too as a survey from California-based tech company SOASTA revealed when it asked close to 700 mothers if they were ever disappointed on what’s supposed to be their special day.

It might shock people but SOASTA determined that about 40 percent of moms get bummed out for a variety of reasons, which includes finding out that their gift was a last-minute pick-up or that their husbands seem to pay more attention to their own moms or that Mother’s Day often ends once the bill gets paid at brunch.

Among those moms who were disappointed, 45 percent said they wound up buying their own gift to brighten their mood.

Therefore, SOASTA urges children, husbands and others to go out of their way to make the day special for mom. It also advises retailers to make the experience pleasant for mothers who wind up buying their own gifts.

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amnachphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- A Brazilian bodybuilder said chemical injections helped him bulk up to an incredible size -- but also ultimately brought him close to danger.

In an online video for Barcroft Media, and on a Portuguese-language talk show, bodybuilder Romario dos Santos Alves of Goiania, Brazil, said he started using a chemical called synthol to help him get larger and larger muscles.

Santos Alves said on the Brazilian talk show Hoje Em Dia that by injecting the synthetic substance, he was able to bulk up his biceps size to more than 62 centimeters in circumference. He said his own skin wouldn't stretch anymore over his enormous muscles, but he became addicted to getting larger.

"Sometimes kids come up to me saying, 'Mom it’s the Hulk, the Hulk.' And they hug me, take a photo of me and that’s good," he said in the Barcroft video.

On the Brazilian TV clip, Santos Alves pointed out a part of his bicep that had been injured, causing muscle tissue to migrate.

The Brazilian bodybuilder could not be reached for comment and his medical claims could not be independently verified.

Synthol, mainly made up of oil, has been used by bodybuilders to pump up muscles in the past, sometimes with dangerous results.

In a 2012-published medical case study, a 29-year-old man had to undergo surgery after synthol injections left him with deforming lesions in his muscle. The study authors described the effects caused by the drug as a distinct "Swiss cheese effect."

Over years, the drug weakened the muscles and created tremendous pain for the patient, who had felt pressured to take the drug to appear larger, according to the study authors.

The drug doesn't work like steroids, but is more like a temporary implant that physically makes muscles larger.

In 2007, Ron Harris, a bodybuilder and fitness author, told ABC News that those taking synthol had ended up with "weird lumps and bumps, as well as an almost bizarre shape to the muscle."

"There are some instances of absolutely freakish appearance because of it," he said in 2007. "The fact that a lot of individuals have this bizarre appearance shows that there is an attraction there, even if it is the same type of attraction you'd see at a bad car wreck."

In Santos Alves' case, he said on the Barcroft video that the injections over the years had led to massive muscles but also to potentially dangerous complications. The injections had left him with "rock"-like deposits in his muscles, he said.

Dr. Alan Matarasso, a plastic surgeon in New York, did not work on Santos Alves, but said injectables can cause dangerous or even deadly consequences.

"Injections are a huge problem," said Matarasso. "Most of the injections that are put in if they're not medical grade, you can’t get them out."

Matarasso said that by injecting the very vascular muscle area, bodybuilders or others using synthol as an injectable are at risk for serious complications including stroke and gangrene.

"If it goes into blood vessel, it can circulate in the body and give you a stroke and can cut off blood supply so that an area doesn’t get blood," said Matarasso. "It turns black and those are the risks of any injectable product."

Matarasso said the danger is even greater in muscles because they have many vessels that can move the material. He warned anyone considering off-market or non-approved injectables to talk to their doctor first.

"There’s a reason if it’s not approved, and if it’s life-threatening and irreversible, they need to think long and hard about this," he said. "You only get one body."

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John Arway/Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission(WILKES-BARRE, Pa.) -- A smallmouth bass caught last fall has been confirmed to have a cancerous tumor on its mouth, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The PFBC announced on Monday that two independent laboratory tests confirmed a malignant, or cancerous, tumor on a single smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River by an angler late last year. It is the only documented case of this type of tumor being found on the fish in Pennsylvania.

Cancerous growths and tumors on fish are extremely rare in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S., but they do occur, according to the agency.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway said in a news release that although the finding represents only one individual fish from the overall population, it provides additional evidence that the health of the fish residing in the Susquehanna River is being compromised.

“As we continue to study the river, we find young-of-year and now adult bass with sores, lesions and more recently a cancerous tumor, all of which continue to negatively impact population levels and recreational fishing,” he said. “The weight-of-evidence continues to build a case that we need to take some action on behalf of the fish.”

Since 2005, biologists have found sores and lesions on young bass during late spring and early summer surveys at "alarming" rates, according to the agency.

Dr. Karen Murphy, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said, “There is no evidence that carcinomas in fish present any health hazard to humans. However, people should avoid consuming fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions."

Since 2012, the PFBC has unsuccessfully petitioned the state Department of Environmental Protection to add the river to the state’s bi-annual list of impaired waterways.

“The impairment designation is critical because it starts a timeline for developing a restoration plan,” said Arway. “We’ve known the river has been sick since 2005, when we first started seeing lesions on the smallmouth. Now we have more evidence to further the case for impairment.”

“If we do not act to address the water quality issues in the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania risks losing what is left of what was once considered a world-class smallmouth bass fishery,” he said.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- Football players at UCLA have started wearing sensor-laden helmets so researchers can study head-hits and concussions for the next three years, the school announced this week.

The $30 million project is funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense, and it involves UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina. All three schools' football teams are using the helmets and will send data to Indiana University to be studied. The project is called Advanced Research Core, or ARC.

At UCLA, 27 volunteer players will wear the helmets that gauge where and how hard they've been hit, measuring hits in units of force of acceleration called g's, Dr. Chris Giza, who directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, told ABC News.

"The first part of the study is trying to figure out normal biological process -- what's that window of brain vulnerability before people can go back to [playing] safely," said Giza.

Dr. John DiFiori, head physician at UCLA Health, told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV that the pagers connected to the helmets go off about once a practice to signal a significant hit. There are about 250 hits per practice, he told the station.

Giza is also a professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery at Mattel Children’s hospital at UCLA. He told ABC News he hopes what ARC researchers learn from the college athletes can eventually translate to younger athletes.

The researchers hope their work will continue past the three years so that they can study the long-term effects of repeated concussions, such as CTE and perhaps a predisposition to dementia.

"It will take a longer period of time," Giza said. "[They've] called this the beginning of a Framingham-like study of concussions," referring to the community-wide heart study that began in 1948 and continues to this day.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The reason whales make taking a big gulp look so easy is because the mammals have stretchy nerves in their jaws that allow their tongues and mouths to nearly double in size.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered the unique nerve structure and published their findings in an article in the journal Current Biology.

While most nerves are inelastic, researchers found the ones in Rorquals, a family including blue and fin whales, were stretchy and similar to bungee cords.

The discovery is significant because it is unlike anything that has ever been pinpointed in vertebrates, which are animals with a backbone or spinal column.

"This discovery underscores how little we know about even the basic anatomy of the largest animals alive in the oceans today," Nick Pyenson, a postdoctoral fellow who worked on the study, said in a statement. "Our findings add to the growing list of evolutionary solutions that whales evolved in response to new challenges faced in marine environments over millions of years."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Patrick Roark has a lot to be thankful for. His heart stopped while he was driving on Iowa's most crowded highway and he survived, thanks to his teenage son, a state trooper and a passing nurse.

Roark, 57, told ABC News he knows of no underlying health conditions he may have had, but he remembers not feeling well last Sunday when he was driving home after taking his 15-year-old son to look at cars in Wisconsin.

"Next thing I knew, of course, I was in the ambulance being taken to the hospital," Roark, of Edmond, Oklahoma, said, adding that he's awaiting test results to find out whether he had a seizure or a heart attack or something else.

Iowa State Trooper Tracy Bohlen told ABC News he was in his police cruiser when he noticed a Dodge truck was stopped in the middle of the road but the engine still revving. He didn't know it at the time, but Roark had lost consciousness, and his son was in the back seat watching a movie.

Bohlen watched as the truck took off, and a body moved into the front seat. He followed, concerned that a fight had broken out and would endanger other drivers, he said.

"It comes to abrupt stop, and I'm thinking the worst," Bohlen said. "I go up there around to the passenger side door. I see that the boy is frantic. He opens the door and yells, 'Dad is having heart attack.' For a split second, I see his dad convulsing, seizing, stiff as a board."

Then, Roark went limp, Bohlen said. Bohlen rubbed Roark's sternum and felt for a pulse, but he couldn't find one.

So, Bohlen pulled Roark out of the car and began doing CPR, he said. Worrying he would be hit by a car, he looked up. Traffic had stopped, he said.

Once he found a pulse, a passing nurse, Jane McCurdy, whose husband happened to be a retired state trooper, rushed over to help. In Bohlen's dash cam video, she's heard yelling Roark's name.

"[It was] just instinctual. It was a no brainer," McCurdy told ABC News' Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. "People help people, that's what it is all about."

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iStock/Thinkstock(CRANE, Texas) -- A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. But according to the school district's student handbook, it does not offer sexual education.

Several students in one Crane, Texas, school district contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, according to a letter obtained by ABC News that went home to parents Monday. According to the letter, the surrounding counties were also in the middle of an outbreak.

"Crane Independent School District would like to make our parents aware or more aware of a problem that has been identified in our teenagers and young adults of our community," the letter reads.

Crane County has had three reported chlamydia cases in the last two weeks, but health workers have seven days to report them to the state, according to the Texas State Department of Health.

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's caused by a bacteria, and can be passed between sexual partners who aren't using condoms, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is treated with antibiotics, according to the NIH.

Most people with chlamydia have no symptoms, but some men and women can develop discharge, burning and tenderness, according to the NIH. In women, chlamydia can prompt pelvic inflammatory disease or liver inflammation. It can also make it harder for women to get pregnant.

The school does not have a sexual education program, according to Crane's student handbook for the 2014-15 school year, which is posted online.

"Currently, Crane ISD does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality," the handbook says, explaining that if it ever does institute such a program, the parent can opt out. According to the handbook, state law requires more attention must be spent on abstinence than other behavior.

The school district did not respond to a request by ABC News for comment beyond the letter.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News and practicing OB/GYN, said half of her patients are women under 21 years old.

"The factual knowledge regarding [sexually transmitted infections] is generally poor," she said, adding that it prompted her to write a book, The Body Scoop for Girls.

"Reproductive health or sex ed courses have enormous variability in their content and teaching approach. Factors such as geographic region, school district and teacher beliefs/comfort with this subject matter all come into play," Ashton noted.

"Abstinence only may sound ideal but it's not realistic," Ashton said. "And in theory, better education reduces adverse outcomes."

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An NFL player turned Prince Charming this weekend when he took a student battling cancer to her senior prom.

Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen’Derrick Marks accompanied Khameyea Jennings, an 18-year-old who has been battling cancer for two years, according to Dreams Come True, a local non-profit group that helped set up the dream date.

"I think I look good, I think my date looks good. I'm going to have a great night,” Marks told ABC News affiliate WJXX-TV after arriving at the Jacksonville Zoo for his date.

Dreams Come True helped set up the special date for the teen to the Franklin H. Peterson High School prom after finding out the girl didn't have one.

"To have that moment, walking in and having the kids cheering for her and rooting for her," said "dream manager" Courtney Andrews. "She really felt like a princess that day."

Marks visited Jennings as she lay in a hospital bed recently. Holding a bouquet of flowers, he asked her to be his date, a proposal captured on video.

Marks complied with Jennings' request that he wear white and gold when he picked her up for the prom Saturday, and then he upped the style quotient by transporting the high school senior in a Lamborghini.

Marks told reporters he planned on keeping in touch with  Jennings even after the clock struck midnight.

“You know, I always want to be there from here on out,” he told WJXX-TV.

Jennings was originally diagnosed with liver cancer at 16. Last year, she had surgery to remove a tumor in her lung, but the cancer recently returned, according to WJXX-TV.

Her high school even held an early graduation for the girl, according to Andrews at Dreams Come True.

“We're just doing natural medicines right now,” Jennings told WJXX-TV, “because my tumor is resistant to chemo that they’re giving me.”

On Saturday, Jennings and her famous date got a standing ovation as they arrived. Marks said his goal was to make sure he kept his date happy and smiling.

“We run around and hit each other, we tackle,” Marks said. “A little pain here, but I don’t think it can equal to what she’s going through. All I want to do is make sure she continues to smile and have a great time tonight."

The day after the prom, Marks addressed Jennings on Twitter, asking the girl to “continue to fight” and to show others her strength and “faith.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — While on deployment in the 1990s, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick ran into a problem: How do you maintain a world-class level of physical fitness without anywhere to train?

“You’ve got no gear, so you’re relegated to the same body-weight, basic calisthenics that the Romans were doing,” said Hetrick.

The solution began with a jiu-jitsu belt that he accidentally packed in his deployment bag, he said. He tied a knot in the belt and threw it over the top of a door and started leaning back and lifting his body weight. Then, he dug out six feet of excess webbing from a spare gear box and built a simple harness that he could use to lift his body weight. Soon, his fellow SEALs caught on to what he was doing and started experimenting with different exercises. In time, he had 100 exercises that could be done using the harness and nothing but his body weight.

Hetrick and a Navy seamstress would make them for service members for a case of beer, he said, and the early version of TRX was born.

After creating a solution to a problem, Hetrick began the journey to turn his invention into a business. The first stop was Stanford Business School, which became an incubator for TRX in his second year there.

“Every class I took, every project I did was focused on some element of the company that I needed to build,” he said.

“I had to go out and use my life savings that I had amassed as a SEAL to field the first orders of inventory," he said. "And then, I had to go out and start raising some money, find a tiny, little hovel to call the office.”

Initially, the company was called Travel Fit and the name of the product was Travel X, “the complete portable exercise,” marketed to fitness enthusiasts who travel for work and need a portable workout solution.

However, Hetrick said, the business really took off when he introduced it to physical trainers who were excited to find a new tool to use for workouts.

He took the device to a trade show for trainers in 2004 and, in three days, they sold out of every unit they had, he said.

Now, more than 15 years later, TRX has become a household name and, according to the company, it’s in more than 10,000 gyms in the United States and is used by more than 95 percent of professional sports teams, including in the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NHL.

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