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E. Coli Found in Winnipeg, Boil Water Advisory Issued


Tomjac80/iStock/Thinkstock(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) -- Health officials instituted a boil water advisory for the city of Winnipeg on Tuesday after two clusters of E. coli were located.

Officials at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority say that no source for the contamination was located as of Tuesday afternoon. Still, residents east of the Red River were being urged to boil all water used for drinking, ice making, food and beverage preparation and teeth brushing. Officials say the advisory was issued as a precautionary measure.

The WRHA expects additional information to be available on Wednesday.

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Study: 'Targeted' Biopsy May Help Detect High-Risk Prostate Cancer Early


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a new method that may help detect high-risk prostate cancer early.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers looked at 1,000 men with either elevated test results or suspicious results from rectal examinations with an MRI to identify suspicious areas of prostate cancer. The patients were then biopsied twice, including once with a standard biopsy method and once with a new "targeted" method.

The results of the study determined that the "targeted" method may be better for differentiating between low-, intermediate- and high-risk cancers.

The procedure for the "targeted" biopsy is the same as the standard biopsy, researchers say, making procedural risks more tolerable. Nonetheless, the study did not follow the participants for an extended period of time, making it impossible to determine the predictability of "targeted" biopsies for long-term outcomes, such as recurrence and mortality.

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Sugary Drinks Could Be Linked to Earlier Onset of Menstruation


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at Harvard Medical School say that sugary drinks may be linked to the earlier onset of menstruation.

According to a study published in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers surveyed girls between the ages of 9 and 14 who had not yet begun to have their periods, to calculate the amount of sugary drinks they consumed. They found that girls who drank more than 1.5 sugary drinks each day had their first periods about 2.7 months earlier, on average, than those girls who drank two or fewer sugary drinks each week.

Researchers say the results of the study held up even when accounting for other factors, such as ethnicity and BMI, which are believed to affect the onset of menstruation.

Earlier onset of menstruation has been linked to health risks including an increased lifetime risk of breast cancer.

The study shows only a link, not a cause, between consumption of sugary drinks and early menstruation. Researchers note that girls who drank more sugary drinks may also have other dietary habits contributing to the results of the study.

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Latest Report Indicates 64 Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland


David McNew/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The latest update from the California Department of Public Health notes 64 cases of measles linked to an outbreak at California's Disneyland.

The latest tally includes 50 cases in California with epidemiologic links to Disneyland, as well as 13 in other U.S. states and one in Mexico. The states affected by the outbreak thus far include Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Thirty-seven of the 50 measles cases in California are among patients over the age of 5, despite the fact that the first dose of the MMR vaccine is recommended for children between 12 and 15 months old. Health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children.

Despite the fact that measles has been eradicated in the United States since 2000, outbreaks still occur overseas, and international travelers can bring the disease with them, in particular to locations where travelers and tourists may go -- including theme parks and airports.

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Blizzard 2015: Dating Sites See Boom During Snow Storm


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As millions of people in the Northeast hunkered down during a massive winter storm this week, many took the excuse to stay indoors as a chance for a snow day hook-up.

Some dating sites reported record amounts of traffic over the past 24 hours in New York City and surrounding states, around the same time a storm was walloping the area, dumping as much as two feet of snow from New Jersey to Maine.

Match.com told ABC News exclusively it saw a big jump in the number of people logging on their site.

"For the blizzard states we’re seeing an increase of over 60 percent of email initiations between Match members," a Match.com spokesperson said.

OKCupid also reported a 10 percent spike in traffic.

Representatives from Tinder didn't respond to ABC News' request for user activity stats during the storm but the dating app, along with Facebook and Instagram, reported outages on Monday. Hinge, another popular dating app, declined to provide such numbers.

Some people in New York City even took to Craigslist to post “want ads” for “blizzard boyfriends” and girlfriends, hoping to find someone to snuggle with on the snow day. “Seeking a single 20- to 30-something female who shares my excitement for snow days,” one ad read.

“Seeking snow day make-out buddy” another ad read.

Adam, a Craigslist user who posted one of the snow day ads, said he did it as a joke, and received dozens of responses.

"I figured I'd post it, send it to a few friends for a laugh and maybe get one or two responses, which would also likely generate laughs," he told ABC News via email. "I truly thought of it as a joke, but one of those could-be-like-1-percent-truthful kind of jokes, because, after all, who doesn't want a snow-day make-out buddy?."

Another used named Phil C., who also posted a hook-up ad on Craigslist, said he didn't receive any responses.

“[I] Think most [people] on Craigslist are so very fake,” he said via email. “All they want to do [is] just ask for a photo, never answer you back.”

Relationship expert Logan Levkoff wasn't surprised by the uptick in activity on dating sites during the storm.

“Winters may be tough on singles because people can feel lonely during cold bleak times," Levkoff said. "A blizzard, especially one that traps you indoors, may motivate singles to seek connection."

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Longtime Anchor Announces ALS Diagnosis


ABC News(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Little did longtime news anchor Larry Stogner know that when he did the ALS ice bucket challenge last summer, he already had the genetic disease in his body.

Stogner, an anchor on ABC News' North Carolina station WTVD for 40 years, announced that he will be retiring and has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"For nearly four decades, I've met you right here, usually at 6," Stogner began, addressing viewers. "Boy, we've seen a lot of change over those years. But, we have to stop meeting this way."

Before announcing the diagnosis, he drew attention to his voice.

"I am sure that in recent months, you've noticed a change in my voice, my speech [is] slower," he said. "Many of you were kind enough to email me ideas about what it might be, or just to show concern, and I truly appreciate that."

"As it turns out, I have ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease," he added.

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a an incurable neurological disease that eventually causes the brain to stop communicating with the muscles. Those who have it eventually lose their ability to move and speak, and the condition is fatal. Some, like Stephen Hawking, are able to survive, in part, thanks to breathing mechanisms.

The ALS ice bucket challenge took the nation by storm as people challenged each other to either douse themselves with a bucket of ice water and share it on social media or donate to ALS research.

Stogner took the challenge, too, and said "little did I know it was about to change my life."

He said his career was over, and he was "blessed" to have had such a great job at WTVD. He will take a vacation and return to the air in two weeks to say goodbye to his viewers, he added.

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Super Bowl Parties Hike Calorie Counts


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Forget the New England Patriot’s deflategate. Diet experts say the real Super Bowl story is actually “inflategate” -- the anticipated eating frenzy at Super Bowl parties everywhere.

In fact, the average American will inflate their waistline several inches by gobbling up at least 2,400 calories during the four to five hour football viewing extravaganza, according to the Calorie Control Council, a low calorie food industry group.

That makes it the second biggest day of gluttony after Thanksgiving.

The number is far from scientific. Sylvia Poulos, the registered dietician who is a spokeswoman for the council, said the calorie consumption estimate comes from a list of popular food items people typically purchase for game day parties plus some statistics from other food industry groups.

Whatever the true count, the evidence does suggest a belt popping day of eating for the Feb. 1 game.

Americans will scarf down roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 3 million pounds of nuts, said the Snack Food Association. They’ll eat nearly 1 billion chicken wings on game day, according to the National Chicken Council. An estimated 48 million Americans will also order takeout, predicted the National Restaurant Association, while another 12 million people during the big game.

The Calorie Control Council’s number assumes eating two slices of pizza, five mini hotdogs, a variety of chips, dip, wings and other snacks, at least three beers and regular sodas plus several desserts.

“You do tend to overeat because you’re so busy paying attention to the game, you don’t realize what’s going in your mouth,” said Connecticut-based exercise physiologist Tom Holland.

Studies by the Cornell University’s Food and Psychology lab confirmed Holland’s theory. Researchers threw a Super Bowl party so they could count up how many chicken wings their guests ate from a buffet. The subjects who had their leftover wing bones swept away ate, on average, seven wings -- an additional 200 calories compared to those who sat at the messier, un-bussed tables. When the wings were boneless, their calorie intake increased by 35 percent.

The lack of bones created a sort of caloric blindness in the party goers, head researcher Brian Wansink speculated.

"All the evidence of what they'd eaten was removed," he explained. "There was nothing left to remind them of how many calories they'd consumed."

Even someone trying to practice restraint can easily lob a calorie bomb at their diet, said Holland.

For example, eating just the two slices of pepperoni pizza and a few beers cross the 1000 calorie threshold and pack nearly a day’s worth of fat, cholesterol and sodium, according to calculations from the USDA nutrition database.

To counteract a Super Bowl spread, Holland recommended having a good offense and a good defense.

“Work out extra hard and really watch what you eat a few days before the game,” he advised. “Then after the game hit the gym harder for a couple of weeks and cut back on your calories.”

Holland also advised focusing your exercise efforts on shorter, higher intensity workouts because they burn a good number of calories in a short period of time and offer a temporary boost to the metabolism.

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Can 36 Questions Create Closeness Between Strangers?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Can you create closeness in 36 questions?

That’s what sociologist Arthur Aron attempts to do. In a study titled “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings,” published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Aron and his co-authors seek to discover whether they can “create closeness in a reasonably short amount of time.” The questions are designed to simplify things and help people get to know each other quickly.

Aron, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his co-authors designed these questions based on a lot of research into how friendships naturally develop.

“The questions gradually get more and more personal, so they begin with questions that are almost small talk and then they move to talk about some of the deepest, most intimate things in your life,” he said.

The questions include the following:

  • Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
  • If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

Aron said the the questions gradually get more and more personal.

“They begin with questions that are almost small talk and then they move to talk about some of the deepest, most intimate things in your life,” he said, adding: “There's reason to think that getting close would facilitate love and feeling romantic feelings."

He said he and his co-authors designed the questions for strangers, but added that research suggests sharing personal things -- as long as it’s reciprocated and both parties are responsive -- helps all kinds of relationships.

Samantha Daniels, a professional matchmaker, sees the benefits and drawbacks of the list.

“Well, falling in love really is about chemistry and chemistry is an intangible, but what I say is you need two types of chemistry. You need physical chemistry and then you need mental and emotional chemistry so questions like these help people find that second half, which is the mental and emotional chemistry, but at the same time you have to be careful because you don't want to cross the line too quickly. You don't want to ask too many personal questions or pry because that could send you in the wrong direction,” she said.

On a first date, it’s important to not make your date uncomfortable, she said.

“You know, in the 36 questions there's one asking how you think you're going to die. You know that's a little extreme to be asking on a first date,” she said. “I think that that's off-putting, number one, and it puts you in a really serious, heavy place on a date and you just don't want to be in that place on a first date because it doesn't really help.”

Stuart Kenworthy, 28, and Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, 31, are complete strangers who took the 36 questions. They asked each other the questions, and completed the last part of the exercise by staring deeply into each other’s eyes for four minutes.

Asked how the exercise went, Godfrey-Ryan said there was “a lot more connection” than she expected.

“It was really disarming and I felt very vulnerable but happy and comfortable at the same time," she said.

Added Kenworthy: “I was nervous at first but definitely more comfortable as the questions progressed but I was worried about my answers. ‘Am I smiling too much, do I look nervous’ and as we progressed I became very comfortable with Kyle."

Godfrey-Ryan she would “definitely have coffee" with Kenworthy, and she believes the questions did what they were designed to do.

“They do work -- I believe they work,” she said.

Here are all 36 questions:

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Set II


13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

16. What do you value most in a friendship?

17. What is your most treasured memory?

18. What is your most terrible memory?

19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?

20. What does friendship mean to you?

21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?

22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?

24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

Set III

25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ..."

26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ..."

27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.

29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?

35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

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Scientists Crack Code on How to Un-Boil a Hard-Boiled Egg


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have cracked the code for un-boiling hard-boiled egg whites and it could have huge implications for cancer research.

Egg whites are made of proteins that start out with a certain shape, explained Gregory Weiss, a professor of chemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Irvine, and the experiment’s lead researcher.

“Once you boil them, the proteins stay intact but they change their conformation,” he said.

This is a big deal because even chemists assumed once you hard-boiled an egg it was game over, Weiss explained. But his team has been able to reverse the process so that proteins can be recovered and reused.

In a sort of scientific magic trick, Weiss and his team first peeled the egg whites away from the yolks and soaked them in a chemical called urea to dissolve them. They then placed them in a device called a “vortex fluid machine,” which spins the whites at high speeds to restore them to their original state.

The process is complete in minutes rather than days, Weiss said, and this is good news for those who use similar proteins in cancer research.

Certain proteins are quite useful in the lab but they tend to mis-fold into the wrong format, rendering a large portion of them useless. This new method is a quick and simple way to coax them back into their initial forms and prevent them from clumping up inside lab instruments.

“We are already using it in our cancer research here,” Weiss said, adding that he hoped the technique will be used on a larger scale within the next few years.

However, don’t expect this discovery to revolutionize fine dining. While it’s certainly possible to reverse a hard-boiled yolk, Weiss said they haven’t yet bothered trying. And, he said, it’s also theoretically possible to un-cook a chicken but the process would make it taste awful.

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Watch US Soldiers Work in Hot Zone to Build Ebola Treatment Units


John Moore/Getty Images(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- The United States military has completed the last of its 17 Ebola treatment units (ETUs) in Liberia.

Rather than contracting out the construction, American soldiers picked up hammers themselves and worked side by side with the Armed Forces of Liberia for the final ETU under Operation United Assistance.

Working 12-hour days in a remote rainforest brought plenty of challenges but also camaraderie rarely seen on a military mission.

Watch the video below as ABC News was there from start to finish to show the building of bonds as well as Ebola treatment blocks:

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, who leads the Joint Command task force on the ground, told ABC News that the Department of Defense will decide this month the future of the operation against Ebola and whether to send troops home. About 450 non-essential service members have already returned to the United States. Unlike neighboring Sierra Leone, the spread of the disease has been steadily decreasing in Liberia.

The U.S. military has not only helped build ETUs in Liberia, but troops have also trained more than 1,500 health workers to go into these hot zones. In a mock ETU in the capital Monrovia and in mobile courses in more remote regions, soldiers drilled doctors and other medical staff on how to tackle and treat the dangers of the deadly disease.

Classes covered everything from confronting uncooperative patients to avoiding contamination from bodily fluids and blood, realistically simulated by red ratatouille sauce from the military's Meals Ready to Eat (better known as MREs).

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Seven in 10 Have a Favorable View of the CDC


James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(WASHINGTON) — During the midst of last fall's panic in the U.S. over Ebola, there was a lot of grumbling about how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seemed to have dropped the ball in its response to the possible spread of the deadly virus.

However, after all is said and done, the CDC still comes on top when 1,500 adults were asked their opinions about various government agencies in a new Pew Research Center poll.

Seventy percent of respondents expressed a favorable view of the CDC, which has come under some recent fire over the relative ineffectiveness of a vaccine used to battle this winter's flu epidemic. Meanwhile, 23 percent of Americans said they have an unfavorable view of the CDC.

Two federal agencies, NASA and the Defense Department, also received favorable marks of 68 percent and 65 percent respectively.

Of the eight agencies reviewed, only the Internal Revenue Service was reviewed more disfavorably than favorably, 48 percent to 45 percent.

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High Cholesterol in Early Adulthood Linked to Long-Term Risk of Heart Disease


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Early detection of high cholesterol could be a major help in minimizing the development of heart disease, researchers said.

According to a study published in the journal Circulation, adults in their 30s and 40s may want to begin monitoring their cholesterol. Researchers looked at more than 1,400 healthy individuals who were split into groups based on whether they did not have high cholesterol, had had high cholesterol for one to 10 years or had had high cholesterol for 11 to 20 years. The individuals who had dealt with high cholesterol for a longer period of time were significantly more likely to develop heart disease later in life.

At a 15-year follow-up with researchers, coronary heart disease was recorded at a 4.4-percent rate among those who had not suffered from high cholesterol by age 55. That figure jumped to 8.1 percent for those who had had high cholesterol for one to 10 years and 16.5 percent for those who had dealt with high cholesterol levels for more than 11 years.

The study did not make recommendations for whether younger adults should be given a cholesterol-lowering medication.

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Study Links Insomnia with Greater Risk of High Blood Pressure


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint in the U.S., but a new study indicates that a lack of sleep could be associated with greater risk of high blood pressure.

According to the study, published in the journal Hypertension, researchers analyzing data from over 200 individuals with chronic insomnia and 96 normal sleepers found that the longer it took to fall asleep, the greater the risk of hypertension. Specifically, researchers measured the amount of time it took each group to fall asleep during four "nap episodes." Blood pressure readings were taken both before the naps and the morning after.

Participants who took more than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300-percent higher rate of high blood pressure, researchers found. They thus associated physiological hyperarousal with risk of hypertension.

Still, this study was limited in that it only monitored subjects for one night, and the blood pressure test was not completed directly after the nap. More research is necessary to determine whether there is a causal effect between difficulty sleeping and high blood pressure.

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Blizzard 2015: Five Ways to Stay Fit When YouÂ’re Stuck Inside


amana images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Even if you live in a tiny studio apartment, you can still find a way to stay active indoors until the Blizzard of 2015 blows over.

Grace DeSimone of American College of Sports Medicine Spokeswoman explains how:

Take the Stairs


Indoor stairs and steps can be turned into calorie-blasting machines, DeSimone said. Walking up and down stairs burns an average of about 7 calories per minute, according to the Compendium of Physical Activity. Take them at a jog, and you’ll up the calorie burn to 11 per minute.

Though it’s harder to get the recommended 10,000 steps per day when you’re cooped up indoors, it is possible, especially if you wear a fitness tracking device, she said.

Stairs can also guard against binging, DeSimone pointed out.

“Put all the snacks up high out of reach or down in the basement,” she advised. "That way you have to run up and down the stairs every time you feel like having a cookie.”

Use What You've Got


Everything you own can be used for exercise, DeSimone said.

For example, squat up and down in a chair to strengthen your butt and thighs. Or do dips on the edge of the couch to strengthen your arms, shoulders and chest.

“If you’ve got weights or bands, great, but if not you can use laundry bottles or cans for strength work,” she said. “If your kids are small enough, even they can be used for bench presses.”

Find an App

There is an app for any possible fitness goal you might have and many of them are free, DeSimone said.

“Download one, use it, delete it and try another one,” she said, adding that many take into account tight spaces and lack of equipment.

If you’re not into apps, search the Internet for streaming, downloadable or written workouts. Your gym’s website can be a good resource, she said. Equinox Gyms, for example, offers a free “Do Anywhere” workout complete with demo videos.

Make It a Game

One way to get the whole family up and moving is with a rousing game of balloon volleyball, DeSimone said.

“Trying to keep the balloon from hitting the floor is a lot harder than it looks. It burns calories and wears everyone out,” she said.

Break Out the Shovel

You may not be looking forward to shoveling your sidewalk or driveway once the storm is over, but DeSimone said you should be if you’re interested in getting a great workout. Besides burning up to 640 calories an hour, cleaning your walk works virtually every muscle in your body.

“Just be sure to switch sides every few minutes so you don’t get a backache,” she said.

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Lifesaving Tips to Survive the Blizzard of 2015


lisa comb/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the blizzard of 2015 gets ready to wallop the Northeast, the last place you want to spend the storm is in the emergency room.

Here's what lands many people in the ER during snowstorms and how to avoid becoming one of them:

Heart Attacks

Cold weather alone puts people at greater risk of having a heart attack because it constricts the blood vessels, said Dr. Lawrence Phillips, a cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Add in the demanding physical activity of shoveling, and that risk is even higher, he said.

"Every year at NYU Langone, I see several patients over the course of the winter who have brought out heart disease symptoms," Phillips said. "It's real. It's not something we speak about in a hypothetical way, and it can be very dangerous."

Many people who shovel snow don't exercise regularly and try to shovel more snow than they can handle without warming up first, he said. He suggested shoveling slowly and taking frequent breaks. If you have any chest pain or breathing changes, stop.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

As the temperature starts to drop, people start to use devices they haven't used before to keep warm, such as space heaters and other fuel-burning devices, said Dr. Corey Slovis, who chairs emergency medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. But those devices don't always work properly, and incomplete combustion can mean potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning, which happens when carbon monoxide prevents the body from absorbing oxygen.

"Anyone is at risk of this colorless, odorless, tasteless gas," Slovis said. "You need to have a carbon monoxide detector on every level of the house."

Turning on ovens to keep warm or sitting in cars without properly maintained exhaust pipes can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, said Dr. Aaron Lareau, who practices emergency medicine at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland. Sometimes, it's best to just get to a warm shelter.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia, when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it, is a "subtle" killer, Slovis said.

"Rather than getting more anxious, you get less anxious, and sleepy," he said, explaining that people stop shivering when hypothermia sets in. "Your body begins to slow down, your mind begins to slow down, and you stop feeling cold."

He said if you're having trouble thinking or moving normally, you need to get somewhere warm and go to the hospital, Slovis said.

Frostbite

Like hypothermia, frostbite becomes serious when it stops bothering you, Slovis said. It starts off feeling like a burn and eventually stops feeling painful or cold, he said.

Frostbite usually happens to a person's extremities, which can turn white or grey as the nerve damage sets in, Slovis said.

If this happens, put the affected body part in warm -- not hot -- water, and don't rub it. If you suspect frostbite, go to the emergency room, he said.

Slips, Falls and Car Accidents

Lareau said people often arrive at the emergency room because they've gotten into a car accident in the snow or have slipped and fallen on ice in their driveways.

"I think people still try and go about their daily rout as much as possible," he said. "I think that the biggest thing is to use common sense, stay indoors and be prepared If you do have to go out."

He suggested wearing extra layers, bringing a cellphone and packing a blanket in the car.

"If you don’t have to go out, just stay inside," he said.

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