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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state's obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year -- nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That's well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was West Virginia at 34.3 percent followed by Louisiana at 33.2 percent. Arkansas (33 percent), Oklahoma (32.6 percent), Alabama (32.1 percent), Kentucky (31.5 percent), Indiana (31.4 percent), Iowa (31.1 percent) and Missouri (30.9 percent) rounded out the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates.

On the flip side, Hawaii had the lowest rate at 19 percent. The rest of the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates are as follows: Colorado (20.3 percent), Montana (23.5 percent), California (23.9 percent), Massachusetts (24 percent), Idaho (24.2 percent), South Dakota (24.6 percent), New York (24.7 percent), Minnesota (24.8 percent) and Connecticut (24.9 percent).

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photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining floodwater can be toxic after washing over roads and even bringing cars and other debris along.

"The Blanco River overflowed and it’s been running through the state and pushing all this debris down through the state," said Minsker, who called the water extremely toxic.

Minsker said it's important to keep young children and pets away from the water so they don't ingest any of it. For people who had to wade through dirty water to get to safety, Minsker recommends immediately showering and washing clothes to get out any toxins that were washed into the water during the flood.

Minsker said residents should only return home after officials have given the all-clear and always check for downed power lines, foundation cracks or broken gas lines before entering the home.

She also said any food that comes into contact with floodwaters, even bottled water or canned goods, needs to be thrown out.

Another unexpected hazard for those returning home: wildlife.

"We’re hearing a lot of reports of snakes getting washed on to people’s property," said Minsker, who warned that people should stay far away because the animals might be panicked or aggressive.

"They’ve been driven from their natural rural home. It’s an area they are not comfortable with," she said.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said as residents are able to clean up more and more, there will be other issues they face including mold or dust that can exacerbate asthma or breathing problems.

"You can get mold growing up on things that you’re then trying to clear out," Schaffner said.

Minsker of the Red Cross said it's key for residents with a flooded home to add fans or dehumidifiers to try and keep the mold from growing and causing health problems.

Also, as mud dries it can turn into dust that affects the lungs, said Dr. Schaffner, who recommends wearing a surgical mask.

Schaffner said anyone who had a wound exposed to floodwaters should seek medical attention to see whether they should get a tetanus booster shot.

In addition to short-term problems, Schaffner said, there's another hazard that could last long after the floodwaters recede. He said he's concerned that standing water could mean in increase in the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes, especially as summer approaches.

"All this floodwater is going to leave puddles and pockets of water that will be great breeding grounds of mosquitoes," Schaffner said. "If there are a lot of mosquitoes, more mosquitoes will bit birds and then bite people," spreading the virus.

The Texas Department of Health has a full list of recommendations on flood safety here.

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Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Alba rocks a sexy bikini on the latest cover of Shape magazine but admits her fit physique doesn't come easy.

"I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks," she told the June issue. "Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable."

The 34-year-old actress-turned-entrepreneur said she likes to mix up her workout.

"I have to break a sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done," she said. "These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105 degree room, so it’s a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin. The key for me is good music, like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé."

If she only has 30 minutes, Alba said, "I'll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations."

Alba's road to fitness began more than a decade ago, while filming the Dark Angel series.

"I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel," she told Shape. "That’s made me strong and really set the bar."

But it wasn't until having her children that she felt comfortable with her body.

"I wasn’t truly confident about my body until I had my daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3. I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born," she said. "Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk."

But this active mom and Honest Company founder has also found ways to be still.

"When I need to zone out and quiet my mind, I listen to a meditation podcast from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center [marc.ucla.edu]," she said. "Each one is literally just three minutes long, so I can go into a bathroom stall or do it in my car. But I’m really intrigued by Transcendental Meditation. Everyone I know who does TM has this inner peace and a glow. I want that."

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California Thunder via KABC-TV(HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old California softball player is reportedly fighting for her life days after a brain aneurysm led her to collapse on the field.

Dana Housley told her coach she “felt dizzy” before collapsing on the field, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

She was taken to Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, where she is on life support, according to KABC-TV. Hospital officials did not comment further on the case, citing privacy laws.

As Housley’s teammates rally with messages of support with the hashtag #PrayforDana, experts said that the teen’s case can help put the spotlight on this mysterious condition that affects an estimated 6 million Americans.

Experts are quick to point out that Housley’s activity on the softball team likely had no bearing on her developing a brain aneurysm or having it rupture.

“The biggest mystery is why they form,” Christine Buckley, the executive director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation told ABC News.

Just two days after Housley’s hospitalization, a teen baseball player reportedly died after being hit by a baseball. In that case, the cause of death was not yet released, though his grandfather told a local newspaper that one cause may have been an underlying condition, including possibly an aneurysm.

Teens rarely develop aneurysms, but those that do often do not understand their symptoms including headache, eye pain and sometimes earache, Buckley said.

“Early detection is the key,” she said, noting that people should seek treatment at a hospital if they experience signs and symptoms.

An aneurysm develops when a weak spot develops on the wall of a brain artery, leading to a bulge. Should the weak spot rupture, the blood loss can lead devastating results, including stroke, brain injury or death.

Aneurysms can run in families and ruptured aneurysms are more associated with smoking, but no specific activity is associated with developing an aneurysm or having it rupture, Buckley said.

Dr. Nicholas Bambakidis, director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said brain aneurysms in teenagers and children are rare but they do occur.

“It’s a severe tremendous headache, almost always accompanied by loss of consciousness,” Bambakidis said of brain aneurysm symptoms. "Worst headache of my life. It’s not like a tension headache or a headache after a bad day."

Bambakidis said even an outside trauma like a baseball hitting the head may not lead to rupture and that they are mostly likely to be rupture due to severe trauma that actually pierces the brain.

The biggest predictor of survival is how a patient is doing when they arrive to get treatment, he said.

“How bad was the bleeding and how much damage was done to the brain when it’s bleeding?” Bambakidis said of figuring out the likelihood of a patient surviving.

Brain aneurysms are most prevalent for people between the ages of 35 to 60, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The condition can be deadly if ruptured and approximately 15 percent of patients with a specific type of aneurysm called an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, die before reaching the hospital.

Approximately 30,000 Americans will have a brain aneurysm rupture annually and about 40 percent of these cases are fatal.


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Tazz Jones(NEW YORK) -- A snapshot of a young cancer patient has gone viral after the girl's mother posted the picture on Facebook.

Maliyah Jones is just 5 years old but has already been battling neuroblastoma for nearly three years, according to a Facebook page run by her mother, Tazz Jones.

Earlier this year, Jones snapped a picture of her daughter with another young cancer patient as they looked out on the Pittsburgh skyline, reportedly at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Jones said on Facebook that Maliyah is now getting further treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, after having a relapse this year.

Jones, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Forget the bar. If you're looking for love, stop at the local coffee shop because apparently caffeine puts the mojo in a cup of joe.

A small field study found men who chatted up women at cafes surrounded by the pleasant aromas of coffee and pastries were more likely to walk away with a phone number.

Researchers say caffeine stimulates blood flow and social interest.

On another note, a larger scientific study found men who drink two or three cups a day can reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction by up to 42 percent. Drinking coffee even lowered the risk for obese and hypertensive men but not for diabetics.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sandra Lee is home from the hospital.

The lifestyle guru, who underwent a double mastectomy last week, shared photos of herself with her partner, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and their bird, Phoenix.

"Home after a long week in the hospital," she wrote. "So happy to be in my own backyard. There is no place like home!"

Lee, 48, revealed earlier this month that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in March. Prior to the mastectomy, she'd had a lumpectomy. Her doctor also recommended daily radiation for six to eight weeks.

"It beats up your body, and it beats you up emotionally," she said during an appearance on Good Morning America. "[But] I wasn't going let it rob me from one day of happiness."

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pyotr021/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Since 2002, doctors have used Botox to paralyze the facial muscles underneath wrinkles, but it may be doing more than simply stopping these muscle movements – it may make the skin more youthfully elastic.

Researchers backed by Allergan, the company that makes Botox, studied the effects of Botox injections on 43 women in a study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

The skin at the treatment site then tended to exhibit more elasticity, which wore off after two to three months, disappearing completely by four months.

Researchers say it might explain why doctors have noticed in the past that patients tend to exhibit a progressive reduction in wrinkle levels with repeated treatments.

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ajkkafe/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- If you’re allergic to tree and grass pollen, Memorial Day is probably not your favorite holiday.

It’s the time of year when the spring tree pollen end up overlapping with the summer grass pollen, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. David Lang, an allergist at the Cleveland Clinic, said many people experience this allergy “double whammy.”

“If you’re allergic to both tree and grass – it’s kind of a double-hit. And Memorial Day is the peak of the grass pollen season,” he said.

Tree pollen is the primary allergen across the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, and New England during the month of May, while grasses typically start flowering towards the end of May in the north.

The combination of tree and grass pollen can make for a miserable Memorial Day for people with allergies.

Dr. Lang said the best defense is to have a pollen plan, which should include the combination of non-sedating antihistamine and intranasal steroids.

““Frequently we recommend that our patients use both of those – the intranasal steroids and the antihistamines, together, and that’s usually a pretty good one-two combination for reducing the level of symptoms,” Lang said.

Another tip is staying indoors with the air conditioning to provide relief, according to Lang.

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Broward Sheriff's Office(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.

Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.

Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid a court order to circumcise him, according to court records. She was taken to jail on charges including interference with custody, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office.

On Friday, she signed paperwork to allow the procedure, attorney Ira Marcus, who represents the boy's father, Dennis Nebus, told ABC News.

Doing so released Horonimus from the civil pick-up order, but not interference with child custody -- a criminal charge -- so she remained in jail until Saturday night.

In May 2014, Hironimus lost a legal battle to Nebus when a Palm Beach County judge ruled that the boy should be circumcised, according to the Orlando Sun Sentinel.

In March 2015, the judge ordered Hironimus to bring the boy in to schedule the circumcision procedure, according to the newspaper. But Hironimus never showed up in court -- prompting a warrant for her arrest, the newspaper reported, also noting that she avoided being arrested because she was living in a domestic violence shelter.

Hironimus filed a federal suit against both Nebus and the judge last month, claiming that her son did not have a medical need to be circumcised. At the boy's age, Hironimus' federal suit says, there could be negative psychological effects resulting from circumcision. She expressed that he did not want to be circumcised and was afraid of the procedure.

Nebus' attorney Ira Marcus told ABC News on Sunday: "We assume the family law court will resolve the issues ... dealing with my client and the child."

Hironimus's lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on Sunday.

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janulla/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at a conference on Heart Failure Saturday, indicating that depression was linked to a five-fold increase in risk of death in heart failure patients.

According to a press release for the event, researchers followed patients for a year following hospitalization for heart failure. Those patients who suffered from moderate or severe depression were found to be five times as likely to die in the year after they were discharged from the hospital.

Depression is not uncommon in heart disease patients or patients who have undergone cardiac surgery.

More research would be needed to determine how to treat depression in cardiac patients.

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Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage(DETROIT) -- The world's oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.

Talley -- who was born in 1899 -- was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

Talley's birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Detroit Free Press reported. She also received a special birthday message from President Obama, according to the newspaper.

The parties continue this weekend, according to the Free Press: Talley had a celebration planned Saturday in Inkster and another one Sunday at her church.

So what is Talley's secret to a very long and healthy life? Last month she told WXYZ-TV she drinks coffee every day with sugar and no cream.

On her 115th birthday, she told WXYZ-TV she thanks God for her health.

"A long time ago, I asked the good Lord, when you get ready to take me home. ... I don't want to be sick," Talley said. "So far I don't suffer so much."

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TongRo Images/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A paralyzed high school student in Georgia did something described by some as a miraculous step forward: he walked at his graduation.

Thanks to a special medical device, Will Hutchins of Heard County was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma at his graduation ceremony Friday night, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports. It led to a standing ovation from the audience inside Atlanta’s Shepherd Center.

“I knew I was going to be able to do it somehow,” Hutchins told WSB-TV.

At 16, Hutchins was involved in a car crash that left him paralyzed from the waist down. But a new device called the Indego -- which assists spinal cord injury victims in their ability to move -- helped fulfill a goal that might have seemed impossible in the wake of the crash.

“We were going to be able to see this day and so it’s been a goal of Will’s since his injury -- one way or another -- to walk across the stage,” Hutchins’ mother told WSB-TV.


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k4d/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, the bothersome buzzers may not be after your food -- it may be the scent you put off.

"Mosquitoes are not only attracted to our body odor," said Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, "but [also] the things we use to mask body odor." The clinic says mosquitoes may be attracted to fragrances, deodorants and scented lotions.

Some studies show that people with beer in their bloodstream may end up with more bites, the Cleveland Clinic notes.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends a bug repellent with DEET or picaridin.

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stokkete/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road to spend time with family and friends during Memorial Day and celebrate the unofficial kick-off of the summer season.

Unfortunately, the season also means higher rates of injuries, according to experts.

To make sure you can enjoy your long weekend and stay safe, here are a few tips on how to stay safe and enjoy the summer season.

Grilling

Grilling and barbecues can be an important signal that summer has finally returned, but experts say you want to make sure you don’t kick off the season with food poisoning.

About 48 million Americans become sick with food poisoning every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reactions to spoiled food can result in nausea, vomiting, fever or diarrhea.

Marianne Graveley, a specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s meat and poultry hotline, told ABC News that using a meat thermometer can be important to ensure your hamburger is not dangerously rare.

“With ground beef, color is not a reliable indicator of doneness,” said Graveley, a specialist at the USDA’s meat and poultry hotline.

Meat that’s still pink may be well-done, Graveley said, and meat that’s brown may need more heat.

The ideal temperature range for bacteria to grow is between 40 and 140 degrees, which is why the USDA calls it the "danger zone." To avoid it, keep hot foods hot, and cold foods cold, Graveley said.

Jennifer Walker, an injury prevention coordinator at the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, said it’s also important that parents keep a child-free zone around the fiery grill.

“Have a 3-foot kid-free area,” said Walker, who added that cleaning the grill is essential.

“You want to make sure the grill is clean and not full of cobwebs and grease and fat,” which can ignite, said Walker.

Travel

This weekend, 33 million Americans are expected to hit the roads, according to AAA, but more traffic means more traffic accidents.

“We typically call summer ‘trauma season,’” Walker said. “Everything from sports to travel,” can lead to trauma cases.

The National Safety Council warns that, with more cars on the road, Memorial Day weekend can be deadly for travelers. The council estimates that 382 fatalities and 40,900 injuries might occur as a result of traffic accidents this weekend.

“Sadly, we know this long holiday weekend will end with too many preventable deaths and injuries," said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "We issue these estimates to draw attention to risks on the roadways and encourage drivers to take extra precautions so needless tragedies can be prevented."

Insects


For most Americans, the average flying or crawling pests are not much more than an annoyance. But for some Americans, an insect sting can be dangerous.

The American College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 2 million Americans are allergic to insect stings. That includes people who are at risk of having a potentially fatal reaction to the venom of certain insects.

More than 500,000 Americans end up in the hospital every year because of insect stings and bites, and they cause at least 50 known deaths a year.

Richard Pollack, a public health entomologist and instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said it's imperative for those who are allergic to insect stings to carry around an EpiPen, which can be used to easily inject epinephrine to help ease a severe allergic reaction.

"It does you no good to have it in your medicine cabinet if you're out and about [and get stung]," said Pollack.

He added that those enjoying the outdoors should also be aware of insects that are more difficult to spot, such as ticks, which can carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

"If you're going to enjoy the outdoors, even just a backyard barbecue, you run some risk of acquiring a tick," said Pollack. "At the end of the day, do a tick check on yourself, children and even your pets."

Pools

The beginning of summer also means the start of pool or beach season for many in the U.S.

Jennifer Walker recommends parents keep an eye on children at all times and have a designated “water watcher” at a pool party.

“There have been incidences that everyone assumed that someone was watching the kids,” said Walker.

She added that it’s important to empty kiddie pools or buckets after a party because even a few inches of water can be dangerous for an infant.

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