Internet trends, undetected pregnancies, and selfies, oh my! Welcome back to our regular Wednesday roundup. This week's a good one: We've got new studies and weird fads and more.
Scroll down to catch the headlines we're reading this week, and as always, feel free to share your thoughts! What did you like? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!
1. A trend we don't need. #No. #Justno. The after-sex selfie—which is exactly what it sounds like—is the latest craze to hit the Internet. You can scroll through and enjoy some examples here, if you are so inclined (some are NSFW; others are okay). I have nothing more to say about this fad, except that if it could go away, that'd be great. #GetOffMyLawn.
2. CDC investigating ebola outbreak. A five-person team from the CDC has been dispatched to Guinea at the request of the World Health Organization and the Guinean government to study what has become a very deadly outbreak of ebola in the West African country. At least 220 people have been infected and 80 have died so far, with the death toll expected to rise. Ebola is a rare, highly contagious virus that, until now, had never been seen outside of Central Africa. We're keeping our faith in the medical experts.
3. Woman's terrible stomachache ends up being a baby. Connecticut resident Jennifer Scollin thought she had caught a stomach bug going around her neighborhood, but when she woke up on Saturday with terrible stomach pains, she had her boyfriend call an ambulance and—to her surprise—ended up delivering her second child moments later. "I had been feeling fine until the past few days," she told the Connecticut Post. "And I had been getting my 'womanly thing' every month until last month," she said.
4. People who work in healthcare tend to be less healthy than most. In topsy-turvy news of the day, a new study has revealed that people who work in healthcare, social services, and public administration tend to have higher-than-average obesity rates, even after the researchers adjusted for factors such as race, gender, and behaviors such as smoking. While it may seem strange (you'd expect your doctor or nurse to be in great shape, right?), the authors of the study believe it could be due to the fact that those jobs tend to be quite sedentary. While doctors may be on their feet all day, it's likely that people who work in reception or billing are at their desks answering phones, updating patient files, or licking envelopes.
5. Made nervous by your doctor? You're not alone! A new large-scale study has found that the "white coat effect" is real. When researchers combined data from 15 studies involving 1,000 patients in 10 countries, they found that patients' blood pressure was lower when taken by nurses compared to when it was taken by doctors. The researchers say this isn't a reason to never have doctors take their patients' blood pressure, but that if they have patients with high blood pressure, it could make sense to have a nurse take do it instead.