NewsBits: Women’s News 12/31/14

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Susan Berman Hammer brings you a quick recap of some of the week’s top stories in the women’s news. Here’s what’s buzzing this week: SoulCycleStart the New Year's Exercise Resolution on the Right Foot Eat, drink, be merry and be sure to make your New Year’s Resolutions this evening! And, if diet and exercise are listed among your Resolutions, here’s a way to find a trending exercise routine that you can begin tomorrow. A study by My Fitness Pal of top exercise trends in 2014 provides a list of the most popular routines, one of which is sure to match your needs and interests. According to the study of 47 million Fitness Pal users, walking, running and cycling are still the most popular activities, but the rising use of wearables and apps are cited as the hottest new exercise trend. Also, shorter more intense routines, Ballet-style bar classes and Cross fit remain popular while Zumba experienced its first decline in popularity.

Plan a Trip in 2015 - It's HealthierBookAVacation Gallup Index reports that regular vacations are a must! Are you planning a trip or vacation in 2015? If not, get started! According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, regular trips or vacations is linked to higher overall well-being scores. This difference occurs across all income groups and also relates to better health outcomes. These well-being scores take into account Americans' self-reported sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, connection to community and physical health. More than 148,000 Americans, 18 years or older, were interviewed for this study conducted from January through November 2014.

HG-ebola virus slide -12-31-14-89001431-copyOne Small Step Forward in Faster Diagnosis of Ebola  This week, the first case of Ebola emerged in the UK when a Scottish health worker returned home from Sierra Leone and was later diagnosed with the deadly virus. The WHO recently reported that there have been nearly 20,000 cases of the virus, and 7,800 people have died from it. However, this week, there was an encouraging small step forward in the faster diagnosis of Ebola. The FDA has approved a three-hour diagnostic test for emergency use; the test can determine if a patient actually has Ebola or not.