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Woman goes from weighing 350 pounds to four-time marathoner
Liz Rock (NEW YORK) -- Liz Rock started her transformation journey four years ago weighing 350 pounds. The 29-year-old Boston resident is now 150 pounds thinner, a four-time marathoner and a fitness instructor."At 350 pounds there were a lot of things I couldn’t do, simple things that people don’t have to think about if they‘re not considered overweight," Rock told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I would have anxiety about taking the train because I’m taking up a seat-and-a-half. If I was on a plane I'd pretend like I was sleeping because my seat belt wouldn't fit.""I like to use...
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2-year-old missing half a heart gets surprise 'snow day' after missing family trip
Sandee Walker (NEW YORK) -- A 2-year-old girl who was too sick to attend her family's winter vacation just got a surprise "snow day" from her neighborhood's first responders. Quinn Walker was born in 2017 missing the left side of her heart. She's had two open heart surgeries and is scheduled for one more procedure in April. Quinn's mother, father and two brothers were looking forward to a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, but cardiologists advised against it, mom Sandee Walker told ABC News' Good Morning America."They said not this year -- she was too sick to do it," Walker of...
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3 US airports will screen passengers from Chinese city for new virus
anyaberkut/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Three airports in the United States will screen passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of an outbreak of a new coronavirus that's in the same family as SARS, MERS and the common cold, health officials said Friday.Starting Friday, travelers passing through San Francisco International, New York's John F. Kennedy and Los Angeles International airports will be screened for the pneumonia-like symptoms associated with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."To further protect the health of the American public during the emergence of this novel coronavirus, CDC is beginning entry screening at...
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Flu shot isn't an exact match, but you should still get it
Pornpak Khunatorn/iStock (NEW YORK) -- This year's flu shot isn't an exact match for the flu strain that's been circulating most widely, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get it, health experts say. "The influenza vaccine protects against various strains, three or four, depending on which vaccine you receive," said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Early 2019-2020 flu activity was primarily driven by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which the vaccine is not a great match for. Now that flu activity is changing, "We’re now experiencing an increase in A/H1N1," Schaffner said. "It looks like...
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Risque condom packaging leads to HIV campaign suspension
CatLane/iStock (SALT LAKE CITY) -- An HIV campaign in Utah was suspended over raunchy condom packaging it featured, according to the state's health department. Condom wrappers had taglines that Gov. Gary Herbert deemed inappropriate, prompting him to urge the Department of Health to stop distributing them, spokeswoman Jenny Johnson, of the health department, told ABC News on Friday. The taglines included quips such as "Explore Utah's caves," "This is the place" and "Enjoy your mountin.'"Herbert's office said in a statement to ABC News the Republican governor understands the importance of a campaign aimed at educating the public on HIV awareness."He...
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Binge drinking is on the rise: What to know about the risks
Peopleimages/iStock (ATLANTA) -- The number of drinks Americans are consuming per bingeing episode has increased dramatically, according to a new study.The annual number of binge drinks among adults who reported binge drinking jumped on average from 472 in 2011 to 529 in 2017, a 12% increase, according to the study published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as a "pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 grams percent or above."That typically means consuming five or more drinks in a two-hour period for men and...
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Already forgot your New Year's resolutions? Here are four tips to reset 2020
HAKINMHAN/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A few weeks into January can be a time New Year's resolutions starts to die.Jan. 17 has even become known as "Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day" because it's such a common time for resolutions to slowly fade away.If you find yourself in that grind, it's not too late to reset, according to Dana Cavalea, author of Habits of a Champion.Cavalea trained some of the world's top athletes, including Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera, in the 12 years he spent as the New York Yankees' performance coach.Here, in his own words, are Cavalea's four tips...
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Japan reports latest case of SARS-family virus that's sickened dozens in China
smolaw11/iStock (TOKYO) -- Japan on Thursday reported its first case of a new coronavirus, which has infected 41 people in China, sparking concern about the virus's potential to spread during Chinese New Year next week, when millions are expected to be traveling."Considering global travel patterns, additional cases in other countries are likely," the World Health Organization said.The patient in Japan, a man in his 30s, had traveled to Wuhan, China, but had not visited the city's large seafood market that's been linked to many coronavirus cases.The patient was treated and discharged from the hospital, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary,...
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Women's blood vessels age faster than men's: Study
FatCamera/iStock (NEW YORK) -- New research shows for the first time that women's blood vessels, both large and small arteries, age at a faster rate than men's.The findings, published Wednesday in JAMA Cardiology, challenge the long-held belief that vascular disease and cardiovascular risk in women lags behind men by up to 20 years, concluding that certain vascular changes in women actually develop earlier and progress faster in women compared to men."We were inspired to take a much closer look at blood pressure trajectories over the life course in women compared to men because, at the end of the day, the...
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What women should know about their reproductive system as they age
Motortion/iStock (NEW YORK) -- We're taught the basics about the female body in sex ed. But after milestones for women like getting your period and giving birth, many women feel uninformed about the basics of their reproductive system -- especially as they age.Just like aging is visible outside of your body, many don’t realize their internal organs are also going through a transition.Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' chief medical correspondent, breaks down four things all women should know about their reproductive system."When we look down the road, it should be with optimism and understand that everyone will get through it,"...
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Sexual activity may help delay menopause: Study
Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Women with more active sex lives may experience menopause later in life, according to the results of a 10-year study.Published by the Royal Society Open Science, the study showed that women who reported weekly physical intimacy over a decade were about 28% less likely to experience menopause than women who reported less-than-monthly sexual activity.The reason may be because "ovulation requires a lot of energy, and it has also been shown to impair your immune function. From an evolutionary standpoint, if a person is not sexually active it would not be beneficial to allocate energy to...
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Progress stalled on closing racial gap in health insurance since Trump took office
Valeriya/iStock (NEW YORK) -- While the Affordable Care Act ushered in huge improvements in access to health care for black and Hispanic adults in the United States, that progress appears to have stalled, according to new research.Between 2013 and 2016, the uninsured rate dropped from 24.4% to 13.7% among black adults, and from 40.2% to 25.5% among Hispanic adults, according to a report published Thursday by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit research foundation. Uninsured white Americans dropped from 14.5% to 8.2% during the same period.Those gains narrowed the gap in insurance coverage between Americans of color and white Americans until...
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