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Only 10% of Americans get enough fruits and vegetables, report finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Before chowing down on Thanksgiving, you might want to save some room for extra veggies on your plate. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only one in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables. Federal guidelines recommend at least one and a half cups of fruit per day, and two to three cups of vegetables. In 2015, 12 percent of adults met the recommendation for fruits, and only 9 percent met the recommendation for vegetables. Consumption rates were lowest in West Virginia, while Alaska and Washington D.C. saw the highest...
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Jesse Jackson reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson revealed on Friday his battle with Parkinson's disease. In a letter to supporters, Jackson, 76, said he found it "increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks," a change the civil rights activist said he and his family began to notice about three years ago. "Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he wrote. "For me, a Parkinson's diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate...
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Parkinson's disease: What you need to know in wake of Jesse Jackson's diagnosis
Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Iconic American civil rights activist, politician and minister Jesse Jackson announced Friday that his doctors have diagnosed him with Parkinson’s disease – a diagnosis that he says comes after several years of symptoms.Below are answers to some of the more common questions about this disease.What is Parkinson’s disease?Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder globally, after Alzheimer's disease, affecting more than 1 million people in North America. It was originally described by English surgeon James Parkinson in 1817. While the precise causes of this condition remain unknown, the disease is characterized by abnormalities...
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ABC News' Elizabeth Vargas on being inspired by a boy with Treacher Collins and the book 'Wonder': Reporter's Notebook
ABC News (RENO, Nev.) -- One of my favorite things to do with my children is to read to them.A few years ago, the bedtime book was "Wonder," and it was hands-down one of the best books we read together. So, a few years later when my mother forwarded me an email from a member of her book club, I took notice. “Has Elizabeth heard of the book 'Wonder?'” the email read. “If so, I have the real-life wonder boy in my class.” I jumped for the phone.We made contact with the Newman family, living in Reno, Nevada, and spent...
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Man's best friend: Owning a dog linked to lower risk of death, study says
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Owning a dog is associated with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death, according to a comprehensive new study published by a team of Swedish researchers on Friday in the journal Scientific Reports.The scientists followed 3.4 million people over the course of 12 years and found that adults who live alone and owned a dog were 33 percent less likely to die during the study than adults who lived alone without dogs. In addition, the single adults with dogs were 36 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease."Dog ownership was especially prominent as...
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Kids' simple Christmas wishes will break your heart
(Things of My Very Own) Things of My Very Own, an organization in Schenectady, N.Y. that helps kids in crisis, shared the Christmas wishes of some of the children they work with. (NEW YORK) -- There's nothing like a little perspective to make a person realize how lucky they are.While many are clamoring for the iPhone X this holiday season, some kids in this country are in need of the basics, like food.Rayn Boncie, founder of Things of My Very Own, an organization that provides crisis intervention services to children impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect, posted this message on...
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Seven Hawaii hospital workers on leave without pay after psychiatric patient escapes
sudok1/iStock/Thinkstock (HONOLULU) -- Seven hospital workers in Hawaii have been relieved of their duties without pay after an "extremely dangerous" psychiatric patient escaped from there and boarded a flight to California, officials said.The Hawaii State Hospital employees were placed on off-duty status without pay while officials investigate how the patient, Randall Saito, managed to break free from the mental health facility on Oahu and travel some 2,350 miles on Sunday. Saito was captured in northern California three days later."The hospital employees are being notified and will be relieved of their duties for 30 days as the internal investigation continues. As...
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One family's hardships, triumphs with son who has rare craniofacial disorder
The Newman Family (NEW YORK) -- It was a frigid February night in New York City when Magda Newman was in labor with her first child. With her husband, Russel Newman, by her side, she labored for nearly 17 hours before giving birth to their son.But when she finally delivered, the couple’s moment of expected happiness quickly turned to anguish.Magda said the room was filled with silence, and no one was saying anything to her about her newborn baby. At first, she said, she thought he was dead.“I’m like, ‘What’s going on? Is he alive? What’s going on? I want...
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Mom's raw photo of her stretch marks resonates with many
Hayley Garnett (NEW YORK) -- Many women hide the scars of pregnancy, but one mom put hers on display in a very public way instead.Hayley Garnett recently gave birth to twin girls Ruby and Ramona. She also has a son, Archer. Among the beautiful pictures of her children on her Instagram is a photo that stands out.In it, she holds her twins next to her bare stomach covered in stretch marks. "Happy one week birthday, ladies," she wrote. "This morning Archer asked me what’s wrong with my belly and I told him that all of my babies leave marks on...
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Digital pill that 'talks' to your smartphone approved for first time
Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- In a groundbreaking decision on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug with a “digital ingestion tracking system,” which senses when a pill is swallowed and sends the data to a smartphone.The new drug-device combination product called Abilify MyCite is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and mood disorders. The Abilify (aripiprazole) tablets come embedded with an ingestible event marker (IEM) sensor -- the size of a grain of sand -- that sends information to a patch the patient wears. The patch then transmits the data to smartphones and online health care portals,...
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Senate Republicans want to include individual mandate repeal in tax plan
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans expect to include a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate, which requires people to purchase health insurance or face penalties, in their tax plan, complicating the party's efforts to reshape the tax code by year's end.The change -- which President Trump called for yesterday in a surprise tweet from Asia -- would help Republicans pay for proposed tax cuts in their plan by slashing more than $300 billion in government spending on subsidized medical coverage over 10 years.“We’re optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told...
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At snack business, young people with autism find work and skills for the future
ABC News (LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.) -- Sam Antar was all smiles when he was offered a full-time, paid position as a "granologist" at Luv Michael, a healthy snack business."I like to put the ingredients together," Antar, 22, told ABC News. "I love making new friends."Based in Long Island City, Luv Michael's mission is to provide meaningful employment for young adults with autism.The business was started by Lisa Liberatore and husband, Dimitri Kessaris, for their son, Michael, who has autism and also loves to cook. Luv Michael now employs six workers and sells granola in more than 60 stores on...
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