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Warm weather and heat-related illness: Why it's important to stay hydrated
kuppa_rock/iStock (NEW YORK) -- As the weather warms up, more people are heading outside for both fun and exercise. But with warm weather comes a greater risk of heat-related illnesses, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re practicing high-intensity activities, such as running.Heat-related illness is more likely to affect people who are 65 years old and above, however, other age groups can also be affected. From 2001 to 2010, there were 28,000 heat-related hospitalizations in the United States, with the highest rates occurring in the Southeast and Midwest, according to the latest figures from the Environmental...
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Morgan Miller reflects on the drowning death of her daughter
Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage (NEW YORK) -- Almost a year after Olympic skier Bode Miller and his volleyball star wife lost their 19-month-old daughter in an accidental drowning in a neighbor's swimming pool, Morgan Miller is working to raise awareness about water safety.In an Instagram post, Morgan Miller shared a PSA she made with another mother who lost a child to drowning. In it, they share details of what happened to their families and educate others on how to avoid the same fate.Both mothers encouraged parents to make a water safety plan."Time is not on our side when it comes to...
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As Memorial Day approaches, 62,000 pounds of raw beef products recalled due to E. coli concerns
gilaxia/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Over 62,000 pounds of raw beef products shipped nationwide are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination, just days before Memorial Day, one of the country’s biggest grilling holidays.The beef products came from Aurora Packing Company in Aurora, Illinois, where they were packed on April 19, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).The products that are being recalled — cuts of meat that include skirt, brisket, short ribs and ribeye — are labeled with an establishment number of “EST. 788.”The FSIS implored anyone with these beef products to throw...
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14 nurses in 1 hospital oncology unit are pregnant at the same time
Fourteen pregnant nurses from the oncology unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are pictured in an undated handout photo. (Courtesy Massachusetts General Hospital) (BOSTON) -- Over the past few months, 14 nurses have come into the office of Ellen Fitzgerald, director of nursing in an oncology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.Each nurse has told Fitzgerald the same thing: "I am pregnant."The 14 nurses in the unit, which treats leukemia and bone marrow patients, are all expecting between now and November. That is on top of four nurses in the unit who have already given birth this year.While the prospect...
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Seven dietary factors may increase your risk of cancer: Study
fcafotodigital/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Seven dietary factors may increase the risk of cancer for American adults aged 20 and over, according to a new study published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum medical journal. The study, conducted by researchers at Tuft's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, found that in 2015 over 80,000 new cancer cases were associated with low whole-grain intake, low dairy intake, high intake of processed meats and red meat, low fruit and vegetable intake, and high intake of sugary beverages.Those new cases represent approximately 5.2 percent of total cancer cases reported among U.S. adults in that...
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Girl with spina bifida chases her dreams by running in her first track race
Courtesy Chelsea Garcia (NEW YORK) -- Aubrey Garcia, a 7-year-old girl with spina bifida, is running straight into people’s hearts after completing her first track race.Aubrey’s mom Chelsea Garcia learned that her daughter had a fluid sac on her spine and an enlarged ventricle in her brain when she received her 20-week ultrasound. When the doctor called the next day to tell her and her husband what they had found, the couple didn’t know how to take the news."I had never met anyone with the condition or read anything about it," Garcia said. "You never think you’re going to hear...
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Should parents get their kids' permission before posting their photos on social media?
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- You might think kids are sharing too much on social media, but in many cases it's parents who are doing it -- with kids complaining that their moms and dads are revealing way too much.For 14-year-old Lillian Durben of Silverlake, Washington, her mom Kate Durben was posting photos of her without permission."To be honest, I was very upset," Lillian told ABC News' Good Morning America in a sit-down interview.Mom Kate said that although she knew her daughter didn't want her to share certain pictures, she just couldn't resist."I justified it by saying, 'It's fine, it's...
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More questions than answers in death of 13-year-old Massachusetts girl left at hospital
Adam Calaitzis/iStock (LAWRENCE, Mass.) -- More questions than answers remain in the mysterious death of a 13-year-old girl as investigators look into how she died at a Lawrence, Mass., emergency room this week.Authorities have not released the name of the Amesbury, Mass., girl, but the family identified her as Chloe Ricard, reported ABC Boston affiliate WCVB.The 13-year-old was brought to the Lawrence General Hospital emergency room at 4:47 p.m. Monday and was pronounced dead "shortly after arrival," the Essex District Attorney's Office said in a statement.An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but it's expected to "take some time before there is...
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Democrats and Republicans come together to end surprise medical bills
DNY59/iStock (WASHINGTON) -- Katie Porter while fighting through the pain of a burst appendix during campaigning and just weeks before election day in Irvine, Ca., texted her campaign manager that she needed to go to the hospital.Even though there was an emergency room close by she asked to go to Hoag Hospital because she knew her health insurance would cover her since it was an in-network provider.Six hours later she awoke from surgery to see the medical team around her in a panic.They couldn’t get her temperature to drop or her blood pressure to rise and she would spend the...
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Man graduates with nursing degree from same university where he started as a janitor
Kate Lord/New York University (NEW YORK) -- Frank Baez was a teenager when he started working as a janitor at New York University's Langone Tisch Hospital, cleaning patient rooms, bathrooms and hallways.On Monday, Baez, now 29, graduated with a nursing degree from the same institution where he started as a janitor."I could barely speak English at the time when I started working at NYU," said Baez, who moved to New York from the Dominican Republic with his mom at age 15. "Now I reflect on it and I feel very proud of how much I accomplished."Baez got his first job...
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How these two moms each lost more than 100 pounds
Courtesy Victoria Brady/Laura Rosenthal (NEW YORK) -- Being a mom is hard enough but being a mom who struggles with weight can be devastating. For Victoria Brady, it was a pediatrician expressing concerns about her 1-year-old son’s weight that spurred her to make a change for herself too. “I decided I was tired of failing and it was time to break the cycle of obesity in my family,” Brady said. “I wanted my sons to live a healthier lifestyle than I did so they wouldn’t have to endure what I did growing up overweight.”Since that pediatrician appointment in June 2017,...
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Everything to know about kombucha: Is it worth the hype?
andipantz/iStock (NEW YORK) -- No longer relegated to health food stores, kombucha has made a big splash in the world of beverages.The fermented tea drink can now be found on the shelves of grocery stores and even convenience stores.Kombucha typically comes with a hefty price, usually $4 or more per 16-ounce bottle, and a lot of questions about what it actually is and whether it's health benefits are real.There can also be confusion about what is actually in kombucha since ingredients and nutrition information, like grams of sugar, tend to vary by both type and brand.ABC News' Good Morning America...
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