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The trending concern in schools: Opioid awareness and prevention
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As the school year winds down, opioid prevention in schools are trending up.One in 7 high school students in America reported they'd misused prescription opioids, like hydrocodone, in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In Ashland, Kentucky a community of just over 21,000 people along the southern bank of the Ohio River, the epidemic has hit a fever pitch.Boyd County, where Ashland is located, saw 39 opioid-related deaths in 2017, which was an increase from 30 deaths in 2016, according to the local paper The Daily Independent.In one year, local elementary...
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Paramedics investigated for covering teenager with sheet after mistakenly believing he was dead
WLS-TV (CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Fire Department is investigating why paramedics mistakenly thought a teenager who was shot in the head was dead and left his body lying in the street covered in a sheet until bystanders saw his arms and legs twitching.Paramedics left Erin Carey, 17, unattended next to a gutter as they treated other victims in the shooting early Monday in the University Village area of Chicago. Once the paramedics were told the teenager was still breathing, they began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rushed him to a local hospital, officials said.He died at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, about 20 hours...
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Seasonal produce to make your summer recipes shine
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Summer is upon us, which means it's time to hit your local farmers market for the freshest seasonal ingredients.seasonal food not only tastes amazing, but it helps build a sustainable food system, supports local farmers and enhances recipes because you're using layers of flavors have been picked at their peak.Summer is synonymous with an abundance of fresh veggies that are perfect to toss on a hot grill or swap some peaches for something sweet.New York City-based pastry chef Jessica Weiss of Marta, Maialino and Caffe Marchio finds much of her inspiration for desserts, pastries and bread...
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Increased stress could lead to immune system disorders, study finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Stress may not just affect the mind, but may actually affect the physical immune system, a new study found.Everyone will experience a significant life stressor at some point in their lives, such as loss of a loved one, or exposure to violence. While most people exposed to hardships gradually recover, a significant percentage develop severe psychiatric reactions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress reactions or adjustment disorder.But the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association asked: Do psychiatric reactions to life stressors result in the physical dysfunction of the immune system?Autoimmune...
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Mom shaves toddler's head: "We made a decision cancer wouldn't take his hair."
Nichole Brooks (DALLAS) -- A mom who made the decision to shave her toddler's head as he undergoes chemotherapy for cancer treatment shared her powerful photos to Facebook.And though it was a difficult process, Nichole Brooks took great comfort in what happened when her 2.5-year-old son Wyatt looked in the mirror and saw himself hairless for the first time.Wyatt, who communicates primarily though sign language, signed the word, "Beautiful.""We knew from the beginning we would shave Wyatt's hair before chemo took it away," Brooks told "Good Morning America." The doctors told us hair loss usually begins by week two. On...
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Science shows party dip can give you herpes
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you need another reason to avoid parties, consider this finding from the U.K. show Food Unwrapped: you can get a nasty stomach bug, and even herpes, from party dip. While the scourge of double-dipping came to the fore thanks to that famous Seinfeld moment, scientists on Food Unwrapped noted that norovirus -- which can give you projectile vomiting and uncontrollable diarrhea -- can lurk in your favorite dips, as well as the nasty streptococcus bug, and yes, even herpes simplex.Meaning thanks to the trace amounts of an infected person's saliva in the dip -- thanks...
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Life after attempting suicide: What 4 survivors want you to know
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- With the shocking deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain still fresh in our minds and dramatic new statistics showing suicides on the rise, we’re all grappling with how pervasive and devastating suicide is.Around 1.4 million in the United States alone are estimated to attempt suicide every year. Someone in your life could be struggling right now and you may not even realize it, experts say.Behind the statistics of suicide are real people, survivors, who struggled in their darkest days and was able to break through, emerging with a story of resiliency and hope.“They’ve been there...
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Around 30 noxious Hogweed have been found in Virginia
ABC News (CLARKE COUNTY, VA.) -- Scientists and officials on the East Coast are working to locate invasive plants known as giant hogweed that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness to those who come in contact, after Virginia residents reported discovering the noxious plants in their yards.Giant hogweed looks very similar to the common native species cow parsnip, but if the hogweed's sap touches the skin it can cause chronic, burning pain that can last several weeks, according to experts at Virginia Tech University's Massey Herbarium.“Once you get the sap on your skin, and you are exposed to...
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Playing video games too much might lead to a real problem, World Health Organization says
BY DR. KARINE TAWAGI, BY ABC NEWS iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- "Call of Duty," "Grand Theft Auto" and "Fortnite" are just some of the super-popular video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers around the world. But health officials have become increasingly concerned about what all those hours lost in gaming worlds might actually be doing to mental health.This week, the World Health Organization said that gaming can be highly addictive and that "gaming disorder" will be added to the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).In the U.S., 60 percent of Americans play video games daily,...
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Four healthy grilling ideas for your next summer barbecue
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Summer is all about backyard barbecues and that means lots of burgers and food on the grill.If you're trying to be healthier this summer, there are simple swaps to lighten up the go-to grilling dishes, says nutrition expert Brooke Alpert.Alpert, author of "The Diet Detox," shared a healthy summer BBQ menu with leaner proteins that are lower in calories and sodium content to keep you on track.1. Try a turkey burger instead of beef and skip the bun. The classic beef burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle and cheese has about 564 calories. Instead of beef, try...
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For obese people with a common joint disorder, weight loss can lead to pain reduction
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Weight loss may be a promising treatment for obese people with one of the most common joint disorders, according to a new study.For those who are overweight or obese with knee osteoarthritis, losing 20 percent of their body weight can result in a 25 percent reduction in pain, according to a study published Monday in the medical journal Arthritis Care and Research.Researchers at Wake Forest University analyzed data from a previous trial that included 240 overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis and pain. Each lost weight over an 18-month period. Some had lost less than...
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Saving Carter: Family of boy with rare disorder dubbed 'childhood Alzheimer's' launches campaign to save him
Becca Rillo Photography (NEW YORK) -- The parents of a 6-year-old boy who suffers from a debilitating disorder likened to 'childhood Alzheimer's' have started a campaign to save their son."Carter is probably one of the most loving children you'll ever meet," Jennifer Sarker, Carter's mom, told "Good Morning America." "He's very affectionate, he's very playful. He keeps us on our toes and makes us laugh daily. He's sporty and outgoing and just loves to meet everyone."In 2016, Carter Sarker was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a rare neuro-degenerative disorder will take his ability to talk, swallow and walk. It's likely Carter...
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