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Teenage athlete suddenly dies of mono after playing in a hockey game
Adam_Lazar/iStock (CHICAGO) -- A teenage hockey player died suddenly after playing in a game from complications with mononucleosis – an infection he was not even aware that he had.Gabe Remy’s teammates on the Chicago Fury said that they could see signs he wasn’t feeling well last week but just figured that it was symptoms of the flu or perhaps something similar."[He was] hunched over a lot. Feeling really tired, said his stomach was bugging him," teammate Joseph D'Alessandro told ABC News’ Chicago station WLS-TV. "You could tell he was in a lot of pain. He said there was pain in...
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Navy researchers working on PFAS-free firefighting foams that don't pose a health risk
(U.S. Navy) PFAS-free firefighting foam was tested in late October at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. (WASHINGTON) -- Testing is still at a small scale, but U.S. Navy researchers are encouraged by their work to develop new firefighting foams that do not contain the "forever chemicals" known as PFAS, that at high levels have been linked to increased health risks, including cancer.PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl, is known as a "forever chemical" because it never degrades and will remain in the soil permanently.While found in a variety of household products and non-stick surfaces, PFAS compounds are...
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Proposed Trump administration policy pushes for transparency in health care costs
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour (WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration announced a plan Friday that would require hospitals to disclose negotiated rates with insurance companies in an effort to increase transparency for consumers. "This will have a tremendous impact on prices," President Donald Trump said Friday. Under the final rule, hospitals also would be required to publicly show the cost and description of a specific item or service online in an "easily accessible" way. "Our goal was to give patients the knowledge they need about the real price of health care services. They’ll be able to check them,...
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Mom makes plea to lawmakers after daughter's death from Toxic Shock Syndrome
Dawn Massabni (NEW YORK) -- It was late March in 2017 when Madalyn Massabni flew home from college to spend her 19th birthday with her mother.Dawn Massabni, a mom of two from Rumson, New Jersey, said she was looking forward to celebrating with Maddy, whose smile could light up a room. At the time, Maddy was studying fashion at Lynn University in Florida and had dreams of working backstage at runway shows."She dressed how she wanted and didn't fear judgement. She did a little modeling and she loved it," Massabni told ABC News' Good Morning America. "She was on the...
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Apple charges ahead into medical research; introduces Research app
Apple (NEW YORK) -- We all want to live healthy lifestyles, and many of us follow along with the latest medical research.Getting large amounts of people to join research studies, however, can be a different story.“Clinical trials testing new medications are usually not difficult to enroll and people are generally willing to travel to the researcher’s office multiple times in order to participate,” Dr. David Bernstein, vice chair of medicine for clinical trials at Northwell Health in Manhasset, N.Y., told ABC News.The types of long-term trials meant to look at large amounts of people, though, “offer no perceived immediate benefit...
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School comes together to support 'Super Nicholas' as he awaits new kidney
Nicholas Corapi and his supporters at Hopedale Memorial. (Joe Corapi) (UXBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Nicholas Corapi needs a new kidney, and his school is rallying around him while he waits for the perfect match.The 10-year-old's mom, Kim Corapi, told Good Morning America that when he was born he was in kidney failure, something his parents found out while Nicholas was in still in utero. One of his kidneys was removed, but the other, which was operating at about 20 percent, his mom said, served him well enough -- until recently.He's been monitored closely throughout the years, getting his blood checked regularly,...
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This mom gave birth wearing a virtual reality headset and says it eased the pain of labor
(NEW HAMPTON, N.Y.) -- The pain of labor is something all moms experience and most moms never forget.Now hospital labor and delivery rooms are trying to help moms face the pain by turning to a technology used primarily by gamers: virtual reality headsets.Erin Martucci, a mom of three in New Hampton, N.Y., wore virtual reality headsets while giving birth to her two youngest children.The 43-year-old had such a quick labor with her first child, a now 4-year-old son named Michael Jr., that she wanted to go drug-free giving birth to her second child, just over one year later.Martucci said she...
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As climate change worsens world health conditions, more nations need to act: Scientists
mseidelch/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Despite the pressing health concerns associated with climate change, only about half of 101 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization had national plans in place to address those problems, and fewer than 20% of those plans have been put into action.In the face of that inaction, climate change continues to wreak havoc on world health, according to a report published Wednesday in The Lancet. Not only was 2018 the fourth-hottest year on record, it was a year of prime weather conditions for disease transmission.As temperatures continue to increase, so do accompanying health problems, including the...
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CDC: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and fungi cause nearly three million infections each year
Photo Credit: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NEW YORK) -- More people in the United States are dying from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report out on Wednesday.The latest data in the AR Threats Report showed that antibiotic-resistant fungi and bacteria cause more than 2.8 million infections each year. It also found that there are 35,000 antibiotic-resistant infection deaths each year.The CDC pointed to "data sources not previously available" for the updated information. The altered figures show nearly twice as many annual deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections...
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Rescue puppy named Narwhal has a tail on his forehead and is 'perfectly healthy'
(Credit: Rochelle Steffen/Macs Mission) Narwhal, a 10-week-old rescue puppy with an extra tail on his forehead, was found in rural Missouri by Mac's Mission. (JACKSON, Mo.) -- Meet Narwhal, a perfectly healthy rescue puppy with a surprising physical feature that makes him extra special.The 10-week-old furball who was rescued by Mac's Mission -- a nonprofit dog rescue that predominately helps pups with special needs -- has a small tail-like growth on his forehead.Founder Rochelle Steffen told ABC News that they found the adorable light brown dog at a dump site in rural Jackson, Missouri, where she said "hundreds" [of dogs]...
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Ervebo approved as 1st Ebola vaccine
MarianVejcik/iStock (GENEVA) -- The world's first Ebola vaccine is finally approved, a critical move that opens the door for its use in countries at high risk for the infectious disease.Just 48 hours after the European Commission granted marketing authorization for the vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that it had also pre-qualified the vaccine, meaning it meets the WHO's quality, safety and efficacy standards.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO's director-general, called the approval "a historic step" toward making sure people who need the vaccine most have access to it."Five years ago, we had no vaccine and no therapeutics for...
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Drug testing will be mandatory for students at Ohio Catholic high school
Sergey Mikheev/iStock (HAMILTON, Ohio) -- A Catholic high school in Ohio will drug test all of its student beginning in January 2020.Stephen T. Badin High School, located in the city of Hamilton, will launch the required testing as part of its health and wellness initiative to keep the campus and students drug free, according to a letter from the school on Tuesday."Given the great pressure our students face, now is the time to take an even more aggressive stance against the threat of drug use," the letter read.The school will only release the results of positive tests to a student,...
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