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CDC reverses testing guidelines after report of interference
grejak/iStock By STEPHANIE EBBS and ANNE FLAHERTY, ABC News(ATLANTA) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed guidance on who should be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, specifying that asymptomatic people who have come in contact with an infected person should get tested and quarantine for 14 days -- a change from guidance released last month that said testing might not be necessary for people without symptoms.CDC guidance released in August caused alarm in the public health community that data would give an incomplete picture of outbreaks around the country, and The New York Times reported...
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Tara Lipinski opens up about undergoing endometriosis surgery to break taboo of 'hush hush topic'
By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News Hailshadow/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Olympic gold-medal-winning figure skater Tara Lipinski is opening up about undergoing endometriosis surgery in hopes of breaking down barriers around the condition that affects millions of women."The irony of my endometriosis diagnosis is that I knew almost nothing about a disorder that affects one in 10 women. That’s 176 million people," Lipinski shared on Instagram. "I’d never heard another woman mention 'endo' or the complications and pain that accompany it. And that definitely shows the lack of information that’s out there and the comfort level that affected women have discussing their...
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Masks may offer better protection against COVID-19 than any vaccine: Experts
Rattankun Thongbun/iStock By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As America waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's director, Robert Redfield, said we all might be better protected by simply continuing to wear masks. His comments drew criticism from President Donald Trump, who is touting the pending vaccine as a panacea for the pandemic."I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine," said Redfield, in testimony given to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.But later...
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1-year-old hears mother's voice for first time
Lauryn Webb By ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A year-old boy from Virginia was given a very special gift this week: the ability to hear his mother’s voice.Maison McMillian, of Richmond, sat on his mother Lauryn Webb’s lap as he was fitted for hearing aids at VCU Children’s Hospital.“Hi! Can you hear me? Hi baby,” Webb said to Maison in a moment caught on video. Maison’s face immediately lit up with a smile and he cooed back to his mother.Webb took to Twitter to share the heartwarming moment. The video has since gone viral with 4.3 million views.Maison, who weight only...
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Pine Sol now approved to kill coronavirus on surfaces: EPA
jfmdesign/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Clorox wipes are still in short supply due to increased demand as Americans continue to clean off frequently used surfaces to combat the spread of coronavirus, but another household cleaner has been added to the list of effective products.Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "for kill claims against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on hard non-porous surfaces," the Clorox Company announced in a press release about its cleaning product.After testing from a third-party laboratory, the disinfectant was proven effective against the virus with a...
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How did coronavirus get transferred to humans? Scientists may have an answer
Bill Oxford/iStock By PRIYA AMIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nine months into the global pandemic, scientists are still piecing together the mystery of the first crossover event, in which the coronavirus moved from bats to an intermediary animal and, eventually, to humans.By comparing the patterns of mutations from the new coronavirus to other known viruses, researchers have been able to create an evolutionary history of the related viruses, and found a "single lineage responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic." Surprisingly, they also found that the closest known ancestor of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has actually been living in bats for 40-70 years."While...
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Russia vaccine data called into question as experts worry about global distribution
Meyer & Meyer/iStock By DR. ALEXANDRIA LAMBERT, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A growing chorus of experts is calling on Russian scientists to explain potential discrepancies in the data supporting the country's COVID-19 vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V.Russia was the first country to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine, but it did so before completing proper scientific studies to show it is safe and effective.Now, with questions about Russia's vaccine swirling, experts interviewed by ABC News expressed concern about the country's swift action to disseminate the unproven vaccine to low and middle-income countries, noting that if the vaccine were to prove a failure, it...
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What you need to know about staying safe when hitting the polls this election season
hermosawave/iStock By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With less than two months to go before the U.S. presidential election, many Americans are worried about voting safely during the pandemic."As the pandemic continues to spread, it’s vital that we balance the right for citizens to vote along with the importance to maintain their health and safety in doing so," said Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, vice chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA) global health committee and emerging leader in biosecurity fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, during a media briefing held on Sept. 2 by...
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Trump teases vaccine distribution as public health officials say they need more money
ABC News BY: STEPHANIE EBBS and TRISH TURNER(ATLANTA) -- Public health officials working to make a potential COVID-19 vaccine available to all Americans said they need more than $25 billion to make it happen, but the continued impasse between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats on another coronavirus relief package has stalled that much-needed funding.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Bob Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services, raised the alarm Wednesday, saying that the agencies have depleted $600 million in previously appropriated COVID relief aid and added...
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Elle Fanning embraces eczema in her latest Instagram selfie
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images By MEGAN STONE and JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Elle Fanning recently made light of a skin condition many of her fans can relate to.The Maleficent star embraced her eczema on Monday by showing off her most recent flare-up in an unedited photo."Eczema but make it eye shadow," Fanning captioned the image.The 22-year-old actress allowed fans to see an uncensored look at her skin which earned her praise from her 4.8 million followers.Fanning's post has also garnered more than 700,00 likes with many people chiming in on how they related to her."I have the same...
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Couple married for 46 years survives COVID-19, cancer and chemotherapy
artisteer/iStock By CHRIS CIRILLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When Robert and Janice Beecham were married on April 15, 1974, they vowed to stick together through sickness and health.It was a promise twice tested: Robert suffered a stroke and was in the hospital on two of their wedding anniversaries, in 2014 and again 2016.And he was on the verge of missing a third: In late February, Robert said he started feeling chills, lost his sense of taste and was dealing with phlegm "as thick as paint." He was hospitalized again as their 46th anniversary approached, this time with COVID-19."The night [before...
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San Francisco to give $1K monthly stipend to pregnant Black, Pacific Islander women
Prostock-Studio/iStock By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women in San Francisco will get a $1,000 monthly supplement during and after their pregnancy in a first of its kind initiative meant to help improve health outcomes for both the mom and the baby.Starting next year, 150 women will receive the supplement for the duration of their pregnancy and the first six months of their baby's life. The new initiative, called the Abundant Birth Project, has the goal of eventually providing the supplement to women for up to two years after pregnancy."We're really trying to reduce...
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