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Couple keeps pregnancy a secret for 9 months, surprises grandma
Tannin Pease (NEW YORK) -- A grandmother got the surprise of her life Saturday when her son and daughter-in-law revealed they were expecting -- just two days before the baby was born.Tannin Pease of Roy, Utah, captured the moment when his mom, Carolynn Pease, learned she was going to be a grandma for the 11th time."Speechless," Tannin Pease told ABC News of his mother's reaction. "You see it in the video but ultimately, it was better than I expected. I thought she was going to hit me, but she turned around and hit my dad and kind of laughed it...
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Bush daughter scheduled to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser
Jemal Countess/Getty Images (FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week. On Wednesday, Bush, 35, will headline Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Forth Worth luncheon, according to an announcement from the women's health organization. The older Bush daughter has publicly supported Planned Parenthood, despite her father's pro-life history. In a June New York Times interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Bush referred to Planned Parenthood as "exceptional." Bush, the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, was also spotted...
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Husband works out with fake belly to see what it's like for his pregnant wife
Remy Biase/Remy Photography (CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- One thoughtful husband worked out with a fake pregnancy belly to better understand what it was like for his pregnant wife to head to the gym with him.Kristin Milchuck, who is 9 months pregnant, heads to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck.While the two were working out with their coaches at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, last week, they decided to see if Blake Milchuck would sport a faux belly to really see what it's like for his wife at the gym.So, Blake Milchuck...
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2-year-old boy loses race because he wanted to hug his father instead of crossing finish line
Courtesy Imoh Umoren (LAGOS, Nigeria) -- A 2-year-old boy lost his school's race after he ran over to hug his father instead of crossing the finish line.Imoh Umoren told ABC News that his son, Imoh Umoren II, likely ran to him in his nursery school's race because that's the way they had been practicing all week."I would run along [with] him in the front yard," Umoren, of Lagos, Nigeria, recalled. "Of course I would always let him win and when it got to the main event he assumed it was going to be the same thing."Instead, however, the independent film...
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Your Body: High intensity workouts
iStock/Thinkstock By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Three members of the University of Oregon football team were recently hospitalized following what’s been described as a “grueling workout.” We’re talking about something called rhabdomyolysis. This type of injury involves muscle trauma or injury, which then causes a leaking of the main protein in muscles into the blood, which -- among other things -- can then cause a clogging of the kidney’s filtration system. Here’s what you need to know about spotting and preventing rhabdo: The signs are swollen, red, tender and hard muscles that are exquisitely painful, as...
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Fatal drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999, CDC finds
iStock/Thinkstock (ATLANTA) — The rate of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled since 1999, outpacing suicide and car accidents in 2015 as a cause of death, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CDC researchers examined data from the National Vital Statics System to see the effects of drug trends across the nation from 1999 to 2015.Rates of fatal drug overdoses have dramatically increased since 1999, rising from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 16.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2015, according to the CDC report.That number is higher than the rate of...
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Eleven-year-old boy recovering after being stung by bees 400 times
iStock/Thinkstock (PHOENIX) — The good news: an Arizona boy is happily buzzing around after being stung angry bees. Four hundred times.ABC News affiliate KNXV-TV reports that Andrew Kunz, 11, of Safford, is swollen and covered in bee stings but otherwise OK after his misadventure.Petrea Kunz, his grandmother, said Andrew was out in the desert with a friend Monday shooting old cars with his BB gun. Kunz hit a beehive and bees began to chase the boys. Andrew fell down and used his cellphone to call for help as he was being attacked by bees."He called me and he was crying....
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Photographer captures childbirth in hospital parking lot
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Noah Parker van Rhyn Strunk was born exactly on his due date, Feb. 22, but he came into the world in a most unconventional way -- in the parking lot of the hospital where he was supposed to be born.His parents, Noah and Lauren Strunk, left their Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home around midnight on Wednesday for the short drive to a nearby hospital for the birth of their second child.The couple was joined in a caravan to the hospital by Lauren's mom and their birth photographer, Stephanie Knowles.As Noah exited from the highway, Lauren's contractions began...
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Kindergartners deliver Keep a Baby Warm boxes to newborns in need
Gretchen Hertler McInvale (NEW YORK) -- A kindergarten teacher and her class are helping mothers who may struggle to afford necessities for their newborns.Teacher Gretchen Hertler McInvale leads her students at Spencer Elementary School in Middletown, Connecticut, in assembling boxes of donated necessities for babies and taking them to nearby Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford."It starts even with the littlest ones knowing that they can help someone else and they love it," McInvale told ABC News. "When it's snowing or rainy the first thing they think of is, 'A baby gets to go home warm today.' I...
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Stress hormone measured in hair linked to persistent obesity, study finds
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- People with long-term stress may be more likely to be obese, according to a recent study by scientists at the University College London, and the telltale signs can be found in strands of hair.The paper published Thursday in the journal Obesity found that people who have a higher level of the stress hormone cortisol, which affect's the body's metabolism and how it distributes fat, over a long period of time may be more likely to be obese. Their levels of cortisol were measured through hair samples.This study is part of growing body of evidence linking stress...
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Your Body: Opioid overdoses on the rise
Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor The handwriting on the wall was clear when President Obama spoke at a drug summit last year.He said that we’re seeing more people killed because of opioid abuse than traffic accidents. And now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that heroin deaths outnumber deaths from handguns, and deaths from synthetic opioids -- like fentanyl -- more than doubled from 2014 to 2015. So here’s what you need to know when it comes to opioids: In the short term, this class of pain meds can be safe and...
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Scientist says modern life is ruining our sense of smell, making us fat
iStock/Thinkstock (BOSTON) — Olfactory expert Dr. Kara Hoover says modern life is killing mankind's sense of smell, and that is leading us to eat poorly. Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Boston, Hoover explained that spending time away from nature has dulled the senses humans have developed over their evolution. What's more, the U.K. Telegraph noted, Dr. Hoover says pollution and other modern-day staples — even messy homes — contribute to this dulling of the important sense, which in turns leads us to seek out food that's more salty and fattening. Copyright ©...
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