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Parents of special needs kids in ‘panic mode’ as virtual learning falls short
Opal Foster and her son Jeremiah. (ABC News) By DEVIN DWYER and JANET WEINSTEIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When Opal Foster lost her job during the pandemic, she unexpectedly found herself consumed by another full-time gig that didn't pay: at-home virtual learning supervisor for her son with special needs."We're all kind of living in panic mode right now," said Foster, a single mother in Silver Spring, Maryland, who is still unemployed.Foster spends all day at the family dining room table working with her son, Jeremiah, who has Down syndrome, as he navigates a labyrinth of Zoom classes, counseling sessions and...
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Alcohol consumption rising sharply during pandemic, especially among women
GoodLifeStudio/iStock By SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Joe Dinan felt an anxious pulse in his ears as he walked out of CVS and spotted the liquor store across the street. Having lost his job during the pandemic, he'd had plenty of time to run errands. But he couldn't shake how hopeless he felt, marooned from his own sense of purpose. And the liquor store was right where he'd left it. A small bottle of vodka won out over his recovery.In the age of pandemic, uncertainty lingers in the air. Now, new data shows that during the COVID-19 crisis, American...
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Research shows substantial increase in COVID-19 rates in children, especially adolescents
naumoid/iStock By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Evidence is mounting that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, according to two studies.The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association published a study on Tuesday that showed that the number of children infected with COVID-19 rose sharply from April to September.In April, children accounted for about 2.2% of all reported U.S. cases, but by September that figure had risen to 10%. By Sept. 24, according to the study, which used data from U.S. public health department websites, 624,890 cases in children had...
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Chrissy Teigen hospitalized for excessive bleeding complication during third pregnancy
Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images By ANDREA TUCCILLO and CARSON BLACKWELDER, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Chrissy Teigen revealed via her Instagram Stories that she was hospitalized for excessive bleeding on Sunday.Teigen, who's about halfway through her third pregnancy, has been on weeks of mandatory bed rest and said her bleeding issues involving her placenta have been going on for a "like a month.""Basically he's the strongest, coolest dude in the s-------t house. His house is just falling apart," she said of her baby boy. "It didn't have a good foundation to begin with, though. He didn't have the...
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Mother of a teacher who died from COVID-19 also dies from virus, family says
HRAUN/iStock By HALEY YAMADA and KATHERINE CARROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Just weeks after losing her daughter to complications of COVID-19, Shirley Bannister has also died from the virus, her family said.“[It has been] very traumatic. This is our family [and] definitely will not be the same without them. It definitely leaves a void,” said Shayla Jones, Shirley Bannister’s niece.Shirley Bannister, 57, who was the Department Chair for Nursing at Midlands Tech, learned she had COVID-19 the day she lost her daughter, Demetria “Demi” Bannister, to complications of the virus.“[Shirely Bannister] took it very hard,” said Jones, who added that...
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After her child died in a tip-over accident, mom makes desperate plea to parents
Kimberly Amato By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- On the evening of Dec. 18, 2004, 3-year-old Meghan Beck was enjoying the film, Frosty the Snowman before heading to bed. The toddler was looking forward to Christmas and was set to decorate cookies the following day with her twin brother, Ryan and older brother, Kyle."She was bossy and loud," mom Kimberly Amato of Sterling, Massachusetts, told ABC News' Good Morning America. "She loved all animals from a caterpillar to a bird and her beloved cats -- all named Duncan.""She had everybody wrapped around her little finger ... her twin was...
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Public health crises collide: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility
Narvikk/iStock By DR. YALDA SAFAI, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- People with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Molecular Psychiatry.Specifically, the study found that people with opioid use disorder and tobacco addiction were more likely to die of COVID-19."Drugs inhibit the ability to fight viral and bacterial infections, disrupting immune function," Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and co-author of the study, told ABC News."Opioids inhibit the respiratory centers in the brain....
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Only 10% of US adults may have COVID-19 antibodies: Study
narvikk/iStock By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 90% of U.S. adults remain susceptible to COVID-19, according to research published on Friday.Using data from dialysis centers in the United States, the study, published in The Lancet, estimates that less than 10% of U.S. adults have virus antibodies, meaning everyone else is potentially vulnerable to infection.Those figures roughly match those of a forthcoming Centers of Disease Control and Prevention study, according to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, who spoke at a Senate hearing on Wednesday."The preliminary results in the first round show that a majority of our nation,...
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Astronaut Terry Virts on managing isolation in space and during a pandemic
Elen11/iStock By ERIC MOLLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) – Retired colonel Terry Virts has spent over seven months in space, serving as a NASA astronaut, performing space walks, and commanding the International Space Station. The former U.S. Air Force pilot spoke to ABC News this week about his new book, How to Astronaut: An Insider's Guide to Leaving Planet Earth, in which he details things like taking a shower in space, eating, sleeping, and what happens if an astronaut gets stranded.On ABC News’ “Perspective” podcast, Virts told ABC’s Cheri Preston he dealt with a lot of isolation while traveling in space:"We...
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Racial disparities in alcohol and substance misuse
fizkes/iStock By JENNI GOLDSTEIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- September is National Recovery Month. Every September for the last 31 years, organizations across the country use this month to educate Americans about substance use disorders, mental health treatment and service options available to help in the recovery process. Patty McCarthy is the CEO of Faces & Voices of Recovery, an organization with the goal of organizing and mobilizing Americans to achieve long-term recovery through its advocacy efforts. McCarthy herself has been in long term recovery for over thirty years. Each year marks a new theme for the month. The 2020 theme...
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TikTok 'Benadryl challenge' elicits health official warning
evemilla/iStock By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Health officials have issued a new warning against abusing the allergy medicine Benadryl after reports emerged of a so-called "Benadryl challenge" gaining popularity on the app TikTok.Reminiscent of the deadly "Tide Pod Challenge," the latest dangerous social media trend is encouraging young people to take higher-than-recommended doses of the over-the-counter drug whose generic name is diphenhydramine.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in a statement Thursday that this can lead to "serious heart problems, seizures, coma or even death.""We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or...
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Berkeley set to become first US city to ban junk food in grocery store checkout aisles
Mumemories/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Many Americans can relate to the tempting, passing glances at the colorful assortment of confections while waiting in line at the grocery store. But one city in Northern California is making a move to help people resist the unhealthy urges at checkout in favor of healthier options.The Berkeley City Council unanimously approved a Healthy Checkout Ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday that will be reviewed next month.The recommendation, presented by council members Kate Harrison and Sophie Hahn who co-authored the ordinance, would require stores over 2,500-square feet to "sell more nutritious food...
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