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Mom of 5 donates uterus to another woman after years of infertility setbacks
Baylor Scott & White Health (BOSTON) -- Aprill Lane suffered through years of infertility struggles in the process of becoming a mom to five kids, ages 7 and under.Late last year, Lane, 39, donated her own uterus so that another woman could have the ability to conceive and carry a child.“Infertility really, aside from the physical effects of it, it emotionally and socially affects you in a huge way,” Lane said. “If I could help one other person be relieved of some of that, I would.”Lane, who lives outside of Boston and works for a biotech company, adopted her oldest...
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Woman sues after discovering hospital kept one of her embryos frozen since 2004
ABC (NEW YORK) -- Massachusetts resident Marisa Cloutier-Bristol said she found out she and her late husband had a frozen embryo when she received a letter in 2017 about paying for its storage. “I thought this is a crazy mistake, this has to be a mass mailing because I don’t have a frozen embryo,” Cloutier-Bristol recalled of receiving the letter about billing for storage of frozen embryos from Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Cloutier-Bristol is now suing the hospital, seeking unspecified damages.“I felt like I was now grieving a child I didn’t even know existed, a child...
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Second US jury finds Roundup weed killer caused cancer
NoDerog/iStock (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A federal jury in California found that a Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused a 70-year old man's cancer, the second major blow for the company in a year.The six-member jury in San Francisco federal civil court unanimously concluded on Tuesday that glyphosate -- Roundup's key ingredient -- was a "substantial factor" in Sonoma resident Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The jury's verdict is the second out of a long list of future lawsuits. Approximately 11,200 plaintiffs, who claim they were exposed to glyphosate, are suing the company as of Jan. 28, according to the company's annual report filed...
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Travel advice for nursing and pumping moms: What you should know
tzahiV/iStock (NEW YORK) -- You’re daydreaming about that beach vacation (or less-dreamy out-of-town conference). Just as you’re picturing the welcome distraction, that tight feeling in your breasts tells you it’s time to nurse or pump.Moms familiar with the stresses (and joys) of living life lactating have probably heard about the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They advocate exclusive breastfeeding the first six months of a baby’s life, but it’s hard work. Hopefully moms are able to create a routine at home and at work for everything to go smoothly: the gear, the schedule and the back-up plans.But throw...
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Woman tried FDA-approved postpartum depression drug: It felt 'like a cloud was lifted'
ABC (NEW YORK) -- Stephanie Hathaway, a mother of two, was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her second child when she decided to take part in a study for a drug to treat postpartum depression.The drug, called Zulresso, is the first-ever medication made specifically for women suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). It was approved Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.“The intrusive thoughts went away and they didn't come back,” Hathaway told ABC News' Good Morning America about the quick relief she felt after taking the drug. “I called my husband and I just remember him saying,...
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Chicago man doing well after video captured him getting transplant call
Michael DAgostino (CHICAGO) -- These days, Kevin D'Agostino is doing well, working out and traveling to downtown Chicago more and more.D'Agostino, 32, plans to help his brother Michael with his job in commercial real estate and has been assisting his father, Mario, with his small business.And D'Agostino is doing it all without his oxygen tank.It's a far cry from the way his life looked just months ago.In December 2018, D'Agostino, who lives in suburban Chicago, captured people's attention when his family shared video of his parents, Mario and Mary, waking him up with the news that he was getting a...
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Four ways to spring clean your plate this season
wmaster890/iStock (NEW YORK) -- You want to eat healthier, but the question you may be struggling with is, "How?" If cooking isn’t your thing or time is hard to come by, Dawn Jackson Blatner -- a registered dietitian nutritionist -- is here to share tips on how to spring clean your plate and instantly make healthier choices in your diet.To help give your body a clean slate, these four quick-and-easy steps can kick-start your healthier body this spring and beyond: 1. Frozen green juice bagsSipping on green juice floods tons of powerful nutrients into your body. However, most of us...
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Girl gives bald American Girl dolls to young cancer patients
Valerie Fricker/Peace Love Bracelets Foundation (ALPHARETTA, Ga.) -- An 11-year-old is spreading smiles by delivering bald American Girl dolls to kids fighting cancer.With help from her mom, Bella Fricker, 11, of Alpharetta, Georgia, raises money to buy the dolls and delivers them to hospitalized patients. "I'm very proud of her," mom Valerie Fricker told ABC News' Good Morning America. "She loves meeting the little girls and giving them dolls."Fricker, a mom of three, said Bella launched the Peace Love Bracelets Foundation over a year ago.The fifth grader began making bracelets and selling them on Fricker's personal Facebook page. Within a...
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New medication could help moms with postpartum depression
Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock BY: DR. LINDA DROZDOWICZ(NEW YORK) -- For most mothers a new baby is the most wonderful thing in the world. But for one in nine new mothers, that joy can be rapidly diminished by the crippling menace of postpartum depression (PPD).Zulresso (brexanolone), a new medication from Sage Therapeutics, may help. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first medication specifically for PPD and the company anticipates it will be available for use under prescription and strict supervision as early as June.PPD is more than your run of the mill “baby blues.” Symptoms of PPD may include depressed...
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15-pound newborn baby girl a 'double miracle'
Joy Buckley (ELMIRA, N.Y.) -- There's so much about Harper Buckley to love.The 15-pound baby born on March 12 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York, is a "double miracle," her mom told "Good Morning America."Joy and Norman Buckley struggled to conceive."I was only ever given a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant naturally without the help of IVF," Joy Buckley said. "So when my husband and I found out in May of 2016 that we were expecting our first little miracle, we were overjoyed."The couple are also parents to Heaven, 7 and Chase, 2."Then when we found...
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Apple Watch can help doctors diagnose atrial fibrillation, researchers say
rvolkan/iStock BY: DR. LEILA HAGHIGHAT(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Ed Dentel’s Apple Watch informed him that he had an irregular heartbeat. It was right, and potentially saved his lifeNow scientists are revealing the research behind the innovative technology. Their study, funded by Apple, Inc., was presented at a conference of the American College of Cardiology.Stanford researchers have shown that the watches can detect atrial fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm that has the potential to cause stroke. Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormal heart rhythm, and affects up to 6 million people in the U.S. Often, those affected have no...
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Doctor shares his top five foods to eat to help fight disease
ALEAIMAGE/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The age-old saying goes "you are what you eat," but one doctor is out with a new book that is taking that notion a step further, arguing that some foods you eat can help you beat disease. Dr. William Li talked about his new book, Eat to Beat Disease, in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America, saying we have completely underestimated the role that the foods we eat can play in combating illness. Plus, he shares his top five foods to go for the next time you hit up the supermarket. "The time has...
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