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CDC expands warning to consumers to avoid all romaine lettuce
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Centers for Disease Control is expanding its warning over romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli. The lettuce is responsible for at least 53 people falling ill, including 31 hospitalizations, in 16 states. The CDC had previously warned consumers only about chopped romaine lettuce, but is now saying anyone who purchased any type of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region should throw it out. "Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region," the CDC said in a statement. "This...
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Lawmakers become more vocal about legalizing marijuana as public support grows
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Lawmakers have become more vocal about their support of legalization of marijuana, including talking about it on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress.It's a move that comes in the wake of a majority of states legalizing medical usage combined with the revenue coming in from those sales and polls showing growing public support on the issue.Democrats tend to favor legalization the most. Many of them define it as an issue of racial injustice, citing statistics that show minorities are arrested at greater rates than whites for marijuana-related offenses.“Our archaic and nonsensical laws on cannabis...
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Judge denies man's request to reinstate free water program in Flint
iStock/Thinkstock (FLINT, Mich.) -- A judge has denied a man's request to resume the program that distributed free bottled water to the residents of Flint, Michigan.The case involved a Flint man who said his home’s tap water is contaminated with high levels of lead, according to local outlet MLive. But it is also part of a larger view of the water crisis that has impacted residents in Flint for nearly four years.The argument made April 20 was not convincing enough for U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy, MLive reported. If compelled, Levy could have ordered the state to immediately resume...
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Belly fat is bad for your heart, researchers say
Creatas/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- We know that carrying around extra weight puts your heart health at risk. New research presented on Friday to the European Society for Cardiology shows that the location of your fat is just as important as the amount of it.Adults with normal body mass index (BMI) and extra belly fat (termed “central obesity”) had a 79 percent higher risk of major cardiovascular events, compared to people who were mildly overweight but with normal fat distribution. This includes heart attack, stroke and death.The study of nearly 1,700 citizens of Rochester, Minnesota, with 16 years of follow-up quantifies...
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Been told you have a penicillin allergy? There is a chance it's not real
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Some were warned by a parent before every health care encounter. Some heard it from a doctor. Others remember an uncomfortable reaction. Around one in 10 people are told at some point in their lives that they are allergic to penicillin. Actually having a penicillin allergy, however, is far less common, and carrying the "allergy" label can, in fact, be harmful. In a new study, researchers showed that, using formal allergy testing, many children with a reported penicillin allergy actually could take penicillin antibiotics without a problem. Researchers in the pediatric emergency department at the Children’s...
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Kids with special needs learn to ride bikes
WCVB (BOSTON) -- Riding a bike for most kids is a rite of passage, but for kids with special needs attending the bike camp at Emerson Hospital, it’s like a dream come true.For 8-year-old Chloe, who has a form of cerebral palsy, it can be a bit overwhelming, she told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB.“Scared because not used to ride without training wheels, you might fall ..." she said.For Chloe’s mom, Jenn Smagula, it’s exhilarating. “We live in a neighborhood, there's kids riding bikes all the time, and she hasn't been able to. I'm just so appreciative and thrilled,” she told...
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Junk food TV advertising likely highest when kids are watching, study says
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study in Australia looked at how much junk food advertising kids were exposed to and the numbers were staggering.Food advertising can directly affect the types of foods that children actually eat, The World Health Organization has said.To establish just how much food advertising children may be exposed to, researchers in this study examined the advertising content of a single TV network in Australia for the year 2016. Researchers sorted through 30,000 hours of TV and over 800,000 advertisements, paying special attention to the times in which children were most likely to be watching: before...
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Woman claims doctors ignored cancer symptoms because of her weight: 'It was very scary'
Courtesy Rebecca Hiles (NEW YORK) -- A woman who alleges that she was misdiagnosed by doctors because of her weight is sharing her story.Rebecca Hiles, 28, said she was told by doctors that her health problems were related to her weight. But it turns out that Hiles was suffering from cancer."It was very scary to sort of exists in a body that I thought was failing me and have medical professionals who didn't seem to take me seriously," Hiles said on "Good Morning America.Hiles credits the medical team for setting her health on the right path, which ultimately lead to...
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Man jailed for life after deliberately infecting men with HIV
Sussex Police Department (LONDON) -- A British man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of deliberately trying to infect 10 men with HIV.Prosecutors alleged that Daryll Rowe, 27, infected five men through unprotected sex, and attempted to infect several others by intentionally damaging condoms.Rowe, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2015, met men on the gay dating app Grindr, prosecutors said.After having sex with his partners, he would message some of the victims saying, “I have HIV. Lol. Whoops,” according to The Guardian.Christine Henson, the judge at his sentencing, said, “The messages you sent make it crystal...
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These are the best times to exercise to lose weight
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The key to crushing your fitness goals may come down to something as simple as changing the time of your workout.If you want to run faster and lift heavier, research shows you should hit that snooze button and workout in the afternoon, according to Daniel Pink, author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.Morning workout benefitsIf you want to lose weight, set your alarm for an early-morning workout, according to Pink, who analyzed decades of research for the book.“There really isn't a perfect time to exercise,” he told ABC News. “It really depends on what...
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Wife of wounded veteran wrote book to explain amputations and injuries to children
Paul Morigi/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- “Someone told me daddy is gross. He isn’t gross. He is a hero,” said the oldest daughter of Michael Verardo, a wounded veteran who is missing a limb.Verardo lost his leg in 2010 serving as an infantryman in Afghanistan. Since then, he has undergone over 100 surgeries and years of physical and occupational therapy, according to a press release.After hearing their daughter’s words, the Verardo family realized the need for a children’s book that could explain the wounds sustained by many veterans.“There are many military families who struggle with explaining the complex injuries to...
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Even a mild head injury increases risk for Parkinson's disease, veterans study shows
ABCNews.com (NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that even a mild head injury, commonly called a concussion, makes veterans more likely to get Parkinson's disease later on in life. This is the same type of injury suffered by many Americans on the sports field or in a motor vehicle crash each year.A group of 165,000 veterans with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) were found to have a higher risk of Parkinson's disease, compared to other veterans of the same age.The link between severe head injury and Parkinson's disease was already known, but the most important finding was...
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