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Texas mom breaks down as her 1-year-old hears for the first time
Cook Childrens (AMARILLO, Texas) -- A Texas mother burst into tears when she saw her 1-year-old daughter could hear sound for the first time.The little girl was born unable to hear and doctors implanted a hearing device in May, but they did not activate it until this week.Cook Children’s Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, released a video of the emotional moment when mother Anna Esler saw her daughter Ayla's reaction to having the cochlear implants turned on for the first time. The toddler is seen excitedly bopping up and down in her mother’s lap and touching her ear while her mother...
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Husband's daily rituals to care for wife with dementia will melt your heart
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Mary Jane Gacono suffers from dementia, but her husband and daughter have developed routines to try to help jog her fading memory."Mary will say, 'There's a picture, who's that? Who is that?' and it's one of our children," her husband, Carl Gacono, told ABC News. "She all of a sudden doesn't recognize some very close family members."Carl, 88, and Mary Jane, 86, have been married nearly 70 years -- since 1950 -- and together have six children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.Their daughter, Becky Gacono, 55, has spent time trying to help her mother remember...
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'Dancing doctor' accused of filming music videos during surgeries says she was being 'safe,' patients consented
ABC News (ATLANTA) -- A Georgia doctor, whose medical license was suspended after she was accused by patients of recording music videos during surgeries without their consent, says she was “safe” and the patients in her videos had agreed to participate.“The videos were pre-consented, staged, and done at a safe interval,” Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “Many [of the videos], most of them [were recorded] after the fact, during recovery, which was planned by me and the patient. So I would like everyone to understand that.”Watch the full interview on "Good Morning America" FRIDAY, June...
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There’s a new mosquito-borne virus in town, and you may have it
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Another disease to blame on mosquitos, in addition to Zika, dengue, chikungunya? The list of viruses infecting humans through pesky mosquito bites continues to increase: Keystone virus has joined the ranks.What is Keystone virus? It’s from a family of viruses known as the Bunyaviridae group. These viruses have been associated with encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that can be fatal.Where does it come from? The virus was first isolated in 1964 in samples from mosquitoes in Keystone, Florida. Little is known about it, except that is has been found in animals like white-tailed deer, raccoons,...
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First cases of human West Nile virus in 2018 confirmed
iStock/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- A Chicago resident has been confirmed as the first person in Illinois this year to have contracted mosquito-borne West Nile virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.The woman, who is in her 60s, contracted the virus and become sick in mid-May, IDPH reported Wednesday. The agency is urging residents to be aware of their surroundings and take preventative measures."West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it’s important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home," Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the...
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Threshold for harmful chemicals in drinking water lower than thought, study shows
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A government study found that chemicals found in drinking water around the country could pose risks to human health at lower levels than the government currently recognizes, potentially opening the door for more states to begin cleaning up or regulating the chemical.The report released Wednesday by a branch of Health and Human Services examined a category of chemicals commonly called PFAS that have been used to make non-stick products, firefighting foam and water-repellant coatings.They've been found in water systems and soil around the country. The most researched types of these chemicals are referred to as PFOA...
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How to choose the best workout based on your personality
TongRo Images/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Whether you're laid-back or energetic, there’s a workout fit for your personality."No matter your personality type, there is a workout for you, so no excuses," Dr. Tania Elliott, a New York-based allergist and preventive health expert at EHE, told Good Morning America."There are various things you can do with your doctor to talk about your everyday life to keep you living and keep you happy and healthy every day," Elliott said. "We focus on what you think, how you move and how you eat.”Elliott -- along with celebrity fitness trainer Amanda Kloots, the creator...
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The trending concern in schools: Opioid awareness and prevention
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As the school year winds down, opioid prevention in schools are trending up.One in 7 high school students in America reported they'd misused prescription opioids, like hydrocodone, in the past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In Ashland, Kentucky a community of just over 21,000 people along the southern bank of the Ohio River, the epidemic has hit a fever pitch.Boyd County, where Ashland is located, saw 39 opioid-related deaths in 2017, which was an increase from 30 deaths in 2016, according to the local paper The Daily Independent.In one year, local elementary...
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Paramedics investigated for covering teenager with sheet after mistakenly believing he was dead
WLS-TV (CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Fire Department is investigating why paramedics mistakenly thought a teenager who was shot in the head was dead and left his body lying in the street covered in a sheet until bystanders saw his arms and legs twitching.Paramedics left Erin Carey, 17, unattended next to a gutter as they treated other victims in the shooting early Monday in the University Village area of Chicago. Once the paramedics were told the teenager was still breathing, they began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rushed him to a local hospital, officials said.He died at 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, about 20 hours...
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Seasonal produce to make your summer recipes shine
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Summer is upon us, which means it's time to hit your local farmers market for the freshest seasonal ingredients.seasonal food not only tastes amazing, but it helps build a sustainable food system, supports local farmers and enhances recipes because you're using layers of flavors have been picked at their peak.Summer is synonymous with an abundance of fresh veggies that are perfect to toss on a hot grill or swap some peaches for something sweet.New York City-based pastry chef Jessica Weiss of Marta, Maialino and Caffe Marchio finds much of her inspiration for desserts, pastries and bread...
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Increased stress could lead to immune system disorders, study finds
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Stress may not just affect the mind, but may actually affect the physical immune system, a new study found.Everyone will experience a significant life stressor at some point in their lives, such as loss of a loved one, or exposure to violence. While most people exposed to hardships gradually recover, a significant percentage develop severe psychiatric reactions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress reactions or adjustment disorder.But the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association asked: Do psychiatric reactions to life stressors result in the physical dysfunction of the immune system?Autoimmune...
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Mom shaves toddler's head: "We made a decision cancer wouldn't take his hair."
Nichole Brooks (DALLAS) -- A mom who made the decision to shave her toddler's head as he undergoes chemotherapy for cancer treatment shared her powerful photos to Facebook.And though it was a difficult process, Nichole Brooks took great comfort in what happened when her 2.5-year-old son Wyatt looked in the mirror and saw himself hairless for the first time.Wyatt, who communicates primarily though sign language, signed the word, "Beautiful.""We knew from the beginning we would shave Wyatt's hair before chemo took it away," Brooks told "Good Morning America." The doctors told us hair loss usually begins by week two. On...
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