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4th death in Legionnaire's outbreak tied to NC state fair
iStock (FLETCHER, N.C.) -- Four people have died from a Legionnaire's outbreak tied to a hot tub display at a North Carolina state fair, according to state health officials.In addition to the deaths, North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services reported 133 cases of Legionnaire's and eight cases of Pontiac fever among people who attended the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. Ninety-four people were hospitalized as a result of the outbreak.Legionnaire's is usually caused by inhaling air contaminated with the bacteria Legionella, which can grow in moist environments like cooling towers, swimming pools and plumbing systems.It's considered...
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Baby who weighed less than 1 pound at birth heads home after 150 days
Ebonie Bender (PHOENIX) -- Four-month-old Kallie Bender's life has been full of firsts.There was her first bottle. Her first bath in a "big girl" tub. The first time she could fit into newborn clothes.Those might seem like typical milestones for any newborn, but for this baby, born at just 25 weeks gestation and weighing less than 1 pound, it's nothing short of a miracle.And Monday is the sweetest first of all: baby Kallie is headed home for the first time.She was born on May 24, 2019, 15 weeks early and one of the smallest babies ever born at Dignity Health...
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Study finds two-thirds of moms aren’t following steps to prevent infant deaths
monkeybusinessimages/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Most new parents have, at one point or another, heard about safe sleep practices to help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).But a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds that up to two-thirds of moms aren’t following these steps to prevent infant deaths.ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Jennifer Ashton appears on Good Morning America Monday to discuss the study and ways to protect against SIDS: Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Celebrity nanny offers tips to help parents tackle temper tantrums
mofles/iStock (NEW YORK) -- From the “Terrible Twos” to “Threenagers,” parents of toddlers are all too familiar with tantrums.But what if there were ways to help stop them before they start?Watch the video below to hear tips from celebrity nanny Connie Simpson on how to prevent kids from throwing tantrums and how to stop them once they start: Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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A quarter of US health care spending is waste, report says
iStock (NEW YORK) -- The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that U.S. health care spending hit $3.5 trillion in 2017, a 3.9% increase from 2016.But those increases in spending don’t necessarily translate to better care, because there is a tremendous amount of waste, and a majority of the spending may be tied up in trying to make healthcare more affordable to the patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study, by Dr. Natasha Perekh from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine...
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27-year-old New York City mom dies after going into hospital to have cyst removed
peterspiro/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A young New York City mother died at a local hospital after going in for what was meant to be a simple procedure, according to her family and their attorney.Rosemary Abreu, 27, went to Lincoln Hospital, in the Bronx, to have a cyst in her left thigh removed on Sept. 21, attorney Sanford Rubenstein told ABC News on Saturday.However, the procedure at some point went awry, and Abreu went into cardiac arrest, according to Rubenstein, who noted that he believes she went into cardiac arrest on the operating table.Abreu was pronounced dead the next day.She's survived...
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A healthy diet might help college-age adults manage depression
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A new study has found that a 3-week dietary intervention, including cutting down on processed foods, could decrease symptoms of depression in younger adults.The research suggests that for younger adults – including busy college students – changes in diet can be helpful in managing depression during a critical period of development, while offering myriad other health benefits. The study was published by researchers at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, in the journal PLoS One."The literature now strongly suggests that poor diet quality is associated with an increased risk of depression," the study said. "Diet is therefore...
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On 1st National Period Day, youth group shines spotlight on 'tampon tax'
Chistina Garcia (NEW YORK) -- "Menstrual hygiene is a right, not a privilege."That's the message that youth activists hope to take nationwide for the first National Period Day, Oct. 19, as they campaign to end the tax on menstrual hygiene products.Rallies are taking place on Saturday across all 50 states, where women are gathering in hopes of shifting a culture of silence around periods and demanding policy changes that will help inch toward an economy of gender equity.What is the tampon tax?Right now, 35 states still have the "tampon tax," a catchy nickname for the sales tax imposed on tampons...
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Boston hospital's mock safe-injection site: 'This is a medical procedure'
Massachusetts General Hospital (BOSTON) -- Friday marked the final day of a mock safe-injection site in Boston designed to familiarize the public with what a potential facility might look like."We want to demystify safe-injection sites and give the public a sense that this is a medical procedure, like anything else," Dr. Mark Eisenberg, a primary care physician and assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, who oversaw the event, told ABC News.Safe injection sites, where drug users can inject in hygienic facilities, under supervision, are currently illegal in the United States.After a ruling by a federal judge in Philadelphia...
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Congresswoman called 'period lady' wants all women to have access to period products
Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng (NEW YORK) -- A New York congresswoman known as the "period lady” for her work on ending period poverty has proven critical in enacting changes so that girls in schools and women in prisons and homeless shelters can have free access to pads and tampons.Rep. Grace Meng is still fighting for more, trying to create a world where menstruation is not stigmatized and period products are not seen as luxury items but necessities that should be accessible and, in many cases, free.“I think almost everyone can relate or remember a situation where you were in...
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Teen girl with rare illness wears gastrostomy tube to compete in world cycling championships
Alicia Jordan (NEW YORK) -- Hannah Jordan is a cycling champion who will compete this weekend in the 2019 Hillclimb Worlds in California on a demanding course that rises more than 2,500 feet in elevation.But the 18-year-old will race the course with something no one else in the competition has: a gastrostomy tube, or G-tube, that keeps her alive. In a sport where aerodynamics is everything, Jordan, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, uses a specially designed race jersey to hold the G-tube monitor that pumps glucose into her body, preventing her from going into potentially life-threatening hypoglycemia."I’m the only person I know...
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Mom of 6 says ‘hardest thing’ about breast cancer diagnosis was telling kids: ‘I could see the fear in their eyes’
(ABC/Nicolette Cain) Breast cancer patient Sarah Weimer opens up about her breast cancer journey on "The View" on Oct. 17, 2019, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (NEW YORK) -- For Sarah Weimer, a 36-year-old mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer, the "hardest thing" wasn't the side effects of chemotherapy but telling her six children that "mommy has breast cancer," she told The View on Thursday.Weimer, who is from Idaho, was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer earlier this year. She opened up about her journey on Thursday, speaking about the warning signs that she had missed months before her diagnosis...
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