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New study finds 1 in 9 women reported drinking alcohol while pregnant
juankphoto/iStock By DR. MOLLY STOUT, ABC News(ATLANTA) -- It has long been known that alcohol and pregnancy can be a dangerous combination. Now, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds one in nine women reported drinking while pregnant.Drinking patterns were broken down by trimester of pregnancy, with the study finding that nearly 20% of women drank in their first trimester. But it found this rate dropped to 4.7% of respondents in the second and third trimesters.“Given that we live in a society that knows about the risks that come with drinking, it is alarming that...
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This couple lost 80 pounds combined during quarantine
wragg/iStock By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE and KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Living through a pandemic and quarantining can be a drag, but many are using this time to re-start their lives and prioritize their health.With pre-existing conditions a contributing factor to contracting the novel coronavirus, 30-year-old Romelle Morris from New York City, said he was committed to making a life-saving change, especially since he had asthma and was overweight."It was a wake-up call," Morris told GMA. "Watching the news and seeing asthma was high risk, and seeing that obesity was high risk -- for me, it wasn't guaranteed that...
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Public health experts, scientists confident in vaccine process, despite criticism of 'Warp Speed'
simon2579/iStock By STEPHANIE EBBS and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Public health experts and scientists closest to the process of developing and testing vaccines for COVID-19 said they're confident the process is based in solid science, despite the perception that the Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" would rush the process to have a vaccine available before the election.President Donald Trump has repeatedly contradicted public health officials in his administration on when a vaccine could be approved and available, often emphasizing how quickly it could be done. The White House announced Operation Warp Speed to help accelerate that process by...
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Five former CDC directors on where US went wrong in its COVID-19 response
ABC News By ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Five former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who came together to speak about the coronavirus on Thursday said repeatedly that the United States is still struggling to deal with the pandemic because of one thing: mixed messages from leadership."This is the first public health response where the ground rules weren't set up that we would be driven by the best available public health science," said Dr. Richard Besser, who served as acting director of the CDC in 2009. "So, when you have political leaders and public health...
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Why stopping COVID at schools may not be as easy as taking temperatures
smolaw11/iStock By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- What are schools going to look like when they reopen this year?It's a complicated question with few answers at this point: for some, there might be plastic guards on desks, hand sanitizer stations in every classroom, masks on students and staff and physically distanced seating.Another one of those potential measures comes when students arrive at the door -- symptom checks. The health screenings, including temperature checks, have already become a common protocol in reopening businesses in the U.S., as well as for schools abroad.But how do schools conduct those checks for hundreds,...
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COVID-19 continues resurgence across US through July as mask mandates begin
Samara Heisz/iStock By IVAN PEREIRA, JANET WEINSTEIN and JP KEENAN(NEW YORK) -- July turned out to be another deadly month for the U.S. as hundreds of thousands of people contracted the novel coronavirus.There were 1,882,692 new cases diagnosed throughout the month and 25,259 new COVID-19 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In total, over 4.5 million Americans have contracted the virus and 152,000 have died since July 31.The jump in infections took place in almost every state across the country, but the biggest rises were in Texas and Florida.Florida's seven-day average for newly reported cases jumped from 7,140...
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Parents of AFM survivors share five things parents should know as CDC warns of outbreak
Amornrat Phuchom/iStock By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rachel Scott's son Braden was 5 years old when he was diagnosed in 2016 with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, rapid-onset neurological disease affecting the spinal cord leading to paralysis.Josh and Gretchen Trimble's youngest daughter, Opal, was just 4 months old when she was diagnosed with AFM, one of the youngest patients ever to be diagnosed with the disease.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking cases of AFM in 2014 and a wave of them has occurred every other year since then.Now, as the CDC warns about...
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Doctors warn cancers are going undiagnosed amid COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you can do to decrease the risk.
iStock/ipopba BY: DR. ALEXIS E. CARRINGTON, EDEN DAVID, and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors are concerned that the prolonged shutdowns and stay-at-home orders critical in combating the novel coronavirus may have had dire consequences on early cancer diagnosis and treatment.Now, a new study finds that new diagnoses for six common cancers, including breast and colon cancer, significantly decreased during the peak of the pandemic.When comparing the number of weekly cancers diagnosed before and during the pandemic, "there was a 46% decrease in diagnosis of the six common cancer types we looked at, which included...
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Doctor delivers baby 25 years after delivering his mom
Lauren Cortez BY: NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News(LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas) -- A doctor who delivered a baby girl 25 years ago has now delivered her newborn son.Dr. Bryan Cox of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, delivered Lauren Cortez on March 23, 1995. Cortez's mom, Isabel Luna, has been his patient for over two decades."Lauren came to me as a pregnant lady and she was all excited because her mom loves me, so it was a great situation," Cox, a 33-year practicing OB/GYN told "Good Morning America." "It was fun the whole pregnancy."Cortez told "GMA" she wanted Cox to be her...
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School buses adapt to keep kids safe during COVID-19 crisis
ghornephoto/iStock By the GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One expert says the risk of spread on school busies is low if the right precautions are taken, and that ventilation is key.School is back in session in some parts of the country, raising major questions about how to transport kids safely to class amid the pandemic.With 26 million bus-riding students, districts are taking extra precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.A video released by Casey County Schools in Kentucky, shows what a new morning commute might look like for its students.All students must wear a mask and parents are...
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Clorox wipes and wireless mics: Teachers' back-to-school wish lists amid COVID-19
maroke/iStock By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With all the uncertainty surrounding going back to school, shopping for supplies seems like a quaint idea from another time.But school, in one form or another, will resume in the coming weeks, and supplies, whether for remote learning or in-person, will still be required."As a parent, I think, 'should I be buying PJs and sweats or back-to-school clothes?' Who knows?" said sixth-grade teacher and mom of four, Kassia Messina.ABC News' Good Morning America asked several teachers what's on their back-to-school wish lists -- what otherwise unusual items may prove essential...
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Students at school touted by Pence for reopening must quarantine due to COVID-19
smolaw11/iStock By ELLA TORRES, ABC News(WAKE FOREST, N.C.) -- Fourth graders at a school in North Carolina have been asked to quarantine for 14 days after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.The school, a Thales Academy in Wake Forest, said it was notified on Monday that the student became infected after having contact with an infected family member. The student was asymptomatic and was last at school on Friday. Teachers who were exposed also will be quarantined.Thales Academy, a network of private non-sectarian community schools with eight locations in North Carolina, made the news last week after Vice President...
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