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(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- An 8-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair is now the hottest skateboarder on his block thanks to a bit of ingenuity from his mom and dad.Atticus Edmunds, 8, got his first feeling of flying down a skate ramp last month after his mom, Tresa Edmunds, saw a video on Facebook of a boy in a wheelchair being pushe...
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- One of the world's smallest surviving babies is finally out of the hospital.Born 14 weeks early and weighing just 10 ounces, E'Layah Faith Pergues faced an uphill battle to survive. Her doctors at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, were not sure that she would survive her delivery or the first few weeks of l...
(NEW YORK) -- Approximately 8.4 percent of women report smoking tobacco at some time during their pregnancy, according to new data from a large national survey.The statistic is an improvement when compared to past statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on smoking and pregnancy. However, given the risks associated with matern...
(NEW YORK) — It’s National Heart Month, and Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan sat down for a heart-to-heart conversation with his father, Gene Strahan, about improving his heart health.In the video chat, Strahan said he decided to talk about his dad’s heart condition to help ensure his dad is “around as long as po...
(STANFORD, Calif.) — While we tend to sigh when we're sad or depressed, scientists have discovered that, unlike the famous song noted, a sigh isn't just a sigh: instead, the deep breath is a lifesaving reflex.According to the research from the Stanford University School of Medicine that has just been published in Nature, the same tiny cluster...
Posted 2016-02-10 06:51:49
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorIt's cloudy, cold, dreary and gray outside -- and all of that can lead to a condition called seasonal affective disorder.About a half a million people in the United States suffer from S.A.D. Three quarters of sufferers are women, and the condition is more commonly seen in the cloudy parts o...
Posted 2016-02-10 06:41:59
(NEW YORK) — A new study that has been published in the Journal of Physiology: London proved that running -- unlike other exercises -- boosts your brainpower.According to the findings by scientists at the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biology of Physical Activity at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, aerobic ex...
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers have discovered a new species of bacteria that causes Lyme disease -- the second species known to transmit the potentially debilitating illness in North America. The newly identified bacteria is called "Borrelia mayonii," in honor of the Mayo Clinic researchers who assisted with the discovery, along local health department...
(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- The Zika virus may be associated with another birth defect in infants, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology. Researchers from Brazil found that some infants exposed to the virus had ocular defects including atrophied retinas, abnormal iris pigmentation and le...
(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- New cases of people diagnosed with the Zika virus in Florida has prompted government officials to expand a state of emergency to two additional counties, for a total of seven counties.The Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong announced Monday that 16 people in total have been diagnosed with the Zi...
(GREENWICH, Conn.) -- Strangers from around the country came together to make over a pickup truck for an 18-year-old kidney transplant survivor. Nick Cesarini, of Greenwich, Connecticut, was surprised with the truck Saturday in a reveal so dramatic his twin sister flew home from college to attend it. Even his elderly grandfather made a rare trip ou...
(NEW YORK) -- Things are apparently looking up in the effort to provide health insurance coverage to more Americans.The National Health Interview Survey, which studies civilian populations across the U.S., published its estimates for the first nine months of 2015, based on interviews with a representative sample of nearly 80,000 people.The report s...
Posted 2016-02-09 08:16:40
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorDepression can come in many shapes and sizes, and it does tend to affect women more than men. But now, new research shows that there may be a link between the age when a woman enters menopause and whether or not she develops depression.Menopause itself is not a risk factor for depression, b...
(NEW YORK) — With concern surrounding the Zika virus at an all-time high, Consumer Reports has re-released its exclusive ratings of mosquito repellents that best protect against the virus.The new release highlights the results regarding the Aedes Egypti mosquito, the mosquito known to carry and spread Zika.Officials Monday announced that the ...
(NEW YORK) — The acclaimed HBO show Girls is back for a new season this month, but its biggest star will not being making press appearances due to a "chronic condition."Lena Dunham took to Instagram Monday to write, "I just wanted to let you know that, while I am so excited for Girls to return on Feb 21, I won't be out and about doing press f...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emergency Operations Center has been moved to Level 1, the agency's highest level, due to the risk of Zika virus transmission in the U.S., officials said Monday. The Level 1 activation is "reflecting the agency’s assessment of the need for an accelerated preparedness to bri...
(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Federal health officials weighed in Monday on the potential risks athletes may face from the Zika virus when attending the Olympics in Brazil, as U.S. Olympic Committee officials noted they are closely watching the outbreak. U.S. Olympic Committee officials told ABC News that the committee cannot force athletes to go to the game...
Posted 2016-02-08 14:00:00
(NEW YORK) -- You’ve heard of the winter blues. But now, researchers in Belgium are suggesting that seasons can affect not only your mood, but also your intellect. The authors of the study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, followed 28 healthy participants over the course of two years. At multiple points...
(CRESSWELL, England) -- A U.K. dad’s advice to fellow dads “respect the mother of your child” has gone viral after being posted in a Facebook tribute to the mother of his 9-month-old son. Tony Emms, of Cresswell Northumberland, in the U.K., posted on Facebook last month a photo of his fiancé, Charlotte Sperry, sleeping next...
(NEW YORK) -- Concussion is the most common brain injury in young adults, and new research suggests that suffering one could increase suicide risk. Canadian researchers looked at 235,110 patients over a 20-year period (1992 to 2012) and found that those who had suffered a concussion were more likely to commit suicide than those who had not. The stu...
(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is requesting $1.8 billion in emergency funding from Congress to fight the Zika virus in the United States and abroad, the White House announced Monday.The request comes after lawmakers on Capitol Hill urged the White House to address the spread of the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and has b...
Posted 2016-02-08 06:37:15
By DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorHow much sleep do you get every night? If you're a single mother, chances are you're not getting enough.According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at sleep habits among men and women, single women are getting the least amount of sleep.As an OB...
(NEW YORK) -- Chipotle Mexican Grill is shutting down all of its restaurants for four hours on Monday. The Mexican food chain will close its 2,000 restaurants to hold a company-wide staff meeting to talk about its new food safety program. "We are hosting a national team meeting to thank our employees for their hard work during this difficult time, ...
(NEW YORK) --  Matt LeBlanc starred as Joey Tribbiani, the goofy next door neighbor on "Friends," for 10 years and 236 episodes. After the series wrapped in 2004, the actor said he nearly had a breakdown."I was burnt out," he told the Mirror. "I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. My agent was bumme...
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