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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Over half of the foods in advertising directed at children were ineligible for advertising if they followed government standards, the CDC says in a new report.

The CDC looked at a list of over 400 foods approved by the industry regulated Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative and compared them against the government’s recommendations, which have limits on fat, sugar and sodium.

Researchers found that 53 percent of the CFBAI products did not meet these limits.

Sugar was the most common nutrient that exceeded government recommended limits, with 32 percent of advertised products exceeding the sugar limit.

Children on average see 10 to 13 food-related advertisements every day.

The governmental agencies involved in creating these recommendations include the CDC, FDA, Federal Trade Commission, and the US Department of Agriculture.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House is looking at ways to better communicate with the families of American hostages held overseas, as part of its broader policy review in the wake of the killing of two innocent civilians by a U.S. drone strike.

“There is a premium on clear, direct, specific, regular, reliable communication with these families, and that can be difficult when you have a wide range of agencies that are involved in those conversations,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the daily briefing on Friday. “The effort is to try to streamline those communications, to make that a communication more effective and more sensitive to the needs of these families.”

As part of this effort, the White House is seeking input from the families of those who have been held hostage.

“Throughout this process the administration has been committed to incorporating the viewpoint of families that have been unfortunately involved in this process,” Earnest said. “We have, on the front end, solicited some input from families of those who have been held hostage.”

One option on the table is the creation of a “fusion cell” to coordinate responses and enable a “whole-of-government response” to overseas hostage situations.

Earnest suggested that this cell could be an alternative to the idea of a “hostage czar” that some, including the Weinstein’s congressman, have proposed.

“I’m not in a position where I’m ruling out the creation of a hostage czar. I’m just pointing out that the proposal that’s being discussed right now is one that’s — that is in pursuit of a similar goal, but with a different composition,” he said.

Earnest did not offer a timeline for this review, but said families would have an opportunity to offer feedback based on their own personal experiences.

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iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Health officials said on Friday that a HIV epidemic in rural Indiana among injection drug users is still not under control, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a nationwide alert.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced that he is extending a state of emergency to battle the epidemic, as officials say more than 140 cases have been reported this year in one small town.

“142 positive HIV tests have now been reported in southeastern Indiana. That’s 136 confirmed and six preliminary and we literally have new cases being reported every day, literally on an hourly basis,” said Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams on Friday.

Indiana Department of Health Chief Medical Consultant Joan Duwve said people are shooting up as often as 10 times a day and sharing with family and friends.

“They’ll take the quarter of their oxymorphone pill, dissolve it, and inject it with whoever happens to be with them,” he said.

Duwye added that despite the agency’s efforts, new cases are being diagnosed daily.

“As of April 21st when the MSWR was written, a total of 135 persons have been diagnosed with HIV infection. The large majority of them residing in a city of only 4200 people,” Duwye said.

The CDC issued a warning on Friday to health officials nationwide over the increase in prescription drug abuse leading to a resurgence of HIV and hepatitis C.

CDC Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Jonathan Mermin, said needle sharing is to blame to the outbreak, and behind the nationwide warning.

“We’re issuing a health advisory to alert public health departments and health care providers nationwide of the increasing Hepatitis C epidemic and the possibility of current or future HIV outbreaks among people who inject drugs,” he said on Friday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a botulism outbreak following a church potluck in Ohio left a woman dead and sickened up to 28 others, health officials say canned food could be to blame.

Officials are looking into canned fruits and vegetables as well as pasta and potatoes salads and other menu items, according to Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Shannon Libby.

So, you may be wondering how to keep your pantry safe in time for picnic season.

Here’s what you need to know:

What is botulism?

Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin released by certain bacteria, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“All forms of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies,” according to the CDC. “Foodborne botulism is a public health emergency because many people can be poisoned by eating a contaminated food.”

Symptoms can take between 6 hours and 10 days to arise, and they include double vision or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and muscle weakness, according to the National Institutes of Health.

How common is it?

“Botulism has virtually been eliminated in this country,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

There are about 145 cases a year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Only 15 percent of those are foodborne. The rest are either wound-related or something called infant botulism, which involves consuming the spores.

Why is it found in canned goods?

The bacteria Clostridium botulinum releases the toxin that causes botulism as part of its natural anaerobic process, meaning it multiplies in an oxygen-free environment, like a sealed can, Schaffner said.

“Back in the day when there was a lot of home-canning, people didn’t always meticulously follow protocols,” Schaffner said. “The spores were not killed and given that this was now an environment in a sealed container, the bacteria could multiply and produce the toxin.”

With the advent of commercial canning and better understanding of botulism to put food safety procedures in place, he said it’s now rare to have a canned good-related botulism outbreak.

What can you do to stay safe?

Unless the Ohio potluck investigators find that the food that caused the illness was commercially canned, Schaffner said people have nothing to worry about. But if they see a can that is puffy or dented, discard it.

“Spoilage of one kind or another likely occurred,” he said. “There’s no reason to subject yourself to any kind of chance of getting sick.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– The number of heroin users has continued to increase over the past 10 years.

From 2002 to 2013, the number of heroin users has increased from 404,000 to 681,000, while the number of users undergoing treatment has increased from 277,000 to 526,000, according to a survey released Thursday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The increase has overwhelmed some substance abuse treatment facilities, with almost one in ten of them working above capacity, according to researchers.

With over 11 million abusers of prescription pain medication, there was increasing concern that many of them would become heroin users.

While there is evidence that abusers of prescription pain medication are at greater risk for becoming heroin users compared to non-prescription drug abusers, only a small number of them actually make the transition, according to the survey’s authors.

Heroin users increase in number every year, and while treatment programs try to keep pace, researchers say it is an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed and monitored.

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(BALTIMORE) — The field turf in the Rogers Centre before the 2015 baseball season has caused quite a stir among visiting teams.

On their recent trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles were so unhappy about the way the ball unpredictably bounces on the new field that they considered not playing out the three game series.

Not an excuse for sweep, but #Orioles left #Toronto thinking new Rogers Centre turf is major problem. Too spongy, slow & lots of untrue hops

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 24, 2015

In fact, there was consideration by #Orioles of not playing Tues night, especially after Paredes was hurt on bad hop. O’s have contacted MLB

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 24, 2015

The turf has been scrutinized to so much of an extent that Major League Baseball began actively monitoring the field to see if the Blue Jays were gaining a competitive advantage.

#MLB is actively monitoring the turf situation at Rogers Centre due to irregular bounces on the surface, source says.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 15, 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays are first in the AL East at 9-7 (tied with the Red Sox and Yankees) and are 5-5 at home.

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Ray Casanova/YouTube(NEW YORK) — Four Swedish cops vacationing in New York City helped break up a fight between two straphangers on a 6-train subway Wednesday afternoon, the New York City Police Department confirmed Thursday.

New York City resident Raymond Casanova caught the incident on cellphone video and uploaded it to YouTube, he said.

“I was hopping on an uptown 6 train at the Bleecker Street subway station when I noticed the train was being delayed due to a commotion occurring at the first car,” Casanova told ABC News today.

He then went around and saw the four off-duty cops, who he later learned were from Sweden, he said.

“If you hear the audio carefully, you can even hear the [Swedish] cops asking the man they were restraining if he was OK several times,” Casanova said.

NYPD officers showed up a few minutes later, a spokesman for the department said.

“There was a physical fight between two gentlemen, and four off-duty Swedish cops were able to stop the fight and held the aggressive, irrational gentleman down,” a NYPD spokesman told ABC News Thursday. “No arrests were made, and the man acting irrational was taken to a hospital for evaluation.”

The Swedish cops who stepped in were reportedly Erik Näslund, 26, Samuel Kvarzell, 25, Makrus Åsberg, 25, and Eric Jansberger, 28, DNAinfo New York reported, adding that the four were on their way to see Les Miserables on Broadway.

“We’re just regular tourists,” Åsberg told DNAinfo. “Is this a big deal?”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Newly released surveillance footage from Rikers Island, New York City’s 400-plus-acre prison complex, is raising concerns about alleged abuse and violence inmates face while behind bars there.

The footage, obtained by The New Yorker, appears to show New York City teen Kalief Browder being slammed to the ground by a Rikers Island guard in one incident and then being beaten by other inmates in another.

Browder, who turns 22 next month, spent three years at Rikers Island — two years in solitary confinement — while waiting for a trial over police accusing him of stealing a backpack in May 2010. Browder was released in June 2013 when the charges against him were dismissed.

In an interview last July, Browder told ABC News that he was held there for three years because his mother could not afford to pay his bail, set at $3,500, and a trial kept getting delayed.

“Only thing on my mind was that I gotta go home, I didn’t do this,” said Browder, who was 16 when he was first incarcerated at Rikers. “Now I’m in jail around these grown men and they’re, you know, they’re fighting each other. I don’t know. It was like hell on Earth.”

Browder said he was beaten, stomped on and hit with weapons by correction officers.

“They cuffed me to the back, and they were just beating on me while I was in the cell,” he said.

In the newly released security video, reportedly from Sept. 23, 2012, a guard can be seen arriving at Browder’s cell to escort Browder to the shower, The New Yorker reported.

After a few seconds, the guard appears to slam Browder, who is handcuffed, to the ground and then hold him down. Two more guards appear to run up to the guard and Browder.

The video is then followed by footage, reportedly from Oct. 20, 2010, after Browder punched a gang leader at Rikers who spat on him, according to The New Yorker. Browder was then beaten, the magazine reported.

A group of inmates can be seen on the video attacking Browder, who appears to be punched kicked to the ground. Two guards then appear in the video, and they seem to try unsuccessfully to stop the fight. After some time, the video shows Browder being put into another room, where he is seen walking around with his hands to his head.

After a few minutes, another inmate can be seen kicking in the door to the room Browder is isolated in, and the group is seen trying to beat him again. At the end of the footage, guards finally get the inmates out, and Browder kneels on the floor, facing the wall with his hands behind him, as armored officers walk in.

A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Correction said the agency’s commissioner is very troubled by what he saw on the footage of the guard apparently slamming Browder in 2012.

“He and Mayor [Bill] de Blasio have already adopted a 14-point anti-violence initiative to change the culture at DOC, and changes to the DOC’s Use of Force policy are already under way,” the spokesperson said. “Training curricula for officers will be revised to reflect these changes. The Department is re-training the officer involved.”

Browder’s lawyer, Paul Prestia, told ABC News Friday that a lawsuit against the city is pending, but was unable to immediately give additional information.

A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Law told ABC News on Friday, “Mr. Browder’s suit is currently under review.”

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JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Friday reiterated his commitment to reviewing the American operation that killed two civilian hostages to prevent the future loss of innocent lives.

“We are going to review what happened. We are going to identity the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made,” the president told employees at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I know those of you who are here share our determination to continue doing everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives.”

Pausing for reflection, the president spoke briefly about the difficulty of these moments.

“I was asked by somebody how do you absorb news like that that we received the other day and I told the truth, ‘it’s hard,’” he said. “But the one thing I wanted everybody to know, because I know you, because I work with you, because I know the quality of this team, is that we all bleed when we lose an American life. We all grieve when any innocent life is taken.”

“We understand the solemn responsibilities that are given to us and our first job is to make sure that we protect the American people,” he continued. “But there is not a person that I talk to that’s involved in the intelligence community that also doesn’t understand that we have to do so while upholding our values and our ideals and our laws and our constitutions and our commitment to democracy.”

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TLC(NEW YORK) — Melissa Etheridge recently uncovered some scandalous truths about her family’s distant past.

On Sunday’s season finale of TLC’s genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? the singer discovers that an ancestor in French Canada seduced and impregnated a woman, a scandal that resulted in a trial.

“I was shocked, yes, and delighted, too,” she told Billboard. “I didn’t take anything personally — although when you start realizing there were these people in the 1600s going to court to clear their daughter’s name, and, of course, it’s so salacious and about sexuality, I’m like, ‘Duh — welcome to my line of making our sexuality public,’ and that sort of makes me laugh at those parallels.”

Etheridge, 53, told the magazine she agreed to be on the show partly because her wife, Linda Wallem, is friends with one of the executive producers, but also because she wanted to fill some gaps in her ancestral history.

“I knew stories from my mother’s family,” she said, “but with my father I didn’t know anything past his parents, so it was a delight to all of a sudden open a door to all these stories and be like, ‘Oh, that’s where my father came from?'”

She acknowledged that the newfound branches in her family tree might spark some song ideas one day, but, first, she has a busy summer of touring ahead.

“I actually haven’t sat down to write much now,” she says. “I’m more in the touring mode. It hasn’t inspired me yet, but once I do sit down to write again, maybe I’ll go there.”

On June 9, Melissa will release A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A. on CD, DVD and Blu-ray, and the next day she’ll kick off a solo summer tour. A mixture of solo dates and co-headlining shows with Blondie will take her through the end of summer.

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