Review Category : Health

Man Finds Rodent in Sandwich at Oregon Subway

Matt Jones(NEW YORK) — First there was “pizza rat.” Now there’s the sandwich rodent.

An Oregon man said his friend got a dose of mystery meat at a Subway restaurant — a rodent inside a sandwich.

Matt Jones says he was at a Subway restaurant in Lincoln City, Oregon with some coworkers on Oct. 6 when he heard a commotion at the counter.

He says when his friend opened up his Italian sandwich, he found a dead rodent between the spinach and cheese.

“Thankfully it was discovered before Jay took a bite of a dead mouse!” Jones said.

Jones says he brought his own sandwich up to the manager because it also had spinach on it, and got a full refund.

“As soon as the customer alerted the owner about what happened, they were immediately given a full refund and an investigation was launched,” Subway said in a statement. “To be cautious, all of the products in the sandwich unit were disposed of and a thorough cleaning took place, in which the Health Department gave the restaurant a clean bill of health. There were no other complaints made and this was an isolated incident.”

The Lincoln County Health Department says it was immediately notified and health inspectors investigated.

According to Cheryl Connell, the director of Lincoln County Health and Human Services, the rodent did not come from inside the Subway. “The inspector determined the most likely way the rodent got into the restaurant was through the bagged product the restaurant issues for the sandwiches,” Connell said.

In terms of how the manager handled the situation, Connell says “the restaurant responded swiftly and quickly and accurately for what they needed to do to sanitize the area as required by the health inspector.”

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Top Hospital Reverses Decision on Closing Family Medicine Center

peterspiro/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — New York-Presbyterian Hospital has changed it’s mind after announcing it will close its family medicine center in June 2016.

Based on the reaction from medical staff to the hospitals’ original decision, New York Presbyterian said in a statement, “We have decided that the family medicine residency program at The Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. Community Health Center will stay open and the faculty will remain. We will be accepting an additional class of residents in its current form as we explore the development – in close collaboration with faculty, residents and medical students — of other potential models of primary care training and delivery in the future.”

The hospital, considered one of the top hospitals in the nation, is affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center, and is located in an impoverished area of New York City. The decision, reports The International Business Times, was seen as lacking transparency and a sure way of cutting important services for patients.

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Student Comforts Man With Special Needs on Crowded Bus

Bajak/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Godfrey Cuotto of Hamilton, Ontario, showed a stranger a random act of kindness and is now being applauded for being a Good Samaritan.

The 21-year-old student was photographed holding the hand of a man with special needs in the middle of a crowded bus to comfort him. The photo, which was posted to the Facebook page “Only In Hamilton”, has been shared over 50,000 times.

ABC News spoke to Cuotto about the incident. Cuotto said he initially believed the man was asking for a handshake; however, after taking Cuotto’s hand, the man “held it tight” and “didn’t want to let it go.”
“I had to be selfless in that situation,” said Cuotto. “He seemed like a happy guy, so I didn’t want to let him down.”

Cuotto stayed with the man, known only as Robert, for the entire 30-minute bus ride.

Cuotto said that Robert held his hand, leaned on him, hugged him and kissed his hands as they sat together.

The anonymous poster of the photo was sitting across from Cuotto and Robert.

Cuotto said that two nieces and a sister-in-law of Robert messaged Cuotto on Facebook after reading about his selfless gesture, and thanked the student for being so kind to Robert.

The family also informed Cuotto that Robert suffers from cerebral palsy and is also deaf.

“He had more problems than what I perceived at first,” said Cuotto.

The student humbly acknowledged the praise that he’s received since the photo of him went viral on the Internet, saying, “I feel thrilled people are recognizing that I did such a good thing, but it’s not about the recognition. I don’t think I’m a role model or hero, I just hope that I’ve inspired people to do the same thing.”

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Family Finds Comfort in Daughter’s Photo Taken Minutes Before Her Collapse

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The family of a Massachusetts teen are taking solace in a moving picture of the teen taken minutes before she collapsed from a fatal brain hemorrhage.

Casey Dunne, 16, was at field hockey practice on Friday when she collapsed suddenly due to a brain hemorrhage. The teen died hours later at a local hospital, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston.

Casey’s father Matthew Dunne said the picture of their daughter has helped the family with their grief since it seemed to show her personality so clearly.

“It was very helpful because what my wife and I saw of her that afternoon was in the worst possible situation,” Dunne told ABC News. “To see that photo of her that day and that happy and that joyous and fabulous was a very uplifting.”

Dunne said that Casey, who was born on July 1, had always loved everything about the Fourth of July celebrations. Casey, a high school junior, was the middle of five children and loved working as at tutor for low income middle school students, he father said.

“Everything that comes through is how personable she was and how people were drawn to her and my wife has talked about her quiet charisma,” Dunne told ABC News.

A funeral will be held for Casey on Wednesday.

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What You Should Know About Health Care Open Enrollment Period

Steve Hamblin/Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Whether choosing employer-sponsored plans or health exchange coverage, the financial stakes of choosing the right health care plan have been raised even higher this year.

An individual must have some kind of coverage or pay a penalty. For 2016, that’s $695 per adult, which will have to be paid the following tax year — more than double the previous penalty of $325.

With children under the age of 18, who are on the hook for half as much as adults, fees can come to a maximum of $2,085 per household (from $975 previously), or 2.5 percent of taxable income, whichever is greater.

“There’s a danger that people are not going to realize when they start working on their taxes in February, March or April,” said Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Jost urges everyone to get some kind of coverage and offered some tips about what you should know when choosing health care:

1. Deadlines

Know your employer’s open enrollment period.

“The basic message is open enrollment is opening soon and people who are not enrolled need to enroll to avoid the much larger penalties for 2016 because it may be too late when they realize,” Jost said.

Open enrollment for all healthcare exchanges is earlier for 2016: Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, compared to Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 last year. Individuals may qualify for special enrollment periods beyond this time frame if they have a life event such as getting married, certain changes to your income, having a baby or moving to a new state.

If you want coverage to start right on Jan. 1, you must sign up no later than Dec. 15, said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation. If you wait to the end of open enrollment, your new coverage won’t take effect until March 1.

2. Employer-sponsored vs. exchange coverage?

Some employees can decline employer-sponsored insurance and purchase coverage through the exchange if it meets the law’s definition of “unaffordable.” If the employee’s contribution toward a plan is less than 9.5 percent of the employee’s individual adjusted gross income, then it is deemed affordable.

An employee with low enough wages may also be eligible for Medicaid, Jost said.

3. Research a plan’s total cost

Don’t just price shop, Pollitz said. Some employers offer very minimal benefits, Jost said. What’s the out-of-pocket limit? Does your employer offer a Health Savings Account (HSA), which can roll over and is yours to keep?

“When you’re considering different plan deductibles, ask yourself if you could really afford to pay that much in medical bills,” Pollitz said. “Often it’s best to pick the most comprehensive plan coverage you can afford.”

4. Vocabulary and mechanics

Healthy people who need less care should be more comfortable paying lower premiums (the amount paid for your health plan by you and/or your employer) with less coverage.

“Plans with cheaper premiums tend to have higher deductibles and co-pays, which means if you get sick and need care, you might end up spending more out of pocket for doctor and hospital bills than you saved on your monthly premium,” Pollitz said. “So look at both the cost of coverage and the content.”

Without appropriate health literacy, Americans may find it more difficult to navigate the health care system, including choosing a health plan or filling out complex forms, said Kinte Ibbott, vice president of health communications at Maximus Center for Health Literacy.

5. Don’t forget about providers and drugs

Make sure any doctors and specialists key to you are in a plan’s network, that there are enough providers near your home or work and that your prescribed drugs are covered.

Pollitz advises people look at health plan formularies, or the list of prescription drugs a plan will cover. This year the federal marketplace will have a tool to help you search plans that cover drugs you take regularly. In addition to online tools, all plan “Summary of Benefits and Coverage” (including for plans your employer may offer) must include a link to their provider network directory and their drug formulary, Pollitz said.

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Researchers Uncover How Halloween Caramel Apples Develop Listeria

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A deadly 2014 Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples has puzzled researchers attempting to understand how the favorite Halloween treat could be the source of the deadly bacteria.

The 2014 outbreak left at least seven dead and 35 infected, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, thanks to a new study, scientists think they have cracked the code on how Listeria bacteria can quickly grow on caramel apples even though it rarely grows easily on apples or caramel.

The scientists had been puzzled about why the outbreak was linked to apples, which traditionally are too acidic for Listeria bacteria to grow quickly. Additionally, caramel doesn’t often grow the bacteria because of low water content, according to the study.

The new study published this week in the medical journal mBio examines how the Listeria monocytogenes could grow in large numbers. To figure out how the desserts developed the bacteria, the team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Food Research Institute swabbed the apples with the bacteria, then dipped the apples in caramel and, using either sticks or tongs, allowed them to cool.

The apples were then stored for four to six weeks at temperatures ranging from 77 to 44.6 degrees. The researchers were surprised to find that even dipping the apple in hot caramel did not kill all the surface bacteria. And the coating of caramel created an ideal layer for bacteria to grow.

Because Listeria bacteria can grow even in refrigerated temperatures, researchers found that the apples could potentially have caused infection if they were consumed weeks after being made.

“If someone ate those apples fresh, they probably would not get sick,” lead study co-author Kathleen Glass, associate director of the Food Research Institute, said in a statement. “But because caramel-dipped apples are typically set out at room temperature for multiple days, maybe up to two weeks, it is enough time for the bacteria to grow.”

Additionally, in the apples with sticks, researchers found that bacteria concentrations were found around the stick inside the apple. They theorized that the stick pushed the bacteria into the apple where it was protected from hot caramel and could grow.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, said that while cases of Listeria linked to caramel apples remain low, those concerned can trade in the sweet treat for a fresh apple that is carefully washed with soap in the sink.

He explained that Listeria can be an infection difficult to pin down because the incubation period can be weeks.

“Listeria is an infection that also is a little bit tricky because it can have a long incubation period,” Schaffner explained to ABC News. “But Listeria can smolder after you ingest it, you can be sick up to a month later. The illness is characterized by diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, chills.”

In rare cases, the infection can cause meningitis or swelling of the brain and is associated with miscarriage in pregnant women.

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Baby with ‘Inoperable’ Brain Tumor Is Going to Live, Doctor Says

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A baby who was not expected to live and captured the heart of the Internet last month with her stunning photos has defied all odds, according to her parents and doctor.

The story of Abigail Jones and her family, first reported by ABC News, began when she was diagnosed in utero with deadly brain cancer. Doctors told her parents she would likely die soon after birth and that surgery or chemo would likely kill her. Her parents took her home with pediatric hospice care and waited for what they thought was the inevitable.

But Abigail thrived, her parents said. And while her tumor was in fact still large and present, the baby girl — who was also born with Down syndrome, also diagnosed before her birth — continued to grow and develop.

“She is the chillest baby ever,” her mother, Erika Jones, told ABC News in September. “She just loves to be held. She watches your face, tracks it with her eyes. She’s had her feeding tube removed and is gaining weight.”

With every day that passed, her parents said they dared to hope. And despite being told there was nothing to be done, the Jones family found a doctor who felt differently.

“The family was sent home from the hospital in Florida having been given a death sentence for Abigail,” Dr. Alan R. Cohen, neurosurgeon-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, said in an email to ABC News. “They [the Jones family] contacted Boston Children’s Hospital and Mark Kieran, chief of neuro-oncology, and I reviewed the MRI and thought the tumor actually might not be malignant. I spoke to mom on the phone and told her that I thought there was enough question about the diagnosis that we should not give Abigail a death sentence.”

Last week, the Jones family traveled to Boston. “We repeated an MRI, which again made me suspicious that the tumor was not, in fact, malignant. We operated on Abigail through a left frontoparietal craniotomy and removed the tumor, which, in fact, was benign.”

Cohen said he does not believe the tumor will return.

On her Facebook page, Abigail’s Joy, her parents’ posted: “Praising Him this morning! So consumed with joy. Can’t hardly breathe looking at this beautiful girl. My girl. I get to keep you!! I can’t wait to see your story unfold. To tell you how you are a living testimony of healing. Amazing. Overwhelmed!”

And as they prepared to leave the hospital Monday: “We can never express how much BCH means to our family. It has changed our lives forever. We are eternally grateful.”

Of the future, Cohen said, “Her prognosis is excellent. This is a story with a very sad beginning and a very happy ending.”


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Your Body: Tips to Improve Your Sleep

moodboard/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

You’ve heard of the saying, “You snooze, you lose.” But is napping bad or good for you?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get an average of seven to eight hours of sleep a night. But, according to the National Institutes of Health, 40 percent of American adults are sleep deprived — which is why Google, NASA and The Huffington Post are among those employers encouraging their employees to catch some Z’s in sleep pods.

So how can you improve the sleep that you do get?

First, start with a commitment to good sleep hygiene. I know that if I don’t get a good sleep on a consistent basis, I can’t possibly do all the things that I need to do each day.

Also, taking a pre-bedtime bath, practicing yoga and meditation, and keeping your bedroom dark and cool can help you sleep like a boss.

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Study: Female Inmates Gain More Weight During Confinement than Males

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study in the Journal of Obesity confirms that inmates tend to gain weight while behind bars, but determined that female prison inmates gain far more than do their male counterparts.

In fact, the study revealed that female offenders gained “significantly” more weight than male prisoners, and that race wasn’t a factor in the increase.

What’s more, the researchers determined that obesity was “prevalent” among female offenders, and that both male and female inmates, “were more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their non-offender counterparts.”

Incidentally, a non-profit called Gearing Up is attempting to combat the battle of the bulge with female prisoners by hosting spin classes at various facilities, including California’s Riverside Correctional Facility.

The organization also trains women “in transition” — that is the formerly incarcerated, victims of domestic violence, and recovering addicts — so that they can enjoy the health, social, and other benefits of biking.

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High School Football Player Saved By Fast Reaction After Severe Injury

iStock/Thinkstock(LEAVITT, Maine) — A football injury could’ve been something a lot worse for one high school teen in Maine.

During the fourth quarter of the football game between Leavitt and Greely on Saturday, Hornets’ head coach Mike Hathaway found himself in a situation he was not prepared for, reports ABC News affiliate WMTW-TV.

After suffering a back injury earlier in the game, senior Adam Smith took a hit to the abdomen during a special teams play late in the game.

Once Smith collapsed twice, Dr. Kate Quinn was on hand to treat the football player.

She diagnosed him with a shattered spleen, an injury that became life-threatening as Smith’s blood pressure was dropping during the ambulance ride to the hospital.

Once at the hospital, doctors diagnosed the player with a severe Grade 5 injury and he needed surgery.

WMTW-TV reports Smith is doing a lot better now, and he’s still being monitored at the hospital but he could be home in the next few days.

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