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103-Year-Old Twins Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

“It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies,” said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home’s deputy manager. “They both made such a positive impact on the life at the home and will be hugely missed by all of us here and by their family and friends.”

Thomas passed away on Thursday, April 23, just 27 days before Davies, who died on Wednesday, May 20.

The sisters, who were born on Nov. 22, 1911, had five children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren between them.

A spokesman at Abermill Care Home said that Thomas and Davies enjoyed spending time together in the communal lounge area and lived in rooms a couple of doors down from one another.

“They even built an interior door joining their two kitchens to make it even easier for them to see each other,” the spokesman added.

Thomas and Davies’ deaths came months after celebrating a 103rd birthday party at Abermill with their loved ones, staff and fellow residents.

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103-Year-Old Twins Die Within Weeks of Each Other

Creatas/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Twin sisters Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas, both 103, have died within weeks of each other at their home care center in the United Kingdom.

“It was a huge privilege for all of us at Abermill to care for two such wonderful ladies,” said Christine Tipper, Abermill Care Home’s deputy manager. “They both made such a positive impact on the life at the home and will be hugely missed by all of us here and by their family and friends.”

Thomas passed away on Thursday, April 23, just 27 days before Davies, who died on Wednesday, May 20.

The sisters, who were born on Nov. 22, 1911, had five children, 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren between them.

A spokesman at Abermill Care Home said that Thomas and Davies enjoyed spending time together in the communal lounge area and lived in rooms a couple of doors down from one another.

“They even built an interior door joining their two kitchens to make it even easier for them to see each other,” the spokesman added.

Thomas and Davies’ deaths came months after celebrating a 103rd birthday party at Abermill with their loved ones, staff and fellow residents.

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Connecticut Woman Swallows Grill Brush Bristle in Burger

WTNH(NEW YORK) — A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove the foreign object.

The tiny piece of metal was less than an inch long, Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, who treated Harrison, said.

“If it was in my mouth and I bit it and I knew it I wouldn’t have swallowed it,” Harrison said at a news conference following her recovery last week. “It must have been positioned in that burger just perfect, and I ingested it and swallowed it.”

A CAT scan showed the metal was stuck in her intestine, which can be very dangerous, Benbrahim said.

“You can die from it; it’s a big problem,” Benbrahim told ABC News. “It’s a flexible piece of metal so when you eat it, you don’t feel it in your mouth. It goes down to your small intestine and we have a normal kink, 90 degree kink, and that bristle can’t negotiate the turn and that’s how it made a hole in her intestine.”

Benbrahim said he was able to treat the Wallingford woman immediately because he had experience with something like this before.

“About a year ago, I had a patient who almost died from it,” he said. “He had [eaten] a bristle from a grill brush and he was sick for two weeks.”

Benbrahim said that patient had an infection that led to a blood clot in his lungs. He said Harrison, who ABC News was unable to reach, came into the hospital at the perfect time, and that’s why she was able to recover fairly quickly.

“I feel better,” Harrison said last week, “a little tender but I feel definitely better.”

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Connecticut Woman Swallows Grill Brush Bristle in Burger

WTNH(NEW YORK) — A Connecticut woman was rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain after she accidentally swallowed something in her hamburger.

The culprit: a bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison went to MidState Medical Center in Meriden two days after eating the hamburger, and had to have emergency surgery earlier this month in order to remove the foreign object.

The tiny piece of metal was less than an inch long, Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, who treated Harrison, said.

“If it was in my mouth and I bit it and I knew it I wouldn’t have swallowed it,” Harrison said at a news conference following her recovery last week. “It must have been positioned in that burger just perfect, and I ingested it and swallowed it.”

A CAT scan showed the metal was stuck in her intestine, which can be very dangerous, Benbrahim said.

“You can die from it; it’s a big problem,” Benbrahim told ABC News. “It’s a flexible piece of metal so when you eat it, you don’t feel it in your mouth. It goes down to your small intestine and we have a normal kink, 90 degree kink, and that bristle can’t negotiate the turn and that’s how it made a hole in her intestine.”

Benbrahim said he was able to treat the Wallingford woman immediately because he had experience with something like this before.

“About a year ago, I had a patient who almost died from it,” he said. “He had [eaten] a bristle from a grill brush and he was sick for two weeks.”

Benbrahim said that patient had an infection that led to a blood clot in his lungs. He said Harrison, who ABC News was unable to reach, came into the hospital at the perfect time, and that’s why she was able to recover fairly quickly.

“I feel better,” Harrison said last week, “a little tender but I feel definitely better.”

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Newer Birth Control Pills Could Up Blood Clot Risk

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New versions of “The Pill” could raise the risk of serious blood clots, according to a study out Wednesday in the British Medical Journal.

The study shows that the risk of clotting nearly doubled for women taking newer oral contraceptives versus older versions.

But, as ABC News’ senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton points out, the numbers are still relatively small.

“If you look at the risk of a blood clot in an average person, not on the pill, that’s about 1 in 10,000. If then you look at a low dose pill, that risk goes up to 8 in 10,000. Those newer pills can go as high as 16,” Ashton says.

She explains, “It’s really all about the synthetic type of progestogens in these combination pills. This study confirms past data. We know this is something called a class-effect risk of blood clots with combination pills. And all pills are not created equal. So women should look for the ingredients on their pack of pills and look for those starting with the letter N or L. Those appear to have the lowest risk of clotting.”

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state’s obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year — nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That’s well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was West Virginia at 34.3 percent followed by Louisiana at 33.2 percent. Arkansas (33 percent), Oklahoma (32.6 percent), Alabama (32.1 percent), Kentucky (31.5 percent), Indiana (31.4 percent), Iowa (31.1 percent) and Missouri (30.9 percent) rounded out the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates.

On the flip side, Hawaii had the lowest rate at 19 percent. The rest of the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates are as follows: Colorado (20.3 percent), Montana (23.5 percent), California (23.9 percent), Massachusetts (24 percent), Idaho (24.2 percent), South Dakota (24.6 percent), New York (24.7 percent), Minnesota (24.8 percent) and Connecticut (24.9 percent).

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Gallup: Mississippi Is Most Obese State for Second Straight Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the second year in a row, Mississippi had the highest obesity rate in the U.S. in 2014, the latest Gallup Healthways Well Being Index shows.

The state’s obesity rate was 35.2 percent last year — nearly unchanged from 35.4 percent in 2013. That’s well above the national rate of 27.7 percent.

In second place was West Virginia at 34.3 percent followed by Louisiana at 33.2 percent. Arkansas (33 percent), Oklahoma (32.6 percent), Alabama (32.1 percent), Kentucky (31.5 percent), Indiana (31.4 percent), Iowa (31.1 percent) and Missouri (30.9 percent) rounded out the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates.

On the flip side, Hawaii had the lowest rate at 19 percent. The rest of the top 10 states with the lowest obesity rates are as follows: Colorado (20.3 percent), Montana (23.5 percent), California (23.9 percent), Massachusetts (24 percent), Idaho (24.2 percent), South Dakota (24.6 percent), New York (24.7 percent), Minnesota (24.8 percent) and Connecticut (24.9 percent).

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Jessica Alba Admits She Hates Working Out

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Jessica Alba rocks a sexy bikini on the latest cover of Shape magazine but admits her fit physique doesn’t come easy.

“I’m not going to lie. Working out sucks,” she told the June issue. “Which is why I love taking classes, because I’m surrounded by other people and that keeps me motivated and accountable.”

The 34-year-old actress-turned-entrepreneur said she likes to mix up her workout.

“I have to break a sweat or I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done,” she said. “These days, I do power yoga with light weights in a 105 degree room, so it’s a mix of hot yoga and strength training. I also spin. The key for me is good music, like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyoncé.”

If she only has 30 minutes, Alba said, “I’ll do a series of burpees, mountain climbers, squat jumps, planks, and a few sun salutations.”

Alba’s road to fitness began more than a decade ago, while filming the Dark Angel series.

“I attribute my athletic body to the martial arts, gymnastics, dance, and strength training I did while filming Dark Angel,” she told Shape. “That’s made me strong and really set the bar.”

But it wasn’t until having her children that she felt comfortable with her body.

“I wasn’t truly confident about my body until I had my daughters, Honor, 7, and Haven, 3. I felt more comfortable in my own skin after they were born,” she said. “Plus, if I want them to be happy with their bodies, I need to walk the walk.”

But this active mom and Honest Company founder has also found ways to be still.

“When I need to zone out and quiet my mind, I listen to a meditation podcast from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center [marc.ucla.edu],” she said. “Each one is literally just three minutes long, so I can go into a bathroom stall or do it in my car. But I’m really intrigued by Transcendental Meditation. Everyone I know who does TM has this inner peace and a glow. I want that.”

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Receding Texas Floodwaters Can Leave Behind Health Hazards

photoquest7/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Despite receding floodwaters in Texas and Oklahoma, dangers can persist as residents begin the process of cleaning up the mess left behind.

At least three people were killed in Texas and many more injured as floodwaters hit the state Monday night.

Bristel Minsker, spokeswoman for American Red Cross, said a big risk for residents is that remaining floodwater can be toxic after washing over roads and even bringing cars and other debris along.

“The Blanco River overflowed and it’s been running through the state and pushing all this debris down through the state,” said Minsker, who called the water extremely toxic.

Minsker said it’s important to keep young children and pets away from the water so they don’t ingest any of it. For people who had to wade through dirty water to get to safety, Minsker recommends immediately showering and washing clothes to get out any toxins that were washed into the water during the flood.

Minsker said residents should only return home after officials have given the all-clear and always check for downed power lines, foundation cracks or broken gas lines before entering the home.

She also said any food that comes into contact with floodwaters, even bottled water or canned goods, needs to be thrown out.

Another unexpected hazard for those returning home: wildlife.

“We’re hearing a lot of reports of snakes getting washed on to people’s property,” said Minsker, who warned that people should stay far away because the animals might be panicked or aggressive.

“They’ve been driven from their natural rural home. It’s an area they are not comfortable with,” she said.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said as residents are able to clean up more and more, there will be other issues they face including mold or dust that can exacerbate asthma or breathing problems.

“You can get mold growing up on things that you’re then trying to clear out,” Schaffner said.

Minsker of the Red Cross said it’s key for residents with a flooded home to add fans or dehumidifiers to try and keep the mold from growing and causing health problems.

Also, as mud dries it can turn into dust that affects the lungs, said Dr. Schaffner, who recommends wearing a surgical mask.

Schaffner said anyone who had a wound exposed to floodwaters should seek medical attention to see whether they should get a tetanus booster shot.

In addition to short-term problems, Schaffner said, there’s another hazard that could last long after the floodwaters recede. He said he’s concerned that standing water could mean in increase in the West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes, especially as summer approaches.

“All this floodwater is going to leave puddles and pockets of water that will be great breeding grounds of mosquitoes,” Schaffner said. “If there are a lot of mosquitoes, more mosquitoes will bit birds and then bite people,” spreading the virus.

The Texas Department of Health has a full list of recommendations on flood safety here.

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Softball Player’s Brain Aneurysm Draws Attention to Rare Condition

California Thunder via KABC-TV(HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif.) — A 15-year-old California softball player is reportedly fighting for her life days after a brain aneurysm led her to collapse on the field.

Dana Housley told her coach she “felt dizzy” before collapsing on the field, according to ABC News’ Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

She was taken to Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, where she is on life support, according to KABC-TV. Hospital officials did not comment further on the case, citing privacy laws.

As Housley’s teammates rally with messages of support with the hashtag #PrayforDana, experts said that the teen’s case can help put the spotlight on this mysterious condition that affects an estimated 6 million Americans.

Experts are quick to point out that Housley’s activity on the softball team likely had no bearing on her developing a brain aneurysm or having it rupture.

“The biggest mystery is why they form,” Christine Buckley, the executive director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation told ABC News.

Just two days after Housley’s hospitalization, a teen baseball player reportedly died after being hit by a baseball. In that case, the cause of death was not yet released, though his grandfather told a local newspaper that one cause may have been an underlying condition, including possibly an aneurysm.

Teens rarely develop aneurysms, but those that do often do not understand their symptoms including headache, eye pain and sometimes earache, Buckley said.

“Early detection is the key,” she said, noting that people should seek treatment at a hospital if they experience signs and symptoms.

An aneurysm develops when a weak spot develops on the wall of a brain artery, leading to a bulge. Should the weak spot rupture, the blood loss can lead devastating results, including stroke, brain injury or death.

Aneurysms can run in families and ruptured aneurysms are more associated with smoking, but no specific activity is associated with developing an aneurysm or having it rupture, Buckley said.

Dr. Nicholas Bambakidis, director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said brain aneurysms in teenagers and children are rare but they do occur.

“It’s a severe tremendous headache, almost always accompanied by loss of consciousness,” Bambakidis said of brain aneurysm symptoms. “Worst headache of my life. It’s not like a tension headache or a headache after a bad day.”

Bambakidis said even an outside trauma like a baseball hitting the head may not lead to rupture and that they are mostly likely to be rupture due to severe trauma that actually pierces the brain.

The biggest predictor of survival is how a patient is doing when they arrive to get treatment, he said.

“How bad was the bleeding and how much damage was done to the brain when it’s bleeding?” Bambakidis said of figuring out the likelihood of a patient surviving.

Brain aneurysms are most prevalent for people between the ages of 35 to 60, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The condition can be deadly if ruptured and approximately 15 percent of patients with a specific type of aneurysm called an aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, die before reaching the hospital.

Approximately 30,000 Americans will have a brain aneurysm rupture annually and about 40 percent of these cases are fatal.

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