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Doctors’ advice for protection in extreme heat conditions

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As the Southwest is being battered by record-breaking extreme heat, experts warn about the trouble that can mean for the human body.

How hot is it in parts of the country right now? Some flights were canceled in Phoenix because of the crippling heat reaching a record high of 119 degrees — the fourth hottest temperature ever recorded in the city, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat in Las Vegas tied the all-time hottest temperature record for that city at 117 degrees. But that’s nothing compared to more obscure parts of the region like Needles, California, a small city in San Bernardino County where temperatures hit a record breaking 125 degrees, or Death Valley, California, which hit a daunting 127 degrees Tuesday.

Doctors urge people to take precautions in excessive heat. Here are some changes to monitor in extreme temperatures and how to respond:

Drink fluids, but the right ones and at an appropriate level

Most adults understand that drinking fluids is necessary when it’s hot out, but many may not realize the kind of drink and how much of it can have significant effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that “because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat,” and that people should “drink more water than usual.”

But, while consuming more water is important, people should stay level-headed about it and avoid needlessly flooding their systems, Dr. Robert Glatter, an Emergency Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told ABC News.

“When people drink fluids in excess and go overboard, they can get hyponatremia,” Glatter said, referring to a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood becomes too low due to dilution, causing cells to swell up.

Glatter suggested that drinking water alone may not suffice in instances when people are putting their bodies through great exertion, like exercising for an hour outdoors.

In such instances, he recommends “drinking Pedialyte, or a sports drink” to replace lost electrolytes.

For normal levels of activity during heat waves, however, Glatter says that water alone should suffice.

“In general you should stick to water, and avoid drinks with an excess of sugar or caffeine,” he said.

Stay cool, when possible

Glatter said that he frequently sees construction workers and street vendors in his ER who have had prolonged exposure to heat.

For those who are stuck outside in the heat, drinking more water and electrolytes may be the only protection. But for those who can, staying out of prolonged, intense sun is a safe bet.

The CDC recommends staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and limiting direct exposure to sunlight to avoid heat stroke, which can cause damage to internal organs, including the brain.

Monitor children and the elderly

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, according Glatter, who says that they need to be monitored.

“Infants and children especially need to wear a hat outside — a floppy hat,” he said. “The scalp is very susceptible to overheating.”

Glatter adds that sunscreen should be applied to children before leaving the house, not after, to allow time for absorption.

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Prince Harry reveals he suffered panic attacks after Princess Diana’s death

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry has revealed he suffered panic attacks at royal engagements and said the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style competition he founded for injured service members, forced him to confront his own fears and reach out for help.

“Actually going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me,” Harry, 32, said in a new interview with Dave Henson airing Wednesday in the U.K. on Forces TV. “I have got plenty of issues. None of them really relate to Afghanistan but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else and the process.”

Harry, a former Apache pilot, said it was his two tours of duty in Afghanistan that prompted him to deal with the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Paris car crash.

“If you lose your mum at the age of 12, you have got to deal with it,” Harry said. “The idea that 20 years later I still hadn’t really… that 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment where I was like, ‘Right, deal with it.’”

Harry, who shared earlier this year that he sought counseling in his late 20s, told Henson how he overcame his own fears to ask for help.

“I was like, ‘Right, you are Prince Harry. You can do this. As long as you’re not a complete t– then you are going to be able to get that support because you’ve got the credibility of ten years’ service and therefore you can really make a difference,” he said.

Harry spoke with Henson, a Paralympic medal winner, to promote the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held next in Toronto in September. The fifth-in-line to the British throne launched the Invictus Games in London in 2014 and credits the event with helping him conquer his own demons.

“Yeah, 100 percent. For me, Invictus has been sort of like a cure for myself,” he said.

Harry also revealed in the interview details about the panic attacks he said he suffered at public engagements.

“In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating – boom, boom, boom, boom – and literally just like a washing machine,” Harry said.

Both Harry and his brother, Prince William, have spoken more publicly this year about the loss of Princess Diana and how they coped. The brothers joined Princess Kate in creating the Heads Together campaign last year to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Harry told The Telegraph’s Bryon Gordon in April that he “shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades after Diana’s death.

Harry, who started dating American actress Meghan Markle last summer, also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

Harry told Henson that he wanted to help himself so he could help others.

“When you can get your own head and self back on the right path, the amount of people you can help is unbelievable because you can tell the signs in people,” Harry said. “You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their reactions.”

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Experts warn rising temperatures can turn air conditioners into fire hazards

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The appliance many people rely on to keep their homes cool could potentially pose a fire risk.

Air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries and $82 million in property damage annually, according to a 2016 report by the National Fire Protection Association.

Experts warn that rising temperatures can strain air conditioning units and, if they are not properly maintained, can turn them into fire hazards.

“If they are overworked and overheated or there are some electrical issues, it can catch nearby combustibles on fire,” Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland, told ABC’s Good Morning America.

But fires can be prevented through proper maintenance, Piringer said. Changing the filter and ensuring adequate power supply to the unit are two safety measures that can help avoid potential problems.

Avoiding the use of extension cords or power strips is also important, he said.

“When you start using extension cords, it can be problematic,” Piringer said. “They can overheat and start a fire.”

Piringer also recommends that people have their units checked once or twice per year by a certified HVAC technician and make sure that space around them is clear.

“Create that circle of safety,” he said. “Make sure you’re clear of certainly any combustible material.”

In a demonstration on GMA, Piringer showed how properly anchoring the unit into a window opening ensures that if a fire were to start, the seal between the bracket and the opening will prevent the flames from coming into the house.

The National Fire Protection Association found that from 2010 to 2014, there was an average of 2,800 reports of home structure fires involving air conditioners annually.

In April, an air conditioning unit caused a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida, ABC affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

“I look out my window and the AC unit was on fire,” Carla Alberto, who lives across from the building that caught fire, told WFTS.

“You could see the smoke like 10 minutes away,” witness Latrida Smart told WFTS.

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Five unusual yoga styles for International Yoga Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’ve never practiced yoga before, there’s no better day to start than on Wednesday. June 21 is International Yoga Day.

According to Days of the Year, International Yoga Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 11, 2014. But the physical, mental and spiritual practice that’s helped millions worldwide is actually more than 6,000 years old.

If the idea of “oooming” your way through a yoga class has you yawning, read on. Yoga has taken all sorts of forms and has risen to new heights — even incorporating all sorts of furry friends. The good news is that yoga always comes back to the basics and is a great practice for everyone, from the very old to the very young.

Kids Yoga

Even the tiniest of tots can practice yoga. The same things that benefit adults — stress reduction, mind-body connection and physical strength — also benefit kids. It’s also a non-competitive sport, something that’s hard to come by for kids these days.

Kids yoga tends to be more creative than an adult yoga class. So imagine barking like a dog in downward dog, or meowing in cat pose. It’s those little tweaks and a bit of silliness that keeps the kids focused.

Heli Yoga

Talk about taking yoga to new heights. In Las Vegas, just a few minutes from the Strip, guests are transported via helicopter to the Valley of Fire for a 75-minute yoga class led by Dray Gardner of Silent Savasana.

Maverick Helicopters, which runs the tours, told ABC News its clients are the type of people who are not only looking to stay health-conscious on vacation, but who want to experience “the latest and greatest Las Vegas has to offer.” If you’re looking for a way to stay fit and turn your Instagram followers green with envy, heli yoga is it.

Goat Yoga

If you love baby goats, you’ll love goat yoga. The classes started in Willamette Valley, Oregon, by Lainey Morse in 2016. Morse said a goat therapy idea first came to her during a rough period in her life.

“It’s impossible to be sad and depressed when there’s baby goats jumping around,” she said.

Her business is expanding rapidly, with people traveling from all over the nation to attend a class.

“They have a sense of clam about them, but are really funny too,” Morse said. “They’re the perfect therapy animal.”

Dog Yoga

Those who identify as dog people rather than goat people will be pleased to know there’s a growing trend of pairing downward dog with an actual dog. Sometimes called “doga,” the practice makes use of canines as props and even weights in some yoga poses.

Dog owner Jocelyn James spoke to ABC News about the benefit of doga, saying, “It’s been very powerful for me and Peanut Butter … she has allergies and a little anxiety. Everything that breathes needs a little healing.”

Voga

Looking to amp up your yoga practice? Look no further than Voga, or Voguing-yoga. It pairs the dance moves from Madonna’s “Vogue” with yoga. The class description offers the “synchronized movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class, fusing power and strength with attitude and flamboyance, where slick alignment is key.”

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Mike Pence, other lawmakers donate to Capitol Hill blood bank in honor of Scalise

Twitter/VP(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Mike Pence was among those on Capitol Hill Tuesday who rolled up their sleeves and donated blood in honor of the victims of last week’s shooting at congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park.

The blood drive — which will also take place on Thursday — is supported by the American Red Cross and hosted by Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. It’s in honor of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and lobbyist Matt Mika, all of whom were injured when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire. He was killed in a shootout with police.

“Inspiring to see members of Congress & staffers at the blood drive organized to help those hurt in last week’s shooting. #TeamScalise,” Pence tweeted, along with photos of himself at the blood bank.

Marc Lotter, Pence’s press secretary, tweeted a photo of the vice president “donating blood & getting update on @SteveScalise.”

Pence’s donation to the blood bank was welcomed by Scalise’s staff, who tweeted from the congressman’s account, “Thanks to @VP Pence for giving blood today in honor of those injured in last week’s attack. #TeamScalise”

Rep. McHenry also commended Pence, tweeting, “Great to see @VP Pence taking part in today’s blood drive honoring the victims of last week’s attack. #ScaliseStrong @CapitolPolice.”

Rep. Pete Aguilar, R-Calif., also donated blood, tweeting a photo of himself at the blood bank.

“Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week’s horrific attack,” he wrote.

Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week’s horrific attack. pic.twitter.com/vuB3TUPfqZ

— Rep. Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) June 20, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also tweeted a photo of himself, while blood was being drawn.

“Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week,” he wrote.

Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week. pic.twitter.com/CDi9IAUkFl

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 20, 2017

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tweeted a series of photos, as well.

Donating blood today at the blood drive on Capitol Hill for @SteveScalise, @CapitolPolice, and all victims of the #AlexandriaShooting pic.twitter.com/RB36lXr68i

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Nice to see @VP Pence stop by the Capitol Hill blood drive today while donating blood in honor of Scalise & others wounded last week pic.twitter.com/LEHqtdsP6V

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) tweeted a photo of himself giving the thumbs-up, while his blood was being drawn.

“Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise’s recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02,” he wrote.

Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise‘s recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02 pic.twitter.com/yifoBBnD6x

— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) June 20, 2017

Georgia congressman Drew Ferguson also tweeted a photo of himself donating blood.

“Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive,” he wrote.

Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive pic.twitter.com/cP57rLWuI0

— Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) June 20, 2017

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Senate health care bill to be revealed Thursday; Spicer doesn’t know if Trump, staff have seen it

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Less than an hour after White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that neither President Donald Trump nor his advisers had viewed a draft of Senate Republicans’ health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that it will make its debut on Thursday.

The announcement comes as Democrats, and some Republicans, on Capitol Hill have voiced concerns that the process to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in secrecy.

“I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the floor once we have a CBO score, likely next week,” said McConnell Tuesday afternoon.

The majority leader insisted that Americans will have “plenty of time” to review the bill, saying, “We’ve been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years. Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be about as transparent as it can be.”

Earlier Tuesday, in response to a question at the day’s press briefing, Spicer told reporters that he didn’t know if Trump had seen the bill.

“I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators so I don’t know if he’s seen the legislation or not,” said Spicer. “I know that they’ve been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he’s very excited about where this thing is headed.”

Pressed whether the president’s advisers had viewed a bill, Spicer again said that he was unaware and added that he himself did not know “where we are in terms of a final plan.”

“I know that they are up there working hand in glove with them,” said Spicer, adding, “I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader’s staff, with [the Senate Finance Committee] and others, so I don’t want to get ahead of an announcement on Sen. McConnell saying when that final product is done.”

Earlier in the briefing, Spicer expounded upon a CNBC report from earlier Tuesday that Trump told a group of technology CEOs that the health care plan needed to have “more heart.”

“I mean, the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it,” said Spicer. “He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals.”

McConnell declined to describe how the Senate bill will have more “heart” than the House bill, saying only that it will “speak for itself” and “be different.”

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Mom has priceless reaction after she gives birth to a boy, breaking family tradition

Ker-Fox Photography(COLUMBUS, Ga.) — One mom’s epic response to learning she had given birth to a baby boy was captured on camera in the delivery room.

Dara Crouch, 29, of Columbus, Georgia, talked about the candid photos taken during the birth of her baby on April 25. She did not officially know the sex of the baby in advance.

“I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they’re great,” Crouch, 29, told ABC News. “We have something to look back on had we not have a photographer in the room we would’ve never seen that.”

Crouch, now a mom of two, said that she always thought she’d be having a girl.

“The last boy that we know was born on my side of the family is 50 years ago, but quite honestly it has little to do with the shock in the picture,” she added. “I really just thought it was a girl, I really did. We already had a girl and I guess I kind of saw us as ‘girl parents.'”

Neely Ker-Fox, owner of Ker-Fox Photography, snapped the candid moment when Crouch found out she had a boy.

“All of our reactions were genuine that she thought it was a girl,” Ker-Fox told ABC News. “We all saw that very vulnerable moment and we started crying when we heard it was a boy.”

Liam Crouch was born weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

Liam joins big sister Neyland, 3.

Crouch, who is a delivery room nurse, said she is glad she has the pictures to show Liam when he gets older.

“He’ll know how excited we were and how shocked I was,” she added.

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‘Don’t judge me’ woman writes in solidarity with moms everywhere

Laura Mazza/Mum on the Run(NEW YORK) — Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on the Facebook page of Laura Mazza, who blogs at Mum on the Run. It has been reprinted here with permission.

Don’t judge me.

If I complain about my children, don’t say I don’t love them.

If I say how perfect they are, don’t tell me I’m too braggy. You don’t see the hours I spend holding and loving them.

If I’m honest about motherhood, don’t say I’m ranting. You didn’t see how many years I couldn’t tell anyone how I felt because I was afraid.

Don’t judge the mother who is formula-feeding. Don’t call her lazy. You don’t know whether she struggled for months on end trying to make it work. You didn’t see her go to lactation consultants, eat lactation cookies. Spend money on lip ties and a pediatrician. You didn’t see her journey.

Don’t judge the mother who breast-feeds in public. You don’t know whether today was the day she finally got the confidence to do it. You don’t know how hard she has worked to keep that breast-feeding going. Don’t belittle the act of a mother feeding her baby.

Don’t judge the mother who tells her kids off in public. You don’t know whether she’s the most patient woman in the world. You don’t know that she is always gentle but today she lost her s— because she’s tired and worn out. Don’t call her a bad parent when you don’t see all she does.

Don’t judge the mother on her phone. You don’t know whether she’s replying to important work emails. Working from her phone, looking up recipes that her kids will eat for dinner or talking to her mom who lives a million miles away.

Don’t judge the mom who works; she’s making a living for her child.

Don’t judge the mom who stays home; she’s doing the job of 20 for no pay.

Don’t judge the single mom. She’s doing fine on her own, and is doing the job of both parents. She left a bad relationship, she stood up for herself, she’s a role model to her children.

Don’t judge the mother eating fast-food with her kids. You don’t know that she’s too exhausted to cook, that she wanted to keep her kids happy and get out of the house for a treat. You don’t know her struggles. She could grow an organic vegetable farm for all you know.

Don’t judge the mother who hasn’t lost her “baby weight.” She’s spent the year healing from birth, mentally and physically. Now isn’t the time for her to give up cake and eat kale.

Every mother has her own story. She has walked down a tough path. You don’t know her challenges, her strengths, her weaknesses … Her life, you don’t know any of it. She judges herself every day, she strives for the best every day, so rather than judging, lend a smile to her, cut up her food when she breast-feeds, warm up the kettle for her formula, reassure her in her struggles and praise her victories. And remember before you criticize, accuse or abuse, you have to walk a mile in her shoes.

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Low Chlorine Levels Prompt School Closings, Boil Water Advisory in Pittsburgh

caristo/iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Low levels of chlorine at a single test site prompted the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to issue a boil water advisory for approximately 100,000 customers on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools closed 22 schools and two early childhood centers on Wednesday to “allow the District time to properly cover water fountains, prepare food services and provide bottle water so schools [would be] ready to open on Thursday. Late Wednesday, the school system announced that those schools would indeed open on Feb. 2.

According to the PWSA, there was no evidence of bacteria in the system and no proof that the water is unsafe.

Until the boil water advisory is lifted, operators should not use public water sources — including water fountains and ice machines.

On Wednesday, the PWSA took its Highland Park microfiltration water treatment plant out of service to deal with the low chlorine levels. New chlorination technology was installed and chlorine was added.

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Texas Daycare’s Note Scolds Parents to ‘Get Off Your Phone’

mangostock/iStock/Thinkstock(HOCKLEY, Texas) — It’s a photo that’s touched a major nerve among parents and been shared more than one million times.

On Jan. 27, Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz posted the below photo to her Facebook page. The Hockley, Texas mom captioned it “Posted at the daycare today!”

Mazurkewicz and her husband, Jason Mazurkewicz, told ABC News the photo was taken at their daughter’s child care center.

“The owner posted the sign on the door,” Juliana Farris Mazurkewicz said. “I was surprised that they would be so bold, but also I liked it. I thought it was on point,” she told ABC News.

Another parent, Coley Sloan Jones, has a step-child at the daycare. She had a similar reaction. “I thought it was a valid reminder to parents to be aware and attentive to their child/children,” she told ABC News. “Sometimes other things can wait, including a phone call.” She said she does think there can be exceptions.

Of the more than 7,000 comments on Mazurkewicz’s post, many were in agreement. But some took issue with the delivery.

“I am appalled that a daycare would post this. I agree fully with the statement, but abhor shaming,” commented Vicki Hagen Michel. “If this kind of shaming is done publicly, I hate to think of what happens to the children in their care.”

Mazurkewicz said she thinks the comments have been equal on both sides of the argument. “There’s a big divide in the comments. Half of the people are saying it’s not the daycare’s business what paying customers do, and the other half are saying that it’s great they are looking after the children’s well-being.”

Some are taking a closer look at their own phone habits, it seems. “There are a few that have said ‘I need to work on this,'” Mazurkewicz said, “which I think is pretty cool.”

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