Review Category : Health

Man Sends Flowers to His Sick Dog, His Wife Is Not Impressed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When Debbie Cardone recently received flowers, she thought her husband had sent them to her for taking such good care of their sick dog, Sebastian, who had just undergone knee surgery.

Wrong. The flowers were for the dog.

“Sebastian. Feel better, you’ll be back in the game very soon. Love Daddy,” the card read.

When Cardone read the message, she wasn’t impressed.

“I thought they were for me,” Cardone, of Palm City, Florida, told ABC News. “I thought, ‘Aww, he’s appreciating how much work I’m doing taking care of Sebastian. I made him a little doggy wheelchair. I pop him on that and I then wheel him to the backyard. It’s been a nightmare. He’s like a stuffed animal; he doesn’t want to move.”

Cardone’s husband, Vincent, is working in the Middle East right now and has been known to send her spontaneous flowers.

“He does send me random flowers, but this time Sebastian really enjoyed them,” she said of their 10-year-old English bulldog.

Cardone said her pup has gotten a bit spoiled after having his surgery, and this just fueled the fire.

“I took him to the vet, and of course that little bugger was able to walk across the parking lot like it was no big deal, but at the house, he won’t leave the couch,” she laughed. “If I could feed him grapes, he would probably eat them. He’s enjoying all this ‘bring everything to me’ attitude.

The photos of the dog’s bouquet of roses have more than 500 retweets after Cardone’s daughter posted them on Wednesday.

My dad sent flowers to my house today, and my mom thought they were for her 😂😂 THINK AGAIN

— Lily Cardone (@LilyCardone) February 2, 2017

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Your Body: What Is Salt Therapy?

iStock/ThinkstockDR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

There are lots of new complementary therapies being used to treat chronic medical issues, and one simple treatment that’s getting a lot of attention these days is called salt therapy.

The treatment is said to be detoxifying and anti-inflammatory, and it’s become wildly popular around the world but it’s only just starting to catch on here in the United States.

A device called a halogenerator pulverizes the salt and blows these particles into the room — then you just sit and breathe it in. Some say it’s helped with everything from skin disorders to breathing conditions.

In the hospital setting, we use salt in nebulizer breathing treatments and in IV therapies. But in the realm of wellness practices, we could use some more data.

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Texas Girl Surprised with Super Bowl Tickets After Being Treated for Rare Cancer

Courtesy of the Green family(HOUSTON) — A Texas girl is getting a surprise trip to the Super Bowl this week, two years after being diagnosed with a potentially deadly cancer that is so rare that her doctors had never seen it before.

Eden Green, 11, was surprised with Super Bowl tickets this week while getting a check-up at Texas Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, Eden’s family and hospital officials said. The tickets were provided by the hospital’s partner, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a charity focused on fighting childhood cancer.

“She kept saying, ‘Is it really real?’ She almost wanted to be pinched,” Eden’s mother, Shannon Green, told ABC News on Thursday. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The trip to the Super Bowl comes about a year after Eden finished treatment for the rare disease.

She was diagnosed in March 2015, when she was just 10. At first she felt a pain in her leg and her doctors and parents thought it was likely a sports injury, Eden’s mother recalled. Eventually the pain was became so bad that Eden could barely walk and her parents took her to a specialist.

“We ended up seeing a bone specialist that sent us to get an MRI that confirmed it was a tumor,” Green said.

Although rare, her cancer showed similarities to other more common forms of cancer, including sarcoma, cancer of the bone, and neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve cells that are more common in children.

Tumors were found not only in her leg but her shoulders, hips and head.

Dr. Jennifer Foster, clinical co-director of the Neuroblastoma Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, treated Eden and said doctors created a treatment plant specifically to target Eden’s rare kind of cancer.

“She has a very unique type of cancer with different type of malignancies,” Foster explained. “We couldn’t treat her with standard therapy.”

She underwent 14 rounds of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation to shrink the tumors, her mom said.

“Her team of doctors came up with a custom-tailored treatment plan for her,” Shannon Green explained. “They treated her like she had both [sarcoma and neuroblastoma] cancers.”

The treatment was so intense that she later had to have surgery on her hip because the bone tissue had started to deteriorate.

Eden was able to finally stop treatment last March and currently has no signs of the disease. However, her doctors are watching her closely.

“She has PET scans every three months,” Green said. “They don’t know what to expect with this kind of cancer.”

Her doctors have sent her pathology report to multiple other specialists but so far, they’ve never seen this rare form of cancer. Green said they may even let Eden pick a new name for her type of cancer if it’s declared to be a new form of the disease.

“She wants it to have Eden in the title,” Green said. “She wanted to call it Eden’s tumor.”

Green said her daughter is now ecstatic to get to the go to the Super Bowl and plans to root for the Patriots in a tutu with team colors. She said the family spends every Sunday during football season watching the games.

“Our rule on Sunday afternoon is don’t ask us to go out … we’re heading home to watch the game,” Green said.

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Pregnant Woman Incorporates CrossFit Into Unique Maternity Photo Shoot

(JoAnn Marrero) Lauren Ferris poses with son, Connor, and husband, Garrett, during her CrossFit maternity shoot.(MILFORD, Conn.) — One Connecticut mom found a way to incorporate one of her favorite activities into a very unique photo shoot. After many years of exercising with CrossFit, Lauren Ferris took her maternity shoot into the studio.

“CrossFit has been something that has been a big part of my life for the past five years,” Ferris told ABC News. “I ‘CrossFitted’ through the pregnancy with my first and since I was doing the same with this pregnancy, I thought it would be something fun to document.”

Ferris’ husband Garrett and 2-year-old son Connor joined her in the CrossFit studio for a unique black-and-white series of photos showcasing her healthy lifestyle.

Ferris said the gyms she attends near her home — CrossFit Milford and Housatonic Valley Crossfit — have coaches who keep a special eye on her while she exercises during her pregnancies. And she always keeps safety in mind.

“I also know what exercises I can do and what I can’t, and I always listen to my body,” Ferris said. “If something doesn’t feel right, I don’t do it.”

Ferris worked out with CrossFit until she was 40 weeks and three days pregnant with Connor.

“I think it helped a ton with my labor and delivery,” she said.

Jeff Funaro, who coaches Ferris, said CrossFit in general is easy to tailor to one’s individual needs, including during pregnancy.

“We can always give you what you’re looking for in a workout,” Funaro said. “We might just need to modify a few things.”

Funaro said he monitors Ferris during her workouts and if anything feels off, they’ll take an extra rest or modify some aspect of what she’s doing.

“Lauren’s really good at understanding what she can and can’t do whether she’s pregnant or not,” he said. “She’s easy to work with because she knows her limitations and knows the things she really excels at.”

He added, “It’s just cool to have her and the rest of her family become a part of our family.”

Ferris is due to give birth on Feb. 25.

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Toddler Undergoing Chemotherapy Cheers on Atlanta Falcons in Custom-Made Hospital Gown

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta(ATLANTA) — A 15-month-old girl undergoing chemotherapy in an Atlanta hospital showed her support for the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons in a custom-made hospital gown featuring the team’s logo.

Ella, an Atlanta native, has been hospitalized for the past two months at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while being treated for Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare disorder in which excess immune system cells build up in the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Ella’s mother, Allison, who asked that the family’s last name not be used, said she, her husband and Ella’s grandparents are all longtime Falcons fans. As the team made their way through the playoffs, Ella’s grandmother decided to sew a special hospital gown for Ella to wear on game days.

“The day of their second playoff game she showed up to the hospital with the gown and Ella wore it for the game,” Allison told ABC News. “She thought it was a little masculine for Ella so she put a little lace and ruffle on it and made a headband, too.”

The Falcons will face off against the New England Patriots this Sunday in Super Bowl 51 in Houston. The family has found the team’s Super Bowl run a welcomed distraction during Ella’s hospital stay.

“Ella is typically sleeping when the games are on but we’ve made sure that we’ve been watching them,” Allison said of her family. “It’s something to focus on, a nice distraction.”

Ella was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis at 7 months old and is on her third chemotherapy regimen. The disease has infiltrated her gastrointestinal system so she is fed intravenously, according to her mom.

Because she is mostly bed-bound, Ella missed the pep rally that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta held for the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday.

The hospital welcomed the Falcons’ mascot and cheerleaders and distributed T-shirts and football pillows to the rooms of patients like Ella who could not attend.

“They’ve been spreading the cheer to Ella even in her room,” Allison said.

The hospital has shared support for the Falcons on its Facebook page, sharing a photo of another young fan, Wyatt, in Falcons gear and a video of patients’ doing “The Arthur” dance in honor of Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Allison said Ella will wear her special Falcons gown on Super Bowl Sunday but, for this game, she’ll be able to wear it in the comfort of her own home. Ella is scheduled to be discharged from the hospital today.

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AMA, Other Physicians Say Trump’s Order Could Significantly Affect Medical System

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With multiple doctors and medical students affected by President Trump’s executive order to restrict immigration and visas from seven Muslim-majority nations, physicians’ groups are warning about the potential for long-term detrimental impacts to the medical community.

The American Medical Association on Wednesday issued a statement expressing worry about how the executive order could adversely affect the U.S. health system overall, especially because international medical graduates are more likely to work in undeserved areas.

“The AMA is concerned that this executive order is negatively impacting patient access to care and creating unintended consequences for our nation’s health care system,” Dr. James Madara, AMA chief executive officer and executive vice president, said in the statement.

“Specifically, there are reports indicating that this executive order is affecting both current and future physicians, as well as medical students and residents who are providing much needed care to some of our most vulnerable patients,” he added.

The New England Journal of Medicine published multiple editorials on Wednesday. They include doctors and researchers concerned about how the executive order might alter how medical institutions pick doctors for residencies or fellowships, and how the ban could stop some medical researchers in the U.S. from sharing their work abroad.

In one editorial, authors from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center argued that the ban could seriously affect rural or undeserved communities. Many foreign physicians who are trained in the U.S. are able to stay in the country by agreeing to a J-1 Waiver, which often leads to work in underserved rural or inner city areas, according to the authors.

“Physicians with J-1 Waivers are filling clinical jobs in areas of need,” the authors wrote.

The editorial added that the executive order comes as medical institutions are preparing to “match” medical students with residency positions in hospitals. Medical students and residents generally apply for residencies or fellowships in the fall and find out if they have matched with a specific institution in March.

The AMA in its statement requested clarification from the Trump administration about whether the match program would be affected.

“Guidance is urgently needed from the Administration to ensure the upcoming residency matching program in March 2017 does not leave training slots vacant and that all qualified IMG [international medical graduate] applicants can participate,” Madara said.

According to a statement provided to ABC News, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimated that approximately 1,000 people applying for residencies and fellowships in the U.S. will be affected by the executive order.

“The nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals are dedicated to promoting a diverse and culturally competent health and biomedical workforce that supports improvements in health care, breakthroughs in medical research, and, ultimately, improved and equitable health for all patients,” AAMC officials said in a statement on Monday. “We are deeply concerned that the Jan. 27 executive order will disrupt education and research and have a damaging long-term impact on patients and health care.”

Dr. Ahmad Masri, a co-author of one of the NEJM editorials and a cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said that the executive order will also mean that affected doctors will likely avoid traveling to medical conferences outside the U.S., interrupting the normal flow of information among researchers.

“Many people are cancelling [trips to] conferences and it’s affecting how the U.S. is being perceived in the international community,” Masri said.

In another NEJM editorial, doctors from institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston explained that the ban could have a significant impact on the how the medical community can work together.

“Today, international collaborators are the bedrock of many of our most important scientific endeavors from genomics to drug development,” the authors wrote. “Given the access to global talent, it is perhaps not surprising that internal medicine faculty in the top U.S. departments now come from many countries.”

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Hundreds of Scientists Offer Lab Space for People Affected by Trump Travel Ban

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists across the globe are offering up laboratory space to U.S.-based researchers who may be impacted by President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban most travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations.

One list started on Wednesday already has more than 460 offers of assistance after it was launched by the European Molecular Biology Organization. A spokesman for the EMBO, a professional organization based in Germany for researchers specializing in life sciences, said the group has had a new offer of help every few minutes.

“It was really a spontaneous thing,” EMBO spokesman Tillman Kiessling told ABC News today of the decision to create the “Science Solidarity” list. “The entry restrictions are harming scientists and their careers.”

“We are overwhelmed by the [good] will of the researchers on this list who have volunteered to help other scientists in trouble,” Kiessling added.

Scientists are offering up laboratory space, desk space and even free accommodation to other researchers who may be affected by Trump’s order.

The executive order has put serious pressure on the medical and scientific community because scientists often travel across the globe for conferences and to share information. For doctoral and post-doctoral students affected by the executive order, their careers could be seriously affected if they are unable to return to the labs where they have been working, scientists have noted.

Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, an associate professor at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, said a student at her collage affected by the ban has been unable to get back to the U.S. to continue his work at the school laboratory.

“He’s continuing the project work [abroad, but] there’s a real question, ‘Is he going to come back at all to finish his degree?'” Golbeck said.

Golbeck organized a list earlier this week to help people affected by the ban find new lab space or positions at research institutions outside the U.S. She said she has had 1,000 offers of support from scientists but that many of those affected so far have been relying on their academic institution for guidance and help.

“We’re sort of a last resort,” Golbeck said. “It’s not surprising that there is a lot of existing support in the academic community.”

She said she knew of one chemistry student, who wished to remain anonymous, who was affected by the order and stuck outside the U.S. He has received calls from multiple people offering to help him continue his research abroad, Golbeck said.

“He’s been in touch with a lot of people,” Golbeck said. “Getting into a new program, it’s an administratively intense process … [but] we had 25 people directly in touch with him.”

The American Medical Association voiced its concern on Wednesday to the Trump administration that medical students and residents with legal visas were being impacted by the executive order.

“The AMA is concerned that this executive order is negatively impacting patient access to care and creating unintended consequences for our nation’s health care system,” Dr. James Madara, chief executive officer of the AMA, said in a statement Wednesday. “Specifically, there are reports indicating that this executive order is affecting both current and future physicians as well as medical students and residents who are providing much needed care to some of our most vulnerable patients.”

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Your Body: Getting By with Help from Your Friends

iStock/ThinkstockDR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

They say you can get through just about anything as long as you’ve a few good friends by your side. Well, a recent study published in the journal, Cancer Looked at women with invasive breast cancer and found that socially integrated women — those with strong families, community ties and friendships — were shown to have significantly lower breast cancer death rate and disease recurrence than socially isolated women.

So here’s my take on personal relationships and your health: circle up. Don’t wait for a crisis to find your support system. Find and cultivate yours when things are good. That way you’ll have it ready in times of need.

Acknowledge your friends and loved ones and how important they are to you and reach out to those who may seem isolated. Helping someone else is therapeutic for everybody.

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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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