Review Category : Health

Siri Called an Ambulance for Baby Girl Who’d Stopped Breathing

iStock/Thinkstock(QUEENSLAND, Australia) — When an Australian mother discovered that her 1-year-old daughter, Giana, had stopped breathing, she reportedly turned to her iPhone’s Siri for help.

“I picked her up and sat down with her on the floor,” Stacey Gleeson told Australian 7 News. “And as I checked her airways, I looked over and remembered my phone.”

Gleeson had dropped her phone in a panic but was able to call for help by saying: “Hey Siri, call the ambulance,” while resuscitating her daughter.

“It might have given the precious moments that Stacey needed to revive Giana,” the father, Nick Gleeson, told 7 News.

The incident happened in Queensland, Australia, back in March, but the family is now sharing the story.

In the newest Apple iPhones, the computer program Siri can be activated by saying, “Hey, Siri.”

“It helped save our daughter’s life,” Stacey Gleeson said, “and I never thought I’d have to go through something like that.”

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Twice as Many American Teens are Fat Compared to 20 Years Ago, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Teens are big and getting bigger, according to researchers.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined over 40,000 children and adolescents and found an increase in rates of obesity in American teenagers aged 12 to 19.

Data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES) shows that obesity rates in that age group rose from 10.5 percent in 1988-19994 to 20.6 percent in 2013-2014. Extreme obesity rose from 2.6 percent in 1988-1994 to 9.1 percent in 2013-2014.

Even in younger children, extreme obesity went up, though less markedly than in teens.

Obesity was defined in the study as a BMI above 95th percentile on the CDC growth chart, and extreme obesity as more than 120 percent of the 95th percentile.

Obese children and young adults face a greater risk of high blood pressure, elevated sugar and fat levels, and social stigma and lower quality of life.

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Worsening Weight Worries in Women, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Obesity in women has gone up, according to a new study.

The report, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds that the obesity rate in American women increased from 2005 through 2014, while the rate in men remained unchanged.

The study’s results were based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and revealed that the overall U.S. obesity rate increased from 34.3 percent in 2005-2006 to 37.7 percent in 2013-2014. In 2005, male and female obesity rates were both around 35 percent, and a decade later, about 40 percent of women were considered obese (BMI over 30).

Females with higher education levels also had significantly lower obesity rates compared to women with less education, according to the study.

Though reasons for these trends were not assessed, the authors point out that more research should be done regarding risk factors.

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Baby Boy Gets Insanely Excited About Food, Even When It’s Not His, Ohio) — We all know that giddy feeling we get right before an awesome meal is about to be served. Well 17-month-old Milo Wolfe gets that feeling ALL. THE. TIME.

He, quite literally, cannot contain his excitement any time he sees food, even if it’s not his.

Take a look at this adorable video Milo’s mom, Danae Wolfe, compiled of her baby boy’s ridiculously enthusiastic reactions any time he lays eyes on food coming his way.

“Milo has been reacting this way to food for about three months now,” Wolfe, of Wooster, Ohio, told ABC News. “I really remember taking notice when he squealed with delight when a server walked by our table with a tray full of food for ANOTHER table. I thought the reaction was so funny and the look of disappointment upon Milo realizing the food wasn’t ours was so relatable.”

Wolfe said she wishes she could attribute Milo’s overjoyed responses to her good cooking, but alas, she doesn’t think that’s the case.

“I wish I could say I’m an amazing cook!” she said. “I honestly think Milo enjoys the excitement of being surprised by what a server is bringing to the table. He tends to have big, excited reactions when we eat at restaurants, but not so much at home when he sees what we’re preparing.”

His all-time favorite foods are bananas though, so it’s safe to say servers should steer-clear if they’ve got banana splits in tow.

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Mom and Baby with Down Syndrome Mail Letter to Doctor Who Suggested Abortion

Courtesy Courtney Williams Baker(NEW YORK) — Courtney Baker took more than a year to write and mail a letter she had been thinking about since she was pregnant with her special needs daughter, Emersyn Faith.

Baker told ABC News, “I knew how important it was going to be to write that letter before Emmy was even born.”

The Sanford, Florida mom, with the help of her 15-month-old daughter, finally dropped the letter in the mail at the end of May to the doctor who she said delivered her daughter’s prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. She then shared it on the Parker Myles Facebook page, where it’s been shared thousands of times.

The doctor, Baker said, suggested she terminate her pregnancy. Even after she refused, she said she continued to feel pressured.

“Every action from opening and closing the mailbox, to raising the red flag, was closure for me,” Baker said. “I have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle and He can change any heart.”

The letter read:

Dear Doctor,

A friend recently told me of when her prenatal specialist would see her child during her sonograms, he would comment, “He’s perfect.” Once her son was born with Down syndrome, she visited that same doctor. He looked at her little boy and said, “I told you. He’s perfect.”

Her story tore me apart. While I was so grateful for my friend’s experience, it filled me with such sorrow because of what I should have had. I wish you would have been that doctor.

I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.

From that first visit, we dreaded our appointments. The most difficult time in my life was made nearly unbearable because you never told me the truth. My child was perfect.

I’m not angry. I’m not bitter. I’m really just sad. I’m sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears don’t always give you pause. I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today. But I’m mostly sad you’ll never have the privilege of knowing my daughter, Emersyn.

Because, you see, Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she’s touched the hearts of thousands. She’s given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She’s given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever known. She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love.

So my prayer is that no other mommy will have to go through what I did. My prayer is that you, too, will now see true beauty and pure love with every sonogram.

And my prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother’s womb, you will look at that mommy and see me then tell her the truth: “Your child is perfect.”

“I hope he sees Emmy, I hope he sees my words on paper,” Baker told ABC News. “Emmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world. She’s doing it right now.”

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Man with Cerebral Palsy ‘Touched’ by Waiter’s Act of Kindness

Courtesy Linda Bondurant-Snow(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Lee Bondurant of Raleigh, North Carolina, was “touched” last month when a stranger offered to feed him after learning he has cerebral palsy and is unable to use his hands.

The kind act occurred when Lee, 51, was joining his mom, Linda Bondurant-Snow, for a Memorial Day weekend meal at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh on May 28.

“Lee is such a positive person. He never has lost faith in his fellow man,” Linda Bondurant-Snow of Garner, North Carolina, wrote in an email to ABC News. “If anything, Lee lifts others up. This is not only coming from me as his mother. You could ask anyone at his job, or [a] friend.”

Because Lee is unable to use his hands, Linda was trying to feed both herself and Lee at the same time when their waiter, a college student named Five, offered assistance.

“He casually came over and asked Lee if he had ever had oysters,” Linda recalled. “Lee told him he had not. So, [Five] asked [if he] could he serve him his first. It was smooth not to embarrass Lee. Just offering [to] share in the experience.”

Linda posted the story onto Lee’s Facebook page where it received over 1,300 shares.

“When you dine at 42nd Street Oyster Bar please ask for a server by the name of “FIVE” (a college student) He saw me trying to eat and help Lee,” she wrote. “He insisted on helping showing Lee total respect. Let’s me know there are still decent and compassionate people left in our country. Pay it forward for FIVE!”

Hunter Correll, general manager of 42nd St. Oyster Bar, told ABC News: “In regards to the story, Five has been overwhelmed with the attention, as he was just doing what he thought was the right thing to do. We are beyond fortunate to have so many loyal and caring staff members. It makes it so easy to come to work every day, as you can imagine.”

Linda said Lee hopes people can learn how important it is to treat people who have special needs “with respect and kindness, not pity.”

“They are ‘normal’ on the inside,” she said. “[They] have the same feelings we all do.”

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‘Sea Lice’ Outbreaks on the Rise in Gulf Coast Beaches

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Seabather’s eruption refers to a nearly invisible marine pest known as “sea lice” that lurks in warm Florida waters during the summer and gives beachgoers an itchy rash and flu-like symptoms.

Local ABC station KTRK-TV of Houston, Texas, has reported that sea lice outbreaks are on the rise this year, especially at beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

“Outbreaks of seabather’s eruption occur intermittently between March and August, but they appear to peak during early April through early July,” according to the Florida Department of Health. “Seabather’s eruption appear to be caused by shifts in South Florida’s currents, with the highest incidence of cases in such areas as Palm Beach County and Northern Broward County, where the Gulf Stream passes closest to shore.”

Sea lice are no bigger than a speck of ground pepper, according to the Florida DOH, and are actually the tiny larvae of adult jellyfish. The nearly invisible baby jellyfish get caught in a swimmer’s bathing suit, clothes, and even hair as they are in the water.

According to Parks and Recreation officials for Palm Beach County, an area highly affected by sea lice, “Some people do experience a ‘prickling’ sensation while in the water, though itching usually starts several hours after being in the water and lasts two-four days, but can last as long as two weeks!”

Palm Beach County has posted sea lice signs to warn swimmers when outbreaks are present at their beaches. Other counties throughout Florida will hang purple flags at the beach to signal the presence of marine pests such as sea lice.

The rash from sea lice, while a nuisance, often goes away on its own. The Florida DOH recommends treating the rash with an antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream. Bathing in colloidal oatmeal and applying calamine lotion can also help to sooth the rash or itchiness.

Beachgoers can avoid sea lice by wearing as little clothing as possible while in the water, as the larvae often gets trapped in swimsuit fabrics. Changing out of bathing suits as soon as possible and washing bathing suits well can also help prevent severe bouts of sea bather’s eruption, according to the Florida DOH.

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Your Body: More Americans Are Smoking Less

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

Is smoking in the U.S. becoming a thing of the past?

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the rate of Americans smoking has dropped to 15 percent, falling two percentage points from 2014. It’s the largest drop-off in more than 20 years.

So what can you do if you’re among the 15 percent who still smoke?

Exercise. Studies have shown that people who workout have greater quit rates.

Consider hypnosis or acupuncture. Studies are underway to assess whether these complimentary approaches can help — some say yes.

And lastly, buddy up with group meetings, online support groups or even your Facebook friends. Knowing you’re not alone can really help.

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Researchers Call for More Aggressive Therapy for Advanced Lung Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have found that aggressive therapy may triple the time to progression in lung cancer which has metastasized.

Traditionally, when lung cancer has spread to other sites outside of the lung, it is considered incurable, and treated with chemotherapy only. This phase II study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting found that the use of radiation and/or surgery to treat those areas of lung cancer outside of the lung significantly improved outcomes.

The cancer was improved or stable for 11.9 months in the group that received radiation or surgery vs. 3.9 months in the group that received traditional chemotherapy alone.

While the study was relatively small using only 49 patients, it was discontinued early because of the magnitude of benefit seen and larger follow up studies are being designed.

Aggressive therapy has traditionally not been pursued due to their advanced disease, but this study shows impressive data supporting local therapy with radiation and surgery.

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Popstars Plug Processed Products to Teens, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pop stars are paid to promote food and drinks to adolescents, and most of it is unhealthy stuff, a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics finds.

Researchers investigated 590 celebrity endorsement commercials on YouTube by Billboard Top 100 artists, and 71 percent of beverages and 81 percent of food targeted at teens featured products which were deemed “poorly nutritious” because of calorie count, salt, sugar and saturated fat content.

Looking at 163 celebrities involved based on wins at teen awards shows, the top offenders included Will.I.AM, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, and the most frequently cited food and drink brands were McDonald’s and Pepsi.

Food and drink represented the second largest category of celebrity endorsed products, second only to beauty and cosmetic goods.

Given the large amount of advertising targeting teens and the rising levels of teenage obesity, the study authors point out the importance of assessing the impact media has on kids’ health.

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