Review Category : Health

Shannen Doherty Begins Radiation Therapy: ‘I Hate It’

Shannen Doherty(LOS ANGELES) — Shannen Doherty has begun radiation therapy.

On Monday, the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” actress shared a photo of herself online and updated her followers about her treatment.

The treatment, she wrote, was unpleasant.

“First day of radiation treatment. I look like I’m about to make a run for it which is accurate,” she wrote. “Radiation is frightening to me. Something about not being able to see the laser, see the treatment and having this machine moving around you just scares me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but right now…. I hate it. #radiation #radiationmondaysucks #stillfightinglikeagirl”

Doherty, 45, has been very open about her battle with breast cancer, which was revealed last year. At the time, she sued her former business managers for allowing her health insurance to lapse. That case was settled this past summer, according to reports.

Since her diagnosis, the actress has undergone a mastectomy and chemotherapy.

“I think what’s beautiful and hard and interesting about cancer is that it tears you down and builds you, and tears you down and builds you and it remakes you so many different times,” Doherty told Chelsea Handler on Netflix’s “Chelsea” last month. “So the person I thought I was supposed to be or was going to be or who I thought I was six months ago is now somebody completely different. And I realize, ‘Wow, I really thought that I was so brave and so gracious this entire time and really I was just hiding.'”

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Texas Reports First Zika Virus Case Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Texas on Monday reported its first case of a person likely being infected locally with the Zika virus through a mosquito.

The woman in the Rio Grande Valley was diagnosed with Zika virus, but had not traveled anywhere the virus transmission was ongoing, state health officials said. As a result, health officials believe she likely contracted the virus from a local mosquito carrying the disease.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, said in a statement Monday. “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

The infected woman is not pregnant, health officials said. The Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services are investigating the case and searching for others who might be infected. Areas near the infected woman are being sprayed to reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species largely responsible for the spread of the virus.

The Zika virus has been shown to cause serious birth defects when a pregnant woman is infected, especially during the early stages of the pregnancy. The birth defects include microcephaly, often characterized by an abnormally small head and brain, leading to significant development delays.

As of last week, Texas reported 257 confirmed cases of Zika since the outbreak began, with nearly all from people who had traveled abroad where the virus was more prevalent. In two cases, the disease spread via sexual contact, according to health officials.

In the continental United States, only Florida has reported a locally transmitted outbreak of the Zika virus. The Florida outbreak, based in the southern region of the state, has been ongoing since July.

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Terminally Ill Man Takes On Marathon Towing Oxygen Tank

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A terminally ill man took on the daunting task of finishing a marathon on Sunday to draw attention to the disease that is killing him: pulmonary fibrosis.

Evans Wilson, 63, finished the Seattle Marathon in 10 hours and 55 minutes yesterday, walking the entire thing with his oxygen tank in tow and coming in under his goal time of 14 hours but lagging a bit behind winner Kota Reichert, who won in 2 hours and 33 minutes.

As he recovered from the ordeal Monday, Wilson said he wasn’t in too much pain.

“I’m in pretty good shape if I didn’t have heart and lung disease,” Wilson told ABC News. A former runner, Wilson decided to return to races after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis when he was 57.

The disease refers to a scarring of the lungs and can have many causes, including genetic, particle exposure and autoimmune diseases. Wilson said it took two years for doctors to give him a clear diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.

His symptoms first started when he found himself out of breath after walking up a single hill in his neighborhood. “I got to the top and I couldn’t breathe,” said Wilson.

It took multiple similar events before doctors discovered he had pulmonary hypertension or a type of high blood pressure in the lungs that indicates the heart is working overtime and possibly damaged. That diagnosis led to doctors discovering scarring in his lungs.

Wilson has already defied predictions. While most people with pulmonary fibrosis live about three years, according to Wilson, he has already survived for five.

“It’s a terminal disease and a progressive scarring of the lungs that is currently irreversible,” Wilson said. “I’ve lived five years and I’m one of the fortunate ones and I’m doing pretty well.”

The amount of people living with the disease in the U.S. is difficult to know, but a 2006 study that examined health insurance data estimated that as many as 42 for every 100,000 people in the U.S. may have pulmonary fibrosis. The American Association for Respiratory Care estimates up to 40,000 Americans may die every year from this condition.

Wilson said that despite the condition affecting thousands in the U.S., there are virtually no options for survivable treatment other than a lung transplant.

He decided to run the marathon as a way to raise money through the First Giving website for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in the hopes that more medications could be developed to help reverse the devastating effects of the disease.

Wilson was given the green light to participate in the marathon with an hour and 15-minute head start.

“I was in first place at mile 6 with some of the fastest marathon runners in the world behind me,” Wilson said. “The first 10 miles actually felt kind of good.”

Joined by his wife and another volunteer, all three took turns carrying or rolling the heavy oxygen tanks all 26.2 miles so that Wilson could finish.

Wilson said after mile 12, the race became much more difficult.

“If I’d been there by myself, I don’t know if I would have finished,” said Wilson. “As a former runner when I got to mile 23 … it doesn’t matter what it feels like, you’re going to finish.”

Wilson said he was surprised by the enthusiastic support of other marathon runners who passed him during the race.

“A lot of them, they’d give me a clap as they’d run by,” said Wilson, explaining others had seen him on ABC affiliate KOMO-TV as he trained. They said “‘I saw you on KOMO, way to go!’ It makes you feel good.”

Wilson now has no plans to run again anytime soon but is hoping his nearly 11-hour feat can help raise at least $50,000 for more treatment research for pulmonary fibrosis.

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The Science Behind Deadly ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — The deaths of six people in Australia may be linked to a rare meteorological event that led to a surge in asthma attacks, Australian officials said Monday.

At least 12 people remain hospitalized after suffering acute asthma attacks during the “thunderstorm asthma” event that sent thousands to the hospital in Australia last week, officials said.

It may sound like science fiction, but the phenomenon has been documented in multiple countries, and is believed to have caused thousands of asthma attacks.

What Is ‘Thunderstorm Asthma?’

“Thunderstorm asthma” is a phenomenon where huge amounts of pollen is released either before or after a major storm, triggering asthma attacks. A 2006 study explained that the event can be caused as rain or humidity increases.

“The weather, such as rain or humidity, may induce hydration of pollen grains and sometimes also their fragmentation, which generates atmospheric biological aerosols carrying allergens,” the study authors noted.

For asthmatics with pollen allergies, the increase in pollen can irritate the respiratory system, triggering a severe asthmatic reaction that can be dangerous.

How Many People Were Affected in Australia?

At least 8,500 people were treated for asthma symptoms in Australia after the event started last Monday, according to the Health Department of Victoria in Australia.

At least six deaths may be linked to the “thunderstorm asthma” event and five patients remain in the intensive care unit, including three patients who remain in critical condition, department officials said in a statement.

“Ambulance paramedics, emergency services staff and dedicated doctors, nurses and pharmacy staff saved the lives hundreds of Victorians who received treatment as a result of their symptoms,” officials said in a statement released Monday. “Asthmatics should continue to take medication as usual, to seek help as required from their GP or a health professional, and to stay inside when dust or pollen is irritating.”

How Often Has It Occurred?

The phenomenon remains rare but has occurred in a number of countries besides Australia, including Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S. — in Atlanta, Georgia — according to medical literature. One of the first known events occurred in 1983 in Birmingham, U.K., when 26 asthma attacks were recorded after fungal spores were released during a thunderstorm.

How Deadly Is ‘Thunderstorm Asthma’?

It’s not clear how deadly a single “thunderstorm asthma” event is, but in the U.S., 3,651 people died in 2014 from asthma attacks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Your Body: Where Should Babies Sleep?

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

Infants should sleep in the same room as their parents to lower the risk of sleep-related deaths, according to the latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The AAP is now advising that newborns share their parents’ bedroom, sleeping on a separate firm surface such as a crib or bassinet for at least the first six months of life — and, ideally, the first full year.

Room sharing lowers the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 50 percent. However, infants should not share a bed with parents or rest on soft bedding intended for adults.

Approximately 3,500 babies die each year from sleep-related deaths in the U.S., including SIDS, accidental suffocation and strangulation. So while it may seem safe to snuggle with your baby, don’t do it.

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Oregon Woman Creates Glow-in-the-Dark Mural to Help Friend’s Son

Crispin Young Wilson(NEW YORK) — When one 4-year-old boy refused to sleep in his bedroom, a friend of his father’s created a glow-in-the-dark mural that’s made his room his new go-to spot.

Crispin Young Wilson is the friend who created an illuminating mural that’s captured the attention of tens of thousands of people on the Internet. After the Hood River, Oregon, woman shared photos of her work on Twitter, it went viral overnight with 40,000 retweets and more than 83,000 likes.

Young Wilson, 36, told ABC News she was commissioned by her friend, who needed to help his son named Ben.

“He’s like, ‘Can you please do something for Ben because he’s throwing tantrums non-stop? He doesn’t want his own room. He wants to sleep with mommy and daddy,'” Wilson recalled. “I was happy to try and do something.”

It took Young Wilson, who is a computer hardware technician by day, approximately eight hours to create the mural, which is inspired by the highest mountain in Oregon, Mount Hood. She used phosphorescent or glow-in-the-dark paint to create the mural.

“I love camping. I love going out in nature and hiking,” Young Wilson said.

“Mount Hood is often visible from my neighborhood. And I love outer space,” she added, noting that she can see the Milky Way Galaxy from her home state.

Young Wilson charged the family $12 per square foot for her work. “It was a great day. I got paid to do what I love to do,” she added.

After seeing how much Ben loved his new bedroom, she now hopes to use her talents to help kids in need, perhaps in hospitals.

Young Wilson said she wouldn’t charge parents with kids who have illnesses and “can’t get outside.” She hopes to connect to an Oregon-based charity for her next mural.

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Sixth Death Confirmed After Thunderstorm Asthma in Melbourne

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE) — Multiple people have died in Melbourne, Australia, due to a thunderstorm asthma emergency this week.

A sixth person was confirmed dead Saturday, according to Australia’s ABC, and five patients remained in intensive care in Melbourne hospitals.

On Monday, a thunderstorm aggravated very high levels of rye grass pollen and created breathing problems for thousands in Melbourne.

Ambulance Victoria responded to more than 1,870 calls within a five-hour period on Monday, according to BBC, causing extended waiting times and limited emergency services.

Asthma Victoria chief Robin Ould said according to BBC that the rye particle count in Melbourne on Monday was more than double what was normally considered high.

“The key message of this event is that, if you have asthma, you should be using your preventative medication as described,” he said to BBC.

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10-Year-Old Given 48 Hours to Live Is Flower Girl at Wedding 4 Months Later

Chelsie Darling Photography(NORFOLK, Va.) — Abby Furco, a 10-year-old girl first diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia six years ago, was determined to walk at her camp counselor’s October wedding.

After being given only 48 hours to live last summer, Abby made the long walk months later, successfully throwing rose petals as she continued down the aisle inside the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia.

Abby and her camp counselor, Sarah Swaim Rostock, met at Camp Fantastic, a camp run by the Special Love organization for kids who are fighting cancer, back in 2013.

Rostock, 27, who was also diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2003, bonded with Abby over several summers. And when she heard Abby had relapsed earlier this year, she reached out to the girl’s mother to offer any support as Rostock had also relapsed before seven years ago.

“I immediately found her mom on Facebook and reached out to her and said, ‘I know the path that you’re about to walk down and I want to be there for Abby in any way that I can,'” Rostock recalled.

Afterward, Rostock was there for Abby, visiting her in the hospital and being a point of reference through every test and treatment, including a possible bone marrow transplant.

“Transplant is really hard and it comes with a lot of ups and downs and I just wanted to make sure she knew that I would always give her my best answer,” Rostock said.

Still, Abby’s mother received word from doctors in June that she was nearing the end of her life. In fact, doctors gave Abby just 48 hours to live.

The news shook Rostock to her core but she hoped an invitation to participate in her wedding would give Abby something to fight for.

“When you’re [fighting] cancer … you live day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute,” Rostock said, “but sometimes looking towards the future can help propel you forward.”

After asking Abby’s mother for permission, Rostock asked Abby to be her flower girl at her Oct. 29 wedding to her now-husband, Patrick. The two, who also met at Camp Fantastic, dated for seven years before tying the knot.

“I’m so glad that she was there,” Rostock said of Abby.

In fact, Abby helped calm down the bride before walking down the aisle. Rostock remembers Abby telling her amid a slight excited freakout, “Sarah get it together! You need to calm down!”

To which Rostock replied, “Thank you for my reality check, Abby.”

Today, Abby isn’t 100 percent better, Rostock said, but she’s “stronger and just amazing.”

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4-Year-Old Celebrates Thanksgiving with 82-Year-Old Best Friend

Tara Wood (AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Norah Wood, the 4-year-old girl who bonded with an 82-year-old widower at a grocery store, spent Thanksgiving with the man whom she now calls her best friend.

“If they had never met, I don’t know if he would’ve had anyone to spend Thanksgiving with and that makes me sad,” Norah’s mom, Tara Wood, of Augusta, Georgia, told ABC News. “I’m grateful that I followed Norah’s lead on her speaking with him at the grocery store that day. He will always be part of our family now.”

Norah and Daniel “Mr. Dan” Peterson became friends on Sept. 28 while she and her mother were buying cupcakes for her fourth birthday.

They exchanged small talk and parted ways before Norah asked her mom if she could take a picture with Mr. Dan for her birthday.

“They hugged and they acted like they’ve known each other forever,” Wood said.

On Halloween, Norah and Mr. Dan captured hearts across the internet after she visited him while dressed in her Minnie Mouse costume. Wood said the pair have been inseparable ever since.

As Thanksgiving approached, Wood, a mom of seven, decided to invite Mr. Dan to join her family dinner.

“I prepared him and said, ‘You’re walking into a bunch of new faces,’ but he was delighted,” Wood said. “He came in smiling and repeated everyone’s names. They treated him like royalty because the story went worldwide. My kids felt like they already knew him because we talk about him so much at home.”

Mr. Dan wore the special necklace Norah made for him at school and made himself “right at home,” Wood said.

“[Norah] led him by the hand. … She kept going over to check on him and sat on his lap,” she added. “He’ll be with us until the end of my days … at least that I know.”

This year, Mr. Dan is also invited to help Norah and her family decorate their Christmas tree.

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Selena Gomez Returns to Spotlight After Taking Time Off for Health Concerns

Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After returning to the spotlight to accept an award at the American Music Awards last Sunday, Selena Gomez also just returned to social media to thank her fans once again.

The singer, who announced back in August that she was taking a break to focus on her health, took to Instagram on Thursday to reflect on her self-imposed break.

“I have a lot to be thankful for this year,” she began in her caption. “My year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet. I’ve finally fought the fight of not ‘being enough.'”

Gomez, 24, continued: “I have only wanted to reflect the love you guys have given me for years and show how important it is to take care of YOU. By grace through faith. Kindness always wins.”

The “Kill Em With Kindness” singer ended the note saying, “I love you guys. God bless.”

Previously, Gomez said she was taking a break for health reasons in the midst of her Revival World Tour, which was originally slated to conclude Dec. 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In a statement to People magazine, she explained in part, “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”

We love you so much, @selenagomez ❤️ #AMAs

— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016

When Gomez won the American Music Award earlier this week for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, many of her fans were surprised when she took the stage to accept the award.

Still, she used her speech to further explain why she needed her break.

“I had to stop,” she said onstage Sunday. “I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough never to let you down … [instead] I let myself down.”

She then thanked her fans “because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you.”

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