Review Category : Health

Teen with Autism Performs ‘Let It Go’ with Audience Help

Shrewsbury Media Connection(SHREWSBURY, Mass.) — When a teen with autism forgot the words to a song while performing at a school talent show, the audience came together and helped him out.

Jagger Lavely, 13, sang “Let It Go,” from Disney’s Frozen at the Oak Middle School talent show in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, on Saturday.

When Jagger, dressed in a dapper Olaf costume, stumbled on the words, kids in the audience started singing along and Jagger was able to finish his performance strong.

“He was so excited that everybody did that for him,” Stacey Lavely, Jagger’s mother, told ABC News. “The kids rallied around him. They showed him that he is not disabled but he is just differently able-ed.”

“He loves music,” Lavely added. “Frozen is his favorite.”

Jagger has also been working diligently to learn the lyrics to the “Star-Spangled Banner,” which he plans on performing at an upcoming event to raise awareness for autism. Lavely said this may be the reason Jagger stumbled on the words for “Let It Go.”

The support shown to Jagger was especially touching because Jagger attends a different middle school and did not know the students and parents in the audience, Lavely noted.

“I just feel so blessed to live here in Shrewsbury, and for the way the kids and the community supported him,” Lavely said.

Lavely said the talent show ended with all of the kids singing “We’re All In This Together,” from Disney’s High School Musical.

“He loves High School Musical,” Lavely said, “and it was just so fitting.”

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Additional Cases Reported in Flint-Area Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Universal Images Group/Getty Images(FLINT, Mich.) — As Flint, Michigan, residents continue to deal with the ongoing water crisis, health officials have uncovered that an alarming county-wide outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was worse than previously thought.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday there were three additional cases of Legionnaires’ disease during a 2014-2015 outbreak, including two deaths. That means there were a total of 91 infections and 12 deaths related to the outbreak in Genesee County, where Flint is located.

“We remain vigilant in identifying any potential case associated with the outbreak,” said Eden Wells, Chief Medical Executive with the MDHHS, in a statement Monday.

The three cases were discovered in hospital data that was recently sent to the health department, according to a press release from MDHHS. In addition, officials discovered that two of the cases had not been appropriately reported to the public health system.

Wells told the Detroit Free Press that the cases not being reported was a “glitch” and not intentional.

Requests for additional clarification were not immediately returned.

Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria and can lead to a potentially deadly case of pneumonia. The bacteria grow in warm water and can spread through air conditioners, fountains, hot tubs or large plumbing systems. The bacteria must be inhaled to cause infection and cannot be spread from person to person.

Fifty of the Legionnaires’ cases in this particular outbreak are believed to have originated at a local hospital that uses the City of Flint municipal water system, according to the press release. The water has since been found to be contaminated with lead during the period of the outbreak. The health department said it was not sure if the contaminated water is related to the outbreak.

Between May 2015 and October 2015, there were 46 Legionnaires’ disease cases and seven deaths confirmed in the Genesee County outbreak, according to the health department. There were an additional 45 Legionnaires’ disease cases between June 2014 and March 2015, including five associated deaths. There were no cases reported in April 2015.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told ABC News in an earlier interview that the aging water infrastructure in Flint may have allowed Legionella bacteria to “set up house” in standing water.

The water crisis started when the city disconnected from Detroit’s water supply and began drawing its water from the Flint River. It was intended as a stop-gap measure until the completion of a pipeline to Port Huron Lake as the source for Flint’s water.

However, it was later discovered that lead from the old pipes had begun to leach into the water due to improper treatment.

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72-Year-Old Woman Survived 9 Days in Arizona Wilderness by Drinking Pond Water, Eating Plants

Arizona Dept. of Public Safety(PHOENIX) — A 72-year-old woman who got lost in the Arizona wilderness survived for nine days by drinking pond water and eating plants and was only rescued after spelling out “help” with sticks and rocks on the canyon floor, officials said.

The saga for Ann Rodgers and her dog began March 31, when she was headed to Phoenix to visit her grandchildren. She ran out of gas, and found herself stranded on a remote road near Canyon Creek on the White River Indian Reservation, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

She tried to climb to find cell service, but got lost, officials said.

Rodgers and her dog then spent the next nine days and nights in the wilderness.

On April 3, officials found her car, sparking an “exhaustive” two-day search, including aerial searches, but rescuers were unable to find her.

On April 9, an officer found her dog walking out of the Canyon Creek area, and then in an aerial search, a crew saw Rodger’s “help” sign made out of sticks and rocks.

Under one of the rocks in the distress signal was a hand-written message, dated April 3, saying that Rodgers was running out of food and water and that she was “proceeding down the canyon.”

“Further down the canyon, ADPS Ranger discovered what appeared to be a shelter that had been abandoned by Rodgers,” public safety said in a statement. “As ADPS continued the search and rounded a bend in the canyon, Rodgers was located standing next to a signal fire and waving to the helicopter.”

Rodgers suffered from exposure but was hospitalized in fair condition, officials said.

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Mom Claims She Was Kicked Out of NC Courtroom for Breastfeeding

Stephanie Rhodus(HENDERSONVILLE, N.C.) — A woman says she was kicked out of a Henderson County, North Carolina, courtroom for breastfeeding during a child custody hearing on Monday.

Stephanie Rhodus, a 25-year-old mom of two, was breastfeeding her 8-month-old boy, Archer, when judge Peter Knight told her to “cover up.”

“Ma’am, you need to cover up,” Knight says in an audio recording obtained by ABC News affiliate WLOS-TV. “For you not to realize that is absolutely ridiculous. Step outside, and cover up right now. Stand up, and go.”

“I was shocked,” Rhodus later told ABC News. “He was so condescending and so aggressive, and I knew that by law I had the right to breastfeed my child there, and I wanted to declare that I had the right to do that there, but I was terrified.”

She added: “I just apologized and I stopped breastfeeding him and I tried to continue on with my case.”

ABC News Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst Sunny Hostin notes that Rhodus wasn’t doing anything that isn’t allowed under North Carolina’s own public breastfeeding law.

“Judges are tasked and authorized with maintaining proper decorum and an appropriate atmosphere in the courtroom,” Hostin said. “However, North Carolina has a public breastfeeding law which provides that a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location irrespective of whether the mother’s breast is uncovered. So, the law provides that a woman can breastfeed in a courtroom with her breast exposed.

“Under North Carolina law, this judge went too far,” Hostin continued. “The breastfeeding mother wasn’t doing anything illegal or improper. The judge could have handled it in a number of ways, rather than forcing the woman to stop feeding her baby, including taking a break in the proceedings so that she could feed her baby.”

Rhodus told ABC News she was in court as a defendant against her mother, who has custody of Rhodus’ eldest child, an 8-year-old boy. Rhodus said Knight ultimately ruled against her, issuing a six-month protective order to her mother for Rhodus not to see her child. When she tried to protest, Knight threatened to hold her in contempt, as can be heard in the recording obtained by WLOS-TV.

Rhodus said that she thought the breastfeeding incident affected the judge’s decision, adding that she plans to appeal. “He had no interest in what I was telling him,” she said. Rhodus will be back in court on April 19.

Knight did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment and a court clerk declined to comment on his behalf.

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Girl Speaks First Word After Nearly Drowning, Family Says

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A toddler spoke her first words after nearly drowning in a neighborhood pond in Washington state, according to family members.

Catalina Ackers, 2, was found by her older brother face down in the pond after sneaking away from her family as they were in the process of moving, according to Seattle ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV.

“Just to see her laying there not moving was…there are no words to see your child like that. Not at all, not at all,” Natalie Holiday told KOMO-TV.

Neighbor Steven Schwab said he ran to the pond after he heard the cries of Catalina’s brother. He pulled Catalina from the pond and started to give her CPR.

“She was limp and her eyes closed,” Schwab recalled.

A police officer responded to the call and took over CPR from Schwab.

The toddler eventually started to cough up water and was taken to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Holiday told KOMO-TV that her daughter was able to come out of sedation a day earlier and without any sign of impairment.

“Her big brown doe eyes are just sparkling, she’s back, she’s back,” Holiday said.

Catalina, who is developmentally disabled, started to speak — a first for the little girl.

“The first thing she said when she came out of sedation was ‘mommy,'” Holiday told KOMO-TV. “She is speaking clear language, words. So something clicked, her face is the same, but as her mother she is a different child.”

The family even got to bring Catalina home from the hospital a day early and will be meeting with the police officer who helped save her life.

The Holiday family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Kids’ Before and After Photos Highlight Importance of Organ Donation

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta(ATLANTA) — Just look at them now.

Through the selfless act of strangers, these children — now healthy and happy — were given the gift of life.

They’re the subject of a new photo series by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Each child was photographed pre- and post-organ transplant. The kids were the recipients of hearts, kidneys and livers.

“An organ transplant is a life-saving, life-changing gift. For these nine kids, donated organs allowed them to move beyond a life filled with beeping monitors and hospital gowns to get back to the dinner tables and classrooms where they belong,” according to the children’s hospital Facebook page.

CHOA wants to bring awareness to organ donation and hopes that the photo series will inspire more people to register as organ donors. Several recipients were not even one year old when they got their life-saving organs.

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How States Are Working to Prevent a Zika Outbreak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — State health officials across the southern U.S. are working to prevent a widespread outbreak of the disease, after health officials have raised concern about higher risk in warming weather.

Currently there are 367 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. The vast majority were contracted through travel to areas where the virus is actively spreading, outside the U.S. A small number of the cases were spread through sexual transmission.

The effects of the Zika virus are worse than health officials previously thought, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Intitutes of Health (NIH) said in a joint announcement at the White House Monday.

“We continue to be learning pretty much every day and most of what we’re learning is not reassuring,” Schuchat said. The virus is, “linked to a broader set of complications in pregnancy.”

In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the CDC confirms the virus is spreading directly from infected mosquitoes to people. Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said they estimate hundreds of thousands of people in Puerto Rico could become infected with the Zika virus. In turn, that could mean hundreds of babies may be born with birth defects.

Earlier this month, the CDC held a summit to educate local state departments on prevention and treatment for the Zika virus. The agency recommends reducing the mosquito population, which spreads the virus, and monitoring the existing populations of insects to ensure they are not spreading the disease. They are also asking local health departments to reach out to pregnant women so that they are aware of the risks.

Several states, including Florida, have already begun to take action. In Florida, a state of emergency was declared in counties where people have tested positive for the Zika virus and the Florida Department of Health is already conducting surveillance of mosquitoes to monitor whether the virus is present in living insects populations.

The state also established Zika hotlines earlier this year and Gov. Rick Scott has called for thousands more Zika tests so health officials can quickly identify any infected residents.

In Texas, the state health department is reaching out to local leaders to eliminate conditions that would encourage mosquitoes to breed in certain areas. The state’s health department has also created an action plan in case of an outbreak and a team that will focus on potential birth defects from the virus.

In Louisiana, the state health department is working to monitor both mosquitoes and people for the disease.

“We have signs up in airports and ports encouraging travelers to be aware of areas of active transmission and protect themselves from mosquito bites,” a department spokesperson told ABC News. “We are advising pregnant women to avoid travel to active transmission areas. At home, people should also protect themselves from bites and make sure their homes are prepared by checking that screens are intact and emptying standing water, especially in small containers.”

“We are working together with local mosquito abatement programs, as well as health care providers,” he added. “To help them recognize the symptoms of Zika.”

In the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where the virus is already spreading, health officials are giving pregnant women special mosquito protection kits. The kits contain insect repellent, vouchers for screens to put in windows and condoms, since the virus can be spread through sexual contact.

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Your Body: Getting Rid of Baggy Eyes

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

If you could turn back time on your baggy eyes, would you?

There is a way to get rid of the droop quickly, and while it’s not permanent, it can get you through an evening.

A viral time lapse video shows men and women erasing dark, puffy bags under their eyes in just seconds. The participants in the video apply a cream under their eyes and as it dries, the bags seem to disappear completely.

So how does it work? The molecules in the cream bind tightly to the skin as they dry, creating a smoother looking surface.

I’ve tried these products and they definitely work for a temporary fix. But for a definitive solution, plastic surgery is a great option with fast recovery and almost no pain — although it certainly costs more.

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Fashionista Magazine Editor Goes on 7-Day High Heel Detox

Glamour(NEW YORK) — For Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, high-heels are more than a way of life.

“Victoria Beckham used to be my high heel spirit animal,” Leive told Good Morning America of the fashion designer known for her penchant for heels. “She once famously said, ‘I can’t concentrate in flats.’”

But now Beckham says she’s had a change of heart. She decided to scrap stilettos from her work wardrobe and give fashionable flats a whirl.

Beckham’s shift inspired Leive to go on a high heel detox experiment of her own, wearing only flats for seven days in Conde Nast’s fashion wonderland.

“I’m 5 foot 2, so having that extra little bit of lift has come to feel to me like armor,” she confided. “Am I going to feel like boss lady me when I’m in flats?”

Leive kept a fashion footwear diary for Glamour magazine and Good Morning America.

Day 1: Metallic Leather Pointed Toe Flats

For day one, Leive went with metallic leather pointed-toe flats.

“I already have a blister which is weird. I thought that flats were supposed to be more comfortable, and I also have the creeping realization that I’ve literally in 15 years never walked into my office building at my real non-assisted height.”

Day 2: Patent Leather Point-Toe Flats


“I ran for a cab and got a cab this morning, I was definitely moving a lot faster than I would have been in my usual 5-inch situation. On the downside … I still feel really short … It sort of feels like I’m walking through my office in my pajamas.”


Day 3: Black Patent Leather Bow Derbys


“The first couple of days, I kept feeling like I had to explain the fact that I was in flats, like, ‘No, I don’t have a foot injury.’ Now it’s actually starting to seem kind of normal. Also bonus, I walked over the Brooklyn Bridge today to get to work in my flats. Bam.”


Day 4: Patent Leather Point-Toe Flats

More than halfway through the experiment, Leive chose to re-wear the same pair of patent-leather point-toe flats she wore on day two.

“I feel good, but I have an embarrassing confession. I have a big meeting this afternoon and I brought a security blanket with me [a pair of heels], just in case.”


Day 5: Sporty White Leather Sneakers


“I’m super comfortable in these sneakers. I don’t feel 100 percent like myself. I feel a little like I just skipped in from the gym, and maybe I don’t really belong at work.”


Day 6: Metallic Loafer Flats


“I’m still standing. I could stand for hours in these flats, I could go all night.”


Day 7: Purple Straightset Lace-Up Sneakers

Leive felt confident in the lace-up kicks.

“It was super easy to get dressed today. It’s a beautiful sunny day in New York. What do you want to wear except sneakers? It’s a sneakers kind of day.”


Click here to check out Glamour’s list of Cute Spring Flats for Under $100.

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Study: For Relationships, Sex Once a Week Is Plenty

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Contrary to popular belief, researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga claim when it comes to sex in a relationship, more isn’t necessarily better.

Based on data from 25,510 Americans aged 18 to 89, the university study discovered that having sex once is perfectly adequate for maintaining happiness in a relationship.

Researcher Amy Muise noted the analyzed data, “showed a linear association between sex and happiness up to a frequency of once a week, but at higher frequencies there is no longer an association.”

Muise explains that there’s an impression that the more sex a couple has, the happier they’ll be, but that’s not the case. “I do think couples can end up feeling pressure to try to engage in sex as frequently as possible.” She adds, “Once a week is maybe a more realistic goal to set than thinking you have to have sex everyday and that feels overwhelming and you avoid it.”

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