Review Category : Health

Devon Still’s Daughter ‘Doing Better’ After Stem Cell Transplant Complication

Oleg Nikishin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defense tackle Devon Still was doing better after suffering a complication in her stem cell transplant, her father said Monday.

Still posted a photo of himself and his 5-year-old daughter Leah to Instagram, saying Monday marked the first time she had “really been awake” in four days. The girl was giving a thumbs up in the photo.

Still said Friday that his daughter suffered a complication in her stem cell transplant but didn’t specify what it was, only calling it VOD.

Leah was diagnosed a year ago Tuesday with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, ESPN reports. In March, her father said she was in remission but she must still undergo stem cell treatments.

Still and his daughter will be honored during the ESPYS next month when they receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, reports ESPN.

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New Study Says Breastfeeding Reduces Children’s Leukemia Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says breastfeeding may reduce the risk of babies developing leukemia.

According to a report from researchers in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, children who were breastfed for at least six months were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with leukemia.

The University of Haifa and the Israel Center for Disease Control researchers were testing the Greaves hypothesis which concludes children are susceptible to leukemia by a prenatal genetic mutation and then exposure to an “infective agent” can cause cancer growth. Breast milk could be an antidote to leukemia if the hypothesis is proven correct.

The researchers said the study was an effort to facilitate a more profound social acceptance of breastfeeding.

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New Study Says Breastfeeding Reduces Children’s Leukemia Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says breastfeeding may reduce the risk of babies developing leukemia.

According to a report from researchers in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, children who were breastfed for at least six months were 19 percent less likely to be diagnosed with leukemia.

The University of Haifa and the Israel Center for Disease Control researchers were testing the Greaves hypothesis which concludes children are susceptible to leukemia by a prenatal genetic mutation and then exposure to an “infective agent” can cause cancer growth. Breast milk could be an antidote to leukemia if the hypothesis is proven correct.

The researchers said the study was an effort to facilitate a more profound social acceptance of breastfeeding.

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Don’t Eat Fish Swimming in New Jersey Flood Zones

WABC-TV(NEWARK, N.J.) — New Jersey officials smell something fishy.

There have been some incredible animal rescues from the elements, but Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness warned New Jerseyans Monday not to catch or eat fish that may have washed up due to floods or entered waterways where they would normally not be found.

Residents and visitors alike should stay away from “trapping, catching, and eating any fish caught on the streets,” said the agency’s director, Hanaa Hamdi.

The statement was released after multiple reports to Hamdi’s office about people catching the homeless fish. One man rescued two slippery fish from a storm drain Monday morning near Weequahic Park in Newark, according to ABC’s New York station WABC-TV. Fish were swimming up the street and away from the overflowing lake.

“It’s June 1st, not April 1st. At some point people need to be told things,” said one Newark official, ostensibly referring to April Fool’s Day.

Officials don’t know how elements outside the fish’s normal living situations are affecting them.

“We’re just alerting the community because of last night’s flooding,” Hamdi told ABC News Monday. “It’s really out of an abundance of caution.”

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FDA May Approve ‘Women’s Viagra’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The FDA will soon review a women’s sexual enhancement drug for the third time.

The proposed sexual enhancement drug flibanserin, sometimes referred to as “women’s Viagra,” will be reviewed for possible approval by an FDA advisory committee on Thursday in a public meeting.

The Sprout Pharmaceuticals drug has been rejected twice by the agency due to an argument that the benefit does not outweigh the side effects such as dizziness and nausea.

The drug is designed to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, known to cause low sex drive in women. Supporters say it plays a role in gender equality since women lack similar resources as men do concerning sexual dysfunction.

Other versions of drugs treating low libido in women have also been rejected by the FDA.

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Breastfeeding Mom Outraged When Stranger Posts Photo of Her on Social Media

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A young mother who breast-fed her son inside a restaurant said she was later horrified to discover that a picture of her feeding her child had been posted on social media by a stranger whom she claims was shaming her.

“Shock. That was my initial response,” Connor Kendall, 20, told ABC News.

The Indiana woman was eating at a TGI Friday’s in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Wednesday morning when it was time for her 4-month-old son to nurse.

“I turned away from everybody because we were in a corner,” she said. “I really didn’t feel like I was that exposed.”

An unidentified man who was also dining at the restaurant snapped a photo of her and posted it to social media, writing: “I want to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat.”

He also wrote that there were “little kids around,” adding: “Could you at least cover your boob up?”

Kendall was so infuriated that she posted a lengthy response on her Facebook page. The post, which had been shared more than 63,000 times as of Sunday night, took the man to task for his action.

“The man who took this picture was a complete stranger to me, he was sitting 3 tables away from us with his young daughter. He snapped the photo and then put it up on social media (Facebook and Instagram), many of the comments that followed were nothing less than harassing and shameful to, not only me, but every past, present, and future nursing mother,” she wrote. “Over the course of a couple or hours it was taken down and reposted multiple times before it was finally deleted. I was really very hurt by this act, because I was in no way bothering him, so what gave him the right to shame me?”

Kendall wouldn’t reveal the name of the man out of respect for his privacy, but in her post she said she wrote to him directly in a private message, telling him that she did nothing wrong and explaining that she didn’t use a cover while feeding her son because he “fights them, screams, and doesn’t eat at all while under them.”

“If he had been screaming because he was hungry then I would be a bad mom for not feeding my hungry child. I did not pump before leaving home, A-because my son does not like to take a bottle and B-because it is my right to feed him any way I see fit wherever I see fit. I wanted to thank you for showing the public your ignorance and for shedding light on a topic that is near and dear to my heart,” she continued, adding that the man had shown his “true colors to many and you’ve exposed others who are likewise simpleminded.”

Kendall told ABC News: “I let him know that it was not OK to make me feel bad for feeding my child. I showed less than … you see every day walking down the street.”

Kendall’s post garnered a flood of support, with one poster writing: “Good for you Mama. Way to turn a bad situation in to a positive one!” while another wrote: “Way to stick up for yourself and all of us breast feeding mamas!!”

Kendall said the man later apologized to her in a private message.

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Too Little Sleep May Lead to Alzheimer’s

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Here’s something to help you sleep at night, researchers say too little sleep may lead to Alzheimer’s.

In a new study, Canadian researchers believe they have come up with evidence revealing how not enough sleep prevents the brain from removing toxins. The researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences in Toronto said people who didn’t get enough sleep ended up with “enlarged, fluid-filled spaces in the brain.”

According to the researchers, the brain’s removal of toxins is essential because it’s possible toxins that don’t get flushed out may contribute to brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Normally these toxins get flushed away during a good night’s rest.

It’s only a small study, but the team is hopeful including Dr. Mark Boulos, a neurologist in the group, who said the study “does open important avenues for future research.”

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Under Fire for Making Kids Sick

iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) — Doctors are now warning parents that if their child eats too many spicy snacks, such as Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, he or she may end up in the hospital.

Kids love spicy chips, especially Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but the spicy flavoring for the snacks is harder for kids to digest compared to natural spices, and may cause stomach pain and gastritis.

ABC News affiliate WTVG-TV spoke to Dr. Eric Rider, a pediatrician who has seen a few cases involving the spicy snacks. He says parents should limit the amount of Cheetos they feed to their kids.

“Ultimately with those Cheetos there’s not a whole lot of nutritional value in them,” said Dr. Rider. “MSG, that salt substitute that’s in there, just more things that we like to avoid with children.”

According to WTVG-TV, multiple schools across the country have stopped the sale of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and other snacks in an effort to get kids to pack or purchase healthier lunches.

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Under Fire for Making Kids Sick

iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) — Doctors are now warning parents that if their child eats too many spicy snacks, such as Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, he or she may end up in the hospital.

Kids love spicy chips, especially Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but the spicy flavoring for the snacks is harder for kids to digest compared to natural spices, and may cause stomach pain and gastritis.

ABC News affiliate WTVG-TV spoke to Dr. Eric Rider, a pediatrician who has seen a few cases involving the spicy snacks. He says parents should limit the amount of Cheetos they feed to their kids.

“Ultimately with those Cheetos there’s not a whole lot of nutritional value in them,” said Dr. Rider. “MSG, that salt substitute that’s in there, just more things that we like to avoid with children.”

According to WTVG-TV, multiple schools across the country have stopped the sale of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and other snacks in an effort to get kids to pack or purchase healthier lunches.

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Queens Boy’s Index Finger Turns Into a Thumb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A young boy from Queens has undergone surgery to create a thumb that didn’t exist months ago.

Born with only four fingers on his right hand, 1-year-old Brandon Torres suffers from Duane-radial ray syndrome, a rare condition with only about 30 known cases.

“He was born premature one month, and that’s when they told us, on the table when they were checking and counting fingers, that he was missing his right thumb,” father Anderson Torres said to ABC News.

Dr. Nick Bastidas stepped in to help. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park a month ago, he moved Brandon’s index finger to the thumb position, moving the muscles, tendons, nerves, arteries and veins as well.

“We knew this was going to be a great thing for him, especially because he’s a boy,” mother Yuli Ramirez Torres said. “You know how boys are all active and they want to play sports, and hopefully, he’ll get to do all of these things now that he has a new thumb.”

The $20,000 surgery was not covered by the Torres’ health insurance, so the family hopes to raise the necessary funds to help pay for the cost.

Brandon can already use his thumb a little, and soon with some physical therapy, he’ll be able to thumb-wrestle his big brother, Sebastian.

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