Review Category : Health

Ohio Police Post Photo of Adults Allegedly Overdosed on Heroin with 4-Year-Old in Backseat

City of East Liverpool Ohio Police Dept.(EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio) — Ohio police posted a photo to social media Thursday showing an unconscious mother who police said had allegedly overdosed on drugs in the front seat of a car, while a young boy sat in the backseat.

The East Liverpool Police Department posted two photos to its Facebook page showing the mother, identified by police as 50-year-old Rhonda Pasek, sitting in the passenger seat of the Ford Explorer with her head leaning to the side and her mouth agape. A man identified as 47-year-old James Accord sits in the driver seat in a similar manner, while a 4-year-old boy sits behind her. The boy appears alert and even looks directly at the camera in the photos.

On Wednesday afternoon, an East Liverpool police officer was following the Ford Explorer as it was allegedly driving erratically and was “weaving back and forth in the lane while driving on the yellow center and back to the right edge of the roadway,” according to the police incident report.

Accord then allegedly hit the brakes and “skidded to a stop” as children were getting off a school bus, police said. When the officer made contact with Accord, he said he noticed that his head was “bobbing back and forth” and his speech was “almost unintelligible.” Accord also allegedly had “pinpoint” pupils, according to the report.

Accord allegedly told police that he was taking Pasek, whom the officer described as “completely unconscious,” to the hospital. Accord then allegedly began to manipulate his gear shift, which prompted the officer to reach inside the car and remove the keys, the report stated. Accord eventually also went “completely unconscious,” according to the report.

The officer then called for an ambulance and watched as first responders administer “several rounds” of Narcan, which is used to reverse an opioid overdose, according to the report. A yellow folded-up piece of paper with a pink, powdery substance was found in the front seat between Pasek’s legs and was sent to the crime lab for analysis, police said.

Pasek was charged with child endangerment and public intoxication, while Accord was charged with child endangerment and slowing stopped in roadway. The two spent the night in jail, while the boy was picked up from the scene by child services.

In a court appearance Thursday, Pasek pleaded not guilty, and Accord pleaded no contest, court records show. ABC News could not immediately reach Accord and Pasek for comment. It is unclear if they have obtained lawyers.

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‘Alternate’ Vaccine Doctor Robert Sears Accused of Gross Negligence

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A California pediatrician, known partly for his controversial views on immunization schedules, faces the possible suspension of his license after the executive director of the California Medical Board accused him of being “grossly negligent in his care and treatment” of a child patient.

Dr. Robert Sears of Orange County, California, first drew attention after publishing a book in 2007 called “The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child” and introducing what he calls an “alternate” vaccine schedule.

His work has made him popular with parents who remain skeptical of common vaccines despite overwhelming medical evidence that they are safe as currently scheduled and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics.

His work has also frustrated some pediatricians and health officials who point out that there is no approved “alternate” vaccination schedule that is safe and approved by major health organizations.

The doctor is now facing a possible hearing before the California Medical Board over allegations he was grossly negligent during his interaction with the toddler cited in the complaint. Sears and the board will first meet in a Sept. 20 settlement conference, where he can bring counsel, according to the medical board.

If no settlement is reached, the matter will go to a hearing before an administrative law judge. The judge will make a proposed decision that will be reviewed by the medical board, which makes the final decision, according to the board.

Sears recommended the toddler never get another childhood vaccine because of the “severity” of the reaction to earlier vaccination, according to the Medical Board complaint filed with the state Sept. 2.

The board claims in the document that Sears did not have enough information to make such a recommendation.

In the document released by the Medical Board of California, Sears is accused of multiple counts of negligence, including not taking basic information before recommending the toddler no longer receive any other childhood vaccinations; failing to conduct neurological testing on the patient when the toddler reported having a headache from head trauma; and failing to maintain adequate records because he did not keep a copy of the letter that exempted the child from further vaccinations.

He is subject to disciplinary action that could include revoking or suspending his license.

Complaints against California physicians can be made by patients or other members of the public, spurring the medical board to review. If the board’s initial review finds evidence of a violation, the case will be investigated by a state deputy attorney general and an investigator who is an expert in the physician’s field.

If the deputy attorney general finds there is enough evidence they will bring a formal accusation against the physician which can result in either a settlement or an administrative hearing held before an administrative law judge, who makes a recommendation to the medical board.

The board has not identified who lodged the initial complaint against Sears.

When asked by ABC News via email to comment on the complaint, Sears declined. Officials from the California Medical Board said they do not release information beyond a formal complaint prior to a settlement conference or hearing.

Sears has defended his alternative schedules, telling the Los Angeles Times in 2014 that they “allow parents to get vaccinations in a way they’re more comfortable” with.

California enacted a strict vaccination law last year that required school children to be vaccinated and banned exemptions based on personal or medical beliefs. The law was enacted after the state faced multiple outbreaks in recent years of vaccine-preventable diseases including measles and whooping cough.

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Taylor Swift Video Chats With Terminally Ill Teen

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — One Taylor Swift devotee had her ultimate fan wish come true Thursday.

Meghan Hils, an 18-year-old fan from Ohio, is battling pulmonary atresia, a type of heart disease.

Her father Daniel told ABC News the teen has had five open heart surgeries and has been in and out of hospitals for most of her life.

“My daughter lives a pop culture life because of her ailment,” Daniel said. “She’s not hanging out or going out on dates, so she spends a lot of time with the television.”

As Meghan’s condition has worsened, she has become terminally ill and, when she turned 18 in March, qualified for the Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults.

Meghan told the foundation that her wish was to meet Ellen DeGeneres or Jimmy Fallon, said her father, a police sergeant for the Cincinnati Police Department

“I didn’t think Taylor would be obtainable because she’s the biggest star in the world,” Daniel admitted.

Still, he took to Facebook in an effort to make Meghan’s wish of talking to Taylor Swift come true. The post soon went viral and after several leads, Daniel got a text Thursday saying that Swift was set to video chat Meghan.

“Sure enough, Taylor called, and they chatted for a little close to a half an hour,” Daniel said. “[Meghan] was truly starstruck. I was filling in some of the conversation because Meghan was like, ‘This is crazy!’ That’s what she kept repeating.”

“I don’t think she really believed that it could happen or would happen, and it did,” her father added.

Meghan took to Twitter after the phone call to say thank you to her favorite singer.

“The words thank you will never be enough to say to Taylor Alison Swift for this day and taking the time to video chat with me for 19 mins on September 8th, 2016. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Taylor,” she tweeted.

My thank you note to @taylorswift13 for this day, Thursday, September 8th, 2016. Thank you, Taylor. ? pic.twitter.com/7OsW1NZF7p

— Meghan Marion Hils (@MeghanMarion13) September 8, 2016

Daniel said his daughter has inspired him.

“I’m very proud of how positive she’s remained despite her life being so trying,” he explained. “Much of her life, she’s been hospitalized but she’s always wearing a smile and always very, very upbeat and everything. She’s inspired me as her father … It’s quite a motivator.”

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Physician Mom’s Ultimate Multitask Goes Viral

Megan Meier(OKLAHOMA CITY) — “This is what happens when you are 35 weeks pregnant, husband leaves town for the weekend, childcare for 3yo falls through, and you have a game to cover!”

When Dr. Megan Meier of Oklahoma posted the now viral photo of herself tending to a football player on the sidelines while carrying her 3-year-old daughter on her back, she just did it to commiserate with other physician moms about “what we all do each and every day.”

And although it was originally intended for other doctor moms, Meier told ABC News, “this is all of us.”

Meier — the team physician for Putnam City North High School (she’s attending to one of its players in the photo), the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Ballet and many other local dance groups — said she was “most surprised by how many people the picture touched and in different ways.”

“I have had so many people reach out to me, telling me how inspiring they find the photo for a variety of reasons,” she said. “I have connected with so many strong, interesting people who have shared their stories, their struggles and their victories. It’s pretty awesome.”

The photo was shared all over the world.

“As working parents,” Meier said, “we often have to multitask in a pinch, and it’s so much easier when people are understanding of this. We don’t make excuses — we find solutions. Fortunately for me, the teams I care for are very supportive of my situation, which has made these types of stressful scenarios so much easier.”

The response, she said, has been overwhelmingly positive. She said she hopes the takeaway is to “support each other always.”

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Dad’s Sketch Depicting ‘Very Real Loss’ After Miscarriage Hits Home for Grieving Parents

Curtis Wiklund(CLARKSON, Mich.) — A Michigan father’s sketch portraying the raw emotion of a miscarriage has people across the globe sharing their own stories of heartbreak.

“We had a feeling it was a girl,” Curtis Wiklund of Clarkston, Michigan told ABC News. “[My wife] Jordin said, ‘I love that her life has meaning. In her small amount of existence, look at what she’s done. She had already comforted thousand of grieving parents around the world.'”

He added: “I cant think of anything more special. Her life didn’t just disappear and wasn’t not talked about, which is often what happens with miscarriages.”

Wiklund, 28, a dad of two, drew an image of himself and his wife Jordin, following the devastating news that the couple had lost their baby at 9 weeks.

“When we [found out] we miscarried, we immediately went into the car,” Wiklund recalled. “We’ve experienced sad things on our own, but never a mutual grief that we were sharing a heaviness over.”

Upon returning home from the doctor, Wiklund said he felt compelled to record the event in his journal.

“I couldn’t figure out how to word it,” he said. “I kept trying to describe it, or write it. It was frustrating, so I said, “OK, I’ll sketch it. By the time I was done, I had exhausted all my tears. I saw it was more accurate than anything I could’ve ever written.”

Wiklund’s drawing showed the touching image of him and his wife embracing one another in their car.

Soon after, Wiklund shared the sketch onto his Instagram and Facebook. Thousands of people quickly began sharing their own stories of miscarrying.

“It reminds me of when my husband and I left the hospital with no baby,” one person wrote. “The heartbreak is terrible but staying strong together in your marriage will get you (and us) through.”

“Thank you for this!” another wrote. “A few months ago my husband and I were in our car crying over the loss of our first pregnancy. This picture is a comfort, and it helps us to find strength from others who have experienced what we have.”

Wiklund said he and his wife were surprised by the responses.

“Some [stories] were personal messages to me and some were in comments,” Wiklund said. “I showed Jordin and she said, ‘Wow, people are really opening up.’

“I noticed it was almost like a relief,” he added. “It was like, ‘We can talk about this. Now we can share this.’ I think it was healing for people to express and acknowledge their own hurt and not hide behind it. It’s easy to have miscarriages perceived that way. It’s easy to dismiss them because you haven’t had the baby yet, but it’s a very real loss. That baby was already a part of our family as soon as we found out we were pregnant. I did talk to Jordin’s stomach a lot [because] at one time, we did have a baby.”

See more of Wiklund’s sketches on his website, here.

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Zika in Florida: Aerial Spraying Starts in Miami Beach

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Aerial spraying of insecticide has started in Miami Beach one day after demonstrators took to the streets to protest the chemical being used.

The spraying began today at 5 a.m. in an effort to reduce the population of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Three of these insects tested positive for the Zika virus last weekend and officials are trying to curb an outbreak of local Zika in the Miami area that has left 56 infected.

At least 604 people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus in Florida, with the vast majority being exposed while in other countries. Of those diagnosed, 84 were pregnant women, according to health officials.

Miami Beach officials are using Naled, an insecticide approved for use by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Naled is from a class of insecticide called organophosphates, registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to kill insects, including mosquitoes.

The chemical interferes with the nervous system of insects, which kills them. When used in aerial spraying, a licensed professional must handle the chemical.

The insecticide was used in the first outbreak zone in the Miami area, the Wynwood neighborhood, but initially health officials said they didn’t anticipate spraying in Miami Beach due to the high-rise towers. However, the continuation of the outbreak and the discovery of three mosquitoes with the Zika virus led health officials to decide to start spraying after all.

The next schedule spray date is on Sept. 11.

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Mom Shares Before and After Photo to Show Realities of Motherhood

Courtesy of Laura Mazza(NEW YORK) — One Australian mother took to Facebook to show off her post-baby body, but it’s a before and after photo you may not expect.

“No, this isn’t a before and after shot of weight loss. But it is a victory story,” blogger Laura Mazza wrote as the caption.

The mother of two posted one “before” photo of herself with flat and toned abs, which she took before having her two children — Luca, 2, and Sofia, 7 months — and an after photo, showing off her new body. The photos have now gone viral, being liked more than 12,000 times.

“On the right is me now. Stretch marks. A droopy belly button. Thicker, not many bones protruding, but more dimples that represent cellulite,” she wrote.

“The scars and stretch marks and jiggly tummy is because I made humans,” Mazza continued. “I ate a little more cake, I drank a little more wine. I made mug cakes at 9 p.m. and snuggled on the couch with my husband. But for some reason, I didn’t love this body. It’s sad.”

Mazza, 30, told ABC News she posted her before and after photos because she’s now learning to appreciate her new body and wants other moms too as well.

“This was definitely one of those moments where I wanted to share it with other women so they know they’re not alone and it’s okay to be okay with the wonder that is your body now,” she said.

“No one else has your body, only you. It’s capable of so much. When you appreciate what you have now, you learn to love yourself more and nurture your body in the right ways,” Mazza added.

The mother of two continued, “This body has made me fearless, I could jump out of a plane now! I gave birth and made life. It was the biggest fear of mine. I thought I wouldn’t survive childbirth and I did. And I can do a lot more.”

It doesn’t hurt that Mazza’s husband Domenic also loves her curvier body.

“He seems to be more attached to my butt lately so I might say that’s his favorite part,” she quipped.

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St. Jude Staffers Get Surprise ‘GMA’ Herogram Salute From Michael Strahan

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Three staffers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who thought they were just members of the Good Morning America studio audience, got a surprise salute from Michael Strahan.

Dr. Greg Armstrong, who works in cancer control, teacher Kaci Richardson and music therapist Amy Love were called out from the audience and shown video messages from three young patients from St. Jude’s whose lives they had touched.

The patients –- Elise, Nick and Marley -– explained that they loved St. Jude’s because the institution cared for them, and they had special appreciation for Love, Armstrong and Richardson.

“My St. Jude hero is Dr. Armstrong … he’s really nice and he’s funny and he’s just really kind,” Elise said.

Marley said her St. Jude hero was Richardson, because “she has fun activities for me, she makes my schoolwork fun, and she makes it easy to do schoolwork … even when I’m feeling bad.”

WATCH: @michaelstrahan presents our first #GMAHeroGram, a big surprise & thank-you for the everyday heroes. https://t.co/SVyTvhrZb8

— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 9, 2016

Nick’s favorite St. Jude hero was Love.

“She’s fun and helps me learn music … she teaches me a lot of new things and she taught me the Darth Vader theme song on the guitar,” he added.

After seeing the footage of the children, Dr. Armstrong said it’s a “special privilege” taking care of them at St. Jude.

“You walk into a room and when you talk with a family and tell them that their child has cancer, the whole world stops,” Armstrong said. “But to be able to walk through that world with them, to look at them and say, ‘We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to walk through this with you’–it’s great.”

The St. Jude team was awarded GMA‘s inaugural Herograms, awards honoring everyday heroes.

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What Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns Thinks About Plastic Surgery

Team GT/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Christy Turlington Burns is aging with grace.

Now 47, the 1990s supermodel-turned-activist — she founded the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe in the U.S. and abroad — said she has no interest in plastic surgery.

“Never,” she told the October issue of Town & Country about using Botox or plastic surgery. “For years these things didn’t even exist: collagen, fat cells, the crazy stuff people do I cannot imagine. First of all, I have no time. Second of all, I don’t think it looks good. Maybe I would think differently if I thought it looked good and it didn’t hurt and it didn’t send bad messages to young people. But I’ve never seen someone who I’ve been like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It looks freaky to me.”

In fact, Turlington, the mother of 12-year-old Grace and 10-year-old Finn with filmmaker Ed Burns, said she has no fear of aging or approaching 50.

“I wasn’t worried about aging at 16, and I’m not worried about it at 47,” she said. “It’s a fact of life, and it’s good that people close to me see that I’m relaxed and okay about aging, not neurotic or worried about it. To my kids I’ll be the mom who barely shaves her legs, who doesn’t color her hair.”

“Being who you are, being your best self, has nothing to do with what you look like,” she added.

So, what plans does she have for celebrating her 50th birthday?

“I’ve made a new promise that I want to spend every birthday in a place I haven’t been, doing something outdoors: hiking, running, climbing,” she said, adding that Chile and Patagonia are on her wish list.

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Zika in Miami: What to Know About the Aerial Spray Pesticide Under Protest

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Protesters are raising concern about a pesticide being used to fight the Zika virus in the Miami area, as health officials work to stop the local outbreak.

The Zika outbreak in the Miami area has led to 56 infections throughout southern Florida. In the Miami area health officials have spent weeks using pesticide and larvicide in two areas where they believe ongoing transmission of the disease is occurring. However, the use of Naled in aerial spraying is now being protested by Florida residents.

This is not the first time that Naled, which is usually sprayed from low-flying planes, has been under fire. In Puerto Rico, where the local Zika outbreak has infected thousands, residents protested the pesticide and eventually the governor of Puerto Rico decided not to allow the use of the chemical on the island.

Here’s a look at the composition of the controversial pesticide.

What is Naled?

Naled is from a class of insecticide called “organophosphates,” registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill insects, including mosquitoes.

The chemical interferes with the nervous system of insects, which kills them. When used in aerial spraying, a licensed professional must handle the chemical.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said compared to other insecticides Naled can be more harsh on the environment.

“It is more environmentally disruptive than the other pesticides that we use,” Schaffner told ABC News, saying that it doesn’t biodegrade as quickly as other insecticides. “It’s not used in the EU and it’s generally used in very restricted circumstances.”

How is it sprayed?

In Florida the chemical is sprayed from the air using “ultra-low volume (ULV) spray” that results in droplets small enough to stay in the area.

The amount of the chemical used is tiny, according to the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management.

“Roughly one ounce, or two tablespoons, for an area about the size of a football field,” the department said in a statement last month.

Why Was it not used before?

The insecticide was used in the first outbreak zone in the Miami area, the Wynwood neighborhood, but initially health officials said they didn’t anticipate spraying in Miami Beach due to the high-rise towers. However, the continuation of the outbreak and the discovery of three mosquitoes with the Zika virus led health officials to decide to start spraying.

Can the Chemical Cause Side-Effects?

When used properly, Naled should not cause health problems for people or pets in the area, according to the CDC and EPA.

However, in large doses or if people are sensitive to the chemical, they “could experience short-term effects such as skin, eye and nose irritation,” according to the EPA.

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