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Bollywood Dance Workout Craze Takes Over “GMA”

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bollywood-style dance is the latest workout craze.

It’s the foundation of many Bollywood films — referring to the Hindi language film industry in India — and is a fusion of traditional and classic Indian dances, with jazz, hip-hop and modern dance influences.

Two experts appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday to describe specific styles of the dance and demonstrate three workout moves.

Sarina Jain, who teaches Masala Bhangra at Crunch Gym, and Priya Pandya, who teaches Doonya, talked about how Bollywood dance has taken the world by storm. Working with dancers, they each demonstrated three dances moves – and GMA‘s Rachel Smith and Gio Benitez joined in!

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Girl Battling Brain Cancer Uses Her Wish to ‘Take Care of the World’

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An 8-year-old girl battling brain cancer who could have wished for anything, wished to “take care of the world,” and used her special day to pick up trash with her friends at local parks.

The unique wish from Amelia Meyer, sponsored by the Make a Wish Foundation of Missouri, brought her community together, including Kansas City Major Sly James, to pick up litter at three of Amelia’s favorite local parks.

#AmeliasWish is underway! @MakeAWishMO pic.twitter.com/xwH1pCPhAg

— Make-A-Wish America (@MakeAWish) February 27, 2016

“Some kids want Disney and want to meet somebody famous, and I know they get a lot out of that,” Jill Meyer, Amelia’s mother, told ABC News Thursday, but said her daughter’s wish brought so much joy to Amelia. “It was amazing. It exceeded any expectation we could have had.”

Amelia was diagnosed with brain cancer in December, but does not let that stop her from leading a fun-filled life, Meyer said. “Amelia is a really happy kid, she loves the outdoors. She is definitely a very kind, very thoughtful girl.”

“She loves to play outside. She loves to ride her bike. She plays softball and wants to play soccer in the spring,” Meyer said.

Young Amelia, who goes by the nickname “Meals,” told ABC News she picked this wish because “I just like going on walks with my grandma and I find trash everywhere.” The 8-year-old said she had so much fun playing with her friends that day.

Her selflessness has inspired legions of volunteers in her community to come together and has since inspired communities across the country, after the hashtag #AmeliasWish took the Internet by storm. Groups of people from all over the U.S. have posted pictures of themselves cleaning up their local parks and used the hashtag to show their support of the young girl and her battle with brain cancer.

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Mom Pens Blog Post About Her Daughter’s Birthmark

Katie Crenshaw(NEW YORK) — Katie Crenshaw’s 7-month-old old daughter, Charlie, was born with a capillary hemangioma on her face, or a large strawberry birthmark. It’s the reason why Crenshaw’s friends and family kept asking, “What’s wrong with her face?”

So the mother of two decided to pen a blog post — which ended up going viral — to explain why their comments hurt.

“It just started to be the topic of conversation anytime Charlie came up,” Crenshaw told ABC News. “The reason why I wanted to call attention to it is because I did recognize that everyone had good intentions, but I wanted people to recognize that intent might not get you very far sometimes.”

She added: “Even though they mean well, they needed to think about the words they’re saying when they say, ‘I hope it goes away,’ or ‘I pray it’s different.’ I would’t walk up to someone and say, ‘I’m praying that your child’s ears gets smaller.'”

The Atlanta-area mother said that since writing her blog post she’s received “dozens” of supportive emails from families going through similar situations. She’s also received negative comments, asking why she and her husband Tyler chose not to remove the birthmark. Crenshaw explained there’s a reason why.

“It’s not just a mole you can scrap off,” Crenshaw, 29, said. “Charlie’s hemangioma is kind of intertwined and weaved around some muscles and behind her eye. Hers isn’t the kind you can remove. It is not a threat to her health in any way and so unnecessary surgery wouldn’t have been an option for us. And the nature of this kind of birthmark is that it’ll eventually … shrink on its own so I didn’t think to rush that process.”

Instead, Crenshaw said she hopes to “raise her [child] with confidence” and strengthen her family’s support system.

“That’s why it’s so important to change the conversation and change how they speak around her because that will be the key to how she deals with people’s opinions of her,” Crenshaw explained.

Crenshaw said that her daughter, who has an “extremely charismatic personality” and is an “old soul,” won’t necessarily have a hard time growing up.

“[If you’re] visually different that … is not a guarantee that you’re going to live this tortured life. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that … she’s going to be bullied or picked on,” she added. “I encourage people to look at differences as normal and not unusual and really just think about the words they’re saying.”

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Girl Creates ‘Chemo Kits’ in Honor of Aunt Who Died of Cancer

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — A fifth-grader in St. Louis has a novel idea about how to help patients fighting cancer in honor of her late aunt.

Madeline Domian, 10, has already put together 50 kits to help children deal with cancer treatments. She told ABC News she wanted to help after her Aunt Kathy, or “Katiedo,” was diagnosed with cancer — first selling cookies to donate funds to the American Cancer Society.

“When she died, I thought I should do something bigger,” Madeline said. “I thought, all kids want to do is be happy and I wanted to let them be happy when they go through their treatment.”

Madeline then came up with the “Katiedo Kare Kits 4 Kids” idea as a way to honor her aunt. She said she remembered visiting her aunt in the hospital and knew that cancer treatment is difficult for a patient to go through.

“It’s really cool to see that I could help other people by making kits for kids with cancer,” Madeline said. “I think it’s going to make a lot of kids smile.”

Madeline’s mother, Michelle Domian, said she was excited to hear about Madeline’s plan.

“I was very touched and she actually approached the school first,” Domian said. “She said, ‘I have a meeting set up with the principal.'”

Each packet has plenty of kid-friendly items, like a stuffed animal, coloring book and twisty straws.

Madeline and her schoolmates made 50 kits for the first round, which will be dropped off at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

“All kids want to do is be happy, be with friends, play, so I wanted to make little kits to make them feel happy so that they feel better,” Madeline said.

You can see more about Madeline’s story on the Rockwood School District’s YouTube page.

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Illinois Mom Warns About Seeds From ‘Suicide Tree’ After Son’s Death

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois woman is drawing attention to the dangers of a seed available online after she said her 22-year-old transgendered son died after ingesting the seeds.

Natosha Anderson told ABC’s Chicago station WLS-TV that she wanted to show the dangers of “pong pong” seeds, which come from a tree called Cerbera odollam, originally native to India. Anderson said her son died two weeks ago after taking the seeds in an apparent suicide and that she found him in pain on the bathroom floor.

While Anderson used male pronouns and the name Bernard McCalip, she told WLS-TV her child had been struggling with her transgender identity and had recently changed his name to Lucia.

“He said, ‘I can’t feel my heart.’ And I said, ‘What’s wrong? What’s going on?'” Anderson, of Calumet City, told WLS-TV, recalling that he said, “I took a pong seed.”

“And I said, ‘A what? What is that?'” Anderson recalled, noting that paramedics did not recognize the seed or understand how it affects the body.

“I’m pretty sure he thought it was going to be easy, but it wasn’t. He died in pain. It was slow, and it was painful,” Anderson told WLS-TV of his suicide.

The office of the Lake County Medical Examiner said that McCalip’s cause of death is still pending and that results from the toxicology tests were not yet available.

Anderson did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for additional comment.

Dr. Donna Seger, executive director and medical director of Tennessee Poison Control, said cases of this seed being ingested are still rare in the U.S. Seger said the seeds have an effect similar to a heart drug called digoxin.

“These seeds act just like this heart drug — it causes arrhythmias [erratic heart beat] and cardiac damage,” she said, noting that if a person ingests the seed, it may be possible to save the person if they get to a hospital in time. “Potentially, you try to give an antidote.”

The seed contains a toxin that affects the heart, which can disrupt the heart’s electrical activity, according to medical literature. The plant is often grown as a hedge between properties.

One medical report said the seed has been used multiple times in suicides and homicides in India, with 537 reported poisonings in the Indian state of Kerala over 11 years.

Anderson said she wanted to raise awareness of the seed’s dangers so that other parents can protect their children and be aware that this seed is dangerous.

Seger said the case highlights how easy it can be to obtain dangerous products on the Internet.

“I think we are well aware that what you get on the Internet, you don’t know what it is,” she said. “The misconception is the FDA regulates everything that’s not safe.”

FDA does not regulate herbs or supplements, she noted.

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Man Gives Shelter Dogs Free Makeovers to Boost Chances for Adoption

Mark Imhof(NEW YORK) — A New York City man is traveling to nearby animal shelters to primp pups that are need of forever homes — for free.

Mark Imhof, 45, who started his grooming business in October, estimates he’s given on-the-house haircuts to about 50 dogs — many of whom have found adoptive families.

“These are dogs,” Imhof told ABC News Thursday. “They want to love someone and I think when they have a crusty shell on them and things like that, it makes them unable to do so. When I can clean them up, you can see [their] eyes and it makes them easier to connect. It’s trying to bring these dogs to comfort, so they can become more adoptable and that’s the goal.”

Imhof said he was inspired to launch “Mark The Dog Guy” after attending the American Academy of Pet Grooming school in Manhattan last April, where he met an alumni who owned his own dog grooming business.

Six months later, he said, he quit his job as a certified public accountant, started his business and began donating free ‘dos to pups of the Big Apple on the side.

Imhof travels to the Animal Care Centers of NYC animal shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan, when he’s called to give trims.

“They don’t have a variety of razors or clippers and things like that,” he said. “Any dog, if it gets dirty or matted, becomes in a lot of pain. I get rid of the [tangles] and if I’m able to, I make them as cute as I can.”

Imhof said he can notice a difference in the dogs’ personalities after he gives them the full treatment.

“My soul is renewed everyday when I do this,” Imhof said. “I’m just overjoyed….”

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EPA Warns of Risks Tied to Chemical in Spray Adhesives, Dry Cleaning Applications

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft risk assessment Thursday on a chemical found in spray adhesives and dry cleaning applications, and used for degreasing.

“This draft assessment will provide workers and consumers with critical information about the risks associated with using [1-Bromopropane] in these applications,” Jim Jones, the assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in a statement. “Public and scientific peer review is an integral piece to ensure we use the best available science in evaluating this chemical.”

In its study of 1-BP, the EPA found that the chemical “showed acute risks to women of childbearing age from adverse developmental effects.”

“Other non-cancer and cancer health risks were identified for workers with repeated and chronic exposures, including neurotoxicity, kidney, liver, and reproductive toxicity, and lung cancer,” the agency said.

The draft assessment will be open for public comment for the next 60 days. In the meantime, the EPA advises consumers to follow product label directions carefully and use products containing the chemical outside or in well-ventilated areas.

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Angelina Jolie’s Surgeon Explains New Trial to Detect Triple Negative Breast Cancer Earlier

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Thursday is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day and ABC News’ Good Morning America is shining a light on it with the help of Dr. Kristi Funk, Angelina Jolie’s surgeon and the co-founder of the Pink Lotus Breast Center.

Many people have never heard of Triple Negative Breast Cancer, but it’s a type of breast cancer that does not have any of the three most common types of receptors known to fuel most breast cancer growth.

About 10 to 20 percent of breast cancers are triple negative.

“There are three receptors, like little antennas we look for on breast cancer cells,” Funk explained on GMA Thursday. “About 75 percent of breast cancers have estrogen and progesterone receptors, meaning these hormones tell the cancer cells to grow. The third receptor, HER2, is a growth factor. But when all three of these receptors are absent we call that ‘triple negative’ breast cancer.”

Funk said this type of cancer is most prevalent in people with a BRCA1 mutation, African Americans, Latinas and women under the age of 40.

It’s important to raise awareness about this particular type of breast cancer because “compared to other cancer types, triple negatives are aggressive,” Funk said. “As a group, triple negatives cause the highest recurrence rates and lowest survival rates of all the breast cancer subtypes.”

“Since there is no pill to take,” Funk explained, “we just kind of sit back and hope and wait” that there will not be a recurrence. If there is a recurrence, however, it’s most likely within the first five years, she said.

However, there may be great news on the horizon. Funk is involved in new research that she says will hopefully make detecting recurrences faster and easier. The clinical trial starts on Thursday.

“This is a simple blood test aiming to detect recurrence easily and early at a point where we can intervene and still cure you,” she said.

“The blood test is one of two things. We look at NK Vue, which is natural killer cells. They’re a sign of immune function. The other is Clear ID. It looks at tumor cells,” Funk said. “An early trial in London with just 55 patients recently showed that when your natural killer cells drop and your tumor cells go up, this predicts a recurrence eight and a half months prior to it being detectable to imaging. So, now we have this window of opportunity for patients and their doctors to strategize and maybe get a cure before a deadly recurrence.”

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A Non-Surgical Facelift Is Now an Option in the US

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Phyliss Cunningham is an energetic and active grandmother who wants to look as young as she feels.

“I don’t like the look of my face,” Cunningham, 59, told ABC News. “It needs a little pumping up or pulling back … just to give me a lift.”

The New Jersey resident was hesitant to undergo the surgery required for a facelift but jumped at the chance to undergo a non-surgical facelift, an option that is newly available in the United States.

The Food and Drug Administration-cleared, non-surgical facelift is done with no general anesthesia and requires no incisions.

Dr. Julius Few, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is one of just a handful of U.S. surgeons cleared to perform the procedure, called Silhouette Instalift.

“You get to see the effect right away, but without the recovery time,” Few told ABC News.

Cunningham underwent the Silhouette Instalift last month.

The procedure involves numbing the face and then inserting a series of tiny threaded biodegradable cones in and around the cheeks and jawline.

The cones are made of the same material as medical stitches and work to gently tighten the skin.

Cunningham said she did not feel anything during the approximately 30-minute procedure. Less than half an hour after it was complete, she saw a noticeable change.

“There’s nothing hanging here,” she said. “I look gorgeous and I love it.”

Few says the results of the Silhouette Instalift last for around 18 months. The cost of the procedure starts at $3,000, a fraction of the cost of a surgical facelift.

Potential side effects of the Silhouette Instalift include swelling, nerve damage and a lopsided face.

“Anytime you put a needle through the skin, you can have a small risk of infection,” Dr. Jen Ashton, ABC News Chief Women’s Health Correspondent, said of potential complications from the procedure.

“There are major nerves and blood vessels in the face,” said Ashton, a practicing Ob-Gyn. “If you hit one of those you can have damage or bleeding.”

Ashton said the new technology used in the Silhouette Instalift are the cones that are threaded in and around the cheeks and jawline via a monofilament material.

“These cones, or knots, in this material are thought to stimulate an inflammatory response which then triggers collagen production,” she said.

Ashton added that other options for stimulating collagen for a younger look include prescription retinoid creams and laser treatments. When it comes to comparing the Silhouette Instalift to a surgical facelift, Ashton described it as “comparing apples to oranges.”

“Surgical facelift is really the gold standard but, again, it might not be right for every woman or man,” Ashton said.

“This might be right for one person,” she said of the Silhouette Instalift. “It’s all about selecting the right patient candidate.”

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Google Leverages Technology to Help Combat Zika Virus

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Google is leveraging its technological expertise in the hope it can help curb the spread of the Zika virus.

The search engine giant announced several initiatives Thursday to help combat the virus, including an open-source mapping platform and more detailed information for people searching about the mosquito-borne virus.

“As a company whose mission is helping people find information, with a lot of experience in analyzing large sets of data, we’re in a good position to help — at scale and at speed. So today we have Google engineers working with UNICEF to analyze data to determine how to map and anticipate the virus,” a Google blog post announcing the initiatives said.

Google reported a 3,000 percent spike in searches for Zika since last November. Since as many as four in five people don’t show symptoms of Zika, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Google’s team said a data-driven solution was needed to help map the virus.

Google’s volunteer engineers, designers and data scientists are joining UNICEF to build an open-source platform that can help visualize potential Zika outbreaks. The map will draw on data from various sources, including weather and travel patterns to help provide a visualization of potential outbreaks.

“Ultimately, the goal of this open source platform is to identify the risk of Zika transmission for different regions and help UNICEF, governments and NGO’s decide how and where to focus their time and resources,” Google’s announcement said, referring to non-governmental organizations. “This set of tools is being prototyped for the Zika response, but will also be applicable to future emergencies.”

Google also announced a $1 million grant for UNICEF to be used for mosquito eradication, vaccine development, and awareness campaigns.

The Zika virus has been spreading throughout the Americas and the World Health Organization has deemed it a “global health threat.”

Common symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, according to the CDC. The virus has also been associated with a rise of microcephaly birth defect cases in Brazil. The birth defect is characterized by a malformed or smaller head and brain and can result in serious developmental delays.

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