Amazon(NEW YORK) — Amazon.com is now one of seven online food retailers that will soon accept food stamps, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The retail firms will be involved in a two-year pilot program allowing participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase their groceries online.

“Online purchasing is a potential lifeline for SNAP participants living in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where access to healthy food choices can be limited,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to being able to bring the benefits of the online market to low-income Americans participating in SNAP.”

The program so far only includes Amazon customers in Maryland, New Jersey, and New York, but USDA said it anctipates additional retailers to be included in the future when the pilot phase is successfully completed.

The selected firms for the pilot program include:

  • Amazon – Maryland, New Jersey, New York
  • FreshDirect – New York
  • Safeway – Maryland, Oregon, Washington,
  • ShopRite – Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
  • Hy-Vee, Inc. – Iowa
  • Hart’s Local Grocers – New York (based in Rochester)
  • Dash’s Market – New York (based in Buffalo)

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Meghan Tucker (NEW YORK) — One woman is set to tackle an amazing feat — running seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents.

That accomplishment would be amazing in itself. But for BethAnn Telford, who says she continues battling brain cancer, the task is awe-inspiring.

Telford, 47, said she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005. After “several brain surgeries,” she told ABC News that she still has active cancer cells in her body that affect her in a number of ways.

She said hasn’t driven in 12 years because she has seizures often “and I have no sight in my left eye.” Her brain cancer also affected her bladder, she said, which led to a surgery for a major bladder augmentation.

Telford said her bladder is one of the things she has to really keep an eye on when participating in the 2017 World Marathon Challenge that has 33 participants from 13 different countries competing. Over the seven days, they’ll each spend 59 hours in flight spanning more than 23,600 miles.

“My bladder can only hold a shot glass of liquid,” she explained. “I self catheter so when I go to the bathroom … during the marathons, I just don’t go into the jiffy pot. I have to keep it clean and sterilized.”

The first marathon is in Union Glacier, Antarctica, on Jan. 23. Telford and the other competitors will then run in Chile, the United States, Spain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Telford knows she won’t be the first to cross the finish line. For Telford, her participation is much bigger than winning.

Telford, who started running marathons 15 years ago, said she’s running to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. It’s especially important for her to invest in children.

“Since I wasn’t able to have kids, I’ve ‘adopted’ hundreds and hundreds of children [with pediatric cancer] where I’ve tried to instill in them, and their families, that there’s hope,” she said. “Their last stop is the hospital. They don’t come home with their parents, unfortunately, and it saddens me that we can’t find a cure.”

During the marathons, Telford said she’ll be running with pictures of those children clipped to her race belt. She’ll also be wearing New Balance running shoes, decorated by the children.

“I know that when I look down, these kids are with me and that’s what’s going to get me through this,” Telford said.

The government worker, who lives in Washington, D.C., has been training four times a day to prepare for these races.

“I wake up at 3:30 in the morning, run, or I do core strength training,” she detailed. After going to work, she’ll finish the day by doing yoga or swimming.

Since 2005, Telford said she’s raised more than $835,000. But with these series of marathons she hopes to cross the million-dollar mark.

She’ll be donating the funds she raises to a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, co-founded by Steve and Jean Case. Steve Case is also known for co-founding AOL.

“It means so much to the entire brain tumor community across the world because what BethAnn is doing is raising awareness about this devastating disease,” Nicola Beddow, Director of Communications and Partnerships for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, told ABC News. “And then she’s also raising dollars for research; we invest in cutting-edge research to develop new treatments for brain cancer because sadly they’re just not enough right now.”

Along with raising money, the marathoner wants to spread hope. The word “hope” is so important to her that she has it tattooed on her left inner wrist.

“This is not a tough endeavor for me. It sounds like it is, but the toughest thing in my life to date, at 47, is telling my mother and father that their child has brain cancer,” Telford said.

“Nothing compares to that — going through chemo, brain surgeries, and even [facing] death,” she continued. “I know I can do this. It’s just one step in front of the other.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The rise of drug-resistant bacterial “superbugs” have been a concern of public health officials for years, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a worse-case scenario — a woman with a bacterial infection that was resistant to all Food and Drug Adminstration-approved treatments.

A Nevada woman died in September after being infected with type of drug-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella pneumonaiae that was resistant to all antibiotics available in the U.S., the CDC reported on Friday.

The woman was in her 70’s when she arrived at the hospital in August 2016 with signs of sepsis. She had been in India years before and had been treated for a broken leg and bone infection, according to the CDC. After doing tests, her doctors found the bacteria — which belonged to a class of drug-resistant bugs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) — were resistant to all forms of FDA-approved antibiotics. The patient died in September after going into septic shock, according to the CDC.

The woman’s extremely rare infection has focused attention on the increasing problems surrounding these drug-resistant infections and the lack of antibiotics available to treat them.

Fewer New Antibiotics Being Developed

No matter how effective an antibiotic is at killing bacteria, new drugs will be needed as the bacteria mutate and grow more resistant to the existing drugs.

“Antibiotic resistance occurs as part of a natural evolution process, it can be significantly slowed but not stopped,” the CDC notes on its website. “New antibiotics will always be needed to keep up with resistant bacteria as well as new diagnostic tests to track the development of resistance.”

However, the number of drug applications for novel antibiotics being developed by pharmaceutical companies have been dropping steadily over the last three decades, according to the CDC.

From 1980 to 1984, there were nearly 20 FDA drug applications approved for new antibiotics, but from 2005 to 2009, there were fewer than five applications approved, according to the CDC.

In 2013, the CDC said developing new antibiotics and new diagnostic tests was one of its four core actions to stop antibiotic-resistant infections from increasing.

CRE Infections Are an ‘Urgent Threat’

In 2013, CDC characterized CRE infections as an “urgent” threat, meaning the bacteria is an “immediate public health threat that requires urgent and aggressive action.”

The bacteria cause 9,000 drug-resistant infections per year and 600 related deaths, according to the CDC.

While most drug-resistant CRE bacteria are still susceptible to one or more antibiotic, in the infection of the woman in her 70’s reported by the CDC, the bacteria was resistant to all FDA-approved antibiotics, an extremely rare event.

CRE include common bacteria such as E.coli and Klebsiella bacteria.

Doctors Can Attempt to Treat Even Drug-Resistant Infections

When a patient has a drug-resistant bacteria, doctors will sometimes have to use harsher antibiotics or high dosages in order to try and fight the infection.

If a patient has a drug-resistant infection, doctors will work with a lab to test different doses of various antibiotics in an effort to overwhelm and kill the bacteria, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

However, antibiotics can be taxing on the patient, especially if they are older and with underlying medical conditions.

“This is the kind of calculation you do with every patient,” Schaffner said. “Patients with underlying illnesses present a certain kind of challenge.”

The CDC authors reported that an intravenous version of an antibiotic called fosfomycin is available in other countries but not for use in the U.S. It’s unclear if the patient’s doctors attempted to get an FDA exemption to use the drug and treat the patient.

Long Exposure to Antibiotics and Long Hospital Stays Can Be Dangerous

While this recently reported case is frightening, it is also unusual. The patient had been in and out of hospitals in India for two years after fracturing the large femur bone in her leg and developing a bone infection.

Long hospitals stays, especially in India, and exposure to different antibiotics can increase the likelihood of eventually developing a drug-resistant bacterial infection. As travel around the globe is becoming easier, it’s increasingly important for doctors to find out where their patients may have acquired an infection, Schaffner said.

“India has a notorious reputation for this [type of bacteria,]” he noted. “Travel-related questions are becoming much more important … and just reinforce that we are a very small world.”

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

Are female doctors better than their male counterparts?

In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Harvard researchers looked at whether female doctors outperformed male doctors. The study’s authors concluded that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die each year if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians.

The reason? They’re not exactly sure, but here’s my take:

As a patient, I don’t care whether my doctor is a man or a woman as long as he or she is smart and kind. And as a doctor, I think that excellent medical care should be blind to gender or sex. However, if it is discovered that women use different communication or nurturing skills and that can be shown to save lives, then that would be a target in teaching and training new and current physicians.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New research from Brigham Young University scientists suggests that not all people taking selfies are narcissists. In fact, there are three main types, the researchers discovered: Communicators, Autobiographers, and Self-Publicists.

Communicators, “take selfies primarily to engage their friends, family or followers in a conversation,” according to the published study.

“They’re all about two-way communication,” explained coauthor and current student Maureen “Mo” Elinzano. See also: Anne Hathaway’s “I voted” selfie snaps on Instagram.

Autobiographers, “use selfies as a tool to record key events in their lives and preserve significant memories.” Such users, “want others to see their photos, they aren’t necessarily seeking the feedback.”

One example includes, NASA astronaut Scott Kelley, “who returned to Earth in 2016 after a year in space, chronicled his trip with a number of epic shots, including a full-blown space-suit selfie.”

Self-publicists, are the ones we usually think about when it comes to selfie snappers, but it’s, “actually the smallest of the three groups,” researchers say.

“They are the people who love documenting their entire lives…hoping to present themselves and their stories in a positive light,” said coauthor Harper Anderson. Examples abound — from Kardashians to your standard duck-facing party people.

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Alo Ceballos/GC Images(NEW YORK) — A couple of weeks after welcoming her first child, Dancing With the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd took to Instagram to get real about her post-baby body.

Murgatroyd and her fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy welcomed son Shai Aleksander on Jan. 4.

“Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most,” she wrote, alongside a picture of her proudly displaying her body.

She continued, “The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it’s time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey.”

Murgatroyd, 30, also added in a hashtag that “shaiiswortheverypound.”

The Dancing duo announced their engagement in December 2015. Six months later, they revealed they were expecting their first child, whom they welcomed earlier this month.

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— Maksim Chmerkovskiy (@MaksimC) January 4, 2017

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While Republicans move forward with efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, President-elect Donald Trump has no plans to cut Medicare or Social Security, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday on This Week.

“That’s his position and that’s the position that he’s going to be taking. There are no plans in President-elect Trump’s policies moving forward to touch Medicare and Social Security,” Priebus told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

When Stephanopoulos asked about Medicaid, noting that “repealing Obamacare would cut Medicaid,” Priebus said, “Those are things that we’re going to be discussing over the next several weeks.”

“Certainly Obamacare is something that isn’t very popular around the country,” he said. “It’s not working … All of the promises of Obamacare, all of those shiny objects that were sold in Christmas in 2009 didn’t come true.”

Priebus continued that, “People voted for Donald Trump. They want to repeal and replace Obamacare. And we will. And we will cover those folks that are on Obamacare that need to be covered. But at the same time, we’re going to find ways to lower prices, allow people to choose better doctors, and have a lot more freedom when it comes to health care.”

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Courtesy Caitlin Fladager(NEW YORK) — A Canadian dad has decided to take his 3-year-old daughter out on monthly dates so she knows how she should be treated.

It all started last week when Noah Slomski, a father of two from Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted to take daughter Arianna out for cake and ice cream at Afterthoughts Dessert Restaurant.

Slomski’s wife of nearly three years, Caitlin Fladager, wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that her husband even helped “pick out a dress for her to wear, got a little purse ready for her, held the door open for her and made her feel like a princess.”

“She loved it [and] was so happy when she got home,” Fladager, 23, wrote of the date, which the restaurant confirmed to ABC News. “She will always know how she deserves to be treated because her dad sets such a high example.”

Fladager also posted photos from the outing, with more than 68,000 people “liking” it and more than 42,000 people “sharing” it on Facebook.

Slomski, 22, told ABC News he decided to make their “date” a monthly outing “so I can spend more time with her. We typically spend a lot of time together when I’m home from work anyway, but not just the two of us.”

The father of two hopes it will help facilitate more bonding with his daughter. He and his wife also have a 1-year-old son named Jack.

“All bonding time is good for strengthening a parent-child relationship, and time spent that differs from the usual routine is always enjoyable,” he said.

His wife agrees that the date night has already improved their relationship “very much.”

Fladager added that Arianna was “always very close to her dad, but I feel like they have an even tighter bond now.”

Although Slomski doesn’t have next month’s date “set in stone right now,” he hopes to plan a dinner or a brunch for his little girl.

He’s most looking forward to “splitting a milkshake, just little things like that.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Audrey Doering and Gracie Rainsberry, twin sisters separated at birth, are warming the hearts of millions after they reunited for the first time Wednesday on Good Morning America.

The video of the identical 10-year-old girls tearfully embracing was viewed 11 million times on Facebook.

“I am so amazed that so many people have watched it,” Audrey’s mom Jennifer Doering told ABC News. “I am so glad we are able to share this with others. For us, it’s amazing. There’s been an outpouring of true love for our family.”

Audrey and Gracie were separated at birth in China, and then adopted by two different American families who lived hundreds of miles apart.

When Doering became curious about her daughter’s past, she learned through a Chinese researcher that Audrey had a twin, Gracie, who had also been adopted and brought to the U.S. She eventually found Nicole Rainsberry, Gracie’s mother, on Facebook.

Before reuniting face-to-face on “GMA,” the twins used Facetime to communicate.

Shortly after the meeting, Gracie said she was feeling excited and happy.

“It’s very overwhelming,” she said.

Audrey said, “It felt like there was somebody missing.”

“Now, it’s complete,” she added.

Doering said the heartfelt moment almost “didn’t feel real.”

“I was similar to them, overwhelmed,” she said. “I [was] so happy that they were together, finally.”

After their appearance on the show, the two families saw “School of Rock” on Broadway, visited the bright lights of Times Square and enjoyed dinner at Planet Hollywood.

The night ended with a hotel sleepover party between Audrey, Gracie and Gracie’s older sister Chloe, 13.

“They really do have similar interests and tastes in a lot of stuff they do,” Doering said. “As we go on we’ll see it more and more. It’s like someone you’ve always known and they go right together.”

The Doerings and Rainsberrys will vacation in San Diego together in March and have the girls visit one another over the summer, Doering said.

A friend of the Doering family set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of both families. The money raised will go towards travel expenses so the girls can continue to see each other.

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Hillary Gardner (BALDWYN, Miss.) — A newborn baby has created a birthday trifecta after being born on the exact same month and day as his mother and father.

“I think we forgot it was our birthday because we were just so excited, thinking about him coming,” mom Hillary Gardner, of Baldwyn, Mississippi, told ABC News. “Luke’s mom had a cake already made for us and when she found out Cade was going to be born, she went back and had his name put on the cake.”

First-time parents Hillary and Luke Gardner, both 27, met at Mississippi College seven years ago.

The two later transferred to Mississippi State University together before marrying on Nov. 10, 2012.

Luke Gardner told ABC News that after meeting Hillary, he immediately realized that they shared a Dec. 18 birthday after viewing her Facebook profile online. They’ve been celebrating their big day together ever since tying the not, Hillary said.

“I was born at 8:10 in the morning and Luke was born at 2:10 p.m.,” she added. “I always joke that I get to celebrate the whole morning and he only gets after lunch.”

When Hillary became pregnant, her obstetrician, Rachel Garner, gave her a due date of Dec. 19.

Hillary went into labor on Dec. 17 at 2:30 a.m. As the hours ticked by, the couple said they knew their son would come into the world the same day they did.

“She was 4 centimeters dilated and I said, ‘Yup it’s going to happen,'” Luke recalled. “Everybody at the hospital was going crazy. They couldn’t believe it.”

Cade Lee Gardner was born on Dec. 18 at 10:01 a.m. He was 8 pounds, 1 ounce, at Mississippi Medical Center-Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.

Dr. Rachel Garner told ABC News that the coincidence is a “remarkable” one.

“Hillary actually never told me that her and her husband’s birthdays were coming up so it was completely by chance that it happened,” Garner said. “I thought that was pretty special.”

As for future birthday celebrations, the Gardners said from now on it’s Cade’s show.

“We realize it’s not about us anymore,” Luke said. “We’ll have the corner of the cake, probably.”

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