Dozens of people hospitalized during 2017 Sunset Music Festival

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Dozens were hospitalized amid blazing temperatures during an electronic dance music festival in Florida, despite efforts by organizers to keep people cool and hydrated.

Tampa Fire Rescue Department Public Information Officer Jason Penny told ABC News that a total of 32 people were transported to hospitals on Saturday from the 2017 Sunset Music Festival at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, nearly 10 more people than last year.

Another 65 patients were treated on site Saturday, Penny said. Those who ended up at the hospital were treated for non-life-threatening issues, including dehydration and intoxication, he added.

Authorities are awaiting final numbers of those hospitalized on Sunday.

This year, organizers offered free water bottles and set up water stations, canopies and a cooling area at the two-day event, where more than 50,000 people were expected to attend. The additions were made after two people died last year from apparent overdoses while dozens of others were hospitalized, according to according to ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa.

Temperatures in Tampa reached a high of 91 degrees Fahrenheit over Memorial Day weekend, a few degrees hotter than last year, according to forecasters.

In addition to hospitalizations, there were 30 felony arrests and 16 misdemeanor arrests at the festival, Tampa Police Department Public Information Officer Stephen Hegarty told ABC News.

That’s 13 more arrests than last year, WFTS-TV reported.

There were also 47 ejections from the festival and five citations for possession of marijuana.

But overall, there were no major criminal incidents on either day of the festival, Hegarty said.

The lineup for this year’s Sunset Music Festival included electronic musical trios Major Lazer and Above & Beyond.

"Obviously this is a rave scene, but not everybody does drugs," Rashad Arjomand, who attended the festival, told WFTS-TV. "Some of us like to come out here and party."

Festival organizers did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

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Big jump in tick population could spell trouble this summer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Scientists are issuing a new warning about ticks, saying this year could mark a big jump in their population.

In fact, it could be one of the worst years yet. The news comes as we approach summer and more Americans head outdoors.

So why is this year in particular projected to be bad? Watch the ABC News report below to find out:

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How gene testing can prevent breast cancer at the earliest stages

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Could a vaccine prevent breast cancer?

HeritX, a global research organization focused solely on preventing inherited cancers, says about 10 to 20 percent of cancer patients have inherited cancer and its using the BRCA gene as a key. The gene is hereditary and results in an 86 percent chance of getting breast cancer. It also puts carriers at risk for ovarian cancer.

The group says they're not working on a cure but prevention, and it's hoping to create a vaccine in the next 10 years to prevent BRCA-positive breast cancer from ever occurring.

For more on the potential vaccine, watch the report below from ABC News' Linsey Davis:

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Your Body: Are dairy-free diets a good way to go?

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

It seems more young adults are dialing back on dairy -- and that may not be a good thing.

The National Osteoporosis Society recently looked at nearly 300 patients under the age of 25 and found that 20 percent of them had been cutting back or completely eliminating dairy from their diet, in part because of advice they had read from bloggers.

But if you’re going to eliminate milk and other dairy products from your diet, it’s important to supplement your diet with other calcium-rich foods.

We still have a lot to learn about nutritional science but after getting a degree in nutrition, I’ve come to the opinion that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to eating, nutrition and the links to health and disease. Also, we can’t look at diet, health or disease in a vacuum. Dairy-free may be good for one thing but bad for another.

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Alabama quadruplets graduate high school together

WBMA(NEW YORK) -- A set of quadruplets graduated high school in Alabama, making their mother's dream for them come true.

Taylor, Tanner, Anniston and Thompson Payne -- known locally as the "Payne Quads" -- are actually the second set of quadruplets to graduate in Chilton County, Alabama. But they are the first in the county to graduate together, according to the school district.

The Payne Quads made news on Oct. 13, 1998 when they became the first set of quadruplets delivered at Brookwood Women's Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Their mother, Christie Payne, said doctors told her the chances that she would carry all four babies to term were small. She prepared herself for the worst.

"First they saw one and then they saw two, then we started to get excited," Christie Payne told ABC-affiliate WBMA. "And then they saw three. Then, we became a little nervous. And by the time we saw the fourth one, we were really nervous."

Christie Payne and her husband Brian Payne said they rejoiced after all four babies were born and have celebrated their children's lives fully.

"Every single year, we each got our own cake," Tanner Payne told WBMA. "We've never done just a single birthday."

As high school graduation day approached, their father started to get nostalgic.

"I've always told them [on] graduation night, your bags are going to be on the carport," Brian Payne said. "But the closer I get, the more I worry."

"I just want them to know how much we love them, how hard we tried to get them here, and what miracles they really are," Christie Payne said. "And that they mean the world to us."

The Isabella High School graduation ceremony took place on Thursday. Anniston and Thompson are going to college, while Tanner and Taylor plan to start working.

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Grandmother celebrated in photo shoot after battling cancer

Ashley Larson(NICEVILLE, Florida) -- Ashley Larson was having such a hard time coping with her mother's cancer diagnosis that she stopped doing one of the things she loves most: photography.

"I've been shooting since I was a kid," Larson, 27, told ABC News. "But when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was having a hard time coping with it. I stopped taking photography clients. My heart just wasn't in it anymore."

Larson's mom, Diane Willoughby, was diagnosed with breast cancer last May.

Willoughby, 57, who has four children including Larson, told ABC News that she "didn't really know what to think" after the diagnosis.

"At first, everybody around me was reacting," she said, adding that even the technician at the doctor's office was "in tears." "I had to comfort her. ... It was kind of like that throughout the whole thing."

Willoughby, who lives in Niceville, Florida, endured six rounds of intense chemotherapy over four months and underwent a double mastectomy.

During Willoughby's treatment, Larson got an idea that she thought might help her deal with her mother's illness. She said she decided to photograph her own 3-year-old daughter, Scout, dressed up as "strong, fierce women" such as Adele, Frida Kahlo, Carrie Fisher, Betty White and Ellen DeGeneres.

"I really wanted for me and Scout both to be reminded how strong women are," Larson said.

Then when Willoughby was declared cancer-free earlier this month, Larson wanted to mark the occasion with her another photo shoot. Willoughby said she was immediately on board.

"I thought it was a wonderful creative way to work through what she was having to do deal with," the mother said of her photographer daughter. "It seemed to be affecting everyone more than it did me."

The 10-minute photo shoot, held earlier this month, featured Scout and Willoughby wearing almost-matching T-shirts. Willoughby's read, "I am cancer free. Let's party!" while Scout's declared, "Nonnie is cancer free."

Willoughby said her daughter got wonderful photos in no time.

"Ashley is an amazing photographer," Willoughby said. "It took her a matter of seconds."

And for Larson, the photos were cathartic.

"I was so happy that my mom let me do it because she does not like the spotlight. She’s so selfless," she said.

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Video: Kayaker attacked by great white shark

iStock/Thinkstock(MONTEREY, Calif.) -- A great white shark attacked a scuba diver's kayak 100 yards off the coast of Monterey, California, and lived to tell the tale.

The shark is seen on video in March, chomping on the boat and circling kayaker Brian Correiar.

Correiar used his GPS to call for help and began to swim to shore. A family in a sailboat was able to eventually rescue the diver.

“It was like a horror movie,” Correiar said in a interview with National Geographic. “The shark came toward me, dropped the kayak, then dove straight down below me where I couldn’t see it.”

Watch the encounter on video below.

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Virginia high school features student's service dog in yearbook for a touching reason

AJ Schalk(NEW YORK) -- One school made sure that a student's furry friend was remembered in the yearbook.

Andrew "AJ" Schalk, 16, a junior at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, goes to school every day with his service dog, Alpha.

Schalk told ABC News that he and Alpha, a black Labrador, were paired Jan. 2, 2014, after Schalk was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on July 9, 2009.

Getting Alpha was a community affair, as Schalk had to raise $25,000 to get his dog trained properly, and leaned on his classmates along with his parents' co-workers and friends.

He said of Alpha, "He can predict 20 to 40 minutes before my blood sugar goes low or high, and that saves me from huge blood sugar spikes and drops and also benefits my health overall."

So when Alpha was finally able to accompany Schalk at Stafford High starting last year, he said, the students "were so excited to see him in the hallways," adding that students had been hearing about him for years, thanks to multiple fundraisers.

The students took to Alpha so much, they wanted to include him in the 2017 yearbook.

Schalk recalled the students "loved the idea of having him in there because he's been such a big part of the Stafford community. It was so easy to get him in."

Principal Joseph Lewis said in a statement to ABC News that including Alpha in the yearbook "was just fun to do."

"Beyond this, Alpha is just a part of everyday school life here at Stafford High School, as much as any student is," the statement continued.

Schalk said he loved the way Alpha's photo turned out, with his head barely in the box.

"It's quite funny," he said. "I love it."

Schalk said it's important for his community to know that not only is Alpha a "great companion" but also that "he's saved my life before."

"Service dogs are very important, and Alpha has had a great benefit in my life," he said. "You wouldn't think that having a disability is a blessing ... but Alpha has turned a disability into a much more positive experience for me."

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The GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts could leave millions of women uninsured 

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican health care bill currently making its way through Congress could have a major impact on how many people have access to health services through Medicaid --changes that would fall disproportionately on women.

Today, more than 17 million women in the U.S. aged 18 to 64 have health insurance because of Medicaid, according to data from the National Women’s Law Center. Nearly a fourth of these women gained access to health insurance for the first time as a result of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed in 2010.

Just within the first two years of expansion, nearly four million women were newly insured through Medicaid between 2013 and 2015 -- women who are now at risk of losing health care coverage.

The Republican plan, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), could reverse these gains since the bill proposes drastic cuts to Medicaid. The safety-net program is projected to lose over $800 billion over 10 years, according to a newly released report from Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Women, who are the primary beneficiaries of Medicaid, could be the hardest hit by these changes. In 2015 alone, nearly four million more women were using Medicaid than men according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Medicaid is a critical lifeline to health care services,” said Alina Salganicoff, vice president and director of women's health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Now, nearly one in five women have Medicaid coverage and anything you do to change Medicaid will impact women in this country, especially the women who have the fewest resources to get care.”

Medicaid expansion under the ACA discarded "categorical" eligibility -- where low-income individuals only qualified if they were pregnant, a parent of a dependent child, over age 65, or had a disability—in favor of criteria solely based on income. For the first time, it allowed low income women without children to gain access to health insurance.

Expansion was adopted by 31 states and the District of Columbia, and according to the National Women’s Law Center, these states saw the biggest leaps in Medicaid enrollment for women aged 18–64.

The CBO estimates that under the AHCA, Medicaid expansion would no longer be sustainable, with states curtailing their programs or choosing not to expand eligibility due to the lack of funds. By 2018 the CBO estimates that 4 million people will lose coverage with that number steadily increasing to 14 million by 2026.

The dramatic losses in insurance coverage are primarily driven by changes to Medicaid enrollment and funding under the legislation, according to the CBO. The AHCA would cut federal funds to match state budgets and place caps on the amount that can be spent for each Medicaid user.

Instead, the new bill proposes a system of block grants in which fixed amounts of money are doled out to states, allowing them to tailor health care services offered to their local populations.

“We believe that it's important to allow states to have that flexibility to fashion the program for their vulnerable population that actually responds to that population in a way that gives them the authority, them the choices, them the opportunity to gain coverage and the care that they believe most appropriate,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price during a White House press briefing in March.

But Dr. Diane Cosper Horvath, a reproductive health advocacy fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health disagrees, saying that the cuts to Medicaid would be “catastrophic to health care in our country.”

“When Medicaid gets cut, the people that are hurt the most are women,” she said. “Women who are heads of households, single mothers. People who are struggling to make ends meet, they lose insurance coverage and risk not being healthy enough to work and not being able to maintain their health well enough to care for their families.”

Since its inception in 1965, Medicaid has become a linchpin in America’s health safety net, especially for low-income women. The program is an important protection for vulnerable populations, providing coverage for nearly half of reproductive aged women living below the federal poverty line according to the Guttmacher Institute. Women of color are also more likely to rely on Medicaid -- the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in four African American and Latina women using the program.

Medicaid provides access to a broad range of services integral to a women's health across her lifespan, including reproductive health care, maternity care, family planning, mental health, preventive cancer screenings, and treatment services.

Horvath, a practicing physician, has personally witnessed how health insurance can be the difference between life or death for many women. She recalls a patient from her early days of training: a young woman in her early forties who came to the hospital with advanced cervical cancer— a cancer that had progressed so far that not even a year later, she died, leaving three children behind.

Years ago, this woman had an abnormal Pap smear, but “she was too poor to buy insurance through work, but made too much to qualify for Medicaid,” said Horvath. Her patient would likely have been eligible for Medicaid under the current law.

Without insurance, this woman never sought out more medical care and succumbed to an illness that is eminently preventable, Horvath said.

“I think about how life would’ve been different for her if she was able to come in and get routine health care, it would have saved her life," Horvath said.

With millions of women at risk of losing access to health care, Horvath views the cuts to Medicaid as a part of a larger trend to disadvantage women.

“It’s a clear pattern of de-prioritizing women's health, reproductive health, and health and well-being of families,” she said. “This is really an assault on families in this country, low-income individuals, people of color. It’s terrifying.”

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Summer health hazards to watch out for during Memorial Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With Memorial Day signaling the unofficial kick-off to summer, everyone may be ready to enjoy some fun. But the season can also mean increased risk for a few health hazards like sunburns, spoiled foods and insect bites.

Here's a rundown of the top summer hazards and how to avoid them.


One of the best parts of the summer is finally being able to bask in the sun. But too much sun can obviously lead to an uncomfortable and unsightly sunburn.

To enjoy the sun safely, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should have an SPF of 30 or higher.

Experts also advise seeking shade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the sun's rays are the strongest.

Water can amplify the sun's rays, so be extra careful at the beach or the pool. And be sure to reapply sun block every two hours or after taking a dip.

Spoiled Food

The start of summer means the start of outdoor dining season, including barbecues and picnics. But, food that sits in the sun can go bad quickly.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a handy guide on how to keep food safe from spoilage. Any perishable foods should not sit outside for more than two hours. If the temperature creeps up over 90 degrees, food should be put back in the fridge or cooler after one hour.

Grilled meats should be checked with a meat thermometer to ensure they've reached a safe temperature.

Insect-Born Diseases

Insect bites aren't just a nuisance anymore. The rise of the Zika virus last year and the ongoing spread of Lyme disease have drawn attention to real health risks from insect-born diseases in the U.S.

In the northeast, deer ticks can spread Lyme disease via bites. The disease can cause serious symptoms like fever, rash or infection of the heart and nervous system if untreated. The tiny insects are also known to spread Rocky Mountain spotted fever and an extremely rare disease called Powassan virus that can cause neurological symptoms including brain swelling.

In addition to ticks, mosquitoes have been known to spread a few dangerous illnesses including the Zika virus. This year there has been no local spread of the Zika virus in the U.S. yet, but people traveling to areas where the virus was spread previously may want to take extra precautions.

To avoid bites from ticks, mosquitoes and other insects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise wearing long sleeves and pants when in the wilderness. Additionally, the agency recommends using bug spray with ingredients such as DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil. The Environmental Protection Agency has a database of insect repellents to help consumers choose the best bug spray for their situations.

More information on avoiding bug bites can be found here.

Safety on the Road

Summer means plenty of travel, including road trips for many families. The AAA estimates that as many as 39 million Americans may take to the road on Memorial Day weekend.

Because of increased traffic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises taking extra care when getting behind the wheel during the summer months.

Before hitting the road, make sure the vehicle is in good working order. Check for recalls on vehicles and their parts, have a tune-up and check tires and car batteries.

Take an emergency roadside kit, complete with cellphone and charger, in case of distress.

On the drive, make sure everyone is buckled properly, share the road with other drivers and stay alert.

As always, don't drink and drive. The NHTSA estimated that in 2015 there was one fatality related to drunk driving every 51 minutes.

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