FDA Investigating Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Cucumbers

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The FDA is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella linked to cucumbers.

The cucumbers, supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce are grown in Baja, Mexico and are sometimes referred to as "slicer" or "American" cucumbers.

The CDC says at least 285 people in 27 states have been infected by the strain.

The San Diego-based Andrew and Williamson say the cucumbers are often sold in in a black, green, yellow, and craft colored carton which reads “Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers.”

Several state health and agriculture departments are collecting leftover cucumbers from grocery stores and restaurants where illnesses were reported.

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Baby's Mind is Completely Blown Learning About the Miracle of Life

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The miracle of life is incredible. It’ll blow your mind. But imagine explaining that to a baby.

That’s exactly what Jason Silva, the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel's Brain Games, did on Sept. 1 to a tiny baby girl whose mind was completely blown hearing about all of life’s complexities.

“Somehow, like literally, a piece of software melded together, fused, and then it started to turn itself into like a living, breathing, like a steak with a brain,” Silva explains to the perplexed baby in the adorable YouTube video. “You’re like a piece of meat that grew up inside your mother. You’re like a wetware android, and now, you’re grasping all this amazing information as you map and model the world.”

“You’re growing, you’re learning, you’re expanding, you’re slowing emerging as a thinking being,” he continued. “And it’s like ‘Oh my god,’ this is what it’s like to be a mind. I mean you’re transcendent. You’re transcendent. But you’re also made of flesh so it’s like holding you.”

Apparently, this entire super casual conversation began while Silva was hanging out at his friend’s house, having their “usual mind-jam,” when the precious little girl, nicknamed Laniakea, which means immeasurable heaven, awoke from her nap.

“His wife brought the baby outside, and at one point I got to hold her for a few minutes,” Silva, the creator of the digital series Shots of Awe, told ABC News. “Maybe it was the existential vibe of the conversation we had going, but I decided to start having a real chat with the baby and my friend caught me in the moment, and started recording with his iPhone. Minutes later we laughed at the video and decided it would be fun to post on Facebook. The rest is history.”

The video now has more than 21 million views and nearly 237,000 shares on Facebook.

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Family Alleges Pest Fumigation Left Boy Severely Injured

iStock/Thinkstock(PALM CITY, Fla.) -- The family of a 10-year-old boy said he had to be rushed to the hospital where he has remained for weeks after being exposed to fumigation chemicals in their house.

The family of Peyton McCaughey said that after their home in Palm City, Florida, was fumigated in August, multiple family members became ill but Peyton had the most severe reaction.

"He was having some uncontrollable muscle movements, couldn't stand up, couldn't speak, so they took him to a local walk-in and the doctor quickly recognized it was probably poisoning from a treatment," Peyton's uncle, Ed Gribben told local ABC News TV affiliate WPBF.

Gribben told ABC News that the boy's symptoms have been so severe he's remained in a Miami hospital for weeks and even had to spend his 10th birthday in a hospital bed on Thursday.

The family said they are now working with a Florida law firm to investigate the incident and determine if they will file a lawsuit against the company that performed the fumigation, a sub-contractor of Terminix.

"There's lots of things to cover and we're not at the 50 yard line," said Greg Martini, director of public relations at the Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath law firm, which is working with the family. "Investigating all aspects from what parties were involved to what chemicals were involved."

After the McCaughey family returned home after their house was fumigated by Terminix's sub-contractor on Aug. 16, they started to feel ill, the family told WPBF, adding that Peyton's symptoms continued to worsen until they took him to a hospital.

"Life as he's known it has been stolen from him. It's not going to be the same," Gribben said, who described his nephew as an athletic and outgoing boy who loves sports.

He declined to go into detail with ABC News about Peyton's current condition.

A spokesman for Terminix told ABC News on Friday that the company is reviewing the incident.

The gas that is normally used for fumigation is sulfuryl fluoride, the company spokesman said.

"We were saddened to learn of this and our hearts are with the family. We are carefully reviewing the matter," the spokesman said.

Dr. Shan Yin, the medical director of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Control, said cases of pesticide poisoning due to fumigation is incredibly rare. Exposure to sulfuryl fluoride, an odorless gas, can lead to symptoms including dizziness, headache or vomiting in mild cases, Yin noted.

In severe cases it "can cause seizures and can cause neurologic symptoms," Yin told ABC News.

If a person starts to have symptoms, Yin said they should immediately get out of the house and seek medical treatment.

"Because there's no antidote and no specific treatment, you need to get out of the environment," Yin said of how doctors handle pesticide exposures.

Poison control centers in the U.S. reported 91,940 calls in 2010 related to pesticide exposures in general, according to the University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Walmart Apologizes to Mom for Refusing Breast-Feeding Photos

Courtesy Whitney Walters(KNOXVILLE, Iowa) -- Walmart has apologized to an Iowa mom for refusing to print photos of her breast-feeding her children.

"I was furious and I was also embarrassed," Whitney Walters of Knoxville, Iowa, told ABC News on Friday. "It was humiliating. I had four girls with me and I had to sit there and explain to my eight-year-old daughter why they weren't able to print baby and breast-feeding pictures."

Walters, a mother of five, said she placed an order two weeks ago to have pictures of her kids processed through the retail giant’s 24-hour photo service.

"I'm an amateur photographer and I like to scrapbook for all the kids," she said. "The pictures are of my child who is now 6, and I'm trying to get her baby scrapbook done.

"When I went into the store, I had four of my children with me," Walters added. "There was a sticky note on the envelope of photos saying that they needed to refund three of the photos."

When she approached an employee asking why the photos hadn't been printed, Walters said, she was told the images violated their terms of service.

Angry and upset, Walters said she then went home and called Walmart's corporate office to fight the issue.

"The first lady I spoke to said it did not violate the terms and she apologized," she said. "She told me she submitted a ticket and I would hear back in three days.

"When I got the call, he [an employee] told me that the photos did violate the terms," Walters added. "I asked him, "If that's the case, why out of the 120 photos did they print two of the breast-feeding photos and not the others?' He couldn't give me an answer."

Walters said she decided to take her story to an Iowa news station, which then prompted Walmart to settle the incident once and for all.

"Eventually, I was contacted by the main manager of the store after the news story posted" she said. "He apologized. He said, basically, the terms of service were open to interpretation and this person [an employee] interpreted it to violating the terms."

In addition to an apology, Walters said the store issued her a $25 gift card.

"We welcome customers to print nursing photos at our stores, just as we welcome them to nurse in our stores," a Walmart representative told ABC News. "We have apologized directly to the customer and offered to print those photos for her."

Walters said she is no longer upset with Walmart and hopes it considers adding a note to the terms of service indicating that breast-feeding photos are acceptable.

"Unfortunately, I think there's a large stigma in our society against breast-feeding," she said. "Breast-feeding is a part of their childhood and deeming their memories inappropriate has to be stopped. No one should ever have to feel that type of humiliation."

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Missouri Toddler Battling Cancer Receives Heartwarming 'Get Well' Message Outside Hospital Window

Ginger Keith(ST. LOUIS) — A small, yet extremely kind gesture, made one family's day when a group of ironworkers sent a "get well soon" message to their little girl battling cancer just outside her hospital window.

"I thought it was amazing and the coolest thing ever," said mom Ginger Keith told ABC News. "I just thought it was really sweet that they would take the time to do that. I know they are working really hard to get things going, but it was really cool what they did for all those kids and for her.

"I took a bunch of pictures of it and sent them a box of pastries."

Keith of Arnold Missouri said her two-year-old daughter Vivian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Feb. 18.

Since then, the toddler has been receiving treatment at St. Louis Children's Hospital in St. Louis, where her mother said she spends most of her time looking out the window at the workers down below.

"The construction is actually a building that will attach to the children's hospital," Keith said. "She [Vivian] likes to play on the cot up against the window. One day she was waving and we noticed them trying to get our attention."

As Vivian and her family looked out, they noticed a metal beam that read the message 'get well soon.'

St. Louis Children's Hospital"At two-and-a-half she doesn’t know what it means," Keith said. "But it was important for the other kids in the hospital who are looking out their windows as well. We told her [Vivian], 'They want you to get better so you can go home' and she said ‘Yea I go home.'"

Greg Combs, a father of two, said he and his fellow ironman, Travis, wrote the note for Vivian and the other children at the hospital to see.

"We see the kids waving at us and stuff," he said. "She was waving at us and making faces. She was sweet and made us smile. We wrote 'get well soon' on the crane and put it passed her window. I guess we made her day that's the most important thing."

On Aug. 29, Combs met the Keith family in Vivian's hospital room where Ginger Keith was able to thank him in person.

"They just said they did it because they'd stop, realize where they are, and see all the kids waving," Keith said. "I guess Greg really took an interest in Vivian.

"He said he saw this little girl in the window and when she wasn't there, he missed her and I thought that was just the sweetest thing."

Keith said she hopes her family's story will inspire others to perform more kind gestures.

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Your Body: Tips on Managing Your Kids' Cellphone Use

Artur Debat/Contributor/Getty ImagesBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Cellphones are all the rage nowadays, especially for teenagers.

As parents, it is so imperative that you make sure your teenager is making smart decisions on their phones.

I have two teenagers and realized pretty quickly that their phones were practically, surgically connected to their body. I see it as a mobile, tech diary for their lives and as a vehicle for creativity and exploration.

However, I do have my limits. Here’s my phone prescription:

  • Talk to your teen about what responsibilities come from using the Internet and how important it is to keep private things private.
  • Set limits on your teen's phone. You can even attach your phone or email to get copies of all the texts your child sends and receives. This might help any phone disasters before they start.

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Too Much Screen Time for Kids Can Hurt Grades, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Turn off that TV.

Researchers in the UK have found in a new study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, that 14-year-olds who spend an extra hour per day watching TV, using the Internet, or playing computer games tend to have poorer grades on a test known as the GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), which they take at age 16.

And we’re talking quite a bit lower – the equivalent of the difference between getting a B and getting a D.

The Medical Research Council at Cambridge studied 845 pupils from secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. They measured self-reported levels of sedentary activity and screen time at when kids were 14 (to be precise, 14-and-a-half years old) and compared these levels to their GCSE scores in the following year.

The average amount of screen time per day for these kids was four hours. Kids getting an hour more screen time per day scored 93 points lower on their GCSE, whereas an extra hour of non-screen time (time spent reading or doing homework, for example) was associated with a 23-point higher score.

But even if participants spent a significant time reading and doing homework, the researchers said watching  TV or engaging in online activity excessively still damaged academic performance.

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Newborn with Inoperable Brain Tumor Stuns in Heartwrenching Family Photos

Courtesy Mary Huszcza/808 Photography(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- During Erika Jones' pregnancy, doctors told her there was a good chance her baby girl wouldn't be born alive.

The Jacksonville, Florida mom -- who also is parent to two-year-old Audrey -- had a 30-week ultrasound that spotted that something unusual on her baby's brain. It was later found to be a large brain tumor.

"The doctor prepared us that this was really bad," Jones told ABC News. "The prognosis was very poor."

Jones, herself a nurse who works in neurology, said she knew enough to know this was "devastating."

Just three months earlier, Erika and Stephen's unborn daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome. "After the initial mourning," Jones said, "we made peace with it quickly and were so excited."

Jones said the tumor "literally came out of nowhere. At the 26-week ultrasound, her brain looked completely fine." At 30 weeks, the portion of her brain that was affected appeared "massive."

Jones said she prayed.

"I don’t want to walk this path, I don’t want to sacrifice my daughter,' I said. I imagined God just saying, 'I’m so sorry and crying with us,'" she recalled. "We prepared ourselves for the worst and decided that she would have a meaningful life, no matter how short it might be."

Abigail Noelle Jones was born August 6. The Jones' thought she might die shortly after birth. She didn't, and a few days later professional photographer Mary Huszcza took the photos.

An MRI after Abigail was born revealed the tumor had grown and was thought to be aggressive and cancerous. Doctors have told Jones chemo would likely kill baby Abigail and that an operation on the tumor would not prevent it from growing back. The Jones' decided to take Abigail home with pediatric hospice.

"If she dies, I don't want it to be in plastic box in a hospital NICU. It will be home with us, surrounded by love and in our arms."

Every day that passes, though, gives the Jones a little bit more hope. Nothing has changed in Abigail since she was born and Jones said that to an outsider, it's impossible to tell anything is wrong.

"She is the chillest baby ever. She just loves to be held. She watches your face, tracks it with her eyes." She's had her feeding tube removed and is gaining weight.

Jones said she knows Abigail will be healed, but it may come in death. "If He doesn't heal her on earth, He will heal her the second she takes her last breath," she said. "We know this is tragic, but Abigail's life has a purpose."

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Woman Who Could Hear Her Own Body Sounds Gets Corrective Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(MERRILLVILLE, Ind.) -- Imagine that you could actually hear your own body’s every sound -- hear your eyes moving, your bones creaking and your heart beating.

That’s what life was like for 28-year-old Rachel Pyne, a school photographer from Merrillville, Indiana.

Pyne had drastically enhanced hearing, allowing every tiny sound body her body made to be amplified.

“I could hear my neck muscles moving, like different things inside my body and when you tell people that, they are like, ‘you're crazy,’” Pyne told ABC News.

It happened all the time and became debilitating, and came with constant dizzy spells. Pyne stopped all her hobbies and only worked when she had to.

“So I would end up in bed usually before noon and just lay there. I couldn't watch TV; it was too loud. I couldn't listen to music,” she said, adding that she just had to lie around and listen to her heartbeat and “feel my brain spin.”

She sought answered from nine different doctors but none could offer her a diagnosis. When she found Dr. Quinton Gopen, that all changed.

Gopen, a surgeon at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, diagnosed Pyne with a rare condition: Superior semicircular canal dehiscence, or SCD.

“What that means is the inner ear, which is the organ that is in charge of balance and hearing, has an abnormal opening in the bone. And so you tend to hear internal sounds amplified, like your heartbeat, your own voice, and even things moving inside your body like your eyes moving,” Gopen told ABC News.

Pyne was thrilled to know that she could put a name to what had been happening to her.

“We got in the elevator and I was crying. I was so happy,” she said.

UCLA has discovered a minimally invasive surgery fix for the condition and it was performed on Pyne twice. The first surgery was done last November, on Pyne’s left ear, and then again in May, on her right ear.

In each surgery, doctors plugged the tiny hole in Pyne’s inner ear through a dime-sized incision in her skull.

For many patients, the results are immediate.

“We do this surgery in about ninety minutes and they wake up and they say, ‘My symptoms are gone,” said Dr. Isaac Yang, the neurosurgeon who also operated on Pyne, making the small opening in her skull.

That’s exactly what happened after Pyne’s surgeries.

“When I woke up from surgery I knew right off the bat that I was better and I had no more dizziness and I was talking to the nurse right when I woke up and I was ready to get up and go somewhere,” said Pyne, whose hearing is now normal.

According to Gopen, only around one in half-a-million people have SCD.

"It was diagnosed relatively recently, about 15 years ago," he said. "The majority of people that we see that have this condition, there's no known cause or event that they did that created this opening."

"It just happens," Gopen said.

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Norovirus-Like Illness Sickens at Least 125 Students, School Officials Say

WTVD(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- North Carolina school officials said they are investigating an outbreak of an unknown illness, possibly the norovirus, that left dozens of students and some staff members sick.

At least 125 students were sent home from three schools in the Person County School District on Wednesday after reports of symptoms including a low-grade fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

Local health officials said in a statement the symptoms were similar to norovirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention has asked for samples to determine the cause of the outbreak.

Jennifer Purdie, whose daughter attends a school where three students became ill, told ABC News television affiliate WTVD in Raleigh, North Carolina, that she was concerned that the school was remaining open.

"I was talking with a lot of the other parents and we're really upset and concerned that they're not closing the school down at least until Friday," Purdie said.

The Person County School Superintendent said Wednesday that the affected schools were sanitized after classes ended on Wednesday and that school would remain open as normal.

Norovirus is a common virus that affects the gastrointestinal system and can spread widely. Every year the virus leads to between 19 million and 21 million illnesses and 570 to 800 deaths, according to the CDC.

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