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Wednesday
Jun062018

Texas man recovering after he was bitten by rattlesnake he had just decapitated

iStock/Thinkstock(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A Texas man is recovering after he was bitten in the hand by a rattlesnake he had just decapitated, ABC Corpus Christi affiliate KIII-TV reported.

Jennifer Sutcliffe and her husband were doing yard work at their Corpus Christi home on May 27 when she spotted a 4-foot rattlesnake lurking nearby, she told the station.

Sutcliffe's husband grabbed a shovel and severed the snake's head. When he went to pick up the head to dispose of it, he was bitten.

The snake released all of its venom into Sutcliffe's husband, causing him to immediately experience seizures, loss of vision and internal bleeding. Photos from the incident show that his hand swelled up considerably and was covered in dark purple bruises.

Sutcliffe said the first 24 hours after the bite were the worst.

Doctors initially told Sutcliffe that her husband may not make it despite the large amounts of anti-venom they were giving him. A snake bite victim is usually administered two to four doses of the expensive antidote but Sutcliffe's husband was given a whopping 26 doses, she said.

Sutcliffe's husband is now in stable condition but is still experiencing weak kidney function, she said.

Snake heads have the capability of biting and injecting venom because some reflexive motion still remains even after they've been separated from the body, according to National Geographic.

Dying from a snake bite is rare, Michael Halpert, a trauma surgeon in Corpus Christi, told KIII.

"There are about 6,000 to 8,000 snake bites per year in the country, and 10 to 12 people die," he said.

Halpert warned people not to suck the venom out themselves.

"You just want to keep the victim calm, keep the bitten area above the level of the heart slightly, and get the patient to the nearest emergency room," he said.

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Wednesday
Jun062018

'Look before you lock': Officials warn parents after 9 kids die from being left in hot cars

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least nine children across the U.S. have already died this year after they were left in hot cars -- and summer hasn't even started yet, according to a new report published by the National Safety Council Wednesday. Officials are concerned that as temperatures continue to climb, so could the death toll.

"Our children are our most vulnerable passengers and we cannot leave them alone in vehicles –- not even for a minute,” said Amy Artuso, the group's senior program manager of advocacy. “This report should serve as a wake-up call to look before we lock."

Children's bodies heat up much faster than adults' do, and on average, 37 children die from being left in hot cars each year, according to the National Safety Council.

Children's internal organs begin to shut down once their core body temperature reaches 104 degrees -- and it takes very little time for a car to get too hot for children, according to the report.

On an 86-degree day, for example, it would take only about 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach a dangerous 105 degrees, researchers said.

Earlier this week, 9-month-old Maria Solorio died after she was left in a pickup truck near Houston on a day when the temperature reached 91 degrees.

"Each parent said they wrongly assumed that the other" took the baby girl out of the car, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

"I hate this," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted. "These deaths are preventable."

No charges have been filed at this point in the Solorio case, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

But it's a story that is all too common.

In May, 1-year-old Katera Barker died in East Nashville after police say her father unintentionally left her in a car seat in the back of a pickup truck all day. The temperature reached 89 degrees in Nashville that day.

No charges were filed, Nashville police said.

Only 21 states and Guam have laws in place to protect children being left unattended in cars, and of those, eight allow felony charges for those who purposely leave a child.

Of the 408 deaths analyzed by the National Safety Council since 2007, 68 deaths resulted in no charges filed, the report said.

Seventy-one cases led to jail time and in 52 cases, the adult received a plea deal or probation, the report found.

The legal outcome wasn't known in nearly 30 percent of the cases the National Safety Council reviewed, according to the report. That underscores the need for better data collection nationwide and more consistent legislation around the issue, the council said.

"We need better laws, education and enforcement if we are going to end these preventable deaths," Artuso added.

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Wednesday
Jun062018

Non-drinkers as likely as heavy drinkers to miss more days of work, study says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The old adage "everything in moderation" looks like it applies to the balance between drinking and work, too.

A new study showed that people with more extreme drinking habits, on either end of the spectrum, are more likely to call in sick to work. While people who said they drank moderately did not have as many sick days.

"Drinking in moderation seems not to be associated with sickness absence," lead study author Dr. Jenni Ervasti, a specialized researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health told ABC News.

The study, published in the journal Addiction, is based on a wide-ranging survey on drinking across three countries in Europe, as well as employment registries on sick days.

More than 47,500 people responded to the survey, taken at two different points of time in Finland, France and the United Kingdom, that asked about alcohol use and the number of sick days reported over the course of four to seven years.

Based on their responses, they were classified into five categories ranging from people who said they didn't drink at all to those who drank moderately to those who drank heavily either in the first survey, the second or both.

Women classified as moderate drinkers had between one and 11 servings of alcohol per week and men who drank moderately had between one and 34 servings, based on European and U.K. sizes.

Heavy drinkers said they consumed more than 11 servings for women or 34 servings for men.

Absences from work came from reports in national and employer registries.

Those most likely to be absent from work for the most amount of days? The two extremes: abstainers and the higher-volume drinkers referred to as "at-risk."

Women and men who reported no alcohol use in either survey had a higher risk of "sickness absence" due to mental disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, diseases of the digestive system, and diseases of the respiratory system, even when compared to women who drink less than 11 drinks per week and men who drink less than 34 per week.

That means abstainers were at higher risk of absence than low-risk drinkers. However, some people may not drink alcohol because they have other medical conditions or take medications that preclude alcohol use.

High-volume "at-risk" drinkers in the study were also at increased risk of absence due to injury or poisoning -- which makes sense because higher alcohol intake is associated with increased risk of injury.

Ervasti said the study was surprising because the reasons non-drinkers and heavy drinkers missed the most work were different and the "U-shaped association" between the two groups that were most likely to miss work hadn't been shown in previous studies.

The study is limited in some ways, including the fact that it was conducted in Europe where lifestyle and drinking habits may be different than other places. Additionally, the information on drinking habits was self-reported.

A word of caution: Alcohol abuse and heavy consumption is still associated with many long-term medical conditions.

These results, Ervasti said, can be help employers to intervene "when observing multiple absences due to external causes [like injury or poison]."

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Tuesday
Jun052018

Georgia doctor under fire for allegedly filming music videos in the operating room

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A doctor in Georgia is facing backlash from patients who have accused her of using their bodies as props without their permission as she recorded music videos in the operating room.

"To see that video, with my flesh being cut without a straight line -- and [her] dancing while cutting me, that's horrible," Latoyah Archine told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV.

In multiple videos obtained by ABC News, Dr. Windell Boutte, a board-certified dermatologist, and her staff could be seen singing and dancing as she operates on patients as music played in the background. The videos were posted to YouTube but have since been deleted.

As a physician in the state of Georgia, Boutte is allowed to perform surgeries, even in her office-based setting.

According to WSB-TV, Archine identified herself as one of the patients in the videos.

Archine said that she's retained Susan Witt as her lawyer and is planning to take legal action against Boutte for the video and the results of her surgery. Witt is representing several other patients against Boutte.

"I feel disrespected on a lot of levels," said Archine, who also said her body was "disfigured" after the surgery.

"Every day, I think about it 'cause I have to take a bath and put on clothes," she said. "It never goes away."

Boutte continues to treat patients.

WSB-TV had been investigating the story for months and said Boutte is being sued by several patients who said liposuctions and lifts went terribly wrong.

"She is still getting up and going to work every day and making a great deal of money and subjecting patients, who are none the wiser, to her unsafe practices," Witt told WSB-TV regarding Boutte..

ABC News reached out to Boutte's personal attorney as well as her lawyer. Neither responded.

ABC News affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta and WSB-TV investigative journalist Jim Strickland contributed to this story.

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Tuesday
Jun052018

What to know about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For people suffering distress after experiencing a serious trauma, it can be hard to find any relief. Post traumatic stress disorder has been reported to feel like being trapped in a room without any exits and can cause trouble with everyday activities like sleeping or functioning at work.

Even the singer Ariana Grande said she suffers from the troubling disorder known as PTSD after the Manchester Arena bombing during her concert on May 22, 2017, that killed 22 people.

She said she doesn't think she'll ever be able to talk about the bombing without crying.

"It's hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss," Grande said. "But, yeah, it's a real thing."

What is PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a form of anxiety that can happen after experiencing or witnessing actual or near death, serious injury like car accidents or natural disasters, war-related violence, terrorism or sexual violence, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

While most people typically connect this disorder to military veterans or refugees, it can happen to anyone.

PTSD is not a sign of weakness and people can be affected by PTSD, even when they were not directly part of the traumatic event.

The exposure can happen to witnesses of a traumatic event in person, like for Ariana Grande, and to people who learn that the traumatic event happened to a loved one. Repeated or extreme exposure to details of a traumatic event, such as pictures or movies, can also cause PTSD.

What are the symptoms?

PTSD symptoms usually start after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later, according to the National Center for PTSD. They also may come and go over many years. Symptoms may last longer than one month, cause great distress, or interfere with a person’s work or home life.

Most people have four types of symptoms after the event and may not be the same for all: reliving the event, avoiding people or places, having more negative feelings and being in a state of hyper-arousal.

PTSD sufferers often relive the traumatic event over and over through bad memories, nightmares or flashbacks.

They may avoid people, places or things that are reminders of the traumatic event.

Over time, PTSD can also affect the way sufferers think about themselves and others. They often report having more negative beliefs and feelings. This can include feeling guilt or shame, losing interest in previously enjoyed activities, losing trust in others or even finding it hard to be happy.

Some PTSD sufferers enter a state of hypervigilance or hyperarousal, during which they are easily startled, overly alert and "on edge." They can sometimes be more aggressive or irritable and engage in reckless, self-destructive behavior. These states can also cause difficulty with concentration and sleeping.

How common is the disorder?


About eight percent of people in the United States and Europe are affected by PTSD, according to the National Center for PTSD. There are some things that make it more likely to be affected by the disorder such as having a long-lasting trauma, getting hurt, or having a strong reaction the event.

PTSD is more than twice as common in women, according to the National Center for PTSD, possibly because women are more likely to experience sexual violence, and at least half of Americans have had a traumatic event in their lives.

How is PTSD treated?

PTSD treatment can be life-changing even if people have been struggling for years. Treatments are targeted at reducing the symptoms and "disturbances." There are two main types of treatment: Psychotherapy, either counseling or "talk" therapy, or medication.

Psychotherapy involves meeting with a therapist and sometimes a group. There are several approaches including trauma-focused therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and others, including group therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) involves focusing on hand movements and sounds while recalling past trauma and can help the brain work through traumatic memories.

Medications such as anti-depressants are a first-line treatment that can reduce the symptoms, but may take six to eight weeks to begin working.

Activities such as mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, stretching and yoga can sometimes ease symptoms.

This article was written by Dr. Sima Patel for ABC News.

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Tuesday
Jun052018

EPA announces renovations on 'Fixer Upper' violated lead paint rules

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency says it has settled with Magnolia Homes of the HGTV show "Fixer Upper" for violating rules related to lead-based paint.

Paint made with lead is no longer used in new homes but the EPA has rules to prevent chips or dust from lead paint from spreading when older homes are being renovated. The Centers for Disease Control says that it is not safe to have any exposure to lead and that children exposed to lead can face health and developmental problems.

The EPA reviewed video footage of several seasons of "Fixer Upper" and found that in 33 homes renovated on the show it "did not depict the lead-safe work practices normally required," according to the EPA's website.

The complaint said that Chip and Joanna Gaines did not follow all the regulations to minimize risks from exposure to lead paint such as covering floors and vents with plastic to capture paint chips, providing information on risks from lead exposure to homeowners and using contractors certified by the EPA to handle renovations involving lead paint. The EPA said that Magnolia responded immediately to solve the problem.

"It’s important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust," Susan Bodine, assistant administrator in EPA's enforcement and compliance office said in a statement. "Through this settlement, Magnolia is putting in place safeguards to ensure the safety of its renovation work and making meaningful contributions toward the protection of children and vulnerable communities from exposure to lead-based paint."

As part of the settlement, Chip Gaines was shown one of the episodes of the current season explaining precautions renovators should take when dealing with lead paint. The company will also spend $160,000 to remedy hazards from lead-based paints in homes around Waco, Texas where residents are at high risk from exposure to lead-based paint and will pay a $40,000 civil penalty.

The show "Fixer Upper" on HGTV is currently airing its fifth and final season. Magnolia Homes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Monday
Jun042018

Put these easy-to-pack fitness finds in your luggage on your next trip

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- If you’re hitting the road this summer, you don’t have to leave your workout routine at home.

You also don’t have to leave your favorite clutch out of your luggage to make room for exercise gear, nor do you have to rely on a hotel gym to break a sweat.

Here are 10 pieces of portable exercise gear to help keep your workout game strong and on the go.

These products were curated by our "Good Morning America" editorial team. "GMA" has affiliate partnerships, so we will get a small share of revenue from your purchases through these links. All product prices are determined by the retailer and subject to change. By visiting these websites, you will leave GoodMorningAmerica.com and any information you share with the retailer will be governed by its website's terms and conditions and privacy policies.

Yoga Paws

Leave your bulky yoga mat at home and pack these padded gloves and socks instead to get your "om" on the go.

Available at Amazon.com for $35.

TRX Training Kit

If you've used TRX at the gym or in a class, you know how effective it is. Use this kit to feel the burn no matter how far you are from home.

Available at Amazon.com for $99.95.

Booty Bands

These bands are one of the lightest things that you can pack - and they pack a punch. Strap them on your legs for the ultimate strengthening and toning burn.

Available at Target.com for $9.99.

Jump Rope

A jump rope is one of the most effective and efficient pieces of equipment you can pack. This lightweight version is easy to bring with you and adjustable for different heights.

Available at Amazon.com for $10.

Exercise Cards

Pack a different set of cards for your vacation. This set contains 50 exercises you can do and nearly all require zero equipment. Make a game of your workout!

Available at Amazon.com for $21.97.

Resistance Bands

Tone your arms, legs and abs with these bands that roll up nicely in your luggage but offer endless exercise variations.

Available at Target.com for $19.99.

Vi Wireless Headphones

These headphones let you take your workout anywhere, personal trainer included. The trainer coaches you in real time through the headphones and helps you track your results - and they still fit in your suitcase!

Available at Amazon.com for $149.00.

Agility Ladder

Find an empty field or track, or even your hotel hallway, (ignore the stares from other guests) and unroll this ladder for a solid high-intensity, speed and agility workout. It rolls up into a bag for easy storage.

Available at Amazon.com for $9.99.

Massage Lacrosse Balls

Recover from your workout with these balls that offer trigger point massage therapy anywhere, from sitting on a chair to laying in a bed.

Available at Amazon.com for $9.99.

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Monday
Jun042018

Nearly 70 percent with the most common breast cancer could skip chemo, study says

DragonImages/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women with one of the most common forms of breast cancer may not need to endure chemotherapy, a landmark new study published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine said.

The researchers hope the findings "greatly expand the number of patients who can forgo chemotherapy without compromising their outcomes. We are de-escalating toxic therapy," Dr. Kathy Albain, chair of oncology research at Loyola University School of Medicine and lead researcher of the study, said.

The majority of women in the study of more than 10,000 -- who had an early stage form of the common type of breast cancer that affects tens of thousands of women -- showed no extra benefit from chemotherapy treatments added to standard treatment alone.

Hormone-receptor-positive, axillary node-negative disease –- the type of breast cancer studied here -- accounts for half of all the breast cancer cases in the U.S., and chemotherapy historically has been part of most women’s treatment regimen after surgery.

After tumor removal, genetic testing is commonly used to predict which type of chemotherapy would give the most benefit. The genetic testing gives cancer a "score" from 0 to 100. The Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (TAILORx) looked only at HER+, node-negative disease and women with midrange scores on the genetic tests -- a group that has not been researched as much as some others.

The women enrolled in the study were assigned to treatment groups based on their genetic testing score, to examine if chemo plus hormone therapy was beneficial when compared to what has become the standard treatment for this form of breast cancer -- hormone therapy alone.

The majority of women in early stages of this form of breast cancer had basically the same recurrence and survival rates whether they received chemo or not —- overall there were no significant differences, so chemo gave them no advantage.

One difference: In women 50 or younger, chemo was associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence, although the rates of overall survival were similar. However, most breast cancer occurs in older women.

The study is limited in some ways. First, this is a study of just one form of breast cancer and the authors found that chemo could still benefit some patients with the cancer -- mainly younger women, regardless of their tumor’s genetic "score." Secondly, it looked at early stage cancers that had not yet spread to the lymph nodes.

More than 60,000 women a year in the U.S. could be affected, according to a lead researcher Dr. Joseph A. Sparano of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and 70 percent of patients who would be potential candidates for chemo could be spared.

Although chemo does help extend life in many cancers, saving patients from the extra treatment could lessen the overall burden of the breast cancer.

"You have to balance risk versus benefit and if you can spare people the negative side effects that chemo brings along with the cost, that's big" ABC News' Chief Medical Editor Dr. Jennifer Ashton said on "Good Morning America."

This article was written by Eric M. Ascher, DO, a third-year family medicine resident from New York working in the ABC News Medical Unit.

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Saturday
Jun022018

Groom with cerebral palsy breaks down into tears at wedding, feared he'd never date due to disorder 

(Credit: Katie Marie Photography) Newlyweds Justin Boisvert Sabrina Raposo dance on their wedding day, April 20, 2018.(NEW YORK) -- A groom, who once hesitated telling his bride that he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy for fear she'd reject him, broke down into tears when he saw her walk down the aisle.

Justin Boisvert, who was born with the congenital disorder that often affects movement and posture, met his now-wife Sabrina Raposo on a dating app.

The groom told ABC's Good Morning America that he'd often turn online to date because he was afraid that women would reject a man who spends most of his days in a wheelchair.

"Back then, I always had that fear of what the person was going to think," Boisvert admitted. "It scared me because I didn't know."

Boisvert said cerebral palsy affects his day-to-day life, making "it a bit harder."

"I’ve learned how to manage day-to-day tasks in different ways besides the fact that I can’t walk," he said. "I have learned how to drive ... I accept the challenges and try to figure out things in different ways."

But it was Raposo, 27, who reached out to Boisvert, 30, online first back in the fall of 2007.

"I saw his pictures and I saw that he has really beautiful eyes and a nice smile so I sent him a quick message," she recalled. "[I wrote], 'I really think your smile is beautiful ... do you want to talk?'"

Boisvert did indeed want to talk and the two began dating by November 2007. Their relationship would eventually evolve into an engagement in November 2013.

And the two finally tied the knot in front of about 150 people on April 20, 2018 inside St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish in Hamilton, Ontario, where the two live.

When Boisvert watched Raposo walk down the aisle to him, he couldn't hold back tears.

"I was looking down trying to fix my dress and as soon as I looked up I could see Justin -- he was losing it," the bride recalled, adding that she too broke down.

"My mum, she was kind of like, 'Calm down! Calm down!' But I said, 'Look at him, mum, I can’t!"

Boisvert said he couldn't help himself from crying since he'd been waiting years to marry his bride.

"It was just so much building up -- the waiting anticipation. When I finally saw her and how beautiful she looked, I was trying to hold it in, but I couldn’t."

After the newlyweds enjoyed a Mexican honeymoon, they're now looking forward to a life together.

"I’d like to have children one day, but that won't be for a while," the groom said.

For now, Boisvert said that after nearly 10 years together, the two hope to "learn and change and grow old together."

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Friday
Jun012018

4 more deaths reported from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce: CDC

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce killed five people and sickened 197 across 35 states, a new Center for Disease Control report says. Among those who fell ill, 89 people were hospitalized.

The first death was announced in early May in California. The new CDC report announces four more deaths -- one in Arkansas, two in Minnesota and one in New York.

“Most of the people who recently became ill ate romaine lettuce when lettuce from the Yuma [Arizona] growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, or in peoples’ homes,” the report said. “Some people who became sick did not report eating romaine lettuce, but had close contact with someone else who got sick from eating romaine lettuce.”

After the initial outbreak, the CDC issued a warning on romaine lettuce. The warning is no longer in effect as the contaminated lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region is no longer harvested.

The CDC’s investigation is ongoing.

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