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Tuesday
Jun132017

European Union nurse applicants drop by 96 percent since Brexit vote

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- There has been a “sharp drop” in nurses registering to work in the U.K. since the Brexit referendum, according to the BBC.  

The Nursing and Midwifery Council saw only 46 registrations in April this year, compared to more than 1,300 last July, a fall of 96 percent.

Overall, there are 650,000 nurses on the register; 36,000 of these have been trained in the E.U.

The council said the introduction of English language testing in January 2016 for nurses may have played a role in the decline, but the Health Foundation, a British charity that funds health care research, said these findings should act as a “wake-up call,” according to the BBC.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth told the BBC that the "unstable" circumstances surrounding Brexit are causing a "drain of talent" out of the U.K.

This comes as the National Health Service struggles with vacancies in the nursing industry. In May, the Royal College of Nursing said one in nine posts in England was vacant, adding up to a shortage of 40,000 nurses, the BBC reported.

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Monday
Jun122017

12-year-old who helped deliver own baby brother wants to be an obstetrician

Courtesy Zack and Dede Carraway (BRANDON, Miss.) -- A 12-year-old girl who was captured in photos delivering her baby brother now has dreams of becoming an obstetrician.

Jacee Dellapenna helped her mother’s doctor to help bring baby Cayson into the world on June 6.

Mom Dede Carraway told ABC News she was "extremely" proud of her daughter's actions.

"Every picture you see her face changing," added Dede Carraway of Brandon, Mississippi. "Just looking at her, there was not a dry eye in the room. It was so emotional."

Dede Carraway, a mom of three, said Jacee asked permission to be present in the delivery room for the birth of her brother. Dede and her husband, Zack Carraway, discussed Jacee's request and agreed.

The day of Cayson's birth, Jacee was upset that she didn't have a good view of him being born. It was then where obstetrician, Walter Wolfe, invited her to assist in the birth.

A spokesman at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center confirmed to ABC News in an email that the Carraway baby was born at the facility.

Jacee's stepdad, Zack Carraway, snapped pictures of the touching moment when Cayson was born.

The images quickly received thousands of responses on Facebook, Dede Carraway said.

"She's just like, 'Mama I'm famous!'" Dede Carraway said of her daughter. "If I didn't feel like she wasn't ready to do what she did or be in the room, I wouldn't [have] let her be in the room. Everybody's just real supportive of her.

"[A]fter she did this hands on she said, 'Mom, I want to be an OB-GYN."

Cayson Carraway was born weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

He joins big sister Jacee and 1-year-old brother Zadyn.

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Monday
Jun122017

Republican senators float alternatives to comprehensive Obamacare replacement bill

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republicans continue to hammer away at a comprehensive package to replace the Affordable Care Act, but some of their colleagues are already looking beyond that bill, publicly suggesting other ways to at least score some points on an Obamacare replacement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last week that he was looking to bringing a proposal to the Senate floor “in the near future,” likely before the July 4 congressional recess. But just because Senate Republicans come up with a bill doesn’t mean they have the 50 votes needed to pass it (with Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaker).

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who has been part of a group of senators working on the draft legislation, said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week” that he was unsure he could vote for the bill based on what he has seen of it.

“It's not yet clear what it is going to look like, at the end of the day. I have some grave concerns about what we're doing so far,” Lee said.

While some senators like Lee are signaling they aren’t a “yes” yet, others are suggesting other, more piecemeal measures in order to rack up smaller wins on health care. Still other senators are floating different legislation entirely.

Here’s a look at some of the alternatives being presented:

Johnson: ‘Plan B’

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told reporters last week that he thinks Senate leaders should shift to a “Plan B” before the end of the month. “You really need to fish or cut bait here on something short term to stabilize the markets,” he said.

While Johnson’s office has not expanded on what he meant, it’s possible he is referring to the $7 billion in cost-sharing payments that insurance companies receive to keep low-income consumers on their rolls. Even under current law, the fate of these payments is in dispute: House Republicans filed a lawsuit in 2014 against them, saying the payments were illegal because Congress didn’t appropriate the money, but the Trump administration said in April it was willing to continue the payments.

Enshrining the payments in standalone legislation would at least grant insurers some certainty that the payments won’t disappear, according to health care experts.

Graham: Collapse and replace

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has long said he believes Republicans should simply let the Affordable Care Act collapse on itself, then, assuming it does, force Democrats to be part of the coalition to rebuild the system.

Appearing on CBS over the weekend, he outlined one of the pitches he would make to Democrats, getting them on board with a high-risk pool that insulates healthier people from the higher costs associated with sicker, older people. Democrats oppose that idea because they say it would lead to much higher premiums for such sick people.

“My advice is if we can't replace Obamacare by ourselves, to go to the Democrats and say this: Ten percent of the sick people in this country drive 90 percent of the cost for all of us. Let's take those 10 percent of really sick people, put them in a federal managed care system so they'll get better outcomes, and save the private sector market if we can't do this by ourselves. That's a good place to start.”

Cassidy/Collins: A different bill altogether

While they have both participated in the Senate GOP health care talks, moderate GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have also never given up on a bill they wrote together. Their Patient Freedom Act would essentially wipe the slate clean, eliminating the defining elements of the ACA, including the individual mandate and the essential health benefits requirement.

But it would then allow states to decide whether to reimpose the Obamacare regulations or come up with their own system, with varying levels of government contributions based on what sort of programs they come up with.

Even as the Senate was gearing up to craft its own bill, Collins was pushing for Senate leadership to consider her and Cassidy’s bill. The two senators also met in May with a group of Democrats and Republicans to determine whether there was a bipartisan path forward on health care, for which the answer appears, at least at present, to be no.

“I urge my colleagues to support the comprehensive ACA replacement plan Senator Cassidy and I introduced that will allow more Americans to obtain health insurance, preserve significant consumer protections and help moderate the cost of health care,” Collins said in a statement.

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Monday
Jun122017

Baby born in grocery store gets produce-themed photo shoot

Jen Matchett, Branches Photography(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) -- A baby born in a grocery store was treated to a photo shoot in a shopping basket complete with produce surrounding him.

Ezra Cross, now 6 weeks old, was born in the washroom of the Atlantic superstore in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"I didn't know I was pregnant and ended up giving birth in the Atlantic superstore bathroom," Ashleigh Miller-Cross told ABC News.

A store employee, with the help of 911 responders, delivered the baby boy. The store gave the family a year's worth of free diapers.

Matchett was only 10 months postpartum from the birth of another child when she gave birth to Ezra. She said she didn't gain any additional weight and had no reason to suspect she was pregnant again.

Photographer Jen Matchett of Branches Photography saw the story and decided to donate her services.

"I first heard about the story on Facebook. A local news story popped up on my feed. Then the next day I saw a relative of theirs, on a community group looking for donations for the family, who was obviously not expecting another baby," she told ABC News.

She added, "I knew they wouldn't have been saving for something like that. My photographer brain was already envisioning the grocery basket shot, it just came to me and I had to make it happen."

The photographer borrowed a grocery basket from the store with its logo. "I figured it would be a great way to celebrate his unique birth," she said.

Cross said that "everyone loves the picture and Ezra has become a little local celebrity. That specific superstore loves when Ezra goes in to visit, and I'll always be grateful to the amazing staff who helped me the day he was born."

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Monday
Jun122017

Anxiety on the rise among Americans, report suggests

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A trending New York Times article suggests the United States has transformed from the "Prozac Nation" of the '90s to an anxiety-ridden Xanax nation.

Watch the video below to find out the main causes of anxiety and how to combat it.


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Sunday
Jun112017

Traces of Legionella discovered at New York police station

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Health officials are investigating after a New York Police Department officer contracted Legionnaires' disease.

Preliminary results of tests revealed traces of Legionella bacteria were found at the 23rd Precinct in Harlem, the Health Department said according to ABC station WABC-TV.

Officials said there is no public health risk to the larger community.

The officer is recovering in a hospital outside the city and it was not immediately clear when they fell ill, WABC-TV reports.

Health officials are advising the NYPD to not take hot showers in the precinct.

Legionella spreads in human-made water systems. According to the NYPD, a new cooling tower was installed last month but it had not been activated, WABC-TV reports.

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Sunday
Jun112017

Brother helps 1-year-old escape from crib: 'You can do it. Finn, jump to me!'

ABCNews.com(LOS ANGELES) -- Now this is brotherly love.

Ollie, 3, helped his little brother, Finley, 1, escape from his crib so the two could play together.

“You can do it. Finn, jump to me!” Ollie can be heard saying on the family’s camera in the nursery.

The dynamic duo had the escape all mapped out. Ollie grabbed a small chair to place into Finley's crib so he could crawl over the crib's railing.

The boys’ parents, Bryan and Missy Lanning, of southern California, said they were in the house watching the whole interaction unfold on camera on June 6.

The Lannings are known across digital platforms as The Daily Bumps, where they “document life’s ups and downs and share it all with the world.”

They said the adorable video was not staged in any way.

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Saturday
Jun102017

Tyson recalls nearly 2.5 million pounds of chicken

Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling nearly 2.5 million pounds of chicken due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that approximately 2,485,374 pounds of the ready-to-eat breaded chicken products could contain milk.

The affected products were produced and packaged between Aug. 17, 2016 and Jan. 15, 2017 with the establishment number "P-1325" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Tyson said it became aware of the misbranding when an ingredient supplier notified the company on June 6 that the bread crumbs potentially contained undeclared milk.

Schools were among the buyers nationwide who purchased the breaded chicken, according to Tyson's records, and as of Friday's recall announcement, there were no reports of reactions due to consumption, according to the USDA.

Anyone in posession of the affected products are advised by the USDA to throw away the chicken or return it to where it was purchased.

Click here for more information on the recall.

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Friday
Jun092017

Air Force base halts flights of F-35s after pilots report 'hypoxia-like symptoms'

iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Luke Air Force Base in Arizona halted flights of its F-35 fighter jets on Friday after an increase in the number of pilots experiencing "hypoxia-like symptoms."

Five pilots have reported the symptoms since May 2, leading the base to cancel flying operations and review the concerns with pilots, the Air Force said. In each of the five instances, the pilots were able to use the aircraft's back-up oxygen system and land safely.

Hypoxia is a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching the body's tissues.

"Wing officials will educate U.S. and international pilots today on the situation and increase their awareness of hypoxia symptoms," Capt. Mark Graff, Air Force spokesman, said in a statement on Friday. "Pilots will also be briefed on all the incidents that have occurred and the successful actions taken by the pilots to safely recover their aircraft.

He continued: "Flight medicine will brief physiological event symptoms and also the extensive measures that are being taken to analyze data collected from the incidents."

The base will also hold an open forum for pilots to discuss concerns, he added.

No other bases with F-35 aircraft canceled operations on Friday. An Air Combat Command spokesperson told ABC News that a similar trend has not been seen with F-35 pilots on other bases.

Recently, the Navy has experienced hypoxia-related issues with its T-45 training jet. Flights of that aircraft were grounded across three bases in April for about a week due to protests by pilots that the oxygen system wasn't functioning properly.

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Friday
Jun092017

Babies who sleep alone by 4 months may sleep longer, study finds

KOICHI SAITO/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an infant sleep in the same room as the parent, on a separate surface, at least until six months and preferably until age 1 to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Now, a study out of Pennsylvania State University suggests a different approach to infant sleep and recommends that the AAP sleep guidelines be reconsidered.

For more on the study, see here.

For the study, researchers looked at 256 parent-infant pairs through age 9 months. They divided the pairs who participated in the study into two groups: one that received only education on preventing SIDS and one that received both SIDS education and encouragement for the parent to have the child sleep in a separate room by 4 months of age.

At 9 months old, infants in the study who had slept on their own by 4 months of age had longer stretches of uninterrupted sleep, averaging 46 minutes more, compared to infants who shared rooms with parents. These earlier independent sleepers also slept about 40 minutes longer, on average, at 9 months of age.

And the researchers found another trend: Parents who kept their babies in the same room to sleep were much more likely to bring their infants into their adult beds in the middle of the night -– a practice that the AAP says is dangerous for babies.

The authors noted that the discrepancies in sleep could have been caused by additional factors, as well. For one, parents whose babies did not sleep as well may have preferred to keep their infants closer at night and not all families had the ability to have separate rooms for their babies. Different cultures may also have preferences for either same-room or independent sleep and some independent sleepers may have woken in the night and soothed themselves back to sleep without parents knowing.

They recommended removing the guideline for parents to share rooms with their infants at night through age 1 until further evidence supporting its benefits could be found.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story inaccurately presented the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on best infant sleep practices.  The story has been updated to reflect the fact that the nation’s top pediatrics group recommends that “infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.” This has been the AAP’s position since October 2016.

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