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Monday
Apr252016

More Evidence Laundry Packets Pose Significant Risk to Toddlers, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Those convenient detergent packets and pods are contributing to an increasing number of calls by worried parents and caregivers to the United States Poison Control Center (PCC), according to a new report published in Pediatrics.

In 2013 and 2014, 62,254 detergent “exposures” (not necessarily meaning actual poisoning or overdoses) in children younger than 6 years old were reported. Among those recorded, 60 percent involved detergent packets.

Laundry packets have accounted for the highest number of accidental exposures since January 2013, outpacing traditional powders and liquids. Overall, most events happened to children less than 3 years old, took place in the home and could be managed at home.

However, those exposed to laundry detergent packets were more often referred to a health care facility and at increased odds of having a serious medical outcome, requiring hospitalization. Those “serious” incidents were only in 0.2 percent of exposures, but two deaths were recorded – both associated with laundry detergent packets.

It is unknown exactly why laundry detergents packets seem to have worse clinical effects, but it could be due to increasing toxicity of laundry detergent formulations and that the colors and fragrances of the packets are more enticing to children.

The authors call upon the industry to individually wrap each packet and place them in a container that is difficult for children to open. Until then, parents can ensure these packets are far out of reach and the container is always closed after use.


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Monday
Apr252016

New Treatment Offers Hope for Women with Hair Loss

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Stars from Tina Fey to Selena Gomez and Zooey Deschanel rock beautiful hair in TV commercials, but such luscious locks are not a reality for every woman.

A new treatment -- PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy -- is gaining buzz as a no-surgery, no-drugs and no-expensive-ointment solution for hair loss.

The treatment, which has shown preliminary but promising results, starts at $400 per session.

PRP starts by drawing blood from the patient. The blood then goes into a machine that separates out the platelets filled with growth factors.

Those growth factor-filled platelets are then injected into the scalp to stimulate new-hair growth, decrease hair loss and make the hair grow thicker.

Producing platelet rich plasma is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PRP procedure is not yet approved but there is a clinical trial underway now.

“You are injecting the scalp, so you can get bruising, a little swelling and you can get a little collection of blood,” Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport, a New Jersey-based dermatologist who performs PRP, told ABC News.

Rapaport, who is part of the current PRP clinical trial, said any bruising or bleeding from the procedure is temporary and should go away.

Chantal Jaysey said her hair took a dramatic and “very embarrassing” shift after she gave birth to her son. Jaysey turned to PRP and after two months, she said, she started to see a big change.

“It was very lush. It was very beautiful,” Jaysey told ABC News of her post-treatment hair.

Michele Lowe is another mom who says having children changed her once-think hair into thin, brittle hair. She also claims that after just two PRP treatments, she got her thick hair back.

“It's probably the best thing I have ever done for myself,” Lowe told ABC News.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief women's health correspondent, tried PRP herself.

"That was about a six-month time period and you see it’s dramatic," Ashton said Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. "Very impressive for me. I got a great result."

Ashton said women can begin experiencing hair loss as early as their 40s because of changing hormones. If one chooses to try PRP, the time it takes to see results depends on the life cycle of the hair follicles, Ashton explained.

"When you do PRP, it might take you two to six months to start to see the results," she said.

Some doctors may charge $1,500 to $2,000 per session for PRP. Ashton said other more cost-effective treatments for hair loss are available.

Those options include over-the-counter medications that contain Minoxidil, hair-thickening shampoos, prescription medications, biotin supplements and behavioral changes like not exposing your hair to heat and color treatments.

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Monday
Apr252016

CVS Recalls Select Cases of Herbal Tea over Salmonella Concerns

U.S. Food and Drug Administration(NEW YORK) — CVS Pharmacy said it is voluntarily recalling select cases of herbal tea over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella, according to a statement released Sunday from company officials.

Select cases of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea are being recalled after an ingredient produced by the manufacturer’s raw material supplier tested positive for salmonella in another company product. The ingredient is also used in the recalled tea, company officials say.

"The company is not aware of any reported cases of illness to date related to this product and it has issued this voluntary recall as a matter of precaution," company officials said in the statement.

CVS did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for details about the affected ingredient.

The tea was packed in 1.4-ounce cartons and has the name "Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea 1.41 oz." The recalled product has a single best-by date of 18 Mar 2018, with a UPC code 0 50428 541043.

About 200 units of the product were sold at stores nationwide before the recall was announced, the company officials said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been notified about the recall.

Anyone who purchased the tea can return it to the store for a refund.

Salmonella, a bacterial infection, can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. People with compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly are most at risk for developing serious complications, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Monday
Apr252016

Teen Injured in Uber-Driver Shooting Says 'I'm a Warrior Princess'

iStock/Thinkstock(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) -- A Michigan teenager says she feels like a "warrior princess" after surviving a mass shooting that left her critically injured.

Abigail Kopf, 14, is finally home two months after being shot and nearly killed in the February shooting. She was one of two people injured during multiple shootings in the Kalamazoo area that left six dead.

The accused shooter, then-Uber driver Jason Dalton, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Abigail's injuries, which included being shot in the head, were so severe that her heart stopped and her medical team was concerned she might become brain dead, according to Bronson Children's Hospital, where she was treated. The teen is now able to walk and talk, telling ABC News she hopes she can do "cartwheels again" after she recovers.

"I'm a warrior princess," Abigail said.

Abigail is not completely out of the woods yet because she'll need more surgery on her skull in the upcoming months. But her mother said the teen has improved greatly in the weeks since the shooting.

"She can walk, she can do stairs, she can pretty much move very well on her own," mom Vicki Kopf said.

Kopf said her daughter has shown great strength as she continues to recover, spending six weeks in a rehabilitation center after the shooting.

"She's one strong, strong little girl," Kopf said of her daughter.

Abigail agreed with her mom, saying, "Yeah, I am."

The teen had been at a concert with her family when she was injured. Her grandmother died in the shooting, authorities said. They were shot walking back to their car after the concert.

Kalamazoo police Det. Cory Ghiringhelli told the court that Dalton, 45, admitted to investigators "that he took people's lives."

Dalton, a Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on Feb. 21 after allegedly going on the shooting rampage in three separate incidents the day before. He was charged with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and eight charges of using a firearm during the commission of a felony. A "not guilty" plea was entered on Dalton's behalf by the judge at his arraignment, according the prosecutor assigned to the case.

A judge has denied bail for Dalton.

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Monday
Apr252016

'Astrotwins' Break Down How to Survive Mercury Retrograde 2016

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the next three weeks, you may notice plenty of hiccups in your life. An old lover may pop up unexpectedly, you may drop your phone in the toilet or your computer suddenly freezes as you're about to hit send on a major report.

Don't worry. It's not the end of the world. It's just the latest Mercury Retrograde.

According to The Astrotwins -- sisters Ophira and Tali Edut -- from April 28 to May 22, the planet Mercury appears to pass Earth backwards and "when a planet is in retrograde, things tend to go haywire."

"When this Mercury Retrograde is happening," Tali Edut explained to ABC News, "it's really important for all 12 signs to pay close attention to their jobs, budgets, what we spend money on, how we pamper ourselves and other monetary practical matters."

Still, she warned: "Don't be afraid of Mercury Retrograde. It can actually be a really wonderful time for pressing pause and reviewing everything."

Tali Edut also detailed how each sign can take advantage of the second Mercury Retrograde of the year:

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

"More than any other sign, you need to watch communication with coworkers. Use the time to really review your practices at work, get organized and set up smarter structures to get though the work day," said Tali Edut.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

"Review your personal branding or image," she suggested. "Don't do anything edgy like getting a tattoo or piercing or a major haircut, but really look at how you put yourself out there in the world -- from your social media profiles or anything that represents you."

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

"Dive into a de-cluttering mission. Sort through those closets and storage units," Tali Edut advised. "Don't be hasty, but definitely give some things away. But be careful not to haul off grandmother's china to the goodwill! Start a meditation practice too!"

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

"Your sign can be the ones who have the most trouble this round with their computer equipment and data. So make sure all your sensitive data is password protected and backed up. Also, wait on buying any digital equipment if there's a power cord that’s frayed or electrical equipment that needs replacing. Make sure everything is up to snuff," Tali Edit noted.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)


"This Mercury Retrograde affects your careers," Tali Edut said. "You can really struggle with authority issues with the boss or even have a lapse in confidence. Work with a coach to polish up your leadership skills or just be careful letting aggression build up with the boss. This is not the time to get into it with them or have a power struggle. You should really watch that. Just be ultra professional."

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

"Virgos love to have 'open mouth, insert foot syndrome' so you have to be extra careful about what you tweet and what you post. You can be very opinionated, but your opinions can really hit below the belt during this period without you even knowing it. You could even start a little scandal," Tali Edut explained.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

"Libras could have their most intimate relationships affected. You might hear from an ex. If there's one that got away, there could be a time to reconnect or a time to give you closure," Tali Edut said. "It could give you a chance to go deep, be vulnerable and talk about important matters. But do it when the time is right. Don't go chasing after the toxic ex though tempting as it might be. Be a little more 'all or nothing' with someone who isn't treating you the way you want to by saying, 'These are my boundaries.' Don't be afraid to lay down the law."

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

"Scorpios will have relationships affected by this Mercury Retrograde. Pay attention to the balance in your relationships. Learn how to be a batter partner. That doesn't mean divide everything up 50/50, but playing to each others strengths could benefit you," she explained. "For legal matters, contracts need to be reviewed extensively and negotiated."

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

"Sagittarius may want to do a little bit of re-calibrating in the health department. Reintroduce healthy eating, but avoid anything extreme. Also, don't be competitive and over do it at the gym," Tali Edut said. "It's also important to get more organized with your schedules so you can have a healthy work-life balance. If you're contemplating getting a medical procedure, try to wait until after May 22."

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

"You may feel a sudden compulsion to fully change your look," she revealed, "but that can go really wrong. Caps should really think it through. Start a Pinterest board of looks or consult with a stylist first. You'll be in the mood to get more attention, but be careful not to get negative attention just to get noticed."

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

"Aquarius will have some home and family stuff to sort out. Are there things in the house that need to be fixed? Make sure you're working with qualified contractors for that and try to get it fixed before May 28," Tali Edut suggested. "There may be some tension or unspoken issues that need to be discussed with the women in your life too."

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)


"Pisces will get the double whammy because the Retrograde is in their communication house so you're most prone to saying the wrong thing, or blurting things out," she advised. "Really be careful! Think before you put anything into an email. Also, be careful of getting involved with gossip. You could get your name caught up in drama you don't want to be an accomplice to."

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Monday
Apr252016

Wanna Know if You Have B.O.? There's an App for That

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your smart phone is about to become even smarter. Soon, the same device that helps with so many of our everyday tasks may also be able to let a man know if he stinks.

The Huffington Post reports that Nivea, the German-based body products company, has just announced a new product called “NOSE,” a mobile phone cover that works as an electronic nose when paired with a downloadable app.

A guy interested in calculating his stench level activates the app and puts the smartphone near his armpit. The electronic nose picks up the smell and evaluates it based on an algorithm created after analyzing the scents of 4,000 other men.

The app then sniffs out the level of B.O. and sends the user a notification telling them how ripe they happen to be.

The new “smellphone” technology is currently going through beta testing, according to Geoffrey Hantson, a Belgium-based advertising executive and the chief creative officer behind the project.

“We’re introducing the app next month, but it won’t work until the phone cover is available,” he tells the news website. “It’s up to Nivea as to whether they want to sell those covers separately or as part of a package of body care products.”

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Monday
Apr252016

Your Body: Confronting Memory Loss

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

Do you remember what you had for breakfast this morning? What about for dinner last night? If you're starting to forget such things, chances are you probably haven't spoken to your doctor about it.

A new report on memory loss, published in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, found that only one in four adults age 45 and older had spoken with their physician about memory issues.

What's really new now is an assessment called neurocognitive testing, which is done by neuropsychologists. They are located all over the U.S., and the test is usually covered by insurance. It can be very helpful in making a diagnosis and in providing brain exercises.

Memory loss can be a sign of bigger issues. It can be due to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, medications, trauma and many other medical events.

If you're concerned about yourself or a family member, talk to a health care provider.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Royals William, Kate and Harry Announce New Mental Health Initiative

Nicky J Sims/Getty Images for Royal Foundation(NEW YORK) --  Prince William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry capped a busy week by launching a new joint initiative, The Heads Together Campaign to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness

"Mental health is just as important as physical health," Kate says in a video announcing the new initiative. The duchess has been an outspoken proponent of mental health awareness

Filmed in Kensington Palace three days ago, the video was released to tie in with the London Marathon Sunday. Several of the royal trio's charities have gotten involved to support the initiative.

"We can all play our part by talking and listening to each other and helping each other find support," said Harry, who is hoping to destigmatize the issue for current members of military and former service members.

William summarized their mission: "Let's get our heads together and change the conversation on mental health."

"It will be the biggest single project Their Royal Highnesses have undertaken together," a Kensington Palace spokesman said. "The Heads Together campaign aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and will be a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges."


The Royal trio all wore blue Heads Together headbands with, Prince Harry keeping the atmosphere light with his brother and sister-in-law. In outtakes captured at the end of the video, the three could barely stop giggling. Despite the lighthearted upbeat video, the campaign is deadly serious

With the support of their Royal Foundation, William, Kate and Harry will each draw attention to a different component of mental health.

Prince Harry will focus on "invisible injuries" many veterans face after they return from the battlefield. The Duchess of Cambridge will spearhead the initiative on challenges children and young people suffer. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will raise the profile on bullying, cyber bullying and suicide among young men.

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Sunday
Apr242016

Supermarket Foods to Make You Look Young

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Americans will spend more than $60 billion on cosmetics in 2016, but looking younger doesn't have to come at a big price.

Sometimes the fountain of youth can be found in your refrigerator, not your medicine cabinet.

ABC News' nutrition and wellness correspondent Dave Zinczenko has a grocery list to help you maintain that youthful glow.


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Saturday
Apr232016

Soon-to-Be Dad Posts Touching Message About Pregnancy

Joshua Streeter(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) -- In a post that has since gone viral on Facebook, one soon-to-be father explained what he's learned from watching his fiancée endure her sometimes challenging pregnancy.

Joshua Streeter wrote how pregnancy has affected his fiancée, Ariana Ward, "with all the stress, aching and using the bathroom and sickness throughout the entire day."

Streeter, 20, added that he feels it's his job to "come in, make her feel that it's OK to cry, get upset, mad and laugh out of nowhere and make her feel like she is a damn queen."

The post has now been liked more than 80,000 times.

The Panama City, Florida, man said he had no idea his post would go viral. The post was coupled with a photo of Streeter holding back Ward's hair as she suffered through nausea one evening after a day at the beach with his step-mother, who captured the photo.

"To be honest with you, I was just trying to be sweet and surprise her with a heartfelt message," he told ABC News.

Ward said she was touched by his thoughtfulness.

"He does that a lot," she added. "He's so sweet and he tries to show how much he loves me."

Streeter admitted that his fiancée's pregnancy hasn't always been easy for him.

"I started to feel unappreciated, but I had to realize it has nothing to do with me," he explained. "You can't be selfish. You can't try to make it all about you. She has everything going on from all the symptoms, all the hormones ... but it doesn't last forever."

Streeter said he and Ward, 20, are expecting a baby boy in October. They plan to name him Wyatt Allen after Streeter's father, Ward added.

"It's the first thing we agreed on," she quipped, when explaining how they came up with the name.

As for Streeter, he's already looking forward to fatherhood.

"I'm most looking forward to honestly being able to hold my baby," he said. "We've gotten through the pregnancy and now I'm looking forward to starting our new life and just to watch him walk in my footsteps."

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