Neglected Dog Without a Nose Dies in Missouri

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Harry the abused shelter dog without a nose has died, just two months after being rescued in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was about 4 years old, and had been treated for several ailments.

"On Thursday [of last week], he came in … having difficulty eating," Tori Fugate of KC Pet Project told ABC News Friday. "He had a giant tumor on his tongue and we considered it inoperable. … We would've had to remove the whole tongue and that would've significantly decreased his quality of life."

"He was doing OK for a while, then couldn't stand on his own. We euthanized him at the shelter [Wednesday], surrounded by his foster family and KC shelter staff," Fugate added.

Harry, a rescue dog believed to be around 4 years old, arrived at the shelter on June 21 after being found chained in a backyard, without food or water, and in poor condition, ABC News reported at the time.

As for his nose, Fugate said the pup could have accidentally hurt himself or it could have happened as a result of abuse.

"He was severely matted. It was of the worst cases we've ever seen," Fugate said. "There had been a couple of complaints filed against the owner that the dog was not being cared for.”

Days after his rescue, the KC Pet Project transformed Harry by shaving his knotted fur that weighed over five pounds, Fugate said.

He had also been treated for eye damage associated with scratched corneas and was enjoying the comforts of his new foster home.

"He loved laying on the couch just right until the end," Fugate said. "He loved that family and they just loved him back. It was real touching to see. He probably never knew love like that in his entire life."

She added that the dog's story has helped raise awareness for countless other animals at the shelter.

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Family Helps Pet Corgi Dying of Cancer Complete Bucket List

WDIO(DULUTH, Minn.) -- A family in Duluth, Minnesota, is helping their pet Corgi, Oscar, complete a bucket list created for him after he was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Oscar, 11, went in for a routine teeth cleaning at the Duluth Veterinary Hospital early last July, when Dr. Lisa Juten noticed a tumor that later tests revealed to be malignant, she told ABC News. Oscar's owner, Tom Asbury, asked the vet if they could do any chemotherapy, and she said the cancer was too aggressive and that such treatments could actually make him sicker.

"She told us he had three to six months left," Asbury, 35, told ABC News. "Rather than trying treatments that likely wouldn't buy him much time or could even make him sicker, she suggested that we just take him to the beach, give him ice cream and enjoy the few months we had left with Oscar instead."

Juten's suggestion inspired Asbury to start a conversation with his wife, Lindsey Asbury, and their two young girls about what they thought Oscar would like to do in the time he had left, he explained. The family thought of different things Oscar could do in and around their hometown, and the girls wrote the official bucket list down, he said.

"Any time there's a terminal diagnosis, there are one of two paths you can take -- either get really upset and sad or embrace it," Juten said. "And these wonderful people took the route of celebrating him, and I'm happy for what they chose. It's a great path for him."

Oscar has completed most of the list -- go on a kayak ride, eat ice cream, visit the Enger tower, cross the town's aerial lift bridge, swim in Lake Superior, go camping, play in the backyard and take a ride in the car -- but there's one thing he has left to do.

"He's done everything but meet another Corgi," Tom Asbury said. "We realized he hasn't met another Corgi since the litter mates he was with at birth. But recently, we've been getting emails from people in the town with Corgis ever since a local story on him went up. It looks like he's going to have one great play-date."

Oscar has been with the Asbury family since the year after Tom Asbury and his wife Lindsey got married, he said.

"My wife and I got him when he was a puppy, and he's been with us through a lot of moves from Ohio to Minnesota," Tom Asbury said. "He's a good, little pup. When we started having kids, he was very protective over them. Since Corgis are herding dogs, he would also herd them where he wanted them to be as babies and to this day, he sleeps under their bed and protects them in the way a little dog like him can."

Asbury said that his family and their other pet Pomeranian, Lilo, are going to miss Oscar when he's gone. But he's hopeful they'll see him again one day.

"There's nothing specific in the Bible whether dogs go to heaven," said Asbury, a pastor of East Ridge Church in Duluth. "But God says that in heaven, there's happiness and no more tears, and that for me would be whole bunch of Corgis running around because they really just make me happy."

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Nevada Burning Man Festival Bugging Out over Insect Swarms

David McNew/Newsmakers(NEW YORK) -- Looks like fans might not be the only revelers attending the upcoming Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert. Organizers are reporting swarms of insects and possible stink bugs that are covering equipment and personnel as they prepare for the annual event.

Organizers reported on the Burning Man blog that plenty of insects have arrived, even showing a picture of a carpet covered with the little critters.

"You may have seen the bug rumors on the Internet," according to a recent blog post. "We are here to tell you that they are all true. Well maybe not all of the rumors, but the bugs are real. They’re everywhere. They bite. They crawl all over you."

The festival attracts tens of thousands of revelers to the desert every year and is known for its policy of banning cash transactions and the burning of a giant effigy on the last night of the event.

Other pictures from the preparation for the festival, which starts next week, show large green bugs coating tire wheels and other surfaces.

While the bugs seemed to appear mysteriously out of nowhere in Black Rock City, experts say a recent rain likely led to the large number of insects’ arriving at the campground.

Rich Pollack, a public health entomologist and senior environmental public health officer at Harvard University, said he thinks the insects shown in pictures are stink bugs and that the smaller flying insects are a kind of seed bug.

"Most of them are plant feeding; they are all endowed with really stout probicious," Pollack said, explaining that the bugs may be irritating people if they mistake them for food. "The plant-feeding bugs generally have no interest in feeding on anything else except their preferred plant, [but]they’re so stupid that when they land on something or stand on something, they might sample [it.]"

Pollack explained that it's possible the bright lights used by crews setting up for Burning Man attracted the insects in large numbers.

"When you have the rain event in the desert, two weeks or so later the desert blooms and the bugs will move in and become active," he said. "And you bring in a bright light or bright lights and if there are a lot of people," the bugs can arrive.

Pollack said he thinks it's likely that most of the swarms of bugs will disperse by the time Burning Man gets fully underway.

"They’re not very long-lived," he explained. "They’re going to develop quickly because they have got to make the most of a very limited resource. When those plants start to brown up, they’re going to disperse or die."

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Your Body: How to Handle Hangovers DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Summer is a time for relaxing and partying with friends and family. And with that comes lots of cool drinks -- and hangovers. 

To avoid getting a hangover, try your best to drink responsibly and moderately. This includes being sure to eat before and during drinking. 

Pace yourself. Stick with clear alcohol. The dark liquors have a substance in them that is linked with hangovers.

Drink more water. Dehydration is the primary explanation behind that hangover headache. 

Finally, a painkiller and a good night’s sleep should help do the trick. But be careful -- too much acetaminophen and alcohol could hurt your liver.

The best piece of advice: Drink responsibly. My motto is “two and through.”

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Working Long Hours Face Increases Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A long work week doesn't just mean less time for fun or friends, it can also mean an increased risk for certain cardiac events such as stroke or heart attack, according to a new study.

The large study published this week in the Lancet Medical Journal studied up to 603,838 individuals and found those that worked past a 40 hour work week faced increased health risks.

And there was a 33 percent increased risk of stroke for workers who spend more than 55 hours a week at the office, even after controlling for certain behavioral risks such as smoking and alcohol consumption, according to researchers at University College London and Umeå University in Sweden who looked that people chosen from largely the same pool of study subjects.

The researchers also found people faced a 13 percent increased risk for coronary heart disease or heart attack if they worked more than 55 hours in a week.

For worker bees who spend extra hours on the job, the longer an employee worked past the 40-hour mark, the more they faced an increased risk for stroke or other cardiac events, the study found. People working just a few extra hours a week, between 41 and 48 hours per week, had a 10 percent higher risk of stroke, researchers found, and those working 49 to 54 hours had a 27 percent increased risk of stroke.

The findings are important to help employees and employers understand how long hours and stress can take a physical toll and on the workforce, experts said.

Dr. Roy Buchinsky, director of wellness at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and who was not involved in the study, said the findings may help people be less complacent about looking after their health when spending long hours in a stressful environment.

"It’s not too surprising in a sense that clearly when you’re working longer hours you’re reducing the amount of time you have for yourself in terms of physical activity," Buchinsky told ABC News. "It can be stressful for most people."

Nearly every workplace involves stressful situations that can harm the body over time, Buchinsky noted.

"Cortisol [a hormone linked to stress] goes up and the big thing that happens is increased inflammation," said Buchinksy, who said it can result in narrowing of arterial walls or blood vessels.

Narrowing of blood vessels means decreased blood flow, which can mean increased risk for a host of issues, including heart attack, stroke or erectile dysfunction.

While the health consequences of a long work week are serious, Buchinsky said there are simple steps any office worker can take to decrease the harmful effects of stress.

"Move around. If you’re on the phone at work, stand up. The key is to get the person up and about," said Buchinsky who recommends getting up for one to two minutes every half hour.

He also noted it's important to try and lower stress by taking deep breaths, meditating or simply going for walk.

"You count to four and breathe out to four and do that four times," Buchinksy said. "You reset [the] body's cortisol level and lower stress level."

Buchinsky said it's key that both employees and employers take stock of how people are spending their time in order to be productive and healthy workforce.

"It’s not so much the hours. It’s how are we spending our time during those hours," Buchinksy said. "People are being asked to do more with less resources."

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Source of South Bronx Legionnaires' Outbreak Found, Outbreak Over

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The source of the South Bronx Legionnares' disease outbreak has been found.

According to New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, the Bronx Opera House Hotel caused the oubreak.

“We eliminated the danger posed by the Opera House Hotel’s cooling tower as soon as it tested positive for disease-causing Legionella," said Bassett in a statement. "Today, all cooling towers in the affected area have been disinfected, and all cooling towers across the city are being evaluated and disinfected if necessary"

She also announced the outbreak was officially over because no new cases had been reported since Aug. 3.

The outbreak led to the deaths of 12 people and 128 were affected.

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'Stage Zero' Breast Cancer Tied to Slightly Higher Breast Cancer Death Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There has been continuing debate over the importance of diagnosing the condition known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – often referred to as “stage zero” breast cancer. While some experts maintain that catching these abnormalities early is important, others say that detecting and treating them is often unnecessary.

Now, new research from Jama Oncology suggests that women diagnosed with DCIS have a slightly increased chance of breast cancer related death, 20 years later.

Based on data from SEER, a large national cancer database, the researchers found that women at ages 40-49 had a 2.9 percent increase in risk of 20-year mortality from breast cancer and women at ages 50-59 had a 3 percent increase in risk of 20-year mortality from breast cancer.

In light of this, the researchers said DCIS should be considered as a more malignant entity than originally thought to be.

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What You Need to Know About Jimmy Carter's Cancer Diagnosis

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday morning that he is battling metastatic melanoma, making him one of an estimated 74,000 Americans who will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, according to the National Institute of Health.

Seemingly calm and relaxed at a news conference at Emory University in Atlanta, Carter told reporters the cancer was first spotted on his liver in a scan and that further tests have revealed he has four additional tumors on his brain.

Doctors removed the tumor from his liver, taking out about 10 percent of the president's liver, but he will undergo radiation treatment and immunotherapy to target other tumors.

Carter said he expects that medical staff will likely find new tumors as treatment progresses. Experts say Carter’s diagnosis shines a light on rising melanoma rates but also highlights how new treatments are helping patients live longer.

While Carter, 90, had a strong family history of deadly pancreatic cancer, which took the life of his father and multiple siblings, experts said his diagnosis of melanoma instead of pancreatic is not surprising.

“From 1975 to present, there has been an increase in melanoma, especially in older white men,” Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said. “It’s not unique; it happens, unfortunately.”

He said it’s still unknown whether a family history of pancreatic cancer could have made Carter more susceptible to melanoma. Lichtenfeld said that while Carter’s diagnosis is serious, he has actually fared better than others with metastatic melanoma who can have large lesions on the liver or brain that greatly impair their lives.

Even at his age, experts said, Carter’s overall vibrancy and new treatments give him a far better chance at surviving longer than if he was diagnosed just a few years ago.

Immunotherapy drugs called “checkpoint inhibitors” have been used in recent years to help melanoma patients live longer. The drugs aim to get the immune system to fight the tumor directly.

Dr. Andrew Sloan, director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said scientists have only recently understood how “tumors recruit the immune system.”

“Tumors have figured out how to turn off the immune system,” Sloan said. “They recruit cells that surround them … these are not cells that kill the tumor they protect cells from part of the immune system.”

New medications, including the drug pembroluzimab, with which Carter will be treated, aim to keep the immune system from turning off. Lichtenfeld said such therapies, first presented in 2010, were the first new drugs for melanoma since the 1970s.

“Five years ago,” Lictenfeld said, “we would not have much to offer the president.”

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Boston Mom Dances Away Labor Pains

liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- When Yuki Nishitzawa and Connell Cloyd tell their 2-day-old son, Coji, about his birth, they will have quite a story to tell.

The story will begin with Nishitzawa, 36, of Boston, telling Cloyd, 35, on Tuesday that she was getting bored walking around in circles at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital as they waited, and waited, for Coji to make his appearance.

Coji will really laugh, until he gets old enough to possibly be embarrassed, when his dad tells him what his mom did next, which was to dance until he was ready to come out into the world.

In a video shot by Cloyd and posted to Facebook and YouTube, Nishitzawa can be seen breaking it down to “Tootsee Roll” and other hits while a bemused nurse watches in the background.

The moment, which has now gone viral, was entirely real, Cloyd told ABC News, and it worked. Coji Alexander Nishitzawa-Cloyd was born around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, weighing at a healthy 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

“After she danced she spent some time in the hot bath, about an hour, and then as soon as she said, ‘I want to push, he’s coming,’ he was coming,” Cloyd said. “And 30 seconds later he just came out.”

Cloyd says he and Nishitzawa, both teachers, who also have a 2-year-old daughter, like to listen to music during the delivery process. The song “Tootsee Roll,” by rappers 69 Boyz, had special significance for the couple.

“With the birth of our daughter, the night before we were at a birthday party and she was dancing and dancing,” Cloyd said of his wife. “Ironically, the dance of choice was the ‘Tootsee Roll’ and our daughter was born the next day.”

Cloyd can be heard in the video joking with his wife that the dance was going to make her a star. In reality, he said, the couple filmed the whole birth process just as a keepsake and to share with family and friends.

The fact that the video has gone viral, with millions of views, is fine by Cloyd and his wife, though, because they hope it gives other families hope.

“Our middle son, Yuji, passed away at birth,” Cloyd said. “We tried it again and are fortunate our new son is healthy and everything is going smoothly.”

“For mothers out there, just be encouraged,” he said.

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Study: Obesity Gene May Exist and Can Possibly Be Turned Off

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Is it possible your body comes equipped with an on/off switch that could keep you from becoming obese? A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine says there may be such a thing in our genes.

Scientists say they've found a genetic obesity master switch in mice, and in laboratories they've been able to turn it off, causing metabolism to soar and making those mice 50 percent leaner than their control counterparts -- all without exercise.

The mice didn't even gain weight on a high-fat diet after scientists used DNA editing technology to switch a signature, from obese to lean, in the genetic region known as "FTO".

No testing has yet been conducted on people, but the results offer hope of finding a cure for a major health problem that affects more than a third of all American adults.

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