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The pathogens lurking in our pools and lakes: What you need to know

Natalia Sterleva/iStockBY: DR. LAITH ALEXANDER (NEW YORK) — Some have been called “flesh-eating,” others “brain-eating.” Certain strains of very rare, dangerous microbes made headlines this summer after people contracted infections, fell ill and in some cases, died. A New Jersey man lost all his limbs after contracting an infection from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria while crabbing on the beach. The …

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What to know about PCOS, the most common hormonal issue affecting women

noipornpan/iStock(NEW YORK) — Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a common hormone abnormality that affects around 1 in 10 women. The origins of PCOS aren’t entirely clear but PCOS can affect women’s overall health and appearance, and can be a treatable cause of infertility. According to the National Institute of Health, the causes of PCOS are very complex. Lifestyle, genetics …

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Model and influencer with cerebral palsy inspires with viral videos

Maya Table(NEW YORK) — Most Instagram influencers wouldn’t share a simple few second clip of them walking back and forth across their room. But most people aren’t changing the very conversation around influencers like Damion Gross. When Gross was around 5 years old his mother noticed he wasn’t sitting and crawling like his brothers, so she decided to take him …

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Mom and daughter discover new bug species when daughter over-waters flower garden

PHOTO: Laura Sullivan-Beckers poses with her 5-year-old daughter Sylvie. (Courtesy Laura Sullivan-Beckers)(NEW YORK) — Most people who have watered flowers with a 2-year-old know what comes next: the flower bed is quickly flooded. In the case of Sylvie, a then-2-year-old, and her mom, Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers, a biology professor, when Sylvie over-watered their backyard flower bed, the pair discovered a …

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Wisconsin police planning to fight teen sexting with hefty fines

PeopleImages/iStock(PEWAUKEE, Wisc.) — A newly passed city ordinance will allow police in a small city in Wisconsin to issue fines against teens who send naked pictures or videos. Pewaukee police chief Timothy Heier told ABC News that sexting was a persistent problem, and that the school resource officer at the local high school ended up spending a significant amount of …

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What you need to know about compostable bowls in light of new report on harmful chemicals

Kritchanut/iStock(NEW YORK) — A recent headline claimed compostable bowls from popular restaurant chains like Chipotle and Sweetgreen contain PFAS chemicals that may be bad for environmental and consumer health. Below, we break down what we know to be true and false about these chemicals in light of that report. The non-profit, food-focused investigative website New Food Economy (NFE) released a …

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Exercise during pregnancy helps not just mom but baby too, study finds

Eva-Katalin/iStock(NEW YORK) — Women who exercise while pregnant are not only helping themselves, but their babies too, according to a new study. Newborns whose moms exercised during pregnancy may have improved heart health and reached movement milestones earlier than other babies, according to researchers at East Carolina State University. The researchers compared the outcomes of 1-month-old babies from a group …

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Husband and wife duo buy car to drive vets, children to doctor free of charge

Pamela Barry(GETTYSBURG, Pa.) — A couple in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is hoping to make life a little easier for some special citizens in their town. Pamela and Steve Barry bought a new car to help young cancer patients and veterans get free rides to the hospital. The couple bought a Chevy Equinox with their own money earlier this year and worked …

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FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures, other neurological symptoms after vaping

danchooalex/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 reports of people suffering seizures or other neurological symptoms after using e-cigarettes, the agency announced Wednesday. It remains unclear whether there’s a direct link between vaping and the reported cases of neurological events. “Although we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, …

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How period tracking can help you

FitrWoman/Orreco(NEW YORK) — In the weeks leading up to the U.S. women’s national soccer team winning its fourth World Cup, the team’s players were tracking not only their diets and workouts but also their period cycles. Dawn Scott, high performance coach for both the USWNT and the National Women’s Soccer League, credited the breakthrough use of period tracking as one …

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