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Your Cereal Bowl and a Longer Life?

Your Cereal Bowl and a Longer Life?

8vFanI/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cereal consumption is down as Americans have flocked to other, more convenient breakfast options, such as breakfast bars, yogurt and breakfast sandwiches. However, breakfast cereal may have greater health benefits than previously believed, according to a recent study out of Harvard published in BMC Medicine.The researchers looked at survey information from over 350,000 individuals about their cereal and whole grain intake over an average of 14 years.  The study found that people who consumed the most cereal had a 19-percent lower risk of dying from any cause.  While low-fiber/high-sugar cereals have been the target of the medical community for contributing to diseases, researchers said the benefits proposed by the study may make eating cereal an attractive option on the breakfast table.

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Conscientious Children Less Likely to Smoke?

Conscientious Children Less Likely to Smoke?

Saša Prudkov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many parents encourage their children to be reliable and responsible from a very young age. Now, a new study from the United Kingdom published in the Journal of Epidemiological and Community Health shows that a fringe benefit may be a reduction in the chances they will pick up a cigarette. The authors looked at various measures such as intelligence, attention spans, conduct issues and conscientiousness, and found that conscientiousness was the most predictive in not smoking later in life. The study also found that those who were unemployed or had unskilled occupations were nearly five times more likely to smoke than those who had professional occupations. The authors propose that childhood values may play a more significant role in shaping adulthood behaviors than previously perceived.

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Task Force: Doctors Should Stop Screening for Thyroid Problems

Task Force: Doctors Should Stop Screening for Thyroid Problems

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Unless there are symptoms of thyroid problems, the nation’s top advisory panel for doctors is now urging doctors to stop routine checking of thyroid hormone levels. The United States Preventative Services Task Force made the recommendation on Monday in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The recommendation comes at a time when thyroid hormone prescriptions are on the rise.The study’s researchers caution against possible potential harm of false-positive results, over-diagnosing and over-treating when it’s not truly needed.

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Kentucky Cop Helps Woman in Weight-Loss Fight Finish 10K Race

Kentucky Cop Helps Woman in Weight-Loss Fight Finish 10K Race

Jonathan Roberts Photography(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A woman who lost more than 200 pounds and then was photographed being helped to the finish line of a 10K race said the Louisville, Kentucky, policeman who helped her was an answer to a prayer.Asia Ford, 35, of Louisville, only wanted to beat her personal record from last year in her second 10K race over the weekend. Ford, a customer service representative for Time Warner Cable, said she decided about two years ago to turn her life around after she and her former husband experienced health issues.Her husband had lost a hand and a leg, in part because of diabetes, and a doctor told her that she needed a knee replacement."Everything that was happening was exactly what the doctor said," Ford said.The mother of three turned to a friend who's a fitness enthusiast and joined a boot camp called Aspirations. She lost 217 pounds over the span of just over two years.After mile four in Saturday's Rodes City Run 10K race, Ford said she started to feel "dizzy and sick.""I told my son, 'If anything happens, I want you to call 911,'" she told ABC News. "EMS was on the side of me. The EMS driver got out and was trying to take me to the EMS. He said, 'You're going to finish this race, aren't you?'"She said she was just getting over pneumonia and finishing her antibiotics."During mile five, I started crying because I knew my body was experiencing a shutdown," she said. "I had one mile in front of me and said to my son, 'It's time to quit.' I asked, 'God, please let me take a few more steps.' Right when I said that, God brought this man."That man was Louisville Metropolitan Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory. He helped Ford reach a personal record of two hours and seven minutes, which is three minutes shorter than her time last year."He said, 'I want you to look straight ahead of you. We have nothing but a mile ahead of you,'" Ford said.Ford and Gregory were honored on Monday by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

 

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"I just thank everyone for being so sweet and the kind words," Ford said. "It's really been a blessing. My coach says, 'Believe in yourself. You're worth it." Not only do I feed off God and my kids. I feed off of those words, because I know I'm worth it. So I pass on those words to everybody else."

 

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Study: Smoking Near Children Increases Their Heart Disease Risk as Adults

Study: Smoking Near Children Increases Their Heart Disease Risk as Adults

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children exposed to their parents’ secondhand smoke are at double the risk of developing heart disease later in life, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 2,500 children over 26 years in a study published Monday in the journal Circulation. Children who were exposed to one or both parents’ cigarette smoke were at significantly higher risk of having carotid atherosclerotic plaque, which is plaque in the arteries in the neck, as adults. Researchers also found higher rates of problems of children with smoking mothers than fathers alone.Parents who practiced “good smoking hygiene,” such as not smoking in the vicinity of the child, increased the risk for their offspring, but significantly less than those who had “poor smoking hygiene,” according to researchers.

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Professional Chefs Can Help Your Child Eat Better at School

Professional Chefs Can Help Your Child Eat Better at School

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Only about one in five children in America eats their recommended five to nine servings daily, but a new study by Harvard researchers shows that having schools collaborate with chefs could make that change. The researchers studied the eating habits of elementary and middle school students in Massachusetts, and found that even if a chef spent only three months at a school to help improve the quality and taste of food, it had an impact that lasted for the next seven months. The authors of the study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, also tried other tactics, such as repositioning fruits to the beginning of the lunch line and making the signs promoting fruits and vegetables more noticeable.  Neither of the tactics made the children eat more fruits or vegetables, according to researchers. The authors propose that school lunches badly need a fix that professional chefs just may be able to serve up.

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Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Possibly Tainted Food Over Contamination Fears

Amy’s Kitchen Recalls Possibly Tainted Food Over Contamination Fears

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Amy’s Kitchen, a best-selling natural and organic food brand, announced a voluntary recall of more than 73,000 cases of its products over worries of possible listeria contamination, the company said in a statement Monday. “This recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy's organic spinach suppliers that Amy's may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes,” the company said is a statement to ABC News, also noting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not ask for the recall but was aware of it. Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, said Kirsten Larson, manager of the food safety program for the Association of Public Health Laboratories. Symptoms include high fever, headache and abdominal distress, she said. The Listeria bacteria is responsible for more than 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infection can also cause miscarriage and still births among pregnant women. "The riskiest foods for infection include deli meats, unpasteurized dairy products, produce and prepared foods," Larson said. The Amy's Kitchen statement said the company is not aware of any illness or complaints related to the recalled products, which include lasagnas, pizza and enchiladas that contain the potentially contaminated spinach. “Out of an abundance of caution, however, Amy's Kitchen is recalling these products based on the recall notice we received from our supplier,” the statement read. You can find a full list of recalled products here.

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30,000 Die Yearly from Brain Aneurysm Rupture

30,000 Die Yearly from Brain Aneurysm Rupture

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For over 14 years, Lisa Colagrossi was a fixture of New York television news. Last week, she died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49.Colagrossi is one of an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. who experience a rupture of a brain aneurysm, a bulging, weak area in the wall of an artery, according to the National Institutes of Health. Aneurysms typically form at the branches in the brain’s arteries where blood vessels are the weakest. The most common breaks occur at the base of the brain.Approximately 40 to 50 percent of brain aneurysm ruptures are fatal, said Dr. M. Shazam Hussain, a neurologist with the Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute.“Many die before they make it to the hospital,” Hussain said. “Of those who survive, a third will go home, a third will have a disability and a third will die in the hospital.”About 5 percent of people have a brain aneurysm, Hussain said. Fortunately, only about one in 10,000 of them will rupture and the vast majority of people with the condition live long, health lives, he added.“The majority of time there are no symptoms leading up to the rupture until right before the bleed,” Hussain said.When there are symptoms, Hussain describes them as “stroke-like,” including severe headache, difficulty speaking, weakness, vomiting and loss of consciousness.Colagrossi, who collapsed while returning from a television shoot, was the typical age for a rupture Hussain said.“You can see them in people as young as 18 but the average age is between 50 and 60,” he said.The best way to save someone’s life when they've had a rupture of a brain aneurysm is to seek medical attention as soon as possible so they can be stabilized and treated, Hussain advised. Staying healthy, treating high blood pressure and avoiding tobacco is the best way to avoid one in the first place, he said.Someone with a history of brain aneurysm ruptures should talk to their doctor about the possibility of getting a brain scan, Hussain said. If one is discovered, doctors will often recommend regular monitoring but in high-risk cases they may be treated, he said.Colagrossi joined ABC's New York station WABC-TV days after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. She is survived by her husband Todd, and their two sons, Davis and Evan.

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Why Partying Sober Is Now a Thing

Why Partying Sober Is Now a Thing

Daybreaker(NEW YORK) — You no longer need a drink to have a good time.Two companies are now debunking that myth by hosting parties for those who want to put down the margarita."The fun isn't over, it's only the beginning," said MJ Gottlieb, co-founder of Clean Fun Network. "It's not specially for the recovery community at all. It's for anyone who chooses not to drink or do drugs -- whether its religious reasons, or if they just don’t like to drink."Gottlieb's Clean Fun offers unique experiences to sober individuals expanding further than casual meet-ups.The app allows users to sign up for dating, spontaneous get-togethers, and for a premiere club fee, a chance to embark on group trips abroad."The premiere club runs from $500 to $4,400," said Gottlieb. "Events like trips to Yankee Stadium are $40 to $80. We like to keep it reasonable and affordable."Sober his whole life, Tim DiMartino, 27, of New York said he's willing to give the app a try."That would be cool because it would put the whole stigma up front saying 'yeah, I don't drink, I don't do drugs,'" he said. "When I tell people that at first they say 'wow, how?'"In the past, DiMartino found it rare meeting people who shared the same lifestyle."Honestly, I was the only person I knew for three or four years who didn't drink," he said. "I'm not a big party-er to begin with. It's just not my scene."Virginia VanAuken, 27, does enjoy the party scene, but like DiMartino, she steers clear of any alcohol."Throughout my whole adult life I have been to parties or bars and have been the only one completely sober when I was the designated driver," she said. "Now I can go to events and drive home, don't need a hotel, make sure my friends get home safe, and wake up feeling good and with no regrets."For those who still want to party, minus the booze, the team over at Daybreaker has it covered.Like Clean Fun, Daybreaker hosts events for the conservative crowd in seven cities across the country.For $15 folks can begin their morning with a yoga session. From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. there's a dance party complete with breakfast food, live music, or DJ. Admission is $25 for all."You don’t want alcohol to start off your day," said Daybreaker co-founder Matt Brimer. "You want something that’s going to wake you up and make you feel good."Currently in New York City, Brimer and his partner Radha Agrawal throw the morning bashes at various locations including art galleries, nightclubs, music venues, and restaurants."We were frustrated with nightlife in New York because it was either too exclusive, or wasn't inspiring or interesting to us," said Agrawal. "This continues to motivate us in continuing to build sober experiences where people to connect and actually see each other. The problem with nightlife is you're under the influence and you cant really show up as yourself."By 7:05 the dance floor is filled with hundreds of people. It’s the most energized, alive, connected dance experienced I've ever seen."To receive party notifications, sign up with your e-mail and location on Daybreaker.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Expert Tips for the Right and Wrong Ways to Cheat on Your Diet

Expert Tips for the Right and Wrong Ways to Cheat on Your Diet

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Winter's gone, but those five extra pounds remain.Dieting is on the minds of many as bathing suit season looms. But the thought of giving up your favorite high-calorie foods until the winter solstice isn't any fun -- and it turns out that you may not have to. Cheating, it seems, in an important part of diet success...if you do it right.“Cheating is a part of every diet,” said Chazz Weaver, a Los Angeles-based trainer and weight-loss counselor, and the founder of ChazzLive.com, a streaming health and fitness video network.“If used strategically, cheat meals can actually be a helpful tool to keep you focused," Weaver added. "If done wrong, you risk derailing your entire diet for good.”Here are Weaver's dos and don'ts when it comes to cheating on your diet:

Do cheat at night. When people cheat in the morning or afternoon, it’s harder for them to stay on their scheduled meal plan. Cheating at the end of the day reduces the risk of cheating again later. Do schedule your cheat. Skipping your cheat meal could backfire, causing you to become ridiculously hungry, stimulating an all-day binge. Do know your tolerance. If you find that your cheat meals are becoming entire cheat days or if you’re having regular cravings that are becoming unmanageable, it’s a good time to reassess the calorie intake in your diet. You may need to increase it. Don't cheat with the foods that made you fat. If you crave certain foods and keep giving into those cravings, you’ll only make them stronger. Avoid the foods that made you overweight and the craving will diminish over time. Don't binge. Cheating and binging are not the same thing. I cannot stress enough that a cheat meal is to satisfy your taste buds while increasing your calories from your scheduled diet meals. It’s not for binging. Don't feel guilty. Let’s say you do gorge during your cheat meal. Do not get depressed and think you’re a failure. We all make mistakes. The idea is to get over it and get right back on the wagon. Don't make cheat meals your life. Remember why you’re dieting, to live a healthier lifestyle. The natural process of creating a healthier lifestyle gets pushed aside if you focus too much on your cheat meals.

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Khloe Kardashian Reveals Secrets to Her Weight Loss

Khloe Kardashian Reveals Secrets to Her Weight Loss

Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has been showing off some serious weight loss lately along with some ripped abs.She opened up to People magazine this weekend about her secrets to success."I work out almost every day," she said. "I go to a trainer five days a week, and on the weekends, I do cardio."The 30-year-old added that it's everything in moderation that keeps her healthy, but still eating good, tasty foods."I kind of eat what I want, but in portion control, which I never knew before," she said. "It's really hard. You have to train your body to eat less."She also drinks 5 liters of water a day.Last month, Kardashian posted a picture showing off her toned stomach and wrote, "There are no quick fixes if you want long-term results. Working out is a huge part of my life now. I genuinely enjoy sweating out my frustrations and living a healthier life. My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul."

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Acne Sufferers Often Don’t Take All Recommend Medications

Acne Sufferers Often Don’t Take All Recommend Medications

Fuse/Thinkstock(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) — Despite serious skin problems, many people who suffer from acne don't bother taking medications recommended by their dermatologists.A study published by JAMA Dermatology reveals that over a quarter of acne patients either did not pick up or use all prescribed or over-the-counters meds designed to relieve their condition.Dr. Steven Feldman, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said that his findings of people who don't use their medications more than doubled that of a previous study.In research involving more than 140 acne patients, Feldman said people were more apt to skip getting prescriptions filled for topical creams or lotions than medicine taken orally. Furthermore, they were also more likely to eschew products that didn't need a prescription, compared to those that did.According to Feldman, "prescribing products that contain two or more active ingredients could prove effective in reducing non-adherence."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Three Tips for Parents on How to Have Better Conversations With Children

Three Tips for Parents on How to Have Better Conversations With Children

LittleBee80/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents lead busy lives, so every conversation with the kids counts. So many of those conversations happen in the car. Lindsay Powers, editorial director of Yahoo Parenting, rode along with GMA correspondent Paula Faris and Faris’s children to share some tips and tricks to getting the most out of your conversations with your children. Powers appeared on GMA as part of the “Yahoo Your Day” series -- a collaboration between Good Morning America and experts from Yahoo. Powers observed Faris’s interactions with her children and took notes, then offered these tips: Tip 1: Ask specific questions, especially of younger children. “When they're in elementary school and are younger, they may not remember specific details. So be sure to ask ‘how was art class?’ ‘How was the field trip?’ ‘How was your friend?’ ‘What happened at lunch?’ ‘Did you eat all your lunch?’ Just really specific things to get them talking,” Powers said. If the child is very young, it may be best to talk with his or her teacher about the day to get more specific information around which to frame questions, Powers added. Tip 2: Validate them. “You want to make sure that you feel like you're really interested in what they're saying; it's really important to be present,” Powers said. Tip 3: Ask follow-up questions.

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104-Year-Old Woman Rang In Her Birthday with Lifelong Medical Advisor: Dr. Pepper

104-Year-Old Woman Rang In Her Birthday with Lifelong Medical Advisor: Dr. Pepper

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — One hundred and four is an age few will live to experience.Elizabeth Sullivan, though, is a member of that exclusive club, despite a lifelong habit that goes against conventional wisdom: three Dr. Pepper sodas a day, every day.Sullivan rang in her 104th birthday on Wednesday surrounded by her favorite beverage."They certainly were nice. They brought me a bunch more Dr. Peppers, and not only were they in cans, but they were in real bottles like I used to get 60 years ago,” Sullivan told ABC News.The “they” she’s referring to is Dr. Pepper CEO Larry Young himself, who upon hearing about Sullivan wanted to send her a gift.“We saw it as a unique opportunity to ring in her big 104. We wanted to thank her for being such a big fan of the brand and making us a part of her daily life,” Dr. Pepper director of corporate communications Chris Barnes told ABC News. “There was an ad campaign way back when she was born that has a logo of a majestic reclining lion and a Dr. Pepper bottle in the foreground and the slogan is ‘Vim, Vigor, Vitality.’ There’s nobody who embodies that better than Elizabeth Sullivan – just a wonderful, wonderful lady. We were happy to be a part of her day and make that special and wish her many more.”Sullivan, who lives in Fort Worth, also celebrated with a cake resembling the beverage that one doctor told her would kill her.“I saw the doctor and he said, ‘Are you careful about what you eat?’ and I said, ‘Certainly not, I drink three Dr. Peppers a day,’ and he said, ‘Oh my goodness, that’s too much sugar. You will die if you keep drinking that,’” she recounted. “But 10 years later he died and I had to change doctors. So I’m still drinking three Dr. Peppers a day and people said that’s bad for me but you know, not very many people live to be 104. So I guess the sugar in the Dr. Peppers have kept me alive all this time.”

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Experts Criticize CDC’s Safety Practices

Experts Criticize CDC’s Safety Practices

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- A report released earlier this week on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the CDC's own safety experts expresses concern that the agency is "on the way to losing credibility."The report offers more than a dozen recommendation for CDC improvement, including improvements to training, leadership, safety and encouraging staff to report accidents. "The CDC must not see itself as 'special,' the report states. "The internal controls and rules that the rest of the world works under also apply to CDC."The report highlights "inadequate" laboratory safety training, insufficient resources and a lack of leadership."The CDC is an incredibly capable organization and its value in promoting the health of our society cannot be lost," the experts noted. A statement posted to the CDC's website alongside the report says that the agency "concurs with these recommendations, has made progress towards implementing them and will soon report on that progress."

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How a Boy Survived Nearly Two Hours Without a Pulse

How a Boy Survived Nearly Two Hours Without a Pulse

iStock/Thinkstock(MIFFLINBURG, Pa.) -- A 22-month-old toddler was revived after falling into a frigid creek near his home and undergoing 101 minutes of CPR -- a recovery that one doctor said may have been made possible by a type of "suspended animation."Gardell Martin was pulled from a nearly frozen creek March 11 after going missing for approximately 20 minutes, said his mother, Rose Martin. The toddler had been playing outdoors with his older brother near their home in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, when he fell into the fast-moving water.By the time a neighbor found Gardell, the boy was face-up in the water and was not responsive, his mother said.Emergency crews started CPR, which continued as the boy was flown to Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, where he was rushed to the critical care department, according to ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania."A couple things were in his favor," Rose Martin told ABC News. "The cold water helped preserve his organs and his brain."A hospital official confirmed that Gardell's body temperature was a frigid 77 degrees when he arrived for care. As CPR continued, doctors worked to warm the boy up and see if his heart could get started. After 101 minutes of continuous CPR, doctors found a tentative pulse.“In my 23 years, I have not seen an hour-and-41-minutes comeback to this degree of neurological recovery,” said Dr. Frank Maffei, a pediatric critical care doctor at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. "That doesn’t happen by accident. It happens because people are trained."Dr. Alexandre Rotta, chief of pediatric critical care medicine at UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, said the case clearly demonstrates how, in rare cases, hypothermia can lead to a kind of "suspended animation" that can protect the body when the heart stops."Hypothermia has been known for years to slow down metabolism," said Rotta, who said at around 77 degrees a body needs only 30 percent of its normal oxygen intake, which can help preserve the organs.In a normal case of cardiac arrest, a patient can have irreversible brain damage after three to five minutes of oxygen deprivation, Rotta said. However, a person who has had his or her internal temperature lowered to less than 82 degrees Fahrenheit needs just 30 percent of normal oxygen consumption, meaning doctors can have more time to resuscitate the patient before they have permanent brain or organ damage, according to Rotta."At 28 degrees Celsius [82 degrees Fahrenheit], [you] can safely arrest someone for 20 minutes," Rotta said. "There was a saying ... that you’re not dead until you’re warm and dead."Rotta said children are better able to be revived in such circumstances because they will cool down faster than adults and they also have slightly better rates of being revived following cardiac arrest."Most likely, [Gardell] was trying to swim or trying to hold on to something. His body started to cool down and it became very cold, and then he arrested because of his hypothermia," said Rotta. "It has a better prognosis."However, Rotta said, these cases are extremely rare and he, himself, has seen only one case of a child coming back after being found in cold water in cardiac arrest."These cases are out there, but it requires tremendous [luck] your way," he said.Gardell's mother told ABC News the family is just happy to have the toddler back at home and "pretty much back to normal" after his ordeal. She said his relatives feel his survival was "an act of God.""I feel like we’re trying to get back to normal life and everyone is trying to get back to normal," said Martin. "He’s smothered with love. We can’t give him enough attention right now."

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Mirror Messages Help Boost Girls’ Self-Esteem

Mirror Messages Help Boost Girls’ Self-Esteem

KATU(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- "You are inspiring." "You are brilliant." "You are gorgeous." These are just a few of the empowering handwritten messages middle school girls in Oregon received on compact mirrors on Thursday. The mirrors, part of a community service project to build girls' confidence, were handed out at Rock Creek Middle School in Happy Valley, a town just outside Portland. All of the mirrors have a sticker saying "Love My Reflection" on the outside and a positive message on the inside written with a magic marker.Seventh graders Avery Burn and Genae Vanek were the two behind the project. They said they hoped to help stop some of the obsessive, negative self-conscious thoughts so many girls have at their age. “We kind of just used words someone told us before that made us feel great at the time,” Genae Vanek told ABC News affiliate KATU. Her friend Burn said, "When people open it, I want them to think they're inspiring, beautiful and awesome." Rock Creek Assistant Principal Gregory Harris told ABC News that he thinks what these girls are doing is "phenomenal." "In middle school, self-esteem is a huge issue for many girls especially with issues like cyber bullying and bullying in general," Harris said. "Having two girls trying to combat these big problems on their own is pretty amazing and incredible." The compact mirrors were donated by a local beauty store, KATU reported, adding they plan to collect more and spread their message to other North Clackamas School District middle schools after this month. The girls' families did not immediately respond to ABC News' phone messages and emails requesting additional comment.

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Infant with Rare Disorder Saved After Lab-Tech Braves Boston Snow

Infant with Rare Disorder Saved After Lab-Tech Braves Boston Snow

Charlene Hills(BOSTON) -- A lab technician may have saved a Massachusetts newborn's life by braving deep snow to ensure routine lab tests were screened on time. One of the tests revealed a rare genetic disorder that could have led to liver failure or death if Juliana Salvi had remained on the normal newborn diet of milk or formula. Juliana was born the Sunday before Boston had a near-record snowfall on Jan. 27. The infant's mother, Charlene Salvi, said she noticed the infant was lethargic and slightly jaundiced but didn't think it was out of the ordinary. "By the time we got home from that, we got an urgent call from both pediatrician and state lab trying to get a hold of us," Salvi said. "She had one of the 30 disorders on newborn screening." If the lab hadn't taken extra initiative, the test results would have been delayed because a historic snowstorm that blanketed the Boston area in feet of snow stopped the UPS delivery normally used to move lab samples. Melody Rush, a lab technician, said the lab's director asked for volunteers to pick up tests by hand and deliver them when officials realized UPS wouldn't be running. Rush and other colleagues had to venture onto streets either by car or public transportation soon after a historic snow storm. “We were able to go out and bring [tests from] 25 hospitals back and test them,” said Rush. Juliana’s test samples were among those for 30 different babies that Rush picked up. Testing at the lab soon revealed Juliana has a dangerous metabolic disorder called galactosemia. The genetic disorder means that Juliana lacks enzymes to fully break down a sugar in milk called galactose. The disorder is not just a milk allergy and can be life-threatening. The version of galactosemia Juliana was diagnosed with appears in about one out of every 60,000 births and will result in severe liver damage or death if the diet is not changed. Juliana’s mother said she noticed her daughter seemed lethargic and slightly jaundiced, but she assumed that was just because she was a newborn. Because Juliana's test was picked up, Salvi and her husband had calls on their answering machine when they arrived home alerting them that Juliana had the dangerous disorder. “I just started crying. You don’t think you’re going to get a call that your child has one of the rare disorders,” said Salvi. By the time Salvi and her husband rushed back to the hospital, Juliana’s health had already started to deteriorate. “She was in crisis,” said Salvi, who said her symptoms were similar to sepsis. “She was in NICU and special care for two and half weeks and [we] removed milk source and got her on correct formula.” After Juliana started to recover, Salvi said her doctor told her that because Rush and other lab technicians braved the New England weather, the newborn’s lab tests were done on time. “There’s a few disorders like my child’s and it needs to be treated immediately," Salvi said. "They couldn’t wait to get those labs.” Rush said she was amazed to find out the following day that one of the samples she picked up tested positive for galactosemia. According to the director of Rush's lab, the results are so rare that the last time a similar test came through the lab was 18 months ago. “It was a nice feeling that I had made a difference in that baby's life,” said Rush. “It was just luck of the draw. I just happened to find that needle in the haystack.” Salvi was so grateful to the lab technicians, and especially Rush, that she took Juliana over to the lab for a visit. While Juliana will face additional issues because of the disorder, changing her diet meant her life was saved. “I’m so thankful,” said Salvi, [for] the fact that they picked it up that day.”

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Why Some Parents Are Thinking Twice About Over-‘Sharenting’ Online

Why Some Parents Are Thinking Twice About Over-‘Sharenting’ Online

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Watch it, mom and dad.A rise in over-"sharenting," that's parents who post nonstop about their children, is chipping away at the privacy of a younger generation, according to a survey from the University of Michigan."By the time children are old enough to use social media themselves many already have a digital identity created for them by their parents," Sarah Clark, associate research scientist in the University of Michigan’s Department of Pediatrics, said in a statement.Jennifer Collins of Houlton, Maine, identifies with the more than one half of mothers and one-third of fathers who told researchers they discuss parenting on social media.Collins' blog, Graceful Mess, is hosted by the Bangor Daily News. She also has an Instagram account, Twitter feed and Facebook page devoted to the antics of her 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.She told ABC News she's "seriously re-thinking" her approach after her daughter saw a photo she posted on Facebook and asked why she has to share "everything.""Mom, do you really have to share everything that happens in our lives on Facebook?" Collins said her daughter asked."There have been times she has gone to school and people know about her weekend before she had the chance to share her story," she said. "As they get older they realize they don’t even have the chance to tell the story."Collins said she has no plans to stop being a "mom blogger" but will be more careful about the personal stories she chooses to tell, especially as his daughter gets older."Recently I felt the need to rein that in a bit because it is their story to tell," she said.While there are pitfalls to sharing certain information online, there are also plenty of reasons how it can help parents to share common experiences.The University of Michigan survey covered parents of children ages 0 to 4 years old. It found that 28 percent of parents discussed how to get their children to sleep, while 26 percent discussed eating tips and 19 percent asked other parents for advice on discipline."It’s relatable," Collins said of the reason why she joined the blogging community five years ago. "I didn’t want to feel like I was the only one experiencing or going through a problem."

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Sexting More Prevalent than Americans Realize

Sexting More Prevalent than Americans Realize

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If a new poll from the April issue of Glamour magazine is to be believed, we have turned into one naughty nation.The proof is in our texting, or rather, sexting, since two-thirds of the 2,000 men and women surveyed claim to have sent at least one risqué message in their lives. Overall, 30 percent told Glamour that they do so frequently.If there is any guilt associated with sexting, it wasn’t evident in this poll. Over nine in ten admitted they actually enjoyed sending a naughty message or photo.However, it all may come at a cost. Forty percent of the respondents did express some anxiety that what they sext might one day be shared with a much wider audience.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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