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Blind 8-Year-Old Girl Gives Classmates Braille Valentine's Day Messages


Family Handout(SEATTLE) -- Amelia, a blind 8-year-old girl from Seattle, is flipping the script and empowering her fellow sighted classmates with braille Valentine's Day messages this holiday.Using a Perkins Brailler, known also as "a braille typewriter," Amelia wrote individualized compliments for each of her second-grade classmates, such as "I think you're really smart" and "You're an awesome artist," according to her mother Gail, who asked ABC News to only identify her and her family by first

High-Speed Images of Sneezes Help Explain the Spread of Germs


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In case you needed another reason to fear flu season, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released new pictures showing the physics behind sneezing. Just a warning, there's a lot of splatter. The researchers used high-speed cameras and examined 100 sneezes from three healthy subjects. Their goal was to photograph the split second when the sneeze hits the air to see just where those droplets end up. Researchers found that instead of a unifor

Girl Remains Partially Paralyzed After Enterovirus Infection


iStock/Thinkstock(GARDENDALE, Ala.) -- An Alabama woman said her daughter remains partially paralyzed 18 months after being infected with enterovirus D68. Kim Dillashaw said her daughter Kinley Galbreath, 7, can only move her right leg and her left hand months after coming down with the virus. "She was quadriplegic and on life support in 24 hours," Dillashaw told ABC News. In 2014, enterovirus D68 quickly spread throughout much of the U.S. although most people infected experienced minor respirat

After Columbine: Experts Offer Tips for How to Talk to a Troubled Child


iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBINE, Colo.) -- Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, sat down with Diane Sawyer for her first television interview to talk about the son she remembers and how she missed warning signs that could have helped save him and other victims.In her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, out on Feb. 15, Sue Klebold writes about how it took her years to come to terms with the fact that her son had committed such a brutal and horri

Valentine's Day Tales From the Emergency Room


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Unlike New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July, Valentine’s Day is not known for being one of the most dangerous days of the year. Overdosing on chocolate, it turns out, is less likely to kill you than drunk driving or fireworks gone awry.But on any day when emotions are running high, emergency room doctors are destined to bear witness to insane -- and sometimes intimate -- episodes in their ERs.Chocolate Mousse SurpriseSometimes, for example, the exciteme

Two US Women Miscarry After Zika Infection, CDC Says


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two U.S. women suffered miscarriages after being infected with the Zika virus, according to officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus, which usually causes mild symptoms including fever, rash and fatigue, has already been associated with a rare birth defect in Brazil called microcephaly. The defect is characterized by an abnormally small head and brain. Officials have also been concerned that the virus could cross the place

Increased Zika Virus Screening Deemed Ineffective for Travelers


Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While outlining its Zika virus response plan, the Department of Homeland Security said today it will not direct U.S. Customs officials to add new screening measures for travelers into the United States.“Based on our current understanding of the virus, enhanced public health entry screening for Zika would not be effective,” a DHS statement said.Most people who are infected with Zika are asymptomatic and, therefore, would not be identified during the

Model With Down Syndrome 'Excited' to Walk in New York Fashion Week


moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  After beginning her professional modeling career last year, Madeline Stuart has jetted across the globe for photo shoots and runway shows. A hectic schedule comes with the modeling territory. But Stuart has something else to prove to the world.She was born with Down syndrome and is working hard to change society's perceptions of modeling. According to Stuart, she is the only professional model with the genetic disorder. But her condition has not slowed dow

Mom Pens Heartbreaking Letter to 4-Year-Old Daughter Who Died of Cancer


Courtesy Lindsay Rhoades(NEW YORK) --  A Virginia mom is hoping to raise awareness of pediatric cancer by sharing a tearful video of herself reading a letter she wrote to her recently deceased daughter."The day that she passed, I wrote it that morning - after I got back from the hospital," Lindsay Rhoades, of Herndon, Virginia, told ABC News today. "I read it at her service. I've written letters to Kate for a long stretch of time, but this particular letter I thought about all the things I

Kansas Woman Admits Embezzling from Employer


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  A Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of embezzling about $471,000 from her employer. The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a release that Kimberly Joyce Padgett of

Discarded Needles Concern Shawnee Co Recycling Workers


TOPEKA, Kan.  - Shawnee County officials are working to protect recycling crews from discarded hypodermic needles and syringes. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports needles and syringes are making their way into county recycling and posing a danger to

House Panel Subpoenas Kerry on Keystone XL Documents


WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  A House panel has issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry for department documents, reports and letters related to the contentious push to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans on the House Oversight and Go

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