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Nutritious and Delicious Back to School Lunch Ideas

(NEW YORK) — Schools are back in session across the country and that means parents are back in the kitchen preparing daily lunches for their kids.Lifestyle expert Sandra Lee appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday with recipe ideas for lunch meals that will keep kids excited about eating and well-fueled for a day of learning.Lee partnered on the recipes with Disney’s Healthy Living Commitment, which helps kids and families make healthy living simple and fun. The recipe

California Girl, 12, Creates Tools and Technology for the Visually Impaired

Angel Canales/ABC News(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — Growing up in the shadow of Silicon Valley, 12-year-old Hari Bhimaraju of Cupertino, California, has always been fascinated by science and technology, and she's putting her skills to good use by creating tools for the visually impaired."I've kind of just grown up in a house where it's always been a thing to help people," Hari told ABC News. "Especially the visually impaired."The first project she created was a periodic table teaching tool for the

Devastating Effects of Zika Virus Seen in New Fetal Brain Scans

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The devastating effects of the Zika virus on the brains of fetuses go beyond microcephaly, according to a new study published Tuesday in the medical journal Radiology.Researchers evaluated brain scans of fetuses and infants with suspected Zika infection and found that in addition to microcephaly there were severe abnormalities in 94 percent of infants. The researchers studied 17 babies and fetuses with confirmed Zika diagnosis and 28 with suspected Zika infection.Vira

Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in First Half of 2016

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The upward trend of motor vehicle deaths that began in late 2014 has continued to surge through the first half of 2016, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council.The non-profit group, using data from state authorities, said deaths on U.S. roadways since January have increased 9 percent from the same period last year and 18 percent from two years ago.The council estimates that 19,100 people have died and 2.2 million people were injured in m

Teen Becomes Fourth Person to Survive Brain-Eating Amoeba in 50 Years

iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A Florida teen has become only the fourth person in the last 50 years to survive an infection from "naegleria fowleri" -- also commonly known as the "brain-eating amoeba."Sebastian DeLeon, 16, continues his recovery after contracting the infection earlier this month.DeLeon was taken to Florida Children's Hospital in Orlando, Florida, with a severe headache on Aug. 8. Doctors believe the teen, a camp counselor, was exposed to the amoeba at a freshwater lake ear

Synthetic Marijuana Suspected in Mass LA Overdose

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least 18 people were evaluated and 14 people were transported to hospitals after a suspected mass overdose in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles Monday. Health officials said they believe the overdoses were caused by the synthetic marijuana drug known as "spice."Symptoms of the overdoses include violent behavior, seizures and altered levels of consciousness, according to Los Angeles Fire Department press officials."We don't have toxicological confirmation, but it'

American Heart Association Issues New Recommendations for Kids and Sugar

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children and teens from the ages of 2 to 18 should consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association (AHA).The AHA is also recommending that children younger than 2 should consume no foods or drinks with added sugars.“Strong evidence supports the association of added sugars with increased cardiovascular disease risk in children through increased energy intake, increased adiposity and

Lagree Fitness Method Founder Leads Live-Stream Workout on "GMA"

Courtesy Sebastien Lagree(NEW YORK) -- Sebastien Lagree is the creator of the patented Lagree Fitness Method, inventor of the patented Megaformer and Supra tilting-axes resistance workout machines, owner of Lagree Fitness Studio in Los Angeles and a celebrity fitness trainer. Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Sofia Vergara are just some of the A-list stars who are devotees of Lagree's training method.Lagree will lead a live-streamed workout Wednesday on ABC News' Good Morning America for &ldqu

Your Body: Discussing Sexual Orientation with Your Doctor

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorIt looks like emergency room doctors and nurses are more nervous than they need to be. A national survey of ER patients, doctors and nurses found that 80 percent of doctors and nurses are worried patients may feel offended if their sexual orientation is questioned and, therefore, may avoid asking about it. However, according to the survey, only 11 percent of patients say they would feel offended.It's important for doctor

EpiPen Price Rise Hurting Parents Getting Ready for School Year, Experts Say YORK) -- The skyrocketing price of EpiPens in recent years is putting added pressure on parents as they get ready to send kids back to school prepped for allergic reactions, according to experts.The EpiPen, which is the last remaining epinephrine injector on the market, has seen a dramatic cash price increase over the past decade, according to Consumer Reports.The website Good Rx, which Consumer Reports cites and which finds drug prices, currently lists EpiPens as costing around

Breast Density Matters for Cancer Screening, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For some women over 50, the density of their breasts could affect how often they should be screened for breast cancer, based on a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.Current recommendations from different health organizations, including the American Cancer Society and National Comprehensive Cancer Network, are mixed. Generally these recommendations advise the average woman to start mammograms somewhere between the ages of 40 and 50, and at intervals betwee

Family of Toddler Trapped Under Capsized Boat Calls Her Survival 'A Miracle' BEACH, Fla.) -- Tammy and Brian Bossard are grateful to have their toddler daughter Kennedy home Monday after the 23-month-old was trapped in an air pocket under the family’s boat for more than an hour when the vessel hit power lines and flipped over on Florida’s Indian River.“We thought we were going to lose her,” an emotional Tammy Bossard said in an interview with ABC News.The Bossards, of Cocoa Beach, Florida, said it’s "a miracle" that their d

Your Body: Getting Struck by Lightning

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorSummer thunderstorms can be a common event, but how much do you know about lightning and how to stay safe?If the forecast calls for thunderstorms, you should postpone your trip to the beach or your outdoor activity, or make sure an adequate safe shelter is readily available. Remember the phrase, "When thunder roars, go indoors."If you are caught in an open area during a thunderstorm, crouch down in a ball-like position,

Florida Zika Virus Outbreak: Students to Get Zika Lessons, Mosquito Protection

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — The fight to stop an outbreak of locally transmitted Zika was complicated last week after a second transmission site was located in the Miami area. Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed on Friday there was a new outbreak of locally transmitted Zika in Miami Beach that has left at least five people infected, bringing the total number of locally transmitted cases to 36.The site was announced as health officials continue to try and clear a separate site where the virus

Beach Warning: Shallow Water Brings Potential for Severe Injuries

Blend Images/ThinkstockBy BECKY WORLEY (NEW YORK) — When we head to the beach we fear riptides and sharks, but there is a much more common danger that can strike in as little as two feet of water and sends thousands to the emergency rooms each year. When waves slam swimmers down, the swimmers can suffer broken bones, concussions and even paralysis just 10 feet from the dry sand.Growing up in Hawaii I witnessed it over and over: visitors playing in the break zone, so close to shore that the

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