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Smallmouth Bass Caught in PA River Confirmed to Have Cancerous Tumor


John Arway/Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission(WILKES-BARRE, Pa.) -- A smallmouth bass caught last fall has been confirmed to have a cancerous tumor on its mouth, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. The PFBC announced on Monday that two independent laboratory tests confirmed a malignant, or cancerous, tumor on a single smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River by an angler late last year. It is the only documented case of this type of tumor being found on the fish in

UCLA Players Wear Sensor-Laden Helmets to Study Concussions


KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- Football players at UCLA have started wearing sensor-laden helmets so researchers can study head-hits and concussions for the next three years, the school announced this week. The $30 million project is funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense, and it involves UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina. All three schools' football teams are using the helmets and will send data to Indiana University to be studied. T

The Reason Why Big Whales Make Gulping Food Look So Easy


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The reason whales make taking a big gulp look so easy is because the mammals have stretchy nerves in their jaws that allow their tongues and mouths to nearly double in size.Researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered the unique nerve structure and published their findings in an article in the journal Current Biology.While most nerves are inelastic, researchers found the ones in Rorquals, a family including blue and fin whales, were stretchy and sim

Man Saved After Heart Stops in Middle of Highway


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Patrick Roark has a lot to be thankful for. His heart stopped while he was driving on Iowa's most crowded highway and he survived, thanks to his teenage son, a state trooper and a passing nurse.Roark, 57, told ABC News he knows of no underlying health conditions he may have had, but he remembers not feeling well last Sunday when he was driving home after taking his 15-year-old son to look at cars in Wisconsin."Next thing I knew, of course, I was in the ambulance be

NFL Player Takes Cancer Patient to Senior Prom


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An NFL player turned Prince Charming this weekend when he took a student battling cancer to her senior prom.Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen’Derrick Marks accompanied Khameyea Jennings, an 18-year-old who has been battling cancer for two years, according to Dreams Come True, a local non-profit group that helped set up the dream date."I think I look good, I think my date looks good. I'm going to have a great night,” Marks told ABC News affiliate WJXX-T

Chlamydia Outbreak Hits Texas High School with No Sex Ed


iStock/Thinkstock(CRANE, Texas) -- A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. But according to the school district's student handbook, it does not offer sexual education.Several students in one Crane, Texas, school district contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, according to a letter obtained by ABC News that went home to parents Monday. According to the letter, the surrounding counties were also in the middle of an outbreak."Crane Independent Sch

Navy SEAL Workout Anyone Can Do: How It Came to Be


ABC News(NEW YORK) — While on deployment in the 1990s, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick ran into a problem: How do you maintain a world-class level of physical fitness without anywhere to train?“You’ve got no gear, so you’re relegated to the same body-weight, basic calisthenics that the Romans were doing,” said Hetrick.The solution began with a jiu-jitsu belt that he accidentally packed in his deployment bag, he said. He tied a knot in the belt and threw it over the top of a

Do You Know the Way to the Most Mom-Friendly US City?


Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good for you, San Jose, California. Shame on you, San Jose, California.In one of the most bizarre findings of any Mother's Day survey ever taken, San Jose ranks at the top of "mom-friendly" cities in the U.S, according to Teleflora and Sperling's Best Places. This means it offers the best quality of life for mothers as well offering the most in terms of raising a family.However, San Jose is also the number one city when it comes to residents forgetting mom on he

Vacations, Togetherness and Money Make Families Happy


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Summer means school's out and it's time to go on a vacation. Therefore, there's more opportunities to spend with family members.With that in mind, FamilyFun magazine issued a small survey about what makes families happy and just how satisfied they are with their lives.Among other things, the "Happy Family Playbook" reveals that vacations are the top activity when it comes to making families happy, followed by visits to local zoos and museums as well playing bo

The Best Smoking Cessation Method Could Be a Trip to the ER


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Emergency room doctors may provide a valuable service they've never thought of -- getting people to stop smoking.A Yale School of Medicine study says that smokers were two-and-a-half times more likely to stop their habit after an emergency room intervention than tobacco users who never benefited from an ER intercession.In an experiment involving more than 770 smokers, half were given motivational interviewing, nicotine replacement and quit-line referra

Whooping Cough Vaccine Does Seem to Wear Off


yangna/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In 2012, more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the U.S. – the greatest single-year total since 1955 – and researchers want to know why.  Now, new research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics indicates it may be that the “new” vaccine wears off after a few years, leaving kids once again vulnerable to infection. Researchers investigating a whopping cough outbreak in Washington state found that children bo

The Apple Doesn't Sleepwalk Far From the Tree


Helder Almeida/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research reinforces the idea that the tendency to sleepwalk may be inherited. Researchers looked at 1,940 children in Canada over 12 years to examine the relationship of “night terrors” and sleepwalking, as well as the genetic predisposition to those syndromes, in a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. They found that sleep terrors, which about a third of the children studied developed, reach their peak at the age of 18 months. Of

INTERPOL Issues Global Alert for Potentially Lethal Illicit Diet Drug


AlexRaths/iStock/Thinkstock(LYON, France) -- A global alert was issued on Monday by INTERPOL for an illicit and potentially lethal drug used as a dieting and body-building aid.The warning about 2.4-dinitrophenol, which is also used as a raw material for explosives, was issued after one woman died in the U.K. and a French man was left seriously ill after taking the substance.Although usually sold in yellow powder or capsule form, DNP is also available as a cream. Besides the intrinsic dangers of

Overweight Diabetics May Live Longer, Study Says


amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There has been conflicting evidence regarding the effects of weight on longevity in people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study may tip the scales. Researchers in the U.K. looked at 10,568 people with type 2 diabetes and followed them for over 10 years, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.The researchers found that those who were overweight or obese were more likely to be hospitalized for heart-related issues, like heart attack

SC College Student Allegedly Caught on Camera Poisoning Roommates' Food


Columbia Police Dept.(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A University of South Carolina student is facing felony charges and possible jail time after allegedly being caught on camera spitting and pouring chemicals into her two roommates’ food in early February, police said. Police say Hayley King, 22, can be seen in the video taken by her roommates Feb. 4 spitting into multiple containers of food and pouring Windex into the food in the apartment they shared off campus, according to a Columbia Police Depar

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