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Vegetable Mix Source of Costco Chicken Salad E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Says

John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An E. coli outbreak caused by Costco's chicken salad has now been linked to specific ingredients within the salad.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sample of celery and onion was taken from a Costco store that was used to make the rotisserie chicken salad and results from the Montana Public Health Laboratory revealed the prsence of E. coli.The CDC said laboratory testing was still ongoing.Because of the lab results

How a Missouri Hospital Became Center of Alleged Stolen Baby Controversy

ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — It was a heartwarming mother-daughter reunion that went viral this spring.Zella Jackson Price overflowed with joy as she hugged her daughter Diane Gilmore, whom she hadn't seen since her birth nearly fifty years ago.The initial awe of the reunion, however, soon turned to anger. Gilmore thought her mother abandoned her after birth. But Price pointed the finger at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo., where she said Gilmore was born.Price claims that just hours

Your Body: Talking to Your Kids About Synthetic Drugs

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorSynthetic drugs are not only deadly but also easily accessible.The drugs began growing in popularity in 2013. Now, more than 300 synthetic designer drugs have hit the streets and under various names, like Spice, N-Bomb and K2.Parents who believe their kids may be under the influence should look for these symptoms: A change in behavior, combativeness, anxiety or agitation.To help protect your kids, ask lots of open-ended

West Point Bans Annual Pillow Fight After 24 Cadets Found to Have Concussions

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WEST POINT, N.Y.) --  What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday.Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.The list of injuries at this past gathering, include

Your Body: What You Need to Know About Ovarian Cancer

Photodisc/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorOvaries make cysts for a living, but when is a cyst suspicious for cancer?Ovarian cancer is called the "silent killer" because it can produce vague symptoms that often go ignored by either the doctor or the woman, delaying the diagnosis until it's at an advanced stage.All women should be aware of the symptoms. They include pelvic pain or pressure, increase in urination and bloating.If you feel any of these symptoms fo

Kidney Transplant Turns Acquaintances Into Brothers

Courtesy Jason Henley(NEW YORK) -- In September, Jason Henley, a UPS driver, made a life-saving delivery to Greg Hall, a man he barely knew.Hall, 31, had often signed for deliveries at a UPS store on Henley's route in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2014, when Henley noticed Hall's absence at the store, he asked about it. He eventually learned that Hall, a father and husband, had been diagnosed with kidney failure, was on dialysis and needed a transplant."Being a UPS driver gives me the opportunity

Hero Military Dog That Saved Unit in Afghanistan Gets a Second Chance

Courtesy Julian McDonald(NEW YORK) -- During her deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog, Layka, saved many lives and now some of them are helping save hers.Layka, a Belgian Malinois, lost one of her front legs when she was shot four times during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2013. Despite her wounds, the dog managed to save the soldiers from an attacker inside the building she was sent to clear.Now 5 years old and adopted by her Afghanistan handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonal

Drug With Controversial 4,000% Price Hike Will Be Sold Half-Off to Hospitals, Co

AlexRaths/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The pharmaceutical company that came under fire for raising the price of the anti-parasite drug Daraprim says it will significantly lower the drug cost for hospitals, but not the overall list price.Daraprim, a drug by Turing Pharmaceuticals used to treat toxoplasmosis, had a list price of $750 per dose as of October 2015 -- up from $18 per pill before Turing Pharmaceuticals bought the drug in August.Turing CEO Martin Shkreli, under fire for jacking up the

Dangerous Chagas Infection from 'Kissing Bug' Found in Five States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(ATLANTA) -- A rare parasitic infection called Chagas disease has been gaining headlines in recent weeks after cases of the infection were reported in at least five states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Chagas disease, which can cause long-term cardiac damage, is mainly found in rural Central and South America, but some experts are concerned that cases are beginning to rise in southern U.S. states. Infections have been

Beware of Thanksgiving Calorie Overload

IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Thanksgiving holiday often means spending time with family, watching football or parades, and eating turkey dinner until your pants are at risk of splitting. But if you're concerned about literally busting a gut, we've compiled a few helpful tips on enjoying your Thanksgiving meal without the gluttony.Should you eat a delicious turkey dinner with candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, bread and butter and

Study: Infant Deaths Attributed to Crib Bumpers on the Rise

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The number of babies who die because of crib bumpers appears to have increased in recent years, despite warnings from pediatricians, according to a new study.Data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show 48 deaths attributable to the comforter-like padding from 1985-2012. If you divide that 28-year span into four equal time periods, the first three show an average of eight deaths, while the last -- 2006-2012 -- shows 23 deaths. The danger is suffocatio

Thanksgiving: Tips to Keep Your Food Safe

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Before you start cooking, make sure your hands are clean to avoid contaminating the food with any bacteria.This is especially important after handling a raw turkey."[Y]ou want to make sure you wash your hands for a full 20 seconds," says food safety expert Chris Bernstein from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.As for the turkey itself, washing it won't make it any safer, Bernstein says."You should never wash a turkey or any m

Your Body: Are You Taking the Right Birth Control Pill for You?

Fuse/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorThere are many types of birth control pills, so how do you know if you're taking the right one for you?While they all serve the same purpose, not all oral contraceptives are created equally. Combination pills contain both estrogen and progestin -- the same hormones your body makes, just in different amounts.Whether you're on a generic or brand name version, you should look for two key things on the package: The dose of est

Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E.coli Outbreak, Says CDC

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An E.coli outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states was linked to rotisserie chicken salad from Costco, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report from the CDC -- which says people fell ill between Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 -- says five of those who have become ill have been hospitalized. Two people have developed a type of kidney failure associated with E.coli infection, the CDC said.Although the investigation is ongoing

New Studies Show How Moms Also Benefit From Breastfeeding

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Two new studies are adding to a growing body of evidence that breast-feeding is both good for the baby and for the mother.The studies, which focused on diabetes and cancer, found that women who breast-feed cut their risk of diabetes and cancer compared to women who did not breast-feed.One study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine studied 1,035 women who had developed gestational diabetes while pregnant. The condition is associated with an increas

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