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Father of Psych Ward Stabbing Victim Says Mental Patients Treated Like 'Prisoner


Joseph Camacho(SUN VALLEY, Calif.) -- The father of a man stabbed to death by his roommate in a southern California hospital psych ward won $3 million in punitive damages on Tuesday against the hospital where his son died. But money isn't on his mind. He wants to make sure it never happens again. "Mentally challenged individuals have just as many rights as other people," Joseph Camacho, 79, told ABC News. "Most of the time, they [hospitals] just seem to ignore them and treat them like prisoners

Everything You Need to Know About the Measles


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The measles have made a comeback with 84 cases in the latest outbreak, not to mention 644 cases last year alone. Given that the infectious disease was eliminated decades ago by vaccines, it's not surprising that its resurgence has some people scratching their heads.Here's what you need to know:What is measles?It is a viral disease that is extremely contagious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every person who gets it can spread it to 18

Free Range Parenting: Should Kids Be Allowed to Roam Unsupervised?


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rafi and Dvora Meitiv were walking home from the park recently in Silver Spring, Maryland, when they were suddenly confronted by strangers. Not a gang member, or a bully, or a child molester, but the police.“We were over here about to cross the street the two police cars pull up here, stopped, the doors opened then the whole thing started,” Rafi said.The Montgomery County Police gave the kids a stern warning about walking alone, put them in the squad car and dro

Bullied Girl May Face Permanent Blindness, Parents Say


Patrick and Erin Quarles(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Gwendolyn Quarles has a brain disorder that appeared soon after another child lobbed a football at her face in October of last year, her parents said. Her father, Patrick Quarles, said the incident was no accident."On the day of the injury, Gwendolyn was in gym class and the coaches left the children alone," Quarles, a 43-year-old sales representative for an electrical supply company, told ABC News. "There seems to have been an argument and then she rem

Officials on Alert for Measles During Super Bowl


NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Arizona health officials are attempting to contain a measles outbreak that has already spread through multiple states as thousands of fans arrive in Phoenix ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl.Officials are already monitoring 1,000 people in Arizona who were exposed to the contagious virus after seven people were found to be infected in the state.“This is a critical point in this outbreak,” said Arizona Department of Health Services’ Director Will Humble. “

Preemies Experience Social Development Problems as They Age


iStock/Thinkstock(HELSINKI, Finland) — In addition to physical problems that children who were born prematurely might suffer, scientists say they may encounter certain psychological problems during their teen and young adult years.In a study of people born prematurely during the 1980s, scientists at the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, Finland, says that many of these grown preemies tend to see themselves as less attractive than other individuals.Another roadblock to

Beer Ingredient Could Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Move over wine. Beer might have important health benefits as well.In a study conducted by the American Chemical Society, Jianguo Fang and his fellow researchers say that xanthohumol or Xn, an ingredient in hops, can prevent or slow down the onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.These conditions are brought on by oxidative damage to neuronal cells in the brain.Xn works as an antioxidant that also offers protection to the heart and fights cancer.But don&r

Time to Get Hooked on Phonics Again


iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Remember Hooked on Phonics? Ads for this commercial system of reading education through phonetics were everywhere during the early 1990s until the company ran into trouble with the FTC, leading it to file for bankruptcy.However, the basic concept of phonics to help kids read though sounding out words is making a comeback.A University of Buffalo study says that phonics is more effective in teaching youngsters to read faster than the commonly taught techniq

Possible Cure for Peanut Allergies Developed


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Have Australian researchers come up with a cure for peanut allergies?It’s possible that they may have, based on the results of an experiment in which 60 youngsters with these allergies were either given a placebo or the probiotic lactobacillus rhamnosus combined with peanut protein.The trial conducted by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute lasted 18 months and by the end, eighty percent of children who took the probiotic became tolerant to peanuts.

CDC: Already More Measles Cases in 2015 than Median Number from 2001 to 2010


Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Thursday that the number of measles cases in the U.S. since January 1 is already higher than the annual total case counts for several recent full years. In total, the CDC said there have been 84 cases of measles in 2015, with 67 of those linked to the outbreak at California's Disneyland. The California outbreak includes six other states as well. Between 2001 and 2010, the media

Study: Expensive Placebos More Effective than Cheap Ones


Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that placebos are more effective when they cost more.Researchers looked at data from 12 patients with moderate to severe Parkinson's disease who were told they were being given one injection that was a more expensive version of a new drug and one injection that was a cheap version. In fact, patients were given saline -- a placebo -- both times. According to the study, published in the journal Neurology, patients had their

WHO: New Ebola Cases in West Africa Drop Below 100 Last Week


Pawel Gaul/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization on Thursday released a new report on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, showing that the number of new cases identified in the last week had fallen below 100.According to the WHO's Ebola Situation Report, 99 new cases were detailed in the three countries most heavily affected by the outbreak -- 65 in Sierra Leone, 30 in Guinea and four in Liberia. The total number of Ebola cases since the beginning of the outbreak is now at

How Tom Brady's Cold Could Affect the Super Bowl


Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This is nothing to sneeze at ahead of the Super Bowl: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a cold.Brady told reporters he's sure he'll be fine in time for Sunday's clash against the Seattle Seahwaks, saying, "It's been lingering, so I'm just trying to get some rest. A lot of garlic, old remedies, everything I can."But epidemiologists aren't sold on the garlic -- but they also say there's a good chance Brady will be just fine in time for the big game."That

Family Seeking Liver Donor to Save Twins Asks for Public's Help


Bhakpong/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- A family desperately searching for a liver donor for their twin daughters have started a campaign in order to find a stranger willing to donate to save their girls.Binh and Phuoc Wagner, 3, of Ontario, Canada, both need liver transplants because of a genetic condition called Alagille syndrome, which can affect bile ducts in the liver and lead to severe liver damage.The twins were adopted from Vietnam in 2012 by Johanne and Michael Wagner, who were aware the

Does Shaving Make Your Hair Darker and Thicker?


Jacek Chabraszewski/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When faced with a patch of unruly hair on your body, it’s tempting to grab a razor and cut it down to size. But should you think again before reaching for the blade to solve your over-active follicles?Dr. Debbie Yi, an Emergency Medicine and Neurology physician at the Hospital of UPenn, cuts this myth down to size. Dr. Yi asserts that our hair is a lot like grass: thick at the bottom and thinner towards the ends.“So when we shave, al

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