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Amy Robach Reflects One Year After Breast Cancer Diagnosis


ABC NewsBy ABC's Amy Robach(NEW YORK) -- It was a year ago that I agreed to have a live, televised mammogram in the middle of Times Square on Good Morning America.I was persuaded by GMA producers and Robin Roberts, to help demystify this test that so many women my age avoid.I was 40 years old and had put off having my first mammogram for a number of reasons: I was too busy, I was concerned about the discomfort of the test -- and most notably -- I wasn't concerned about actually having breast can

'Thank You for Saving My Life': Amy Robach Meets Breast Cancer Survivor


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram last year, live on ABC's Good Morning America for breast cancer awareness month, but never imagined she’d hear the words: "You have breast cancer."Deb Greig was watching from her home in Charleston, South Carolina. The former news director at ABC News’ Charleston affiliate, WCIV, knew of Robach early on in her career, and was stunned when Robach shared the news of her breast cancer diagnosis in November 2013."I was a

Woman Finds Out She's Pregnant After Breast Cancer Diagnosis


Courtesy Mount Sinai Health System (NEW YORK) -- At age 34, Adele Rivas thought she was too young to have breast cancer, even though her mother had been diagnosed with the disease in her 40s.But a persistent lump in her breast led Rivas to get a biopsy test. Her mother tagged along for moral support.“My mother said, ‘I have to come with you,’” Rivas remembers. “She came, thank goodness.”With her mother by her side, Rivas was diagnosed with stage two breast can

A Granny Smith a Day Keeps Bad Gut Bacteria at Bay


iStock/Thinkstock(PULLMAN, Wash.) -- When it comes to knowing what’s best for your health, granny knows best. Granny Smith, that is, as in the tart green apple that’s very popular this time of year.Washington State University researchers say that while all apples contain non-digestible compounds that have certain health benefits, it’s the Granny Smith in particular that possibly prevents some disorders linked to obesity.In essence, the compounds from these apples help to create

Snacking Makes the World Go Round


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Snacks are about as American as potato chips, chocolate and cheese. But they’re also popular in other parts of the world.In fact, a Nielsen Global Survey of Snacking found that 91 percent of the 30,000 people polled in 60 countries say they snack at least once daily and one in five enjoy snacks three or four times on a typical day.What’s more, snacking has become such a regular part of our routines that 45 percent of respondents say they sometime replac

Cancer Doctors Target Obesity in Battle Against Cancer


Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Top cancer doctors are calling for the recognition of obesity as a risk factor for some forms of cancer.According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, obesity is considered a risk factor for breast, prostate and colon cancers, among others. It is not, however, sufficiently recognized, doctors say. About 84,000 cancer diagnoses are believed to be attributed to obesity each year, along with 15 percent of cancer deaths.The ASCO announced an anti-obesi

How the CDC Will Make Sure Ebola Doesn't Spread in US


Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(DALLAS) -- To stop the deadly Ebola virus from spreading in the U.S., health officials said they have already started tracking anyone involved with the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed here.Officials from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control confirmed Tuesday that the first Ebola patient has been diagnosed in the U.S., after arriving from Liberia. In a press conference in Dallas, CDC director Tom Frieden said local health departm

Researchers Consider Link Between Adolescent Obesity and Colorectal Cancer


AlexRaths/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adolescents who are obese may face an increased risk of colorectal cancer later on in life, researchers say.According to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research Conference, researchers looked at data from 240,000 Swedish men and found that those who were obese as teenagers were 2.37 times as likely to develop colorectal cancer compared to those who they deemed "normal weight."The link between obesity and colorectal cancer has

Thousands of West African Children Orphaned by Ebola


Bumbasor/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly 4,000 children in West Africa have lost one or both parents to the ongoing Ebola outbreak, a staggering figure reported by the United Nations Children's Fund on Tuesday."Thousands of children are living through the deaths of their mother, father or family members from Ebola," UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Manuel Fontaine said in a statement. "These children urgently need special attention and support; yet many of them fee

First Ebola Case Diagnosed in US Confirmed by CDC


James Gathany/CDC(ATLANTA) -- The first Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday.Although American Ebola patients have been treated in the United States prior to this diagnosis, they all contracted Ebola in West Africa.Ebola has killed 2,917 people and infected 3,346 others since the outbreak began in March.The CDC will hold a press conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. with Dallas and Texas state health officials as well a

After Autistic Girl Finds Success in Art World, Parents Shield Her from Spotligh


Courtesy Arabella Carter-Johnson(NEW YORK) -- When Iris Grace Halmshaw's parents introduced her to painting, they were hoping the activity would be a fun diversion and a way to get their autistic child to express herself.But as soon as Iris picked up a brush, her parents were blown away by how she approached the painting. She shied away from doing simple paintings of houses or smiling stick figures and, instead, created colorful abstract pieces that appeared to express deep emotion.“It was

Face-to-Face with Patients in the Ebola Ward


ABC NewsREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK By ABC News' Dr. Richard Besser(MONROVIA, Liberia) -- "Before we enter the Ebola ward, we pray," Dr. Jerry Brown tells me as we stand just outside the second-oldest Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, clad in layer after layer of protective gear.I’m about to become the first journalist allowed inside. My head tells me we’re safe, but my heart is pounding.A few minutes earlier, three people watched and made adjustments as I put on scrubs, boots, a pair of glo

How This Enterovirus Outbreak Could Affect Adults


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's one silver lining in the ominous news about the mysterious respiratory virus that has sickened children in 46 states since August, even causing paralysis in some: It does not seem to be spreading into adults.But experts aren't sure why."Everyone is scratching their heads on this one," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of medicine at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.One possible theory is that the current pathogen, enterovirus 68, or a

Dove Ad Highlights a Mother's Impact on Daughter's Self-Esteem


BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dove’s buzzy new short film titled “Legacy” asks women to share how they feel about their bodies, but then poses the same question to their daughters.“My number one hate on my body is… ,” one mother begins reading in the advertisement. “My eyes are wonky,” another finishes. “My bigger arms” or “I have very big legs,” two other women say.The powerful ad shows mothers just how much their be

Deep-Fried Candy Bars May Be Hazardous to Your Health


iStock/Thinkstock(GLASGOW, Scotland) -- Candy is dandy but deep-fried candy bars are really tasty.The problem, according to a report in the Scottish Medical Journal, is that these sugary and fatty confections normally sold at state fairs could put you in serious medical jeopardy.In fact, the researchers from Glasgow say that a deep-fried Mars bar may increase the risk of a sudden stroke by slowing blood flow to the brain.Their small study of 24 participants found that men with narrow arteries ma

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