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Researchers: Depression Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Heart Failure Patie


janulla/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at a conference on Heart Failure Saturday, indicating that depression was linked to a five-fold increase in risk of death in heart failure patients.According to a press release for the event, researchers followed patients for a year following hospitalization for heart failure. Those patients who suffered from moderate or severe depression were found to be five times as likely to die in the year after they were discharged from t

World's Oldest Person Celebrates 116th Birthday in Michigan


Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage(DETROIT) -- The world's oldest person, Jeralean Talley, turned 116 Saturday in Inkster, Michigan.Talley -- who was born in 1899 -- was named the oldest living person in the world last month, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit.Talley's birthday celebrations began earlier this week when she was honored at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Detroit Free Press reported. She also received a special birthday message from President Obam

Paralyzed Georgia Teen Walks at His High School Graduation


TongRo Images/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A paralyzed high school student in Georgia did something described by some as a miraculous step forward: he walked at his graduation.Thanks to a special medical device, Will Hutchins of Heard County was able to walk across the stage to receive his diploma at his graduation ceremony Friday night, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reports. It led to a standing ovation from the audience inside Atlanta’s Shepherd Center.“I knew I was going to be able to do it some

Mosquitoes May Be Attracted to Your Scent, Not Just Your Food


k4d/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Mosquitoes are a common summer nuisance, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, the bothersome buzzers may not be after your food -- it may be the scent you put off."Mosquitoes are not only attracted to our body odor," said Jennifer Lucas, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, "but [also] the things we use to mask body odor." The clinic says mosquitoes may be attracted to fragrances, deodorants and scented lotions. Some studies show that people with bee

Memorial Day and How to Avoid Holiday Dangers


stokkete/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This weekend, millions of Americans will hit the road to spend time with family and friends during Memorial Day and celebrate the unofficial kick-off of the summer season.Unfortunately, the season also means higher rates of injuries, according to experts. To make sure you can enjoy your long weekend and stay safe, here are a few tips on how to stay safe and enjoy the summer season. Grilling Grilling and barbecues can be an important signal that summer has

How the Bird Flu Sweeping Through US Flocks Is Different Than Past Outbreaks


snowflock/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The ongoing outbreak of avian flu has prompted four states to declare a state of emergency and 40 million birds being either infected or culled as a result. An now, Minnesota has canceled its poultry shows at the state fair to protect its prize fowl. But this outbreak is different from previous outbreaks, some of which have led to human infections in other parts of the globe, experts said. There are multiple strains of the virus in the H5 family affecti

Florida Investigating Allegations Dentist Performed Unnecessary Procedures to Co


Fuse/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- The Florida State Attorney General's Office is investigating a dentist for Medicaid fraud after a group of parents alleged that he performed unnecessary and painful procedures on their children, ABC News has learned. Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, has been practicing dentistry in Jacksonville since the 1960s. Authorities are investigating whether he collected millions of dollars in Medicaid payments for unwanted, unmerited procedures. Brandi Motley says she took

Florida Mom Jailed Over Circumcision Dispute Agrees to Procedure


Broward Sheriff's Office(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- A Florida mother has agreed to circumcise her son after spending a week behind bars for refusing to cooperate with a court order to do so, ABC News has learned. Heather Hironimus, 31, had been in custody since May 14 after going missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid circumcising him, according to court records. Horonimus signed paperwork on Friday to allow the procedure, attorney Ira Marcus, who represents the boy's f

Salmonella Outbreak Possibly Linked to Tuna Sushi


 adisa/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- More than 50 people in nine states have been sickened with salmonella, and investigators suspect raw tuna in sushi is to blame, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is reporting that 53 people have been sickened -- including a child younger than 1 year old -- with a strain of salmonella called paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+).No one has died, and 10 people have been hospitalized. Of the 36 people interviewed, 34 report

Presumed Dead, Man Starts Moving on Way to Morgue


iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- As far as the first responders could tell, the man was dead. He was cold and stiff, according to the medical examiner's report.But then on the way to the morgue, he started moving.The 46-year-old man's name has not been made public, but the report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says that he wasn't alive in two days when his girlfriend called police to check on him because she was unable to reach him. The fire department arrived at his apartmen

Turning 18 and Turning to Breast Reduction Surgery


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Like most teenage girls, Mackenzie Langan loves to shop -- but those shopping trips used to often end in tears.Mackenzie, a high school senior, is petite, standing at about 5 feet tall. But her bra size was a 32-H, so she said finding outfits that fit well was a constant challenge."It’s nice to have big boobs and a lot of people think that I’m so lucky,” she said. “But like I have back pain, I have shoulder pain, I have like swelling on my shoulders.

Dog Loses Eyes to Glaucoma, 'Younger Siblings' Take on Role of Guide Animals


Courtesy Jessica VanHusen(WATERFORD, Mich.) — After a vet tech's 10-year-old dog lost both eyes to glaucoma, her two younger pets stepped up to act as guides to the injured animal.Kiaya is an Akita who lives in Waterford, Michigan, with her owner, Jessica VanHusen."She's my furry daughter," VanHusen told ABC News Friday. "She's amazing."When Kiaya was diagnosed with glaucoma -- an eye condition that can cause blindness -- she had to have both of her eyes removed, VanHusen said.That's when

Coroner's Office Identifies 4th Plane Crash Victim


WICHITA, Kan.  -  The Regional Forensic Science Center has positively identified the fourth person killed in last week's plane crash at Mid-Continent Airport. He's been identified as Sergey Galitskiy, 54.

Chemical Release at Water Treatment Plant


WICHITA - A chemical used in the water treatment process leaked into the Arkansas River early Wednesday morning near downtown. Public Works & Utilities maintenance crews have plugged the leak to stop the release of chemicals. Ferric sulfate, which is

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