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Binge-Watching TV Can Be Dangerous to Your Health


iStock/Thinkstock(OSAKA, Japan) — If you’re going to binge on an entire season of your favorite show, try to work in some light exercise between episodes. That is, if you don't want to die.According to a Japanese study released Monday in the journal Circulation, researchers found sedentary behavior -- like watching too much TV -- can contribute to death by blood clot. Researchers at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine followed more than 86,000 middle-aged to older adults

First Man in US to Get Double Hand Transplant Highlights Risks of Experimental S


iStock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) -- The first American patient to undergo a double hand transplant is speaking out about his experience this week. Seven years after making headlines, Jeff Kepner, 64, is drawing attention to the risks of experimental surgery by revealing he cannot move his transplanted hands at all."I have zero mobility with my hands," Kepner, 64, told ABC News. "I can’t hold a pencil."Before deciding to get the transplant, Kepner, of Augusta, Georgia, spent 10 years as an a

Boy, 6, With Cystic Fibrosis Lives Dream as Garbage Man for a Day


Make-A-Wish Foundation(RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.) -- A 6-year-old California boy with cystic fibrosis is seeing his wish to be a garbage man come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.The special day for Ethan Dean, from Rancho Cordova, California, began Tuesday morning with a surprise assembly at his elementary school.His classmates did a great job cheering him on! Who is joining on the route today? #EthanCleansUp pic.twitter.com/eFBIBaCrXO— Make-A-Wish of Sacto (@MakeAWishSacto) July 26

C-Sections, Induced Births Decline in US, Study Finds


liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The rate of cesarean sections and induced births in the U.S. has declined, reversing a decades-long trend of increased rates of obstetric interventions, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Researchers from multiple institutions, including the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, examined data from 25 million birth certificates detailing deliveries. They found measurable drops in the amount

Teen Performs CPR on Baseball Field to Save Unconscious Teammate


Tim Smith(FAIRFAX, Va.) — A Virginia baseball player was saved when his teammate administered CPR moments after he was struck in the chest by a baseball.The Manassas baseball team was practicing for the Southeast Regional Tournament on July 14 when the catcher threw the ball and hit Steve Smith directly in the chest, according to Steve's father Tim."His heart stopped immediately," Smith said, who is also the team's coach. "When you get struck in the chest and there is about three hundredth

Layla Luciano Leads Kickboxing, Strength Training Workout on "GMA"


Courtesy Layla Luciano(NEW YORK) -- Layla Luciano is a New York City-based fitness trainer known for her high-intensity and exhilarating workouts. Luciano uses her 20 years of martial arts training to design workouts that activate both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers, ensuring a complete body burning and calorie-torching workout.The PACT Park co-founder will lead ABC News' Good Morning America viewers Wednesday in a live-streamed workout for “Workout Wednesday.” In the new

How Sisters Mara Schiavocampo and Pia Schiavo-Campo Arrived at Body Image Accept


ABC News (NEW YORK) — Everyone has his or her own way of achieving body-image acceptance. ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo and her sister Pia Schiavo-Campo arrived at their goals through different methods.The two women appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to discuss how they found happiness by pursuing their own fitness goals: Mara lost 90 pounds through diet and exercise, as chronicled in her book Thinspired, while Pia chose to love her 230-pound frame as is. She writes abou

Dog Overcomes Severe Abuse to Help Autistic Children and the Homeless


Courtesy Zach Skow(NEW YORK) -- While his rescue may have been “typical”, Hooch is far from a run-of-the-mill dog.When Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue took the dog from a shelter three years ago, he weighed half of what he does now and was suffering from a bad case of pneumonia. His ears had been sheared off, leaving him with an infection. But all of this seemed minor once the veterinarian finally opened Hooch’s mouth and made a horrifying discovery -– his tongue had been

Zika Virus Infection Risks Calculated for Pregnant Women, Olympic Attendees in N


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Just weeks before the Olympics are slated to start in the nation at the center of the Zika virus outbreak, researchers have found new evidence about who is likely to contract the disease.Two studies published Monday help shed light on the virus that the World Health Organization has called a "global health emergency." Yale researchers modeled the risk for people attending the Olympics and found only a small chance that those visiting Rio de Janerio for the Olympics

Judge Gives Life to Friend and Fellow Judge With Kidney Donation


Courtesy Derek Mosley(MILWAUKEE) -- A Wisconsin judge is recovering after getting a kidney from an unlikely source: his best friend and fellow judge.Derek Mosley, 45, was diagnosed two years ago with renal failure. The municipal court judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin knew that the disease could be deadly."Kidney disease runs in my family, my father passed away from it and my [grandmother] passed away from it," he told ABC News.For two years Mosley stayed on an overnight dialysis so that he could wo

Deaf Baby Bursts Into Giggles After Hearing His Mother for the First Time


Taryn Blair(NEW YORK) — An adorable video captures an Australian baby hearing his mother's voice for the first time and bursting into giggles after he's fitted with a pair of hearing aids.Jordan Blair was born with hearing loss and failed both of his hearing screenings at the hospital, his mother Taryn Blair told ABC News Monday. The family then went to an audiologist who confirmed that hearing loss runs on the mother's side of the family. In addition, when baby Jordan was only 3 weeks old

Mom Uses Hypnosis as a Parenting Tool


ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hypnosis is a clinical technique typically used to treat conditions like anxiety and pain but some say it could also help as a parenting tool.“Hypnosis and parenting is a natural solution,” Lisa Machenberg, a hypnotherapist and mother of three, told ABC News. "You naturally influence your child anyway, let’s learn how to do it with intention."Machenberg began hypnotizing her own children to help them get through the night without wetting the bed. She

Officials Warn of Spontaneous Combustion Risk of Linseed Oil


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Summer is a popular time for home improvement projects, but officials are warning of a danger that many people may not be aware of until it’s too late: spontaneous combustion of common household products used to finish furniture and decks.Oil-based wood stains and linseed oil can combust and burn even without any spark to initiate the fire, officials say.Shannon Priddy’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, house was destroyed in 2014 after she says contractors left

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