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New CDC Survey Shows Significant Number of Americans Did Not Get Flu Shot


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Have you had your flu shot? A new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 40% of Americans haven't gotten theirs this year.In a press release, the CDC said only 2 out of 5 Americans recieved the vaccine.“We are glad to see that people are making the decision to protect themselves and their families from flu, but coverage is still low and we urge people to get vaccinated if they haven't yet,” said Nancy Messonnier, M.D., dir

Police Leave Double Amputee Lying on Ground During Arrest, Video Shows


Jay King(Money gram Music)/Facebook(MIAMI) -- A woman with a double amputation was left lying on the ground for several minutes after she fell off her wheelchair while being arrested at a gas station in Miami-Dade County, Florida, according to videos captured by witnesses and a police officer's body camera.The woman who was arrested -- 52-year-old Mary Brown of Homestead, Florida -- lost the lower half of her legs several years ago due to diabetes, according to her lawyer, Mark DiGowan. He told

Heroin Overdoses Killed More People in US Than HIV, Melanoma or Firearms in 2015


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The opioid epidemic continues to worsen in the U.S., with more people dying from heroin overdoses than firearm homicides, melanoma or HIV-related causes, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 2015 at least 13,150 people died of heroin overdose, according to the CDC Wonder database, which houses public health data.That number was higher than the number of people killed in firearm homicides in the same year, which was 12,974, o

Girl With Leukemia Granted Wish to Become a Princess for a Day


iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) --  A 4-year-old California girl battling leukemia took over the city of Sacramento Friday as Make-A-Wish transformed her into a princess for a day.Alyla Stamp, 4, of Yuba City, California, was surprised Friday morning with a trip to a Macy’s department store in Sacramento where she received her princess makeover, including a dress and shoes.  Alylya was later picked up by a royal carriage to be escorted to her coronation and royal ball at th

Florida Gov. Says Florida Free of Zika Transmission


iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that Florida is now clear of locally-transmitted Zika for the first time since July. Since the Zika outbreak was announced in the state, four zones of ongoing Zika transmission had been identified and subsequently cleared in recent months.day the last "Zika zone" in the state, located in the South Beach area of Miami Beach, was declared free of the Zika virus transmission."The South Beach area now does not have any local t

Grieving Mom Hides Hot Wheels Around Town in Honor of Son Who Died of Cancer


Courtesy Tracey Blackmore (NEW YORK) -- An Indiana mother is hoping to preserve her son's memory by hiding his favorite toys, Hot Wheels cars, around the neighborhood for strangers to find."Since he passed, it's hard dealing with your grief," Tracey Blackmore of Carmel, Indiana told ABC News. "You can be sad and feel sorry for yourself or you could do something about it. I just wanted to to spread his love and his story and also help raise money for childhood cancer research."On June 13, 2015, B

Your Body: Fighting the Winter Blues


iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorSome people suffer from the winter blues. Shorter, colder days come with the winter months and, for some, so does seasonal affective disorder. Many people start to develop the telltale signs after falling back with the clock. Symptoms include irritability, excessive sleeping, and loss of interest. Some may notice lethargy and weight gain. So here are some things you can do to combat the winter blues: See the light. Even

Parents of Formerly Conjoined Twins Say Seeing Them Separated Is 'Surreal'


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The mother of twin girls born conjoined at the abdomen and chest it said it was "surreal" to see her daughters separated.Speaking to reporters alongside doctors Thursday, Aida Sandoval, and her husband, Arturo Sandoval, were brought to tears as they recounted their daughters' operation earlier this week.Erika and Eva Sandoval, 2, of Antelope, California, were born joined at the lower chest and upper abdomen, referred to as omphalo-ischiopagus twins. While the

Firefighters Hang Christmas Lights For Man Who Fell Nearly Six Feet Off Ladder


Erik Gaines(NEW YORK) -- A crew of firefighters in Washington state helped save Christmas for the family of a man who fell nearly six feet off a ladder while trying to hang Christmas lights at his home.Erik Gaines, 35, was home alone with his three young children Sunday decorating the outside of the family’s Puyallup, Washington, home for the holidays. He had just hung the first string of lights on his two-story home when the base of the ladder kicked out from underneath him and he crashed

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