Grandmother donates organ as ‘kidney gift certificate’ to save young granddaughter years from now

Watch Video When Meghann Adams learned that she was pregnant in early 2015, she was ecstatic. Starting a family with her husband, Chris, had not been easy, but she was carrying twins. They were to be named Delly and Aubrey. The entire family delighted in preparing for their arrival. Adams’ mom, Jamie McNeil, made plans to retire and moved across the country to help care for them. “It was the best feeling ever,” Adams, 35, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the family’s home near Atlanta. Twenty…

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Teen smoking hits record low in Virginia; teen vaping concerns remain

RICHMOND, Va. — Teen cigarette smoking in the Commonwealth has hit an all-time low, according to a survey conducted by the Virginia Department of Health. At just 6.5 percent, teenage smoking is Virginia is far below the national average of 7.6 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the record low numbers in Virginia, the 2017 Virginia Youth Survey found that more high school students are using alcohol, marijuana, and e-cigarettes. “While we are heartened by the continuing downward trend of youth cigarette smoking, we remain…

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The 10 ‘Worst Toys’ parents and grandparents should avoid this Christmas

DENVER – A consumer group has released a list of what it believes is the worst choice of gifts to give to children this holiday season. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) said the toys below could be dangerous in the hands of children. Most of the toys included in this list pose serious choking hazards, but there is also the risk of stabbing injuries, blunt force trauma injuries, and even battery acid leaks. 1. Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites: This illuminated pillow pet…

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All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say

You can expect a “drinking checkup” when you visit the doctor. All adults, including pregnant women, should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physicians, the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises. For those patients who drink above the recommended limits, doctors should provide brief counseling to help them reduce their drinking, according to the new task force statement published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. As far as teens, the independent panel of medical experts came up empty. The task force said it did not find enough…

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Children dying from polio-like illness; parents accuse CDC of downplaying severity

Watch Video RICHMOND, Va. — Parents of children who had a horrifying polio-like illness are accusing the Centers for Disease Control of hiding the deaths of two children who suffered from the condition. The parents say by not publicly acknowledging the two deaths, the agency is intentionally downplaying the severity of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a disease that paralyzes healthy children in a matter of hours. “I feel like they’re just sugar-coating this,” said Katie Bustamante, whose son Alex, 6, died in May. “It eliminates my trust in the CDC.”…

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Five-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years earlier, say scientists

A five-minute neck scan could predict a person’s risk of developing dementia a full decade before symptoms emerge, researchers have said. The test, which analyzes the pulse of blood vessels in the neck, could become part of routine testing for cognitive decline, according to the study by scientists at University College London (UCL), who presented their work Sunday at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific conference. A group of almost 3,200 patients, aged 58-74, had ultrasounds on their necks in 2002, before having their cognitive functions monitored for up to 14 years, from…

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Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many US counties

An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer. In fact, cancer will replace heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States within two years, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projections referenced in the study, published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine. “We’re just…

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US has highest rate of drug overdoses, study says

The United States has more than double the rate of premature overdose deaths of at least 12 other countries, according to a new study. The research, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says that there were an estimated 63,632 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the US. “The U.S. has the highest death rate due to drug overdoses for both men and women (35 deaths in 100,000 men and 20 deaths in 100,000 women) in 2015, more than double those of any other country in our study,” Yingxi Chen, one…

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‘Move more, sit less,’ government says in new exercise guidelines

If you’re sitting down while reading this, stand up. Guidelines released Monday by the federal government show that most Americans are not getting the exercise they need, costing the health care system over $100 billion each year. The new standards are similar to those released 10 years ago, but the government is scrapping a recommendation that physical activity occur in 10-minute blocks, instead telling Americans to “move more and sit less” whenever possible. Any amount of exercise has some health benefits, officials say, and some benefits are even immediate, like…

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