Tuesday is World Autism Awareness Day

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Around one in every 59 kids will be diagnosed with autism this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A diagnosis is four times more likely for boys than girls. The National Institute of Mental Health defines Autism Spectrum Disorder as a developmental disorder that affects behavior and communication. The severity of symptoms varies greatly from person to person. Each year on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day is an effort to not only speak out against the discrimination of people with autism, but also recognize…

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Sharp-eyed ‘Inside Edition’ viewer saved anchor Deborah Norville

“Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville says she is so glad we live in a world of “see something, say something.” In a video message to her viewers on Monday, Norville said that many years ago a viewer reached out to her and commented on something she saw. “It was a lump on my neck. She said, ‘You need to get it checked out.’” Norville said, at the time, she went to a doctor who said it was nothing – a thyroid nodule. But, she continued to get the lump looked…

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Burger King is testing out an Impossible Whopper

Burger King has a plan to bring in new customers and encourage existing ones to buy more often: Vegetarian Whoppers. The burger chain announced on Monday that it is testing out Impossible Whoppers, made with plant-based patties from Impossible Foods, in 59 locations in and around St. Louis. If all goes well, Burger King will roll out the Impossible Whopper nationally. With the Impossible Whopper, Burger King hopes to “give somebody who wants to eat a burger every day, but doesn’t necessarily want to eat beef everyday, permission to come…

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U.S. measles cases at second highest since disease was eliminated in 2000

A total of 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states from January 1 to March 28, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. The highest number of reported cases since elimination was 667 in 2014. Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes or when a person comes into direct contact…

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Woman gives birth to her own granddaughter: ‘There are creative, unique ways to build a family’

Welcome to the world, Uma Louise Dougherty-Eledge. It might have been an unconventional path that brought the newborn here, but her two dads couldn’t be happier. Same with her grandmother, who carried and delivered the girl. And her aunt, who donated eggs to conceive. “When you are gay and married and want to have a kid, you go into it with knowledge that you are going to have to create a family in a special way,” said Matthew Eledge, a new dad along with his husband, Elliot Dougherty. “There are…

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This woman is handwriting letters to hundreds of women battling breast cancer

LEHI, Utah – Although “snail mail” may seem archaic, Lisa Arrington-Radulovich is bringing back handwritten letters. Her goal is to send words of encouragement to those who need it most, according to KSL. “I just love the act of creating, and I love the fact that I am changing someone’s life,” Arrington-Radulovich said. Her newest passion started after looking for a way to serve over the holidays. “I googled ‘volunteer work you can do from home.’ The very first hit, the very first website was GirlsLoveMail.com.” The California-based charity asks volunteers…

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Gluten-free diet not healthy for everyone

There was a time when gluten, a mixture of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley, was something of a foreign term. Not many people had heard of it, and the few who needed to avoid it found meals to be extremely challenging. Today, I hear the word “gluten” on a daily basis, but mostly as a food component to be avoided at all costs. In fact, according to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, it seems that “in Los Angeles, gluten is comparable to Satanism.” But is banning gluten from your diet…

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Video shows police storming home with guns drawn to take unvaccinated 2-year-old with fever to the hospital

After a SWAT team broke open a door to take an unvaccinated 2-year-old boy with a fever to the hospital, an Arizona lawmaker is calling for a review of police and child protective services procedures. “I want to sit down with stakeholders about this,” said state Rep. Kelly Townsend. “That was excessive. It’s a scary thing.” The incident took place last month when a couple would not take their sick child to the hospital and they refused to let police check the child’s welfare after a doctor reported them, according…

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Here’s what you need to know about Virginia’s new Medical Cannabis program

RICHMOND, Va. — A bill signed by Governor Northam last week will expand Virginia’s medical cannabis program, enabling Virginians to purchase regulated products that utilize the cannabinoids CBD and THC in a variety of formulas. Virginians will now be able to head to a doctor, physicians assistant, or licensed nurse practitioner and receive a certificate for use of CBD and THC-A products. Oils, capsules, lozenges, patches, and lollipops are just a few of the ways that residents of the Commonwealth will be able to consume the regulated marijuana products, which…

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