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First Seizure? Bring on the Medication

Purestock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Around 150,000 Americans have their first unprovoked seizure each year. Traditionally, a first seizure would be met with a “wait and see” approach before starting a course of anti-seizure drugs. Now, new guide

The Curse of 'Oversharenting': Parents, Friends Squabble over Kid Updates on Soc

ABC News(NEW YORK) – Seems like everyone’s social media feeds are full of those parents who overshare, capturing their child’s every meal, every outfit, every moment, from bath time to spit-up to #unfiltered potty pics. Nothing seems off

Blue Bell Issues Nationwide Recall of All Products

Marzia Giacobbe/iStock/Thinkstock(BRENHAM, Texas) -- Blue Bell Ice Cream said late Monday it is voluntarily recalling all of its products nationwide over fears of Listeria contamination.The latest recall includes all of the company’s ice cream, froz

Heartbreaking Testimony from Son of Caramel Apple Listeria Victim

Courtesy Brad Frey(WASHINGTON) -- The son of a woman who died of listeria in December after eating a tainted caramel apple is doing what he can to make sure no one else loses a loved one the same way. Shirley Frey, 81, was one of seven people to die amid

Are Your Pets Making You Sick?

Santiaga/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Cuddling with a puppy or cozying up to a kitty has health benefits, but a new study suggests that household pets can also be sources of infection.  Young children, elderly people or pregnant women might well gi

New Drug Shows Promise Against Advanced Melanoma

Manuel Faba Ortega/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -– Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, takes about 10,000 lives per year, and the median survival time for those diagnosed with its most severe form is a year. Now, a new medication called Ke

Charlize Theron Shares Her Secrets to Aging

Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Charlize Theron says that "choosing to be a mom in my late 30s has been really great for me. It’s given me perspective." The actress, 39, is mother to 3-year-old Jackson, and she recently sat down with W ma

New Stroke Approach To Preserve Function

memorisz/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When strokes involve a clot in one of the brain’s blood vessels, what is known as an ischemic stroke, doctors give the clot-busting chemical tPA. The chemical saves lives, but leads to only two in five people

Blind Teen May Play for USC Football Team He Inspired in 2009

Pierson Clair/USC Atheltics(LOS ANGELES) -- When faced with losing his second eye to cancer at the age of 12, Jake Olson wanted to watch his last University of Southern California Trojans football game in person and take it all in. He got his wish and met

What Happens to Your Body When You Run a Marathon

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The 35,000 runners who line up for Monday’s Boston Marathon can expect their bodies to take quite a beating from the 26.2-mile endurance test."Everyone has pain," said Dr. Lewis G. Maharam, the chairman of the Internat

Pot for Pets: Marijuana Cookies for Ailing Dogs Hit Market

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, and recreational use permitted in four states as well as Washington, D.C., a burgeoning cannabis industry is blooming in America.The latest crop of potentially lucrative product

Sam Smith Explains Why He's Losing So Much Weight

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Victoria and Albert Museum(NEW YORK) — Sam Smith lost 14 pounds in 14 days last month, but the British singer says he still struggles with his body image.The Grammy winner explained that food has "controlled" him fro

Proven Techniques to Help Children Who Have Difficulty Swallowing Pills

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — About one in three children have a difficult time swallowing pills of any size, and more than half have difficulty swallowing a standard-sized pill, but researchers say many of the techniques being used to teach kids ap

Researchers Say College Major Does Matter

Mike Watson Images/moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers presented a study at the American Educational Research Association meeting on Sunday that shows that what college students major in does matter.Researchers at New York University found that

FDA Approves 'First-Of-Its-Kind' Corneal Implant

byakkaya/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved a "first-of-its-kind" corneal implant meant to help improve near vision in some patients.The KAMRA inlay is implanted in the cornea of one eye to help patient

Elmo Says 'Get Vaccinated' in New Video

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Turns out even Muppets aren't immune to the need for vaccinations. In a new video released by the U.S. Health and Human Services, Elmo of Sesame Street joined forces with the U.S. Surgeon G

NY Office Manager Accused of Posing as Dentist for Root Canals

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A New York woman faces a possible seven-year prison sentence for allegedly posing as a dentist named "Dr. Val" and performing dental procedures on patients without a license. Valbona Yzeiraj of White Plains, New York, faces multiple c

Johns Hopkins Defies Senator over Black Lung Probe

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine has turned down U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, Jr.’s request for the results of internal review of the renowned medical center’s controversial radiology program, which for years read X-rays of c

Sam Smith Reveals He's Four Pounds Away from His Goal Weight

SAV/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- For more than a month, Sam Smith has been working hard to get in shape. Now, he's four pounds away from his goal weight, he wrote on Instagram. "Beautiful catch up with the incredible [nutritionist Amelia Freer]," he wrote next

Watch Texas Teen with Down Syndrome's Reaction to Getting First Job

Courtesy Sharon Sunderman(NEW YORK) -- Ben Sunderman watched the mailbox for days to find out whether he got his internship, and when it finally arrived, his reaction was priceless.His mother had her camera on as Ben Sunderman, who is 19 and has Down synd

Measles Outbreak Declared Over in California

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last year and spread across the country was declared over in California Friday.The outbreak, which began in December 2014, infected 131 people in the Golden State. No n

Pup Gets Life-Changing Surgery After a Lifetime of Crawling

WLOS(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- A rescued pit bull has become a "tap dancer," in the words of his owner, after having reconstructive surgery to fix a rare deformity that left him only able to crawl.Roscoe, a pitbull, was born with a deformity that left his front

Being Charitable Is a Competition for Guys

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For many men, everything is a competition.Researchers in the U.K. studied donation patterns on over 2,000 online fundraising pages and found that guys will give four times more money to a fundraiser when the organizer i

Three Reasons Your Online Dating Profile Isn't Getting Any Love

Eugenio Marongiu/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A few years ago, if you met your date on the Internet, you may have hid it from your friends and family. Today, it's practically the norm. And it seems to be working. According to a recent Pew survey, the nu

E-Cigarette Users Less Likely to Quit Smoking, Study Says

nito100/iSTock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Companies sell e-cigarettes as a bridge to quitting tobacco, but according to a new study, smokers who have used e-cigarettes are less likely to quit smoking or decrease their cigarette consumption.   Resea