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McDonald's Customer Claims He Got Cleaning Liquid in His Tea

File photo. McDonald's(INDIANAPOLIS) -- An Indianapolis police officer took a sip of McDonald's iced tea and wound up in the hospital because the drink apparently was contaminated with cleaning chemicals, his wife told ABC News. Reserve Officer Paul Watk

Woman Uses Rubber Bands, Hair Elastics as DIY Braces

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Instructional videos for do-it-yourself braces have become popular on YouTube, but dentists say people considering them should think twice.A Washington State woman claims she closed her tooth gap in 44 days using $5 worth

How to Avoid the Germs on Your Winter Gloves

Wavebrak Media / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the winter, gloves hold railings, open doors, push strollers and sometimes even act as your own personal tissue. So what happens when all those germs transfer to your winter gloves?Good Morning America took to t

American Kennel Club Says Labrador Retriever Top Dog Again

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- American dog owners have spoken and once again they say they love Labrador retrievers.The family-friendly breed of dogs is atop the American Kennel Club’s list of the Most Popular Dogs in the U.S., for the 24th consecu

Danish Study Links ADHD with Increased Mortality Rate

alexandrenunes/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study conducted in Demark has linked ADHD to a higher risk of accidental deaths.According to the study, published in the Lancet journal, researchers used Danish national registers to follow 1.92 million

NYC Doctor Who Contracted Ebola Recounts Scare, Criticizes Public Response

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Craig Spencer, the New York doctor who contracted Ebola while treating Ebola patients in West Africa last year and later recovered from the disease, has written an essay in which he denies all of the labels

Pedestrian Fatalities Largely Unchanged in 2014

stevanovicigor/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A new report released Thursday details pedestrian fatalities in 2014, finding that the rate of pedestrian death is virtually unchanged from the year before.The report, titled Spotlight on Highway Safety: Ped

Study Warns Heart Attack Survivors of Risks of Taking Painkillers

Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Suffering a heart attack is bad but having another one is much worse.And yet, a new study says that some heart attack survivors may be putting themselves at risk for a second myocardial infarction or possibl

How a Researcher Is Trying to Turn Tattoos Into Medical Devices

Analytical Chemistry, 2015(NEW YORK) -- A California researcher is trying to turn "tattoos" into tiny "medical labs" -- with early prototypes able to monitor a person's workout or measure a diabetic's blood-glucose levels. A team led by Dr. Joseph Wang, c

Millions More Americans Can Now Afford Their Medical Bills

Andre Blais/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK ) -- More Americans under the age of 65 -- 2.9 million more to be exact -- are no longer facing the same difficulties paying their medical bills as they were a year ago, according to a new CDC report released Thursda

"Super Bug" Linked to Antibiotic Use Kills Nearly 30,000 Yearly

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stubborn, hard-to-treat “super bug” causes more than half a million infections a year and is responsible for nearly 30,000 deaths in the United States, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi

Peanut Allergy Study: Three Questions Parents Have

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In what could be a game changer, a new study finds that feeding peanut products to infants early may cut their risk of developing allergies. “Every once in a while a study comes out and you just say, ‘Wow, this g

Same-Sex Couples May One Day Have Biological Children, Researchers Say

Pekic/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stem cell research breakthrough might someday allow same-sex couples to have their own biological children.Researchers at Cambridge University in England have taken the first steps towards creating artificial sperm a

Bionic Eye Lets Blind Man See Wife for First Time in 10 Years

Courtesy Mayo Clinic(NEW YORK) -- It was love again at first sight for a man who went blind 10 years ago.Allen Zderad, a 68-year-old retiree from Minnesota, saw his wife for the first time in more than a decade thanks to a bionic eye implanted by doctors

Heart Attacks: Women at Greater Risk for Fatal Ones, Study Finds

zaganDesign/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An important alert about heart disease from a new study finds that too many women fail to recognize the symptoms until it's too late.Heart disease kills one in three women every year.Young women are especially vu

If Your Maternal Grandpa Is Bald, Will You Go Bald?

indigolotos/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Young men have often wondered, “Will I go bald?” and the old adage, “If your mom’s dad is bald, you’ll go bald” is commonly applied.But, gentlemen, if your mom’s dad is b

When It's OK to Discipline Someone Else's Kids

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Picture this: Your child is at a play date and you stop by to pick her up. As you walk into the family's yard, you see your child crying and what appears to be the mom who is hosting the play date scolding her.How would you

The Tooth Fairy Was Particularly Generous Last Year

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For those who constantly complain that kids have it better than we ever did, here’s some more ammunition: Delta Dental’s “The Original Tooth Fairy Poll” says that youngsters today get an average of $4

How a Motorist Can Pass Out from Cigarette Smoke

iStock/Thinkstock(LEICESTER, England) -- A lot of smokers in England aren’t particularly happy with a new law going into effect this October that will make it illegal to smoke inside cars where children are passengers.Naturally, it comes down to the

Washing Dishes Also Protects Your Immune System

iStock/Thinkstock(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) -- Sure, automatic dishwashers are a fast and convenient way to get your plates, cups and utensils clean but are you inadvertently boosting your kids’ chances of developing allergic conditions?Researchers at Que

Boy Finds Rare Kidney Donor in First-Grade Class

Comal ISD(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) -- Lindsey Painter is teaching her first-grade class a powerful lesson, one that goes far beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. In December, when the parents and doctors of one of her students reached out to the public fo

Big Breakfast, Small Dinner Helps Diabetics

Nikolay Trubnikov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)-- A new blood sugar management trick for those with diabetes, and it’s all about timing. Researchers gave 18 otherwise healthy diabetics either a high-calorie breakfast/low-calorie dinner or a low-calori

Lawsuit Claims Beneful Dog Food Kills Pets

Kuzmik_A/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new lawsuit claims that Beneful dog food may be killing its customers' four-legged friends. Complaints about Beneful date back several years, James Young, a lawyer in Tampa, Florida, told ABC News. He added that l

Gerbils, Not Rats, May Have Caused Bubonic Plague, Study Finds

donghero/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Historians have long blamed rats for spreading the plague in Europe nicknamed the "Black Death" in the 14th century, but new research points the finger at a different furry culprit: gerbils. Known for decimating the

When the Fear of Icy Driving Conditions Is Too Debilitating to Leave Home

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Driving in the winter can be treacherous. Snow, ice and whiteouts can cause pileups, skid-outs and stranded drivers. Despite this year’s brutal wintery conditions, most of us still brave icy roads, but for Amy Andrews, just the

Chicago Children's Hospital Patients, Staff Star in Music Video

Northwestern University Dance Marathon(CHICAGO) -- Young patients, nurses and doctors at a Chicago hospital danced and sang thanks to college students raising money to help make their hospital a cheerier place to be. The patients and staff at Children&rsq