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Musician sees color for first time with special glasses

Guitarist Westen Weiss was born color blind so his band members decided to buy him some special glasses with color correcting lenses as a surprise.  (SWNS) This is the precious moment a 22-year-old sees in color for the first time in his life – and is stunned when he can identify the colors of the ..
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Jake Olson, USC’s blind long-snapper, delivers flawless snap after touchdown

USC Trojans long snapper Jake Olson (61), who is blind, conducts the Spirit of Troy marching band after snapping the extra point in the fourth quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  (Reuters/USA Today Sports) The University of Southern California’s blind long-snapper, Jake Olson, delivered a ..
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5 ways you’re damaging your hearing

While old age does play a factor, over 1 billion young people have a high risk of damaging their ears earlier due to the toxic levels of noise around them. What did you say? If you have any wise, aging friends or loved ones in your life, you have probably been asked to speak up ..
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Why drinking during pregnancy is still out

No matter your reason for your occasional drinking, though, there is one celebration you shouldn’t raise a drink to — pregnancy.  (iStock) For many Americans, alcohol is their social drink of choice. If you’re one of them, you might sip an occasional glass of wine or beer during a celebration or get-together with friends. You ..
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Identical twins give birth hours apart at same hospital

Identical twin sisters who both partnered with men named William gave birth just hours apart from each other at the same Massachusetts hospital last month. Rachael McGeoch and Beccy Pistone, 34, said they’ve gone through life doing everything together, and had joked about the possibility of having their babies on the same day, the Daily ..
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Nevada campaign urges women not to use pot while pregnant

LAS VEGAS –  The state of Nevada is preparing a public information campaign to address the use of marijuana by pregnant women and highlight the potential harm the drug can do to a fetus. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports  public service TV and radio advertisements will be airing in December in response to research that ..
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Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu.  (AP) NEW YORK –  A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against ..
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Is it safe to get vaccines when you’re pregnant?

Vaccines made with live strains of a virus could potentially transmit the virus to the baby.  (iStock) Certain vaccines are actually recommended during pregnancy: the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), which helps protect against whooping cough, as well as the flu shot. You can get the flu shot during any trimester or before pregnancy, ..
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Pregnant woman allegedly set on fire by boyfriend gives birth 7 weeks early

Laquinn Phillips, 34, is accused of setting his girlfriend, Andrea Grinage, 30, on fire.  (Prince George’s County Police Departmen) A pregnant woman who was allegedly set on fire by her boyfriend in Maryland gave birth seven weeks early to a baby girl, reports said. Laquinn Phillips, 34, is accused of setting his girlfriend, Andrea Grinage, ..
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51-year-old grandmother gives birth to 5th child

Lynn Cooper, not pictured, gave birth to son Harrison after one round of IVF.  (iStock) An Australian grandmother who had her first child 30 years ago and has 10 grandchildren defied odds when she gave birth to her fifth child at the age of 51.  Lynn Cooper, of Gold Coast, Australia, and her husband Brad, ..
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Woman in a coma with brain cancer gives birth at 24 weeks gestation

Carrie Deklyn found out she was pregnant with her sixth child just two weeks after being diagnosed with glioblastoma.  (Cure 4 Carrie ) A 37-year-old woman who has been in a coma since July, gave birth to a baby girl via emergency cesarean section on Wednesday, at just 24 weeks gestation. The baby, named Life ..
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Police officer delivers baby on side of highway

Sgt. Nick Cicale, pictured with baby Carlos and his parents, helped to safely deliver the newborn on the side of a highway.  (Fox 5 DC.) A police officer in Maryland is being credited with the safe delivery of a baby boy after the newborn’s father flagged him down while en route to the hospital. Sgt. ..
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Menopause hormone therapy not linked to premature death

Women go through menopause when they stop menstruating, typically between ages 45 and 55.  (iStock) Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be no more likely to die prematurely than women who don’t take hormones, a new study suggests. Many women have been reluctant ..
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Middle-age women can choose Pap smear or HPV test for cancer screening

Cervical cancer was once a leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S., but the death rate has been cut in half thanks mostly to screening.  (iStock) Middle-aged women can choose which test to undergo for cervical cancer screening, according to a draft recommendation from an influential group backed by the U.S. government. ..
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Cancer patients lack access to fertility support

Up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their options for family planning and support, a new study suggests. "When we look at studies of regret after cancer treatment one area that is always mentioned is reproductive regrets. Women come ..
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For older breast cancer survivors, unclear when to stop mammograms

Reuters Health – Older breast cancer survivors who may not live long enough to benefit from routine mammograms are still often getting them, while some who do have more years ahead are not being screened, according to a U.S. study. Most guidelines agree that when a woman has short life expectancy because of old age ..
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Zika virus sexually transmitted in Florida, officials say

The first sexually transmitted Zika case of 2017 has been confirmed in Pinellas County, Florida, according to health officials. The Florida Department of Health made the announcement Tuesday. Health officials stressed there is no evidence that mosquitoes are transmitting Zika anywhere in the state. HOW TO AVOID ZIKA WHEN TRAVELING THIS SUMMER The infected individual ..
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Sperm count falling sharply in developed world, researchers say

LONDON –  Sperm counts in men from America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, researchers said on Tuesday. They also said the rate of decline is not slowing. Both findings — in a meta-analysis bringing together various studies — pointed to a potential decline ..
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Herbal Viagra: Just plain dangerous

These days, anyone that labels their products as natural gets a leg up in the consumer world. Consumers by the thousands are looking for natural alternatives to traditional medicines, including the erectile dysfunction pill known as Viagra. They turn to DIY mixtures, vitamins, and herbal supplements to take its place. In the case of herbals, ..
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