Teen Suffers Concussion, Wakes Up Musical Prodigy (video)
Lachlan Connors is a junior at the private high school in Denver. Growing up he always thought he would become a professional Lacrosse player, that’s until a sports injury (back to back concussions) sidelined him from playing… and gave him the gift of music.
News Anchor Undergoes Mammogram During Show… Finds Cancer (video)
ABC News journalist Amy Robach didn’t want to get a mammogram live on TV… but good thing she did: After reluctantly agreeing to it, Robach found out she actually did have breast cancer. Robach revealed the diagnosis today, writing that she had been putting off the procedure for more than a year when GMA producers asked her about the segment for “GMA Goes Pink” on Oct. 1.
“If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own,” Robach writes. On Thursday, she’s getting a bilateral mastectomy. “I was also told this, for every person who has cancer, at least 15 lives are saved because people around them become vigilant. They go to their doctors, they get checked,” Robach concludes. “I can only hope my story will do the same and inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self exam. No excuses.”
US Woman With Harlequin Ichthyosis First Ever To Give Birth
Stephanie Turner, 21, recently gave birth to her first son, which doesn’t sound like exciting news until you find out that Turner is the second oldest US citizen with Harlequin Ichthyosis and the first one to give birth.
Harlequin Ichthyosis is a rare genetic condition that left her without a top layer of skin, any hair, or the ability to sweat (don’t Google it, you’ve been warned.) Three months ago, the Arkansas woman became the first person with the condition in the US to give birth, KAIT-8 reports. William Kurtis Drake Turner was born healthy, after four days of labor; his parents knew he likely wouldn’t have Harlequin Ichthyosis because his dad doesn’t carry the gene mutation that triggers it.
“He looks just like his daddy,” Stephanie says. “I’m just going to tell him, Jesus made him white, other people different colors. … And he decided to let him have the red mommy.” Most people with Harlequin Ichthyosis don’t live long enough to have children—and now that she has one, Turner says she and her husband will adopt if they decide to have another, particularly because the delivery was so difficult. “I don’t want to risk him losing me,” she says of her son. “I don’t want to do it again since we have so much to lose now.”
Angelina Jolie Had Double Mastectomy To Deter Cancer
Angelina Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer.
The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday’s New York Times under the headline, “My Medical Choice.” She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts.
Jolie, 37, writes that she made the choice with thoughts of her six children after watching her own mother die too young from breast cancer.
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56,” Jolie writes. “She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”
She writes that, “They have asked if the same could happen to me.”
Jolie said that after genetic testing she learned she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease herself.
She said she has kept the process private so far, but wrote about with hopes of helping other women.
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made,” Jolie writes. “My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
You Can Now Buy Real Viagra Online… Not That You Need Too
In an industry first, Pfizer Inc will begin selling Viagra directly to patients on its website.
That’s right, men still will need a prescription to buy the erectile dysfunction pill on viagra.com, but they no longer have to face a pharmacist to get it filled.
Another bonus: Pfizer is offering three free pills with the first order and 30% off the second one.
If Pfizer’s move works, other drugmakers could begin selling other medicines that are rampantly counterfeited and sold online, particularly treatments for non-urgent conditions seen as embarrassing.
Congratulations NY? Big Soda Ban Struck Down
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a state judge has struck down New York’s ban on large sugary drinks today, saying the regulations issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office were “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.”
In his ruling, New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling called the ban a patchwork of “uneven enforcement” that would affect venues differently “within a particular city block, much less the city as a whole.” Its “loopholes” would ultimately defeat the purpose of the regulations, he added.
Tingling also accused the city Board of Health of overstepping its bounds in approving the first-of-its kind restriction last year. The board’s mission is to safeguard New York residents against diseases, but only when they face imminent danger: “That has not been been demonstrated,” wrote Tingling. The city-wide ban, set to kick in tomorrow, would have prohibited venues from mobile food carts to restaurants from selling sugar-laden drinks bigger than 16 oz.
Sperm Donor Forced To Pay Child Support
Are you considering donating sperm to that awesome couple you know? You might want to consider it… A sperm donor in the U.S. is fighting an effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple.
William Marotta told sources he’s “a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons.”
When the 46-year-old donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, including financial responsibility to the child. When Bauer and Schreiner filed for state assistance in Kansas this year, the state demanded the donor’s name so it could collect child support for the now 3-year-old girl.
The state contends the agreement between Marotta and the women is not valid because Kansas law requires a licensed physician to perform artificial insemination.
“If a sperm donor makes his contribution through a licensed physician and a child is conceived, the donor is held harmless under state statue. In cases where the parties do not go through a physician or a clinic, there remains the question of who actually is the father of a child or children,” Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said in a statement.
Bauer and Schreiner have said they fully support Marotta’s efforts to fight the state’s request. When Bauer was diagnosed in March with what she calls “a significant illness” that prevents her from working, Schreiner sought health insurance for their daughter from the state. The DCF told Schreiner if she didn’t provide the sperm donor’s name, it would deny any health benefits because she was withholding information.
Marotta said Monday he doesn’t resent Schreiner for giving the state his name.
“I resent the fact that Jennifer was pressured into doing that in the first place,” he said. “That was wrong — wrong by the state.”
Marotta and his wife, Kimberly, have no biological children but care for foster children.
Your Medium Rare Steak Has Poop In It
Medium rare steak has been ruined forever: According to new studies, more than 90% of beef producers use a process called mechanical tenderization, which can push bacteria including E. coli deep inside the meat.
Such bacteria only lives on the surface of meat, which is why it’s theoretically safe to eat it rare. But mechanical tenderization, which pokes meat with blades and needles in an effort to make it less tough, can lead to meat filled with poop.
The procedure has officially led to at least eight recalls and 100 illnesses in the past 10 years, but some suspect it has actually caused many more.
The Kansas City Star undertook a yearlong investigation into the process, and recounts stories of two people who contracted E. coli infections after eating medium-rare steak at Applebee’s. Mechanically tenderized meat is frequently sold to grocery stores, family-style restaurants, hotels, and group homes. Grocery stores often don’t know it’s been tenderized, and the meat usually isn’t labeled, so consumers may have no idea whether they’re eating it.