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Ill woman's wish to visit beach granted by Australian ambulance crew

iStock/Thinkstock(HERVEY BAY, Australia) — A seriously ill Australian woman’s wish to see the ocean came true when the ambulance transporting her to the hospital took a detour to allow her to look out upon the water at least one more time. The moment was captured in a photograph and shared on Facebook by the Queensland Ambulance Service. The picture shows …

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Indiana deputy saves choking woman after pulling her over for speeding

iStock/Thinkstock(MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.) — A routine traffic stop turned into the opportunity to save a life for an Indiana sheriff’s deputy Tuesday morning. La Porte County Deputy Austin Wells pulled a driver over near Michigan City Tuesday morning for speeding when he realized the woman was choking, ABC station WLS reported. “I was kind of in shock, to be honest …

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'Nap studio' offers weary Chicagoans a place to snooze

Peace Power Napping(CHICAGO) — Chicagoans looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the windy city now have an on-demand nap studio where they can go for a snooze. Peace Power Napping, located across from Millennium Park, launched Nov. 20 and offers midday power naps through their app-based booking program. Founder Jennifer Thomas said in a press release …

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Expert tips for navigating Thanksgiving dinner conversation

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Perhaps the most daunting thing about Thanksgiving is not navigating the travel, the traffic or the mountains of food, but rather navigating the dinner conversation while keeping the peace. “Remember that you can endure just about anything for one day, and that includes uncomfortable family settings,” Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, told ABC …

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Toddler denied father's kidney has successful transplant surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Georgia toddler received a successful kidney transplant on Wednesday, about one month after a hospital postponed his original operation when his father — a perfect donor match — violated his probation. A.J. Burgess, 2, received the transplant from a deceased donor Wednesday morning at a hospital in Atlanta, according to his family’s attorney, who called the …

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Drinking three to four cups of coffee a day may have health benefits: study

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Coffee may not only give you a morning boost — it also may have significant health benefits. So says a review by British scientists of more than 200 studies on coffee consumption and health, published Wednesday in BMJ, a British medical journal. “Coffee drinking appears safe within usual patterns of consumption,” said the University of Southhampton’s Robin …

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6-year-old boys who met during leukemia treatment get to be 'Pilots for a Day'

iStock/Thinkstock(JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.) — Aviation buffs Jack Kirkbride and Houston Pirrung, both six years old, recently went on a “mission” with the U.S. Air Force that they will likely never forget. Kirkbride and Pirrung, who’ve been dubbed the “battle buddies,” became fast friends while undergoing treatment for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The pair were honored on …

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4-year-old with inoperable brain tumor receives hundreds of books for 'Lena's Library'

Matt Tietjen(SEWELL, New Jersey) — When a New Jersey family found out their 4-year-old daughter had brain cancer with months to live, they channeled her strength and found a unique way to bring her happiness during her difficult battle: they asked for donations of books for “Lena’s library.” “Lena’s strength inspires me to be stronger for her,” the four-year-old’s mother …

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Teen cancer survivor delivers art kits to young patients in the hospital

Larry French/Getty Images for The Jefferson Awards Foundation(INDIANAPOLIS) — When Emma Stumpf was living with a brain tumor and couldn’t find words to describe her experiences, art helped her express herself. She said she liked to “paint yellow when I was happy and blue when I was sad, or red when I was angry or green when I felt sick.” …

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Nearly half of all cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors: study

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cancer, to many of us, may seem scary, mysterious, or even inevitable. Now, a new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day. Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of all cancer cases in the …

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