Health

Virginia high school features student's service dog in yearbook for a touching reason

AJ Schalk(NEW YORK) — One school made sure that a student’s furry friend was remembered in the yearbook. Andrew “AJ” Schalk, 16, a junior at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, goes to school every day with his service dog, Alpha. Schalk told ABC News that he and Alpha, a black Labrador, were paired Jan. 2, 2014, after Schalk was …

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Dad posts empowering selfies with son who was born with heart defect to raise awareness

Robert Selby(FALLOT, Va.) — One Virginia dad has a touching tradition with his son, who was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. When Robert Selby became a first-time dad in October 2013 he told ABC News he wasn’t prepared when they diagnosed his son Chase with Tetralogy of Fallot, or a congenital heart defect, the same day he was set …

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The GOP's proposed Medicaid cuts could leave millions of women uninsured

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Republican health care bill currently making its way through Congress could have a major impact on how many people have access to health services through Medicaid –changes that would fall disproportionately on women. Today, more than 17 million women in the U.S. aged 18 to 64 have health insurance because of Medicaid, according to data from the …

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Summer health hazards to watch out for during Memorial Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With Memorial Day signaling the unofficial kick-off to summer, everyone may be ready to enjoy some fun. But the season can also mean increased risk for a few health hazards like sunburns, spoiled foods and insect bites. Here’s a rundown of the top summer hazards and how to avoid them. Sunburns One of the best parts of …

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Tennessee woman battling rare cancer marries high school sweetheart

iStock/Thinkstock(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Two high school sweethearts finally got their chance to say “I do,” but their wedding didn’t happen the way they expected. Ronda Mager was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, one year ago. Doctors recently told her she only had days to live. “I ask God every day, why,” her husband Matthew Mager said …

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Sextuplets born in Virginia after parents' 17-year infertility struggle

iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) — A couple who tried nearly two decades to conceive has welcomed a set of sextuplets in Richmond, Virginia. Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo tried for 17 years to have children. In January, they learned they were expecting six. “I was excited,” said dad Adeboye Taiwo. “For the very first time we were expecting.” The babies, three boys and …

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Your Body: When to cut the umbilical cord

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor The umbilical cord is the physical link between a mother and her child. It allows oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to flow between the fetus and placenta. But is there a benefit to waiting a full minute after birth before making the cut? Recommendations from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists …

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South Carolina couple to carry baby with fatal condition to term

Brandi Rogers(NEW YORK) — A couple carrying their terminally ill child to term is hoping to donate her organs and help keep other parents from facing the same fate. Brandi Rogers’ unborn daughter, Emersyn, was diagnosed with anencephaly when Brandi was 20 weeks pregnant. Anencephaly is a birth defect where a baby is born without parts of the brain and …

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