Health

Hair-raising video shows stealthy coyote follow doctor into his office in South Carolina

ABC News(MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.) — A security camera recently captured the hair-raising moment a coyote stealthily followed a doctor into his office in South Carolina. The doctor — Steven Poletti, an orthopedic surgeon — said the harrowing incident happened early in the morning on Feb. 15 while he was walking into work at the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant, …

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Almost 2,000 opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts show fentanyl dangers rising

Geneva Sands/ABC News(BOSTON) — The increasing number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts show the state is one of the hardest hit in the nation by the growth of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl. The number of deaths related to opioids in Massachusetts has risen exponentially in recent years reaching an estimated 1,979 deaths this year, a sharp rise from 918 deaths …

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Your Body: Botox procedures increasing in the US

Digital Vision/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor There’s no doubt about it, the Botox business is booming. Since 2011, the number of women receiving the cosmetic procedure has gone up more than 40 percent, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. And some men are even getting into the action, a trend that’s been dubbed …

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David Cassidy is battling dementia

Bobby Bank/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Partridge Family star, David Cassidy, said he will stop touring as a musician so that he can focus on his health as he battles dementia. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions,” Cassidy told People magazine in an interview. “I want …

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Former neurosurgeon sentenced to life in prison for botched surgery

WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — A former Dallas neurosurgeon has been sentenced to life in prison after he maimed an elderly woman during surgery in 2012. Mary Efurd testified against Dr. Christopher Duntsch, claiming his surgery was supposed to treat her chronic back pain, but instead she said the spinal fusion surgery put her in a wheelchair, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. “I …

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Study: Majority of parents with children at home don't lock up prescribed opioids

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite a rise in opioid dependency in the U.S., a majority of parents who have prescription opioids at home do not report storing them safely, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Just 32 percent of parents of young children under the age 7 reported storing prescription opioids safely — in a …

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Your Body: Over-diagnosis in breast cancer patients

iStock/ThinkstockDR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor A new study out of Denmark is sparking more debate as to whether mammography can lead to unnecessary treatments in some women. Researchers found that one in three breast tumors discovered through a mammogram may be “over-diagnosed” — meaning they’re identified as more life-threatening than they really are, which leads to unnecessary …

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Famine declared in South Sudan

iStock/Thinkstock(UNITY STATE, South Sudan) — Parts of South Sudan are experiencing a famine as the United Nations says some 100,000 people are facing starvation, according to a BBC News report. The famine affects part of Unity State in the northern region of the country. It marks the first time in six years a famine has been announced in any part …

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Doctors Remove Huge Tumor From 3-Day-Old Infant

Nicole Monzietti(NEW YORK) — At 8 months old, Abbey Monzietti looks almost like any other infant as she attempts to take a few unsteady steps and calls out for her “mama.” But the girl has made a major recovery after being born with a life-threatening tumor that required surgery three days after she was born. Abbey’s tumor was pressing on …

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