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iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, OH) -- One Ohio mom is not happy about what a hospital employee said to her daughter.

Merritt Smith posted a picture of 4-year-old Joni on the Internet covered in bruises after a little boy in her class hit her with a toy metal tea pot.

According to Smith, a hospital employee working at the registration desk told Joni, "I bet he likes you."

She posted on Facebook an open letter to the hospital about how what the worker said could make people believe that violence was acceptable.

"That statement is where the idea that hurting is flirting begins to set a tone for what is acceptable behavior," she said. "My four year old knows 'That's not how we show we like someone. That was not a good choice.'"

Smith continued to say that the employee was in a position of influence, even if they didn't realize it, and she left them with a warning:

"Do Not tell my 4 year old who needs stitches from a boy at school hitting her 'I bet he likes you.' NO."

As of Monday night, the post had been shared over 34,000 times.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LEAVITT, Maine) -- A football injury could've been something a lot worse for one high school teen in Maine.

During the fourth quarter of the football game between Leavitt and Greely on Saturday, Hornets' head coach Mike Hathaway found himself in a situation he was not prepared for, reports ABC News affiliate WMTW-TV.

After suffering a back injury earlier in the game, senior Adam Smith took a hit to the abdomen during a special teams play late in the game.

Once Smith collapsed twice, Dr. Kate Quinn was on hand to treat the football player.

She diagnosed him with a shattered spleen, an injury that became life-threatening as Smith's blood pressure was dropping during the ambulance ride to the hospital.

Once at the hospital, doctors diagnosed the player with a severe Grade 5 injury and he needed surgery.

WMTW-TV reports Smith is doing a lot better now, and he's still being monitored at the hospital but he could be home in the next few days.

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ABC News(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee bride proved she really is on-call 24/7 when she left her wedding to fulfill her duties as a paramedic by responding to a car wreck in the area that involved her own relatives.

"There are a lot of people that are using the word 'hero,'" Sarah Ray of Clarksville, Tennessee, told ABC News on Monday. "I don’t think what we did was heroic. It's just anything that any first-responder would have done.

"We had stopped at accidents before and in regular clothes," she added. "It just so happened that this time, I was in a wedding dress."

Ray, 29, said she received a call Oct. 3 -- an hour after her 4 p.m. 'I do’s’ -- that her father and grandparents had been involved in a collision a few miles away.

"We were still at the church," she said. "Paul [her husband] and I are both paramedics and a lot of our groomsmen and bridesmaids are also. My father, grandmother and grandmother were all riding to the reception and we all stayed behind. We just knew they had been in a wreck and the car had been totaled. We didn't know any injuries at the time."

Ray, who has been a paramedic for five years, said she and her groom jumped into a car and rushed to the scene without a second thought.

Ray said her grandmother was hospitalized for a short time because of injuries to her forearms from the airbags’ deploying, as well as chest injuries from the force of the seatbelt.

Her father, she added, suffered from similar, minor injuries. Her grandfather was not injured.

"I trusted my co-workers to know what they are doing," Ray said. "We were just there to check up on the situation. It doesn't matter if it's your wedding day or not."

Ray's mother, Marcy Martin, snapped a photo of her daughter dressed in her wedding gown upon her arrival to the scene of the accident.

"I think the photo is great," Ray said. "It definitely makes for a memorable wedding. I hate that the actual accident had to happen, but everyone is going to be OK, so we can kind of laugh about it [the photo] now."

Chief Jimmy Edwards, paramedic and registered nurse in Montgomery County, expressed his gratitude for Ray's selflessness.

“Professionally, Sarah is an outstanding paramedic and exemplifies what it means to work in EMS," Edwards said. "Personally, she is humble and compassionate and sets a good example for us all. We are all very proud of her.”

Ray said Chief Edwards plans on hanging the photo of her in her gown in the office.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much does it matter what season you were born?

Your birth season, according to a study published in Heliyon, has some correlation with birth weight, puberty timing, adult body size and educational attainment. 

The article used a large, standardized population and divided it both by birth season (e.g., March, April and May = “Spring”) and by birth month.  Wild outliers in birth weight and age of puberty were excluded (assuming they were “special cases”).  

Overall, babies born in the winter had statistically significantly higher birth weights, while babies born in the autumn had lower; you see the effect most starkly when comparing February and September babies.

For puberty in girls, summer births were 0.11 years before average, while autumn births were 0.09 years behind.  

With respect to adult height, “winters” were 0.12cm taller, “summers” were  0.13cm shorter. 

No significant difference was found in adult BMI (in contrast to some previous, smaller studies).   Part of it may be due to exposure to sunshine; sun exposure during the second trimester of pregnancy mattered most

Age and sex were not related to season of birth, but education was.  “Autumn” babies were more likely to continue in education after college, with a significant difference between September and August, and with a much larger effect in men than women.  

While the authors discuss the potential role for Vitamin D playing a part in these relationships, there were no analyses performed using Vitamin D.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study reveals teen athletes who get concussions are possibly being kept out of the game longer than they need to be.

Student athletes with concussions are generally required to see a healthcare professional before they return to play.  They are evaluated for “post-concussive syndrome (PCS)” -- one symptom in these categories:  cognitive, somatic, emotional, or sleep-related. 

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics took 30,000 student athletes without evidence of injury, and evaluated them for these symptoms before they started playing their sport for the year using a standardized Post-Concussion Scale. 

About 20 percent of teenagers said they had symptoms that met the criteria for mild PCS, and another 6 percent met the criteria for moderate PCS. 

Overall, girls reported symptoms more often than boys. 

In boys, a history of psychiatric illness and having received treatment for migraines were most predictive of having PCS symptoms. 

In girls, it was a history of psychiatric illness, a history of substance abuse, and a diagnosis of ADHD that were most predictive of symptoms.

Having a concussion in the past didn't make a difference.

The study's results question the validity of a set of symptoms we now use to define PCS, and whether doctors are keeping athletes out of the game longer than they need to after suffering a concussion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new Israeli study shows that moderate intake of red wine may lower the risk of metabolic disorders. 

The study, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, used 224 well-controlled diabetic patients (patients whose diabetes is being well treated) who were followed over a two year period.

They were split into three groups; one group drank white wine, one red wine, and one mineral water at dinner every night.  Each group also adhered to a Mediterranean diet (high in fish, nuts, olive oil). 

The study showed that the group of red wine drinkers had an increase in HDL, or “good cholesterol.” 

Both wine groups had an improvement in total blood sugar control, but white wine drinkers saw a greater decrease in their blood sugar number in the mornings, after fasting overnight.

Although this study showed improvement in a few markers for cardio-metabolic disease, there were pitfalls.  Because the group was made up of already well controlled diabetics, it is difficult to know whether or not alcohol truly improves glycemic control in all diabetics. 

Also, equal amounts of alcohol were given to men and women even though it is know that each sex metabolizes alcohol in different ways.

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alffoto/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- When a small community in Illinois learned of a local farmer's terminal cancer diagnosis, they pulled together the way they usually do and harvested all of his 450 acres of corn - in one day.
Carl Bates, 55, of Galva, Illinois, has a "fast, aggressive cancer," according to his younger brother Ernie Bates, that is affecting many parts of his body, including his kidney and spinal column, according to his family.

While he was resting at home in hospice care, choosing not to undergo treatment, his family said, the community decided to come together to complete the harvest in a day for what should have taken about a week.

Carl's cousin, Dan, first had the idea to get the community together to help out the ailing farmer. From there, about 40 people donated trucks and labor to harvest 450 acres in 10 hours. It's typical to harvest 80 acres a day, he said.

Melissa Bates, Dan Bates' daughter-in-law and Carl's first cousin once removed, said the family has been surprised by the national attention on the community pulling together.

"It’s not a new thing. Farmers have been pulling together like this forever, when someone is ill or has an accident, just in our daily life," she said. "It wasn’t like it was a big deal to organize it. People are just like, 'Oh yeah I’ll come and donate a day.' It wasn’t even thought about. We just come together and do it. Even people who were not very close to their family wanted to be involved. I think if they are in the same situation, you can’t do it by yourself."

Local grain broker Rumbold and Kuhn donated 12 of 16 trucks for the work that took place on September 25.

"It was very awe inspiring," Ernie Bates, 53, told ABC News. "The small town came together and put on a tremendous showing, from bringing food to working. We enjoyed the camaraderie. Everyone was very pleasant and worked extremely hard and that is attributable to Carl. He’s a very likable individual."

Farming runs in the Bates family, which has lived in the tight-knit community in Galva for generations.

"Carl has been a farmer since he was 4 or 5 years old. My dad farmed forever. And his dad farmed forever," Bates said. He describes his brother as a "quiet, reserved guy," and "probably one of the toughest people you'll ever meet."

Carl, who "has never complained and never given up," Ernie said, is the type to refuse charity, but he was appreciative of the community's support.

"He was very pleased and impressed," Ernie said. "He’s the type of guy that has always done for himself. He doesn’t ask for any help and doesn’t want any help. He was very pleased with everybody and happy they came out."

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Coffee might do more than perk you up in the morning. Research shows it may also reduce your risk of developing gynecologic cancers.

One study found that women who drank more coffee had a decreased chance of developing endometrial cancer, which is the most common form of gynecologic cancers. Those who drank more than three cups a day had an 18 percent lower chance of getting the cancer than women who only drank one cup.

When it comes to uterine cancer, conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity and diabetes are known to increase the risk. But more research shows that enjoying some coffee might help your uterus, too.

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Jezperklauzen/iStock/ThinkStock(RENO, Nev.) -- More than 700 students and faculty in the Reno, Nevada, area were sickened after a norovirus outbreak spread to more than a dozen different schools, officials said.

There were 776 cases of norovirus in Washoe County as of Friday afternoon, Phil Ulibarri, public information officer for the Washoe County Health District, told ABC News Sunday.

Those affected include students and faculty at Washoe County School District schools and some day care centers, Ulibarri said.

At one point people were sick with the virus in 17 schools, three day cares and one charter school, Ulibarri said, adding that the number of affected school district schools has now gone down to 15.
One school will be closed Monday, Ulibarri said.

Norovirus is a common virus that affects the gastrointestinal system and can spread widely. Every year the virus leads to between 19 million and 21 million illnesses and 570 to 800 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Norovirus spreads from an infected person or contaminated food, water or surfaces, the CDC said. The virus causes the stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed, which can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.

ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser said the virus is highly contagious and can spread from school to school because siblings can share across schools and children from different schools interact outside of school.

Ulibarri also mentioned siblings and outside-school contact as possible reasons for the significant outbreak, and added that the virus may have also spread via school buses. Ulibarri said health officials will be meeting with the school district this week to review protocol.

"We hope that we can get the message across to people that they need to practice good hygiene," Ulibarri said, urging people affected to "wash their hands frequently" and "exclude themselves from school, work and social activities for at least 72 hours after symptoms have subsided."

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Margaret Campion(NEW YORK) -- Gerard and Meg Campion shared their lives for decades raising two daughters in Connecticut, but the husband and wife never expected that a life spent together would also mean sharing diagnosis of breast cancer.

In 2006, Gerard Campion was diagnosed first with the disease after spotting a tiny “blister”-like bump on his chest.

“It was obviously shocking. I think my first thought was, 'he’s not supposed to have this, I am,'" Meg Campion recalled of hearing her husband’s diagnosis.

She said the reason he even went in for his first diagnosis was because a friend had been diagnosed with male breast cancer and they knew a little bit about the signs. After surgery and chemotherapy, the family thought their ordeal with cancer was over.

It wasn't.

Three years later, Meg Campion received her own diagnosis of breast cancer.

Her cancer, called ductal cell carcinoma in situ, had not spread and was able to be treated with radiation and surgery. Meg Campion said during both of these diagnosis the couple sometimes kept their emotions in check in order to be strong for the other one.

“We didn’t want to upset the other one,” she said. "You kept those emotions in check. I don’t want him to worry about me. That was the exact same thing when it was my turn.”

Following two successful bouts fighting off breast cancer, it returned in 2011, unexpectedly striking Gerard Campion rather than his wife. This time, the cancer had spread to his bones -- meaning it would be incurable.

Meg Campion said they knew after two rounds of cancer, there would be no hiding feelings from one another during the difficult period.

“He’s the first to say that the cancer patient isn’t the only one with cancer. The family has cancer, too,” she said. “People have asked us, which one is [the cancer] harder on? The both of us say the spouse. The spouse is always trying to be the strong one.”

After the second diagnosis, Gerard and Meg Campion became involved with raising awareness about male breast cancer -- even lobbying the state government to declare the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness week.

"He speaks at rotary clubs and Lions clubs,” she told ABC News. “Eighty percent of men don’t realize they can contract breast cancer…If it prevents one family from losing a dad or a husband, that’s why we do it.”

Additionally, Meg Campion said she and her husband hoped that by raising awareness, doctors could address male breast cancer patients directly without relying on the same pamphlets and materials given to women.

“These men need to be respected as well,” Meg Campion said. “But when your husband is handed pamphlet that says side effects of treatment can be vaginal dryness…[and is given the same five years later] your sense of humor is not there any more.”

Overall, the couple, who are now expecting two grandchildren, say the diagnosis has been “a gift” in some ways. When the couple were invited to a wedding last year in Zurich, they found a way to attend, and even expanded the trip into a tour of Italy.

“When I said it changes you, that’s how it changes you. You just all of a sudden say, 'Why not?' We’re living our life and making memories,” Meg Campion said.

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ABC News(GROTON, Conn.) -- An extra special homecoming for these new fathers.

Four service members on the USS Providence became first-time dads during their six-month deployment, and the new fathers finally got to meet their babies on Friday when they returned to the Groton, Connecticut, Subase, according to ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV.

One of those dads is 26-year-old Jeremy Castle. He was deployed in April and his son, Killian, was born May 23.

"I'm a very strong family person," Castle told ABC News. "And not being there with my wife ... was extremely difficult."

Castle said he cried the first time he saw a photo of Killian and carried the photos with him everywhere.

On Saturday, his second day at home, Castle told ABC News being back with his family is "probably one of the best feelings in the world."

Castle, who said he's thankful his wife has parenting already figured out and can teach him, is now looking to spend as much time with Killian as possible.

"It's amazing. It's hard to describe ... I think I stayed up all night just holding him and rocking him back and forth," Castle said.

Another first-time dad is 27-year-old Eric Gatchell, whose first child, a daughter named Grace, was born Sept. 7.

"It was tough being away without family around," Gatchell told ABC News on Saturday, just one day after his return. Gatchell added that it was especially tough to be away during Grace's birth and not "experience it with my wife."

"They were able to inform me that my wife and my daughter were healthy. I knew everything was fine, my wife and my new daughter had a good support group around them," he said.

Gatchell told ABC News he is "overjoyed" to be back.

"Just coming home, it was really good to be reunited with my wife and have a new addition to the family. And have a start to the family," he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A possible shark attack may have helped save one Massachusetts man's life.

While swimming off the Florida coast with his daughter over the summer, Eugene Finney went deep under a wave on Huntington Beach when he suddenly got hit in the back.

Finney told the Boston Globe that the hit felt like getting plowed by a car and "knocked [them] deeper into the water and spun [them] around."

“I was disoriented," he said to the Boston Globe. "And I was in pain almost immediately.”

When they finally got off the beach, he said his daughter pointed out a long, bleeding wound stretched across his back.

The pain persisted for a few days when he went back home, so he finally got it checked out by the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

“They found a tumor growing in my right kidney that was about the size of a walnut,” Finney told the Boston Globe. “It was the CAT scan that revealed the tumor. I’m 39 years old, I'm too young for this stuff. So it was pretty devastating — I don’t think anyone ever wants to hear that news.”

According to the Boston Globe, Finney had the surgery he needed to remove the Stage 1 tumor, and thanked the shark for saving his life.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A nurse who had Ebola is now back in isolation.

According to BBC, Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola when she worked in Sierra Leone last year, has been readmitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London and is in "serious condition."

The virus was reportedly leftover from the original infection, though the 39-year-old was not believed to be contagious, reported BBC.

Even though the nurse seemed to be healthy when she was previously released from the hospital, bodily tissues can potentially hold onto the Ebola infection for months, which may be why she is still suffering from the virus.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A surfer was bitten by a shark in Hawaii, leaving him in critical condition, authorities said.

The attack happened just before 10:30 a.m. on Friday on Oahu's North Shore at a popular surfing area called "Leftovers."

Authorities believe a tiger shark was responsible for the attack on the 25-year-old victim's leg, according to Shayne Enright, PIO with Ocean Safety & Lifeguard Services, City and County of Honolulu.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A drug that became the focus of a controversy after a dramatic price hike last month has yet to be available at a lower price, according to a check of multiple pharmacies in the U.S. by ABC News.

The drug Daraprim is used to treat a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis that most often occurs in those with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments or HIV infection. After the drug was bought by Turing Pharmaceuticals, the price skyrocketed from $18 a pill to $750.

After an outpouring of criticism over the price hike, the CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, told ABC News on Sept. 22 that the company would lower the price but did not give an indication of how much the price would drop or when. As of Friday, pharmacies in New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas all reported that the current cash cost of the drug remained high.

All three pharmacies reported a cost between $888 and $906 dollars, with the extra cost beyond $750 attributed to different pharmacy fees. Turing Pharmaceuticals did not immediately respond to calls and email from ABC News asking for the current price and timeline for when the price would drop.

Shkreli told ABC News last month that the company had heard the outcry over the increased price and were prepared to take action.

"We've agreed to lower the price on Daraprim to a point that is more affordable and is able to allow the company to make a profit, but a very small profit," he told ABC News. "We think these changes will be welcomed."

Damien Conover, director of health care at the investment research and investment management firm Morningstar, said if Turing has indeed lowered the price of the drug in recent days and did not announce it, it's possible that Daraprim prices will drop as drug suppliers go through their inventory.

Larger companies can usually drop drug prices extremely quickly, within a few days, Conover said, while smaller companies may take longer. However, he estimated that even a small company could change pricing within two weeks.

Last month, Turing defended the price increase, saying they want to fund new research and development.

"There have been no significant advances or research into this disease area in decades," the company said in a statement. "For toxoplasmosis and other critical, under-treated diseases, the status quo is not an option. Turing hopes to change that by targeting investments that both improve on the current formulation and seek to develop new therapeutics with better clinical profiles that we hope will help eradicate the disease."

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