iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A Kentucky woman is recovering after a hairband led to a serious infection that required surgery on Monday.
Dr. Amit Gupta, a hand surgeon at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, had to perform an operation on Audree Kopp after finding a large abscess over her wrist. Gupta said, he found bacteria in the wound that is usually consistent with bacteria found in the mouth.
"[Bacteria] got into that area and caused a localized infection," Gupta told ABC News, explaining that, he believes the bacteria on the hairband likely got into a small cut on her wrist. "This is very rare, in my 25 years of experience I’ve never seen this."
Kopp did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Gupta said the infection spread quickly and that Kopp took oral antibiotics before arriving at the hospital for treatment.
"The amount of bacteria that she had,it can spread very rapidly," Gupta said. "Obviously she was getting to the point that if she had waited for a day or two," it could have been bad.
Gupta said Kopp will likely not have any lasting effects from the infection except for a scar where the infection was removed. He emphasized an infection from a hair-tie is extremely, extremely unlikely for most people, but that anyone with cut that looks infected should seek medical attention. Gupta said warning signs include, fever, red streaks near the wound, redness or swelling.
Courtesy of Danny Woods(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- One couple's pregnancy announcement is going to make for a great home video to bring out at family reunions for years to come.
Danny and Ciera Woods, of Columbus, Ohio, revealed to their family and friends that they are expecting, and recorded their priceless reactions in a video that is now going viral.
Danny spoke with ABC News and explained how he and his wife were able to catch their families so off-guard with their pregnancy announcement.
"The video was my wife's idea," Woods said. "We just wanted to surprise the family."
Woods, who said he is interested in film production and currently freelances video projects, shot and edited the video himself.
The video, titled "Announcing Baby Woods!," shows cut-together shots of Woods' family and friends sitting down in front of a video camera to prepare to be interviewed. Woods explained that he often uses his family for various film projects, so his request to film them for this particular project was nothing out of the ordinary.
With the cameras running, Danny and Ciera, who are out of view, revealed their pregnancy announcement to their family and friends as the video camera recorded the hilarious reactions of their loved ones.
The looks of shock, joy and excitement were all captured in the video, which is played out in slow-motion in the YouTube video. Even the family dog was overjoyed with the news of a new addition to the family.
Ciera is now 18 weeks pregnant. Though the couple has not yet learned the gender of their baby, Woods said they are considering filming a surprise gender reveal when they do find out.
Karen Baham(LOS ANGELES) -- A grandmother is in a coma and fighting for her life after recently pushing her 8-year-old granddaughter out of the path of a hit-and-run driver and taking the brunt of the impact, according to her family.
The driver ran a red light and struck 55-year-old Mae Baham and her 8-year-old grandchild Emonie Baham while they were crossing a marked crosswalk this past Thanksgiving in Inglewood, California, just a few miles southwest of Lost Angeles, police said in a statement.
"[S]he pushed me out of the way so I wouldn't get hit," 8-year-old Emonie told ABC's Los Angeles station KABC-TV. "She took the chance so she could get hit. I flew over the car and my leg started hurting."
Emonie has been treated for a leg fracture she sustained while rolling over the car after being pushed out of the way, but her grandmother Mae remains in a coma at UCLA Medical Center, according to Mae's sister, Karen Baham.
"Mae caught the brunt of the hit, and now she's in the hospital with a coma and brain damage to the right side of her brain, and we still haven't found the person who hit her," Karen Baham told ABC News on Tuesday. "We're hoping she'll wake up, but we're not sure how bad the damage is to her brain and to what extent her memory may have been affected."
Karen Baham added that her grandniece Emonie is "traumatized" and "left with nightmares, waking up crying every night always seeing the moment her grandmother got hit and knocked unconscious on the street."
The driver initially pulled over but then fled, police said, adding that they were in the process of reviewing nearby surveillance footage that may have captured the collision.
A witness described the suspect's vehicle as a dark green or black Nissan Altima, police said, adding that the car likely has front end damage and possibly a broken windshield.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run incident is requested to contact Inglewood Police Traffic Investigator Jeff LaGreek at (310) 412-5134 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline number (888) 412-7463.
ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- The president of the National Education Association (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, has issued a response to the firestorm of criticism she received after comments made about students with special needs during an October speech.
The comments, which came to light after a video of Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s speech went viral, sparked outrage from both parents and advocacy groups.
In the October speech at the Campaign for America’s Future Awards Gala when speaking on what teachers do daily, she said, in part, “We diversify our curriculum instruction to meet the personal individual needs of all of our students, the blind, the hearing impaired, the physically challenged, the gifted and talented, the chronically 'tarded and the medically annoying.”
The video of the speech, published to YouTube on Nov. 3, has been viewed more than 1 million times.
On Sunday, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) issued a statement condemning Garcia’s comments.
“AAPD condemns this statement and the disrespect it not only shows to students with disabilities, but all Americans with disabilities. As the nation’s largest labor union, representing over three million teachers, the NEA should know better than to insult students and must do more to be inclusive of all students. On the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is horribly unfortunate and sadly ironic that we must chastise the President of the NEA for her comments."
On Monday, the National Down Syndrome Society also issued a statement.
"The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) condemns National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen Garcia’s use of the terms 'chronically tarded' and 'medically annoying' in her recent remarks at the Campaign for America’s Future Awards Gala. These derogatory terms demonstrate a lack of respect and understanding about individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities, and imply that students with disabilities are a burden on educators and the education system. While we appreciate President Garcia’s apology and clarification regarding her choice of words in this speech, we would like to open a dialogue with her and NEA on best practices in educating students with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities."
Late Monday, Garcia responded to her critics in a video message that sought to clarify her remarks.
"Epic failure. In my attempt to be clever and funny, I stepped on a very important word and phrase. And I created another phrase I believed was funny but it was insulting and I apologize," Garcia said.
Garcia goes on to say that she intended to use the word tardy as opposed to 'tarded. As far as the phrase "medically annoying," she said she was referring "not to students who are medically ill, or fragile. I've taught those students all my life. I was talking about that student, who, for an example, has an argument with his girlfriend and now is having a very bad day then does everything humanly possible to annoy his teacher."
"The bottom line is, I screwed up and I apologize. Please judge me by my heart, not by my mistakes," Garcia said.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The virus that causes AIDS was identified less than 35 years ago but has left a lasting impact on hundreds of millions of people.
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the first known report on AIDS looking at the cases of five men who appeared to have a rare and virulent form of pneumonia that killed two of them. Today, there are 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide -- 1.2 million of them are in the U.S.
In honor of World AIDS Day, ABC News' medical unit has compiled important information to show how far the human race has come in the fight against HIV/AIDS and how much further the world needs to go.
Dr. Larry Corey, a virologist and investigator at the nonprofit HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), said in an earlier interview that many people think of the HIV epidemic as less of an issue due to new drugs that are better able at controlling the disease. However, he said the disease is still deadly and according to the CDC, it killed 13,712 in 2012, the most recent year the data was available.
“This epidemic has not gone away. It’s sort of the silent epidemic,” Corey said last month. “Worldwide, there are 2 million cases every year. Unfortunately, the disease is alive and well and thriving.”
Of the 1.2 million people in the U.S. with HIV, approximately 12 percent, or 1 in 8, do not know they're infected.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hoverboards -- those futuristic-looking, electric powered hands-free skateboards -- are hot gifts this holiday season, but one family reported feeling the heat -- literally -- from their board.
Jessica Horne, the mother of a 12-year-old boy in Lafitte, Louisiana, said she saw flames shoot out of both ends of her son's hoverboard when charging its lithium battery with the charger that she said came with the hoverboard. Horne said she believes the board was responsible for setting her house on fire.
"Both wheels, it was like a firework. I saw sparks flying and before I could yell, 'The house is on the fire!' the middle part of the board that would go in between your feet -- it just went 'poof!'" she told ABC affiliate WGNO-TV.
Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. However, it's not the first time that someone has alleged that a hoverboard is a potential fire hazard. Last month, the London Fire Brigade in the United Kingdom issued a warning about charging dangers with hoverboards.
"Another hoverboard blaze this time in #Kent. We're warning about the charging dangers," the London Fire Brigade said in a tweet on Nov. 2.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has received eight reports over the past three months regarding hoverboard-related injuries -- not necessarily related to fire-related causes -- being treated in the emergency room. YouTube is also full of videos showing "hoverboard fails" from users who have experienced some funny -- and some scary -- wipeouts while balancing on the boards.
While some of these reports may sound scary, a reputable retailer should be able to provide a clear instruction booklet on how to properly use and charge the hoverboard.
To stay safe, experts recommend wearing a helmet, wrist and knee guards. Balancing can be tricky -- beginners can also ask a friend or family member to help spot them as they get the hang of the hoverboard.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your favorite New York pizza slice might now come with a warning label thanks to a new regulation in New York City that aims to make consumers aware of salt levels in their food.
In the battle to ensure consumers know exactly what they're getting in a meal, chain restaurants in New York are being required to issue salt "warnings" starting Tuesday for foods with an outsized amount of sodium. The warnings apply only to foods that exceed the current daily recommended amount of sodium, which is 2,300 milligrams or about the amount in 1 teaspoon of table salt.
Eating high levels of sodium can "increase blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, and stroke," according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Janet Kramer, a registered dietitian at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, said too much salt can affect the ability for blood to clot and harden blood vessels, leading to long-term effects on the kidney, cardiovascular system and even nervous system.
"We've developed as a culture a liking for that salty taste," Kramer said. "But we can also undo that," by dropping sodium levels.
While some sodium is necessary, people can usually get enough salt from meat and other items in which sodium occurs naturally, Kramer explained.
The National Restaurant Association, a trade organization, has said they plan to file suit against the New York City Department of Health in order to curtail the use of salt warning labels.
The association is pushing for a uniform menu and believes local regulations like the salt warning labels could unravel plans for that uniformity. Additionally, they said the costs associated, including reprinting menus, could be a financial burden for the restaurant owners.
"With its sodium mandate, not only is the Board [of Health] inflicting financial burden on restaurants, it is imposing on both restaurant owners and consumers, a view regarding the health effects of sodium intake that is the subject of scrutiny based on recent and evolving scientific research," the association said in a statement. The Board of Health is the governing body that oversees the Department of Health.
“While the Board of Health thinks they are targeting corporate chains, in reality they are dealing yet another blow to many of New York’s small businesses that have been working and continue to work hard to provide nutritional access to their customers," the association added.
New York City is the first U.S. city to pass the requirement and currently it only applies to chain restaurants. The city has been at the forefront of trying to promote healthy dining and passed a requirement nearly a decade ago that chain restaurants post calorie counts in a bid to encourage diners to lower their calorie intake.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What are the top baby name trends of 2015 in the United States? The answers may surprise you.
Online parenting resource BabyCenter just released its findings for the top baby names of 2015, as well as some interesting trends that have risen this year that show where parents turned to for inspiration for naming their new babies.
BabyCenter's data showed that gender-neutral names were on the rise this year. Names like Wyatt, Piper, Riley and Carson all moved up in the baby name database from previous years.
The digital parenting resource also discovered that planets and stars are a hot trend with parents this year, with parents more frequently naming their babies celestial names such as Venus, Jupiter, Sunny and Stella.
"In the sixties, celestial baby names had a hippy vibe, but today’s parents are more inspired by planetary science and space travel,” Linda Murray, global dditor in chief of BabyCenter, said in a news release.
Year after year pop culture remains a staple in the inspiration behind some popular baby names. Last year, BabyCenter determined that TV shows such as House of Cards, Scandal, and Orange Is the New Black were the cause for increases in names that relate to TV show characters and the actors who play the characters. This year is no different.
BabyCenter revealed one popular baby naming trend of 2015 comes from the hit show Empire. The "empire effect," as BabyCenter is calling it, caused names from the show’s family to shoot up BabyCenter’s baby names database.
The name Dre moved up 77 percent, Lyon moved up 61 percent, Hakeem moved up 55 percent, and the name Lucious entered BabyCenter’s baby names database for the first time in three years.
In regard to the top baby names of 2015, BabyCenter's data shows multiple repeats from the data in previous years, which the digital resource center says is no surprise.
“Our data shows that the top-10 list stays relatively stable for three to five years," Murray said. "Sophia has been a powerhouse for six years, thanks to the variety of spelling options and the multi-ethnic, multi-language appeal of the name. I predict Jackson’s popularity will be more fleeting. We’ll likely have a new number-one boys’ name next year,” she continued.
So without further ado, here are the top baby names of 2015.
Top 10 Baby Names of 2015
10. Madison Boys
In addition to tracking the top baby names in the United States, BabyCenter also collected data for baby names in Malaysia, Australia, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Do you have health insurance? If so, the first thing you should know is whether you have restrictions on what doctors or health care providers you can see.
In the current environment of medical change, one thing is for certain: Both patients and health care providers alike are stressed by the constraints, rules and restrictions placed on them. So what can you do?
Keep a folder or binder at home of all records, bill receipts, correspondence and communication with your doctor, hospital and insurance company.
And read the fine print. It may be hard to understand but, as they say, the devil is in the fine print. You don't want to think you're covered for something and then find out that you aren't.
Ian Reay/EyeEm via Getty Images(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) -- A high court in Northern Ireland ruled on Monday that the country's abortion laws violated human rights.
The current law in Northern Ireland states that abortions are outlawed except when the life or mental health of the mother needs to be preserved. If hospital employees tried to assist women to carry out the procedure, they could face life imprisonment.
Though Northern Ireland is a part of the U.K., the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the country.
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission brought up the case for women to be able to terminate a pregnancy in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape, or incest. The ruling will now put pressure on the Northern Ireland assembly to amend the law, although according to the Irish Independent, the attorney general has already said he is considering whether or not to appeal.
According to the New York Times, more than 800 women in Northern Ireland, including five under 16 years old, traveled to Britain in 2013 to undergo the illegal procedure.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the start of a new nutritional era for New York City.
Starting this week, chain restaurants (with 15 or more locations across the nation) in New York must put a special symbol on foods that include more than 2,300 mg of sodium, according to the Department of Health.
The requirement will go into effect on Tuesday and will make New York the first city in the U.S. to require the warning label on high sodium items at chain restaurants.
According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, restaurateurs in the city believe the city should wait for federal regulators to release their own national sodium guidelines.
"Every one of these cumbersome new laws makes it tougher and tougher for restaurants to find success," said New York State Restaurant Association President Melissa Fleischut after the approval according to WABC-TV.
Restaurants will have 90 days to comply with the new guidelines before receiving a fine.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much is your workout really helping your heart years from now?
In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers studied nearly 5,000 subjects aged 18 to 30 who underwent a baseline treadmill exercise test and were then revisited more than 25 years later.
The researchers found that every extra minute the subject could endure on a treadmill test when the study began was linked to a 12 percent decrease in heart problems over the course of the study.
Keep that in mind the next time you think about skipping that next trip to the gym, because those who are young now and have a great exercise regimend, will face fewer heart problems later in life.
Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents who are firm with the “house rules” when it comes to behavior have teenagers who make better decisions about sex, a review of past studies shows.
Researchers examined 30 studies published over the past 20 years -- altogether they included more than 40,000 teens -- and found that kids whose parents enforced rules about dating and friends showed higher rates of delaying sexual intercourse, as well as higher condom and other contraception use. The findings were published Monday in Pediatrics.
The researchers say that physicians should focus on encouraging parental monitoring of their teens as another way to fight the problem of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.