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dulezidar/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology indicates that extra virgin olive oil may be associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.

The research was completed at Temple University, and involved the introduction of extra virgin olive oil in mice known to develop key characteristics of Alzheimer's disease at the age of six months. They were fed a diet supplemented with the oil for six months, and then their neuropathy and behavior was studied for changes.

Researchers said that those mice that had their diet supplemented with EVOO performed better on cognitive tests and saw stark differences in brain tissue -- including fewer amyloid plaques.

A Mediterranean diet, heavy in fish, olive oil and plant-based foods, has long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as lowering the risk of dementia. Some previous research had linked extra virgin olive oil to the health benefits of the diet as a whole.

Experts say that research remains to be done to determine whether the use of extra virgin olive oil can stop or reverse the disease in mice -- as well as determining whether the findings are applicable to humans.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the Southwest is being battered by record-breaking extreme heat, experts warn about the trouble that can mean for the human body.

How hot is it in parts of the country right now? Some flights were canceled in Phoenix because of the crippling heat reaching a record high of 119 degrees -- the fourth hottest temperature ever recorded in the city, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat in Las Vegas tied the all-time hottest temperature record for that city at 117 degrees. But that's nothing compared to more obscure parts of the region like Needles, California, a small city in San Bernardino County where temperatures hit a record breaking 125 degrees, or Death Valley, California, which hit a daunting 127 degrees Tuesday.

Doctors urge people to take precautions in excessive heat. Here are some changes to monitor in extreme temperatures and how to respond:

Drink fluids, but the right ones and at an appropriate level

Most adults understand that drinking fluids is necessary when it's hot out, but many may not realize the kind of drink and how much of it can have significant effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that "because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat," and that people should "drink more water than usual."

But, while consuming more water is important, people should stay level-headed about it and avoid needlessly flooding their systems, Dr. Robert Glatter, an Emergency Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told ABC News.

"When people drink fluids in excess and go overboard, they can get hyponatremia," Glatter said, referring to a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood becomes too low due to dilution, causing cells to swell up.

Glatter suggested that drinking water alone may not suffice in instances when people are putting their bodies through great exertion, like exercising for an hour outdoors.

In such instances, he recommends "drinking Pedialyte, or a sports drink" to replace lost electrolytes.

For normal levels of activity during heat waves, however, Glatter says that water alone should suffice.

"In general you should stick to water, and avoid drinks with an excess of sugar or caffeine," he said.

Stay cool, when possible

Glatter said that he frequently sees construction workers and street vendors in his ER who have had prolonged exposure to heat.

For those who are stuck outside in the heat, drinking more water and electrolytes may be the only protection. But for those who can, staying out of prolonged, intense sun is a safe bet.

The CDC recommends staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and limiting direct exposure to sunlight to avoid heat stroke, which can cause damage to internal organs, including the brain.

Monitor children and the elderly

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, according Glatter, who says that they need to be monitored.

"Infants and children especially need to wear a hat outside -- a floppy hat," he said. "The scalp is very susceptible to overheating."

Glatter adds that sunscreen should be applied to children before leaving the house, not after, to allow time for absorption.

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Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry has revealed he suffered panic attacks at royal engagements and said the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style competition he founded for injured service members, forced him to confront his own fears and reach out for help.

"Actually going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me," Harry, 32, said in a new interview with Dave Henson airing Wednesday in the U.K. on Forces TV. "I have got plenty of issues. None of them really relate to Afghanistan but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else and the process."

Harry, a former Apache pilot, said it was his two tours of duty in Afghanistan that prompted him to deal with the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Paris car crash.

“If you lose your mum at the age of 12, you have got to deal with it,” Harry said. “The idea that 20 years later I still hadn’t really… that 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment where I was like, ‘Right, deal with it.'”

Harry, who shared earlier this year that he sought counseling in his late 20s, told Henson how he overcame his own fears to ask for help.

"I was like, 'Right, you are Prince Harry. You can do this. As long as you're not a complete t-- then you are going to be able to get that support because you've got the credibility of ten years' service and therefore you can really make a difference," he said.

Harry spoke with Henson, a Paralympic medal winner, to promote the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held next in Toronto in September. The fifth-in-line to the British throne launched the Invictus Games in London in 2014 and credits the event with helping him conquer his own demons.

"Yeah, 100 percent. For me, Invictus has been sort of like a cure for myself," he said.

Harry also revealed in the interview details about the panic attacks he said he suffered at public engagements.

"In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating – boom, boom, boom, boom - and literally just like a washing machine," Harry said.

Both Harry and his brother, Prince William, have spoken more publicly this year about the loss of Princess Diana and how they coped. The brothers joined Princess Kate in creating the Heads Together campaign last year to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Harry told The Telegraph's Bryon Gordon in April that he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades after Diana's death.

Harry, who started dating American actress Meghan Markle last summer, also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

Harry told Henson that he wanted to help himself so he could help others.

"When you can get your own head and self back on the right path, the amount of people you can help is unbelievable because you can tell the signs in people," Harry said. "You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their reactions."

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Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The appliance many people rely on to keep their homes cool could potentially pose a fire risk.

Air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries and $82 million in property damage annually, according to a 2016 report by the National Fire Protection Association.

Experts warn that rising temperatures can strain air conditioning units and, if they are not properly maintained, can turn them into fire hazards.

"If they are overworked and overheated or there are some electrical issues, it can catch nearby combustibles on fire," Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland, told ABC's Good Morning America.

But fires can be prevented through proper maintenance, Piringer said. Changing the filter and ensuring adequate power supply to the unit are two safety measures that can help avoid potential problems.

Avoiding the use of extension cords or power strips is also important, he said.

"When you start using extension cords, it can be problematic," Piringer said. "They can overheat and start a fire."

Piringer also recommends that people have their units checked once or twice per year by a certified HVAC technician and make sure that space around them is clear.

"Create that circle of safety," he said. "Make sure you're clear of certainly any combustible material."

In a demonstration on GMA, Piringer showed how properly anchoring the unit into a window opening ensures that if a fire were to start, the seal between the bracket and the opening will prevent the flames from coming into the house.

The National Fire Protection Association found that from 2010 to 2014, there was an average of 2,800 reports of home structure fires involving air conditioners annually.

In April, an air conditioning unit caused a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida, ABC affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

"I look out my window and the AC unit was on fire," Carla Alberto, who lives across from the building that caught fire, told WFTS.

"You could see the smoke like 10 minutes away," witness Latrida Smart told WFTS.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you've never practiced yoga before, there's no better day to start than on Wednesday. June 21 is International Yoga Day.

According to Days of the Year, International Yoga Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 11, 2014. But the physical, mental and spiritual practice that's helped millions worldwide is actually more than 6,000 years old.

If the idea of "oooming" your way through a yoga class has you yawning, read on. Yoga has taken all sorts of forms and has risen to new heights -- even incorporating all sorts of furry friends. The good news is that yoga always comes back to the basics and is a great practice for everyone, from the very old to the very young.

Kids Yoga

Even the tiniest of tots can practice yoga. The same things that benefit adults -- stress reduction, mind-body connection and physical strength -- also benefit kids. It's also a non-competitive sport, something that's hard to come by for kids these days.

Kids yoga tends to be more creative than an adult yoga class. So imagine barking like a dog in downward dog, or meowing in cat pose. It's those little tweaks and a bit of silliness that keeps the kids focused.

Heli Yoga

Talk about taking yoga to new heights. In Las Vegas, just a few minutes from the Strip, guests are transported via helicopter to the Valley of Fire for a 75-minute yoga class led by Dray Gardner of Silent Savasana.

Maverick Helicopters, which runs the tours, told ABC News its clients are the type of people who are not only looking to stay health-conscious on vacation, but who want to experience "the latest and greatest Las Vegas has to offer." If you're looking for a way to stay fit and turn your Instagram followers green with envy, heli yoga is it.

Goat Yoga


If you love baby goats, you'll love goat yoga. The classes started in Willamette Valley, Oregon, by Lainey Morse in 2016. Morse said a goat therapy idea first came to her during a rough period in her life.

“It’s impossible to be sad and depressed when there’s baby goats jumping around,” she said.

Her business is expanding rapidly, with people traveling from all over the nation to attend a class.

“They have a sense of clam about them, but are really funny too,” Morse said. “They’re the perfect therapy animal.”

Dog Yoga

Those who identify as dog people rather than goat people will be pleased to know there's a growing trend of pairing downward dog with an actual dog. Sometimes called "doga," the practice makes use of canines as props and even weights in some yoga poses.

Dog owner Jocelyn James spoke to ABC News about the benefit of doga, saying, "It’s been very powerful for me and Peanut Butter ... she has allergies and a little anxiety. Everything that breathes needs a little healing.”

Voga

Looking to amp up your yoga practice? Look no further than Voga, or Voguing-yoga. It pairs the dance moves from Madonna's "Vogue" with yoga. The class description offers the "synchronized movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class, fusing power and strength with attitude and flamboyance, where slick alignment is key." 

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Twitter/VP(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence was among those on Capitol Hill Tuesday who rolled up their sleeves and donated blood in honor of the victims of last week's shooting at congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park.

The blood drive -- which will also take place on Thursday -- is supported by the American Red Cross and hosted by Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. It's in honor of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and lobbyist Matt Mika, all of whom were injured when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire. He was killed in a shootout with police.

"Inspiring to see members of Congress & staffers at the blood drive organized to help those hurt in last week's shooting. #TeamScalise," Pence tweeted, along with photos of himself at the blood bank.

Marc Lotter, Pence's press secretary, tweeted a photo of the vice president "donating blood & getting update on @SteveScalise."

Pence's donation to the blood bank was welcomed by Scalise's staff, who tweeted from the congressman's account, "Thanks to @VP Pence for giving blood today in honor of those injured in last week's attack. #TeamScalise"

Rep. McHenry also commended Pence, tweeting, "Great to see @VP Pence taking part in today's blood drive honoring the victims of last week's attack. #ScaliseStrong @CapitolPolice."

Rep. Pete Aguilar, R-Calif., also donated blood, tweeting a photo of himself at the blood bank.

"Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week's horrific attack," he wrote.

Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week's horrific attack. pic.twitter.com/vuB3TUPfqZ

— Rep. Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) June 20, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also tweeted a photo of himself, while blood was being drawn.

"Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week," he wrote.

Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week. pic.twitter.com/CDi9IAUkFl

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 20, 2017

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tweeted a series of photos, as well.

Donating blood today at the blood drive on Capitol Hill for @SteveScalise, @CapitolPolice, and all victims of the #AlexandriaShooting pic.twitter.com/RB36lXr68i

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Nice to see @VP Pence stop by the Capitol Hill blood drive today while donating blood in honor of Scalise & others wounded last week pic.twitter.com/LEHqtdsP6V

— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) June 20, 2017

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) tweeted a photo of himself giving the thumbs-up, while his blood was being drawn.

"Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise's recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02," he wrote.

Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise's recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02 pic.twitter.com/yifoBBnD6x

— Jason Lewis (@RepJasonLewis) June 20, 2017

Georgia congressman Drew Ferguson also tweeted a photo of himself donating blood.

"Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive," he wrote.

Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive pic.twitter.com/cP57rLWuI0

— Drew Ferguson (@RepDrewFerguson) June 20, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Less than an hour after White House press secretary Sean Spicer admitted that neither President Donald Trump nor his advisers had viewed a draft of Senate Republicans' health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced that it will make its debut on Thursday.

The announcement comes as Democrats, and some Republicans, on Capitol Hill have voiced concerns that the process to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act has been shrouded in secrecy.

"I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the floor once we have a CBO score, likely next week," said McConnell Tuesday afternoon.

The majority leader insisted that Americans will have "plenty of time" to review the bill, saying, "We've been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years. Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be about as transparent as it can be."

Earlier Tuesday, in response to a question at the day's press briefing, Spicer told reporters that he didn't know if Trump had seen the bill.

"I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not," said Spicer. "I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed."

Pressed whether the president's advisers had viewed a bill, Spicer again said that he was unaware and added that he himself did not know "where we are in terms of a final plan."

"I know that they are up there working hand in glove with them," said Spicer, adding, "I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader's staff, with [the Senate Finance Committee] and others, so I don't want to get ahead of an announcement on Sen. McConnell saying when that final product is done."

Earlier in the briefing, Spicer expounded upon a CNBC report from earlier Tuesday that Trump told a group of technology CEOs that the health care plan needed to have "more heart."

“I mean, the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it,” said Spicer. “He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals.”

McConnell declined to describe how the Senate bill will have more "heart" than the House bill, saying only that it will "speak for itself" and "be different."

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Ker-Fox Photography(COLUMBUS, Ga.) -- One mom's epic response to learning she had given birth to a baby boy was captured on camera in the delivery room.

Dara Crouch, 29, of Columbus, Georgia, talked about the candid photos taken during the birth of her baby on April 25. She did not officially know the sex of the baby in advance.

"I look kind of crazy in them, but I think they're great," Crouch, 29, told ABC News. "We have something to look back on had we not have a photographer in the room we would've never seen that."

Crouch, now a mom of two, said that she always thought she'd be having a girl.

"The last boy that we know was born on my side of the family is 50 years ago, but quite honestly it has little to do with the shock in the picture," she added. "I really just thought it was a girl, I really did. We already had a girl and I guess I kind of saw us as 'girl parents.'"

Neely Ker-Fox, owner of Ker-Fox Photography, snapped the candid moment when Crouch found out she had a boy.

"All of our reactions were genuine that she thought it was a girl," Ker-Fox told ABC News. "We all saw that very vulnerable moment and we started crying when we heard it was a boy."

Liam Crouch was born weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

Liam joins big sister Neyland, 3.

Crouch, who is a delivery room nurse, said she is glad she has the pictures to show Liam when he gets older.

"He'll know how excited we were and how shocked I was," she added.

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Laura Mazza/Mum on the Run(NEW YORK) -- Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the Facebook page of Laura Mazza, who blogs at Mum on the Run. It has been reprinted here with permission.

Don't judge me.

If I complain about my children, don't say I don't love them.

If I say how perfect they are, don't tell me I'm too braggy. You don't see the hours I spend holding and loving them.

If I'm honest about motherhood, don't say I'm ranting. You didn't see how many years I couldn't tell anyone how I felt because I was afraid.

Don't judge the mother who is formula-feeding. Don't call her lazy. You don't know whether she struggled for months on end trying to make it work. You didn't see her go to lactation consultants, eat lactation cookies. Spend money on lip ties and a pediatrician. You didn't see her journey.

Don't judge the mother who breast-feeds in public. You don't know whether today was the day she finally got the confidence to do it. You don't know how hard she has worked to keep that breast-feeding going. Don't belittle the act of a mother feeding her baby.

Don't judge the mother who tells her kids off in public. You don't know whether she's the most patient woman in the world. You don't know that she is always gentle but today she lost her s--- because she's tired and worn out. Don't call her a bad parent when you don't see all she does.

Don't judge the mother on her phone. You don't know whether she's replying to important work emails. Working from her phone, looking up recipes that her kids will eat for dinner or talking to her mom who lives a million miles away.

Don't judge the mom who works; she's making a living for her child.

Don't judge the mom who stays home; she's doing the job of 20 for no pay.

Don't judge the single mom. She’s doing fine on her own, and is doing the job of both parents. She left a bad relationship, she stood up for herself, she's a role model to her children.

Don't judge the mother eating fast-food with her kids. You don't know that she's too exhausted to cook, that she wanted to keep her kids happy and get out of the house for a treat. You don't know her struggles. She could grow an organic vegetable farm for all you know.

Don't judge the mother who hasn't lost her "baby weight.” She's spent the year healing from birth, mentally and physically. Now isn't the time for her to give up cake and eat kale.

Every mother has her own story. She has walked down a tough path. You don't know her challenges, her strengths, her weaknesses ... Her life, you don't know any of it. She judges herself every day, she strives for the best every day, so rather than judging, lend a smile to her, cut up her food when she breast-feeds, warm up the kettle for her formula, reassure her in her struggles and praise her victories. And remember before you criticize, accuse or abuse, you have to walk a mile in her shoes.

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Facebook/Olive Crest(LOS ANGELES) -- One deaf little boy’s magical visit to Disneyland became even more magical when the Disney characters started speaking with him in sign language.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse kneeled down to the small child to sign “It’s nice to meet” and “I love you,” which prompted him to give them each big hugs.

“The child was ecstatic after meeting the characters because he didn’t know they would speak ‘his language,’” a spokesperson for Olive Crest, a child abuse prevention agency that arranged the trip, told ABC News. “The child is typically not a hugger, so the fact that he hugged both Minnie and Mickey spoke volumes to the joy he felt.”

Olive Crest, an agency that serves over 3,500 at-risk kids and families every day throughout California, Nevada and Washington, cannot disclose the name or age of the child, but said they “hope to send the message that with a little love and ‘magic,’ that you can truly make a child’s dream come true and provide them a bright memory that can last a lifetime.”

The little boy’s family did arrange to have an ASL translator present during his trip to the park, but Olive Crest said the characters seen in the viral video “were not briefed” on his visit before he arrived.

"The family had a Disney translator with them, who was behind the boy telling the characters what/how to sign. The encounter wasn't planned, however," said spokesperson Steven Macias.

The Disneyland video has amassed nearly 400,000 views since Olive Crest posted it to their Facebook page on May 23.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The first Bachelorette star, Trista Sutter, who had a seizure while she was vacationing with her family in Croatia, opened up about the scary medical emergency and how she is dealing with the unanswered questions about her health.

"All I remember was feeling very dizzy and nauseous, and the next thing I knew, I was in this dream. The only way I can describe it is was like a white euphoria," Sutter recalled in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America.

Sutter was on a tour with her husband, Ryan Sutter, whom she met on the series in 2003, and their son Maxwell, 9, and daughter, Blakesley, 8, when she seized violently and landed on top of her daughter.

"I heard Blakesley screaming, 'Mommy, Mommy," Ryan recalled. "Trista had fallen onto Blakesley in a sort of convulsive state."

Ryan, a trained EMT, said despite dealing with his share of emergencies, seeing his wife in this position was terrifying.

"I was checking her pulse. She was shaking and stiff. Her eyes were wide open ... rolled back in her head, looking sort of up. She wasn’t breathing. She was turning sort of blue," he explained.

Sutter said that she's worried about how the incident may have affected her daughter.

"She was traumatized, I think she probably still is a bit," Sutter said of Blakesley. "She knows that something is wrong."

Sutter was rushed to a hospital in the eastern European country where she underwent various tests. She told ABC News doctors did not find anything conclusively wrong with her, but warned her not to drive until she consults a neurologist in the U.S.

"It's changing my life, still is, to this day. I mean I got up this morning -- and I thought, 'I need to go to the grocery store' -- and then I'm like, 'Oh I can't drive.' Because God forbid, I have another seizure or event in the car. And I could kill someone, I could kill myself. I could kill my kids," she said. "I have to have a new perspective in order to keep me and my family and everyone around me safe."

Now back home, Sutter said she plans to see a specialist.

'Why me?'

At 44, the former reality show star led a healthy and active lifestyle and said there were no signs of illness that she noticed besides an occasional headache.

"In this type of situation, you usually ask, 'Why me?' But then I thought right immediately after, 'But why not me? I’m human. This can happen to me ... this could happen to anybody,'" she said.

For that reason, the couple decided to share the health incident with the world, in a post from the hospital on Instagram.

"We were rather conflicted to tell anyone about it, or to post about it," Ryan said. "We didn't want to come across as capitalizing off some sort of medical emergency."

Sutter said she's received an outpouring of support from fans and people she's never met and wants to "be that voice for people who have gone through something similar."

"A lot of people have shared that for them, [seizures are] an embarrassing thing that happened ... it's embarrassing to lose control of your body. And I think a lot of people feel alone out there, and I want them to know, they're not," she said.

While she may never know what caused the seizure or if it'll happen again, Sutter believes that stress may have played a role and vows to make some life changes.

"You do tend to just get wrapped up in daily life. I wanna try my hardest to not let the impact of what happened disappear. I want to be able to live my life fully and as best as I can without getting caught up in the minutia, you know, and the drama and the negativity. If there's any negativity, I wanna instantly, you know, shoo it away," she said.

"Life is fragile. It's precious. And you need to take time and enjoy it and the people around you," Sutter added.

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Courtesy of Michelle Neshin(NEW YORK) -- Meet 4-year-old Sophia, who absolutely stole the show at her pre-K graduation ceremony.

Her passionate rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana” is completely glorious, equipped with jazzy arms flying in the air and several pops of the hip, and has already racked up 11 million views on Facebook.

“She has a huge, huge personality,” Sophia’s mom, Michelle Neshin, told ABC News of her dynamic daughter. “She’s usually spunky and has a corky personality but that was something else even for her. And right before the graduation when it was just about time to walk, she said, ‘I don’t want to do it. I’m so scared. There’s so many people in the audience.’ On the way there she was super excited but when she lined up to get her diploma she was in tears. But she quickly got over that.”

Sophia’s class performed two songs from “Zootopia” prior to this closing number from “Moana,” which definitely took the cake.

“I had never seen them because they were a surprise for the parents,” Neshin of Miami, Florida, said of the performances. “At the end, the lady comes on stage and said, ‘The kids would like to come out and say goodbye and do one sweet number to thank everyone.’”

And although “everyone else was sweet and calm,” her mother said with a laugh, Sophia, on the other hand, “was not.”

Neshin, 28, said she was in “utter disbelief” at her daughter’s over-the-top emotion while singing.

“It didn’t really hit me until after the graduation when all the parents went and found their kid and gave them flowers and people were coming up saying to me, ‘Is it awful I stopped videotaping my own kid to video yours?’”

Little Sophia loved her time in the spotlight and said her favorite part of the ceremony was when she was “singing and dancing” because it made her “happy.”

Needless to say, that’s now the internet’s favorite part too.

The family congratulated their vivacious daughter with a bouquet of flowers and a trip to get hibachi food for dinner because she likes “when the guys cook in front of you.”

But the best part about her newfound fame?

“A family friend left her a cookie cake at the door with a little note thanking her for bringing joy and laughter today,” said Neshin. “That, to her, has been the biggest thing so far. It’s all about the cookie cake.”

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Courtesy Greenwich Country Day School(NEW YORK) -- The head of an elementary school in Connecticut is inspiring students with his optimism and honesty as he continues to work despite being diagnosed with Asymotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) nearly 11 months ago.

"I have the best job in the world," Andrew Niblock, the head of the Greenwich Country Day School's lower school, told ABC News' Lara Spencer. "There might be somebody out there who gets more hugs than I do, during their work day, but I'd like to meet them."

"I get to greet 417 smiling, skipping, laughing, children every day," Niblock added. "It energizes me, it gives me that sense of purpose."

The 42-year-old father of two said that he decided to continue to work, despite being diagnosed with the incurable disease around 11 months ago, because he wanted to be an example for his students and teach them a lesson about life.

"I want children to understand curve balls," Niblock said. "No matter what is thrown your way ... if a kid powers through or makes the most of something later because of knowing me, that'd be great."

ALS, a rare and incurable nervous system disease, is characterized by progressive muscle weakness, according to the ALS Association. The disease gained widespread awareness after baseball legend Lou Gehrig succumbed to it in 1941.

Rather than try and conceal the changes to his speech and mobility, Niblock is hoping to use his diagnosis to teach children about ALS and raise awareness for it by creating age-appropriate videos with the school's headmaster, Adam Rohdie. Spencer’s daughter Kate is a student at Greenwich Country Day School.

"You want to arm children, with 'You can do something, you can make a difference yourselves,'" Rohdie told ABC News. "And Andrew's helped us do that."

Three of Niblock's young students described him as "really nice," "caring," and "very happy."

Niblock told ABC News that if there is one thing that he wants children to take away from witnessing his battle with ALS, it is that "hope's resilient."

"Hope can drive you forward," he added. "And I hope ... that the kids see that, and run with it."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- British officials are pointing to North Korean hackers as the cause of the cyberattack that crippled parts of the National Health Service in the U.K. and other organizations around the world in May, according to the BBC.

The investigation was led by Britain's National Cyber Security Center. The BBC has learned that the center believes a hacking group known as Lazarus was behind the attack, which spread the "WannaCry" ransomware across the world, locking computers and demanding payment for them to be unlocked.
 
The National Health Service, which provides public health care, was badly affected, according to the BBC.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Popular liquid laundry detergent packets, sometimes referred to as "pods," may pose a "lethal risk" for adults with dementia, who may mistake the highly concentrated detergent packets for food, according to Consumer Reports.

The group obtained statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission after filing a Freedom of Information Act. The data showed that there have been eight deaths related to ingesting the liquid laundry detergent packets in the U.S. between 2012 and early 2017. Of those deaths, six were adults with dementia and two were young children.

“Caregivers and children of seniors should be aware that ingestion of the contents of certain liquid laundry packets has led to serious and even tragic incidents,” Patty Davis, the press secretary for the CPSC, told Consumer Reports, adding that water and even saliva can dissolve the packets, releasing the detergent.

Consumer Reports recommended not keeping the detergent packets in the homes where adults with dementia live.

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), a group that represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market, told ABC News in a statement that they are "fully committed to reducing accidental access to these products, which are used safely by millions of consumers every day."

The organization also issued safety tips for caregivers, which includes storing all cleaning products in a locked cabinet or closet.

The ACI added that they have aided in developing a voluntary safety standard for liquid laundry packets, which includes methods to deter access to the detergent, such as by including a soluble film on the outside of the packet that contains a bitter substance.

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