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California nurses rally for bill on first state-run single payer health plan

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Hundreds of California nurses and other community activists are rallying Wednesday in favor of a bill that could make the state the first to successfully launch a single-payer healthcare system. The groups see this as a chance for large state of California to show how a single-payer system can work and the necessity of providing universal health …

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Dog surrendered with heartbreaking ‘owners manual’ gets another chance

Guinnevere Shuster/Humane Society of Utah(NEW YORK) — When a three-year-old dog named Rhino Lightning was surrendered by his family to the Utah Humane Society, he came with something very unusual: A colorful little notebook with pages of information about the pup, written by an eight-year-old girl. “We’ve had people bring in animals with a toy or maybe a letter,” said …

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Chicago hospital’s smallest surviving premie finally goes home after four months

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — A Chicago infant is going home Wednesday for the first time, more than four months after being born as a “micro-premie.” Entitan Martins delivered her daughter Eirianna when she was just 23 weeks pregnant. Weighing in at just 13 ounces, Eirianna is the smallest surviving infant to be born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, according to hospital …

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Hannah Hart of ‘My Drunk Kitchen’ fame turned to meditation while helping mentally ill mother find care

ABC News(NEW YORK) — YouTube star and comedian Hannah Hart, best known for her boozy cooking mishaps on her popular series, “My Drunk Kitchen,” said she turned to meditation while she was working to get her mentally ill mother proper care. Meditation “helps with my reactivity,” Hart told ABC News’ Dan Harris during an interview for his podcast/livestream show, “10% …

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Your Body: How much time do we need to spend working out?

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Whether you’re a so-called “weekend warrior” or a gym rat, everyone benefits from time spent working out. It’s long been recommended that we need 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity workouts per week to stay healthy and to avoid things like cancer, heart disease and even premature …

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High pollen counts reported across US as mild winter weather kickstarts allergy season

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Forget that the calendar says it’s still winter, allergy season is already hitting much of the country despite spring officially being nearly a month away. As a relatively mild and wet winter has given way to unseasonably high temperatures across much of the U.S., multiple areas are reporting high pollen counts weeks earlier than normal. Here’s a look …

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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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Baltimore Pastor’s Non-Profit Helps Families With Mental Health After Violence

Andre Humphrey(BALTIMORE) — In 2014, 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott was sitting on her porch in Baltimore when a stray bullet struck and killed her while she was playing. As police and EMTs swirled around the grieving and traumatized family, another first responder was called in: Pastor Andre Humphrey. Humphrey has run the Baltimore Trauma Response Team (BTRT), a non-profit organization that …

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