Sanjay Gupta apologizes for misleading you on marijuana

Published: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 3:41 PM
Updated: Friday, August 09, 2013 @ 3:41 PM


  • CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changes his stance on medical marijuana use and apologizes for misleading the public.
  • Reports say Fox News' Megyn Kelly could get Sean Hannity's 9pm slot.

Sharp-eyed school nurse saves boy after noticing signs of deadly leukemia  

Published: Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

School Nurse Saves Boy After Noticing Signs Of Deadly Leukemia

A sharp-eyed school nurse in New Jersey is credited with saving a young boy’s life after noticing the kindergartener had signs of leukemia.

Nathan Campbell started school last fall in Camden County at Zane North Elementary School.

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His teacher took him to the nurse’s office after the little boy said he didn’t want to go outside and play, because his leg was hurting, according to CBS NY.

The nurse, Patti Butler, noticed something was wrong right away.

Butler said the problem was easy to spot.

“His skin was translucent, and that’s when I said I’ve only seen someone look like this color once in 25 years. Prove me wrong,” Butler told CBS.

But she wasn’t wrong. She suspected leukemia, and Nathan was soon diagnosed with the deadly cancer.

The boy’s mother, Nicole Defeo Campbell, credited the nurse with saving her son’s life.

“If she hadn’t called us, we would not be standing here talking about Nate today,” she said.

After treatment for leukemia, Nathan is now in remission, and his mother has nominated Butler for the America’s Greatest School Nurse contest, But the nurse said she just wants the little boy to recover.

Stop taking drugs for lower back pain and do this instead

Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 6:01 PM

            Acupuncture is one of the alternatives a new study recommends for treating lower back pain.
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Acupuncture is one of the alternatives a new study recommends for treating lower back pain.(Getty Images)

If you're taking prescription drugs to deal with back pain, you might want to rethink your strategy.

At least that's the latest recommendation in a new study from the American College of Physicians. 

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There are three types of lower back pain: acute, subacute, and chronic. Acute low back pain lasts less than four weeks, subacute lasts four to 12 weeks and chronic lasts more than 12 weeks.

Folks suffering acute or subacute lower back pain usually get better over time and generally don't need medicine, researchers reported. Doctors, instead suggest heat therapy, massage, acupuncture or spinal manipulation to treat the ache.

If those treatments don't work, patients can talk to their doctors about possible medications, like ibuprofen or other muscle relaxants. 

Those suffering from chronic lower back pain can try a variety of potential  treatment options including yoga, Tai chi, rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction or progressive relaxation, the study said.

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Patients with chronic lower back pain can also try electromyography biofeedback, which involves a machine that helps sense muscle tension and release it, researchers reported. Additional options include low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and spinal manipulation.

If the treatments are not effective, patients can always discuss stronger options, like prescription drugs, with their doctor.

The research was published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" Tuesday. 

British boy with disease marvels at Midwest kindness

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

            Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin of England, who came to Kansas City for cancer treatments, and his family look forward to tasting Kansas City barbecue and learning more about the area. Here Alex gestures as he and his father, Jeff Goodwin, leaves a playroom at Children’s Mercy Hospital. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS)
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Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin of England, who came to Kansas City for cancer treatments, and his family look forward to tasting Kansas City barbecue and learning more about the area. Here Alex gestures as he and his father, Jeff Goodwin, leaves a playroom at Children’s Mercy Hospital. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star/TNS)(Jill Toyoshiba)

Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin, a nature lover from England, considers the bone cancer inside him a parasite. He’s the unwilling host who can’t shake the organism by himself.

After finishing chemotherapy this week at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, he headed to the University of Kansas Hospital on Dec. 22 to learn how doctors, and perhaps surgeons, here in America plan to attack it.

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“We are in their hands, really,” Alex’s father, Jeff Goodwin, said Dec. 20 as he sat beside his son in a Children’s Mercy patient play room. “We just want Alex to get better.”

So do thousands of people around the world who’ve become Alex’s supporters on Facebook, Twitter and the crowd-funding site Just Giving. His supporters, especially those in the United Kingdom, raised tens of thousands of dollars for him to make this journey. They even cut a music video featuring singing and dancing constables, mounted officers, K-9s and motorcycle police from across his nation — and the United States. About 10 officers from the Kansas City, Kan., East Patrol station make a short appearance.

Alex’s dad, who considers himself a private person, did not embrace social media until after Alex grew ill. Then Goodwin began began filming short video updates of his son and posting them online under “Alexander’s Journey.” Alex suggested some of the content. He charmed viewers by showing concern for others instead of focusing on himself. Word and admiration quickly spread, especially in the worldwide police fraternity.

Goodwin serves on a tactical firearms unit in Warwickshire. That makes him one of the few British constables who carry a gun in a country that experiences only 600 murders a year.

His career choice means he normally concentrates on helping others.

“It was difficult for me to ask for help,” he said.

And at first, help eluded them.

About this time last year, at Christmas, Alex noticed pain in his right hip and upper leg. It grew more and more severe. Unable to turn over in bed on his own at night because of the pain, he asked his father to move him around when necessary. During the days, his father had to carry him places. Eventually, Alex needed pain medication every two hours.

“It was so painful, I couldn’t even walk,” said Alex, who lives in the village of Dunton Bassett, near the border of Warwickshire and Leicestershire. “I was dragging this leg around. I couldn’t move at all.”

For months, doctors blamed “growing pains.”

Alex’s mother, Maria, knew better. She kept insisting on blood tests. In June, the family learned that Alex had Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Chemotherapy treatments began.

Determined to give Alex the best chance for survival, his parents searched out advice in Europe and the United States. Multiple people kept telling them about Children’s Mercy and KU, said Goodwin. That gave them confidence to fly here last week. Police officers from across the region greeted them at Kansas City International Airport in what Alex calls “an absolutely outstanding” show of support.

Since then, Children’s Mercy staff have put Alex through a PET scan and MRI. His chemotherapy treatments in Kansas City mark his 12th cycle of chemo overall.

According to his father, two options at the moment appear to be radiation or an unusual type of surgery. That operation would involve replacing Alex’s hip and upper femur with a device that would include a rod that would lengthen as Alex’s leg grows. KU is one of the few hospitals performing the surgery in the United States.

“We are just waiting to find our best course of action,” said Goodwin, who keeps Alex’s 7,000 Twitter followers informed of daily developments. “He’s got a massive battle ahead.”

Meanwhile, Alex and his family marvel that folks here don’t wear cowboy hats, as they had expected.

They look forward to tasting Kansas City barbecue and learning more about the area, including what birds of prey we have. Alex loves birds of prey.

And they’re extremely thankful for all the American kindness they’ve received.

The doctors and nurses have been amazing, they say. So have all the police officers and highway patrol troopers who have visited Alex. One even brought “the real” Father Christmas along. When the bearded gentleman asked Alex what he wanted for Christmas, Alex’s parents expected their oldest child to name a certain video game.

Instead, he said he wanted everyone to be happy.

And for no one else to have the cancer he has.

The adults in the room gasped.

“You could hear Father Christmas’ voice crack,” Goodwin said.

Alex has displayed that upbeat attitude his entire life, his father said.

“He wants the best for everyone else when he is so frail himself,” Goodwin said. “He goes through periods of time when he is in pain and discomfort and feeling ill and nauseous, and his first thoughts, really, are for other people. That’s an amazing quality.”

Asked last week what message he’d like to give all the Americans now following him on Twitter, Alex held true to that character.

“I just want everyone to be happy, keep those positive thoughts up and have a nice day,” he said. “Don’t worry, all those people. Whoever loves me and everyone else, I’ll always be in your heart.”

Time-lapse video shows teething process

Published: Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 7:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 7:19 AM

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Teething — it’s happened to all of us and none of us remember it, but everyone knows it makes babies cry.

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While the actual process is much longer and arguably more painful, it only takes an unusual time-lapse video 20 seconds to show just why that’s the case.

(H/t Mental Floss)