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ABC News/Perry family(OAK PARK, Ill.) -- An Illinois woman said she physically feels fine after her kidney surgery, but is in emotional pain as she mourns the death of her son, the kidney donor who likely saved her life.

Less than two weeks after her surgery, Rose Perry, 50, said the pain of losing her son “hurts so bad.” Perry’s son, Ronald Perry Jr., died earlier this month at age 24 from a severe stroke that lead to a coma and fatal cardiac arrhythmia.

Perry was undergoing treatment for kidney failure and Type 2 diabetes when her son suffered the stroke. Her kidney failure was so dire, she even had an upcoming appointment with a transplant doctor at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois, to determine if she was healthy enough to get a transplant.

After the stroke, Ronald Perry Jr. was put into a medically induced coma to try and save his brain function, but doctors later told Rose Perry and her husband that their son would not recover. At that point, the family was asked, along with their younger son, Christopher, if they would consider organ donation.

“I right away said no,” Rose Perry told ABC News. “I don’t wish for my son’s body to be cut up. I don’t wish that.”

But Perry’s husband Ronald Perry Sr. and Christopher asked her to reconsider and asked that she consider being a possible recipient for Ronald Perry's kidney.

“My husband and my son said, ‘We think you should let them do it,’” Rose Perry recalled. “I cried my eyes out and said, ‘I don’t want his kidney and I want my child.’”

After discussing it with her family, Rose Perry agreed to a partial organ donation but refused to let doctors transplant Ronald Perry Jr.’s heart.

“I've never met anyone in their lifetime that ever had anything bad to stay about him,” she told ABC News of her son, who loved camping and the Chicago White Sox. “His heart was one of a kind.”

Just hours after agreeing to the organ donation, Rose Perry met with her transplant surgeon, Dr. Deepak Mital, at Advocate Christ Medical Center, the same doctor she was scheduled to meet the next week. While she had agreed to the transplant, she still had to undergo tests to ensure she was healthy enough to receive the kidney and find out if it was a match.

Mital said when he met Perry he tried to help her by counseling her on her decision to go ahead with organ donation.

“I’m so sorry you lost your son, I think you’re making the right decision. ... He can save lives,” Mital remembers telling Perry.

The Illinois mother said the two days of tests quickly became a blur. Less than 48 hours after meeting Mital, she was approved for transplant surgery on May 17.

“I was numb by then,” she said of the two days of intensive testing. “There were things I don’t even remember them. I don’t remember them taking me to surgery.”

Mital said the kidney was a near perfect match and started working right away. Perry was able to leave the hospital in just a few days. Her odds for survival doubled after the surgery, according to Mital.

“In his death ... he really gave her the gift of life,” Mital said.

Perry said she is now satisfied with her decision to undergo the transplant and that she suspects it will help her in the future as she grieves her oldest son.

“I’ll just rub my belly and I’ll say, ‘Oh, Ronald, what is going on in this world,'" she said.

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Meliha Gojak/iStock/Thinkstock(LIVERPOOL, England) – A UK student has worked online readers into a lather, after writing about her refusal to shave her body hair and perpetuate what she described as “unfair expectations of women.”

In an essay that appeared in the The Tab Liverpool, titled, “I Don’t Shave and I’m Not Going To Start,” Yasmin Gasimova wrote that since having stopped shaving at the age of 11, she has endured much criticism from acquaintances and schoolmates. But she remained staunchly opposed to the notion that she should alter her natural appearance to suit societal norms.

“As someone of Turkic origin, I don’t remember ever not having hair,” Gasimova, now 19 and a computer science student at the University of Liverpool, wrote. “In fact, as early as 10, boys were making fun of my moustache and I was trying to shave my noticeably hairy stomach.”

But a year later, the author decided that shaving her abdomen and legs wasn’t worth the inconvenience it caused her, so she stopped. After a period of pushback from friends, family and boyfriends, Gasimova wrote that most people close to her eventually agreed with her personal stance.

Some commenters offered support of her position on not shaving, cheering:

“Good on you for be comfortable with your hair!”

Others asserted their dislike of female body hair.

“I'd hope the Author of this article is aware that many guys don't like body hair on women and that she's tough enough to take the, regrettably inevitable, abuse she's getting,” wrote one reader.

Gasimova disagreed, she wrote:

“If you think the au naturel look is gross, it isn’t – you only believe that because you’ve been conditioned to see it that way your entire life,” wrote Gasimova. “I dream of the day I can walk around in the summer in shorts, without being conscious of people judging me. It will, however, take many of my sisters joining me and ridding the public of the shock.”

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YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Americans consume more sugar than anyone else in the world.

The World Health Organization has long called for adults and children to reduce their sugar intake to roughly 50 grams (12 teaspoons) or less a day. But recent recommendations suggest limiting sugar intake even further to less than five percent of total calories—half of the original recommendation.

Cutting back on sugar consumption can be more than just good for a waistline, it can also reduce tooth decay and prevent diabetes in the long run, Harvard researchers say.

Still, Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietician at the Cleveland Clinic says replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners can actually cause more harm.

 “You’re still giving your taste buds the sugar that it’s craving and artificial sweeteners tend to be a lot sweeter than actual, real sugar,” Kirkpatrick says.

She suggests it’s better to just cut sugar out of your diet -- quell cravings with nuts or a piece of fruit instead. Getting more sleep is helpful too: it’s even harder for sleepy people to cut back on sweets because of the effect of sleeplessness on the brain. Getting more fiber can also help you feel full.

“What I tell my patients on day one of meeting them is, ‘If you see sugar in the first five ingredients of any food product in your pantry, put it in the trash.'"

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ABC/Adam Taylor(NEW YORK) – When Rumer Willis took home the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars earlier this month, a lot was said about her dance moves.

But after she shared a photo of herself in a bikini on Instagram, talk has begun to focus on the singer's figure.

"I pretty much eat the same things. I mean French fries is [sic] a very large part of my diet," she told E! News. "But honestly, that's just one of the reasons why I like dancing. I don't like standing on a treadmill"

Val Chmerkovskiy, who was partnered with Willis, 26, on the ABC reality TV show teased her that she needs to run on the treadmill to get a real workout. She laughed off the joke, and continued that she prefers exercises that "actually serve a purpose."

"To me, running on a treadmill, that seems so monotonous and I'm not working toward anything," she said. "At least when I was dancing, I felt like, I'm doing something that's going to give me something back. It's not just for the sole purpose of trying to make my body look a certain way."

After a moment and laughed: "I think I still have it right now, so I'm probably just taking it for granted."  

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Megan O’Brien is thin, petite and works out regularly -- but the 38-year-old Los Angeles woman says she has always had one problem area: her belly.

"When I would get my nails done or go to pick up my dry cleaning, they would all congratulate me on my baby, which is fine, but I am not pregnant," O'Brien, a size zero, told ABC News.

"I wanted to get rid of my stomach," the beauty blogger said.

O’Brien even gave her tummy a name: Gus. When strict diet and exercise failed, O’Brien sought liposuction.

"I'm a size zero and I got liposuction," O'Brien said. "When I said to people, 'I am going to have liposuction,' they would look at me and say, 'Oh, so you can be a 00? What are you talking about? Why are you going to have liposuction?'"

O’Brien wrote about her experience for Harper’s Bazaar magazine in an article titled “I'm a Size Zero and I Got Liposuction: Confessions of a Skinny-Fat Woman,” noting that her doctor, Dr. Marc Mani, initially told her to exercise and return to see him if working out had no effect on her stomach.

Once O'Brien decided to undergo the procedure, she did not hide her beauty secret. Instead, she announced her decision to undergo the procedure with a movie trailer-style video titled “My Plastic Surgery Liposuction Adventure.”

While some friends scoffed when they learned of her plans, it turns out that O’Brien was actually the perfect candidate for the procedure.

“Liposuction is not for weight loss. It's for spot reduction. That's just what she needed,” Dr. Scot Glasberg of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons told ABC News.

O’Brien, who blogs about makeup, said liposuction “just made sense” to her.”

"For the people who are being really negative about it, it is my body. It is my life. What do they care?," O'Brien said. "If they are so upset about my liposuction, then don't have it."

Photos of O’Brien after the procedure show her with a far flatter stomach than she’s had before. The doctor took her extra fat and filled out her cheeks, even sculpting her chin as a bonus.

"I feel better about swimsuit season. I feel better about shopping," O'Brien said. "I feel more confident in clothes."

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KMGH(WESTMINSTER, Colo.) -- Some people post job ads on Craigslist to paint their house or walk their dogs. Others, like Natalie Carson, post more unusual ones like trying to find a family she can rent for a day.

The Westminster, Colorado, woman posted a heartfelt notice on Craigslist that she was looking to rent a family to help celebrate her birthday.

“I am not a weirdo or anything I was just inspired by another girl that rented a family from craigslist in California for the holidays,” she wrote. “I just want one day that I can feel important and special, and like I matter even if I really don't.”

She also wrote: "I am NOT looking for any monetary support as I also work.I can pay $8 an hour."

Carson, 19, grew up in the foster care system and wasn’t adopted before she aged out at 18, she told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV in Denver.

She wants to make this next birthday more memorable than her previous ones, she added.

"It's something that I've never really had. Of course, I've had birthdays, but they haven't been good," she said. "Usually, every birthday is really painful and hard."

Carson did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment via email.

She told KMGH she was a baby in Colorado when she went into the foster care system and soon moved to Georgia with a family who adopted her, she said. She ended up back in foster care and stayed until she aged out at 18.

One of the first things she did as an adult was take a bus right back to Colorado. “I really didn't know anything, but I knew I was born here," she told the TV station.

Carson said she worked to earn her GED and is now taking college classes to focus on computer science, with the support of Urban Peak, a Denver group that helps homeless youth.

Carson said several families have already reached out to her and she’s speaking to one family in particular about her big day.

"I felt like having one day where it's OK -- this is about me and it's my birthday," Carson said. "I don't have this big elaborate plan or anything, I just wanted it to be good."

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iStock/Thinkstock(GRAHAM, Wash.) -- Nikke Whitman, a birth photographer from Graham, Washington, said she finds photos of breastfeeding moms beautiful.

But she finds photos of moms bottle feeding beautiful, too.

After hearing the stories of some of her mom friends -- who had a variety of reasons for bottle feeding -- she realized some of them were "brokenhearted" by not breastfeeding. Others felt judged.

"For some, the choice of feeding their babies rather than letting them starve is a very real scenario," she said.

Whitman decided to post on her blog images of women bottle feeding -- and bonding with -- their babies. "There is undeniable bonding happening," she said.

Whitman said she came across very surprising reasons women don't breastfeed. In the case of her friend Brittnae she has a medical condition called Insufficient Glandular Tissue, which means the breasts don't contain proper milk-making tissue. Other reasons: past abuse (it can trigger memories of past events); dad wanting to share in bonding time; mastectomy and more.

The feedback has been incredibly positive, said Whitman, herself a mom of three girls. "There should be no judgment. This [motherhood] is a hard enough job."

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Memorial Sloan Kettering(NEW YORK) -- Around 100 pediatric cancer patients got to enjoy their own version of prom thrown at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York Thursday, complete with makeup artists and donated tuxes and gowns.

In its 25th year, the Annual Spring Prom is a special night for patients grappling with cancer treatments, and this year, attendees ranged in age from 5 months to 30 years.

"It's a great [way] to celebrate and a day of fun," said Rachel Corke, program coordinator for the pediatrics department. "No one is really worried if they have an IV tube in their arm or their can still wear a gorgeous dress. If you have no hair you can wear a headband if you want."

Gowns and tuxes were donated for the patients and hair stylists along with makeup artists were on hand in case anyone wanted to try out a new look.

"Kids who haven't gotten out of bed get up and get dressed to enjoy the celebration," said Corke. "We’re able to bring the party to the patient if we need to."

There was even a very special staff "King and Queen" of the event, to honor the hardworking medical staff who care for the patients.

Corke said the party isn't just for the patients but for the staff and the families to see the patients get to have a little fun, while at the hospital.

"It's a real highlight [for] our staff to see kids having a good time away from purely clinical setting," she said.

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Aaron M. Sprecher/AFP/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas has been hit by devastating storms over the past week, with at least 19 people dead and eight missing after the ensuing floods. But animal victims were also left in a desperate position.

Pet shelters across the affected region faced flooded and overcrowded conditions.

When the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin and partner nonprofit Austin Pets Alive! had to evacuate nearly 60 dogs to the Austin Animal Center, the centers took to social media for help.

Already inundated with lost and stray animals from the storm, plus the evacuated pets from the Town Lake Animal Shelter, dogs and cats were in desperate need of homes. The shelter was over capacity by about 140 animals Monday.

The Texas community answered with an outpouring of support.

Volunteers lined up to foster animals needing a dry place to sleep. Nearly 100 people showed up to the Town Lake Animal Shelter and 40 people temporarily sheltered cats and dogs at the main Austin Animal Center facility. They also brought towels, blankets and supplies.

Other shelters in Texas faced similar problems. After the tornado on Sunday, the Houston SPCA provided support for pets sheltered with owners at the Chinese Community Center.

“Due to the severe weather, there have been a lot of stray animals caught in precarious situations,” said Lisa Rotter, the shelter’s community outreach manager. And with staff stretched thin, Rotter said volunteers stepped in to help with daily function of the shelter even the day after the initial flooding.

Even as flood waters start to recede, The Austin Animal Center had a record intake Wednesday with 122 dogs and cats coming into the shelter. Now, shelters are attempting to reunite pets lost during the floods with their owners.

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Pictac/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – When Tricia Salese called her local pharmacy for a price check on her next prescription refill, she was stunned when the pharmacist told her the cost of her generic-brand pain medication had gone up again.

Salese, 49, started talking fentanyl citrate, the generic version of Actiq, a powerful painkiller, in 2010, and she takes three doses per day. Back then, she said, the price per dose was 50 cents. Now, the pharmacist told her, it was going to cost her $37.49 per dose.

“I thought $25 [per dose for generics] was a lot. $37 is just -- what is this stuff made of? I mean, this is ridiculous,” Salese said.

Salese takes fentanyl citrate to help her function with endometriosis, a chronic disease where the lining of the uterus grows outside of the womb and causes lesions that can worsen over time. The condition leaves her in constant, crippling pain and this medication is not covered by her insurance. With the cost going up, Salese said she’s had to dip into her retirement savings to pay for her prescriptions.

The staggering cost of some generic brand drugs has led patients and pharmacists across the country to ask questions about alarming price increases on certain drugs -- the once reliably low-cost copies of the more expensive branded products.

In the span of one year, from 2012 to 2013, the cost of the generic blood pressure medication captopril jumped more than 2,700 percent, the asthma drug albuterol sulfate went up more than 3,400 percent and the antibiotic doxycycline jumped a whopping 6,300 percent, according to National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) statistics.

“My customers walk away silent, in shock,” said Aniedi Etuk, who has been a pharmacist for 12 years. “Some of them have to choose between taking their drugs and buying food for their family.”

In the past, when a branded drug lost its patent, generics entered the market and prices plummeted, saving the American health care system billions of dollars. Generics have served to help make drugs affordable, but now, prices are trending the other way.

Jonathan Alpern is the chief resident of internal medicine at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was one of the co-authors of a New England Journal of Medicine article that helped bring the issue to light.

"One of the things that’s difficult with all of this is transparency," Alpern said. "So when the prices go up, it’s nice for providers and patients to know first of all -- what drugs are going up and why. It was really hard to find out that information... [and] I was initially shocked and when we started to see that this was happening to multiple other common drugs."

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a Democratic presidential candidate, places the blame for rising costs on drug makers and the robust prescription drug lobby.

“The short answer is greed,” Sanders said. “They can do it. They can get away with it. They can make outrageous sums of profits and money on this and that’s what they’re doing.”

Last week, Sanders, along with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., introduced a new bill aimed at curbing generic drug prices.

“Our job in Congress is to say to these drug companies, 'You can’t keep ripping off the American people,'” Sanders said. “'You can’t force folks to be in a situation where they can’t purchase the medicine they desperately need.' That’s what we should be doing.”

The U.S. is currently one of a few developed countries that doesn't negotiate prices with the pharmaceutical industry, Sanders said. Current federal law prohibits Medicare from negotiating lower prices with drug companies. Although Sanders's new proposal won’t give the federal government the power to do so, it will require generic drug makers to pay Medicaid a rebate any time prices rise above and beyond inflation. Brand name drug makers already do this.

Profit is no doubt a driving force in the recent price spike of generics. But experts say prices can also rise for other reasons, including raw material shortages, manufacturing disruptions because of factory closings or violations, or companies leaving the market or merging with competitors. All of those factors reduce supply and competition. Drug companies argue that another factor is that the FDA has been slow to approve the thousands of generic drugs currently in its backlog.

Ralph G. Neas, the president and chief executive of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, told ABC News' Nightline in a statement that “some short-term cost fluctuations may occur for individual products facing unique circumstances,” but that the generally lower cost of generic drugs brings value that is “consistent and irrefutable.”

There are signs that regulators are cracking down on rising prices. Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice issued grand jury subpoenas to three drug makers in relation to price spikes and, just last month, the Department of Health and Human Services also agreed to investigate price spikes.

Watch the full story on "Nightline" Thursday night at 12:35 a.m. ET

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Stacey Newman/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're about to have a baby, please don't name him Billion. The experts implore you.

Citing data from the Social Security Department's Extended Name List, popular baby-naming site Nameberry has listed their picks for the 12 worst names.

"Swastik has to be the very worst, but Ruckus is right down there," said Pamela Redmond Satran, a Nameberry baby-naming expert.

Someone named their child Swastik? Not just one person -- to make the list, at least five babies had to be given this name for the first time in 2014. So a minimum of five people thought that was a good idea.

The Dirty Dozen:


"Cash is an up-and-coming baby name, and Rich has been around for decades," Nameberry said. "So how about coming out and naming a number? Billion was used for five baby boys for the first time this year, though there were also 11 boys named Million and babies of both sexes named Amillion."


"If you are choosing a highly unusual name to help your child stand out from the crowd, this one does anything but."


"Where will the trend for Bad Boy names end? Dagger is one of the new violent names added to the lexicon this year," Nameberry said.


The site said Lay was a name given to seven baby girls last year.


Nameberry said London's been popular in recent years, and with "such popularity inevitably spawns spelling variations."


There were also five girls named Kennydi.


It's another target "for spelling adventurists," Nameberry said.


"We’re not sure that new choices such as Royaltee, Royalti, and Royel set quite the right blueblood tone."


Given to eight babies in 2014.


Nameberry called it "as grating as the “uplifting” new names like Excel (seven girls) or Legendary (five boys)."


Given to seven boys.


"Wimberley is a particularly entertaining member of the kind of new name introduced by parents looking to improve on an original by giving it a new first initial, or switching a few letters or sounds around."

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Photo by Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anthrax is again making headlines after Pentagon officials announced Wednesday that the U.S. military had inadvertently sent live spores to laboratories in nine states and South Korea.

At least 22 people at Osan Air Base in South Korea are being monitored and were given precautionary medical measures because they "may have been exposed" to the spores during a training event, according to a statement from the air base.

Here's a guide to anthrax to explain how someone can get infected and how it can be stopped or treated.

What Causes Anthrax?

Anthrax is caused by a bacteria called Bacillus anthracis that forms naturally in the soil, where it can remain dormant for decades, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Animals such as cows or sheep are normally affected, though in rare cases people can be infected as well if they come into contact with the spores in the dirt or through food. In rare cases, the bacteria has infected a person after being injected. Once the spores enter the body through the respiratory tract, digestive tract or through the skin, the spores can become active and start to multiply.

It's most commonly found in areas of Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, southern and eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, according to the CDC.

What Are the Symptoms?

Those people who were possibly exposed to spores at laboratories would be at highest risk for inhaling spores, which could result in respiratory distress as the bacteria multiply. This type of anthrax infection is considered the most dangerous form of the disease with just 10 to 15 percent of untreated people surviving, according to the CDC.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, explained the bacteria can cause an "intoxication" by releasing toxins into the body.

"It can cause a severe illness associated with fluid accumulated in the lungs," said Schaffner. "The anthrax bacteria multiplies and lets loose these toxins."

Once in the lungs, the bacteria can start to release toxins in the lungs that can lead to fluid build-up and even death. An incubation period can last from one day to two months, as the bacteria continue to grow.

Should the bacteria reach a certain point they can infect tissue or enter the blood stream and cause sepsis. Symptoms include fever chills, shortness of breath and dizziness.

Those exposed to anthrax can develop different symptoms depending on if the spores are inhaled, digested, injected with a needle or affect the skin.

What Can You Do If You're Exposed to Anthrax

Those exposed to spores can be put on post-exposure prophylaxis, which can consist of 60 days of antibiotics with three doses of an anthrax vaccine.

In addition to those at risk for exposure, the vaccine is available to those exposed to spores. The vaccine can stimulate antibody production that provides protection after the person stops taking antibiotics and protect a patient from dormant spores that may remain in the body.

Those who may have been exposed at Osan Air Base were given precautionary measures, including examinations, antibiotics and in some instances, vaccinations, according to a statement from the base.

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Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to treating HIV, the sooner, the better. That’s the latest from a large-scale National Institutes of Health study released Wednesday.

The study found that even patients in the early stages of HIV diagnosis, with relatively healthy immune systems, reduced their risk of death by more than half when put on antiretroviral drugs. Being put on medication when their immune systems were stronger also reduced patients’ risk of developing full-blown AIDS.

“We now have clear-cut proof that it is of significantly greater health benefit to an HIV-infected person to start antiretroviral therapy sooner rather than later,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH. 

Findings held true for participants around the globe, with investigators finding similar results in both low- and high-income countries.

Because of the new findings, the NIH is changing their HIV treatment recommendations.

“We now have strong evidence that early treatment is beneficial to the HIV-positive person. These results support treating everyone," said Dr. Jens Lundgren of the University of Copenhagen, one of the co-chairs of the study.

The study overturns older thinking about HIV treatment, which was that the toxic side effects of antiretroviral drugs should be avoided until a patient’s immune system started to suffer.

Side effects for going on antiretroviral drugs can be severe, including bone death and heart disease -- in addition to a lifetime of daily pill schedules. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV.

Taking antiretroviral drugs has also been proven to reduce risk of transmitting HIV to uninfected sexual partners. Based on these interim results, all of the study participants are being offered antiretroviral treatment if they’re not already on it. The international four-year study will continue until 2016.

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California Thunder via KABC(NEW YORK) -- A California softball player has died days after having a brain aneurysm on the field.

Dana Housley was playing in a game Saturday when she reportedly told her coach she felt dizzy and collapsed. Family and teammates had held out hope that the 15-year-old player would survive the traumatic event.

Housley’s family announced Wednesday night the teen had died.

“Tonight our beautiful Dana chose to go with the Lord,” the family said in a statement posted by Housley’s softball team, the California Thunder, based in Covina, California. “We don't yet understand his plan for her, but she will make a perfect angel.”

Housley’s teammates had created a hashtag #prayfordana to support the teen and draw attention to her case. Housley's parents thanked her teammates for their support.

"We will feel pain and emptiness at the loss of our baby girl, but we won't have to feel it alone," the teen's parents said in a statement. "We will not forget your love, prayers, and support, nor will we ever forget the wonderful memories of our little girl, Dana Housley #21."

Her coach, Angelo Michaels, told ABC News station KABC-TV in Los Angeles, that Housley was a “spectacular” player.

“She never had an off day,” Michaels told KABC. “I don’t mean on the softball field I mean she just always had a smile, always gave 110 percent and great teammate.”

The team put up a message on its Twitter account Thursday mourning Housley.

A brain aneurysm occurs when a spot on a cranial artery weakens and starts to bulge out. If the aneurysm ruptures it can cause stroke, brain damage or death.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The treadmill is back. The once-monotonous machine is finding its groove again.

The machine is making a comeback in fitness classes, and celebrities including Heidi Klum, Shakira and Zoe Saldana are sprinting their way to great shape on treadmills.

Fitness experts Anna Kaiser, Alycia Stevenin and David Siik appeared on ABC's Good Morning America Thursday to talk about the benefits of treadmill workouts.

Kaiser is a celebrity trainer and founder of AKT InMotion, and her new AKTread puts strength training choreography on the treadmill. Stevenin is a master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp, and Siik is an Equinox instructor and creator of Precision Running.

They shared the following extra tips that you can use at home or in the gym:

Kaiser’s Tips


Start in a lunge position, with your right leg out in front of the left. Place the opposite arm next to the front foot. The other arm should be back in the air pointing toward the back leg. Then, in one fluid movement, jump up straight, pulling the left leg out and in front. Bring the right foot up to meet it. Lift your body up as tall as possible, and end on your tiptoes. Swing your arms as you lift your body for momentum, ending with them in an L position at the top of the move. Then, jump back into the starting lunge position, starting with putting the right leg in place, and then following with the left leg.

Up and Over

Start walking on the treadmill at 3.5 mph with hands gripping on each handlebar. Lift your body into the air by putting all your weight on your arms, and straightening them completely. At the same time, move your legs in a running motion in the air, lifting knees as high as you can to your chest. Set your feet back down, take one step on the moving treadmill, and repeat the slow, controlled jumping motion with the opposite leg in front. Repeat this movement for 60 seconds.

Switch Jumps

Stand with legs shoulder-width apart, slightly bent. Lean forward with your torso, with your left arm crossed in front of your body, and the right straight out behind you. Wind up your arms, and swing them in and out as you jump straight up into the air and turn your body to the left. The move is basically jumping through the air and switching the way you’re facing, while switching the arms from bent to straight a few times to propel you. This move will get you sweaty, fast. Do 20 jumps, switching sides. After completing one of the other strengthening moves, do another set of 20 Switch Jumps.

Single Leg Teaser

Lie flat on the ground with your legs out straight and arms stretched out straight behind your head. Squeeze your core and keep your belly button tight to your spine, being careful not to arch your back. Slowly, roll your body up, keeping your core engaged, and as you do so, bring your right knee into your chest. Grab your knee and hold for a second or two. Roll back down to starting position. Repeat 10 times on the right. Then do the same 10 times on the left.

Oblique Twist

Sit in a V position, with your legs up in the air, together and bent, torso and chest lifted, and your arms back out behind you and to the side resting on the ground for support. Keep your abs engaged, and be sure not to arch your lower back. Slowly twist your torso to the right, straighten out your right leg in front of you, and cross your left over the top to your right side. Bring legs back to center. Repeat this scissor motion to the right 20 times. Repeat 20 times on the left.

Side Cincher

Get into a side plank position on your left side. Instead of stacking the right foot on top of the left, bend the leg and rest your foot on the ground behind your body. Hold your right arm out high and slightly curved above your head. Next, kick the right leg out in front of your body, and move your arm down and back, reaching far out behind your body. Move back to the starting position. Repeat the kicking movement 10-15 times. Switch sides and repeat on opposite leg.

Stevenin’s Tips

Here's a 20-minute treadmill routine from Stevenin:

Warm Up Section

5 minute jog at speed 5.0 - 6.0, incline at 0.0 (warm-up section)

Incline Run Section

1 minute: increase speed by 1.0, incline at 0.0

1 minute: decrease speed to 5.0 - 6.0, incline 0.0

1 minute: maintain speed, increase incline to 5.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0, maintain 5.0 incline

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0, incline is 0.0

30 seconds: increase speed to 5.0 - 6.0, incline 10.0

30 seconds: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0, maintain 10.0 incline

1 minute: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0, incline is 0.0

Speed Run Section: incline is 0.0 entire time

1 minute: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0

30 seconds: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 speed or higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

1 minute: increase speed to 7.0 - 9.0

30 seconds: jogging speed of 5.0 - 6.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 speed or higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

30 seconds: sprint at 8.5 of higher

30 seconds: recover, walking speed is 2.5 - 4.0

1 minute: sprint at 8.5 of higher

30 seconds: recover!

Siik’s Tips

Form. Get away from the front of your treadmill. Also be sure to not swing your arms across centerline -- keep arm drive parallel to legs. It counterbalances forces for a healthier back and hips as well as works your core into a tighter leaner stomach.

Incline. There's no need to keep sprinting on steep inclines. Instead, find a balance of speed and incline and keep fastest speeds on inclines under 6 percent. You also must do some incline, as well as flat, for balance.

Recovery. Be diligent. Make your recovery as exact and meaningful as your interval.

Distraction. Do not be on your phone checking emails and texting. Put it down and focus on the workout. It will go by faster and you'll enjoy it so much more.

Consistency. Never give up the run. Amazing results in running come with consistency. Just one to three days a week can turn your entire fitness life right around.

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