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cosmin4000/iStock/ThinkStock(HOUSTON) -- A 14-year-old boy from Houston has died after battling a 'brain-eating' amoeba.

The announcement of Michael Riley's death was posted on his Facebook page by his family on Sunday.

The CDC says that the 'brain-eating' amoeba, known as the Primary Amoeba Meningoencephalitis (PAM), can be contracted after being in a freshwater lake and is very common in freshwater lakes and rivers in Texas, according to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV.  

The amoeba is said to travel into the nose and it's most common victims are children.

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smolkapressepool/ullstein bild via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --   Renowned neurologist and author of "Awakenings" Oliver Sacks died Sunday. He was 82.

His assistant, Kate Edgar, told The New York Times the cause was cancer. ABC News was unable to reach Edgar.

Sacks, a professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, announced in February a rare eye tumor had spread to his liver and that he was in the stages of terminal cancer.

Sacks is best known for his writing on neurological case histories including "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" and an "An Anthropologist on Mars." His book "Awakenings," based on his work in the 1960s with patients who were unable to initiate movement, was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

Sacks, whose autobiography was released this spring, wrote in February he felt "intensely alive" after his diagnosis.

"Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts," he wrote. "This does not mean I am finished with life."

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janulla/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say a new type of pacemaker without wires and that doesn't require surgery to install could be the future of the device.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new device is about one-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker and was effective in about 90 percent of the 300 patients who were studied. Researchers followed the participants for six months after they received the new pacemaker, and found that just 6.7 percent of patients had severe adverse events.

The study notes that the rate of side effects was about double that of the 3.2 percent of patients with serious adverse events when using a conventional pacemaker, but say that the non-surgical nature of the device and its lack of wires could make it a feasible option in the future.

Still, the study's authors acknowledge, more time may be needed to accurately assess the safety and efficacy of the new pacemaker device.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Don't pay any attention to the label.

The Federal Drug Administration said this week they issued "warning letters" to three tobacco manufacturers including ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc., and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd., for their package labeling that says "additive-free" or "natural."

“The FDA’s job is to ensure tobacco products are not marketed in a way that leads consumers to believe cigarettes with descriptors like 'additive-free' and 'natural' pose fewer health risks than other cigarettes, unless the claims have been scientifically supported,” said Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in a statement. “This action is a milestone, and a reminder of how we use the tools of science-based regulation to protect the U.S. public from the harmful effects of tobacco use.”

According to the FDA, it's the first time they've used this kind of authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 to "pursue regulatory action regarding the use of “additive-free” or “natural” claims on tobacco product labeling."

The makers have to respond to the letters within 15 days of their delivery with a plan on how they're going to change the labeling or wording.

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ABC News(PHOENIX) -- It was a sight to see in Arizona road as a stream of big trucks took part in a funeral procession to pay tribute to a 3-year-old boy who recently died.

ABC News station KNXV-TV in Phoenix reports that more than 100 trucks, including fire engines, vintage military vehicles, and semis, went through the city of Mesa Friday afternoon.

It was all for Elijah Steffen, who died on August 21 from a rare disease. He was a fan of big trucks but never had the chance to attend a monster truck rally in Las Vegas.

The whole thing began with a Facebook post by a family friend. Ironically, the initial request was for just one truck to show up at Elijah’s funeral. Instead, many trucks participated.

"That's what a community does," said Sam Koster, who brought her truck. "They all come together. And that's what this family needs."

Scott Campagna also attended with his truck. "I couldn’t imagine losing my child," he said. "If we could make this family smile by being here, then it's all worth it."

The hour-long procession concluded at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Drug Administration issued an alert on Friday, warning about certain types of Type 2 Diabetes treatments causing severe and debilitating joint pain.

The FDA mentioned in the alert the medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin as causing the joint pain.

"Patients should not stop taking their DPP-4 inhibitor medicine, but should contact their health care professional right away if they experience severe and persistent joint pain," said the statement. "Health care professionals should consider DPP-4 inhibitors as a possible cause of severe joint pain and discontinue the drug if appropriate."

According to the FDA, "DPP-4 inhibitors are used along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Kapowsin Meats has recalled approximately 523,380 pounds of pork products because of a Salmonella contamination, an expanded number since its original recall.

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday, the Graham, Wash. establishment originally recalled some of their products weeks ago, but the USDA has expanded the recall after an investigation by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

"FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at Kapowsin Meats while this establishment took steps to address sanitary conditions at their facility after the original recall on August 13, 2015," said the statement. "Sampling revealed positive results for Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- on Whole Hogs for Barbeque, associated pork products and throughout the establishment. FSIS has deemed sanitary improvement efforts made by the Kapowsin Meats insufficient, and the scope of this recall has been expanded to include all products associated with contaminated source material."

The statement also said Kapowsin Meats had voluntarily suspended work.

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Courtesy BluePearl Veterinary Partners(NEW YORK) -- A year-old pit bull named Honey survived being shot point blank in the mouth by her owner's ex-boyfriend during an argument at her Brooklyn apartment in New York City, according to Honey's owner and a criminal court complaint.

Honey's owner, Asha Stringfield, 24, told ABC News on Friday that she has a restraining order against her 47-year-old ex-boyfriend, Kenneth White, who she said attacked her after he got annoyed about the food she had at her house and jealous about another male friend of hers. The restraining order was confirmed by court documents obtained by ABC News.

White "repeatedly punched" Stringfield in her head and face, grabbed her by the throat, pulled her off the bed by her hair and pointed a gun to her face, asking her to give him "two reasons not to shoot" her, according to a criminal court complaint filed in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

"He kept repeating, 'You don't love me like I love you,' and telling me that I thought he was stupid and disrespectful," Stringfield said. "After hitting me and making me bleed, he said he was going to take my dog, and he opened the door and Honey came in, and I was so scared."

Stringfield said Honey ran to her and tried to lick her wounds, and she tried to hold Honey away from White.

"He kept telling me to let her go, but I wouldn't and then he shot her straight in the mouth through her head," she said. "I screamed. There was blood everywhere. I was freaking out. I didn't know what to do, but Honey was still alive and choking trying to cough the bullet out.

"My friend woke up and told me to take Honey to the bathroom, so we sat in the shower with the bathroom locked and waited."

White eventually left and Stringfield's cousin called 911 for her.

An NYPD spokesman told ABC News that Stringfield was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated and released the next day. Honey was taken to a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in midtown Manhattan, the NYPD spokeswoman added.

"When Honey came in to the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Midtown on Sunday, Dr. Alex Schechter was skeptical when told the dog suffered a gunshot wound," a spokesman for BluePearl Veterinary Partners told ABC News in a statement. "Honey was shaking, barking and nervous, but the wound was not obvious.

"But after sedating Honey, Schechter could see a wound inside her mouth. Then when the X-Rays came back, he was astounded. It showed the bullet had entered Honey’s mouth and narrowly missed her brain. The bullet actually went through a portion of Honey’s skull, and lodged in muscle tissue in the back of her neck."

Honey was then transported to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), where a surgeon is assessing the pup, Stringfield said.

A spokeswoman for the ASPCA deferred inquiries about Honey to Stringfield.

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners Team Leader Mary Santivanez said that the bullet is still lodged inside the young pit bull, and there's a great chance the dog will die if it is removed, according to the criminal complaint.

Stringfield said doctors told her they are monitoring Honey and working to figure out if they should perform the risky surgery.

"Right now, I'm taking it day by day," Stringfield said. "I'm praying for my dog and that things get better. My friends and family have been sending me a lot of prayers and love for Honey and I on Facebook. I just want to get away from here as soon as possible."

White was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, strangulation, menacing, aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal contempt, and torture and injury to an animal, according to police.

According to court records online, White is being represented by the Brooklyn Defender Services, which did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information such as if he has entered a plea.

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ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A warning from school administrators to parents over their daughter’s lunchbox is one seemingly worthy of a super hero’s rescue. The only problem is that super heroes are banned from the school, even on a lunchbox.

An Imgur user posted a letter earlier this week reportedly sent from school officials to his friends, expressing concern that their daughter brought a “Wonder Woman” — themed lunchbox to school.

"We noticed that Laura has a Wonder Woman lunchbox that features a super hero image," the letter begins. "In keeping with the dress code of the school, we must ask that she not bring this to school."

"The dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion — on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunch boxes," the letter continues. "We have defined 'violent characters' as those who solve problems using violence. Superheroes certainly fall into that category."

The school’s name and address are redacted in the letter, which was posted anonymously.

The Imgur user also posted two photos of the lunchbox reportedly under fire.

The front of the lunchbox shows just a close-up image of Wonder Woman’s face, while the back shows a full-body image of Wonder Woman in her costume holding her lasso.

“As lovely as Aphrodite, as wise as Athena,” the lunchbox reads.

The letter quickly went viral, prompting even the actress best known for playing Wonder Woman, Linda Carter, to share the story on social media.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for Vh1 Save The Music(NEW YORK) — As part of the chart-topping Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley has helped take the music industry by storm.

Now, Kelley, 33, has another reason to sing. He and his wife, 32-year-old Cassie McConnell Kelley, are expecting a baby after six years of marriage.

McConnell Kelley talked to ABC News about her pregnancy.

“We're almost four months and I'm due in February and we just found out that we're having a boy, which I just get choked up thinking about and we're thankful, we're so -- blessed isn't a strong enough word … We were up against some incredible odds and it still happened,” she said.

McConnell Kelley initially shared the news earlier this month in a post on her website, Womanista.com.

In the Wednesday interview with ABC, McConnell Kelley detailed a two-year struggle to get pregnant.

“When you're young and healthy and you're ready to start a family you just don't envision there will be any problems doing that,” she said.

The couple went through months of negative pregnancy tests before visiting a fertility specialist in November.

“From that we learned that my body doesn't ovulate regularly which is problem number one, and also I had a blockage in my Fallopian tube which also happened to be connected to my dominant ovary...,” she said. “Our doctor, when all was said and done, she told us we had a one percent chance of conceiving a child naturally without doing IVF.”

IVF, or in vitro fertilization, refers to the process of combining an egg and sperm outside of the body and then placing any resulting embryo into the uterus for further development.

McConnell Kelley suffers from anovulation, a condition in which a woman doesn’t produce an egg every month.

“Cassie, just like a lot of women, has more than one problem …,” her doctor, Abby Eblen, said. “Typically women ovulate every other month on every other side and so she would always have essentially six times to get pregnant rather than 12 times to get pregnant with a blocked Fallopian tube.”

The Kelleys had planned to start IVF, but then, McConnell Kelley said she and her husband were surprised and excited to find out she was pregnant.

An estimated 6 million women in the United States struggle with infertility, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eblen said McConnell Kelley’s story had an important lesson.

“I think the most important thing to do take away from Cassie's story is that hope is always alive … for a lot of women, we get pleasantly surprised and a lot of women are ultimately successful if they continue to strive to get pregnant and to pursue treatment,” Eblen said.

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Marilyn Hendrickson(NEW YORK) -- A pup named Journey is now able to run like other dogs after being fitted with special prosthetic legs.

The Shiba Inu/Jundo mix lost her front paws after she was set on fire along with her siblings and was the only survivor.

Marilyn Hendrickson, director of donations at the MEOW Cat Rescue shelter in Seattle, heard about the story and took in Journey, even after flying to South Korea to pick her up.

"When she arrived here, we looked at her paws and we knew there was no way to live a normal life," she said.

Without her front paws Journey couldn't stand on four legs without pain so she took up the habit of jumping on her hind legs "hopping around like a kangaroo," according to the MEOW Cat Shelter.

Hendrickson said they knew they need to try something else so they reached out to a company that specializes in prosthetics for pets and were able to get two new front legs formed for Journey.

Initially, Journey was not pleased with her new feet.

"Then all of a sudden she got very still and it was like a light bulb went off in her head," said Hendrickson. "She said, 'Hey maybe this is a good thing...'She started walking across the room."

Hendrickson said they have been slowly increasing the time Journey spends in her prosthetics to build up muscles. While the pup had to have a small amputation on her right front paw, she remains on the mend and now loves running in her paws. She's even running her first 5K race in the fall.

"She’s very outgoing and very friendly and very social," said Hendrickson. "She’s so happy that if her name wasn’t Journey I would name her happy."

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Some of us are more blessed than others in the bosom department. But sometimes it may seem like a curse, as large breasts can cause intense back and shoulder pain. 

I have many patients who are plagued by having large breasts. They have pain, and they feel self-conscious in clothes or swimsuits.

For many, breast reduction surgery was the only thing that offered definitive treatment. But short of surgery, there are some other things that can help.

Try custom bras or sports bras. Some companies specialize in making bras that add support and comfort that regular bras don’t.

Physical therapy can help as well by helping to adjust your posture and improve muscle strength in your upper body.

If you are considering surgery, go for a consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

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Alli Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A customer of the popular fitness craze SoulCycle says the company is forcing riders to use an "illegal" payment system that requires customers to buy certificates with "unreasonably short expiration periods," according to a new lawsuit.

Rachel Cody, of Los Angeles, told ABC News that SoulCycle's payment policy is "infuriating," because the firm requires customers to buy "Series Certificates" that can be redeemed for cycling sessions, the suit says.

Cody, who works in financial services, bought a Series Certificate online for $30 in June of this year with the intention of taking a single cycling class, but she didn't redeem it before its 30-day expiration period. Her lawsuit claims the certificates have "unreasonably short expiration periods."

There are other, more expensive packages that have longer expiration periods.

Her lawsuit, which alleges SoulCycle certificates have "illegal expiration provisions," was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court and seeks class action certification.

Cody asserts that these Series Certificates “constitute ‘gift certificates’” and in purchasing one, believed “SoulCycle would abide by applicable state and federal laws”.

One of the laws Cody refers to in the suit is the federal Credit Card Accountability and Disclosure Act, known as the CARD Act, which prohibits gift certificates with expiration dates of less than five years.

In her lawsuit, Cody also says that “exacerbating the illegal nature of SoulCycle’s scheme is the limited availability of SoulCycle’s exercise sessions. In a July 2015 filing with the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission, SoulCycle stated that 30% of sessions were reserved within 15 minutes of availability.”

SoulCycle, based in New York City, has 47 locations with plans to open at least 250 studios in the next "several years," according to its IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month. The company said it had 235,000 unique riders last year.

According to the suit: "the number of separate individuals who have had all or a portion of their series certificate expire is likely to be in the tens of thousands and is identifiable and ascertainable based on SoulCycle’s records."

“SoulCycle’s practice of forcing its customers to forfeit unused exercise sessions is the epitome of soulless unlawful greed,” Cody's lawyer, Dorian Berger of law firm Olavi Dunne LLP said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for SoulCycle declined to comment to ABC News on the pending litigation. The company has about 30 days to file a response.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A pair of twin girls were able to hear their mother clearly for the first time this week after they were both fitted with new hearing aids.

Kayla and Kiara Hernandez were born with moderate hearing loss and in need of hearing aids to hear properly, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

But their parents didn't know if they could afford the life-changing technology at first because the hearing aids cost approximately $12,000 for both and would require follow-up visits.

The twins' mother, Gemila Hernandez, told KABC-TV that the family was initially at a loss as to how to pay for the hearing aids, which were not covered by insurance.

"Trying to figure out how are we going to get it to them as soon as possible. Where do we even start?" she said.

But then the family found out about the HearAid Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides hearing aids to those in need free of charge. Kelsey Duckett, a spokeswoman for the foundation, said that the family's insurance did not approve the hearing aids and that they did not have the funds to pay for the hearing aids upfront.

Hernandez told KABC-TV she was devastated when she first found out the girls had hearing loss. "I question that have they ever heard me say that I love them," she told KABC-TV.

But Hernandez won't have to worry about that after the girls were fitted with special hearing aids that the Hear Aid Foundation funded. The devices will help the girls with speech and learning development as they age. On Wednesday, the girls were able to hear for the first time and when Hernandez leaned over to one daughter and said "Mama" the girl cooed and kicked her legs.

Hernandez and her husband said they hope by sharing their story, people will learn more about the foundation and others like it.

"Support them and learn about them. See how they're impacting the community because if I could only tell you how they've helped us," Hernandez told KABC-TV.


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Noam Galai/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the host of the number one Top 40 morning radio in the country, Elvis Duran had no problem dishing out “real talk” to his seven million loyal listeners or rubbing elbows with the likes of Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and dozens of other A-list celebrities.

But one thing he was deeply insecure about for years was his weight – until now.

In December, the host of the mega-popular Elvis Duran and the Morning Show embarked on a dramatic weight-loss journey that has led him to lose 105 pounds in eight months, going from 265 to 160 pounds

“I feel awesome! I’ve got all this energy,” Duran, 51, told Nightline in an interview this week. “It’s still kind of a shock. I don’t even know who I am. I look at old pictures of me … and I don’t feel like I’m that guy anymore but then I look at pictures of me now and I’m not quite sure I’m this guy. So I don’t know, It’s kind of confusing. I’m an alien living in someone else’s body. It’s kind of strange.”

“The same reactions I get from people I work with and friends down at the local bar [is like] ‘Woah! really? what did you do?’” Duran said. “Katy Perry on the red carpet kept going on and on about, ‘wow, how happy are you right now? I’m so happy for you.’”

Last December, Duran underwent a bariatric surgical procedure called a “gastric sleeve,” where 85 percent of his stomach was removed.

“Going through this procedure is a lot of needles, a lot of blood work, a lot of testing. It’s a lot,” he said. “And then after the procedure you have to re-teach yourself how to eat. It all starts with fluids. You eat fluids for weeks and weeks and slowly introduce solids into your life. It’s not easy. It’s not easy at all. I would not recommend this for anyone unless they truly had to save their life by doing it.”

He said he decided to have the procedure because his weight was endangering his health. Duran said he realized he had a serious health problem after Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famed cardiologist and host of The Dr. Oz Show came in his studio for an interview.

“He took my blood pressure on our show and we went to a break and he looked at me as if he saw a ghost and said, ‘I really want to take you to hospital right now your blood pressure is beyond what a human should have,’” Duran said. “And he said, ‘you need to consider other options and that’s what led me down this path.’”

Although Duran is enjoying his new life, doesn’t come without his challenges. He’s had to adjust to new eating patterns.

“I miss being able to pig out sometimes,” he said. “You get munchies, want to go get a big ol’ plate of chicken parm and spaghetti. You can’t do it anymore. You can have a little bit. It tastes good, but you want more.”

In keeping with the spirit of his radio show, where Duran publicly revealed his sexuality – his boyfriend Alex is a zookeeper – he has been very open with his listeners about his health journey.

“I think the message I’m trying to send is, ‘look if you’re in a position where your future, your health, your life depends on losing weight and you’ve tried other ways and it hasn’t worked for you, consider this, look into it and see if its right for you, don’t be ashamed of it,’” Duran said. “For the first time in my life I’m looking for ways to extend my life, looking for ways to enjoy what I have already, [and] be thankful for what I’m given.”

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