ABC News(GROTON, Conn.) -- An extra special homecoming for these new fathers.
Four service members on the USS Providence became first-time dads during their six-month deployment, and the new fathers finally got to meet their babies on Friday when they returned to the Groton, Connecticut, Subase, according to ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV.
One of those dads is 26-year-old Jeremy Castle. He was deployed in April and his son, Killian, was born May 23.
"I'm a very strong family person," Castle told ABC News. "And not being there with my wife ... was extremely difficult."
Castle said he cried the first time he saw a photo of Killian and carried the photos with him everywhere.
On Saturday, his second day at home, Castle told ABC News being back with his family is "probably one of the best feelings in the world."
Castle, who said he's thankful his wife has parenting already figured out and can teach him, is now looking to spend as much time with Killian as possible.
"It's amazing. It's hard to describe ... I think I stayed up all night just holding him and rocking him back and forth," Castle said.
Another first-time dad is 27-year-old Eric Gatchell, whose first child, a daughter named Grace, was born Sept. 7.
"It was tough being away without family around," Gatchell told ABC News on Saturday, just one day after his return. Gatchell added that it was especially tough to be away during Grace's birth and not "experience it with my wife."
"They were able to inform me that my wife and my daughter were healthy. I knew everything was fine, my wife and my new daughter had a good support group around them," he said.
Gatchell told ABC News he is "overjoyed" to be back.
"Just coming home, it was really good to be reunited with my wife and have a new addition to the family. And have a start to the family," he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A possible shark attack may have helped save one Massachusetts man's life.
While swimming off the Florida coast with his daughter over the summer, Eugene Finney went deep under a wave on Huntington Beach when he suddenly got hit in the back.
Finney told theBoston Globe that the hit felt like getting plowed by a car and "knocked [them] deeper into the water and spun [them] around."
“I was disoriented," he said to the Boston Globe. "And I was in pain almost immediately.”
When they finally got off the beach, he said his daughter pointed out a long, bleeding wound stretched across his back.
The pain persisted for a few days when he went back home, so he finally got it checked out by the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.
“They found a tumor growing in my right kidney that was about the size of a walnut,” Finney told the Boston Globe. “It was the CAT scan that revealed the tumor. I’m 39 years old, I'm too young for this stuff. So it was pretty devastating — I don’t think anyone ever wants to hear that news.”
According to the Boston Globe, Finney had the surgery he needed to remove the Stage 1 tumor, and thanked the shark for saving his life.
iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A nurse who had Ebola is now back in isolation.
According to BBC, Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse who contracted Ebola when she worked in Sierra Leone last year, has been readmitted to the Royal Free Hospital in London and is in "serious condition."
The virus was reportedly leftover from the original infection, though the 39-year-old was not believed to be contagious, reported BBC.
Even though the nurse seemed to be healthy when she was previously released from the hospital, bodily tissues can potentially hold onto the Ebola infection for months, which may be why she is still suffering from the virus.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A drug that became the focus of a controversy after a dramatic price hike last month has yet to be available at a lower price, according to a check of multiple pharmacies in the U.S. by ABC News.
The drug Daraprim is used to treat a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis that most often occurs in those with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatments or HIV infection. After the drug was bought by Turing Pharmaceuticals, the price skyrocketed from $18 a pill to $750.
After an outpouring of criticism over the price hike, the CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, told ABC News on Sept. 22 that the company would lower the price but did not give an indication of how much the price would drop or when. As of Friday, pharmacies in New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas all reported that the current cash cost of the drug remained high.
All three pharmacies reported a cost between $888 and $906 dollars, with the extra cost beyond $750 attributed to different pharmacy fees. Turing Pharmaceuticals did not immediately respond to calls and email from ABC News asking for the current price and timeline for when the price would drop.
Shkreli told ABC News last month that the company had heard the outcry over the increased price and were prepared to take action.
"We've agreed to lower the price on Daraprim to a point that is more affordable and is able to allow the company to make a profit, but a very small profit," he told ABC News. "We think these changes will be welcomed."
Damien Conover, director of health care at the investment research and investment management firm Morningstar, said if Turing has indeed lowered the price of the drug in recent days and did not announce it, it's possible that Daraprim prices will drop as drug suppliers go through their inventory.
Larger companies can usually drop drug prices extremely quickly, within a few days, Conover said, while smaller companies may take longer. However, he estimated that even a small company could change pricing within two weeks.
Last month, Turing defended the price increase, saying they want to fund new research and development.
"There have been no significant advances or research into this disease area in decades," the company said in a statement. "For toxoplasmosis and other critical, under-treated diseases, the status quo is not an option. Turing hopes to change that by targeting investments that both improve on the current formulation and seek to develop new therapeutics with better clinical profiles that we hope will help eradicate the disease."
iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Whole Foods is recalling a specific kind of cheese from stores nationwide after a dangerous form of bacteria that causes listeria infections was found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials.
In a statement on the Whole Foods website, the company said it is recalling the Papillion Organic Roquefort cheese in their stores after FDA officials found evidence of the Listeria Monocytogenes in an uncut wheel of the cheese during a sample test. All sell-by dates of the cheese have been affected according to the company.
Papillion did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Currently the company reported there have been no reported illnesses or infections associated with the bacteria, however experts say infections related to the bacteria can be hard to track due to a long incubation period.
Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer, pointed out that the incubation for a Listeria infection can be anywhere from two to 60 days.
"Listeria is very, very hard to track," he said.
Those at risk for listeria infections, which can be deadly, include the very young and old, along with pregnant women and anyone who has a compromised immune system. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pregnant women can risk having a miscarriage or stillbirth if they are infected with the bacteria.
"It goes to show how important it is to do end product testing, BEFORE, the product is shipped," Marler said in an email to ABC News.
Debbie Allen (COLLIERVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee teenager had a very memorable Homecoming dance, thanks to the thoughtfulness of her date.
Allie Allen of Collierville, Tennessee was shocked to see that her date, Brayden Carpenter, shaved his head in support of Allen's battle with brain cancer.
The 17-year-old recently decided to shave her head after multiple rounds of radiation left her with massive hair loss. Allen shared her feelings about shaving her head on her blog, Dancer With Cancer.
"It's easy for some people to say 'it’s just hair' but it's hard when you’re a teenage girl," wrote Allen. "I’ve always been attached to my hair."
Carpenter, a senior at Collierville High School, invited Allen to his school's homecoming dance. The two friends have known either other since the sixth grade.
According to Carpenter's mother, Carpenter decided to shave his head "the day he found out she lost hers."
Allen's mother, Debbi Allen, said that Brayden shaved his head prior to the dance so that Allie would feel comfortable, and that her daughter was completely surprised by Brayden's kind gesture of support.
"Allie had no clue until he showed up," Debbi said. "Now that is class!"
The Collierville High School posted a photo of the two teens, and called Carpenter a "class act."
Allie is currently fighting her second round of cancer. She was first diagnosed in January of 2013.
iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Probiotics carry potentially big benefits.
They are a combo of live bacteria and yeast, and they are flooding store shelves, promising to revamp your health. Claims range from boosting your immune system and improving your digestive system to potentially helping with weight loss.
Probiotics have shown some evidence for bloating, intestinal infections and many other GI conditions. Researchers are studying them like crazy to better understand the process and find out if they can help with a host of other health issues, including weight loss, liver disease, and even type 2 diabetes.
So what foods can offer the benefits of probiotics? Yogurt, sauerkraut, soft cheeses, sourdough bread and, my favorite, sour pickles.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many have experienced the drunk hook-up, but a new study proves the same applies to vegetarians — who cheat with meat when they've had too many.
According to a survey from a coupon website called VoucherCodesPro, a poll of 1,789 British vegetarians revealed that 34 percent of them eat meat every time they get drunk.
Of that third of the respondents, U.K. Metro reports, more than 25 percent of them say they cheat on their meatless diet "often" when they're drunk, while, while 22 percent noted the cheating did occur, but "rarely."
What's more, like many drunken hook-ups, nearly 70 percent of those who cheat with meat are too embarrassed to admit it to their carnivorous friends and loved ones.
WPBF-TV(LANTANA, Fla.) -- A Florida woman is seeking medical help after she said she mistakenly glued her eye shut with super glue.
Katherine Gaydos told ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV that she accidentally glued her eyes shut after getting debris into her eye last week.
“Something blew into my eye and I screamed for someone else to get eye drops out of my purse and they brought Super Glue,” she told WPBF-TV.
“As soon as I felt it in my eye I felt it burn and I closed my eye and screamed 'Call 911,'” she told WPBF-TV.
While Gaydos’ injury could make almost anyone cringe, experts say people mistake eye drops and Super Glue all too often.
Dr. Pankaj Gupta, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said he has seen multiple cases where people accidentally glued their eyes shut but that there are simple treatments to help them.
“The first thing I think everyone needs to know is don’t panic,” Gupta told ABC News. The eye cells will slough off and eventually loosen the grip of super glue, he explained.
“There is not a single thing that is permanent that will not slough off on its own,” he added. “In time it will go away.”
Gupta said if someone gets glue in their eye they should see an eye care doctor immediately, but not panic about permanently losing their eye sight.
Janet Weinstein/ABCNews(BETHESDA, Md.) -- It wasn’t until the third time Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows was hit by a blast that he realized something was wrong.
“My whole lower part of my body was going numb. I was starting to not feel anything,” Meadows told ABC News.
Meadows’ convoy had felt hits twice before on tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he summed up his new forgetfulness and blurred vision to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
After months of mental and physical deterioration, Meadows checked in to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland for evaluation. That’s when he was told his condition was much worse than he initially thought.
“I have damage to my frontal lobe and there’s damage in the inner center part of my brain,” Meadows said.
Today, Meadows can’t see well, has trouble working with his hands and says his “brain gets tired easily.”
But, he says, one thing has helped him through it all: clay.
“When I start molding, playing with the clay. I see a picture. That picture in the clay might be something that I could be thinking about, or something that I saw,” Meadows said. “It's like a really good, enjoyable therapy.”
Meadows is a part of a program called “IMP-ART” -- or Injured Military Personnel Art -- hosted by The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. It aims to help veterans rehabilitate through visual arts. Meadows is a rising star in the ceramics program.
“He came in with this amazing ability for proportion and story,” said Blair Meerfeld, Ceramics Department Chair of the Art League. “So we thought it’d be good to get it all out in a gallery setting.”
Meadows held a debut art show this summer at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. The Art League said that because the public’s response to his first show was so strong, they decided to host another pop-up art show a few months later.
Each piece has a back-story to it. Meadows says he made one sculpture of a soldier holding a baby in dedication to all troops who see injured children on deployment and feel helpless.
“[The image] really gets stuck in their mind and there’s a lot of guilt,” said Meadows.
He says the most emotional piece he’s put together so far is 'Tattered and Torn' -- a sculpture of a woman kneeling at a casket with an American flag draped over it.
“I let pieces dry too fast and some of it cracked, so we decided to name it 'Tattered and Torn',” Meadows told ABC News. “It was like, people's lives were tattered and torn because of the death. A lot of people felt emotion to it.”
Meadows says working with clay has not only helped him work through issues emotionally, but has also aided with his vision and motor skills.
“It’s really helped me,” said Meadows. “It's not just this ‘girl’ thing like I had initially thought."
ABC News(SHREWSBURY, England) -- A young British girl has volunteered to have her head shaved in an effort to raise money for the hospice that cared for her dying father.
"I'm immensely proud of her," mom Sarah Lewis-Schulz told ABC News. "I couldn't believe it. It made me really see how much determination, bravery and selflessness she has.
Lewis-Schulz said her husband, Andreas, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on April 13. Three weeks later, he was brought to Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury, England.
On May 23, the couple, who had been together for 18 years and had two children together, finally tied the knot at Severn.
"We got married in the hospice because he'd always wanted to get married," Lewis-Schulz said. "I wanted to fulfill all his dreams and wishes before it was too late."
Three days after their wedding, Andreas passed away.
"From our loss we've gained a lot more strength and togetherness," Lewis-Schulz said. "Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed in the morning, but when I see [the children's] little faces, I know I need to get on and be brave.
"With Tallulah especially, it took a little time for her emotions to come out," she added. "I think it set in for her the day before her head was shaved."
Earlier this week, Lewis-Schulz said her oldest daughter Tallulah, 10, approached her with an interesting request after listening to a radio campaign featuring "Brave the Shave" -- a cause in which people shave their heads in an effort to raise funds for cancer patients.
"We started talking about it and Tallulah said to me 'Oh I would do that and raise the money for the hospice and to thank them for all the support they gave to our family,'" Lewis-Schulz said. "I said 'Look, why don't you think about it and let me know.'"
Three days later, Lewis-Schulz said Tallulah made up her mind and received a buzz cut in front of her classmates. The local news station documented the occasion.
Over 12 inches of her hair will be donated and made into a wig for a child who's lost his or her hair from cancer treatment, Lewis-Schulz said.
"At first I was a bit apprehensive thinking Andreas wouldn't have let her do this because he was known to be a very protective father," Lewis-Schulz said. "But then Tallulah reminded me how he the hospice staff were wonderful.
"Tallulah was right," she added. "He would be really proud of her and realize the strength and determination she has a young girl."
The family has set up a page on Justgiving.com, to collect donations for Severn Hospice. More than $7,500 has been collected so far.
“Tallulah is an amazing young lady and what she has done for Severn Hospice is absolutely incredible -- she is raising thousands of pounds for our hospice," said Lucy Ruff, fundraising manager at Severn Hospice. "Severn Hospice couldn't exist without the people in our community fundraising for us. We need to raise £7 million a year, every year, to keep providing palliative care to local people."
Lewis-Schulz said she, Tallulah and her youngest daughter Poppy will continue fundraising for the next few months. They plan on hand-delivering the money to Severn Hospice.
Margaret Campion (HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Gerard and Meg Campion shared their lives for decades raising two daughters in Connecticut, but the husband and wife never expected that a life spent together would also mean sharing diagnosis of breast cancer.
In 2006, Gerard Campion was diagnosed first with the disease after spotting a tiny “blister”-like bump on his chest.
“It was obviously shocking. I think my first thought was, 'he’s not supposed to have this, I am,'" Meg Campion recalled of hearing her husband’s diagnosis.
She said the reason he even went in for his first diagnosis was because a friend had been diagnosed with male breast cancer and they knew a little bit about the signs. After surgery and chemotherapy, the family thought their ordeal with cancer was over.
Three years later, Meg Campion received her own diagnosis of breast cancer.
Her cancer, called ductal cell carcinoma in situ, had not spread and was able to be treated with radiation and surgery. Meg Campion said during both of these diagnosis the couple sometimes kept their emotions in check in order to be strong for the other one.
“We didn’t want to upset the other one,” she said. "You kept those emotions in check. I don’t want him to worry about me. That was the exact same thing when it was my turn.”
Following two successful bouts fighting off breast cancer, it returned in 2011, unexpectedly striking Gerard Campion rather than his wife. This time, the cancer had spread to his bones -- meaning it would be incurable.
Meg Campion said they knew after two rounds of cancer, there would be no hiding feelings from one another during the difficult period.
“He’s the first to say that the cancer patient isn’t the only one with cancer. The family has cancer, too,” she said. “People have asked us, which one is [the cancer] harder on? The both of us say the spouse. The spouse is always trying to be the strong one.”
After the second diagnosis, Gerard and Meg Campion became involved with raising awareness about male breast cancer -- even lobbying the state government to declare the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness week.
"He speaks at rotary clubs and Lions clubs,” she told ABC News. “Eighty percent of men don’t realize they can contract breast cancer…If it prevents one family from losing a dad or a husband, that’s why we do it.”
Additionally, Meg Campion said she and her husband hoped that by raising awareness, doctors could address male breast cancer patients directly without relying on the same pamphlets and materials given to women.
“These men need to be respected as well,” Meg Campion said. “But when your husband is handed pamphlet that says side effects of treatment can be vaginal dryness…[and is given the same five years later] your sense of humor is not there any more.”
Overall, the couple, who are now expecting two grandchildren, say the diagnosis has been “a gift” in some ways. When the couple were invited to a wedding last year in Zurich, they found a way to attend, and even expanded the trip into a tour of Italy.
“When I said it changes you, that’s how it changes you. You just all of a sudden say, 'Why not?' We’re living our life and making memories,” Meg Campion said.