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John Arway/Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission(WILKES-BARRE, Pa.) -- A smallmouth bass caught last fall has been confirmed to have a cancerous tumor on its mouth, according to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The PFBC announced on Monday that two independent laboratory tests confirmed a malignant, or cancerous, tumor on a single smallmouth bass caught in the Susquehanna River by an angler late last year. It is the only documented case of this type of tumor being found on the fish in Pennsylvania.

Cancerous growths and tumors on fish are extremely rare in Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S., but they do occur, according to the agency.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway said in a news release that although the finding represents only one individual fish from the overall population, it provides additional evidence that the health of the fish residing in the Susquehanna River is being compromised.

“As we continue to study the river, we find young-of-year and now adult bass with sores, lesions and more recently a cancerous tumor, all of which continue to negatively impact population levels and recreational fishing,” he said. “The weight-of-evidence continues to build a case that we need to take some action on behalf of the fish.”

Since 2005, biologists have found sores and lesions on young bass during late spring and early summer surveys at "alarming" rates, according to the agency.

Dr. Karen Murphy, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said, “There is no evidence that carcinomas in fish present any health hazard to humans. However, people should avoid consuming fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions."

Since 2012, the PFBC has unsuccessfully petitioned the state Department of Environmental Protection to add the river to the state’s bi-annual list of impaired waterways.

“The impairment designation is critical because it starts a timeline for developing a restoration plan,” said Arway. “We’ve known the river has been sick since 2005, when we first started seeing lesions on the smallmouth. Now we have more evidence to further the case for impairment.”

“If we do not act to address the water quality issues in the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania risks losing what is left of what was once considered a world-class smallmouth bass fishery,” he said.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- Football players at UCLA have started wearing sensor-laden helmets so researchers can study head-hits and concussions for the next three years, the school announced this week.

The $30 million project is funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense, and it involves UCLA, Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina. All three schools' football teams are using the helmets and will send data to Indiana University to be studied. The project is called Advanced Research Core, or ARC.

At UCLA, 27 volunteer players will wear the helmets that gauge where and how hard they've been hit, measuring hits in units of force of acceleration called g's, Dr. Chris Giza, who directs the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, told ABC News.

"The first part of the study is trying to figure out normal biological process -- what's that window of brain vulnerability before people can go back to [playing] safely," said Giza.

Dr. John DiFiori, head physician at UCLA Health, told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV that the pagers connected to the helmets go off about once a practice to signal a significant hit. There are about 250 hits per practice, he told the station.

Giza is also a professor of pediatric neurology and neurosurgery at Mattel Children’s hospital at UCLA. He told ABC News he hopes what ARC researchers learn from the college athletes can eventually translate to younger athletes.

The researchers hope their work will continue past the three years so that they can study the long-term effects of repeated concussions, such as CTE and perhaps a predisposition to dementia.

"It will take a longer period of time," Giza said. "[They've] called this the beginning of a Framingham-like study of concussions," referring to the community-wide heart study that began in 1948 and continues to this day.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The reason whales make taking a big gulp look so easy is because the mammals have stretchy nerves in their jaws that allow their tongues and mouths to nearly double in size.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered the unique nerve structure and published their findings in an article in the journal Current Biology.

While most nerves are inelastic, researchers found the ones in Rorquals, a family including blue and fin whales, were stretchy and similar to bungee cords.

The discovery is significant because it is unlike anything that has ever been pinpointed in vertebrates, which are animals with a backbone or spinal column.

"This discovery underscores how little we know about even the basic anatomy of the largest animals alive in the oceans today," Nick Pyenson, a postdoctoral fellow who worked on the study, said in a statement. "Our findings add to the growing list of evolutionary solutions that whales evolved in response to new challenges faced in marine environments over millions of years."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Patrick Roark has a lot to be thankful for. His heart stopped while he was driving on Iowa's most crowded highway and he survived, thanks to his teenage son, a state trooper and a passing nurse.

Roark, 57, told ABC News he knows of no underlying health conditions he may have had, but he remembers not feeling well last Sunday when he was driving home after taking his 15-year-old son to look at cars in Wisconsin.

"Next thing I knew, of course, I was in the ambulance being taken to the hospital," Roark, of Edmond, Oklahoma, said, adding that he's awaiting test results to find out whether he had a seizure or a heart attack or something else.

Iowa State Trooper Tracy Bohlen told ABC News he was in his police cruiser when he noticed a Dodge truck was stopped in the middle of the road but the engine still revving. He didn't know it at the time, but Roark had lost consciousness, and his son was in the back seat watching a movie.

Bohlen watched as the truck took off, and a body moved into the front seat. He followed, concerned that a fight had broken out and would endanger other drivers, he said.

"It comes to abrupt stop, and I'm thinking the worst," Bohlen said. "I go up there around to the passenger side door. I see that the boy is frantic. He opens the door and yells, 'Dad is having heart attack.' For a split second, I see his dad convulsing, seizing, stiff as a board."

Then, Roark went limp, Bohlen said. Bohlen rubbed Roark's sternum and felt for a pulse, but he couldn't find one.

So, Bohlen pulled Roark out of the car and began doing CPR, he said. Worrying he would be hit by a car, he looked up. Traffic had stopped, he said.

Once he found a pulse, a passing nurse, Jane McCurdy, whose husband happened to be a retired state trooper, rushed over to help. In Bohlen's dash cam video, she's heard yelling Roark's name.

"[It was] just instinctual. It was a no brainer," McCurdy told ABC News' Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO. "People help people, that's what it is all about."

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iStock/Thinkstock(CRANE, Texas) -- A Texas high school is in the middle of a chlamydia outbreak, officials say. But according to the school district's student handbook, it does not offer sexual education.

Several students in one Crane, Texas, school district contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, according to a letter obtained by ABC News that went home to parents Monday. According to the letter, the surrounding counties were also in the middle of an outbreak.

"Crane Independent School District would like to make our parents aware or more aware of a problem that has been identified in our teenagers and young adults of our community," the letter reads.

Crane County has had three reported chlamydia cases in the last two weeks, but health workers have seven days to report them to the state, according to the Texas State Department of Health.

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's caused by a bacteria, and can be passed between sexual partners who aren't using condoms, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is treated with antibiotics, according to the NIH.

Most people with chlamydia have no symptoms, but some men and women can develop discharge, burning and tenderness, according to the NIH. In women, chlamydia can prompt pelvic inflammatory disease or liver inflammation. It can also make it harder for women to get pregnant.

The school does not have a sexual education program, according to Crane's student handbook for the 2014-15 school year, which is posted online.

"Currently, Crane ISD does not offer a curriculum in human sexuality," the handbook says, explaining that if it ever does institute such a program, the parent can opt out. According to the handbook, state law requires more attention must be spent on abstinence than other behavior.

The school district did not respond to a request by ABC News for comment beyond the letter.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a senior medical contributor for ABC News and practicing OB/GYN, said half of her patients are women under 21 years old.

"The factual knowledge regarding [sexually transmitted infections] is generally poor," she said, adding that it prompted her to write a book, The Body Scoop for Girls.

"Reproductive health or sex ed courses have enormous variability in their content and teaching approach. Factors such as geographic region, school district and teacher beliefs/comfort with this subject matter all come into play," Ashton noted.

"Abstinence only may sound ideal but it's not realistic," Ashton said. "And in theory, better education reduces adverse outcomes."

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An NFL player turned Prince Charming this weekend when he took a student battling cancer to her senior prom.

Jacksonville Jaguars player Sen’Derrick Marks accompanied Khameyea Jennings, an 18-year-old who has been battling cancer for two years, according to Dreams Come True, a local non-profit group that helped set up the dream date.

"I think I look good, I think my date looks good. I'm going to have a great night,” Marks told ABC News affiliate WJXX-TV after arriving at the Jacksonville Zoo for his date.

Dreams Come True helped set up the special date for the teen to the Franklin H. Peterson High School prom after finding out the girl didn't have one.

"To have that moment, walking in and having the kids cheering for her and rooting for her," said "dream manager" Courtney Andrews. "She really felt like a princess that day."

Marks visited Jennings as she lay in a hospital bed recently. Holding a bouquet of flowers, he asked her to be his date, a proposal captured on video.

Marks complied with Jennings' request that he wear white and gold when he picked her up for the prom Saturday, and then he upped the style quotient by transporting the high school senior in a Lamborghini.

Marks told reporters he planned on keeping in touch with  Jennings even after the clock struck midnight.

“You know, I always want to be there from here on out,” he told WJXX-TV.

Jennings was originally diagnosed with liver cancer at 16. Last year, she had surgery to remove a tumor in her lung, but the cancer recently returned, according to WJXX-TV.

Her high school even held an early graduation for the girl, according to Andrews at Dreams Come True.

“We're just doing natural medicines right now,” Jennings told WJXX-TV, “because my tumor is resistant to chemo that they’re giving me.”

On Saturday, Jennings and her famous date got a standing ovation as they arrived. Marks said his goal was to make sure he kept his date happy and smiling.

“We run around and hit each other, we tackle,” Marks said. “A little pain here, but I don’t think it can equal to what she’s going through. All I want to do is make sure she continues to smile and have a great time tonight."

The day after the prom, Marks addressed Jennings on Twitter, asking the girl to “continue to fight” and to show others her strength and “faith.”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — While on deployment in the 1990s, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick ran into a problem: How do you maintain a world-class level of physical fitness without anywhere to train?

“You’ve got no gear, so you’re relegated to the same body-weight, basic calisthenics that the Romans were doing,” said Hetrick.

The solution began with a jiu-jitsu belt that he accidentally packed in his deployment bag, he said. He tied a knot in the belt and threw it over the top of a door and started leaning back and lifting his body weight. Then, he dug out six feet of excess webbing from a spare gear box and built a simple harness that he could use to lift his body weight. Soon, his fellow SEALs caught on to what he was doing and started experimenting with different exercises. In time, he had 100 exercises that could be done using the harness and nothing but his body weight.

Hetrick and a Navy seamstress would make them for service members for a case of beer, he said, and the early version of TRX was born.

After creating a solution to a problem, Hetrick began the journey to turn his invention into a business. The first stop was Stanford Business School, which became an incubator for TRX in his second year there.

“Every class I took, every project I did was focused on some element of the company that I needed to build,” he said.

“I had to go out and use my life savings that I had amassed as a SEAL to field the first orders of inventory," he said. "And then, I had to go out and start raising some money, find a tiny, little hovel to call the office.”

Initially, the company was called Travel Fit and the name of the product was Travel X, “the complete portable exercise,” marketed to fitness enthusiasts who travel for work and need a portable workout solution.

However, Hetrick said, the business really took off when he introduced it to physical trainers who were excited to find a new tool to use for workouts.

He took the device to a trade show for trainers in 2004 and, in three days, they sold out of every unit they had, he said.

Now, more than 15 years later, TRX has become a household name and, according to the company, it’s in more than 10,000 gyms in the United States and is used by more than 95 percent of professional sports teams, including in the NFL, the NBA, MLB and the NHL.

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Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Good for you, San Jose, California. Shame on you, San Jose, California.

In one of the most bizarre findings of any Mother's Day survey ever taken, San Jose ranks at the top of "mom-friendly" cities in the U.S, according to Teleflora and Sperling's Best Places. This means it offers the best quality of life for mothers as well offering the most in terms of raising a family.

However, San Jose is also the number one city when it comes to residents forgetting mom on her special day.

Go figure.

Although nationally, 80 percent of Americans say they've always remembered Mother's Day, another 20 percent admit having neglected to so something for her at some point in their lives.

The Top 10 Mom-Friendly Cities in America 2015 are:


1. San Jose, CA
2. Milwaukee, WI
3. Raleigh, NC
4. Cincinnati, OH
5. Washington, DC; Arlington/Alexandria, VA
6. Columbus, OH
7. Baltimore, MD
8. Boston, MA
9. Honolulu, HI
10. San Francisco-Oakland, CA

The Top 10 Cities that "Forgot a Mother's Day" are:


1. San Jose, CA
2. Cincinnati, OH
3. Milwaukee, WI
4. Austin, TX
5. Las Vegas, NV
6. Minneapolis, MN
7. Kansas City, MO
8. Raleigh, NC
9. San Francisco, CA
10. (Tie) Honolulu, HI; Denver; CO; Phoenix, AZ; and San Antonio, TX

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Summer means school's out and it's time to go on a vacation. Therefore, there's more opportunities to spend with family members.

With that in mind, FamilyFun magazine issued a small survey about what makes families happy and just how satisfied they are with their lives.

Among other things, the "Happy Family Playbook" reveals that vacations are the top activity when it comes to making families happy, followed by visits to local zoos and museums as well playing board and video games together.

Speaking of vacations, seven in 10 respondents said a trip to a dream destination is more rewarding than a renovated family room space.

When asked what would make them happier — a family game night or a new, big-screen TV — the former was selected over the latter by 88 percent to 12 percent.

However, that's not to say that families completely eschew material possessions. By 52 percent to 48 percent, they said more money would make them happier than more time together.

Perhaps most importantly, parents report being 17 percent happier with their family life today than when they were kids.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Emergency room doctors may provide a valuable service they've never thought of -- getting people to stop smoking.

A Yale School of Medicine study says that smokers were two-and-a-half times more likely to stop their habit after an emergency room intervention than tobacco users who never benefited from an ER intercession.

In an experiment involving more than 770 smokers, half were given motivational interviewing, nicotine replacement and quit-line referrals from ER physicians while a control group got no such intervention.

In a follow-up study, 12.2 percent who went through the intervention were still not smoking three months later compared to 4.9 percent in the control group.

Lead study author, Dr. Steven L. Bernstein, concluded, "Because approximately 20 million smokers visit emergency departments annually, this intervention has the potential to greatly reduce tobacco use among our patients."

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Helder Almeida/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research reinforces the idea that the tendency to sleepwalk may be inherited.

Researchers looked at 1,940 children in Canada over 12 years to examine the relationship of “night terrors” and sleepwalking, as well as the genetic predisposition to those syndromes, in a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

They found that sleep terrors, which about a third of the children studied developed, reach their peak at the age of 18 months.

Of those children who developed sleep terrors, about a third went on to develop sleepwalking, which most commonly occurred when children were 10 years old, according to researchers.

The scientists turned to the parents, and when neither parent had done it, only about 1 in 5 children develop sleepwalking.

The number, however, almost tripled when both parents had a history of sleepwalking, which researchers said confirms the sleepwalking genetic, but also suggest that it may be related to night terrors as well.

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yangna/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In 2012, more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough were reported in the U.S. – the greatest single-year total since 1955 – and researchers want to know why.  

Now, new research published Monday in the journal Pediatrics indicates it may be that the “new” vaccine wears off after a few years, leaving kids once again vulnerable to infection.

Researchers investigating a whopping cough outbreak in Washington state found that children born after 1998, when the newer form of the vaccine was introduced, meant to have less pain after injection, had fewer antibodies in their blood.

The effectiveness of the newer vaccine decreased from 73.1 percent in the first twelve months to only 34.2 percent over the next 1 to 3 years.  

Researchers suggest it may be time to go back to the old vaccine, and emphasize that pregnant women should get the vaccine to protect their infants, who can’t be given the shot in the first months of life.

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AlexRaths/iStock/Thinkstock(LYON, France) -- A global alert was issued on Monday by INTERPOL for an illicit and potentially lethal drug used as a dieting and body-building aid.

The warning about 2.4-dinitrophenol, which is also used as a raw material for explosives, was issued after one woman died in the U.K. and a French man was left seriously ill after taking the substance.

Although usually sold in yellow powder or capsule form, DNP is also available as a cream. Besides the intrinsic dangers of DNP, the risks associated with its use are magnified by illegal manufacturing conditions, according to INTERPOL.

In the 1930s DNP was used to boost metabolism and encourage weight loss, but it was taken out of circulation because of several deaths.

“We are appreciative that INTERPOL has issued this global warning on DNP. This is a perfect example of how crucial it is that law enforcement and anti-doping organizations continue to forge closer ties so that dangerous, and potentially fatal, substances such as DNP do not reach the hands of athletes,” said WADA Director General David Howman in a news release.

Each year INTERPOL coordinates Operation Pangea, an international week of action tackling the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines and highlighting the dangers of buying medicines online.

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amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There has been conflicting evidence regarding the effects of weight on longevity in people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study may tip the scales.

Researchers in the U.K. looked at 10,568 people with type 2 diabetes and followed them for over 10 years, according to a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

The researchers found that those who were overweight or obese were more likely to be hospitalized for heart-related issues, like heart attacks or heart failure, but lived just as long.

Overweight diabetics tended to live even longer than those who were normal weight, according to the study.

The study’s authors say it seems to support a concept known as the “obesity paradox,” which holds that additional weight later in life may improve survival not just for diabetics, but for all.

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Columbia Police Dept.(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A University of South Carolina student is facing felony charges and possible jail time after allegedly being caught on camera spitting and pouring chemicals into her two roommates’ food in early February, police said.

Police say Hayley King, 22, can be seen in the video taken by her roommates Feb. 4 spitting into multiple containers of food and pouring Windex into the food in the apartment they shared off campus, according to a Columbia Police Department incident report.

King’s two roommates informed authorities they had set up secret cameras in their shared apartment because they were afraid of what King might do following a string of multiple altercations, which are not detailed in the police report. The two roommates had tried to get King to move out because of the previous altercations, but she refused, the incident report states.

Police said they viewed the recordings and watched King opening the refrigerator, picking up several containers one by one, and spitting into them. She also poured glass cleaner into one of them, the report stated.

One of the roommates told police she consumed food from one of the containers she believed to have been tainted with spit and Windex. King's roommates have not responded to requests for comment.

After seeing the footage that police say was taken by King's roommates, an investigator from the Columbia Police Department contacted King and asked her to report to the police department for questioning, where she allegedly confessed to the incident, the police report states.

The Columbia Police Department, which has not responded to a request for comment, arrested King on Feb. 9. She has been charged with unlawful, malicious tampering with human drug product or food, which is a Class C felony carrying a term of up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. She was released a day after her arrest on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

King has not responded to requests for comment, and ABC News has been unable to determine whether she has a lawyer. Her next court date is scheduled for June, according to South Carolina Circuit Court’s Fifth Circuit.

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