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Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in New York City continues to get worse with health officials now reporting 86 people infected and 7 deaths of people with the disease.

The New York City Health Department reported that the all those who died had underlying medical problems and were older adults. Of those infected 64 had to be hospitalized. The disease is caused by Legionnella bacteria and is spread through water droplets that are inhaled. It can be spread through fountains, shower heads, pools or air conditioning cooling towers.

Currently, five cooling towers in the South Bronx have tested positive for legionella bacteria. In those cases, the air inside the building isn’t generally affected, instead it the air conditioners let off cooling mist from the top of the building which then can infect people passing by the area.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical School, said the large outbreak is concerning as health officials still don’t know specifically what the source of the outbreak is and how everyone infected was exposed.

“Are their clusters of association…at a house of worship at this, that or the other function?” said Schaffner. “This is an extraordinary cluster, why in the Bronx and not in Brooklyn or Manhattan for example.”

While cooling towers have tested positive for the bacteria, Dr. Stephen Morse, an infectious disease expert at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explained the bacteria is naturally occurring in the environment.

“What surprises me more is that we don’t see it more often, it’s common in cooling towers or central air conditioning systems,” he said. “You’re going to find it in a lot of places where there are no reports of people being sick.”

To stop the outbreak the New York City Health Department is taking steps including talking to doctors, reaching out to community leaders and attempting to match the bacteria making patients sick with the bacteria found in various cooling units. New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said in a statement he would introduce legislation designed to cut down on Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks.

“The comprehensive package will address inspections, new recommended action in the case of positive tests, and sanctions for those who fail to comply with new standards,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Legionnaires’ Disease outbreaks have become far too common over the past ten years.”

Summer and fall are when more cases of Legionnaire’s disease are diagnosed according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York is not the only state grappling with the disease. In Michigan a woman reportedly died suddenly after contracting the disease.

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Courtesy of Ryan Schow(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- An Oregon girl who has battled cancer for years was able to celebrate her fifth birthday in the style of a princess with a blowout event designed to be a prom, wedding and birthday all rolled into one.

Lila May Schow's parents decided to throw the large event after doctors found they were out of options to treat the girl's cancer, according to her father, Ryan Schow.

Lila was diagnosed at age 2 with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer where malignant cells form in certain types of nerve tissue. Her father told ABC News that the girl has gone through grueling treatments for the last few years.

"She’s been fighting ever since," Lila's father said. "It’s been 3 years, well over nine surgeries...numerous chemo-therapies."

He said he and Lila's mother decided to have the big party to celebrate Lila's life on July 31.

"We’re not going to get the prom dance or daddy-daughter dance," said Schow.

After Lila's mother put up a Facebook post about the party they had hundreds of replies. They planned for the party to be Cinderella-themed, since Lila loves princesses.

"We had an incredible outpouring in the community and pretty much in all over the state," said Schow. For the princess-themed party they had special bakers who also appear on the Food Channel and even a donated horse and carriage to bring Lila into her party.

On the day of the big party hundreds of people showed up in honor of Lila.

"You hear so much about terrible things happening," said Schow. "This is one of those instances that people all come together for the right the reasons."

Schow said that Lila loved her party, but that he was surprised when he asked about her favorite part.

"She said she really liked all the princesses and she said 'When my daddy cried b/c he was so happy," said Schow. "We did a father/daughter dance and I couldn’t contain myself."

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Bob Levey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- There's been a lot of buzz about Khloe Kardashian's weight loss and current physique. She even admitted recently that she's dropped around 35 pounds.

Well, the reality star, 31, is on the cover of this month's Women's Health and opens up about why she started working out so hard three years ago.

"It started around 2012," she told the magazine. "I was having a hard time with [ex-husband] Lamar [Odom]. It was toward the end of our union, and there was so much drama. I needed a release. At first it was so hard. It was baby steps, but I started feeling so much better."

It's been over a year and a half since the two filed for divorce. The couple had been married for four years when Kardashian filed in December 2013.

Having her life play out in the public eye, even the rough patches like a split, is tough.

"There are times that you feel that there are too many people that know everything about me and you want to pull back. But then you have to remember why you were even put into this, the limelight. If it wasn't for my family and us doing it all together, I don't think this would be a bearable thing," she said.

Kardashian added that initially getting in the gym wasn't easy.

"You're exhausted, you're sore, and I actually felt fatter because I was swollen," she said. "If you keep going, you're eventually like, 'Wow, is that an indentation on my arm?'"

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The next time you board a ship, you may want to salute your captain instead of shaking his hand.

At least one luxury cruise line has made no handshaking, between crew and passengers,  official policy. Crystal Cruises has a no-shake rule for the captain, in addition to other "preventative measures" when it comes to health and safety on board its ships.

"The safety and health of our guests and crew is paramount at Crystal Cruises. We maintain exemplary sanitation standards and facilitate preventive measures in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, including thorough disinfection of public areas, and high-touch surfaces like railings, door handles and elevator buttons," the cruise line said in a statement to ABC News.

"Other measures involve encouraging guests to use the complimentary anti-bacterial wipes before boarding the ship. And while the captain is very pleased to meet all our guests, he refrains from shaking hands as an additional preventive measure."

It's a policy that appears to work. Crystal Cruises last norovirus outbreak was in 2013, according to the CDC.

“In an abundance of caution, cruise lines take numerous steps to help promote the health and well-being of passengers onboard. This particular practice isn’t too common, but it is something we’ve experienced before on Crystal and a few other cruises. Ultimately, it’s a decision made by the executive team,” said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of

Carnival Cruise Line, for example, will instruct officers to cease handshaking during special events if the medical team advises there are an elevated number of guests with gastrointestinal illness symptoms. An example of an event would be a Captains Party, where there's normally a lot of handshaking.

"This action follows recommendations from U.S. Public Health which administers the cruise industry's vessel sanitation program," Vance Gulliksen, a cruise line spokesman, told ABC News.

Both Crystal and Carnival said their policies have been in place for some time.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines told ABC News that while there was no policy pertaining to handshakes, it "follows strict guidelines and regulations that govern shipboard public health."

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Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ladies, do you keep a blanket at work? Are you begging for a space heater for your freezing office? Well, you're not alone. In fact, a new study says that the temperature in offices may be too cold for women.

In a study published in Nature Climate Change, researchers found that modern-day office temperatures are based on information from the 1960s that only accounted for the metabolic rates of men, which are on average 35 percent faster than women. Thus, women who work in an office might be uncomfortably cold.

"The main points here are that thermal comfort models need to adjust the current metabolic standard by including the actual values for females," the study explained. "This in turn will allow for better predictions of building energy consumption, by reducing the bias on thermal comfort of subpopulations of individuals."

The study's authors, Boris Kingma and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, suggested that offices readjust the thermostat so women are comfortable too. They added that the increase in temperature may save energy as well.

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C Flanigan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Iggy Azalea is opening up about her plastic surgery journey and not denying anything at all.

“Denying it is lame," she told Seventeen magazine for its September cover about getting a nose job. "I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”

This was the first time Azalea had spoken out about having work done on her face after admitting in the past to getting breast implants.

"I read a lot about nose jobs online. Some women are really happy they got them, and some women changed their noses when they were younger, and when they got older they wished they didn't," she continued.

The "Fancy" rapper, 25, added that "plastic surgery is an emotional journey."

"It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself—and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey," she said.

Azalea said she learned that there are things she can change about her appearance, but also "things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept. It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect."

Azalea said the social media world makes it harder on women today, especially celebrities.

"There’s so much more emphasis on taking pictures of ourselves and the 'likes' or people commenting on them," she continued. "There’s a lot more pressure to look beautiful. Some days I just want to look like s--- and feel okay with that.”

The rapper and singer first admitted back in March to having work done.

"Four months ago, I got bigger boobs!" she told Vogue. "I’d thought about it my entire life."

Then in May, reports popped up about a possible nose job after she attended the Billboard Music Awards with a new look.

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rachel Platten, the artist inspiring thousands with her hit song “Fight Song,” has a special message for a 10-year-old Missouri girl fighting stage 4 kidney cancer that has spread to her lungs.

“Hi Camille. This is Rachel,” Platten, 34, told Camille Clark in a video shared with ABC News.

“I hear that you’re going through some pretty tough stuff but I know that you’re strong,” she said. “You have a lot of loved ones and a lot of support around you, including me now. I love you so much. Keep kicking butt.”

Platten first heard about Camille’s battle through social media, where Camille’s family and friends have rallied with the hashtag #camillemeetsrachel to get Platten to come to Missouri to sing for her biggest fan.

Camille, a rising fourth-grader, was diagnosed with cancer in April after doctors found a nine-pound tumor that was crushing her kidney, according to her mom, Jessica Trapasso.

“She was perfectly fine before then,” Trapasso told ABC News. “Out of nowhere she had a huge bulge on her left side and I thought maybe she had just gotten hurt in gym class.”

Camille had surgery last month to remove both the tumor and her kidney, according to Trapasso, and this week began the first of 15 sets of radiation, in addition to chemotherapy.

Last Mother’s Day, during a particularly tough hospital stay, Camille’s aunt played “Fight Song” for her niece, and Camille has listened to the song every single day since.

“It keeps her going,” Trapasso said of the song, whose inspiring lyrics include, “And I don't really care if nobody else believes…'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me.”

“She sings to it and she thinks Rachel is pretty,” Trapasso said of her daughter, who has lost all of her hair from the cancer treatments.

Platten saw Camille’s hashtag on Twitter and replied Sunday, writing, “Trying so hard to see if I can get to Missouri.”

“I am so incredibly moved by Camille's story and by the outpouring of love and support from her friends and family,” Platten told ABC News. “I so badly want to meet this little fighter. We are doing our very best to make it happen ...”

Trapasso, a single mom who has had to quit her job to care for Camille full-time, says Camille finds inspiration in the song to keep fighting so she can get back to the regular kid activities she loves, like riding her bicycle, playing outside with friends and swimming.

Trapasso also knows exactly what her daughter would do if she were to meet Platten.

“She’d give her a big hug,” Trapasso said. “She sings along with it every day and she would love to hear her sing that song to her.”

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

Whooping cough is a very dangerous disease, especially for babies.

The disease, caused by bacteria, is intense and leads to horrible coughing fits that can last for up to 10 weeks. If a newborn catches it, it could be fatal.

The scariest fact is that whooping cough is spread through person to person contact, and babies usually catch it from someone in their own home.

Make sure you get your babies vaccinated on time, and this includes pregnant women getting vaccinated, too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pregnant women get vaccinated in the third trimester of each pregnancy.

Also, if you’re over 19 years of age and have any contact with newborns, you should get the T-DAP vaccine.

Talk to your healthcare provider today. A newborn’s life may literally be at stake.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If new research is true, losing inches from your waistline could be as easy as standing up.

According to a study published in European Heart Journal, those who spent two hours walking rather than sitting had waistlines that were three inches smaller on average. The study also found that those who spent less time sitting and more time walking were healthier and had a lower risk of heart disease.

Researchers put activity monitors on 782 men and women for seven days, tracking how long each person laid down, sat, stood or walked. They also tracked the participants' height, weight, blood pressure, waist size and even took note of their sugar, fat and cholesterol levels.

The data revealed that most people spent nine hours, on average, sitting down, which is 60 percent of the time that they're awake. Still, those who stood more versus sitting had, on average, lower levels of sugar, fat and cholesterol in the blood, had a healthier BMI and a thinner waistline.

"We found that time spent standing rather than sitting was significantly associated with lower levels of blood sugar and blood fats," researcher Dr. Genevieve Healy, of Queensland University, said.

She added, "However, it is important to say that not all sitting is bad — but if people can incorporate alternatives to sitting wherever possible, it may benefit their heart and metabolic health. Our message is to 'Stand Up, Sit Less, Move More.'"

Researchers suggest that those who work in an office should walk around more during office hours and use stand-up desks rather than sitting for hours at work stations.

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ABC News(TACOMA, Wash.) -- When Alicia Wheatley of Tacoma, Washington, worried about how to to pay for the ongoing medical care her toddler needs to treat an eye disorder, she found help in an unlikely place: Online crowdfunding.

Wheatley’s daughter Chayla is just 2 years old and suffers from amblyopia in her right eye. The disorder causes decreased vision, and Chayla needs multiple eye surgeries to correct it or she could risk going blind in the eye.

Chayla wears an eye patch to strengthen the muscles in her eye, but it’s only a temporary solution.

Trying to pay for Chayla’s surgeries is putting the Wheatleys in a position they never imagined.

“We’re done everything right to get where we are, and we still can’t afford good healthcare,” Wheatley said. “It breaks my heart.”

Her husband Ray Wheatley's military job was cut due to a troop draw down and the family’s military health insurance, which did cover some of Chayla's medical care, will run out in a matter of months. His new civilian job pays less and what his future insurance will cover is uncertain.

So friends and family recommended they going online and crowd-fund to pay Chayla’s treatment, using the same sort of online fundraisers, such as GoFundMe, Kickstarter, GiveForward and, that inventors, entrepreneurs and struggling filmmakers use to launch their projects.

So Alicia Wheatley launched an online campaign through a website called GiveForward, setting a fundraising goal of $10,000 and hoped for the best.

GiveForward has about 14,000 medical fundraisers, most, the company says, are people who actually have health insurance but still need help paying for treatments that aren't covered. Medical crowdfunding has been successful for many families, and an estimated $2.5 billion was raised in 2012, according to a report by research firm Massolution.

There have been some instances of crowdfunding fraud, where people have pretended to be sick or misuse the money, but GiveForward said those instances are rare. The company said they have stringent security systems in place to make sure those asking for money are legit. But with federal regulation still evolving, experts caution that consumers should do their research before donating.

Crowdfunding has worked for other families in the past. Patrick and Kristin Wilkinson of San Francisco raised over $20,000 on GiveForward so that their 4-month-old son Phoenix could get a bone marrow transplant.

“I think the hardest part is feeling helpless,” Kristin Wilkinson said. “As parents you’re supposed to protect your child, and in that situation you can’t.”

Phoenix was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder.

“Going undiagnosed, if a child has SCID, it’s fatal,” Wilkinson said. “As soon as they get an infection… their bodies can’t fight it.”

Wilkinson works for Airbnb, and her son’s GiveForward page was sent to the entire company and it took off from there, raising $20,000 in just 24 hours and over $50,000 total over 10 months.

Like Alicia Wheatley, the Wilkinsons have health insurance through Kristen's job at Airbnb, but because Phoenix’s care so time-consuming, Kristin and Patrick weren’t able to work for months, so they said the crowdfunding money was much needed.

“It just gives you faith in humanity again,” Kirstin Wilkinson said. “It was really unbelievable.” But Wheatley’s online fundraising for her daughter was slow going. Heading into Chayla’s latest round of surgeries, Wheatley had only raised $610 dollars. Her online social network is small, and for the most part, not very wealthy.

“I don't have that many friends on Facebook that’s over 30 that have…established savings accounts and all that,” Ray Wheatley said.

With help of her tech savvy cousin, Alicia Wheatley turned to Twitter and Facebook, and started the hashtag #Eyes4Chayla to try to spread the word, but it was an uphill battle.

“For us small family, small network it’s been a struggle,” she said. “Social media is not conducive for every socioeconomic walk of life.”

As of now, the Wheatleys crowdfunding campaign has ended. They only raised $1,390 over six months, a far cry from their $10,000 goal, but they are continuing to push forward. They have since started a new online campaign through

“For us small family, small network it’s been a struggle,” Ray Wheatley said. “Social media is not conducive for every socioeconomic walk of life.”

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Mat Hayward/Getty Images(HARWOOD, Md.) -- Hunter Hayes recorded a special performance of his song, "Invisible," for a fan from Maryland he called "a rock star," days before she died from terminal cancer.

Her name was Erin Catterton and she died at 22 years old on Wednesday "with her family and friends by her side at the Mandrin Chesapeake Hospice House in Harwood, Maryland," according to her obituary on

Catterton was a huge Hayes fan and her brother, Robert, reached out to the singer's camp, asking for a video. The country star, 23, responded by sending Catterton a heartfelt performance of "Invisible" filmed in his hotel room in Los Angeles.

Catterton has battled cancer for much of her life. According to her brother, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was just 4 years old. Just a few weeks ago, doctors found a tumor in Erin's uterus.

"Erin's happiest moments were spent every day by her mother and father's sides enjoying anything from small shopping trips to vacations in Nashville and Savannah," her obituary continued.

Hayes' rep told ABC News that Erin and her entire family got to watch the video before she passed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teachers across the country are advocating for the right to pump breast milk at work.

After discovering a loophole that leaves salaried workers unprotected under federal law, teachers from states including Texas and Florida are fighting for the right to pump at work.

The Affordable Care Act currently protects working mothers with hourly wages, but the law does not require employers to provide time and space for pumping for women in salaried positions.

Anna Johnson-Smith, a former teacher in Texas, told The Washington Post she felt like she had to choose between her teaching career and her child when her principal denied her request for a small break every afternoon to pump.

“A 15-minute break was all I was asking for,” Johnson-Smith told The Washington Post. “We’ve come so far in our society in so many ways, and here in 2015, we’re still fighting for the right to provide breast milk for our babies.”

High school teacher Monica Howell told The Washington Post when she returned to work after having her baby last year, she was denied a request for a break to pump after the first class of the day by her assistant principal. Her principal later reversed the decision, but it wasn't enough. Some days she couldn't find someone to watch her classroom and she would have no time to pump.

Howell's union, the United Teachers of Dade, provided a new contract for Fall 2014 where new mother teachers were given the right to have "reasonable" time to pump in a private space.

According to the National Library of Medicine, women without medical problems should give their babies breast milk for at least the first six months after birth. Women who don't pump their breasts or breastfeed may feel painful engorgement or plugged ducts and infection.

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Liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The problems of “picky eating” in kids may extend beyond the dinner table -- perhaps even to the psychiatrist’s couch, according to a new study published in Pediatrics Monday.

Duke University researchers looked at 917 kids between 2 and 6 years old, assessing their degree of picky or “selective” eating. They found that children with moderate to severe selective eating were more likely to also exhibit increased symptoms of anxiety, social anxiety and depression.

When they followed up later on with a subgroup of these kids, the researchers also found that selective eating in younger years may even predict psychological issues later on.

The researchers say the findings show that parents need better advice from doctors when it comes to dealing with kids who are picky eaters -- and that they may even want to be on the lookout for more serious psychological issues.

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

Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school.

And contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced.

So, here are some things you should know:

Make sure your teens get all the practice they can. There are graduated driver licensing systems, online driving programs and numerous support groups that allow your teen to have a safe and effective way to gain experience.

Coach your teens the right way when they are in the driver’s seat, and demonstrate good habits when you’re at the wheel. This makes a bigger difference than you think.

Lastly, hold them accountable. Making a contract to drive will remind your teen that safety is priority, and driving is a privilege.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — The longtime debate over whether men and women can be “just friends” continues. This time, science is weighing in.

Researchers from the University of Alabama conducted a study on college students and found that both men and women believe that actual platonic friendships between opposite sexes are possible, reports Vocativ.

Sounds promising, but most students also reported thinking that most men-women friendships hold secret sexual attraction. The participants estimated that about 63 percent of relationships have at least one person who secretly wants to get physical.

What’s even more interesting is that men and women showed similar levels of discomfort with their significant others forming a “friendship” with a member of the opposite sex.

Basically, men and women believe in platonic relationships…just not for their significant others.

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