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New study shows no long-term cognitive benefits to breast-feeding

A new study shows there are no long-term benefits to breast-feeding. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics says after age 5, there are no cognitive differences between children who were breast-fed and those who were not.

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Advocates of breast-feeding say it’s the short-term benefits that are important.

For instance, Rae Summerbell and 7-month-old Conlan have finally mastered breast-feeding.

But it wasn't easy.

“It was the one thing I was hellbent on doing as a mom,” Summerbell said.

Conlan was born with craniosynostosis, which means his skull was fused at birth.

Because of his complications, Summerbell was committed to breas-tfeeding for nutritional reasons.

So she went to lactation nurse Tracy Corey for help.

“That breast milk is patterned right for her baby,” Corey said.

The short-term benefits of breast milk, Corey said, are much more established.

“When a mom is catching a bug or baby is catching a bug, when a baby breast-feeds, those germs go into mom and vice versa and immediately that breast creates antibodies to fight that bug,” Corey explained.

But Corey, who also owns Nurturing Expressions in West Seattle -- a store that offers breast-feeding support and sells pumps and other supplies -- recognizes there is a pressure and guilt for mothers to breast-feed.

In a story that went viral this month, Jillian Johnson says that pressure led to accidentally starving her son to death. He was just 19 days old. She shared her story in an interview with People magazine.

“You felt brainwashed,” Johnson told People. “Like you were a horrible person if you gave the baby a bottle.”

“As lactation consultants we're not here to just say ‘breast is best’ all the time because it may not be,” Corey added. “What we need to do is look at how to feed that baby.”

For long-term cognitive development, Corey said the key is simply connecting with your baby -- holding, loving and nurturing your child, no matter how they're fed. 

82-year-old dancer fulfills dream of getting back out on the dance floor

When Joyce Dixson is moving to the music, she finds joy.

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“She’s always danced. She taught me how to dance in the middle of our living room,” her daughter, Kathy Robinson told WSB-TV’s People 2 People.

Joyce, now 82, was a military wife and often joined her husband at a club on the military base.

“Every Saturday night, they always went out. He was in the Air Force,” said Kathy.

Joyce and her husband will soon celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary, but a bad knee has kept her from moving much these days. Thanks to the nonprofit Second Wind Dreams, she’s now getting back in the groove.

The foundation offered Joyce special line dancing lessons.

Kathy attended the special lesson with her mom and said she immediately say a difference in her demeanor.

“It’s a happiness that I can re-live because I can see her re-live some of the joy that she had in her life,” said Kathy.

Bill O’Reilly slammed for calling Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair a ‘James Brown wig,’ Waters responds

Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly is being slammed by many on Twitter for comment he made about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

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When asked to comment on Waters’ remarks about President Donald Trump’s policies, O’Reilly said, “I didn’t understand a word she said. I was looking at her James Brown wig.”

“I have to defend her on that,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said. "You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O'Reilly said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I love James Brown but it’s the same hair James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, had.” 

O’Reilly added that Waters is a “sincere individual.”

Some responded to the remarks on Twitter.

Brown’s daughter, Yamma Brown Alexander, also shared her thoughts.

“That was a compliment Bill O’Reilly,” she posted on Instagram. “Dad’s hair was always laid!! But that’s all you got from what Maxine Waters said? Sad!”

O’Reilly has since apologized in a statement, saying, “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on ‘Fox & Friends’ calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

Waters responded on “All in With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC on Tuesday night.

“I’m a strong black woman and I cannot be intimidated. I cannot be undermined. I cannot be thought of to be a friend of Bill O’Reilly or any body,” she said. “I’d like to say to women out there everywhere: Don’t allow these right-wing talking heads, these dishonorable people, to intimidate you or scare you. Be who you are, do what you do and let us get on with discussing the real issues of this county.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report. 

Study: 10,000 steps might not be enough for healthy life

The standard for a healthy amount of exercise has widely been accepted as 10,000 steps a day. However, new research shows this might not be enough. 

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Researchers in Scotland looked at postal workers and tracked how many steps a day they took — their average was 15,000, according to The New York Times

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Those who achieved the 15,000 steps, or about seven miles, showed no increased risk of heart disease and had normal waistlines, the International Journal of Obesity found. 

Those who sit longer throughout the day had increased health concerns. After five hours of sitting a day, each additional hour in a chair boosted risk of heart disease by 0.2 percent, Newser reported. 

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“Our metabolism is not well-suited to sitting down all the time,” Dr. William Tigbe, who led the study, told The Times. 

So Tigbe suggests people hit the target of 15,000 steps by attacking it “in bits” or taking 30-minute walks compared to 2-hour walks, The Times reported. 

Read more at The New York Times

19-year-old ‘genius’ to graduate college early, plans to be astronaut

In May, Ronald McCullough Jr. will graduate college at the same age most students are still early underclassmen. 

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But doing things ahead of schedule is not unusual for the 19-year-old, whose genius-level intelligence allowed him to skip second grade and graduate from Maynard Jackson High School at 15, according to a news release. 

McCullough enrolled in Clark Atlanta University at 16, and will soon graduate with honors with a bachelor’s degree in biology. 

Yet, he said, he doesn’t consider himself a genius.

“I was placed in a setting for my love of learning to manifest,” McCullough said in a release. “Much was expected of me and there was little room for disappointment.”

Postgraduate engineering programs, including those at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of Hawaii have tried to recruit the “future astronaut,” the release said. 

McCullough, whose mother graduated from the former Clark College, plans to enroll in the biological/agricultural engineering program at A&T.

Woman says she was recorded while in changing room at Pennsylvania Macy’s

A woman has a warning for people who use the changing rooms at a Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, mall.

Heather Lapinski said that while she was trying on bathing suits at Macy’s in the Mall at Robinson, she noticed a cellphone under the door. She grabbed it, but a man’s hand grabbed it back. 

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By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone.

“I got ahold of it and a man's hand came down and grabbed it. I couldn’t scream. I was in so much shock,” Lapinski said. “I was crying. I didn't have my top on (and) I’m not running out completely naked.”

By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone.

Lapinski described the man as having a medium build and balding in the front of his head.

She said she hopes that someone recognizes the man before he does it again.

“I want someone to say, ‘I know him.’ He can't keep going back and keep doing this to women. I’m going to be traumatized for the rest of my life,” she said. “When I go to bed, I toss and turn thinking about his face.”

Both Macy’s and the Mall at Robinson said in statements about the matter that the safety of customers is a top priority. They could not confirm whether other incidents were previously reported.

This new Macbook feature will make it easier to fall asleep at night

On Monday, Apple rolled out the macOS 10.12.4 update — its fourth major update for Sierra since the operating system was released last September.

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The feature garnering the most excitement in the tech community is the arrival of Night Shift, which aims to enhance your sleep cycle by reducing the amount of blue light that appears on your screen.

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According to Night Shift’s support page, studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. 

Night Shift is Apple’s response to the downloadable f.lux app that does the same — “makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.”

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Now, Mac users won’t have to install the additional app to use the feature.

A member of the f.lux team, however, said in a forum that Apple’s feature doesn’t actually reduce very much alerting blue light and that f.lux remains the better option of the two.

According to MacRumors, Night Shift is compatible with 2012 and newer Macs, so it won't work on older machines. 

The feature was also first introduced in iOS devices with the iOS 9.3 update.

Here’s how to install Night Shift on your Mac:

  1. Make sure you install the latest software updates.
  2. Click the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select System Preferences.
  4. Choose the Displays icon.
  5. Of the three tabs (Display, Color, and Night Shift), choose Night Shift. Here, you can also adjust the color temperature settings.
  6. From the Schedule option, choose either Sunset to Sunrise or Custom.

The Sunset or Sunrise option uses your local sunset and sunrise times to turn Night Shift on automatically each night when the sun sets and then turn off when the sun rises.

The Custom option allows you to choose a specific start and end time for Night Shift to turn on.

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Other quick ways to turn Night Shift on:

  • Ask Siri.
  • Use the Notification Center (three bulleted lines icon at the top right of your screen) and toggle to turn Night Shift on or off.

Read more at 9to5mac.com.

Mistaken release of hundreds of medical records in NC under scrutiny

A North Carolina county could be in major violation of HIPAA laws after mistakenly releasing hundreds of patients’ private medical records to a Charlotte TV station that was investigating a medical story.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, was enacted in 1996 to ensure patient privacy rights.

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Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio revealed Tuesday afternoon that the county mistakenly released the private medical records of some 1,200 patients to the media. The county attorney confirmed patient health information was compromised. 

"I'm absolutely speechless with anger at how something like this could happen," Diorio said.

Channel 9 had requested public records related to the county's failure to notify nearly 200 women about abnormal Pap smear results. 

While WSOC-TV received that information Monday, the county also mistakenly included detailed medical history about hundreds of patients. The information included an Excel spreadsheets documenting the patients’ full names, addresses and dates of visits. 

For some patients it also included a detailed description of why they visited and what services they received.

Diorio said the information should not have been in spreadsheets in the email and the practice of putting medical information in Excel sheets will end immediately.

Diorio said she believes the release is a category 2 HIPAA violation with a minimum fine of $1,000 per violation up to $50,000.

A county worker collected the records Tuesday morning from WSOC. 

“We do everything we can to protect the personal information for all of our patients,” Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio said. “In this particular instance, the checks and balances were not completely followed and we had a lapse."

Diorio said an IT staffer mistakenly included the information in the public records request. She also said no one checked the file before it was released.

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“This was a person who works in our IT security area so it’s not as if everybody has access to this information,” she said.

It’s unclear if the hundreds of patients will be notified about the information leak. Diorio is planning to discuss the next steps with the county attorney on Tuesday.

 

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Tennessee day care at which child was kidnapped closes for good

Days after a child was kidnapped from Elite Academy Inc., the Memphis, Tennessee, day care has closed its doors for good.

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A Department of Human Services spokesperson said an investigation into the day care is ongoing, but the owner voluntarily shut down the business. The closure is permanent.

Related: Mother speaks out after 7-month-old is kidnapped from day care

On Thursday, 7-month-old A’Laleh Fentress was checked out from her day care by 18-year-old Mya Lakes. Lakes is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping and child abuse/neglect. Her bail is $100,000.

A’Laleh’s mother said Lakes saw her name on a document at the day care and used it to check out the child.

The 7-month-old’s mother called police from the day care when she came to pick her baby up that evening. A’Laleh was later found safe at Annie’s Place in Frayser.

Related: Memphis day care at center of kidnapping had no previous violations

Elite Academy Inc. has been inspected by the DHS at least eight times since it opened in August 2016. According to the government database, the day care was never cited for violations.

Police: Bus driver set to take kids on field trip was high on marijuana

Authorities arrested a school bus driver Tuesday after he allegedly drove a bus while high on marijuana.

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Officers were called Tuesday morning to Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, after students reported smelling a strange odor on the school bus they had boarded for a field trip. The students notified a teacher, who contacted the Chelmsford Police Department. The students were taken off the bus.

Officers determined that the bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz, was high on marijuana. Mahfuz was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating negligently as to endanger and reckless endangerment.

Before arriving at Chelmsford High School, Mahfuz drove a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

Mahfuz is employed by North Reading Transportation Inc. The company is cooperating with the investigation.

Chelmsford police Chief James Spinney praised the students for speaking up.

"I cannot overstate the role played by the students today in ensuring their safety on the roads," Spinney said. "They knew something was not right, and they spoke up right away, alerting school administrators. I commend these students for their role in stopping a dangerous situation from unfolding."

Mahfuz is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

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