Posts tagged with "Good Morning America"

You can now buy Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia’s favorite doll, Qai Qai

October 16, 2020

If you follow tennis pro Serena Williams and Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian on Instagram.then you’ve probably met Qai Qai—their daughter Olympia‘s favorite baby doll.

Now, anyone can have their very own Qai Qai! The doll is available for purchase on Amazon, according to a report by Good Morning America.

“When I was looking for a doll for Olympia, I felt like I was picking out a doll for me too. We can all relate to the sheer joy of playing make-believe and giving our toys their own characters and voices, and it is even sweeter when you can find a doll that looks like you,” Serena Williams told GMA recently. “Our responsibility as parents is to raise our children to be loving, accepting and empathetic to everyone’s experiences. Qai Qai is the platform and brand we created to champion these messages and make people laugh while doing it.”

Qai Qai has over one million followers across social media platforms and goes on all of Olympia’s adventures, including, most recently, the U.S. Open.

“There’s something really special about the relationship between a child and their favorite toy. … We are incredibly excited to be able to bring the same delight we see in her every time she plays with Qai Qai to the homes of children everywhere,” Williams said.

Olympia is rarely seen without Qai Qai and in turn the doll has become somewhat of social media icon. The baby doll’s mission has become to tell uplifting stories, spread humor and share important social messages.

“Qai Qai is no ordinary doll, and we’ve been amazed at the way she’s been able to become a platform to educate and inspire her audience online,” Williams said.

Qai Qai is available exclusively on Amazon for $29.99.

Research contact: @GMA

 

Bea Lumpkin of Chicago, age 102, says to would-be voters, ‘Nobody should have an excuse’

October 6, 2020

A 102-year-old woman who just cast her mail-in ballot for the 2020 election—wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE)—has a message for other would-be voters: If she can vote, so can you.

“That’s why I had my grandson take a photo of me—because if I could come out at the age of 102 and face a pandemic [to vote], nobody should have an excuse,” Bea Lumpkin, of Chicago, told Good Morning America this week.” “I think that in this election more than any other that I’ve taken part in, the only way we can answer it is for the people to come out and vote and stay active to a degree we’ve never seen before.”

“I think we can do it,” she said.

The photo, shared on Instagram by the Chicago Teacher’s Union, shows the 102-year-old holding her ballot in front of a USPS mailbox while wearing PPE as a precaution.

Lumpkin, a retired teacher, cast her first ballot in the 1940 presidential election and told GMA that not even a global pandemic would stop her perfect streak of voting in every election since, for the past eight decades.

“There’s a lot at stake,” she said about the 2020 election, a presidential year that features President Donald Trump running against former Vice President Joe Biden. “If you never bothered to vote before and if you care anything about the children coming after us, you’ll come out and vote this time.”

Lumpkin, a mother of four, grandmother of three, and great-grandmother of one, said she is looking to the next generation of voters to continue moving America and democracy forward.

“I have a lot of confidence in the young people,” she said.

Research contact: @GMA

Chadwick Boseman mural inspires Downtown Disney

September 28, 2020

A powerful tribute to beloved actor Chadwick Boseman, who died in late August at the age of 43, has been unveiled in California’s Downtown Disney District.

The mural, entitled “King Chad,” was created by former Disney Imagineer Nikkolas Smith and depicts Boseman, who played King T’Challa in “Black Panther,” giving a Wakanda salute to a child wearing a hospital gown and a “Black Panther” mask, ABC-TV’s Good Morning America reports..

Boseman, who succumbed to colon cancer, had famously visited with children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

“This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney,” Smith wrote on Instagram on September 24. “It is a full circle moment for me: My final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus.

“To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman,” Smith added, noting,. I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way.”

Disneyland is not yet open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Downtown Disney reopened in July, GMA reports,  with capacity restrictions.

Research contact: @GMA

Finding puppy love: A dating app called Dig helps dog lovers start human and canine relationships

August 13, 2020

Looking for love but haven’t truly connected with your soulmate? You might just be barking up the wrong tree, according to a report by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.

If you are someone who loves dogs, then you know just how important it is to find a human companion who feels the same way. Which is exactly why sisters, Leigh and Casey Isaacson, created Dig, which they describe as “The Dog Person’s Dating App.”

The app first launched on Valentine’s Day 2018 and now has gone national with the intention of connecting dog people, regardless of whether they actually own a pooch, or are someone who just really “digs” canines.

The idea originated one night in New York City, when Casey Isaacson discovered that her otherwise acceptable date wouldn’t let her dog into his apartment. Standing unhappily on his stoop, as the relationship abruptly dissolved, she had an idea. Casey called the only person she knew who loved dogs as much as she did— her sister Leigh—and Dig was born.

“When you’re dating and you’re a dog owner, it doesn’t matter who reaches out first or how many friends you have in common. If you don’t get along with my dog, it’s never going to work,” Leigh said in an interview with Pet Friendly House. “If you don’t have a dog but you know you’ll want one in the future, you need to know you’re dating a dog person from the start.”

According to GMA, when users join Dig, they can indicate particular preferences— including whether they are already dog owners—or just love dogs. The app then presents users with unlimited matches every day where they can express whether they “dig,” “really dig,” or “pass” on those particular matches.

The goal of the app is to connect people who “live a dog-forward lifestyle” so Dig offers tips from veterinarians and dog trainers to help make that first date and dog meet-up go as smoothly and with as little stress as possible. Having a dog impacts every aspect of your life so it’s extremely important to find out early on not only if you’re compatible, but if your dogs are too. By offering dog-friendly date ideas, the Dig team is helping both couples looking to connect, as well as promoting dog-friendly businesses.

Lizz Evalen, a freelance writer from Chicago, told GMA that one of the great things about her Dig date was having her dog along as a buffer.“Lull in the conversation, make goofy noises at the pup,” said Evalen. “Think you have nothing to talk about? Ask anything related to the pup.”

In addition to helping people make a love connection, Dig is also using their platform to help shelter dogs find their “fur-ever” home. The team works closely with rescue organizations in various cities and at most events will have dogs available for adoption. In addition, their social media is another great way to check out those pups looking to make their own human connection.

With the recent health crisis, Dig events have been put on hold, but Leigh says the sisters have been using this time to focus on further building out the app. One new addition, which will be available over the next few weeks is the digital dog park, a space where users can interact and learn more about one another before matching with someone.

Research contact: @GMA

Finding puppy love: A dating app called Dig helps dog lovers start human and canine relationships

August 3, 2020

Looking for love but haven’t truly connected with your soulmate? You might just be barking up the wrong tree, according to a report by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America.

If you are someone who loves dogs, then you know just how important it is to find a human companion who feels the same way. Which is exactly why sisters, Leigh and Casey Isaacson, created Dig, which they describe as “The Dog Person’s Dating App.”

The app first launched on Valentine’s Day 2018 and now has gone national with the intention of connecting dog people, regardless of whether they actually own a pooch, or are someone who just really “digs” canines.

The idea originated one night in New York City, when Casey Isaacson discovered that her otherwise acceptable date wouldn’t let her dog into his apartment. Standing unhappily on his stoop, as the relationship abruptly dissolved, she had an idea. Casey called the only person she knew who loved dogs as much as she did— her sister Leigh—and Dig was born.

“When you’re dating and you’re a dog owner, it doesn’t matter who reaches out first or how many friends you have in common. If you don’t get along with my dog, it’s never going to work,” Leigh said in an interview with Pet Friendly House. “If you don’t have a dog but you know you’ll want one in the future, you need to know you’re dating a dog person from the start.”

According to GMA, when users join Dig, they can indicate particular preferences— including whether they are already dog owners—or just loe dogs. The app then presents users with unlimited matches every day where they can express whether they “dig,” “really dig,” or “pass” on those particular matches.

The goal of the app is to connect people who “live a dog-forward lifestyle” so Dig offers tips from veterinarians and dog trainers to help make that first date and dog meet-up go as smoothly and with as little stress as possible. Having a dog impacts every aspect of your life so it’s extremely important to find out early on not only if you’re compatible, but if your dogs are too. By offering dog-friendly date ideas, the Dig team is helping both couples looking to connect, as well as promoting dog-friendly businesses.

Lizz Evalen, a freelance writer from Chicago, told GMA that one of the great things about her Dig date was having her dog along as a buffer.“Lull in the conversation, make goofy noises at the pup,” said Evalen. “Think you have nothing to talk about? Ask anything related to the pup.”

In addition to helping people make a love connection, Dig is also using their platform to help shelter dogs find their “fur-ever” home. The team works closely with rescue organizations in various cities and at most events will have dogs available for adoption. In addition, their social media is another great way to check out those pups looking to make their own human connection.

With the recent health crisis, Dig events have been put on hold, but Leigh says the sisters have been using this time to focus on further building out the app. One new addition, which will be available over the next few weeks is the digital dog park, a space where users can interact and learn more about one another before matching with someone.

Research contact: @GMA

A new way to ‘head off’ allergy symptoms: Immunotherapy is seen as breakthrough treatment

April 12, 2019

If you are one of the 50 million people in America who suffers from seasonal allergies, you probably don’t need anybody to tell you that pollen season is here. You have been sneezing and sniffling and scratching for weeks. But what you might want to hear about is a new immunotherapy treatment in the form of a tablet that has been identified as a promising alternative to over-the-counter medicines and injections.

According to an April 11 report by ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, the new immunotherapy treatment is seen by many professionals as a breakthrough in allergy treatment. A survey by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has revealed that 73% of allergists are now offering these tablets as an effective at-home regimen.

There are typically a couple of ways in which allergy sufferers can “head off” their symptoms, according to ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton—either by controlling their environment (reducing the allergens that cause symptoms) or by trying medications that will block allergic responses.

In comparison to these short-term solutions, the new tablets change the immune system’s response to allergens. Patients take increasing doses of the allergens to help build up tolerance.

Indeed, the new tablet immunotherapy could be a good option for those who are already taking the immunotherapy shots, as they offer similar benefits in the form of relieving symptoms, according to Ashton.

The biggest difference between the two is that you can administer the tablets at home rather than having to go to the doctor’s office, although tablets are medication that needs to be prescribed by a doctor.

The only bad news is that, while allergy tablets do not require repeated visits to a doctor’s office, they do require strict compliance and may require up to three years of use to work.

The tablets also cannot be used by all patients, including those with severe or uncontrolled asthma. Additionally, the tablets will only take care of individual allergens, so you would need to take one tablet for each allergen that you react to. By comparison, shots are capable of taking care of multiple allergens at once.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved allergy tablets so far for only four allergens.

Research contact: @DrJAshton

A good hair day: New York City enforces right of blacks to style tresses ‘naturally’

February 20, 2019

In the 1960s and 1970s, many black men and women stopped straightening their hair and adopted the “Afro” look—which today we refer to as what it is: “natural hair.”

But up until this week, no municipality in the nation has enforced the right of people of color to enjoy their own hair texture and natural beauty.

Now all that has changed. In February, the Big Apple became the first city in the nation to “protect the rights of  New Yorkers [under the New York City Human Rights Law] to maintain natural hair or hairstyles that are closely associated with their racial, ethnic, or cultural identities”

Specifically, the New York City Commission of Human Rights said this month, “For black people, this includes the right to maintain natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state.”

And that includes on the job, in competitive sports, and in “public places like libraries, gyms, schools, and nightclubs”—where, the Commission rules, “Black people [cannot be forced] to change their natural hair as a requirement to be admitted in or retain affiliation with those settings.”

“Policies that limit the ability to wear natural hair or hairstyles associated with black people aren’t about ‘neatness’ or ‘professionalism;’ they are about limiting the way black people move through workplaces, public spaces, and other settings,” New York City Human Rights Commissioner and Chair Carmelyn P. Malalis said in a statement.

New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray also spoke out about the guidance, saying in a statement, “Bias against the curly textured hair of people of African descent is as old as this country and a form of race-based discrimination.”

I a report about the human rights guidance, Good Morning America/ABC News noted that it comes “just two months after controversy erupted when a New Jersey high school wrestler was told to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match. The student’s attorney asked the state’s Division of Civil Rights (DCR) last month to further investigate the “unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16-year-old young man.”

According to the network news report, New York’s Commission on Human Rights said it is currently investigating seven natural hairstyle discrimination cases that include black people being forced to wear their braided hair up or being fired for wearing their natural hair down.

The commission will be the city agency responsible for enforcing the new legal guidance. Employers found in violation of the guidelines can be fined up to $250,000 and be forced by the commission to make policy changes and rehiresaccording to The New York Times, which reported the guidance before its public release.

Cheers of applause for the new protections for natural hair circulated on social media with the hashtags #freethehair and #YourHairYourRightNYC.

Research contact: @GMA

Senator Kamala Harris slams Supremes on transgender ruling

January 23, 2019

Following her announcement on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America on January 21 that she will make a run for the U.S. presidency; early on Tuesday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) castigated the Supreme Court for allowing the Trump administration to temporarily enforce its restrictions on transgender military personnel.

Transgender military members have the courage to serve our country and deserve to do so. We have to fight back to reverse this,” Harris tweeted at 10:45 a.m.

Her tweet came shortly after the high court said it would allow the White House to briefly enforce a ban on transgender service members—until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California hears a case to determine its legality, The Hill reported.

The case was considered by the Supreme Court after Solicitor General Noel Francisco leapfrogged the usual legal process in November—bypassing the regional court in the belief that the higher court would rule in favor of the White House.

Francisco implored the justices to immediately take the case and issue a ruling this term, according to the political news outlet—arguing that the lower court’s decision blocked a policy that’s “necessary to place the Department of Defense in the strongest position to protect the American people.”

He said that the Department of Defense review found that continuing to allow transgender people who have transitioned or seek to transition to serve in the military poses a threat to military effectiveness and readiness.

However, in a blow to Francisco and the administration, the Supreme Court declined to hear arguments on the case’s legality. The justices prefer the appeals courts to have considered a case before they weigh in, and even then are selective, The Hill said. It takes four justices to agree to hear a case, and often they only agree to step in if the appeals courts are deeply divided on an issue.

It takes five justices to agree to stay a lower court ruling. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, of the court’s liberal wing, said they would have denied the application, according to the news outlet.

Trump announced the ban on transgender service members on March 23, stating that transgender applicants are “disqualified from military service except under limited circumstances.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the time that the decision was based upon “extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans

In her announcement on January 21, Senator Harris stated, “My entire career has been focused on keeping people safe. When I look at this moment in time, I know the American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them … and put them in front of self-interest.”

Research contact: @jabowden4

Got milk? Lactation Lab helps determine if it’s nutritious enough for your baby

December 19, 2018

Wouldn’t it be handy if your breast milk came with a nutritional label? Now there’s a home testing kit from a California-based company called Lactation Lab that measures the calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat content present in a new mom’s breast milk. All she has to do is pump out a small sample over a 24-hour period, freeze it, and ship it off for evaluation.

Within three to five business days, the company notifies the nursing mother of the results. . Lactation Lab provides a detailed analysis of the nutritional content of the breast milk, including protein, carbohydrates, fat, calories, calcium, iron, key vitamins (Vitamins A, C, and B-12) and fatty acids including LA, ALA, ARA and DHA. They are also equipped to test for the presence of environmental toxins—such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury (all of which can make their way into breast milk).

Along with the analysis, the company offers nutritional recommendations to the mother, which should improve the quality of the breast milk—and ensure an infant’s optimal health and growth.

Dr. Stephanie Canale—a Santa Monica, California-based family physician and assistant clinical professor at UCLA—came up with the idea a couple of years ago, according to the Lactation Lab website. A working mother of two,k Dr. Canale first thought of testing the nutrients in breast milk after returning to work and trying to continue to breastfeed her infant daughter.

“I was trying to balance working full-time, being on call and caring for a very active 2-year old boy while pumping for my daughter,” she recently said during an appearance on ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. “Despite having enough volume of milk, at one point my daughter was not gaining weight and I said to myself, of all the things I test, why is there no way of knowing what is in MY milk?”

The company, which is about one year old, is the talk of the lactation community. New mom Casey Gorham said she first noticed that her son, Sequoia, was having problems gaining weight two weeks after birth.

“My baby just kept getting smaller. His arms were getting smaller. His bones were sticking out,” she told Good Morning America.” “He just looked small. It was very concerning, especially as a first-time mom.”

After consulting her pediatrician, Gorham said she began using the new breast milk testing kit from a company called Lactation Lab. Gorham said she followed the company’s recommendations, and as she began making “changes to my diet” her son started gaining weight. “My calorie count went up for my milk,” she added. “The kit really helped me and just reassured me a lot.”

That reassurance means a lot to new mothers, says Dr. Canale. she says the test is evidence-based and that Lactation Lab conducted a study of 30 women to learn about what was in their breast milk. S

“What we found,” she told GMA, “is that … they were given specific dietary recommendations and then they retested their milk,” she said. “And those women actually went on to breastfeed for longer than expected, because they were reassured.”

Of the 30 women, 28 reported they continued past the six months of exclusive breast-feeding that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, though it is unclear if the women would have continued anyway. News

Currently, there are no independent studies that verify the accuracy of these tests, which is why some doctors remain unconvinced by the claims behind them, or the need for them.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician and chief of Digital Innovation at Seattle Children’s Hospital, told GMA that all breast milk is not created equal.

“Breast milk isn’t the same on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday. It is not the same in the morning or at night. It is not even the same at the beginning of a nursing session and at the end,” she said. “So the way that samples are collected concerns me that it won’t give a global picture of a complete nutrition.”

“I think we have to take a really careful look at what this puts out to the world and how this really affects moms who are just trying to do their best, supporting themselves and their babies,” she added.

Lactation Lab isn’t alone in offering these tests. They also are available from other companies, including MyMilk and EverlyWell also offer them.

Research contact: @LactationLab