Posts tagged with "Good Morning America"

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

Cohen: ‘I will not be a punching bag’

July 3, 2018

Michael Cohen—President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and a former executive vice president at the Trump Organization—always has insisted that he would remain loyal to the president. In fact, he said he would “take a bullet” for the POTUS just a few months ago. However, speaking exclusively to ABC-TV’s George Stephanopoulos in an in-depth interview that aired on July 2—his first since the FBI raided his office and homes in April

Michael Cohen—President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and a former executive vice president at the Trump Organization—always has insisted that he would remain loyal to the president. In fact, he said he would “take a bullet” for the POTUS just a few months ago. However, speaking exclusively to ABC-TV’s George Stephanopoulos in an in-depth interview that aired on on July 2—his first since the FBI raided his office and homes in April—Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, as well as federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.

“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told Stephanopolous for Good Morning America. “I put family and country first.” The 45-minute interview was conducted in advance, on Saturday evening at a Manhattan hotel.

For the first time also, Cohen failed to praise the president during the network interview—and pointedly disagreed with Trump’s criticism of the federal investigations. “When I asked Cohen directly what he would do if prosecutors forced him to choose between protecting the president and protecting his family,” Stephanopolous reported, “he said his family is ‘my first priority.’”

Cohen added: “Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance.”

But when the GMA anchor pointed out to Cohen that he wasn’t repeating past vows to “take a bullet” and “do anything” to protect the president, the longtime Trump loyalist left little doubt about where he stands now, saying simply: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”

Cohen recently retained Petrillo, a highly regarded former federal prosecutor who once led the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan — the very same office currently conducting the criminal investigation of Cohen.

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Finally, when Stephanopolous asked Cohen how he might respond if the president or his legal team come after him—to try and discredit him and the work he did for Trump over theplast decade— he sat up straight. His voice gained strength.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” he said emphatically. “I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”

Prosecutors in New York’s Southern District are investigating Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes associated with his personal business dealings. He has not been charged with any crime. But on the advice of his attorney, Cohen declined to address specific questions

Cohen said he hopes that the interview on GMA will be a first step towards his ultimate goal: “Resolution.”

He said, “I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back.”

Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, as well as federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. Even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.

“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told Stephanopolous for Good Morning America. “I put family and country first.” The 45-minute interview was conducted in advance, on Saturday evening at a Manhattan hotel.

For the first time also, Cohen failed to praise the president during the network interview—and pointedly disagreed with Trump’s criticism of the federal investigations. “When I asked Cohen directly what he would do if prosecutors forced him to choose between protecting the president and protecting his family,” Stephanopolous reported, “he said his family is ‘my first priority.’”

Cohen added: “Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance.”

But when the GMA anchor pointed out to Cohen that he wasn’t repeating past vows to “take a bullet” and “do anything” to protect the president, the longtime Trump loyalist left little doubt about where he stands now, saying simply: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”

Cohen recently retained Petrillo, a highly regarded former federal prosecutor who once led the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan — the very same office currently conducting the criminal investigation of Cohen.

Finally, when Stephanopolous asked Cohen how he might respond if the president or his legal team come after him—to try and discredit him and the work he did for Trump over the past decade—he sat up straight. His voice gained strength.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” he said emphatically. “I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”

Prosecutors in New York’s Southern District are investigating Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes associated with his personal business dealings. He has not been charged with any crime. But on the advice of his attorney, Cohen declined to address specific questions

Cohen said he hopes that the interview on GMA will be a first step towards his ultimate goal: “Resolution.”

He said, “I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back.”

A poll this week by the Conservative Book Club found that 82% of those who use the website do not believe that Cohen will flip.

Research contact: @GMA