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xavierarnau/iStock(NEW YORK) -- While the health benefits of exercise have been known for centuries, a new study out of the U.K. highlights just how deadly being lazy can be.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists at Queen's University in Belfast and Ulster University linked a sedentary lifestyle -- for example, sitting at a cubicle when you're at work, and sitting around bingeing TV when you're not -- to nearly 70,000 deaths for the year 2016.

In fact, researchers linked a sedentary lifestyle to 11.6 percent of all deaths in the U.K. for that year, noting at least 69,276 of them could have been avoided if those people would have gotten off their duffs on the regular.

In the past, lack of exercise in day-to-day life has been linked to a host of health problems, from obesity to heart disease and diabetes and more, all of which led to the deaths of those tens of thousands of Brits.

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Mark Broadway Photography(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- In 2018, a toddler captured hearts around the globe after she walked down the aisle at the wedding of one of the people who saved her life.

Now, 4-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick just met her second bone marrow donor -- one year after serving as the flower girl for Hayden Hatfield Ryals, 26, who was Skye's first donor.

Thanks to Be The Match, Skye and her parents, Todd and Talia, met donor Ricky Currier, a 25-year-old resident application engineer from Greensboro, North Carolina.

"It was amazing," mom Talia Savren-McCormick of Ventura, California, told "Good Morning America" of the meeting. "Because there are two people who saved her life, it had come to a complete circle. It felt very fulfilling."

Skye was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia in March 2016, just before her first birthday. That same year, she had her first bone marrow transplant, from Ryals, and later, a vital infusion of cells. Skye's final transplant was in April 2017 and from Currier.

On June 28, 2018, Talia Savren-McCormick told "GMA" that her daughter would have not made it to her second bone marrow transplant if it weren't for Ryals and her selfless gift.

"She was that sick," Savren-McCormick said at the time. "I feel like Hayden [Ryals] is such a huge success in why Skye was able to beat leukemia."

Months after her transplant, Savren-McCormick and her husband, Todd, received a letter from Ryals, who reached out through Be the Match, the organization to which Ryals donated her bone marrow.

Ryals and the Savren-McCormicks exchanged texts and Facebook messages until Ryals sent Skye a gift for her third birthday. Inside the card was an invitation asking the toddler to be the flower girl at her June 9, 2018, wedding.

After Skye's doctors gave her a clear bill of health, she and her parents made the trip to Alabama. At the wedding rehearsal, Skye and Ryals embraced for the very first time.

Today, Skye is two years cancer-free, and it's all thanks to Ryals and Currier's bone marrow donations.

In September 2018, Currier's identity was released to the Savren-McCormick family, who reached out in hopes to thank him face-to-face.

Currier and his wife, Chelsea, met Skye and her parents in Santa Monica last week.

Currier said he donated bone marrow in 2017 at a drive in support of a family friend. However, he soon learned that he'd be helping out a 1-year-old girl with leukemia instead.

"I didn't do anything special," Currier told "GMA." "I helped out like anyone should do. I don't feel like I deserve a 'thank you.'"

"From her being in the hospital to her progression now, it's amazing to see," he added.

Mom Talia Savren-McCormick said her family is forever grateful to both Ryals and Currier.

"Her heart beats because of you both," she said.

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ake1150sb/iStock(NEW YORK) -- One woman's story is putting a spotlight on the discrimination women who are overweight may face when trying to get pregnant.

After trying to get pregnant for four years, Gina Balzano, of Massachusetts, said she was told by doctors it would not happen because of her weight, which at the time was over 300 pounds.

"I couldn't conceive because I was, you know, very heavy, very, very fat," Balzano told Good Morning America.

Balzano and her husband looked into in vitro fertilization (IVF) after failing to get pregnant naturally, but she said multiple fertility doctors declined to help her because of her weight. Balzano said they offered no other explanation and said her blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal.

"I heard all those negative comments from the first two physicians," she said. "I just had to change my body."

Balzano chose to undergo bariatric surgery in order to lose weight. Even after the surgery, though, she was still unable to get pregnant.

Her journey finally led her to a new facility and a new doctor who opted to try an intrauterine insemination (IUI), a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to help with fertilization.

Balzano became pregnant with the IUI and gave birth to her son, Logan, last year.

Her long and emotional road to becoming a parent was first chronicled by The New York Times in a story titled "When You're Too Fat to Get Pregnant."

"The message that we need to get out there is you can have a healthy pregnancy at any weight," the author of The New York Times piece, Virginia Cole-Smith, told GMA.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OBGYN and women's health expert, said Balzano's story is "not unique."

"That's unfortunate," said Shepherd, who was not involved in Balzano's treatment. "When we look at a physician and a patient relationship, the real heart of the matter is the emotional aspect of it."

"For anyone who walks in with a health condition, or for infertility in this matter, you want to walk away and that patient wants to feel empowered and motivated to do the things that they need to do and that's not how they felt," she added.

Shepherd said any patient should be empowered to get a second opinion. She also urges women trying to get pregnant to look at their health in a more holistic way.

"We want them to be overall healthy and not to focus on things that are going to make them feel defeated such as doing fad diets," she said. "We want them to look at it from a mind-body connection and what are they really doing to take in the fact that, 'I have infertility and I need to lose weight.'"

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(ST. LOUIS) -- The lone abortion clinic in Missouri just received permission from a court to continue practicing even though the state's health department refused to reissue their license.

A circuit court judge announced Monday that the preliminary injunction that allowed the Planned Parenthood clinic to keep performing abortions after their license was not initially renewed has now been extended another week.

Judge Michael Stelzer said the extra week would allow for an administrative panel to evaluate the dispute between the clinic and the state's Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

On Friday, the DHSS announced that they were denying the license that would allow Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region to continue to provide abortions.

The denial of the license didn't change anything at the clinic, however, as the final decision lands in the hands of the court. Monday's extended restraining order pushes a more permanent decision down the line another week.

On Friday, Randall Williams, the director of DHSS, said the decision to deny their health department license was based on the fact that of 30 deficiencies found in the department's review of the clinic, only four have since been addressed by Planned Parenthood.

He did not list all 30 deficiencies, but gave reported examples that included an instance where the doctor who performed the pre-operative review of the patient was not the one to perform the surgery itself, which goes against state laws. He also gave reported examples of two patients who had failed abortions and had to have multiple procedures.

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La Roche-Posay(NEW YORK) -- As we head into summer, a lot of us are starting to think about protecting our skin, but is applying sunscreen enough?

About 96,480 people are expected to be diagnosed and 7,230 will die of melanoma this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Sun protection has gone high-tech as a number of wearables and apps designed to track exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays have come onto the market.

La Roche-Posay launched the first battery-free wearable sun safety sensor in the United States in January. The My Skin Track UV sensor is a little larger than a quarter and tracks your skin's UV exposure.

ABC News' Good Morning America spoke to leading dermatologists to see how the device works. Here's what they had to say:

The basics


The My Skin Track UV clip can attach to your shirt, necklace or bag and connects to a smartphone app to show you real-time UV, pollen and pollution levels. It is activated by the sun and waterproof.

The app will let you know when you are close to reaching your "UV max" for the day, which is a recommended maximum daily allowance of UV that varies by person and is based on your skin tone and the UV index.

This device is for everyone and it adapts to different skin types, tones and concerns.

While the device itself won't protect your skin, the company calls it a "problem-solving technology" designed to help make "it easier for people to make smart, sun-safe choices" with the information it provides.

Does it work?

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe tried the device for herself.

"The My Skin Track UV was really eye opening, even for me," Bowe told Good Morning America. "Protecting our skin from UV rays is really paramount but a lot of people really have a false sense of security when it’s a cold cloudy day."

Bowe used the device for a week this past winter. During an hour-long run outdoors, she said she had already gotten half of her daily UV exposure allowance, according to the device.

"UVA [rays] actually penetrate through clouds and window glass," Bowe said.

UVA rays age skin cells and damage their DNA. They're linked to long-term skin damage like wrinkles but are also thought to play a role in the development of skin cancer, particularly in tanning beds, according to the American Cancer Society. UVB rays are the rays believed to cause most skin cancers, as they are stronger in energy and can directly damage DNA in skin cells.

When to use it

You don’t have to wear the device every day -- although that might be best -- but a critical time to wear it is when the weather is changing, Bowe said.

Knowing your UV max is important because once you reach it, your skin becomes more vulnerable to skin cancer and aging, Bowe said.

"Having the awareness," she said, "and being able to get real-time feedback regarding how much sun exposure you’re getting is really helpful when it comes to making lifestyle changes and changing your daily habits."

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Jasmina007/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Self-care is not just bubble baths or long vacations but finding ways all day, every day to support yourself, experts said.

"Self-care is really simple because it's about being a good friend to yourself," said Amy Kurtz, a certified health and wellness coach and author of the bestselling book Kicking Sick. "It's repetitive and consistent personal rituals that treat ourselves well and believing that we are important and our well-being matters."

Thinking of self-care as being a BFF to yourself gets to the core of self-care, which is as much about how you treat yourself internally -- like the way you talk to yourself -- as externally, like taking time to use a face mask.

"Many of us equate self-care to actually doing things that may decrease well-being, like treating ourselves to retail therapy or a latte with a double shot of sugar," said Kurtz. "But you have to really break that habit and rethink the idea of rewards."

"Self-care for me is always being there for myself and treating myself like I would someone I love," she said.

Self-care has been even more in the spotlight in recent months because of the prevalence of burnout, the type of extreme stress or fatigue that can lead to everything from respiratory problems to gastrointestinal issues. Workplace burnout is now officially a recognized mental health concern.

It was burnout from a job that led Alisha Ramos, 29, to form Girls' Night In, a self-care community for women.

"I felt so burned out and just sort of down that I wanted to create something that brings joy into other people's lives and also serves as permission for them to take a break," said Ramos, who previously worked in tech. "Looking at my friends, a lot of them had been feeling the same way as we were entering in our later 20s, hitting walls in our jobs and the news cycle was really heavy."

For Ramos, self-care is something that is constantly evolving and always a part of her life.

"It's whatever you personally need in that moment to care for your whole self, including your physical self and mental self and emotional self," she said. "It's going to look different from day to day and week to week."

"A few weeks ago it may have meant thinking about my mental health and getting therapist referrals and creating an action plan to go to therapy and today it's noticing it's beautiful out," Ramos added.

Girls' Night In's main platform is a weekly newsletter that reaches more than 150,000 subscribers and shares ways for women to recharge and cultivate a sense of community.

It also aims to take away the stigma that self-care is a trendy buzzword just for those with extra time and money to spend.

"Self-care is such a thing now that people either feel intimidated by it or villainize it but we still believe so much in the need of self-care," said Ramos, who launched Girls' Night In two years ago. "It's a daily practice that people should incorporate."

Here are six tips from Ramos and Kurtz to get started:

1. Write down nourishing things you can do anywhere, any time

The first step in self-care is figuring out what makes you feel good and how to add those things to your daily routine, according to Kurtz.

"If you're loving yourself the way you would your best friend think about what that looks like," she said. "Start by making a list of the things that you do that make you feel nourished and good."

2. Create a morning ritual

It can be hard to motivate to focus on work or tasks during summer, so give yourself some motivation to conquer the day.

"Take a few deep breaths and say a few things that you're for grateful for you in your life," said Kurtz. "It sets the tone for how you'll treat yourself all day."

3. Take a vacation (no, really)

"Hopefully, your employer has a vacation policy in place. One of my top tips is to actually use it," Ramos said. "It amazes me how many people don't take advantage of this employment benefit. If you're on a bit of a budget this year (I've been there!) I highly recommend either a staycation or a quick day-trip."

"Staycations are particularly amazing because you can use the 'savings' from not spending anything on a flight to springing for the nicer hotel in town, and playing tourist in your own city. Taking a vacation helps you get away from the daily grind of work, making some space for yourself to enjoy a bit of a mental reset and avoid burnout," she added.

4. Set boundaries and learn to say 'no'


"This is one of the biggest and best self-care tips I have for you, and therefore also one of the most challenging to practice on a daily basis. We all only have so much energy and time to give -- it's OK to say 'no' to certain things and protect that time and energy so that we can funnel into the things we truly want," said Ramos.

"One meta-tip I have for this is to first, set your priorities in this very moment. Are your priorities around excelling at work? Nurturing your relationships with family and/or kids? This helps creates some clarity when you have to say 'no' to that amazing work opportunity that requires two weeks of travel, because this month you're instead focused on getting that other big work project out the door or attending more of your daughter's ballet lessons. It can be difficult to say “no” to fun or exciting opportunities, and especially if it might frustrate someone or let them down. But I've personally always regretted giving a half-hearted 'yes' vs. a 'hell yes,'” Ramos continued.

5. Put down your phone and get outside

"If you have an iPhone, enable the Screen Time feature that lets you set limits on how much time per day you spend using a particular app. Even if you're not on an iOS device, many apps (including Instagram) include an “Activity” portion that shows you how much time you're spending on their platform," Ramos added. "Seeing these reminders every now and again is a great reminder for me to live my life, not scroll right past it!"

6. Grow something!

"I recently started a small urban garden on our patio," Ramos said. "Summer is an amazing time to grow green things, with plants like tomatoes, sunflowers, and the ever-trendy monstera plant that tend to thrive and bloom in the summer."

"Tending to a small garden each day is a great excuse to spend some time outdoors and enjoy a quiet little ritual to yourself (though you could get your kids in on this activity, too)," she said.

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iStock/PetrBonek(HOUSTON) -- Two young children have died in Texas after they were left in hot cars during scorching temperatures over the weekend.

A 1-year-old died in Galveston Saturday after his father, Abner Peña, left him in the family's Chevrolet Tahoe for about five hours while he worked, Sgt. Xavier Hancock, public information officer for the Galveston Police Department, said in a statement. The father had arrived to work at about 11 a.m. and found the child unresponsive when he returned to the car around 4 p.m., Hancock said.

The father worked at the Los Lazos Tex Mex restaurant, ABC Houston station KTRK reported.

It was about 91 degrees outside when the child was discovered, according to the station. The boy, who was not secure in a car seat at the time, was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he was pronounced dead, Hancock said.

No charges have been filed against the parents but the investigation is ongoing, Hancock said.

Separately, a 4-year-old died on Saturday in Aubrey, about 50 miles north of Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The child was found in the car by a family member and was airlifted to the Children's Medical Center in Dallas in critical condition but died at the hospital, according to the local newspaper.

It was 97 degrees outside when the child was found, and most of northern Texas was under a heat advisory at the time, the Dallas Morning News reported. It's not clear how long the child was in the car.

Charges have not been filed but the case is still under investigation, according to the Morning News.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- The health care proposal dubbed Medicare for all first gained traction as a campaign promise from Sen. Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential run.

The largest nurses union in the country, National Nurses United, actively campaigned for the policy then and has ramped up its grassroots push on the cause in recent months.

ABC News Correspondent David Wright examined the debate over transitioning to Medicare for all on ABC's This Week Sunday, speaking with experts and activists about the increase in support for the policy.

Building on the premise that access to health care is a right, Sanders' version of Medicare for all would replace most private insurance with a single-payer program based on the Medicare plan that is currently available to seniors and the disabled.

Matrese Chism, a registered nurse from Chicago who has been working on the issue at the grassroots level with the National Nurses United, sees the fight for universal health care as a civil rights issue.

"The United States is one of the largest, the greatest country in the world. And for us not to insure everyone, that is inhumane," she told Wright.

Many Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have supported the policy. Fellow Democratic candidates and Sens. Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren regular reference the policy on the campaign trail and signed on as cosponsors for Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill in the Senate.

The momentum has made Medicare-for-all advocates hopeful.

"This is our moment, this is our time," Chism told Wright.

However, some health care experts have cautioned against the policy, which some estimates say could cost the federal government $32 trillion over 10 years.

"Making Medicare the litmus test on the Democratic side is a very bad idea," Ezekiel Emanuel, the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, told Wright. "We should be open to lots of ways of getting to universal coverage in the United States, but I also think it's a big political hill."

"It ought to be Medicare for none," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News in April. "You want to turn American into a socialist country, this is the first step."

For some Democratic candidates, the proposal is a bridge too far.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed expanding Obamacare.

"Whether you're covered through your employer or on your own or not, you all should have a choice to be able to buy into a public option plan for Medicare," Biden said at his campaign kickoff in April.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Planned Parenthood's forum on reproductive rights at the University of South Carolina on Saturday will offer the crowded Democratic presidential field an opportunity to directly address a topic that has emerged as one of the most contentious in the election cycle.

So far this cycle, the parade of 2020 Democrats, primarily led by the female candidates, has sought to reclaim the reins of this politically sensitive issue with proactive proposals following a spate of restrictive anti-abortion bills sweeping across conservative states. The "We Decide" forum, hosted by Planned Parenthood's political arm, will include 20 of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates and purports to offer the presidential hopefuls an opportunity to wade into the debate over such issues as contraception, using federal funding for abortions and several states' bans on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 60% of voters said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, with 28% saying abortion should be legal in all cases, matching the highest level of support since the question was first asked in 2004.

Only 13% of voters believe abortion should be illegal in the case of rape or incest.

"We have the American people on our side," Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood, told ABC News last month. "Seventy-three percent of Americans support Roe vs. Wade as the law of the land, and none of us want our children to live in a world where they have fewer rights than we do. So if he wants to make this a 2020 issue, we will win."

Students for Life of America and USC’s Advocates for Life plan to protest the event.

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(NEW YORK) -- We’ve long seen advertisements for drugs like Cialis or Viagra, which help to improve sexual performance in men with erectile dysfunction. But on Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new medication that will boost libido in women with low sexual desire, so that they too can have an enjoyable sex life.

“There are women who, for no known reason, have reduced sexual desire that causes marked distress, and who can benefit from safe and effective pharmacologic treatment,” said Dr. Hylton V. Joffe, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s Division of Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Products, in a press release.

The prescription drug, called Vyleesi, will be available to pre-menopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), a condition characterized by chronically low or non-existent sexual desire, which often causes distress. Although HSDD isn’t often spoken about, as many as 10% of women may be affected by it.

“Clinicians don’t have a process for diagnosing and addressing it,” Dr. Sharon Parish, professor of medicine in clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, told ABC News. “It’s under-recognized.”

HSDD affects women of all ages, and there’s no clear understanding of why it happens, either. Lindsay, a woman in her 30s who asked that ABC News only use her first name, said that she was diagnosed with the condition at 22 years old.

“I had a very healthy sex drive through puberty that bottomed out when I tapered off of an anti-depressant,” she said. “I hopscotched between multiple OB-GYNs, female health specialists, three talk therapists and an acupuncturist.”

Lindsay, who participated in the trial for Vyleesi, said that she’s now on a “couple of medications that have helped me manage so that I can feel comfortable being intimate with my husband, even if it’s not something where I have spontaneous desire to do so.”

Vyleesi is not the first medication for improving women’s sexual desires. Addyi, a drug approved by the FDA in 2015, also improves women’s sexual desires by working kind of like an anti-depressant. However, earlier this year, the FDA issued new safety orders mandating that the drug’s labeling include a boxed warning -- the agency's strongest warning -- after reports of concerning side effects, including severely low blood pressure and fainting, especially when used with alcohol.

Vyleesi offers an alternative option to Addyi. The injection drug meant to be used 25 to 40 minutes before sex -- and lasting up to eight hours -- showed statistically significant increases in sexual desire in women who used it during phase 3 clinical trials. The drug stimulates certain receptors in the brain that are believed to be integral to sexual functioning. There were also few side effects: nausea, headache and a mild increase in blood pressure (people with uncontrolled blood pressure should not be taking it).

Although an injection drug might turn some women off of using it, Dr. Carl Spana, president and CEO of Palatin Pharmaceuticals, which makes Vyleesi, said it shouldn’t be a concern because the needle is tiny -- it comes as an injectable pen.

“In our trials, nobody stopped using Vyleesi because it was injectable,” Spana said.

Sue Goldstein, a clinical sexual educator and author of the book When Sex Isn’t Good, told ABC News about her HSDD and how she had been treated with Addyi successfully. She was also involved in coordinating clinical trials for the drug. She welcomed the new option for women, Vyleesi.

“My sexual life has returned to what it was when I was 25,” she said. “But to have another option is so wonderful. We meet a lot of women who have ‘duty sex’ to stay in a relationship or who are avoiding sex because they have no interest.”

There are no FDA-approved medications for menopausal women with HSDD. Palatin Pharmaceuticals told ABC News that while there is no pricing information yet, Vyleesi is expected to be available to the public in September.

Vanessa Cutler, M.D., is a resident physician in psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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YangYin/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday finalized standards that would allow less lead in paint dust in older buildings, the first concrete step in the administration's action plan to protect kids from exposure to lead.

The Centers for Disease Control has said that no level of lead exposure is considered safe for children and that about half a million children in the U.S. have levels of lead in their blood high enough to qualify as lead poisoning. Lead dust from chipped paint is the number one source of children’s exposure to lead.

The Trump administration, specifically EPA and HUD, have said that they aim to drastically reduce lead exposure through dust, water, and food. But the Obama administration also set goals to eliminate lead exposure by 2020 and experts say they have been warning about the risk of any lead exposure to children for decades and the government has been too slow to update the standards.

The new rule requires public housing and facilities built before 1978 that are occupied by children, like schools and daycare facilities to test for lower levels of lead on window sills, floors, and other surfaces and take steps to reduce levels if they’re above the limit. The new rule will allow a fourth of the amount of dust considered acceptable on floors under the previous rule and a tenth of the amount previously allowed on windowsills.

EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said he didn’t know why it’s taken the agency more than 20 years to update the lead dust rule but that, after a lawsuit was filed early in the Trump administration, they worked quickly to implement it to meet those deadlines.

"These numbers are then used by HUD and by states and other regulatory bodies and it will it should improve the health of children. It will allow people to know what is the cleanup standard for lead paint and dust and it should provide a lot more guidance to homeowners, to parents and particularly to parents of children in daycare, schools places where their children will be during the day,” he told ABC News.

The rule will have a direct impact on 3 million public housing units around the country. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the rule represents an opportunity to do something about a problem he saw personally when working as a pediatric neurosurgeon in Baltimore.

"Many times I would be operating all night long trying to give them a second chance at life but a few days later a horrible dilemma. I just send them back into that environment," he said.

The government has struggled to enforce regulations on lead in buildings like schools, for example, which is mostly left to state oversight. A government watchdog reported last year that less than half of schools in the U.S. test for lead in drinking water and that money from federal lead programs has been shifted to other issues.

The lead dust rule will go into effect in 180 days. Wheeler said EPA is on track to finalize new rules for lead and copper pipes later this summer.

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jetcityimage/iStock(ST. LOUIS) -- The Missouri health department denied a license to the state's last abortion clinic, bringing the latest blow in the ongoing saga.

Planned Parenthood announced that the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) denied the license to the Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region clinic.

The clinic will remain open and operational until the court-ordered temporary restraining order is withdrawn or ended by the court.

The health department was ordered to make a decision about the facility's license by June 21.

Randall Williams, the director of DHSS, said the decision was based on the fact that of 30 deficiencies found in the department's review of the clinic, only four have since been addressed by Planned Parenthood.

He did not list all 30 deficiencies, but gave reported examples that included an instance where the doctor who performed the pre-operative review of the patient was not the one to perform the surgery itself, which goes against state laws. He also gave reported examples of two patients who had failed abortions and had to have multiple procedures.

Williams was asked if the denial of their license was influenced by political pressure, and he said, "absolutely not."

"In the regulatory environment, our north star is always the individual," he said, adding, "We never let anything interfere with the basic patient care that a patient is receiving."

In Planned Parenthood's statement, issued before Williams' remarks, they slammed the move as being impacted by the state's Republican governor, who recently passed a ban on abortions after eight weeks into a pregnancy. That law is currently being challenged in a separate court battle and has not gone into effect.

"While Gov. Parson and his political cronies are on the wrong side of history, nothing changes right now for patients who need access to abortion at Planned Parenthood. We will continue providing abortion care for as long as the court protects our ability to do so," Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an OBGYN who works at the clinic, said in a statement released Friday.

One of the points of conflict between health department administrators and clinic doctors was the implementation of a pelvic exam, which the state required but doctors felt was unnecessary and potentially triggering.

While the clinic's doctors said previously that they reluctantly performed those exams in keeping with the law, on Wednesday one of the clinic's doctors announced they will no longer be performing the exams.

If the court revokes the restraining order, the clinic will close, making Missouri the first state without an abortion clinic.

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SIYAMA9/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Gary Hairston worked in West Virginia coal mines for more than 27 years.

Like thousands of other coal miners, Hairston was diagnosed with complicated black lung disease, an incurable condition caused by exposure to high levels of coal dust.

He now relies on federal black lung benefits to help pay for his medical care and living expenses. The money comes from a fund that's overextended and running out of money amid concerns that there will be a new increase in cases of black lung disease.

"I was 48 years old when I had to quit work. I couldn't even pay with my grandkids. Then I had to watch my wife go out of the house and start to work to help us make the ends meet at our house. You don't know how that feels," he told a congressional committee on Thursday, adding, "I never did think at a young age that I wouldn't be able to take care of my family."

Hairston now advocates for coal miners through the Black Lung Association.

Recent studies have raised concerns that the number of cases is increasing to the highest levels recorded in 25 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, especially in miners who worked in West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania or Virginia.

Coal miners are at high risk for developing lung diseases, which can complicate breathing and lead to premature death. The most common form is called black lung disease because the inhaled coal dust and related scarring often appears dark on x-rays.

Coal miners diagnosed with black lung are eligible for federal benefits from the Black Lung Trust Fund, which helps with medical care and expenses if they're no longer able to work.

But the tax on coal companies decreased earlier this year, and Congress didn't renew it. That decline in revenue combined with declining coal production means the trust fund won't be able to cover the costs for 25,600 miners currently enrolled -- or anyone newly diagnosed with the condition, according to testimony from the Government Accountability Office.

GAO reported the trust fund borrowed $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds in fiscal year 2017, when funding from coal companies ran short, and that if nothing changed it could need more than $15 billion in federal funds by 2050. The office is still conducting work to issue recommendations on how to support the fund.

An additional concern is that miners are exposed to high levels of silica, which can make up a big portion of rocks like quartz that are dug through to reach coal deposits, and which aren't regulated as much as coal dust.
 
President Donald Trump's administration has taken multiple steps to help the coal industry and bring back jobs they say were under attack under President Barack Obama. But when it comes to coal miners dealing with occupational illness, there's increasing concern that the fund that pays for their medical treatment mines is in trouble, in part because the administration and Congress allowed a tax on coal companies to expire.

A joint investigation from NPR and PBS' Frontline last year reported that regulators weren't preventing cases where miners were exposed to excessive levels of silica.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., said he could hardly contain his anger at the issue in the hearing.

"Miners would not be dying at these drastic levels if there was effective regulation and strong federal enforcement," he said.

The head of the Mining Safety and Health Administration, which oversees working conditions in mines, told members of Congress the agency has stepped up enforcement and monitoring in mines and is taking steps to set a limit on how much silica miners can be exposed to. Some lawmakers and witnesses at the hearing suggested the evidence about the connection between silica and lung disease was enough for the agency to set an emergency limit, but Assistant Secretary David Zatezalo said he's required to follow a more lengthy administrative procedure.

Zatezalo said the majority of mines are still within the silica limits recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, even though MSHA's limit is technically twice as high, and that new rules have helped decrease exposure to dust even more.

The NPR/Frontline investigation found that about 15 percent of samples from mines over a 30-year period contained excessive levels of silica.

"Given that the average exposure is already half what OSHA's limit is, it would seem to me that an emergency standard would be uncalled for," he said Thursday.

Cecil Roberts, international president of the largest mine workers union, said Thursday he has testified on this issue multiple times over the years. He called on Congress to set stricter limits for how much silica miners can be exposed to and to take a bigger role in oversight of mine operators.

"We can all come here today and act like we need some more time, but coal miners don't have any time. They're dying in West Virginia, they're dying in Kentucky and they're dying in Virginia, and they don't have any more time to wait here," he told the House Education and Labor Committee in a hearing on Thursday.

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Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital(WHEATON, Ill.) -- Susan Korver and Amy Casoglos spent some of the first weeks of their daughters’ lives with them on the yoga mat.

The once-strangers, who gave birth on the same day in the same hospital, bonded with their babies and with each other in a baby yoga class, a postpartum option that is being offered to more and more moms.

"I knew that I wanted to do it just as a way of getting out while home on maternity leave and socializing with other moms," said Casoglos, the mother of 5-month-old Mia. "I also wanted to spend quality time with Mia outside of feeding her and fulfilling her basic needs, just a time to bond with her."

Korver, mom to 5-month-old Gracelyn, also saw baby yoga as a way to bond with her daughter, who like Casoglos' daughter, is her first child. She ended up getting another benefit from the class, one that is a particular draw for baby yoga: helping to ease her baby's stomach troubles.

"Gracelyn had a little bit of colic so I learned different poses to help ease her stomach and different ways to hold her," she said. "You’re doing actual yoga poses but with the baby and she liked that instead of just being on her stomach for tummy time."

Korver and Casoglos took a class offered through Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, where they both gave birth. The baby yoga classes there are taught by Patti Ideran, a pediatric occupational therapist who is better known at the hospital as "the baby whisperer."

Ideran has taught infant massage classes for more than a decade but began offering baby yoga last year as an antidote to what she calls "container babies," the babies who spend time in items like walkers, bouncy seats, strollers and car seats.

"In this day and age babies are not on their tummies a lot so we’re seeing developmental delays and problems with their head shapes, so this was something I saw that I could do," said Ideran. "We always say that every time the baby is awake they should be on their tummies, and that includes day one from the hospital."

Babies should be spending one hour per day on their stomachs while awake and supervised by the time they're three months old, according to Ideran. The American Academy of Pediatrics also notes that babies need to spend more time on their stomachs as they get older to increase their strength.

The "tummy time" recommended by experts can include time babies spend lying flat on adults' stomachs or legs, moves that parents learn in Ideran's class.

"My class is different than a 'mommy and me' yoga class in which the mom does yoga and the baby lies," she said. "We do very gentle stretches of the arms and legs, some tummy massage, tummy time exercises and a lot of playful games."

In addition to missing developmental progress when in a car seat or stroller, babies also miss out on touch from their parents or caregivers, according to Ideran. The one-on-one time in a baby yoga class helps with the parent-child bond and gives a quiet space for parents or caregivers to learn their babies' cues.

"As a working mom I only have so much time in the evenings and the weekends [with Mia] and the class showed me how in just a few minutes I can spend time with her and have it be meaningful," said Casoglos. "[Baby yoga] was the guaranteed time we could just focus on each other."

Both Casoglos and Korver said when they told friends and family they were taking baby yoga classes during their maternity leaves, the most common response was along the lines of, "What? Baby yoga?"

Baby yoga classes, though, are offered in hospitals and clinics across the country. Dr. Randolph Thornton is a board-certified pediatrician in Jacksonville, Florida, with Baptist Health, a healthcare provider that also offers baby yoga classes.

"My impression of it is fantastic," he said, noting that baby yoga techniques can help with everything from babies' muscle tone and tummy time to range of motion and stretching, as well as muscle and nerve development.

"Babies are in that high-contact environment especially in the last month or two of pregnancy where they’re all curled up in the uterus, and when they’re born you see their legs and arms kind of tilted or curled," he said. "It's great to do anything to improve stimulation and the range of motion of the arms and legs."

Though the exercises in the baby yoga class are focused on the babies, the parents in the class benefit perhaps even more, especially moms, according to both Ideran and Thornton.

"Postpartum is such a stressful time and there can be postpartum depression so it’s so nice in a class like this to be reassured that you’re doing a good job," Thornton said. "And it gives moms a chance to bond with other moms."

Ideran ends each 45-minute class with a meditation for the moms, where she watches the babies and they can lay down and have five minutes to rest and reflect. She also starts each class with an intention, like patience and forgiveness.

"The meditation is my favorite part because the moms are so busy and they never have time to just take a breath," she said. "There are absolutely no distractions."

Baby yoga classes are typically designed for babies who are at least six weeks old -- the age when they start to get head control and are ready for movement activities -- and not yet crawling, according to Ideran.

Any type of "safe, gentle stretching" is fine for babies to do, according to Thornton. Parents should also make sure the person teaching the baby yoga class is appropriately certified and trained.

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UPMC(NEW YORK) -- The Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids, a program for children with heart diseases, is just like your typical summer camp.

There’s archery, crafts, canoeing and even some fishing. But perhaps its greatest activity is helping kids with heart diseases feel less isolated by introducing them to other children like themselves.

For guest speaker Madeline Morris Collins -- also known as Miss West Virginia -- the camp offered a chance to show the kids that a heart defect doesn’t have to stop them from achieving their dreams.

“As a kid, it feels like a weakness,” Collins said. “But the older I became, the more I talked about it and announced it and realized that there were so many more people like me who wanted to talk about it and who wanted to support me -- made it more of a strength.”

Collins was born with tetralogy of Fallot, a rare condition caused by a combination of four heart defects at birth. At 6 months old, she underwent her first of three open-heart surgeries, and she will need more in the future to replace her heart valve.

The heart camp is associated with the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. While there, Collins canoed, rock-climbed and, of course, danced. She said she loves to dance. But if she overexerts herself, she loses feeling in her right leg from a lack of blood flow, she says. That loss of feeling then works its way up to the rest of her body until she’s forced to stop.

But those stops are only temporary, she says -- her passion is not. She’s trained for more than 20 years and now dances at numerous parades in Walt Disney World.

The physical scars left from the surgeries haven’t stopped her, either.

When Collins entered the Miss West Virginia preliminaries, she had to put on a swimsuit. It was a reminder of how different she looked.

“I have a massive scar down my chest,” she told the audience of campers with heart conditions. “That’s not what most pageant people are used to.”

She said that photographers and people within the pageant world told her to hide it, put makeup on it or edit it out in pictures.

“I always told them ‘no’ because our scars are so cool and they tell our story of what we’ve been through,” she said. “It kind of embraces this whole story that we share with the world.”

That hit home with camper Elexa White, 19, who was born with a hole in her heart and now has a surgery scar. She declined to have her scars edited out in her yearbook photo.

“I love having it shown because it’s something that makes me different,” White said. “It’s something that makes me stronger than you are because I had heart surgery.”

Call it a paradox: a weakness that’s a strength.

“It is a little bit of a paradox because I’m not a pageant girl, but yet I’m Miss West Virginia,” Collins said. “I love to be active, even though I have this heart condition. And so I think through all of that, I learned that it’s my biggest strength.”

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