Boy in wheelchair pulls himself to feet for national anthem at Tennessee fair

A 10-year-old boy who often uses a wheelchair and requires braces on his legs managed to stand for the national anthem at a Tennessee fair on Sunday night.

Avery Price has hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) syndrome, a condition similar to cerebral palsy, which makes it difficult for him to use his legs, Fox 17 reports. Despite the disability, however, Avery said he wanted to show his patriotism at the Putnam County Fair in Cookeville.

“I usually sit and put my hand on my heart, but last night I decided to stand … because I like to stand for my country,” Avery told Fox 17.

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Both of Avery’s parents have said they were “very proud” of their son.

“That makes me feel really good, especially [considering] the stuff he’s been through, and the fact that he still wanted to do that, that’s amazing to me," said Avery’s dad Stephen Price, who helped steady his son during the anthem. "He’s a very, very patriotic kid … He’s always been that way."

And not only did Avery’s patriotic moment touch the hearts of his parents, but it also echoed across the Internet after Leah Norris, a woman sitting nearby, shared footage of the touching scene to Facebook.

“A very proud young man. Just goes to show you even a disability can’t hold you back in the things you believe in,” wrote one commenter.

"Thank you for sharing this very moving video. A lot of very rich professional athletes can learn something from this young man,” added another.

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Jenny Leigh, the country artist who performed the national anthem at the fair, called Avery “awesome.”

“It’s awesome, it’s a great display of patriotism,” said Leigh. “And in my opinion, it’s a great example of love, not only from him and his dad, but the community as well.”

Fox 17 also confirmed that Avery had only recently started attempting to walk after a surgery at a Nashville medical center.

Teen football player dies after complaining of headache

An Iowa family is mourning the death of their 14-year-old son who initially came home from football practice last week complaining of a headache, which set off a series of medical tragedies.

Christopher Bunch, who was preparing to start his freshman year of high school, was actually suffering from symptoms of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which is a rare neurological disease that typically occurs after an infection.

“If anything, I was thinking he’s probably just really dehydrated,” Destiny Maynard, Bunch’s mother, told WQAD.com.

Over the next 48 hours, which Bunch largely spent sleeping, his symptoms rapidly worsened, and he was rushed to University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital where he lost the ability to breathe on his own and became paralyzed on the left side of his body. According to his family’s fundraiser, he underwent surgery on Aug. 11 to relieve brain swelling, but he remained in a critical state.

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According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are no guidelines to treating ADEM due to its rarity, but there are several approaches depending on severity. It typically affects children more than adults, and may be preceded by a viral or bacterial infection such as a sore throat or cough, or can occur after a vaccination. Symptoms may include confusion, drowsiness or coma, unsteadiness, vision issues, trouble swallowing or weakness of the arms and legs.

On Facebook, Maynard said that Bunch had both suffered from an infection and received immunizations recently.

On Aug. 12, Bunch’s father, Elijah Mendoza, posted that his son had a brain herniation and said it was “the worst news I could ever receive.” Two days later, the family announced on Facebook that Bunch had died.

“We are so upset to say this, but our gorgeous son Christopher Bunch has gone to be with God at 1:02pm,” Mendoza posted. “Please Lord look over my son and take good care of him. My son I love you so much and I will always and forever love you and keep you in my heart.

A fundraiser started for the family had raised more than $16,500 as of Tuesday afternoon. Mendoza thanked supporters and said that his son wanted to become known on YouTube, which the Facebook page was helping him achieve.

“Well my son Christopher Bunch your dream is coming true buddy,” Mendoza posted on Wednesday. “You now have over 3,000 views on your vlog on YouTube. This is only the beginning my boy. Just make sure that in heaven you are vlogging like crazy. Dad loves you always and forever my blonde hair blue eyed boy.”

Maryland mom tests positive for opiates after eating poppy seed bagel

A Maryland woman is blaming her false positive test foropiates on the breakfast she ate hours before giving birth.

Elizabeth Eden was in labor at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson last spring when doctors told her she tested positive for the drug. The new mother was shocked, especially when staff members told her she was being reported to the state.

"I was in labor. I was sitting in the bed. I was having contractions. I was on a Pitocin drip, and the doctor came in and said, ‘You’ve tested positive for opiates,’" Eden described toWBAL-TV.

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Confused, Eden wasn’t sure what would have caused the false positive— but then she recalled the poppy seed bagel she had eaten earlier that day.Eden had learned in a school health class that eating poppy seeds could cause a false positive.

"I said, ‘Well, can you test me again? And I ate a poppy seed bagel this morning for breakfast,’ and she said, ‘No, you’ve been reported to the state,’" Eden told the news station.

For years, experts have confirmed that poppy seeds can register as opiates in urine samples, as long as they were eaten within 48 hours of the test.

"While poppy seeds don’t actually contain morphine, the seeds can become coated by, or absorb, opium extract during harvesting," theUnited States Department of Agriculture explains on its website. "Opium is the milky substance that is extracted along with the poppy seeds from the seed pod of the opium poppy after all the petals have fallen off."

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Therefore, it’s possible for people to have a false positive test for the drug after consuming poppy seed-covered pasteries.

The test result meant Eden’s daughter had to stay in the hospital for five days in April while her mother was assigned a case worker. Eventually, after Eden explained the situation, the case worker closed the case.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment writes that until food manufacturers reduce morphine levels in poppy seeds, it advises against excessive consumption, particularly during pregnancy.

Death from a dog lick? Veterinarian explains rare infection triggered by pets’ saliva

Some pet owners may be on edge after two cases of a rare – but potentially deadly – infection linked to dog saliva popped up in Wisconsin this summer, leading to the death of one woman and amputation of another man’s limbs.

In both cases, doctors determined the infections were caused by Capnocytophaga bacteria, which is commonly found in dog saliva.

While most people who come into contact with dogs and cats, which also carry the bacteria, are typically unaffected, certain people are more at risk than others.

Here’s what to know about the Capnocytophaga bacteria.

How rare is it to be infected through a dog lick or bite?

In short: It’s pretty rare.

Caitlin Cossaboom, epidemic intelligence service officer with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and trained veterinarian, told Fox News that more than 70 percent of dogs carry the bacteria– which is considered to be a “normal oral flora" – in their mouths, while nearly 60 percent of cats do.

Only 12 positive cases of Capnocytophaga infection were reported to the agency in the past year, Cossaboom said, though she clarified not all cases are flagged to the CDC. Given the percentage of dogs and cats that carry the bacteria, combined with the number of reported cases, your chances of being infected with this bacteria are relatively rare.

The few cases that are reported “are likely only the most severe cases or those in which diagnosis was complicated for some reason,” Cossaboom explained.

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It’s important to see a physician if you’ve been bitten by a dog, especially if it hasn’t been vaccinated against rabies.

“Dog bites can carry a risk for some types of infection, although severe infections due to Capnocytophaga are very rare. Most contact with dogs and cats does not result in Capnocytophaga infection or any illness,” Cossaboom added, noting the bacteria is harmless to them.

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, compared the chances of developing an infection from a dog lick to "being struck by lightning,"NBC News reported.

How does the Capnocytophaga infection spread and who’s at risk?

Again, infections are rare. But Cossaboom noted that people can become infected with Capnocytophaga bacteria “through bites, scratches, or close contact with dogs or cats that carry the bacteria in their mouths." The bacteria enters the skin when a dog or cat’s saliva comes into contact with the skin, either through a bite or an open wound.

Those with weakened immune systems who have difficulty fighting off infections are at greater risk of becoming ill (such as those with cancer, diabetes or an HIV infection).

“It is important that these people in particular take precautions related to close contact with dogs and cats, and that they talk to their doctors about possible risks when they get sick,” Cossaboom said.

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Additionally, the CDC notes those over the age of 40 who drink alcohol excessively and those without a spleen are also at risk.

How can you determine whether your dog or cat has this bacteria?

The best way to find out if your dog or cat carries this bacteria is to have a veterinarian run a test. That said, “a negative result may not mean the animal will always be negative, and the same is true for a positive result,” Cossaboom warned.

If your dog tests positive for this bacteria, antibiotics are not recommended, as “the bacteria can be commonly picked up between dogs,”Cossaboom said, again noting that most contact with both dogs and cats does not result in a Capnocytophaga infection or any illness.

Heat illnesses: 3 harmful effects of extreme heat on the body

Heat waves or hot weather that lasts for several days is not only uncomfortable, but also dangerous to your health.

From life-threatening heat strokes to unsightly heat hives, here’s a breakdown of the top ways extreme heat can affect the body.

Heat stroke

The human body’s normal temperature is about 98.7 degrees Fahrenheit. In order for the body to stay within safe limits of this temperature, it must get rid of its excess heat. When your body is faced with internal or external factors that raise its temperature, like a steaming hot day, the brain sends signals that begin cooling mechanisms such as sweating.

Cardiologist Dr. Kevin Campbell explained that when a heat stroke occurs, our bodies are unable to keep up with the cooling demands that a very hot and humid day can create.

“Our bodies are designed to cool themselves through sweating. In cases of an extreme heat stroke, a person may actually notice they are no longer sweating,” Campbell told Fox News.

This common summer condition is typically the result of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and happens when your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher.

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Heat stroke occurs when the body can’t regulate its cooling demands on hot and humid days.(iStock)

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Other heat stroke symptoms include fainting, confusion, lack of sweating, nausea and vomiting; seizures, rapid, shallow breathing, racing heart rate and headaches.

Anyone can develop heat stroke, but certain groups are more at risk than others.

“The very young, the very old, and those with chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma and diabetes are much more susceptible than others,” Dr. Campbell said.

Heat stroke can be life-threatening, so it is important to take immediate action if you think you or someone you’re with is experiencing these symptoms.

“The first thing people have to do when this happens is obviously remove yourself from the exposure, from the heat,” Dr. Albert Ahn, an internal medicine specialist at NYU Langone, told Fox News.

“Get into a cool area and cool the body down. That can be done in a variety of ways. At home it can be done with cool baths, cold compresses, ice packs and things of that sort to certain parts of the body [like your head, neck and armpits]."

You should also make sure someone calls 911 if you begin to experience chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or loss of consciousness, Dr. Ahn added.

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is more mild in severity than a heat stroke, but its cause is similar. It’s due to your body’s temperature rising, and it’s often associated with dehydration.

“Heat exhaustion usually comes from an acute exposure to heat. It can happen when people are more active, exercising outdoors, working outdoors … It’s the effects of exertion in that type of weather,” Dr. Ahn said.

Unlike a heat stroke, when heat exhaustion occurs, you may find yourself sweating profusely.

Other symptoms include headache, fainting, extreme thirst, dizziness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle cramps, fatigue and rapid heartbeat.

Heat exhaustion is often a precursor to heat stroke, so it’s important to get out of the heat and rest if you present any symptoms. You should also drink plenty of fluids, remove any tight clothing, and take a cool shower or bath.

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Heat hives

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Heat hives are an allergic reaction to sweat caused by overheating, or the heat itself.(iStock)

Heat hives, also known as cholinergic urticaria (CU), are a type ofhivesthat occur when the body’s temperature is raised. They tend to break out when you’re sweaty from a workout, nervous or just plain hot.It’s one of the most common types of hives and occurs in at least 15 percent of the population.

This condition is usually triggered by allergic reactions to heat and/or sweat. It can be triggered by a variety of scenarios like exercising, taking a hot bath or shower, being in a warm room, eating spicy foods, being upset or experiencing anxiety.

“The hives are an allergic reaction, and in this case it’s an immune reaction to the actual heat, the effects of heat on the skin,” Ahn said. “And the hives usually cause this very itchy, sort of raised circular lesions on the skin.”

CU hives can appear anywhere on your body, but usually show up on your chest, face, upper back and arms. They can occur very quickly after a person begins to sweat or gets overheated and usually go away on their own after the person is able to cool themselves down.

Heat hives are more common in young adults, but they can happen to anyone at any age. Acute urticaria usually lasts less than six weeks, but chronic hives can last decades. One study found the average duration of CU was 7.5years.

“About one in five adults with chronic hives are likely to have a physical or inducible-type hives that may be triggered by heat (warming of body temperature) as well as cold, and much less common, sunlight,” Dr. Clifford Bassett, an allergist and founder of the Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, told Fox News.

If you have CU, the best treatment is avoidance of activities that cause your body to overheat. Antihistamines can also help calm and control CU hives, and, in some more severe cases, your doctor may recommend steroids.

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To help prevent any heat-related illness, Dr. Ahn suggests staying out of the sun on extremely hot and humid days and drinking lots of extra water to preemptively combat dehydration.

“Load up on fluids beforehand and during your time being exposed [to heat],” Dr. Ahn said. “I’d say probably 6 to 8 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes while you’re out in the sun, that’s going to be the best way to really prevent any of these things from happening.”

Contaminated Goldfish crackers left Mississippi woman sick, hospitalized, lawsuit claims

A Mississippi woman who claims she was hospitalized with salmonella after eating Goldfish crackers is now suing, seeking damages from Pepperidge Farm and its ingredient manufacturer, Associated Milk Producers, Inc.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, is thought to be the first since the company voluntarily recalled four different types of Goldfish on July 23 due to a possible salmonella contamination, according to a press release from Cory Watson Attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama, the firm that is representing the woman.

The recall was due to whey powder found in four products that had had “the potential presence of Salmonella,” Pepperidge Farm said at the time.

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Bailey Finch, from Columbus, Mississippi, claims that she had “no idea” that certain flavors of the snack were possibly contaminated when she ate the "Blasted Xtra Cheddar" variety on July 19, just days before the company issued the recall.

Not long after, she was treated at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa, for “severe stomach problems,” according to the press release, but was later taken to UAB University Hospital in Birmingham “where she underwent four days of treatment for severe complications caused by the salmonella.”

Finch, 26, was taken to UAB University Hospital with “organ failure and collapsed veins,”news station WBMAreported.

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The crackers Finch ate “were defective and unreasonably dangerous” and the “defendants should have known of the defects and the danger posed,” Finch’s lawyers argue. The suit also claims that both Pepperidge Farm and Associated Milk Producers, Inc. “failed to warn consumers of the threat posed by the crackers.”

As a result, Finch is now seeking damages for "medical expenses, mental and physical pain, emotional distress, lost wages and future medical expenses,” according to the press release.

"Salmonella kills. Pepperidge Farm failed in their duty to ensure that the food they produce is safe to eat, and as a result, our client almost lost her life," Bobby LeMoine, an attorney with Cory Watson Attorneys, said in a statement.

New Jersey man who contracted flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing has forearms, hands amputated, family says

A New Jersey father who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in early July underwent surgery this week to have his forearms and hands amputated, his family said.

Angel Perez’s operation comes about two weeks after the fisherman opted out of hospice care because he “wants to continue to fight” for his life despite his dire condition, his family told FOX29. Perez’s forearms and hands were amputated due to the gangrene that had been spreading on his limbs in the last few weeks, the family wrote on its GoFundMe page.

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Angel Perez, who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria after crabbing, said he is going to continue fighting for his life rather than move to hospice care.(GoFundMe)

Perez’s daughter Dilena Perez-Dilan said told the news station that the operation went well. Doctors are looking to move Perez into rehabilitation and potentially have him fitted for prosthetics.

The 60-year-old father was crabbing in the waters off Matts Landing in the Maurice River on July 2, and a day later noticed swelling and growing pain in his right leg. Perez began breaking out in blisters and his limbs began to change color.

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Perez was hospitalized, where doctors have been treating him for about a month. They believe Vibrio bacteria, which is often found in warmer waters where the river meets the sea, is behind the aggressive infection. And it’s even more dangerous for Perez, who has a weakened immune system due to Parkinson’s disease.

Last month, Perez had some of his fingers and toes amputated in hopes of stopping the spread of infection. But complications arose, including some that affected his kidney function. Perez has also been placed on dialysis.

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Perez has been hospitalized for about a month since he contracted the flesh-eating bacteria.(FOX29)

Perez-Dilan said her father is in good spirits since the surgery this week. She added that Perez has even been joking with his caretakers.

The family told NJ.com Perez may need more amputations in the future. Doctors are currently monitoring the infections on his legs.

Boy’s squeaky cough caused by whistle stuck in his throat

One four-year-old boy in India is coughing normally again, after doctors revealed that a toy whistle that became lodged in his throat has since been removed.

On August 8, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the unnamed youngster and his family arrived at an otorhinolaryngology outpatient clinic last year seeking answers for his persistent, two-day cough which had an “intermittent whistling character.”

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An eight-second of clip of the boy’s “whistling cough” that has since been viewed over 65,000 times on Facebook.

An X-ray of the four-year-old’s chest revealed that his left lung was hyperinflated, which can be caused by a blockage in the air passage to the lungs or medical conditions including asthma and cystic fibrosis, Live Science and Mayo Clinic report.

Doctors proceeded to perform a bronchoscopy, inserting a thin tube down his throat and into the left lung, where they unearthed and removed a “mysterious object” – a toy whistle. According to the boy’s parents, their son had indeed been playing with a whistle before his coughing began, Live Science reports, and it was proved that he accidentally inhaled it.

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"Foreign bodies in the airways are common. But the whistling nature of cough is exceptionally rare," Dr. Pirabu Sakthivel, a senior resident of head and neck surgery and oncology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, told the outlet.

The next day, an X-ray illustrated that the boy’s left lung had deflated and returned back to normal.

Following up with a check-up one year later, the boy was in good health and his lungs were no longer whistling.

China tests hypersonic aircraft that can carry nukes, evade missile defense systems, officials say

As trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to escalate, Chinese officials announced Friday the country tested its first hypersonic flight vehicle capable of carrying nuclear weapons — and allegedly able to penetrate any missile defense system.

The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics, run by state-owned space contractor China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, said it conducted a successful first flight test of the Xingkong-2, otherwise known as Starry Sky-2, state-tabloid Global Times reported.

The flight vehicle was launched at a target range in Northwest China with a multi-stage rocket before being released in the air, making "large-angle turning maneuvers," and achieving a top speed of Mach 6, or 4,563 mph, the academy said.

Starry Sky-2, a hypersonic flight vehicle, was tested in Northwest China on Friday.(China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)

The aircraft then landed in a designated landing zone, where it provided researchers with "effective" test data.

“The test…has laid a solid technological foundation for engineering applications of the waverider design,” officials said in a statement to the South China Morning Post.

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The Starry Sky 2, a waverider, is a hypersonic flight vehicle that uses shockwaves generated by its own flight in the air to glide at a high speed, and features a wedge-shaped fuselage.

The vehicle uses shockwaves generated by its own flight in the air to glide at a high speed.(China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)

Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert, told The Global Times the test was a "breakthrough," and added the waverider can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons.

"The test showed that China is advancing shoulder-to-shoulder with the US and Russia," Song told the news outlet.

Song added that since the waverider flies so fast, it challenges current anti-missile defense systems designed to protect against slower cruise and ballistic missiles.

The waverider can travel so fast, it challenges current anti-missile systems.( China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)

The test on Friday was the first time China publicly disclosed the development of the waverider. The U.S. and Russia have been researching and testing waveriders since 2010.

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China has been developing the aircraft for three years.( China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics)

Chinese officials said the design of the Starry Sky 2 took three years to develop, according to China Daily.

Besides military use, an unnamed official told the Global Times the technology may be adapted to a civilian role, including in industrial transport.

AI tool ‘as good as experts’ at detecting eye problems, scientists say

Scientists say a new machine-learning system is as good as the smartest human experts at detecting eye problems and making referrals for treatments.

The groundbreaking artificial intelligence system, developed by the AI-outfit DeepMind, was able to correctly refer patients with more than 50 different eye diseases.

“The results of this pioneering research with DeepMind are very exciting and demonstrate the potential sight-saving impact AI could have for patients,” Prof Sir Peng Tee Khaw, the director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology in the U.K., told the Guardian.

The two-stage AI system takes a more human-like approach to analyzing patients’optical coherence tomography(OCT) scans of their retinas. The tests commonly divide patients into four clinical categories: urgent, semi-urgent, routine and observation only.

According to research published in the journal Nature Medicine, different machine-learning systems, trained on OCT scans, create maps of the scans. Those maps are then analyzed by a second group of machine-learning systems, which were trained on maps from 14,884 OCT scans, which interpret those maps and give a referral decision.

The decisions are combined into one result. Any unique or borderline results can be shown to a doctor for their own interpretation of the referral.

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“The number of eye scans we’re performing is growing at a pace much faster than human experts are able to interpret them,” Dr. Pearse Keane, a consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields eye hospital, told the Guardian.

“The AI technology we’re developing is designed to prioritise patients who need to be seen and treated urgently by a doctor or eye care professional. If we can diagnose and treat eye conditions early, it gives us the best chance of saving people’s sight,” Keane added.

The AI system will next be put through clinical trials to see if it can be used in a more widespread way. The sytem could also be used to help train doctors.

Robert Dufton, the chief executive at Moorfields Eye Charity, said: “The need for treatment for eye diseases is forecast to grow, in part because people are living longer, far beyond our ability to meet the demand using current practice.

“Artificial intelligence is showing the potential to transform the speed at which diseases can be diagnosed and treatments suggested, making the best use of the limited time of clinicians.”