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Venomous spiders: How to identify the pests and get them out of your home

Most people aren't too happy when they encounter a spider, and that's especially true if the creepy-crawly you come across happens to be dangerously venomous.

>> Brown recluse spiders: 4 things to know as the dangerous pests become more active

Although it's understandable to be anxious about venomous spiders, it’s important to know the difference between a harmless spider and a dangerous one.

Here are some important tips from experts on dealing with venomous spiders and what to do if you think you’ve been bit.

Identify types of venomous spiders

Even if you think you've been bitten by a spider, most are actually harmless, according to the Mayo Clinic

Only a few types have venom strong enough to harm you and fangs (yikes!) long enough to penetrate your skin.

Venomous spiders found in the Southeast include:

  • Black widow – identified by the pattern of red coloration on the underside of its abdomen.
  • Brown widow – identified by an orange hourglass shape on a brown body
  • Brown recluse – identified by its brown color and dark violin-shaped marking on its head.

(Identifications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UGA Extension)

>> 10 ways to prevent tick bites on people and pets

Wear gloves when you're working outside or in the garage

If you stick your bare hand into some brush, you may be bitten by a brown or black widow. Although they usually try to avoid people, they don't have a choice if you accidentally wrap your hand around one, according to UGA Extension. Be sure to wear long sleeves and gloves when you're cleaning in the garage, clearing brush or pulling a log off a woodpile.

Look out for your clothes and shoes

Black and brown widows can also hide in clothes and shoes that have been left outside, UGA Extension advised. The best solution is to not leave these items outside (or in your garage) if you can possibly avoid it, and, if not, make sure you shake them out and check them carefully before putting them on.

Use insect repellent

The Mayo Clinic recommends using an insect repellent containing DEET on your clothes and shoes.

>> Dangerous plant that causes blindness, 3rd degree burns found in multiple states, officials say

Don't create a habitat your home

Don't store firewood against your house, since it can serve as a haven for spiders which can then find their way inside. The same is true for piles of rocks or lumber near your home.

Clean up spider webs

If you see a spider web inside your home, vacuum it up, put it in a sealed bag and dispose of it outside.

Make it harder for spiders to get inside your home

Make sure you have screens on your windows and doors that fit tightly. Seal any cracks where spiders could work their way into your home.

Recognize the signs of a bite

Many spider bites go unnoticed or cause only an itchy bump. However, if you have any of the following symptoms, you may have been bitten by a venomous spider and should seek medical attention, according to the Mayo Clinic:

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  • Pain – starting around the bite mark and possibly spreading to the abdomen, back or chest
  • Abdominal cramping – can be severe
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches
  • Skin that becomes dark blue or purple and develops into a deep open sore

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal.

Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town.

Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister.

An hour and a half later, Jennifer went to check on the her and discovered the room was roasting hot. She panicked when she couldn’t wake Anastasia.

Jennifer shared a photo of the scary moment in an Instagram post that has since been deleted. In the photo, Anastasia’s skin is red and swollen.

“THIS is clear proof a child doesn’t need to be in the sun to get heatstroke,” Jennifer wrote.

>> Protect your kids from the heat

First responders quickly arrived and discovered Anastasia’s blood sugar was dangerously low and her body temperature was at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, according to "Today."

“They administered sucrose and in minutes she started crying, clearly scared,” Jennifer wrote.

The temperature inside the room was around 122 degrees.

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“Hopefully other parents can take something from this & make sure you are checking the rooms in your house because they can be as dangerous as a hot car,” Jennifer wrote.

She said she’s grateful for the first responders’ swift action to revive her daughter.

“We definitely had god on our side yesterday,” Jennifer wrote.

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic.

If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this chemical listed as the active ingredient. Avobenzone is the active ingredient in most sunscreens as it protects against UV rays.

>> The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

“I have this one (because) I bought it just for my daughter, but I don't even know if it has it. Oh, avobenzone, there it is – first ingredient. And [the sunscreen is made] for babies, so that's not good,” said Candice Brown of Mattapan, Massachusetts.

“It's an incredibly common ingredient in sunscreen,” said Dr. Abigail Waldman, Brigham and Women’s dermatologist.

>> Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

But a new study first conducted in Moscow and published in the Chemosphere Journal, which is now being cited here in the United States, found that avobenzone can break down when exposed to a combination of light and chlorinated water, such as in a swimming pool, and it can degrade into some very harmful compounds, some of which are known to cause cancer.

“Anytime you put on a sunscreen or a lotion, it can react with chlorine and byproducts can form, which are chlorinated byproducts that can potentially could be harmful and whether that's on your skin initially or it's floating in the pool and you get exposed, those are two main ways of having exposure,” Waldman said.

>> Dermatologist sounds warning about social media fueled Coca-Cola tanning trend

Waldman explained that the particular concern is ingesting it, such as “after swimming in a pool and putting your hand in your mouth or sucking your thumb,” she said.

Waldman's advice is to keep kids' hands out of their mouths, towel or shower off immediately after pool time, and consider look for a sunscreen with zinc.

Mothers told WFXT that they're going to make the switch.

“So yeah, we gotta think about that,” Brown said.

Waldman also said that despite all of this, people shouldn't stop using sunscreen altogether.

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She said using sunscreen, even with avobenzone, is better than using nothing at all because going without it can lead to skin cancer.

World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

Parents may think their children are addicted to video games. now The World Health Organization has declared it a new mental health condition. 

Specifically, the WHO has listed gaming disorder as a condition in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, CNN reported.

The WHO announcedlast year that it was going to include the disorder in the latest edition.

Dr. Vladimir Poznyak said the group is not setting a precedent, but instead followed “the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and the professional field.”

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Poznyak is a member of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the group that proposed the diagnosis to the World Health Assembly.

According to the WHO, the disorder “affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities.” But it also warns people to be aware of how much time they spend gaming, especially at the cost of other activities. They also want gamers to be aware of changes to their physical or psychological health and social functioning.

Being diagnosed with a gaming addiction is not new. The United Kingdom actually has private clinics that treat it, the BBC reported.

>>Read: Family seeks treatment for 9-year-old ‘addicted’ to playing ‘Fortnite’

There are also clinics in the United States, such as reSTART, CNN reported

Hilarie Cash is the co-founder of reSTART, said she is surprised that it has taken as long as it has to include gaming disorder in the ICD.

“I’ve been surprised it’s taken so long for everybody to catch up to the fact. But I also understand that they need to have strong, researched-based evidence before they bring on a new disorder,” Cash told CNN.

But not all agree that an official diagnosis is needed. 

>>Read: Gaming disorder officially recognized as mental health issue

Anthony Bean, a licensed psychologist, said it is early to officially name the condition.

“It’s a little bit premature to label this as a diagnosis,” Bean told CNN. “I’m a clinician and a researcher, so I see people who play video games and believe themselves to be on the lines of addicted.” 

Bean said games are a coping mechanism for anxiety or depression and that the criteria used to determine gaming disorder are too broad and subjective.

Delaware Burger King temporarily closed after video shows rodents in bag of buns

A Delaware Burger King is facing a whopper of a problem after a now-viral video captured unwelcome four-legged guests frolicking in a bag of buns.

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According to KYW-TV, state health officials have temporarily closed a Wilmington location of the popular fast food chain after a video of rodents scurrying across the rolls circulated on Facebook last week.

"Don't go to Burger King on 202," Shantel Johnson captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 740,000 times since it was posted Thursday.

>> Watch the video here

Officials began investigating the restaurant at 2802 Concord Pike on Friday and found mouse droppings on food and near equipment, KYW reported. The location will be closed until it meets health inspection requirements.

Burger King told KYW that it is taking the "isolated incident" seriously. 

"Food safety and hygiene is always a top priority for us," the chain said in a statement. "We have already contacted the Franchisee, who independently owns and operates the location, to investigate this matter and ensure they take the appropriate measures. We can confirm that the Restaurant is temporarily closed and will reopen once this issue is addressed."

Read more here.

Disney to donate $100 million to children’s hospitals worldwide

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck brought Disney Magic Monday to those who could probably need it the most - patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Along with well wishes and smiles for patients and their families, Disney characters, accompanied by CEO Bob Iger, came bearing gifts of toys for the children, KABC reported.

It was part of Disney’s initiative to donate $100 million worth of the magic that is Disney to children’s hospitals across the globe over the next fire years.

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But it’s not the toys that will help hospitals, the money will go to help improve how children’s hospitals work, KABC reported.

The company said it has a five-year plan to support children’s hospitals, continuing to follow in Walt Disney’s footsteps.

“Disney’s timeless stories have touched hearts and lifted spirits for generations, and we believe we can bring comfort to children and families going through a very difficult time,” Iger said. “Using the powerful combination of our beloved characters and legendary creativity, we’re planning to transform the patient experience in children’s hospitals around the world - creating a personalized and engaging atmosphere that will inspire young patients and ease the stress of a hospital stay.”

As part of the changes, Disney will be spearheading the following through its “Team of Heroes” program:

  • An RFID system that will help patients customize their visit. They will be able to select their favorite characters and will unlock experiences like “enchanted” artwork.
  • Treatment and patient rooms will be themed and will offer in-room entertainment.
  • Play carts will be stocked with games and activities.
  • First-run Disney movies and shows in both in-room and pop-up theaters.
  • Disney customer experience training for doctors, nurses and staff. 

Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston is the first hospital to adopt the new Disney hospital experiences.

Get right beat for CPR using ‘La Macarena’ or smartphone app, study says

Could the song “La Macarena” be the key to saving a life? A new study out of Spain says that either a song like “La Macarena” or a smartphone app to time chest compressions during cardiopulmonary resuscitation could be the answer.

The study was authored by professor Enrique Carrero Cardenal and his colleagues at the University of Barcelona, Hospital Clinic Barcelona and Universitat Autonoma Barcelona, Spain, Science Daily reported.

The research was given at the Euroanaesthesia congress in Copenhagen, Denmark. recently.

The study took a look at using either a smartphone metronome application or a musical metronome to help get a regular rhythm to time compressions.

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They chose 164 medical students to do chest compressions on a mannequin for two minutes. A control group had no guidance. One group had an app to help time beats. The third group used the song, and had to prove to the scientists that they knew the tune, Science Daily reported.

The study found that the teams that used either the app or the song had a higher rate of being in the target zone of 100-120 beats per minute than the control group. 

The group using the app had the best quality of compression, but there was a delay before performing the first compression. The song offered increased the rate, but not the depth of the compression. The app was found more effective after the starting delay.

The idea mimics the advice of using another popular ‘70s song to help time the beats of chest compressions. Heart.org says sing “Stayin’ Alive” to yourself while doing chest compressions. The song has at least 100 beats a minute, The Washington Post reported in the past

“La Macarena” was released in 1995 by Los del Rio and is one of the most famous songs in Spain, The Guardian reported.

'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller confirms battle with cancer

Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller finished her federal prison sentence, but now she has a much tougher trial ahead.

>> On WPXI.com: 'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller diagnosed with cancer, doctors say

Miller, who was released on Friday from a federal reentry center after serving most of a 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last month, according to People magazine, which also reported she needed emergency spinal surgery.

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In an Instagram post this weekend, Miller confirmed that report

“Now I have to handle the aftermath/ treatment/ physical rehabilitation of 10 hour emergency spine surgery to remove a mass from strangling my spinal cord and the horrible severity of what that mass turned out to be!” she wrote.

>> See the post here

Two days later, she posted again, this time appearing in a photo in a hospital room, where she was joined by JoJo Siwa, who appeared on “Dance Moms” with Miller and is now a singer and Nickelodeon star.

“So glad @itsjojosiwa came to visit me today! The whole fam was there to wish me well! Thank you to the Siwa Family for all the beautiful gifts and real popcorn from the movie theater too!” she wrote.

>> See the post here

Siwa posted similar photos the same day, including one of Miller holding an oversized check for $10,000.

“When I went to visit Abby I gave her lots of surprises, But the best surprise there was happened with the help of @imadanceragainstcancer. We gave Abby a donation of $10,000!” Siwa wrote.

>> See the post here

Twins born Memorial Day weekend celebrate 'cookout style' in adorable costumes

Twins born at Pittsburgh's Washington Health System Washington Hospital over Memorial Day weekend were dressed to impress.

>> See the photo here

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

The hospital wrote on Facebook: "We know everyone was honoring the brave men and women that have served and sacrificed for our country on Memorial Day with cookouts and spending time with family. Even our newborns were celebrating 'cookout style' over the weekend!"

>> See the full post here

Read the original story here.

Birth control pill recall: Taytulla packaging error could lead to unintended pregnancy

Drugmaker Allergan has issued a recall for a popular birth control pill over a packaging error that could lead to unintended pregnancy.

According to a news release Tuesday, Allergan is recalling one lot of Taytulla birth control pills because capsules were placed in the wrong order. The recalled products are from lot No. 5620706 and have a May 2019 expiration date.

"Allergan recently identified, through a physician report, that four placebo capsules were placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla," the release said. "Specifically, the first four days of therapy had four non-hormonal placebo capsules instead of active capsules."

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When correctly packaged, the four placebo pills appear after the 24 active pills.

"As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy," the release said. "The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order."

If you have a package of the recalled pills, which were distributed to health care providers, you should your their doctor and return the item, the news release said. If you have questions, please contact your doctor or call Allergan at 1-800-678-1605 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Read more here.

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