“Consumer Reports” shares its top picks for sunscreens

bymuratdeniz/iStock(NEW YORK) — Summer is almost here and Consumer Reports is out with its annual list of the top sunscreens to keep you safe in the sun.

The nonprofit organization this year tested 82 sunscreen products on the market, considering everything from how the product delivers on SPF coverage to fulfilling waterproof claims.

“What we aim to do is give people a comparative evaluation of different sunscreens on the market so they can make the best choices for them,” Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports’ deputy content editor for health and food, told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

There is an important reason why Consumer Reports tests sunscreens on the market each year, according to Calvo.

“Sunscreen manufacturers can change the formulation of their sunscreen,” she said. “And when something changes in the way a sunscreen is made, it may affect its performance.”

An SPF of 30 and above is recommended by doctors. Sunscreen users should reapply at least every two hours and should also check the directions on the bottle, experts say.

Some of the top products on this year’s Consumer Reports list are bargains, with one pick priced as low as $3.

Take a look at the top picks below — and find out more about Consumer Reports’ annual testing here.

Best lotion sunscreens

La Roche-Posay Anthelios [SPF] 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, $36

BullFrog Land Sport Quik Gel SPF 50 sunscreen, $9

Best spray sunscreens

Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50+ Sunscreens, $6

Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+ sunscreen, $13

Best sunscreens without oxybenzone

Walgreens Hydrating Lotion SPF 50 sunscreen, $3

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF 50 sunscreen, $8

Best mineral sunscreens

California Kids #supersensitive Lotion SPF 30+ sunscreen, $20

Badger Active Natural Mineral Cream SPF 30 Unscented sunscreen, $16

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Duchess Meghan passes her due date. Do any old wives’ tales about inducing labor really work?

TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, now is officially past her due date with her first child.

The duchess is waiting out her pregnancy at home at Frogmore Cottage with her mom, Doria Ragland, and her husband, Prince Harry.

The great royal baby wait led ABC News to imagine whether Meghan — like most pregnant women past their due date — is considering any of the old wives’ tales for inducing labor, from eating spicy food to taking long walks or even sipping raspberry tea leaf extract.

Good Morning America spoke with three experts, all practicing OBGYNs, to see if there is any real science behind the hype of old wives’ tales’ claims of inducing labor naturally.

The top advice for pregnant women from all three doctors was to first check with their doctor before trying anything on their own.

The next was for a pregnant woman to know that despite the discomfort and anxiety that late-term pregnancy can bring, the best thing she can do is listen to and trust her own body.

“Your body is made to have labor and to signal labor and it’s just trusting in your body to know that when it’s the right time, when the baby is ready. The body is going to know when to start that process,” said Dr. Natalie Bulock, an OBGYN with the Mercy Medical Group in Sacramento, California. “The body really has its own natural signals, some of them even come from the baby, as to when it’s the right time for the baby to come.”

Here are Bulock and two more doctors’ takes on the most popular old wives’ tales for inducing labor naturally:
 
Spicy foods

The theory: Some people speculate that eating spicy food like garlic or cumin could cause contractions by stimulating the digestive system. Another theory is that spicy food increases production of prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance that helps to induce labor.

The verdict: There is “no evidence whatsoever” that eating spicy foods will induce labor, according to Dr. Sarp Aksel, an OBGYN in New York City.

Eating spicy foods would not necessarily be harmful if an expectant mother wanted to try it, but it could cause stomach irritation or acid reflux and heartburn, all three doctors advised.

Castor oil

The theory: Castor oil is said to act as a stimulant to the bowels, which irritates the uterus and could cause contractions.

The verdict: “We don’t have any evidence that it’s going to cause labor,” said Bulock.

Castor oil is used for pregnant women when they get constipated so it could potentially cause some contractions, but not labor, she noted. Bulock recommends against using castor oil because pregnant women don’t know what other things the oil they’re using might have been processed with.

Aksel said castor oil also raises concerns of dehydration and uterine tachysystole, during which the uterus is contracting frequently and the baby’s ability to get oxygenated blood could be in jeopardy.

Nipple stimulation and sex

The theory: Sex releases prostaglandins, while nipple stimulation is said to trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone that spurs uterine contractions, in part because it mimics breastfeeding.

The verdict: Neither have been proven in research to induce labor, according to Dr. Abbe Wain, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a practicing OBGYN in New York City.

“Sex definitely can spur prostaglandin in the sperm and can cause your uterus to contact, but it doesn’t induce labor,” she said. “It definitely will make your uterus a little crampy.”

Nipple stimulation can cause uterine contractions from the release of oxytocin, but not induce labor, according to Wain.

“It might make you uncomfortable [with contractions] but that doesn’t mean that that’s going to cause labor,” she said.

Aksel points out that nipple stimulation also brings a risk factor of uterine tachysystole and, thus, can restrict the baby’s ability to get oxygenated blood.

Walking

The theory: Some people believe that walking can move the baby onto the cervix and in the right position for labor. It could also help with the release of oxytocin because of the pressure of the baby’s head on the cervix, the theory goes.

The verdict: While walking, and all exercise, are great during pregnancy to help result in a natural labor, there is no evidence that walking can induce labor.

“Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight and diet definitely can cause your labor to be more normal and more natural, but it won’t necessarily induce labor,” said Bulock.

Pregnant women need to pay special attention to staying well-hydrated during any type of movement, all three doctors said.

Acupuncture

The theory: Acupuncture and acupressure are believed to release oxytocin, a natural stimulant.

The verdict: There is some emerging evidence that supports acupuncture for labor induction, but the doctors advise against it for most pregnant women.

“It can be helpful [during pregnancy] for women who have low back pain or other medical issues, but they definitely need to talk to their doctor before they do acupuncture,” Bulock said. “Because for some women it might not be a good idea.”

Bouncing, in a car or on a ball

The theory: A gentle bouncing motion is speculated by some to help move the baby toward the birthing canal.

The verdict: Aksel calls this method “problematic.”

“There’s no evidence to support it and if there is even any association with it, it’s likely a harmful method of induction,” Askel added. “The uterus is very elastic but the placenta, which the baby relies on for oxygen, is not.”

“My concern is with the motion the placenta would separate earlier than appropriate and put the baby at risk,” he added.

Raspberry leaf tea

The theory: The herbal remedy is thought to tone the muscles of the uterus.

The verdict: “We don’t have any studies that show that it starts labor,” said Bulock.

While raspberry leaf tea is filled with nutrients and vitamins and probably not harmful to pregnant women, Bulock said, she advises against supplements that claim to induce labor.

“I really wouldn’t take any supplements by pill or by mouth that are claiming to induce labor because, really, you could expose yourself to something in there that could potentially be harmful,” she said. “The biggest issue is, with a lot of the supplements, they’re not really regulated.”

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House Democrats to hold first Medicare-for-all hearing

drnadig/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The House Rules Committee is set to hold the first congressional hearing on Medicare-for-all legislation on Tuesday, as the progressive pitch to reshape American health care dominates policy discussions in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.

Specifically, the hearing will focus on legislation from Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., which has been co-sponsored by more than 100 Democrats and builds on ideas promoted most prominently by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“We want a full debate. This will be a full hearing, a full debate, televised, and [will] bring momentum,” Jayapal told ABC News on Monday.

The House Democrats’ proposal would not require patients to pay for any expenses and would include primary, hospital, dental, vision and maternity care. It would cover prescription drug costs and allow the government to negotiate drug prices directly with manufacturers.

The bill, which does not include a funding mechanism, also would preserve health care and medical benefits from the Veterans Administration and Indian Health Service, and give consumers two years to phase in to the program.

Sanders’ latest proposal for a single, national health insurance program would give Americans four years to join, instead of two, and handles some long-term care differently. It would also allow for co-pays for prescription drugs capped at $200 annually.

Democrats and Republicans have invited a handful of health care experts and academics to testify this week.

On Friday, Democrats added Ady Barkan, a prominent progressive activist and single-payer advocate who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Because of the disease, Barkan, who is wheelchair bound, will deliver his testimony using a system that converts his eye movements into speech.

After Democrats’ successful midterm campaigns zeroed in on preexisting conditions coverage, Republicans on Capitol Hill have seized on the other party’s health care debate ahead of 2020, using procedural votes and committee meetings to highlight questions about Medicare for all’s cost and potential impact on private health insurance.

“Patients and families want more choice and control over their doctors, treatments and coverage. They want lower costs and greater access to care. But government run, one-size-fits-all health care is not the answer,” Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement to ABC News. “The Democrat plan is socialism. Under their plan, Americans will have fewer choices, taxes would skyrocket, and access to care would slow to a crawl.”

In February, Walden requested a Medicare-for-All hearing in the Energy and Commerce Committee, in an effort to highlight questions about the cost of the proposal.

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University estimated last year that Sanders’ plan would cost more than $32 trillion over 10 years. Sanders has argued that the federal government is already spending significant sums on health care and could redirect some current spending to the new program, in addition to raising taxes on “extreme wealth.”

Democratic leaders said Tuesday’s hearing will be the first of several in the House on Medicare-for-all legislation. The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing in May on a forthcoming analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office of single-payer health care, according to a spokesperson.

The tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee, with its jurisdiction over health policy, could also take up the topic later this year.

“The fact that it’s not in the ultimate, top committee that you might have to go to, is just one piece of it,” said Jayapal, who pointed out that she negotiated to hold the first hearing in the Rules Committee. “We want to talk about this and get the ideas out, and have people understand what’s really in the bill.”

“Anything we do to move the debate forward is positive,” Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-sponsor of the Medicare-for-All Act of 2019, told ABC News.

The hearing has also energized activists: More than 400 nurses stormed the nation’s capital Monday ahead of the hearings in support of the legislation.

National Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses with more than 150,000 members nationwide, has been an avid promoter and supporter of the legislation for years. The group also campaigned heavily for Sanders during 2016.

On Monday, the nurses protested in front of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America headquarters and lobbied at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

The group has grassroots organizing, canvassing and phone-banking events planned around the country in the coming months and, according to the union, its leaders plan to attend the hearings Tuesday to share stories about “patients suffering because of difficulties of the current health care system.”

“My concern is that more incremental solutions may be advanced and may sound attractive, but if implemented wouldn’t solve the fundamental dysfunctions and injustices of the American health care system,” Dr. Adam Gaffney, the secretary of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 20,000 member single-payer advocacy group, told ABC News.

Gaffney, a critical care doctor and instructor at Harvard Medical School, said he’s worried Democrats could “veer away from policy towards political expediency.”

“This,” he added, “is obviously the beginning of a process, not the end. I’m less concerned with where we start then where we finish up.”

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Woman rings chemotherapy bell after fighting breast cancer while pregnant

Moffitt Cancer Center(TAMPA, Fla.) — Jessica Purcell completed 12 rounds of chemotherapy while pregnant with her second child.

It was no surprise then that Purcell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, used all of her strength, and shed some tears, as she rang the bell last week at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to mark her final chemotherapy treatment.

“I remember that day seemed like it was going to be an eternity away when I started chemotherapy,” Purcell, 36, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “To have it all done was just a weight lifted off of my shoulders.”

Purcell, a U.S. Army reservist who works as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force in Tampa, first noticed a lymph node in her armpit in 2017, when she was pregnant with her oldest child, a daughter named Josephine. She said she and her doctor brushed it off as something pregnancy or hormone-related.

Purcell didn’t think of it again until she noticed a lump, now in her breast, while weaning Josphine off breastfeeding in April of last year. A first mammogram was scheduled and then canceled because Purcell found out she was pregnant.

After a miscarriage, Purcell scheduled a mammogram again but found out the day before the mammogram that she was pregnant again.

At an 8-week checkup with her doctor for that pregnancy, Purcell was told to have an ultrasound and then a biopsy. The result was a diagnosis of invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, in which the cancer is able to spread to other parts of the body. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.

At the time of her diagnosis, Purcell was nine-weeks pregnant, and her daughter Josephine was just over one year old.

“The doctor told me, ‘This is cancer,’ and I don’t even think I spoke. I just sat there in silence,” Purcell said. “The only way I know how to describe is time completely stood still.”

Purcell underwent a radical mastectomy of her left breast and an axillary lymph node dissection, a surgery to remove lymph nodes from under her left arm.

At 21 weeks pregnant, last November, she began chemotherapy.

Breast cancer occurs about once in every 3,000 pregnancies, with an average age for diagnosis between 32 and 38, according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Center.

“These are young women so they don’t normally undergo screenings or mammograms, so usually the cancer is a bit more advanced,” said Dr. Hung Khong, an oncologist who was part of Purcell’s care team at Moffitt. “In Jessica’s case, that’s just what happened.”

Chemotherapy for pregnant women is recommended only after the first trimester of pregnancy (after the baby’s organs have developed) and not after 35 weeks pregnant, or within three weeks of delivery, according to the American Cancer Society.

Newer research has shown certain chemotherapy drugs used during the second and third trimesters are safe, but researchers “still don’t know if these children will have any long-term effects,” according to the American Cancer Society.

Purcell said throughout her cancer battle she was concerned less for her own life than for that of the baby she was carrying.

“Mom guilt is so real on so many levels, even normally,” said Purcell, who found support in a Facebook group of moms diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. “I think I still struggle with a lot of mom guilt and probably will forever, but I didn’t have a choice.”

“I was told, ‘If you want to live to be a mom to the daughter you have and to be a mom to your new baby, you have to do this. You don’t have time,'” she recalled.

On March 11, 38 weeks into her pregnancy, Purcell gave birth via a cesarean section to a healthy baby boy named Jameson.

“All I could say was, ‘He’s perfect,'” said Purcell, who named her son after her grandfather, who died of cancer when Purcell was 10. “I was just literally so overwhelmed and shocked at the same time.”

While Purcell gave birth to Jameson, she also had her left ovary and fallopian tubes removed after doctors saw a tumor on her ovary.

The pathology on the tumor came back benign, positive news that was the start of Purcell’s road to recovery.

“That was a game changer for me because I had not had good news in a long time,” she said. “That was a huge, uplifting moment for me.”

Motivated by that news and by the birth of her son, Purcell put in another four weeks of chemotherapy before ringing the bell last week.

“I personally did better on chemotherapy while I was pregnant,” she said. “The pain and nausea were horrendous but I think I was so focused on the baby the whole time that there was nothing that come close to that anxiety and stress.”

The toll taken on her has been both physical and emotional, she says, including dealing with the fact that she cannot breastfeed Jameson due to the cancer and treatments. Purcell has relied on donor breast milk, for which she said she is very grateful.

The next step for Purcell is to start six weeks of radiation at the end of May. Dr. Khong called Purcell’s outcome “very good.”

“My message I want to get out to every woman is if there is literally one woman out there in my situation, don’t give up hope,” Purcell said. “Don’t give up your faith because it’s totally doable. My little guy is a living miracle.”

Purcell also said a lesson she has learned through the past year is the need to advocate for yourself, particularly if you’re a woman.

“Do not ever feel bad for advocating yourself and questioning a doctor,” she said. “I feel like my diagnosis could have been a year and a half earlier if I had really gone to bat for myself.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/29/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 9 Oakland 4
Minnesota 1 Houston 0
Chi White Sox 5 Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 8 Kansas City 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 6 Washington 3
Cincinnati 5 NY Mets 4
Atlanta 3 San Diego 1
Milwaukee 5 Colorado 1
San Francisco 3 LA Dodgers 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Philadelphia 94 Toronto 89
Denver 121 Portland 113

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
St. Louis 4 Dallas 3

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Posted On 30 Apr 2019

Seventh-grade girls hospitalized after eating potentially-laced Rice Krispie treats at school: Police

bhofack2/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Three seventh-grade girls were hospitalized after they ate Rice Krispie treats at school that were possibly laced with an unknown substance, according to the Philadelphia Police Department.

The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. when one of the girls felt lethargic at Martha Washington Elementary School in Philadelphia, police said.

The girls — one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds — were taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, police said.

One girl was in stable condition. The conditions of the other girls were not immediately known.

One of the students brought the baked good from home, according to the school district.

“The safety of our students is our highest priority,” said H. Lee Whack Jr., spokesman for the School District of Philadelphia. “We are cooperating fully with the Philadelphia Police Department on this matter and notifying all school families of what took place.”

School district administrators said in a letter to parents: “Any student consuming a dangerous and illegal substance is a serious concern to all of us. Incidents like this put the health and safety of students and staff at risk. Again, we take this very seriously and it will be dealt with according to District policy.”

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Gunman at large in Kansas shooting that hurt NY Giants draft pick, killed college teammate

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33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — The hunt to identify a gunman who wounded New York Giants’ draft pick Corey Ballentine and killed his friend and college teammate at a Kansas house party intensified Monday with police asking for the public’s help in catching the killer.

The shooting in Topeka occurred early Sunday morning, just hours after 23-year-old Ballentine, a senior at Washburn University, realized his dream of making it to the NFL. Ballentine’s college teammate Dwane Simmons, also 23, was killed in the shooting, police said.

“He’s doing as good as can be expected for someone who was shot and lost his best friend,” Ballentine’s father, Karl Vaughn, told ABC News when reached by phone Monday morning. “We’ll get through this with prayer.”

On Saturday, Ballentine, a standout defensive back at the NCAA Division II school, was selected as the Giants’ sixth-round draft pick.

“It’s all a crazy dream until you do it. I can’t even explain the emotions I have right now,” Ballentine tweeted after he was selected in the NFL draft.

 Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur called Ballentine shortly after he was drafted to congratulate him and welcome him to the team.

“Are you healthy [and] ready to play?” Shurmur asked Ballentine in a video of the phone call.

Ballentine responded, “Yes, sir, I’m ready to get started. I’ve been waiting on this opportunity for a lifetime.”

Topeka police said that at 12:45 a.m. local time Sunday, gunshots erupted outside a house party Ballentine and Simmons attended several blocks from the Washburn campus.

Police officers responding to the scene found Simmons mortally wounded in the street, Gretchen Koenen, a spokeswoman for the Topeka Police Department, told ABC News on Monday.

Ballentine, who suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, was driven by private car to an area hospital. Neither Vaughn nor the police would say where Ballentine was hit on his body during the shooting.

Koenen said Monday that no arrests have been made. Police are asking the public to come forward to help identify the gunman.

“There were several dozen people at this social gathering where this occurred,” Koenen said.

Simmons’ father, Navarro Simmons, told reporters on Sunday that his son and Ballentine were getting ready to leave the house party when a vehicle pulled up and gunfire broke out.

“This was a senseless murder,” Navarro Simmons said. “This shattered a lot of people.”

In a statement released Sunday, the Giants said, “We are aware of the tragic situation and continue to gather information. We have spoken to Corey, and he is recovering in the hospital. Our thoughts are with Dwane Simmons’ family, friends and teammates and the rest of the Washburn community.”

Ballentine’s father said Monday morning that his son has been released from the hospital.

“Any time we lose a student, it’s a sad occasion, but this is particularly poignant to lose a student through such a senseless act,” Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University, said in a statement. “Both Dwane and Corey have been great examples and representatives of the football team and of Washburn University in general.”

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Posted On 29 Apr 2019