Ravens coach John Harbaugh invites blind fan to read NFL draft pick in Braille

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Baltimore Ravens(BALTIMORE) — The Charm City just scored a touchdown with the Ravens’ heart-warming plans for the NFL draft.

When the Baltimore Ravens got wind of an inspiring young fan, who regularly discusses the team with a local sports radio station, head coach John Harbaugh found the perfect way to include him in the team’s upcoming NFL draft selection.

Mo Gaba, 13, a three-time cancer survivor who has been blind since he was just 9 months old, will soon make history as the first person in to read an NFL draft pick in Braille.

While the superfan analyzed the upcoming draft on the Justin, Scott and Spiegel 98 Rock Morning Show, Harbaugh surprised him on the other line and shared some exciting news.

“We heard about this guy named Mo that has incredible insights into the Ravens and what we do and how good we’re gonna be and we heard he’s one of our very biggest fans,” Harbaugh said. “We’re inviting Mo to announce our fourth round draft pick at our draft fest event at the Inner Harbor.

“What do you think about that Mo?” Harbaugh asked.

“What?! Really? I’ve never done that before,” a surprised and excited Mo said. “I’d like to do that, yeah.”

“You’re gonna be the first person in the history of the NFL to announce a draft pick written on a card in Braille,” Harbough told Mo. “How amazing is that going to be?”

“Whoaaa,” Mo replied, stunned at the exciting history making moment.

One of the show’s hosts asked if this was the start of his budding sports broadcasting career, to which Mo confidently replied, “It’s gonna start this week.”

The Ravens told ABC News that they first heard about Mo through the radio show and a local news story in March, which highlighted Mo’s incredible bond with a resource officer at his middle school.

When the team heard Mo’s cancer came back for a fourth time, they sent its mascot Poe to a fundraiser for the boy on March 22. At that time, they began to consider plans to include him in the draft pick announcement, a representative for the team said.

Harbaugh said the team will “roll out the red carpet” for Mo and his mom, who will attend the draft day event at Baltimore’s inner harbor on Saturday, “just like one of our draft picks.”

“It’s gonna be first class all the way,” he said. “There’s gonna be tons of fans down there, our players are gonna be down there — so many of our guys are fired up to have a great day and it’s gonna be really amazing.”

The video of their radio interview has been viewed on the Baltimore Ravens Twitter account more than 108,000 times as of Thursday afternoon

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Posted On 25 Apr 2019

‘There is so much pressure on women’: Food Network star opens up about infertility struggle

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYCWFF(NEW YORK) — Food Network star Katie Lee shared a personal Instagram post Wednesday about her struggle with infertility.

“It is really hard to put on a happy face,” Lee, 37, wrote. “Fertility issues are supposed to be private so many of us are silently in pain.”

Lee and her husband, Ryan Biegel, planned to start a family soon after they wed last September, she wrote. Their plans were derailed when Lee had to have surgery “to correct a problem,” then got an infection and shingles.

An attempt at in vitro fertilization (IVF) resulted in no healthy embryos, according to the chef.

“Not only is IVF physically exhausting, the emotional toll is unparalleled,” Lee wrote. “We were filled with hope and excitement only to be crushed.”

Lee, who appears on TV weekly as a co-host of The Kitchen, also wrote candidly about both being a woman with no kids in the public eye, and about undergoing IVF in the spotlight.

“When people ask me when I’m getting pregnant, it hurts. It’s just a reminder that I’m not,” she wrote. “When they say I look like I’ve gained weight, I have. I can’t exercise as much and the hormones have made me bloated.”

“There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way and while most mean well with baby questions, it can be hurtful,” she continued.

Lee said she was hesitant to share her story publicly but was motivated by the comfort she felt from hearing other women’s stories.

“And I hope any of you in a similar situation know you are not alone,” she wrote.

Lee’s post received more than 100,000 likes and thousands of comments.

“I feel like this could be written as reflection of my experience,” wrote one person.

“I read this 20 times, sitting here in tears understating your pain and hurt. This post strikes so deep for me in EVERY SINGLE WAY and so much of it for women I know,” wrote another.

Nearly 12 percent of all women ages 15 to 44 have used infertility services in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lee said in a later Instagram story that she felt “relief” after sharing her story.

“It really means to the world to me that so many of you reached out and shared your stories and shared your support,” she said. “I just feel such a sense of relief and it just feels good, so thank you.”

Lee’s post about her infertility ended on a hopeful note for her family.

“I know a family will happen for us, it is just going to be a different journey than we imagined,” she wrote. “We will keep working towards it. Someday we will have our happy new beginning and I pray any of you experiencing the same will have yours too.”

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What to watch as the NFL draft kicks off

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33ft/iStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Millions of football fans will be tuning in to the NFL Draft to see if their favorite college players get picked.

The first round kicks off Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts will host the first round of the draft. In the video below, she breaks down what to expect from the big night:

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Posted On 25 Apr 2019

Lego bricks for visually impaired, blind kids aim to make learning braille fun

ivanastar/iStock(NEW YORK) — Great strides have been made to help people who are visually impaired adapt to life without eyesight. Now, an emerging Lego product may revolutionize how blind children learn braille and encourage more interactive play with all kids.

Approximately 700,000 children and young adults in the United States have a vision disability, but as audio aids have become increasingly available, only about 8 percent of legally blind children are learning to read braille, according to the National Federation of the Blind.

The Lego Foundation’s project, Lego Braille Bricks, aims to create stackable blocks with braille dots in addition to printed letters, numbers and math symbols, the company announced in a press release on Wednesday. Altogether, the pilot program aims to help blind children play their way to learning braille.

Play is such an integral part of childhood development that it should be prescribed by doctors, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Play provides a singular opportunity to build the executive functioning that underlies adaptive behaviors at home; improve language and math skills in school; build the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships that buffer against toxic stress; and build social-emotional resilience,” a September 2018 report from the AAP said.

In a day and age where children are playing more with phones and tablets and using toys and their imaginations less, Lego seems to have found a way to turn its traditional blocks — and all the fun that comes with playing with them — into an educational tool that could potentially make learning braille more exciting and collaborative.

“Existing hands-on tools available to teach braille are very limited and restricted in terms of giving children the flexibility to trial, fail and try again to learn,” Stine Storm, manager of the Lego Foundation’s New Venture’s team and head of the Braille Bricks project, told ABC News.

Storm said that the new bricks would “break down the barrier and fear of making mistakes because they all of a sudden have a flexible tool in which they can easily play around with — in a way that has not been possible before.”

The American Printing House for the Blind is coordinating with Lego to begin testing the Braille Bricks in select schools starting in the fall 2020.

“American Printing House for the Blind is excited to see the Lego Foundation create a product that is inclusive, and will teach all children about braille,” said Craig Meador, president and CEO of the APH.

Lego Braille Bricks are currently being tested in English, Norwegian, Danish and Portuguese, and they will soon be tested in Spanish, French and German. The Lego Foundation’s goal is to distribute Braille Bricks to associated schools for the vision impaired all over the world, free of charge.

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US measles cases at highest level in nearly 20 years, according to CDC

ABC News, CDC(NEW YORK) — The number of reported measles cases in the United States have reached their highest level in nearly 20 years, federal health officials said Wednesday.

There were 695 reported cases of measles across 22 states as of Wednesday afternoon, the highest since the disease was domestically eradicated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC attributed the “high number of cases” to large outbreaks in Washington state and New York, which began late last year.

“The outbreaks in New York City and New York State are among the largest and longest lasting since measles elimination in 2000,” the CDC said in a statement. “The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States.”

The World Health Organization noted a 300 percent increase in measles cases worldwide earlier this month in comparison to the first three months of 2018.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said vaccinations are the only way to keep the country safe.

“Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease,” Azar said late Wednesday. “We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease.”

“All Americans would be safer and healthier if we received measles vaccines on the recommended schedule,” Azar added.

Measles are highly contagious and can be transmitted through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The spike in cases stems, in part, from the spread of misinformation about vaccines online. Anti-vaccination activists have gained more traction on social media amid false claims linking vaccinations to autism.

The measles vaccine, now administered along with immunization for mumps and rubella, is regarded by public health practitioners as safe and highly effective. The CDC recommends for all Americans above age 1 to get vaccinated.

“Stopping these measles outbreaks is a priority for CDC and we are working 24/7 to protect Americans from this contagious disease. Vaccination is the best way to protect against measles,” the CDC said. “Today, the overwhelming majority of parents choose to protect their children with vaccines, and we’ve seen high and stable immunization rates in the U.S. for several years.”

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What to know about secondary infertility

GrabillCreative/iStock(NEW YORK) — Like many women, Anna Peña of Des Moines, Iowa, thought that because she conceived relatively easily and had a smooth delivery of a healthy baby girl she and her husband would be able to do the same when it came to a second child.

Instead, Peña and her husband have spent the past three years trying to have a second child. Their daughter is 4 years old.

“We’ve been on this journey in our family, looking at potential causes and meeting with specialists and having testing done as time has progressed,” said Peña, now 35, who has learned she has endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), two conditions that can complicate becoming pregnant.

“Now we’re having to look at different fertility options through the specialist or other ways of growing our family, like foster care and adoption, or deciding if our family of three is the right size for our family,” she said.

Around 30 percent of infertility cases are classified as secondary infertility, or the inability to become pregnant or carry a baby to term after previously giving birth to a baby.

A significant cause of secondary infertility is a woman’s age, experts say. Due to logistics alone, if a woman is pregnant for nine months, breastfeeds and then wants to take some time before getting pregnant again, that could be two to three years later, which means the woman’s reproductive system, particularly her eggs, are also that much older.

“Time makes a huge difference when you’re a women,” said Dr. Jaime Knopman, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with CCRM Fertility in New York City. “And male age is not insignificant too. We recognize that sperm quality and quantity decrease with age as well, though not as severely as with females and eggs.”

Sometimes it is not age but another underlying cause that brings about secondary infertility, whether it’s a problem with the woman’s eggs, fallopian tubes or uterus or the male’s sperm.

Emily Hertz, an Atlanta-based lifestyle influencer and founder of Born on Fifth, gave birth to her daughter, Elle, at age 29. Three years later, at age 32 — a few years below the age that women’s eggs are thought to sharply decrease — Hertz is preparing to undergo her second cycle of in vitro fertilization (IVF) after a miscarriage.

“I don’t think I had really heard of secondary infertility,” Hertz said. “I think in retrospect I might have started trying sooner for a second child, but hindsight is 20/20. I felt like I was enjoying time with my child and our family felt like it was where it needed to be.”

In addition to age, another factor that can lead to secondary infertility is complications from a previous delivery, for instance, if there is scarring in the uterus after a C-section or if pieces of placenta are retained in the uterus after the delivery. Those factors would hamper a woman’s ability to carry a pregnancy, according to Knopman.

The solutions for secondary infertility are the same as those for primary infertility, or the inability to become pregnant with a first child. They include everything from IVF to embryo adoption and gestational surrogacy.

The difference, both patients and doctors say, is that secondary infertility is not talked about enough and also comes with some guilt.

It’s something not a lot of people are talking about yet a lot of people are going through it,” said Hertz, who described the guilt she has felt for trying to become pregnant with a second child while someone close to her is struggling with primary infertility.

Peña, of Iowa, said that until recently guilt kept her from talking about her infertility issues even though she is surrounded by a close network of moms, many of whom have faced miscarriages and other difficulties with secondary infertility.

“I thought I am lucky to have a beautiful daughter who is healthy and I’m lucky that my second infertility is what it is,” she said, explaining that her turning point came when she spoke with a friend who recently had a miscarriage.

“Her response was that her experience is different but that doesn’t diminish my experience,” Peña said. “I can share my pain and my struggle and the hurt that I feel in this experience and the challenges for our family, but it doesn’t take away from others’ experiences.”

Secondary infertility can also bring about feelings of frustration and a loss of control for patients, according to Dr. Alan Copperman, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

“There is still shame and blame and secrecy around it,” he said. “It is incredibly common to see secondary infertility and I think will continue to be as the population ages for who gets pregnant for a first time.”

“As we raise awareness that something can be done I think people are starting to have conversations and go to their doctor,” Copperman added. “It’s imperative that a patient or couple who wants to get pregnant and isn’t easily conceiving gets a full evaluation.”

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after one year of having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The time span is shortened to six months without becoming pregnant for women age 35 and older.

Those same time spans apply to secondary infertility, according to both Copperman and Knopman, unless there is an outlying condition, like a difficult labor or irregular periods. In the case of the latter two, a woman should see her doctor earlier in the process.

People who know they want more than one child can also take proactive steps to avoid secondary infertility.

A woman who is in her late 30s could, for instance, stop breastfeeding her child before the age of 1 in order to start the process earlier of trying to become pregnant again, according to Knopman.

Patients are also utilizing embryo banking to preserve their fertility at their current age.

“We’re doing family planning almost prospectively where couples come in and say, ‘We’re 35 and just got married and want three children,” Knopman said. “Patients will often do IVF then and keep [their embryos] frozen for future use.”

The embryo freezing process starts like IVF, with a woman taking fertility medications and having her eggs harvested from her body. The eggs are then placed with sperm to create embryos, which can be stored for future use.

“It doesn’t mean that you’re going to need to use those embryos,” said Knopman. “For couples who have children, it’s protective. Knowing you can get pregnant and carry to term, we know your body can do it if given a good quality embryo.”

Copperman advises patients to also follow the same tenets of good health — from not smoking to getting exercise and eating well — that they did when preparing for and expecting their previous child or children.

“I think patients often think that their body is going to know how to get pregnant again because they did it the first time,” he said. “People have to know that they’re not alone and they can be helped and it’s not their fault.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/24/19

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


Cleveland 6 Miami 2
San Diego 1 Seattle 0
San Francisco 4 Toronto 0

Kansas City 10 Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 6 Texas 5
Baltimore 4 Chi White Sox 3
Boston 11 Detroit 4
Houston 7 Minnesota 1
NY Yankees 6 LA Angels 5

St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 2
Colorado 9 Washington 5
Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 1
Arizona 11 Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 6 NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 7 LA Dodgers 6

Houston 100 Utah 93
L.A. Clippers 129 Golden State 121


SO Carolina 4 Washington 3

New York City 1 Chicago 0

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Posted On 25 Apr 2019