CVS, Walgreens stop selling heartburn medicine Zantac due to safety concerns

Juanmonino/iStock(NEW YORK) — CVS Health Corp. has suspended sales of the popular heartburn drug Zantac, as well as its own generic, called ranitidine, following a Food and Drug Administration alert earlier this month that the medicine contained a possible carcinogen.

Ranitidine is a common stomach acid drug that’s available over the counter and by prescription to people of all ages.

“Zantac brand products and CVS brand ranitidine products have not been recalled, and the FDA is not recommending that patients stop taking ranitidine at this time,” the company said in a statement. Customers who previously purchased the heartburn medicine at CVS can return it to the stores for a refund.

Walgreens said Monday it too was “removing Zantac and ranitidine products from our shelves while the FDA continues its review of the products,” a spokesperson told ABC News.

Results from FDA lab tests showed some heartburn pills contained an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in small amounts. As a probable carcinogen, NDMA may be capable of increasing cancer risk when taken in high doses over a long period of time.

On Sept. 18, a division of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis said it was halting worldwide distribution of ranitidine.

Canada’s federal government has also asked companies to stop distributing ranitidine products while it completes an assessment of the drug to see if it is safe.

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This Mom’s genius snack hack turns kids into healthy eaters

Kateryna Medetbayeva/iStock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — You know those life hacks that are so simple, so genius that when you see them you can’t believe you didn’t think of them yourself?

Sarah Hornung’s snack hack is exactly that.

The Buffalo, N.Y., school administrator and woman behind The Eager Teacher online education platform, told Good Morning America that she is “shocked at how viral” her recent post about kids’ snack hacking went.

The post has been shared on Facebook 114,000 times. The hack? Sunday self-serve fresh food organized into dollar store containers.

Her method is simple. “Sunday self-serve is ready for the week. After grocery shopping I always wash and prep all of the food that is considered self-serve in our house. Self-serve for my kiddos means help yourself without asking and it’s always an okay snack (any time of day, bedtime snacks, etc.) It also helps me when I’m packing lunches and snacks, or as a side dish when dinner doesn’t include something they will definitely eat or if we have a busy/late night. There’s something about having things truly ready to grab that makes kids eat it. I could leave the baby carrots in a bag or leave the grapes on the stems but they wouldn’t eat it,” Hornung wrote in her post.

“P.S., for the fruits and veggies I do put covers on the containers so they don’t get gross,” she also wrote.

“I’ve posted myself prepping the self-serve snacks on my Instagram stories periodically and always got a ton of questions about it, lots of parents wanting to know how I used it and how it served my family. I decided to give it a permanent post so people had a place to come back to and see it,” she said.

She thinks the post is so popular because it touches upon a common struggle among parents.

“Everyone can relate to throwing out untouched produce at the end of the week and most parents find themselves in some kind of negotiation with kids over food on the regular,” she said.

Plus, anything that’s going to make lives easier is going to strike a chord.

“It’s not an expensive or complicated ‘hack,’ all you need is some old quart containers and your normal grocery haul,” she told GMA.

“I have seen a lot of pictures of fridges and pantries on Instagram and Pinterest that are picture-perfect and filled with expensive, specialty items. I think my post appealed to the masses because it looks like most people’s fridges — just organized into containers I bought at a dollar store. I think it’s something that regardless of how old your kids are, what they like to eat or how much money you make, it is a doable idea.”

Hornung said while the reaction to her post is primarily positive, there were some detractors. She wants to set the record straight.

“I think that the criticism comes from people not recognizing that what works for some won’t work for everyone, or people immediately assuming because my fridge went viral must mean my kids are perfect angels who only eat healthy foods,” she said. “That is simply not true.”

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Why Prince Harry is urging everyone to ‘look up’ as he continues South Africa tour

WORLD NEWS Why Prince Harry is urging everyone to 'look up' as he continues South Africa tour

omersukrugoksu/iStock(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — Prince Harry is focusing on one of his most important causes, conservation, in the final days of his and Meghan’s tour of South Africa.

“I am personally driven by the desire to help restore the balance between humans and nature,” Harry wrote in an op-ed for the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper. “It is being in Africa that makes me fully understand and appreciate this.”

“Conservation is fundamental to our survival and we must overcome greed, apathy and selfishness to make real progress,” he wrote in the op-ed’s headline.

Harry, who has long been a champion for the environment, also took to social media to make his case, announcing he is guest-editing the Instagram feed of National Geographic on Monday.

The Duke of Sussex’s first post was a photo he took of trees in Liwonde National Park in Malawi, which is part of The Queens Commonwealth Canopy, a series of forest conservation initiatives in the 53 nations of the Commonwealth.

Harry told National Geographic’s 123 million followers that his post is the launch of the “Looking Up” social campaign that encourages people to look up at trees and post their favorite photos using the hashtag #LookingUp.

“#LookingUp is to raise awareness of the vital role trees play in the earth’s eco-system, and an opportunity for all of us to take a moment, to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings,” he wrote. “So, join us today and share your own view, by looking up!”

While in Malawi, Harry also focused on the issue of illegal wildlife poaching, a critical issue in Africa.

He laid a wreath at the memorial of a guardsman who was killed at age 22 while on a joint anti-poaching mission earlier this year and also watched a demonstration of an anti-poaching exercise conducted by some of the British soldiers who have been deployed across Africa in the fight against illegal wildlife poaching.

Harry is traveling solo in Malawi while Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and the couple’s infant son, Archie, remain in Cape Town.

Though Harry and Meghan were apart over the weekend, they still joined together for an event focused on an issue important to both of them: women’s empowerment.

Meghan, 38, appeared via Skype at Harry’s meeting on Sunday with an organization in Malawi that empowers young women’s education. She told attendees that Archie was taking a nap while she joined them.

Meghan also held a series of events on her own in South Africa over the past few days that focused on women’s empowerment.

Last Thursday, she met with a group of South African women leaders in Cape Town to talk about the rights of women in South Africa.

”We can learn a certain amount from the outside, by tracking it through the news, but it’s not the same as being able to truly understand what it’s like on the ground,” Meghan told the women, according to Buckingham Palace. “Much of my life I have been advocating for women and girls’ rights, so this has been an incredibly powerful moment to hear first-hand from all of you.”

“I have been so moved by what I have heard. The leadership and strength shown by these women is remarkable, and at a time when the issue of gender and gender-based violence is at the forefront of people’s minds, I hope their voices will resonate and not only give comfort but also create change,” she said.

Meghan also paid a private visit to the site in Cape Town where Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old student, was murdered last month.

Meghan visited to “pay her respects and to show solidarity with those who have taken a stand against gender based violence and femicide,” according to Buckingham Palace.

Meghan and Harry’s next and final stop on their 10-day tour of South Africa is Johannesburg, where Meghan is scheduled to hold two events focused on women’s rights.

The couple will end their tour on Wednesday with joint events in Johannesburg, including a meeting with Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s widow.

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Posted On 30 Sep 2019

Extremists attack US military base in Somalia

WORLD NEWS Extremists attack US military base in Somalia

pawel.gaul/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. military base in Somalia was attacked by extremists Monday.

No American troops were killed or wounded in the attack, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The Somali extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the apparent suicide bombing and gunfire on the base in Baledogle, just west of Mogadishu.

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Posted On 30 Sep 2019

Nine workout moves Tom Brady does to stay in all-star shape that you can do, too

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — It takes a lot to be Tom Brady.

From a strict diet that nixes nitrates to a workout plan that’s all about sustainability, ABC News’ Good Morning America wanted to find out just how the NFL star stays a pro at 42.

“The TB12 method is a little unique compared to your traditional training method. It’s all about sustainability,” said Matt Denning, one of the trainers at TB12. “That way, you can either play football at 42 years old or you can just go on a hike during the weekend.”

Brady developed the TB12 method with long-time fitness partner Alex Guerrero. Their program has made its way from the football stadium and into Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

The fitness facility is all about sustainability and gives everyone a taste of what it’s like to train like Brady.

“Tom and his long-time fitness partner Alex Guerrero developed this training program to highlight how functional we can do strength conditioning,” Denning explained. “He uses all resistance band training to achieve your peak performance.”

Demonstrating some of the signature moves Brady and Guerrero developed, Denning showed GMA just what it takes to get a body like Brady.

1. Squat to a row

How to do it: Clip a resistance band to chest height and hold both handles in your hands. Take a step back so there’s tension on the band. Then squat down with your arms extended, and then drive up through your glutes and pull the resistance band in. Repeat for 20 seconds.

What it does: “This generates ground protection while keeping your core engaged,” said Denning.

Pro tip: Pick up the pace and squeeze your butt at the top.

2. Single leg stability chest press

How to do it: Clip a resistance band to chest height. Standing on your right side, press the right arm and left leg out and come back in. Press in and out for 20 seconds or until your form starts to breakdown and repeat on the left side.

What it does: “This works your core and glutes,” Denning said.

Pro tip: Keep all your energy in your core.

3. Core rotation

How to do it: Keeping the resistance band at chest height, hold with both hands. Extend your arms over from right to left and extend your hips while you move. Continue for approximately 20 seconds and repeat the movement going left to right.

What it does: “Works on disassociation between the trunk and the hips so you’re nice and stable through your hips and lumbar spine, and generating force through abdominals,” said Denning.

Pro tip: Don’t let your hips move and rotate through the trunk.

4. Lat pull-down

How to do it: Keeping glutes engaged and your stomach tight, start with the resistance bands as high overhead as you can, and pull down both bands towards your pockets and then release back up.

What it does: “This works the back of your shoulders,” according to Denning.

Pro tip: If you pull and your core is not engaged, the resistance bands will pull you forward.

5. Split squat

How to do it: Start with the bands right up to your shoulders and stagger your stance, drop your back knee down to the ground and lift back up. Continue for 20 seconds and switch sides.

What it does: “Lateral exercise to work on the lower extremity strength,” said Denning.

Pro tip: Make sure your front knee doesn’t extend over your toes.

6. Resisted push-up

How to do it: Start with the band around your back and get into a high push-up position. Keeping your feet shoulder-width apart and then go into a push-up. Keep going quickly for about 20 seconds.

What it does: “This works on core and hip stability but also works your pecs,” Denning said.

7. Resisted squat

How to do it: Step both feet inside of the band and pull the band up to your shoulders so you’re in a front squat position. Sit down and drive up for 20 seconds and rest.

What it does: “This is a glute-centric exercise,” said Denning.

Pro tip: Generate all the force from your glutes, making sure your hips come all the way forward.

For recovery

8. Pliability vibrating roll

Roll out your calf to make sure the muscle tissue is pliable, i.e., long and soft, which makes for effective muscles. The muscle should fully relax and then fully contract. Roll up to the back of the heel and up to the knee. Spend more time on tight spots.

9. Pliability vibrating sphere

Roll out your shoulder by standing against a wall and extending out your arm in front you, then turning it back toward the wall while the ball is placed behind your shoulder.

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6-year-old’s arrest raises questions about school discipline, behavioral disorders

maroke/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reports of two 6-year-olds being arrested at school in Florida — including one for throwing a temper tantrum — came as a shock to many recently.

Last week, we learned that the arresting school resource officer was fired, but why was a 6-year-old arrested in the first place?

Experts say that one of the issues is that many children have undiagnosed behavioral problems that are mistaken for misbehaving.

“Many children in schools with problem behaviors go underdiagnosed. Many are not just misbehaving, they may have an actual behavioral disorder,” Dr. Howard Taras, professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, and medical consultant to several school districts, said in an interview with ABC News.

One of the children arrested has sleep apnea. According to her grandmother, the girl was acting out as a reaction to poor sleep. Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for behavioral problems, but there were no reports the girl had a behavioral disorder.

“Behavioral disturbances in children are very common,” said Dr. Victor Fornari, vice chair for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwell Health, in an interview with ABC News.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 children between age 2 and 8 in the U.S. have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.

“Children with these disorders may be perceived as lazy or willfully oppositional rather than as having neurocognitive deficits,” said doctors Celiane Rey-Casserly, Laura McGuinn, Arthur Lavin in a clinical report for the American Academy of Pediatrics, published last Monday.

Kids with behavioral disorders are more likely to be disciplined.

“Any child with any kind of difficulty, whether it’s a learning difficulty or fine motor issue, they are more vulnerable as individuals,” says Fornari. “They could be bullied by peers or victimized by adults. We hope that recognizing them as vulnerable would lead to them being more protected, but often that is not the case.”

According to a U.S. Department of Education report, while students with disabilities make up only 12 percent of the enrolled population, they make up 28 percent of the students who are arrested at school or referred to law enforcement, according to data from the 2015-’16 school year.

Children with behavioral disorders can show a range of troubling behavior, including aggression, obstinance and running away. These behaviors are, understandably, challenging for teachers and school staff to address.

“If the child is consistently acting out during a particular subject, such as math” that can be a sign that further testing is required said Dr. Yi Hui Liu, section head of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego.

Moreover, “children who were successful in the prior year but not in the current year could have a learning issue,” said Liu. She also asks, “Is there a family history of a learning disability? If so, this would increase concern for a learning disability.”

A greater proportion of children living below 100 percent of the federal poverty level have mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, these children often attend underserved schools, and “the lack of resources in underfunded schools causes disparities in helping children with developmental issues in those areas,” says Cecelia Rhodus, a developmental and behavioral health fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

“If a child is having a behavioral problem in school, we have to understand why. Where is the problem coming from? We can’t just react to the behavior,” said Liu.

Some specialists said a lack of proper training for school staff may have led to the improper arrest of a child in Orlando, Florida. The officer in that case broke departmental policy by not getting supervisor approval to arrest a child under 12, the Orlando police chief said.

“When a child is out of control, unless the staff member is trained to de-escalate, the staff member may also become agitated. Then you see what we saw in Orlando with an excessive and punitive response,” said Fornari.

So how should staff be trained?

A 2013 study asserted that “early childhood teachers do not receive sufficient training for handling children’s challenging behaviors.” Training and certification for school resource officers and other law enforcement officers who work in school varies by state.

“It would be fabulous if teachers and school staff have training on understanding and managing behavioral issues with kids on an individual and group level,” says Liu. “Certainly the group dynamics can make things more difficult in making sure all the kids are cared for.”

“The goal is to train school resource officers in safe ways to restrain a child without causing excessive harm, said Fornari. “In addition, we want to equip them with skills to verbally de-escalate a child. Kids respond to kindness and support.”

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