A Texas bride received a life-saving kidney transplant just one week before walking down the aisle.Anu Philip of Heartland, Texas, underwent surgery on March 19 and was married on March 25. The 28-year-old had been discharged from the hospital 24 hours before, she said."Everything was planned and we did not expect a kidney at all," Philip told ABC News. "It gave me more life to actually enjoy. Now I can travel, have children, and that was actually my main concern. I'm happy that my husband doesn't have to experience daily struggles that I was going through in taking care of me. ...
Since she was in elementary school, Katherine Schreiber, 28, remembers struggling with body issues. "If I exercised, I could control that feeling," Schreiber explained. With Schreiber’s exercise habit she also began to restrict the amount of food she ate, which eventually became full-blown eating disorder.
New York Times best-selling author Dr. Ian K. Smith called out America's addiction to sweets in his new book "Blast the Sugar Out!" a guide designed for diabetic or pre-diabetic people looking to lead healthier lifestyles and for those who are looking to lose weight by reducing their sugar consumption. The book, built as a five-week plan, can help you "regain control of your health destiny" in less than two months, Smith said in a statement. Smith shares the story of his brother, a marathon runner who was feeling lethargic energy levels and overall discomfort in his everyday life, but was unable to pinpoint cause of his troubles.
A young girl's wish to become a police officer for a day has been granted by the Denver Police Department. "That's a day she'll never forget," mom Kelly Gant of Littleton, Colorado, told ABC News. Olivia was diagnosed with a neurogastrointestinal disorder in May 2015.
A toddler danced the night away Friday after attending a teen's high school prom. Taylor Schafer, 17, a student at Caroline High School in Milford, Virginia, invited Finn Blumenthal, 2, to accompany her to the dance. Finn was born with a congenital heart defect, which causes life-threatening medical challenges.
"Good Morning America"'s Amy Robach is training for the 14th annual SHAPE Women's Half Marathon this month in New York City. Robach did a training run with Olympic distance runner Roberto Mandje who shared tips for women and men of all ages on how to best prepare for a long-distance race. Set a goal: "You gotta crawl before you can walk," Mandje said, adding that even if it means only running one or two miles a day, "that's fine." He also advised that runners make a plan long before actually starting a race.
An 11-year-old girl’s battle with cancer, and her wish to make sure no other child must fight the disease, has inspired a new, viral challenge involving mustard. The “Mustard Challenge,” started by the No More Kids With Cancer charity, asks participants to eat a spoonful of mustard, share the moment on social media and challenge four friends to take the challenge within 24 hours or make a donation. The challenge is the brainchild of the family of Naya Summy, who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2015 at age 11.
According to a new Yahoo-Marist poll released today, more than half of Americans admit to having used marijuana at least once in their lives. In the early 1900s U.S. states start to take action to limit marijuana consumption, especially since many people start to use it medicinally. Twenty-six states including Massachusetts, Indiana and California eventually put some limits on the consumption of marijuana, according to Ohio State University and Miami University.
The public attitude toward marijuana has changed within the U.S., with more than half of states legalizing the drug for medicinal or recreational purposes. But the changing attitudes and loosening of legal barriers raise a question for parents: What should they tell their children about marijuana use and its possible risks? Parents appear to be less concerned with marijuana use compared to other issues.
Lucy Eliopulos, 37, of Illinois, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2016, just two months before her newborn son George developed a deadly respiratory infection. Months earlier, her father, Jim Mandros, received news that his brain cancer had returned after 10 years. "[My dad and I] were at the appointment with Dr. Prabhu -- I was pregnant and he kept saying, 'I don't want to operate on your father because he has a grand-baby coming,'" Eliopulos told ABC News today.
"She was having trouble gaining weight," Marian's mother Sara McGlocklin told ABC News. Initially, doctors tried to reassure her that Marian was normal, according to McGlocklin. Last fall, doctors found that Marian's spleen was enlarged -- a sign of a serious degenerative disease called Niemann–Pick disease, type C.
A Georgia seventh-grader who was inspired to do a cancer-related science fair project after some of his friends’ moms were diagnosed with breast cancer is being heralded for his project that swept awards at the state’s science fair. The project, which examined whether an antioxidant found in green tea could prevent breast cancer tumors in planaria, a type of flatworms, also earned Stephen Litt, 12, an invitation to visit a Tufts University research lab over his spring break. “I'd never actually been to a professional lab before so I thought that was just the most cool part about it because I was actually in a lab,” Stephen told ABC News about his visit to the Boston-area school last week.
Your favorite wristband fitness-tracker may be good at measuring your steps, but not as accurate at monitoring your heart rate when you are exercising, according to a new study published today. The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that four popular wrist-worn fitness trackers fell short in measuring heart rate during moderate exercise. “We wanted to help provide people with some guidance and feedback and learn about how accurate this [heart-monitoring] feature was,” said co-author Lisa Cadmus-Bertram, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin.
An Ohio girl is recovering after a rare complication from strep throat led to a dangerous infection, which required amputation of one leg. Tessa Puma, 6, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, an infection by what is commonly called flesh-eating bacteria, which can spread quickly in the body. Tessa was diagnosed with strep throat earlier and took antibiotics.
A 6-year-old “Star Wars” fanatic undergoing treatment for a brain tumor was surprised by a storm trooper, imperial gunner and shoretrooper at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital in Houston. Brodie Pursch, of Katy, Texas, was surprised by the famous characters on Monday after undergoing an MRI that could determine the end of his chemotherapy treatment. Brodie has received eight rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 2015, according to his mother, Audrey Pursch.
Lyndon B. Johnson was president when Janet Haines first started serving as a school crossing guard in Falls Church, Virginia, in 1967. The surprise ceremony was organized by St. James Catholic School, an elementary school located in the City of Falls Church that has been the beneficiary of Haines’ 50 years of service. “She’s just such an ambassador of goodwill for everybody who comes by on the corner,” said Sister Mary Sue Carwile, the principal of St. James.
Actress Chandra Wilson, who plays a doctor on ABC's long-running hit drama "Grey's Anatomy," opened up about her family's real-life medical saga in an interview with "Good Morning America" that aired today. Wilson, who has played Dr. Miranda Bailey on "Grey's Anatomy" for the past 13 seasons, described the uncertainty and fear she faced when her daughter, Sarina McFarlane, 23, first became ill as a teenager. McFarlane's mysterious illness baffled doctors, and Wilson said they went nearly 10 months before she finally got a diagnosis -- cyclic vomiting syndrome, or CVS, a neurological disorder characterized by a series of prolonged attacks of severe nausea and vomiting, with no apparent cause.
One kindergartner undergoing cancer treatment is able to "attend" class, thanks to the help of artificial intelligence. In January, PJ Trojanowski, 6, was diagnosed with the kidney cancer Wilms tumor in both kidneys. "She's our most outgoing child," dad Eric Trojanowski told ABC News today.
ABC News' Mara Schiavocampo shared her experiences after spending a day inside a metabolic chamber at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Schiavocampo's journey, which aired on "Good Morning America," was the first time that TV cameras were allowed to peek into a metabolic chamber, which is used to monitor your total energy expenditure and better understand how your body uses energy in everyday tasks such as resting, eating and exercising. COMING UP ON @GMA: Would you spend 24 hours in this tiny room to change the way you lose weight?
"Good Morning America" booker and segment producer Paige More shares her personal experience of under going a double mastectomy in her early 20s after she tested positive for a BRCA1 genetic mutation, which greatly increases your risk of developing breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Foundation. That all changed when I was 22 years old and tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Can birth control pills protect women from cancer?
A warning by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised new concern about breast implants risks and the possibility of developing a rare form of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL. When did the FDA first discover the link? The FDA first noticed a possible association between breast implants and ALCL, a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in 2011.
Eric Maison, 39, began socially transitioning to become male in the fall of 2015, after his daughter Corey, 15, started her hormone treatment to become female. Maison's medical transition began in 2016. "Corey's bravery definitely inspired me to come out as transgender," said Maison, a resident of Detroit, Michigan.
“Good Morning America” is celebrating ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things for their communities in the "We are GMA" campaign. When doctors told a Georgia woman that her husband would likely die if he did not receive a kidney transplant, she turned to social media and made it her mission to find an eligible donor for him. Over the years she has connected recipients in need of kidneys with donors from across the country, saving at least 23 lives since she started this endeavor.
Orthodontists are warning parents and patients of the dangers in the recent trend of at-home teeth straightening techniques, saying that in some cases these do-it-yourself braces can cause irreparable damage to your teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently reported that 13 percent of its member orthodontists saw patients who have attempted DIY teeth straightening. Some common tools used in at-home teeth straightening attempts include rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips or other materials, according to the AAO.
Along with his mother, Beckett Wyatt landed on the roof of VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, after his first-ever helicopter ride. "He absolutely loved it," mom Kymmie Wyatt of Midlothian, Virginia, told ABC News. In June 2016, Beckett was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing’s sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.