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Desperate Mom Is Urging Parents Everywhere To Check Their Baby’s Toes

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One of the most important things to any parent is making sure that their baby is as safe as possible. When we care for our babies, we don’t really expect anything bad to happen but one Michigan mother is talking about an imminent danger that caught her by surprise. It is a medical condition that is not typically known but this mother is spreading the word far and wide to ensure that other parents don’t experience the same difficulty as her.

It started when Heather’s son, Jacob, was 10 weeks old. She had recently put him down for a two-hour nap and was now busy changing his diaper. Jacob was a baby that never really fussed much over anything, so when he woke up from his sleep, Heather checked his diaper to make sure there wasn’t any need to change it. That is when she saw his toes. She couldn’t believe that they had turned a dark shade of blue while he was sleeping!
Jacobs father, Tommy, had come into the room to help get Jacob ready after his nap. He and Heather were going to a party that evening so he wanted to take the time to help her feed the baby, change the diaper and put him in fresh clothes.

“I handed him to his dad Tommy to put socks on him when Tommy realized his two toes were blue and tied together with a strand of hair!!! I immediately took off what I could and had to take him to the ER where we spent an hour and a team of 5 doctors trying to get the rest of MY HAIR off his two toes…”
Doctors told her that they would have probably had to amputate the toes if she had not removed the hair before coming to the hospital

Heather is now urging parents everywhere to check their baby carefully. The medical diagnosis is ‘hair tourniquet syndrome’ and it is more common than most people realize.
“CHECK YOUR BABYS TOES AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN!!! And if you have a baby boy even his PENIS. Yes I said penis… they are such tiny baby’s and our hair can be such a hazard but it’s something that we never really pay attention to.. so plz share this with all your mom friends with little babies!!!!”
Heather took this picture about 12 hours after they had removed the hair. It still looks very painful and raw. She was crying when she thought about how this must have made her poor baby feel.

As they say, knowledge is power and this mom wants to provide as much knowledge as possible on this serious subject. We will often go out of our way to baby-proof the home but it’s important to remember that for a newborn’s toes, a strand of hair is like a razor-sharp wire.
Honestly, I didn’t even know that this was a medical problem, but I’m thankful that I know about it now.

Study Reveals That Children Get Most of Their Genes From Their Maternal Grandmother

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We all love our grandmothers. They’re wonderful and fun – the ones who spoil us and secretly let us away with things we’d never get past our parents. The bond between a grandma and grandchild is a special one. As I write this, I’m marking the fourteenth year of my grandmother’s passing. And even though it’s been so long, and I miss her, the importance of the role she played in my life hasn’t faded – and it’s true, the role of a grandmother in your life is an inherit one, both emotionally and genetically. While some of us may share or have shared a stronger bond with our grandmothers than others, the bond that we share is something that won’t easily fade – it’s encoded in us at a genetic level. One study has shown that we inherit our maternal grandmother’s DNA, temperament, tastes, and even emotions!

Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean essayist, has written a book called “Metagenealogy: Self-Discovery Through Psychomagic and the Family Tree” where he going into explanation of the genetic influence maternal grandmothers have on their grandchildren, as genes can skip generations, passing from grandparents directly to grandchildren.

According to Alejandro, the genes that you receive in your mothers’ womb are directly coming from your grandmothers. Out of all grandparents and relatives, your maternal grandmother is the one who’s most responsible for the inheritance gene. Genes don’t always get directly passed on to the next generation, but they can sometimes skip one. That’s why there’s the possibility that some kids may look more like their aunts, uncles, or grandparents, than their own mothers and fathers.
Children may not look like spitting images of their grandmother, but there will always be a marker of them – be it a mole, smile, eye color, mannerisms such as movement like walking. They sometimes also inherit their bone structure or muscles and in some cases even genetic diseases from their grandparents.

On average, we are about 25% of our DNA with our grandparents. Scientists at the University of Cambridge have published research correlating to the bond between the maternal grandmother and their grandchildren. According to their research, this connection happens because of the X-chromosome. Maternal grandmothers will pass 25% of their X-chromosomes to all their grandchildren, therefore allowing them to inherit her genes.

Paternal grandmothers only pass on their X-chromosomes to their granddaughters but not their grandsons. So while paternal grandmothers have a 50% X-relation to their granddaughters, they are 0% X-related to any grandsons. But don’t worry, this has nothing to do with closeness of relationship. The emotional relation is all forged in the time spent together, something that will always improve the essential bonds that tie families together regardless or genes or gender.

In addition, Jodorowsky shows that children can also inherit the emotional experiences of their maternal grandmothers. The emotions that a grandmother felt while pregnant with her daughter can be passed on to her future grandchildren, as such emotional information can be recorded in DNA and remain there, even if it skips a generation. This is something that I can definitely see, as my mother doesn’t seem to have inherited the same sharp wit that I shared with my late grandmother.

Writing this has been somewhat therapeutic to know that even when family is gone, they’re still very much with us – sometimes if that means living on within us through our shared DNA.

What traits do you share with your grandmother?

Pupil, 12, has carried disabled best friend to school for SIX years

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Anything is possible when you have a good friend to support you through tough times. A disabled boy in China has been able to attend class for six years without any issue thanks to his classmate and best friend who gives him a piggyback every day.

Xu Bingyang, 12, carries Zhang Ze to school regardless of the weather. The kind-hearted boy also helps his friend to get lunch and move between classrooms to attend different lessons.

The friendship between the pair from Meishan city in south-western China’s Sichuan Province has made headline in China earlier this month.

Xu, informed reporters that it was his pleasure to be his friend’s ‘walking stick’. He added that it wasn’t difficult to lift Zhang.‘I weigh more than 40kg (88 pounds) and Zhang Ze only weighs about 25kg (55 pounds), so it’s okay for me to carry him,‘ Xu said. 

On the other hand, Zhang said he couldn’t thank Xu enough for his benevolence. ‘Xu Bingyang is my best friend. Every day, he studies with me, chats with me and plays with me. [I] thank him for looking after me like this every day,’ Zhang explains.

Zhang, on the other hand, said he couldn't thank Xu enough for his benevolence and help

Xu and Zhang are sixth-grade pupils at the Hebazi Town Central Primary School in the county of Qingshen. Zhang was diagnosed with a rare muscle condition, sometimes known as the rag doll disease, at the age of four.

The incurable condition, known as myasthenia gravis, caused Zhang to lose all control of his voluntary muscles in his legs. As a result he can’t walk on his own. Fortunately, Zhang has been able to go to school like other children after Xu offered to help him as soon as they met in the first grade.

This prevents messages being passed from the nerve endings to the muscles, which results in the muscles not contracting (tightening) and becoming weak.

Xu also helps Zhang to fetch lunch and move between classrooms to attend different lessons

It is not fully understood why some people’s immune systems produce antibodies that attack the muscle receptor cells. Xu considers it his responsibility to help those in need. He said: ‘I am bigger than him. I thought if I didn’t help him, nobody else would.’

The journey for the pair hasn’t been easy, it generally takes the two boys three minutes to move from the classroom to the toilet, which are roughly 70 metres apart.

To cover the short distance, Xu would gently hold Zhang by the hand or lift him up from the side, whenever there are stairs, Xu would carry Zhang on his back.

Xu also helps Zhang refill his water bottle, hand in his homework and go to the bathroom. Which takes dedication, patience and perseverance. 

Zhang was helped by Xu and another boy for roughly three years in total. However according to one teacher, the other pupil pulled out during the third grade because he said he didn’t have spare time to play or study.

Xu said his biggest wish was to carry on helping the others and volunteering in the future

For so many years, [Xu] has continued doing good deeds and never complained in front of the teachers and classmates,’ the teacher remarked, adding that Xu is hardworking, down-to-earth and very mature.

It seems not even Xu’s mother was aware of her son’s selfless behavior at the beginning. She said her shy son never spoke about his action in the family and she only found out about it from the other pupils.

Xu’s biggest wish is to help others around him and volunteer for the society when he grows up. 

Take a look at the video below to see Xu carry his friend.

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Doctors forced to amputate man’s arm after he had his favorite dinner

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All over the world millions of people try new dishes that you would never even think of. Many people haven’t tried sushi although it’s been around since the sixties. It has really only gained popularity in the United States over the last 20 years.

However, for one 71-year-old South Korean man, this dish almost cost him his life. Sadly, he developed an infection after his dinner, resulting in complications which eventually required an amputation of his forearm,

Raw meat can often contain harmful bacteria which can result in severe food born illness.

Sushi is made up several ingredients, where the fish part of sushi is often uncooked so you’re eating raw meat. Although tasty, raw fish may be dangerous, possibly life-threatening – if not prepared properly.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to this South Korean man. After an evening of eating sushi, he began forming blisters and bruises on his hand and arm. Just 12 hours after eating the contaminated sushi, his left hand had swollen so much it began to leak – leading to excruciating pain.

The man had a history of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and he was undergoing dialysis for end-stage renal (kidney) disease.

He decided to go to the hospital immediately fearing that something might be wrong. A cavity filled with blood measuring about 1.5 by 2 inches had developed on the palm of his left hand. There was a swollen cavity on the top of his hand and forearm.

Once he informed the doctors he had consumed sushi, they realized instantly there was a possibility the man was suffering from a flesh-eating bacteria infection.

They performed urgent surgery and isolated a bacteria known as ‘Vibrio vulnificus’, which is commonly found in coastal ocean water. The cause of his infection was due to the bacteria.

Doctors drained the blisters and carefully pulled away as much of the infected tissue as possible, however despite their efforts, the man lost his hand. Roughly three weeks after he presented to the ER doctors performed an amputation of his left forearm.

The patient did well after the surgery and was discharged home,” the authors of his case report concluded.

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Authorities locate 123 missing children in sting operation over 24 hours.

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In Detroit over 123 missing children were safely located as part of an initiative to find victims of sex trafficking.

The agency said Operation MISafeKid recovered 123 missing children throughout Wayne County in a sweep to identify and recover missing children and locate victims of human trafficking.

Authorities interviewed each of the children that were recovered where investigators indicate at least three of them showed signs of having been sexually victimized.

The State Police – whose numbers bear a slight discrepancy to those of the U.S. Marshals – confirmed that of the 107 children recovered under ‘Operation MISafeKid’, three were identified as being possible sex trafficking cases.

The report said one homeless teenage boy hadn’t eaten in three days, so authorities transported him back to their command post for food and turned him over to Child Protective Services for aftercare.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Operation MISafeKid placed an emphasis on locating missing children who were victims of sex trafficking

Teams began investigating cases and looking through the files of children reported missing in preparation for the sting. Participating officers began to visiting locations where said children had been last seen.

US Marshall Service said, “The message to the missing children and their families that we wish to convey is that we will never stop looking for you.”

Information on the missing children is still light, with officials confirming it is an ongoing investigation.

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Beware Of This NEW Hotel Scam When You Are Checking Into Your Hotel

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New hotel scam that you need to be aware of. Please take this very seriously as its a very simple scam.

Everybody goes on holidays at least once a year or goes and stays in a hotel. You should pass this information along to your friends and family and make sure they are aware of this terrible scam.

This is one of the smartest scams I have heard about. You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for any charges to your room) and they don’t retain the card. You go to your room and settle in. All is good. The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an example) room 620 – which happens to be your room.

The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on the other end says the following: ‘This is the front desk. When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information.

Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.’ Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel.

They have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information.

They sound so professional, that you think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems.

Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped…….. and is still cleaning up the mess. P.S. Please, consider spreading the word by forwarding this message. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience. All traveling often should be aware of this one!’


Dental Clinic Inform Over 500 Patients To Get Tested After HIV Scare

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Over 560 dental patients at one surgery have been told to have HIV tests because equipment was not cleaned properly.

The patients were sent letters from saying they were at risk because the hygienist had failed to sterilise the ultrasonic scaler she had been using.

Dentality Hoddesdon took three months to send letters to patients urging them to take an HIV test after equipment was not sterilised

One patient said: “You get a letter telling you to get an HIV test and it’s terrifying. They can say the risk is small all they want — but the truth is that they don’t actually know.

The fact it took them three months to warn everyone is disgusting. How many more people could have been infected in that time?”

The ultrasonic scaler was cleaned only twice a day, when it should have been sterilised after each use.

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The incident became apparent in January when other staff at the practice in Hoddesdon, Herts, realised the scaler was not being put in the steriliser as often as it should.

The self-employed hygienist, from London, is no longer being used by the practice but can continue working once monitored. It’s not thought that she had any infection however it hasn’t been revealed if any patients she treated did.

Health officials say there is a chance of the 563 patients involved being infected by tainted blood.

Dr Jorg Hoffmann, of Public Health England East, said: “The risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low and testing is being offered as a precautionary measure.”

Dr Vishaal Shah, from Dentality Hoddesdon, insisted: “We have always put patients first.”

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Farmer names cow after Lewis Capaldi after spotting Scots singer’s face on its side

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Farmer Philip Smith has renamed his cow ‘Lewis Cow-paldi’ because he believes the singer’s face can be seen on its back.

After spotting the patch Philip came to the conclusion that the patch bears a striking resemblance to the musician. Once you see the patch you will agree it looks a lot like Lewis

Lewis couldn’t actually believe his eyes at New Street Farm in Hertfordshire, which is close the site of Standon Calling festival where Lewis will perform this year. The mark does seem to be similar to the Scot.

Phillip explained: “I was out for the early morning feed and spotted the unusual markings on Roberta, one of our cows, that looked really familiar.

My son has been showing me these Instagram Stories from a Scottish bloke that makes music so I called him to the field and there it was – the resemblance is uncanny, if you really squint it looks just like him.

It’s like when people find images of Jesus on toast, but instead it’s our cow, who we’ve decided to rename Lewis Cow-paldi.”

Lewis celebrated the release of his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which shot straight to number one on iTunes. The musician celebrated the launch at a hometown cafe, however he couldn’t enjoy a fry up as he is a vegetarian.

Glasgow celebrated the special day early when a mask of the main man was slapped on the Duke of Wellington statue. Twitter even gave him giving him his very own EMOJI ahead of the album release.

 Lewis released his debut album this week

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Mom shares a warning about aerosol sunscreens that every parent should be aware of

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The season is about to get hotter so it’s time to stock up on products like sunscreen, especially if going on a trip to the beach. Sunscreen and sunblock are both important particularly for young kids and toddlers even when it’s cloudy.

If you have sensitive skin then it doesn’t take long for the sun to burn even if you are only going outside for a few minutes. One should never underestimate the strength and danger of sun exposure.

After spending a day in the sun, mother Rebecca Cannon thought her one-year-old daughter was well protected after coving her daughter in SPF50 sunblock. However the toddler’s skin turned red and began to peel. Rebecca realised it wasn’t the sun that she needed to worry about so she wants to warn others.

Rebecca Cannon borrowed some sunscreen spray from her sister to use for Kyla as it was a pretty hot day in Newfoundland, Canada.

Rebecca thought the SPF50 sunblock would have been enough to protect her daughter’s face on a sunny day. Rebecca son realized that the SPF numbers on sunblock bottles aren’t reliable, after her daughter’s face began to blister.

Rebecca put sunblock on her daughter’s face before going outside but it wasn’t until the next morning that her daughter’s started to burn.

Her daughter Kyla’s face swelled up she was burned and had big blisters on her cheeks. Despite the fact that the toddler barely spent any time out in the sun that day.

As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen. She was bright red. There were blisters starting to pop up,” says Rebecca.

Rebecca decided to take her daughter to a hospital emergency room, the doctor confirmed that the girl had second degree chemical burns. A dermatologist was quick to uncover the likely truth behind the situation.

Apparently the sunblock was the cause, doctors informed Rebecca that it was possible her burns were a severe allergic reaction to the sunblock. This meant there may have been some kind of dangerous chemical in it.

Thankfully, Kyla will likely not deal with long-term issues and also does not seem to have any scarring, despite suffering from the burns.

In an attempt to prevent it from happening to other children Rebecca wrote about the incident on Facebook:

Ok so I’m getting many msgs and just want everyone to know Kyla is back home after another hospital trip this morning due to [extreme] swelling but she is doing ok and is in good spirits,” she wrote in the caption.

“Please watch and be [careful] when using aerosolised sunscreen! I have done a lot of research. Since coming home and have found a disturbing amount of cases like ours. I don’t know why it’s not removed from the shelves !!

The sunblock Rebecca Cannon used on her daughter is called Banana Boat Kids SPF50. Rebecca decided to write to the company and issue a complaint concerning the ill effects of their sunscreen.

After Rebeccas warning and several reports of babies developing serious chemical burns upon using Banana Boat sunscreens, Health Canada launched an investigation into the products.

The department of health received almost 200 complaints from Canadians about Banana Boat sunscreen products.

Following, a vast range of examinations there didn’t seem to be any reason for concern about the sunscreen products.

This incident was probably more freak rather than one that implicates the manufacturers. It’s possible that Kyla had a severe allergic reaction.

It’s important to make people aware about this story so this doesn’t happen to any child again.

Babies and young children can have allergic reactions or very sensitive skin, so testing before full coverage, so patch testing is all the more crucial!

Not all sunscreens are reliable, so you be sure to consult your doctor about which one is best for your child.

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Cop discovers dog taped up and abandoned on side of the road, makes sure justice is served

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Every day there is a shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported, many cases aren’t ever reported. An elderly Dachhund mix called Jimmy was subject to horrific treatment.

Not only was he abandoned and left for dead. In addition to that he was bound at the mouth, hands, and feet with duct tape and abandoned in a ditch on a cold Missouri night.

Jimmy’s treatment was intentionally cruel and frightfully sickening. Thanks to the police officers in our country they work hard to get justice for these monsters that neglect animals.

Police officers in Jimmy’s town vowed to protect and serve all of its citizens, including animals. Once Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was on patrol along Old Highway M, he realized he needed to do something when he spotted something peculiar.

He looked closer after getting out of his car only to find a starving, shivering and malnourished dog who was tied up. It was 30-degree weather and the deputy wasn’t sure if the poor puppy was suffering from a concussion. It was truly a terribly heartbreaking sight.

The officer immediately picked up the dog and called him Jimmy.  The shivering puppy was then rushed to Ivan Animal Hospital.

Police believe Jimmy had been left there about 12 hours earlier. How could someone do something so horrible to such a cute and defenseless animal?

The dog was left overnight when temperatures were believed to have dipped into the teens. Thankfully with some love and care, the senior dog was able to recover.

His prognosis looks very good,” Dr. Laura Ivan, a veterinarian at Ivan Animal Hospital EXPLAINED.

He has a little bit of a residual head tilt which basically implies that he is off balance a little bit, which when they tilt their head they’re actually seeing straight ahead of us. But he’s been happy, he wags his tail a lot, he’s active, he’s eating.

However police in Jefferson County weren’t about to let Jimmy’s abuser get away. The clever deputy decided to hold onto the duct tape – that decision helped them to track down a suspect.

The deputy having that forethought to save that duct tape and took it back to the evidence lab and the techs worked on it for hours and they were able to slowly peel that duct tape apart and they found a fingerprint on the sticky side of it,” Grant Bissell, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said.

As a result Paul Garcia, 39, was soon arrested and later charged with animal abuse and armed criminal action. He was jailed on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Police still don’t know why Garcia allegedly did this to Jimmy and said they’re still looking for the dog’s owner.

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