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Public health crises collide: Substance abuse linked to COVID-19 susceptibility

By DR. YALDA SAFAI, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- People with substance use disorders may be more likely to become infected and die of COVID-19, according to a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in Molecular Psychiatry.Specifically, the study found that people with opioid use disorder…... Read More

TikTok 'Benadryl challenge' elicits health official warning

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Health officials have issued a new warning against abusing the allergy medicine Benadryl after reports emerged of a so-called "Benadryl challenge" gaining popularity on the app TikTok.Reminiscent of the deadly "Tide Pod Challenge," the latest dangerous social media trend is encouraging young people…... Read More

Berkeley set to become first US city to ban junk food in grocery store checkout aisles

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- Many Americans can relate to the tempting, passing glances at the colorful assortment of confections while waiting in line at the grocery store. But one city in Northern California is making a move to help people resist the unhealthy urges at checkout in…... Read More

Rural moms recovering from addiction struggle to stay connected during pandemic

By DR. L. NEDDA DASTMALCHI, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Prior to COVID-19, Dr. Julia Few, director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Moms in Recovery Program, gathered a group of women in a small room, joined together by the struggles of motherhood while battling opioid addiction. These women learned from each other, grew…... Read More

COVID-19 quarantine sparks concern of eating disorder crisis

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After struggling for years with disordered eating and more recently a severe eating disorder, Kwolanne Dina Felix, a college junior in New York City, realized early this year that the eating disorder had taken over her life and she was ready to seek…... Read More

Ten pieces of advice for couples who have postponed their weddings to 2021

By ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When Tavi Kaunitz and Tom Lerner had to postpone their May wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was stressful and upsetting for the couple, who had spent nearly a year planning their dream ceremony."We'd already been in the throes of planning,…... Read More

As COVID-19 cancels most youth sports seasons, some parents pursue legal action

By LAURA ROMERO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Every morning, before making breakfast, Chris Tyndorf looks at a sign on the kitchen wall that has become his family's motto: "God, Family, Football."For more than 10 years, Tyndorf’s 14-year-old son has been playing football and during that time family vacations and work…... Read More

COVID-19 canines: How dogs may help sniff out the coronavirus in humans

By MINA KAJI and AMANDA MAILE, ABC News(HELSINKI) -- They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but trainers in Finland claim 8-year-old greyhound mix Kössi learned to identify a scent associated with COVID-19 in just seven minutes.Helsinki Airport welcomed Kössi and nine other "coronavirus-sniffing dogs" as part…... Read More

How much black licorice is too much and why a sweetening compound can be bad for adults

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As people prepare to dig into their favorite Halloween candy, there's one treat with a new consumption warning for adults.According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, eating black licorice in excessive amounts can prompt low potassium levels and trigger a series of…... Read More

Proper installation' of car seats saves kids' lives, says mom and car seat expert

By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When Courtney Ilarraza's minivan was totaled by a car traveling 60 mph on the three-mile trip from the beach to her home in Brooklyn, New York, her three children walked away unscathed.Despite the intensity of the collision, the then-3-year-old in a five-point…... Read More

Women more likely to experience depression, anxiety, new CDC data shows

By SASHA PEZENIK, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Before the COVID-19 pandemic pushed systemic inequalities and unprecedented stress levels to a breaking point, a crisis in American mental health already loomed.New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics surveying nearly 32,000 adults and…... Read More