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Baby's Mind is Completely Blown Learning About the Miracle of Life

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The mir­a­cle of life is incred­i­ble. It’ll blow your mind. But imag­ine explain­ing that to a baby.

That’s exactly what Jason Silva, the Emmy-nominated host of National Geo­graphic Channel’s Brain Games, did on Sept. 1 to a tiny baby girl whose mind was com­pletely blown hear­ing about all of life’s complexities.

Some­how, like lit­er­ally, a piece of soft­ware melded together, fused, and then it started to turn itself into like a liv­ing, breath­ing, like a steak with a brain,” Silva explains to the per­plexed baby in the adorable YouTube video. “You’re like a piece of meat that grew up inside your mother. You’re like a wet­ware android, and now, you’re grasp­ing all this amaz­ing infor­ma­tion as you map and model the world.”

You’re grow­ing, you’re learn­ing, you’re expand­ing, you’re slow­ing emerg­ing as a think­ing being,” he con­tin­ued. “And it’s like ‘Oh my god,’ this is what it’s like to be a mind. I mean you’re tran­scen­dent. You’re tran­scen­dent. But you’re also made of flesh so it’s like hold­ing you.”

Appar­ently, this entire super casual con­ver­sa­tion began while Silva was hang­ing out at his friend’s house, hav­ing their “usual mind-jam,” when the pre­cious lit­tle girl, nick­named Lani­akea, which means immea­sur­able heaven, awoke from her nap.

His wife brought the baby out­side, and at one point I got to hold her for a few min­utes,” Silva, the cre­ator of the dig­i­tal series Shots of Awe, told ABC News. “Maybe it was the exis­ten­tial vibe of the con­ver­sa­tion we had going, but I decided to start hav­ing a real chat with the baby and my friend caught me in the moment, and started record­ing with his iPhone. Min­utes later we laughed at the video and decided it would be fun to post on Face­book. The rest is history.”

The video now has more than 21 mil­lion views and nearly 237,000 shares on Facebook.

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Family Alleges Pest Fumigation Left Boy Severely Injured

iStock/Thinkstock(PALM CITY, Fla.) — The fam­ily of a 10-year-old boy said he had to be rushed to the hos­pi­tal where he has remained for weeks after being exposed to fumi­ga­tion chem­i­cals in their house.
The fam­ily of Pey­ton McCaughey said that after th…


Walmart Apologizes to Mom for Refusing Breast-Feeding Photos

Cour­tesy Whit­ney Wal­ters(KNOXVILLE, Iowa) — Wal­mart has apol­o­gized to an Iowa mom for refus­ing to print pho­tos of her breast-feeding her children.

I was furi­ous and I was also embar­rassed,” Whit­ney Wal­ters of Knoxville, Iowa, told ABC News on Fri­day. “It was humil­i­at­ing. I had four girls with me and I had to sit there and explain to my eight-year-old daugh­ter why they weren’t able to print baby and breast-feeding pictures.”

Wal­ters, a mother of five, said she placed an order two weeks ago to have pic­tures of her kids processed through the retail giant’s 24-hour photo service.

I’m an ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher and I like to scrap­book for all the kids,” she said. “The pic­tures are of my child who is now 6, and I’m try­ing to get her baby scrap­book done.

When I went into the store, I had four of my chil­dren with me,” Wal­ters added. “There was a sticky note on the enve­lope of pho­tos say­ing that they needed to refund three of the photos.”

When she approached an employee ask­ing why the pho­tos hadn’t been printed, Wal­ters said, she was told the images vio­lated their terms of service.

Angry and upset, Wal­ters said she then went home and called Walmart’s cor­po­rate office to fight the issue.

The first lady I spoke to said it did not vio­late the terms and she apol­o­gized,” she said. “She told me she sub­mit­ted a ticket and I would hear back in three days.

When I got the call, he [an employee] told me that the pho­tos did vio­late the terms,” Wal­ters added. “I asked him, “If that’s the case, why out of the 120 pho­tos did they print two of the breast-feeding pho­tos and not the oth­ers?’ He couldn’t give me an answer.”

Wal­ters said she decided to take her story to an Iowa news sta­tion, which then prompted Wal­mart to set­tle the inci­dent once and for all.

Even­tu­ally, I was con­tacted by the main man­ager of the store after the news story posted” she said. “He apol­o­gized. He said, basi­cally, the terms of ser­vice were open to inter­pre­ta­tion and this per­son [an employee] inter­preted it to vio­lat­ing the terms.”

In addi­tion to an apol­ogy, Wal­ters said the store issued her a $25 gift card.

We wel­come cus­tomers to print nurs­ing pho­tos at our stores, just as we wel­come them to nurse in our stores,” a Wal­mart rep­re­sen­ta­tive told ABC News. “We have apol­o­gized directly to the cus­tomer and offered to print those pho­tos for her.”

Wal­ters said she is no longer upset with Wal­mart and hopes it con­sid­ers adding a note to the terms of ser­vice indi­cat­ing that breast-feeding pho­tos are acceptable.

Unfor­tu­nately, I think there’s a large stigma in our soci­ety against breast-feeding,” she said. “Breast-feeding is a part of their child­hood and deem­ing their mem­o­ries inap­pro­pri­ate has to be stopped. No one should ever have to feel that type of humiliation.”

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Your Body: Tips on Managing Your Kids' Cellphone Use

Artur Debat/Contributor/Getty ImagesBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Med­ical Con­trib­u­tor­Cell­phones are all the rage nowa­days, espe­cially for teenagers. As par­ents, it is so imper­a­tive that you make sure your teenager is mak­ing smart deci­sions on…


Too Much Screen Time for Kids Can Hurt Grades, Study Says

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Turn off that TV.

Researchers in the UK have found in a new study pub­lished in the Inter­na­tional Jour­nal of Behav­ioral Nutri­tion and Phys­i­cal Activ­ity, that 14-year-olds who spend an extra hour per day watch­ing TV, using the Inter­net, or play­ing com­puter games tend to have poorer grades on a test known as the GCSE (Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion), which they take at age 16.

And we’re talk­ing quite a bit lower – the equiv­a­lent of the dif­fer­ence between get­ting a B and get­ting a D.

The Med­ical Research Coun­cil at Cam­bridge stud­ied 845 pupils from sec­ondary schools in Cam­bridgeshire and Suf­folk. They mea­sured self-reported lev­els of seden­tary activ­ity and screen time at when kids were 14 (to be pre­cise, 14-and-a-half years old) and com­pared these lev­els to their GCSE scores in the fol­low­ing year.

The aver­age amount of screen time per day for these kids was four hours. Kids get­ting an hour more screen time per day scored 93 points lower on their GCSE, whereas an extra hour of non-screen time (time spent read­ing or doing home­work, for exam­ple) was asso­ci­ated with a 23-point higher score.

But even if par­tic­i­pants spent a sig­nif­i­cant time read­ing and doing home­work, the researchers said watch­ing  TV or engag­ing in online activ­ity exces­sively still dam­aged aca­d­e­mic performance.

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Newborn with Inoperable Brain Tumor Stuns in Heartwrenching Family Photos

Cour­tesy Mary Huszcza/808 Pho­tog­ra­phy(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Dur­ing Erika Jones’ preg­nancy, doc­tors told her there was a good chance her baby girl wouldn’t be born alive.

The Jack­sonville, Florida mom — who also is par­ent to two-year-old Audrey — had a 30-week ultra­sound that spot­ted that some­thing unusual on her baby’s brain. It was later found to be a large brain tumor.

The doc­tor pre­pared us that this was really bad,” Jones told ABC News. “The prog­no­sis was very poor.”

Jones, her­self a nurse who works in neu­rol­ogy, said she knew enough to know this was “devastating.”

Just three months ear­lier, Erika and Stephen’s unborn daugh­ter was diag­nosed with Down syn­drome. “After the ini­tial mourn­ing,” Jones said, “we made peace with it quickly and were so excited.”

Jones said the tumor “lit­er­ally came out of nowhere. At the 26-week ultra­sound, her brain looked com­pletely fine.” At 30 weeks, the por­tion of her brain that was affected appeared “massive.”

Jones said she prayed.

I don’t want to walk this path, I don’t want to sac­ri­fice my daugh­ter,’ I said. I imag­ined God just say­ing, ‘I’m so sorry and cry­ing with us,’” she recalled. “We pre­pared our­selves for the worst and decided that she would have a mean­ing­ful life, no mat­ter how short it might be.”

Abi­gail Noelle Jones was born August 6. The Jones’ thought she might die shortly after birth. She didn’t, and a few days later pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher Mary Huszcza took the photos.

An MRI after Abi­gail was born revealed the tumor had grown and was thought to be aggres­sive and can­cer­ous. Doc­tors have told Jones chemo would likely kill baby Abi­gail and that an oper­a­tion on the tumor would not pre­vent it from grow­ing back. The Jones’ decided to take Abi­gail home with pedi­atric hospice.

If she dies, I don’t want it to be in plas­tic box in a hos­pi­tal NICU. It will be home with us, sur­rounded by love and in our arms.”

Every day that passes, though, gives the Jones a lit­tle bit more hope. Noth­ing has changed in Abi­gail since she was born and Jones said that to an out­sider, it’s impos­si­ble to tell any­thing is wrong.

She is the chillest baby ever. She just loves to be held. She watches your face, tracks it with her eyes.” She’s had her feed­ing tube removed and is gain­ing weight.

Jones said she knows Abi­gail will be healed, but it may come in death. “If He doesn’t heal her on earth, He will heal her the sec­ond she takes her last breath,” she said. “We know this is tragic, but Abigail’s life has a purpose.”

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Woman Who Could Hear Her Own Body Sounds Gets Corrective Surgery

iStock/Thinkstock(MERRILLVILLE, Ind.) — Imag­ine that you could actu­ally hear your own body’s every sound — hear your eyes mov­ing, your bones creak­ing and your heart beating.

That’s what life was like for 28-year-old Rachel Pyne, a school pho­tog­ra­pher from Mer­ril­lville, Indiana.

Pyne had dras­ti­cally enhanced hear­ing, allow­ing every tiny sound body her body made to be amplified.

I could hear my neck mus­cles mov­ing, like dif­fer­ent things inside my body and when you tell peo­ple that, they are like, ‘you’re crazy,’” Pyne told ABC News.

It hap­pened all the time and became debil­i­tat­ing, and came with con­stant dizzy spells. Pyne stopped all her hob­bies and only worked when she had to.

So I would end up in bed usu­ally before noon and just lay there. I couldn’t watch TV; it was too loud. I couldn’t lis­ten to music,” she said, adding that she just had to lie around and lis­ten to her heart­beat and “feel my brain spin.”

She sought answered from nine dif­fer­ent doc­tors but none could offer her a diag­no­sis. When she found Dr. Quin­ton Gopen, that all changed.

Gopen, a sur­geon at UCLA’s Ronald Rea­gan Med­ical Cen­ter, diag­nosed Pyne with a rare con­di­tion: Supe­rior semi­cir­cu­lar canal dehis­cence, or SCD.

What that means is the inner ear, which is the organ that is in charge of bal­ance and hear­ing, has an abnor­mal open­ing in the bone. And so you tend to hear inter­nal sounds ampli­fied, like your heart­beat, your own voice, and even things mov­ing inside your body like your eyes mov­ing,” Gopen told ABC News.

Pyne was thrilled to know that she could put a name to what had been hap­pen­ing to her.

We got in the ele­va­tor and I was cry­ing. I was so happy,” she said.

UCLA has dis­cov­ered a min­i­mally inva­sive surgery fix for the con­di­tion and it was per­formed on Pyne twice. The first surgery was done last Novem­ber, on Pyne’s left ear, and then again in May, on her right ear.

In each surgery, doc­tors plugged the tiny hole in Pyne’s inner ear through a dime-sized inci­sion in her skull.

For many patients, the results are immediate.

We do this surgery in about ninety min­utes and they wake up and they say, ‘My symp­toms are gone,” said Dr. Isaac Yang, the neu­ro­sur­geon who also oper­ated on Pyne, mak­ing the small open­ing in her skull.

That’s exactly what hap­pened after Pyne’s surgeries.

When I woke up from surgery I knew right off the bat that I was bet­ter and I had no more dizzi­ness and I was talk­ing to the nurse right when I woke up and I was ready to get up and go some­where,” said Pyne, whose hear­ing is now normal.

Accord­ing to Gopen, only around one in half-a-million peo­ple have SCD.

It was diag­nosed rel­a­tively recently, about 15 years ago,” he said. “The major­ity of peo­ple that we see that have this con­di­tion, there’s no known cause or event that they did that cre­ated this opening.”

It just hap­pens,” Gopen said.

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