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flySnow/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The rate of some sexually transmitted infections, known as STIs, is rising for both male and female service members in the U.S. military, the Military Health System (MHS) warned in a release on Wednesday.

“There appears to be an increase in high-risk behaviors among service members; that is, having sex without a condom or having more than one sexual partner,” said Maj. Dianne Frankel, an Air Force internal medicine physician.

Both are on a list of behaviors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says can increase the risk of contracting an STI, including HIV.

The Defense Department's 2015 Health-Related Behaviors Survey (HRBS) found that one-third of respondents reported having more than one sexual partner in the past year, while one-third reported having sex with a new partner in the past year without using a condom. Frankel told MHS that those numbers had doubled since the 2011 survey, possibly contributing to the increase in STIs.

Another possible reason for the increase could be the use of dating apps.

Dating apps can lead to random, anonymous encounters, and when infections result, that anonymity can make partners difficult to track down, according to Norma Jean Suarez, a nurse practitioner in preventive medicine at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

"Anonymous sex" is another behavior the CDC identified as possibly increasing the risk of contracting an STI.

Col. Amy Costello, chief of preventive medicine at the Air Force Medical Support Agency, said that condom use is critical, and service members should get tested for STIs.

While rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are rising in the military, the 2015 survey found that isn't the case for all STIs -- the rates for genital herpes and genital human papillomavirus, or HPV, have decreased.

STIs are a concern to the military because they can have "a significant impact on individual readiness, which in turn impacts unit readiness, which then leads to a decrease in force health protection," Frankel said, adding that the infections also place "a significant economic strain on the U.S. and military health care systems."

It's not surprising that STIs would pose a challenge for the U.S. military, as they are most common for 18 to 25-year-olds, which makes up a sizable portion of the more than 1.3 million Department of Defense personnel.

Rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise in the civilian population as well, according to the CDC.

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Moussa81/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Drug-overdose deaths may be declining in the U.S. for the first time in decades, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

While the total number of fatalities by drug overdose in 2018 is still being counted, provisional data from the CDC predict the total to be around 69,100 for the 12-month period ending in November, down from nearly 72,300 deaths for the year before.

If the trend holds through December, annual drug deaths will have fallen for the first time since 1990, when about 8,400 people were killed by overdoses, according to the CDC.

One of the main reasons for the decrease may be the expanded use of the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, which can reduce fatalities. Public health officials say they're happy that the direction of the numbers is decreasing, but note there is still a long way to go.

The death counts are based on death records received by the National Center for Health Statistics.

U.S. overdose deaths linked to opioids like fentanyl increased more than 45% from 2016 to 2017, according to the CDC.

There were more than 702,000 deaths from drug overdoses between 2016 and 2017, 10% of which occurred in 2017, according to the CDC.

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SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Singer Alanis Morissette, who is currently pregnant with her third child, opened up about her thoughts on postpartum depression to help reduce the stigma for other moms in a new interview.
 
"I had postpartum depression both times, both kids, just basically feels like tar had taken over my whole body and I was just underwater and I kept having that image of wanting to get above the wave," Morissette, 45, told SELF magazine.

The seven-time Grammy Award winner added that after suffering from postpartum twice before, she is prioritizing her mental health before the depression even starts with her third pregnancy.

"First time around I didn’t seek help for a year and four months...and then second time I waited four months," she told the magazine. "This time around I am not even waiting four minutes, I am going to be like, 'Okay, everybody, even if I say I am okay I want you to resist believing me.'"

"Depression has a way of taking away self-perception in a way it clouds things," she added. "I am actually going to need support and I am not going to push it away."

Morissette's openness about her struggles is what inspired the SELF magazine editors to choose her as their latest cover girl.

"We chose Alanis Morissette to be on the cover of SELF because she is so outspoken on her experiences with postpartum depression and there is such a stigma around this condition even though so many people experience it," Carolyn Kylstra, editor-in-chief of SELF, told ABC News' Good Morning America.

"And our hope is that it will make people who are experiencing it feel a lot less alone and hopefully get the help that they need," Kylstra added.

The singer also opened up about bringing a third child into the world at the age of 45, saying, she is "one of those women that really enjoy being pregnant."

"I feel innately purposeful and even when I am sitting still, I am still being productive. I am still building a human being, which still boggles my mind," she added.

She also opened up about one of her biggest fears when she has her third child -- making sure she is still there for her 3-year-old daughter, Onyx, and her 8-year-old son, Ever.

"My orientation is how do we integrate as quickly and smoothly as possible so that my two kids don’t feel like they are losing their mom and I will still be available to them," she said. "I’m terrified but there is no other choice."

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Courtesy Carolyn Curcuru(NEW YORK) -- Olivia Curcuru, 13, who loves to play wheelchair basketball, got the surprise of a lifetime: her very own custom adaptive sports wheelchair.

“It feels a little bit unreal,” Olivia said about finally getting a chair that fits her after years of trying to play basketball in borrowed ones.

Paralympian gold medalist Megan Blunk surprised Olivia, who traveled to Los Angles from Scottsdale, Arizona, along with two other young athletes with their very own custom adaptive sports wheelchairs at the 2019 Angel City Games, an adaptive sports festival celebrating athletes with disabilities. The gift was made possible thanks to a donation from The Hartford’s Ability Equipped program.

In 2009, at age 3, Olivia suffered a spinal cord injury after being hit by a truck while riding her tricycle. Since then, she's been in a wheelchair, but has never let it slow her down.

“My mom would tell me when I was little I would fly down the hospital hallways just zooming to my heart’s delight," Olivia told ABC News' Good Morning America, laughing. "She said the only time I cried was when I got blisters on my thumbs because I was rolling way too fast."

Olivia’s mother, Carolyn Curcuru, told GMA that Olivia’s love for sports came naturally, whether it was archery, swimming, dancing or basketball. In rehab, Olivia’s team of doctors suggested she focus on what she could do instead of what she couldn't, "and we just took that to heart," Curcuru said.

At age 4, Olivia started her first sport, archery, which eventually led her to basketball.

The first time she played wheelchair basketball was with Arizona Disabled Sports, a Paralympic sports club. However, the family had to drive two hours each way on a school night just for Olivia to participate. Carolyn Curcuru said they also found it difficult to find education systems that could accommodate Olivia's physical and educational needs.

Being the only child at her middle school of over 900 students who uses a wheelchair, Olivia has also struggled with balancing time between classes, medical appointments and making friends. But that is why her sports commitment was well worth it, said Curcuru, for Olivia to be able to compete and be part of a community.

From the little girl being forced to watch from the sidelines, Olivia is now a player on Ability 360's wheelchair basketball team, and many of her teammates were in attendance at the Angel City Games. Ability 360 is an organization that offers programs to help empower people with disabilities.

Olivia told GMA she feels freedom on the court, and that she's looking forward to traveling with her teammates for tournaments soon.

Sports wheelchairs average about $2,500 per chair, and depending on added features can cost over $5,000, according to The Hartford. For years, Olivia used the chairs provided by different facilities, which are often too big.

“Not to say she didn’t play well, but you can tell she was uncomfortable,” her mother said.

Curcuru called the custom wheelchair a literal “game changer."

Paralympics Gold Medalist Megan Blunk explained that a wheelchair that doesn't fit properly is "like wearing size 12 tennis shoes when you wear a size 7.” With a properly-fitted chair, a player can be much more agile, she said.

“A lot of times kids are in chairs that don't fit them, they’ll try dribbling and [the ball] will bounce off their wheel and everyone will say, ‘Yay, at least you’re out there.' It’s so frustrating for me to see this because I know it’s the chair, it’s not them,” Blunk added.

Blunk, who suffered a spinal cord injury herself in 2008, said wheelchair basketball was the thing that brought purpose back to her life. She wants to dispel any misconception that being in a wheelchair means you deserve pity or are destined to have a sad life.

"I’m a pioneer, my role is to push through this and not give up so I can make [things] better for the next generation," Blunk said. "It’s a beautiful thing to be able to do.”

New generations like Olivia's, have benefited from role models like Blunk and Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award, accomplishing feats others deemed impossible for people with disabilities.

“If you feel like you can’t do a certain thing, but then you see other people do it then you know you can do it too,” Olivia said.

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ELizabethHoffmann/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The moment a deaf toddler heard her mother say "I love you" for the first time after getting cochlear implants was captured in an emotional video.

"All the love that I know she feels, for her to hear it, I know we all felt like, thank God, she’s able to hear us," mom Patricia Shaw said of the moment her daughter, A'deja Rivers, 1, was able to hear for the first time.

"It came out in tears," Shaw of Arcadia, Florida, said of her family's reaction. "It was amazing for all of us."

Shaw described A'deja as "adventurous," adding that she "likes to laugh and she likes to hug and love."

She said having her daughter, who has been deaf since birth, hear for the first time on June 20 when she got the cochlear implants was simply "a complete blessing."

"It was always like, OK, the day is coming up and how is it going to feel? And it felt amazing," she said. "To know that she heard me say, 'I love you,' and she might have saw my mouth moving, but the first time she heard me say it, and her eyes lit up, it was a complete blessing."

Ever since she got the cochlear implants, A'deja has been "so curious" and "so adventurous and she wants to be a part of everything," Shaw noted.

A'deja has also started enjoying music and dancing for the first time.

"Now it's like whenever she hears a song, music has a tune, she just goes a bopping. It's like an 'Oh my goodness' kind of moment," Shaw said.

"We’re all very grateful and we thank god every day that she has this opportunity," she added.

Shelly Ash, an audiologist and cochlear implant team coordinator at the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, said that cochlear implant technology has come a long way since it first was introduced in the 1980s.

"It works by radio frequency," Ash explained. "It is a micro computer."

"This is my 30th year in the industry so I have been so lucky to get to do this hundreds of times with babies and young children and it's always very exciting for everyone in the room because there is so much anticipation built up," Ash added.

Ash said the technology has advanced so much over the last few years and the devices have gotten smaller in size but also more powerful.

"Moms and dads are just so nervous until we actually say, 'It's live, and you can talk to your baby now,'" she said.

Ash said she was in the room when A'deja heard for the first time.

"We’re all sort of holding our breath, seeing what the baby is going to do when they hear voices," she said. "Sometimes they cry because that's there only form of communication, sometimes they will laugh about it because it sounds ridiculous to them."

"A'deja had a great reaction," Ash continued. "She took it all in. It was a really neat moment when we could see her awareness on her face, her eyes lighting up."

"It's just as exciting as it was in 1990 when I first got to do this with kids," she said.

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wundervisuals/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Ever been on a "foodie call?"

More than a third of women who go on male-female dates have, according to a new study -- and for the record, they're referring to a dinner date that's strictly to score a free meal and not about making a romantic connection.

"Dining out is expensive," note Dr. Brian Collisson and Dr. Jennifer Howell, the authors of a new study analyzing foodie call behaviors that was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

In their surveys of more than 1,000 women, Collisson and Howell found that more than a third of respondents had gone on a foodie call. On average, women who had gone on foodie calls had done so about five times, but some had gone on over 200 dates with no romantic interest.

The study focused on women who regularly go on foodie calls -- a term that's a play on "booty call," a common term for a hookup -- in male-female dates.

But a foodie call might be about more than simply getting a meal paid for by a clueless beau.

According to the study, the women most likely to go on a foodie call tended to be more self-involved and manipulative and lack empathy for other people. Specifically, researchers said, repeat offenders exhibited "the dark triad," which they said included such traits as psychopathy, narcissism and Machiavellianism.

The more of these kinds of personality traits the women had, the more likely they were to have gone on foodie calls and felt OK about their behavior.

Other women making foodie calls were those who believed strongly in traditional gender roles and expected the man to pay for the date, the study said.

Relationship and sex expert Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry said this study didn't account for women who may be living paycheck to paycheck and someone is treating them to a meal, or women who might be taking a romantic risk and possibly dating outside their "type," among others.

Henry encourages building a healthy dynamic after the first date, recommending pacing yourself with your potential mate, not allowing yourself to be used and confronting behaviors of serial foodie callers.

"If you feel being used is being done repeatedly, you don't have to do it repeatedly," she said, noting that daters should find healthy ways to reciprocate, such as paying for the next meal or the movies.

"Someone who is truly interested will take what you say to heart. If someone takes advantage of you, it's time to go," Henry added.

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Penny Yearsley(NEW YORK) -- A dog with a heart of gold has found her forever home with a family that owns a nonprofit serving people with special needs.

Maggie, a black Labrador Retriever, was adopted this month by the Yearsley family of Moreno Valley, California. The 5-year-old pup was abandoned at a local vet clinic after a back injury left her immobile.

"Maggie, she doesn't know she has a disability, that's the amazing part of it," said Tim Stoaks, president of Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter, which financially supports the shelter where Maggie was cared for. "Our local animal shelter took very good care of her and the volunteers were really enthusiastic about her."

Stoaks said Maggie has used a wheelchair since March. She was later transported to Newport Beach Animal Shelter where she was placed for adoption.

Maggie's new human companion, Penny Yearsley, told ABC News' Good Morning America she saw Maggie's photo on the news.

"I said she needs a new home -- a loving home, a special home and that's what we have," Yearsley said. "I said if it's meant to be, it's going to happen."

Yearsley officially brought Maggie home on June 9.

Despite obstacles, Maggie is a loving dog who likes going on walks and playing with her yellow ball.

Yearsley hopes Maggie can eventually serve as a mascot to kids with special needs. Yearsley and her family own a nonprofit called Bill's Special Kids, where 130 children with special needs and their families are invited each year to do fun activities like movie nights, baseball, bowling, swimming, dance and more.

On Saturday, Maggie will visit the kids at a local bowling ally.

"They can say, 'Here's a dog with special needs. If she can do it, I can do it too,'" Yearsley said.

Yearsley said she has a nephew with Down syndrome and a nephew with autism and both have bonded with Maggie.

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iStock/Moussa81(NEW YORK) -- An Oklahoma judge signed off on the state's settlement with a generic drugmaker on Monday, closing one chapter of ongoing litigation against drugmakers charged for their role in the opioid crisis.

Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman approved Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals' $85 million deal with the state on Monday, which included provisions for the company to stop marketing opioids in the state.

“The resources and terms of the agreement will help abate the ongoing crisis the state is facing, help prevent doctors and Oklahomans from being misled by marketing materials and provides law enforcement with another investigative tool to help us shut down pill mills and illicit enterprises.” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said in a statement after the settlement.

"In addition to the funds going to the state to be used to abate the opioid epidemic, Teva will not employ or contract with sales representatives to promote opioids in the state; the company will not use speakers, key opinion leaders or speaking events to promote opioids; and the company will not provide direct or indirect financial support for branded or unbranded information promoting opioids, such as brochures, newsletters, books and guides," the statement from Hunter's office said.

The settlement stipulates that Teva admits no wrongdoing, saying that it should not be "construed to be a concession as to any claim...admission, evidence of any violation of any statute or law" or "evidence of any liability or wrongdoing by Teva."

Israel-based Teva was one of more than a dozen companies sued by Oklahoma for "deceptively marketing its opioid pain medications-- as well as opioid products generally-- so as to overstate their efficacy and downplay the associated risk of addiction," according to court documents

The Oklahoma suit has been closely watched as a benchmark for more than 40 other states who are suing opioid makers and more than thousands of municipalities who have also filed similar lawsuits.

All of the defendants except for Johnson & Johnson have settled with the state, most notably, OxyContin maker Purdue Pharmaceuticals, which settled for $270 million.

The state is currently trying its case against Johnson & Johnson.

A Teva spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Adam Calaitzis/iStock(FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.) -- A Michigan man survived with an incredible story to tell after being electrocuted and losing his pulse for 20 minutes before being revived by doctors.

Michael Pruitt, 20, of Taylor, Mich., was electrocuted when a metal ladder he was carrying on a job site in Livonia, Mich., touched a live electrical wire, according to a post from Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills.

"I remember being electrocuted while holding that ladder and shaking, and then nothing," Pruitt said, according to the hospital. Pruitt told ABC affiliate WXYZ the experience was "like in the movies" when characters are electrocuted and shake after it happens.

The homeowner at Pruitt's job site called 911 and performed CPR before Livonia Fire and Rescue took over and defibrillated Pruitt, according to the hospital.

Pruitt was taken to the hospital's Level 2 Emergency & Trauma Center.

"They brought in this perfect young man who had no vital signs," Dr. Angel Chudler said, according to the hospital. "I said to my team, 'We're bringing him back.' And then, I said to him, 'You better come back!'"

Doctors defibrillated Pruitt's heart twice, increasing the shock on the second attempt, before Pruitt's heart began beating again two minutes later.

"We upped the joules a bit," Chudler told WXYZ. "And you could just kind of feel and see on the monitor that his heartbeat was starting to come back."

Beaumont clinical nurse Yasmeen Bachir said Pruitt began "grabbing the railings and shaking the bed with huge strength" when he was revived, comparing him to The Hulk, according to the hospital.

His mother, Jillian, who works as a rehabilitation tech at the hospital's location in Taylor, said the fact that her son "made a sarcastic gesture" when asked about having superpowers signaled that he was back.

Pruitt was burned from the inside of his big toes, which the hospital said was where the electricity left his body when he was electrocuted.

"Michael's resuscitation is miraculous. He did not lose any brain function," Barbara Smith, the director of Trauma Services at the hospital, said, according to the hospital. "It's a testament to the importance of immediate and continuous CPR to move oxygenated blood to the brain."

The hospital said that recovering from an electrical shock "depends on the nature and severity of the injuries," and prognosis is often based on how much of the body surface area was burned.

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xavierarnau/iStock(NEW YORK) -- While the health benefits of exercise have been known for centuries, a new study out of the U.K. highlights just how deadly being lazy can be.

In the study, which was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, scientists at Queen's University in Belfast and Ulster University linked a sedentary lifestyle -- for example, sitting at a cubicle when you're at work, and sitting around bingeing TV when you're not -- to nearly 70,000 deaths for the year 2016.

In fact, researchers linked a sedentary lifestyle to 11.6 percent of all deaths in the U.K. for that year, noting at least 69,276 of them could have been avoided if those people would have gotten off their duffs on the regular.

In the past, lack of exercise in day-to-day life has been linked to a host of health problems, from obesity to heart disease and diabetes and more, all of which led to the deaths of those tens of thousands of Brits.

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Mark Broadway Photography(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- In 2018, a toddler captured hearts around the globe after she walked down the aisle at the wedding of one of the people who saved her life.

Now, 4-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick just met her second bone marrow donor -- one year after serving as the flower girl for Hayden Hatfield Ryals, 26, who was Skye's first donor.

Thanks to Be The Match, Skye and her parents, Todd and Talia, met donor Ricky Currier, a 25-year-old resident application engineer from Greensboro, North Carolina.

"It was amazing," mom Talia Savren-McCormick of Ventura, California, told "Good Morning America" of the meeting. "Because there are two people who saved her life, it had come to a complete circle. It felt very fulfilling."

Skye was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia in March 2016, just before her first birthday. That same year, she had her first bone marrow transplant, from Ryals, and later, a vital infusion of cells. Skye's final transplant was in April 2017 and from Currier.

On June 28, 2018, Talia Savren-McCormick told "GMA" that her daughter would have not made it to her second bone marrow transplant if it weren't for Ryals and her selfless gift.

"She was that sick," Savren-McCormick said at the time. "I feel like Hayden [Ryals] is such a huge success in why Skye was able to beat leukemia."

Months after her transplant, Savren-McCormick and her husband, Todd, received a letter from Ryals, who reached out through Be the Match, the organization to which Ryals donated her bone marrow.

Ryals and the Savren-McCormicks exchanged texts and Facebook messages until Ryals sent Skye a gift for her third birthday. Inside the card was an invitation asking the toddler to be the flower girl at her June 9, 2018, wedding.

After Skye's doctors gave her a clear bill of health, she and her parents made the trip to Alabama. At the wedding rehearsal, Skye and Ryals embraced for the very first time.

Today, Skye is two years cancer-free, and it's all thanks to Ryals and Currier's bone marrow donations.

In September 2018, Currier's identity was released to the Savren-McCormick family, who reached out in hopes to thank him face-to-face.

Currier and his wife, Chelsea, met Skye and her parents in Santa Monica last week.

Currier said he donated bone marrow in 2017 at a drive in support of a family friend. However, he soon learned that he'd be helping out a 1-year-old girl with leukemia instead.

"I didn't do anything special," Currier told "GMA." "I helped out like anyone should do. I don't feel like I deserve a 'thank you.'"

"From her being in the hospital to her progression now, it's amazing to see," he added.

Mom Talia Savren-McCormick said her family is forever grateful to both Ryals and Currier.

"Her heart beats because of you both," she said.

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ake1150sb/iStock(NEW YORK) -- One woman's story is putting a spotlight on the discrimination women who are overweight may face when trying to get pregnant.

After trying to get pregnant for four years, Gina Balzano, of Massachusetts, said she was told by doctors it would not happen because of her weight, which at the time was over 300 pounds.

"I couldn't conceive because I was, you know, very heavy, very, very fat," Balzano told Good Morning America.

Balzano and her husband looked into in vitro fertilization (IVF) after failing to get pregnant naturally, but she said multiple fertility doctors declined to help her because of her weight. Balzano said they offered no other explanation and said her blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal.

"I heard all those negative comments from the first two physicians," she said. "I just had to change my body."

Balzano chose to undergo bariatric surgery in order to lose weight. Even after the surgery, though, she was still unable to get pregnant.

Her journey finally led her to a new facility and a new doctor who opted to try an intrauterine insemination (IUI), a fertility treatment that involves placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to help with fertilization.

Balzano became pregnant with the IUI and gave birth to her son, Logan, last year.

Her long and emotional road to becoming a parent was first chronicled by The New York Times in a story titled "When You're Too Fat to Get Pregnant."

"The message that we need to get out there is you can have a healthy pregnancy at any weight," the author of The New York Times piece, Virginia Cole-Smith, told GMA.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OBGYN and women's health expert, said Balzano's story is "not unique."

"That's unfortunate," said Shepherd, who was not involved in Balzano's treatment. "When we look at a physician and a patient relationship, the real heart of the matter is the emotional aspect of it."

"For anyone who walks in with a health condition, or for infertility in this matter, you want to walk away and that patient wants to feel empowered and motivated to do the things that they need to do and that's not how they felt," she added.

Shepherd said any patient should be empowered to get a second opinion. She also urges women trying to get pregnant to look at their health in a more holistic way.

"We want them to be overall healthy and not to focus on things that are going to make them feel defeated such as doing fad diets," she said. "We want them to look at it from a mind-body connection and what are they really doing to take in the fact that, 'I have infertility and I need to lose weight.'"

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(ST. LOUIS) -- The lone abortion clinic in Missouri just received permission from a court to continue practicing even though the state's health department refused to reissue their license.

A circuit court judge announced Monday that the preliminary injunction that allowed the Planned Parenthood clinic to keep performing abortions after their license was not initially renewed has now been extended another week.

Judge Michael Stelzer said the extra week would allow for an administrative panel to evaluate the dispute between the clinic and the state's Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

On Friday, the DHSS announced that they were denying the license that would allow Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region to continue to provide abortions.

The denial of the license didn't change anything at the clinic, however, as the final decision lands in the hands of the court. Monday's extended restraining order pushes a more permanent decision down the line another week.

On Friday, Randall Williams, the director of DHSS, said the decision to deny their health department license was based on the fact that of 30 deficiencies found in the department's review of the clinic, only four have since been addressed by Planned Parenthood.

He did not list all 30 deficiencies, but gave reported examples that included an instance where the doctor who performed the pre-operative review of the patient was not the one to perform the surgery itself, which goes against state laws. He also gave reported examples of two patients who had failed abortions and had to have multiple procedures.

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La Roche-Posay(NEW YORK) -- As we head into summer, a lot of us are starting to think about protecting our skin, but is applying sunscreen enough?

About 96,480 people are expected to be diagnosed and 7,230 will die of melanoma this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Sun protection has gone high-tech as a number of wearables and apps designed to track exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays have come onto the market.

La Roche-Posay launched the first battery-free wearable sun safety sensor in the United States in January. The My Skin Track UV sensor is a little larger than a quarter and tracks your skin's UV exposure.

ABC News' Good Morning America spoke to leading dermatologists to see how the device works. Here's what they had to say:

The basics


The My Skin Track UV clip can attach to your shirt, necklace or bag and connects to a smartphone app to show you real-time UV, pollen and pollution levels. It is activated by the sun and waterproof.

The app will let you know when you are close to reaching your "UV max" for the day, which is a recommended maximum daily allowance of UV that varies by person and is based on your skin tone and the UV index.

This device is for everyone and it adapts to different skin types, tones and concerns.

While the device itself won't protect your skin, the company calls it a "problem-solving technology" designed to help make "it easier for people to make smart, sun-safe choices" with the information it provides.

Does it work?

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe tried the device for herself.

"The My Skin Track UV was really eye opening, even for me," Bowe told Good Morning America. "Protecting our skin from UV rays is really paramount but a lot of people really have a false sense of security when it’s a cold cloudy day."

Bowe used the device for a week this past winter. During an hour-long run outdoors, she said she had already gotten half of her daily UV exposure allowance, according to the device.

"UVA [rays] actually penetrate through clouds and window glass," Bowe said.

UVA rays age skin cells and damage their DNA. They're linked to long-term skin damage like wrinkles but are also thought to play a role in the development of skin cancer, particularly in tanning beds, according to the American Cancer Society. UVB rays are the rays believed to cause most skin cancers, as they are stronger in energy and can directly damage DNA in skin cells.

When to use it

You don’t have to wear the device every day -- although that might be best -- but a critical time to wear it is when the weather is changing, Bowe said.

Knowing your UV max is important because once you reach it, your skin becomes more vulnerable to skin cancer and aging, Bowe said.

"Having the awareness," she said, "and being able to get real-time feedback regarding how much sun exposure you’re getting is really helpful when it comes to making lifestyle changes and changing your daily habits."

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Jasmina007/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Self-care is not just bubble baths or long vacations but finding ways all day, every day to support yourself, experts said.

"Self-care is really simple because it's about being a good friend to yourself," said Amy Kurtz, a certified health and wellness coach and author of the bestselling book Kicking Sick. "It's repetitive and consistent personal rituals that treat ourselves well and believing that we are important and our well-being matters."

Thinking of self-care as being a BFF to yourself gets to the core of self-care, which is as much about how you treat yourself internally -- like the way you talk to yourself -- as externally, like taking time to use a face mask.

"Many of us equate self-care to actually doing things that may decrease well-being, like treating ourselves to retail therapy or a latte with a double shot of sugar," said Kurtz. "But you have to really break that habit and rethink the idea of rewards."

"Self-care for me is always being there for myself and treating myself like I would someone I love," she said.

Self-care has been even more in the spotlight in recent months because of the prevalence of burnout, the type of extreme stress or fatigue that can lead to everything from respiratory problems to gastrointestinal issues. Workplace burnout is now officially a recognized mental health concern.

It was burnout from a job that led Alisha Ramos, 29, to form Girls' Night In, a self-care community for women.

"I felt so burned out and just sort of down that I wanted to create something that brings joy into other people's lives and also serves as permission for them to take a break," said Ramos, who previously worked in tech. "Looking at my friends, a lot of them had been feeling the same way as we were entering in our later 20s, hitting walls in our jobs and the news cycle was really heavy."

For Ramos, self-care is something that is constantly evolving and always a part of her life.

"It's whatever you personally need in that moment to care for your whole self, including your physical self and mental self and emotional self," she said. "It's going to look different from day to day and week to week."

"A few weeks ago it may have meant thinking about my mental health and getting therapist referrals and creating an action plan to go to therapy and today it's noticing it's beautiful out," Ramos added.

Girls' Night In's main platform is a weekly newsletter that reaches more than 150,000 subscribers and shares ways for women to recharge and cultivate a sense of community.

It also aims to take away the stigma that self-care is a trendy buzzword just for those with extra time and money to spend.

"Self-care is such a thing now that people either feel intimidated by it or villainize it but we still believe so much in the need of self-care," said Ramos, who launched Girls' Night In two years ago. "It's a daily practice that people should incorporate."

Here are six tips from Ramos and Kurtz to get started:

1. Write down nourishing things you can do anywhere, any time

The first step in self-care is figuring out what makes you feel good and how to add those things to your daily routine, according to Kurtz.

"If you're loving yourself the way you would your best friend think about what that looks like," she said. "Start by making a list of the things that you do that make you feel nourished and good."

2. Create a morning ritual

It can be hard to motivate to focus on work or tasks during summer, so give yourself some motivation to conquer the day.

"Take a few deep breaths and say a few things that you're for grateful for you in your life," said Kurtz. "It sets the tone for how you'll treat yourself all day."

3. Take a vacation (no, really)

"Hopefully, your employer has a vacation policy in place. One of my top tips is to actually use it," Ramos said. "It amazes me how many people don't take advantage of this employment benefit. If you're on a bit of a budget this year (I've been there!) I highly recommend either a staycation or a quick day-trip."

"Staycations are particularly amazing because you can use the 'savings' from not spending anything on a flight to springing for the nicer hotel in town, and playing tourist in your own city. Taking a vacation helps you get away from the daily grind of work, making some space for yourself to enjoy a bit of a mental reset and avoid burnout," she added.

4. Set boundaries and learn to say 'no'


"This is one of the biggest and best self-care tips I have for you, and therefore also one of the most challenging to practice on a daily basis. We all only have so much energy and time to give -- it's OK to say 'no' to certain things and protect that time and energy so that we can funnel into the things we truly want," said Ramos.

"One meta-tip I have for this is to first, set your priorities in this very moment. Are your priorities around excelling at work? Nurturing your relationships with family and/or kids? This helps creates some clarity when you have to say 'no' to that amazing work opportunity that requires two weeks of travel, because this month you're instead focused on getting that other big work project out the door or attending more of your daughter's ballet lessons. It can be difficult to say “no” to fun or exciting opportunities, and especially if it might frustrate someone or let them down. But I've personally always regretted giving a half-hearted 'yes' vs. a 'hell yes,'” Ramos continued.

5. Put down your phone and get outside

"If you have an iPhone, enable the Screen Time feature that lets you set limits on how much time per day you spend using a particular app. Even if you're not on an iOS device, many apps (including Instagram) include an “Activity” portion that shows you how much time you're spending on their platform," Ramos added. "Seeing these reminders every now and again is a great reminder for me to live my life, not scroll right past it!"

6. Grow something!

"I recently started a small urban garden on our patio," Ramos said. "Summer is an amazing time to grow green things, with plants like tomatoes, sunflowers, and the ever-trendy monstera plant that tend to thrive and bloom in the summer."

"Tending to a small garden each day is a great excuse to spend some time outdoors and enjoy a quiet little ritual to yourself (though you could get your kids in on this activity, too)," she said.

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