American bishop who delivered sermon at royal wedding says he’ll undergo cancer surgery

In May, his words of inspiration were heard by millions as he delivered a sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Now the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is on the receiving end of kind words as he prepares to undergo surgery for prostate cancer next Tuesday.

Curry revealed the news Wednesday in a statement on the website of the Episcopal News Service.

“I am happy to say that the prognosis looks very good and quite positive,” Curry wrote. “I have spoken with several others who have gone through this, and who have offered both encouragement and helpful advice. I will be in the hospital for at least a day, then at home to recuperate.”

“I am happy to say that the prognosis looks very good and quite positive. I have spoken with several others who have gone through this, and who have offered both encouragement and helpful advice. I will be in the hospital for at least a day, then at home to recuperate.”

– The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

Curry said the cancer was discovered during an annual physical exam.

The presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, and former leader of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Curry rose to prominence in early May, when he was selected for the royal wedding assignment.

The Reverend Michael Bruce Curry laughs as he waits for the traditional opening of the doors after arriving for his Installation ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. Curry becomes the first African-American Episcopal presiding bishop, after previoulsy serving as Bishop of North Carolina.               REUTERS/Mike Theiler - GF20000042038

The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

The native of Chicago was not acquainted with either Prince Harry or Markle, but was recommended for their wedding by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, according to the Telegraph.

At the time of his selection, Curry expressed his enthusiasm for the role, saying in a statement, “The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today.”

Curry’s address during the wedding was titled “The Power of Love.”

“There’s power in love,” Curry said at the wedding. “Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will. And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship.”

“There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will. And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship.”

– The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

Curry’s statement about his upcoming surgery says he’s been told he’ll need four to six weeks to fully recuperate.

“I am very blessed with a wonderful family, a first-rate medical team, a great staff, dear colleagues and friends, a calling to which I have given my life, and above all a good, great and loving God in whose hands we always remain,” he wrote. “So, do say a prayer. And know that I look forward to being back at my post in September.”

North Carolina woman claims she nearly lost leg after contracting serious infection from pedicure


A North Carolina woman who claims she nearly lost her leg from a serious skin infection she contracted during a pedicure is now warning others about the dangers of callus cutters.

In June, Tracy Martinez of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, went for a pedicure at a “very clean” salon, she recalled on Facebook. The next day, however, she became ill, experiencing a fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. And her condition soon worsened. 


“I am walking off balance, my leg was huge, I’m out if it with no strength,” she wrote, adding that an ambulance was called soon after to take her to a local hospital.

Physicians later told Martinez she had a severe case of cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection that “can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream and rapidly become life-threatening,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Cellulitis occurs when bacteria, most commonly streptococcus and staphylococcus, enter through a crack or break in your skin,” the academic medical center explained.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, red spots and blisters, among other signs. 

In Martinez’s case, doctors informed her she likely developed cellulitis after she was minorly cut by a callus cutter — a tool that helps remove dead skin from heels and feet — that was used during her pedicure at the salon, which has not yet been identified.

In North Carolina, callus cutters are prohibited by the state’s Board of Cosmetics, WFAA reported. Martinez said she was unaware of this until after she was hospitalized for two weeks due to the infection.

Martinez, 35, added that she will be on medication to treat the remnants of the infection for the next three months. She will also have to wear a compression stocking on the affected leg to prevent any future infections.

“Was I going to lose my leg? Was I going to lose my life?”

– Tracy Martinez

“I have been through hell, pain, shock, all of it. But I want to raise awareness,” she wrote, warning others to “say no” to callus cutters.

“Every day was a new chapter of what was going to happen to my leg,” Martinez, whose Facebook post has garnered 50,000 reactions and more than 150,000 shares, told WFAA.


“Was I going to lose my leg? Was I going to lose my life?” she wondered.

Martinez was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Tuesday.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Prosthetics help 9-year-old quadruple amputee run for the first time

A 9-year-old quadruple amputee – the son of a Hasidic student who survived a bullet to the brain in the fatal 1994 Brooklyn Bridge shooting – has learned to run for the very first time thanks to a pair of brand new prosthetics.

A broad smile plastered to his face, Moshe Sasokin joyfully bounds through the halls of Prosthetics in Motion, which fitted him with custom-made running blades, in video taken last month.

Moshe was just 6 months old when he was diagnosed with a severe case of meningitis – leading doctors to amputate below his elbow and knee in order to save his life.

In 2015, he first learned how to walk at age 6 after being fitted with his first pair of prosthetic legs. But the staff at PIM, which is headquartered in Midtown, knew he was destined for bigger things.

“Moshe had never been fitted with running prosthetics before, but he adjusted to the feeling of them very quickly,” PIM’s Emily Grey told Caters News. “When he first saw the prosthetics he was hesitant.”

But it didn’t take the fearless youth long to figure out how to use his new blades.

“We taught him how to trust his prosthetics and get used to the energy they return — then he was off,” Grey said.

In the video, the adorable bespectacled boy gleefully races staffers in the office – sprinting so fast that at one point his yarmulke flies off behind him.

“It was certainly a special moment for Moshe, his family and all of the staff at Prosthetics in Motion,” Grey SAID. “He loved them so much he took them to camp where he showed all of his friends how fast he can now run.”

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In the video, the adorable bespectacled boy gleefully races staffers in the office.


Moshe’s father, Nachum Sasokin, was riding in a van with his yeshiva classmates on the Brooklyn Bridge when a Lebanese immigrant shot into the vehicle, killing Ari Halberstam and wounding several others.

The gunman, Rashid Baz, said he targeted the van because the group was Jewish.

Nachum, then 28, miraculously survived being shot in the head and became a rabbi 10 years later.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

Girl suffers chemical burns while making ‘slime’ for YouTube vid: ‘It was just awful,’ mom says

The mother of an English schoolgirl says her daughter suffered chemical burns on her hands while making “slime” for a YouTube tutorial.

Ten-year-old Layla Fisher’s innocent fun took a turn for the worse last week as her homemade slime containing the powerful chemical borax led to the sudden injury, the Mirror reported.

In footage shared to YouTube, Fisher mixes together PVA glue, Air Wick air freshener, shaving cream and glitter resulting in a gloopy white slime, which Mirror reports also contains contact lens solution, which contains borax. According to the outlet, she found the “recipe” for the mixture on the internet.

“Yay, it’s forming,” the youngster from Leicestershire declares as she mixes the goop. “Now your slime is done.”

Fisher told the outlet that after playing with her creation for a “couple of hours,” her fingers were itchy that night and worsened the following day. Evidently, the fun did not come without consequence, according to her mom, Gemma Williams.


“The next morning she work up complaining about her fingers. They were really sore-looking and it gradually got worse as the weekend went on,” the mother of two said.

“It’s what’s in the contact lens solution that seems to be the problem, as it contains borax. Her fingers were really sore and she couldn’t wash her hands properly, it was just awful.”

A doctor soon deemed Fisher’s blisters to be chemical burns caused by the slime, which a specialist determined to be the skin infection impetigo. Her hands fortunately cleared up after taking antibiotics.

“Obviously, as a parent I felt guilty and wondered whether I should have been monitoring it a bit more at home. One thing’s for certain, she won’t be touching that stuff again,” Williams mused of the accident. Fisher, too, says she’s learned her lesson and plans to avoid the “playground craze” of slime in the future.


“I started playing with slime as all my friends were and I just wanted to join in. I thought it was really cool,” she said. “It felt very satisfying stretching and poking it, but I didn’t like the damage it did to my fingers.”

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Jessica Moreland, 16-year-old girl from England, also recently fell ill after making homemade slime — with doctors reportedly blaming it on borax.


“I also felt embarrassed because they just looked horrible. I don’t want it to happen to anyone again, it’s toxic stuff.”

Fisher isn’t the first youth to make headlines in recent days for an accidental slime-induced injury. On July 20, a 16-year-old girl from England spoke out after recently falling ill for over a month after making a homemade slime which contained toxic levels of chemicals, Metro reports.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Drug shortages in ER are more common than you think

Dr. Maryann E. Amirshahi was on her way to work at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning, hoping her eight-hour shift would be filled with all of the medications she needed to do her job.

But she knew better.

As an emergency medicine physician, she knew three of the most common injectable opioid painkillers — morphine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl — would be in short supply.

Those are first-line choices and vital to her job, especially when treating things such as ruptured appendixes or broken femurs.

“We’ve seen a variety of shortages over time,” Amirshahi said. “What’s been challenging is that second-line drugs are out, too.”

As a researcher who has studied drug shortages, Amirshahi also knew it’s quite common for medically important drugs to be in short supply.

Research she led, published last year in the Journal of Critical Care, found that half of the medications in drug shortages were for critical care.

While the majority of the drugs involved in nearly 2,000 drug shortages from 2001 to 2016 had an alternative available, a quarter of the time those alternatives were also on the short list.

The most common drugs in those shortages were for infectious diseases.

This affects not just Amirshahi’s emergency department, but other hospital workers, medical specialists, and paramedics in ambulances all over the country.

“It’s a problem we need to be aware of, but the public should also know drug shortages are a real problem,” Amirshahi said. “But I don’t want people to be scared to come to the ER. Most people are getting the care they need.”

Not more than nine miles from where Amirshahi practices emergency medicine is the headquarters of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Officials there recently announced those injectable painkillers and other commonly used drugs are currently available in limited amounts.

That includes even the most basic of medications.

Another nationwide shortage

Dr. Douglas Throckmorton, deputy center director for regulatory programs in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said the shortage of IV fluids, certain painkillers, and EpiPens “have had a significant impact on the medical community and patients.”

“It’s important to underscore that we know that there are other medically necessary drugs in shortage and we’re continuing to prioritize our ongoing work to address all shortages of these drugs given the impact on the public health,” he said in a press release.

Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president and regional medical director at International SOS, said that neither the FDA nor Congress can mandate a manufacturer to provide a medication.

“These shortages come and go for a variety of reasons,” he told Healthline. “Many pharmaceutical companies are unable and/or unwilling to maintain a pipeline (of needed medicines).”

While the FDA works with private industries to combat these shortages and provide incentives for them to do so, some major healthcare systems are beginning to take matters into their own hands.

To remedy these increasing shortages and the unpredictable pricing that comes with them, a group of hospitals have formed a nonprofit group to ensure these medical necessities don’t fall into the same kind of peril.

Meanwhile, healthcare professionals have to deal day in and day out with not having the most effective medication available.

Quick thinking on the front lines

Keith May is an assistant fire chief in Berkeley, California, where the fire department handles the city’s emergency medical services.


Through various shortages, department personnel have come up with different solutions, including diluting the concentration of a medication on the scene of an emergency and using varying packaging and delivery methods for those drugs, May told Healthline.

The average length of shortages for drugs used in ambulatory medicine is more than seven months, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

May’s department often resorts to using less potent medication, such as morphine during a fentanyl shortage. Or, it could involve not giving the most basic, benign medication: a saline drip to rehydrate patients or dilute drugs given intravenously.

“Other ways to address a shortage is to encourage field personnel to provide treatment only when needed as opposed to prophylactic measures,” May said. “In essence: start the IV if the patient needs the IV, as opposed to starting an IV just in case something should happen.”

When it comes to saline, the paramedics with the Berkeley Fire Department are far from alone. As the FDA announced, it and other IV solutions remain in short supply.

It’s hard to believe that in the costliest healthcare system in the world there could be a shortage of saline drips: a combination of salt and sterile water inside a plastic bag that costs hospitals a dollar per liter.

But cost isn’t an issue.

The shortage of bagged salt water is due, in part, to demand. The U.S. healthcare system uses about 40 million bags of saline a month.

Short on saline

In September, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico.

Its winds and waters not only killed an estimated 4,600 people and left a large portion of the U.S. territory without power, but they also shut down one of the largest suppliers of saline for the U.S. healthcare system.

But even before Maria hit land, saline was already in short supply.

With that factory out of commission, and a particularly aggressive flu season earlier this year, the FDA initially reported the shortage wouldn’t last long.


Even with the Puerto Rico factory up and running again, along with four more companies approved to manufacture saline, it remains on the shortage list.

“Right now, it’s as bad as it’s been in my memory,” said Dr. Rita Agarwal, a pediatric anesthesiologist and clinical professor at Stanford University with 25 years of experience in medicine.

Besides saline, the ebb and flow of available drugs have medical practitioners at hospitals across the country relying on what they have, safeguarding what’s available, and using ingenuity to care for their patients.

Stewardship and stockpiles

With the ever-present threat of being short on important drugs and medical supplies, hospital staffers and other medical professionals are working closer with pharmaceutical vendors to stay as far ahead of shortages as possible.

Sometimes this includes stockpiling what may soon be in short supply, but it also includes being conservative with what is on hand.

For example, common anti-nausea drugs that can prevent patients from vomiting after surgery are often on the shortage list. That includes the first-, second-, and third-line drugs.

While almost all patients used to be given one or the other to stave off the common and unwanted post-surgical side effects, doctors and nurses now evaluate the likelihood of a patient needing the drug, just like Berkeley paramedics do with saline.

If someone is at a low risk of vomiting, they may not get the drugs so they’re available for those at the highest risk.

“Really, there’s a focus on stewardship,” Agarwal said. “We really want to be much more thoughtful.”

As for saline, while the smaller 100-cc to 500-cc bags are in short supply, the larger one-liter bags are used. Or, if they’re being used to deliver medication, it can be given via syringe, although this takes up more of a caregiver’s time.

Overall, it’s part of a balance that healthcare providers face in delivering needed medication to patients while still preparing for the unknown: local disasters, epidemics, or even a worsened drug shortage.

“We’re still scrambling to get them what they need,” Agarwal said. “We just don’t always have the preferred drug available. It just involves a lot more creativity.”

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Excessive sweating is real and there’s a new drug to treat it

Run a mile in the heat of the summer and you may get a sense of what some people with excessive sweating deal with every day.

Fortunately, there will soon be a new treatment option available.

The FDA recently approved Qbrexza (glycopyrronium), a once-daily topical treatment, for primary axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).

Last month, the pharmaceutical company Dermira received the approval based on results from two Phase 3 clinical trials that evaluated the drug’s safety and efficacy.

“For years, dermatologists have been telling us of the need for new treatment options that address primary axillary hyperhidrosis, given the stigma and burden associated with this condition,” said Tom Wiggans, chairman and chief executive officer at Dermira, in a press release.

What is it?

Qbrexza is a topical treatment towelette meant for a single daily use and is approved in patients nine years of age and older. The method through which Qbrexza works is novel and noninvasive.

It is an anticholinergic, which means it blocks certain neurotransmitters in the central and peripheral nervous system. When applied to the skin, Qbrexza blocks sweat production by inhibiting activation of the sweat glands.

Side effects of Qbrexza include dry mouth, headache, blurred vision, and dry skin. More serious effects can include worsening urinary retention and problems regulating body temperature. Because sweating is essential to regulating the body’s temperature, patients using Qbrexza when it is hot may be prone to heat stroke.

And yes, excessive sweating is a real medical condition. It affects nearly 10 million people in the United States, occurring similarly in both men and women.

“This isn’t just a cosmetic condition. I’ve had patients that don’t want to go to their kids’ graduation because they are worried that they are going to sweat so much that they are going to sweat through their clothing or they can’t shake people’s hands because they are dripping,” said Dr. Michele S. Green, a board-certified dermatologist.

“Unless you’ve experienced it or seen patients who suffer from it, it may seem like it’s not a big deal to people, but it really is. A lot of people are just devastated by it,” she said.

Stigma around excessive sweating is a predominant reason that individuals seek out treatment in the first place.

Hyperhidrosis is divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is not caused by another medical condition, nor is it caused by medication. Sweating tends to occur in specific focal areas, such as the underarms, hands, or feet. It is also generally symmetrical, meaning that sweating occurs on both sides of the body at the same time.

As noted above, these symptoms can result in impairment to daily activities, such as avoiding social interactions.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is typically caused by a medication. Unlike primary hyperhidrosis, sweating may occur on large areas of the body rather than specific focal points. Secondary hyperhidrosis symptoms also tend to occur when sleeping.

A list of drugs known to cause hyperhidrosis can be found here.

Are there other treatment options?

There are currently several treatment options available on the market, of which Qbrexza is the latest development. Antiperspirants are the most common, but can lead to stains and discoloration on clothing.

The use of Botox to treat excessive sweating is also common, but requires injections intermittently.

“Botox works, but it’s not 100 percent and we have to redo it every three to six months, depending on how much you are sweating. So, that’s not ideal for some patients because it’s expensive and they have to come back,” said Green.

Other options include lasers and microwave technology, such as miraDry, which was approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 2015.

But the ease of use of Qbrexza may give it an edge over other current leading treatments.

“With the FDA approval of Qbrexza, hyperhidrosis sufferers finally have a new medication option to help manage their excessive, uncontrollable sweating,” said Lisa J. Pieretti, executive director and co-founder of the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

“It was July 2004 when Botox was approved for underarm hyperhidrosis, so a new innovation has been a long time coming — and dearly needed by the entire community.”

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Salmonella outbreak extends its reach across 26 states

A salmonella has affected 26 states and left at least 40 people hospitalized, and health officials say a single source of the strain has not been found.

Salmonella Reading, believed to be linked to raw turkey, has infected 90 people and left dozens hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday.


No deaths have been reported.

New York, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas have all reported the highest number of cases, totaling 38 infections. California, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have also each reported at least four to six cases.

Investigators have linked the outbreak to raw turkey in various products and pet foods. It’s also been linked to live turkeys.

The federal agency said the outbreak hasn’t been identified in a single source of raw turkey, “indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”

Health officials aren’t advising consumers to avoid eating turkey products altogether, however. They noted that “properly cooked turkey products” are fine and advised consumers to “always handle raw turkey carefully.”

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Link seen between ADHD and digital media: study

A study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests a direct relationship between computer screen time among teens and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The two-year study looked at a group of more than 2,500 high school students from Los Angeles whose ability to pay attention waned as they became increasingly involved in digital media platforms over the duration of the experiment, the Los Angeles Times reported.

For every notch a teens’ digital engagement rose, their reported ADHD symptoms rose by 10 percent, the study suggested. While significant digital media usage does not definitively cause ADHD, it does seem to induce symptoms that would warrant such a diagnoses or pharmaceutical treatment, the study said.

ADHD has long been thought to begin in the early stages of childhood development. But the exact circumstances – whether biological or brought on by one’s environment – are still debated among mental health professionals.

“We believe we are studying the occurrence of new symptoms that weren’t present at the beginning of the study,” said Adam Leventhal, a University of Southern California psychologist and senior author of the study.

Other studies involving digital engagement have suggested an inverse relationship with happiness: As digital media usage goes down, people generally report feeling happier.

The JAMA study looked at teens, ages 15 and 16, intermittently over a two-year period. Subjects were asked about their frequency of online activities and if they’ve experienced any of 18 ADHD symptoms.  

The study conceded that the subjects may have exhibited ADHD symptoms from the outset that were caused by other factors, but were nevertheless exacerbated by digital media usage. 

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

Urgent care centers often prescribe unnecessary antibiotics

Patients with common colds and respiratory illnesses may be more likely to get antibiotics – which don’t work for these conditions – when they go to an urgent care clinic, a U.S. study suggests.

Overall, 39 percent of visits to urgent care centers resulted in antibiotic prescriptions, the study found. When patients went to urgent care for conditions like the flu and bronchitis that can’t be fixed with antibiotics, 46 percent of them still got antibiotic prescriptions.

“Taking an antibiotic when it is not needed provides no benefit and could be harmful,” said senior study author Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra, deputy director of the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Among other things, needless use of antibiotics can increase patients’ risk of getting antibiotic-resistant infections, or superbugs that are harder to treat, Fleming-Dutra said by email. Other risks include allergic reactions, diarrhea, and the potential for harmful bacteria to flourish in the gut and cause infections in the future.


“Antibiotics are life-saving medicines that treat infections caused by bacteria,” Fleming-Dutra added. “When a patient needs antibiotics, the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects or antibiotic resistance.”

They should be avoided for viruses and even for some mild bacterial infections like sinus infections and ear infections that may sometimes clear up without antibiotics, Fleming-Dutra advised.

For the study, researchers examined data on outpatient visits for U.S. patients under 65 in 2014. This included about 2.7 million urgent care visits, 58,000 retail clinic visits, 4.8 million emergency room visits, and 148.5 million visits to doctors’ offices.

When patients went to the doctor, just 7.1 percent of visits resulted in antibiotic prescriptions. Among 9.2 million visits for colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses that don’t need antibiotics, these were prescribed 17 percent of the time.

In the emergency room, 14 percent of visits involved antibiotic prescriptions, as did 25 percent of visits for conditions that shouldn’t be treated this way, the study found.

At retail clinics – often set up inside pharmacies and chain grocery stores – about 36 percent of visits were linked to antibiotic prescribing, as were 14 percent of visits for diagnoses that aren’t appropriate for these prescriptions.

One limitation of the study is that researchers relied on insurance claims data that are designed for billing and may not always provide an accurate picture of why patients received specific treatments, the authors note.

Still, antibiotic overprescribing is a well-documented problem, and the study offers fresh evidence that patients’ chances of this happening may depend on where they go for care, said Dr. Rita Redberg, author of an accompanying editorial and chief editor of JAMA Internal Medicine, which published the study.


The higher chance of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing at urgent care centers and retail clinics is particularly troubling because a growing number of Americans are turning to these outpatient settings for care they can no longer afford or access in a timely fashion from a primary care provider, Redberg, a professor at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, said by email.

“I think most of what drives use of these settings, such as urgent care, retail clinics and emergency rooms, is (their) increasing availability . . . combined with lack of access to primary care,” Redberg said. “It is definitely a disadvantage to be seen in a setting where the doctor doesn’t know you or have access to your chart and medical history.”

Patients may be able to lower their chances of getting an antibiotic they don’t need if they can at least speak to their doctor before deciding if they need to go to urgent care, Redberg advised.

“Look for primary care physicians that have 24 hour-telephone triage available so that you can ask questions of a trained professional if you are not sure if you need to seek medical attention, or are best off at home with rest and fluids,” Redberg said. “By seeking medical attention, particularly at a urgent care or retail clinic, you are likely to get an unnecessary antibiotic, which may be harmful for you.”

Man born without elbows learns to play piano

A man has defied the odds by becoming an incredible piano player despite being born without any elbows.

Bart Gee, 34, was born with arthrogryposis, a rare physical disability which weakens muscles and stiffens joints.

Doctors told his parents he would never be able to walk, sit up independently and would have a bleak outlook to life.

But despite being unable to bend his legs, arms or fingers, Gee defied the odds by taking his first steps age 3.

A young Bart Gee learning to play the piano. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis which means that he has weak muscles and stiff joints. At the age of 5, Bart wanted to learn how to play the piano. Chippenham, Wiltshire. See SWNS story SWPIANO; A man has defied all the odds by learning to play piano - despite being born without any ELBOWS. Bart Gee, 34, was born with arthrogryposis, a rare physical disability which weakens muscles and stiffens joints. Doctors told his parents he would never be able to walk, sit up independently and would have a bleak outlook to life. But despite being unable to bend his legs, arms of fingers, Bart defied the odds by taking his first steps aged three.

He learned to play the piano in school and immediately fell in love with it.


His love of music took off when a teacher strapped sticks to his arms so he could play glockenspiel.

The budding musician developed a flare for the piano at age 5, and he his now a beautiful pianist who plays keyboard during his local church services.


“I started learning on a glockenspiel,” Gee, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, said. “The teacher would strap the beater against my wrists and I would hit the keys.”

“I learnt a few keys. But my piano teacher was playing along in the background felt really inspired and wanted to have a go,” he said. “I remember turning to her at the end and asked if I could copy her – I knew I wanted to play piano. I just really enjoyed it.”

“As a kid I would come home and practice every night after dinner,
 Gee said. “We had a piano in the family home and I wanted to play the church organ like my father.”

Gee’s enthusiasm paved the way for an award at age 8, and passed his grade 5 by age 11.

Bart Gee pictured as a baby. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis which means that he has weak muscles and stiff joints. At the age of 5, Bart wanted to learn how to play the piano. Chippenham, Wiltshire. See SWNS story SWPIANO; A man has defied all the odds by learning to play piano - despite being born without any ELBOWS. Bart Gee, 34, was born with arthrogryposis, a rare physical disability which weakens muscles and stiffens joints. Doctors told his parents he would never be able to walk, sit up independently and would have a bleak outlook to life. But despite being unable to bend his legs, arms of fingers, Bart defied the odds by taking his first steps aged three.

Despite doctors’ predictions, Gee has learned how to drive, play several instruments and even completed a 5K swim.


“I’ve always seen playing the piano as a challenge,” Gee said. “My favorite thing to play is ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow’ from Sister Act 2.”

“I play most days on my Samsung G8,” he said. “It depends on my mood because sometimes I can play for almost an hour but other times it can be a few minutes. It’s funny when I actually play I think of my hands looking different to what they probably look like.”


Gee plays regularly at his local church in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. He also plays bass guitar and uses an electric drum kit.

He also recently completed a Marie Curie 5k swim last year which he did in 5 hours and 30 minutes.

But his achievements have also run alongside the struggle of living with arthrogryposis, a disability which affects 1 in 3,000 people.

Bart was also born with a 30 degree bend in his left knee and a 80 degree bend in his right knee. He also suffered severe arthritis which eventually had to be operated on.

Pianist Bart Gee. Bart was born with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis which means that he has weak muscles and stiff joints. At the age of 5, Bart wanted to learn how to play the piano. Chippenham, Wiltshire. See SWNS story SWPIANO; A man has defied all the odds by learning to play piano - despite being born without any ELBOWS. Bart Gee, 34, was born with arthrogryposis, a rare physical disability which weakens muscles and stiffens joints. Doctors told his parents he would never be able to walk, sit up independently and would have a bleak outlook to life. But despite being unable to bend his legs, arms of fingers, Bart defied the odds by taking his first steps aged three.

Gee, who was bullied as a child, now performs at his regular church services.


Growing up Gee found it particularly hard at school as he was often bullied.

“School was pretty tough. My parents put me in an ordinary secondary school so I would have as ordinary a school experience as possible which was good, but it had its downsides,” he said. “There was name-calling and the other pupils would spit at me.”

“But the worst thing was when the bullies would push me down to the floor knowing I wouldn’t be able to get up without help,” he said. “Outside of school I would struggle with stares I would get in the street.”

“Kids would shout ‘why is he walking like a penguin?’ I know they are only kids and don’t know any better but it was still hurtful,” Gee said. “Growing up I’ve just got used to the stares so it doesn’t bother me as much.”

“I’ve defied what doctors thought my life would be – someone who would be wheelchair bound and unable to walk,” Gee said.

Gee drives a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso to zip around the UK as part of his job as a motivational speaker.

He delivers hour-long talks to schools, organizations and even prisons about physical limitations.

“I enjoy being independent, which has been against the odds. For me difficult means possible,” he said. “Hard means possible. Challenging means possible.”

Marine veteran makes second trek across US to raise awareness for PTSD

A Marine veteran who set out on foot from San Diego in March will reach North Carolina this week as he walks to raise awareness for mental health issues afflicting the armed forces community.

Roy Wesley Brady Jr., a gunnery sergeant, was inspired by his own brother’s mental health issues, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

“My goal is to raise awareness for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), traumatic brain injury and the suicide rate,” Brady, who retired after 22 years in service which included two tours in Iraq, said.

“We’re dealing with 22 [suicides] a day, alright? We need to get out and talk to each other. Veterans need to talk to veterans, we understand each other.”


Brady completed his first cross-country trek in 2015, and has partnered with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge for the journey. The non-profit organization is dedicated to helping veterans transition back to civilian life.

Brady dubbed his trek the “Major Walk” in honor of his Army major brother, who committed suicide.

“Due to the fact that my brother, and a Marine brother of mine, took their own lives, I’m walking to raise awareness for the things our service members face when they come back home,” he told the organization’s blog.

“Some come home with visible wounds, and some come home looking fine… but things like traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress aren’t visible.”

Brady keeps supporters updated on his Facebook page, “Gunny Roy Brady’s Walk 4 Warriors.”

More than 500 fall ill after visiting Tennessee zipline attraction

E. coli bacteria was found in water at a popular ziplining attraction in Tennessee where more than 500 people reportedly fell ill, health officials said.

The state’s health department said last week one person who visited the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg tested positive for norovirus and enteropathogenic E. coli, while at least another 550 people tested positive for norovirus.

“At this time we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,” said TDH Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD, in a statement.


Norovirus causes acute gastrointestinal illness and is often characterized by sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea; symptoms typically last one to two days. Enteropathogenic E. coli causes watery diarrhea; symptoms may last several days.

“Preliminary testing and environmental health assessments indicate the water system at the zipline facility may have contributed to the outbreak; however, there are likely other sources involved in the spread of the illnesses, including contaminated surfaces and person-to-person transmission,” Dunn said

He said water testing indicated that there was fecal contamination of the facility’s water system and that additional testing was underway.

“It’s important to note that while norovirus is reliably identified in stool samples during outbreak investigations, identifying it in food, water and the environment is more challenging,” Dunn added.


Since June, multiple visitors to the facility have complained of falling ill, with one person, Emily Oney, posting on Facebook that her experience was a “terrible way to end our family vacation.”

“The tour itself was fine. We had a group of 8 for the mountaintop tour on Saturday morning. By Sunday afternoon, 6/8 (including a 9 and 11 year old) of us were throwing up and terribly sick and could not figure out why,” she wrote in a post. “Do not drink the water here. Climb Works should make this right with all the families that were affected by this. Terrible way to end our family vacation.”

Gail Harmon, East Tennessee regional assistant director with the Tennessee Department of Health, told WVLT that nearly 2,901 people who booked zip line tours with the company received surveys. At least 550 of those who responded reported illness.

CLIMB Works owner Nick Thompson told WTVR that they “feel awful for anyone that got sick.”

“We have implemented every recommendation from the Health Department and are currently only using complimentary bottled water for our drinking water and added an additional chlorination system for our non-potable water,” he said in an email. “We feel awful for anyone that got sick and are asking anyone affected to contact us directly so we can help make the situation right for our guests.”

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang