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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus transmission heightens concerns surrounding ventilation in schools

By SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As concern grows among researchers about the extent to which the novel coronavirus might be transmitted through the air, advocates and educators said they have long been concerned about poor air circulation due to outdated ventilation systems.In June, Terrie Brady, president of Duval…... Read More

Bioethicists condemn DIY COVID-19 vaccine efforts

By SONY SALZMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Across the country, a small handful of scientists are brewing up their own homemade and unproven COVID-19 vaccines and giving them to friends, family and themselves. These scientists hail from disparate groups. Some are shadowy and anonymous, while others are highly organized and…... Read More

Younger people more likely to believe COVID-19 misinformation, Harvard survey finds

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Younger people are more likely to believe false claims related to the novel coronavirus than older people, according to a new survey released Tuesday by a team of researchers at Harvard University, Rutgers University, Northeastern University and Northwestern University.The survey of nearly…... Read More

Johnson & Johnson becomes 4th manufacturer to begin Phase 3 trials for COVID vaccine

By DAVE HARRISON, ABC News(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- As the race for a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine continues, one manufacturer has announced a major step in the right direction.American pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it will be starting Phase 3 clinical trials, joining Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca…... Read More

Faster, cheaper COVID-19 tests in danger of creating blindspot in data collection

By DR. LEAH CROLL and SONY SALZMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- More than 100 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID Data Tracker.But the true number of tests is unknown because of decentralized accounting and the…... Read More

New spa water-inspired canned drink could help people get some sleep

By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As consumers trend toward health and wellness products, PepsiCo has plans to drift into the functional beverage sector with a new drink intended to help people catch some shut-eye.Driftwell, which will be manufactured for e-commerce availability this December, "is a new enhanced water…... Read More

How to protect yourself from low air quality, pollution amid raging wildfires

By KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With record wildfires raging throughout the West, public safety experts said it's critical for residents to protect their lungs from poor air quality. Wildfire smoke is typically a harsh mix of gases and fine debris from scorching trees and plants, buildings and other…... Read More

Fact check: Trump's claim about whether coronavirus affects young people

By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump "falsely claimed" at a Monday night campaign rally that the novel coronavirus "affects virtually nobody" younger than 18 and mainly threatens seniors and people with underlying health conditions, according to the Washington Post.Fact check:Trump contradicted himself. In a March…... Read More

We've hit 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in 6 months. What will the next 6 months look like?

By DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's been six months since the World Health Organization first declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Since then, over 30 million people worldwide have been infected, and we're rapidly approaching 1 million global deaths.The U.S. is among the world's most-affected countries, now hitting…... Read More