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An Oklahoma couple who carried their baby without a brain to term said goodbye to their newborn.

Two months ago, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri Young, on Facebook.

Along with the picture, Young, who is a writer for ESPN, described the heartbreaking moment the couple found out their daughter didn’t have a brain and his wife’s immediate selfless reaction.

“There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her,” Royce Young wrote on Facebook on Feb. 17. “I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.”

Keri Young wanted to carry her daughter, Eva, to term to donate her organs and give other babies a chance to live. fox8.com
If you're bored of your usual cardio routine—biking, skiing, running, hiking—there's a new type of heart-pumping workout you can turn to next time you want to break a sweat in the great outdoors. It's called uphill skiing—and it's a lot more fun than it sounds.

All the rage in Europe (especially in the Alps, where it's not uncommon to plan uphill outings ending with a glass of wine), the sport-themed workout is starting to take the U.S. mainstream skiing community by storm. National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and sports conditioning coach Andia Winslow, says, "gravity is an equal partner in your descent" during downhill skiing.

But she notes that "uphill skiing requires consistent motion to keep from stopping—[making it] a steady-state aerobic activity through and through." Helping maintain a consistent motion, as opposed to stopping and starting, uphill skiing allows for a steady pace far longer than a strenuous hike, Winslow notes. And the benefits don't stop there:

"Not only do you use your feet and legs to glide, maintaining ground contact throughout (unless turning or maneuvering around impediments), but you also use your arms to plant poles," she says. "In this way you're also getting a pretty great core workout!" womenshealthmag.com
 When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil.

Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.”

Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.

There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.

Israel is a pioneer in this type of research. It permitted the use of medical marijuana in 1992, one of the first countries to do so. It's also one of just three countries with a government-sponsored medical cannabis program, along with Canada and the Netherlands. usatoday.com
Maternal psychological factors like depression, anxiety and stress have been associated with infant fussiness or colic. However, little research exists on whether positive factors such as social support and the happiness of the mother–partner relationship are associated with lower rates of infant fussiness or colic.

We investigated the association between infant colic and three types of maternal support: general maternal social support (during pregnancy and post partum), the happiness of the mother–partner relationship (during pregnancy and post partum) and partner involvement in caring for the newborn.

Participants were 3006 women in the First Baby Study, a prospective study of the effect of mode of first delivery on subsequent childbearing. Women were interviewed by telephone during pregnancy and 1 month after first childbirth and asked about social support and if their baby had a variety of problems since birth, including ‘Colic – crying or fussiness three or more hours a day’. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to model the association between maternal support and infant colic, controlling for confounders, including maternal race or ethnicity, insurance, marital status, smoking, mode of delivery, maternal post-partum depression, breastfeeding, other neonatal illnesses and newborn gestational age. wiley.com
In a Lisbon gymnasium, people whose bodies have been ravaged by drugs are trying to put their lives back together.

They've formed two lines and laugh as they take turns throwing a ball to their partners.

Drug addicts who've forgotten how to have fun are being given a lesson in how to play again.

Portugal was once Europe's worst country for drug misery and deaths. Now, it’s a public-health success story with a system that's been copied by its European neighbours.

In 1999, use of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs was rampant. Approximately 100,000 Portuguese, or one per cent of the population, reported an addiction to hard drugs.

Anyone caught with a “personal” amount of drugs — up to 10 days’ worth of a substance — can be ordered to appear before a health department official like Nuno Capaz. He's the sociologist who heads up the Lisbon commission.

"When I wake up in the morning, I'm not thinking, ‘How many fines am I going to apply?’ So it’s easy to focus on the health issues and the help we can provide," Capaz said.

There are no gowns or gavels in the commission’s bare-bones office and police and prosecutors aren't involved.

Instead, the commission's function is to identify potential problem drug users early on and either provide them with information about treatment or quickly get them access to the health-care system.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates Portugal had between 27,000 and 34,000 high-risk opioid users in 2012 and roughly half of them were involved in some type of treatment program. That suggests a far higher take-up rate than in Canada. cbc.ca
A pre-K teacher in Indiana was fired after telling her employer she needed surgery to remove a brain tumor.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumor after going to the doctor for severe headaches. Three days later doctors went in to remove the tumor. The 32-year-old teacher alerted her employer, Child Adult Resource Services, to let them know she would be off from work.

Amanda Anderson had worked for the school for less than a year.

"My supervisor told me that I would need to talk to her director in the corporate office because she didn't think I'd been there long enough and she'd have her call me. Five minutes later I got a phone call that said my employment had been terminated," Anderson told Fox 59.

The school says they are within the law because Anderson didn't have leave coverage under the Family and Medical Leave act because she was employed at the school for a short period of time fox8.com
The legendary wildlife presenter is fast approaching the grand age of 91 years old and he has admitted that he has “run into a few problems” while writing his scripts for ‘Blue Planet II’ because he’s struggling to remember the names of his beloved plants.

Sir David is currently travelling around the globe filming the follow up to the epic series that was last seen on screen in 2007 and the TV star noticed his memory lapse while he was trying to recall the name of a flower during a recent trip to Jura Mountains in Switzerland.

He confessed it has slowed down production on ‘Blue Planet II’.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said he is still ‘coming to terms’ with his forgetfulness, explaining: “There were these searing yellow fields and I can’t think of the damn name.

“I wanted to say something about it but I couldn’t and it wasn’t until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, of course, oil seed rape.”

He said that he is not a big fan of “electronic communication”, adding: “When it comes to making television programmes, I like to think that I know what the latest gear is and what tomorrow’s latest gear is, but maybe I’m deceiving myself.” yahoo.com
In a significant public health victory, Mexico has succeeded in eliminating a disease which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. 

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that Mexico is the first country in the Americas to eliminate trachoma as a public health issue. The disease, caused by a bacteria, affects the eye and repeated infections can lead to scarring and even loss of vision. 

It primarily affects young children, and can be spread by personal contact or by flies that that have been in contact with the discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected person. 

"This is a historic moment for public health in Mexico and the Americas," said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO regional office for the Americas. "Eliminating a disease is not achieved every day." nbcnews.com