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WATCH: Nurses won't let Hurricane Irma ruin birthday for 3-year-old with leukemia

A 3-year-old Florida girl nearly had her birthday celebration ruined.

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She was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 8, just two days before her birthday — and the day Hurricane Irma was poised to strike her home.

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Willow Stine, who lives in Wesley Chapel, rode out the storm with her mother at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, but because of Irma it meant no birthday celebration for Willow — or so her mother thought, according to CNN

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: Deputy calms elderly woman’s nerves during Hurricane Irma with a dance

“I was like, I don't know how much more I can take,” Willow's mother, Jennifer Stine, told CNN. “My baby's turning 3 and has cancer and on top of that, my 4-year-old daughter and husband are an hour and a half away in a hurricane. I'm just trying to process all this.” 

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But then nurses from the hospital surprised Willow with a birthday party. They wrapped up newly donated toys and got Willow a cake, CNN reported. 

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“The nurses were amazing. They're so wonderful,” Stine told CNN. “[Willow] got to be a toddler again.”

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: Tim Tebow visits those impacted by Hurricane Irma

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Is light drinking while pregnant really dangerous?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. say they refrain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

» RELATED: Do you drink too much? 

But new findings published this week in the journal BMJ Open sought to answer whether or not research fully supports the notion that even one light drink is truly dangerous for pregnant women.

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After assessing all of the research published between 1950 and July 2016, the researchers looked closely at the studies involving drinking up to 32 grams of alcohol -- equivalent to approximately two glasses of wine or two pints of beer-- but only 24 studies met the criteria for review. 

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“The distinction between light drinking and abstinence is indeed the point of most tension and confusion for health professionals and pregnant women,” Luisa Zuccolo, a health epidemiologist at the University of Bristol and the study’s lead author, told CNN.

“We were surprised that this very important topic was not researched as widely as expected.”

» RELATED: Is alcohol really good for your heart?

But just because the evidence for the possible dangers of light drinking during pregnancy is lacking doesn’t mean there are no risks at all, according to Janet Williams, professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health San Antonio.

“Why not give the child the chance not to have this potential limitation or health risk in their life? There are so many other factors one can worry about, so how about one less concern? There are all sorts of non-risk-based beverages or ways to relax or express one's emotions that do not confer fetal or lifelong effects,” she said.

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Still, Zuccolo and her co-authors concluded that further studies are needed to better understand alcohol’s effects on pregnant women and their unborn child.

Read the full analysis from Zuccolo and her team at bmjopen.bmj.com.

But for now, the resounding answer from experts around the globe for pregnant women asking if that one light drink is safe: No.

Research shows that alcohol in the mother’s blood can pass through the umbilical cord and reach the baby, causing a variety of problems, such as miscarriage, stillbirth, abnormal facial features, learning disabilities and more.

More about alcohol’s effects on pregnant women and the unborn baby at CDC.gov.

Hurricane Irma: Florida woman delivers own baby at home as storm rages

A South Florida woman delivered a baby at home after being coached through the delivery by emergency personnel and doctors during Hurricane Irma

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The Miami woman went into labor Sunday, but because the storm’s winds were too strong, fire rescue teams couldn’t get to her right away, according to the Miami Herald

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“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home,” Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia told the Herald. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”

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The mother and newborn girl were later taken to the hospital by emergency workers

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: Photos of Hurricane Irma

Read more at the Miami Herald

WATCH: Toddler without arms or legs helps baby brother in heartwarming viral video

A 3-year-old boy born without arms or legs is going viral for his nurturing act of kindness toward his new baby brother.

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Camden, 3, was born with Amelia-phocomelia syndrome, meaning he was born without parts of his skeletal system. Despite not having arms and legs, he’s a devoted big brother. A video posted to Instagram shows Camden comforting his brother, Jaxton, by helping to put his pacifier back in his mouth.

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The video shows Camden rolling over on his back to put the pacifier back in Jaxton’s mouth, which made him stop crying.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Little sister speaks beautifully about brother with Down syndrome: ‘He’s perfect’ 

Mom Katie Whiddon of Denton, Texas, posted the video to Instagram. According to the “Today” show, Whiddon openly discusses family life on her blog, Admirably Diverse.

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Kristin Cavallari criticized for 'single parent' comment

Television personality and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari is under criticism after making a comment during an interview, saying that she was in a position similar to a single parent while her husband works in Miami.

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Cavallari, who starred in MTV’s “The Hills,” is married to NFL quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler was signed to the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 3. It’ll be his 12th season in the league.

But Cavallari has no plans to move to Miami for football season.

She told Entertainment Tonight she plans to “stay put” at the couple’s home in Nashville with their children: 5-year-old Camden, 3-year-old Jaxon and 1-year-old Saylor.

“We just moved there, actually, a few months ago, full time,” Cavallari said. “And both my boys are in school. It doesn't make sense to pack up the family just for five months.”

“So, I’m a single parent for the next five months,” she joked. “It’s a little chaotic, but in the best way.”

The 30-year-old said she’s thankful to have help raising her children.

“My kids are great. They’re good kids for the most part,” she told ET. “Of course, we have our stuff, but it actually hasn’t been as hard as I thought it was going to be, being a single parent. I have an amazing nanny, my mother-in-law is there with my kids right now, so I couldn’t do it without them.”

But many people weren’t happy with Cavallari’s choice of words, particularly her comparison of her experience and a single parent’s.

“I hate when people say they’re a single parent when their spouse is temporarily away,” one Facebook user wrote. “It’s not a joke to laugh about. I’m glad it’s not so hard for you, Kristin Cavallari, with your nanny ... Shame on you for trying to put yourself in the same category as a real single parent.”

Another social media user said Cavallari’s comments were “a joke and a slap in a face to real single parents.”

 

Watch the full interview below and read more at Entertainment Tonight.

Children's books with humans, not animals more effective, study says

“Charlotte’s Web,” “Stellaluna” and “The Ugly Duckling” are among the innumerable children’s books written to teach kids lessons through situations and images involving animals. 

But a new study says books that feature humans learning lessons, instead of animal characters, stick with children more and allow for more insight into application of values and morals.

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The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and published in the journal Developmental Science, found that children who read a book with human characters were more affected than those who read a book with animal characters.

In an experiment, nearly 100 children between the ages of 4 and 6 were read one of three books: Little Raccoon Learns to Share by Mary Packard, which illustrates a fictional raccoon who learns that sharing makes one feel good and proves beneficial to all involved in the action; a version of the story in which the animal illustrations were replaced with human characters; and a control book about seeds.

The experiment found that children who were read the book with the human characters were more willing to share later in the day than those who were read the book with animal characters. And “there was no difference in generosity between children who read the book with anthropomorphized animal characters and the control book; both groups showed a decrease in sharing behavior,” the researchers found.

Reading a book about sharing “had an immediate effect on children’s pro-social behavior”, according to the study. “However, the type of story characters significantly affected whether children became more or less inclined to behave pro-socially. After hearing the story containing real human characters, young children became more generous. In contrast, after hearing the same story but with anthropomorphized animals or a control story, children became more selfish.”

“A growing body of research has shown that young children more readily apply what they’ve learned from stories that are realistic ... (but) this is the first time we found something similar for social behaviors,” said Patricia Ganea, who led the study, according to The Guardian. “The finding is surprising given that many stories for young children have human-like animals.”

Read more at The Guardian and read the study here

Michael Phelps and wife Nicole expecting second child

Olympian Michael Phelps and his wife, Nicole (née Johnson) Phelps, are expecting a second child together and shared the news Tuesday with several happy posts to fans on Instagram.

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“Lil mans going to be a Big Brother!!!” Nicole wrote. She was all smiles wearing shorts and a black tee and holding her son, Boomer, who had the positive pregnancy test in his hand.

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The proud papa shared the same image of his little family on his own Instagram account, writing, “Number 2 on the way!!!! So excited!! Wonder if it’s a boy or a girl??”

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Boomer Phelps posted a tribute to his little brother or sister on Instagram to his 795,000 fans with a image of the pregnancy test and a big smile on his face.

“So excited to see what mama is having!! Do I get to have a brother or a sister?!?” his parents wrote in the caption.

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Boomer Phelps stole the hearts of Americans as he cheered his father on from the stands during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Nicole and Michael Phelps wed in a top-secret ceremony in June 2016, had a public wedding the following October and threw a bash with family and friends to celebrate their union on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Hurricane Harvey: Diaper bank seeking donations for storm evacuees

The Austin Diaper Bank in Texas needs your help. It needs diapers (both adult and infant), as well as wipes and diaper cream, to put together packets for people who have evacuated to Austin because of Hurricane Harvey.

>> Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

For local donors, the diaper bank warehouse bin is at 8711 Burnet Road, back of Building B, or you can go online to austindiaperbank.org to find a drop-off location. Donors outside the Austin area can have items shipped directly to the diaper bank using its Amazon Wish List. You also can donate money at www.austindiaperbank.org.

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On Monday, the diaper bank created packets and packed a truck donated by Longhorn Car and Truck Rentals with more than 3,000 diapers and wipes to take to Houston and South Texas.

>> Houston braces for more flooding after Harvey: Live Updates

“During times of disaster and catastrophe, families often have to leave their homes on a moment’s notice or do not have the ability take long-term supplies with them,” said Holly McDaniel, executive director of the Austin Diaper Bank, in a press release. “We want to make sure that an adequate supply of diapers is not a worry during these stressful times. Diapers are not supplied by disaster relief agencies, and they are essential to keep babies, children and adults clean, dry and healthy.”

>> Complete Harvey coverage from the Austin American-Statesman

McDaniel is the new executive director at the diaper bank as of last week. She has more than 15 years of experience with nonprofits in Austin and California. Previously, she was director of individual giving and philanthropy at KMFA, 89.5, the classical public radio station in Austin.

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The diaper bank expects to hit 1 million diapers donated early next year and now works with 40 local nonprofit agencies to distribute diapers throughout Central Texas. It was started in 2013 by Beverly Hamilton of Austin, who left the executive director role in June. “I really wanted the organization to grow and have the impact it could have,” she said of her decision to leave. “My goal was to get it started and get it going. It’s in good hands now.”

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Hamilton will still serve on the board of directors. She’s started a consulting firm, Small But Mighty Consulting, to help small nonprofit organizations do things that they can’t afford to hire a full-time person to do as well as executive director coaching.

Couple claims to see Jesus in their baby’s sonogram

An expecting couple found comfort after they say they spotted a Jesus figure in their baby’s sonogram. 

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Alicia Zeek and Zac Smith, of Pennsylvania, say they see Jesus wearing a crown and robe looking at their daughter Briella, according to WPMT

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“When I seen it, it almost brought tears to my eyes ... I was speechless. I just couldn't believe it,” Smith told WPMT

The couple said they aren’t religious but found the “spiritual sonogram” reassuring since Zeek’s first two children were born with defects. Her first daughter had two thumbs on one hand, and her son was born with a cleft lip and palate, WPMT reported. 

Briella is healthy, according to doctors, and for that Smith told WPMT he looks at “the angel or God or Jesus, however you want to propose it,” as his blessing.

Social media users joked that the spot on the sonogram image looked like something or someone else.

Read more at WPMT

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Melania Trump thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron Trump

First lady Melania Trump thanked former first daughter Chelsea Clinton for coming to Barron Trump’s defense after he was criticized for his clothing choices.

On Monday, The Daily Caller published an article titled “It’s high time Barron Trump starts dressing like he’s in the White House.”

>> Chelsea Clinton comes to Barron Trump’s defense after he was criticized for his clothing choices

The article’s author said that he’s been on the “Barron Trump train from the start,” but “it’s about time the president’s son starts dressing the part.”

"Think about how many times your parents forced you to dress up when you were a kid for a special occasion. No matter how hard you resisted, it was inevitable, you weren’t leaving the house until you had your tie tied, your shirt tucked in nice and neat with your hair combed and a blazer on," the story said.

"That’s not how it goes for the president’s youngest child."

After the article was published, Clinton tweeted out a defense of the first son, writing, “It’s high time the media & everyone leave Barron Trump alone & let him have the private childhood he deserves.”

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She later defended the 11-year-old again, writing in another tweet, “Dear Matty-Barron is A KID. No child should be talked about in the below manner-in real life or online. And for an adult to do so? For shame."

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The tweet Clinton was responding to on Tuesday was deleted after she responded.

The first lady appreciated the fact that Clinton defended her son and thanked her via her Twitter account, writing in a tweet Tuesday evening, “Thank you @ChelseaClinton – so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying.”

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While campaigning with her husband last year, Melania Trump said one of her focuses as first lady would be to fight cyber-bullying.

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“Our culture has gotten too mean and too rough, especially to children and teenagers,” she said on Nov. 3, 2016, just days before her husband won the election. “We have to find a better way to talk to each other, to disagree with each other, to respect each other. We must find better ways to honor and support the basic goodness of our children, especially in social media. It will be one of the main focuses of my work if I’m privileged enough to become your first lady.”

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