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5 things every parent should know about immunization

Within the first few months of your child's life, your pediatrician will likely start talking to you about immunizations. Even if your house is stocked with hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, it's important to know what options are out there to keep your kid safe from diseases that could have harmful consequences.

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With all of the talk out there about the pros and cons of getting your child immunized, here are five things you need to know about how the process works and why doctors recommend it:

What is immunization? 

The World Health Organization defines immunization as the process that makes a person immune or resistant to an infectious disease. The most common way to achieve this is by giving the person a vaccine. Over the past 200 or so years, doctors have been able to use vaccines to fight diseases that used to kill millions of people, including young children, every year.

How does immunization work? 

Vaccines are usually given through a needle injection, though Verywell noted there are some that can be given through the mouth or the nose.

According to WebMD, once a vaccine enters the body, it helps the immune system develop antibodies that fight the virus or bacteria that causes that specific illness. (The process can take a few weeks, so your child won't instantly become immune.) The next time your child runs into that virus or bacteria, his body will have the tools it needs to fight off the illness.

Does my child really need to be vaccinated?

If you plan to enroll your child in a daycare or school, there may be minimum vaccination requirements before they can get started. According to he National Vaccine Information Center, exceptions can be made based on certain medical or religious grounds, but an application is required.

If you don't have any medical or religious concerns, vaccines are strongly encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control to help slow the progress of infections. When more people get vaccinated against a certain disease, outbreaks can be prevented because the germs won't be able to travel as fast through the population. This is called community immunity.

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Which vaccines are recommended for kids?

The CDC website lists 16 potentially harmful diseases that their recommended vaccines can protect against. Those diseases are:

Each vaccine should be taken during a specific age range, so be sure to talk to your child's doctor to find out the right time to bring them in for their shots.

What are the risks involved with vaccines?

KidsHealth says the most common reactions to vaccines are fever and redness, swelling and soreness where the shot was given. In rare cases, patients have had seizures or severe allergic reactions. If you're concerned about side effects, Parents Magazine has some tips for easing the sting and making your child's first immunization experience as comfortable as possible.

If you have questions about vaccines or side effects, it's best to talk to your child's doctor.

'Sexist' quote removed from Texas school wall after social media backlash

A Texas school has removed a controversial quote from one of its walls after it sparked complaints on social media.

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According to the Houston Chronicle, the quote, which read, "The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman," had been on display above a row of lockers at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The words are "commonly attributed to Sydney Biddle Barrows," aka the "Mayflower Madam," who pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution in the 1980s, USA Today reported.

A photo of the quote made the rounds on social media Friday.

"This is the wall at Gregory-Lincoln Middle School in Houston ISD," Twitter user Lisa Beckman wrote, according to USA Today. "It's perpetuating horrible gender stereotypes, shaming women, and relinquishing boys of all responsibility. It's sexist, mysogonistic (sic), and discriminatory! I'm horrified." 

>> See the tweet here

Beckman's tweet quickly went viral, with nearly 9,000 shares and 23,000 likes by Sunday morning.

KTRK reported Saturday that the quote had been taken down.

"Please be advised that the quote on the wall of Gregory Lincoln PK-5 Education Center has been removed," the Houston Independent School District said in a statement. "Overnight, the wall decal letters were taken down, the wall was floated out, and new slab of drywall was installed and painted."

School board member Diana Davila tweeted a photo of the blank wall Saturday.

"This was removed last night," she wrote. "Thanks to the people who brought it to our attention."

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Kidnapping suspect's mom says boy posed as adult trapped in abusive relationship

The mother of one of the two men accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Mississippi boy earlier this month spoke to only WHBQ on Saturday afternoon.

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Juan Andrade’s mother said her son and his friend, Jason St. Aubin, are innocent and didn’t know they were picking up a child. According to Bridgett Sixto, the Olive Branch teen posed as a 20-year-old man.

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: Boy thought he was saving captors from suicide, father says

Andrade and Aubin reportedly arrived in Olive Branch more than a week ago after they were arrested in Creal Springs, Illinois. Olive Branch police say Andrade and St. Aubin made contact with the teen through a gamer chat app.

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: Family fears predator used video game messaging app to target child

Andrade and St. Aubin are facing kidnapping and conspiracy charges.

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Sixto told WHBQ's Jeremy Pierre that her son and St. Aubin thought they came to Mississippi to help a man escape an abusive relationship.

“It was no luring out of anywhere. The boy left under his own accord. They didn’t know they were picking up a kid. They thought they were picking up a 20-year-old guy,” Sixto said.

Sixto said there was no kidnapping going on in this incident. 

"Oh, God, there was no kidnapping at all. That boy came on his own accord; he contacted Jason to come and pick him up,” Sixto said.

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But Sixto told WHBQ that the teenager only communicated with St. Aubin and not her son. She said St. Aubin asked her son to drive him to Mississippi to pick up a friend.

"Juan didn't even know anything about this boy personally talking with him or chatting with him at all,” Sixto said.

Andrade and St. Aubin will be in an Olive Branch courtroom at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Sixto said she plans to make the train ride from Chicago to be in Olive Branch for her son’s court appearance.

Boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

A terminally ill Iowa boy who wants to decorate his casket with racing stickers is asking the public for help.

According to the Des Moines Register, Caleb Hammond, 11, of Oskaloosa, was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017. After months of unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant and medical scares, including a week in a medically induced coma with heart failure symptoms, he and his family recently decided to stop treating his illness and spend time together, the newspaper reported.

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Now Caleb, a racing fan who loves to visit Southern Iowa Speedway, has a final request: for the public to send him racing stickers.

"We're trying to decorate his casket," his uncle, Chris Playle, told the Register.

Meanwhile, Team Kids With Cancer 46-7 made one of Caleb's dreams come true by getting him behind the wheel of a hobby stock race car. He drove in a six-lap race Saturday, the Register reported.

>> See the family's Facebook post about the event here

If you'd like to send Caleb a sticker, you can mail it to 314 N. J St., Oskaloosa, IA 52577. You can also donate to his family's GoFundMe campaign here.

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ICE says man detained while driving pregnant wife to hospital is wanted on homicide charge

Update 1:18 a.m. EDT Aug. 19: Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a man who was detained while taking his pregnant wife to the hospital to deliver their child is wanted on suspicion of homicide.

According to KCBS, ICE said Saturday that Joel Arrona-Lara, of Mexico, was taken into custody “on an outstanding homicide warrant.”  

His wife, Maria del Carmen Venegas, told the station that he was detained in San Bernardino, California, while driving her to the hospital for a planned Cesarean section. She said she then drove herself to the hospital.

Arrona-Lara’s attorney, Emilio Amaya Garcia, claimed that the Mexican consulate does not have any information to support ICE’s statement about the homicide charge, KCBS reported. Detention records say Arrona-Lara was detained because he was in the U.S. without documentation, Garcia said.

A Friday statement from ICE about Arrona-Lara’s arrest did not mention the homicide claim, KCBS reported.

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Original story: A woman in San Bernardino, California, told CBSLA agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained her husband as they drove to the hospital to deliver their child.

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Maria del Carmen Venegas said that her husband, Joel Arrona-Lara, was driving her to the hospital for a planned Cesarean section Wednesday when ICE agents surrounded their car at a gas station.

Venegas, a mother of five, told CBSLA she showed officers her identification, but her husband did not have his ID with him.

She said they lived nearby and offered to drive back to the house to get his ID, but officers placed Arrona-Lara into custody, leaving Venegas alone at the gas station, images from the store’s surveillance video showed.

She said she drove herself to the hospital to deliver their child.

“My husband needs to be here,” Venegas said. “He had to wait for his son for so long, and someone just took him away.”

Venegas told CBSLA that her husband has never been in trouble with the law, and they are currently working on finding an attorney to help secure his release.

ICE confirmed to the local Univision and Telemundo stations that Arrona-Lara is in custody.

“Mr. Arrona-Lara is currently in the custody of ICE pending deportation procedures before the Executive Office of Immigration Review,” a spokesperson said. “All those who violate immigration laws would be subject to an immigration arrest and, if a final order determines their removal, be deported from the United States.”

Sex offender took upskirt videos of stranded motorist, had child porn in car, police say

A Washington state sex offender who previously spent time in prison for possessing child pornography is suspected of taking upskirt videos of an unsuspecting motorist he was assisting, as well as voyeuristic videos of unsuspecting women giving massages, court documents show.

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Nickolas Jay Shreck, 40, is charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree voyeurism and possession of child pornography.

Shreck was released from prison April 29, 2017, and was required to periodically check in with the Department of Corrections. During a June 6 visit in Seattle, 2.4 grams of meth was found in his vehicle’s glove box, police said. Court documents show Shreck later failed a mandatory drug test.

During the search of Shreck’s vehicle, officers said they found multiple cameras and cellphones. A search uncovered graphic images of child pornography, including sex acts, court documents show.

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On one device, a Seattle police detective described finding tens of thousands of images and videos containing child sexual exploitation material.

The detective also found multiple voyeuristic videos that appeared to be produced by Shreck around unsuspecting Asian females – including one where he was assisting a woman with jumper cables, police said.

Other videos depict Shreck manipulating a camera to record women at massage parlors, police said.

These 3 eye conditions could be predictors of Alzheimer's, study says

Mental confusion, sleeplessness and mood swings have all been linked to Alzheimer’s disease but the health of your eyes could also be a predictor, according to a new report

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Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine recently conducted a study, published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, to explore eye conditions that may be associated with the brain illness.

To do so, they examined 3,877 adults aged 65 and older who were a part of the Adult Changes in Thought database. During the five-year trial, which began in 1994, about 800 of the subjects were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 

When the University of Washington researchers took a closer look, they found patients with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma were 40 to 50 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, compared to those without these eye conditions. There did not find a connection between cataract and Alzheimer’s.

“What we found was not subtle,” coauthor Paul Crane said in a statement. “This study solidifies that there are mechanistic things we can learn from the brain by looking at the eye.”

While the analyst do not know why there is a relationship between the three eye illnesses and the memory loss disease, they wrote, “anything happening in the eye may relate to what’s happening in the brain, an extension of the central nervous system.”

A better understanding of neurodegeneration in the eye and the brain could help diagnose Alzheimer’s early, but they said the connections need to be investigated more. 

“We don’t mean people with these eye conditions will get Alzheimer’s disease,” lead researcher Cecilia Lee added. “The main message from this study is that ophthalmologists should be more aware of the risks of developing dementia for people with these eye conditions and primary care doctors seeing patients with these eye conditions might be more careful on checking on possible dementia or memory loss.”

Man freed by Innocence Project now faces child sex assault charges

A man recently granted a new trial after serving 27 years in prison on a rape conviction was arrested Thursday on new charges that he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl known to the victim’s family in McKees Rocks.

The assault allegedly happened the same night John Kunco was released from jail, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

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According to the criminal complaint, the girl, referred to as Jane Doe, told police

she awoke to Kunco assaulting her. When she asked him to stop he didn't, according to the complaint. 

Kunco was found guilty of rape and other charges for a 1990 attack on a woman in her New Kensington home. He was sentenced to serve 45 to 90 years in prison.

The Innocence Project took on his case. New DNA evidence convinced a judge to grant Kunco another trial. He was released from jail in May. 

He is now being held without bail in the Allegheny County Jail on numerous counts of crimes against a child and is awaiting a preliminary hearing later this month, according to investigators.

A team of attorneys from the Innocence Project said Kunco voluntarily turned himself into police and denies the recent allegations. 

Karen Thompson, senior attorney with the Innocence Project, released the following statement:"Mr. Kunco denies these allegations and has, and will continue to, fully cooperate with the police. These allegations have absolutely no relation to Mr. Kunco’s 1991 conviction that was recently vacated based on DNA and other evidence proving his innocence."

Massachusetts beach closed to swimming indefinitely after shark activity

Truro Police announced on Friday night Long Nook Beach will remain closed to swimming until further notice due to continued shark activity.

Recent shark sightings and even a shark attack on a man have prompted many beaches along the Cape to be on high alert.

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Shark sightings have become commonplace along Cape Cod since the beginning of summer, but recent sightings have some experts on edge.

On Wednesday, a shark bit a 61-year-old New York man on the torso and leg just 30 yards away from the shore. He is currently being treated at Tufts Medical Center and is expected to survive.

After the attack, more sharks were spotted along the Cape, prompting temporary closures to other beaches.

According to the Cape Cod National Seashore, a shark was seen in the waters off Race Point Beach in Provincetown Thursday afternoon. Video shows the shark feeding on a seal near the shore.

Meadow Beach in Truro was closed earlier in the day when several sharks were spotted in the water.

Despite the public's primal fear of sharks, the odds of being killed by one are roughly 1 in 3.7 million, according to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.Truro was the site of the last shark attack in Massachusetts, in July 2012, when a Colorado man on nearby Ballston Beach suffered a bite that required 47 stitches. The state's last shark attack fatality was in 1936.

Youths take school bus on joy ride, police say

Police are searching for at least three youths who stole a school bus Saturday and took it on a joy ride before abandoning it in a field, officials said. 

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A group of kids, whose ages have not been released, were seen at 12:30 p.m. driving the East Baton Rouge school bus, The Advocate reported

Police later found the bus in a field. Investigators are also trying to determine how they gained access to it.

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