'Inspirational' North Carolina Teacher Dies After Contracting COVID-19: She 'Was Truly a Blessing'

A third grade teacher in North Carolina is dead after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to school officials.

Julie Davis, who taught at Norwood Elementary School in Stanly County, died after testing positive for COVID-19, NBC affiliate WCNC reported.

The school learned of Davis' diagnosis on Sept. 27, just two days after she started to experience symptoms and began to self-quarantine, according to the outlet.

"Stanly County Schools is deeply saddened and grieving the loss of Julie Davis, a third grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School," Vicki Calvert, the interim superintendent of Stanly County Schools, said in a statement.

"During her two years in service to the students of Norwood Elementary School, Mrs. Davis earned a well-deserved reputation as an inspirational teacher who was always seeking ways to support every student so that they were able to fulfill their potential," the statement continued. "She implemented creative ways of teaching and her high standards and expectations motivating others to achieve their best."

Calvert said that students "absolutely loved being taught by Mrs. Davis" and the teacher "brought joy into the lives of the students, staff, and community."

"We are extending our deepest condolences to Mrs. Davis’ family," Calvert added. "We were truly blessed by her professionalism and caring spirit."

Stanly County Schools confirmed on Sept. 29 that third grade students at Norwood Elementary School were switching to remote learning after a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter addressed to families, school officials said that all students were to quarantine themselves and learn remotely from Sept. 30 through Oct. 9.

A representative for the school district told CNN that staff member was Davis, adding that none of the students have developed any symptoms or tested positive of coronavirus.

In addition to teaching, Davis was also a caretaker for her 74-year-old mother and her 2-year-old grandson, WSCO reported.

"Julie Davis was a dedicated mother, sister, wife, friend, and teacher. Help us support her family at this time," a GoFundMe page set up in support of Davis' family read. "Julie was truly a blessing to everyone who knew her.  She was always willing to step up and help in a time of need."

As of Monday, there have been more than 7,453,700 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with at least 209,600 deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses, according to a New York Times database.

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NBC's Kristen Dahlgren Says Losing Feeling in Her Chest a 'Constant Reminder' of Her Mastectomy

After eight rounds of chemotherapy, 25 rounds of radiation and a mastectomy, Kristen Dahlgren is thrilled to be in remission from breast cancer. But she’s been surprised by what ended up being one of the “hardest” side effects from her mastectomies — losing feeling in her chest.

The NBC correspondent, who announced in April that she is now cancer-free, said the numbness in her chest is “a constant reminder” of her ordeal.

“For now, life has returned to a semblance of normal, and I am trying to enjoy every second,” Dahlgren, 47, wrote in an essay for Today about her treatment and recovery. “There is, however, a constant reminder of what I have been through and what is yet to come. It hits me every time I take a deep breath, or get a hug, and especially when my daughter lays her head on my chest. That’s when I really ‘feel’ the toll the breast cancer has taken. It’s discomfort and numbness all at once."

“Of all of the side effects of treatment, for me, this may be the hardest.”

Dahlgren, who discovered her breast cancer in Sept. 2019 after reporting on unusual signs of the disease and then noticing symptoms herself, said it wasn’t an issue she ever anticipated.

“Before breast cancer, I never realized that women who have mastectomies lose feeling in their chests. It makes sense, of course — since the nerves are cut during the surgery — but it’s not something that is often talked about,” she said. “After all, the most important thing in the surgery is removing all of the cancer and saving your life. So, numbness is something I thought I would just have to live with.”

Dahlgren asked if she’ll ever regain the feeling in her chest, and plastic surgeons have said it’s not possible just yet. But she also found one surgeon, Dr. Constance Chen, who performs “flap” reconstruction to reconnect the nerves in the chest, with encouraging results — one patient said she’s back to 80 percent feeling in her chest.

Dahlgren will undergo reconstruction with Dr. Chen later this year, and while the surgeon has warned that “there are no guarantees,” she’s hoping for similar results.

“I’d really just love to feel a hug — or my little girl cuddled up against me on the couch,” she said. “If it doesn’t work, life certainly goes on, but like I have so often in the past year, for now, I am hanging on to hope.”

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Pine-Sol Added to EPA's List of Disinfectants Effective Against Coronavirus

A common household cleaner has been found to be effective against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) — and it's not sold out everywhere.

Earlier this month, the Clorox Company announced that its Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner was given approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be added to a list of products and brands that successfully squash the coronavirus. It's listed under 5813-101 with the product name Tuck 3 and the active ingredient of glycolic acid on the EPA's website of approved cleaning products, according to Good Housekeeping.

The product was tested in a third-party lab that proved its efficacy against SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) within a 10-minute contact time on hard, flat surfaces.

"Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner now offers the clean families have trusted through generations with the protection they need right now against the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19," Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at Clorox, said in a statement.

"We hope this new Pine-Sol kill claim will increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19," he added.

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The company recommends using Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner at full strength and applying it with a clean sponge or cloth to hard, nonporous surfaces. Clorox added that people should let the product remain wet on the surface for 10 minutes before rinsing.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings earlier this summer that indicated many Americans might not be cleaning as effectively as they think.

In May, the CDC polled 502 adults in the U.S. about their cleaning habits during the pandemic. Sixty percent of respondents said they were cleaning their homes more frequently than they had in previous months. However, according to the survey’s results, more people were also calling poison control centers and reporting adverse health effects due to cleaners over the same period.

“Knowledge gaps were identified in several areas, including safe preparation of cleaning and disinfectant solutions, use of recommended personal protective equipment when using cleaners and disinfectants, and safe storage of hand sanitizers, cleaners, and disinfectants,” the CDC explained in June.

To properly clean, the CDC recommends removing dirt, dust, or debris on surfaces before disinfecting.

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Mask On! City of Inglewood Creates New Coronavirus PSA Inspired by Future's Hit Song

One California city is putting a spin on Future's "Mask Off" in hopes of encouraging its residents to take precaution against the novel coronavirus.

This week, the city of Inglewood dropped "Mask On," a COVID-19 PSA set to a cover of the 36-year-old rapper's 2017 smash hit.

Urging people to wear protective face coverings amid the ongoing pandemic, the newly revamped lyrics include: "Mask on / We keep that mask on / When in public, yo we keep that mask on."

"2020, the year that we advance / But the coronavirus threw a wrench up in them plans / Had to adjust, and make it interesting / Gimme six feet, that's social distancing," the lyrics read. "Wash your hands, protect your fam / And we'll be back soon as we can."

The 86-second video also feature shout-outs to beloved local establishments such as Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill and Woody's Bar-B-Que, as well as Los Angeles sports teams the Chargers and the Rams — which are based out of the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

The PSA comes in the wake of rising numbers of coronavirus cases within the state of California.

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 241,374 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County and 5,918 deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses, according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard. Out of that total, Inglewood has reported at least 2,765 coronavirus cases and 89 deaths.

Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, previously said that the use of face masks could significantly slow the spread of COVID-19. Several recent studies also confirmed that face coverings are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, as the novel coronavirus primarily spreads through respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth.

Inglewood's latest video about masks isn't the only PSA to tap into pop culture as a way to spread the message about the importance of protective face coverings.

Recently, the state of New York released a video starring Paul Rudd that pokes fun at 51-year-old actor's youthful looks and implores millennials to wear protective face coverings amid the pandemic.

"Yo, what up, dogs. Paul Rudd here, actor and certified young person," the Ant-Man star begins. "I was talking on the iPhone with my homie, Governor Cuomo, and he's just going off about how us millennials need to wear masks because, get this, apparently a lot of COVID is transmitted by us millennials."

Wearing a yellow sweatsuit and flat bill cap with headphones around his neck, Rudd states that masks are "totally beast" before urging viewers to wear their masks so that they can continue to "go to bars, drink, hook up and do our Tik Toks."

"Caring about other people is the new not caring about other people," he in the PSA.

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Here's How Your Fave Celebs Have Been Working Out At Home

Marissa Jaret Winokur

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If you have been following my story’s you know how hard I have been working out with Keith Anthony to get healthy. Truth Covid scares me . I checked off all the boxes , I am HIGH RISK ! So I started working out at home with Keith via zoom classes and eating healthy to have a fighting chance . In all honestly I also needed something to focus on have a goal . 6 months later I have lost almost 50 pounds . We have been here before . I was scared to post photos , it’s really one day at a time for me when it comes to food . But I thought , Covid isn’t over we are all sitting ducks maybe I could inspire someone ANYONE to chose to fight! Forget how amazing this dress looks 🥰 I haven’t had asthma in months. My anxiety is at an all time high , because you know the country is such a mess . The hour or two a day I focus on working out my sadness turns to productive energy, so that I don’t watch the news and bury my head , but try to help our situation. Now we do not know ( besides the obvious) who is more susceptible to Covid losing weight will not stop the spread !! But getting my self as strong as possible to fight it at least makes me FEEL like I am doing something . It makes me FEEL like if I can kick cancers ass I can do this too. Thank you for always being part of my YO-YO journey. I can only say Today I feel strong. Today I feel like I can do anything . Today I don’t bury my head , I will workout and email our senators wear a mask and make sure Family and friends VOTE !! We have work to do on ourselves to save this nation , we need equality. We will need to FIGHT for EQUALITY. Do what you have to do personally to get in the fight . Ask for help. To be able to help others !♥️♥️Dress credit 👗 repurposed from January. 📸credit – self timer on📱-makeup by vaseline hair .. duh I do that shit myself!! 💪🏼@keithanthonytrainer 💪🏼

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The Broadway star has lost nearly 50 pounds since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Winokur shared that she embarked on her current weight loss journey partly because she is “high risk” when it comes to contracting the coronavirus, but also because it gave her “something to focus on” amid the lockdown.

“If you have been following my [stories] you know how hard I have been working out with Keith Anthony to get healthy. Truth Covid scares me. I checked off all the boxes, I am HIGH RISK !” she began the post, alongside several photos showing her transformation.

Winokur continued, “So I started working out at home with Keith via zoom classes and eating healthy to have a fighting chance. In all honestly I also needed something to focus on have a goal . 6 months later I have lost almost 50 pounds. We have been here before. I was scared to post photos, it’s really one day at a time for me when it comes to food. But I thought, Covid isn’t over we are all sitting ducks maybe I could inspire someone ANYONE to chose to fight!”

She added that the results of her fitness journey have been tangible, sharing that she hasn’t “had asthma in months.” Working out has also helped alleviate her anxiety, she said.

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Ayesha Curry

Curry showed off her progress on Instagram (in photos taken by her Instagram-and-real-life hubby, Stephen Curry), revealing she lost 35 lbs. while social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I started my fitness journey because I wanted to be strong and healthy for myself and the people who depend on me,” she captioned a post in July. “But it was important that I did it my way, which meant I needed working out to fit in my life, NOT take me away from it.”

She also told Yahoo Canada Lifestyle, “Stephen and I have been riding bikes outside together which has been really nice, or try and time our workouts together. It’s kind of like summer camp with Stephen and I both home, so we try and keep the kids active.”

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Rebel Wilson

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Closer each day… 🎶

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Wilson has been using her time social distancing to work on herself. The actress is currently on a weight loss journey, having previously told fans that she is looking to weigh 165 lbs. before the end of the year. 

“Even if you have to crawl towards your goals, keep going x it will be worth it,” she wrote alongside the photo. “Try and give a little bit of effort each day…I know some days are frustrating as hell, you feel like giving up, you get annoyed at the lack of progress…but good things are coming your way 🤘what are your goals this year?”

The caption continued, “I’ll be honest with you guys — with my ‘Year of Health’ mission I’m trying to get to 75kg’s and career wise am trying to get one of my movies into production before the end of the year! Both of these things are requiring a daily effort and there’s constant setbacks — but I’m working hard x.”

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Chris Hemsworth

You didn’t think Thor himself would give up on his workout routine just because of a global pandemic, did you? 

The actor got creative with laundry hampers and detergent bottles to show off an at-home workout for his personalized digital health and fitness program, featuring his very own team of experts, Centr.

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Jennifer Aniston

Sweaty Bettys unite! Aniston shared an all-too-relatable photo on her Instagram Story while working out at home: Her sweat-silhouette on a yoga mat. 

In the picture, viewers can see the outline of Aniston’s body imprinted from the actress laying on the mat. The detailed marking depicts a clear shape of the actress’s legs and shoulders, as well as a tracing of her cropped workout top.

“Post-workout self portrait,” the 51-year-old captioned the snap. 

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Kate Hudson

Rani Rose is the cutest little trainer we’ve ever seen! Hudson’s youngest, who turns two in October, laughed and giggled as her mom did yoga and she hung out during the poses. Laughter is allegedly a great ab workout, so maybe Rani is on to something! 

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Kaitlyn Bristowe

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I’ve been working so hard on my mental and physical health over the last 14 weeks. Reading, meditating, resting, working out, lifting heavy, Pilates, boxing, going to physical therapy for mobility and strength, getting sports massages, dry needling. My body at 35 feels strong and ready to dance. All I keep saying is “please don’t get sent home night one after all this work”. Hahah but I’m glad I have had the motivation to work towards something. I always think of myself as a hard worker, who also plays hard, and I’m just ready for this next chapter!!! You guys know I never post body pics but I’m proud. Drop a 🙌🏼 if you’re gonna use those little cute fingers to vote #DWTS (also I’m going to tag everyone who has helped me on this 14 week journey).

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Sharing that she has been working hard on her physical and mental health “over the last 14 weeks,” the former Bachelorette showed off her fitness progress photos on Instagram. 

Bristowe wrote in the lengthy caption that she has been “Reading, meditating, resting, working out, lifting heavy, Pilates, boxing, going to physical therapy for mobility and strength, getting sports massages, dry needling.”

Bristowe, who will appear on the next season of Dancing With the Stars, wrote, “My body at 35 feels strong and ready to dance.” Adding, “All I keep saying is ‘please don’t get sent home night one after all this work’. Hahah but I’m glad I have had the motivation to work towards something. I always think of myself as a hard worker, who also plays hard, and I’m just ready for this next chapter!!! You guys know I never post body pics but I’m proud.” 

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Gabrielle Union

The actress is working out and having a blast doing it. Union and husband Dwyane Wade have partnered with the free FitOn app, and are encouraging their followers to keep moving while social distancing. 

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Halle Berry

Berry is known to post a #FitnessFriday photo every week, and that didn’t change during quarantine. She is the founder of rē•spin, health and wellness community, after all! 

Berry showed off her workouts from jumping rope (which is killer cardio) to yoga and stretching. 

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Willow Smith

Go, Willow, go! Will Smith’s daughter is a serious yogi, who has been working on her flow while social distancing. 

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LeBron James

James needed to get into — or really, stay in — shape for the modified NBA season. He’s been showing off his workouts on Instagram. Would you expect any less from the G.O.A.T.? 

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Kevin Hart

The actor has been on his workout grind, doing everything from weight-lifting to boxing. He captioned a video of himself practicing his boxing skills, “Coming back slowly but surely….Getting my speed back for sure. Slow progress but progress for sure 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 #HustleHart”

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Jessica Alba

The actress gets in some mommy-and-me time in the gym with her daughter, Honor. 

On top of her regular workout, Alba also keeps herself moving by doing TikTok dances. “I basically use working out as an excuse to learn or create a @tiktok dance,” she wrote on Instagram, “because I get hella sweaty and my body needs the warm up 🤫before I make any sudden moves these days🥴”

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Mario Lopez

This father-son duo is getting into fighting shape, literally! In this photo, Lopez and his son Dominic are seen posing after completing a Jiu-Jitsu workout together. 

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Serena Williams

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The tennis star is back in the gym, showing off her quick feet in a TikTok video. She captioned the clip, “Did someone say tennis?” 

The mom also posted a sweet series of photos of daughter Olympia playing a doubles set with her. Now that is an adorable way to work out. 

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

The Jersey Shore alum put the G in G.T.L. (gym, tan, laundry) as she encouraged her followers to move their bodies while stuck at home. 

“It’s not easy, and after 3 kids, it’s even harder for me to get toned,” Polizzi wrote in the caption of a workout video. “Don’t ever feel discouraged or give up! Don’t be lazzyyy, put in the work! You will see a dramatic difference in your body mentally and physically by working out🙏🏽 you are a powerhouse & can do all the moves!” 

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Jennifer Lopez

Of course, Lopez is hitting the gym while social distancing — would you expect anything less? Alongside one gym selfie, the 51 year old wrote, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” 

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Ashley Graham

The model took a page out of her own mom’s book, posting a throwback of her mother rollerblading with a baby carriage. 

Graham also posted a video of herself getting some serious speed while rollerblading with her son Isaac, sporting a big smile on her face. 

“20 some years later and now I’m the mama with the skates and the stroller! I got it from @mamagraham!! ⛸ 🍼” she wrote in the caption. 

She added, “Fun fact, my mom is the same age as I am now in this photo.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Who said working out had to be boring? Not Tracee Ellis Ross, that’s for sure! 

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Pink

The singer had a special trainer helping her out while she did an at-home workout: Her son, Jameson!

“I was carrying a 40 pound weight in today’s dance class,” Pink wrote after taking a class with director and choreographer Ryan Heffington.

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Kaley Cuoco

Working out is for the dogs! Cuoco did a workout on YouTube as her furry friends watched on for moral support (and plenty of kisses). 

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TikTok Star Charli D'Amelio Reveals Her Struggles with Eating Disorder: 'Some Days Are Worse Than Others'

Charli D'Amelio is opening up about her personal experience with an eating disorder.

The TikTok star, 16, revealed her "own struggles with eating disorders" in a lengthy post to her Instagram Stories on Thursday, explaining that she's "been afraid to share," but hopes her story helps inspire those who are grappling with body image issues to seek help.

"i've always tried to use my voice when it comes to issues surrounding body image, but I've never talked about my own struggles with eating disorders," she began. "it's so uncomfortable to admit to even your closest friend and family, let alone the world. i've been afraid to share that I have an eating disorder, but ultimately i hope that by sharing this i can help someone else."

"i know disorders are something that so many other people are also battling behind closed doors," D'Amelio continued.

The dancer went on to apologize to followers if she had ever played a song and "not realizing that those lyrics could have trigged [sic] you," saying that she had "never intended to cause you harm."

"for anyone that is struggling with this, i know some days can be worse than others," she said, sharing a link to the National Eating Disorders Association's website.

"i need you to know you are not alone. remember it's ok to reach out and get help," D'Amelio added. "we all need help sometimes. i love you all and please stay strong."

D'Amelio previously touched on her struggles with body dysmorphia and "bad eating habits" while discussing cyberbullying earlier this year.

"Some of the most hurtful comments I read about myself online are, ‘She’s fatter than when we got her famous,’ or ‘She’s ugly.’ They don't like the way my face looks for some reason," she said in a video to promote Safer Internet Day in February.

"A lot about my body shape, my body type, which hits close to home because I struggled a lot with body image, body dysmorphia, bad eating habits. No one really knows that," she continued. "It hurts for everyone no matter who you are. Getting hundreds of thousands of hate comments per week is a lot to handle."

At the time, D'Amelio wrote on her Instagram, "I've been bullied my whole life. That hasn't changed this past year. I'm sharing my story because I know many of you have one too."

"Hate hurts. I have realized over the years that holding in all this hurt causes a lot more damage than reaching out to someone you trust," she said. "No one can deal with this alone. We all need support."

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I've been bullied my whole life. That hasn't changed this past year. I'm sharing my story because I know many of you have one too. When you're bullied online it follows you everywhere, at school, in your home, all the places you're supposed to feel safe. It can feel as if there is nowhere to turn. Hate hurts. I have realized over the years that holding in all this hurt causes a lot more damage than reaching out to someone you trust. For me, it was Dixie and my mom and dad. No one can deal with this alone. We all need support. So when @UNICEF asked if I wanted to support #SaferInternetDay, I didn't think twice. They've answered the most popular questions about online bullying — from knowing the difference between a joke and if someone is trying to hurt you, to how to help a friend who is being trolled. We need to open up about the tough parts of growing up online. Tap on the link in my bio to learn about the support that is out there. Let's be kind and build each other up. #ENDviolence

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In May, D'Amelio opened up to PEOPLE about dealing with negativity online, saying, "I feel the more I talk about it, the more normalized it is for people to open about their feelings."

"If I'm talking about it and they know that this bothers me and they are going through a similar thing, maybe at school, just showing people that it's okay to have feelings," she said. "It's okay to not be 100% all the time."

If you or someone you know is battling an eating disorder, please contact the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) at 1-800-931-2237 or go to NationalEatingDisorders.org.

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Dancing with the Stars Judge Len Goodman Reveals He Had Skin Cancer Removed from His Face



According to the Mayo Clinic, "You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation."

It's also important to pay attention for any "suspicious changes" as "early detection of skin cancer gives you the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment."

In July 2019, Goodman opened up to Hello! magazine about how he maintains an active and healthy lifestyle. He said he begins each day with a "nice, gentle stretch" and visits the gym two times per week.

"I go to the gym twice a week – I don't go for long; I go for about half an hour, that is all. I do a little bit of cardio on the cross trainer, or I have a little row, but I don't break into sweat, I might get a bit hotter," he said at the time. "I lift very light weights … and I find that is nice; I play golf too. Gentle exercise is good too, and walking is fabulous."

Goodman also detailed how he deals with aches and joint pains, saying: "Over the years, I had a few surgeries. I have had a knee replacement and a shoulder operation, and as you get older you get more aches and pains that are harder to shake off."

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While Dancing with the Stars has already announced the pro dancers who will be competing on the upcoming season, which will see Tyra Banks take on the role as host, the list of judges has yet to be confirmed.

Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Former Chopped Junior Champion Fuller Goldsmith, 16, Beats Cancer for the Fourth Time




Now, as he remains in remission, Fuller plans on attending culinary school and apprenticing under a top chef, according to the family. He hopes to open two restaurants in the future.

“It’s really rewarding to see kids like Fuller who are so driven toward their dreams that they don’t let cancer stand in their way,” Dr. Rebecca Gardner, one of Fuller’s oncologists at Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, said. “They are undeterred in their desire to have a future.”

After returning to Alabama, Fuller has been documenting culinary creations on social media amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In recent weeks, the teen shared photos of several pasta dishes, as well as a shot of a pan seared steak with roasted potatoes and mushrooms.

"Hope you’re doing well dude! We haven’t heard from you," one fan commented.

Another wrote, "Looks great Chef! Hope you’re doing well!!!"

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Top Chef Winner Hosea Rosenberg Hosts Auction for Research on Daughter's Rare Disorder







"I think she knows something is a little off with her health, but we haven’t had this talk with her where we explain her bones are disappearing. That’s a pretty heavy thing to drop on anybody," Hosea says. "The best part right now is that she doesn’t seem to be in pain, or not very often. Some of the kids, the families we talk to, their kids are just in constant pain and we’re just praying that that is never the case for her, even if she ends up with deformities and loss of the use of her limbs, as long as she’s not in pain,  because pain is such a tough thing to manage."

Hosea says that while Sophie is doing well now, they don't want people to take the disorder lightly.

"I don’t want people to see pictures of her playing and think, ‘That doesn’t look bad, she’s holding an ice cream cone in that picture,' because she’s probably not going to be holding an ice cream cone in a year from now. That’s what so sad for Lauren and I," he says. "We want people to know she’s this amazing little girl and we want to keep her healthy, that’s our goal … We don’t want to wait until she can’t walk to ask for help."

The auction will take place all day on Aug. 15 until 11 p.m. ET. The bidding site can be found here. 

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8-Year-Old Girl, Whose Famous Case Changed the Surrogacy Process, Dies Weeks After Her Birthday


The little girl whose story went viral because her surrogate mother refused to have an abortion has died just weeks after her eighth birthday.

On July 15, Seraphina Harrell died in the hospital after suffering a "combination of complications from a needed surgery and infection," according to her obituary.

Crystal Kelly, Seraphina's surrogate mother, made headlines in 2012 for turning down an abortion after finding out that the child had multiple severe birth defects at an ultrasound appointment halfway through her pregnancy, CNN reported.

The couple who hired Kelley offered her $10,000 to terminate the pregnancy, however, Kelley refused and moved from Connecticut to Michigan to become Seraphina's legal parent.

Kelley's decision to continue the pregnancy introduced an important conversation to the surrogacy industry, one that now makes sure that surrogates and couples agree on how to proceed with a pregnancy should the fetus show abnormalities.

"People heard about this case, and they got scared about skipping steps. That's good for the industry," Melissa Brisman, an attorney who specializes in surrogacy, told CNN.

She added: "What happened in this case is less likely to happen today. It could still happen, but it's less likely."

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Rene Harrell, Seraphina's adopted mother, told the outlet that the conflict surrounding Seraphina's birth was whether or not she'd have a "meaningful life" despite her special needs.

Seraphina was born with heterotaxy syndrome, which left many of her internal organs out of place, as well as a brain malformation called holoprosencephaly. She also had multiple heart defects and two non-working spleens.

Regardless of her physical disabilities, Harrell assured CNN "without hesitation" that Seraphina had a "very meaningful and happy life."

"What I heard over and over from so many of her doctors was they could never imagine that someone with Seraphina's level of need could do as well as she did or be as joyful as she was," Harrell added.

In her eight years, Seraphina formed close bonds with her seven older brothers and sisters and both of her parents, CNN reported.

Seraphina was the "centering part of our family," Harrell said. "She was our heart and soul."

"For the eight years she lived, she had a full life," her father, Thomas Harrell, added. "She had a lot of joy in her life and gave a lot of other people joy in ways that sometimes weren't expected."

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