Dozens Of Spiny Dogfish Sharks Wash Ashore In New Jersey

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BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) – Authorities say dozens of spiny dogfish sharks washed up on beaches across southern New Jersey last weekend. And while it’s still not clear what caused the deaths, officials believe it most likely was a natural occurrence.

The state Division of Fish and Wildlife says conservation officers saw roughly 60 decayed dogfish during their patrols. The sharks were found from Brigantine to Longport.

Officials say the dogfish may have gotten caught on a salt marsh in the bay during an extreme high tide followed by an outgoing tide, dying either there or in a tidal pool. It’s also possible another high tide carried the dogfish to sea, with strong winds pushing them onto the beach.

Dogfish are members of the shark family that are commercially fished within state waters.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Firefighters Battle Rowhome Fire In Port Richmond

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a rowhome fire in Philadelphia. The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Tuesday on the 2900 block of Richmond Street in Port Richmond.

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and worked quickly to bring the fire under control.

No one was injured.

Man Falls To His Death While Trying To Climb Masonic Temple In Center City, Police Say

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are investigating after a man was found dead in Center City overnight. Police arrived on scene just after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the corner of Filbert and Juniper Streets, near City Hall.

That’s where they found a 26-year-old man dead on the sidewalk. Initial reports indicated the man might have been hit by a car or attacked.

Police say surveillance video from the Criminal Justice Center revealed the man was trying to climb the Masonic Temple and fell to his death.

It remains unclear why the man was attempting to climb the building. 

The man’s identity has not been released.

Portion Of Pennsylvania Turnpike Closed After Tractor-Trailer Crash Spills Dish Soap On Road

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DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed after a crash involving a tractor-trailer left a soapy mess on the highway, Tuesday morning. The crash happened on the eastbound lanes of the Turnpike, between Downingtown and Valley Forge.

Officials say the tractor-trailer and a car collided, just after 3 a.m. The tractor-trailer split in half and spilled jugs of dish soap across the road.

The eastbound lanes are expected to be closed for about three hours.

Two people were taken to the hospital. No word on the extent of their injuries.

New Jersey lawmakers approve bill allowing medically assisted suicide

NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy says he plans to sign a bill passed by the legislature Monday that would give terminally ill patients the right to end their own lives. 

The bill allows a terminal patient given six months to live the right to ask a doctor to prescribe a life-ending medication.  Assemblyman Jay Webber, Republican from Morris County, urged a “no” vote.

“A bill like this, when it passes, would create a new class of citizens among us. A class of citizens who can be killed by another citizen,” Webber said. 

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The bill’s sponsor, Gloucester County Democrat John Burzichelli, countered that ultimately, the decision would be made by only the patient. 

“It would be up to the person whether they want to fill the prescription. Then it would be up to the person if they want to ingest the prescription. Only that person can make that decision,” Burzichelli said. 

Gov. Murphy in a statement said allowing terminally ill people the dignity to make end-of-life decisions is the right thing to do.

New Jersey would become the eighth state to allow doctor-assisted suicide.

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Boxing Champion, Former Glen Mills Student Bernard Hopkins Hopeful School Can Be Salvaged Amid Abuse Allegations

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania officials have ordered the emergency removal of all children from Glen Mills School amid abuse allegations. The facility has a month to remove and place students into other facilities.

Eyewitness News spoke with a well-known former glen Mills student, who is hoping the program can be salvaged.

“They gave you discipline in a way where you know that if you screwed up, you screwed up, and I’m not talking about beating,” middleweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins said.

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Hopkins knows the inside of Glen Mills School all too well. At 13 years old, a judge ordered him to the Delaware County placement facility.

Though Hopkins says he was never abused, he says he has heard stories.

“There are stories of aggressive counselors. Grown men who took it a little far,” he said.

Those stories of aggression captured the Department of Human Services’ attention. An emergency removal order now has the facility scrambling to find new placements for 64 juveniles.

“We will not tolerate any situation in which young people are placed in direct danger or harm. There should be no abuse,” Philadelphia city councilwoman Helen Gym said.

Just this past summer, Hopkins spoke at Glen Mills. Now that it’s ordered to close, he’s concerned where those boys will end up.

There are more questions that answers, and above all, uncertainty. But Hopkins is hopeful there’s a way to salvage the program.

“You cut that out, if that’s cancer, you cut it out,” he said. “If that’s something that’s going to affect a whole body of work over decades of years of achievement.”

In a statement, the Department of Human Services said, “this removal is one step of an ongoing process, and DHS is committed to seeing this investigation through to ensure that any individual responsible for endangering the welfare of children and coercing silence can be held responsible. As this investigation continues, it is important that we understand the full scope of incidents and mistreatment that occurred at the school.”

The school said in a statement that they “are assessing the situation and will continue to work with all state and local officials.”

Temple University Mumps Outbreak Grows To Nearly 100 Cases, Officials Say

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– The mumps outbreak at Temple University continues to grow. There are now 99 confirmed and probable cases of mumps in the Temple community with 16 confirmed and another 83 probable.

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In Philadelphia, there are 95 cases and another four in the surrounding area.

Temple will have two clinics to provide the measles, mumps and rubella vaccines through this week, with one on Wednesday and the second one on Friday.

These clinics will be free to all Temple students, faculty and staff.

National Weather Service To Test New Jersey’s Tsunami Preparedness Tuesday

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The National Weather Service will simulate a tsunami drill Tuesday to judge the East Coast’s preparedness for a natural disaster. New Jersey will be among the states whose preparedness will be tested.

The annual LANTAX 19 test will simulate a hypothetical magnitude 8.5 earthquake located 125 off the coast of Puerto Rico, which would generate a catastrophic tsunami in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Initially, a watch would be issued in New Jersey and other coastal states, followed by an advisory. At the end of the exercise, officials will evaluate each state’s response and safety precautions.

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Officials note that although 85 percent of the world’s tsunamis generate in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic has had its share of powerful disasters, so it is important for coastal states to have the proper precautions in place.

Camden City Council Member Plans To Reintroduce Controversial Bill Limiting Permanent Memorials

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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – Camden is looking toward the future, but a new city ordinance proposed by one city council member could remove certain symbols of the past. Day in and day out, as time passes and life moves on, memorials of lost loved ones remain.

Glimpses of a sorrowful event, a person gone too soon.

“We had a great good relationship. I loved him to pieces,” Nereida Lamberty said.

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But on a sunny afternoon five years ago, Lamberty’s grandson Troy, just 15 years old, was shot and killed while walking home from school. His killer was never caught.

“It was unbelievable,” Lamberty said.

In the spot where Troy Lamberty died, his grandmother placed an angel.

“That represents life,” she said.

It’s now grown to become a permanent memorial, which she visits multiple times a year.

“He was alive. He used to walk through here,” Lamberty said. “He used to play through here. The church right across the street, he got baptized there years before. It represents all of that.”

A new ordinance proposed by Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes would allow public works to remove these memorials, which are often placed on private property after 15 days.

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“You have to be mindful to those homeowners, to those taxpayers, who say they want to sell their home or they have children who are asking, ‘Hey what happened here?’” Fuentes said.

Some memorials are regularly maintained. Others are not.

“I’m concerned about the image of the city,” Fuentes said.

One near Victor Rossa’s house has broken glass and trash littering the street.

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“If someone on the outside comes into the city and they’re watching all of these memorials, they’re going to the thing, ‘Wow this is a killing field here,’” Rossa said.

Rossa supports a compromise, where a vacant lot could be used to erect a permanent memorial. One location where all families could grieve and all the dedications scattered throughout Camden could finally be removed.

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“It’s dropping the property values of these homes,” Rossa said. “I don’t believe that’s the cause of the property values going down. It’s the crime itself.”

But with the debate continuing, at least for the time being, the memorials – symbols of death for some and life for others – will stay put.

Fuentes said he’ll continue the dialogue and he does plan to reintroduce a new version of the bill come April or May.

Police release video in hopes of finding person who killed man in West Philadelphia road rage incident

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have released footage from a deadly road rage incident in West Philadelphia. 

Shaquile Mac, 25, was murdered on Friday night at 52nd and Warren streets while his children were just feet away from him. 

“The kids were witnesses. Don’t know how old they are, if they were able to comprehend and understand what happened. But if they were, it’s still a horrible set of circumstances,” said Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.

Police are calling this road rage. 

There was almost an accident between two cars that caused them to drive parallel to one another. 

When the cars stopped, the drivers got into an argument.

That’s when someone pulled out a gun and shot Mack, who was unarmed, killing him. 

Four people in the car saw the shooting, including two of his kids, their mother and her young nephew.

In the video of the car linked to the crime, a black Chrysler 300 is seen speeding south on Girard Avenue away from 54th Street. 

The suspect is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have any information please call 911. 

“If you were out there and you saw something, maybe saw someone speeding away fast and you got some or all of the license plate,” Kinebrew added. 

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Without Ben Simmons, Sixers Fall To Magic For Second Straight Loss

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held the Philadelphia 76ers without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 12 minutes Monday night in a 119-98 victory. Evan Fournier scored 24 points for the Magic, who outscored the 76ers 30-5 over a second-half stretch in which Philadelphia missed 15 straight shots.

The Magic completed their first 5-0 homestand in franchise history and moved a half-game behind Miami in chasing the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They visit the Heat on Tuesday.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Playing without point guard Ben Simmons, the 76ers led 60-57 after shooting 61.5 percent in the first half. Shake Milton’s jump shot cut the Magic’s lead to 78-77 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, but Philadelphia did not score in the remainder of the period, falling behind by 14 points.

When Zhaire Smith hit a 3-pointer with 4:50 remaining in the game, it ended a stretch of 11 minutes, 42 seconds without a field goal for the 76ers, who then trailed 108-85.

Embiid overcame four early turnovers to put up 14 points and eight rebounds in the first half. His 3-pointer opened a 10-0 run that quickly erased Orlando’s seven-point lead midway through the second quarter.

Fournier’s 14 points in the third quarter helped Orlando move ahead, and Vucevic’s 3-pointer put the Magic ahead to stay midway through the period.

TIP-INS

76ers: Simmons sat out the game with a stomach virus, missing his first game since Oct. 23. … T.J. McConnell got his second start of the season at point guard. … F Mike Scott left the game with lower back tightness in the second half.

Magic: G Michael Carter-Williams, who was Rookie of the Year for the 76ers in 2013-14, signed a second 10-day contract. … The Magic used the same starting five for a 27th straight game. … The NBA and Walt Disney World Resort announced Aug. 12 as the opening date for NBA Experience, an interactive theme event at nearby Disney Springs.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Magic: Play at Miami on Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Plymouth Meeting’s Men-Only Cuddling Group Aims To Heals Through Power Of Cuddling

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (CBS) — A Montgomery County group of men is looking to help other men through the therapeutic power of cuddling. According to their Meetup page, the Men’s Therapeutic Cuddle Group’s goal “is to provide a safe, structured, and platonic environment for men to experience ‘the three As’: Acceptance, Affirmation and Affection.”

The group is accepting of men from all backgrounds, but notes “men with back or knee injuries, or those suffering from obesity may find it difficult to fully participate.”

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The group establishes “safe touch boundaries” before every session and only allows non-sexual cuddling. Participants must remain fully-clothed at all times and must shower before meetings.

The Meetup page also notes that “most men experience some level or arousal during cuddling. This is completely normal…we’re all guys. We just ignore it. There is no shame here!”

Three Philadelphia dental practices shut down, patients advised to get tested for HIV

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia health officials are urging patients at dentist practices in the city to get tested for HIV and other diseases. 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is warning patients of Trieu Family Dental Clinics to get tested for HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. 

Officials say all three clinics have been closed for improper sterilization of dental equipment and failure to renew injection safety practices. They found the violations after an anonymous tip.

Those three Clinics are located on West Chew Avenue, North 5th Street, and Woodland Avenue. They’ve been shutdown since Dec. 7. 

Officials believe the risk of infections are low and so far, they are not aware of any. 

All Patients have been notified of the potential health risks and advised to see a doctor for testing. 

There is a hotline for people who may be worried about potential exposure, and they can call (215) 218-299 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

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Aaron Nola Partners With Yuengling As One Of First Active MLB Beer Brand Ambassadors

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As most of Philadelphia awaits Aaron Nola’s second career opening-day start Thursday, the Phillies’ ace has added another achievement to his résumé – an ambassador of cold ones. Nola partnered with D.G. Yuengling & Son on Monday as one of the first active MLB beer brand ambassadors, the company said.

“Yuengling holds a special spot in my heart,” Nola said. “I had my first Yuengling Lager after being draft by Philadelphia and I haven’t looked back. The fact that America’s Oldest Brewery is family owned and operated is important to me as I value family over everything.”

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“I love cracking open a cold Yuengling whether it’s a day fishing with my dad and brother back in Louisiana or after a big game,” he added.

Under the partnership, Nola will promote Yuengling at brand-sponsored events, fan meet-and-greets and other promotional activities. The 25-year-old will also appear in Yuengling advertisements in the Philadelphia area.

Yuengling, which has been the Phillies’ beer sponsor since 2017, is also giving away a free home vending machine to one fan.

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Nola, the seventh overall draft pick in 2014, signed a four-year, $45 million contract extension with the Phillies in February. Last season, Nola finished third in the NL Cy Young voting after going 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA, 224 strikeouts with a 0.975 WHIP in 212 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia Department Of Health Urging Patients To Get Tested For HIV After Shutting Down Three Dental Practices

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has shut down three local dentist practices and is warning patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B. The Department of Health says all three Trieu Family Dental Clinics have been closed for improper sterilization of dental equipment and lapses in injection safety practices.

The department believes the risk of infection to be low and is not aware of any infections as a result of the practices.

After receiving an anonymous tip, Health Department investigators visited the clinics and observed the violations. All three locations were then closed on Dec. 7 of last year.

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Since then, the Health Department has been training staff on infection control practices and re-educating the staff. None of the Trieu practices will be allowed to re-open until the Health Department believes the unsafe practices have been remedied.

All patients have been notified of the potential health risks and have been urged to see their healthcare provider for testing.

The Trieu Family Dental Clinics in question are located at 437 West Chew Avenue in Olney, 5427 North 5th Street in Olney and 6536 Woodland Avenue in Elmwood.

Temple University mumps outbreak now up to 99

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The number of suspected mumps outbreaks at Temple University has increased to 99 cases. 

According to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, 16 cases are confirmed and 83 are probable cases. 95 cases are in Philadelphia while four are from the surrounding area. 

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Temple officials said in a release that anyone with symptoms that include fever, headache, pain in the jaw area, weakness and/or fatigue should see a doctor.

Those who think they may be infected should stay away from people for at least five days.

Temple University has published a website with more information on how to protect yourself.  

Students, faculty and staff can also receive a free vaccine with a Valid OWLcard. For more information, click here.

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Red-tailed hawk that’s been actively followed online has gone missing

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Red-tailed hawk known as Mom, who for several years raised her young on a windowsill at the Franklin Institute before moving up the Parkway, has disappeared. 

Through livestreams, the Franklin Hawkaholics Facebook page and the Hawkwatch at the Franklin Institute blog, fans have followed Mom’s triumphs – she produced 25 offspring – and tragedies – the deaths of three mates and at least three fledglings.  

This month, Mom and her fourth mate, known as T4, appeared to have started incubating in their nest on Eakins Oval. But hawkwatcher Carolyn Sutton says on St. Patrick’s Day morning, Mom started to behave strangely.

“She left the nest before he got there. And she went out, and she sat in a tree, and she sat in the same spot for 8 hours,” Sutton said. 

The next day, she sat on a branch near the nest, looking ill, ignoring T4’s rat delivery. 

“And the next day, she was gone,” Sutton said. 

Gone without a trace. 

Drexel University political science professor and wildlife photographer Christian Hunold first visited on an assignment, but later became a regular observer, and was inspired to write a paper about the birds and their fans.

“The hawks had sort of created in a way, a community of amateur naturalists, and in the course of doing that, (they) ended up learning a lot about urban ecology and these food chains,” Hunold said. 

Tragically, part of that food chain is toxic.

“Carnivores in the city have some level of rat poison in their system, so that is something that can contribute to a hawk’s death,” Hunold said. 

But without a body to necropsy, there’s no way of knowing how Mom died.

Meanwhile, her mate, T4, isn’t wasting any time. Since Mom’s disappearance, he’s been seen flying around his territory with a young female, doing courtship displays. 

“The sooner that a surviving hawk can find a new mate,” Hunold said,” the greater the odds that they’re going to be able to defend their territory.”

How are the Hawkaholics taking it?

“Every time we’ve had a loss, everybody cries for a while, and is upset for a while,” said Sutton, “but then they become completely engaged in the behavior of the birds, and how they manage to carry on.”

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$5M injection of capital into Kensington designed to reach underserved borrowers

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new community partnership will help distribute $5 million worth of capital to underserved borrowers in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, with the goal of creating a resident-led revitalization effort.

Where many see blight in Kensington, the Kensington Lending Partnership sees opportunity.

“Philadelphia has an amazing aging housing stock, right. We need to recapture that, repurpose it, reactivate it,” said Casey O’Donnell, president and CEO of Impact Services. “And there’s an opportunity for people to buy it, fix it up, own it.”

The nonprofit is one of four community lending institutions involved in dispersing a $5 million dollar grant from JPMorgan Chase. Their goal is to redistribute the funding to Kensington residents who can renovate abandoned homes, provide affordable rents and open new businesses.

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“There’s very little commercial activity if we don’t have the residents being part of it,” said Luis Mora, CEO of Finanta, another partner in the effort. The group gives microloans to small businesses and consumers to help them build credit. Thanks to the JPMorgan infusion of capital, the group will be loaning $1.5 million to first-time homeowners to help them buy property in Kensington.

“That is just the beginning. We are looking at other sources of funding to leverage those sources of funding,” said Mora, who notes Finanta will help 15 first-time home buyers purchase and renovate a property over the next year. Their goal is to grow that number to 30.

“Gentrification is good when it is diversified, not just for one group,” he said. 

“Financing is a big component when buying a distressed property,” said Sergio Giraldo, who went from flipping pizzas to flipping houses. He is the principal of Giraldo Real Estate Group, where he now renovates, sells and rents homes in Kensington at affordable prices. 

“People making, you know, $7, $8 an hour, still qualify for one of these properties,” he said. 

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez says this partnership is purposeful. 

“It is a development strategy that provides opportunity and access for all,” she said. “We are working to be an example.”

The partners, which also include the Community First Fund and LISC Philadelphia, will also provide credit and education services to prepare residents for loans.

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Accident Involving Tractor-Trailer Blocking 3 Toll Booth Lanes On Pennsylvania Turnpike, Police Say

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) — An accident involving a tractor-trailer and a van is blocking three toll booth lanes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike at the Valley Forge Interchange entrance ramp in King of Prussia. Police say the tractor trailer was likely trying to change lanes when it cut in front of a van, just before 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Three toll booth lanes at the plaza remain blocked while crews work to clean up the accident.

Police say no injuries have been reported.

Health Scare For CBS Anchor Norah O’Donnell Sparks Discussion About Appendicitis

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – “CBS This Morning” anchor Norah O’Donnell is recovering from an emergency appendectomy over the weekend. O’Donnell said she’s doing OK.

O’Donnell was in Charleston, South Carolina, on a spring break vacation. Her husband said she played two hours of tennis with appendicitis, which is something doctors say you shouldn’t do.

On Instagram, Norah O’Donnell wrote, “I am feeling much better and hope to return to NYC later this week if I feel well enough to fly.”

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Just an update: I am feeling much better and hope to return to NYC later this week if I feel well enough to fly. Thank you for all the kind texts and emails. I’m down an organ, but learned some valuable lessons this week. 1. Surgery is painful. I will never take a pain free day for granted again. 2. Be grateful for every day that you can move your body. 3. Listen to your body. If you are in pain, see a doctor. Don’t wait 5 days like I did ignoring pain. 4. Our doctors, nurses, and health care professionals are true life savers. I would not have gotten the excellent care I received without advice from my sister-surgeon, my parents, Dr. Tara Narula, Dr. Jon LaPook, Dr. Richard Beckerman, and the entire team at MUSC. Thank you 🙏🏼

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O’Donnell also talked about lessons she learned, including surgery is painful, to listen to your body if you’re in pain, see a doctor – “don’t wait five days like I did ignoring pain,” she wrote.

The CBS anchor is among 300,000 people who have appendicitis every year.

It’s a common condition. Symptoms include abdominal pain that starts around the navel and then moves to the lower right side, poor appetite, nausea – sometimes vomiting – with a fever.

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The current treatment for adults is usually laparoscopic surgery to remove the appendix.

“The major risk of not having surgery from appendicitis is that it would continue to inflame and then rupture or burst,” Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui said. “And that can lead to a major abscess, which can lead to severe sepsis, a protracted stay in the hospital and even death.”

Diagnosing appendicitis can be difficult because the symptoms can be similar to other health issues. Doctors generally have to rule out other things first, such as kidney stones.

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Researchers are also currently studying using antibiotics vs. surgery to treat the condition.

Most patients leave the hospital one or two days after surgery and are back to normal activities in two to six weeks.

Appendicitis can be caused by a variety of things. Most often, it’s caused from some kind of blockage of the appendix or an infection.

It usually strikes younger people.