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Guns kill nearly 1,300 children a year in U.S., study finds

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and death in children and adolescents. It looked at numbers from National Vital Statistics System, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System and the National Violent Death Reporting System.

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Here’s what it found:

  • On average, 1,297 children a year die in the U.S. from gunshot wounds and 5,790 are treated for a gunshot wound.
  • Death from a firearm is the third-leading cause of death for children in the U.S. behind illness/congenital defect and motor vehicle injury.
  • 53 percent of gun deaths in children were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, 6 percent were unintentional deaths, and 3 percent were due to legal intervention or undetermined intent.
  • Homicide deaths by firearms in children have declined, but suicide deaths are on the rise.
  • 4.2 percent of children ages 0 to 17 in the United States have witnessed a shooting in the past year.
  • 82 percent of children killed by guns were boys.
  • Children 13-17 years old had a 12-times higher rate of being killed by a firearm than children 12 and younger.
  • Race mattered: The annual firearm homicide rate for African-American children (3.5 per 100,000) was nearly twice as high as the rate for American Indian children (2.2 per 100,000), 4 times higher than the rate for Hispanic children (0.8 per 100,000), and ∼10 times higher than the rate for white children and Asian-American children (each 0.4 per 100,000).
  • The suicide rate was highest for white and American Indian children (each 2.2 per 100,000), almost four times the amount for African-American (0.6 per 100,000) and Hispanic (0.5 per 100,000) children and over 5 times the rate for Asian-American children (0.4 per 100,000).
  • The rate of unintentional firearm deaths for African-American children was twice as high (0.2 per 100 000) as the rate for white children (0.1 per 100,000) and 4 times the rate for Hispanic children (0.05 per 100,000).
  • Southern states and parts of the Midwest had the highest rate of firearm homicides among children.
  • Firearm suicides are more evenly distributed among states, but higher in Western states.
  • In younger children, homicides often happen in a multivictim scenario and by family conflict.
  • Older children were more likely to die from crime and violence.
  • A shooter playing with the gun was the most common reason for an unintentional firearm death for all children.
  • Of children who committed suicide by firearm, 60 percent used a handgun, 42 percent had a crisis in the past, 71 percent had relationship problems, 34 percent were depressed, 26 percent had a clinically diagnosed mental health problem, 18 percent were receiving mental health treatment and 26 percent disclosed their intent to die by suicide to someone. Most spent 10 minutes or less thinking about it before they did it.

What are pediatricians to do with this information? And what are parents supposed to do?

Dr. Eliot W. Nelson of the University of Vermont wrote the academy’s response recommendations for its physicians:

  1. Ask parents if there are guns in their house.
  2. Do not get in a debate about their rights to have a gun.
  3. Talk about safe storage practices such as a gun safe and lock, storing guns unloaded and storing bullets separately.

Woman finds 1-year-old son shut in day care closet

A 22-month-old Alabama boy was found confined in a closet at a local day care center by his mother, who went to the child care business to pick up her son.

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Sydney Zimmerman said she arrived earlier than expected at the day care, whose name has not been released, where an employee led her to a closet to gather her son. 

>> Related: 4 day care employees charged with manslaughter in 5-year-old’s van death

According to WTVM, Zimmerman’s son, Slade, was shut inside a a dark, un-air-conditioned closet. He was strapped in a car seat that was not his own. 

“I followed her in and then she goes to (the) closet, opens the closet door, turns the light on and my son is sitting there strapped in a car seat that is not his and the first thing he says when he sees me is ‘Mama,’” Zimmerman told WTVM. “He could have overheated and died.”

According to Zimmerman, the day care worker insinuated that Slade had been put into the closet to sleep and that it might not have been the first time workers had done so.

"She's all, ‘Sometimes he doesn’t want to take a nap. Sometimes he doesn’t this or that,’” Zimmerman said. “That tells me sometimes this happens.”

Zimmerman plans to press charges against the worker and the owner of the day care.

See more at WTVM.

Chick-fil-A introduces new gluten-free bun

In response to customer requests, Chick-fil-A announced the addition of a new gluten-free bun option to its menu, making it one of the first fast food restaurants to offer the item.

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The 150-calorie bun, made with premium ingredients like quinoa and amaranth and lightly sweetened with molasses and raisins, is now available in restaurants nationwide, according to a company news release.

>> Related: Chick-fil-A adds new sandwich, lemonade to summer menu

It comes individually packaged and can be ordered with any Chick-fil-A sandwich for an additional $1.15.

The company tested the option in three U.S. cities in 2016 and found the bun to be the most commonly ordered item with the grilled chicken sandwich and grilled chicken deluxe sandwich.

“Our hope is that the gluten-free bun addition opens up options for gluten-sensitive customers to enjoy more of our menu, Leslie Neslage, senior consultant of menu development at Chick-fil-A, said.

Gluten-free items are most commonly consumed by people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakenly reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, as if it were a poison.

Click here to read more information on the gluten-free bun and other gluten-free options at Chick-fil-A.

New 'tan in a bottle’ drug could prevent skin cancer, study says

A new kind of “tan in a bottle” could give you the sun-kissed skin you want while lowering your risk of skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States.

» RELATED: Study finds 73 percent of sunscreens don’t even work — how to find one that does 

That’s according to new research published Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports, by a team of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The drug, which is in liquid form, mimics the effect of sunlight on the skin without the sun’s harmful UV rays, tricking the skin into producing a brownish pigmentation of melanin.

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So far, according to the study, it has been tested on mixed-gender adult mice and skin samples considered surgical waste.

» RELATED: Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts 

The drug bronzes the skin and because it’s all done without UV rays, it could potentially slow the appearance of skin aging.

But the researchers aren’t trying to create the next consumer beauty product.

“Our real goal is a novel strategy for protecting skin from UV radiation and cancer,” David Fisher, one of the researchers, told BBC News.

» RELATED: The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts 

“Dark pigment is associated with a lower risk of all forms of skin cancer -- that would be really huge.”

Fisher sees the development and inclusion of this drug as as an ingredient as something that could enhance sunscreen protection and protect against skin cancer.

“There is unequivocal evidence that sunscreens are protective against several types of skin cancer,” he told Time Magazine. “But there is also unequivocal evidence that they are not enough. Just look at the data -- skin is the most common site of cancer in people despite the embarrassing fact that UV radiation is broadly recognized as a cause in all common forms of skin cancer.”

» RELATED: 9 tips for improving your summer tan

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while many other cancer rates have declined, skin cancer rates continue to rise.

Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer in the U.S. every year at an estimated cost of $8.1 billion.

In addition, melanoma causes more deaths than any other type of skin cancer -- more than 9,000 deaths each year.

» RELATED: Mom warns other parents after baby burned by sunscreen 

But the scientists said more research needs to be done to confirm the drug works in people and not just in samples of human skin cells in petri dishes.

Click here to read the full study report.

'Little People, Big World' star Zach Roloff celebrates first Father's Day with son Jackson

Happy Father’s Day, Zach Roloff!

On Sunday, “Little People, Big World” couple Zach and Tori Roloff celebrated another milestone in their relationship: Zach’s first Father’s Day!

>> Happy Father's Day! Celebrities, public figures pay tribute to dads on social media

Tori wrote to her husband:

"Happy Father’s Day Zachary. There’s not a single person I’d rather being taking this journey of parenthood with. Seeing you with Baby J makes me fall more and more in love with you. Jackson and I love you so much and we can’t wait for many more fathers days ahead! #zandtpartyofthree #storyofzachandtori"

In the sweet snap, Zach is all smiles as he holds his son, Jackson Kyle, for the first time.

>> See the photo here

Tori also shared another Father’s Day tribute to her own father and father-in-law Matt Roloff. Brother and sister-in-law Jeremy and Audrey Roloff were also featured in the adorable family photo featuring four generations:

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"And happy Father’s Day to all the important fathers in my life. Especially that guy on the left. Love you daddy. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you. You’ve taught me more than you’ll ever know. Watching you with your grandson melts my heart and makes me appreciate you even more. happy Father’s Day daddy zach matt papa and Jeremy!"

>> See the photo here

Next year, Zach and Jeremy will both be celebrated, as Audrey and Jeremy are expecting a daughter due in September.

84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

More than 80 Great Danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire on Friday, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

Wolfeboro police served a warrant on a local property where they found 84 dogs being housed in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.”

>> On Boston25News.com: PHOTOS: More than 80 Great Danes rescued from suspected NH puppy mill

All the dogs were confiscated from the property.

Police say they had received a number of complaints regarding barking dogs on the property and began investigating in early May.

Rescuers found 84 Great Danes with limited access to food or water, “sliding on their own feces while walking and several had eyelids so swollen their eyes were red.”

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"It's astonishing that such cruelty can occur, and I'm so relieved that these animals are now safe and in the hands of people who will provide proper care for them. We anticipate caring for them for several months,” HSUS New Hampshire director Lindsay Hamrick said.

The animals have been taken to an emergency shelter.

Fans rejoice as Beyoncé, Jay Z welcoming twins takes over Twitter

The Beyhive was abuzz on Twitter after celebrity power couple Beyoncé and Jay Z welcomed their long-awaited twins.

>> Reports: Beyoncé, Jay Z welcome twins

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On Father’s Day, Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles confirmed reports of the births in a tweet. 

“Happy Birthday to the twins! Love Granddad,” Knowles said on Twitter Sunday. Knowles is the first family member to publicly announce the births.

Fans have flocked to social media over the past few days as word leaked out that the superstar entertainer has gone into labor in Los Angeles last week.

>> Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying

WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

A curious kitten became trapped inside the bumper of a Tesla, prompting the need of a Tesla Service representative to perform a rescue operation.

A Tesla owner who goes by the username S U on YouTube said he discovered a kitten trapped in his Model X Saturday morning. The video clip shows a kitten desperately crying, and the owner determined that the kitten was stuck in the bumper.

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Tesla Service was called, and the feisty orange kitten was extricated from the vehicle.

Tesla founder Elon Musk posted YouTube links of the adorable rescue on his Twitter page.

Remember this? #CheerioChallenge takes social media by storm for Father's Day

Note: This story was originally published in 2016. We thought you might enjoy it again.

Need something to do this Father's Day? Look no further than your pantry for hours of entertainment.

 

Thanks to Patrick Quinn, co-founder of parenting site Life of Dad, fathers around the world are stacking cereal on their sleeping children's heads and sharing the photos on social media with the hashtag #CheerioChallenge.

 

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According to CNN, the lighthearted competition started a few days ago when Quinn was "trapped" under his snoozing 3-week-old son, Maxton, with a bowl of Cheerios nearby. Naturally, he started stacking the cereal on Maxton's nose.

 

"I'd take a picture but then I'd start laughing and it'd topple over," Quinn said. "So I'd start again, take a picture and it'd topple over. The highest I got to is five."

 

<div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/GqoBsW59ZH">pic.twitter.com/GqoBsW59ZH</a></p>— Patrick Joseph Quinn (@QuinnPJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/QuinnPJ/status/743580411238879232">June 16, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div>

 

>> PHOTOS: Hottest celebrity dads

 

Soon after Quinn posted one of his photos to Life of Dad's Twitter account, the challenge quickly spread as dads tried to outdo one another.

 

<div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Hit the 16 mark with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CheerioChallenge?src=hash">#CheerioChallenge</a>, lasted 2.5 sec. &amp; then crumbled. An hour of s… <a href="https://t.co/IEcqVraWK7">https://t.co/IEcqVraWK7</a> <a href="https://t.co/93TWTRwDBH">pic.twitter.com/93TWTRwDBH</a></p>— Life of Dad (@LifeofDadShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/LifeofDadShow/status/743896483775324160">June 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Ryan Mullany did the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cherriochallenge?src=hash">#cherriochallenge</a> lol so funny <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/dontleavedadalone?src=hash">#dontleavedadalone</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/16high?src=hash">#16high</a>" - <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Lifeof?src=hash">#Lifeof</a>… <a href="https://t.co/RVK8Bs5FJd">https://t.co/RVK8Bs5FJd</a> <a href="https://t.co/eGFf4iVPHS">pic.twitter.com/eGFf4iVPHS</a></p>— Life of Dad (@LifeofDadShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/LifeofDadShow/status/743664267614912512">June 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div class="oembedall-container"><div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">"Challenge accepted. 17 Cheerios and 17 hours in the making / photo capture!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cheeriochal?src=hash">#cheeriochal</a>… <a href="https://t.co/XLSQRVVUsG">https://t.co/XLSQRVVUsG</a> <a href="https://t.co/RYBtzPgd5A">pic.twitter.com/RYBtzPgd5A</a></p>— Life of Dad (@LifeofDadShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/LifeofDadShow/status/743862183600267264">June 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div>

 

Even rapper Macklemore couldn't resist.

 

    Cheerio baby stack challenge.  #20 #baby #stack  A photo posted by @macklemore on Jun 17, 2016 at 3:40pm PDT <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

 

"It's pretty bananas how it took off," Quinn told CNN.

 

Read more here.

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