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His rare blood has helped save millions of babies' lives. Meet 'the man with the golden arm.'

More than 60 years ago, his life was saved by the kindness of strangers. He's been returning the favor ever since.

They call him "the man with with golden arm," and he's saved the lives of more than 2 million babies.

Rhesus disease is a potentially deadly condition where a pregnant woman's blood attacks the blood cells of her fetus.

It's caused when a rhesus-negative (RhD negative) mother is carrying a rhesus-positive (RhD positive) fetus. Usually, these women are able to give birth to completely healthy children. But in certain cases, the mother may be sensitized to RhD positive blood, leading to the disease.


One man has been helping fight rhesus disease for more than 60 years.

His name is James Harrison, and he's a really tough guy.

No, not Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. I'm sure he's plenty tough, but I'm talking about a different James Harrison.

This is the James Harrison I'm talking about:

Image from Ten News.

His blood carries rare, powerful antibodies that have helped doctors develop an injection to help fight rhesus.

And every week, Harrison heads down to donate more of his powerful, life-saving blood.


I don't know how much blood 60 years' worth of blood is, exactly, but I'm imagining something like this. GIF via "The Shining."

Roughly 17% of pregnant women in Australia are at risk of developing rhesus disease.

Medical experts have estimated that James Harrison has helped save more than 2 million babies from rhesus disease.

When he was 14, Harrison's life was saved in part by the blood of strangers, prompting his decision to donate himself.

He had a lung removed in 1951. He told CNN that a conversation with his dad helped him decide to pay it forward:

"When I came out of the operation, or a couple days after, my father was explaining what had happened. He said I had [received] 13 units (liters) of blood and my life had been saved by unknown people.

He was a donor himself, so I said when I'm old enough, I'll become a blood donor."
— James Harrison


Watch Harrison's interview with Ten News to learn more about his story and rhesus disease:

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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