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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has gone to the dogs -- literally.

Inside Terminal Four is a 70-square-foot pet bathroom, complete with green turf and a red fire hydrant. The room is marked with a paw print so travelers won't get confused with other airport bathrooms. The specially-designed room for Fido also comes with dog waste bags and a hose to clean the area.

Soon, many more airports will follow suit. In the meantime, check out these airports which already have pet comfort and owner convenience in mind:

Washington Dulles International Airport

At this Washington, D.C.-area airport, service animals or pets can use several areas before security checkpoints and after. Pet relief areas are marked for convenience and contain doggie waste bags and baskets.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

This airport's two-by-four-foot indoor pet relief area opened in 2015 and, like JFK, comes complete with green artificial turf, mini fire hydrants, doggie waste bags and a hose. It also has a sprinkler system to help drain liquid waste. The room is also wheelchair accessible.

Seattle-Tacoma International

This airport has several indoor and outdoor pet relief areas. Inside, there are five places dogs can relieve themselves: outside of Concourse B, two areas near the Main Terminal and two more near Baggage Claim.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Playgrounds aren't always fun and games according to a new study. Researchers found that children are increasingly being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after a run-in with playground equipment.

Researchers from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control looked at injury rates for kids under 14 from 2005 to 2013 and determined that there was a significant increase in children going to the emergency room for traumatic brain injuries. Boys accounted for 58.6 percent of the TBIs identified while 50.6 percent of children between the ages of five and nine had injuries, according to a study published Monday in the Pediatrics medical journal.

Most playground-related TBIs were associated with monkey bars and swings, according to researchers.

The authors theorize that the rise in injuries can be attributable to two reasons: increased playground time for kids and increased awareness among parents and doctors about the dangers of head injuries.

"It is also plausible that heightened public awareness of TBI and concussions has prompted parents to seek medical care for their children in the event of a head injury, when previously they would not have done so," the authors wrote.

The authors stress that most children do not have long-lasting injuries, with the overwhelming majority of these pediatric patients, 95.6 percent, were treated and released from the hospital without further care.

The authors did, however, suggest steps that could help lower TBI rates.

"Improvements in playground environmental safety that also address design, surfacing, and maintenance can help accomplish this," the study authors said.

Dr. Oscar Guillamondegui, director of the Vanderbilt Multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said the study wasn't particularly surprising but it could be useful for health officials.

"It brings up some really important points…kids are still getting hurt," said Guillamondegui. "We have no baseline to determine what the rate of dramatic brain injury is…[this] gives us a number to focus on."

Guillamondegui said the increased rate of traumatic brain injury may just be the start of understanding the long-term impacts of these injuries, which can put people at increased risk for anxiety, depression and various cognitive disorders years later.

"Most people are still not attuned to the fact that something major could have occurred, they shake it off and don’t go to ER…those are the unseen trauma," he said.

Dr. Jerri Rose, a pediatric emergency room physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, said concerned caregivers should take children to the emergency room if they had a head injury. The warning signs of a serious head injury include persistent vomiting, lethargy, change of behavior or loss of consciousness.

"Many of those children turn out to be ultimately fine, it would be best to consult with physician," said Rose.

"I think it’s an important study that the numbers are increasing, I’d still applaud kids for being healthy and active," she added. Children should play "on safe equipment" as "they’re being supervised."

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Huntstock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Can all pathologists determine breast biopsy specimens accurately? A new study has raised concerns, particularly when the slides are neither clearly benign nor clearly cancerous.

If you're getting biopsy results, here's what you need to know:

  • First of all, what radiologists and pathologists do is both an art and a skill. This is not cookie cutter medicine so there can be instances of different interpretations.
  • If possible, when a diagnosis of cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is given, try to get a second opinion.
  • And remember: While cases like this may feel like an emergency, medically, you have time to get another pair of expert eyes on your biopsy slides.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OKEECHOBEE, Fla.) -- A Florida woman who was blind for 21 years because of a car accident has mysteriously regained her sight.

Mary Ann Franco, a great-grandmother of two, needed spinal surgery recently after she injured her neck from a fall at home. When she woke up in the hospital, she said to the nurse, according to ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV:

“Lady, you with all that purple on you, give me something for pain."

She said her niece asked her, “What did you say, Mary?’”

And that’s when she realized she could see again... in color. Before her car accident, Franco said she was color-blind, but isn't anymore.

“Out the window, I could see the trees,” she told WPBF-TV. “I could see the houses and stuff.”

Her neurosurgeon, Dr. John Afshar, believes the car accident may have kinked an artery in her spine, restricting blood flow to the part of her brain that controls vision. He told WPBF-TV he may have unwittingly unkinked the artery when he performed her spinal surgery.

“It really is truly a miracle,” Dr. Afshar said to WPBF-TV. “I’ve never seen it, never heard of it.”

Franco called it an act of God.

“I believe he just went ahead and give it to me, he give me back my sight,” Franco said to WPBF-TV. “I really believe this with all my heart.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(FITCHBURG, Mass.) -- A dangerous batch of heroin caused 10 overdoses in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday, leading to three deaths.

According to Fitchburg Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo, it was a particularly strong batch of the drug.

"It hasn't been this bad," he told ABC News. "Ten in 36 hours is pretty unusual."

ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV said the Worcester County District Attorney's Office had sent around a press release to warn Fitchburg residents about the heroin being used in the city.

Fitchburg resident Angie Gonyea, who lost her son-- a father of two-- this year to an overdose, said she knew the pain several families were feeling.

"I don't want any parent to go through what I'm going through or anyone," she said. "The pain is so bad. When they say that your heart literally breaks, it breaks, I mean you feel it. It's horrible."

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