Ex-breaking e afrmat the aftermath of hurricane florence how to of our own answer the call to help.
And, new hope for people living with paralysis from a spinal cord injury.
Plus, this week's mom to mom.
Midmorning starts right now.
Rly the early on the morning of september 14th, hurricane florence made landfall near wrightsville beach, north carolina.
There was a lot of heavy rain.
And continued flooding.
This storm affected thousands of people in coastal north carolina, including part of our television family.
Wway is a north carolina television station owned by morris multimedia, just like we are here at wcbi.
And after days without power and away from their homes, we sent help.
Wcbi's scott martin and jacob dickey spent nearly a week in willmington, north carolina.
They are home.
And they have an amazing story to tell.
Ou had a long week not as long as those guys had it not been for us we would not have a day wall to wall coverage many of them since they started cots everywhere so many of them still tuesday off we gave them the time they needed you really didnt know what you were getting into what was so amazing you could see homes underwater this is actually the studio the hurricane mad landfall that caused the four day flooding and one of those hit the studio which is ama zing to hear its flooding so people carrying on you imediatly you were anchoring the first night we were there i was anchoring he hadnt been home yet i told everyone this they also went if we just bro ught in a breathe of fresh air there is one story of a reporter and everything of damage you got out in the field you could still not acc ess some the heavy hit areas were not able to get there the bridge was closed down they nevery seen how powerful it was you walked in with all there belongings onece that wather comes in chemicals and stuff mixed with the water and eventually just heartbreaking to see there was lose of life but 32 in north carolina and a person was cleaning to derbris and i think moving forward it has the cability to increase its humble to see the relief effort to get started on the get back up and on their feet and he said i saw the sunrise this morning and i saw the sunset today our thoughts and prayers when we come back, a step forward some patients never thought they would see.
Mid morning will be right back.
Two studies out this week point to significant progress in helping paralyzed people stand and take steps.
This new treatment may provide new hope for the nearly 1-point-3 million americans who have paralysis from spinal cord injuries.
Here's dr. jon lapook.
In 2011, jeff marquis crashed his bike on a mountain trail in montana, leaving him paralyzed him from the chest down.
I was a very independent person before i got hurt, and that was wiped away pretty quickly a once active athlete and professional chef, marquis need constant care.
Today marquis can walk again: something people with paralysis can only imagine.
He can do it because of a remarkable new experimental device, a type of electrical stimulator.
Here's how it works: spinal injuries disrupt nerve pathways that ordinarily allow the brain to signal the legs to move.
In this study, doctors implant an electrical stimulator at the base of the spine.
When it's turned on, the electrical signals appear to awaken those injured nerve pathways&allowi ng the brain to communicate with the legs again.
Marquis, now 35, was one of four patients who spent months doing intensive physical traing at the university of louisville spinal cord injury research center.
He says first he got his right foot moving& and then his left.
Its certainly a welcome change from being in a chair all the time and kind of a ray of sunshine in my prognosis he walked the length of one football field without rest, and lmost a quarter of a mile -- over a one hour session.
Sot: appx: 5645 it takes so much concentration that i don't get emotional in the moment.
Until he told his parents.
I &.i showed them the video, because i knew i wouldn't, excuse me... because i couldn't get the words out.
Professor susan harkema directs the research..
Sot: they are able to walk independently, its not the same as before the injury, but it's a significant level of recovery sot: marquis i've made a lot of progress, but i do live alone, and live independently research has continued to show a link between a babies' health, and breastfeeding.
Now, new research out of canada shows that breastfeeding could also help baby maintain a healthy weight as the grow into their toddler year.
Meredith wood has more on the study.
--reporter pkg-as follows-- by now, you have no doubt heard the popular mantra "breast is best" when it com to feeding your baby -- that's even when compared to giving newborns breast milk out of the bottle.
A new study published in the journal of pediatrics shows a potential link between breast-feeding and slower weight gain in infants.
According to the study, 12 month old babies who were exclusively breast- fed the first three months of their lives had a lower body mass index, then those who weren't.
Babies who stopped breast- feeding before six months were three times more likely to be overweight.
And doctors warn, a higher bmi early on in life, can lead to childhood and adult obesity.
Researchers say it's unclear why exclusively breast- feeding seems to be healthier than pumping and feeding breast milk from a bottle.
But the study is quick to point out it's not "all or nothing" for mothers who can't, or aren't able to breast-feed exclusively... any amount is better than none when it comes to breast- feeding for baby.
For today's health minute, i'm meredith wood.
A new report focused on the united kingdom warns obesity is set to overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer in women.
"cance research u-k" estimates 23- thousand british women will suffer from obesity-related cancers by 20-35.
That's just two- thousand fewer than the number of cases caused by smoking.
If current trends continue, the charity found obesity will become the most common cause of cancer in women by 20-43.
While the new study focuses on women, experts say men are at risk too.
Still to come, technology in the smallest of classrooms. and , it's working.
That story ahead on whatou s what you study in college may be just as important- if not more, than where you attend.
That's according to a report that ranks the most and least valuable degrees.
Mary moloney has a closer look.
Choose your college major wisely.
According to a report from bankrate, what you study may be the biggest indicator of success in the work force.
Researchers looked at 162 degrees and census data.
They then analyzed the bachelor's degrees and incomes of at least 15- thousand people.
They found "actuarial science is the most valuable college major.
Bankrate says that's because people with that degree like budget analysts, cost estimators and statisticians earn more on average than their peers.
The average income of an actuary is $108,658 and they faced a lower unemployment rate: 2.3 percent.
Other valuable degrees on bankrate's list include zoology, nuclear engineering, health and medical preparatory programs, and applied mathematics.
Meanwhile-- miscellaneous fine arts came in dead last.
People with that major tend to work as art teachers, costume attendants and music contractors-- and make an average income of 40-thousand dollars.
And their unemployment rate is at 9.1% also on that job lis visual and performing arts, cosmetology and culinary arts, clinical psychology and composition and speech.
For consumer watch-- i'm mary moloney.
If you grew up in the country - or in a small commmunity, you will probably relate to wilder, idaho.
The population there is abour 1,700 people.
But unlike even larger schools, tiny wilder is an unlikely hot bed of high- tech education.
The school district in this small farm town is one of only a handful across the country to ápersonalizeá how kids learn.
And it uses tech tools in the whole district.
Wilder was just named one of the 25 most innovative districts in america.
But as john blackstone reports, technology is just one part of a new formula that's energizing students.
School buses disc 1 @ 5:40:08 school buses are almost the only thing about education that hasn't changed in wilder idaho.
Students here spend much of their time learning to use 3-d printers& ... studying robotics& explosion noise &or creating animated movies ... "quiet on set!
... using the same technology as hollywood studios.
Instead of everyone learning the same subject at the same time, at wilder, each student is working on a different subject using their individual ipads.
"so, reading writing and arithmetic, it's all, it's all going on around this area .... ..everything's going on, yes!"
Every student studies independently, but always watched closely by their teacher, as wyatt craft knows well "and th teacher can always tell what you're doing ... "she's like hawk!"
In this class, that hawk is 6th grade teacher stephanie bauer who uses her ipad to monitor everything every student in her class is doing.
"those of u who learned in a traditional classroom often thought the teacher has eyes in the back of her head ... ... yes ..
... you really do!
... i do ... ... so i can see if a student is answering too fast or if they're doing a problem or they're just stuck on a screen" its part of a new approach called personalized learning and superintendent jeff dillon thinks it fixes the flaws of traditional education.
"you're treatin most of the kids exactly the same way, on the same page, day after day after day and those kids that are above are bored and waiting around, and those kids behind get left behind" now each student can learn at a pace that is right for them.
"we live in society that personalizes everything that we do why isn't education personalized?"
"but you can' have one teacher for each student?"
"but you can us the technology to bridge that gap" ten years ago, wilder elementary was one of the lowest- performing schools in the state and more than half the students didn't have internet at home.
But then, three years ago, the district applied for and won a grant from apple -- other tech giants like sprint and educational toys company sphero soon followed.
"we need to tak technology // and really begin to get our students on the same playing field as // private schools that can afford sometimes more for their kids, our kids deserve the same playing field" it's too early to see if all this technology will improve test scores.
"we're no trying to boost a test score here we are trying to change a narrative for students" "anyways kidd i'll see you later" when jessicah cole brought her son wyatt here, he'd been in constant trouble at his previous school.
Now ... he's thriving.
"i mean, he i just, blossoming and its happening so fast.
I mean, its kind of shocking."
"he used t think he was stupid?"
"yeah, he didn have very good self esteem // and now he feels like he is part of something important."
"are you tryin to create computer programmers, are you trying to create animators or screen writers, what are you trying to create?"
"opportunities is what we are trying to create" an important change for one small school district in idaho&and a big idea for education nationwide.
For cbs this morning, john blackstone, wilder idaho.
Some chefs are serving up an entirely new way of preparing food.
We'll sh you how ahead 3drints 3d printers are being used in hospitals, auto assembly lines, factories and now to make food.
Roxana saberi visited a restaurant in the netherlands that is using the technology to create unique dishes for customers.
1:39-1:45 jan smink/chef 1:17-1:20 nina hoff/byflow printers pkg in the pastures of his parent's farm, jan smink, a top dutch chef, is going back to the basics& to create a culinary future.
&we use it but we transform it into the modern version.
Modern& because he's a pioneer in printing& food.
3-d printers don't actually ácooká meals.
But they pump ápureedá ingredients& rs: you're using cauliflower now?
&into layer upon layer & of delicate designs... you can make shapes what you can't make by hand& like an avocado octopus... or meat "bowls filled with curry sauce.
Michelin-starred chefs have áprintedá dishes before& and "th university of utah hospital" now prints meals for patients with problems swallowing solid food.
But smink is the áfirstá to give printed food a ápermanentá place in each course on the menu.
Rs: why 3d food printing?
Js: something extra for my guests, to surprise them// rs: does it change the food itself?
Js: it doesn't change anything about the flavour, for example.
Nina hoff says the printers provided by her company "by flow" are easie to use than many chefs think.
"man restaurants are scared of technology in their kitchens."
If dishes like these prove popular& and the devices - each nearly 4- thousand dollars - get cheaper& smink believes pixels to plate& could improve nutrition and fight waste, by transforming unappealing food into tasty works of art... plus, it's fun.
Rs: what's your dream dish you'd like to make with one of these printers?
Js: that we print the face of the guest, eatable, with a nice flavor, and make a dish of it at the end of the night rs: eat your face as dessert!!
Js: yes he says if you mix a dash of inspiration & with a touch of technology, anything's possible.
Roxana saberi, cbs news, wolvega, the netherlands.
Sometimes kids frown upon trying new food, but here's some helpful tips in this week's mom to mom.
Do you struggle with your kids trying new foods?
Well, i've got the solution today.
Today we're talking about tasting trays.
My kids are the pickiest eaters as you all know and i've told you all, but they are not willing to try new things.
When it comes down to dinner time and i put something new on their plate, it throws them off completely.
So, today i'm going to introduce something.
I'm going to try my home ... and as a tasting tray, you use a simple plain ice cube tray and you just fill it up with different types of foods, fruits, vegetables, dairy, breads, anything that you want your kids to try you just put it in here.
Today i've got some strawberries, grapes, melon, cheerios, raisin bread, yogurt raisins, pretzels, goldfish, and now comes the hard part, getting your kids to eat the vegetables.
So, i've got carrots and peas.
Another great thing about these is you can use them as a lunch time meal or you can use them as a snack if you've got nibblers like i do and they kind of much all day.
Anything you want your kids to try, you just put in this ice cube tray and let them try it little by little, and by the time two weeks rolls around hopefully they're used to trying new things, and they don't get so intimidated when you put something new on their plate.
So, i'd love to hear some of your all's ideas on how you have tried getting your kids to try new foods.
So, find me on the mom to mom facebook page.
I'll see y'all next week.
We'll be right back to wrap things at a mor that and more on the next midmorning.