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Midmorning With Aundrea - July 26, 2019
Midmorning With Aundrea - July 26, 2019

Break away from your everyday with Aundrea Self!

Today, we'll take a look at the latest research on anorexia.

And we travel to a remote marine national park in the Gulf of Mexico whose coral reef is diseased.

And we meet an MDOT employee from Tupelo who saved the life of a man involved in a motorcycle crash.

Lots of petreang treating anorexia.

We'll look at the latest research.

And, gamers listen up.

There could be a career opportunities there.

Plus, the latest installment of " more perfect union."

Midmorning starts right now.

Necdc mb new cdc numbers show u.s. overdose deaths declined for the first time in nearly three decades to about 69- thousand deaths last year.

The agency credits the drop to fewer deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers.

Meantime, we are getting a detailed look at the sheer number of painkillers that flooded the nation during the height of the opioid crisis.

The previously unreleased numbers from the drug enforcement administration reveal drug companies sold billions of addictive painkillers as thousands of people died from the epidemic.

Kenneth craig has a closer look .

Drug companies flooded communites across the nation with a staggering number of powerful and addictive painkillers as the opioid epidemic entered its darkest days&.

á76 billioná pills between 2006 and 2012&.

According to a washington post analysis of new d-e-a data.

The cris led to nearly 100- thousand deaths during that same time period.

Debbie warfield's son spencer was one of them.

I wish that spencer was here..

Warfield died of a heroin overdose in 20-12.

In 20-17 his mother debbie told us she blames oxycontin and its maker purdue pharma.

She says that's where his addiction began.

Oxycontin and heroin has taken such a toll on our family - for the rest of our lives.

The warfields live in everett washington - one of the first of many communites to take drug makers to court for allegedly fueling the epidemic.

The new dea data shows purdue - the maker of painkiller oxycontin - was the fourth biggest opioid manufacturer during that time period... turning out two and a half billion pills.

The leading drug maker was mallinckrodt's specgx - with nearly 28 point 9 billion pills.

The post reports ... west virginia received the highest concentration of pills -- more than 66 per person per year- .

It also had the highest opioid death rate during the same time period.

Kenneth craig, cbs news, new york of the drug manufacturers listed, only purdue pharma responded to cbs news, saying that the opioid cris is a complex societal problem& and that putting blame on one party undermines the efforts of those trying to address the cris.

New findings in the medical community may lead to a new approach in the way anorexia is treated.

Britt conway explains the newest connection to the eating disorder.

When a person suffers from anorexia nervosa, most of their treatment is built on the psychiatric aspects of the eating disorder.

But new research could change that approach.

The study, published in the journal nature genetics, found a correlation between anorexia and metabolic traits.

Researchers studied the d.n.a.

Of nearly 17-thousand people with anorexia and 55-thousand healthy subjects.

Those with anorexia had many of the same genetic markers as other subjects who were found to be at risk for psychiatric disorders- like o- c-d and depression.

But they also had markers for high physical activity, and certain metabolic traits like low body mass index.

Researchers say identifying certain genetic precursorscan help build a more complex treatment schedule for anorexic patients.

One that not only treats the mental health portion of the disease, but the metabolic one as well.

Before that happens though, more research on the role metabolism plays in the disease will need to be completed.

For today's health minute, i'm britt conway.

Still to come, the secret lives of spies.

That story just ahead on mid morning.

Miionsf millions of americans are keeping cool this summer thanks to air conditioning in their home.

But some may be surprised to find out the coolant inside older units is being phased out.

That has homeowners paying high prices to recharge or replace their air conditioners.

Diane king-hall reports.

The air conditioning business is heating up for workers at air group.

That's because the coolant inside many older a-c units will soon be obsolete.

: "wer converting in an air conditioning system from r22 which is the old refrigerant to r4-10a which is the environmentally friendly refrigerant."

On january 1st 20-20 the environmental protection agency is banning the production of r- 22 gas, which is known as freon and helps create cool air.

: "r22 i very efficient, been around for a long time now, but it has a chlorine base which is ozone depleting.

So it's been deemed bad for the environment."

Homeowners that need to refill their units are seeing prices of r-22 soar because supplies are so low.

What used to cost a few hundred dollars can now run up to 16-hundred.

Newer air conditioners typically use the environmentally friendly r4-10, which can't be used in old systems. "i would say i they're having issues with the system the cost factors for repairs become exorbitant.

You're throwing good money out for bad."

Replacing old r- 22 units can run anywhere from 5 to 15-thousand dollars depending on the size of the job.

Diane king hall, cbs news, new york.

The government is offering a tax break of up to 5- thousand dollars for businesses replacing their commercial ac systems, but homeowners are not eligible.

Historic gadgets used by british spies are being revealed for the first time in a move meant to educate people about the risks of cyber- attacks.

Ian lee has the story from london.

Nats..

James bond introduced us to the world of her majesty's secret service... bond...james bond... but there is one agency even more mysterious...call ed the gchq... now britain's most secret spies...are stepping out of the shadows.

"our job is t intercept communications, to make sense of them.

The london science museum is showing off 100 years of espionage... with some incredibly rare items, never seen before in public, ...including the 5 uco...which sent encrypted messages to british commanders during world war two...and the nazi's enigma machine that the brits and their allies cracked.

"if you wer someone with this on your desk, you were someone very important."

The famous red phone used by presidents and prime ministers.

"the british p harold macmillan and jfk would have used a phone of this type to communicate securely during the cuban missile cris."

Then there's the "secre dust"...ol computers holding today's most sensitive information...pul virized into oblivion.

Nats&.

The exhibit is also designed to inspire the next generation of curious kids to become spies.

"here is a opportunity to spend your career working on some of the most challenging puzzles but with a solution to see our country safe."

A job on the cutting edge...but just don't tell anyone.

Ian lee cbs news london british intelligence says the best way to stay safe online is to make sure your device's software is up- to-date and that you use strong passwords.

All that time spent playing video games could lead to a career.

There are developers and coders and tournament players.

And one southern city is hoping to turn gaming into big business.

"i always play t win."

For marcus howard and derek watford---every day is a game.

"it's a lot of u that don't realize you can make money or there's career opportunities within the gaming space.

We just know it's entertainment we use to pass time."

Video games often get a bad rep for being a brainless activity--- but these two "techsperts" a changing that stigma.

"we've collecte a number of gaming and esports companies in the tampa area to form the tampa association of gaming..."

The goal is to make tampa a top five city for esports... that means attracting developers and gaming businesses... and also hosting major gaming events that tend to attract thousands of professional gamers.

"so, everythin from e-sports tournaments to more programming classes."

Marcus already teaches coding to minority childrená in our area... "we want kid growing up seeing us as options for them for careers... "this is a $138 industry, yet less than 2 percent of minorities receive their piece of that pie, but 89 percent contribute to that pie..."

Growing the local gaming industry with business and esports tournaments could also mean big bucks for the city... "and that's job and positions for a whole bunch of people."

"it would b awesome for the city of tampa...we have infrastructure, we have the beaches to support it, we have hotels, we have international airport, we have the convention center... we have jeff vinik coming and building up channelside, and you know vinik is invested in esports, so i know it has to be on his radar."

So parents, unless your kid hasn't done their homework or chores...maybe the success of these two entrepreneurs can convince you to give this gaming thing a shot... "a majority o what my job is is educating.

Educating parents that think, 'oh gaming is the kryptonite of my child.

It's messing up his social skills...until they're educated that esports promotes economic empowerment, social inclusion, diversity, peer engagement and friendly competition."

They may not have a show on hgtv, but the work they do changing homes and lives.

That story just ahead on mid morning.

E cbthis the cbs this morning series " more perfect union" aims t show that what unites us as americans is greater than what divides us.

In milwaukee, hundreds of homes have been revitalized, because of a chance encounter between two people.

Chip reid caught up with the couple who set out to end the housing blight and rebuild their neighborhood, one home at a time.

Sharon and larry adams ..

"lot of goo work."

..

Are bringing life back to their boarded-up neighborhood ..

..

While giving hope to many who live here.

"when i wa younger, this neighborhood had a lot of gang-bang going on, lot of drug selling.

There was a lot of destruction over here, and i was part of the destruction, you know.

Now, we got a lot of love going on."

Love that first bloomed here at sharon's childhood home.

When it need work, larry, an electrical contractor, came by to take a look -- a first meeting that was, well, electric.

"and she says 'do you want some tea?'

At the time, i'm drinking maybe a pot of coffee a day, smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, and i'm moving.

And i said, 'yes.'

Sharon hired him, but love got in the way.

"after i rewire the house, i fired myself because that's a conflict of interest."

"he lit my life.

"so, i've bee working pro bono ever since."

Working the past two decades, with the help of donations, to restore more than 100 homes in this stretch of the city blighted by riots ..

"it's neve happened before here in milwaukee."

..

And neglect that left their neighborhood classified as "undesignated.

"2,700 people households."

"undesignated.

"undesignated.

"undesignated which means you're irrelevant to us."

"correct.

"right.

"and we looke at each other to say, undesignated?

What does that mean?

Unacceptable."

The unlikely spark for change happened right on their street.

"we'd see light flickering outside of the house, drug activity."

"and what wer those lights?"

"crack pipes.

"crack pipes?

"and is that on of the moments when the two of you decided, we've got to do something?"

"i asked you t fix it."

"you asked hi to fix it?"

"did you sa please?"

"i did say-- "it's alway please.

When you look into those eyes, it's always please."

But to grow a community, you have to start with a seed ..

So they also planted gardens ..

Even orchards ..

"42 peach trees so we have orchards."

"in milwaukee.

"in milwaukee, o all places, correct."

"you have bee making honey."

Creating a buzz ..

That brought businesses, including the neighborhood's first restaurant ..

A juice bar ..

..

And opportunity for people like darius wade and henry hopkins.

"did you eve think you'd be a role model?"

"naw, back in th days, i wanted to be a different role model, you know?

I wanted to be the biggest drug dealer, y know?

I wanted the little kids to look up to me for doin' that."

Now hopkins runs a different kind of crew ..

..

A landscaping crew launched by the adamses to beautify these blocks.

"every day, the pushin' me.

Larry tell me he got plans from me."

Hopkins has plans too ..

To start his own business.

While wade has another idea for improving these streets.

"i always wante to be a police officer.

I want to show that you can grow up in this area and still make it out and be somebody."

All possible because one loving couple cared.

"what have the done for you?"

"a lot.

"i give them a lo of the credit."

While they credit each other ..

"what is it tha drives you to keep going?"

"larry.

"sharon.

And a belief that what they've done here is part of something much bigger.

"we're not th beginning."

"you're a link in chain."

"absolutely.

"and we will no be the end."

"absolutely.

"and so, i am s grateful-- "oh, yeah.

"--to you.

For cbs this morning, chip reid, in milwaukee.

The race to save coral in the gulf.

That story next on mid morning.

Is nati it is a national park so remote that you can only reach it by boat or seaplane.

Still it attracts tourists and researchers.

Especially now that there is a disease targeting the coral reefs in the area.

Mark phillips recently flew to the remote ádry tortugas national parká in the gulf of mexico, to join a team of scientists racing against time to save the coral.

"good mornin from the dry tortugas, about 70-miles west of key west florida.

// there are plenty of good reasons for diving off florida's coast, but these divers aren't here to just have fun on the coral reefs.

They're here to try to save them."

Something is killing the coral that grows along florida's coast.

And these divers are part of a last ditch effort to try to save it.

"so this diseas event is unprecedented&" unprecedented, says national parks fisheries biologist, meghan johnson& & because of the speed with which the disease attacks and kills about half the coral species on florida's reefs.

Unprecedented because the pandemic has lasted five years, so far, when most reef infections last just a year or so.

And unprecedented because marine scientists say the coral is already threatened by warming ocean temperatures and so is more vulnerable to whatever this mystery disease is.

"what do w know about it?

What is it?

Why is it doin' this?"

"what we know it's an infectious, waterborne disease.

And we don't know-- how it started or where it originated from.

Know that it's traveling at a pretty fast rate down the reef tract."

The bug - or whatever it is -- was first discovered off miami in two- thousand- fourteen and has been on a relentless, lethal march north and south ever since.

"in just fiv years, the disease has travelled from north of palm beach, three- hundred-and- fifty miles to key west.

And it's still moving."

But it hasn't hit the relatively pristine waters of the dry tortugas yet.

And so a bold rescue effort is underway.

Scientists from noaa, florida wildlife and the university of miami have begun to do what is normally the worst thing you can do on a reef.

They've been chipping off healthy, living coral before the disease gets to it.

They've been collecting it on a research vessel where it's catalogued& they've been storing it in vats - coral condos they call them& saved so that when - if -- the disease passes, the coral can be replanted and, it's hoped, the reef system can be restored.

Maybe.

"these wil serve as the brood population to then make more babies."

"but once a ..

Flipper's crossed, once-- once the disease has-- has passed through and has gone?"

"yes, yes.

But you know, even to do this process, we're looking at, you know, another two to five years.

So it's--" "so it's a long - this is a long- term commitment?"

"--it's a lon journey.

Yes."

A journey, whose next stop is the university of miami and then other facilities across the south.

To wait.

"so we just ha the warmest month on record here in miami, florida.

Not just air temperatures, but water temperatures as well.

And that was june, 2019 // so the fact that we're breaking records in june-- is really-- you know, alarming."

"unless - an until - the disease stops killing the coral, there's no point trying to replant.

And nobody can say when - or even if - that day might come."

We'll be right back a miissi a mississippi department of transportation employee is hailed a hero after saving a man's life after a motorcyle crash// daniel rodgers was recently awarded by the city for his quick actions// it's a day he says has changed his life forever// he's just grateful he was at the right place at the right time// it was work as usual for daniel rodgers.

Mdot trucks were loaded..he was off to meet the rest of his crew.

But on the morning of may 22nd, what was routine quickly turned into chaos.

"i saw a motorcycle laying i the road.

My first initial thought was someone lost it off their truck or trailer.

Then i saw a gentleman laying in front of the motorcycle."

That man was michael page.

Rodgers says he was face down on the roadway.

"he took about two ragge breaths and then he quit breathing."

Trained in cpr, rodgers didn't hesitate to do everything in his power to get michael page breathing again.

Rodgers has been trained in cpr since he was 21.

He was re-certified two weeks prior to this accident.

"he did not have a pulse.

This is the first time he's ever been in a life or death situation and he always wondered, how he'd know if and when his chest compressions were working.

Then something miraculous happened.

"all of a sudden i felt th man's heart pounding against my hands.

I realized then how i was going to know.

It's an amazing thing to feel life come back into someone."

Rodgers was awarded a tupelo live saver award.

He says he's not a hero.

He says he just wanted to do his part..brother helping brother.

"the award at tupelo wa great, the city council, i enjoyed it.

I was honored to receive that.

But to hear that man's voice on the phone, that's what it was about.

Knowing that he has a chance now when he may not have had i not been there."

Left speechless, michaels sister nikia page says a simple thank you will never be enough for giving her brother a second chance at life.

"i don't even know if i have th words to tell him how thankful for what he did.

He didn't have to stop, but he did.

My family is so grateful that he did what he did."

Michael suffered a severe head injury and is in a rehabilitation center in arkansas.

His sister says he's up and walking around, is in good spirits, and looking forward to coming home.

That and more on the next

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