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2014: The Year In Medicine; Surprises From The NEW DAY Team; The Best Stuff; The Year In Film

Aired January 1, 2014 - 07:30   ET


ANA CABRERA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Officials now confirming at least one weapon recovered from a December 18th shootout between police and drug cartel members in Mexico was sold to cartel members by U.S. authorities. American agents sold the firearms to suspected gun smugglers between 2006 and 2011 hoping they could track the weapons to high profile Mexican drug traffickers. Those are your headlines. Thanks for being here on this New Year. I'm Ana Cabrera.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: We wondered what changes 2014 might bring to the world of health and medicine. So we invited our senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, to join us, and bring out the crystal ball to make some predictions. So Elizabeth, there are a lot of new FDA regulations that came out in 2013. So what do you foresee in the New Year?

ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: You know what? I think, Kate, we're going to be looking at a tougher FDA and it's not because I have a crystal ball, though, I really wish I did have one, but it's because in 2013 they got so much tougher. For example, they said, you know what, we want trans fats out of food. We're going to take steps to get antibiotics out of animal feed. We're going to take steps to have tougher tester on antibacterial soaps.

And so when I see them doing this, having seen this, it's like, they're not usually this aggressive. This seems like a new, different FDA, Obama is in a second term, maybe he's feeling like he can take some risks. I expect we'll see more of this in 2014.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, let's keep that crystal ball out of Elizabeth and talk about the innovations that we'll also be seeing in terms of technology. Is it true that we may not actually have to see our doctor face to face?

COHEN: Yes, if you don't want to, you probably could avoid it in 2014. You know, telemedicine has been around for a while, but seems to be reaching new heights. Obamacare alone has millions and millions of dollars for rural health care for people with mental illness, $50 million for telemedicine so a doctor can talk to someone in a rural area who needs psychiatric help.

You also see this in the private sector. So there are groups like The Cleveland Clinic. There is another group called "Grand Rounds" where you do everything electronically. It is all done electronically. I think we're going to be seeing more of that. There's even a thing they can put down your throat with a camera on it. So you're in one city. Your doctor is in another city and he can see what your throat looks like --

PEREIRA: Wait, a medical professional is on the other end, right. I'm not trying this in my own garage, right?

COHEN: No, no, no.

PEREIRA: Just to clarify. But it is amazing the things they can do remotely that you can really have a visit -- like a Skype or Facetime visit or a consultation with your doctor.

COHEN: Right. You really can. I actually visited a clinic where they had a nurse doing things like, for example, putting this instrument down your throat, but the doctor was in a totally different city looking at it or people, you know, tests these days are almost all digital. So you can have your MRI sent to someone else or you want to have a consultation with a doctor, you don't need to be in the same room. Your doctor has seen the tests. You can Skype with each other. It's really terrific, especially for people who live in remote areas.

CUOMO: All this medicine talk is making me paranoid. I'm getting symptomatic right now, Elizabeth. I'm going to switch topics. The word was that there would be tighter restrictions on chemicals in some of the products that we all have in our homes now. What do we know for 2014? What will really change?

COHEN: You know, it's interesting. This may be a case, Chris, where the regulations don't make the change, but where industry itself is going to do that. So, you know, surprises in 2013, one of them was that Wal-Mart said there are ten chemicals that are really high priority for us to get out of things like cosmetics and cleaners and personal care items. So in 2014 we're going to be learning more about these chemicals that they want to take out. They're likely chemicals that are associated with hormonal problems.

If Wal-Mart is doing it, well, then the suppliers are likely going to have to reformulate their products and then everybody or nearly everybody would be selling altered products if that's the way that this is going to go. So we may be seeing some of these chemicals that advocates have been worried about for years starting to come out of our products in 2014.

BOLDUAN: This goes right along with what we've been talking about, our New Year's resolution, staying healthy, getting fit. Now you can see your doctor remotely to help you through it all.

CUOMO: Check out all the weird chemicals that have messed your hormones.

BOLDUAN: Exactly. So good luck with that and good luck with 2014, everybody. All right, thanks, Elizabeth.

COHEN: Thanks.

BOLDUAN: All right, coming up next on NEW DAY, the NEW DAY team is going fishing. See you later. You're invited. Guess who reeled in the most and who gets in maybe over their head a little bit.

CUOMO: Pull up, pull down.

PEREIRA: Push back maybe. The second one go, Chris.

CUOMO: I'm just watching like you at home. I love these stories. This is not just the good stuff, but the best stuff of the good stuff. We asked you to vote and you did. You're looking at your winners right there. I was mesmerized.


CUOMO: Welcome back to NEW DAY, New Year. Let's get to a little taste of the retro of this here. We gave a little bit of a surprise of ourselves. Kate let us in on the world of hunting and the beautiful feeling it is to never hit anything when you're shooting targets. I wanted to let them know something that mattered to me. It was fishing. Take a look.


CUOMO (voice-over): We all have a happy place. Mine is the sea specifically fishing in the ocean. It is at once exciting and relaxing and for me, it's all about family.

(on camera): My brother he taught me all about this growing up, about respecting the water and understanding how to catch fish and now I'm passing it on to my son. It's such a great way to get away from things.

(voice-over): And so it was deep sea fishing I decided to share with my new sisters, Kate and Michaela. The day was perfect, the sun in our faces, and the wind at our backs, one with nature.

(on camera): Tight lines, tight lines, that's what we say when we're fishing.

(voice-over): We talked about family.

BOLDUAN: I have told you the story of my baby sister.

CUOMO: Fun was being had by all.

PEREIRA: That's fantastic.

CUOMO: Everything seemed exciting, even birds.

BOLDUAN: They're those whatever sea birds like pelicans.

CUOMO: We got down to the business of fishing, starting with bait.

(on camera): You want to match the hatch. Use what is being born and coming into an area at that time.

PEREIRA: If we don't catch anything, squid is fantastic grilled with a little lemon juice. CUOMO: Before we knew it, lines were wet, and tight line.

PEREIRA: My God! My God! I'm sorry, Cuomo. I want to hang on to it. Touch it. Grab it.

BOLDUAN: It's beautiful.

CUOMO (on camera): It's called the fish.

PEREIRA: Is that red snapper?

BOLDUAN: Are the poles supposed to be doing that.

CUOMO (voice-over): We were anchored in a hot spot. The little tugs kept coming, lighting up Michaela's face.

BOLDUAN: Do you have another fish, for crying out loud.

PEREIRA: Not that we're keeping score or anything, but I think that's five, my lucky number.

CUOMO: This is where it got salty and I don't mean the ocean.

PEREIRA: She can fish in the bucket, Kate.

CUOMO: The happy times started to turn.

(on camera): Let's have our special shake of people who catch fish. We'll do it like this, a fishy shake.

PEREIRA: I got another one. Look at this.

CUOMO: Everybody's catching fish. Everybody that is, except, I always win, that's what I do. I pulled an old fishing trick out of my bag. I will bite one of the squid in half.

BOLDUAN: No, you can't.

CUOMO: I'm just going to bite it for the novelty of it. I do it every time.

(voice-over): That's a lie. I never bite into raw squid, but I will bite into a cheese stick pretending that it is.

BOLDUAN: You did it?

CUOMO (on camera): You don't have what it takes to do it. You don't have what it takes.

BOLDUAN: How much should I bite? What do I do, bite a little bit off and spit it out? Did you really do it?

CUOMO: What do you think that was, my tooth? Wait, don't do it yet.

BOLDUAN: I can't over-think this.

CUOMO: No, that's right. I don't want you to do it.

BOLDUAN: I'm going to do it.

CUOMO: I don't want you to do it.

(voice-over): Who knew Kate was so tough so I had to fess up.

(on camera): Imagine if you had done it?

BOLDUAN: I hate you!

CUOMO (voice-over): Maybe it was Kate's bravery on the high seas or her complete disregard for her health. Whatever it was, the Sea God finally smiled on her.

BOLDUAN: Thank you, God!

CUOMO: And then the fish threw up on us.

BOLDUAN: Get it off my hand, quickly.

CUOMO: A perfect end to a perfect day.


BOLDUAN: It still makes my finger itch.

PEREIRA: What was it?

CUOMO: Sea lice.

BOLDUAN: It crawled out of the gill.

CUOMO: There's a bug that crawls inside of the fish takes the place of its tongue and it has --

PEREIRA: On her hand.

CUOMO: This thing comes flying out alive on her hand and I was frozen.

PEREIRA: You were frozen. There was a lot of this going on.

CUOMO: At that moment, when Mich caught her first fish, I dropped it.

PEREIRA: He threw my second fish in the water.

CUOMO: I'm like you always do that with your first fish. Indra wasn't there yet. She said she only catches fish with her teeth. She couldn't take the time out of the gym.

BOLDUAN: The only thing I haven't been perfect at.

PEREIRA: At least you got the sea lice story.

CUOMO: That was something. INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: That's an experience I missed out on.

PEREIRA: I think we should do more team bonding. It's fun for us and more good moments for you at home.

CUOMO: Except for the sea lice. All right, so that good stuff for us, but there is better stuff coming. We do the good stuff every day, but this is the best stuff. We asked you in a poll at, what's your first good stuff? We'll count them down. We did number three.

Now is number two, little Hazel Hamersley, OK, only 2-year-old facing a very big challenge, a rare type of cancer that affects infants and young children. To help her through chemo, Hazel's mom and grandmom uses tape to spell out a message on her hospital room window, send pizza room 4112.

It was a joke. They thought nothing would come of it and for a while nothing did. That is until Reddit got a hold of it. A picture of the message wound up on the site and before long, pizza after pizza started showing up.


LAUREN HAMPERSLEY, HAZEL'S MOTHER: She woke up from her nap to the tons of pizza in her room. She ended up having three slices. There was music playing. She had a great time. It brought us hope and encouragement in such a time of despair for our family.


CUOMO: Time of despair indeed. Little Hazel was overjoyed. There were so many pizzas. The hospital had to respectfully ask that they stop. Since we first aired this story, Hazel is still going strong. She's in rehab after successful surgery. She's been in the hospital for more than 70 straight days. Her mom says they can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you'd like to help, instead of pizza, please visit "Hope for Hazel" on Facebook.

BOLDUAN: Hope for Hazel.

PEREIRA: Look at that smile.

CUOMO: What we learned with the good stuff is the collective strength about caring for each other. It happens all the time. We just need a reminder.

PEREIRA: You're our reminder. Love it.

BOLDUAN: Coming up next on NEW DAY, Hollywood is ready for the New Year, a look at the movies coming in 2014.

PEREIRA: I'm still behind.

BOLDUAN: I'm way behind, way behind, way, way, way.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. The 2014 is going to be a big year for Hollywood and moviegoers are already excited what will be hitting the theaters. One person I need to ask to know the movies and that is our lovely Nischelle Turner.


BOLDUAN: Pretty woman.

TURNER: I'm talking movies, come on. I was doing too much, trying to be too cute.

BOLDUAN: With the most anticipated movies, two, sequels this year?

TURNER: That's what Hollywood has been doing. Studios get scared to do original material because a lot of times the viewers like myself like to see sequels. They like to see part two. They like to see something remade because we feel safe with it. Coming up in 2014 we'll see a lot of buzz about sequels, franchises.

PEREIRA: You like them.

TURNER: Let's start number one, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." This is for kids and adults. They get the old X-Men and new X-Men back together. The old X-Men will come back and reunite with their younger selves and the premise is we have to change the past in order to preserve our future so you're going to see Patrick Stewart back.

CUOMO: "X-Men: confused."

TURNER: Another "The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part One." The third one begins the revolution so this is what everyone wants to see and in the book, there are three books but they made four movies so there's Mockingjay part one and part two. Part one comes out in November of 2014, highly anticipated.

Of course, Indra mentioned it, "Dumb and Dumber To," t-o. As highly anticipated as it is, it's taking a little bit of a risk. Eddie Murphy said he'd never do a sequel to "Coming to America" because there's just -- we loved this movie. I don't know, 20 years ago.

CUOMO: Man, I'm old.

TURNER: I don't know how I feel about this one. I'll see it of course, but sometimes I feel like leave it alone.

BOLDUAN: You mentioned books, one that everyone talks about "Unbroken."

TURNER: Angelina Jolie her second directorial project. She's also starring in her first film after the double mastectomy, " Maleficent." also another big year for Miss Jennifer Lawrence, all highly anticipated movies she's in every one of them. BOLDUAN: In 2013 I feel that was the year of Jennifer Lawrence. Every time she made a speech at an award ceremony it went viral. What other actors and actresses will be big?

TURNER: Which one?

CUOMO: I like Jennifer Lawrence.

TURNER: First of all her, Jennifer Lawrence will be big again, I mentioned Angelina Jolie, but also look out for this movie "The Monument Man." It's George Clooney, Matt Damon, Kate Blanchette, it's newsworthy.

CUOMO: And Blanchette can run with those guys, too.

TURNER: Yes, she can.

PEREIRA: Tell us the premise.

TURNER: There is this group of curators and museum curators, I'm looking for the word I'm looking for, curators, directors that ban together in a platoon and go and try to find this artwork the Nazis have taken and taken it back to their rightful owners. They call it the greatest treasure hunt ever.

CUOMO: It's huge.

TURNER: Absolutely.

PEREIRA: And look at the cast.

CUOMO: The best story I've heard in all of this, that "Unbroken" is one of the most rich stories you've ever read in my life.

BOLDUAN: True story.

TURNER: And Angelina Jolie is not afraid to take chances as a director, she's not afraid to go out on a limb so everyone is excited to see what she does with the story.

PEREIRA: Paul Walker situation, "Fast & Furious" lost him far too young. They were midway through production, half way through. What happens to the franchise? There are a lot of fans of the franchise.

TURNER: This is interesting. No one knows what they're going to do, it was slated to be one of the big summer blockbuster movies summer of 2014, but now it's up in in the air. There are rumors what they'll do with their character. There's been a rumor maybe his younger brother could step in as a body double, but we don't know if that's going to happen. For me that would be a big surprise if that happens. It could happen but we don't know if the film is going to be released in 2014.

CUOMO: They had trouble with this franchise. They did one without the named people. They had their battles along the way.

TURNER: Six was so profitable, almost $1 billion box office made.

PEREIRA: I was thinking about how they ended 2013 just was stellar movie wise. It makes you think 2014, what you got?

TURNER: It's interesting we see the big blockbusters that are highly anticipated but we won't know what the great movies are until festival season starts in January, Sundance starts and you start to see some of the good movies of the year, some of the best movies, independent films "12 Years of Slave" "Filomena," "Rush" "Nebraska."

PEREIRA: Get your dress ready for awards season.

TURNER: I'm ready!

BOLDUAN: I'll get my jammies. Call on me I'll come over your house and lay it all out for you.

CUOMO: Time for a break. Coming up on NEW DAY, the holidays are over but the bills have just begun. Now is the time to get a handle on your finances. We'll tell you how.

BOLDUAN: And out with the old, in with the new from faster internet to better phones, a look at what you could expect from the tech world in 2014.


CUOMO: Happy New Year, 2014 could not come fast enough for President Obama, finishing up a very bad year in 2013. The questions, will he turn it around this year? Are the Republicans finally on their game? Is it their turn?

BOLDUAN: The next generation, just when you think your tablet couldn't get any better, brace yourselves for the latest models coming out this year. What will we all be lining for this year?

PEREIRA: And are you ready for some football? Everything you need to know about the college bowl games, kickoff just hours away, we have why you are ultimate guide straight ahead.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY continues right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.