Chantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after accidentally eating a pretzel with peanut butter in 2013
Chantel Giacalone went into anaphylactic shock after accidentally eating a pretzel with peanut butter in 2013
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer-related death.According to the American Cancer Society, the rate of colorectal cancer in younger individuals been increasing steadily since the 1980s, with approximately 18,000 people under 50 diagnosed with the condition in 2020 alone. However, it's not just genetics that may predispose you to this deadly condition—a new study reveals that your choice of drink may be a major factor in your colorectal cancer risk.According to research published in the BMJ journal Gut on May 6, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages in adolescence and adulthood may increase a person's likelihood of developing early-onset colorectal cancer in their lifetime.Reviewing research conducted as part of the Nurses' Health Study II, which compiled data on 116,429 female registered nurses in the U.S. from 1991 to 2015, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri studied participants' sugar-sweetened beverage intake and early-onset colorectal cancer risk in adulthood. Researchers also identified and tracked early-onset colorectal cancer among a subgroup of 41,272 women who reported consuming sugar-sweetened beverages between ages 13 and 18.RELATED: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right NowAmong the pool of study subjects, researchers discovered 109 reported cases of early-onset colorectal cancer. Women who drank two or more 8-ounce servings of sugar-sweetened beverages a day as adults were more than twice as likely to develop early-onset colorectal cancer than those who consumed one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage or less each week.Each daily 8-ounce serving of sugar-sweetened beverages woman drank between the ages of 13 and 18 increased her risk of early-onset colorectal by 32%."Despite the small number of cases, there is still a strong signal to suggest that sugar intake, especially in early life, is playing a role down the road in increasing adulthood colorectal cancer risk before age 50," explained Yin Cao, ScD, the study's lead author and an associate professor of surgery and of medicine in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University, in a statement.However, just because you've been a big soda drinker in the past doesn't mean a future colorectal cancer diagnosis is a foregone conclusion. The study's authors also found that replacing those sugar-sweetened beverages with whole or reduced-fat milk, coffee, or artificially-sweetened beverages could potentially reduce a person's risk of early-onset colorectal cancer between 17 and 35%.For more ways to improve your health in a hurry, check out these 7 Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk in Seconds.
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According to a lawyer for an alleged Capitol rioter, his client was brainwashed by Fox News into participating in the 6 January attack Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January. Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP Fighting Foxitis For decades a debilitating disease has been spreading across America. Risk factors include being over 65, Republican and white. Symptoms include unhinged muttering, delusional thinking and an irresistible urge to storm the Capitol. The disease is called “Foxitis” and a lawyer called Joseph Hurley, who is representing alleged US Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio, wants us to believe his client is suffering from it. Antonio lost his job at the beginning of the pandemic and spent the next six months sitting at home watching Fox, Hurley told a DC court on Thursday. “He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitis’ or ‘Foxmania’ and … started believing what was being fed to him.” According to Hurley, Fox brainwashed Antonio into believing Trump wanted him to march on Washington as part of a patriotic movement.” Now Antonio is facing five charges over his role in the January riot. It seems unlikely that Hurley’s inspired defense will get Antonio off the hook. Particularly as a number of alleged Capitol rioters have, in a similar move, already unsuccessfully tried to blame the former president for their actions: a tactic that has become known as the “Trump defense”. (Gotta love rightwingers! While they love to talk about individual responsibility, they seem incapable of taking any themselves.) That said, while it may not end up getting a judge’s seal of approval, “Foxitis” is no joke. Unlike affluenza, another disease-defense dreamed up by a lawyer, Foxitis is something we should all take very seriously indeed. Fox may not be able to take over your brain and force you to do things in the same way that weird parasite that turns ants into suicidal zombies does, but it is hard to overstate the network’s outsize influence. A number of studies suggest that Fox News’s coverage of the pandemic, which was characterized by racism and misinformation, may have caused its viewers to take the coronavirus less seriously, for example, with consequences to public health. Now Tucker Carlson, who was one of the few Fox News hosts who actually took the pandemic seriously early on, is diversifying his usual racist rants with dangerous anti-vaxxer propaganda. Weirdly, he never seems to mention that his boss, Rupert Murdoch, was one of the first people in the world to get the vaccine. Murdoch got his jab in the UK in December 2020: the King of Misinformation got vaccinated three weeks before the Queen of England. Fox isn’t just a danger to public health, it’s a danger to democracy. It spent months amplifying Donald Trump’s lies about the integrity of the 2020 election; it may not have forced people to storm the Capitol, but it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t in some way responsible for inciting the riots. Antonio and his fellow alleged rioters shouldn’t be the only ones on trial: Fox should be too. And, to some degree they are, the network has been sued for $1.6bn by the North American voting machine company Dominion, which has accused the network of defamation. Media Matters has also started a campaign, unfoxmycablebox.com, urging people to ask cable carriers to drop Fox News from their packages. Ultimately, however, lawsuits and protests are not going to be enough to fully eradicate Foxitis. Particularly as the disease has multiple variants, including the particularly nasty Facebookitis. Misinformation will never go away. However, we can and must inoculate people against it. How? By heavily investing in education and media literacy. I’ve quoted Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s digital minister before, but I don’t think this point can be stressed enough: misinformation is a virus and the only way to get it under control is to build what Tang calls “nerd immunity”. Texas is trying to pass an extreme abortion ban The state that supposedly loves small government is attempting to pass a draconian law banning abortions after just six weeks of pregnancy. To be clear: that’s two weeks after a woman misses her period. What’s more, Texas wants to allow private citizens to be able to sue doctors or anyone else who may have helped someone get an abortion after that time limit. So to recap: rightwingers think gun control is oppressive government overreach but extreme uterus control is totally fine. New Ugandan sex crimes law may undermine LGBTQ+ rights Uganda’s sexual offences bill has been praised for outlawing sexual harassment but it also criminalises gay sex and sex work. Apple’s new AirTags could be used by stalkers Apple recently came out with a small $30 tracker you can clip on to things like keys so you can locate them. Which is basically a dream product for a controlling partner. “I don’t expect products to be perfect the moment they hit the market, but I don’t think they would have made the choices that they did if [Apple] had consulted even a single expert in intimate partner abuse,” one cybersecurity expert told the Washington Post. Tech companies seem to have a blind spot when it comes to women’s safety. *cough* My book is now for sale *cough* We interrupt this newsletter to bring you a shameless plea to pre-order my new book. It’s called Strong Female Lead and it’s about how we desperately need to reassess what effective leadership looks like. Looking for other feminist books to read in the meantime? I can recommend Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Also: White Feminism by Koa Beck; See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill. The latter is also now a documentary series. Malian woman gives birth to nine babies The nonuplets are all doing well, thankfully. As for the mother? If I were her I’d be having a mini panic attack. I do hope she’ll be getting a lot of help! The week in panicarchy As if a pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, an out-of-control Chinese rocket is due to crash back down to Earth this weekend. Nobody knows where it’s going to land, but it’ll probably be the ocean. Jonathan McDowell, astrophysicist at the Astrophysics Center at Harvard University, summed up the situation for the Guardian in layman’s terms: “It’s potentially not good.”
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European Medical Agency (EMA) is reviewing reports of a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who received AstraZeneca Plc’s (NASDAQ: AZN) COVID-19 vaccine, raising new questions about potential side effects of the shot. What Happened: As part of a regular review of safety reports for the vaccine, the safety committee of EMA is analyzing data provided by AstraZeneca on cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). However, it did not specify the number of cases. The regulator said GBS was identified as a possible adverse event that needed to be specifically monitored during the vaccine’s conditional approval process, adding it had requested more detailed data on the cases from AstraZeneca. However, researchers have found that the chances of developing GBS after vaccination are extremely small. GBS is a rare neurological condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the protective coating on nerve fibers. Most cases follow a bacterial or viral infection. The European Medical Agency is also looking into reports of heart inflammation with Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) - BioNTech SE’s (NASDAQ: BNTX) vaccine and Moderna Inc’s (NASDAQ: MRNA) shot. It said there was no indication at present that these cases were due to the vaccines. In addition to seeking more data on heart inflammation, Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) added a new side effect to Pfizer’s vaccine label for facial swelling in people with a history of injections with dermal fillers. Why It Matters: “PRAC considered that there is at least a reasonable possibility of a causal association between the vaccine and the reported cases of facial swelling in people with a history of injections with dermal fillers (soft, gel-like substances injected under the skin),” the agency said. The committee said it’s updating the warning on the Johnson & Jonson (NYSE: JNJ) vaccine and links to thrombosis (formation of blood clots) with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelets) syndrome, advising patients who are diagnosed with thrombocytopenia within three weeks of vaccination to be actively investigated for signs of thrombosis. Price Action: AZN shares +0.57% at $53.79, JNJ +0.52% at $168.61, BNTX +9.05% at $183.13, PFE +1.02% at $39.59 and MRNA +1.73% at $163.26 during the market trading hours on the last check Friday. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaAstraZeneca's Imfinzi, Tremelimumab Combo Boosts Overall Survival In Lung CancerModerna Stock Drops As Q1 Sales Fails To Meet Expectations; Anticipates .2B In FY21 Product Sales© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its public COVID-19 guidance to explicitly state that the coronavirus can be transmitted via aerosols — smaller respiratory particles that can float — that are inhaled at a distance greater than six feet from an infected person. The risk is higher while indoors, bringing ventilation practices to the forefront. The new language marks a change from the federal health agency's previous stance that transmission of the virus typically occurs through "close contact, not airborne transmission." Infectious disease experts have warned that the CDC and the World Health Organization (which has also updated its guidance) were overlooking evidence of airborne transmission during the pandemic, The New York Times notes, and some have stressed the need for the CDC to strengthen its recommendations for preventing exposure to aerosolized virus, especially in indoor workplaces like meatpacking plants. Good ventilation should be one of the primary things to focus on, Dr. David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington School of Public Health and the head of the Occupation and Safety Health Administration during the Obama administration, told the Times. Dr. Linsey Marr, an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech, explained that "if you're in a poorly ventilated environment, virus is going to build up in the air, and everyone who's in that room is going to be exposed." Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, who has long been pushing for such a change, called it "one of the most crucial scientific advancements of the pandemic" that should provide a lot of clarity about what is and isn't safe going forward. Read her Twitter thread on the issue here and learn more at The New York Times. The WHO just updated its page on how COVID-19 transmits. Those few sentences on aerosols represent one of the most crucial scientific advances of the pandemic. My NYT piece on the century-long history of the error, the year of delay—and what it means now. https://t.co/B9y2Mf6LC7 pic.twitter.com/3b5K650nB4 — zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) May 7, 2021 More stories from theweek.comHouse GOP campaign wing reportedly withheld bad Trump polling from lawmakers at retreat5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyMore studies show Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protect against worrisome variants
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Colorado's COVID-19 case rate is decreasing, but the state continues to hit alarming benchmarks.Driving the news: Public health officials reported yesterday that five cases of an Indian variant are present in Mesa County — the first detected in the state.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeThe highest COVID rates are among those aged 11-17 — middle and high schoolers — and cases among children aged 3-10 also are rising.Hospitalizations are still increasing at a concerning level, officials added.What they're saying: Rachel Herlihy, the state's epidemiologist, said Colorado is settled at a "high plateau" for disease transmission.In Denver, COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising but city officials are lifting mask requirements for certain indoor spaces: Masks are no longer needed indoors if 80% of people inside are fully vaccinated. Restaurant staff can remove masks inside if 85% of them are vaccinated. No face coverings will be required indoors if nine or fewer people are present.The intrigue: Denver public health director Bob McDonald said people can prove their vaccination status by showing their vaccination cards, but it remains unclear how vaccine verification will work in practice. What to watch: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock plans to ensure 70% of all Denverites have received at least one vaccine dose by July 1, three days before President Biden’s national vaccination goal. Colorado topped 2 million people who are fully vaccinated, just over one-third of the total population.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's communication director, Peter Ajemian, has resigned, according to an announcement from Cuomo's office.The big picture: Ajemian now joins the growing list of aides who have left Cuomo's administration in recent months following controversies surrounding the governor, including sexual misconduct allegations and coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeWhat he's saying: "After nearly four years, and with this year's budget done and vaccine eligibility open to everyone, I decided now is the time to pursue opportunities in the private sector," Ajemian said, per Spectrum News."I’m grateful to the governor for giving me the chance to serve. It's been the honor of a lifetime to be part of a team working for New Yorkers in a period of unprecedented crisis and seeing the government work for the people and people work for each other," Ajemian added.What's next: Ajemian's last day was on Friday and he will be replaced by Rich Azzopardi, who was Cuomo's senior advisor.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
Tanzania's new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, on Friday stressed the importance of face masks in fighting COVID-19, ditching one of the most controversial policies of her late coronavirus-sceptic predecessor. Hassan took office in March after the death of John Magufuli, who had urged Tanzanians to shun masks and denounced vaccines as a Western conspiracy, to the frustration of the World Health Organization. Last month, she formed a committee to research whether Tanzania, which under Magufuli stopped reporting coronavirus data, should follow the course that the rest of the world has taken against the pandemic.
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At least 32 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID since the start of the pandemic, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And now, one of the biggest challenges with the virus—in addition to getting the country vaccinated against it—is the long-term effects it's having on many patients. Jason Maley, MD, a Harvard Medical School instructor in medicine who oversees a program for COVID survivors, says as many has 20 percent of patients experience long COVID.If you're wondering if you're just having some lingering symptoms or if it's something more serious, John Brooks, MD, Chief Medical Officer for CDC's COVID-19 Response Team, says there's a tell-tale sign of long COVID that warrants a trip to the doctor's office. Keep reading to find out what it is, and for more on how COVID can stick around, Dr. Fauci Says These Are the COVID Symptoms That Don't Go Away. The CDC doctor says see a professional if you're having symptoms you've never had before. "If you're having symptoms you haven't had before, something new following COVID [such as] chest pain, difficulty breathing, you can't get your thinking clearly, you're just not getting better the way you thought you should, have a low threshold to seek care," Brooks said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on May 5, according to CNBC—meaning, don't hesitate just because you don't think it's serious.On its website, the CDC explains that long COVID includes "a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or can appear weeks after infection." People with long COVID, which is clinically referred to as Post-Acute Sequelae of Covid-19 (PASC), have reported experiencing "brain fog" or difficulty thinking, fatigue, headache, loss of smell or taste, dizziness upon standing, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, cough, muscle aches, fever, and depression or anxiety.And for more how you might react to COVID, check out COVID Leaves This in Your Body Even If You're Asymptomatic, New Study Says. Certain groups are more likely to come down with long COVID. Long COVID can affect anyone who's had the virus, the CDC notes. But speaking to the House committee on May 5, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), warned that people who have been hospitalized with the virus are much more likely to have long COVID symptoms arise. Additionally, women, older age groups, and obese people are most likely to experience long COVID.As for the reasons why COVID affects some patients for a long stretch of time, the experts at Medical News Today say possible causes include "a reduced or lack of response from the immune system, relapse or reinfection of the virus, inflammation or a reaction from the immune system, deconditioning, and post-traumatic stress."And for more COVID news, check out Dr. Fauci Says "Herd Immunity" Is No Longer the Goal With COVID—This Is. As many as 1 in 3 COVID patients with mild cases experience long-lasting symptoms. The CDC explains that long COVID can affect anyone who has had COVID-19, even if their case was mild or asymptotic, a notion backed up a study from researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle published in JAMA Network Open in February. The study found that approximately 30 percent of participants who were not hospitalized due to the virus have reported long COVID symptoms.The researchers collected data by having 177 people (men and women between 18 and 94 years old) who'd had COVID fill out a survey up to nine months after their illness. The two most common symptoms they couldn't shake were fatigue and loss of sense of smell or taste, both of which almost 14 percent of participants experienced.And for more up-to-date COVID news, sign up for our daily newsletter. While there's still a lot that's unknown about long COVID, there are ways for doctors to diagnose it. Brooks explained that a primary care doctor can help patients make sense of what they are feeling, whether it is side effects of COVID or possibly another underlying illness, he explained.According to Medical News Today, doctors can diagnose long COVID by running blood tests to check full blood count, electrolytes, kidney function, liver function, troponin (for heart muscle damage), inflammation levels, muscle damage, D-dimer (for blood clots), heart health and iron levels. They may also take chest X-rays, check urine, or follow through with an electrocardiogram.And for more on life after the pandemic, check out America Will "Feel Close to Normal" by This Exact Date, COVID Expert Says.
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