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.
An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. have some type of thyroid disease, but 60 percent of those cases are undiagnosed, according to the American Thyroid Association (ATA). That's because a lot of people don't know what to look for when it comes to symptoms of thyroid disease. The fact is, the thyroid is one of the parts of our body that affects almost every aspect of our ability to function, which means a thyroid problem can manifest in many different ways, whether it's subtle symptoms with your hair and nails, or more severe signs like dramatic weight gain or loss. But if you're curious to know the most definitive sign that something is amiss with your thyroid, keep reading to see what the experts say. And for another thing to look out for when it comes to this gland, If You Can't Stop Doing This at Night, Get Your Thyroid Checked. A swollen neck caused by an enlarged goiter is the most common sign of a thyroid problem. The top indicator that your thyroid is off isn't very subtle at all. In fact, it's likely staring at you in the mirror every day. "The most common sign of a thyroid problem is a swollen neck caused by an enlarged goiter," Jaydeep Tripathy, MD, a primary care doctor at Doctor Spring, told Best Life.Rajeev Sharma, MD, an endocrinologist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), explains on the center's website that "any enlargement or abnormal growth of the thyroid gland is considered a goiter." You'll notice this enlargement low on the front of your neck, where your butterfly-shaped thyroid gland is located.Goiters crop up in approximately five percent of people in the U.S., according to John Hopkins Medicine, and are usually not threatening, unless the cause is due to thyroid cancer. So it's always worth getting any lump in your neck checked out.And for more symptoms to pay attention to, If This Happens When You Eat or Drink, You Need Your Thyroid Checked. A goiter can come with a bunch of other symptoms or none at all. In addition to swelling near your Adam's apple, the main symptoms of a goiter are "feeling of tightness in the throat area, hoarseness (scratchy voice), neck vein swelling, dizziness when the arms are raised above the head," the Cleveland Clinic explains. Less common signs of a goiter could be coughing, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing.But sometimes goiters don't cause any signs or symptoms, experts at the Mayo Clinic note.Again, if you think something's up, talk to your doctor. According to Cleveland Clinic, goiters can be diagnosed through a physical exam, hormone test, antibody test, ultrasound of the thyroid, a thyroid scan, a CT scan, or an MRI scan.And for more useful information delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. A goiter can be a sign of either an overactive or underactive thyroid. The two main forms of thyroid disease are hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), and goiters can be found in people with both. "A goiter indicates there is a condition present which is causing the thyroid to grow abnormally," the ATA explains.In addition to goiters though, people who have hyperthyroidism can have a variety of symptoms, including an increased resting pulse rate, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, sweating without exercise or increased room temperature, agitation, and restlessness.Patients with hypothyroidism may experience symptoms like fatigue, dry skin, constipation, weight gain, and menstrual irregularities on top of goiters.And for another common occurrence that should lead you to a doctor, If You Notice This on Your Nails, Get Your Thyroid Checked, Doctors Say. But it can also be a sign of other health conditions. According to the ATA, the existence of a goiter "doesn't necessarily mean that the thyroid gland is malfunctioning"; it could also mean that you're pregnant or have an iodine deficiency.While it's not a problem in the U.S. very often, people who lack iodine in their diet often notice the presence of goiters, Medical News Today reports. Iodine, which is found in iodized salt and other U.S.-manufactured foods, is used by the thyroid to create metabolism-regulating hormones. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends people consume iodine naturally by eating fish and dairy products, both rich sources of iodine.Pregnant women's bodies produce a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin, which can cause the thyroid to enlarge, the Cleveland Clinic explains. "Pregnancy-associated goiters occur much more frequently in iodine-deficient areas of the world," the AMA says, adding that it's also relatively uncommon in the U.S.And for more thyroid concerns, If You Notice This With Your Eyes, Get Your Thyroid Checked, Doctors Say.
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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.
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.
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As national COVID-19 case numbers begin to fall and vaccination rates rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun to change some of the guidelines it's had in place since the beginning of the pandemic. Recently, this has included the suggestion that fully vaccinated people can be outdoors without face masks. But another set of guidelines from the agency that was criticized for being too harsh has also just been changed in light of recent developments. Read on to see what updates the agency made, and for more important updates, The CDC Says to "Avoid" Going Here, Even If You're Vaccinated. The CDC says vaccinated adolescents and teenagers won't have to wear masks outdoors at summer camps. The CDC's most recent change involves the guidance it released in late April outlining safety procedures for summer camps operating amid the pandemic. The 14-page document suggests multiple risk mitigation efforts, including recommending that campers and counselors stay socially distanced and emphasizing the use of face coverings during most activities—even while outside. "All people in camp facilities should wear masks at all times, with exceptions for certain people, or for certain settings or activities, such as while eating and drinking or swimming," the guidelines state.But during a press conference on May 5, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, MD, announced that the agency had updated its summer camp guidance. Now, teenagers and adolescents aged 12 and up who are fully vaccinated will be able to take their masks off while outdoors. Walensky says they're trying to learn from mistakes that were made last summer. During the press conference, Walensky explained that the mask guidelines were based on CDC case studies of superspreader events linked to camps last summer. "So if you have five 10-year-olds who are on a soccer field, all in front of the same soccer ball, we're trying to make sure that there are not a lot of heavy breathing around a singular soccer ball with five kids around it at the same time," she explained.Walensky also clarified that children under the age of 12 could also take their masks off outdoors while in small groups. "What we really are trying to do is ensure that all of these kids can have a really good camp experience and keep the camps open without any outbreaks," she said. And for more on when we might be able to move past the pandemic, America Will "Feel Close to Normal" by This Exact Date, COVID Expert Says. Officials are preparing to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for use in children aged 12 and older. News of the change comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is set to authorize the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15 in the coming days. Results of a recent trial released in March found the shots to potentially be even more effective in the younger cohort than in adults, The New York Times reported."We are prepared to move as quickly as we can after any kind of authorization," Andy Slavitt, COVID-19 adviser to the White House, said May 5. "We know that kids want to go to camp this summer. We know that parents want them to be safe. If they want that done without masks, vaccinations are the best answer." Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted the previous guidance was "a bit strict." The change also comes after critics took issue with the summer camp guidelines, with one calling them "unfairly draconian" for children. During a May 5 appearance on the Today show, Anthony Fauci, MD, chief White House COVID adviser, clarified his feelings on the CDC guidance for camps, telling anchor Savannah Guthrie: "I wouldn't call them excessive, but they certainly are conservative." He went on to add, "I think what you're going to start to see is really in real-time, continually reevaluating that for its practicality. Because you're right, people look at that, and they say, 'Well, is that being a little bit too far right now?'"But even before news of the change came about, Fauci explained to Guthrie that the agency's process was rooted in research. "The CDC makes decisions based on science. They will continually reevaluate that," Fauci said. "You're right, it looks a bit strict, a bit stringent, but that's the reason why they keep looking at that and trying to reevaluate literally in real-time whether or not that's the practical way to go." And for more on where you shouldn't go, Dr. Fauci Just Said to Avoid This One Place, Even If You're Vaccinated.
Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/AxiosCoronavirus infections in the U.S. are now at their lowest levels in seven months, thanks to the vaccines.The big picture: The vaccines are turning the tide in America's battle with the coronavirus. Deaths and serious illnesses have dropped significantly, and now cases are falling too — an important piece of protection for the future, if we can keep it up.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeBy the numbers: The U.S. averaged about 48,000 new cases per day over the past week.That’s a 13% improvement over the week before, and it’s the first time since October that average daily cases have dipped below 50,000.20 states saw fewer new cases over the past week than they did the week before, while outbreaks got bigger in 10 states. New Jersey saw the biggest improvement over the past week, with a 40% drop in new cases, followed by Connecticut, at 30%.Why it’s happening: Over half of all American adults have now gotten at least one shot of a vaccine, and 41% of adults are fully vaccinated.Between the lines: It took a while for the U.S. vaccination drive to translate into a sustained decline in the number of new cases, and the virus is still surging worldwide.Because the virus has already been able to spread so widely, it will likely stay in our lives for years to come, thanks to new variants that will continue to evolve.Future variants may be deadlier, or more able to evade our existing vaccines. For now, though, the vaccines appear to be highly effective against nearly every common variant.The bottom line: The vaccines are working. They are saving lives and beating back the virus right now, and they can minimize the virus’ presence in our lives in the future — if enough people get them.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
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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.
Government scientists want people to work from home indefinitely, even though the latest data suggests the roadmap out of Covid lockdown is on track. The latest figures show infection levels are now the lowest they have been for eight months, with just one in 1,180 people in England having Covid. Next week, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) is expected to publish more data showing the impact of Britain's vaccine programme, with cases dropping despite the reopening of outdoor hospitality and non-essential shops and the return of schools. The projections will also examine the impact of the next steps, with sources suggesting any increase in cases is not expected to be on the scale of previous virus waves. After the roadmap was published, related modelling suggested a full release of restrictions in June could trigger a new wave of hospitalisations as bad as the January peak. The latest modelling – taking in a slew of data including research showing that one vaccine dose can cut virus transmission by half – is expected to paint a far more positive picture.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta is calling out Fox News' Tucker Carlson for his latest "dangerous" vaccine comments. Carlson during a segment on his highly-rated Fox show on Wednesday cited a federal reporting system to baselessly suggest COVID-19 vaccines could be responsible for 30 deaths in the United States every day. But PolitiFact writes that not only is this an "open system, where anyone can submit a report," but the system warns users that its reports shouldn't be used "on their own to determine whether a vaccine caused or contributed to a particular illness." Indeed, radiologist Pradheep J. Shanker writes that "the vast majority" of the complications found in the system "are likely not from the vaccine," noting, "If you had a vaccine today, and then had a heart attack unrelated to the vaccine, your death would be in" the system. With this in mind, Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, on Thursday blasted Carlson's "reckless" and "dangerous" segment and said it's "absolutely not true" that 30 people are dying from COVID-19 vaccines every day. "It's absolutely, 100 percent false," Gupta said. "The problem is that it continues to stir up this vaccine hesitance, or outright vaccine reluctance. It is so frustrating." Gupta, who recently revealed his uncle died from COVID-19 amid India's surge in coronavirus cases, pointed to the fact that this same reporting system found a "one-in-a-million" chance of an adverse reaction to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as evidence the CDC isn't somehow overlooking over two dozen daily deaths from vaccines. He added that "we could be in a much better position" in the pandemic "if it were not for people like Tucker Carlson." Carlson previously drew criticism after baselessly speculating that COVID-19 vaccines might not work "and they're simply not telling you that." CNN host John Berman put things far more bluntly, asking of Carlson, "Does he want his viewers to live?" It's “100% false" that people are dying from the Covid-19 vaccine, says @drsanjaygupta. “We could be in much better position if it were not for people like Tucker Carlson who continue to embolden this vaccine hesitancy. It's really very irritating.” pic.twitter.com/Ob2g8RHIsq — New Day (@NewDay) May 6, 2021 More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyConservatives say McConnell is battling the Democrats' voting rights bill with 'Supreme Court fight' fervorLiz Cheney's heresy
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Long before they won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering the molecular gene-editing tool known as clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9, Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier dreamed of Victoria Gray, a woman with sickle cell disease. Although they didn't know her, they knew that one day, a patient with a genetic disease would be cured using their discovery. Sickle cell disease was the logical place to start since it's the most common blood disorder with a single-gene mutation.