Satvik Sethi started "Runaway" with a mission to expand access to mental health resources to young people around the world.
Satvik Sethi started "Runaway" with a mission to expand access to mental health resources to young people around the world.
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.”
How is it that mere weeks after most Americans even became eligible for vaccination, their behavior and motives are suddenly being so scrutinized?
Alexey Malgavko via ReutersThe doctor who famously and falsely announced that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was not poisoned but had a bout of pancreatitis and hypoglycemia has disappeared in a swampy forest, according to several Russian media outlets. Kremlin-friendly outlet Life.ru suggested that “there could have been an accident” after two bears were spotted where the doctor was last seen.Alexander Murakhovsky, who was promoted to become minister of health of the Omsk Region days after he publicly refuted claims that someone had tried to kill Vladimir Putin’s most public foe, went hunting on a four-wheeler May 7 and has not been seen since. His hunting partners reportedly say his four-wheeler got stuck in muddy terrain behind them, and he set off on foot. He spoke to one person on his walkie-talkie but later did not respond. They last failed to find him after a day of searching and later alerted authorities, who have continued looking for him with a 65-person strong search party. The authorities say the forest was full of bears, which may have contributed to the doctor’s disappearance.Navalny, who fell into a coma on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow in August 2020, was later transferred to Berlin where German doctors confirmed he had been poisoned with a substance similar to Novichok. Murakhovsky had tried to block the transfer abroad, but finally backed down and signed off on it. He was soon promoted.Navalny Says He’s Ending Three-Week Hunger Strike After Doctors Told Him He’s DyingNavalny later mocked the promotion, writing on Twitter, “You lie, fake test results, are ready to please the bosses in any way—you get an award and a promotion.”Two other doctors who treated Navaly at the Omsk hospital have died. Sergei Maksimishin, the deputy head physician who originally confirmed Navalny had been poisoned before backtracking, died of a heart attack in December 2020. In March 2021, Rustam Agishev, another doctor who treated Navalny, died from complications after suffering a stroke. Navalny is currently serving a jail term for violating parole conditions by traveling to Germany to seek medical treatment for the poisoning. He ended a near-fatal hunger strike in April. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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.com5 scathingly funny cartoons about anti-vaxxers jeopardizing herd immunity5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyA new trick from identity thieves
After more than a year of living in fear of COVID-19, some fully vaccinated individuals are hesitant to leave their homes and let their guard down.
Previously, CDC guidance stated that most infections were transmitted through "close contact, not airborne transmission."
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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
Doctors in India are reporting a rash of a rare infection in Covid patients which is making them blind.
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“If they’re not cognitively impaired, many older adults do have the ability to know when to self-stop,” said David Carr, M.D., a professor of medicine and neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.
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Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to implement a nationwide shutdown. At over 300,000, Karnataka's capital of Bengaluru has the highest active caseload of any Indian city. In Tamil Nadu state, the lockdown announcement followed a daily record of more than 26,000 cases on Friday.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (8 May) confirmed 20 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 61,331.
MUMBAI (Reuters) -India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see 1 million COVID-19 deaths by August.
Public health experts agree that official COVID-19 death tolls are undercounts, but there is disagreement over how high the actual tolls are.
Being a vegetarian makes you less likely to develop cancer and heart disease, a major new study has found. Scientists at the University of Glasgow analysed more than 177,000 adults in the UK to find out whether their dietary choice affected the level of disease markers in their bodies. They looked at 19 health indicators, known as biomarkers, in their blood and urine related to cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and kidney function, as well as liver, bone and joint health. The 4,000 vegetarians in the group had significantly lower levels of 13 biomarkers when compared with meat eaters, the scientists found. These included low-density lipoprotein (so-called "bad cholesterol"); apolipoprotein A and B, which are linked to cardiovascular disease; and insulin-like growth factor, a hormone that encourages the growth and proliferation of cancer cells. Even vegetarians who were obese, smokers or drinkers were found to have lower levels of these biomarkers, suggesting diet is an incredibly important influence on the risk of developing serious illnesses. Dr Carlos Celis-Morales, who led the research, said: "Our findings offer real food for thought. As well as not eating red and processed meat which have been linked to heart diseases and some cancers, people who follow a vegetarian diet tend to consume more vegetables, fruits, and nuts which contain more nutrients, fibre, and other potentially beneficial compounds. "These nutritional differences may help explain why vegetarians appear to have lower levels of disease biomarkers that can lead to cell damage and chronic disease." Biomarkers are widely used to assess the impact of diet on health. The participants were aged between 37 and 73, and filled out questionnaires on what they ate. They had not radically altered their diet in the five years prior to the study. However, the scientists noted that the biomarkers of participants were only tested once, rather than multiple times over a long period of time - so more extensive testing could yield different results. Despite having lower levels of 13 biomarkers linked to disease, vegetarians were also found to have lower levels of some beneficial biomarkers. These included high-density lipoprotein (so-called "good cholesterol), and vitamin D and calcium, which are linked to bone and joint health. They also had a significantly higher level of fats (triglycerides) in the blood, as well as cystatin-C - suggesting a poorer kidney condition. Scientists concluded in the study: "Vegetarians have a more favourable biomarkers profile than meat-eaters. These associations were independent of sociodemographics and lifestyle-related confounding factors." The findings will be presented to the European Congress on Obesity this week.