Category Archives: Health

Shock after unexpectedly giving birth

A 45-year-old woman in California reportedly gave birth to a surprise baby boy after not realizing she was even pregnant.

Beth Clay, the now mother of three, went to the emergency room last week thinking she had kidney stones, she told KTLA on Wednesday. But instead she and her husband found out that not only was she pregnant, but she was about to give birth.

Know about breast cysts

Finding a lump in your breast is a fast route to stress city. What with all the scary breast cancer stats out there—like how 1 in 8 women will develop the disease over the course of her lifetime, or how more than 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die from it in 2017, according to breastcancer.org—it’s easy to feel panicked over a newly found bump in your breast.

But not all bumps mean you have cancer. If you find one, you might be experiencing what doctors call a fibrocystic breast change, or a breast cyst.

“It’s a term used to describe normal breast tissue that is nodular or lumpy on palpation [a fancy term for examination by touch] of the breast,” said Lauren Cornell, M.D., an internal medicine physician at the Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health at Mayo Clinic. “When examined microscopically, the tissue has fluid-filled sacs, or cysts, and prominent fibrous tissue.”

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If you’re a woman, you could probably bet money that you’ll have fibrocystic breasts at one point or another—typically between ages 20 and 50.

“Estimates suggest over 50 percent of women might experience fibrocystic breast changes during their lifetimes,” said Alyssa Dweck, M.D., a gynecologist at CareMount Medical in New York and co-author of The Complete A to Z for Your V.

It’s so common, in fact, that the medical community stopped calling the condition by its original name, “fibrocystic breast disease,” and started referring to it as “fibrocystic breast changes” instead, really driving the point home that breast cysts are a natural occurrence in the body—and that they don’t necessarily mean something’s wrong.

So if you find a lump, before you jump to assuming you’re dealing with the worst-case scenario, remember these seven must-know facts about fibrocystic breasts.

Breast cysts don’t make you more susceptible to breast cancer

You might think that fibrocystic breasts have the C-word written all over them. But in reality, they are benign—so having them doesn’t mean you have cancer, and it doesn’t up your chances of developing cancer, either.

“It is important to know that having fibrocystic breast changes does not increase your risk of breast cancer,” said Nicole Zaremba, M.D., breast oncology surgeon at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. “Many women with fibrocystic breasts have a history of multiple benign solid breast masses.”

Competes in Tough Mudder race

Terry Reuer thinks that determination is the key to success.

Reuer made headlines earlier this week after revealing she dropped nearly 80 pounds during the last two years and successfully completed a Tough Mudder race in June.

The 67-year-old now weighs 120 pounds but was once 198. She told Fox News on Friday that she started her wellness journey by cutting out carbs, sugar and rice. But her initial goal wasn’t necessarily to lose weight, she said. Rather, the Farmington Hills, Mich. resident just wanted to live a healthier lifestyle.

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“I’m one of six siblings, and the other five have significant health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While I hadn’t developed any of those things, I knew I would if I didn’t change how I was eating,” she said.

She also said her job encouraged her to better her lifestyle. Reuer is the CEO of Dryer Vent Wizard, a dryer vent cleaning service. She described her job as “high-stress.”

“To keep doing it as I get older, I knew I needed to be in a better condition than I was two years ago,” she said.

Just by changing her eating habits, Reuer quickly dropped 50 pounds. “When I started to lose weight, it was fun,” she said.

Even though she was thinner, Reuer said she still felt self-conscious about going to the gym at first — wary of other gym-goers who might watch or judge her.

When she did start going, “I couldn’t do push up or pull ups, and I was sore and tired,” she said.

But Reuer was determined to get stronger– eventually hiring a personal trainer to help her on her fitness journey. As she slowly built up her strength and stamina, people started to take note.

A month after she started working out, Reuer said that Jason Kapica, the executive vice president of Dryer Vent Wizard, asked her to take part in a Tough Mudder race– a 10 to 12 mile endurance race where participants run, scale walls, climb ropes, and more. Kapica wanted to raise money for the Children’s Burn Foundation, he told her.

At first, Reuer was hesitant to enter the competition.

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“I told him I’ve never done anything like that,” she said. “I thought it was funny he even asked.”

Reuer told Kapica that she would support him and the company would sponsor him– but she wasn’t going to take part.

But her outlook changed when she thought about the children she would be helping by participating in the race. While working with her trainer one day, Reuer made it official.

“My trainer looked at me and said, ‘OK– we have some work to do.’”

Heartbreaking photos of baby set to lose limbs to meningitis

The parents of a baby struck by meningitis have been told she will lose all of her limbs, her sight and hearing and suffer 90 percent brain damage in the worst case doctors have seen in 25 years.

Ten-month-old Kia Gott has already had her right arm removed and is due to have one of her legs amputated on Monday.

She was rushed to hospital four weeks ago after dad Paul, 35, went to check on her in the middle of the night, sensing something was wrong.

He put a light on and saw her face, neck and chest was covered in a terrible rash – a known symptom of meningococcal septicemia.

Paramedics arrived fast but Kia’s veins had collapsed so they had to drill into her tiny shin to give her emergency drugs.

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While that was happening the baby girl had a mini cardiac arrest and was rushed to Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorks.

Crushed parents-of-three Paul and Vikki, 30, were then told the devastating news that all four limbs would have to be removed.

An MRI scan also showed signs she would be deaf, blind and have 90 percent brain damage.

Despite doctors’ shocking prognosis, Kia’s parents are clinging on to hope she can still hear and see them and her older brother Kayden, eight, and sister Elsie, who is four.

She is now off a ventilator and although still sedated she is breathing for herself.

“Paul and Vikki are traumatized,” Donna Gott, Paul’s aunt, said. “They know she is in a bad way but they can’t grasp she can’t hear or see them. They believe she is responding to them and their voices and when Elsie sings her nursery rhymes.

“She is yawning, moving her head and her arm – the hospital has said it’s the worst case of Meningitis C septicaemia they have seen there in 25 years,” she said. “Because she is on so many drugs at the moment it’s hard to do the tests they need to find out for sure but they will keep monitoring her.

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“An eye specialist has given some hope her eyes might still be healthy,” Gott said. “Vikki has not left the hospital – she is feeling an immense sense of guilt and is scared if she leaves the hospital something bad will happen.

“It’s heartbreaking – Paul is a self-employed window-fitter and is still having to work two days a week because bills still need paying,” she said. “Kayden and Elsie are staying over at the hospital house with their mom at weekends. They are struggling too.”

Two days before Kia fell ill she had been at her older siblings’ school in Wyke, near Bradford, West Yorks., where the family live for a family photo.

Later that week Kia’s mom took her to the doctor, worried that she “was not herself.”

Hospital consultants have since told the family that the doctor would not have been able to detect meningitis at that time.

When Paul came home from work that night, Kia did not get excited to see him – which was unusual.

Intestinal parasites on the rise

Here in the U.S., where food is certified and regulated, you don’t expect to come away from a restaurant with an intestinal parasite.

However, just because these infections don’t run rampant does not mean that they don’t happen. In fact, several types of intestinal parasites might just be gaining ground in Western countries.

One type of intestinal parasite that may be increasing is often found in sushi. The fact that more cases are occurring in developed areas doesn’t mean that more fish are infected. Instead, it reflects people’s increased interest in eating raw fish as a meal.

In one case published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, a healthy man from Portugal made a trip to his doctor after more than a week of severe stomach pain. He was also experiencing vomiting and a low-grade fever.

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Upon careful evaluation, the doctors discovered that the man had recently eaten sushi. Suspecting a parasite, the doctor performed an endoscopy where he viewed the man’s digestive tract through a tiny tube with a camera.

Sure enough, the parasite anisakiasis had attached itself to the lining of the man’s stomach. His symptoms disappeared immediately once the parasite and its larvae were removed.

“Most of the cases were described in Japan due to food habits; however, it has been increasingly recognized in Western countries,” the study’s authors noted.

With this increased interest in raw food, especially sushi, people should stay aware of safety habits. Experts recommend eating sushi only at high grade restaurants where workers are sure to have taken important precautions.

A Summer of Cyclospora

Normally, health experts encourage you to eat plenty of fresh produce, but in the case of cyclosporiasis, fresh produce is likely the culprit.

This intestinal illness happens when a person gets infected by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Thankfully, you can’t spread Cyclospora from person to person, but it does spread through contaminated food or water.

The most common symptom to watch for is watery diarrhea that lasts for several weeks. It may also be the cause of cases with prolonged, intermittent diarrhea.

 

Heartbreaking photos of baby set to lose limbs to meningitis

The parents of a baby struck by meningitis have been told she will lose all of her limbs, her sight and hearing and suffer 90 percent brain damage in the worst case doctors have seen in 25 years.

Ten-month-old Kia Gott has already had her right arm removed and is due to have one of her legs amputated on Monday.

She was rushed to hospital four weeks ago after dad Paul, 35, went to check on her in the middle of the night, sensing something was wrong.

He put a light on and saw her face, neck and chest was covered in a terrible rash – a known symptom of meningococcal septicemia.

Paramedics arrived fast but Kia’s veins had collapsed so they had to drill into her tiny shin to give her emergency drugs.

NURSE SERENADES DYING PATIENT WITH HER FAVORITE SONG

While that was happening the baby girl had a mini cardiac arrest and was rushed to Bradford Royal Infirmary, West Yorks.

Crushed parents-of-three Paul and Vikki, 30, were then told the devastating news that all four limbs would have to be removed.

An MRI scan also showed signs she would be deaf, blind and have 90 percent brain damage.

Despite doctors’ shocking prognosis, Kia’s parents are clinging on to hope she can still hear and see them and her older brother Kayden, eight, and sister Elsie, who is four.

She is now off a ventilator and although still sedated she is breathing for herself.

“Paul and Vikki are traumatized,” Donna Gott, Paul’s aunt, said. “They know she is in a bad way but they can’t grasp she can’t hear or see them. They believe she is responding to them and their voices and when Elsie sings her nursery rhymes.

“She is yawning, moving her head and her arm – the hospital has said it’s the worst case of Meningitis C septicaemia they have seen there in 25 years,” she said. “Because she is on so many drugs at the moment it’s hard to do the tests they need to find out for sure but they will keep monitoring her.

Disrupting the Auto Insurance Industry

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What exactly do you need to do? Here is one easy rule to follow.

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Revoke claim that soy protein protects the heart

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a rule revoking the right of companies to say soy protein protects the heart, while potentially allowing a more circumspect health claim.

The agency, which to date has never revoked a health claim, said studies published since it authorized the soy protein claim in 1999 had shown inconsistent results.

“Our review of that evidence has led us to conclude that the relationship between soy protein and heart disease does not meet the rigorous standard for an FDA-authorized health claim,” the agency said in a statement.

The FDA said that if its proposed rule is finalized, it would consider allowing the use of a qualified health claim, which requires a lower scientific standard of evidence than an authorized claim.

The move comes nearly a decade after the FDA announced its intent to reevaluate the scientific evidence for certain health claims, including the one that soy protein may lower the risk of heart disease.

The American Heart Association has long advocated revoking the soy health claim. In a 2008 comment on the FDA’s intent to reevaluate the evidence, the association said: “Direct cardiovascular health benefit of soy protein or isoflavone supplements is minimal at best.”

In the same comment, the association urged the FDA not to allow the use of a qualified health claim.

“Consumer research conducted by AHA, the FDA and others has repeatedly shown that despite the presence of qualifying language, consumers do not understand qualified health claims and do not understand that they are based on limited and varying degrees of evidence,” the organization said.

American Heart Association officials were not immediately available to comment on the FDA’s most recent announcement.

hospital celebrate Halloween in adorable outfits

Babies spending their first Halloween in a Missouri neonatal intensive care unit celebrated the holiday dressed as superheroes and butterflies.

The newborns at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City donned some of the tiniest and cutest outfits for March of Dimes’ annual Halloween costume party last week. Some were dressed as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman while others had a colorful butterfly or pumpkin costumes.

“Every day a child is in the NICU can be frightening and uncertain, but holidays are especially tough, as families miss the normal joys of celebrations at home.” Rebecca Keunen, March of Dimes/NICU Family Support Coordinator, said in a news release.

“Baby’s first Halloween is a day they’ll want to remember and celebrate and March of Dimes is here with them at Saint Luke’s to help,” she added.

Volunteers helped create the costumes and professional photographers took pictures of the tiny trick or treaters. The photos were given to the families as a keepsake afterward.

Babies are placed in the NICU after they are born too early, small, or have a medical condition that require intensive care.

Seal Your Penis Shut With a Sticker

A company called Jiftip is banking on men hating condoms so much that they’ll use a sticker to seal the tip of their penises shut instead.

Yep, we’re cringing too. The polyurethane film with an adhesive on one side is designed to block the opening of the penis, keeping pre-ejaculate and ejaculate fluids inside during sex. The idea “began as a desperate attempt to avoid using condoms,” according to Jiftip’s website, which sells the stickers for $2 each. Wearers apply one before sex, then face a doozy of a choice: ejaculate with the penis sealed, or remove the sticker before ejaculating to finish the deed… elsewhere.

This, the website promises, will make wearers fall in love with sex all over again. But are these stickers safe to use?

Since Jiftip is designed to help couples avoid using condoms, you’d expect the stickers to do what condoms do, namely prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). But this product does neither. “Because it’s not approved for anything anywhere, let’s make this clear: Use Jiftip for novelty, pleasure, convenience, fun, or entertainment. Thou shalt not use for pregnancy or STI prevention purposes,” says a disclaimer on the Jiftip website.

Instead, Jiftip stickers seal the penis for couples looking to take their chances with the withdrawal method. “Condoms aren’t the problem. Nobody’s using them. The problem is the pullout. Everyone’s doing it wrong,” the website claims. However, more than 9% of women ages 15 to 44 say they’ve used condoms in the last 30 days, according to the CDC, so some people are using them. And while nearly 65% of women ages 15 to 44 report having used the withdrawal method at least once in their lives, it’s notoriously not foolproof—in fact, about one in four women using this method get pregnant every year, according to Planned Parenthood.

For Jiftip to make the withdrawal method safer, it would have to prevent all fluid from escaping the penis. But this might not be entirely safe either, says urologist Koushik Shaw, MD, of the Austin Urology Institute. “Ejaculating under high-pressure circumstances may back up your system,” he explains. Dr. Shaw worries that this practice could lead to prostate or penile pain if done repeatedly. “The body is supposed to do things in a certain way, so I can’t say this would be recommended,” he says.