Eye pain – Web Xpress http://web-xpress.com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:55:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://web-xpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-9-150x150.png Eye pain – Web Xpress http://web-xpress.com/ 32 32 Is the retail sky falling? – RetailWire https://web-xpress.com/is-the-retail-sky-falling-retailwire/ Thu, 19 May 2022 15:27:09 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/is-the-retail-sky-falling-retailwire/ May 19, 2022 Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday lowered its outlook for the U.S. retail and apparel industry from stable to negative. The risk assessment company found many risks for retailers. Inflation, geopolitical developments, supply chain disruptions and lower demand are expected to erode margins and earnings. Moody’s sees this scenario playing out across all […]]]>

May 19, 2022

Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday lowered its outlook for the U.S. retail and apparel industry from stable to negative.

The risk assessment company found many risks for retailers. Inflation, geopolitical developments, supply chain disruptions and lower demand are expected to erode margins and earnings. Moody’s sees this scenario playing out across all retail and apparel sub-sectors.

“Retailers are facing deteriorating business conditions as they grapple with shipping delays, product shortages and inflation,” said Christina Boni, senior vice president of Moody’s Investors Service. statement. “We expect sales to increase 2-4%, while operating profit is expected to decline 1-3% over the next 12-18 months.”

The first quarter results published this week by Target and Walmart suggest that Moody’s forecasts may have merit. The two retail giants posted modest sales gains while reporting that operating margins had fallen well below their own expectations.

Moody’s expects higher prices for food, fuel and other necessities to weigh on consumer spending in the coming months. He said retailers who have faced high demand, product shortages and increased shipping costs will now also have to plan for lower demand.

The pain will be distributed between the players, big and small.

Moody’s said online will be the biggest underperforming category, with Amazon.com and others facing rising costs and excess capacity as product demand returns to land. Big box retailers, department stores, food and gas will also feel the pain.

Retailers on Moody’s list of exceptions include auto and auto parts, home improvement, off-price and discount stores. All four segments “have growth potential in the coming months,” according to the firm.

According to Moody’s, one of the biggest challenges retailers will face will be their ability to continue to pass on price increases to their customers. The firm sees Russia’s continued attack on Ukraine creating economic realities that could undermine the US economy, which currently has low unemployment and high savings rates.

Supply chain factors remain a concern for Moody’s. He points to potential constraints, in particular ongoing negotiations between west coast ports and dockworkers over a new employment contract. The current one expires July 1.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What outlook do you see for the retail industry for the next 12-18 months? What factors are likely to have the biggest impact on the performance of the retail sector during this period?

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“Retailers who have worked to break down internal silos, increase supply chain flexibility and consolidate physical formats will survive, if not thrive.”

“The retail sky is not falling, but it will fragment into smaller offline footprints, highly organized reduced inventory, and greater product differentiation.”

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Tips for avoiding ticks in Iowa. What you need to know about Lyme disease https://web-xpress.com/tips-for-avoiding-ticks-in-iowa-what-you-need-to-know-about-lyme-disease/ Tue, 17 May 2022 11:38:07 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/tips-for-avoiding-ticks-in-iowa-what-you-need-to-know-about-lyme-disease/ When Iowans go out to enjoy spring, they should take precautions to avoid ticks. Ticks thrive in wooded or grassy areas, and many people catch them while gardening, hiking, or participating in other outdoor activities. Ticks carry several diseases, including Lyme disease, a dangerous neurological disease. Confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Iowa […]]]>
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Byron Buxton powers Minnesota Twins to victory with 11th Home Run of 2022 https://web-xpress.com/byron-buxton-powers-minnesota-twins-to-victory-with-11th-home-run-of-2022/ Mon, 16 May 2022 00:18:20 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/byron-buxton-powers-minnesota-twins-to-victory-with-11th-home-run-of-2022/ A healthy Byron Buxton is a dominant Byron Buxton, and he showed his dominance in a big way on Sunday afternoon for the Minnesota Twins. Moving on to the plate in the fifth, the Twins had a 2-1 lead over the Cleveland Guardians. However, in the blink of an eye, Buxton made it 3-1 with […]]]>

A healthy Byron Buxton is a dominant Byron Buxton, and he showed his dominance in a big way on Sunday afternoon for the Minnesota Twins.

Moving on to the plate in the fifth, the Twins had a 2-1 lead over the Cleveland Guardians. However, in the blink of an eye, Buxton made it 3-1 with his 11th homer of the year.

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Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns happy to be home https://web-xpress.com/boston-celtics-and-phoenix-suns-happy-to-be-home/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:48:18 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/boston-celtics-and-phoenix-suns-happy-to-be-home/ PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA’s long regular season can be tedious, but make no mistake, it’s important. Just ask the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns — two teams that have home-court advantage in Game 7 of their respective NBA second-round playoffs on Sunday thanks to superior regular-season records. The Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks hours […]]]>

PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA’s long regular season can be tedious, but make no mistake, it’s important.

Just ask the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns — two teams that have home-court advantage in Game 7 of their respective NBA second-round playoffs on Sunday thanks to superior regular-season records.

The Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks hours before the Suns host the Dallas Mavericks in what could be a drama-filled day.

“That means everything,” Celtics forward Jayson Tatum said of Game 7 in Boston. “The best atmosphere in the NBA. Games 7 are the biggest and best games. I can’t wait to be there, really.


“It’s basketball – the biggest moments, the biggest stage. Now it comes down to just going out there and having fun.”

Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker echoed those sentiments.

“We’ve been working all season to get the home court advantage and get the last game in our house,” Booker said. “It’s exciting. It’s Game 7. I’ve never been in a Game 7, so it will be fun.

The Mavericks have a particularly difficult task in their game against the Suns. The home team won each of the first six games of the series, and many of those games were blowouts.

“Our fanbase is great for us, their fanbase is great for them,” Mavericks goaltender Jalen Brunson said. “Home advantage is a real thing. Respect to both fan bases, which makes it difficult for the away team.

It’s the second straight year the Mavericks have played a Game 7. Dallas lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles in last year’s contest after the visiting team won the first six games of the series.

The Celtics and Bucks have alternated wins throughout their streak. According to this pattern, it should be the Bucks’ turn to win. But there’s no doubt the Boston field will be loud and hostile on Sunday.

“For me, I just have to go play,” Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “I want my teammates to enjoy the moment.”

BUCKS AT CELTICS

Series tied 3-3. Game 7, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC

-NEED TO KNOW: These teams have alternated wins throughout the series, with the Bucks winning odd games and the Celtics winning even games. Road teams are 4-2 and have won each of the last three games. Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo were spectacular. Antetokounmpo is averaging 35.3 points, 13.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists in this series, while Tatum is averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 points and 5 assists. Tatum had 46 points and Antetokounmpo 44 in the Celtics’ 108-95 Game 6 win at Milwaukee, marking only the fifth time opponents have scored at least 44 points in the same playoff game. The Celtics are 24-9 all-time in Game 7, compared to the Bucks’ 3-8.

—KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-Point Comparison. In Boston’s three wins, the Celtics shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range and outscored the Bucks 153-57 from beyond the arc. In the Celtics’ three losses, they have a much narrower 111-102 3-point advantage and have made just 32.5 percent of their attempts.

— INJURY WATCH: Bucks F Khris Middleton has missed nine straight playoff games with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee. Celtics F/C Robert Williams III has missed three straight games with pain in his surgically repaired left knee and is questionable for Game 7. “It’s a matter of pain tolerance,” said Boston coach Ime Udoka. “The pain, the swelling is down. It’s just a matter of extension, inflection and whether the pain has essentially disappeared with the bone bruise. Nothing structural. It’s legitimately day to day.

— THE PRESSURE IS ON: Bucks G Grayson Allen: After delivering a 22-point explosion and 27-point performance in back-to-back games when the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round, Allen wasn’t as effective in this streak despite entering a starting role in Game 3. He has scored a total of 23 points in his last five games and shot 2 of 14 from 3-point range during that streak. Allen shot 1 of 7 overall and scored three in Game 6.

MAVERICKS IN THE SUN

Series tied 3-3. Thu 7, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT

—NEED TO KNOW: The home team has won each of the first six games in this series, which now returns to Phoenix for the final game. Although the series was close, the individual games were often blowouts: three of the six were decided by at least 20 points. Mavs star Luka Doncic averaged over 32 points per game in the series despite shooting just 29.6 percent from 3-point range. Doncic was productive, but his supporting cast struggled on the road against the Suns. Phoenix is ​​shooting close to 50% for the series but struggled with turnovers. Devin Booker leads the Suns with 25.5 points per game.

—KEEP AN EYE OUT: Suns PG Chris Paul. The 12-time All-Star is having a tough streak, averaging just 6.5 assists, which is well below his regular-season average. The 37-year-old has had a handful of spectacular playoff performances over the past two years and the Suns may need another on Sunday.

— INJURY WATCH: Doncic appears to have a left thigh injury but he downplayed the severity. It’s something worth watching in Game 7. Says Doncic: “I just felt like a little pop at first, then when I warmed up it was pretty good. Now it’s a little worse. But it’s nothing serious. »

—THE PRESSURE IS ON: Suns. Phoenix is ​​trying to return to the NBA Finals for a second straight season and has the league’s best regular season record. Losing in the second round of the playoffs would be a big disappointment. Dallas doesn’t have that many expectations.

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AP sportswriters Schuyler Dixon, Steve Megargee and Kyle Hightower contributed to this story.

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A nursing student was inspired by the faith of her late mother https://web-xpress.com/a-nursing-student-was-inspired-by-the-faith-of-her-late-mother/ Tue, 10 May 2022 18:40:01 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/a-nursing-student-was-inspired-by-the-faith-of-her-late-mother/ Nursing student Megan Mason, who is due to graduate from GCU in December, had to endure her mother’s losing battle with cancer while attending the program. (Photo by Ralph Freso) Editor’s Note: National Nurses Week began Friday, May 6 and will continue through Thursday, May 12. In honor of the dedication shown daily by […]]]>

Nursing student Megan Mason, who is due to graduate from GCU in December, had to endure her mother’s losing battle with cancer while attending the program. (Photo by Ralph Freso)

Editor’s Note: National Nurses Week began Friday, May 6 and will continue through Thursday, May 12. In honor of the dedication shown daily by so many wonderful nurses who are GCU alumni, here is the touching story of a student who plans to join their ranks soon.

By Cassandra Coria
GCU News Desk

“I think everyone should live like a sloth” Megan Mason said happily.

His roommate had given him a book about sloths on a life-changing trip, describing how quickly sloths live their lives.

Megan Mason (right) learned a lot from her mother, Nikki Brown, especially what it means to have a relationship with God.

“Live more like a sloth. It slowed me down more than I want to admit because our society is moving so fast,” she says.

Mason’s progress at Grand Canyon University was hardly lazy. She is on track to graduate from the nursing program in December.

But she endured a hard lesson in patience and perseverance over the past three years as her mother, Nikki Brown, battled stage 3C ovarian cancer, which means cancer cells had spread from her ovaries to nearby tissues.

Through all the suffering, however, Nikki delivered a much more important lesson – a lesson based on faith.

“When my mother was in palliative care, I asked her, ‘What do you want me to tell the others?'”

Nikki’s response, delivered with such intent: “I want people to know it’s a relationship with God, not a religion.”

Mason started the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions program on the main campus last fall. (Photo by Ralph Freso)

A faith-based journey

Mason and his family battled his mother’s cancer like any family, but Nikki’s relationship with God turned the journey into an inspiring tale.

“I feel like a lot of us put it in a box,” Mason said. “In middle school, we always listed our priorities – number one, God; number two, family. I always put God first, but I realized that God is in everything. As you mature in your faith, it begins to bleed into all areas of your life.

Megan’s fascination with the human body led her to become a nurse, but it crushed her when she was a substitute at first – she desperately wanted good news for her mother, who was in hospice.

Like most GCU students, she cooks her own food in her apartment and takes an energy drink whenever she can. She wants to become a nurse partly because she has always been interested in the human body.

“It’s the only thing made in the image of God,” she says.

With her love for science and human creation, her next steps were to enter the GCU nursing program. But after applying, she was placed as a substitute.

“It crushed my world,” she said. “Mom was already in hospice care and I was trying to bring home some good news.”

Being a locum meant there was no place for her in the traditional nursing program on the main campus.

Her options were to take a semester off and wait to reapply, apply to another nursing program, change specialties, or see if she would qualify for GCU’s accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. in Sun City or Tucson. Students in the 16-month program, designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field or who have already earned college credit, complete their courses online and then head to ABSN sites for lab experiments and immersive simulation.

“I prayed about it,” she said. “We don’t always know what’s best for us – we might think so. I was glad it wasn’t my choice. It was entirely in the hands of God.

By the grace of God, Megan has been accepted to pursue the nursing program beginning in the fall of 2021 at the main campus.

Mason’s faith is an important part of his life. (Photo by Ralph Freso)

Their bond was unbreakable

Megan’s relationship with her mother was special.

“Everyone has always called me their mini-me,” Megan said with the slightest eye roll.

Megan considers herself a “carbon copy” of her mother.

But she admits, “I’m a carbon copy of her.”

When Megan was born, Nikki looked at her daughter and said, “It’s going to be fun.”

The classic mother-daughter bond was unbreakable.

“My mom always said, ‘We’re just best friends.

Megan would respond, “OK, but you’re also my mom.”

“OK, I’ll be more like a mom. Go and do the dishes,” Nikki would reply, but she would regularly change her mind and do it herself.

After 19 years of being treated by her mother, the tables were turned. In 2021, Megan and her stepfather, Terrell Brownwere Nikki’s full-time caregivers.

“I think a lot of people don’t realize how bad things were,” she said. “I’d come to school and they’d say, ‘We’re doing bed positioning for bed patients who can’t move.’ I had just made it that morning for my mother, who cannot move and eat.

The other students quickly noticed how competent Megan was. They were like, “Dang, Megan, you’re really good.”

“But it was something I had to do for her every day,” Mason said with a shrug.

Sometimes she had to leave the class because the things she was learning or doing were a constant reminder of her mother’s suffering.

“There was no reason for this to happen to her. Nothing is right in our family. She was a perfectly healthy mother.

However, she had to remind herself, “God has a purpose, and it’s all going to be that way.”

Mason marveled at his mother’s sunny outlook as the cancer progressed. (Photo by Ralph Freso)

Let go and let God

As the cancer progressed, Megan’s family discovered that her body was resistant to plasma. This means that the medicine she would take would help her for a while, but over time her body became immune to the medicine.

A biblical passage from Psalm 23 that his mother had shared with him triggered a realization through this journey:

Toward the end of her cancer battle, Nikki told Megan, “I just want to fall asleep and stay asleep.”

You lay a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my heads with oil; my cup is overflowing. Surely your goodness and your love will follow me all the days of my life and will dwell forever in the house of the Lord.

“You feel it and then you hand it over to God because those things don’t come from Him,” Mason said. “It was we who did not allow the enemy to sit at the table.”

Nikki had to wear compression socks on her legs due to excessive swelling. With the fluid in his body, it moved to his chest. She was afraid of feeling pain and was afraid of suffocating.

“Something that occurred to me to tell him was that God had allowed him to suffer for two years, but I truly felt that God was right in all that suffering,” Mason said. “When she was dead, there would be no reason to feel this pain. It would have no purpose.”

Nikki would say over and over again, “I just want to fall asleep and stay asleep.”

“And that’s what happened,” Mason said of her mother’s passing on Sept. 29, 2021. “Throughout her journey, I would see her grow and trust in God. The catches that she had to loosen up – I saw her surrendering her whole being to God.

“One of the most powerful things my mother taught me was to live centered in heaven and not earth. When I live and I don’t focus on the things of this world, like the nursing Although he is intimidating, he becomes so much smaller.

“If we have an earthly perspective, death seems to be the end. When I live a heaven-centered life, it’s simply an outlet I have to glorify God. The only thing that really matters here is building your relationship with God and sharing his love with others.

“Towards the end of her life, I told her that I had a lot to be grateful for because she had introduced me to God. It’s hard not to have her here, but I know that she is more alive than she has ever been.

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Summer eye care: Protect your eyes from strong heat waves https://web-xpress.com/summer-eye-care-protect-your-eyes-from-strong-heat-waves/ Mon, 09 May 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/summer-eye-care-protect-your-eyes-from-strong-heat-waves/ Burning of the cornea, dry eyes, tired eyes, pain and allergies are some of the common ophthalmological problems in the summer season. When people think of sunburn, the main focus is on the skin, but very few are aware that excessive sunburn and harmful UV rays can also lead to corneal burns, a condition where […]]]>
Burning of the cornea, dry eyes, tired eyes, pain and allergies are some of the common ophthalmological problems in the summer season. When people think of sunburn, the main focus is on the skin, but very few are aware that excessive sunburn and harmful UV rays can also lead to corneal burns, a condition where one has blurred vision, dryness and gritty feeling in the skin. eye. Therefore, it becomes all the more important to adhere to an eye care regimen during summers as the tear film in our eyes evaporates due to direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat.

Here are some essential eye care tips to follow religiously for healthy eyes:


Wear sunglasses when you go out

As sunscreens are essential for the skin, so are sunglasses. When stepping out in the height of summer, opt for oversized shades as they will provide extra protection for your eyes. The shades protect the eyes from corneal burns caused by harmful UV rays. Some of the main symptoms of corneal burn are dryness, discomfort, and tearing.


Stay hydrated


Yes, the intake of a good volume of fluids is imperative for better eye health. Since in the summer, the tear film in our eyes often evaporates, so drinking more water can help your body produce a healthy volume of tears. But one should refrain from having alcohol and caffeine as it leads to dehydration.


Keep your eyes lubricated with eye drops

Sometimes staying hydrated just isn’t enough. This is when eye drops should be kept on hand (after consulting an eye doctor) as summer sets the stage for dryness and irritation of the eyes, which often ends in eye pain or swelling. To say goodbye to this condition, it is recommended to use prescription eye drops. It will lubricate the eyes and eliminate pain and dryness.

Be careful when applying sunscreen to your face

Summer means applying lots of sunscreen to the face to block sun damage. But you have to be careful applying it near and around your eyes and eyelid area. Sunscreens, which are high in SPF, usually cause discomfort to the eyes if they accidentally get inside. Although it does not cause permanent eye damage, it can cause chemical burns to the surface of the eyes. It can be a bit embarrassing and painful for a few days.


Avoid midday sun

Restrict your movements in the sun during the last hours of the morning or afternoon, if it is not so essential. This is the time when the sun is shining and the UV rays are at their strongest. Protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is essential for optimal eye health and maintaining your vision.


Always wear eye protection when doing outdoor activities


In addition to protecting the eyes from UV rays, eye protection should be worn when involved in outdoor activities such as swimming, mowing the garden or doing outdoor woodworking. Be sure to wear protections such as goggles, goggles, helmets or visors, or face shields to protect your eyes and face from potential damage.

In order to avoid summer eye problems, one must take a proactive approach to eye care. Do not forget to consult your ophthalmologist at regular intervals.

Contributions from Dr. Jimmy Mittal MS ophthalmology, Mittal Eye Care Center

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The most dangerous plants to keep in your home – Best Life https://web-xpress.com/the-most-dangerous-plants-to-keep-in-your-home-best-life/ Sat, 07 May 2022 16:02:34 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/the-most-dangerous-plants-to-keep-in-your-home-best-life/ If there’s one surefire way to add joy, color, and liveliness to your interior, it’s by decorating with plants. Depending on your space, you can include hanging plants on windowsills, climbing plants on shelves, or tree-sized plants in an unused corner. If you take good care of them, these little lives will flourish and offer […]]]>

If there’s one surefire way to add joy, color, and liveliness to your interior, it’s by decorating with plants. Depending on your space, you can include hanging plants on windowsills, climbing plants on shelves, or tree-sized plants in an unused corner. If you take good care of them, these little lives will flourish and offer immeasurable ambiance. However, if you choose the wrong ones, this plan could backfire. According to Kelly Johnson Arbor, MD, medical toxicologist and co-medical director of the National Capital Poison Control Center (NCPC), up to 10% of calls to poison control centers involve human exposure to plants. Read on to find out which are the most dangerous houseplants to keep in your home.

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This flowering houseplant is attractive for its beautiful blooms and low-maintenance nature – just park it in front of a sunny window and watch it blossom. Then, absolutely never eat it. “This herb contains cardiac glycosides, which can cause severe poisoning when eaten,” says Johnson-Arbor. (Cardiac glycosides increase the strength of the heart and its rate of contractions, according to Cardiac Physiology and Pathophysiology.)

According to Mount Sinai, ingesting the plant could lead to low blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, fainting, headache, and even death.

In fact, a 2001 report in the Archives of Disease in Childhood notes that ingesting as little as an oleander leaf can be fatal in children. The plant is also a widely used rat poison and should be kept away from cats, dogs and other pets.

Foxglove Flower {How Plants Protect Themselves}

Similar to oleander, the bright and beautiful foxglove plant contains cardiac glycosides. It is also a biennial flower that blooms every two years. However, Johnson-Arbor notes that in its non-flowering years, the leaves it produces look remarkably like baby spinach. “There have been several reports of individuals becoming very ill, with nausea, vomiting and abnormally slow heart rates, after unwittingly consuming foxglove leaves or infusing foxglove leaves to make tea,” says -she. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be life-threatening and people often need to be hospitalized. “Fortunately, there is an antidote available for heart poisoning from glycosides from both pharmaceuticals and plants,” she says. So if you are exposed seek emergency care immediately.

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Those struggling to keep houseplants alive may be drawn to the famously low-maintenance philodendron. This tropical plant, which comes in climbing and non-climbing varieties, only needs water about every two weeks and thrives in most light conditions. However, philodendron contains oxalate crystals that can cause toxicity when touched or eaten, says Johnson-Arbor. When chewed or swallowed, the crystals can cause mouth pain, swelling, painful swallowing, and drooling. Exposure of the eyes or skin to the sap of the plant can cause irritation and redness. “Fortunately, these symptoms are unlikely to be permanent or even long-lasting,” says Johnson-Arbor. “But since they can be very painful and irritating, it is recommended that you avoid touching or consuming these plants.”

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Dumbcan may seem like an unsophisticated plant, but it has the same oxalate crystal defense mechanism as philodendron. In fact, its name is derived from its toxicity, as swallowing the dumbcane plant can lead to difficulty in speaking or loss of speech. Although the symptoms you might experience from ingesting this plant are frightening, they rarely lead to a medical emergency. According to CNPC, in one case, an 18-month-old boy chewed on a piece of a dumbbell and began to gag. The poison control center asked her mother to rinse her mouth and offer her something cold and creamy to eat or drink. Within an hour, the boy’s symptoms had subsided.

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Fig trees have been all the rage in home decor lately. However, those hoping to add one to their home should take note. “Certain plants, including fig trees (ficus species) and poinsettias, can cause allergic reactions in people with latex allergies,” says Johnson-Arbor. “That’s because the sap of these plants contains latex.” When the stem or leaf of the plant is broken, this sap can escape and cause a reaction. Of course, if you’re not allergic or only have a mild allergy, that’s fine. But if you’re someone who suffers from severe hives or anaphylaxis, you’ll want to steer clear.

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Origin of global childhood hepatitis cases still unclear https://web-xpress.com/origin-of-global-childhood-hepatitis-cases-still-unclear/ Tue, 03 May 2022 15:02:27 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/origin-of-global-childhood-hepatitis-cases-still-unclear/ Cases of acute hepatitis in children are on the rise in at least 14 countries, and global health officials are unsure which cause or causes are to blame. The disease affects children from zero to 16 years old. Some children have needed liver transplants and at least four have died, one in Wisconsin and three […]]]>

Cases of acute hepatitis in children are on the rise in at least 14 countries, and global health officials are unsure which cause or causes are to blame. The disease affects children from zero to 16 years old. Some children have needed liver transplants and at least four have died, one in Wisconsin and three in Indonesia.

As of April 21, the World Health Organization had confirmed at least 169 cases worldwide. So far, young patients in ten states – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee – and many European and Asian countries are showing many of the same symptoms. Jaundice, diarrhea and abdominal pain are among the frequently reported symptoms, in addition to the liver inflammation typical of acute hepatitis. Other symptoms of hepatitis in children include dark urine, gray or pale feces, muscle and joint pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, and stomach pain. Laboratory results have not yet detected hepatitis A, B, C, D or E viruses, which are the usual suspects, in any of the patients tested, according to the World Health Organization.

At least 74 children with this hepatitis, however, have been infected with pathogens called adenoviruses. Adenoviruses typically cause cold-like symptoms, including fever, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye. Detection of these viruses has increased in the UK and Europe, according to the WHO, but it is unclear if infection rates are increasing or if more cases have been discovered due to intensified testing.

[Related: A mysterious liver disease is sickening kids in the US and Europe]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a clinical analysis of nine cases of acute hepatitis in immunocompetent and otherwise healthy children in Alabama. None of the children’s cases were related to each other. Of the nine young patients, all tested positive for adenovirus. Five of them tested positive for the same strain of virus: adenovirus 41. However, when doctors performed liver biopsies, none of the samples showed traces of adenovirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic may also have helped prime children against these infections. In a paper published in mid-April on pediatric acute hepatitis in Scotland, the researchers wrote that whatever infection causes hepatitis “affects young children who are immunologically naïve more severely”, meaning their immune systems were less developed, possibly as a “result of restricted social mixing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WHO and CDC advise physicians to be on alert for any potential cases of pediatric acute hepatitis. Meera Chand, a doctor with the UK Health Security Agency, told the BBC that although these cases are alarming, the likelihood of children developing hepatitis is extremely low. The best thing parents can do, she added, is to be vigilant about handwashing and other hygiene practices, and “to be alert for signs of hepatitis – especially jaundice. – which is easier to spot as a yellow tint in the whites of the eyes.” Parents should contact doctors if there is a problem.

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Black fungus infection is back in major cities https://web-xpress.com/black-fungus-infection-is-back-in-major-cities/ Mon, 02 May 2022 06:53:00 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/black-fungus-infection-is-back-in-major-cities/ Amid the threat of another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of black fungus are being reported in major Indian cities. Doctors from cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru say black fungus (mucomyrosis) has been reported here. In 2021, during the second wave, many people were affected by the black fungus after recovering from COVID-19. Dr […]]]>

Amid the threat of another wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of black fungus are being reported in major Indian cities. Doctors from cities like Mumbai and Bengaluru say black fungus (mucomyrosis) has been reported here. In 2021, during the second wave, many people were affected by the black fungus after recovering from COVID-19.

Dr S Santhosh, Senior ENT Consultant at Bengaluru Manipal Hospital, said in an interview with thehealthsite.com that four cases of mucomyrosis were reported at the hospital last week. He pointed out that severe headaches, facial pain, a cold and a runny nose are some of the symptoms of mucomyrosis.

Mucomyrosis is caused by exposure to mucormyete molds or fungi. Diabetic patients and those with weak immunity are prone to this infection. This disease can lead to loss of sight and even death. Corticosteroids that suppress the immune system might help fungal infection. Also, diseases like cancer and HIV that also ruin the body’s immunity could attract mucormyete molds. Black fungus is seen in babies who have had a premature birth. Stem cell replacement could also increase the risk of mucomyrosis.

Dr Santhosh added that black fungus can be prevented to some extent with the treatment of sinusitis and the control of diabetes. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to save a patient. Removing damaged cells from the body and prescribing anti-fungal medications are effective treatment methods.

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What is a lobotomy? Risks, history and why it’s rare now https://web-xpress.com/what-is-a-lobotomy-risks-history-and-why-its-rare-now/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 07:06:19 +0000 https://web-xpress.com/what-is-a-lobotomy-risks-history-and-why-its-rare-now/ Few medical procedures in history have generated as much controversy as lobotomy. Tens of thousands of lobotomies were performed in the United States in the mid-1900s, often resulting in devastating results. A lobotomy, also called a leucotomy, is a type of psychosurgery used to treat mental health issues such as mood disorders and schizophrenia. Psychosurgeries […]]]>

Few medical procedures in history have generated as much controversy as lobotomy. Tens of thousands of lobotomies were performed in the United States in the mid-1900s, often resulting in devastating results.

A lobotomy, also called a leucotomy, is a type of psychosurgery used to treat mental health issues such as mood disorders and schizophrenia. Psychosurgeries are procedures that involve the physical removal or modification of part of the brain.

Lobotomies involved the separation of tissue in an area called the prefrontal cortex in one of two main ways:

  • Frontal lobotomy. A surgeon drilled a hole on either side of the skull and cut through the brain tissue with an ice-pick-like instrument called a leucotome.
  • Transorbital lobotomy. A surgeon inserted a leucotome into the eye socket and drove it through a thin layer of bone with a mallet to access the brain.

These procedures are no longer performed in the United States, but some other types of psychosurgery are still performed when other treatments have failed. Read on to learn more about why lobotomies were traditionally performed and why psychosurgery is used today.

The lobotomies are not anymore made in the United States. They began to fall out of favor in the 1950s and 1960s with the development of antipsychotic drugs. The last recorded lobotomy in the United States was performed by Dr. Walter Freeman in 1967 and ended in the death of the person on whom it was performed.

In Europe, the Soviet Union banned lobotomies in 1950, a year after the inventor, Dr. Egas Moniz, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine. They persisted into the 1970s in the rest of Europe and in the 1980s in Scandinavia.

Some other types of psychosurgery are still used today, such as:

  • cingulotomy
  • anterior capsulotomy
  • subcaudal tractotomy
  • limbic leucotomy
  • body callosotomy

With advances in medication, psychosurgery is rarely performed. Surgery is usually only used when all other treatment options have failed. Surgical techniques still used today include:

Cingulotomy

The cingulotomy is the most of the time practiced psychosurgery in North America. It is a type of surgery that involves modifying the tissues of the anterior cingulate region associated with the sensation of chronic pain. It is sometimes used to manage the symptoms of:

Anterior capsulotomy

An anterior capsulotomy is a potential treatment for severe OCD that is unresponsive to psychotherapy and medication. It involves modifying the part of the brain that carries information from the thalamus and brainstem to the prefrontal region.

In a 2019 review, researchers found that of 512 people who received treatment from 1961 to 2018, 73% responded to surgery and 24% saw their symptoms disappear.

Subcaudal tractotomy

A subcaudate tractotomy can be used to treat delusions and hallucinations in people with severe schizophrenia with aggressive symptoms. It involves cutting the connections between the limbic system and a part of the prefrontal lobe called the orbitofrontal cortex.

Limbic leucotomy

Limbal leukotomy is a combination of subcaudate tractotomy and cingulotomy. It has been practiced since the 1970s to treat mood disorders and OCD.

Corpus callosotomy

A corpus callosum callosotomy involves cutting the corpus callosum, a bundle of nerves that connects the left and right cerebral hemispheres. In a study 2017researchers have found that body callosotomy is a potentially effective treatment for generalized epilepsy in people with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Lobotomies were considered experimental even at the height of their popularity. Although some people saw an improvement in their condition, many other people experienced life-altering side effects or even death.

One of the most publicized cases of failed lobotomy was that of Rosemary Kennedy, the younger sister of John F. Kennedy. After undergoing a lobotomy in 1941 to treat seizures and extreme mood swings, she lost her ability to walk or speak. Her personality was permanently altered and she was left with a physical disability.

The risks of psychosurgery include the risk of death and:

António Egas Moniz and his colleague Almeida Lima are credited with developing the lobotomy in 1935. They promoted their frontal lobotomy procedure across Europe, despite poor patient record keeping and lack of evidence of effectiveness. The procedure quickly grew in popularity, despite thousands of people suffering side effects and serious results, such as seizures, infections, and death.

American neurologist Walter Freeman and surgeon James Watts championed the procedure in America. Influenced by an Italian colleague, Freeman eventually switched to the transorbital method, in which an ice-pick-like instrument was inserted into the eye socket to reach the brain. He passionately spread surgery across North America, despite random surgeries being performed without proper sterilization.

Tens of thousands of lobotomies were performed in the United States between the 1930s and 1960s, often without informed consent. Eventually, the lack of supporting evidence for the procedure eventually caught up with it, and it was largely abandoned once the drug chlorpromazine was developed.

Despite a risk of side effects and serious outcomes, lobotomies were once used to treat many mental health conditions, including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. Today, the treatment of mental health disorders consists largely of medication and psychotherapy.

Antipsychotics and other drugs

Antipsychotics are often the initial treatment for acute schizophrenic episodes. They block the effects of the neurotransmitter dopamine on your brain to reduce feelings of anxiety or aggression as well as hallucinations and delusional thoughts.

Many other types of medications are also used to treat mental health issues, including:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, is a common type of mental health treatment. It can be given alone or in combination with medications. There are many types of psychotherapy used to treat mental health issues. They include:

Hospitalization

Some people with severe mental disorders may need to be admitted to a medical facility. Laws vary by state, but in most states a person can be involuntarily detained in a facility if they pose a danger to themselves or others.

Lobotomies were surgeries that involved modifying a part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. Sometimes these surgeries have been performed without consent and without proper sterilization, despite the lack of evidence of their effectiveness.

Lobotomies are no longer performed and have largely been replaced by medication. Some other types of psychosurgery are done in very rare circumstances to treat conditions such as severe depression or OCD that do not respond to other treatments. These surgeries are considered a last resort.

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