Sunday, 4 August 2019

Wisconsin health officials urge people to stop vaping after a sudden and mysterious rise in lung disease

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More people hospitalized with serious lung problems linked to vaping have been found, Wisconsin health officials reported Friday.

The cases date back to late June and all cases involved teens and young adults.

All of the patients have been diagnosed with severe lung damage, and with symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss.

The severity of illness has ranged, with some needing medical assistance to breathe, and while patients have generally improved, it’s still not clear whether they will experience any long term effects.


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Startup helps patients reduce waiting time for MRI scans from 3 months to 3 days

Patients who wish to go for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans at public hospitals may sometimes have to wait for three months to get a slot.

Thanks to local start-up Optimimed, the waiting time can be reduced to three days.

While public hospitals often find their MRI centres fully booked for months, some private centres have excess capacity.

What Optimimed does is to redirect public hospital patients to private centres that can offer a shorter waiting time, without them having to pay extra costs.

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Colorectal cancer rises among younger adults

Colorectal cancer is typically considered a disease of ageing — most new cases are diagnosed in people over age 50. But even as the rates decrease in older adults, scientists have documented a worrisome trend in the opposite direction among patients in their 20s and 30s.

Now, data from national cancer registries in Canada add to the evidence that colorectal cancer rates are rising in younger adults. The increases may even be accelerating.

“We thought that this trend would slow down or level off after people first noticed it a few years ago,” said Dr Darren Brenner, a molecular cancer epidemiologist at the University of Calgary and lead author of the study, published Wednesday in the journal Jama Network Open.

“But every year we keep seeing the increase in colorectal cancer among young people, and it is very alarming.”

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Public domain pbotos by Kirk K

Cold Ramen - Karami Ramen

Fava Tlacoyo - El Jardin

Pato en Mole Negro - Pasillo de Humo, Mexico City

Soy Garlic Chicken Wings - Katzya

Spicy Donkatsu (Tonkatsu) - Katzya

These food will make you poop (almost) immediately

Constipation. It’s uncomfortable at best, and can become downright debilitating. So every once in a while, you have gotta turn to food that make you poop (almost) immediately.
  • Water
  • Caffeine
  • High fibre fruits - jackfruits, apples, raspberries, guava, papaya. High water content fruits like water melon and oranges are also good.
  • Raw green vegetables - broccoli, peas, artichokes.  High water content vegetables like cucumbers, celery and tomatoes are also good.
  • Oatmeal
  • Healthy fats - nuts, olive oil
  • Curry