The Health News USA July 29 2017

Overview

  • Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics, abruptly announced his retirement from football at the age of 26, just before the first full-team practice of training camp. His decision came two days after a medical study indicated that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in nearly 99% of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research.
  • Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has opened up about her struggle with Bell’s palsy, a rare and often mysterious neurologic condition with Vanity Fair. Bell’s palsy is a condition that leads to paralysis of the facial nerve, the peripheral nerve responsible for facial movement.
  • Thirteen  individuals have become ill from a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection previously unseen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The fungus, Candida auris, is known to occur in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 29th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health New

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20170808/baltimore-ravens-offensive-lineman-john-urschel-retires-abruptly

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics, abruptly announced his retirement from football at the age of twenty six on Thursday, just before the first full-team practice of training camp. His decision, which was announced by the Ravens, comes two days after a medical study indicated that chronic traumatic encephalopathy was found in nearly ninety nine percent of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research. A team source said Urschel’s decision was linked to the results of the study.

Coach John Harbaugh said he was surprised when Urschel called him ninety minutes before practice to inform him of his retirement. “That was out of the blue,” Harbaugh said. “He had been working hard. He was working on his snaps all summer. He was doing a great job. It was definitely a lightning bolt that way.” Harbaugh said Urschel explained his decision, but he left it up to Urschel to provide those reasons himself. “He said he’s going to retire from football, and that was something that’s been on his mind for quite a while and throughout the offseason,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what he decided to do. We respect John tremendously.”

Urschel is pursuing his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the offseason, focusing on spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra and machine learning. He was expected to compete for the Ravens’ starting center job in training camp.

Urschel was recently named to Forbes’ ” thirty under thirty” in the field of science. He has published six peer-reviewed mathematics papers to date and has three more ready for review.

Because of his unique abilities in football and math, Urschel has appeared in a handful of national commercials, including one with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/angelina-jolies-diagnosis-bells-palsy/story?id=48870459

In a newly released interview with Vanity Fair, actress Angelina Jolie opens up about her struggle with Bell’s palsy, a rare and often mysterious neurologic condition. The Oscar-winning actress, who split from longtime husband Brad Pitt in late two thousand and sixteen, expressed concern that in caring for her six children post-divorce, she let her own health decline. Jolie reported turning to acupuncture for relief from Bell’s palsy and noted that she has since made a full recovery. Here’s what you need to know about the rare neurologic disease.

Bell’s palsy is a condition that leads to paralysis of the facial nerve, the peripheral nerve responsible for facial movement. Sufferers develop one-sided facial weakness – generally over a matter of hours or days – that can result in eyebrow sagging, inability to close the eye and drooping at the corner of the mouth. Other symptoms may include sensitivity to loud noise, ear pain on the side of paralysis and an impaired sense of taste. Because of the physical abnormalities the condition causes, many affected people experience significant psychological distress and restrict their social activities. The condition is relatively rare, affecting only about forty thousand Americans each year.

The exact cause of Bell’s palsy is unknown. Most scientists believe there is a strong link between Bell’s palsy and viral infections such as influenza, herpes simplex or respiratory tract infections. Conditions that have been associated with Bell’s palsy include high blood pressure, immunodeficiency, sarcoidosis, tumors, Lyme disease and trauma, such as skull fracture or facial injury.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/04/health/drug-resistant-c-auris-found-in-us/index.html

Thirteen individuals have become ill from a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection previously unseen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The fungus, Candida auris, is known to occur in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.Seven cases occurred between May two thousand thirteen and August two thousand sixteen in four states: Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. As of August thirty one, four of these seven patients, all with bloodstream infections, died, though it is unclear whether their deaths were due to C. auris.The remaining six cases were identified after August and are still under investigation.”It appears that C. auris arrived in the United States only in the past few years,” Doctor Tom Chiller, chief of the CDC’s Mycotic Diseases Branch, said in statement. He added that scientists are working to better understand the fungus so they can develop recommendations to protect those at risk.

  1. auris bloodstream infections have a fifty percent fatality rate in some countries, according to one study. Some strains of this yeast are multidrug-resistant and cannot be treated by the three major classes of antifungal medications. First reported in two thousand nine in Japan, cases have been recorded in South Korea, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Colombia, Venezuela, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

In two thousand eleven, there were seven hundred twenty two thousand health care-acquired infections in US acute care hospitals, according to the CDC, and about seventy five thousand patients with these infections died during hospitalization.

 

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