- Two allergists at the University of Virginia have gathered data showing that the food allergy, known as galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal for short, is affecting more than one thousand five hundred Americans.
- Senator Lindsey Graham’s journey to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that started as a lonely crusade has in just one week picked up both followers and steam.
- Actress Kate Walsh, best known for her role in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” went public on Monday with a brain tumor diagnosis in 2015. She was diagnosed with a meningioma: a tumor arising from the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
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Two allergists at the University of Virginia have gathered data showing that the food allergy, known as galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or alpha-gal for short, is affecting more than one thousand five hundred Americans. The researchers suspect there are many more unidentified cases.”The answer to the allergy is sugar,” said Doctor Thomas Platts-Mills, who discovered the allergy with his junior colleague Doctor Scott Commins. They first published their findings in two thousand nine. Alpha-gal is essentially a bunch of sugars stuck together in the blood, which is in the meat of all non-primate mammals, including deer, cats and dogs. All known patients who have alpha-gal have had at least one tick bite. Platts-Mills, who also suffers from alpha-gal, made the connection after receiving countless bites while hiking in the woods on August.
Platts-Mills and Commins said the allergic reaction is specifically related to the common lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum). These ticks cover various plains across the United States. An important distinction is that alpha-gal is not a disease like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever — it is an allergy.
The doctors believe the allergy could more closely be related to bites that come from tick larvae, or baby ticks. For meat lovers, especially hunters, the simplest solution is to avoid ticks. Alpha-gal is the first known case of delayed anaphylaxis, where the victim suffers anaphylactic shock anywhere from four to six hours after eating certain meats. Most who suffer from alpha-gal can attest that waking up in the middle of the night, not from a nightmare, but from anaphylaxis, is quite frightening. Alpha-gal’s reactions vary on a case-by-case basis, sometimes with a patient experiencing a severe reaction and other times nothing at all. Doctors advise that people who are exposed to lone star ticks should be aware of the allergy, especially if they live in the country, where it could take some time to reach a hospital.
Senator Lindsey Graham’s journey to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act that started as a lonely crusade has in just one week picked up both followers and steam – but prospects for winning congressional approval remain murky. Despite a handful of Senate GOP co-sponsors and high-profile endorsements from governors and conservative thought leaders around the country, the South Carolina Republican still lacks the fifty one votes needed to pass his bill to reshape the American health care system. Graham has just twelve calendar days to seal the deal. Republican lawmakers have been seeking to repeal and replace Obamacare through a procedural maneuver known as reconciliation, which allows the Senate to limit debate with fifty one votes. Republicans control fifty two of the Senate’s one hundred seats.
The House is in a recess this week, and the Senate is expected to leave midday Wednesday because of the Jewish holiday. The two chambers do not plan to reconvene until next Monday.
The fifty one-vote threshold expires on September thirty, though. After that, it will again take sixty votes to cut off a filibuster on health care, almost certainly an impossible task.
Graham’s ability to deliver depends on a number of factors, many of which are beyond his control. The crux of his legislation is that all money spent on Obamacare would be sent back to states as block grants to be used for healthcare purposes exclusively. States’ rights Republicans see this approach as a return to federalism, a way of getting Washington out of the kind of decision-making best left to local officials who understand their communities best.
Actress Kate Walsh, best known for her role in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” went public on Monday with a brain tumor diagnosis in two thousand fifteen. Walsh was diagnosed with a meningioma: a tumor arising from the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Within three days, she underwent surgery to have it removed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After removing the tumor, doctors confirmed that it was benign. In January two thousand fifteen, Walsh initially wrote off symptoms as exhaustion, having just executive produced and starred in the NBC series “Bad Judge.” “I could drink five cups of coffee and not wake up,” she said. She found it hard to concentrate. Her balance was off, and she developed shooting headaches.
Exercise is “typically when people will see subtle motor changes, because they’re really comparing both sides of their body,” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. Her cognitive issues became severe enough that her then-boyfriend urged her to see a neurologist. By the time she made it to the doctor in June two thousand fifteen, he even noticed that the right side of her face was drooping slightly. It was then that doctors found the benign tumor, which was just over five centimeters long, pushing on her left frontal lobe. Doctors put Walsh on a precautionary anti seizure medication before she went under the knife. With a tumor that size pressing on her brain, they told her she was lucky to have had no seizures. Despite having played Dr. Addison Montgomery on “Grey’s Anatomy” and the spinoff “Private Practice,” she was blindsided by the diagnosis and her sudden role as the patient.
Doctors told Walsh that the tumor may have been there for a while — but that could mean two years or ten years, she was told.