E. coli outbreak, reproductive care webinar, fish and cancer study: Health briefing for August 30

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The number of Ohioans affected by the latest E. coli outbreak rises to 23, and the League of Women Voters will host a webinar on reproductive care on September 8.

Cleveland.com is rounding up some of the most prominent local and national health news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know about Tuesday, August 30.

Number of Ohioans sickened by E. coli rises to 23

A multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections has sickened 23 Ohioans, according to the latest report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The last update on August 19 stated that 19 Ohioans were infected with E. coli.

Since the last update on August 19, 47 more illnesses have been reported to the CDC.

Eighty-four people from four states have been infected: Indiana (6), Michigan (53), Ohio (23) and Pennsylvania (2).

The number of people hospitalized has reached 38, including eight people in Michigan who have a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported.

A specific food has not been confirmed as the source of the outbreak, but most of the sick people reported eating burgers and romaine sandwiches at Wendy’s restaurants before becoming ill.

The Wendy’s restaurants where the patients ate are in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The fast food chain has removed romaine lettuce used in sandwiches from restaurants in that region. Wendy’s uses a different type of romaine lettuce for salads.

The CDC does not advise that people avoid eating at Wendy’s restaurants or that people stop eating romaine lettuce. There is no evidence that romaine lettuce sold in grocery stores or served in other restaurants is linked to this outbreak.

Consult a doctor immediately if you have severe symptoms of E. coli, such as diarrhea that lasts more than three days or diarrhea that is accompanied by a high fever, bloody diarrhea, or severe vomiting.

The League of Women Voters is hosting a reproductive care webinar on September 8

League of Women Voters Organizations Across Ohio to Host Nonpartisan Webinar on Women’s Reproductive Care in the Post-Roe Landscape from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8.

“Post-Roe: Women’s Health Care in Ohio: Just the Facts” is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights-University Heights, with co-sponsoring Leagues from across Ohio. Register for the event here.

Panelists will discuss issues facing doctors, caregivers and patients, Ohio’s legal landscape, pending legislation to further limit abortion access, and the impact of federal action.

The panelists are Dr. David Hackney, division chief, maternal fetal medicine, department of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals; Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, division chief, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, UH; and Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.

The moderator is Karen Kasler, state bureau chief for Ohio Public Radio and Television.

People who eat more fish are at risk of melanoma, study suggests

Eating more fish — including tuna and non-fried fish — appears to be associated with a higher risk of malignant melanoma, a new study suggests. It was recently published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control.

According to researchers from Brown University, the incidence of malignant melanoma was 22% greater in individuals whose average daily fish consumption was 42.8 grams compared to those whose average daily consumption was 3.2 grams.

People with an average daily intake of 42.8 grams of fish had a 28% higher chance than those with an average daily intake of 3.2 grams of fish to have abnormal cells only in the outer layer of the skin, often known as melanoma or melanoma phase 0. in place. An average portion of cooked fish weighs about 140 grams.

The researchers found that a higher consumption of non-fried fish and tuna was associated with an increased risk of malignant melanoma and stage 0 melanoma. Those whose average daily intake of tuna was 14.2 grams had a 20% higher risk high risk of malignant melanoma and a 17% higher risk of stage 0 melanoma, compared to those whose average daily intake of tuna was 0.3 grams.

Scientists analyzed data from 491,367 Americans who participated in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study in 1995 and 1996. Participants, who were 62 years old on average, answered questions about eating fried, not fried, fish. and tuna all year round. last year.

Life expectancy fell by almost 2 years in 2020

Life expectancy in the United States fell by 1.8 years in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new CDC data.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia saw declines in life expectancy, according to a CDC report. The decline was largely due to COVID-19 and causes such as drug overdoses. In 2020, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, leading to more than 350,000, the CDC reported earlier this year.

The nation’s life expectancy fell from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years in 2020. Residents of states in the West and Northwest generally had the highest life expectancies, with southern states having the lowest.

Hawaii had the highest life expectancy at 80.7 years. It was followed by Washington, Minnesota, California and Massachusetts. Mississippi had its lowest in 71.9 years, the figures show. Others in the bottom five were West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky.

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