CLEVELAND, Ohio – The number of Ohio residents 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 picking up some of the top local and national health news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, August 30th.
The number of Ohio residents suffering from E. coli rises to 23
The epidemic of E. coli infections in multiple states has made 23 Ohio residents sick, according to the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest update on Aug.19 stated that 19 Ohio residents had been infected with E. coli.
Since the last update on August 19, 47 other diseases have been reported to the CDC.
Eighty-four people from four states were infected: Indiana (6), Michigan (53), Ohio (23), and Pennsylvania (2).
The number of people admitted to the hospital has reached 38, including eight people in Michigan who have a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths were reported.
A specific food has not been confirmed as the source of the outbreak, but most sufferers reported eating hamburgers and romaine lettuce sandwiches at Wendy’s restaurants before falling ill.
Wendy’s restaurants where the sick ate are located in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The fast food chain has removed the 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 recommend 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.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have severe E. coli symptoms, such as diarrhea that lasts for more than three days or diarrhea accompanied by a high fever, bloody diarrhea, or severe vomiting.
The League of Women Voters hosts the webinar on reproductive assistance on September 8th
League of Women Voters Organizations Across Ohio to Host Nonpartisan Webinar on Women’s Reproductive Care in the Post-Roe Landscape from 19:00 to 20:30 on Thursday 8 September.
“Post-Roe: Women’s Healthcare 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-sponsored leagues from across Ohio. Register for the event here.
Speakers will discuss the issues physicians, healthcare professionals and patients face, Ohio’s legal landscape, pending legislation to further restrict access to abortion, and the impact of federal action.
The speakers are Dr. David Hackney, Division Head, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospitals; Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Division Head, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UH; and Jessie Hill, associate dean of faculty research and development and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.
The moderator is Karen Kasler, head of Ohio’s state office for radio and public television.
People who eat more fish are at risk for melanoma, the study suggests
A new study suggests that eating more fish, including tuna and non-fried fish, appears to be linked to a higher risk of malignant melanoma. It was recently published in the Cancer Causes and Control journal.
According to the Brown University researchers, the incidence of malignant melanoma was 22 percent higher among individuals whose average daily fish intake was 42.8 grams compared with those whose median daily intake was 3.2 grams.
People with an average daily intake of 42.8 grams of fish were 28% more likely 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 stage 0 melanoma in place. An average serving of cooked fish weighs around 140 grams.
The researchers found that higher intake of non-fried fish and tuna was associated with higher risks of malignant melanoma and stage 0 melanoma. Those whose median daily tuna intake was 14.2 grams had a 20% higher risk of malignant melanoma and a 17% higher risk of stage 0 melanoma, compared to those whose average daily tuna intake was 0.3 grams.
Scientists analyzed data from 491,367 Americans who took part in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study in 1995 and 1996. Participants, who were 62 on average, answered questions about eating fried tuna. not fried and last year.
Life expectancy fell by almost 2 years in 2020
Life expectancy in the United States dropped 1.8 years in 2020, the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from the CDC.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have experienced a decline in life expectancy, according to a CDC report. The decline is mainly due to COVID-19 and causes such as drug overdose. In 2020, COVID-19 was the third highest cause of death, leading to more than 350,000, the CDC reported earlier this year.
The nation’s life expectancy dropped from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years in 2020. Residents of the western and northwestern states generally had a higher life expectancy, with the southern states having they had 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 at 71.9, the data show. The others in the bottom five were West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Kentucky.