E. coli Outbreak, Reproductive Care Webinar, Fish and Cancer Study: Health Roundup 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 Sept. 8.

Cleveland.com collects some of the most notable local and national health news stories 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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest update on Aug. 19 said 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 were reported.

No specific food has been confirmed as the source of the outbreak, but most sick people reported eating burgers and romaine sandwiches at Wendy’s restaurants before they got sick.

The Wendy’s restaurants serving patients 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.

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

The League of Women Voters is hosting a Reproductive Care Webinar on September 8th

Ohio League of Women Voters 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 of Ohio. Register for the event here.

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

The panelists are Dr David Hackney, Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University Hospitals; Dr. Rebecca Flick, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Division Chief, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UH; and Jesse Hill, associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Moderated by Karen Casler, Ohio State House Bureau Chief for Public Broadcasting.

People who eat more fish are at risk of melanoma, a 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.

The incidence of malignant melanoma was 22 percent higher among individuals whose average daily fish consumption was 42.8 grams, compared with those whose average daily intake was 3.2 grams, according to Brown University researchers.

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 stage 0 of melanoma or melanoma in situ. An average portion of cooked fish weighs about 140 grams.

Researchers found that a higher intake of unfried 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 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. The participants, who had an average age of 62, answered questions about eating fried, unfried and tuna all the time. the previous year.

Life expectancy has decreased by almost 2 years in 2020

Life expectancy in the United States dropped by 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 seen declines in life expectancy, according to a CDC report. The declines are mostly 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 western and northwestern states tend to have higher life expectancies, with southern states having the lowest.

Hawaii has the highest life expectancy at 80.7 years. It is followed by Washington, Minnesota, California and Massachusetts. Mississippi has the lowest at 71.9 years, the data show. The others in the bottom five were West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky.

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