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More than 750,000 cancer cases in 2020 linked to alcohol consumption

A study published in the July Lancet Oncology found that more than 4% of new cancers were caused by alcohol consumption. Separately, reports indicate that more children may have developed nearsightedness as a side effect of the covid pandemic – with less time outdoors and more screen time suggested as reasons.

CBS News: Alcohol use linked to nearly 750,000 cancer cases in 2020, new study finds

Doctors are sounding the alarm on research showing a link between alcohol consumption and cancer. More than 700,000 new cases of cancer were linked to alcohol use in 2020 – a time when many Americans reported drinking more. The research, published in the July 13 edition of Lancet Oncology, found that more than 4% of all new cancer cases in 2020 were caused by alcohol consumption. While most alcohol-related cancers have been in people who drink more than two drinks a day, more than 100,000 cases worldwide have been in people who on average consumed less than that, according to the study. (Chen, 8/2)

In other public health news –

NBC News: Covid pandemic linked to increased myopia in children

More children may have developed myopia as an unexpected side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new study suggests. According to the report of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. (Carroll, 8/3)

Fox News: NJ Man dies following West Nile diagnosis, officials say

A New Jersey man who died last month tested positive for West Nile virus, health officials have confirmed. The man, who was in his 60s, was from Camden and was first admitted to hospital with symptoms on July 16. After treatment, he was returned to a subacute care facility where he died, Camden County officials said on Saturday. (Huh, 8/2)

CIDRAP: US reports 254 more Cyclospora cases, food links still under investigation

In a monthly update on Cyclospora’s domestic activity, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 254 more cases have been reported, bringing the national total to 462. So far, no specific food has been identified. Cyclospora infections in people who have not traveled outside the country usually increase during the warmer months. Past epidemics have been linked to fresh produce such as mesclun, basil, cilantro and fresh raspberries. (8/2)

Statistic: No new cases of monkey pox reported after health officials monitor hundreds

No new cases of monkey pox have been identified among those being monitored for possible exposure after coming into contact with an infected person last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday. Health officials had monitored more than 200 people in 23 states and territories, as well as other countries, most of whom took one of two flights the person took to get from Lagos, Nigeria, in Dallas July 8-9. (Joseph, 8/2)

The Washington Post: Destructive thunderstorm alerts appear on your phone

Before a severe thunderstorm complex triggered winds reaching nearly 140 mph in Iowa last August, many residents were unaware it was coming. It was the costliest thunderstorm disaster in U.S. history, but severe thunderstorm warnings issued by the National Weather Service did not sound on smartphones like they do for tornadoes and flash floods. serious. Starting Monday, the Weather Service is implementing changes to their warning alerts to differentiate threats posed by typical severe thunderstorms and those that are particularly dangerous, like the Iowa complex last year. With winds rivaling those of a major hurricane, the meteorologist classified it as a “derecho,” which is an extreme and rapid windstorm. Now your smartphone will prepare for such severe storms, but not for more common events. (Jeromin, 8/2)

KHN: New mothers have opted for remote breastfeeding assistance. Will demand decrease as the pandemic subsides?

Madison Cano knew she wanted to breastfeed her son, Theo. But breastfeeding was painful for her. The skin on her breasts was itchy and swollen last July when she returned from the hospital. And Theo would sometimes cry during the feedings. Cano, 30, realized she needed help enjoying the short and long term health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. New studies have also shown that mothers vaccinated against covid pass protective antibodies to their newborns. However, Cano lives in Montrose, western Colorado, 100 miles from his lactation advisor Ali Reynolds in Grand Junction – and that was at the height of the pandemic. (Governor, 8/3)

KHN: long journeys, air travel, exhausting waits: what abortion demands in the South

A simple walk in the parking lot of the Choices-Memphis Center for Reproductive Health in this legendary music mecca says a lot about access to abortion in the southern United States. Cars from Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida and, many days, Alabama, Georgia and Texas are parked next to polished SUVs and weathered sedans with Tennessee license plates. Choices is one of two abortion clinics in Metro Memphis, with a population of 1.3 million. While this may seem like a surprisingly limited number of options for women looking for a routine medical procedure, it represents a wealth of access compared to Mississippi, which has an abortion clinic for the whole. of the state of 3 million people. (Varney, 8/3)

In the news of mental health –

Houston Chronicle: Schools reopening is a relief for all, but student mental health remains a concern

After 17 months of virtual lessons straining the patience of everyone involved, school communities are celebrating the return to normalcy. August 11 is fast approaching and school districts across the region are working to update their COVID-19 plan for the start of the new year. “We return to in-person teaching when the school begins Wednesday, August 11, 2021,” said Sherry Williams, director of external communications at Fort Bend ISD. “We know this is by far the most effective environment for learning and we are delighted with it.” (Varma, 8/2)

Fox News: Back-to-school anxiety: Start preparing kids for return to in-person learning weeks in advance, experts say

Parents can ease children’s transition to in-person learning after months of virtual schooling, depending on the district, with clear discussions about safety guidelines, structured sleep schedules, validating concerns and resolving the problem. heartbreak after a tumultuous year, experts told Fox News. Kids are going to have a lot of questions, and it’s important for parents to stay calm in order for children to feel safe, Dr. Carmen Lopez-Arvizu, medical director of Kennedy Krieger’s Psychiatric Mental Health Clinic, told Fox News. . (Rivas, 8/2)


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