Outbreak of E. coli, reproductive care webinar, fish and cancer study: August 30 health roundup

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

Cleveland.com brings together some of the most notable local and national health news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, August 30.

Number of Ohioans sick with E. coli rises to 23

The outbreak of E. coli infections in several states has sickened 23 Ohio residents, according to the last report from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest update on August 19 indicated that 19 Ohio residents were infected with E. coli.

Since the last update on August 19, 47 additional 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 sick people have reported eating burgers and sandwiches with romaine lettuce at Wendy’s restaurants before falling ill.

The Wendy’s restaurants where the sick ate were found in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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

The CDC does not advise people to avoid eating at Wendy’s restaurants or to 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 symptoms of E. coli, such as diarrhea that lasts longer than three days or diarrhea with high fever, bloody diarrhea, or severe vomiting.

League of Women Voters Hosts Reproductive Care Webinar September 8

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

“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-sponsoring leagues across Ohio. Register for the event here.

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

The panelists are Dr. David Hackney, head of division, maternal-fetal medicine, department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University Hospitals; Dr. Rebecca Flyckt, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Division Head, 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, Statehouse Bureau Chief for Ohio Public Radio and Television.

People who eat more fish at risk for melanoma, study finds

Eating more fish – including tuna and unfried fish – appears to be linked to a higher risk of malignant melanoma, according to a new study. It was recently published in the journal Causes and control of cancer.

According to researchers from brown university.

People with a median daily intake of 42.8 grams of fish were 28% more likely than those with a median daily intake of 3.2 grams of fish to have abnormal cells only in the outer layer of skin, often called stage 0 melanoma or melanoma. on the spot. An average portion of cooked fish weighs about 140 grams.

Researchers found that higher consumption of unfried fish and tuna was associated with increased risks of malignant melanoma and stage 0 melanoma. Those with a median daily tuna consumption of 14.2 grams had an increased risk 20% higher malignant melanoma and 17% higher risk of stage 0 melanoma, compared to those whose median daily tuna consumption 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 were on average 62 years old, answered questions on the consumption of fried, non-fried tuna and tuna throughout the previous year.

Life expectancy has dropped by almost 2 years in 2020

U.S. life expectancy fell 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 has seen a decline in life expectancy, according to a CDC report. The declines were primarily due to COVID-19 and causes such as drug overdoses. In 2020, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death, resulting in more than 350,000 deaths, the CDC reported earlier this year.

The country’s life expectancy increased from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years in 2020. Residents of western and northwestern states generally had higher life expectancies, with southern states having the highest weaker.

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

Denise W. Whigham