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Stressed-out pregnant women may be less likely to have a baby of a certain sex, study finds

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Women who experience high levels of stress during their pregnancy may be at an increased risk of having a premature or low-birthrate baby. But according to a new study, a pregnant woman’s stress levels — either mental or physical —  may influence the sex of her unborn child.

Pregnant women who experience high levels of physical or mental stress may be less likely to have a boy, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, or PNAS.

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Researchers studied questionnaire responses, physical assessments, ambulatory diaries and other factors from 187 healthy pregnant women between ages 18 and 45. About 66.8 percent were considered healthy in regards to stress levels, while 17.1 percent were considered psychologically stressed (anxiety, depression, perceived stress). About 16 percent were considered physically stressed, meaning they had higher blood pressure levels and greater caloric intake than the other women.

The latter two groups — the psychologically and physically stressed women — had more girls than boys, the researchers found.

In the general population, there are an estimated 105 males for every 100 females born, according to researchers. But the ratio shifted for women who experienced high levels either mental or physical stress during their pregnancy.

Women who reported feeling psychologically stressed had a 2:3 ratio for boys to girls, while physically stressed women had a 4:9 ratio, the study found.

“The womb is an influential first home, as important as the one a child is raised in, if not more so,” Catherine Monk, the study’s lead author from the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, said in a statement, according to Newsweek.

“Other researchers have seen this pattern after social upheavals, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, after which the relative number of male births decreased,” she continued. “This stress in women is likely of long-standing nature; studies have shown that males are more vulnerable to adverse prenatal environments, suggesting that highly stressed women may be less likely to give birth to a male due to the loss of prior male pregnancies, often without even knowing they were pregnant.”

What’s more, the researchers also found that babies born to physically stressed women were more likely to be born 1.5 weeks earlier than expected. Babies born to these women were also more likely to have decreased fetal heart rate-movement coupling, “which may indicate slower central nervous system development,” they wrote.

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Psychologically stressed women were more likely than healthy women to have a baby with birth complications, a finding that researchers wrote is “consistent with previous findings among offspring of women with psychiatric illness.”

The American Pregnancy Association and The March of Dimes, a non-profit organization that focuses on the health of moms and babies, offers tips on how to reduce stress during pregnancy.

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Man dies after ‘very hot’ fish cake burned his throat so badly he couldn’t breathe: report

A new report says a 51-year-old British wedding planner died earlier this year after he reportedly ate a fish cake so hot it burned his throat, causing swelling to his airways that ultimately impeded his breathing.

Darren Hickey — who was described by his partner, Neil Parkinson, as a “larger-than-life character” —  reportedly sampled a fish cake at a wedding venue around noon back on April 4, South West News Service (SWNS), a British news agency, reports.

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The pain from the burn led Hickey, a stroke survivor, to seek medical attention at the Urgent Care Ward at Chorley Hospital. Medical professionals reportedly sent him home with acetaminophen and told him to return if the pain worsened. Hickey then went home to rest.

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Wedding planner Darren Hickey, 51, died after eating a hot fish cake that burnt his throat. (SWNS)

That evening, Parkinson, 55, claims he heard Hickey “making noises” and rushed upstairs. He reportedly found Hickey, of Bolton, Lancashire, choking.

“He was stood up choking and coughing so I banged his back but then he slid forward onto the floor,” Parkinson said, according to SWNS. Hickey was taken by ambulance to Royal Bolton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after midnight that evening. His death came roughly 12 hours after he’d sampled the cake.

The recent inquest into the man’s death heard by Bolton Coroners’ Court ruled that the burns to his throat caused extreme pain and swelling. The swelling to his airways eventually made it impossible for him to breathe and swallow.

Dr. Patrick Waugh, a pathologist who performed Hickey’s post-mortem, said the burns were far enough down in the man’s throat that they would not have been seen without specialized equipment.

Waugh compared the burns to those sustained by people who breathe in smoke during a house fire.

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A 51-year-old wedding planner died after he reportedly ate a fish cake that was so hot it burned his throat, causing swelling to his airways that eventually made it impossible for him to breathe. (SWNS)

“The patient can appear well, they will be talking to you, but then the swelling starts,” Waugh said at the recently conducted inquest into the April death, per SWNS.

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Hickey’s cause of death was ruled asphyxiation.

Acting Senior Coroner Alan Walsh called the wedding planner’s death an “immense tragedy.”

“I believe there are enormous lessons to be learned,” he said. “This was caused by eating a fish cake, very small and very hot but with catastrophic consequences.”

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Connecticut resident is state’s fourth to contract rare tick-borne illness linked to brain infections, death

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A fourth Connecticut resident has contracted the rare tick-borne Powassan encephalitis disease, more commonly referred to as Powassan virus.

The patient, who was not identified, is from Ridgefield, according to various local media outlets. Their condition is currently unclear. The Connecticut Department of Health on its website recently updated the number of reported cases to four.

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Other cases have been reported in New Canaan, New Preston and Newton, reports NBC Connecticut.

Powassan virus — which “belongs to a group of viruses that can cause infection of the brain (encephalitis) or the membranes around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —  is typically spread to humans after they’re bitten by an infected woodchuck or deer tick. The federal agency says those who live or work near brushy or woody areas are more likely to be exposed to potentially infected ticks.

Those infected with the virus typically experience fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss.

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Patients often need support breathing and treatment for swelling around the brain, but there is no medicine to treat the virus, nor is there a vaccine to prevent it. About 10 percent of cases result in death, the CDC says.

Powassan virus is rare, with an average of seven reported cases each year in the U.S. Most cases of the virus — which was first discovered in Powassan, Ontario, in 1958 — have occurred in the northeast and Great Lakes areas of the U.S.

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Ohio dad with breast cancer says he’d be ‘nothing’ without God, family

Breast cancer is most often associated with women, and for good reason: At least 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with it during her lifetime. But an Ohio father who was diagnosed with the disease is warning other men that, although rare, it can happen to them, too.

Daniel DiNardo, 49, of Youngstown, was candid when recently detailing his ongoing battle with breast cancer. DiNardo, an engineer, was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015 after noticing a lump on the right side of his chest. A biopsy later revealed it was Stage 3 breast cancer.

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DiNardo, who told Fox 8 he has no family history of the disease, later underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. He reached remission — but the cancer returned a few months later and spread to other areas of his body.

“It metastasized into my femoral ball in my left hip; there’s a spot on my spine [and] a couple [of] spots in my lymph nodes in my chest,” DiNardo told the news station.

DiNardo, who was given a 6-month prognosis following his initial diagnosis, continues to battle cancer. He credits his family and God with helping him through the hard times.

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Daniel DiNardo was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. (Fox 8)

“If it wasn’t for them and if it wasn’t for God, I’d be nothing,” he said. “I get my strength from my family and I get my strength from my faith.”

Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for less than 1 percent of all breast cancer cases. The American Cancer Society estimates 2,670 men will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

Symptoms of breast cancer in both men and women are similar. A painless lump, and changes in the skin covering the breast, such as dimpling, redness or scaling, are often signs. Redness is as well, as is an inward-turned nipple.

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DiNardo’s wife, Sarah, said her husband’s fighting spirit sets a good example for their children.

“We want to teach our children, you can either wake up and cry and woe-is-me or you can get up and fight,” she said.

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Dog survives after 4-inch BBQ skewer pierces kidney

A 9-year-old dog in the United Kingdom is lucky to be alive after swallowing a wooden kebab skewer which later pierced through her kidney.

Last month, the Yorkshire terrier Lilly began showing signs of discomfort, such as vomiting and diarrhea. She also had a fever. When her owner Norma Mackay took her to a veterinarian in Dewsbury, West Yorks, an ultrasound revealed a sharp object had pierced through one of the dog’s kidneys.

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Lilly made a swift recovery and went home the day after surgery. (SWNS)

“It was on this ultrasound scan that the stick could be seen passing through her left kidney. We were all stunned. None of us have ever encountered something like this before,” Natalie McQuire, a veterinarian who treated Lilly, told South West News Service (SWNS), a British news agency.

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The skewer can be seen in an ultrasound image. (SWNS)

The dog required surgery to remove the four-inch skewer, which she likely ate when Mackay held a barbecue roughly four weeks before Lilly fell ill. Veterinarians said the skewer passed through Lilly’s intestine, across her abdomen, and through her kidney, according to SWNS.

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The 4-inch long skewer and the pierced kidney which had to be removed. (SWNS)

“Lilly underwent surgery to remove the stick, which was found to have passed all the way through the kidney and was sticking out from either side. Unfortunately, due to the skewer’s length and the damage caused, it was not possible to save the affected kidney so this was removed at the same time,” added McQuire.

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The surgery was a success and Lilly is now recovering.

“Lilly made a fantastic recovery from her surgery. She was kept overnight on intravenous fluids to help support her remaining kidney before being sent home the following day,” McQuire said. “Her owner was as surprised as everyone else at the findings.”

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Rhode Island mom who lost son, 1, to cancer asking for Halloween-themed rocks for boy’s grave

Halloween represents much more than just the spookiest day of the year for Hannah Chamberlain, who lost her one-year-old son Sean to cancer in March.

“When you go to see your child’s grave, it’s a horrible feeling. It’s excruciating pain,” Chamberlain, 27, of West Kingston, R.I., told Fox News on Thursday.

Halloween 2018 was one of the happiest times she remembers spending with Sean, who was eight months old at the time and was in generally good health, all things considered, while undergoing treatment at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Sean in one of his Halloween costumes last year. (Hannah Chamberlain)

“It was so special because it felt like home. Everyone was dressed up, most of them were children [with cancer],” she said. “His eyes would light up when he saw them [in costumes].”

Chamberlain said she and Sean enjoyed trick-or-treating at the many nurses’ stations on the floor.

“He was such a charmer; he was a really happy little guy,” she said. “The whole month we watched Halloween movies. We ordered decorations and his room was was decked out like if you had walked into a Halloween store.”

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Sean and his mom, Hannah Chamberlain, show off their Halloween costumes. (Hannah Chamberlain)

When Sean was roughly four months old, he came down with what his pediatrician thought was just a chest cold. But when the young boy’s condition continued to deteriorate, Chamberlain knew something more serious was going on.

“It was a huge red flag when he didn’t want to breastfeed, but they kept telling me he was fine,” she said.

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Chamberlain’s mother, a nurse with more than 40 years of experience, also could tell something was seriously sickening her grandson. Another trip to a pediatrician revealed Sean had developed small bruises on his body — what Chamberlain said she and her family soon learned was a sign of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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Sean’s grave. (Hannah Chamberlain)

Further testing led to a formal diagnosis, which was devastating for Chamberlain and her husband, Sean Siegel II, 28.

“They [doctors] didn’t want to tell me his prognosis, but I wanted to know the facts. Eventually, I found out he had a 40 percent chance [of survival],” she said, noting the percentage slowly decreased as Sean’s treatment continued over the following months.

The baby’s health took a turn for the worse following Halloween, another reason why the candy-filled day now serves as such a happy memory for Chamberlain.

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Some of the rocks currently at Sean’s grave. (Hannah Chamberlain)

After Sean passed, Chamberlain turned to a local rock-painting Facebook group, asking members to help her bring a bit of color to her son’s grave. Many sent her rocks painted with characters from Disney movies and the beloved children’s show “Sesame Street.”

Now, she hopes to place Halloween-themed rocks on her late son’s grave.

“It’s a nightmare,” Chamberlain said of seeing Sean’s grave. “But happy memories sooth [the pain]. The color brings warmth and happiness to the grave; the rocks have helped our family heal. Instead of thinking of death, I think of all the happy times.”

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Sean in Halloween-themed pajamas. (Hannah Chamberlain)

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But Chamberlain also sees the rocks as a way to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and the lack of funding it receives. Though cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease among children, only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding goes toward pediatric cancer research, according to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

“It’s unethical,” said Chamberlain, who documented Sean’s cancer journey on the Facebook page “Baby Sean Strong” and has since used the platform to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. In September, she held a blood drive to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“This is more than helping a mother heal after her child died of cancer. This is about raising awareness, even subconsciously,” she continued. “I just hope that when people are painting a rock, they’re not just thinking about Sean. I hope they’re thinking about [the lack of funding for] pediatric cancer.”

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Virginia sees first vaping-related death as national toll rises to 16

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Virginia health officials this week announced the first vaping-linked death in the state, bringing the U.S. death toll to 16.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday the death of an adult from the “southwest region.” No other details were provided.

“I am deeply saddened to announce the first death of a Virginia resident related to this outbreak. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, in a statement.

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There have been at least 16 vaping-linked deaths reported in the U.S. since the illnesses were first reported. Federal health officials are still investigating what’s behind the more than 800 cases reported across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, described a possible link between the current outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and the use of THC-containing vaping products.

The CDC’s findings indicated that out of 514 patients with suspected vaping-related illnesses, 77 reported they had been using products containing THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — or using both nicotine and THC-containing products.

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That said, federal health officials have not yet linked the illnesses to a specific product, substance or additive.

In the meantime, health officials across the country — such as those in California — have issued a strong warning to residents: Stop vaping. In some states, such as New York and Massachusetts, government officials have banned flavored e-cigarettes as a way to dissuade residents, especially teens, from vaping.

The news of the Virginia resident’s death comes after New Jersey, Alabama and Nebraska health officials announced the first deaths linked to vaping in their respective states.

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Alabama sees 1st vaping-linked death as US toll rises to 15

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Health officials in Alabama on Wednesday confirmed the first death in the state attributed to vaping.

The patient, whose name and age were not revealed, was a man from East Alabama. No other details were provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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“As of October 1, there were 19 Alabama residents under investigation. Of the 19 reports, 4 cases have been identified and 9 other reports are still under investigation in Alabama; 3 have been identified as probable cases; 1 confirmed case (the deceased), of lung disease associated with vaping,” officials with the state’s health department said in a news release.

“The use of any tobacco product is unsafe. While this current outbreak is being investigated, the safest option is to refrain from using any e-cigarette or vape product. Furthermore, there is no situation in which these devices should be used by pregnant women or youths,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, in a statement.

To date, there have been 15 vaping-linked deaths in the U.S. State, local and federal health officials – namely those with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – are still investigating the cause behind the lung illnesses.

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Late last week, the CDC described a possible link between the current outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and the use of THC-containing vaping products.

The CDC’s findings indicated that out of 514 patients with suspected vaping-related illnesses, 77 reported that they had been using products containing THC, or using both nicotine- and THC-containing products.

Additionally, a recent Washington Post investigation concluded that the illnesses affecting hundreds of Americans may be linked to black-market vaping products, some of which are allegedly cut with vitamin E acetate.

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However,  federal health officials have not yet linked the illnesses to a specific product, substance or additive. They continue to investigate the 805 vaping-related lung illness cases reported across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The news of the Alabama resident’s death comes after New Jersey and Nebraska health officials announced the first deaths linked to vaping in their respective states.

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Legionnaires’ outbreak in North Carolina kills 1, sickens nearly 100 others: officials

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An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina has killed at least one person and sickened dozens of others, state health officials said.

As of Sept. 30, at least 97 people were sickened with the disease, while 63 were hospitalized, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 

LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE OUTBREAK AT ATLANTA HOTEL LEAVES 1 DEAD, STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY

Though officials are still investigating the source of the outbreak, many of those sickened reported attending the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. Officials are urging anyone who attended the fair and is experiencing symptoms of Legionnaires’ to see a doctor.

“Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia,” according to the Mayo Clinic, which explains pneumonia as an inflammation of the lung that is typically caused by an infection.

“You can’t catch Legionnaires’ disease from person-to-person contact. Instead, most people get Legionnaires’ disease from inhaling the bacteria,” the Mayo Clinic adds, noting that older adults, those who smoke, or those with a compromised immune system are the most susceptible.

Legionella pneumophila, a bacterium, is usually the cause of the illness. It can be found in soil and water, but more commonly causes infection when it multiplies in water systems (e.g., hot tubs and air conditioners).

LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE OUTBREAK AT ATLANTA HOTEL IS NOW LARGEST EVER RECORDED IN GEORGIA, HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS

The disease is treatable with antibiotics, and those who are sickened typically recover in full. Symptoms often include fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath.

The news comes after health officials in Georgia this past August responded to a massive Legionnaires’ outbreak linked to a hotel in Atlanta. At the time, a state health official told Fox News that the Legionella outbreak was the largest ever recorded in Georgia.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba says doctor ‘forgot’ to tell her about lupus diagnosis

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Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba was candid this week when describing her life with the autoimmune disease lupus.

During Thursday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Inaba said she only recently learned she has lupus, maintaining that her doctor “forgot” to tell her.

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“It’s so weird,” she said. “I was diagnosed with autoimmune six years ago, but my doctor didn’t tell me I had lupus,” she continued. “I was having a colonoscopy and I saw my chart [read] lupus and I was like, ‘This is not my chart,’ and they were like, ‘You have lupus.’”

“So my doctor had forgotten to tell me,” she added.

The Mayo Clinic defines lupus as a “systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.” Lupus likely results from a combination of genetics and environment, it notes. Sunlight, infections and medications can trigger the disease. Common symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain, a butterfly-shaped rash on the face, skin lesions and headaches.

Inaba said she’s made various lifestyle changes since learning she has lupus.

“I quit Diet Coke. I also stopped going in the sun because when you have lupus you’re allergic to UV light, which I didn’t know, so I was causing my own flare-ups.”

Staying out of the sun has been a difficult change because of where Inaba is from, she said.

“I’m from Hawaii, that’s what we do,” she said.

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In the past, Inaba has discussed being diagnosed as having Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), a condition in which the blood “lacks adequate healthy red blood cells,” per the Mayo Clinic.

“I was going through a time where I was very fatigued. I had body aches I had a little bit of anxiety, heart palpitations and a lot of brain fog,” Inaba told Fox News in March. “And we couldn’t figure out what it was until my doctors gave me the correct test.”

“Once I was diagnosed, it’s like I got my life back,” she once told People. “I am so grateful.”

Fox News’ Lindsay Carlton contributed to this report.

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