Long Covid /Post Covid / Ongoing Covid
Release Date: 09/27/2022
This week we will discuss Strep once again. Bacteria called group B Streptococcus (group B strep, GBS) commonly live in people’s gastrointestinal and genital tracts. The gastrointestinal tract is the part of the body that digests food and includes the stomach and intestines. The genital tract is the part of the body involved in reproduction and includes the vagina in women. Most of the time the bacteria are not harmful and do not make people feel sick or have any symptoms. Sometimes the bacteria invade the body and cause certain infections, which are known as GBS disease. ...info_outline Strep, It's Worth Repeating
This week we will discuss Strep once again. Bacteria called group B Streptococcus (group B strep, GBS) commonly live in people’s gastrointestinal and genital tracts. The gastrointestinal tract is the part of the body that digests food and includes the stomach and intestines. The genital tract is the part of the body involved in reproduction and includes the vagina in women. Most of the time the bacteria are not harmful and do not make people feel sick or have any symptoms. Sometimes the bacteria invade the body and cause certain infections, which are known as GBS disease. ...info_outline The Dangers of Iced Foods
This week we will discuss the dangers of eating restaurant ice or any ice for that matter! Ice handling is part of food safety training. Without proper ice machine cleaning, your restaurant’s ice maker is at risk from mold, slime, scale, and sediment. Slime and mold form because ice machines provide a damp and dark environment where they can thrive. Yeast and dust in the air provide these growths with an unlimited supply of food to continue to flourish. Ice machines are also susceptible to other biological contaminants that are dangerous to customers, like E. Coli, Hepatitis...info_outline Olfactory Disorders
This week we will discuss olfactory disorders, or problems with smelling either good or bad chemicals, foods, fragrances, and the like. Did you know your sense of smell also affects your taste? A damaged sense of olfaction is severely disrupting: the joy of eating and drinking may be lost, and depression may result. There could also be dangers associated with the loss of smell, including the inability to detect leaking gas or spoiled food. More than 2.7 million people in the United States have an olfactory disorder, and this is likely an underestimate. Some people have suggested...info_outline Meningioma & Hemiplegia
This week we will discuss both Meningioma & Hemiplegia. Our guest today is Marjorie Turner Hollman, a freelance writer/ editor who loves the outdoors, uses hiking poles to help keep her balance on the trail, and has completed four books in the Easy Walks guide book series. Her latest book, My Liturgy of Easy Walks, is a memoir, meditations on learning to live with a changed life. A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! She has appeared on Boston’s ABC news show, Chronicle; Boston’s CBS Channel 4; the Boston Globe; local radio and cable TV shows; and been...info_outline RSV /Respiratory syncytial virus
This week we will discuss another respiratory virus that has been really hitting hard here in the United States this season. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a contagious virus that is usually mild, but can severely affect the lungs and respiratory airways in older adults While you may not have heard of it yet, RSV is not a new virus and may be more of a health concern than you think—even if you're healthy. And if you're aged 60 or older, you can get RSV. But don’t worry, by coming here you’ve taken a savvy first step toward learning about RSV so you can be informed....info_outline Winter Safety
With the winter weather now fully upon us we thought it was a good time to remind everyone about winter safety. Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C). When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can't work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system...info_outline Food Safety at the Holidays
This week we will discuss how you can stay healthy during the upcoming holiday season. With COVID 19 ramping up once again along with the Flu and RSV you have enough to worry about when it comes to staying safe and healthy as you travel or gather with family or friends. Food safety shouldn't take a back seat! No one needs food poisoning to the list of risks this winter! We all wish you a very happy safe and healthy holiday. Food poisoning, also called foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms — including bacteria, viruses...info_outline The Chicago House & HIV Prevention
On today's show we discuss The Chicago House, founded in 1985 during the height of the AIDS crisis, Chicago House initially served as a housing resource for those living with HIV/AIDS. Over the past three decades, they evolved, remaining steadfast in their roots to provide housing for anyone impacted or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS while expanding their services to empower individuals in the greater LGBTQ+ community. Chicago House empowers persons living with or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS to lead healthy and dignified lives through housing and compassionate, client-centered support services....info_outline Long Covid and POTs
Our guest today is Chelsea Weaver, a 31-year-old living in Tennessee. She has a beautiful little girl that is just over 2 years old, a wonderful husband, and they all live on a quiet farm property. Before coming down with COVID, she was a surgical technologist. She used to assist in open heart surgery as well as some other specialties but hasn't been able to function in her career for about two years now. Unfortunately, her COVID symptoms have morphed into Long COVID (specifically POTs or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.) While the global spread...info_outline
This week we will discuss Long Covid or Post-Covid.
Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems that people experience after being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Most people with COVID-19 get better within a few days to a few weeks after infection, so at least four weeks after infection is the start of when post-COVID conditions could first be identified. Anyone who was infected can experience post-COVID conditions. Most people with post-COVID conditions experienced symptoms days after first learning they had COVID-19, but some people who later experienced post-COVID conditions did not know when they got infected.
There is no test to diagnose post-COVID conditions, and people may have a wide variety of symptoms that could come from other health problems. This can make it difficult for healthcare providers to recognize post-COVID conditions. Your healthcare provider considers a diagnosis of post-COVID conditions based on your health history, including if you had a diagnosis of COVID-19 either by a positive test or by symptoms or exposure, as well as doing a health examination.
Researchers from the UK National Institute for Health Research who reviewed the available evidence said ongoing Covid symptoms examined reports from people of all ages and backgrounds.
They said that it cannot be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of ongoing Covid.
Academics said that more work is needed to help those who are suffering as they said that many are "not believed" when they seek help.
Ongoing symptoms can include breathlessness, chronic fatigue, "brain fog", anxiety and stress, while others may have suffered permanent organ damage.
Some have reported "floating" symptoms whereby they suffer an illness linked to one part of the body - such as the respiratory system, the brain, cardiovascular system and heart, the kidneys, the gut, the liver or skin - which later abates only for new symptoms to arise in a different part of the body.
Such a wide range of symptoms, and different presentations of illness, mean that it is hard for doctors to diagnose, which means that it is equally difficult for patients to access the appropriate care, they added.
They also said that they did not like the term "long Covid" because it may mean that some patients who are struggling with ongoing after-effects are being missed.
Ongoing Covid may not be one illness but four different syndromes, they added.
These have been broadly categorized as: post intensive care syndrome, post viral fatigue syndrome, permanent organ damage and long term Covid syndrome. Some may suffer these simultaneously.
Academics stressed that the understanding of the effects are still at an early stage. (credits https://bit.ly/3UCYTa3)