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Long Covid and POTs

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Release Date: 12/06/2022

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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. ​...

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Strep, It's Worth Repeating show art Strep, It's Worth Repeating

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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. ​...

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The Dangers of Iced Foods show art The Dangers of Iced Foods

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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...

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Olfactory Disorders show art Olfactory Disorders

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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...

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Meningioma & Hemiplegia show art Meningioma & Hemiplegia

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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...

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RSV /Respiratory syncytial virus show art RSV /Respiratory syncytial virus

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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....

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Winter Safety show art Winter Safety

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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...

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Food Safety at the Holidays show art Food Safety at the Holidays

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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...

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The Chicago House & HIV Prevention show art The Chicago House & HIV Prevention

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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....

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Long Covid and POTs show art Long Covid and POTs

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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...

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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.)  

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While the global spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections has slowed, many people suffer long-lasting symptoms, a condition known as post-acute sequelae of COVID 2019 (COVID-19) (PASC), or long COVID. Even though PASC is not widely described, it is most commonly defined as COVID-19 symptoms that continue longer than 30 days.

PASC can manifest as a wide range of symptoms, many exhibiting autonomic characteristics. An autonomic nervous system illness, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), strongly connected with a prior viral infection, is the most prevalent autonomic diagnosis correlated with PASC.

The most prevalent symptoms were brain fog, exhaustion, shortness of breath with exercise, headache, palpitations, body pains, tachycardia, and lightheadedness, consistent with previous research that found many of the same symptoms in individuals with PASC.

A COMPASS-31 score of above 20 was found in 67% of PASC patients, indicating autonomic dysfunction with moderate to severe. The COMPASS-31 consists of 31 questions that fall into 6 domains of dysautonomia: orthostatic intolerance (4 items), vasomotor dysfunction (3 items), secretomotor dysfunction (4 items), GI dysfunction (12 items; includes gastroparesis, constipation, and diarrhea), urinary dysfunction (3 items), and pupillomotor dysfunction (5 items). An answer was scored as zero when it was not assigned a point. A raw domain score was obtained by adding together points within each domain. The total score within each domain was weighted as previously described15 and then added together to give a total score ranging from 0 to 100. The maximum weighted scores for each subdomain are as follows: 40 for orthostatic intolerance, 5 for vasomotor dysfunction, 15 for secretomotor dysfunction, 25 for GI dysfunction, 10 for urinary dysfunction, and 5 for pupillomotor dysfunction.

CONCLUSIONS: "Our study finds that 67% of individuals with Long COVID are developing dysautonomia. That’s an estimated 38 million Americans with Long COVID dysautonomia, and millions more around the world,” says Lauren Stiles, President of Dysautonomia International and Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at Stony Brook University. (CREDITS: https://bit.ly/3VzS7BQ & https://bit.ly/3VPnU1u )