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Beware of these unhealthy veggie dishes, Latest Health News

Eat your vegetables. It is a mantra that mothers impress upon children from an early age. And while most of us might have had some trouble following this, greens like kale, broccoli and sprouts have become health trends and should be part of your diet.

But not all veggie dishes are equally good for you. Indeed, you may want to avoid these common local dishes when you are heading out for a meal.

COLESLAW

Past the cabbage, carrots and onions, you are looking at a white paste of sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, sugar and vinegar. If you are making it on your own, hold back on the sauce as one tablespoon is already 103 calories and 12g of fat. Or, swop this for a mix of olive oil, lemon juice and honey for a healthier alternative with a similar mouth-feel.

SAYUR LODEH

This delicious vegetable stew with eggplant, long beans and tofu sure seems healthy, but white or yellow, remember that the broth is made of coconut milk. And at about 40g of saturated fat per serving, it might be a good idea to not ladle in more of the gravy, especially since the ingredients have already soaked up plenty of the flavours.

SAMBAL KANGKONG

As you bite down on these slender leaves and stalks, you should know vitamins are not going to be high on the list of nutrients you are getting. For every 300g serving, sambal kangkong packs in more than half your day’s fat requirements (30.9g), and almost all of your sodium needs (2.184mg). That’s because the spinach happens to be great in soaking up all the oil and salt, delivering it straight to your gut. Drain off the excess oil before you have it.

POPIAH

The innocent-looking rice roll is typically bursting with ingredients like cooked turnip, sprouts and shredded lettuce.

Reasons why your lips are always dry

But let’s not forget the main ingredient of turnip has been simmering in quite a bit of oil.

There’s also the sweet black sauce that delivers 188 calories for each roll, and honestly, nobody stops at just one, right? Vendors have been adding extra crunch, using fried peanuts, dough bits or even lard that mostly add nutritionless fatty calories.

VEGGIE CHIPS

Some vegetable chips use a mix of potato and corn, so they aren’t very different from potato chips. Even those made from alternatives like mushroom or kale are often fried in canola oil, and the amount of sodium to make them palatable can rival the regular chip.

ROJAK

It’s got cucumber, Mexican turnips, bean sprouts, tofu and occasionally, even pineapple. But binding the ingredients together is a thick black sauce with peanuts that gives the gooey salad its character. Along with the presence of you tiao (dough fritters), this sends the dish up to a whopping 518 calories per serving.

TAHU TELOR

This omelette with tofu is often covered with shredded vegetables like carrots and bean sprouts. But appearances can be deceptive. Even though it is mostly made up of vegetable products, the starch used to give it the fluff and the accompanying sweet dark sauce and peanut gravy boost the calory count to 628. There is the hidden fat (31g) too.

VEGETABLE TEMPURA

These vegetable fritters are so deceptive. The heavy use of flour which is deep fried in oil is the main culprit, and the added crunch moves your calorie count up significantly. We are talking a whopping 1,580 calories here, with 963 coming from 107g of total fat. Say sayonara to this dish or at least share the pieces.

Beware of these unhealthy veggie dishes

This article first appeared in Shape (www.shape.com.sg)

Article source: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/beware-these-unhealthy-veggie-dishes

Cigarette advertising before smoking was officially bad for your health

Advertisers in the 1930s-50s used the catchphrase ‘doctors recommend!’

They even paid doctors to appear in advertisements to reassure people that smoking is something doctors encourage.

How bad can it be when doctors smoke too! Many of the doctor/actors were paid handsomely; not with cash but with cartons of durries.

It didn’t matter that cigarettes made you cough.

No, that’s not the cigarettes fault, that’s just the dust in your house or pesky germs floating around.

Some people saw smoking as little more than a phase most people go through, a ‘growing up’ ritual, a rite of passage that can hook you for a lifetime.

It wasn’t until January 11, 1964 that the public was given the true story via a definitive report linking smoking with lung cancer.

US Surgeon General Luther Terry compiled a 150,000-word report, with findings by ten scientists (five of whom where smokers themselves).

The message was blunt — stop smoking.

And, yet 54 years later, the worldwide battle to educate smokers continues its slow burn.

Often seen as a phase or a rite of passage, smoking was a common pastime around the world.

Often seen as a phase or a rite of passage, smoking was a common pastime around the world.Source:istock

THE TERRY REPORT

The 1964 Surgeon General’s report, also known as the Terry Report, or its official name, ‘Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General’ was deemed so earth shattering, a decision was made to release it on a Saturday and not during the week, due to fears that its findings could impact the stock market.

At the time the report was released in the US, 42 per cent of adult men were smokers.

The Terry report claimed: ‘In comparison with nonsmokers, average male smokers of cigarettes have approximately a 9-to-10-fold risk of developing lung cancer and heavy smokers at least a 20-fold risk.’

The report held cigarette smoking responsible for a 70 per cent increase in the mortality rate of smokers over nonsmokers.

Smoking was officially named as the most important cause of chronic bronchitis, also pointing to a link between smoking and emphysema, and smoking and coronary heart disease.

It noted that smoking during pregnancy reduced the average weight of newborns.

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One issue was kept partly dubious — that of nicotine addiction.

The report insisted that the “tobacco habit should be characterised as an habituation rather than an addiction,” mostly because the addictive properties of nicotine were not yet fully understood.

There were also differences in opinion when it came to the definition of addiction.

But, one thing was for sure, the impact of the report was damning and resulted in health warnings being printed on cigarette packing.

Yet, it wasn’t until September 1970 that all cigarette advertising was banned.

A Lucky Strike cigarette ad promises ‘No throat irritation. No Cough’.

A Lucky Strike cigarette ad promises ‘No throat irritation. No Cough’.Source:istock

The Terry report, along with other reports that followed, had a huge impact, with the percentage of smoking Americans declining from 42 per cent in 1964 to around 18 per cent today.

A report claims this decline has prevented eight million deaths.

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MY DOCTOR SMOKES SO IT MUST BE OK!

In the early 1950s there was rising public anxiety about the health risks of smoking which led to advertising agencies to find new ways to hit their target.

What better way to reassure people that smoking is perfectly safe than to use a doctor in the ad campaign!

Anyone who has seen Mad Men will be familiar with the pilot episode when the ad executives have to explain to the tobacco company client that they aren’t allowed to advertise that their product is safe.

Instead, they had to come up with other ways to spruik their products to the public, with no mention of disease or death.

Anyone who has seen iMad Men /iwill be familiar with ad agency attempts to sell cigarettes.

Anyone who has seen
Mad Men will be familiar with ad agency attempts to sell cigarettes.Source:Supplied

What really happened was this: in 1946, the RJ Reynolds tobacco company launched an ad campaign for the cigarette brand Camel, using the slogan “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette.”

RJ Reynolds claimed it conducted a survey of 113, 597 doctors who stated that Camel was the choice of most respondents.

But this survey was anything but independent — it was conducted by RJ Reynolds ad agency whose staff interviewed doctors about their own smoking habits after being provided free cartons of Camels.

‘More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette’, the vintage ad campaign claimed.

‘More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette’, the vintage ad campaign claimed.Source:Supplied

THE FIRST STUDIES

By the early 1950s research had shown that smoking led to fatal disease and a variety of illness, but cigarette companies hit back — labelling these early studies ‘inconclusive.’

Then, manufacturers came up with a new way to calm those anxious about smoking — that the use of filters meant that the nasty toxins never actually reach the smoker.

People actually bought that story but, when you’re addicted, you’ll clutch at any straws to justify your habit.

Dr Anthony Komaroff who was a young medical student when the Terry report was released, said the impact of the report was backed up by his experience dissecting cadavers.

“The lungs of nonsmokers were pink. The lungs of heavy smokers were black. That didn’t look healthy, and the surgeon general confirmed that it wasn’t,” Dr Komaroff said.

“I also remember the impression the report had on my mother, who had been smoking for many years,

“She wasn’t wowed by the science or the weight of the evidence. Instead, she was impressed by the fact that America’s “top doctor” was advising her, and other others like her, to stop smoking.”

Motorists on a Californian highway got a two-sided message from the same billboard in the 80s, depending on which direction they travelled. Shown here is the Cancer Society ad seen by westbound drivers on the day of the quot;Great American Smokeout.quot; Eastbound drivers saw a cigarette ad.

Motorists on a Californian highway got a two-sided message from the same billboard in the 80s, depending on which direction they travelled. Shown here is the Cancer Society ad seen by westbound drivers on the day of the “Great American Smokeout.” Eastbound drivers saw a cigarette ad.Source:Getty Images

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In the UK, research had been carried out since 1949 when Bradford Hill, epidemiologist at the London school of Hygiene and researcher Richard Doll from the Medical Research Council joined forces to study the background of lung cancer patients.

They found that out of 649 lung cancer patients only two were nonsmokers.

When the doctors extended their research to include 5,000 people, they found the same results. Doll, who was described by the British Medical Journal as ‘perhaps Britain’s most eminent doctor’, was said to have quit his own smoking habit immediately.

In 1951, Doll and Hill contacted 59,600 doctors, investigating their own smoking and then published the results that were considered so important that, 50 years later, the British Medical Journal has recently reprinted the first page of that report.

Craven cigarettes implore UK customers to think of their throats.

Craven cigarettes implore UK customers to think of their throats.Source:istock

By 1956, the link was undeniable: Doll and Hill followed up their work and found more than 200 heavy smokers had died in a four-year period.

This led to the Royal College in the UK recommending higher taxes, restriction on cigarette sales to children, restriction of advertising, smoking in public places and information on the tar and nicotine content.

For the first time in a decade, cigarette sales fell.

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WHAT WE KNOW TODAY

There’s no doubt smoking can cause cancer and then block your body from fighting it. According to the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, poisons in cigarette smoke can weaken the body’s immune system, making it harder to kill cancer cells.

This means cancer cells keep growing without being stopped.

Poisons in tobacco smoke can damage or change a cell’s DNA and, when the DNA is damaged, a cell can begin growing out of control and create a tumour.

Smokers have a greater risk for lung cancer today than they did in 1964, even if they smoke fewer cigarettes — that’s due to the changes in how cigarettes are made and what chemicals are used today.

Advertisement for Camel cigarettes with actor Brian Keith, opera singer Rise Stevens, writer Marguerite Higgins, general Claire L. Chennault from 1956.

Advertisement for Camel cigarettes with actor Brian Keith, opera singer Rise Stevens, writer Marguerite Higgins, general Claire L. Chennault from 1956.Source:Getty Images

According to the World Health Organisation there are 1.1 billion smokers, with the tobacco epidemic being one of the biggest public health threats, killing more than 7 million people a year.

More than 6 million deaths are caused by direct tobacco use while an estimated 890,000 are nonsmokers who were exposed to second-hand smoke.

In 2004, children accounted for 28% of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke. Around 80 per cent of smokers live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, led an investigation across 22 countries and found cigarettes are being promoted close to schools in a bid to recruit young people to take up the habit.

Some of the tactics used are to place cigarettes near lollies or soft drinks, or at a child’s eye level.

But even today, millions of people are not getting the message or are still struggling to quit.

— LJ Charleston is a freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter @LJCharleston

Article source: https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/the-time-before-cigarettes-were-bad-for-your-health/news-story/7c3e11e6f0dc774eacbafb49f2a09078

Will price be a barrier to new cancer immunotherapy?

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A revolutionary new cancer treatment is now available in Canada, but provinces are being advised not to cover it until the price comes down — a price that is being kept secret from Canadians.

Health Canada approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) in September. It’s a form of CAR-T immunotherapy, in which a patient’s blood cells are removed, reprogrammed to attack cancer and then re-injected back into their body.

For the first time ever, some Canadians with specific forms of hard-to-treat leukemia and lymphoma can be treated with this therapy. If their doctors decide they’re candidates, they won’t have to wait to be accepted into a clinical trial.

But that approval created a Rubik’s Cube of decision-making problems: How to pay for a treatment so expensive that something else in the health care budget will have to be dropped, a treatment so new that there is no long-term survival data, a treatment so complex that some regions don’t have the facilities to offer it?

It is an expensive intervention so the opportunity cost of money spent for this is money not spent on something else.- Dr. Harindra Wijeysundera, CADTH

At the same time, how can the health-care system deny access to what could be a last chance for desperately sick children and adults?

These are patients who “typically are given a prognosis of months, often after a long treatment journey, sometimes in the order of years,” said the report of the ethics committee of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). “In a medically fragile state, they face ongoing deterioration in their health.”

CADTH is an organization that assesses the costs and benefits of new treatments and advises provincial governments about whether to fund them.

After grappling with the tangle of ethical and financial questions, this week CADTH released its decision recommending provincial governments provide Kymriah for children with a rare form of leukemia (refractory/relapsed B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia) and adults with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (refractory/relapsed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma).

But there were two major caveats.

First, there must be an interprovincial agreement so that all Canadians who qualify can travel to other provinces to get the treatment, if necessary, along with eligibility criteria and a standardized system to collect patient data.

Second, Novartis must drop the price — and, in the case of adults, by more than half.

“It is an expensive intervention, so the opportunity cost of money spent for this is money not spent on something else,” said  Dr. Harindra Wijeysundera of CADTH.

Cost of CAR-T therapy kept secret 

Right now, Canadians don’t know how much Kymriah will cost because the price was blacked out in the report released to the public.

“Whenever we do these types of evaluations, when we ask for submission data from the manufacturer, it includes data that is not available in the public realm,” said Wijeysundera.

Daphne Weatherby, a spokesperson for Novartis Canada, said in an email to CBC News that the company “does not typically publically disclose list prices of therapies for use in hospital.”

An IV bag of the Novartis drug Kymriah. (Novartis via AP)

The provinces are in the midst of negotiations with Novartis. There is no public disclosure of the price under discussion.

But the CADTH committee — using the undisclosed price Novartis provided, and adding in the cost of supportive care — estimated that it would cost the health care system about $25 million over three years for the estimated 48 children who would be eligible for Kymriah. And it would cost up to $387 million to provide the therapy for an estimated 600 to 900 adults.

“We are exploring innovative ways we can support health system stakeholders, including innovative pricing models, early access mechanisms, risk-sharing with payers, and patient and caregiver support,” said Weatherby. “Novartis is committed to bringing Kymriah to patients in Canada in a sustainable manner.”

So far, no Canadians have been treated with the commercial therapy, although 14 Canadians were treated during clinical trials.

The results for some patients have been promising, with a 76 per cent probability of overall survival at 12 months for children. For adults, the data so far shows a probability of survival at 12 months of 49 per cent.

Ottawa drops funding for made-in-Canada CAR-T 

The first commercially available CAR-T therapy is a bittersweet moment for a team of Canadians that have been working on a made-in-Canada version.

“I’m really excited about it because I think it’s a shame that it hasn’t been available to us yet in any form,” said John Bell, an immunotherapy researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

John Bell is researching a made-in-Canada CAR-T therapy at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Last month, the federal government abruptly cut funding to the program. (Ottawa Hospital)

“Canada is slow in terms of clinical implementation. We need to have an infrastructure to manufacture and produce these things.”

Bell was trying to set up a cross-Canada CAR-T infrastructure through the federally funded BioCanRx network.

“Our goal is to try to find a model that would fit better in Canada’s health-care system.”

Our plans have now turned to dust.- John Bell, scientific director, BioCanRx 

But Bell’s team was stunned last month when the federal government abruptly cut the funding to the Centres of Excellence programs, which includes the BioCanRx network.

Ottawa is phasing out the 30-year-old funding program and replacing it with a new system to fund “fast-breaking and high-risk research.” 

“Our plans have now turned to dust,” said Bell. “We had thought we were going to have 10 more years to get this going.”

The Canadian team is still planning human trials of their therapy sometime in 2019.


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Article source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/car-t-immunotherapy-cadth-provinces-health-canada-all-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-1.4984943

Firefighters and veteran’s charity team up for better mental health

First responders in Langford, B.C. will now have access to extended mental health support programs thanks to a new partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada.

The organization, a national mental health charity that provides programs for first responders, veterans and their families, has partnered with the Langford Fire Rescue and will now share those services with the more than 60 Langford volunteer and career firefighters.

Langford Fire Chief Chris Aubrey told CBC On The Island guest host Khalil Akhtar the new programs include couples counselling and operational stress programs to help build up mental resiliency for young firefighters just starting on the job.

“This is another mechanism for us to be able to protect them mentally and emotionally through the different incidents they attend,” said Aubrey.

Unique programs

According to Aubrey, Langford Fire Rescue members already had access to peer support and family assistance programs, but the unique programs Wounded Warriors Canada offers will be a huge new advantage for them. 

Scott Maxwell, executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, said in a statement the organization is looking forward to working with their new partner.

“This partnership recognizes that no single organization can do it all when it comes to mental health support,” said Maxwell.


Aubrey said a relationship began between his crews and Wounded Warrior a few years ago when the charity enlisted the help of Langford Fire Rescue crews to help escort runners during a fundraising race.

Langford Fire Rescue will continue to support Wounded Warrior events and fundraising efforts by providing man power and spreading awareness as their part of the partnership deal.

‘My hope is that other departments across the country sign on with Wounded Warriors to signify that whether you’re military or a first responder there is help for you,” said Aubrey.

To hear the complete interview with Chief Aubrey click on the link below:


With files from On The Island 

Article source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/firefighters-and-veteran-s-charity-team-up-for-better-mental-health-1.4981350

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(CNN)President Donald Trump hasn’t fulfilled his campaign promise to repeal Obamacare outright, but he’s fundamentally reshaped the debate over health care in America in myriad ways during his two years in office.

Democratizing artificial intelligence in health care

An artificial intelligence program that’s better than human doctors at recommending treatment for sepsis may soon enter clinical trials in London. The machine learning model is part of a new way of practicing medicine that mines electronic medical-record data for more effective ways of diagnosing and treating difficult medical problems, including sepsis, a blood infection that kills an estimated 6 million people worldwide each year. 

The discovery of a promising treatment strategy for sepsis didn’t come about the regular way, through lengthy, carefully-controlled experiments. Instead, it emerged during a free-wheeling hackathon in London in 2015. 

In a competition bringing together engineers and health care professionals, one team hit on a better way to treat sepsis patients in the intensive-care unit, using MIT’s open-access MIMIC database. One team member, Matthieu Komorowski, would go on to work with the MIT researchers who oversee MIMIC to develop a reinforcement learning model that predicted higher survival rates for patients given lower doses of IV fluids and higher doses of blood vessel-constricting drugs. The researchers published their findings this fall in Nature Medicine

The paper is part of a stream of research to come out of the “datathons” pioneered by Leo Celi, a researcher at MIT and staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Celi held the first datathon in January 2014 to spark collaboration among Boston-area nurses, doctors, pharmacists and data scientists. Five years later a datathon now happens once a month somewhere in the world. 

Following months of preparation, participants gather at a sponsoring hospital or university for the weekend tocomb through MIMIC or a local database in search of better ways to diagnose and treat critical care patients. Many go on to publish their work, and in a new milestone for the program, the authors of the reinforcement learning paper are now preparing their sepsis-treatment model for clinical trials at two hospitals affiliated with Imperial College London.

As a young doctor, Celi was troubled by the wide variation he saw in patient care. The optimal treatment for the average patient often seemed ill-suited for the patients he encountered. By the 2000s, Celi could see how powerful new tools for analyzing electronic medical-record data could personalize care for patients. He left his job as a doctor to study for a dual master’s in public health and biomedical informatics at Harvard University and MIT respectively. 

Joining MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science after graduation, he identified two main barriers to a data revolution in health care: medical professionals and engineers rarely interacted, and most hospitals, worried about liability, wanted to keep their patient data — everything from lab tests to doctors’ notes — out of reach. 

Celi thought a hackathon-style challenge could break down those barriers. The doctors would brainstorm questions and answer them with the help of the data scientists and the MIMIC database. In the process, their work would demonstrate to hospital administrators the value of their untapped archives. Eventually, Celi hoped that hospitals in developing countries would be inspired to create their own databases, too. Researchers unable to afford clinical trials could understand their own patient populations and treat them better, democratizing the creation and validation of new knowledge.

“Research doesn’t have to be expensive clinical trials,” he says. “A database of patient health records contains the results of millions of mini experiments involving your patients. Suddenly you have several lab notebooks you can analyze and learn from.”

So far, a number of sponsoring hospitals — in London, Madrid, Tarragona, Paris, Sao Paulo, and Beijing — have embarked on plans to build their own version of MIMIC, which took MIT’s Roger Mark and Beth Israel seven years to develop. Today the process is much quicker thanks to tools the MIMIC team has developed and shared with others to standardize and de-identify their patient data. 

Celi and his team stay in touch with their foreign collaborators long after the datathons by hosting researchers at MIT, and reconnecting with them at datathons around the globe. “We’re creating regional networks — in Europe, Asia and South America — so they can help each other,” says Celi. “It’s a way of scaling and sustaining the project.”

Humanitas Research Hospital, Italy’s largest, is hosting the next one — the Milan Critical Care Datathon Feb. 1-3 — and Giovanni Angelotti and Pierandrea Morandini, recent exchange students to MIT, are helping to put it on. “Most of the time clinicians and engineers speak different languages, but these events promote interaction and build trust,” Morandini says. “It’s not like at a conference where someone is talking and you take notes. You have to build a project and carry to it to the end. There are no experiences like this in the field.”

The pace of the events has picked up with tools like Jupyter Notebook, Google Colab, and GitHub letting teams dive into the data instantly and collaborate for months after, shortening the time to publication. Celi and his team now teach a semester-long course at MIT, HST.953 (Collaborative Data Science in Medicine), modeled after the datathons, creating a second pipeline for this kind of research.

Beyond standardizing patient care and making AI in health care accessible to all, Celi and his colleagues see another benefit of the datathons: their built-in peer-review process could prevent more flawed research from being published. They outlined their case in a 2016 piece in Science Translational Medicine.  

“We tend to celebrate the story that gets told — not the code or the data,” says study co-author Tom Pollard, an MIT researcher who is part of the MIMIC team. “But it’s the code and data that are essential for evaluating whether the story is true, and the research legitimate.” 

Article source: http://news.mit.edu/2019/democratizing-artificial-intelligence-in-health-care-0118

Many Oncologists in the Dark About LGBTQ Health Needs

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Wendy Williams to take health-related break from TV show

LOS ANGELES — Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her TV talk show to deal with health issues related to her immune system disorder, her family said Friday.

The family wrote in a statement that Williams has suffered complications from Graves’ disease in the past few days.

Treatment is necessary and will include “significant time” in the hospital, according to the family statement provided by show producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury.

Williams has a strong desire to return to work but must focus on her “personal and physical well-being,” the family said, adding a request that her privacy be respected.

Williams, 54, is married to Kevin Hunter.

She is on the mend from another health problem, a shoulder fracture she suffered in December, the statement said.

The host revealed the Graves’ disease diagnosis on her show last February, when she announced a three-week hiatus.

Graves’ disease leads to the overproduction of thyroid hormones and can cause wide-ranging symptoms and affect overall health.

In October 2017, Williams fainted on stage during her show, saying later she became overheated while wearing a bulky Halloween costume.

Debmar-Mercury said that it “wholeheartedly” supports Williams’ decision to take the time she needs. She will be welcomed back when she is ready, the company said.

Repeats of “The Wendy Williams Show” will air during the week of Jan. 21, to be followed by original episodes with guest hosts.

Lynn Elber, The Associated Press


Article source: https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/01/18/wendy-williams-to-take-health-related-break-from-tv-show/

Here are the health hazards associated with paper receipts


Thursday, January 17, 2019, 2:11 PM - A new bill in California hopes to phase out  paper receipts due to their environmental impact as well as the little-known health concerns associated with them.

In addition to being non-recyclable, most receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS).

BPA, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and resins, can be found in several products, including those that are used for human consumption — but several manufacturers have cut back or limited its use following studies that link chemical exposure to adverse health affects.

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“Our bodies can absorb some of these chemicals simply by touching the receipt,” reads a statement
on the bill’s website.

“BPA and BPS are known endocrine disruptors and can cause developmental and neurological problems. These additives also mean paper receipts cannot be recycled.”

NEW BILL WANTS TO MAKE DIGITAL RECEIPTS THE DEFAULT

Assemblymember Phil Ting introduced the bill earlier this month and
set up a petitionto garner support.

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If the bill is passed into law, California would become the first state in the US to mandate the use of e-receipts.

“Most of us don’t need a physical receipt for every transaction. It doesn’t make sense to kill so many trees and produce 12 billion pounds of carbon emissions, the equivalent of one million cars on the road, to make something we don’t often need,” Ting said in a press release.

BY THE NUMBERS | THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PAPER RECEIPTS

According to Ting’s website, paper receipts are responsible for:

  • 686 million pounds of waste annually in the U.S. alone
  • Harvesting of 10 million trees and 21 billion gallons of water in the U.S. annually
  • 12 billion pounds of carbon emissions per year

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