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    Cervical Cancer: A Preventable Death Human papillomavirus (HPV) is common virus that affects everyone. In fact, the virus is so common, about 8 out of 10 people will get it at some point in their lives. It can cause six types of cancer, including cervical, vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oral/throat cancers. Some who become infected may never know it, but other infections will turn into cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally, with an estimated 604,000 new cases and 342,000 deaths in 2020. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 14,100 new cases of invasive cervical cancer diagnosed and 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States in 2022. At this point, you may be wondering “how does HPV lead to cancer?” HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, but around 70% of HPV-related cervical cancer is caused by HPV-16 or HPV-18. The American Cancer Society states that cancers can...
    EVERY year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related cancers.  Experts have called for more measures to help bring down smoking rates. 1Experts to call for more measures to help bring down smoking rates - especially in more deprived areas.Credit: Getty - Contributor According to a new study, 61 per cent of cancer cases a year - which are linked to deprivation - could have been prevented if people gave up smoking. Smoking is known to cause at least 15 cancers, including lung, larynx, oesophagus, oral cavity, nasopharynx, pharynx, bladder, pancreas, kidney, liver, stomach, bowel, cervix, leukaemia, and ovarian cancers. Experts from the UK and France found that cancer was generally 17 per cent higher among the most deprived compared to the richest. The study, published in PLOS ONE, also found that a staggering 21 per cent of cancers among the most deprived fifth of Brits were caused by smoking. Read more on cancerON THE CLOCK Eating after a certain time can increase cancer risk by 25%, scientists warnDEVASTATING RESULT...
    More than 84% of pregnancy-related deaths between 2017 and 2019 in the United States were "preventable," while only 15% were nonpreventable, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Maternal Mortality Review Committees, which review deaths that occurred during or within a year of pregnancy, determined that the most frequent underlying causes of pregnancy-related deaths were mental health conditions, hemorrhage, and cardiac and coronary conditions. ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS BACK GRAHAM'S 15-WEEK ABORTION BAN AS A 'START' The leading cause of pregnancy-related death varied by race and ethnicity, with mental health conditions being the leading underlying cause of death among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women. For non-Hispanic black women, cardiac and coronary conditions were the top underlying cause of death. Other top underlying causes identified were infection, thrombotic embolism, and cardiomyopathy. The report, which was based on 1,018 pregnancy-related deaths among people residing in 36 states between 2017-19, found that most pregnancy-related deaths occurred non-Hispanic white women (46.6%) followed by non-Hispanic black women (31.4%). CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM...
    A vast majority of pregnancy-related deaths could have been prevented with proper care while a mother is expecting, and post-partum, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed Monday. The agency reports that 84.2 percent of pregnancy-related deaths could have been prevented with better care. A large portion of these deaths are related to mental health struggles, with deaths by suicide or drug overdose making up 22.7 percent of deaths. Other leading causes included hemorrhages, heart-related condition, infection and high blood pressure. Many of these cases could also be prevented with proper maternal care - which America is lacking in compared to many other peer developed nations.  Maternal mortality in America is an often overlooked issue that health officials have long warned about. A study published by The Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S. had the highest rate of any developed nation, with 17.4 deaths occurring for every 100,000 births. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Children born from obese pregnant women are TWICE as likely... Children born from frozen embryos are more...
    The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 800,000 on Tuesday, a once-unimaginable figure seen as doubly tragic, given that more than 200,000 of those lives were lost after the vaccine became available practically for the asking last spring.The number of deaths, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Atlanta and St. Louis combined, or Minneapolis and Cleveland put together. It is roughly equivalent to how many Americans die each year from heart disease or stroke.The United States has the highest reported toll of any country. The U.S. accounts for approximately 4% of the world's population but about 15% of the 5.3 million known deaths from the coronavirus since the outbreak began in China two years ago.The true death toll in the U.S. and around the world is believed to significantly higher because of cases that were overlooked or concealed.A closely watched forecasting model from the University of Washington projects a total of over 880,000 reported deaths in the U.S. by March 1.MORE: Fauci says omicron variant can evade vaccine protection, but COVID boosters help...
    COVID-19 is now the second-leading cause of death in the United States, despite the availability of safe, effective, and free vaccines. The promise of those vaccines showed itself when they first became widely available and COVID-19 dropped to be seventh on the list of causes of death. Then came the delta variant, and the levels of vaccination in the U.S. were not enough. That proved deadly: A new study concludes that 90,000 deaths could have been avoided over a period of four months, from June through September, if more people had gotten vaccinated. COVID-19 was the top cause of death in the U.S. for a period in late 2020 and early 2021, beating out the usual reliable No. 1 of heart disease. But by June, COVID-19 had dropped below cancer, accidents, stroke, and other respiratory illnesses—down by Alzheimer’s. Not anymore. In September, according to the estimate released by the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Kaiser Family Foundation, COVID-19 was the top cause of death for people aged 35 to 54, second on the list for people 25 to 34 and 55 to 64,...
    THE lawyer for Miya Marcano's devastated family says they've been left "completely crushed" after remains found in a wooded area over the weekend were confirmed to belong to the missing teen. Speaking exclusively to The Sun, their attorney Daryl K. Washington said: "Obviously the family is still very hurt and crushed by the news of Miya’s death. Miya was the glue that held the entire family together. 5Devastated family members of Miya Marcano believe her death was 'totally preventable'Credit: Instagram/DJ Eternal Vibes 5Their attorney Daryl K. Washington said the family is 'crushed' in an interview with The SunCredit: WESH "What makes this so very difficult to accept is that Miya's death was totally preventable. That’s what makes it very hard. She was a vibrant young lady trying to pursue her dreams," he said. Miya, 19, vanished on September 24 at the Arden Villas apartments in Orlando, where she lived and worked in the building's leasing office. The prime suspect in her disappearance, the complex's 27-year-old maintenance man Armando Manuel Caballero, was found dead from a suspected suicide just three days later. Police, along...
    An Amtrak passenger whose husband was killed when their train derailed and tragically crashed over the weekend sued the company Tuesday, claiming the horrific incident was a 'preventable tragedy.' Rebecca Schneider suffered 'severe and life-altering injuries' in the deadly derailment in Montana Saturday, while her husband, Zach, a 28-year-old software engineer, was one of three who tragically lost his life.  The pair, who hailed from Illinois, were on their way to Portland, Oregon, when eight of the 10 train cars train suddenly derailed in the rural town of Joplin near the center of the state, possibly ejecting several passengers. Rebecca Schneider was one of dozens injured in the deadly derailment in Montana Saturday, will while her husband, Zach, 28, was one of three who tragically lost his life. Rebecca is now seeking legal action against Amtrak on behalf of her husband and her family through a wrongful death suit Two others perished as a result of the tragic incident - Marjorie Varnadoe, 72, and Donald Varnadoe, 74, a retired Georgia couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary by embarking on a...
    BOSTON (CBS) – New warning signs are now around a staircase where Boston University professor David Jones fell to his death. Jones died Saturday after falling through a rusted out staircase at the JFK/UMass T stop in Dorchester. The rusted out staircase in Dorchester where David Jones fell to his death. (WBZ-TV) On Tuesday, Jones’ family released a statement saying his death could have been prevented. Our lives were changed forever last weekend with the sudden, tragic and preventable passing. Our hope is that this unimaginable tragic loss will foster a renewed commitment to create safe and healthy environments for all people. Boston University has planned a memorial service for next Thursday.
    On July 30, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order forbidding local school districts in the Sunshine State from having mask mandates. The South Florida Sun Sentinel's editorial board, in response, slams the far-right Republican governor in a scathing editorial published on August 2 — arguing that DeSantis would rather play politics than look out for the health of Floridians at a time when COVID-19 is raging in his state. "Preventable illness and death are the potential consequences of DeSantis' latest executive order, effectively forbidding schools from requiring face masks even though there are still no approved COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12," the Sun Sentinel's editorial board explains. "The order appeared aimed squarely at Broward County. His order coincided with the startling news that Florida led the nation with 110,477 new COVID-19 cases last week, some 37,000 more than the week before. Broward and Miami-Dade hospitals last week admitted the most COVID patients of any counties in the U.S." One in five new COVID-19 infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is in Florida. "DeSantis...
    GENEVA - On this first World Drowning Prevention Day, the World Health Organization offers life-saving solutions to prevent most of the 236,000 estimated deaths from drowning every year.  The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution in April establishing this international day to raise awareness of drowning as a serious problem. Summertime has been celebrated in song as the season when the living is easy. On a less celebratory note, summertime in the northern hemisphere also is the peak season for deaths by drowning. Over the past decade, the World Health Organization reports 2.5 million people have died in drowning incidents.  It says more than half of all drowning deaths are among people under age 30, with the highest rates among children under the age of five. David Meddings, a WHO medical officer, said drowning is the second leading cause of death among children and youth under age 19 in wealthy countries such as the United States, Switzerland, and France. He notes, though, drowning disproportionately affects the poor and the marginalized. “The rates for drowning in low- and middle-income...
    (CNN) — The dangerous Delta variant poses a risk as the United States works to ease out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts say the nation has the tools needed to overcome the threat — if the public takes advantage of them. “Covid-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 12 and up,” US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday at a White House briefing. “They are nearly 100% effective against severe disease and death — meaning nearly every death due to Covid-19 is particularly tragic, because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to Covid-19 is at this point entirely preventable.” READ MORE: WATCH: DC Pedestrian Bridge Collapses Along I-295 SB Those still dying from Covid-19 in the US are “overwhelmingly” unvaccinated, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN. As of Tuesday, 65.5% of the adult population in the US have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. While that seems close to President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of American...
    (CNN)The dangerous Delta variant poses a risk to the United States as the country works to ease out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts say the nation has the tools needed to overcome the threat -- if the public takes advantage of them."Covid-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 12 and up," US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing Tuesday. "They are nearly 100% effective against severe disease and death -- meaning nearly every death due to Covid-19 is particularly tragic, because nearly every death, especially among adults, due to Covid-19 is at this point entirely preventable."More infectious variant now makes up 20% of coronavirus samples tested, Fauci saysThose still dying from Covid-19 in the US are "overwhelmingly" unvaccinated, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper.As of Tuesday night, 65.5% of the adult population in the US has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. While that seems close to the goal set by President Joe...
    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky continued urging Americans to get vaccinated during Tuesday’s White House Covid-19 task force briefing. She noted how the numbers of new cases and deaths are at their lowest point since March 2020, showing “the extraordinary progress we’ve made against a formidable foe” “Thanks to our vaccination programs, we are seeing a dramatic decline in deaths, hospitalization, and cases. And we will continue to vaccinate people across the summer months,” Walensky continued. She again talked up the need for everyone 12 and up to get vaccinated as soon as possible. A of this posting, per CDC data, 53.4 percent of all Americans have gotten at least one dose, and 45.2 Americans are fully vaccinated. Over 65 percent of all adults have gotten at least one dose. It is very unlikely that the U.S. will meet the goal President Joe Biden set to get 70 percent of all adults at least one dose by July 4th. Walensky said during Tuesday’s briefing, “They are nearly 100 percent effective against severe disease and death, meaning nearly every death...
    A doctor serving as a medical expert in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police office charged with murder in the killing of George Floyd, on Monday, said that he believed Floyd's death was entirely preventable. During Monday's proceedings cardiologist Jonathan Rich from Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital explained that based on the autopsy report and other data he had examined, he believed Floyd's life could have been saved at multiple junctures throughout his encounter with Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers. "I believe that Mr. George Floyd's death was absolutely preventable," Rich told a court on Monday. "I believe he would have lived," he added in response to a question from prosecutors as to whether Floyd would have lived had Chauvin not pinned him on the ground for as long as he did, while also adding: "Had he not been restrained in the way in which he was, I think he would have survived that day." Floyd died last summer after Chauvin knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes, a fact that was revealed in now-viral footage of the incident which sparked nationwide...
    A view of the FedEx Express Memphis Hub from the control tower in 2014.Andrea Morales for MLK50/ProPublica Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was originally published by ProPublica. MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fannie Stanberry had been on the job for two months as a package handler at FedEx Express’ massive World Hub when, toward the end of her overnight shift, packages started to fall from a huge shipping container that rolled past her. As Stanberry, then 61, bent to pick up the packages, she fell and became trapped between the catwalk she’d been standing on and the wheeled platform carrying the shipping container, also known as a dolly. “I thought I was a goner,” Stanberry said. She broke eight ribs and her left arm and lacerated her liver, she said. “I had to learn how to walk over again.” FedEx, which is headquartered in Memphis, reported the Nov. 22, 2016, incident to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the agency...
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Elk Grove neighbors are remembering Burke Madden, a 14-year-old who was killed Saturday in a crash while crossing a heavily-traveled road in Elk Grove. 14-year-old Burke Madden His mom calls his tragic death preventable and wants drivers to slow down and look for kids like Burke at crosswalks. “He had so much more to do, and give, and this could have all been prevented,” said Rachelle Fochetti. She calls the way he died “unbearable” and says it’s something no mother should have to go through. “I’ll miss our sunset walks, I’ll miss rubbing the lavender on his wrists at night before I kiss him goodnight,” she said. On Saturday, a driver clipped the back of Burke’s bike on his way through the crosswalk, throwing him 10 feet in the air and thirty feet away from where he was hit. Police say the pedestrian signal wasn’t activated to alert the oncoming driver, but Fochetti says the speed limit changed on the road in January, and drivers don’t stop for pedestrians or people on bikes. “It’s a straight...
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager who died of starvation in 2017 could have been saved if state social workers and contractors had been more thorough when they investigated the girl’s living conditions, a state watchdog said Tuesday. The Iowa state ombudsman released its findings in the case of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, who weighed just 56 pounds (25.4 kilograms) and was severely malnourished when authorities found her body at her home in Perry in May 2017. Ray’s adoptive parents, Marc and Misty Ray, weren’t home when authorities received a 911 call from the home, but arrived around the same time as rescue crews. The couple, who parented foster kids, adopted four children and ran an in-home daycare, was arrested on a variety of charges. The ombudsman’s report found that the Iowa Department of Human Services received 11 child abuse reports against Marc and Misty Ray between 2010 and 2015. Some of the allegations included comments that Sabrina Ray looked extremely thin and unhealthy, according to the report. Other reports accused the Rays of forcing their foster children...
    New video footage has surfaced related to the death of Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco, a transgender woman prisoner who died in a New York jail about a year ago, and her family is arguing that her death could’ve been prevented. Cubilette-Polanco died at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in June 2019 while in solitary confinement. Polanco’s family contends that the 10 hours of footage shows that Riker Island staff may have been responsible for her death, NBC News reports. As per facility rules, Rikers staff is required to check on those in solitary confinement every 15 minutes. The video footage shows that there was an almost hourlong gap that Polanco was not checked on. READ MORE: Black transgender woman found dead in NYC lockup, but officials have few answers The 47-minute gap was also noted in a report conducted by the New York City Department of Investigation. In addition, the video footage, which comes from a surveillance camera located in the restricted area outside of the confinement cell Polanco was put in, shows that Rikers staffers opened Polanco’s cell and call to her...
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