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Man almost dies from an allergic reaction to cold air

Stepping out of a hot shower into a cold bathroom almost killed a Colorado man, who had developed a serious allergic reaction to cold temperatures.



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Person wearing a mitten adjusting a radiator thermostat.

The 34-year-old old man collapsed after getting out of the shower, and his family found him on the floor, according to a report of the case published Oct. 27 in The Journal of Emergency Medicine. The man was struggling to breathe and his skin was covered in hives. He was experiencing a life-threatening, whole-body allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

When paramedics arrived, his family told them that the man had a history of being “allergic to the cold weather,” according to the report. He had previously experienced hives as a reaction to the cold, but not anaphylaxis. These episodes started after he moved from Micronesia, which has a tropical climate, to Colorado, which sees colder temperatures, the report said.

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Paramedics treated the man with epinephrine and oxygen, and rushed him to the emergency room. When he got to the hospital, he was sweating profusely and had hives all over his body.

Doctors diagnosed him with cold urticaria, an allergic reaction of the skin after exposure to cold temperatures, including cold air or cold water, according to the Mayo Clinic. People can also develop symptoms after consuming cold food or drinks, Live Science previously reported.

The most common symptom is a red, itchy rash (hives) after exposure to the cold; but in more serious cases, people can develop anaphylaxis, which can cause their blood pressure to plummet and airways to narrow, making breathing difficult. These more severe reactions typically occur with full-body skin exposure to the cold, such as when people swim in cold water, the Mayo Clinic says. In the man’s case, his entire body was exposed to cold air after stepping out of his shower. 

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Doctor’s confirmed the man’s diagnosis using an “ice cube test,” which involves placing an ice cube on the skin for about 5 minutes. If the patient develops a raised, red bump on the skin where the ice cube was, they are diagnosed with cold urticaria.

Exactly how common the condition is overall is not known — one study in Europe found a prevalence of 0.05%, according to the National Institutes of Health. Anaphylactic reactions are less common than hive-like reactions.

In most cases, the cause of the condition is not known, but sometimes it can be inherited, meaning people have a genetic predisposition. In other people, cold urticaria is triggered by something that affects the immune system, such as a viral infection or certain cancers.

The allergic reaction happens because exposure to the cold causes the immune system to release chemicals called histamines, which trigger an inflammatory response, Live Science previously reported.

At the hospital, the man was treated with antihistamine and steroids, and his condition improved. Before he

Black Resident Dies After Childbirth, Highlights Tragic Trend

Chaniece Wallace, MD, a chief pediatric resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, died on October 24 after complications from preeclampsia 4 days after giving birth prematurely by cesarean delivery, according to her husband, Anthony Wallace.

Their daughter, Charlotte Wallace, was born on October 20 weighing 4.5 pounds. She entered care in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Anthony Wallace told Chaniece’s story on a GoFundMe page, writing: “On October 20th, 2020 [Chaniece’s] doctors informed us that she was developing symptoms of preeclampsia.” He added that she had a ruptured liver and high blood pressure and that her kidney function was declining.

“Chaniece fought with every piece of strength, courage, and faith she had available,” he continued.

In announcing Wallace’s death, Riley Hospital for Children wrote that “it is with grievous and broken hearts that we announce the loss of one of our beloved friends, colleagues, and co-chiefs.” Chaniece “suffered postpartum complications after delivering a healthy 35wk baby girl. [S]he received excellent care at her delivery hospital by a complete and equally devastated healthcare team.”

Fellow co–chief resident Eric Raynal, MD, told Medscape Medical News that Chaniece’s preeclampsia “developed unusually rapidly. It was captured immediately and was especially severe,” he said.

“I think everyone in our community and the medical community that took care of her while hospitalized is at a loss for why her case of preeclampsia was so severe and did not improve after she delivered her baby, Charlotte,” he said.

“As physicians, we try to find answers and reason for everything we do in our practice of medicine, and it is so immensely frustrating when families ask us to explain things that are unexplainable,” Raynal said.

The statement from Riley Hospital said Wallace had completed her pediatrics residency in June and was beginning to explore career options as a general outpatient pediatrician.

“[H]er future impact, sure to be expansive, was taken away from her all too suddenly,” the announcement said.

Black Women at Triple the Risk for Maternal Death

Clinicians commented on social media that Wallace’s death highlights a grim statistic in healthcare in the United States: Black, Native American, and Alaska Native women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women, according to recent Centers for Disease Control data.

Newborn hospitalist Shawnté James, MD, mourned Wallace’s death on Twitter, saying, “Childbirth isn’t safe for Black Women in America. This is crushing.”

Rachel Vreeman, MD, added: “Heart-broken over a new loss: a female pediatrician at a great academic medical center, with the same terrible pregnancy complication that I had. Except she is Black and she died.”

Raynal said, “What we know and can verify is that preeclampsia is more common in Black women. We would not say Chaniece’s preeclampsia and preeclampsia in women in general is ‘preventable.’ “

Raynal said Wallace was well aware of her risk and that they had talked privately about it routinely. She had also discussed the risks with her medical team.

Irving McPhail, new president of St. Augustine’s University, dies of COVID-19

Several people associated with the HBCU gathered outside his residence to pay their respects to the educator

Dr. Irving P. McPhail, who took over as president of St. Augustine’s University this summer, died earlier this month just days after testing positive for coronavirus. He was 71.

McPhail became the 12th president of St. Augustine’s on July 15, succeeding Dr. Everett Ward as head of the private historically black college in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Several students and faculty members of the school have gathered outside McPhail’s residence to honor the short-lived president, local newspaper The News & Observer reports.

Dr. Irving P. McPhail
Dr. Irving P. McPhail

In September, McPhail went into self-quarantine after being exposed to someone with coronavirus, the fast-spreading novel virus that causes the COVID-19 disease that been attributed to more than 1 million deaths around the globe in less than a year. This prompted him to give his Sept. 17 SAU fall convocation via a pre-recorded message, according to Richmond Free Press.

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McPhail first reported experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on the weekend of Oct. 3 and was later taken to WakeMed Health and Hospitals, a health-care system in the capital area. An email from the university was sent out on Oct 12 saying that McPhail was “recovering” after “receiving expert care and treatment at a local hospital.”

The letter continued by reiterating that McPhail did not come into contact with COVID-19 while he was on the SAU campus and that he been taking every precaution whenever on campus.

“President McPhail has been a strong proponent of face coverings and social distancing. He has regularly communicated with the campus community about SAU’s COVID-19 protocols and expectations, through both formal and informal channels,” the message said.

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James Perry, the chair of St. Augustine’s board of trustees, says McPhail stayed home and took over-the-counter medicine in the early stages of his quarantine, unaware if he had contracted the virus at the time. The late president was hospitalized after having trouble breathing.

Perry said that McPhail initially showed signs of improving health during his hospital stay, but his condition worsened as time went on.

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Mom-Of-Four Dies At 31 After Cancer Treatment Canceled During Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in diagnoses and treatments being put on hold or delayed, resulting in the deterioration or even death of several patients. One such patient was a woman battling brain cancer who died after her chemotherapy was paused during the coronavirus lockdown in the United Kingdom.

The woman, identified as 31-year-old Emma Jenkinson, was suffering from grade 4 brain cancer, a condition she had previously beaten in her early 20s.

Her treatment was put on hold after the pandemic hit the country in March this year. Her condition deteriorated and she died earlier this month, leaving her four children and husband behind.

“She has grade four brain cancer and unfortunately her chemotherapy was paused in March due to covid19, before this, the cancer was reacting well to treatment,” her husband Andrew wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the woman’s family.

“At the beginning of May, Emma started feeling really unwell. She started losing her balance, falling over. At its worst she was falling 15-20 times a day. She actually fell over in the garden quite heavily and banged her head on a post so I had to rush her to A&E. It was later in the month she had a scan and found that the cancer had increased and was placed on chemotherapy straight away,” he added.

Her condition deteriorated in September.

“Unfortunately in September she started getting pressure in her head and feeling unwell again and after another scan she was told that the chemotherapy has stopped working,” he wrote.

They were then informed by the doctor that her surgery cannot be conducted as it will cause lot damage and affect her quality of life.

She died the following month. 

Calling her a “fantastic mother,” Andrew wrote, “All Emma wants like any mother is for her children to be healthy & happy in the future. All she wants is for the children to have happy memories of her and us all together.”

cancer chemo In this photo, patient receives chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer at the Antoine-Lacassagne Cancer Center in Nice on July 26, 2012. Photo: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

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Brazilian dies in COVID-19 vaccine trial [Video]

A volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University has died in Brazil.

Brazil’s health authority said on Wednesday that although the volunteer had died, the trial would continue.

So far 8,000 people have been given the first dose of the vaccine in six cities in Brazil, which is grappling with one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the disease.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the volunteer who had died was likely to have been part of a control group that did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting that the volunteer was instead given a meningitis jab.

Oxford University confirmed that testing would continue, adding that after careful assessment: ‘There have been no concerns about the safety of the clinical trial.’

But AstraZeneca declined to comment immediately.

This follows a pause in the trials of the vaccine last month when a patient in the UK fell ill. The trial resumed days later but is still on hold in the U.S.

Also on Wednesday, Brazil’s President said their federal government would not buy the vaccine from China’s Sinovac, contradicting what his health minister said the day before, that it would be included in the nation’s immunization program.

Brazil has the second deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus, after the United States, with more than 154-thousand people killed.

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A volunteer in the trial of the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died in Brazil. Brazil’s health authority said on Wednesday that although the volunteer had died, the trial would continue.

So far, 8,000 people have been given the first dose of the vaccine in six cities in Brazil, which is grappling with one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the disease.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the volunteer who died was likely to have been part of a control group that did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting that the volunteer was instead given a meningitis jab.

Oxford University confirmed that testing would continue, adding that after careful assessment, quote, “there have been no concerns about the safety of the clinical trial.” But AstraZeneca declined to comment immediately. This follows a pause in trials of the vaccine last month when a patient in the UK fell ill. The trial resumed days later, but it’s still on hold in the US.

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Also on Wednesday Brazil’s president said the federal government would not buy the vaccine from China’s Sinovac, contradicting what his health minister said the day before, that it would be included in the nation’s immunization program.

Brazil has the second-deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus after the United States, with more than 154,000 people killed.

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Coronavirus vaccine: Oxford AstraZeneca trial volunteer dies in Brazil

The Brazilian newspaper O Globo, citing unnamed sources, reported that the volunteer was in a control group that did not receive the experimental vaccine and died of covid-19. The news service G1 said the volunteer was a 28-year-old physician who treated coronavirus patients in Rio de Janeiro.

The National Health Surveillance Agency said it was informed of the volunteer’s death Monday. The agency said AstraZeneca’s international safety committee had recommended the trial continue.

Under the trial’s protocol, half the participants receive the experimental vaccine, and half receive an established meningitis vaccine that has been proved safe. The trial, like others, is overseen by an independent board that reviews all adverse events. Any severe event that might have been caused by the vaccine would trigger a pause in the study for an investigation. The trial is not paused due to the death.

A spokesman for AstraZeneca said he could not comment on individual cases in an ongoing trial, citing confidentiality requirements and clinical trial rules. But he said there were no concerns that would lead the study to pause.

“We can confirm that all required review processes have been followed,” spokesman Brendan McEvoy said. “All significant medical events are carefully assessed by trial investigators, an independent safety monitoring committee and the regulatory authorities. These assessments have not led to any concerns about continuation of the ongoing study.”

Oxford confirmed that the volunteer’s death was reviewed by an independent committee.

“Following careful assessment of this case in Brazil, there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial, and the independent review in addition to the Brazilian regulator have recommended that the trial should continue,” the university said in a statement.

The trial was suspended last month after a participant developed an unexplained illness. AstraZeneca has since resumed trials in Brazil, India, South Africa, Japan and Britain. It remains on hold in the United States.

In the global race for a vaccine, Brazil, which has been battered by the disease but has a long-standing openness to vaccines, has become one of the most crucial testing grounds. The country is hosting four vaccine trials — as many as anywhere in the world.

Brazil has watched vaccine development closely as the virus continues to lash the country. The official toll is now more than 5 million infections and over 150,000 deaths, second only to the United States. But as the tests near their conclusions, the issue of vaccinating people has become just one more issue for politicians to argue over.

São Paulo Gov. João Doria has said state health workers will begin receiving a Chinese vaccine before the end of the year. Other groups will then follow. Doria has said the vaccine will be obligatory in Brazil’s most populous state.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has spent months touting the unvetted and potentially harmful anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure, has been deeply suspicious of vaccines. He says the vaccine will not be mandatory, even though a law he signed

Volunteer In Oxford Covid Vaccine Test Dies In Brazil: Officials

A volunteer participating in clinical trials of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University has died in Brazil, officials said Wednesday, though it was unclear whether he received the vaccine or a placebo.

It is the first death reported in the various coronavirus vaccine trials taking place worldwide.

However, organizers of the study said an independent review had concluded there were no safety concerns and that testing of the vaccine, developed with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, would continue.

Media reports said the volunteer was a 28-year-old doctor working on the front lines of the pandemic who died of complications from Covid-19.

“All significant medical incidents, whether participants are in the control group or the Covid-19 vaccine group, are independently reviewed,” Oxford said in a statement.

“Following careful assessment of this case in Brazil, there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial, and the independent review in addition to the Brazilian regulator have recommended that the trial should continue.”

National health regulator Anvisa confirmed it had been “formally notified of the case on October 19” and had received a report on the independent review from the security and evaluation committee overseeing the study.

The D’Or Teaching and Research Institute (IDOR), which is helping organize the tests in Brazil, said the independent review process had “raised no doubts about the safety of the study, and recommended it continue.”

A clinical trial of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will continue despite the death of a volunteer in Brazil, as a review did not reveal safety concerns A clinical trial of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will continue despite the death of a volunteer in Brazil, as a review did not reveal safety concerns Photo: AFP / Vincenzo PINTO

Oxford and AstraZeneca previously had to suspend testing of the vaccine in September when a volunteer in Britain developed an unexplained illness.

Trials resumed after British regulators and an independent review concluded the illness was not a side effect of the vaccine.

Half the volunteers in the final-stage clinical trial — a double-blind, randomized, controlled study — receive a placebo, IDOR said.

Around 8,000 volunteers have been vaccinated so far in Brazil, and more than 20,000 worldwide, it said.

Study participants must be doctors, nurses or other health sector workers who come into regular contact with the virus.

Brazilian newspaper Globo said the deceased volunteer was a young doctor who had been treating Covid-19 patients since March in the emergency rooms and intensive care units at two hospitals in Rio de Janeiro.

He graduated from medical school last year, and was in good health prior to contracting the disease, family and friends told the newspaper.

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Bride-To-Be Dies During Liposuction Surgery On Arms At Unlicensed Beauty Salon

A woman died after undergoing a liposuction surgery at an unlicensed beauty salon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.

The woman, identified as 23-year-old Coco Siew Zhi Shing, was planning to get a liposuction surgery on her arms in preparation for her 2021 wedding with her fiancé in South Africa. While browsing the internet, the deceased found the beauty salon and decided to get the procedure done.

On Saturday afternoon, Shing arrived at the clinic along with a friend. She was administered with anesthesia and taken for the surgery. Half an hour later, the woman’s friend noticed that the surgeon was facing some difficulty during the surgery.

She immediately called an ambulance. On the way to the hospital, the medical staff realized that Shing’s heart had stopped and attempted to revive her. However, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Speaking to World of Buzz, Shing’s brother said he rushed to the hospital after being notified about the incident by her friend. However, she had died by the time he arrived at the hospital. The unidentified brother went on to say that the person in charge of the beauty clinic came to the hospital almost three hours after the woman died and also confessed that they did not have the license to perform any liposuction procedure.

“Under our repeated questioning, the person in charge of the beauty salon revealed that they did not have an aesthetic clinic license. They were only operating under an ordinary beauty salon license and the doctor who performed the surgery on my sister did not have a professional aesthetic medical license,” he told the outlet.

He told China Press that the surgeon hadn’t admitted to her mistake and was yet to apologize.

A police case has been filed and the investigators are waiting for the autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Malaysian Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (MSPRS) issued a warning, asking people to do a background check before deciding to undergo the procedure. 

“They may disguise themselves as ‘medical doctors’ or use fancy medical terms to entice their clients to do the procedures. They often offer a remarkably lower price compared to a licensed medical clinic/hospital. Higher complication rates and even death have been reported in these unlicensed practices. It is crucial to check on the invasiveness, risk involved, premise license, and service provider qualification before undergoing any aesthetic procedure. If in doubt, please contact the relevant authorities for confirmation,” the organization said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Shing’s friend, Ke Xin, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her.

“We met each other when we were 13 years old in Zun Kong Independent High School. At that time, you were very tall and was always the talk of the whole school no matter where you went. When you decided to get married next year, I was really happy and excited for you. I told myself that this important person in my life is about to embark on a new journey and

Ukrainian Fitness Influencer Dies From Coronavirus After Calling It a Hoax

Popular Ukrainian fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk has died from COVID-19 complications after he indicated to his followers that he thought the virus was fake.

The latest in the series of cautionary tales about not taking coronavirus seriously, Stuzhuk’s death was initially revealed by his ex-wife Sofia Stuzhuk, with whom he had three kids. In a post on Instagram, Sofia shared a picture of the family together and wrote that she “will remain garetful to you for the rest of my life for our three beautiful children.”

The couple split just six months ago, while their youngest child is only nine months old.

Prior to his death, Stuzhuk revealed to his followers that he tested positive for the virus following a visit to Turkey. “I was one who thought COVID does not exist… until I got sick,” he wrote in Russian on instagram. He informed his fans just last week that his condition was “stable,” and that COVID-19 is “NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE And it is heavy.” 

With over 1.1 million followers on Instagram, Stuzhuk’s last post on Instagram showed him excited to leave the hospital. He admitted that COVID-19 was not the hoax he thought it was, but he was hospitalized just a few days later. Sofia informed everyone that he was in “grave condition,” and that his heart struggled to battle the virus. “Only warm memories remain,” she wrote of him after confirming his death. “God, it is so terrible to realize that he is not with us anymore.”

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Fitness influencer who didn’t believe COVID-19 exists dies of it

MANILA, Philippines — A fitness influencer in Ukraine who did not believe in the novel coronavirus disease 2019 died because of COVID-19.

Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who had over one million followers on Instagram, recently passed away at the age of 33 years old.

 

 

 

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He tested positive for the virus after going to Turkey.

“I was one who thought that COVID does not exist, until I got sick,” he wrote in his native language.

Just last Wednesday, October 15, Dmitriy managed to post an update about his condition on Instagram. According to him, COVID-19 is “not a short-lived disease” and that it is “heavy.”

The influencer was eventually discharged from the hospital after eight days but had to be rushed back to the hospital because of heart complications.

According to his ex-wife Sofia Stuzhuk, the fitness influencer had “problems with his cardiovascular system.”

Dmitriy is survived by Sofia and their three little kids.

“You taught me so much. I will be grateful to