Coronavirus cases linked to beer fest in North Carolina, attendees urged to get tested

Attendees of a recent beer fest in North Carolina should consider getting tested for COVID-19 after at least two coronavirus cases were connected to the event, according to a local report.

Those who attended “Mecktoberfest” at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte from Sept. 25 to 27 may have been exposed to the virus, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris told county commissioners on Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reported. 

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.

The event, Harris said, involved “very few masks” and “very little social distancing.”

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.


A video from local news station Fox 46 Charlotte shows a crowded beer garden, with few attendees wearing masks.

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Metformin Linked to Reduced Cognitive Decline, Dementia Risk

Older people taking metformin, the first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, show significantly lower rates of dementia and cognitive decline compared to those with diabetes not receiving the drug, with the former having dementia rates that are, in fact, similar to people without diabetes, new research shows.

“After controlling for dementia risk factors that might promote cognitive aging, metformin appeared to mitigate the effect of diabetes on cognitive decline in older people,” first author Katherine Samaras, MBBS, PhD, told Medscape Medical News.

The findings are notable considering the increased risk of cognitive decline that is associated with diabetes, said Samaras, leader of the Healthy Ageing Research Theme at the Garvan Institute and an endocrinologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

“As they age, people living with type 2 diabetes have a staggering 60% risk of developing dementia, a devastating condition that impacts thinking, behavior, the ability to perform everyday

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Bearded dragons linked to salmonella outbreak across 8 states, CDC says

Heads up, reptile lovers: Pet bearded dragons are linked to a salmonella outbreak across eight states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced.

At least 13 people across eight states — Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington — have been sickened by an outbreak of Salmonella Muenster, the CDC said.

At least seven people have been hospitalized as a result, and five people who are sickened are younger than 5 years of age.

At least seven people have been hospitalized as a result, and five people who are sickened are younger than 5 years of age.

At least seven people have been hospitalized as a result, and five people who are sickened are younger than 5 years old.

“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence shows that contact with pet bearded dragons is the likely source of this outbreak,” the CDC said, noting that 77% of people interviewed said they had “contact with a bearded dragon” before falling ill.


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EPA faces decision on chemical linked to brain damage in children

When Claudia Angulo was pregnant with her son, she often felt nauseated and experienced vomiting and headaches. 

She didn’t think much of it, until after she learned her son had Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder and difficulties with language and learning. 

Angulo said she later discovered that a chemical she had been exposed to through her job — which involved taste-testing produce before it was washed — has been associated with health risks including brain damage in children. 

“At the time that I was pregnant, in the company there were like 10 women that were pregnant and of those 10 women, seven of their kids were born with [health] problems,” she told The Hill in an interview conducted in Spanish. 

And they’re not alone. 

Studies have linked prenatal exposure to the chemical, called chlorpyrifos, to neurodevelopmental issues including lower IQ and impaired working memory. 

Chlorpyrifos is used to prevent insects from

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Common heartburn meds linked to higher diabetes risk

Often-used drugs called proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, ease heartburn symptoms, but a new study suggests they might also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Chinese researchers drew on information from studies of more than 200,000 U.S. health care professionals and found that regular use of PPIs — such as Aciphex, Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix — was associated with a 24% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The researchers also found that the longer people used the drugs, the higher their odds of diabetes.

“Regular PPI use was likely to be associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, particularly for those with prolonged use,” the authors wrote in the report published online this week in the journal Gut.

Jinqiu Yuan, a researcher from the Sun Yat-Sen University, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, led the study.

PPIs are available by prescription or over-the-counter to treat acid reflux, peptic ulcers

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Irregular, long periods linked to shorter life span in 24-year study

In a finding that suggests a woman’s periods might be a powerful indicator of her general health, researchers report that women with irregular and long menstrual cycles face a higher risk of early death.

In a study that spanned 24 years and included more than 79,000 premenopausal women who had no history of heart disease, cancer or diabetes, those who’d always had irregular menstrual cycles were more likely to die before the age of 70 than those who had regular cycles.

“The important point illustrated by this study is that menstrual regularity and reproductive health provides a window into overall long-term health,” Dr. Adam Balen, a professor of reproductive medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals in Britain, told CNN.

“Young women with irregular periods need a thorough assessment, not only of their hormones and metabolism but also of their lifestyle so that they can be advised about steps that they can

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Report documents ‘very rare’ brain fluid leak linked to COVID-19 screening

Oct. 1 (UPI) — Researchers on Thursday described a “very rare” health complication linked with COVID-19 testing: brain fluid leak.

They documented what may be the first case — in a woman in her 40s — in a letter published by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Those who have had sinus or skull-base surgery and those with known deformities of the skull base may be at risk for cerebrospinal fluid leak and should notify test takers of their history before getting screened for COVID-19, the researchers said.

“The good news is that this is a very rare event,” report co-author Dr. Jarrett E. Walsh, an ear, nose and throat specialist with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, told UPI.

“From a patient standpoint, there may be some discomfort with nasal swabs, but you should not have symptoms of persistent clear nasal drainage or significant bleeding after a swab,” particularly

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Irregular periods linked to a greater risk of an early death

A team of mostly US-based researchers found that women who reported always having irregular menstrual cycles experienced higher mortality rates than women who reported very regular cycles in the same age ranges. The study took into account other potentially influential factors, such as age, weight, lifestyle, contraceptives and family medical history.

The study assessed 79,505 women with no history of cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes. The women reported the usual length and regularity of their menstrual cycles at three different points: between the ages of 14 to 17, 18 to 22, and 29 to 46 years. The researchers kept track of their health over a 24-year period.

“This study is a real step forward in closing the data gap that exists in women’s health. It raises many interesting research questions and areas of future study,” Dr. Jacqueline Maybin, a senior research fellow and consultant gynecologist at the University of Edinburgh’s … Read More

Anxiety, Depression, and Women; Suicide Linked to ADHD

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, women were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety and depression versus men. However, Black and Hispanic women were less likely to receive treatment than white women. (ABC News)

But not surprisingly, stress and depressive symptoms have spiked during the pandemic, with one study linking media consumption to this rise. (ScienceDaily)

Dasotraline, a novel dopamine and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, was both safe and effective at reducing the number of binge-eating days per week after 12 weeks of treatment. Although the FDA accepted Sunovion’s new drug application for this treatment in July 2019, the company withdrew the application in May 2020 citing a need for more clinical studies. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)

A new app aimed at diagnosing autism may soon be a new arrow in pediatricians’ quiver. (Digital Trends)

In similar news, apps aiding in eating disorder

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Salmonella outbreak linked to wood ear mushrooms has sickened 41 people

An outbreak of salmonella Stanley infections has been linked to wood ear mushrooms that were sold to restaurants.

The dried wood ear mushrooms were distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and were sold only to restaurants. As of Sept. 24, there have been 41 cases of infection reported across 10 states, including four hospitalizations. There have been no deaths reported.

An investigation by the CDC found that illnesses began starting on Jan. 21, 2020, with those affected ranging in age from 2 to 74 years old. The CDC was able to interview 18 people about their potential exposures to determine how they became sick; 89% of those people said they ate ramen at a restaurant the week their symptoms started. Several people reported eating at the same restaurants, which the CDC said can indicate ‘illness clusters,’ which is defined as

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