MSNBC Anchor Rushed to the Hospital

Yasmin Vossoughian had a “nightmare” January. 

After experiencing chest pain for nearly two weeks, Vossoughian, a weekend MSNBC news anchor, was rushed to the hospital on New Years Eve and diagnosed with pericarditis, a condition in which causes thin tissue surrounding the heart to become inflamed. Causes of pericarditis are hard to determine, but include inflammation disorders and, as in Vossoughian’s case, infections like the cold.

Vossoughian said she spent January in and out of hospitals. The journalist needed to get fluid around her heart drained, and was later diagnosed with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle. 

But Vossoughian could have been diagnosed one day earlier, when she initially sought medical attention at an urgent care on December 30. On that day, the doctor misdiagnosed Vossoughian with acid reflux. 

In an interview with Insider, Vossoughian said though she was “frustrated” at her misdiagnosis, she blamed herself for not choosing to go to the hospital right away. The 44-year-old journalist said she knew she should have gotten her heart checked in urgent care, but a part of her did not want to believe she was having heart problems. 

“A part of me wanted that diagnosis because I didn’t wanna be told it was something with my heart. Because that’s scary,” Vossoughian said. 

With her misdiagnosis, Vossoughian joined the many American women who are more likely than men to have their pain dismissed by a physician — particularly when it comes to heart problems. Women tend to wait longer for heart disease diagnosis, The New York Times reported, and one study suggested that younger women were twice as likely as young men to receive a mental health diagnosis from a medical professional when their symptoms pointed more to heart disease. 

Vossoughian, who broadcasted her misdiagnosis and health journey during a ten minute segment on the January 28 episode of her show, said she is sharing her story to encourage women to prioritize their health and listen to their bodies if something does not seem right.

“A lot of times as women specifically, we don’t trust our gut, we don’t trust our instincts because we’re pleasers, society tells us to be pleasers,” Vossoughian told Insider. “My advice is listen to your gut.”

Vossoughian tells career women to ‘pump the brakes’ and prioritize their physical needs 

On the MSNBC segment, Vossoughian said she ran seven miles multiple times a week, didn’t eat meat or smoke, and did yoga. “Aside from not getting enough sleep and working too much I’m a pretty healthy person.”

But following her month-long health scare, Vossoughian said she acknowledged she pushed too hard at work, at times at the expense of her physical health. Prior to feeling chest pains, Vossoughian said she felt exhausted and feverish, but carried on in the hopes it would go away.

Vossoughian said she might have chosen not to listen to her body because of societal pressure for career women to “do everything and anything, because we can do it all and have it all.”

But the journalist said does not want to go back to her old mindset of putting her physical health to the side. Even now, Vossoughian said she feels tempted to “hop on a plane” to chase news stories, and has to remind herself to “pump the brakes a little bit.” 

“Everything’s going to be there and you’ve got to take care of yourself,” Vossoughian tells women who might feel the same pressure after experiencing a health problem. “You have to not let kind of all of those insecure feelings back in.”

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Kate Middleton Stars in Short Film for Mental Health

The Princess of Wales and the radio presenter will discuss mental wellbeing and relationships in a short film that was recorded last month for the Shaping Us campaign

Kate Middleton has been pictured with radio presenter Roman Kemp during the filming of a video to promote her new early years campaign.

The Princess of Wales could be seen wrapping up warm against the winter chill as she sported a sheepskin coat, polo neck jumper and gloves.

Kate smiles for the photographer with Kemp beaming beside her in the image of the pair taken in Hertfordshire last month.

The princess launched her Shaping Us initiative on Tuesday, an ambitious campaign described as her “life’s work” and aimed at highlighting the importance of the early years development of children.

In the short film, due to be released on Friday, Kate and the Capital FM breakfast host will discuss the importance of mental wellbeing, relationships and how by nurturing children in the earliest years of their life, society can build a nation of healthy happy adults.

Kemp, the son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp, has previously spoken candidly about his mental health struggles after the death of close friend and Capital FM producer Joe Lyons.

In 2021, he hosted a BBC Three documentary about the mental health crisis among young men and said that after more than a decade of depression, he had thought about ending his own life.

Kate outlined the scope of her campaign, promoted this week by a series of events and videos, during a reception on Monday, describing it as a long-term project beginning with how a child develops and the importance of the formative years up to the age of five.

She said it will go on to “explore in more depth the importance of a child’s social and emotional world” and the significance of relationships and “surroundings and experiences”.

“And of course, by understanding our own childhoods – what has shaped our own beliefs, relationships, behaviors, and feelings – we, as adults, are better placed to play our part in positively shaping future generations,” the princess added.

Woman Diagnosed with Dementia at 57 – Here are the Early Signs

A mother-of-two who was given the “devastating” news that she has Alzheimer’s at the age of 57 wants to encourage others who have similar symptoms to push for a diagnosis, as she has since realised that “life can be rich” despite the new challenges she now faces.

Jude Thorp, 59, who lives in Oxford, said she first started noticing changes in her cognitive abilities when she was working at The National Theatre in 2016.

Jude had extensive experience and loved her job, but she was struggling to complete easy tasks.

“I was not really playing my best game the last time I was at The National,” she said.

“It was a really simple show, I could do it standing on my head, and I was anxious, and I didn’t know where I was. I was just very disorientated.”

Jude was experiencing bouts of memory loss, where she would often ask the same question multiple times, and she would forget significant conversations about plans.

Jude also felt really fatigued and struggled with her speech and word-finding.

She added: “It was frightening that I would do something and not remember that I had done it, particularly in a work situation.”

Jude believed these symptoms were associated with menopause, which, according to the NHS, usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

She “couldn’t conceive” that she could have dementia due to her young age, but her wife Becky Hall, 53, a leadership and life coach and author, encouraged her to see a consultant.

During the first appointment in November 2016, Jude said her symptoms were dismissed and attributed to stress, which she said was “humiliating”.

“Imagine, you know, just being told that you’re a bit daft,” she said.

“That was my first time going to the doctors for something serious in my life and it was horrendous, and afterwards they said there’s nothing wrong with me.”

Jude said she was told by her first consultant that she was experiencing symptoms of memory loss because “she had too much going on” in her life.

But Jude and Becky did not stop there, as they continued to search for answers.

Jude visited two more consultants before undergoing an MRI and lumbar puncture – a procedure used to take a sample of the cerebrospinal fluid from the lower back.

After this, Jude was given the formal diagnosis of young onset dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease, in January 2021 – years after her first appointment.

“It was devastating because I didn’t know what it meant and what was going to happen,” she said. “I think I put my life on hold for a while.”

Jude said it was “very difficult” having to break the news to their two daughters, Izzy, 19, and Iona, 17, but she also felt a sense of relief, as not knowing was the “worst bit”.

She explained: “You have to mourn, you have to be cross or angry or upset. I mean, that’s part of grieving for something, isn’t it?

“But for me, I’m so lucky that I’ve got this diagnosis because I can still live well with it.”

Dementia is described as ‘young onset’ when symptoms develop before the age of 65, according to Dementia UK – the specialist dementia nurse charity.

Figures released by Dementia UK in September show that there is a “hidden population” of 70,800 people in the UK who are currently living with young onset dementia.

The charity says there is a misconception that dementia only affects older people and more needs to be done to dispel this myth.

Following the diagnosis, Jude’s GP put her in touch with Dementia UK’s Young Dementia Oxfordshire service, which Jude has described as “a lifeline”.

Her family received tailored support and advice to help them cope with the day-to-day emotional and practical challenges of living with dementia.

Jude explained that she has met several other people who have dementia through the charity, which has been “fantastic” as they are “all in the same boat”.

Acknowledging her diagnosis was extremely difficult, Jude explained that it also allowed her to “blossom” and continue doing the activities she loves, such as swimming.

Back in 2021, after her diagnosis, Jude completed a charity swim, raising £4,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, and she recently took part in the North East Skinny Dip in Northumberland.

Jude also volunteers for a number of food banks, which she really enjoys, and takes part in various research programmes to help health professionals better understand the condition.

Jude is encouraging anyone who may be concerned about their own symptoms to push for a diagnosis, as now she feels like she can be herself again.

“I think accepting a diagnosis of anything allows you to blossom in a way,” she said. “And I think it’s really important that life can be rich.”

She added: “I think it’s about living your best life and doing what you can.”

Jude’s best friend of 42 years Johnty Downham, 61, a former actor who lives in Oxford, has been hugely supportive, and said he admires her positive attitude.

He said: “The diagnosis has meant that the support from Dementia UK has come in and you’re not in a wilderness of anxiety and worry, and having no idea why you as a person or your friend isn’t the same as they used to be, which is really scary.

“So although it’s frightening to find out, in the end, there are lots of positives that have come with it.

“Before she knew, she felt embarrassed and had no explanation, and so, in a sense, getting an affirmation that something’s gone wrong was more positive in the end.”

Girl’s 4 Limbs Amputated After Hospital Mistake

A young girl who lost all four limbs due to a hospital error has been awarded a £39 million settlement by the High Court.

Lawyers for the child, who cannot be identified, said she was taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey with what were described as “red flags for meningitis and sepsis”, including a high temperature and heart rate, leg pain, and drowsiness after vomiting.

But she was discharged after being given paracetamol, her lawyers said, and when her parents took her back to A&E a few hours later with a rash and a fever, she was diagnosed with meningococcal sepsis.

She was transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit of another hospital and suffered from multi-organ failure, and also required several procedures including skin grafts to treat the infection.

The young girl subsequently had above-knee amputations of both of her legs and above-elbow amputations of her arms, reports the Mirror.

Her family brought a claim against Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, arguing that if she had been treated promptly with antibiotics, she would not have been as ill and would have avoided the amputations.

An agreement was reached after the trust admitted liability.

At a hearing on Friday at the High Court in London, Judge Caspar Glyn KC approved the settlement of around £39 million – part in a lump sum and the rest in annual payments for the rest of her life.

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel KC, for the girl and her family, said: “It’s a very sad case in which the claimant sadly lost all four of her limbs after not being diagnosed promptly enough in relation to meningitis.”

The barrister said that as well as requiring the amputations, the child also has significant scarring over her body.

Ms Gumbel continued: “She is an extraordinarily brave little girl who is managing in school to do very well academically.”

The court heard part of a letter written by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Neil Dardis sent to the girl’s parents.

In the letter, Mr Dardis apologised, adding that her care “fell below the standard (the girl) was entitled to expect” and that she should not have been discharged.

Bradley Martin KC, for the trust, added: “There is no amount of money that can truly compensate (her) for her injuries.

“She will have access to the care and technology she needs.”

Deborah Nadel, from the law firm Fieldfisher representing the girl and her family, said: “This child’s injuries and severe disabilities were completely avoidable with proper care.

“All the red flags for meningitis and sepsis were there for doctors to see. Specific protocols for treating these illnesses exist to protect patients and doctors, but they only work if they are followed.

Disney Star Reveals Heartbreaking Medical Diagnosis

Ashley Tisdale is reflecting on her personal experience with hair loss.

The High School Musical alum opened up about her Alopecia diagnosis, letting social media followers know that if they also struggle with the disease, they’re not alone.

Alopecia and hair loss are fairly common, but a lot of people feel embarrassed to talk about these issues,” Ashley shared on Instagram Jan. 11. “Any type of hair loss can affect your self-esteem, especially if you feel like you’re the only one going through it. That’s why I want to talk about it openly—because it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”

The Picture This star went on to list the possible different causes of the condition, including factors such as hormone levels and stress.

“Sometimes it’s connected to hormones, other times to heredity, and for me, it’s connected to stress overload,” she continued. “Today on @frenshe I’m sharing what I’ve learned about my alopecia and how I help manage it.”

In her personal essay shared to her website, the “Be Good To Me” singer recalled the moment she began to notice a change in her hair.

“A couple of months ago, while simultaneously moving, starting a home renovation, and kicking off a TV project, I noticed that a patch of my hair was starting to fall out,” Ashley wrote. “Nothing major—just a small section behind my ear—but still, it was happening, and not for the first time. A few years ago, the same thing happened when I was overly stressed, so I knew exactly what I was experiencing: alopecia.”

Ashley went on to detail three main suggestions she has to manage Alopecia, which included not letting worry take over, seek treatment (if you want to) and to stay on top of managing stress.

As for how she dealt with managing her stress? She changed up her diet.

“Eating with a focus on gut health also helps me thrive,” she continued. “I loved the way I felt, and I also felt great about eating fresh food instead of reaching for random convenient snacks.”

Ashley also wants those who are going through the same thing to know that they must prioritize their self care.

“Hair loss is one of my body’s ways of signaling stress overload—and a sign to prioritize my self-care rituals.” she explained. “Whatever your self-care plan may be, embrace it.”

Blogger Dies from ‘Protein Powder’ She Ordered Online

Beth Matthews, 26, died a short time after taking the substance, which she told staff was protein powder, in March last year.

Matthews, originally from Cornwall, was described in court as “bright and vivacious”.

She was a well-known mental health blogger with thousands of followers.

Her inquest heard that she was being treated on a secure ward at the Priory, Cheadle Royal for a personality disorder.

The court was told that paramedics were called on March 21 after reports Matthews had taken an overdose.

Assistant Coroner Andrew Bridgman told the jury Matthews had “ingested a substance that came through the post, quite quickly became unwell, was taken urgently to hospital where she sadly died”.

In a statement, paramedic Kate Barnes said that when she arrived staff at the unit told her that Matthews “had a parcel delivered to the unit, which she opened in front of them and managed to consume”.

Inside the parcel was “a small plastic, screw top container”.

Matthews swallowed “an unknown amount” of the substance it contained and had apparently told staff the package contained “protein powder”, the inquest heard.

Barnes was told that patients were allowed to open their own parcels if supervised by staff.

The jury was told that the package had “foreign writing on it” and that the substance had apparently “been bought on the internet”.

‘Incredible character’

A statement from Matthews’ mother Jane was also read to the court.

She said her daughter was “an incredible character” who was “bright and vivacious” and who “lit up the lives” of everyone she met.

She loved sport and excelled at sailing, completing the gruelling Fastnet race at the age of 15.

The jury heard that in 2019 after a suicide attempt Matthews suffered life-changing injuries.

She blogged about her recovery and her own mental health, gaining thousands of followers on Twitter.

Jane Matthews said her daughter had been able to help those who reached out to her and touched so many lives.

The inquest continues and is expected to finish next week.

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TV Reporter Suffers Medical Emergency During Live Broadcast

Footage of a local TV journalist suffering a medical emergency on air Sunday has prompted fresh conspiracy theories about the coronavirus vaccine.

Canadian TV reporter Jessica Robb said Monday she faced “overwhelming” harassment after she felt sick, strained to speak and became unsteady on her feet during a weekend live broadcast.

Robb, who works for CTV in Edmonton, was delivering a stand-up report Sunday when her speech stalled and her movements faltered.

In the footage, Robb can be seen breathing heavily as she responds to studio presenter Nahreman Issa, during the 6pm news. After a deep gulp of breath, she begins to confuse her words.

Robb tries to press on, repeating the same phrase several times before she says: “Sorry Nahreman, I’m not feeling very well right now and I’m about to…” She then makes an incoherent noise before Issa intervenes.

Just before the live feed is cut, Robb can be seen with her eyes beginning to droop as she stumbles on the spot. “She is not alone,” Issa then clarifies. “She is with photog[raphy] operators.”

“We will make sure that Jessica is OK, and we’ll give you guys an update a little bit later,” Issa told viewers.

CTV Edmonton later said Robb “became ill” during the 6 p.m. newscast, but was “feeling better and is now resting.”

On Monday, Robb offered more insight while taking aim at unfounded speculation in a statement shared by the station on Twitter.

She said she “received an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred, tied to false theories about the reason for the incident.”

“While I will not share private medical information publicly, I can say that there is no cause for concern and that my understanding of my own medical background provides a reasonable explanation for what happened,” she said.

“I can, however, confirm that the situation was in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Here is her full statement:

In early December, Atlanta Hawks broadcaster Bob Rathbun convulsed and fainted on the air, but returned to work a few weeks later.

Actress Dies After Taking Psychedelics at Healing Retreat

A 32-year-old actress reportedly took her own life months after drinking hallucinogenic tea while on a three-day retreat in rural England in June 2021.

Kate Hyatt paid around $750 to attend a healing retreat located in rural Worcestershire, England, Daily Mail reported. According to Hyatt’s parents, Kate experimented with a hallucinogenic tea that contained wachuma, a plant which contains illegal psychedelics.

Hyatt’s family also believes she ingested ayahuasca on this retreat and that these drugs ultimately led to her mental health deteriorating and her subsequent suicide.

The family has revealed messages to The Times from Kate’s phone which detailed how she took “medicine” at some sort of healing ceremony. Additionally, receipts were sent to retreat-goers which warned they could experience their “own death and rebirth,” as well as other dramatic side effects.

Other documents found on Kate’s phone related to the retreat refer to “energy healing” and taking “healing plants.”

Just one month before her October 2021 suicide, Miss Hyatt wrote about the effects of the retreat “medicine” to one of the alleged retreat organizers, Marianna Willis. “Essentially it feels like my nervous system is on fire as well as my brain and I just wondered if you had advice as to how the medicine could have affected me,” Hyatt wrote, The Times reported.

Kate’s father, Ray, told The Times these so-called healing retreats are “targeting vulnerable people,” and said he was angry “these people are purporting to be in some kind of caring role, to have some kind of expertise in “healing.’”

The parents of Kate hope to warn others not to experiment with similar hallucinogenics they surmise led to Kate’s suicide. “We wouldn’t want anybody else’s health to deteriorate in the way that Kate did,” Ray Hyatt explained.

The usage of psychedelics like ayahuasca has been increasingly prevalent among celebrities in recent years. Actress Megan Fox and NFL football player Aaron Rodgers have openly discussed using the drug.

Cruise Ship Passengers “Stranded and Claustrophobic” After Fungus Outbreak (VIDEO)

Travellers enjoying a trip of a lifetime on a cruise ship became ‘stranded’ for nearly a week due to a fungus outbreak.

Passengers boarded the Viking Orion on Boxing Day ahead of a 15-day voyage through New Zealand and Australia.

But by the time they arrived in Wellington, the ship’s captain announced that a ‘marine growth’ had been found on the ship’s hull during an inspection.

As a result, the group would not be permitted to stop in any ports of New Zealand’s South Island.

The ship, which reportedly can carry up to 1,000 passengers, then carried on directly to southern Australia’s city of Adelaide, where a local company had been hired to clean the hull.

But further logistical issues and regulations delayed the process and, again, they weren’t permitted to dock.

Julie Reby Waas and her husband – celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary – were among the stranded passengers.

She said: ‘What we thought was it was really a New Zealand issue. But apparently it was also an Australia issue as well, because we weren’t permitted to go into Adelaide, and it had, the ship had to be cleaned outside of Australian waters.’

According to a statement released by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the ship was required to ‘remove the biofoul and prevent potentially harmful marine organisms being transported by the vessel.’

Since the cleaning process took longer than expected, the ship was forced to proceed forth to Melbourne.

Julie described the experience of being stuck at sea for eight days and forced to skip out on scheduled stops, especially Tasmania, as ‘enormously disappointing,’ but praised the ship’s crew for their ‘nonstop’ hard work.

She and others walked miles round the cruise ship to keep up their fitness and get fresh air.

Julie said: ‘Most of the people I think on the ship have kept their cool and have maintained a sense of humour. I think everybody is very tired of it.

‘The ship is beautiful, but you know, there’s only so much space to explore, and so I guess (it’s) claustrophobic in some ways.’

Today, January 3, Julie and the other Viking Orion passengers were told they would receive a voucher which would be worth the entire ticket price of the trip, and could be used for future cruises.

The Viking Orion is not alone in its predicament, as another cruise ship, the Coral Princess, was forced to skip out on several ports in New Zealand due to an infestation of snails back in December.

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‘Victory Over Death’ – Book Declares Death will Eventually be Optional

A sensational book is now declaring ‘victory over death’. Futurists think that it will soon be ‘treatable’, and by 2045 at the latest it will even be ‘optional’.

The dream of eternal life is certainly as old as humanity. In fact, we have come a little closer to it over the years, as medical advances and improvements in circumstances have already significantly extended life expectancy. And now the next decisive step is to come.

On the way to unlimited life expectancy

Futurist and technology expert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) José Cordeiro and his co-author David Wood (mathematician and transhumanist from Cambridge University) are certain of one thing. Everyone interested will soon be able to live radically longer and even have an unlimited life expectancy. The corresponding technological revolution is taking place right now. Cordeiro explains this in an interview with watson.de.

Ultimately, he says, the main question is how to repair the damage that the ageing process does to the body. Co-author David Wood emphasizes:

Research is making progress in finding ways to systematically replace, repair or reprogram this damage.

Ageing is a curable disease

For the two futurists, ageing is a form of disease for which a cure may soon be possible. Cordeiro says:

Cell and organ rejuvenation have already been scientifically proven.

So the main thing is still to live long enough to really benefit from the powerful rejuvenation therapies that are expected.

Longevity therapies, on the other hand, will in future be a part of general social security. And instead of spending 80% of medical expenses in the last two decades of life, health care could then work in reverse – and thus become cheaper.

Society will be completely restructured

Instead, people would invest in effective longevity therapies in their first decades, so that the whole society would benefit afterwards. After all, ageing and its consequences are under control, so that humanity can then relieve the burden on health care with a kind of ‘longevity dividend’.

The two futurists Cordeiro and Wood also see no overpopulation problem arising if death becomes truly optional in the future. What is essential, however, isa change in meat production as it has been practiced up to now – to cultured meat that does not come from sentient animals. In addition, modern farming methods would work in a much more resource-efficient way.

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