Montana woman has baby after successful uterus transplant



The Billings Gazette reports a “revolutionary” operation that allowed a local woman to successfully carry a baby boy to birth after he was born without a functioning uterus. Car seat belts, E. coli bacteria from raw cake batter, egg consumption, the anti-abortion movement and many more are in the news.

Billings Gazette: Billings woman has healthy baby boy after revolutionary uterus transplant surgery

The stars aligned to bring Telden Jovanovich into the world. Her birth defied imagination as her mother, Chelsea Jovanovich, began her path to motherhood with no uterus at all. The disease is called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKH) and it occurs when the uterus does not fully form during fetal development, leaving women with uterine infertility, UFI, from birth. The disease affects more than 72,000 women in the United States and, until recently, UFI was considered an irreversible form of infertility. (Schabacker, 8/1)

Axios: More than half of fatal car crashes in 2020 involved occupants without seat belts

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans drove less but engaged in much riskier behaviors on the road, according to government data. More than half of all fatal crashes in the past year involved unattached drivers or occupants, the highest level since 2012, notes the Wall Street Journal. An estimated 38,680 people died in car crashes last year, up 7% from 2019, despite fewer cars on the road. The number of occupants of unbuckled vehicles killed in crashes jumped about 15% from 2019 (Frazier, 7/30)

CIDRAP: raw cake batter linked to multi-state E Coli O121 outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week announced that an outbreak of Escherichia coli O121 associated with cake mix has sickened at least 16 people in 12 states. So far, all identified patients are women and 75% are children under 18, a group known to suffer from more serious E coli infections. Seven people were hospitalized and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening kidney complication. No deaths have been reported. … Of eight people asked about the foods they ate, six said they tasted or ate raw batter made from cake mix. No specific brand or type has been identified, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a traceback investigation to assess if a common source is involved. (7/30)

The Washington Post: Eating too many eggs can always be risky, but most people don’t have to give them up completely, experts say

In recent years, concerns about egg consumption seem to have faded from public consciousness. But has egg thinking really changed? Not if you ask nutrition experts. “The issue of eggs remains relevant,” says Linda Van Horn, professor and head of the division of nutrition in the department of preventive medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. For people already at risk for heart disease and diabetes, “the choices to eat eggs remain particularly important,” she says. It’s always risky to eat too many eggs, but you don’t have to give them up entirely. How much you can eat depends on your health. (Cimons, 7/31)

KHN: Why is the South the epicenter of anti-abortion fervor?

Not so long ago, the laws governing abortion in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were much more restrictive than those in the Deep South, as lawmakers in New England states routinely prohibited the procedure, regardless of circumstances, during the 1960s and 1970s. Today, however, the southern United States represents a hub of anti-abortion fervor, home to a series of laws and regulations that have eroded Roe v. Wade, as liberal states in the northeast and elsewhere enacted laws to codify this 1973 Supreme Court ruling. (Varney, 7/30)

KHN: Restoring a sense of belonging: the unrecognized importance of informal relationships for older people

In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding – his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic. “Salvation!” he called customers at a gas station where he had stopped on his way to the airport. “How is your day?” he said he asked the Transportation Security Administration agent who checked his identity card. “Isn’t that wonderful? he exclaimed to the wedding guests, most of whom were foreigners. (Graham, 8/2)

Axios: Obama plans Martha’s Vineyard birthday party as Delta variant rages on

Former President Obama is throwing a 60th birthday party for himself and hundreds of guests on Martha’s Vineyard this coming weekend amid heightened public health concerns – locally and nationally – over the variant COVID-19 Delta. The recent breakthrough cases in nearby Provincetown, Massachusetts, after the July 4 vacation, showed the continued risk of spread even between those vaccinated – prompting the CDC to issue new masking guidelines. (Mucha, 8/1)

In updates on forest fires and air pollution –

AP: Smoke triggers pollution alerts in western US and Midwest

Many parts of the western United States and the Midwest were under air quality alert Sunday as smoke from wildfires lingered over much of the country. Alerts were in place across much of the northern US Rockies, including parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Washington state and Idaho. Further east, smoke from fires burning in Canada has triggered pollution alerts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. (8/1)

Des Moines Registry: air quality alert issued for Iowa until Monday noon; Forest fires blamed

The air quality index is currently 109, which is within the range classified as “unhealthy for sensitive groups” by the Environmental Protection Agency. Until the plume dissipates around noon Monday, sensitive groups are advised to take precautions due to fine particulate matter levels above the EPA’s acceptable standard. Sensitive groups include anyone with respiratory or heart problems, the elderly and children. These groups are encouraged to avoid prolonged outdoor activities until air quality improves. The current air quality can be followed at (Soni, 8/1)

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