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She had life-threatening scoliosis. Now, she’s a US Olympian in a new sport.

She had life-threatening scoliosis. Now, she's a US Olympian in a new sport.

Eleven years after surgery to correct a 72-degree curve in her spine, Kyra Condie is one of the first U.S. Olympians in the new event of sport climbing.

SALT LAKE CITY — Kyra Condie lay on the operating table as doctors broke her back and put it back together. They worked through an incision running from her neck nearly the length of her back, removing, rotating, realigning and resetting each of 10 vertebrae. Rods were inserted to stabilize the spine while the bones fused together.

Blood, donated to herself two months earlier, flowed back into the 13-year-old’s veins. By the time the more than six hour surgery was done, she was three inches taller, no longer stunted by severe scoliosis.

Cathy Condie had the typical worries of a mother: paralysis, nerve damage, infection.

Kyra never blinked, viewing it as just another obstacle in her way — a tenacity that has allowed her to reach all the way to the Olympic rings.

“She took it on like, I’m going to get through this,” Cathy Condie said. “Don’t tell me much about it, I’m just going to go, like she does with everything.”

Sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games in a fusion of strength, stamina and speed.

None of the other 39 athletes climbing the walls at Aomi Urban Sports Park have a story like the 24-year-old Condie’s.

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Like many future professional climbers, Kyra spent her childhood scaling everything in her path.

She was moved from a crib as a baby because she kept climbing out, and if her parents looked away for a second, they’d find her atop something — a cliff, the cover of the playground equipment, door frames, the refrigerator.

Tom and Cathy knew they weren’t going to stop their aggressively independent daughter from climbing, so they taught her how to get back down.

By 11, Kyra started taking climbing more seriously and joined a team at a local gym in St. Paul, Minnesota. She didn’t win competitions right away, but had a work ethic unlike any of the other kids.

But the more she climbed, the more her back hurt.

Kyra rarely complained, so her parents knew something wasn’t right. Even so, they figured the pain was from climbing too hard.

“I felt like an 80-year-old woman complaining about my back all the time,” Kyra said.

Kyra, as she always does, took matters into her own hands, first with a Google search, then by asking someone at her gym to check for scoliosis. That led to a trip to the doctor and X-rays revealing an S-shaped curve in her spine, already arching well over 50 degrees — life-threatening if she didn’t get it fixed.

The first doctor told Kyra climbing may no longer be in her future. A nurse added it wouldn’t be a big deal, that she would have a family some day and climbing wouldn’t be as important.

What they didn’t understand was the determination of the young girl in front of them.

“It didn’t sit well with me, even at that age,” Kyra said.

The Condies went to two more doctors, both of whom said she could be back climbing within four months. They went with the consensus and, not long before her 14th birthday, Kyra underwent surgery to correct a 72-degree curve in her spine.

The first couple of days in the hospital were filled with excruciating pain; doctors couldn’t give her enough pain meds because it was suppressing her breathing.

“It’s supposedly one of the more painful surgeries you can get and I was totally unprepared for how much pain I was going to be in in the hospital,” Kyra said.

Kyra spent four days in the hospital and the pain began to subside after about a week. Strictly following the doctor’s orders, she was climbing again later that year.

The surgery corrected her scoliosis, but it presented a new set of problems on the climbing wall.

Because her spine was fused into place, Kyra was unable to arch her back and had trouble bending sideways — important skills for high-level climbers.

Undeterred, she found new ways to work up the wall, honing her technique and problem solving. Kyra’s method isn’t always the easiest, but it works for her.

“It’s often really helpful to focus on what something can do for you, not what it can take away. She’s done that,” said Meg Coyne, USA Climbing national team manager and assistant coach. “It’s absolutely amazing that she can do what other people can do, often better.”

Kyra willed herself into becoming one of the world’s best sport climbers.

She moved to Salt Lake City in 2019 so she could work with the coaches at USA Climbing and, at 23, became one of the first American women to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Nothing was going to get in her way, not even major back surgery.

“I was always kind of defiant and didn’t like being told I couldn’t do something,” she said. “Also, kind of the aspect of I was not naturally the best. I wasn’t used to winning but I really wanted to win. That coupled with having something to overcome really stoked my training.”

Tenacity has put Kyra in position to reach for something else: the podium at the Tokyo Olympics.

Millions of people face life-threatening storm surge and heavy winds and rains as Tropical Storm Elsa moves north off the coast toward Florida’s Big Bend area

Elsa is churning off the western coast of Florida with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph as it moves north on a collision course with the Big Bend region, where it is expected to make landfall late Wednesday morning or early in the afternoon.
A Tampa resident covers his windows with hurricane shutters in preparation for Hurricane Elsa Tuesday.
The storm was about 50 miles southwest of Cedar Key Wednesday morning.
Hurricane warnings were in place from the Chassahowitzka River, just to the south of Homosassa, Florida, to the Steinhatchee River.  The hurricane warnings south of the Chassahowitzka River to Egmont Key, Florida, have been replaced by tropical storm warnings.
Bands of heavy rain and strong winds continue to spread inland across southwest and west-central Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Florida until 8 a.m., according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office.
While the system weakened to a tropical storm early Wednesday after becoming a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday, hurricane warnings remain in place for more than four million people in Florida. More than 12 million people are under a tropical storm warning across three states.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded his state of emergency declaration Tuesday to include a total of 33 counties as local, state and utility resources continue to prepare for the incoming storm.
The Florida National Guard has activated 60 guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center, according to a release from the Guard. It is prepared to activate additional personnel as needed.
“We are well-equipped with assets including high-wheeled vehicles, helicopters, boats and generators, and are preparing for possible missions to include humanitarian assistance, security operations, search and rescue, aviation, and more,” the guard said in the release.
In Tampa, officials urged residents to stay off the roads as the storm approaches.

Counties and utilities preparing ahead of storm

Both the mayor and emergency coordinator for the city of Tampa posted on social media Tuesday to encourage residents to stay home and be prepared.
“We are prepared here in the city of Tampa but we need you to do your part as well,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said in a video posted to Twitter. “Don’t go outside tonight. If you don’t have to, do not go outside. Stay in.”
“We want everybody to be safe in Tampa and we’ll be up all night monitoring the storm so you don’t have to,” she added.
Earlier, Tampa Emergency Coordinator John Antapasis said it was time for residents to get to safety ahead of the expected landfall.
“Now is the time to get back home, get off the streets and stay safe for the rest of tonight,” he said. “You should be making and finalizing your hurricane plans and ensuring that you’re in a safe location while … Elsa makes it’s way through out community.”
Antapasis advised that people who need to be on the road should check the city’s flood map.
Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes also warned people to get ready for the storm during a press conference Tuesday.
“Please finalize your plans and secure your homes and get ready to sort of bunker down and ride out this storm,” Hopes said.
Shelters were opened in at least five counties Tuesday and two counties issued voluntary evacuation orders.
Duke Energy, which serves 1.8 million customers in Florida, according to its website, is preparing for anticipated outages from the storm.
The utility said in a press release Tuesday that it has staged 3,000 utility “crew members, contractors, tree specialists and other personnel” from Pinellas County to north Florida.
Additional line workers and support personnel have also been brought in from the Carolinas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, according to the release.
The University of Florida in Gainesville has canceled classes for Wednesday in anticipation of the storm, the university said in a statement.

Tropical storm warnings and emergency declarations extended

Ahead of Elsa’s landfall in Florida, tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.
The warnings extend along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for the entire coast of North Carolina and up to Chincoteague, Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a State of Emergency in preparation for the impact of Elsa.
“This storm system has the potential to produce destructive impacts to citizens throughout the central, southern, and coastal regions of the State of Georgia and due to the possibility of downed trees, power lines, and debris, Georgia’s network of roads may be rendered impassable in the affected counties, isolating residences and persons from access to essential public services,” Kemp said.
A State of Emergency has been declared in 91 of Georgia’s 159 counties, according to Kemp’s order. The order will expire Wednesday at midnight unless the governor decides to renew it.

Author: Hollie Silverman, Michael Guy and Rebekah Riess, CNN
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Ibuprofen side effects: Painkiller can increase risk of three life-threatening conditions

Ibuprofen side effects: Painkiller can increase risk of three life-threatening conditions

Ibuprofen is an everyday painkiller for a range of aches and pains, including back pain, period pain, toothache. It belongs to a group of medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Although taking ibuprofen is safe in small doses, high-dose regimens can increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure, warns the Mayo Clinic.

A blood clot can block a narrowed artery in the heart, triggering a heart attack.

Secondly, as Harvard Health explains, NSAIDs change blood flow in the kidneys, causing the body to retain more salt and water.

“That causes blood pressure to rise, which also boosts the risk of a stroke.”

Heart attack and stroke symptoms

It is vital to know the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke as the events require immediate medical care to prevent life-threatening complications.

According to the NHS, symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  • Chest pain – a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the centre of your chest
  • Pain in other parts of the body – it can feel as if the pain is travelling from your chest to your arms (usually the left arm is affected, but it can affect both arms), jaw, neck, back and tummy (abdomen)
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
  • An overwhelming sense of anxiety (similar to having a panic attack)
  • Coughing or wheezing.

As the health body explains, the main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST:

  • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
  • Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

If you suspect the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance, it advises.

How much ibuprofen is safe to take?

According to Bupa, it is safe to take 200mg to 400mg three to four times a day.

How much ibuprofen is safe to take?

According to Bupa, it is safe to take 200mg to 400mg three to four times a day.

“Take no more than 1,200mg in 24 hours,” advises the health body.

As it explains, you can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin with or after food or milk.

“You can rub NSAID creams or gels onto your skin three times a day.”

Author: Adam Chapman
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Four men develop life-threatening condition after receiving AstraZeneca jab – symptoms

Four men develop life-threatening condition after receiving AstraZeneca jab - symptoms

Dr Christopher Allen, a clinical neuroscientist at Nottingham University, who wrote the article, acknowledged that the jury is out at this stage whether the jab caused the deadly syndrome and it could merely be association.

But it demonstrates the need for “robust post-vaccination surveillance” nonetheless, he said.

He stressed that the current crop of vaccines currently deployed are “very safe”.

Dr Allen proposed that the reaction may be “a cross-reactive immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein”, causing the immune system to overreact and the body to attack its own nerves.

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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: The smell in your breath that could be life-threatening

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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: The smell in your breath that could be life-threatening

Type 2 diabetes is the result of the body not being able to produce enough insulin – a hormone secreted by the pancreas. Insulin has many important roles but chief among them is to regulate blood sugar – the main type of energy supplied to the cells through eating food. Stripped of insulin, high blood sugar levels flood the body, which can cause serious complications.

Other bodily dysfunctions can arise from poor insulin production, and the ensuing damage they cause can cause a number of acute symptoms.

For example, without enough insulin, your body begins to break down fat as fuel.

“This process produces a build-up of acids in the bloodstream called ketones, eventually leading to diabetic ketoacidosis if untreated,” explains the Mayo Clinic.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, fruity-scented breath is a warning sign of ketoacidosis.

Other warning signs include:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion.

How to respond

The NHS explains: “Go to your nearest A&E immediately if you think you have DKA, especially if you have a high level of ketones in your blood or urine.”

As the health body points out, DKA is an emergency and needs to be treated in hospital immediately.

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How to manage type 2 diabetes

Bringing blood sugar levels under control is essential to managing type 2 diabetes and warding off the threat of further complications.

There are two key components to blood sugar control – diet and exercise.

In regards to the former, there is technically nothing you cannot eat but you have to limit certain foods.

The ones to watch are carbohydrates because they are broken down into blood sugar relatively fast and therefore have a marked impact on blood sugar levels.

They include:

  • Sugar and sugary foods
  • Sugary soft drinks
  • White bread
  • Potatoes
  • White rice.

Instead, you should stick to low or medium GI foods, which are broken down more slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels over time.

They include some fruit and vegetables, pulses and wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats.

It’s worth noting that if you only eat foods with a low GI, your diet may be unbalanced and high in fat, adds the NHS.

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Heart attack: Three proven ways to lower your risk of the life-threatening condition

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Heart attack: Three proven ways to lower your risk of the life-threatening condition

Not only does stress increase a person’s blood pressure, if it’s managed in an unhealthy way, it will only cause more health issues.

For instance, overeating, heavy drinking, and smoking are all bad coping mechanisms that harm the heart muscle.

More effective, healthy stress management techniques include: exercise, listening to music, meditating, and focusing on something peaceful.

Consistently good sleep

The NIH pointed out that “if you don’t get enough sleep, you raise your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes”.

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Statins side effects: Three warning signs of ‘life-threatening’ rhabdomyolysis

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Statins side effects: Three warning signs of ‘life-threatening’ rhabdomyolysis
Rhabdomyolysis can lead to liver damage, kidney failure and death. The muscle-wasting condition flags three crucial warning signs that require medical attention. What are they? One of the “most common” signs of rhabdomyolysis includes “severe muscle aching throughout the entire body”, certified the Mayo Clinic. The other two symptoms are “muscle weakness” and “dark or cola-coloured urine”.
Liver inflammation from rhabdomyolysis could lead to distressing symptoms, such as:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Unusual weakness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the upper abdomen
  • Dark-Coloured urine
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (i.e. jaundice)

If any of these symptoms are present, it’s best to “contact your doctor immediately”.

Another potential risk of taking statins include developing type 2 diabetes.

Statins might increase the level of blood sugar levels, which is a prerequisite for the dangerous condition.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on statins labels regarding blood glucose levels and diabetes.

This is a particular risk when blood sugar levels are already higher than normal – i.e. if you have pre-diabetes.

What is pre-diabetes?

The charity Diabetes UK explained: “Pre-diabetes means that your blood sugars are higher than usual, but not high enough for you to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

“It also means that you are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

There may not be any symptoms of pre-diabetes, so a blood test result will tell you whether or not you have it.

If this is a risk you feel uncomfortable taking when offered statins, do speak with your GP.

Statins may also lead to neurological side effects, such as memory loss or confusion.

These side effects reverse once you stop taking the medication, so do discuss any complications you might be experiencing while taking statins to your GP.

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Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Eight signs your blood sugar levels have become life-threatening

Diabetes type 2 symptoms: Eight signs your blood sugar levels have become life-threatening
Type 2 diabetes management mainly consists of managing blood sugar levels – the main type of sugar found in blood. Ordinarily, the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that regulates blood sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, insulin supply is scarce, which gives blood sugar levels free rein to rise. Consistently high blood sugar levels can usher in all-manner of serious complications.
High blood sugar levels can be lowered by making healthy lifestyle decisions, namely exercise and diet.

In terms of the latter, walking is a good way of achieving this.

Diabetes.co.uk explains: It might make sense that exercising harder would have a better effect on lowering blood sugar therefore but this is not always the case as strenuous exercise can produce a stress response which causes the body to raise blood glucose levels.”

Although, as the health body points out, this response does tend to vary from person person.

There’s technically nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you’ll have to limit certain foods.

The worst offenders are foods with a high carbohydrate content, namely those that rank high on the glycaemic index (GI).

The GI is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates. It shows how quickly each food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when that food is eaten on its own.

Carbohydrate foods that are broken down quickly by your body and cause a rapid increase in blood glucose have a high GI rating.

High GI foods include:

  • Sugar and sugary foods
  • Sugary soft drinks
  • White bread
  • Potatoes
  • White rice.

Low or medium GI foods, on the other hand, are broken down more slowly and cause a gradual rise in blood sugar levels over time.

They include some fruit and vegetables, pulses and wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats.

However, other factors must also be taken into account.

The NHS explains: “Research has shown that the amount of carbohydrate you eat, rather than its GI rating, has the biggest influence on blood glucose levels after meals.”

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Man shot multiple times in north Austin, in hospital with life-threatening injuries

Man shot multiple times in north Austin, in hospital with life-threatening injuries

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot multiple times at the north Austin apartment complex, the Austin Police Department says.

APD responded to the Marquis Parkside Apartments, located at 12820 N. Lamar Blvd., just after 12 a.m. Monday to reports of gunshots and people screaming. The complex is near Parmer Lane.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was the one who called police and said he was shot multiple times.

It’s unclear what led up to the shooting, APD says, and they don’t have anyone in custody and the incident is under investigation.

We are working to get more information on the incident and once we do, we’ll update this story.

Man shot multiple times in north Austin, in hospital with life-threatening injuries
A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he was shot multiple times at a north Austin apartment complex early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Richie Bowes)

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