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Report: Stages of Olympic torch relay to be pulled off Tokyo roads

It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.

TOKYO, Japan — Some stages of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will be pulled off the roads of the Japanese capital because of fears about spreading the coronavirus, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

Citing the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Kyodo said the relay would not appear on public streets from July 9-16. Kyodo said organizers would decide on the format for the relay from July 17 until the opening ceremony on July 23.

The relay began in March in northeastern Japan. It has faced numerous detours, scaled back programs, and has been run at times only in public park spaces to avoid spreading the virus.

Tokyo is under a quasi-state of emergency until July 11 with infection cases rising again. Tokyo confirmed 476 new cases on Tuesday, up from 435 last Tuesday. It the 10th straight day that cases were higher than they were seven days previously.

Japan has attributed about 14,500 deaths to COVID-19, better than many countries but not as good as some Asian neighbors.

It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.

Initial plans called for 10,000 runners to crisscross Japan for 121 days, winding up at the new National Stadium on July 23.

The relay is heavily sponsored by Coca-Cola and Toyota. Some suggested canceling the relay to save money after the Olympics were postponed 15 months ago, but any such plans were quickly scrapped.

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Fatty liver disease: Stages of the disease from early signs to symptoms it has advanced

The American Liver Foundation names three types of alcoholic liver disease.

These are in order of most to least severe with several signs and symptoms indicating your stage. 

Alcoholic fatty liver disease

This disease happens when fat builds up in the liver, which causes swelling and impairs liver function.

Alcoholic fatty liver disease can occur even after a short period of heavy drinking.

Symptoms are not usually present in this stage, though the American Liver Foundation reports some may feel weak or fatigued or notice discomfort in the right upper abdomen.

With cessation of alcohol use, drinkers can usually reverse liver disease in this stage. If drinking continues, damage to the liver will not subside and will result in irreversible disease.

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Dementia symptoms: Two issues involving vision indicating you may be in the early stages

Dementia is a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia although dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal ageing. Experiencing these two visual problems could be early warning signs.

“Dementia and sight loss are both more common as you get older. There are many causes of sight loss in people with dementia. Having eye conditions such as cataracts or macular degeneration is common with dementia.

“People with dementia can also have visual difficulties because the dementia affects the parts of their brain that handle visual information coming from the eyes.

“This means they will have visual problems but have healthy eyes.”

Some people with worsening vision start to see things that aren’t there (visual hallucinations) because of their deteriorating sight and not from any other condition, such as dementia, said the Alzheimer’s Society.

The health site continued: “Visual hallucinations are usually caused by damage to the brain.

“They are more common in people with dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia.

“People with Alzheimer’s disease can also have hallucinations.”

Other early warning signs of dementia include:

  • Forgetting new information such as important dates, events
  • Performing familiar tasks takes longer, or cannot be completed without mistakes
  • Difficulty with where they are in time or place
  • Spatial relationships and visual images
  • Current problems with words when speaking or writing
  • Misplace items and no longer have the capability to retrace their footsteps
  • Changes in judgment or in making decisions
  • Withdrawing from hobbies, work projects, and social activities
  • Changes in mood or personality

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Arthritis: Four stages of the progressive disease rheumatoid arthritis

There are four stages of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the charity Creaky Joints. The chronic condition might not have a cure, but early medical intervention can slow down its progression. Rheumatologist Dr Rajat Bhatt said: “In early rheumatoid arthritis, the patient may not have many symptoms except for some stiffness in the early hours of the morning.” Early morning stiffness primarily affects the “small joints” in the hands, feet and knees.
If the stiffness subsides with movement, it’s indicative of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) rather than osteoarthritis.

Definite testing for RA in this early stage may be difficult, as X-rays can appear normal.

More sensitive imaging like an ultrasound may show inflammation in an affected joint, but sometimes it won’t.

This is replicated in blood tests, which may or may not have inflammatory markers.

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X-rays at this stage are more likely to reveal joint damage, which has been likened to a “moth-eaten” appearance.

By the third stage of RA, you are able to see the effects of the disease on the joints.

This is when the joints become “bent and deformed”, such as crooked fingers.

These misshapen joints can also press on the nerves causing pain to occur.

What can help RA?

Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the amount of pressure on the joints.

Other helpful factors include:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • An anti-inflammatory diet
  • Eating less red meat
  • Herbal remedies, such as turmeric
  • Medication

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are usually the first line in terms of medication.

If you suspect you have RA, do discuss your concerns with your GP who can begin investigating whether you have the condition or not.

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