The Doctors: Zika Virus “Scarier Than We Thought”
Since the outbreak began, The Doctors have been sharing news about the zika virus. The CDC released statements increasing their concerns about what the virus could potentially cause. They’ve drawn a connection between zika and premature birth as well as blindness. For adults, the zika virus could potentially lead to a condition with symptoms that mimic those of MS. There’s a lot of concerns over the fact that a person can develop an auto-immune response after an infection with the zika virus.
Dr Jennifer Ashton pointed out that there are currently more questions than answers for the virus, but the virus itself has been known and identified since at least 1970 if not earlier. This is the first time medical issues like microcephaly have come to light because of the virus. Obviously hearing the CDC use words like “scarier than thought” is significant. Dr Ashton added that people need to remember they can only control what they can control.
The Doctors: Protect Yourself From Zika Virus
It’s no known that the zika virus can be sexually transmitted. The CDC is recommending that men who have traveled to an area where the zika virus is prevalent, abstain from intimate activities entirely or use protection for eight weeks. Someone who has been diagnosed with the zika virus should also abstain or use protection for six months. Because the mosquito that transmits the zika virus is in the U.S. it’s important to take precautions. Cover up as much as possible while outside during the summer months and don’t allow standing water on your property. You can also use an EPA-approved mosquito repellent.
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The Doctors: Prediabetes Or Unnecessary Fear
Next, The Doctors reported that the CDC recently released a new initiative to raise awareness about prediabetes. Prediabetes is a term used almost exclusively in the U.S., and the CDC is encouraging people to talk to their doctors about getting a diabetes risk test. The move has been met with some controversy from the medical community. Some have criticized the initiative, saying it’s only creating fear and leading to unnecessary medical testing costs, while putting an “unsustainable burden on the health care system.”
The Doctors: Should More People Be Tested For Prediabetes?
The World Health Organization’s latest report says diabetes has quadrupled in the last 34 years. The campaign estimated that approximately 86 million Americans are prediabetic. Dr Travis Stork said he was concerned that people were going to undergo testing and find that they were on the line for prediabetes and diabetes, and were going to start taking medications that they may not exactly need. The Doctors pointed out that testing for prediabetes can be helpful if it encourages people to make necessary lifestyle changes that they should be making anyway.
Dr Ashton added that there’s another test that can determine your diabetes risk, other than a blood glucose test, to give people a heads up about their health. It’s important to know what your fasting blood glucose number is, but the question is about what exactly should be done with the information once patients and doctors have it.
The Doctors: “Be Here Now” Andy Whitfield Documentary
Before the commercial break, The Doctors paid tribute to actor Andy Whitfield. Andy battled cancer and documented his journey in the film Be Here Now. He passed away in 2011 but his documentary is now hitting the industry, showing what a true hero he was on and off the screen, as a dedicated father and husband.
The Doctors: Seattle Mom Murdered After Date With Man She Met Online
Also as part of their Friday News Feed, The Doctors shared news of a mother who’s life was taken after a seemingly innocent date at a baseball game. A Seattle woman dated a man for about six weeks after meeting online. They went out once or twice before going to a MLB Friday night game. Ingrid Lyne’s remains were found in a plastic bag inside a recycling bin. Investigators followed evidence to Lyne’s home, then arrested John Robert Charlton.
Psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser joined the show to talk about precautions you can take when dating online after hearing such an upsetting story. Stacy suggested that if you’re meeting someone you don’t know for the first time, make sure a friend or family member has their name, address, phone number, and a photo of them. Second, you should take your own car to meet the person and either valet park or park in a public place. You also should avoid giving anyone you don’t know your address or access to your home. A background check can easily be done online.
Charlton claims he was so intoxicated he couldn’t remember after the date, but the woman died with a pruning saw.