ECMO machine saved life of 34-year-old cyclist
OVIEDO, Fla – A day at work turned into a trip to the hospital that left a 34-year-old cyclist in a medically induced coma. [TRENDING: Florida debuts new vaccine hotline | Merritt Island-bound plane found in ocean | Titusville man accused of killing mother]“I’m a cyclist. His day started like any other until, without warning, Cooper passed out at work. Inkrott and his team rushed Cooper to AdventHealth Orlando where he “coded” and was saved by an ECMO machine. “The message that we are getting here that Chris just mentioned is to not delay care,” Inkrott said.
Doctors warn of cardiac issues in COVID-19 patients
During the pandemic, Hussain said patients suffering from COVID-19 have experienced heart attacks and inflammation of the heart muscles. While the full extent of long-term effects due to COVID-19 are unknown, Hussain said problems with the cardiovascular system are difficult to treat. “As a cardiologist, what we find is many times stress is what’s the problem, that’s what actually disrupts the vulnerable plaque in your heart,” Hussain said. Get the COVID-19 vaccine if you can and, while you wait for a vaccine, wear a mask. “One of the messages that you should give your viewers is that, take COVID very seriously, it can give you long-lasting effects,” Hussain said.
Pop-up food bank serves Chuluota area with fresh vegetables
Twice a month, the couple creates up a pop-up farmers market in front of VFW Post 10139 in Chuluota. “Would you like some spinach?” Zielke asked one of the nearly 70 people who make their way to the fresh vegetable food bank. “That gave us an idea that we could go there and help them by purchasing some of the food they couldn’t sell,” Mike Zielke said. “It’s something we thought would be very short term,” Mike Zielke said. Friends suggested he stop by the Chuluota food bank.
Opioid crisis worsens during COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. – The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to an increased concern by leaders working to combat another crisis: the opioid epidemic. Jaime Bridges, LCSW, is the Opioid Outreach Coordinator at Orlando Health, ORMC. [TRENDING: Here’s how to register for COVID-19 vaccine | Select Publix locations will offer vaccine | Fla. woman accused of screaming political profanities]Bridges said the current health crisis, with rising COVID-19 cases, has lead to more relapses in the patients she sees. Bridges said programs like the one she started with Orlando Health have had to adapt to meet the needs of patients in need of rehabilitation. Bridges’ program distributed over 200 Narcan kits to patients leaving ORMC after an overdose, along with resources to take home.
Surprise visits planned for kids with diabetes
Christina Martin has been advocating for children and families with diabetes through her nonprofit the Type Zero Foundation since 2016. “You have to ask yourself if you’re going to let it define you, or if you’re going to now use it to make you stronger and make you better,” Martin said. “Diabetics and people that have a loved one with diabetes they’re trying to be extremely careful, with you know being exposed to COVID, because it could be deadly for people that have any form of diabetes,” Martin said. “One elf and their elf buddy are going to be making these surprise visits,” Martin said. Because of their success over the holidays, the Type Zero Foundation will be planning more socially distant visits for members in the future.
Winner calls hearing contest ‘a miracle,’ credits News 6 for spreading the word
The contest was open to anyone in need of hearing aids or family members hoping to help their relatives battling hearing loss. Lopez entered the contest for her aunt, Marlene Arbelaez, who has been living with hearing loss for 18 years. After reading Angelica Lopez’s essay about her aunt’s need for hearing aids, Weinbaum said she could not have dreamed of a more deserving winner. Days before Christmas, Arbelaez and her sister visited Weinbaum’s office and were given a pair of $4,000 Phonak hearing aids. “I’m thankful to News 6 for getting the word out because she is absolutely the most amazing winner,” Weinbaum said.
How to take holidays gatherings outside-- even in cold weather
This year the expression “home for the holidays” is actually about staying home for the holidays. Consumer Reports can help with ways to keep your loved ones warm and safe with fire pits, patio heaters, and more. And if you want even more flexibility, consider a patio heater. But never use a space heater outdoors with an extension cord, because that poses a fire risk, just as it would inside. The Comfort Zone CZ499R Space Heater for $55 performed well in Consumer Reports tests for spot-heating.
Q&A: Central Florida doctor breaks down state’s current COVID-19 situation
POINCIANA, Fla. – Dr. Daniel Snediker, with Poinciana Medical Center, has spent 15 years in emergency medicine and says his job has always presented new challenges. ”It never gets easier.”The coronavirus pandemic certainly threw Snediker and his colleagues another curveball. Snediker says Florida’s coronavirus situation appears to be just behind other states where the pandemic seems to be reaching new highs. Snediker said as the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrive, precautions still need to remain in place. According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, Florida has reported more than 1.12 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
Secret to slowing spread of COVID-19 could be chocolate developed by UCF researchers
“One way to fight COVID is equivalent to making a bad combustion design,” said UCF Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aeropace Engineering, Michael Kinzel. Kinzel has conducted research with the university testing hypersonic vehicles in the rain, sprays for combustion and insulin pumps. A surprise finding, Kinzel said, was learning that people with a full set of teeth are more likely to spread germs. The most recent plan, according to the researchers, is the development of a small chocolate. “A chocolate that does exactly what the body does when we get sick, it makes our saliva thicker and reduces it,” Kinzel said.
Giving away hearing aids ‘more important than usual’ during pandemic, doctor says
CLERMONT, Fla. – As many people begin holiday shopping, a Central Florida doctor is giving away a priceless gift in an annual essay contest. Dr. Kristen Weinbaum is the owner of Precision Hearing in Clermont and has been serving patients with hearing loss since 2016. “I don’t know what perfect normal hearing is, although I do have normal hearing in my right ear, but I have trouble if people are behind those plexiglass barriers at stores,” Weinbaum said. She said the pandemic has caused an increase in patients seeking hearing help, especially with mask mandates. Those wishing to submit a personal essay should send it to Precision Hearing describing why they or someone they know would benefit from winning a pair of hearing aids but have been unable to obtain them due to financial difficulties.
COVID-19 has people worrying about indoor air quality, can air purifiers help?
Running an air purifier is a good idea to keep dust, smoke and other allergens at bay inside your home. But, if someone in your home is sick, can an air purifier help? Even then, an air purifier isn’t a cure-all. The 830-dollar air purifier from BlueAir is the best and fastest air purifier in CR’s particle reduction tests. This means that a particular air purifier can perform roughly five air exchanges per hour in its suggested room size.
Voting in person? Here’s how to prevent spread of coronavirus on Election Day
As Election Day nears will crowds of voters mean a higher health risk of coronavirus? Dr. Timothy Laird, chief physician executive at Health First spoke to News 6 Health Reporter Kirstin O’Connor about the best practices for voting in person on election day. Below is their interview, edited for clarity:O’Connor: Should voters even be worried about going in person and voting on Election Day? Gloves have their own problems, they’re actually harder to sanitize when you take them off you risk contaminating yourself, so don’t worry about gloves. Dr. Laird: “That’ll help, I mean that’s the kind of barriers you’re seeing go up in grocery stores and other places, you’re right, voting systems have those anyway.
Four time breast cancer survivor diagnosed while pregnant
ORLANDO, Fla. – October is breast cancer awareness month, honoring survivors and warriors like this four time cancer survivor and mother in Central Florida. Terlisa Sheppard laughed and smiled as she talked about her nearly 20-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was given a mammogram at eight and a half months pregnant which confirmed she had stage three breast cancer. Sheppard said being diagnosed with a metastatic cancer comes with a completely different set of fears. We need more research, we’re going to keep dying at an alarming rate if we don’t get more research,” Sheppard said.
News 6 teams up with Centra Care: Here’s when, where to get your free flu shot
ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 is once again teaming up with AdventHealth Centra Care to offer free flu shots to Central Floridians. “This year is more important than any other year that we’ve tried to convince you to get your flu shot," said Dr. Tim Hendrix, Centra Care medical director. In an effort to keep you and your family as safe as possible, there will be no walk-up flu shots this year, but we are offering two options at each event:1. Drive-up (For children and families) This option will allow you to pull your vehicle up to a tent and walk in with your family to receive your free flu shots. Drive-thru (For adults only) This option will allow you to remain in your vehicle while a nurse administers the shot.
Physicians develop test to predict mild or severe COVID-19 symptoms
Doctors treating coronavirus patients have seen symptoms range from mild to severe, or in some cases completely asymptomatic. But what if there was a test to determine how sick a particular patient would get from the virus? Dr. Mehta, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, is leading the team of researchers. So far tests from the data collected have isolated mild cases from those that are moderate or severe, just as predicted. Dr. Mehta said he hoped the test will be more available in six to nine months.
How to fix the most annoying things about masks
And sometimes they’re finding masks to be a bit annoying and uncomfortable. If you wear glasses or sunglasses that are constantly fogging up, a mask with a wire sewn in at the top is your best bet. Next, are you suffering from “mask acne?” When you wear a mask for a long period of time you sweat, which causes bacteria to build up. If you’re having trouble being understood while you’re wearing a mask, CR says it’s not really a matter of speaking louder. Just make sure you’re speaking slowly and clearly, and ask other mask wearers to do the same.
Patient-controlled robots roll through hallways of local hospital
ORLANDO, Fla. – Patient-controlled robots are rolling through the hallways of a local hospital to encourage socialization. “Being stuck in a room can be just super isolating,” Chantelle Bennett, Child life manager at AdventHealth for Children said. Hospitals have had to make big changes during the coronavirus pandemic including keeping more patients in isolation and limiting family visitors. Since COVID, pretty much every patient, pediatric patient and familym is on isolation,” Bennett said. A grant from Champions for Children from AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida brought robots into the halls of AdventHealth for Children.
As world waits for COVID-19 vaccine, doctors urge people to get their flu shots early
ORLANDO, Fla. – As the world waits for a coronavirus vaccine, doctors are urging everyone to get flu shots before influenza cases in the United States become widespread. Moorjani said typically pediatricians recommend getting the flu shot before Halloween, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many offices recommended the vaccines in September. Moorjani points to a common misconception about flu shots, saying some patients think simply getting the vaccine will give them the flu. Anyone 6 months or older can safely get a flu vaccine. “The world is waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, but we do have a flu vaccine right now that is safe and is the best protection for the flu,” Moorjani said.
Welfare and foster care services go virtual during pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. The pandemic is leading to changes for a local organization providing welfare and foster care to children in Central Florida. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic doctors and trauma specialists have expressed concern about the potential for abuse by parents and guardians. Sherri Gonzales is the regional executive director for Childrens Home Society of Central Florida. Gonzales said the organization helps 10,000 children a year in Central Florida and helps with hundreds of adoptions. Like most essential services during the pandemic, their frontline workers have had to make some adjustments.
Orlando woman participates in clinical trial for rare tumor disease, paves way for treatment options
ORLANDO, Fla. A young woman from Central Florida with a tumor disease has been volunteering in a national clinical trial to help others born with the same rare condition. in February, father and race director Bill Brooks organized a charity run for hundreds of volunteers around Lake Eola. Now, thanks to a clinical trial Brooks daughter participated in, the first therapy for pediatric patients 2 years of age or older, has been approved by the FDA. "I'm like wow, that's a big thing, you know a parent's never going to have to hear that there's nothing they can do for their child again," Lilly Ann Brooks said. Lilly Ann is now a college student who has plans to return to Central Florida after graduation and pursue a career at Disney World.
Stroke survivor helping immune compromised during coronavirus pandemic through his foundation
After a 41-year-old father of five suffered a stroke, he shared his near death experience to provide support to other survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors told Forsythe he had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, and they would likely lose him overnight. Now, during a global pandemic, Forsythe has been offering support to other patients with compromised immune systems. Cardiologist and stroke specialist at Emory University Hospital Dr. Abhinav Goyal said recent literature on the subject could have grave consequences. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.