By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Emily MoessnerNational Eating Disorder Awareness Week aims to expand the conversation surrounding eating disorders and other psychological diseases and will take place from Feb. 26 to March 4.Some 20 million women and 10 million men in America will develop an eating disorder in their lifetime. Lori Greene, an instructor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Alabama, said she wants people to start understanding eating disorders as a psychological disease.“A lot of times we think of (eating disorders) as a food disease, but it’s just a psychological disease that is manifested through food,” she said.It can be hard to see specific warning signs in those affected by an eating disorder. Greene said that, in addition to eating less or losing weight, there are less common signs that people do not usually associate with an eating disorder.“A lot of people with eating disorders tend to be ritualistic, so sometimes they just eat the same thing over and over again,” she said.While some of the most well-known eating disorders, like bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, involve eating and then binging or purging food, there are other eating disorders that do not involve food at all. For instance, compulsive exercise and exercising to an extreme extent is also classified as an eating disorder.Greene said the best way to approach someone who may have an eating disorder is to be understanding and compassionate.“Just say ‘I’m concerned about you because I’m witnessing this,’” she said. “So not that we’re going to accuse them of having an eating disorder, but just try to understand why it is that they are eating less, or exercising in a more unhealthy way.”Eating disorders can lead to a variety of health issues, including poor bone health, fertility problems later in life, and skin and hair damage.Greene said that eating disorders need to be treated by a professional, whether it is a physician, dietitian, or counselor.More information about specific eating disorders, treatment options, and support can be found on nationaleatingdisordres.org.
The Kentucky Wildcats ended up where everyone expected them on Selection Sunday: seeded No. 1 on their quest to become the first undefeated team since 1976.Oh, but there were surprises when the NCAA Tournament bracket came out, too. Big-conference UCLA and Texas made it. Colorado State and Temple did not.Wisconsin is a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history. But the Badgers must play in the West Region, where second-seeded Arizona is certain to draw more fans.As for those play-in games that start March 17 in Dayton. Well, one of the teams playing is Dayton — a No. 11 seed that will have a distinct home-court advantage March 18 against Boise State.Generally, that’s not allowed during the tournament, but there’s an exception because the committee said the Flyers were the last team in the 68-team field, and thus, had to play in the opening-round game.“It falls within our policies and procedures,” selection committee Chairman Scott Barnes said. “It’s obviously a home-court advantage but we didn’t waver from that decision.”Fans have a few days to fill out their brackets (Sorry, no billion-dollar prize available for a perfect one this year), then the action starts in full on March 19, when Kentucky headlines the slate against the winner of a play-in game between No. 16 seeds Manhattan and Hampton. A ‘1’ has never lost to a ’16.’The other No. 1 seeds were Villanova in the East and Duke in the South. Those were pretty easy picks.And then there was the total no-brainer — placing Kentucky at the top of the Midwest Region, and at the very top of the bracket. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 78-63 on March 15 to improve to 34-0. If they win six more, they’ll become the first team since then 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers to go undefeated.“I think I have the best team and the best players,” said coach John Calipari, trying to lead the program to its ninth national title. “Does that mean we’ll win? No, it doesn’t.”The Wildcats are even-money picks in Las Vegas to win it all, and at least one coach, Bill Self of Kansas, thinks that might be a bargain.“I shouldn’t be talking about Vegas, but my point is, I think they’re a pretty heavy favorite,” said Self, whose Jayhawks are seeded No. 2 in the Midwest. Other No. 2 seeds are Gonzaga in the South and Virginia in the East.Barnes said Arizona and Virginia were the other teams in the mix for the top seed. He defended placing Duke there, saying the Blue Devils’ road wins over Virginia, North Carolina and Louisville carried more weight than their lack of a conference title.“Those strong, very elite wins, wins on the road — and let’s not forget the eye test with Duke — all were considerations,” he said.Barnes called placing UCLA in the bracket as a No. 11 seed “one of the tougher decisions we had to make.” But he defended putting the Bruins (20-13) in with an RPI of 48, which is 18 spots lower than Colorado State and 14 below Temple.“We felt they were gaining steam,” Barnes said. “They did have a good strength-of-schedule, they were playing better against tough competition. An example is the last game against Arizona (a 70-64 loss in the Pac-12 title game). I think the ‘eye test’ was also a plus in putting them in the field.”The Big Ten and Big 12 led the way with seven teams each in the bracket.Other teams that just missed were Old Dominion and Richmond, which lost out to teams like Ole Miss and Texas that have stronger schedules baked into the cake because they play in major conferences.As is custom, Barnes was short on specifics, though he said Wyoming’s surprise victory in the Mountain West Conference stole away an at-large bid that would’ve gone to Temple — the last team out.The next team out was Colorado State. Rams coach Larry Eutaschy broke away from his team’s “viewing party” to make a brief statement. “They are devastated, and they should be, because they are certainly an NCAA Tournament team,” Eustachy said.The bracket includes its usual share of quirks and tear-jerkers.—UCLA’s first game is against SMU, coached by Larry Brown, the 74-year-old turnaround artist who is taking his third team to the NCAA Tournament. The first team? UCLA, of course.—Harvard, coached by former Duke star Tommy Amaker, faces his old rival, North Carolina, in the first round.—Georgia State coach Ron Hunter watched the bracket unveiling with his left foot in a cast. He tore his Achilles’ tendon while celebrating his program’s first trip to the tournament since 2001. The 14th-seeded Panthers open against Baylor.—Also seeded No. 14 is Albany, which made the tournament on a 3-pointer with 1 second left by Peter Hooley, whose mother died six weeks ago from colon cancer. No. 14 Albany opens against Oklahoma.—Wichita State is in the same region with Kansas, an in-state program that won’t schedule the Shockers, and Kentucky, which ended Wichita State’s undefeated season last year in the second round.This year, it’s Kentucky that comes in with a ‘0’ in that loss column. “Everyone is zero-and-zero now,” Calipari said. “That’s the key to this. It’s a one-game shot. It’s not best-of-5.”(EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
OAKLAND, CA (AP) – Soon after capturing the franchise’s second title in three years Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn’t realize still had his number.While the Warriors haven’t formally met to discuss whether they will visit President Donald Trump’s White House as is customary for championship teams, Curry said his mind hasn’t changed from when he was asked earlier this year about the possibility. Coach Steve Kerr also has been outspoken about issues with Trump.“Somebody asked me about it a couple months ago like the hypothetical if a championship were to happen what would I do and I think I answered I wouldn’t go. Still feel like that today,” Curry said. “But obviously as a team we’re going to have a conversation. This is a moment that we all need to enjoy together. Nothing should distract from what we were able to accomplish together and the different kind of ceremonies that have happened around championship-winning teams. We don’t want that to taint what we’ve accomplished this year so we’ll handle that accordingly and responsibly and do the right thing for us individually and as a group.”TweetPinShare11 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatigued after a hard-fought road win the previous night, Giannis Antetokounmpo recognized the importance of following up with a win at home.“It was tough. A lot of us were tired,” Antetokounmpo said after the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 98-90 on Saturday night.The Bucks won in San Antonio 94-87 on Friday night.“We played hard last night, but to validate last night’s win we needed to win tonight,” Antetokounmpo said.Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and had a season-high 15 rebounds to help Milwaukee overcome Lonzo Ball’s historic triple-double.Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. At 20 years and 15 days, he bested LeBron James by four days to become the youngest to accomplish the feat.The accomplishment meant little to Ball, given the outcome.“I really don’t care,” Ball said. “I just wanted to win tonight. I thought we put ourselves in a good position to get it, but it didn’t happen.”Ball had struggled mightily in the early going this season getting shots to fall until finding a groove against the Bucks.“He was really good tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously, it helps when you get some of those shots to go in. I thought he did a great job of playing at a pace, creating for others, constantly being the aggressor on the offensive end, keeping the defense on their heels.”Milwaukee used a 9-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 77-67 lead.The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the fourth. After the Lakers pulled within seven with just over five minutes left, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk while being fouled. He made the free throw to grow the Bucks’ lead back to 10 points. He followed with a twisting layup on the next possession as the Bucks gained control.Bucks coach Jason Kidd credited his team’s effort.“Guys were tired there at the end, but it just showed the maturity of us understanding what was at stake,” Kidd said.Ball had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the first half. He made just three of 12 shots in a loss at Washington on Thursday, but finished 7-for-12 and made 3-of-5 shots from three-point range against the Bucks.“I told you, I am going to keep shooting,” Ball said. “They fell tonight.”KIDD ON BALLKidd, who had a storied career as a point guard, had high praise for Ball’s performance. “He got off to a great start shooting the ball,” Kidd said. “His strengths are finding his teammates and rebounding the ball, making the game easy for his teammates. He did that at a very high level tonight.”SLOW STARTAfter an impressive game on Friday night, Eric Bledsoe’s home debut got off to a rough start. Acquired from Phoenix earlier in the week, the 6-foot-1 guard missed his first four shots. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-13 shooting. Kidd likes the added dimension Bledsoe brings to the Bucks offense. “He brings a dynamic we haven’t had since Brandon Knight, and that’s speed,” he said.STIFLING DEFENSEAfter surrendering 124 points in a loss to Cleveland on Nov. 7, the Bucks have held their last two opponents to 90 points or less. “Defense wins games,” Kidd said. “I thought the guys did a great job of focusing on the defensive end, rebounding the ball, taking care of the ball.”TIP-INSLakers: Coming off a game in which he made just one of seven three-point attempts, Ball began by draining both of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter. … The near-capacity crowd booed Ball nearly every time he touched the ball early in the game. … G Vander Blue, last year’s D-League MVP, entered the game in the second quarter, seeing action at the Bradley Center for the first time since playing for Marquette University in the 2012-13 season.Bucks: Mirza Teletovic missed a second consecutive game with left knee soreness. Coach Jason Kidd said he doesn’t expect Teletovic to return to practice until Wednesday. .Milwaukee played its third set of back-to-back games this season.UP NEXTLakers: At Phoenix on Monday night.Bucks: Host Memphis on Monday night.RICH ROVITO, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shares
Nowadays, many people associate anthrax with bioterrorism. Indeed, the anthrax bacteria is “one of the biological agents most likely to be used” in terrorism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because microscopic anthrax spores can be produced in a lab and be put into powders, sprays, food and water. But that’s only part of the anthrax profile. The bacteria occur naturally in soil all over the world. Livestock and wildlife — such as cattle, pigs, goats and deer — can pick up the bacteria as they breathe and graze in grasslands. The bacteria can be transmitted to humans as well — absorbed through a cut in the skin, for example, when slaughtering animals, or from eating infected meat that wasn’t cooked at high-enough temperatures.And there’s a lot we don’t know about the risks posed by anthrax in nature — notably, how many animal and human cases there are each year. The World Health Organization says the number of human cases dropped from as many as 100,000 a year down to 2,000 in the 1980s. The number of infected animals per year is not available, but anthrax bacteria are found in the soil of every inhabited continent as well as several islands, including Haiti and parts of the Philippines and Indonesia.Public health researchers believe cases are chronically underreported both in people and animals — partly because symptoms can mimic the flu and also because herders and hunters fear that news of anthrax in people or animals would take a toll on their livelihood. To fill in the gaps, a team of researchers have examined 15 years of data to identify hot spots. Colin Carlson, a researcher at Georgetown University, and Ian Kracalik, a former researcher at the University of Florida and now an epidemic intelligence officer at the CDC, led this study, and Jason Blackburn, an associate professor at the University of Florida, led the data collection. Based on their estimations, 1.1 billion livestock live in areas where the bacterial disease is found. The human involvement is also significant: 1.83 billion people reside in those areas — and approximately 63 million livestock keepers are at high risk.To determine where anthrax is likeliest to occur around the world, the researchers looked at soil characteristics and climate data. The bacteria thrive in arid and semi-arid climates with slightly alkaline soil but are also present in temperate highlands like in China. Then the researchers looked at the population of livestock and wild animals in those areas — and the population of humans.They found that the countries with the greatest number of people at risk are Bangladesh, China, India and South Africa.Other regions, such as North America, see cases as well. But animals there are routinely vaccinated, and food safety measures keep anthrax-infected meat from being eaten.Wendy Turner, an assistant professor of biological sciences at University of Albany who was not affiliated with this study, calls the map “a good first start.” “It’s kind of surprising that this work has only been done now, to be quite honest,” she tells NPR.How Anthrax Affects Animals and PeopleAn animal that has not been vaccinated will quickly die from an anthrax infection unless antibiotics are administered. But the vaccine isn’t always an easy solution. It must be administered annually. And access to the vaccine may be limited in the poorest parts of the world, Carlson says. Yet those are often the regions where animals — and the people who interact with them — need it the most.Parts of sub-Saharan Africa as well as south and east Asia have extremely low vaccinations rates — from less than 1 percent to 6 percent, according to this study. These are the regions where more than half of the livestock and 48.5 million livestock keepers are at risk.People can experience a variety of symptoms if infected. In cases where the bacteria gets under people’s skin, symptoms include fever, fatigue and black sores on the skin. About 20 percent of people who get cutaneous anthrax, as this type is called, die if they aren’t treated with antibiotics, but nearly everyone survives with treatment.Those who eat tainted and undercooked meat may also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Gastrointestinal anthrax has higher fatality rates: more than half of people die with no treatment and 40 percent die even after taking antibiotics.The deadliest of all is inhalation anthrax. That’s the kind that terrorists seek to spread. But it also occurs in nature — if someone working in a slaughterhouse or wool mill inhales spores, for example. With no treatment, 85 to 90 percent of people die, and 45 percent die even with treatment.There is a vaccine for people, but it is usually only given to first responders to potential terror attacks and to laboratory technicians who work with the bacteria closely. The Toll It TakesIn affected countries, anthrax infection causes “significant” economic and public health problems, especially in poor, rural communities, says Antonio Vieira, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology who was not part of this research. “Mapping hot spots or areas more susceptible to anthrax outbreaks is extremely important and helpful for preparedness and targeting interventions,” he writes in an email. The report, the researchers say, is intended as a starting point. From here, public health workers and policymakers can begin focusing on anthrax hot spots and fine-tuning their responses — from administering more livestock vaccinations to training health workers to recognize symptoms in people.”This is the first global picture we have of this,” Carlson says. “It’s a little bit like the black hole photo. Now that we can look at this thing — what next?” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.