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YOUR HEALTH: A nose implant that dissolves and makes breathing easier

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HOUSTON, Texas – "When I would try to jog or run, I would not turn red, I would actually turn purple. It was just exhausting."

Courtney Bade had no stamina and wasn't sleeping well so she sought help.

"(My doctor) noticed that when I did breathe, the side of my nose would cave in."

Structures inside in her nose blocked nasal passages, limiting her oxygen supply.   The doctor recommended a new device.

"LATERA is an implant made out of polylactic acid: it's dissolvable, and it's a bioactive stimulator of collagen," explained Dr. Jose Barrera from the Texas Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

Which helps keep the airways open.

"And then, once it dissolves," the doctor added, "which it will dissolve over two years, it leaves behind a little collagen track which supports the sidewall."

NEW TECHNOLOGY:   LATERA is an implant that is a bio-active stimulator collagen.  While the patient is awake, doctors numb the internal lining of the nose with nasal spray or gel.   Then they deploy the implant, the size of an ear bud, through a small cannula.

The implant surgery takes only 20 minutes, under local anesthesia, with a minimal recovery time of one week.

"They can actually resume normal activities the next day, no splints, no packing, they can breathe better right away," said Dr. Barrera.

After about a month, Courtney saw a marked improvement in her breathing.

"I was actually able to jog," she said.  "I didn't turn different colors."

"If you feel during the daytime that you have nasal obstruction, you feel congested, you feel blocked, you feel like you cant breathe out of one side compared to the other," said Dr. Barrera.  "Then it's time for an evaluation."

"I did not know that I had a problem, but having it fixed is amazing," added Courtney.

The FDA approved the medical implant for use at the end of 2016.  It is covered on a case by case basis by most health insurance companies.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Iowa State Patrol on high alert for drugged drivers on 4/20

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DAVENPORT, Iowa-- On 4/20 marijuana users claimed the day as a National Holiday to toke up.

Throughout the weekend Iowa State patrol troopers are joining six other states as part of a Drug Impaired Enforcement Campaign, " Get High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!"

"It's just keeping everybody safe and keeping those kind of people that are impaired off the road," said Lieutenant Brian Votroubek.

The initiative aims to keep roads safe from impaired drivers who are under the influence of drugs.

Votroubek said they're adding more troopers and drug recognition experts out on the Iowa Roads.

"It's becoming a bigger deal every year and this is one of those days we want to increase that awareness." said Lt. Votroubek.

He says the signs to drug impaired drivers are similar to drunk drivers.

"It can be bad driving, not staying within your lane, varying speeds, just unusual behavior, staying at a stop sign too long, pulled off on the side of the road to a weird location." said Votroubek.

The campaign initiative will last through the weekend.

QC students join national school walkout on anniversary of Columbine shooting

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Pleasant Valley High School students joined together to remember the Columbine massacre, Friday April 20.

The 19th anniversary of the deadly school shooting also marks the second day in two months students across the country participated in a national school walkout.

The movement is an effort to ask lawmakers for stricter gun control laws.

“As students we have a voice because this is directly affecting us so advocating from a student’s perspective is something that needs to happen,” says senior and student organizer, Keshav Wagle.

Students from Glenview Middle School also marched around campus for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims in Parkland, Florida.

“What if it happens again, what if it happens to somebody’s family. Think about the people,” one student tells WQAD News 8.

Students from North Scott, Rock Island, Pleasant Valley, and East Moline schools all participated in the national walkout.

Police advertise 4/20 contest to find person with ‘the most marijuana’

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YOUNGSVILLE, La. – Think you’ve got the most impressive marijuana stash? A Louisiana police department is encouraging pot smokers to prove it.

The 20th of April, commonly known as 4/20, has become an annual international holiday for THC fans, despite the fact that the drug is still illegal in most of America and at the federal level.

This year, the Youngsville Police Department wants in on the party, advertising a “contest” on their Facebook page:

“Since today is 4/20, we are giving away prizes to the person that has the most marijuana. If you think you have more marijuana than anyone else, and you want to enter this contest, come by and show us at 304 Fourth Street Youngsville, La. we will extend this contest until the end of the month !!!!”

The post does not list what the “prizes” are for those who bring their weed to the police station, but it’s safe to say 4/20 will be ending early for those individuals.

The department generously extended the contest through the end of April.

Don’t eat any romaine lettuce, CDC warns, as E. coli outbreak grows

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YUMA, Ariz. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its romaine lettuce recall. It is now advising people throw away whole heads of romaine in addition to chopped romaine. Salad mixes with pieces of romaine should also be discarded.

The agency said 53 people in 16 states have become infected with E. coli from lettuce. No deaths have been reported.

E. coli Outbreak Update: Based on new data, CDC advises throwing away whole heads of romaine and hearts of romaine, plus chopped romaine and salad mixes, from Yuma, Arizona growing region. https://t.co/WTdyf3IWsY pic.twitter.com/F1RHsL3rt4

— CDC (@CDCgov) April 20, 2018

The contaminated lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona region. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away.

The information below is from the CDC:

What’s New?
  • Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
  • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
  • The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Highlights
  • Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with  coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.
    • At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
  • Advice to Consumers:
    • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
    • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Advice to Restaurants and Retailers:
    • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
    • Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.
  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 ( coli O157:H7) infections.
  • 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of  coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
    • 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
    • No deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Volunteers help create ‘beautiful’ memories for special education students on Prom night

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STERLING-- Members of the community rallied together to make sure special education students in Sterling had a special night to remember.

As students in the special education program get ready for prom, hairspray filled the air of a classroom inside the Whiteside Area Career Center,

One by one, girls sat down in front of volunteer beauticians to get their hair curled and makeup perfectly applied for their special day.

A special moment because looking back at life four years ago they would have never known what it would be like.

"Some of the kids were curious watching other high school students go and so we thought well hey why can't we do it," said Kim Martin.

Martin has worked in the school district for 11 years.

Four years ago, she began working with the community to try and make sure that her students had an equal opportunity to have prom be a night to remember.

From the amount of stylists to gowns donated, the amount of support the Bi-County Prom receives grows each year. It is as if everyone wants to give these special students a special day that they'll never forget.  "The more the merrier I mean as you can see we have a lot of girls that want to get their hair done and their makeup done and look pretty," said volunteer Nichole Dugger. This year is Dugger's first year volunteering and she said she heard about the dance through one of the students when they asked Dugger to do her hair for the special occasion.  All of the volunteers donate their time and products and the experience is enough to put a smile on everyone's face. "Just seeing the smile and the glow on their faces it's indescribable. I mean they are so happy. It just means the world to them, it's something that a lot of them have never done before and  getting their hair done their makeup done the boys getting dressed up in a tuxedos; it's just special," said Martin. For the students the experience is more than just hair and makeup.  "I have all my friends here with me, I have all my supporters, so it really means a lot to me," said senior Markeesha Glover. Glover has been to three proms now and each year her favorite part has been getting ready with her classmates. Once everyone is finished getting ready the students get to show off their looks as they walk through the hallway towards the bus. As fellow peers line the hallway to cheer them on.

SUV rams through the front of Davenport KFC

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BETTENDORF, Iowa – A S.U.V. crashed into the front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 3843 Elmore Avenue in Davenport, just after 4:00 P.M. on April 20th.

It is unknown what caused the accident, or if anybody was hurt in the crash.

This is a developing story. WQAD will share updates as they become available.

Iowa health system patient info may have been compromised

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — UnityPoint Health says a phishing attack on its email system could have compromised the health and personal information of 16,000 patients.

The Des Moines Register reports that the system discovered on Feb. 15 that a phishing attack had affected some employee email accounts. A letter sent to patients on Monday says accounts may have been accessed between Nov. 1 and Feb. 7.

Patients’ information that may have been exposed included medical record numbers, diagnosis and treatment information, lab results, insurance information, names and dates of birth and some Social Security numbers and other financial information.

Patients have been advised to contact health insurance companies for a current report of all services paid. Patients may call 855-331-3612 to see if their information was compromised.

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