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Emmy-winning news anchor Jovita Moore underwent surgery to remove two small brain tumors early Friday morning.

Jovita worked as a news reporter and anchor at Channel 2 Action News for two decades.

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Just before going on the air Monday, Jovita told Channel 2’s Justin Farmer that she wasn’t feeling well.

Later, as she walked through a grocery store parking lot, she felt lightheaded. “I was walking. I remember walking across parking lot and feeling like I wasn’t going to make it to the door. I was walking like in quicksand,” Jovita said.

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She was rushed to an emergency room, where a brain scan revealed two small brain masses.

Jovita told co-workers she was sometimes “forgetful, disoriented and just not feeling myself.”

What is a Brain Tumor?

A brain tumor occurs when abnormal brain cells clump together to form a mass. As the tumor grows, it presses on the surrounding tissue. Eventually, the pressure on surrounding structures causes symptoms, such as in Jovita’s case.

Brain tumors can remain in the brain or metastasize (spread) elsewhere in the body.

Cancer in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, can metastasize to the brain.

Tumors may be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

What are the risk factors for a brain tumor?

A family history of cancer is one of the risk factors. About 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary.

Brain tumors are diagnosed more often in Caucasians and biracial, mixed people.

Certain chemicals, such as industrial cleaners, solvents, or medications can increase your risk for brain cancer.

Exposure to radiation can also increase risk.

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, people who never had childhood chicken pox are at greater risk of getting brain tumors.

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor

Signs and symptoms of a brain tumor depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor within the brain. The space surrounding the brain inside the skull doesn’t allow for much wiggle room. A tumor, or even an aneursym, will press on surrounding tissues causing noticeable signs and symptoms.

Signs & symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, vertigo
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Confusion, disorientation
  • Change in mental status
  • Memory loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling on one side of the body
  • Difficulty speaking
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    How are brain tumors diagnosed?

    Your doctor will order diagnostic tests and perform a physical exam. The doctor will use an ophthalmoscope to visualize your optic nerves inside your eues. The scope shines a light in your eyes to see if your pupils are unequal or dilated.

    Diagnostic tests include CT scan, MRI, angiography and skull X-rays.

    How are brain tumors treated?

    Treatment depends on the type, size, and location of the tumor. The most common treatment is surgery to remove the tumor.

    Surgery can also be combined with chemotherapy and radiation.

    There are risks involved with brain surgery, such as loss of mobility, loss of speech and paralysis. Post-surgical infection is also likely.

    Patients may temporarily lose the ability to walk or speak after surgery, depending on the location of the tumor that was removed.

    Some patients will require physical therapy or speech therapy after surgery.

    This has been your Medical Minute.
     

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    Telugu veteran playback singer G Anand passes away due to COVID 19

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    G Anand was undergoing treatment at Tirumala Hospital in B.N. Reddy Nagar for COVID-19. He was 67.

    Telugu veteran playback singer G Anand passes away due to COVID 19


    South Indian film industry has lost another talented singer this week due to COVID-19. Veteran playback singer G. Anand succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday. According to media reports, his oxygen saturation fell to 55 and he could not get a ventilator on time. He was 67. Several close people and among the circle appealed for help on social media while he was undergoing treatment at Tirumala Hospital in B.N. Reddy Nagar. 

    Playback singer Venu tagged RRR movie makers and Pushpa producers Mythri Movie Makers as he appealed for help on Twitter. “Senior Singer #GAnand Garu is in Very Critical condition. He is admitted at Tirumala Hospital B.N.Reddy Nagar. Oxygen levels have come down to 55 & he is in need of a ventilator which is not readily available in that hospital. So kindly RT & help him.” 

    Take a look at the tweet below: 

    G. Anand started his career in Chennai with the movie Amerika Ammayi in 1976. His song Oka venuvu vinipinchenu anuraaga geethika from the film in a G.K. Venkatesh’ composition became a huge hit. He also started his musical group called “Swara Madhuri’ and did a lot of live shows with his team all over the world. 

    RIP, G Anand! 

    Also Read: Ovvoru Pookalume fame singer Comagan passes away at 48; Director Cheran says ‘He was the eyes of 25 families’ 


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    Longtime Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams is leaving the show

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    SPOILERS: Do not read this article if you have not watched the May 6 episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

    Jesse Williams, who has played surgeon Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy since the show’s sixth season, will be leaving the ABC medical drama at the end of this season, its 17th. Williams’ final episode, titled ‘Tradition,’ will air on May 20.

    ABC confirmed Williams’ departure to Variety and provided statements from the actor and from Grey’s Anatomy showrunner, Krista Vernoff.

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    Jesse Williams plays surgeon Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy. (Walt Disney Television via Getty)

    “Jesse Williams is an extraordinary artist and activist,” Vernoff said. “Watching his evolution these past 11 years both on screen and off has been a true gift. Jesse brings so much heart, such depth of care, and so much intelligence to his work. We will miss Jesse terribly and we will miss Jackson Avery — played to perfection for so many years.”

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    Over the years, the character of Jackson has evolved from being a privileged plastic surgeon to a caring doctor focusing on inequities in health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This season, Jackson has found closure with other Grey’s Anatomy characters, including his mother, Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) — and in Thursday’s episode, with his ex-wife April, played by Sarah Drew, who left the show in 2018.

    The pressure is on as a determined Bailey tackles her first day as Chief; meanwhile, April’s marriage is in jeopardy and she finds herself unable to address her problems; Meredith struggles to juggle all her responsibilities and Amelia works to define her relationship with Owen, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1 (8:00–9:00 p.m., ET) on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Adam Taylor/Walt Disney Television via Get (Walt Disney Television via Getty)

    In a statement, Williams said: “I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow castmates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen, and Debbie. As an actor, director and person, I have been obscenely lucky to learn so much from so many and I thank our beautiful fans, who breathe so much energy and appreciation into our shared worlds.

    “The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I’ll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends.”

    The news that Williams is leaving Grey’s Anatomy was first reported by Deadline.

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    L.A. Pride Parade Canceled For Second Year In A Row, COVID-19 Cited

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    The L.A. Pride parade, one of the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ celebrations, is being canceled for the second year in a row.

    Although the pandemic is easing in California, parade organizers said the large scale of the event made planning difficult. They vowed to return in 2022 and said they are working on that event now

    “Safety was our No. 1 priority,” said Sharon-Franklin Brown, board president of Christopher Street West, the nonprofit organization that produces LA Pride. “It takes time to put on a parade, [and] we were not sure we were going to be where we’re at now, which is this amazing space where everything is opening up.”

    The L.A. Pride parade is usually held each June during Pride Month. It was set for June 15 this year, a date when the state plans to fully reopen.

    Instead of the parade, producers Christopher Street West will host a concert with TikTok that will livestream on the app June 10. The Thrive with Pride show will feature Charli XCX and LGBTQ artists that have not yet been announced.

    There will also be a television special on KABC-TV at 9 p.m. on June 12.

     


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