Ailing pope, reducing appearances, prays for homeless dead

first_imgVATICAN CITY (AP) — Ailing Pope Francis, who is making limited public appearances due to persistent pain, drew attention to the plight of homeless people in winter, including a Nigerian man who froze to death not far from the Vatican. Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for the man named Edwin, who he said was 46, and who was “ignored by all, abandoned, even by us.” A day after the Vatican said that Francis, 84, was suffering again from sciatica, a nerve inflammation that can affect the lower back and legs, the pope skipped celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. But he appeared in the Apostolic Palace library to give his blessing.last_img read more

Luke Shaw given all-clear to fly home after double leg break

first_img Shaw had an operation on the leg on the night of the game and was due to have another procedure at the hospital on Friday. Instead, that second procedure has been moved to Manchester. Doctors are happy with the initial operation, which set his leg together after a clean break of the tibia and fibula. There were fears Shaw would have to make his return journey via road or train – which could have taken over eight hours – because the pressure on the leg would be too high in a plane. But United manager Louis Van Gaal says Shaw will be okay to fly back to England and could even land on Saturday. “The second procedure could not be done today (Friday) so we have to do it here in Manchester. The pressure is low now so he can fly back,” the Dutchman said. “That is the last information I got. It will be today (Friday) or tomorrow (Saturday) then he will go to a private clinic in Manchester. “When it’s all right, depending on the development of the injury, then he goes home, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.” Van Gaal downplayed the importance of Shaw requiring a second procedure on the leg within the space of a few days. Press Association After three days’ treatment at the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of Eindhoven, Shaw is almost ready to return to England. The Manchester United defender has been in the Dutch city since he broke his leg in two places following a tackle by Hector Moreno in PSV’s 2-1 Champions League win over the Red Devils on Tuesday. He said: “It’s a closing of the stitches or something. “The pressure was too high, that’s why an immediate operation was needed. Because opening the leg you need to close it also. It’s not an operation but it’s a typical minor operation.” Shaw left the pitch at the Philips Stadion on a stretcher while receiving oxygen. The former Southampton left-back was in tears at the time but is now in better spirits, according to his manager. ”I called him last night (Thursday),” Van Gaal said. ”He sounds very strong, which was amazing for me – a big surprise. ”It is a good signal but he knows he has a long way to go and it is not easy… He will have a long period of rehabilitation and he has a long way to go.” Van Gaal believes the earliest date Shaw could return to action is March. The Dutchman believes it will be a tough challenge for him to reach the kind of form that made him one of the best players in the team so far this season ”It is not only physical but mental,” Van Gaal said. ”For us it is a big loss, as a team. I said (in pre-season) this will be the season of Luke Shaw but now it is finished nearly. ”He started so well, built up a left wing with (Memphis) Depay and Shaw, but we have to start filling it again and it is not easy.” As well as Van Gaal, England manager Roy Hodgson is understood to have been in regular contract with Shaw during his stay at the hospital. Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s England record under Hodgson over the most recent international break. He is 16 goals short of Charlton’s United record and Van Gaal has no doubt the striker will become the club’s top scorer of all time. Van Gaal was irked when it was put to him that Rooney had failed to score in his last 10 league matches. “He scored against (Club) Brugge,” Van Gaal said after confirming his captain had overcome a hamstring injury to be fit for Sunday’s game at Southampton. “Rooney has scored a lot. He’s nearly the record holder, so I hope he will beat that record but I have to wait and see, like you do.” Luke Shaw will be spared the torment of completing his 500-mile return to Manchester from Eindhoven by land. last_img read more

#DentalFeature: What Causes A Swollen Tongue?

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – Does your tongue feel uncomfortably large in your mouth? Perhaps you’re worried you may be having an allergic reaction to something you ate. A doctor or dentist can help discover the cause of your swollen tongue and provide treatment; though, don’t wait for an appointment if you’re also having breathing difficulties. Visit a medical professional immediately.What Causes a Swollen Tongue?The tongue is a versatile muscle that’s vital for eating and speaking, and it doesn’t take long to notice when it feels large and thick. Redness and changes in the surface texture could accompany the swelling. The medical term for a red, inflamed tongue is glossitis, and allergic reactions, injuries, infections and irritants are a few of the most common causes of the condition.An allergic reaction might be due to food, medicine or oral care products. Irritation can be caused by alcohol, tobacco or spicy foods. A skin condition, vitamin deficiency or hormonal issue may also cause tongue swelling. Finally, glossitis is sometimes a symptom of Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes dry mouth.Food AllergensCertain types of food can trigger an oral allergy, marked by an itchy mouth or a swollen tongue, while other foods cause a whole-body allergic reaction that may include the mouth. Typical foods such as apples, melons and pineapples can trigger an oral allergy, and notes that the allergic reaction is often strongest when these fruits are eaten raw. Some foods that may cause a whole-body allergic reaction are eggs, peanuts, fish, shellfish, milk, tree nuts, wheat and soy.Allergic ReactionsAnother term to describe swelling in the tongue, lips and face is angioedema, which means a swelling of deep layers of skin. Angioedema is an allergic reaction that can happen suddenly or over a period. Symptoms that often accompany the allergic reaction are hives, reddened skin, itching in the mouth, nausea, stomach pains, a runny nose and sneezing.A swollen tongue, lips or throat are signs of a serious allergic reaction that can quickly become life-threatening without treatment. If you have swelling around or in your mouth and you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, begin to turn blue, have chest pain or feel faint, seek medical help immediately.How to Treat a Swollen TongueA mild case of swollen tongue often goes away without treatment after a few days. It’s imperative to see a dentist or doctor if your symptoms last longer than a few days, you experience breathing difficulties, or your throat is also swelling. With the appropriate treatment, the swelling will go down. If the swelling is due to a food allergy, antihistamine medication is the usual prescribed treatment.How to Prevent Tongue SwellingIf you know what food or other allergen caused your tongue swelling, you can prevent a repeat episode by avoiding the trigger food or substance. However, sometimes the culprit isn’t obvious. In these cases, keep a diary of what you eat or use in or around your mouth. Whenever you experience swelling or other symptoms, make a note. With your doctor’s help, you should be able to determine which food or product you need to remove from your diet or personal care routine.Although tongue swelling is annoying, it’s often possible to identify the cause and prevent the problem from returning. Speak to your dentist or doctor if you experience this symptom to receive treatment and discuss what steps to take next.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more