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Salon Worker Sees Black Line On Nail, Tells Her To Call Doctor. 3 Days Later Gets The Sad News

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Salon Worker Sees Black Line On Nail, Tells Her To Call Doctor. 3 Days Later Gets The Sad News

We all need some alone time or days where we pamper ourselves. Life has its stresses, so any opportunity to decompress is important for our overall health.

Summer is the perfect time for us to get our nails done. Many people wear sandals during the warm balmy months, so it’s nice to have our toe nails painted and looking lovely. Rarely, though, do we expect to learn some alarming news while at a nail salon that could affect our immediate health.

Lisa Harrison Williams works at a nail salon. While tending to a walk-in client one day, she discovered something that caused her great concern. The woman had a dark vertical line spanning her entire nail bed. The client wanted Williams to hide it with nail polish that was darker than the line.

The woman indicated to Williams she’d visited many salons over the years and other manicurists had their ideas about what caused this odd line. Some thought it was a calcium deficiency while others attributed it to something hereditary. Williams knew better.

Not wishing to alarm her client, Williams nonetheless told her she needed to consult a physician immediately because she’d seen this before in other clients. The woman did as Williams suggested and, a few days later, called back with some distressing news – she had cancer.

Her specific type of cancer was a skin cancer called subungual melanoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the nail bed. Symptoms of this disease include nail cracking, bleeding, and brittleness. The unusual pigmentation the woman had under her nail spread into surrounding tissue and skin.

There is a high risk for this cancer to metastasize, so early detection is crucial. This cancer is treated with surgery to remove the affected tissue.

Surprisingly, subungual melanoma isn’t caused by the sun like most melanomas. Rather, it’s brought on by an injury or trauma. Onset tends to be at middle-age and is typically seen in people with darker skin.

A hallmark symptom of subungual melanoma is finding these lines in the thumbs or big toes, but these odd skin pigmentations have also been found to be benign in darker-skinned adults. The best way to know whether it’s cancer or not is to see a doctor.

Williams shared the story on Facebook to warn her circle of family and friends about this cancer and her post quickly went viral.

“Please keep an eye on the nail beds—toes and fingers—-of your elderly loved ones and your loved ones that aren’t physically able to notice changes in the nail beds!” she wrote. “Early diagnosis can make all the difference in the world!!!”

Imagine if Williams hadn’t urged this total stranger to pay a visit to her doctor. Where would she be now? Don’t ignore what your body is telling you. If something looks different or shows up somewhere it shouldn’t, if you do not feel like you normally do, don’t ignore these signs. There may not be anything life-threatening going on, but the possibility is always there. Take care of yourself!

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DOJ, IRS Investigating Crypto Exchange Binance

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Binance Holdings Ltd. is facing a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Officials specializing in tax and money-laundering investigations are probing the world’s largest crypto exchange, according to the report.

Binance operates a sprawling global empire of crypto trading, including derivatives, which are essentially barred from the U.S. market. The Binance brand has attempted to project itself as above-board through recent regulatory hires including former U.S. senator Max Baucus. Former banking regulator Brian Brooks was installed as CEO of Binance’s U.S. affiliate last month.

“We take our legal obligations very seriously and engage with regulators and law enforcement in a collaborative fashion,” a Binance spokesperson said in a statement. “We have worked hard to build a robust compliance program that incorporates anti-money laundering principles and tools used by financial institutions to detect and address suspicious activity.”

She declined to comment on the reported investigation.

Binance CEO “CZ” Changpeng Zhao commented on the Bloomberg article in a tweet:

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The CDC director just gave us a dark coronavirus warning

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The latest coronavirus update for the US through mid-morning on Thursday shows that, according to the latest data collected by the team at Johns Hopkins University, more than 28.7 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the US since the start of the pandemic. Additionally, the coronavirus death toll in the US was approaching 519,000 as of the time of this writing.

Nevertheless, two states created an uproar this week when both states (Texas and Mississippi) announced their decision to pull back restrictions and mandates imposed during the pandemic, like max capacity requirements for businesses and statewide face mask rules. President Biden criticized these moves as the product of “Neanderthal thinking,” while CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky actually went farther than that — warning during a White House press briefing this week that the US could lose all of the progress made thus far as a result of the spread of more transmissible coronavirus variants. Spread that would be helped even more by states like these and others that join them pulling back on their coronavirus-related public safety measures too soon.

“Please hear me clearly,” Dr. Walensky said. “At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained. These variants are a very real threat to our people and to our progress. Now is not the time to relax the critical safeguards that we know could stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, not when we are so close.”

 

While there has been a degree of promising news coverage in recent days and weeks, make no mistake: We’re still very much in the middle of a dangerous pandemic. COVID-19 cases, as well as related deaths, are up about 2% compared to last week — and we’re now averaging around 67,000 coronavirus cases per day, along with some 2,000 deaths each day.

Along these lines, and related to the Texas and Mississippi news, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb had an important insight to share in a CNBC interview this week — namely, that governments and public health experts need to start talking to people about the end of the pandemic and how we get there. Else, we’ll see more people go down this same road, either by feeling like things are hopeless or prematurely easing up on safety measures. “If we continue to be very prescriptive and not give people a realistic vision for a better future, they’re going to start to ignore the public health guidance,” Gottlieb said.

Walensky continued her remarks by noting that an average of less than 70,000 coronavirus cases a day seems good compared to where we were a few months ago. But we “cannot be resigned” to that.

“Please stay strong in your conviction, continue wearing your well-fitted mask and taking the other public health prevention actions that we know work,” she said. “Ultimately, vaccination is what will bring us out of this pandemic. To get there, we need to vaccinate many more people.”

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KANYE WEST LOSES BALLOT SPOT IN WI BY 14 SECONDS

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