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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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    Barack Obama is scaling back his 60th birthday bash amid surging Coronavirus Delta variant cases around the country.

    The former U.S. President sparked outrage over plans for his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people and 200 workers at his beachfront Martha’s Vineyard estate.

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    AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

    But politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the private bash.

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    Many pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

    Attendance is now limited to 200 hundred family and close friends, according to a press release from his office.

    Obama spokesperson Hannah Hankins said in a statement:

    “This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place. Due to the new spread of the delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.”

    Obama turned 60 on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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    Dr. Dre’s oldest daughter says she’s homeless and living out of her car — despite pleas to her billionaire father for help.

    LaTanya Young, who delivers food for DoorDash and Uber Eats, is living out of her car because the money she earns can’t pay her rent.

    LaTanya, 38, has repeatedly pleaded with her father for help, but she hasn’t heard from him in a year and a half.

    “My kids are staying with friends — they are not living in the car, it’s just me,” Young told the UK’s Daily Mail.

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    The single mother of four is Dre’s daughter with Lisa Johnson, who split from the Beats by Dre founder when LaTanya was five years old.

    LaTanya’s unemployment benefits expired and she began taking odd jobs to pay for her rental car.

    “I’m taking odd jobs just to make it now — I got paid $15 an hour as an assembler at the warehouse. I’m trying to keep my head above water. I’ve been in debt for a while.”

    LaTanya said she fears losing her rental car because she can’t afford the payments after moving to California from Las Vegas in search of better work.

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    Losing friends? Actress Jennifer Aniston said she cut ties with “a few people” over their coronavirus vaccination status, and insisted that people have a “moral”  and “professional” obligation to share whether or not they’ve been vaccinated.
    “There’s still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don’t listen to the facts. It’s a real shame,” she revealed in InStyle’s September cover interview, before expanding on her reasons for cutting off contacts:

    I’ve just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate.
    I feel it’s your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we’re not all podded up and being tested every single day. It’s tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don’t feel based in anything except fear or propaganda.

    Aniston has long been an enthusiastic supporter of coronavirus restrictions.
    The Golden Globe winner last June pleaded with her 37.7 million followers to wear a mask. “This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
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