Recipe: Super charge your day with this delightful cheeseburger turnover

Family Features -- There's a lot to remember when sending your student off to school each morning, from backpacks and school supplies to last night's homework. Don't forget one of the key ingredients to a successful day: lunch.

A menu of filling, delicious recipes is just what your family needs to make each school day a successful educational adventure. Satisfying lunch and dinner ideas can give loved ones the fuel they need while delicious desserts provide motivation for growing minds to get homework finished before enjoying a treat.


easy to make cheeseburger turnover

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When the coming weeks get hectic due to busy schedules, this recipe offers a simple solution to make cooking easier while helping you spend less time in the kitchen. Start with a lunch that's as easy to make as it is to pack in a lunchbox, recharge in the evening thanks to a veggie-forward main course and satisfy everyone's sweet tooth with a chocolatey favorite to round out the day.

These Cheeseburger Turnovers provide the energy little learners need to power through their afternoon lessons. One winning idea to make the week easier is to prep a full batch of these easily packable, kid-friendly handhelds Sunday night so you've got lunch ready for each day.

To find more inspirational school-day ideas, visit Culinary.net.

Cheeseburger Turnovers

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon mustard
1 can flaky biscuits
1 cup shredded cheese
dill pickle slices, halved
1 egg, beaten

How to make it

Heat oven to 375 F.

In large skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is thoroughly cooked and onions are tender. Drain. Stir in ketchup and mustard.

Separate biscuit dough. On ungreased baking sheet, flatten biscuit dough to form 6-inch rounds. Spoon beef mixture onto one side of flattened dough. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with dill pickle half. Fold dough over filling. With fork tines, press dough edges to seal. Cut two slits in top of dough to release steam. Repeat with remaining dough, beef mixture, cheese and pickles.

Brush each turnover with egg wash.

Bake 18-22 minutes, or until deep golden brown.

Area soccer teams get season underway

Collin Thomey goes up for a header during SJO's road match St. Joseph-Ogden's Collin Thomey tries to head the ball away from University High's Luca Zepeda-Flores during their non-conference soccer game on Thursday. The Spartans were limited to a first-half goal before the Illineks scored three unanswered goals on their home field for the win, 3-1. SJO is back in action on Monday at Schlarman Academy in Danville, while Uni-High will host twin-city rival Champaign Central on Tuesday.

(Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Avoid keeping avocados in water to keep them fresh, it's not a healthy idea

Lee Batsakis
OSF Healthcare


Rachel Gustafson
URBANA -- Since the inception of the popular social media app TikTok, countless “life hack” videos have gone viral – some of which have prompted health concerns. The latest viral TikTok trend is a tip for keeping avocados “fresh” by submerging them in water and storing them in the refrigerator until you are ready to consume them. Some individuals have even stored their leftover avocado this way – slicing the avocado in half and saving the rest for later.

In May, the social media challenge prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release a warning about the health risks associated with it.

"It gives bacteria a chance to harbor and multiply overnight, or even over months like some people are doing. It increases your risk for those GI infections such as listeria, salmonella, etcetera," says Rachel Gustafson, an OSF HealthCare family medicine advanced practice nurse.

The FDA says storing avocados this way may even cause pathogens on the surface to multiply during the time it is submerged in the water, adding that even disinfecting the avocado skin prior to slicing would not remove the contamination as it may have already infiltrated the skin.

Avocados are popular for many food dishes or even for just spreading on a slice of toast in the morning. Avocados typically have a short shelf life – the fruit tends to ripen quickly – and will rapidly turn a brown color after they are cut into. Individuals who have attempted this trend on TikTok have claimed it works wonders because it keeps the avocado that perfect shade of green.

While these avocados may look ripe and fresh on the outside due to their bright green color, the fact that they were stored in water means there is a good chance they are not as fresh as they appear. In fact, although it may not look as appealing as a bright green avocado, health experts add that the browning of an avocado is perfectly natural – and consuming a browned avocado is, in many cases, much safer than consuming a green avocado that has spent any amount of time being stored in a container of water.

"Think about an avocado like you would an apple. A sliced apple will turn brown if you leave it out for even just an hour or so. That is just because of the oxidative process. The oxygen hits the apple, making it a little bit discolored. The same thing happens with an avocado. That does not mean that it’s old, it just has changed colors because of being sliced in half and open to the air," Gustafson explains.

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Some people may wonder if it is safe to consume an avocado that has been submerged in water for a day or two as opposed to weeks at a time. Gustafson recommends avoiding this type of storage altogether regardless of time.

"It probably gives it more of a chance for the bacteria to multiply when it is kept in the refrigerator for months at a time rather than one overnight. But even if after one day if the avocado gets that brown to it, it’s still good and ripe, so I probably would not take the chance and just use your avocado the next day as is," advises Gustafson.

Gustafson adds that the best way to store an avocado would be on the counter if it is not yet opened, and then keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator once is had been sliced open – just make sure to avoid adding water. Once properly stored, the best time to finish your avocado is within two to three days.

If you are concerned you may have consumed an avocado that was not stored properly, pay attention to signs of a possible listeria or salmonella infection. Symptoms of these infections can include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headaches.

"A lot of times, we will tell people to give it a day or two. With these salmonella and listeria infections, a lot of them will just get better on their own. The times that you want to investigate it further is if you are having symptoms such as significant amounts of diarrhea, you are not able to keep water down, and you’re getting dehydrated," Gustafson says.

If you are feeling ill and it continues for more than a couple days with worsening symptoms, Gustafson recommends seeking medical attention from your primary care provider or local emergency room. In some cases, antibiotics are needed.

Most importantly, keep food safety in mind when storing your fresh produce.

Pounginjai-Madigan duo wins doubles match for Urbana

Urbana's Luna Morales makes a volley near the net during her team's home varsity match against visiting St. Joseph-Ogden on Tuesday. Two days later, she picked up a second singles win during the week after knocking off Paris' Claire Maschino 6-2, 7-6(4). See more photos from the SJO match ... (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Urbana -- Up 4-2 in the second set, UHS' Matika Pounginjai and Eisla Madigan varsity double match against Paris' Claire Young and Bella Moreschi ended much earlier than anticipated. A brief rain storm sent players scrambling for cover and put the kabash on the finishing the last contest of the day. The outcome on the Urbana Park District's newly renovated courts was already sealed in Paris' favor 5-4, after three singles wins and a pair of victories on the top two doubles courts.

Also securing wins for the Urbana's Tigers were Luna Morales at #4 singles, Halie Thompson at #5, and Lorelie Yau on the #6 court.

Box Score:

PARIS HIGH SCHOOL 5 - URBANA HIGH SCHOOL 4

Singles:
No. 1 - Lily Graham, PARIS def. Alisa Tangmunarunkit, URBANA, 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 - Kimber Calvert, PARIS def. Matika Pounginjai, URBANA, 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 - Lily Smittkamp, PARIS def. Eisla Madigan, URBANA, 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Luna Morales, URBANA def. Claire Maschino, PARIS, 6-2, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 - Halie Thompson, URBANA def. Claire Young, PARIS, 6-2, 7-6 (6)
No. 6 - Lorelie Yau, URBANA def. Bella Moreschi, PARIS, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles:
No. 1 - Lily Graham - Kimber Calvert, PARIS def. Alisa Tangmunarunkit - Luna Morales, URBANA, 6-1 , 6-0
No. 2 - Lily Smittkamp - Claire Maschino, PARIS def. Halie Thompson - Lorelie Yau, URBANA, 6-3 , 6-3
No. 3 - Matika Pounginjai - Eisla Madigan, URBANA def. Claire Young - Bella Moreschi, PARIS, 7-6 (4), 4-2

Prep Sports Notebook: SJO golf wins, Unity volleyball wins barn burner


SJO volleyball drops another match

The Spartan volleyball team falls after three sets to Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin 14-25, 25-21, 18-25.

SJO's junior varsity and freshmen squads cruised by the Lady Blue Devil underclass with 2-0 victories.

The varsity squad will attempt to move back toward .500 on Monday when they host the St. Teresa Bulldogs.


Unity prevails in volleyball win over Mattoon

The Rockets notch a 2-1 victory after securing wins in the first and third set of their non-conference match against the Green Wave. Unity won the first set by five points, 25-20 but could not string together enough offense in the second, which ended in an 18-25 loss. In a thrilling finish, the team battled to take the final set, 25-23.

Next in their sight, Unity (1-2) travels to Champaign to take on the Central Maroons on Tuesday.


SJO soccer loose on the road

Aiden Cromwell scored St. Joseph-Ogden's only goal in the first half during his team's non-conference road match against Urbana University High School. Spencer Wilson tallied the assist in the Spartans' 3-1 loss.

With 11 minutes to-go in the first half, Uni senior Teo Chemia tied up the score 1-all. Playing a physical second half, the Illineks then tacked on two more goals courtesy of Arya Thirodira and another later from sophomore Leor Gal.

Goalie Hunter Ketchum successfully repelled 21 attacks on his goal.

The Spartans travel to Danville on Monday in search of a second win of the season. Meanwhile, Uni High will host Champaign Central on Tuesday for their next match.


Spartan golf team rise to the top

The St. Joseph-Ogden (6-0) golf team hit the links at Willow Pond in Rantoul against a team from Fisher and Hoopeston on Thursday. The Spartans carded 172 strokes on the front nine of the course to win the tri-match.

Fisher took second with a 203, while Hoopeston Area's top six players finished with a 237.

The Spartans were led by Ashten Cafarelli's 38 and Jacob Kern's 43 strokes. McGwire Atwood finished one more behind Kern with 44.


The St. Joseph-Ogden (6-0) golf team hit the links at Willow Pond in Rantoul against a team from Fisher and Hoopeston on Thursday. The Spartans carded 172 strokes on the front nine of the course to win the tri-match.

Fisher took second with a 203, while Hoopeston Area's top six players finished with a 237.

The Spartans were led by Ashten Cafarelli's 38 and Jacob Kern's 43 strokes. McGwire Atwood finished one more behind Kern with 44.


Attention area high school coaches

If you are a coach at Unity, Urbana Uni-High, Urbana High School or St. Joseph-Ogden, send us your box scores, statistical leaders for each game, and other info via email to sports@oursentinel.com or editor@oursentinel.com.

Letter to the Editor | It is imperative to recognize an existential threat to our society

Dear Editor,

A keen observer of political results and a lifelong Republican until an individual face to face discussion with my congressman clearly revealed the party had become merely a shill for the Fourth Reich to only promote talking points for the 1%’s benefit. Reading The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler by William L. Shirer in jr. high school enabled recognition of the Fourth Reich checking off every subversive step of Joseph Goebbels propaganda playbook refined to a high art for over 40 years. Witness we ignored history and are repeating it as our condemnation.

Throughout history hundreds of thousands of the greatest Americans ever have been willing to fight and die to secure and preserve the freedoms, rights, and privileges they bestowed upon our succeeding generations in this country. Now, we are witnessing thousands of Fourth Reich disciples who are willing to kill hundreds of thousands of Americans to destroy that inheritance and our country in the worship of someone who emulates Adolph Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and Jim Jones.

It has always been and will always be harder and take longer to create and build a civilized unified society though a shared belief in mankind’s highest ideals and potential, than to internally subvert those goals through destruction and death through division, merely to usurp power from the good citizens who have failed to defeat those who employ propaganda, misinformation, and lies, the foundations of the traitors in their treason to destroy any power great enough to oppose the subjugation of everyone to their evil plot.

Through the masterful use of the power of projection, the Fourth Reich misleads their followers by accusing their opponents of what they themselves are actually doing to magically distract their followers from realizing the truth. ABTT! (Anything But The Truth!) is the gospel to which they must adhere religiously to prevent the end of their masquerade and reign of terror.

Failure to recognize the Fourth Reich masquerading behind the once proud and honorable Republican Party name will soon lead to our country’s inevitable end as is their ultimate goal.

WE MUST DECIDE, IF THE FOURTH REICH ALLOWS IT!

The above article was previously published as a cautionary warning “Letter to the editor”. But, due to the current state of our union it seems imperative that it be reinforced now as an observation of historical facts lest the union be lost by the lack of recognition and the immediately necessary response to our existential threat.

Our nation was founded on the premise “Consent of the governed”. But, as observed by the Fourth Reich’s response to the “governed’s vote” in the last election they have no intent to allow that consent to be voiced in future election voting by denying that constitutional right to as many citizens as they can imagine might object to imposition of their fascist dictatorship. The culmination of actively subverting our country for the last 40 years, of which we were warned by Hollywood in 1960, has been tragically witnessed by all of us and disingenuously denied by the members of the Fourth Reich as was the case with the Third Reich in Hitler’s 1930’s Nazi Germany. They had to wait until the “Greatest Generation” who had sacrificed and died to save the world and preserve freedom were no longer here, because our fathers would have easily recognized their familiar enemy and would have slapped that treason down not tolerating it for a second.

“All in good time. We’ve got to learn patience in this country. The Americans don’t like to be pushed. That’s what the others were never able to understand. That’s why they failed. And, that’s why we’ll succeed’” Fade Out on Nazi Pamphlet titled “America’s Golden Future”. Frederick Marion St. John (Karl Swenson) Stowaways plan to enter the United States on board the Fortuna and once there spread pro-Nazi literature.

Actions have consequences, inaction forfeits your rights and freedoms to the decisions of others. If it is not already too late, do not fail our last chance to save our country and preserve our democracy. VOTE!, like our lives and any future depend on it, BECAUSE THEY DO!

John Kenneth Young
St. Joseph

Letter to the Editor: New postmaster honored to serve the community

Dear Editor,

It is a great honor to serve Tolono as your new Postmaster. In my years with the United States Postal Service, I have seen firsthand the role the Postal Service plays connecting neighbors and our community to the nation. Our Post Offices serve as a lifeline for our small businesses to reach customers no matter where they are.

Under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s leadership and Delivering For America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan, we are maintaining universal six-day mail delivery and expanded seven-day package delivery, stabilizing our workforce, and spurring innovation to meet the needs of our modern customers.

Just as the Postal Service continues to provide a vital service for our nation, the staff of the Tolono Post Office will proudly continue that same public service in this community. On behalf of the 650,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service, I thank you for continuing to support the Postal Service. Providing reliable mail delivery while strengthening the future of this treasured institution is our commitment to you.

Sincerely,
Nicole Summar
Postmaster

Winning style; Urbana sweeps SJO in first home match of the season

Alisa Tangmunarunkit plays tennis match for Urbana High School
Urbana's Alisa Tangmunarunkit lines up a shot while playing on the #1 singles court against St. Joseph-Ogden's Abbey Dowell during the team's first home match yesterday. Tangmunarunkit won the protracted battle 6-2, 6-3. After a short rest, she returned to the court at #1 doubles match with partner Luna Morales. The pair defeated Spartans duo Katie McDermott and Lilly Rice, 6-1, 6-1. The Tigers won the non-conference match, 9-0.
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Prep Sports Notebook: SJO soccer post shutout on the road, Unity VB drops tough one


Unity soccer team notches first win

Nolan Remole scored Unity's first goal of the season in the first half of the team's road opener at St. Teresa. The sophomore later added an assist to his stats to help the Rockets roll over the host Bulldogs, 7-1.

Junior Gabe Pound followed up with two goals in the half, one with the help of Remole and the second unassisted. He later put the final nail in the Bulldog coffin in the second period on an assist from another sophomore, Nolan Wishall.

Two other Rocket ballers found the net in the second half as well. Brendan Bachert booted in an unassisted goal, and Andrew Mowrer took advantage of a pass from Travis McCarter to give their team a commanding 6-1 lead.

Valencia-Chavez scored St. Teresa's only goal in the second half.


Tigers sweep SJO tennis

The Urbana girls tennis program picked up their first dual match victory of the season via a 9-0 shutout over fledgling St. Joseph-Ogden program late Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers' top six players - Alisa Tangmunarunkit, Matika Pounginjai, Eisla Madigan, Luna Morales, Halie Thompson, and Lorelie Yau - won both their singles matches and respective double bouts against the Spartans.

On the top court at #1 singles, senior Abbey Dow was the only SJO player to win three games in a set. Despite her strong serving effort and offensive play, she fell 6-2, 6-3 to Urbana's Alisa Tangmunarunkit.


Greer leads SJO in Argenta-Oreana shutout

The St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team improved to 1-0-1 on the season after a 3-0 blanking on the road at Argenta-Orena. After a scoreless first half, Jackson Greer put two balls between the posts to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

Ryker Lockhart booked his second goal of his inaugural season with SJO thanks to a feed from Aiden Cromwell to close out the scoring effort for both teams. Cromwell was also credited with an assist on Greer's first goal and sophomore Logan Mills earned the assist on the second.

Hunter Ketchum made nine saves protecting the Spartan goal.


Rockets' volleyball squad drops non-con at LeRoy

The Unity volleyball team suffered a road loss at LeRoy in a gritty two-setter on Tuesday evening. The Panthers prevailed besting the Rockets 32-30, 25-23.


Attention area high school coaches

We need your help covering your team this fall to help keep fans, college recruiters, and area readers informed. Please send us your game or meet results for our Prep Sports Notebook and weekly stats leaders for our All-Area team selection after the conclusion of the season.

If you are a coach at Unity, Urbana Uni-High, Urbana High School or St. Joseph-Ogden, the best way to send us box scores, statistical leaders for each game, and other info via email to sports@oursentinel.com or editor@oursentinel.com.

Do you have a player on the verge of breaking a school record, signing an LOI, or have a story idea? Don't hesitate to email us.

Prep Sports Notebook: SJO soccer, volleyball miss opening victories


SJO Volleyball falls 2-1 to Maroa-Forsyth

After dropping the first set 26-24 to the visiting Trojans from Maroa-Forysth, the host Spartans rallied back to take the second 26-24 in their home opener on Monday. Unfortunately, the St. Joseph-Ogden volleyball team couldn't blast their way past the Trojans dropping the third set, 25-17.

SJO (1-1) will regroup to host Georgetown-Ridge Farm on Wednesday in another early-season non-conference contest.

The Spartan JV team also tallied a 2-0 loss to Maroa-Forysth. Earlier, the SJO freshman squad earned a 2-0 victory in the opening contest.


They had opportunities, SJO soccer records tie

Aiden Cromwell dribbles the ball down the soccer field
SJO senior Aiden Cromwell dribbles the ball down the field in the second half of SJO's first home game of the season. See more photos from the game. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)


Despite their senior-heavy roster, the St. Joseph-Ogden soccer team was unable to convert a needed second goal to record a win over the visiting Oakwood. The Spartans (0-0-1) had three chances in the last 5 minutes of the home season opener but were unsuccessful in putting the ball between the posts.

SJO freshman Ryker Lockhart booted the team's first goal of the season on an assist from Spencer Wilson in the first half. Oakwood responded early in the second half with a goal of their own from Grant Powell. Teammate Reef Pacot was credited with the assist.

The Spartans play their next two matches on the road. Later this afternoon, the Lockhart and the Spartans take on the Bombers from Argenta-Oreana. Then 24 hours later, square off against another orange & blue team in Urbana taking on the Illineks of University High.


Unity varsity volleyball fall toe Blue Devils

Bismarck-Henning handed the Rockets' volleyball team a 2-1 loss at the Rocket Center. Both the JV squad and freshman Unity teams notched decisive 2-0 victories.

The UHS volleyball team will play at home again on Thursday at 6p against Mattoon.


Attention area high school coaches

We need your help covering your team this fall to help keep fans, college recruiters, and area readers informed. Please send us your game or meet results for our Prep Sports Notebook and weekly stats leaders for our All-Area team selection after the conclusion of the season.

If you are a coach at Unity, Urbana Uni-High, Urbana High School or St. Joseph-Ogden, the best way to send us box scores, statistical leaders for each game, and other info via email to sports@oursentinel.com or editor@oursentinel.com.

Do you have a player on the verge of breaking a school record, signing an LOI, or have a story idea? Don't hesitate to email us.

Today's area preps stream online: Unity, SJO soccer play on the road

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Guest Commentary: Government spending can't be fixed by just one group

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

According to the IRS, a $400,000 or more annual household income represents America's top 1.8% income-earners. Per IRS Publication 6292, there were 154 million tax returns filed in 2019, thus approximately 2.8 million people earn over $400,000.

There are currently 330 million people living in the United States according to the most recent census. Millions of illegals have, and are crossing our borders, so this number is on steroids.

69.1 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2019. 5.7 million people were newly awarded Social Security benefits in 2019. (SSA)

2.8 million people making over $400,000 a year cannot solve the financial problems of America’s government. Telling Americans that we are going to stick it to the rich or 1.8% of our country to carry 70 million retirees and millions of illegals flooding into our country is just political rhetoric.

Most people aren't doing great when it comes to saving for the future: A 2020 SSA study found that 40% of Americans rely on Social Security as their sole source of retirement income. The average annual Social Security benefit for a worker is nearly $20,000, hardly enough money for most retirees to subsist on. (CNBC)

The United States Department of Labor data shows that there were 113,062 pension plans in 1990, but only 46,869 in 2018. The average private pension in the United States today is about $10,788, according to data from the Pension Rights Center. (Annuity.org)

In 2023, the year in which the legislation will increase tax revenue most, individuals making less than $10,000 per year will pay 3.1% more in taxes and those making between $20,000-30,000 per year will see a 1.1% tax increase, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis showed. Tax revenue collected from those making $100,000 per year or less would increase by $5.8 billion in 2023 under the Inflation Reduction Act.

In addition, the share of tax revenue collected from all Americans making more than $200,000 per year would remain at the current percentage, according to the JCT. Taxpayers with an annual income of $200,000 or greater pay more than 57% of all federal income taxes.

Will America’s seniors eventually pay more in taxes? Currently retirees may pay income tax on up to 85% of benefits if your combined income is more than $34,000. Combined incomes between $32,000 and $44,000 may be taxed up to 50% of the total, and above $44,000 may be taxed up to 85% of the total. if you're married and filing a joint return. Do you think these numbers will go down? There is only one way that taxes have gone in America – up.

Our problems cannot be fixed by one small group of America’s people. We must have a flat tax for eveyone making over $50,000. We have to stop the influx of illegals. We must be self sufficient in energy and manufacturing. Many retirees who are physcially able may have to go back to work to survive inflation.

In the meantime, our Government must help us by elminiating the billions of dollars wasted each year. Also, they need to stop trying convince us that they are going to fix our problems by only going after 1.8 percent of the America people.


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The risk of heart infection higher after Covid when compared to incidence post-vaccination

Study finds the risk of myocarditis was substantially higher in the four weeks after COVID-19 infection than after a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
DALLAS -- In a detailed analysis of nearly 43 million people, the risk of myocarditis in unvaccinated individuals after COVID-19 infection was at least 11 times higher compared to people who developed myocarditis after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or booster dose, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship, peer-reviewed journal Circulation. This analysis included data from England’s National Immunization database for people ages 13 and older who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine between December 1, 2020 and December 15, 2021 in England.

Several previous studies and reports from public health agencies around the world including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have highlighted a possible connection and potentially increased risk of myocarditis after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, generating considerable scientific, policy and public interest.

Typically thought to be trigged by a viral infection, myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, the myocardium. This condition is uncommon and may temporarily or permanently weaken the heart muscle and the heart’s electrical system, which keeps the heart beating normally. An episode of myocarditis may resolve on its own or with treatment, and may result in lasting damage to the heart. In the general population not during a global pandemic, it is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 people per 100,000 are diagnosed with myocarditis each year, according to the American Heart Association’s 2021 scientific statement on myocarditis.

“We found that across this large dataset, the entire COVID-19-vaccinated population of England during an important 12-month period of the pandemic when the COVID-19 vaccines first became available, the risk of myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination was quite small compared to the risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 infection,” says first author of the study Martina Patone, Ph.D., a statistician at the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. “This analysis provides important information that may help guide public health vaccine campaigns, particularly since COVID-19 vaccination has expanded in many parts of the world to include children as young as 6 months old.”

In this study, Patone and colleagues evaluated England’s National Immunization database of COVID-19 vaccinations for all people ages 13 or older who had received at least one dose of the ChAdOx1 (a two-dose adenovirus-vector COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, most similar to the one-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine available in the U.S.), the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (the same mRNA vaccines available in the U.S.) between December 1, 2020 and December 15, 2021. This dataset totaled nearly 43 million people, which included more than 21 million who had received a booster dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines (meaning they had received a total of 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine). The database detailed the type of COVID-19 vaccines received, dates received and dose sequencing, along with individual demographic information including age and sex for each individual. Nearly 6 million people tested positive for COVID-19 infection either before or after COVID-19 vaccination during the study period.

England’s National Immunization database records were then cross-referenced and matched to the national offices with data on COVID-19 infection, hospital admission and death certificates for the same time period, December 1, 2020 through December 15, 2021. Individuals were classified based on age and sex to reveal which groups had the highest risk of myocarditis after a COVID-19 vaccine or after COVID-19 infection and hospitalization. The authors used the self-controlled case series (SCCS) method, which was developed to estimate the relative incidence of an acute event in a pre-defined post-vaccination risk period (1-28 days), compared to other times (pre-vaccination or long after vaccination). Being a within-person comparison, the analyses were controlled to adjust for any fixed characteristics, including sex, race or ethnicity, or chronic health conditions.

In the overall dataset of nearly 43 million people, the analyses found:

  • Fewer than 3,000 (n=2,861), or 0.007%, people were hospitalized or died with myocarditis during the one-year study period. 617 of these cases of myocarditis occurred during days 1-28 after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, of which 514 were hospitalized.
  • People who were infected with COVID-19 before receiving any doses of the COVID-19 vaccines were 11 times more at risk for developing myocarditis during days 1-28 after a COVID-19 positive test.
  • The risk of COVID-19 infection-related myocarditis risk was cut in half among people infected after vaccination (received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine).
  • The risk of myocarditis increased after a first dose of the ChAdOx1 COVID-19 vaccine (an adenovirus-vector vaccine most similar to the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine available in the U.S.) and after a first, second and booster dose of any of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. However, the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis was lower compared to the risk of COVID-19 infection-associated myocarditis, except for after a second dose of the Moderna vaccine.
  • Myocarditis risk was found to be higher during days 1-28 after a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people of all genders and ages, and the risk also persisted after a booster dose of the Moderna vaccine. However, people receiving a booster dose of Moderna were, on average, younger in comparison to those who received a booster dose of the ChAdOx1 or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, therefore, results may not be generalizable to all adults.
  • Risk of COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis among women:

  • Of the nearly 21 million women, 7.2 million (34%) were younger than age 40, and a slightly increased risk of myocarditis was found among this younger age group after receiving a second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine: 7 estimated extra cases of myocarditis for every one million women vaccinated.
  • Among women older than age 40, a slight increased risk of myocarditis was associated with receiving a first or third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, respectively 3 and 2 estimated additional cases of myocarditis for every one million women vaccinated.
  • Risk of COVID-19 infection-associated myocarditis among women:

  • Among women younger than age 40, the risk of infection-associated myocarditis was higher compared to the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis: 8 extra cases associated with having COVID-19 infection before vaccination.
  • Among women older than age 40, the risk of infection-associated myocarditis was higher compared to the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis: 51 extra cases associated with having COVID-19 infection before vaccination.
  • Risk of COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis among men:

  • Among the 18 million men in the dataset, all of whom received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, more than 6 million men (34%) were younger than age 40.
  • An increased risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis was found in men ages 40 and younger after a first dose of either of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (4 and 14 estimated extra cases for every one million men vaccinated with respectively Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), or a second dose of any of the three COVID-19 vaccines available in England during the study period: 14, 11 and 97 estimated additional cases of myocarditis for every one million men vaccinated, respectively for the ChAdOx1, the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine.
  • The increased risk of developing myocarditis among males younger than age 40 was also higher after receiving two doses of the Moderna vaccine when compared to the risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 infection. The researchers noted, however, the average age of people who received the Moderna vaccine was 32 years, compared to the majority of those who received the other vaccines were older than age 40.
  • In men ages 40 and older, a slightly increased risk of myocarditis was found after a booster dose of either of the two mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna): 3 estimated extra cases of myocarditis for every one million men vaccinated with either mRNA vaccine.
  • Risk of COVID-19 infection-associated myocarditis among men:

  • Among men younger than age 40, the risk of infection-associated myocarditis was higher compared to the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis: 16 extra cases associated with having infection before vaccination, with the only exception of a second dose of Moderna vaccine.
  • Among men older than age 40, the risk of infection-associated myocarditis was higher compared to the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis: 85 extra cases associated with having infection before vaccination.
  • “It is important for the public to understand that myocarditis is rare, and the risk of developing myocarditis after a COVID-19 vaccine is also rare. This risk should be balanced against the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines in preventing severe COVID-19 infection. It is also crucial to understand who is at a higher risk for myocarditis and which vaccine type is associated with increased myocarditis risk, ” said Professor Nicholas Mills, Ph.D., the Butler British Heart Foundation Chair of Cardiology at the University of Edinburgh and a co-author of the paper. “These findings are valuable to help inform recommendations on the type of COVID-19 vaccines available for younger people and may also help shape public health policy and strategy for COVID-19 vaccine boosters. The SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to shift, and more contagious variants arise; our hope is that this data may enable a more well-informed discussion on the risk of vaccine-associated myocarditis when considered in contrast to the net benefits of COVID-19 vaccination,” said another co-author Julia Hippisley-Cox, F.R.C.P., professor of clinical epidemiology and general practice at the University of Oxford.

    Authors noted there are two unanswered questions that likely require further investigation. The first is about myocarditis risk among children ages 13-17 because there were too few cases of myocarditis to quantify the risk specific to this age group. Secondly, researchers were not able to directly compare the death rate after COVID-19 infection vs. death after COVID-19 vaccination since the database only included people who had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine. More expansive data and a different analysis are still needed to address these questions and numerous other COVID-19 topics.

    The study has two notable limitations. The number of cases of myocarditis among individuals who received a booster dose of the ChAdOx1 or Moderna vaccines was too small to calculate the risk of myocarditis. Additionally, researchers cannot exclude the possibility of over- or under-estimated risk due to misclassification of any health information in the database, though the U.K.’s National Health Service is known to provide timely and accurate data.

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    Area softball players earn All-State recognition

    Five area players were among over 400 athletes recognized with All-State titles by the Illinois Coaches Association this past spring.

    Unity seniors Madeline Reed and Taylor Henry, members of this year's state Class 2A third-place team, and St. Joseph-Ogden junior Shayne Immke were three area players to earn First Team honors out of nearly 600 softball players nominated across the state.

    Unity's Ruby Tarr, a sophomore, was named to the second team for her performance as an infielder.

    Addy Martinie, from St. Joseph Ogden High School, rounded out this year's area's best also at the infielder position.

    Despite exiting early in postseason play, Martinie and Immke helped the Spartans to an impressive 25-9-1 record.

    Along with bringing home their second consecutive IHSA softball trophy, the Rockets finished the season with 27 wins against nine losses.

    Spartan football team to host four home games

    St. Joseph -- The St. Joseph-Ogden football team will play just four regular-season home games at Dick Duval Field this season. The Spartans start their 2022 campaign on the road at Monticello this Friday.

    The first home game of the season features SJO hosting long-time rival Unity on September 2; Nokomis for homecoming on September 23; Pontiac two weeks later; and end the regular season at home against the Panthers of Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Senior Night.



    Evan Ingram turns to make a handoff
    Senior Evan Ingram pivots to handoff the ball after the snap during SJO's 2021 home opener against the Sages. After scoring the Spartans lit the scoreboard with the first TD of the game, Monticello came back to score 43 unanswered points to win the Illini Prairie Conference opener. The two teams will square off again this Friday in Monticello. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



    As in past years, Spartan head coach Shawn Skinner will begin his 6th season at the helm facing the toughest three teams in the Illini Prairie Conference. SJO opens the season on the road at Monticello on August 26. The Sages, who finished the 2021 season 7-3, won last year's season opener with a decisive 43-8 road win over SJO.

    After facing last year's Class 3A runner-up Rockets in week 2, SJO is back on the road at Prairie Central. Looking for their first win against the Hawks since week 9 in 2016; the question is will the Hawks' home-field advantage be a factor?

    The Spartans' game against Nokomis, possibly the first meeting between the two programs in more than two decades, will be interesting. Playing an independent schedule and despite having an enrollment of just 179 students, the program finished the past season with a 7-2 record.

    2022 St. Joseph-Ogden Football Schedule

    08/26/2022
    @ Monticello
    7:00 PM

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    09/02/2022
    vs. Unity
    7:00 PM

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    09/09/2022
    @ Prairie Central
    7:00 PM

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    09/16/2022
    @ Illinois Valley Central
    7:00 PM

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    09/23/2022
    vs. Nokomis High School
    HOMECOMING GAME
    7:00 PM

    09/30/2022
    @ Bloomington Central Catholic
    7:00 PM

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    10/07/2022
    vs. Pontiac
    7:00 PM

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    10/14/2022
    @ Rantoul
    7:00 PM

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    10/21/2022
    vs. Paxton-Buckley-Loda
    7:00 PM


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