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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After a mammogram, Allegheny Health Network Director of Breast Imaging Dr. Adam Fang had to call a patient because of something that looked like cancer.

“I actually called somebody back who had an enlarged lymph node,” said Dr. Fang.

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Turns out, she had received her COVID-19 vaccine three days earlier.

While swelling of the lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the shot can happen with any vaccine, it happens more with the COVID shot — 11 percent of people after the first dose and 16 percent after the second dose with Moderna vaccine.

“That’s just your body reacting the way it should,” says Dr. Fang. “I can say, personally, that I had enlarged lymph nodes on that side and in my neck. So it does happen. I got the Pfizer and had that happen.”

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Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures throughout the body as part of the immune system. When they swell, they can look just like cancer. So doctors will have a patient come back for more tests.

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“We don’t know that it’s not related to cancer. So we don’t want to miss the opportunity to catch something even though it’s most likely going to be related to the vaccination,” Dr. Fang said.

Because of this issue, doctors are recommending that women wait to schedule their screening mammograms until six weeks after their second dose. Diagnostic mammograms for a lump, pain or discharge should not be delayed.

“We don’t want to scare people unnecessarily,” he said.

This allows the swelling to decrease on its own. If the lymph node remains enlarged, the doctor may proceed with a biopsy.

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At AHN mammogram centers, the appointment questionnaires now include dates of coronavirus vaccine doses and which arm. If you’re too close to your immunization, you will have the option to reschedule. If you’d like to proceed, knowing that you might have to come back, you may.

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IBEX companies lost more than 9,000 million in 2020 due to the pandemic

Madrid, Feb 27 (EFECOM) .- The IBEX-35 companies have closed one of the worst years in their history, with unprecedented losses of more than 9,000 million euros, after facing a 2020 marked by confinement and stoppage of productive activity to contain the coronavirus, according to data collected by Efe.

In the absence of Inditex (with a different fiscal year) presenting results next 10, the large Spanish listed companies thus close the worst year in their history, in which they chained two quarters in the red for the first time and the more than 24,000 million worsened that they won in 2019.

However, only twelve companies of the 35 that make up the benchmark Spanish stock index closed the course with losses, around 30% of the companies that make up the main stock market indicator.

Most of the losses were concentrated in Santander, which lost 8,777 million due to provisions and provisions, IAG, which left 6,923 million due to restrictions on mobility and air traffic, and Repsol, which recorded losses of 3,289 million due to the decline demand for their products during the pandemic and the decline in fossil fuel prices.

Despite the situation, the IBEX-35 companies did not register such a pronounced drop in the volume of income (around 19%, always according to data collected from Efe), while the gross operating profit or ebitda remained at positive despite losing approximately 24% year-on-year.

Only eight companies – Accion, Enagás, Endesa, Iberdrola, PharmaMar, Telefónica, Solaria and Viscofan – managed to increase their profits compared to 2019 in the year of the pandemic, with Endesa (715.2%), Telefónica (38.5%) ) and Solaria (27.5%) as the ones that have improved their profit the most in terms of percentage.

As for the last quarter, the stock market index improved and a joint profit of close to 3,100 million was noted, an amount that is expected to increase when Inditex, the textile company chaired by Pablo Isla, makes its accounts public, which is expected to continue with the positive trend which was already evident in the previous quarter.

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The clear winners of the year, thanks to the exponential increase in electricity demand during the months of confinement, and despite Repsol’s poor performance, are the energy companies.

The six largest listed companies in the sector – Iberdrola, Endesa, Enagás, Naturgy, Red Eléctrica and Repsol – closed the year positively, with the exception of Repsol, and improved the results of 2019, excluding Red Eléctrica, which fell by 13.1% compared to the previous year due to the deterioration in Hispasat, and Naturgy, which worsened its annual result by 90% after depreciating assets.

Thus, Iberdrola was the one that gained the most, with 3,611 million, followed by Endesa with 1,394 million, Red Eléctrica with 621.2 million, Enagás with 444 million and Naturgy with 56.4 million.

Repsol, which, as previously mentioned, lost 3,289 million, the third on the IBEX in this regard, improved its losses in the fourth quarter by giving 711 million, 86.5% less than a year ago.


The results of the banking system were one of the most affected in this pandemic year, having to allocate more than 16,000 million to provisions to face the coronavirus crisis.

Despite the economic situation and the fact that all the large IBEX banks -Santander, BBVA, Caixabank, Sabadell, Bankia and Bankinter- worsened their results a year earlier, the only one that presented losses was Santander, with 8,771 million, while Caixabank (1,381 million) and BBVA (1,305 million) led the sector’s earnings.

In this sense, the Spanish airport manager, Aena, presented losses of 126.8 million for the first time since 2012, while Meliá and Amadeus yielded 595.9 and 505.3 million respectively.

(c) EFE Agency

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