May 8, 2010

The Food Poisoning Bacteria

1 What You Need to Know About E. Coli

It seems that the E. coli bacteria is everywhere. In recent years, there have been outbreaks in ground beef, Nestle Toll House cookie dough, and most recently, in certain romaine lettuce products. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some can cause severe health problems, such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. Unpasteurized milk, cattle, undisinfected water, contaminated food, and both human and animal feces can spread E coli. Symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting. The spread of E.coli can be reduced by washing hands, separating raw meats and produce from each other, cooking to proper temperatures, and promptly refrigerating leftovers.

More at CNN Health | Posted 7 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Romaine Lettuce Recalled for E. Coli, Hand Washing, Fast Food Restaurants and Food-borne Illness

Tags: Bacteria, Food Poisoning, Romaine Lettuce Recall, E. Coli

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Sheep Get Tasered

2 Taser Safety with Meth Users

To determine whether it's dangerous for police to use Tasers to apprehend suspects high on methamphetamines, researchers tested on innocent sheep! Popular Science (POPSCI) reports that the unusual research was partially funded by Taser International, and two of the study authors have ties to the company. Researchers used a Taser X26, utilized by police, to shock 16 anesthetized sheep that were given an IV drip of methamphetamine hydrochloride. Neither the small nor large sheep had symptoms of fatal abnormal heart rhythm (ventricular fibrillation) after being shocked, but some sheep weighing less than 70.5 pounds endured exacerbated heart symptoms from the meth use. The study is published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine.

More at Popular Science | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, Meth Testing, Meth Research, Taser Safe with Meth Users, Police Use Taser on Meth Addicts, Taser Testing, Taser Research, Methamphetamines, Taser X26, Fatal Abnormal Heart Rhythm, Academic Emergency Medicine

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It's Smelling Foul in Gulf

3 Health Risks from Oil Spill

While workers cleaning the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana take precautions, people on shore may also face some health risks from the disaster. Potential effects from the oil spill include runny noses, nausea, headaches and a sensation of burning eyes. MSNBC reports that residents in the area of the spill have also complained about a nasty smell. Direct contact with the oil may cause painful skin rashes. The EPA is monitoring air and providing hourly readings for ozone and particle pollution, which can aggravate asthma. Unhealthy air quality could depend on the speed and direction of winds. However, it's unlikely water supplies will be contaminated, and seafood that's currently on the market is safe. Health officials will continue to monitor water and seafood for contaminants.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Gulf Oil Spill, Health Hazards of Oil Spill, Health Risks from Oil Spill, Potential Problems from Oil Spill, EPA Monitoring Air in Gulf, Water Testing in Gulf, Seafood from Gulf Safe, Particle Pollution, Runny Noses, Nausea, Headaches, Aggravate Asthma, Burning Eyes, Seafood Contaminants

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