September 22, 2011

Listeria Poisoning

1 55 Illnesses, 8 Deaths Tied to Tainted Melons

Listeria poisonings from tainted cantaloupes are rising say Centers for Disease Control officials who report 8 deaths and 55 illnesses in 14 states. Food safety trackers say they count as many as 11 deaths and 68 illnesses. The median age of those who supplied information to health officials is 78. Last week, the FDA recalled cantaloupes linked to the outbreak of listeriosis that were shipped between 7/29 and 9/10 to at least 17 states and are investigating the widening outbreak tied to supplier Jensen Farms of Holly, CO. Listeriosis can develop up to two months after eating contaminated food and the listeria bacteria can grow even under refrigeration. The CDC says illnesses or deaths have been reported in the following states: CO, NM, TX, OK, NE, WI, CA, IL, IN, MD, MO, VA, WV and WY.

More at MSNBC.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Remember to Wash Your Green Grocery Bags

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Food Poisoning, Listeria, Listeriosis, Cantaloupes Recalled Due to Listeria Bacteria, Jensen Farms

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The Drunk Care Less

2 Drunk People Know What They're Doing

Intoxicated people know when they're making mistakes, but they just don't care as much, say researchers from the University of Missouri. The study, published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, supports the idea that being drunk isn't an excuse for bad behavior. As it turns out, drunk people are aware of their poor choices, but they are less bothered by the consequences of that behavior than they would be while sober. The study showed that while all research participants made mistakes during a tricky computer task, those who had consumed alcohol (instead of alcohol placebo) were less likely to notice their errors or to slow down after a mistake. Researchers found that the "alarm signal" in the brains of intoxicated participants was much less pronounced.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Drunk Man Tries to Ride Crocodile

Tags: Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Consequences Being Drunk, Making Poor Decisions When Intoxicated, Bad Judgment When Drunk, Alcohol Effects Decisions

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Increased Smooth Muscle Mass

3 Severe Childhood Asthma Tied to Low Vitamin D

A new study conducted in London has found a link between low vitamin D levels and worse lung function and symptoms of severe therapy-resistant asthma (STRA). Eighty-six children with SRTA, 26 with moderate asthma and 24 healthy controls had blood vitamin D measured, underwent lung function tests and researchers looked at the drugs they took and what made their symptoms worse. The kids with STRA not only had dramatically lower vitamin D levels, their lung function was worse and they used drugs more often. It was also noted that kids with STRA had greater smooth muscle mass which may make it more difficult for them to breathe and makes their symptoms worse. The hope is that maybe the deficiency will help manage the asthma and that these results prompt further investigation into the link.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Study Shows Vitamin D Lowers RSV Risk in Newborns

Tags: Asthma, Childhood Asthma, Childhood Asthma Symptoms, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Levels, Severe Therapy Resistant Asthma, STRA, Asthma and Vitamin D, Lung Function

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