September 30, 2011

Incubation Period Up to 2 Months

1 Listeria Infections from Cantaloupe Kill 15

Fifteen deaths in eight states and 84 infections in 19 states are blamed on listeria infections tied to contaminated cantaloupes grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado, reports the CDC. The deaths span eight states: Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The CDC warns that the number of infections is likely to rise due to the fact that listeria can have an incubation period of up to two months in the body. Consumers should avoid eating Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe from Jensen Farms or any cantaloupe from an unknown source. Potentially contaminated cantaloupe stored in the refrigerator should be discarded, even if illness didn't occur after eating. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to listeria illness.

More at CDC | Hat tip to MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: 55 Illnesses, 8 Deaths Tied to Tainted Melons

Tags: CDC Food Poisoning Figures, Jensen Farms, Contaminated Cantaloupe, Deaths from Cantaloupes, Incubation Period Listeria Infection

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Targets Sugars on T Cells

2 Supplement Similar to Glucosamine Treats MS

A new study has shown that oral administration of N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) to mice with leg weakness due to multiple sclerosis reversed the progression of the autoimmune disease. MS occurs when T cells attack healthy myelin that protects nerve endings, leading to neurological problems such as weakness and paralysis. Previous research has shown that T cells from people with MS have modified sugar molecules on their surface which play a role in hyperactivity and the development of autoimmune diseases. In this study, it was noted that the glucosamine-like supplement further modified these sugar molecules to suppress the immune response normally seen in MS. GlcNAc is widely available and has shown promise in people with other autoimmune disease and further human trials are underway.

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

Previously: Animal Studies Show Viagra Lowers MS Symptoms

Tags: Autoimmune Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, T-Cells, MS, Cell Surface Proteins, Cell Surface Sugar Molecules, N-Acetylglucosamine, GlcNAc

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