April 6, 2012

Baby Chicks Make Babies Sick.

1 Easter Chicks, Ducklings Can Carry Salmonella

Health officials have a word of advice for parents who are considering giving baby chicks or ducklings to their children as Easter gifts: Don't. Each year busloads of kids wind up in emergency rooms with fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps from salmonella brought on by contact with the baby birds, who often carry the disease. There have been more than 35 U.S. salmonella outbreaks caused by exposure to infected poultry in the last two decades, and the majority of victims were young children. Of the 68 cases across 20 states who were stricken with the disease in that manner last year, nearly one third were under the age of 6, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which cautions parents that ducks and chickens are not true household pets, but in fact livestock.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Safety Tips for Leftover Easter Eggs

Tags: Salmonella, Easter Gifts, Poultry-Borne Salmonella, Baby Chicks, Ducklings, Baby Chicks at Easter, CDC Easter Warning

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Stair of the Dog 2022

2 Stairlift for Fat Dogs Coming Soon

A prototype pet stairlift, named "Stair of the Dog 2022," was developed by the British insurance company More Than. It even features a "paw push" button that allows dogs to activate it after some training! The dog stairlift is intended to help the 52 percent of dogs in the UK predicted to be overweight by 2022. MNN (Mother Nature Network) says that the lift is expected to sell for just over $8,000. Stair of the Dog 2022 is the very first mechanical stairlift designed especially for fat dogs. Here's hoping your dog won't be that fat when this piggy goes to market.

More at MNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Calories Burned on Stairs

Tags: Fat Dogs, Obese Dogs, Stairlift Dogs, Fat Dogs Stairs, Stair of the Dog 2022, British Insurance Company More Than

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Surgery Alternative

3 Antibiotics May Be Option for Appendicitis

Antibiotics may be an alternative to surgery for patients with uncomplicated acute appendicitis, say researchers in the UK. Only around 20 percent of patients have complicated appendicitis when they ask for help. The study findings suggest that patients with uncomplicated appendicitis can be treated initially with antibiotics to see if the condition improves. If no improvement is seen, then an appendectomy would be needed. Researchers report that the one-year success rate for antibiotic treatment is 63 percent. WebMD notes that experts point out a major disadvantage of antibiotic treatment for acute appendicitis: a higher complication rate if surgery is delayed and the condition progresses.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: University of Nottingham, Appendicitis Patients, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Antibiotics Appendicitis, Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis

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No Cleaning Standards in Place

4 Automated Drug Dispensers Contaminated

When staff at the Wake Forest Baptist Memorial Medical Center performed routine screening of drug samples which tested positive for Bacillus cereus, an investigation found that the washing station and tubing of the robotic drug dispenser in the pharmacy was the source. This same dispenser was preparing intravenous drugs in a sterile environment. An infection that reaches the bloodstream could be fatal in a patient. There is no standard protocol for cleaning these parts which are not considered sterile. Alcohol and other common disinfectants are useless against it. These dispensers are becoming more commonplace in hospitals and this case suggests they be regularly screened for bacterial contamination and that stringent cleaning and maintenance guidelines be put in place.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: CVS Dispensed Breast Cancer Drug to Kids

Tags: Robotic Drug Dispensers, Pharmacies, Bacterial Contamination, Bacillus Cereus, Wake Forest Baptist Memorial Medical Center

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