July 31, 2012

Salmonella Rate Truly Sickening

1 High Foodborne Illness Rates Persist

A newly released CDC study of illness caused by pathogens in contaminated food has found that of five key pathogens -- salmonella, listeria, E. coli, vibrio, and campybolacter -- efforts to reduce the rate of infections has failed in all but E. coli, a minor contributor to the overall rate compared to salmonella and campybolacter. The government had set a goal of cutting annual salmonella infections, which can result in hospitalization or death, down to 7 in 100,000 by the year 2010, but the actual confirmed rate over the past two years, according to a sampling of state laboratories, has been 16 to 17 per 100,000. The government has yet to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act passed in 2011, under which the FDA could act to prevent, and not just respond to, food-borne illness.

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

Previously: Nationwide Recall of Contaminated Bagged Salad

Tags: Food Contamination, Food Poisoning, Salmonella, Pathogens

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Emergency Levels

2 US Blood Supply at Lowest Levels in Years

The US national blood supply is at its lowest level in fifteen years, says the American Red Cross. Severe weather across the country forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives. Summer is traditionally slow for blood donations when fewer businesses host drives and donors may be away on vacation - but experts say this summer, donations are slower than normal. If the situation doesn’t improve, doctors may have to cancel elective surgeries or, in the worst case scenario, surgeries that require a lot of blood, such as transplants, may have to be postponed until there is enough of a supply. The Red Cross said they reached emergency supplies last month with 50,000 fewer donations than had been expected. Other blood donation orgs, including America’s Blood Centers, tell a similar story.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Time to Kill the Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

Tags: American Red Cross, Blood Donor Shortage, Blood Donors, Blood Drives, US Blood Supply, America's Blood Centers

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Quitters Too

3 Smokers Have Higher Risk for Crohn’s

Smokers and ex-smokers have a higher risk for Crohn’s disease vs those who’ve never smoked, says a study of 230,000 female nurses. Dr. Leslie Higuchi, Children's Hosp Boston, Harvard Med Schl, found that 144 of about 124,000 people who never smoked developed Crohn’s vs 117 of 51,000 ex-smokers and 75 of 53,500 smokers. The study accounted for risk factors including age, weight and hormone therapy use and found that smokers were 90% more likely to develop the autoimmune disease than those who never smoked while ex-smokers upped their risk by 35%. The more one smoked, the higher the risk. Smoking was also associated with ulcerative colitis. The risk decreased over time but even 20 years after quitting, the risk of developing Crohn’s was 1 1/2 times higher than for those who never lit up.

More at Reuters.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Olive Oil May Guard Against Ulcerative Colitis

Tags: Autoimmune Disease, Crohn's Disease, Harvard Medical School, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's and Smoking, Dr. Leslie Higuchi, Children's Hospital of Boston

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Say Awe!

4 Feel Awe, Become Nicer

Having regular "awesome" experiences, such as visiting the Grand Canyon or a viewing a beautiful starry sky, may make you a nicer person and improve your mental health, suggests new research. The study, published in Psychological Science, found that "awe therapy" just may help people overcome stress. Researchers say that awe is an emotion experienced when you encounter something that's so overwhelming or vast that it changes your mental perspective. Researchers also found that experiencing awe helped participants to feel as if they had more spare time. Those who felt awe were more patient, more willing to help people and less materialistic. Perhaps that makes awe very awesome for others too!

More at Sydney Morning Herald | Hat tip to APS | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Married Men Behave More Nicely

Tags: Journal Psychological Science, Act Nicer, Awe Experiences, Overcoming Stress, Making More Spare Time

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47 Million May Benefit

5 Women to Get New Benefits under Obamacare

New health insurance plans will provide eight preventive health benefits to women for free starting tomorrow. Under Obamacare (the health care reform law passed in 2010), some screenings and supplies will be available for no charge, including contraceptives, breastfeeding supplies, Pap tests, prenatal care, breast and pelvic exams, gestational diabetes screenings, and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and domestic violence. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, around 47 million women will qualify for the new benefits. CNN reports that not all women with health insurance will have access the new services. Some insurance plans may be "grandfathered" in with exemption from the requirement to offer the benefits.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Warning on Obamacare Scams

Tags: Obamacare, Women's Benefits under Obamacare, Screenings Gestational Diabetes, Screenings Sexually Transmitted Infections, Detecting Domestic Violence, Breast and Pelvic Exams Obamacare, Pap Tests Obamacare, Prenatal Care Insurance

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Breaking Ignorant

6 Man Attempts Smuggling Snickers Bars of Meth

Rogelio Harris, 34, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after attempting to smuggle 45 "Snickers bars" containing several pounds of methamphetamine (meth) into Japan. The cellophane-wrapped bars were covered with a "chocolate-like substance," reports The Smoking Gun, noting that there was no "tasty nougat, caramel or peanuts to be found anywhere." The would-be smuggler's passport claimed he was traveling "on an official assignment for the United States Government," but last year Harris, a former military cop, was discharged for testing positive for marijuana. Investigators say that Harris said he was traveling on the Delta flight to Japan to visit his girlfriend who lives in Hong Kong! He seemed surprised to learn that Hong Kong is a separate country.

More at The Smoking Gun | Hat tip to Gawker | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Methamphetamine Linked to Suicide Attempts

Tags: Meth Smuggling Attempts LAX, Fake Meth, Rogelio Harris, Snickers Bars Meth

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New Is Not Always Better

7 Pertussis Outbreaks Caused by New Vaccine?

Recent whooping cough (also known as pertussis) outbreaks in the United States and Australia may be linked to one of the most unlikely culprits - the vaccine. With the goal of reducing the common side effect of pain and swelling at the injection site and a rare one that affected the brain, the way vaccines were designed was changed from a diphtheria-tetanus-whole cell pertussis vaccine to a diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine. Scientists think the change in its design may have reduced its effectiveness and how long it offers protection and higher rates of infection were seen in kids who received the acellular vaccine for the first time. Even if this is case, researchers believe the vaccine reduces the severity and duration of the infection and made them less contagious.

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

Previously: Whooping Cough Vaccine Wanes After 3 Years, Whooping Cough Outbreak in California, Washington State Has Whooping Cough Outbreak

Tags: Pertussis, Whooping Cough, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Whole Cell Pertussis Vaccine, Diphtheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Whooping Cough Outbreaks

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