October 3, 2013

Kills 110 Times More of Us

1 Tainted Food Called Worse Than Terrorism

Truth-Out.org, in a campaign to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food inspection budget increased, has done some calculations and determined that Americans are 110 times more likely to be killed by contaminated food than by acts of terrorism. Among the supportive statistics: since 9/11, terrorism has taken 323 American lives, while food-borne pathogens have taken an estimated 36,000; in 2011, seventeen U.S. citizens died from terrorist violence worldwide, while 33 U.S. residents were killed just by one batch of tainted cantaloupe; the total budget for our fifteen federal intelligence agencies is $75 billion, while the USDA's food inspection budget for 2014 will be $1.1 billion; tainted food hospitalizes around 130,000 Americans each year and kills some 3,000 of them.

More at Alternet.org | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Terrorists May Try to Poison Food

Tags: Food Poisoning, US Deaths Due to Food Poisoning, Food-Borne Pathogens, Causes of American Deaths, Tainted Food Versus Terrorism

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Despite "Superbug” Dangers

2 Docs Still Overprescribing Antibiotics

Despite talk of “superbugs,” doctors are overprescribing antibiotics, especially for sore throat and bronchitis, finds research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. "You have a viral infection for which the antibiotics are not going to help” and have “a very real chance of hurting you." They cite side effects including diarrhea, vaginitis in women, drug interactions and, most concerning, the chance that bacteria in your body will become antibiotic resistant. Researchers, using data from large nationally representative surveys, gathered from 1997-2010, found that antibiotics were prescribed in 60% of sore throat visits since 2000 and in 73% of acute bronchitis cases. Researchers place the blame for overprescribing on both patient demand and on doctors who are following old habits.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Doctor Coats, Scrubs Can Carry Superbug MRSA

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Superbug, Sore Throat, Bronchitis

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Venom Can Cause Organ Failure

3 Hornets Have Killed 42 People in China

Swarms of giant hornets, attracted by human sweat, have killed 42 people and injured 1,675 in the Shaanxi province in China. Giant hornets are about the size of a human thumb. They have an orange head and black tooth that's used for burrowing. CNN reports that 37 patients who were attacked by the giant hornets are in critical or serious condition. The attacks have taken place since July in three cities in the central Chinese province. The hornets, currently in their fall mating season, have even descended upon schools full of children. Venom from numerous hornet stings may cause allergic reactions or multiple organ failure and death.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: China Bans Smoking Inside Hotels and Restaurants

Tags: Giant Hornets, Hornet Attacks China, Shaanxi Province, Death Toll Hornet Attacks, Hornet Mating Season, Chinese Tourism, Health Dangers Hornets

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Don't Look into My Eyes!

4 Eye Contact May Not Persuade Others

Maintaining eye contact with your audience may only make you more persuasive when your audience already agrees with you, suggest German researchers. Published in Psychological Science, the small study used eye-tracking machinery to measure where students looked while viewing videos covering controversies like assisted suicide, affirmative action and nuclear energy. Researchers found that students who spent a greater amount of time looking into the eyes of the speakers agreed with their point of view, but the students avoided eye contact when they disagreed or were neutral with the speakers. Researchers also found that students were less likely to change their opinions if they looked directly into the speakers' eyes. So, forcing someone to look into your eyes could backfire!

More at NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Woman Conscious While Eyeball Is Being Cut Out

Tags: Psychological Science, Art Persuasion, How Be Persuasive, Convincing Others Agree with You, Looking into Eyes, Psychology Eye Contact

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