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Listeria Now Found In Romaine Lettuce As Number Of Deaths Rises

Cartons of bagged romaine lettuce, over 2,000 of them, have now been recalled after the lettuce tested positive for the listeria bacteria. Although there have been no reports of illness connected to the lettuce, True Leaf Farms of Salinas, California have recalled lettuce that was shipped on 12 and 13 September, and had a best before date of 29 September. The product had been sent to food distributors in many other states. Since the best before date has now passed for the lettuce, this should not add to the number of cases which have affected people in many different states due to contaminated cantaloupe. Listeria has sickened many, but the source of the outbreak has not been connected to lettuce. Cantaloupe from Colorado have been pin pointed as the source of that … Read entire article »

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Listeria Outbreak In Colorado Linked To Cantaloupe

On Friday the Colorado Department of Health and Environment reported that the likely source of an outbreak of the listeria bacteria in Colorado is likely due to cantaloupe. There have been two deaths so far in Colorado from the bacteria, but officials have only been able to link one of the deaths to contaminated cantaloupe. The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the link between listeria and cantaloupes in the current outbreak, but as yet the source of the contamination has not been discovered. Texas and Nebraska have also reported cases of listeria, and so both the CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture are both trying to track down the source of the contamination. Those most at risk include pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone with compromised immune … Read entire article »

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Rate Of Decline In Smoking In U.S. Slows, CDC Reports

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, shows that while the number of smokers has fallen during the last five years, it has not fallen at a steady rate, and this rate has slowed over the last five years. Furthermore, the report shows that the percentage of those adults who smoke 30 or more cigarettes each day is down about 4 per cent. However, the percentage of those adults who smoke nine or fewer cigarettes each day has increased over the 2005 rates from 16.4 percent to a level of 22 per cent in 2010. The CDC report notes that the deaths of half of all adults who continue to smoke will be from causes related to smoking. The use of tobacco is still the … Read entire article »

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Mental Health Issues Affect Nearly Half Adult Americans In Their Lifetime, Study Shows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, issued a report late last week, stating that more needs to be done for those suffering from mental health problems, since this affects nearly half of all adult Americans at some stage of their lives. This does not mean that half of all adults in America have mental disorders at any one time. Surveys from across the country were collected for years to provide the data for this new government report which was published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It reports that in 2009, there were some 11 million people, or 5 per cent of the population who experienced some type of mental illness which affected their ability to function properly. Furthermore, there were one million people who attempted to … Read entire article »

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Sugary Drinks Daily For Nearly Half Americans Causes Concern

The consumption of sugary drinks is a daily occurence for about half of Americans, according to reasearch by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Researchers surveyed 17,000 Americans about their dietary intake, and results showed that the average male drank 175 calories in the form of sweetened drinks, while for women it was about 94 calories. To break it down further, boys from the age of 12 to 19 drank around 273 calories each day which came from drinks sweetened with sugar, which equates to about two 12 ounce cans of carbonated cola, and this is higher than any other group. Men of between 20 and 39 years of age came in second place, consuming about 252 calories from drinks containing sugar. The problem is that sugary drinks have been … Read entire article »

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Risk Of Autism In Siblings Higher Than previous Estimates, New Research Shows

According to new research published in the journal Pediatrics, the risk of autism in a child who has an older sibling with autism is much higher than thought previously, when it was estimated to be a risk of about 3 per cent to 14 percent. It is now closer to 19 per cent according to this latest study, which is the largest study to date on the siblings of autistic children. If a family has more than one child with autism then the chances are even higher that a new baby could have these problems too. Autism and autism spectrum disorders affect one child in 110 in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, CDC. These disorders affect a child’s ability to think, communicate and to … Read entire article »

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Ground Turkey Recalled As Source Of Salmonella Outbreak

In one of the largest meat recalls that the United States Agriculture Department has ever seen, the meat giant Cargill is recalling millions of pounds of fresh and frozen ground turkey, and ground turkey products due to the possible link to the Salmonella Heidelberg strain of bacteria which has caused one death in California, and 76 cases of illness over 26 states. On Wednesday evening, the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service, FSIS, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, announced that the turkey products which are subject to the recall are from the Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation in Springdale, Arkansas, and will have the number P-963 inside the USDA, United States Drug Administration mark of inspection. The turkey packaging is under various labels, including the Honeysuckle White branding … Read entire article »

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Salmonella Outbreak Blamed On Ground Turkey

A recent outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg which has involved 76 infections with at least one death is being blamed on ground turkey, according to the United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. the death occurred in Sacramento County in California. One child was infected with the disease, but has since recovered. The infections are spread all over the country, with Michigan and Ohio each having 10 cases. The sickness occurred between March and the end of June this year, and the CDC has been investigating to see if there is a common link between all the cases. Even though all reported cases have the same strain of salmonella, the source of the infection is still not known. The Food and Safety Inspection Service branch, FSIS, of the U.S. Food … Read entire article »

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Exercise During Cooler Times Of The Day To Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC say that a study of heat-related illnesses from 2001 to 2009 showed an average of 6,000 heat-related illnesses which included dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and that these illnesses were a leading cause of death amongst the U.S. high school athletes. In fact the highest rate of heat related illness was for high school football players, who are apparently ten times more likely than other athletes to suffer from heat-related illnesses. Over 60 per cent of these illnesses occurred during August, and about 70 per cent while playing or practicing football. Lead researcher Ellen E. Yard, who is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the CDC, and her team published a study in the July 29 issue of the agency’s journal … Read entire article »

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Chickenpox Deaths Reduced By Vaccine, CDC Says

An online report was issued on Monday by the journal Pediatrics which gives details of a new government study into the effects of the chickenpox vaccine and the number of deaths caused by this disease. The researchers from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, found that the number of deaths from chicken pox fell to an average of 14 per year from 105 per year, once the vaccine had been used for over a decade. Although the number of deaths declined in all age groups, it was most significant amongst children. Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease which is caused by a virus, with symptoms of itchy skin along with a rash and a fever. In some cases there can be the complications of skin infections, and … Read entire article »

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Cholera Outbreak In Haiti – Travel Warning Issued

Since Haiti suffered an earthquake in January 2010, the United States has issued warnings to avoid travel to Haiti unless it is essential, because large numbers of people have been displaced, with more problems being due to recent flooding and a continued outbreak of cholera in Haiti which began last fall. Due to the recent emergencies in Haiti, food is often contaminated, as is the drinking water, and as this disease is most often spread by untreated sewage, or by contamination with the feces of an infected person, the public health system in Haiti is over-strained. The disease had subsided over the drier period, but with the rainy season back, the spread of this disease is expected to be fast. While most travelers will not be at risk for cholera, those traveling … Read entire article »

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First E. Coli Death In Arizona CDC Confirms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the death of an elderly man in Arizona was due to the E. coli outbreak associated with the present outbreak in Europe, not the HUS which is a serious kidney disorder. This is the first fatality which has been reported in the United States. The bacteria has also been diagnosed in five other U. S. residents who all spent time in Germany. This E. coli outbreak has killed more than 40 people in Europe, with over 4,000 other case confirmed in Europe, making this strain the deadliest recorded. The European Union ordered a temporary ban and recall on fenugreek seeds which are the likely cause of the outbreak. The seeds suspected are those from Egypt which were used to grow sprouts. The … Read entire article »

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Screening For Colon Cancer Responsible For Drop In Death Rates From This Cancer

In the United States, government officials announced on Tuesday that if more people were screened for colon cancer, then the death rates from colon cancer would drop even more. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, said that between 2003 and 2007, the number of new colon cancer cases fell from 52.3 per 100,000 people to 45.4 per 100,000 people. In other words this means that there were 66,000 fewer cases of this disease, which is the number 2 type of cancer killer. Lung cancer kills more people. As well as fewer cases of the disease, there were also 32,000 fewer people who died as a result of colon cancer. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the director of the CDC said that colon cancer is preventable, and that the screening for … Read entire article »

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Teens Still Drinking Soda But More Moderately

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers have found that although teenagers are reporting that they are now drinking plenty of water, fruit juice (real not sweetened) and milk, they are still drinking more sweetened beverages than are good for them. According to a new study of high school students, about one in four still drink a can, or the equivalent of a ca, of soda each day. The government researchers used 11,000 students for their findings, and discovered that boys more than girls are likely to be drinking pop every day, with African Americans more likely than whites or Hispanic teenagers to drink soda regularly. While an occasional pop is of little concern, the regular use of these sugary drinks is a concern because of risks of obesity, diabetes … Read entire article »

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Confusion Over Source of E. Coli Outbreak in Germany Continues

The source of the E. coli outbreak in northern Germany is still uncertain according to officials in Lower Saxony where 40 samples of food were taken from a farm there, but 23 of them have come back negative for the bacteria. The remaining samples are still being tested. This adds to the confusion about the real cause of the outbreak, but the investigation is more complex than one might imagine. Originally cucumbers from Spain were suspected, but further tests have disproved this as the source of this bacteria. Cornelia Pruefer-Storcks is Hamburg’s senator for health, and in a statement pointed out that the test results may not be in conflict with the warning about the farm in Lower Saxony, Germany which is under investigation, as experience shows that E. coli will not … Read entire article »

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Increased Number Of Measles Cases In US In 2011

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  in their weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, gives the number of cases of measles in the United States so far this year as 118, which is the highest for this period January to May since 1996. In fact the average number of cases of measles in a whole year stands at 56, so already there are twice as many, in less than half the year. Officials have said that 89 per cent of these cases were as a result of importation of the disease, and the same percentage occurred in unvaccinated people. Some were unvaccinated because of religious beliefs, others because they missed the opportunity, or some infants were too young for the vaccination, or did not receive both recommended … Read entire article »

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Developmental Disabilities On The Rise, New Study Finds

The medical journal Pediatrics published the results of a recent study showing that the number of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism or other developmental issues has increased by about 17 per cent in the last decade. In other words about one in every six children has these issues. There could be various reasons for this increase, such as the advance in medical technology, increased awareness of these issues, or earlier testing, as well as the fact that children with chromosomal abnormalities are living longer.   The report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that this means that millions of children have been diagnosed, but experts say they are not surprised by the results, based on the number of cases seen at children’s hospitals. During the period 1997 … Read entire article »

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