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Hepatitis A outbreaks have sickened tens of thousands and killed 424; all preventable by a vaccine

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Since the Hepatitis A outbreaks were first identified in 2016, 37 states have publicly reported the following as of January 12, 2024: Cases: 44,947 Hospitalizations: 27,469 (61%) Deaths: 424 Hardly a week goes by that there is not yet another announcement of a hepatitis A positive employee putting co-workers, customers and the restaurant brand at risk. There have been illnesses, deaths, thousands of customers have had to stand in long lines to...

Denver Mayor Warns City Has to Start Kicking Migrants Out

(Headline USA) Denver Mayor Mike Johnston warned this week that the city is “out of shelter space” for illegal immigrants and will have to start kicking people out. “We have filled every single hotel room that we have available in the city and county of Denver,” Johnston said at a town-hall meeting last week. “Now, we have the terrible decision that if we don’t start exiting folks, we will have 250 folks that will arrive...

Dietary supplements and protein powders aren’t regulated the same way drugs are — here’s what experts say to watch out for

Supplements are regulated as food instead of drugs, even though they can interact with medications and may be laced with hidden drugs not included on the label.

Kazakhstan will surgically remove paedophiles’ genitals under new draft law after complaints that chemical castration was not harsh enough

'If a paedophile attack is especially cruel, I believe surgical castration must be applied…

“Systemic racism,” not bad personal choices, explains black hypertension: Mayo Clinic

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. African Americans are significantly affected by heart disease, resulting in higher mortality rates compared to white Americans. One of the reasons for the disparity is due to high hypertension rates in the Black community. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can increase your risk of developing heart disease. Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, discusses cardiovascular disease and reversing...

Long-running listeria outbreak that killed 2 is linked to cotija and queso fresco from California

Brands of cheese recalled by the CDC.CDC via AP/NBC News Associated Press – A California cheese and dairy company is the source of a decade-long outbreak of listeria food poisoning that killed two people and sickened more than two dozen, federal health officials said Tuesday. New lab and inspection evidence linked soft cheeses and other dairy products made by Rizo-Lopez Foods of Modesto, California, to the outbreak, which was first detected in June 2014, the Centers...

Interpreting your blood test results

CBS NEWS – Depending on the lab that analyzed your sample, the results from your blood test may be broken down into individual tests or collections of related tests called panels. Results from these panels can allow a health care professional to recommend preventive care, detect potential diseases and monitor ongoing health conditions. For each of the tests listed in your report, there will typically be a number corresponding to your test result and a reference...

Microwaves transfer plastic components to potatoes

ELPAIS.COM – Supermarkets increasingly offer vegetables that, within just a few minutes of microwaving them in the same plastic bag in which they were purchased, are ready to eat. Potatoes, cabbages, or mixtures of various vegetables come already pre-cooked and — according to the producers’ instructions — it’s not necessary to put them in another container to microwave them. But new research shows that perhaps it would be better to take your veggies out of the...

Vaping Warning as E-Cigarettes Causes Health Problems in 4 in 5 Users

NEWSWEEK – In a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health, nearly 4 in 5 e-cigarette users reported experiencing adverse health outcomes within six hours of vaping. The results raise serious concerns about the health impacts associated with these devices. In 2021, 4.5 percent of U.S. adults used e-cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this number is much higher among younger people, with 10 percent of U.S....

Its own staff reported the cockroach infestation that led to the politically charged closure of Maine restaurant

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – The 9-day closure of a popular Lewiston, ME, restaurant has created such a kerfuffle that Food Safety News has looked deeper into what happened. Dialing back to last year, it seems an emerging cockroach infestation concerned restaurant staff who tried working with their pest control contractor but found it necessary to report the health hazard to health authorities shortly after the first of the year. Staff reported on Jan. 6 to Maine...

Public health order remains in effect for North Texas community after deadly accident

NBC-DFW – A Denton County community is a step closer to having water service fully restored after a deadly water main break. The accident happened Thursday in Providence Village. The effort to make sure each resident has drinkable water continued Sunday afternoon with a distribution of cases of bottled water. Providence Village Mayor Linda Inman said anyone with proof of residency could receive water without leaving their vehicle. “Right now, we’re doing about 100 cases (of water) per...

Subway Sandwich Chain Investigating Ransomware Group’s Claims

The LockBit ransomware group claims to have stolen hundreds of gigabytes of data from US sandwich chain Subway.

Should you flush with the lid open or closed? Experts have a new theory

The researchers discovered microscopic viral particles all over the restroom when a person flushes the toilet whether the lid is up or down.

Measles cases up in the UK

The Guardian – The UK was once so good at dealing with measles that in 2017 and 2021 the World Health Organization declared that we had successfully attained “elimination status” for the disease, meaning that not one endemic case had been detected in the prior year. But those days are over, with more than 200 children diagnosed with measles in England and Wales in the last four weeks of 2023. The UK Health Security Agency has...
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