California botulism outbreak linked to petrol station’s nacho cheese – BBC News

An outbreak of botulism in California is linked to cheese sauce from a family-run petrol station.

Cases of botulism, a rare and sometimes fatal form of food poisoning, were first reported on 5 May and in total nine people are confirmed to have it.

Source: California botulism outbreak linked to petrol station’s nacho cheese – BBC News

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Nathan’s, Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled For Metal In Packages « CBS Pittsburgh

Ready-to-eat hot dogs from John Morrell and Co. are being recalled due to the possibility of metal in the packaging.

The following products are being recalled:

  • 14 oz. packages of Nathan’s Skinless 8 Beef Franks with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017
  • 16 oz. packages of Curtis Beef Master Beef Franks with a Use By date of June 15, 2017

Source: Nathan’s, Curtis Hot Dogs Recalled For Metal In Packages « CBS Pittsburgh

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Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research.

Source: Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County : Shots – Health News : NPR

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American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted into a hospital in Nashville Thursday night after she suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. – LorettaLynn.com

She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery.

Loretta, who just celebrated her 85th birthday, has been advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recuperating. Regrettably, upcoming scheduled shows will be postponed.

Source: WELCOME 2017 – LorettaLynn.com

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Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled

A New Jersey-based food company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast because they might be contaminated with Listeria.

Pinnacle Foods Inc. said Friday the safety of its customers is its top priority and no illnesses have been reported. It says it initiated the recall when testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the plant environment.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people can suffer fevers and diarrhea. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

Source: Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles, French toast recalled

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Medical marijuana dispensaries looking for place in Squirrel Hill, Strip District

Companies plan to open dispensaries in Squirrel Hill and the Strip District; a North Side warehouse is targeted for growing and processing.

Two companies have plans to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Squirrel Hill and the Strip District, while a warehouse on the North Side is being targeted for a cannabis growing and processing center.

Keystone Relief Centers will go before the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 25 to request a special exception to open a dispensary at 3885 Forward Ave.

On May 18, Cresco Yeltrah LLC is asking for the same from the zoning board as part of its plans to open a dispensary at 2112 Penn Ave. in the Strip.

 

The state prepares to award the 12 grower/processor permits and up to 27 dispensary permits across six regions in Pennsylvania, with decisions expected by the end of June.

Source: Medical marijuana dispensaries looking for place in Squirrel Hill, Strip District

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The New York Times Cries ‘Wolf’ About Dogs

Times have changed at the Times. The paper now runs lots of splashy, misleading stories about the scare du jour. A memorable one was about the risks of letting your dog lick your face. (Yes, really.)

This is how the Times’ crying “Wolf” about dogs came to pass. A “general assignment” reporter tried to craft an article in the traditional manner taught in journalism schools: Toss out a good “hook” for the lede, explicate the issue, include quotes from “experts” on both sides of the issue and end with a snappy closing sentence.

Close contact between humans and dogs, such as petting and licking, has many beneficial aspects. Transmission of infections from dogs to humans is exceedingly rare.

Source: The New York Times Cries ‘Wolf’ About Dogs

Forbes author, Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist and owner of Bedlington terriers Cracker and Pippa, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.

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Your blood type could be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke – ScienceAlert

Non-O blood groups, take note.

An analysis of more than 1.3 million people found that those with blood types other than O+ or O- had a 9 percent higher change of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or stroke – but they’re still not sure what’s causing the link.

Source: Your blood type could be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke – ScienceAlert

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Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Is alcoholic cirrhosis a product of cold, gray weather?

The findings support the “not uncommon notion that people drink to stay warm” and lay themselves open to all the consequences of alcohol use, Neil Shah MD, of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. said at the International Liver Congress, the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL).

Source: Climate Tied to Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

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Ross woman’s overdose obituary attracts attention from White House | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the roughly three months since Casey Schwartzmier, 20, of Ross, died of an apparent drug overdose, her obituary and the news stories that followed have been read by people across the globe. And a strong network of supportive strangers has surrounded her mother, who’s devoting her time to trying to help others who are struggling with addiction.

Source: Ross woman’s overdose obituary attracts attention from White House | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Possible golf ball parts in food prompts McCain Foods recall | Miami Herald

McCain’s recalling Harris Teeter Southern Style Hash Browns and Roundy’s Southern Style Hash Browns, both sold in 2-pound bags, after finding the products “may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials, that despite our stringent supply standards may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product,” the recall notice said.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article146188504.html#storylink=cpy

Source: Possible golf ball parts in food prompts McCain Foods recall | Miami Herald

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Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

Does the radiation from mobile phones increase your chances of getting cancer?” is a question that has abounded since the earliest days of the technology, long before Apple and Google arrived on the scene. But an Italian court has just thrown its weight behind a man who argued that his benign brain tumor was caused by prolonged use of his mobile phone.

Source: Can mobile phones give you a brain tumor? An Italian court just ruled yes.

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What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

Each year on April 20th, advocates for marijuana around the world celebrate cannibis culture.   Last year, more than 1,000 people gathered in London’s Hyde Park to mark the weed holiday. For the longest, smokers have been celebrating this world renowned underground “holiday.” From Amsterdam to California 4/20 is widely respected by many.

This cannabis culture is celebrated all over but few really know the meaning behind the 4:20 numeric tradition. It has often been believed that 4:20 originated from police code, referencing to marijuana smoking in process.

Source: What Are Weed Smokers Really Celebrating on 4/20? – Milwaukee Community Journal

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Donald Trump signs extension of veterans’ choice health care bill – Washington Times

After campaigning on the issue of improving substandard care for veterans that dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and announced that he would devote a press conference to veterans issues next week.

Source: Donald Trump signs extension of veterans’ choice health care bill – Washington Times

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Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“There’s generally confusion on who should be getting statins,” said Michael Pencina, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. “I don’t think we have the perfect guideline yet.”

Source: Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

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Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

The Texas Department of State Health Services warns of multiple ongoing mumps outbreaks: 221 total cases this year, the highest incidence in 22 years.

  • Experts say the virus could be spreading from neighboring Arkansas
  • The outbreaks are not due to a lack of vaccinations
  • Although vaccination protection wanes over time, it can make complications less likely

Source: Mumps in Texas: Biggest outbreak in 22 years – CNN.com

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Teen denied life-saving transplant for smoking pot | New York Post

The family of a Utah teen whose lungs collapsed claims that a hospital denied him a life-saving transplant because weed was found in his system.Riley Hancey, 19, was hospitalized in late November

The 19-year-old’s family said he was forced to travel more than 2,000 miles to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he underwent a double-lung transplant two weeks ago.

Friends created a YouCaring page to raise money to cover his medical expenses.

Source: Teen denied life-saving transplant for smoking pot | New York Post

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Excela not thrilled over Allegheny Health Network plans to open Westmoreland outpatient center | TribLIVE

This summer, AHN plans to open a 23,000-square-foot outpatient center near Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield. The facility will offer primary care, neurosurgery, orthopedics, esophageal and lung disease treatment, cardiology, colon and rectal surgery and bariatric surgery.

In September, an endoscopy center for gastrointestinal procedures is scheduled to open within the facility.

Source: Excela not thrilled over Allegheny Health Network plans to open Westmoreland outpatient center | TribLIVE

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Rat lungworm disease: 9 cases confirmed in Hawaii – CNN.com

The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed six cases of rat lungworm disease on the island of Maui and three on the Big Island over the past three months.

Story highlights

  • 6 people on Maui and 3 on Hawaii have confirmed cases of rat lungworm disease
  • The parasite is often spread through consuming raw snails or slugs
  • It can cause a form of meningitis; no deaths have been reported among the latest cases

Source: Rat lungworm disease: 9 cases confirmed in Hawaii – CNN.com

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New neuron reprogramming technique could hold key to curing Parkinson’s disease, reveal scientists | The Independent

A “hugely promising” new technique in which brain cells are reprogrammed could one day provide a cure for Parkinson’s disease, experts have said. Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a way to modify neurons in the brains of people with Parkinson’s, a progressively worsening disorder of the nervous system that affects one in 500 people in the UK.

Source: New neuron reprogramming technique could hold key to curing Parkinson’s disease, reveal scientists | The Independent

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