Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey Leaves 1 Person Dead in California, Sickens Over 275 Others | KTLA

Sixty-three more people have been infected with salmonella linked to raw turkey products in an outbreak that began in November 2017, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

There have been 279 reported cases of salmonella associated with raw turkey in 41 states and the District of Columbia as of February 13. Of those, 107 people were hospitalized, and one death was reported in California.

Source: Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Raw Turkey Leaves 1 Person Dead in California, Sickens Over 275 Others | KTLA

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STINK BUGS: Study: Polar Vortex may have killed 95 percent of stink bugs

Sick of stink bugs taking over your home? We may have some good news.

Which Pests Survived the Cold?

FAIRFAX, VA — A Virginia Tech research experiment estimates that the Polar Vortex may have killed 95% of the stink bugs that hadn’t found shelter to stay warm this winter. However, not all common pests are freezing as homeowners might wish.

Invasive species in the Northeast such as the emerald ash borer and southern pine beetle aren’t likely to survive the winter cold, but New York City cockroaches and bed bugpopulations will unfortunately not be affected. Also, even if adult pests freeze, they may have already laid eggs which will hatch when the weather warms.

As for pests like ants, mosquitoes and termites, many people assume they just die off, but the truth is that these and other insects often devise strategies to make it through the winter

Source: STINK BUGS: Study: Polar Vortex may have killed 95 percent of stink bugs

Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The recall involves all lots of “DG™ Baby Gripe Water herbal supplement with organic ginger and fennel extracts.” The manufacturer, Kingston Pharma, is voluntarily recalling the product due to the presence of an undissolved ingredient, citrus flavonoid.

Officials say use of the product should not be considered hazardous, but could result in difficulty when swallowing the product for sensitive individuals. To date, Kingston Pharma LLC reports it has received one report of a one-week old infant having difficulty when swallowing the product and three complaints attributed to the undissolved citrus flavonoid.

Source: Gripe water for infants, adults sold at Dollar General recalled

The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD | WIRED

Activists, entrepreneurs, and doctors in the US and Canada are working to decriminalize psilocybin psychotherapy and calling for a psychedelic revolution.

Indeed, magic mushrooms are having a therapeutic moment. In North America, at least four organizations, each with unique strategies, are working to expand access to psilocybin for anyone with mental health issues, dying or not. These groups hope to undo decades of psilocybin prohibition by removing criminal penalties for possession or cultivation, or by providing access to psilocybin in a therapist’s offices, or both.

Source: The Push to Legalize Magic Mushrooms for Depression and PTSD | WIRED

Recall of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart expands over safety worries

 

By Shamard Charles, M.D.

The recall of an infant pain reliever has been expanded over worries that the over-the-counter medication may contain dangerously high concentrations of the drug.

On Thursday, the drug maker Tris-Pharma said that additional lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL — sold in 0.5 oz. bottles at Wal-Mart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar Services — may have higher concentrations of ibuprofen than what’s on the label.

Dangerously high concentrations of the drug raises risks of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach bleeding, and kidney damage.

Source: Recall of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart expands over safety worries

University of Iowa student dies during polar vortex; 7 other deaths linked to wintry blast

A University of Iowa student has died after being found unresponsive on campus grounds early Wednesday as a polar vortex  gripped the Midwest in arctic temperatures that have been linked to at least seven other deaths.

Source: University of Iowa student dies during polar vortex; 7 other deaths linked to wintry blast

How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Record cold temperatures are hitting much of the US this week. In some places, it’s possible you’ll experience weather that’s colder than you’ve seen in your lifetime. Here’s what to know when the chill hits.

Dress Warm

Okay, you knew that. But in case you haven’t had to really bundle up in a while, don’t forget that:

  • Many thinner layers can be just as good as a single really warm one. Maybe you don’t have a warm enough coat, but you could put on a shirt, a sweater, a hoodie, and then your jacket. Wear tights or leggings under your pants.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • One of your outer layers should be windproof. A thin rain jacket plus a bunch of sweaters may work better than a single warmish coat that’s not windproof.
  • Cover as much exposed skin as possible when you go outside. Consider a balaclava or scarf for your face.
  • A hat really helps, even indoors.

Watch the Wind Chill

Temperature isn’t everything. If you’re concerned about frostbite, the wind chill takes temperature and wind speed into account for a more accurate picture of how cold the winter air will feel on your skin.

Source: How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Cure for cancer? Israeli scientists claim to be on brink of development | Fox News

A team of Israeli scientists believes a cure for cancer is within reach, even optimistically predicting that it will be found within a year.

The company, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi), has described its treatment, MuTaTo, as comparable to a cancer antibiotic that uses a multipronged approach similar to the treatment given to HIV patients. The Israeli team told The Jerusalem Post that this treatment relies on a combination of several peptides for each cancer cell, reportedly eliminating the chances of evasion through mutation.

Source: Cure for cancer? Israeli scientists claim to be on brink of development | Fox News

Perdue Foods recalls chicken nuggets over food-allergy labeling error | Fox News

A potentially serious labeling error has caused Perdue Foods to recall more than 16,000 pounds of chicken nuggets.

The recall was announced after a retail store notified Perdue that the label on the back of the “Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets” neglects to inform consumers the product contains milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday. The current label only says the nuggets contain wheat.

PEACHES, PLUMS, NECTARINES RECALLED FOR POTENTIAL LISTERIA CONTAMINATION, FDA SAYS

Retailers in Washington, D.C., and in 13 states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia —  have been affected by the recall.

At this time, however, there have been no reported illnesses or adverse reactions in connection to the labeling error.

Source: Perdue Foods recalls chicken nuggets over food-allergy labeling error | Fox News

Vaping in school: Hempfield principal talks about growing problem

Teachers and teenagers agree vaping in school is a growing problem. The principal of Hempfield Area High School says she’s never seen anything like it.

Principal Kathy Charlton says teenagers see vaping as less dirty than cigarette smoking, as the smell and flavor of vape juice is often quite pleasant.

The National Youth Tobacco Survey finds high school and middle school students who admit to vaping in the last month was up by 78 percent in 2017.

Source: Vaping in school: Hempfield principal talks about growing problem