E. coli, a bacteria notorious for causing food poisoning, may also be responsible for nearly half a million urinary tract infections (UTIs) each year, according to a recent study. Although UTIs are highly prevalent, with over half of all women experiencing at least one in their lifetime, most E. coli strains are harmless and naturally reside in the human gut as part of the body’s “microbiome.”
Outbreak of 77 cases in 26 other states is reminder of importance of safe food handling and prep – No cases of Salmonella Heidelberg associated with recalled ground turkey products have been reported in Washington. Thoroughly cooking and safely handling and preparing meat and poultry will kill bacteria like Salmonella Heidelberg, which prevents illness.
One person has died and 77 people have been sickened in the United States by an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella that likely originated in ground turkey – Last Friday, the U.S.D.A. issued an alert warning consumers to fully cook ground turkey. Ground turkey is a popular substitute for ground beef for grilled burgers. It is not illegal to sell meat contaminated with salmonella; cooking the meat thoroughly can destroy the pathogen.
Influenza A(H1N1) – update 31 – 39 countries have officially reported 8480 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. – As of 06:00 GMT, 17 May 2009, 39 countries have officially reported 8480 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Electronic cigarette not a safe or proven quitting method for smokers, warns UN, WHO. Marketers of electronic cigarettes should halt unproved therapy claims. – Contrary to what some marketers of the electronic cigarette imply in their advertisements, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it to be a legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.
A new declaration opposes transplant commercialism, transplant tourism and organ trafficking; Governments and international organizations urged to safeguard against these unethical practices. – All countries should take steps to govern organ donation and transplantation, thereby ensuring patient safety and prohibiting unethical practices, according to an article appearing in the September 2008 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).
Miserable middle age is a global phenomenon, according to an analysis of depression and happiness among 2m people in 80 countries. – Using data on 2 million people, from 80 nations, researchers from the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College in the US have found an extraordinarily consistent international pattern in depression and happiness levels that leaves us most miserable in middle age.