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Deaths from E.Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

BY CORAL BEACH | MAY 2, 2018


State by state CDC map at end of story.

One person has died in the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. There are now 121 confirmed cases across 25 states. Investigators continue to look for the source of the implicated romaine, as well as how it became contaminated. In the past week, public health officials confirmed 23 new cases and added three more states to the outbreak map. A week ago the case count stood at 98 people, making for a 23 percent increase in the number of infected people in seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those 102 victims for whom complete information is available, 52 have required hospitalization. California officials have reported one death in their state. The unusually high hospitalization rate of 51 percent shows the outbreak strain of E. coli O157: H7 is particularly dangerous. Also, 14 of the sick people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can re…

Getting Off Opioids With Medical Marijuana

By Nadia Kounang, CNN





In 2016, opioids killed more Americans than breast cancer. The drug overdose epidemic has become one of the most concerning public health issues of recent time, and in an effort to stem the tide, moreg and more patients and doctors are turning to pot over pills. For much of the past two decades, 51-year-old Angie Slinkertook a cocktail of narcotics, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to manage the pain stemming from a car accident in 1998. She had between 50 and 60 surgeries, but her pain persisted, and doctors kept giving her more pills. "It was just a vicious cycle," she told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "You started taking something for pain, and before you knew it, you were into another surgery. Which brought on anxiety." To treat the anxiety, doctors prescribed more pills. And when she felt depressed, they added even more medications. All the drugs left in her a fog. She spent most of her days in bed. When Slink…

Egg Recalls in 9 States From Salmonella Contamination

By Faith Karimi(CNN) - A farm in Indiana is recalling more than 200 million eggs sold in nine states over salmonella fears. Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs due to potential contamination with Salmonella Braenderup, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. At least 22 illnesses have been reported so far, the FDA said Friday. The eggs were sold through retail stores and restaurants. They reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. "Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted. "Throw them away or return them to place of purchase for credit or refund." Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Food Lion stores. Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and peopl…

The Male Birth Control Pill

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer, US News

A CONTRACEPTIVE PILL for men is a step closer to approval after early trials of a once-daily pill showed it to be safe and effective, according to researchers. The new pill, known as DMAU for its chemical name, dimethandrolone undecanoate, is similar to the female birth control pill. It contains a combination of hormones – an androgen, like testosterone, and progestin – said the study's senior investigator, Dr. Stephanie Page, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Taken daily, it could bring sperm count low enough so a man cannot get his partner pregnant. "DMAU is a major step forward in the development of a once-daily 'male pill,'" Page said at the Endocrine Society's annual conference. "Many men say they would prefer a daily pill as a reversible contraceptive, rather than long-acting injections or topical gels, which are also in development." Development of the male birth control pill has …