Saturday, February 9, 2013
Every year, one in six Americans get a food-borne illness. A new CDC report offers the first comprehensive estimates of which foods are to blame.
Saturday, February 9
Feeling sick? Think it's something you ate but aren't sure? A WebMD report says yearly, about 48 million Americans get a food-borne illness, and often the food that caused the illness remains a mystery. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now compiled a list of the most likely foods to blame. To do so, the CDC evaluated nearly 4,600 food-borne disease outbreaks from 1998 to 2008. Some highlights from the findings: Please note that the CDC and WebMD do not recommend avoiding these foods, especially healthy ones. Click here to read the full report, which includes tips on protecting yourself from food-borne illness in the kitchen and while eating out. You may also want to check out the latest local restaurant …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A new norovirus strain was detected last year in Australia and has reached the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advice to avoid infection.
Although the flu is on everyone’s minds, norovirus is making its rounds. Known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year, mostly in young children and the elderly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the virus' common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. The CDC points out that the norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu, but it is unrelated to influenza. There is no treatment or vaccine against norovirus. Simply putting on hand sanitizer isn't good enough to ward off the vrius. To help prevent contamination, the CDC recommends the following tips: 5 Tips to Prevent Norovirus From Spreading 1. Practice proper …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Seriously. After a series of bizarre attacks that made news during the past weeks, The Center for Disease Control felt compelled to address people's concerns about the possibilities of an impending Zombie Apocalypse.
On the CDC Site, under a heading of "Emergency Preparedness and Response" is a subhead called "Social Media: Peparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse." There's a tongue-in-cheek novella shown there called "Zombie Pandemic" which "demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy." You can follow along with the adventures of "Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies." The CDC wasn't expecting any Zombie Pandemics to occur when they published the novella, but it's a really neat way to appeal to folks on the importance of being prepared in an emergency. And that was that ... up until this past week when a series of …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This week's Mom's Talk discusses this controversial issue for mothers.
Circumcision has been common practice in many cultures for thousands of years. It was introduced to most cultures through religious beliefs and rituals. Throughout history it has been used for religious reasons and to prevent disease. In the United States, it is now done to prevent disease and for aesthetic purposes. For an historical look at circumcision, click here. When I was pregnant with my son I realized that most of what’s available on the Internet about circumcision is contradictory. There is childish bickering on forums, and Web sites are full of claims, but few real facts. I needed answers on the topic. My OB-GYN told me to talk to a pediatrician, and the pediatrician’s receptionist handed me a brochure that appeared to have been…