Drug accidents send more kids under the age of 6 to the emergency room than car crashes. About 10,000 cases a year involve liquid medications, such as cough and cold medicines, as well as infant and child versions of the pain reliever and fever reducer acetaminophen (Tylenol and generic versions). It takes only a moment of caregiver inattention for a curious little one to grab a medicine bottle to try to get to the syrupy liquid inside.
(FDA.gov) When you’re buying soaps and body washes, do you reach for the bar or bottle labeled “antibacterial”? Are you thinking that these products, in addition to keeping you clean, will reduce your risk of getting sick or passing on germs to others?
Not necessarily, according to experts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
(JCC Press Release, no information on kosher food availability)
Local health exhibitors will unveil their freshest products and services at Balanced Living Health and Wellness Day, a four-hour, health-oriented extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mandel JCC in Beachwood.
Also slated for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are hourly demonstrations of healthy foods, along with samples.
(Plain Dealer)(Ed: This has been a major health concern in Orthodox communities, primarily due to ease of travel in close communities as well in some cases, though not all, poor immunization compliance.)
With whooping cough cases up more than 20 percent in Ohio, health officials are urging all residents to make sure they’re up to date on the vaccination that protects against the highly contagious disease.
As of Nov. 2, 901 cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, had been reported in Ohio. That’s up from 742 as of that date last year.
(Ed: Source: ThePoultrySite on October 8, 2013. This is quite timely as there have been several stories of late about E. Coli in chickens. Cooking the chicken so that the internal temperature reaches 165° F. will kill the bacteria in the chicken.)
A study at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and four other institutions found antibiotic resistant E. coli in chickens from a range of production methods, but the greatest amount was found in kosher chickens. “Kosher chickens carried the greatest amount of antibiotic-resistant E. coli, while organic chicken showed antibiotic-resistant bacteria levels just as high as conventional chicken. Only chickens ‘raised without antibiotics’ (RWA) came in with reduced but still contaminated, levels of the E. coli ‘superbug”. “The chicken researchers are from the Horace Mann Bronx Campus, Translational Genomics Research Institute of Flagstaff, NAU and George Washington University in Washington DC. Dr Bruce Hungate, director of the Ecosystem Science and Society Center, and NAU professor of biology, headed the team. The research was funded by the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research and the Ecosystem Science and Society Center, both at NAU.”
The researchers purchased 213 samples of raw chicken from 15 locations in the New York City metropolitan area from April to June, 2012. “The study found that strains of E. coli isolated from samples in the RWA category tended to be resistant to fewer drugs ‘but the difference was not significant versus conventional and organic, which did not differ from each other’ “.