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Stethoscopes Host ‘Diverse Community of Bacteria,’ Study Finds

Stethoscopes are one of the most-used medical devices in any medical environment, but they can also be among the dirtiest, a new study shows. For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine used molecular sequencing to develop a complete profile of the types of bacteria on stethoscopes used in an intensive care unit. The stethoscopes included 20 traditional reusable stethoscopes carried by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists and 20 single-patient-use disposable stethoscopes used in patient rooms. Another 10 unused single-use disposable stethoscopes were examined as a control. The researchers found that the stethoscopes were loaded ... Read More

New Regulations Fail To Mitigate Legionnaires Disease Outbreaks in New York

New regulations passed in New York after hundreds of people became infected with Legionnaires disease in 2015 failed to reduce the number of infections reported statewide since then, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate. According to Politico, the CDC data shows that there were 718 cases of Legionnaires disease reported in 2016, a year after the state adopted stricter regulations requiring the registration, inspection, and testing of cooling towers and potable water systems for Legionella bacteria in hospitals, nursing homes, and other residential health care facilities. In 2016, an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in the ... Read More

Medical marijuana rife with bacteria, fungi

Consuming medical marijuana in baked goods may be a safer bet than inhaling aerosolized versions of the weed, especially for cancer patients with compromised immune systems, according to a team of researchers from the University of California at Davis. Medical marijuana is just beginning to find favor as a medical treatment to ease nausea and pain. But a new study published in the journal Clinical Microbiology and Infection suggests the botanical may be rife with infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose life-threatening risks. The issue was identified after a patient using aerosolized marijuana to treat symptoms from chemotherapy and stem ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Health Concerns Prompt Inspectors To Close Thousands of Public Pools

Nearly 8o percent of public pools inspected by health officials were in violation of at least one federal health and safety rule, and more than 12 percent of the inspections found problems so severe that the pools were closed immediately, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. The CDC numbers were based on nearly 84,200 routine inspections of 48,632 public pools, water parks, and other aquatic venues in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, and Texas, where nearly half of the nation’s 309,000 public swimming facilities are located. Some of the most common violations involved ... Read More

Alarming Levels of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Found In U.S. Meat

The presence of antibiotic-resistant superbugs in U.S.-produced meat has soared to alarming levels, Consumer Reports has found. The results of a three-year study, published online by Consumer Reports last week in an article called “Making the World Safe from Superbugs,” indicate that the systematic overuse and abuse of antibiotic drugs in the agricultural industry has allowed bacteria to evolve so that antibiotics are useless against them. These are the potentially lethal “superbugs,” which include methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bacteria resistant to three or more types of antibiotics. In the section of the report titled “Our Flawed Food Supply,” Consumer ... Read More

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to cuddling, kissing live poultry

Federal health authorities investigating four massive outbreaks of human Salmonella infection in the U.S. have linked most of the illnesses to folks becoming a little too intimate with their live chickens and ducks. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressed its recent warning to owners of backyard flocks – those who raise chicken, ducks, and other poultry for food or as pets – to inform them that kissing and cuddling their chickens and ducks puts them at risk of contracting Salmonellosis. The Salmonella outbreaks have sickened at least 181 in 40 states. The CDC interviewed 96 of ... Read More

DOJ seeks to shut down operations at pharmaceutical supply company after reports of infection

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to shut down Pharmaceutical Innovations, a Newark, N.J.-based company blamed for producing ultrasound gel that caused infections in 16 patients. The DOJ, working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint against the company and its president and owner, Gilbert Buchalter, seeking an injunction to halt operations at the plant until it resolves violations to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The DOJ claims the company produced the gel used in ultrasound tests without following proper manufacturing practices, failed to obtain proper approval before distributing its products, and ... Read More

Crest to remove plastic beads from its popular toothpastes

Dental hygienist Trish Walraven was baffled when she kept noticing tiny bits of plastic embedded in her patients’ gums during dental cleanings. So she asked what toothpaste they were using and made a startling discovery. The patients were using popular Crest toothpaste, which is formulated with tiny bits of plastic called polyethylene designed to help scrub teeth clean. However, dentists say the beads can get trapped under people’s gums and lead to gum disease. These polyethylene microbeads are approved as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are used in a variety of commercial products, including skin ... Read More

Jars of almond butter, peanut butter recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Jars of almond butter and peanut butter from Hain Celestial Group’s unit nSpired Natural Foods, and sold under various brand names, are being recalled after four people became sick after ingesting the products. The recall involves Arrowhead Mills brand peanut butters and MaraNatha almond butters and peanut butters, as well as lots of private label almond butter from Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Safeway. A total of 45 production lots are affected by the recall. The nut butters were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Routine testing by the ... Read More