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Did Bachmann overblow Gardasil side effects? What are the risks?

In this week’s GOP Presidential debate, candidate Michele Bachmann criticized Texas Governor and presidential candidate Rick Perry for his attempt to mandate the use of Gardasil in his state. Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, is promoted as a preventive treatment against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus linked to the development of cervical cancer. Following a public outcry in the state of Texas, the mandate was overturned. Bachmann objected to the mandate for political reasons, but also expressed concerns that any parent might feel about being required to give their child a relatively new vaccine, about possible adverse side effects. ... Read More

Ground turkey is the likely cause of salmonella outbreak, CDC says

An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has caused one death and at least 76 illnesses in the United States is likely linked to eating ground turkey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday. Federal officials continue to investigate the outbreak of Salmonella-Heidelberg, which has been reported in 26 states. Ohio and Michigan have the highest concentration of infections so far, with 10 cases each, followed by Texas, California, and Pennsylvania, which accounted for an additional 20 cases. According to the CDC, 49 percent of the ill persons with available information have reported eating ground turkey in recent ... Read More

Gardasil: do the benefits really outweigh the risks?

There is much debate about the vaccine Gardasil, which was introduced in 2006 for girls, and marketed as a weapon against cervical cancer. The vaccine actually targets human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that is linked to the development of cervical cancer. While originally targeted only at girls and young women, the FDA recently expanded approval of the drug for use in boys and young men, to prevent the spread of HPV. However, since its introduction, Gardasil, which is manufactured by Merck & Co., has come under scrutiny following thousands of reports of serious adverse side effects tied to ... Read More

Vaccine watchdog group promotes letter writing campaign against Gardasil

S.A.N.E. Vax, Inc., a non-profit organization established to promote safe, affordable, necessary, effective vaccines and vaccination practices, has announced a combined effort of concerned citizens worldwide to insist on government compliance with regulations and guidelines in the implementation and monitoring of vaccines. In particular, the outreach effort is focusing on Gardasil, manfuactured by Merck and marketed as a preventive for cervical cancer by targeting the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to a recent news release, SaneVax is encouraging an open letter writing campaign addressing the issue of vaccine safety. The campaign is aimed at two senior scientists in the U.S. government ... Read More

On-the-job deaths rise sharply in Washington state

Workplace deaths rose sharply in Washington state last year, according to a report on work-related fatalities released last week by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The report says that 86 men and women were killed in 2010 due to job-related trauma – a steep 7.5 percent rise over 65 work-related fatalities in 2009 and the highest rate since 2006. “Last year was a difficult one for worker safety, and this report demonstrates that,” said L&I Director Judy Schurke. “Behind these numbers are grieving families and traumatized co-workers. It is only with the continuing cooperation of labor, ... Read More

Parents advised to cautiously weigh pros and cons of Gardasil vaccine

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently added Gardasil to its list of recommended vaccines for young men starting at age 9, for the prevention of genital warts. The vaccine, which protects against four strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) already was recommended for girls by the age of 11 or 12 as a preventive measure against cervical cancer. However, parents should carefully weigh the pros and cons of this relatively new vaccine, which was approved by the FDA in 2006. Thousands of adverse event reports are attached to the vaccine, and it has been linked to more than 50 deaths. ... Read More

Timely tips help promote workplace safety

It is the mission of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to provide national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability and death. One way the organization works to accomplish this mission is to provide a variety of timely publications that provide valuable information about workplace hazards, and guidelines to help workers stay safe. Two recent publications span a broad spectrum. The first, published in December 2010, is an Alert titled “Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Skid-Steer Loaders.” This publication is aimed ... Read More

FDA fights rapid rise in egg-related illness with new safety rules

Responding to a sharp increase in the number of illnesses linked to contaminated eggs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has introduced tougher safety requirements for large-scale egg producers. The agency says that the new rules can eliminate nearly 80,000 illnesses and save 30 lives every year. The measures target the spread of Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria throughout egg producing facilities. The salmonella bacteria frequently contaminate eggs and the products in which they are used. Since May 2010, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified a nationwide, four-fold increase in the number of Salmonella Enteritidis isolates reported by state and ... Read More

Drug industry studies promote expanded uses for Gardasil vaccine

A recent study, funded by Merck Research Laboratories, a division of Merck & Company, which manufactures and markets the Gardasil vaccine, is touting the drug for use not only as protection against cervical cancer, but also to prevent genital warts and other low-grade cervical growths. The study uses its findings to also promote expansion of the drug’s target market to include boys and young men. Previously, the drug has been targeted at girls beginning at age 9. According to a report on U.S. News & World Report’s Health Day, the study involved a randomized control trial of nearly 18,000 women ... Read More

In U.S. commercial fishing, Gulf Coast shrimpers have highest death rate

In an analysis of commercial fishing deaths from 2000 to 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found Gulf of Mexico shrimping to be the deadliest form of commercial fishing in the United States. Commercial fishing in general is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, with a fatality rate of 128 per 100,000 — 32 times higher than the rate for all other workers. According to the CDC, from 1992 to 2008, an annual average of 58 reported deaths occurred in the commercial fishing industry (128 deaths per 100,000 workers), compared with an average of 4 ... Read More