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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

11/12/13 Health News: Black Widow Spiders in Grapes, New Substance Combats Multi-Resistance Bacteria, Norovirus, Reduce risk of cancer from French Fries

BLACK WIDOWS FOUND IN SUPERMARKET GRAPES IN SEVERAL STATES
Supermarket chain Aldi pulled its entire stock of grapes from Milwaukee, WI, stores earlier this month after a shopper found a live black widow spider in a container of red grapes purchased from Aldi’s Wauwatosa, WI, store. Similar occurrences have happened in recent months in Michigan, Missouri and Minnesota. The Michigan incident happened just days...Continue Reading


Possible norovirus outbreak hits Brevard assisted living facility
Channel 9 is looking into a possible norovirus outbreak at an assisted living facility in Brevard County people have been taken to hospitals this week.The health department in Brevard County is trying to keep residents isolated in their rooms at 120-apartment Titusville Towers Assisted Living Facility.Continue Reading


New Substance Effectively Combats Multi-Resistant Bacteria
In Europe alone, more than 25,000 people die each year from infections caused by multi-resistant bacteria. Researchers from University of Copenhagen have now developed and characterized a substance that quickly and effectively kills the virulent bacteria. The substance employs a multifunctional mechanism that reduces the risk of antibiotic resistance. The findings have recently been published in the scientific journal Chemistry & Biology.
“We have succeeded in preparing and characterizing a very stable substance that kills multi-resistant bacteria extremely quickly and effectively. The most interesting aspect is that the bacteria are attacked using a multifunctional mechanism that drastically reduces the risk of resistance development compared with traditional antibiotics. Continue Reading


FDA OFFERS INDUSTRY GUIDANCE ON ACRYLAMIDE IN FOOD
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued draft guidance for industry on how to reduce levels of acrylamide in certain foods to help mitigate potential human health risks. Acrylamide forms from a chemical reaction that occurs when food is cooked at high temperatures – fried, roasted or baked – and mainly occurs in potato...Continue Reading

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