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Sunday, February 16, 2014

2/16/14 health News: Raw Milk~ Risky - Listeria Risk in Leafy Greens - Medical Errors on the Rise - Adults Missing Key Vaccines - Breath Test For Cancer

There seems to be no middle ground in the debate over raw milk. On the one side, you have farmers happy to sell a product for $10 to $18 a gallon, and consumers who believe that they are purchasing a product that is not only more healthful but will also cure everything from allergies to... Continue Reading

A new study has found that fluctuations in temperature during transportation and retail sale of leafy greens negatively impacts both the product’s quality and microbial safety. In a study published in the February issue of Journal of Food Protection, researchers looked at the growth of E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes in commercially-bagged salad greens.... Continue Reading

Medical Errors on the Rise
The Kingdom is looking to develop a system of accountability for medical errors in the wake of an alarming increase in the number of such cases across the country. Many practitioners in the Kingdom get away with their mistakes simply because there is no mechanism in place for monitoring incidents of medical malpractice. Continue Reading

Many U.S. Adults Not Getting Key Vaccines: CDC

Many U.S. adults are skipping recommended vaccinations that could protect them from serious or life-threatening diseases, according to figures released by federal health officials. Modest increases were seen for Tdap vaccinations, which prevent whooping cough, from 2011 to 2012, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More seniors also got vaccinated against shingles, while HPV vaccinations picked up slightly among young women hoping to avoid cervical cancer. However, Americans aren't taking full advantage of other routinely recommended vaccines, including those for pneumonia and hepatitis, Continue Reading

Breath Test May Detect Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can be a silent killer, often showing no symptoms until it's too late. But University of Louisville scientists have discovered a simple test that may someday help diagnose the deadly disease earlier — by analyzing exhaled breath. The researchers made their findings while examining patients with suspicious lung lesions and testing their breath using a specially designed microchip. The probability of cancer was 95% for patients with elevated levels of three or four specific compounds. The chip captures specific compounds in the breath, which are then analyzed with a mass spectrometer, an instrument that measures the mass of a given molecule. Researchers matched their findings with pathology and clinical results from each patient. Two of the four compounds they found in lung-cancer patients were previously known to be associated with the disease, but Fu discovered .Continue Reading

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