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Saturday, April 5, 2014

4/5/14 health News: Transfusion Linked to Infection Risk ♦ SHELLFISH CONTAIN DANGEROUS TOXIN LEVELS ♦ Official Food Poisoning Numbers are Dramatically Below Estimates

RECREATIONALLY HARVESTED SHELLFISH FROM TWO CA COUNTIES CONTAIN DANGEROUS TOXIN LEVELS
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish (such as mussels, clams or whole scallops) from Monterey or Santa Cruz counties due to dangerous levels of a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death. Dangerous levels of domoic acid have been detected in mussels... Continue Reading

CASE COUNTS: WHY OFFICIAL NUMBERS FALL FAR BELOW ESTIMATES
When news broke this past fall of two separate Salmonella outbreaks tied to Foster Farms chicken, one of the most noteworthy aspects of each outbreak was the number of patients sickened. To date, the outbreaks have been connected to 615 reported Salmonella infections altogether, making Foster Farms chicken the largest known source of foodborne Salmonella... Continue Reading

Transfusion Strategy Linked to Infection Risk

A restrictive approach to red blood cell transfusion is safer for many patients than a more liberal strategy, researchers reported. In a meta-analysis of 18 randomized trials, the risk of serious nosocomial infection was cut 18% among patients whose doctors ordered a transfusion at a lower hemoglobin level, compared with those whose caregivers used a higher cutoff,  Widespread use of more restrictive transfusion strategies might help reduce the rate of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals, Continue Reading

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