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Monday, May 26, 2014

5/26/14 Health News: Are safety studies for GM soy fraudulent? ♦ 5,000 POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO HEPATITIS A ♦ New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil ♦ Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea,

Are substantial equivalence & safety studies for GM soy fraudulent?
Over 10 years ago the Pacific Ecologist reported that a Japanese research team uncovered serious discrepancies in safety reports submitted by Monsanto to the Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry. The Safety Assessment Application Documents were submitted in order to obtain a safety certificate necessary for the import of genetically modified (GM) soy to Japan

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is vaccinating customers of a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, MO, who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A between May 8-16. Health officials are worried that 5,000 people may have been exposed after a restaurant worker was diagnosed with the virus. In order for the vaccine to work, it must... Continue Reading
New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazil
An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, MD, PhD, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has identified a new bacterium that caused a bloodstream infection in a Brazilian patient. The new bacterium is part of a class of highly resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It has also acquired high levels of resistance to vancomycin. Genomic analyses indicated that this novel vancomycin-resistant MRSA bacterium belongs to a genetic lineage that is commonly found outside hospitals (designated community-associated MRSA).
“This is the first-ever reported bloodstream infection caused by a highly vancomycin-resistant MRSA bacterium,” Arias says. “If we lose vancomycin, it would make it very difficult and expensive to treat these infections.”Continue Reading

Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa

Health officials are worried. After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has reported two cases of the disease. The children paralyzed are in two distant parts of the country. So the virus may have spread widely across the small nation. The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent. The Equatorial Guinea outbreak can be traced to neighboring Cameroon, where seven children have been paralyzed by polio since October.Continue Reading

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