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Monday, November 3, 2014

11/3/14 Health News: FOOD SAFETY CHALLENGES:$500,000 PRISE ♦ Listeria in Cheese caused death & illnesses ♦ Reduceing seizures in epilepsy ♦ Carbon nanotube pores

Until recently, just a few standard methods were used for foodborne pathogen identification. But these days, technological advances, including culture independent testing and whole genome sequencing, are quickly changing the space and speeding the testing process, but also sometimes complicating it. Though government agencies maintain foremost control in protecting our food supply, many times these... Continue Reading
Listeria in Cheese caused death & illnesses
CDC update on cheese produced by Oasis Brands – 2  ill, 1 death Whole-genome sequences of the Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from recalled quesito casero cheese produced by Oasis Brands, Inc. were found to be highly related to sequences of Listeria strains isolated from one person who became ill in September 2013 and two persons who became ill in June and August 2014.Continue Reading
Low carb, high fat diets may reduce seizures in tough-to-treat epilepsy
Diets high in fat and low in carbohydrates, such as the ketogenic or modified Atkins diet, may reduce seizures in adults with tough-to-treat epilepsy, according to a review of research. Continue Reading
Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

Scientists have created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons, small ions and DNA. These carbon nanotube "porins" have significant implications for future health care and bioengineering applications.Continue Reading

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