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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

3/4/15 Health News:E.coli in two Elementary Schools ♦ Food poisoning hits 175 ♦ Infection rates Lower with more Public health spending ♦ Bans don't help smokers quit♦ High-salt diet protects against microbes

E. COLI CONFIRMED IN TWO CALIFORNIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS  Two students at Reese Elementary School in Lodi, CA, have reportedly tested positive for E. coli, and a seven-year-old boy was hospitalized. Lab tests are being done to identify other potential cases. According to the San Joaquin County Health Department in Stockton, CA, an inspection of the school was inconclusive. Questionnaires to pinpoint a common... Continue Reading
Food poisoning hits 175 Queensland school principals  Queensland Health is investigating an outbreak of food poisoning. Photo: Supplied Salmonella is believed to be the culprit behind one of Queensland's worst mass food poisonings. Queensland Health says 175 school principals have contracted food poisoning after attending a conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Continue Reading
 STUDY: INFECTION RATES CORRELATE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH SPENDING  Local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs may significantly influence the number of illnesses occurring in the surrounding areas, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Nursing. Continue Reading
Bans don't help smokers quit.  No significant change in home habits of smokers have been observed in the aftermath of a ban on smoking in public spaces, researchers report. Greater inspiration to kick the habit likely comes from having friends or family who set an example by giving up cigarettes themselves, the authors write. Continue Reading

High-salt diet could protect against invading microbes   Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a new study reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: Defending the body against invading microbes. A high-salt diet increased sodium accumulation in the skin of mice, thereby boosting their immune response to a skin-infecting parasite. Continue Reading

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