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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Health News: Third of Brits at risk of food poisoning ♦ Five salmonella outbreaks food inspectors didn't see coming ♦ Bacteria contribute to immune suppression in skin

Third of Brits at risk of food poisoning from deadly chickens  Campylobacter is found on raw chicken and is the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain, causing an estimated 100 deaths annually. Currently, over 280,000 people contract food poisoning a year. FSA director Nina Purcell said: "More than a quarter of a million people – 280,000 – fall ill each year due to campylobacter food poisoning.
Five salmonella outbreaks food inspectors didn't see coming  Federal inspectors are inside every meat and poultry processing plant in this country. The problem is, their efforts sometimes fail to identify salmonella — a potentially deadly pathogen that sickens more than a million Americans each year, about 200,000 from contaminated poultry.
Genome-wide DNA study shows lasting impact of malnutrition in early pregnancy  Children whose mothers were malnourished at famine levels during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy had changes in DNA methylation known to suppress genes involved in growth, development, and metabolism documented at age 59.
Bacteria contribute to immune suppression in skin after repeated schistosome exposure Our two square meters of skin act as a defensive barrier against environmental pathogens but is also covered by beneficial commensal bacteria. A study explores this delicate balance and reports that when schistosome parasites repeatedly penetrate the skin, they are cloaked in skin bacteria, leading to a tightly controlled and limited immune response, due in part to this cloaking mechanism.
Losing weight can reduce risk of death, ventilator use in lung transplant patients Obesity is a complicating factor for many surgical patients.Researchers have shown that losing weight can have a positive impact on outcomes for lung transplant patients.

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