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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Health News: Americans are dying from contaminated food ♦ Dozens reportedly sickened after banquet ♦ Catered wedding reception in NY resulted in 35 illnesses

Americans are dying from contaminated food but congress does nothing In 2010, after thousands of Americans were sickened by tainted spinach, peanut butter and eggs, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a sweeping reform bill that gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new powers to help ensure the safety of the nation’s food system.
Dozens reportedly sickened after banquet in San Diego Dozens of people attending a banquet at Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island in San Diego harbor last week were reportedly sickened, and health officials have been busy trying to figure out the source. The event on July 29, sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, drew 170 people,
Catered wedding reception in NY resulted in 35 illnesses About 35 people were sickened after a wedding reception Friday night in Brewerton, NY, which is about 15 miles north of Syracuse. Nine of the 35 were reportedly taken via ambulance to local hospitals, but all have apparently been released. The reception was being held at Arrowhead Lodge at Oneida Shores Park,
Texting while driving bans save 19 lives per year On average, there was a 7 percent reduction in crash-related hospitalizations in states that have enacted bans on texting and driving, researchers say. Hospitalizations were reduced the most -- 9 percent -- among 22-64 year olds and those aged 65 and older.
Scientists create functional liver cells from stem cells Evaluating drug-induced liver injury is a critical part of pharmaceutical drug discovery and must be carried out on human liver cells. Now, scientists report that they produced large amounts of functional liver cells from human embryonic and genetic engineered stem cells. The cells can detect the toxic effect of over a dozen drugs with greater than 97 percent accuracy

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