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Health News

Inspectors say meat safety is threatened
Associated Press - Wed Feb 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes, government inspectors responsible for examining slaughterhouse cattle for mad cow disease and other ills are so short-staffed that they find themselves peering down from catwalks at hundreds of animals at once, looking for such telltale signs as droopy ears, stumbling gait and facial paralysis. More»

A sickening spectacle
USA Today - Mon Feb 18, 2008
Where's the beef? That catch phrase this week is giving way to a more troubling question: What's in the beef? A mind-boggling 143 million pounds of frozen meat was recalled by the government Sunday from a California slaughterhouse, the largest recall in US history. More»

USDA makes nation's largest beef recall
Associated Press - Sat Feb 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The US Department of Agriculture on Sunday ordered the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse, the subject of an animal-abuse investigation, that provided meat to school lunch programs. More»

Photo: Blue Cross quits asking docs to 'rat out' patients Blue Cross quits asking docs to 'rat out' patients
Associated Press - Tue Feb 12, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Blue Cross of California quickly halted its practice of asking doctors to report conditions it could use to cancel new patients' medical coverage after a widespread wave of criticism. More»

Mad Cow: Schools stop use of beef from slaughterhouse under investigation
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Mon Feb 11, 2008
Georgia schools have put on hold 178,000 pounds of beef that came from a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for allegations that it processed cattle at higher risk of mad cow disease. More»

Court strikes down EPA's plan on mercury
Associated Press - Fri Feb 8, 2008
A federal appeals court said Friday the Bush administration ignored the law when it imposed less stringent requirements on power plants to reduce mercury pollution, which scientists fear could cause neurological problems in 60,000 newborns a year. More»

Toxic Gov't Report Uncovered
OneWorld US - Fri Feb 8, 2008
NEW YORK - A much-delayed US government report has been obtained by journalists, raising allegations that officials may be suppressing politically inconvenient data that, if released, could help protect the health of millions living in the Great Lakes region of the country. More»

Children treated with Botox died
Associated Press - Thu Feb 7, 2008
The popular anti-wrinkle drug Botox and a competitor Myobloc have been linked to some deaths and other severe side effects suggestive of botulism, the government warned doctors Friday. More»

Photo: Mercury in Childhood Vaccines "Excreted Quickly" Mercury in Childhood Vaccines "Excreted Quickly"
Health Day - Sat Feb 2, 2008
The latest chapter in the debate over whether childhood vaccines can cause autism was written Wednesday with release of a study that showed the controversial mercury-containing preservative thimerosal is rapidly excreted from babies' bodies and can't reach toxic levels. More»

Photo: Cannabis compound 'halts cancer' Cannabis compound 'halts cancer'
BBC - Mon Nov 19, 2007
A compound found in cannabis may stop breast cancer spreading throughout the body, US scientists believe. More»

Scientist preducts future mad-cow epidemic
UPI - Sat Nov 10, 2007
LONDON - A British scientist predicts thousands of future deaths from mad cow disease caused by contaminated beef eaten between 1980 and 1986. More»

Many soldiers get boot for 'pre-existing' mental illness
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sun Sep 30, 2007
Thousands of US soldiers in Iraq - as many as 10 a day - are being discharged by the military for mental health reasons. More»

Photo: Brain injuries from war worse than thought Brain injuries from war worse than thought
USA Today - Sun Sep 23, 2007
Scientists trying to understand traumatic brain injury from bomb blasts are finding the wound more insidious than they once thought. More»

Photo: Legal Loophole Ensnares Breast Cancer Patients Legal Loophole Ensnares Breast Cancer Patients
Wall Street Journal - Fri Sep 14, 2007
LONGVIEW, Texas - In June 2003, Shirley Loewe went to Good Shepherd Medical Center here with a softball-size lump in her breast and was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. More»

Photo: Industry pressure waters down breast-feed ads Industry pressure waters down breast-feed ads
Washington Post - Thu Aug 30, 2007
In an attempt to raise the nation's historically low rate of breast-feeding, federal health officials commissioned an attention-grabbing advertising campaign a few years ago to convince mothers that their babies faced real health risks if they did not breast-feed. More»

Obesity 'caused by infectious virus which turns cells into fatty tissue'
Telegraph UK - Mon Aug 27, 2007
Obesity can be caught like a cold, according to a laboratory study showing that a common infectious virus can turn human cells into fatty tissue, scientists said. More»

Photo: Minnesota law sheds light on drug companies Minnesota law sheds light on drug companies
Associated Press - Mon Aug 20, 2007
Saint Paul, Minnesota - A groundbreaking Minnesota law is shining a rare light into the big money that drug companies spend on members of state advisory panels who help select which drugs are used in Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled. More»

Seniors head south to Mexican nursing homes
USA Today - Tue Aug 14, 2007
AJIJIC, Mexico - After Jean Douglas turned 70, she realized she couldn't take care of herself anymore. More»

Photo: Hospitals are shutting down burn centers Hospitals are shutting down burn centers
Associated Press - Mon Aug 6, 2007
US hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster. More»

South Korea suspends US beef imports again over banned bones
Associated Press - Wed Aug 1, 2007
SEOUL - South Korea has again suspended US beef imports after inspectors discovered banned bones in a recent shipment, officials said Thursday. More»

Kroger Milk Dumps Hormone
Cincinatti Enquirer - Tue Jul 31, 2007
Kroger will sell only milk certified to be free of a bovine growth hormone by February 2008, the Cincinnati-based grocer said today. More»

Bovine gelatin spray "used to extend meat shelf life"
Food Quality News - Tue Jul 31, 2007
Sheryl Barringer and a researcher team at Ohio State University conducted the study by spraying a 20 per cent bovine gelatin solution onto beef tenderloins, pork loins, salmon fillets, and chicken breasts. More»

How a hospital death became a cause celebre
Los Angeles Times - Thu Jun 14, 2007
It might have gone down as the death of a "quasi-transient" woman with a history of abusing drugs. More»

Photo: Mad Cow USA - The Coverup Continues in Washington Mad Cow USA - The Coverup Continues in Washington
Associated Press - Mon May 28, 2007
The Associated Press notes that the Bush administration "will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease. More»

Bacteria and Depression
The Economist - Sun Apr 8, 2007
An unexpected explanation for the rise of depression. More»

Photo: Girl's death stirs debate over psychiatric meds Girl's death stirs debate over psychiatric meds
Associated Press - Thu Mar 22, 2007
HULL, Massachusetts - In the final months of Rebecca Riley's life, a school nurse said the little girl was so weak she was like a "floppy doll. More»

Photo: Bush Proposal Will Cut Medicaid Drug Payments Bush Proposal Will Cut Medicaid Drug Payments
San Francisco Chronicle - Sun Dec 17, 2006
Washington -- The Bush administration today will propose sweeping reductions in payments to pharmacies as a way to save money for Medicaid, the health program for more than 50 million poor people. More»

Renowned cancer scientist was paid by Monsanto for 20 years
The Guardian, UK - Sat Dec 9, 2006
A world-famous British scientist failed to disclose that he held a paid consultancy with a chemical company for more than 20 years while investigating cancer risks in the industry, the Guardian can reveal. More»

Photo: Air Force's Agent Orange Study Ends Air Force's Agent Orange Study Ends
Associated Press - Wed Sep 6, 2006
ROCKVILLE, Maryland - The government is taking steps to preserve data and biological specimens from a quarter-century investigation into the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam veterans, having found an elevated risk for diabetes but no clear links to cancer from the soon-to-end study. More»

Photo: Emergency Medical System In Crisis, USA Emergency Medical System In Crisis, USA
Medical News Today - Wed Jun 14, 2006
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) says the American emergency medical system is in crisis - it is seriously short of resources, fragmented and splitting at the seams. More»

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