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Mold Outbreak Exclusive: Hospital under Troubling Waters after Death of Fourth Transplant Patient

Mold Outbreak Exclusive: Hospital under Troubling Waters after Death of Fourth Transplant Patient

Another victim of mold outbreak at UPMC Presbyterian has died at hospital, announced the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. With the latest demise, the death count linked to a fungal infection during the outbreak has reached four.

On Sunday, the University confirmed the death of 4th infected patient. The person, 70-year-old Che DuVall, was diagnosed with the infection about four weeks after undergoing a double lung transplant in last year’s August, as per the university’s statement.

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Garden of Life voluntarily recalls some of its RAW Meal products

Garden of Life voluntarily recalls some of its RAW Meal products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there's a multistate salmonella outbreak related to Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal products.

So far, eleven people have fallen ill with salmonella and one has been hospitalized, with no death reports. The illness has been reported in Tennessee, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Minnesota, New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin.

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Historically anomalous trend: Mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans more than that of African Americans

Historically anomalous trend: Mortality rate of middle-aged white Americans more than that of African Americans

A new analysis from the Commonwealth Fund has suggested that suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related liver disease are not the major reasons for more number of deaths among middle-aged white Americans.

Major reason as per the report is stalled progress in fighting leading causes of death, including heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease. The fund has gone through actual and expected death rates and causes of death of working-age adults from 1968 through 2014.

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Women Taking Antidepressants in Their Reproductive Years at higher risk of Children with Birth Defects

Women Taking Antidepressants in Their Reproductive Years at higher risk of Children with Birth Defects

Women taking antidepressants during their reproductive stage have to think twice before taking prescribed medications. According to a report issued by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15% of women in their reproductive years take antidepressants; this could lead to rare birth defects in the heart, brain and other organs of children born to them. The CDC recommends doctors to screen pregnant women, new mothers as well as all adults for depression.

CDC’s New Campaign helps People get Early Diagnosis of Diabetes

CDC’s New Campaign helps People get Early Diagnosis of Diabetes

The US Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) has launched a new public education campaign targeting the 86 million American adults. ‘No one is excused from diabetes’, is the message behind the new campaign launched in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association (AMA). The report shows more than one in three adults in the United States is suffering with prediabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.

Research: Lyme-Causing Ticks have significantly spread across United States over past two decades

Research: Lyme-Causing Ticks have significantly spread across United States over past two decades

New research has suggested that ticks that transmit Lyme disease have drastically spread throughout the United States in the last 20 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, discovered that the disease-carrying parasites called blacklegged ticks are present in about 50% of all the US counties. It is the first research since 1998 that has examined the habitat of these ticks.

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Chipotle set to close its nearly 2,000 North American restaurants for several hours on February 8

Chipotle set to close its nearly 2,000 North American restaurants for several hours on February 8

On February 8, Monday, Chipotle’s nearly 2,000 North American restaurants will remain closed for some hours following reports of successive food poisoning outbreaks.

Chris Arnold, a Chipotle spokesman, said in an email to The New York Times, “We are hosting a national team meeting to thank our employees for their hard work through this difficult time, discuss some of the food safety changes we are implementing, and answer questions from employees”.

Fox joins 35 Other State Attorneys General to urge CDC to Adopt Proposed Opioid Guidelines

Fox joins 35 Other State Attorneys General to urge CDC to Adopt Proposed Opioid Guidelines

Supporters of 2016 Draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain get a helping hand of Attorney General Tim Fox who said the new proposed opioid guidelines could help in the treatment of chronic pain patients.

Fox said prescription drug abuse is one of the major problems in many US states and Montana is among them. Fox believes the new guidelines may assist in reducing the addiction of prescription drug. There are many patients in the US who need those medicines, and it’s their right to get them, Fox said.

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CDC sheds light on potential waning strength of current vaccination against whooping cough

CDC sheds light on potential waning strength of current vaccination against whooping cough

In a five month long time period between September 2013 and January 2014, nearly 26 preschoolers, two staff members and 11 family members of the staff or students at the facility in Leon County suffered from whooping cough.

A new report has suggested that a whooping cough, or pertussis, outbreak at a Florida preschool, wherein almost all the students had received vaccination against the disease, has triggered concern regarding the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Zika virus hits Texas

Zika virus hits Texas

Experts reported that after crossing from Latin America, Zika virus has now reached Texas. It is a mosquito-borne infection believed to result into microcephaly in little ones delivered by infected mothers.

Investigations by Harris County, Texas, health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the Zika case in a traveler recently returned from El Salvador. The case will probably result in major fresh surveillance and vector-control initiatives.

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