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Thomson International Onion Recall

By |2020-09-02T01:06:56+00:00September 2nd, 2020|

Last week, the CDC and FDA told US consumers that the mystery Salmonella outbreak finally had a confirmed source: onions. Now, those with onions at home are wondering “Which onions have been recalled?” Look no further. Here is the latest in the Thomson International Onion Recall.       Couleur/Pixabay Read more… The post Thomson International Onion [...]

How COVID-19 Is Transmitted and Who Is Most at Risk

By |2020-09-02T01:06:54+00:00September 2nd, 2020|

As the virus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 continues to become better understood, several transmission routes and risk factors have been identified. These insights have been summarized by Ryan Miller, DO, and Kristin Englund, MD, in a short review included in Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine’s collection of COVID-19 Curbside Consults. Transmission of the virus occurs via respiratory secretions and saliva. [...]

In defense of French fries

By |2020-09-02T01:06:51+00:00September 2nd, 2020|

I thought it must be a slow news day. The New York Times ran a story about French fries with a conclusion that shocked no one: French fries aren’t a particularly healthy food choice. But is this anything new? And just how bad are they? Could French fries actually kill you? Maybe. At least, that’s the implication of the study that triggered [...]

Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States

By |2020-08-09T20:23:42+00:00August 9th, 2020|

Question  What screening and isolation programs for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) will keep students at US residential colleges safe and permit the reopening of campuses? Findings  This analytic modeling study of a hypothetical cohort of 4990 college-age students without SARS-CoV-2 infection and 10 students with undetected asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection suggested that frequent [...]

Lawmakers are waking up to the dangers of silica dust – are contractors?

By |2020-08-09T20:23:41+00:00August 9th, 2020|

MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for respiratory health have recently called for more measures to protect workers at risk from developing silicosis. The construction industry must make sure it is doing all it can to protect employees against this ‘silent killer’. The APPG launched its inquiry in 2019 to look at the dangers of [...]

Survivors of Covid-19 show increased rate of psychiatric disorders, study finds

By |2020-08-09T20:23:40+00:00August 9th, 2020|

More than half of people who received hospital treatment for Covid-19 were found to be suffering from a psychiatric disorder a month later, a study has found. Out of 402 patients monitored after being treated for the virus, 55% were found to have at least one psychiatric disorder, experts from San Raffaele hospital in Milan found. The [...]

Cruise Ship Returns to Sea, Immediately Suffers Coronavirus Outbreak

By |2020-08-09T20:23:40+00:00August 9th, 2020|

A Norwegian cruise ship suffered a coronavirus outbreak just over a month after it set sail for the first time since the pandemic swept the world. Passengers had already disembarked Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen by the time its owners discovered that 33 crew members had tested positive as it sat docked in Tromsø, Norway on [...]

Health workers, especially minorities, at high risk for COVID, even with PPE

By |2020-08-09T20:23:38+00:00August 9th, 2020|

At the peak of the pandemic in the United States and the United Kingdom, frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) who had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) were still at more than three times the risk of COVID-19 infection than the general public—even after accounting for differences in testing frequency, according to a study published late last week in The [...]

COVID-19 surges in new states as Birx warns of rural spread

By |2020-08-09T20:23:38+00:00August 9th, 2020|

Over the weekend, Alaska, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma saw the biggest increases in positive COVID-19 tests, according to the Washington Post, a harbinger that the current phase of the pandemic seems to be moving up and out from the Sun Belt. The pandemic, according to Deborah Birx, MD, lead adviser to the White House’s coronavirus task force, has [...]

Global COVID-19 total tops 18 million, plans gel for virus-origin probe

By |2020-08-09T20:23:36+00:00August 9th, 2020|

The global pandemic total jumped past 18 million today, driven by steady large-scale outbreaks in populous countries, such as India, Brazil, and the United States. It took only 4 days for the world’s COVID-19 total to jump from 17 million to 18 million, and today the total climbed to 18,157,379 cases, with 690,742 deaths, according to [...]