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Houston Disaster Spills Into Channel as Illness Proliferates

By |2019-03-25T05:22:17+00:00March 25th, 2019|

Oil byproducts from a damaged storage facility contaminated the Houston Ship Channel and created a cloud of cancer-causing benzene over the waterway, the latest mutation of one of the worst Gulf Coast chemical disasters in more than a decade. Image by skeeze from Pixabay The post Houston Disaster Spills Into Channel as Illness Proliferates appeared first on [...]

Turn off a light, save a life, says new study

By |2019-03-25T05:22:15+00:00March 25th, 2019|

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more money for consumers by alleviating the costs of adverse health effects attributed to air pollution. CC0 Creative [...]

Vitamin A

By |2019-03-24T02:11:13+00:00March 24th, 2019|

It’s only a semi-myth that eating carrots will help you see in the dark. A carrot’s main nutrient, beta-carotene (responsible for this root vegetable’s characteristic orange color), is a precursor to vitamin A and helps your eyes to adjust in dim conditions. Vitamin A can’t give you superpowers of night vision or cure your dependence [...]

How a Measles Quarantine Can Lead to Eviction

By |2019-03-24T02:10:50+00:00March 24th, 2019|

Without paid sick leave, workers who are quarantined for health reasons face job loss and worse. In June 2014, Rex Archer, the director of health in Kansas City, Missouri, quarantined five families during a measles outbreak because several of the families’ members had contracted measles. The residents were told to stay in their home and [...]

An 8th Circuit strategy is behind Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ 2.0

By |2019-03-23T04:34:17+00:00March 23rd, 2019|

Federal judges so far haven’t been willing to share any of their enviable security blanket with animal agriculture. But that might change if a strategy out of Iowa is successful. It was as recently as January that senior federal district court Judge James E. Gritzner ruled Iowa’s first “ag-gag” law was unconstitutional, mostly on First Amendment grounds. [...]

Nigeria: 53 New Cases of Lassa Fever Recorded in the Last Seven Days – NCDC

By |2019-03-23T04:34:03+00:00March 23rd, 2019|

By Ayodamola Owoseye The confirmed cases from the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has increased to 472 as 53 new cases were reported for week 10. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its weekly situation update for the reporting week (March 4 to 10) said the 53 new confirmed cases were reported from eight [...]

Marburg virus disease outbreak in Kween District Uganda, 2017: Epidemiological and laboratory findings

By |2019-03-23T04:19:41+00:00March 23rd, 2019|

Abstract Introduction In October 2017, a blood sample from a resident of Kween District, Eastern Uganda, tested positive for Marburg virus. Within 24 hour of confirmation, a rapid outbreak response was initiated. Here, we present results of epidemiological and laboratory investigations. Methods A district task force was activated consisting of specialised teams to conduct case [...]

United Nations food aid linked to 3 deaths, 262 poisonings in one week

By |2019-03-23T04:19:39+00:00March 23rd, 2019|

More than 250 people have fallen ill in Uganda linked to a fortified blended food distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for prevention of malnutrition. Officials urge people to stop eating the food until further notice. Read more at FSN… The post United Nations food aid linked to 3 deaths, 262 poisonings [...]