CDC: Current Swine Flu Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control have issued Interim Guidance for reducing the impact of swine influenza A (H1N1). While they are not recommending now that large community gatherings be cancelled, they do say: Persons with underlying medical conditions who are at high risk for complications of influenza may wish to consider avoiding large gatherings. In addition,…  Read More

CDC Links Peanut Butter to Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control have made an preliminary link between an outbreak of Salmonella infection and peanut butter.  Studies of illness patterns by the Minnesota Department of Health suggested that King Nut  peanut butter might the source of the bacteria.  Strains of Salmonella Typhimurium were found in an open 5-pound container of King Nut brand…  Read More

Emergency Room Wait Times Increasing

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average patient will wait nearly an hour to see a doctor, up from 38 minutes ten years ago. The reason?  Fewer emergency departments and more visits to them.  Emergency room visits increased by almost 1/3 (32 percent) between 1996 and 2006 with 119 million visits in 2006.  At…  Read More

Deaths from Salmonella Outbreak Continue to Rise

More than 810 cases of salmonella related to tomatoes have been reported to the FDA, according to the latest update on June 27th. Ninety-five people have been hospitalized.  Cases have been identified in 36 states and the District of Columbia.  While there have not been any confirmed deaths so far, there is one case of a…  Read More