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Health Tip: Food Safety for People With Cancer

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Since people with cancer typically have a weakened immune system, they may be at greater risk of contracting foodborne illness. Radiation and chemotherapy often weaken the body's immune system by affecting the blood cells that protect against germs and disease. Foodsafety.gov suggests these steps to stay protected against food poisoning: Wash hands and surfaces often. Separate raw meat and poultry from ready-to-eat foods. Cook food to the right temperature. Refrigerate or freeze raw meat and poultry, and cooked food within two hours. Read more

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Puppy Poop Infections Now Affecting 55 People in 12 States

Posted 3 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 – Cute, yes, but touching them might send you to the hospital. Puppies are transmitting potentially deadly Campylobacter bacteria infections via contaminated poop to the humans who handle them, with 55 people now sickened in an outbreak reaching across 12 states. In the latest update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency says cases rose from 39 in mid-September to 55 reported by Tuesday. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said in a news release issued Sept 11. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Since mid-September, "four more hospitalizations have been reported, bringing the total to 13," the CDC said in its Tuesday update, but so far "no deaths have been reported." Campylobacter infections linked to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Acute, Infectious Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis

Heath Tip: 10 Mistakes People Make in Food Preparation

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Homemade food should be nutritious and safe. But experts at the foodsafety.org website cite 10 common food-preparation mistakes: Tasting older food to see if it's still good. It's better to be safe and just throw it out. Putting cooked meat back on a plate that held raw meat. At the very least, the plate should be washed with hot water and soap. Better yet, use a different plate. Thawing food on the counter. Washing meat or poultry. This actually may contaminate your sink and counters. Letting food cool before putting it in the fridge. Eating raw dough, cookie dough, cake batter or other foods with uncooked eggs or uncooked flour Marinating meat or seafood on the counter. Using raw meat marinade on cooked food. Undercooking meat, poultry, seafood or eggs. Not washing your hands. When in doubt, wash your hands often and with lots of soapy hot water. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Leading Causes of Food Poisoning

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- More than a million Americans each year suffer the symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever and dehydration. Here are leading causes of food poisoning, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bacteria and viruses, such as Salmonella, norovirus, campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, clostridium and perfringens. Parasites, such as protozoa or roundworms. Mold, toxins and contaminants, both natural and chemical. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

People Picking Up Infection From Pet Store Puppies' Poop: CDC

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Bacterial infections that have sickened 39 people in seven states have been linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain, U.S. health officials say. Campylobacter infections have been reported between September 2016 and August 2017 in Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. "Evidence suggests that puppies sold through Petland are a likely source of this outbreak," according to a CDC news release. "Petland is cooperating with public health and animal health officials to address this outbreak." Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes people to develop diarrhea (sometimes bloody), cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days of exposure to the organism, said Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Infections, Bacterial Infection, Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Food Safety for College Students

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As college kids head back to campus, it's important to keep them aware of food safety. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers these suggestions to thwart food-borne illness: Wash hands and surfaces often. Travel with hand sanitizer to outdoor events, such as tailgates, when you'll be eating outside. Don't combine foods or use the same plates with raw meat, poultry, eggs or seafood and other foods. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that foods susceptible to contamination are cooked to the right temperature. Do not leave food at room temperature for more than two hours. Use an insulated thermos if you're taking raw or cooked food on the go. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

How Safe Is Your Drinking Water? Take a Look

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Even if local health officials say it's safe, cloudy drinking water may have the potential to cause vomiting and diarrhea, a new research review finds. Researchers looked at past North American and European studies exploring the link between water cloudiness, or turbidity, and tummy troubles. "More than 10 studies found a link between water turbidity and acute gastrointestinal illness incidence," said researcher Anneclaire De Roos. "These results suggest that exposures through drinking water caused a low but detectable number of acute gastrointestinal illness cases in the regions and time periods studied," added De Roos, an associate professor at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. While the study doesn't establish a causal relationship, there's no clear alternative explanation for the patterns of associations seen in the ... Read more

Related support groups: Diarrhea, Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Giardiasis, Cryptosporidiosis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Camping and Cooking Outdoors

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Anyone preparing for a camping trip that involves outdoor cooking should include a meat thermometer with their camping gear, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says on its foodsafety.gov website. Outdoor cooking is a prime breeding environment for harmful bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. But cooking food to the right internal temperature can help thwart these dangerous germs. The agency suggests: Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops and roasts to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook all poultry, hot dogs and any leftover food to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Allow meat to sit for three minutes before carving or eating. Be sure to clean the meat thermometer between uses. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Avoid a Sure Way to Ruin Your Vacation

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Many an overseas traveler has had a rumbling stomach and abdominal cramps, two common warning signs of traveler's diarrhea. This pesky and often dangerous menace can spoil a vacation as fast as its symptoms can creep up on you. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests ways to keep traveler's diarrhea at bay: Drink only bottled beverages, including water. Check to make sure each bottle is properly sealed. Skip the ice. Eat only cooked foods that are served hot. Wash fruit and veggies to be eaten raw in bottled water. Brush teeth with bottled water. Keep your hands clean. Wash them well and often. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

An Expert's Guide to Preventing Food Poisoning

Posted 13 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Aug. 12, 2017 – Foodborne illnesses sicken almost 50 million people annually in the United States, according to government statistics. But many of those episodes could be prevented, and proper sanitation when handling food is the key, says one expert. "If all of us washed our hands and were careful with food, it would greatly reduce the number of infections we see," said Dr. Ross Rodgers, an emergency medicine physician at Penn State Medical Center. Rodgers offered these tips in a hospital news release: Never use leftover marinade on cooked foods, and don't use utensils that have touched uncooked food to serve prepared items. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that meat is cooked to a safe temperature. (That's 145 degrees Fahrenheit for beef, veal and lamb steaks, roasts or chops; 160 degrees for ground meat and meat mixtures; and 165 degrees for poultry, according to the ... Read more

Related support groups: Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Avoid Recipes With Raw Egg

Posted 24 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- You may have a recipe or two that calls for raw egg, such as for Caesar salad dressing, custard or mousse. But since raw egg increases your chances of food poisoning, it's best to use a safer substitute. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests: Use pasteurized eggs, either in fresh, liquid, frozen or powdered form. Combine the eggs with the liquid recommended in the recipe, and heat to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a food thermometer to verify the temperature. Instead of making these foods yourself, buy store-bought versions. They should contain pasteurized egg. Read product labels to make sure. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Keep Your Summer Cookouts Safe

Posted 9 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, July 9, 2017 – Backyard barbecues are a seasonal staple, but summer heat makes it extra important to keep food safety in mind. Bacteria grow faster at temperatures between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, increasing your risk for foodborne illnesses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "Fortunately, there are a lot of steps consumers can take to keep family and friends from becoming ill," the FDA's Marjorie Davidson said in an agency news release. Davidson is education team leader in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. For starters, make sure your hands are clean. Before you cook or eat, wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If there's no sink available, use a water jug, soap and some paper towels. Or clean your hands with moist, disposable towelettes, the FDA advised. These steps will also help prevent foodborne illness: Don't ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Health Tip: Packing for a Picnic

Posted 4 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Picnicking is lots of fun, but nothing can ruin your outdoor meal faster than a nasty case of food poisoning. The Foodsafety.gov website explains how to reduce your risk: Pack any meat, seafood, poultry, sandwiches, summer salads, fruit, veggies and dairy products in a cold cooler. Fill the cooler with ice to help it stay colder longer. Store it in a shady spot. Avoid opening the cooler to help food stay longer. Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Think Safety First When Dining Outdoors

Posted 30 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 – When you're hosting picnics in the park or patio barbecues, you might be totally focused on creating the menu and doing your grocery shopping. But how you prepare, transport and serve those special dishes is just as important to avoid foodborne illnesses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Whether eating on your patio or packing food to go, remember to keep raw meat, chicken and seafood separate from other foods to avoid cross-contamination. Marinate food in the fridge, not on your counter. Avoid drips on the way to the grill and throw out any liquid left in the bowl you used. Wash platters and utensils used on raw meat before using them for cooked foods. Get in the habit of using a food thermometer when grilling to test for doneness, and then keep hot foods hot by moving them to the sides of the grill rack. Keep cold foods well chilled. At ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Cooking Out? Don't Forget Your Food Thermometer

Posted 18 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, June 17, 2017 – Keep food safety at the top of your mind when you cook out this summer. A key is using a food thermometer when you prepare meat or poultry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). "The best and only way to make sure bacteria have been killed and food is safe to eat is by cooking it to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer," FSIS Administrator Al Almanza said in an agency news release. "It is a simple step that can stop your family and guests from getting foodborne illness," he added. Every year, about 48 million people in the United States get food-borne illnesses, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But many folks fail to take precautions. For example, only 34 percent of Americans use a food ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Salmonella Enteric Fever, Traveler's Diarrhea, Campylobacter Gastroenteritis

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