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How Would Your Family Weather a Disaster?

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by

SATURDAY, Sept. 23, 2017 – News coverage of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have made one thing abundantly clear: Planning for disasters could save your life. "The biggest issue that we as first responders run into is that people fail to plan. Then things that could have been simple issues become big problems," said Scott Buchle, program manager for Penn State Health Life Lion EMS. The emergency service operates throughout south central Pennsylvania. Countless Americans live in areas prone to blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. And don't discount severe thunderstorms that bring flash floods or ice storms that cause widespread power outages. People should have enough water, non-perishable food, medication, battery backups and other supplies to get through 48 to 72 hours, Buchle said in a Penn State news release. When reviewing preparedness lists from state and federal agencies, ... Read more

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Heath Tip: 10 Mistakes People Make in Food Preparation

Posted 6 days ago by

-- Homemade food should be nutritious and safe. But experts at the 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 13 days ago by

-- 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 14 days ago by

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: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Posted 17 days ago by

-- More than 400,000 Americans get sick every year from antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. These infections, which resist the effects of antibiotics, are harder to treat and often lead to more severe illness. The CDC suggests how to protect yourself and your family from bacteria: Take antibiotics only when needed. Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145 degrees F for whole beef, pork, lamb, and veal; 160 degrees F for ground meats; and 165 degrees F for all poultry. Wash your hands after touching raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Also wash your work surfaces, cutting boards, utensils, and grill before and after cooking. Keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees F, and refrigerate foods within one hour of cooking. Germs from raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread to ... Read more

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

Harvey's Wrath Still Poses Risks to Children

Posted 20 days ago by

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Safety measures must be a priority for children returning to Houston and other communities affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. For starters, environmental hazards pose greater risks to children than to adults. "Children are more susceptible to toxic exposures that can impact their development, both before birth and during early childhood," Dr. Jennifer Lowry, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health, said Tuesday in an academy news release. "Children are naturally curious, so they often come into direct contact with materials that adults would avoid. Before children return to any area impacted by flooding, it's important that the area be cleaned. Children and teens should be the last group to return," she advised. Priorities in restoring flood-affected areas include rehabilitating drinking water ... Read more

Related support groups: Bacterial Infection, Gastroenteritis, Poisoning, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Health Tip: Food Safety for College Students

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

-- 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

Harvey's Health Hazards Will Continue During Cleanup

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey is finally winding down, but residents and volunteers in the Houston area must remain on guard against health hazards that will continue during the cleanup effort, public health officials say. Floodwater contamination will be the first and foremost problem people face as they return to their homes and businesses, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. The water that entered their homes was loaded with bacteria from raw sewage, and likely also included chemicals and toxins from businesses and industrial sites, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. Esper warned that "even after the floodwaters have receded, the bacteria will remain a threat to health. You need to make sure you are cleaning anything that could have been contaminated by these floodwaters." Alcohol-based ... Read more

Related support groups: Bacterial Infection, Bacterial Skin Infection, Gastroenteritis, Poisoning, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Hepatitis A, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse

Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – Texans trapped in the unprecedented flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey now face untold health hazards, officials say. The filthy water that has inundated the city of Houston poses the most immediate danger, said Cleveland Clinic infectious disease expert Dr. Frank Esper. "Those floodwaters are being contaminated with sewage, because the sewers themselves are completely flooded and are backing up through the drains into the standing bodies of water that are around and in people's homes," Esper said. "Every time a person is wading across the street to get from one place to another, or down the road to get to higher ground, they are encountering much, much higher loads of bacteria." But beyond that short-term threat, other hazards and medical problems will crop up due to the lack of modern amenities in Harvey's aftermath, experts said. Dr. Bruce Farber is ... Read more

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How Safe Is Your Drinking Water? Take a Look

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by

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

-- 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 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: Keep Your Sponge Cleaner

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by

-- Even microwaving a kitchen sponge won't sterilize it of all harmful bacteria, a study from the University of Furtwangen in Germany found, countering some earlier research. "Because sponges are primarily moist and designed for absorption, they have the potential to pick up bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and staphylococcus," the AARP says. The association suggests how to keep a kitchen sponge cleaner and safer: Replace it regularly. Dry the sponge after each use in a dry location, instead of on the counter or bottom of the sink. Do not wipe up spills from raw fish, poultry or meat with a sponge. Do not use a sponge to clean kitchen counters after preparing food. Read more

Related support groups: Bacterial Infection, Gastroenteritis, Traveler's Diarrhea, Wound Infection, Salmonella Gastroenteritis

Less is More for the Adult Cholera Vaccine

Posted 19 Aug 2017 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Researchers say one dose of cholera vaccine appears to provide about the same protection as the standard two doses, at least for the first six months. They also found that cholera vaccines are highly effective in adults but less so in young children, who are at particular risk of death from the disease. The review of seven clinical trials and six observational studies found that the two-dose vaccine regimen reduced cholera risk on average by 58 percent in adults, but only 30 percent in children under age 5. While one dose of vaccine protected as well as two doses for the first six months, there were no data on long-term protection of a single dose, researchers said. The findings could help guide vaccine use, particularly during outbreaks of the diarrheal disease, according to the researchers. "There continues to be a lot of misinformation on what this vaccine is ... Read more

Related support groups: Gastroenteritis, Infectious Gastroenteritis, Cholera, Cholera Vaccine, Vaccination and Prophlaxis, Cholera Vaccine, Live

Health Tip: Avoid a Sure Way to Ruin Your Vacation

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by

-- 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

Health Tip: Get the Facts About Salmonella

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by

-- Salmonella is a bacterium that's a frequent culprit in foodborne illness. While it often affects eggs and poultry, its reach can spread much wider. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these facts about the germ: Beef, eggs (especially raw), chicken, pork, vegetables, sprouts, fruits and frozen foods are common sources of Salmonella. But you can't smell or taste the germ. Illness from Salmonella occurs more frequently during summer, when food may be left in the heat. Some people are at a greater risk of serious complications from Salmonella. These include young children, seniors and anyone with a compromised immune system. Salmonella is responsible for many more illnesses than are actually reported. Read more

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

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