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CDC: 1 dead, 7 others sickened by listeria traced to cheese

zole4The CDC reported a listeria outbreak via infected ‘Hispanic-style’ cheese in at least eight people (5 adults and 3 babies) of Hispanic descent living in Maryland and California. Health inspectors traced the source back to Roos Foods as the manufacturer, a company based in Kenton, Delaware.  Listeria spreads through the consumption of unpasteurized milk and cheeses, soft cheeses, ready-to-eat meats and smoked seafoods, and authorities warn not to purchase products under brand names of Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina and La Purisima Crema Nica. What advice do you provide to your patients on how to protect themselves from food poisoning?

For additional information, please see CNN Health.

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Excess added sugar intake tied to death

crepe-cake-100194838In a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that participants who consumed more added sugar in their diet were more likely to die of heart disease. Of the 31,000 U.S. adults surveyed between 1988 and 2010, an average of 15 to 17 percent of their daily calorie intake was from added sugars. This is greater than the recommended amount set by the American Heart Association of 100 calories of added sugars per day for women and 150 calories for men and the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 10 percent as the limit. The results showed that participants who consumed between 10 and 25 percent were at a 30 percent increase for cardiovascular disease death and those who consumed 25 percent or more were twice as likely. What tips do you have for patients to minimize added sugar intake?

For additional information, please click Reuters.

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To treat or not to treat?

The CDC has posted new guidelines on limiting antibiotic use in children. The increase in antibiotic resistance is not news yet it seems that overuse of antibiotics continues. This report emphasizes the need for us to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections since taking antibiotics during a viral infection can worsen the problem. It is clear that we need to get better at developing strategies for prevention and enduring symptoms of infections in order to limit our use of antibiotics. What recommendations do you provide to the parents of your pediatric patients to limit their antibiotic use and stay healthy during this season?

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CDC calls for urgent action to combat rise of drug resistant pathogens.

m_137_copyThe Center for Disease Control predicts that over 2 million people every year will get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria of which 23,000 will lead to death. A comprehensive analysis warns that antibiotic overuse is the main culprit thus advising people only to take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. The CDC believes increasing resistance is also due to antibiotic use in food and animals and cautions against those. The CDC reports an assessment of 18 bacteria- and antibiotic-related illnesses has been broken down into three categories: urgent, serious and concerning based on the pathogen’s clinical impact, transmissibility, current and projected incidence, and the availability of effective therapeutics. Addition of plant extracts have been shown to decrease antibiotic resistance. Have you ever suggested specific plants to reduce/prevent antibiotic resistance?

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How to Stop Diabetes From Starting

20121105_003The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released statistics which compared the evidence of prediabetes in individuals over the age of 20 from 2005-2010. By 2010, one in three U.S. adults (an estimated 79 million persons) had prediabetes. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an estimated 89% of individuals were unaware of their condition. The CDC hopes to bring awareness to the growing population and implement  lifestyle programs which include dietary changes, increase physical activity, and modest weight loss to prevent progress of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. How do you bring awareness to younger patients regarding their risk of prediabetes? How do you encourage them to follow a healthier lifestyle?
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