ENVIRONMENT 05/03/2018 02:04 pm ET Lone star ticks hunt in packs and spread an allergy to beef and pork. Thanks to climate change, they're spreading. Zoya Teirstein Grist This story was produced and originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Peter Coughlin was in his sophomore year at James Madison University in northern Virginia, he was besieged by a strange and unsettling illness. At random times throughout the night, Coughlin would wake up with hives, full body chills, and raging fevers. These episodes always ended up with him in the bathroom, throwing up until his stomach was empty. After keeping a food journal for nearly a year, Coughlin realized his symptoms occurred after eating meat, primarily pork. “I essentially spent a week proving my point,” Coughlin says. “I’d eat a bunch of red meat, and go through a series of pretty severe reactions.” When he finally went to the … [Read more...] about Meet The Tick That’s Forcing Americans To Give Up Their Meat
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Supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland have pulled millions of eggs from the shelves after fipronil, a substance potentially dangerous to humans, was found in them. Dutch farming organisation LTO said that several million hens may need to be culled at 150 companies in the country, with 300,000 having already been killed. An LTO spokesman said late on Sunday that they "had to be eliminated because of contamination". Belgium's agriculture minister meanwhile said he had ordered the country's food safety agency to report by Tuesday on why it failed to notify neighbouring countries until July 20th despite knowing about fipronil contamination since June. SEE ALSO: Belgium admits it kept quiet about 'tainted' eggs recalled in Germany Denis Ducarme said in a statement he had told the food safety agency (AFSCA) to produce a "report on the circumstances of the agency's actions since the first information it received about the fipronil … [Read more...] about Millions of chickens face cull in ‘tainted egg’ health scandal
Public Health is currently responding to increases in several infectious diseases in King County that particularly affect people living homeless. These diseases include group A streptococcal infections, Shigella, and a cluster of serious infections transmitted by body lice called Bartonella quintana. We sat down with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer and Chief of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, to better understand these outbreaks and why living homeless can put a person at increased risk for infection. Why are people living homeless at increased risk for infection? Shigella and norovirus, and respiratory infections, including influenza, tuberculosis and pneumonia, meningococcal disease, and diphtheria, could easily spread among this population. For these reasons among several, homelessness is considered a public health issue. People who lack permanent housing often also have limited access to medical care, so many people living homeless and with health problems have difficulty … [Read more...] about Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: Communicable disease outbreaks show homeless at increased risk
Amla oil is a natural remedy prepared from the fruit of the Indian gooseberry tree, Phyllanthus emblica. Though the Indian gooseberry tree is native to India, today it is also grown commercially in regions of the Middle East and Asia. While all parts of the amla tree are believed to hold medicinal benefits, amla fruits are very high in vitamin C, as well as several other antioxidants and nutrients. Amla fruits have been eaten, or made into tonics and oils, for thousands of years and used both as a therapeutic and preventative medicine. Amla oil is made by soaking dried amla fruits in a type of oil for several days, often coconut, sesame, or mineral oil. This encourages the fruit's own oils, full of the fruit's nutrients, to release themselves into the mixture. Before use the mixture is filtered and purified to remove the fruits. Many health stores, natural pharmacies, and Indian grocery stores sell dried, fresh, or frozen amla fruits, as well as amla powders and juices. Amla fruits are … [Read more...] about Does amla oil really work?
Zoonosis is the name given to diseases or infections that can be transmitted between humans and animals. Many people interact with animals during their daily lives, and millions of households in the United States have pets. Other people come into contact with animals through their work, such as farming, or in the wild. In this article, we look at the common types of zoonotic diseases and how they can be prevented. Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. They are sometimes called zoonotic diseases. Animals can carry harmful germs, such as bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. These are then shared with humans and cause illness. Zoonotic diseases range from mild to severe, and some can even be fatal. Zoonotic diseases are widespread both in the U.S. and worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 61 percent of all human diseases are zoonotic in origin, while 75 percent of new diseases discovered in the last decade are zoonotic. Before … [Read more...] about Types of zoonotic diseases