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November 18, 2013
Vibriosis includes “Vibrio vulnificus,” the bacteria commonly dubbed “flesh-eating.” It’s rare but tends to be underreported, the CDC says on its website. The CDC data on vibriosis includes all vibrio species except cholera, so it’s unclear how much of the increase in the past five years is due to infection by the flesh-eating bacteria that can cause death. One researcher who studies Vibrio vulnificus found it highly concentrated in tar balls that appeared along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Covadonga Arias, a professor of microbial genomics at Auburn University in Alabama, found that Vibrio vulnificus was 10 times higher in tar balls than in sand and up to 10 times higher than in seawater.
Study: Tar balls found in Gulf teeming with ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria - Houston Chronicle 

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9:30 // 10 months ago
November 14, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, for this year, will not require insurance companies to upgrade their plans for individuals who have been in these existing plans. [Instead,] insurers can offer consumers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014 without change, allowing these individuals to keep their plans.
An unidentified White House official • Confirming that the Obama Administration plans to offer an extension to those who’ve recently been notified that they would lose their existing health insurance as a result of certain provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Estimates have suggested that at least fifty percent of those with existing coverage will be forced to find new plans, but they’ll at least have an additional 52 weeks to find something to their liking. source
16:16 // 10 months ago
November 3, 2013

As you eat your remaining amounts of Halloween candy, take a look at this hilarious video by Crest. They had a small group of kids eat healthy candy instead of the sugar-infused-junk we all love. Just watch. It’s the best. 

11:42 // 11 months ago
October 31, 2013
Good News, Rooster Sauce Fans: Prices won’t be going up on your favorite condiment…yet. Judge Robert H. O’Brien refused to order Huy Fong Foods to close their factory in Irwindale, CA, despite allegations that fumes produced during chile harvest season create some minor health issues for local residents. The ruling isn’t a permanent one, but rather a refusal to close the factory prior to a formal hearing on the matter, currently scheduled to take place on November 22. (Photo via cookbookman17) source

Good News, Rooster Sauce Fans: Prices won’t be going up on your favorite condiment…yet. Judge Robert H. O’Brien refused to order Huy Fong Foods to close their factory in Irwindale, CA, despite allegations that fumes produced during chile harvest season create some minor health issues for local residents. The ruling isn’t a permanent one, but rather a refusal to close the factory prior to a formal hearing on the matter, currently scheduled to take place on November 22. (Photo via cookbookman17) source

14:19 // 11 months ago
October 23, 2013
If I don’t eat a corn chip at my local taqueria because I have doubts about the lack of research on GMOs and believe it’s because science and the government are in Monsanto’s pocket, I’m not going to put my dining companions at risk of disease. But if I decide not to vaccinate my kid, I make him a potential carrier. He may be able to fight off measles, mumps, rubella, and other illnesses — but what if he spreads a disease to somebody who, for whatever reason, isn’t so lucky?
Lessley Anderson • In a new editorial, discussing those who choose not to vaccinate their children, published by The Verge earlier this week. Anderson takes a rather strong stance in the article, arguing that those who choose not to vaccinate are endangering more than just their own families, and even suggests that vaccine deniers are just plain “dumb.” What say you, dear SFB readers? Think Anderson was being a bit rough on the anti-vaccination crowd, or was she dead-on with her critique? 
14:18 // 11 months ago
October 20, 2013
Because I know from the experience we had and the necessity for adjusting my own [defibrillator] device that it was an accurate portrayal of what was possible.
Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney seriously thinks terrorists could kill him through a heart attack by hacking into the defibrillator put into his body for his history of health problems.
14:40 // 11 months ago
October 9, 2013

New lawsuit lays blame for Haitian cholera outbreak on the UN

  • 650K Haitians have been confirmed to be suffering from cholera since October 2010, with more than 8,300 dying as a result; a staggering number in an island nation which hasn’t faced such an outbreak in over a century. Advocates for victims of Haiti’s cholera outbreak have now filed suit against the United Nations, demanding that the organization formally accept responsibility for the outbreak, which they say was caused by sewage contamination from peacekeepers’ barracks. The U.N. says it remains dedicated to eradicating the threat of cholera in Haiti once more, but has suggested that diplomatic immunity shields the organization from prosecution on the grounds of negligence. source
16:15 // 11 months ago
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