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Leading pharmacists debate hospital infections Special

Warwick - This week the leading pharmacists in the U.K. congregated in Warwick for the NHS QA Symposium. A number of measures to protect patients from infection were discussed, and Digital Journal was in attendance.

Viruses spread easily from a single doorknob

Phoenix - Scientists have used special tracer viruses to show that contamination of just a single doorknob can leads to the spread of viruses throughout an entire office building. The idea was to see how easily something unpleasant like norovirus spreads.

NECC pharmacist arrested at Logan Airport

Framingham - The pharmacist who oversaw the sterile compounding at NECC was arrested at Logan Airport as he was about to board a plane for Hong Kong. He is charged with knowingly releasing a contaminated steroid product which caused fifteen deaths.

CDC bird flu contamination caused by man rushing to a meeting

Atlanta - New evidence suggests that a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

U.S. firm recalls chicken nugget product

Atlanta - A Gainesville, Georgia establishment in the U.S. is recalling approximately 15,306 pounds of a frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget product that may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

U.K. pledges to lead antimicrobial resistance fight

London - Newly anointed British Science Minister Greg Clark has announced a new 'war cabinet' of the UK's seven research councils to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

Risks from hospital visits rise across Europe

The safety of patients receiving healthcare, including the probability of contracting healthcare-associated infections, is a serious concern for the European Union and numbers of cases are rising according to a new report.

Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project controversy rages on Special

Calgary - The long awaited Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project was approved on June 17th by Prime Minister Stephen Harper amid controversy and objection by First Nations groups, environmentalists, concerned Canadians and the political opposition parties.

Op-Ed: ACFN lawyer Larry Innes discusses oilsands expansion and more Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s lawyer Larry Innes about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project approval, the Jackpine mine consent, First Nations’ land and water rights, regulatory protection, a vision for Canada and more.

Salmonella-contaminated peppercorns withdrawn

Frontier Natural Products Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic black peppercorns due to potential Salmonella contamination.

FDA finds contaminated drugs at pharma plant

The FDA has found that a drug ingredient manufactured at a GlaxoSmithKline Plc plant in Ireland was contaminated and says the company did not take sufficient action to resolve the problems.

Today is Rare Disease Day

Today, Feb 28, is the seventh Rare Disease Day. Rare Disease Day is an annual, awareness-raising event coordinated by EURORDIS at the international level and by National Alliances and Patient Organisations at the national level.

Serious Listeria outbreak in the U.S.

Delaware - One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. Roos Foods, is recalling several varieties of its cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.

Two major Salmonella outbreaks in the U.S.

Updates concerning major Salmonella outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. this week. These are linked to Tyson brand mechanically separated chicken and Foster Farms brand chicken.

Many hospital water taps contaminated with pathogens Special

A study into hospital hygiene has found higher levels of infectious pathogens in water from faucet taps with aerators compared to water from deeper in the plumbing system. This means that poor practices are causing contamination around the taps.

Biodiversity loss can lead to toxin build up in soil

A new study suggests that a moderate loss of less than 5 percent of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead to lower degradation of toxins in the environment.

Op-Ed: Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson on Joint Review Panel outcome Special

Calgary - This is an Interview with Ecojustice lawyer Barry Robinson about the Joint Review Panel outcome and more. Barry acted as legal counsel to three environmental groups in the Joint Review Panel hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.

The risks of inauthentic herbals

DNA bar coding studies have revealed that herbal products are often contaminated or contain alternative compounds and fillers. This means that consumers do not always get what they pay for, and that some "remedies" can actually cause harm.

Mercury contamination to last 10,000 years in SF

San Francisco - Alarming figures suggest that that toxic remnants of the infamous gold rush will seep into San Francisco area waterways for millennia.

New device to detect food pathogens

West Lafayette - A system that concentrates foodborne salmonella and other pathogens faster than conventional methods has been developed. The device uses hollow thread-like fibers that filter out the cells, leading to faster detection.

CDC: Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Louisiana

Louisiana - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that a deadly amoeba has been found in a North Louisiana water system.

Cryptococcus gattii and the spread of infection

A new infectious agent of concern has been reported. A fungus named Cryptococcus gattii has reportedly spread from warmer climates and has reached the U.S.

Toxic nanoparticles could be entering human food supply

Concerns have been expressed about the use of silver nanoparticles as a pesticide for farming, which could lead to toxic particles entering the food chain.

Pennsylvania family gagged from speaking on fracking (video)

Mount Pleasant - Back in 2011, the Hallowich family sued a major oil and gas drilling company for contaminating their 10-acre farm property and drinking water and for the ensuing illness of the family. A hefty settlement was paid, along with a life-time gag order.

Op-Ed: Fukushima nuclear plant leaks pollute Pacific Ocean

Fukushima nuclear plant water leaks continue to contaminate most of the Pacific Ocean. The long-term impact of the radiation leak on Japan and its neighboring countries will continue for many years. Are Japanese leaders covering up this disaster?

Olives recalled due to botulism risk

Bel Frantoio brand Mediterranean Olives have been recalled across the U.S. because they have the potential to be contaminated with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Troubled pharmacy stops trading due to contaminated product risk

Med Prep Consulting Inc., a pharmacy licensed by the state of New Jersey, has stopped trading in order to avoid a criminal prosecution (what's called a consent decree).

New insight into combating Salmonella

Scientists have gained a new understanding into how Salmonella causes infection. This is by taking over the ‘good’ bacteria in the human gut. This understanding could lead to new treatments.

Main Street Family Pharmacy: Product linked to fungal contaminant

The U.S. FDA is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Board of Pharmacy to investigate reports of seven adverse events associated with steroid injections compounded by Main Street Family Pharmacy.

Balanced Solutions and Nora Apothecary recall products (updated)

Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy, LLC has announced a voluntary recall of all lots of sterile products compounded by the pharmacy that are not expired. The pharmacy joins a growing list of pharmacies recalling products across the U.S.
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