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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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 2 comments

Salmonella-contaminated peppercorns withdrawn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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Grace C. Visconti - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Jenna Cyprus - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

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?
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Further recall from U.S. pharmacies due to sterility concerns

Two U.S. pharmacies have announced recalls of their medicinal products intended to be sterile. This means that the FDA have expressed concern over six centers this year.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Caffeinated bacteria may help with waste decontamination

Genetically engineered bacteria that can digest caffeine have been created for the purpose of the decontamination of wastewater.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

C. diff outbreak at Ottawa hospital

Ottawa - The Ottawa Hospital has been severely criticized in a report about practices and hygiene. The report was commissioned following a high number of Clostridium difficile cases over a two year period.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Toenails of residents in N.J. town to be tested for toxic metal

Garfield - Residents of Garfield, N.J., are being asked to provide toenail clippings so scientists could test them for the presence of a toxic metal. There are concerns people have been exposed to contamination of hexavalent chromium.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 6 comments

Compounded Products Recall: Potential Mold Contamination

A New Jersey compounding pharmacy has temporarily shut down its operations after Connecticut hospital officials reported finding visible mold in bags of an injection drug.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments
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