Tuesday
Sep302014

Pharmaceuticals in wastewater contaminate shallow groundwater

Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants have been found in shallow groundwater after treated municipal wastewater was released into streams.

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Tuesday
Sep302014

Study: C. Difficile Infections on the Rise in US Hospitals

The number of C. difficile infections in U.S. hospitals nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

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Thursday
May012014

Pennsylvania bottling company recalls water contaminated with E. coli

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a notice to the public, warning against the consumption of Tyler Mountain bottled water that could be contaminated with E. coli.

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Friday
Apr182014

New MRSA-Type Superbug Identified In Brazil; Spread By Skin Contact, Affects The Healthy And Sick

Scientists have identified a new superbug in a Brazilian patient that falls within the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) class and is thought to spread by skin contact. The team of scientists led by Dr. Cesar A. Arias of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston warned the new MRSA superbug has the ability to invade the bloodstream and might affect healthy people as well as those who are sick or have compromised immune systems. “This is the first-ever reported bloodstream infection caused by a highly vancomycin-resistant MRSA bacteria,” Arias said. His report appears in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Saturday
Mar082014

Federal panels calls for full chemical disclosure in fracking

An Energy Department advisory board recommended “full disclosure of all known constituents” in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, according to a draft report released March 6.

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Thursday
Feb202014

UN: Polluted water kills more people than all forms of violence

All the violence in the world, including wars, does not claim as many victims as polluted water, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Every year, two million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste make their way into global waterways and the resulting contamination kills at least 1.8 million children younger than five, the UNEP says in its "Sick Water" report.

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Friday
Jan172014

Virus sickens 100 students at Rock Creek Elementary; may be norovirus

A steady stream of parents picked up their kids from Rock Creek Elementary early Friday afternoon to keep them from getting a fast-moving virus that sickened at least 100 students and several staff.

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Monday
Sep022013

Study: Hospital infections cost $9.8 billion a year

Americans could save billions of dollars in health care costs each year if hospitals did a better job of curbing preventable infections, according to a new study. Research released today by JAMA Internal Medicine found that infections acquired during the course of medical treatment cost $9.8 billion annually. Researchers reviewed published data from 1998 through April 2013 and adjusted the costs for inflation in 2012 dollars.

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Sunday
Apr282013

Use of Pesticides Continues to Make Some Foods Unsafe for Consumption

An apple a day used to keep the doctor away, at least according to folk wisdom. But not any more – unless it’s organically grown. Apples top the list of foods contaminated with pesticides, says the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental health research and advocacy organization, in its annual report called “The Dirty Dozen™.”

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