November 18

NEWS SCAN: Multistate E coli outbreak, H9 flu case in Hong Kong, WHO pandemic guidance

first_imgNov 3, 2009E coli outbreak with 2 deaths linked to ground beefAn outbreak of 28 Escherichia coli cases in 16 states, with two deaths, has been linked to ground beef from a firm in New York, according to federal officials. The US Department of Agriculture reported Oct 31 that Fairbank Farms of Asheville, N.Y., was recalling 545,699 pounds of ground beef potentially contaminated with E coli. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said isolates from seven patients genetically matched an isolate from an opened package of the firm’s ground beef from a Massachusetts patient’s home. Most of the patients fell ill between Sep 17 and Oct 10, the CDC reported. Sixteen were hospitalized, 3 suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and 2 died, the agency said. States affected by the outbreak are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Vermont. Most of the recalled products list “Est. 492” on the USDA mark of inspection and carry the date “091509” or “091609.”Oct 31 USDA recall noticeNov 2 CDC statementChinese woman treated for H9 avian flu in Hong KongA woman from Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland is being treated in Hong Kong for a rare case of H9 avian influenza, Hong Kong government officials reported today. The woman fell ill with breathlessness and a cough Oct 26 and was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital 2 days later, the statement said. The woman, who has a preexisting medical condition that requires regular medication, is in stable condition in isolation. Five previous H9 infections have been identified in Hong, all involving children, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008, officials said. They gave no information about the source of the infection.WHO issues pandemic guidance for non-health sectorThe World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines—developed before the H1N1 influenza pandemic—on pandemic preparedness outside the health sector. The 18-page document includes sections on business continuity management, interdependencies among essential services, government’s role, and the role of other organizations. A foreword cautions that, because the guidance was developed before the H1N1 pandemic, some information and recommendations may not be relevant to the current situation.WHO document “Whole-of-Society Pandemic Readiness”last_img read more

September 26

Kidney cancers: Major rise ‘linked to obesity’

first_img 31 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Kidney cancers: Major rise ‘linked to obesity’ by: – March 30, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Being obese increase the risk of several cancersObesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say.Cancer Research UK has published figures showing there were just over 9,000 cases in 2009, compared with just under 2,300 in 1975.Obesity increases kidney cancer risk by about 70%, compared with smoking which increases it by about 50%.Cancer Research UK says too few people understand the cancer risk of being overweight.Kidney cancer is now the eighth most common cancer.Blood in the urine can be an early sign that something is wrong.But kidney cancer, if diagnosed early, can often be cured by surgery.The experts say that being overweight increases the risk of this cancer, as well as others including breast, bowel and womb cancer, because it causes the higher levels of certain hormones to be produced, compared with those seen in healthy people. Smoking rates in the UK have fallen over the last 35 years, but overweight and obesity levels are rising – with nearly 70% of men and almost 60% of women in the UK having a BMI of 25 or more – which means they are classed as being overweight. However the five-year survival rate for kidney cancer has increased by 85% between the early 1970s and 2005-09.Hormone linkProfessor Tim Eisen, a Cancer Research UK kidney cancer expert based at the University of Cambridge, said: “Over the last 10 years, Cancer Research UK has helped to develop new drugs which destroy the blood supply to the kidney cancers. These drugs control the disease in most patients but do not cure it. “It is best to prevent the problem in the first place – maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking are the best ways of doing that.”Sara Hiom, director of information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Too few people know about the significant cancer risks associated with being very overweight.“While giving up smoking remains the best way to cut your chances of developing kidney cancer, the importance of keeping a healthy weight shouldn’t be overlooked.”BBC News Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more