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Cruise Ship Outbreak ‘One of Largest in 20 Years’

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAnother outbreak of the nasty norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug, has sent a second Caribbean cruise ship home early this week. This time it was a Princess cruise that headed back to a Houston-area port a day early with a confirmed case of norovirus that had sickened 181 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Earlier in the week, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to New Jersey after a fast-moving bug sickened nearly 700. On Friday, the Centers …

Foster Farms Raw Chicken Sickens Nearly 300

Posted on 10/8/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThree California-based Foster Farms chicken processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states will remain open after company officials said they would make changes to their operations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. Earlier this week, the USDA had threatened the facilities with closure if the company didn’t come up with a plan for making substantive improvements. In a letter to the company, the USDA warned that sanitary conditions at the facility …

‘Poop Pills’ May Halt Severe Gut Infection

Posted on 10/7/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, we know it sounds icky. But for patients with a type of severe, recurrent intestinal infection, a pill containing healthy fecal bacteria seems to effectively halt the infection — sometimes in just a day — by replacing the “bad” bacteria with “good” ones. Despite their nickname, the pills aren’t actually filled with, well, you know. They’re filled with the important stuff — the naturally occurring intestinal microbes that keep everything in balance and help a healthy body fight off …

Grapefruit Juice Could Help Cancer Patients…And Save Them Money

Posted on 08/8/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthGrapefruit juice can interfere with a lot of prescription and nonprescription drugs, but cancer researchers found that the tart juice helps the body absorb more of a promising medication, reducing side effects and saving patients money because they need smaller doses. Cancer researchers at the University of Chicago found that a glass of grapefruit juice increased the body’s uptake of a powerful drug called sirolimus, which allowed doctors to cut the drug dosage by a third to get the same …

When Caregiving Gets Messy

Posted on 10/3/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMom has had a very rough 6 months. At the root of this complicated, draining and scary health journey is the dreaded “D” word.  It’s the health topic no one wants to talk about. People ask how my Mom is doing and when I tell them there is often an uncomfortable silence – it’s a messy subject. People really don’t want to know the details. It’s one of those delicate topics that seem so private and off limits in polite …