The Health News USA January 31 2018

  • Super Bowl event organizers are taking extraordinary steps to minimize the risk of football fans getting this season’s deadly dominant flu strain by disinfecting the massive Super Bowl Experience exhibit at the Minneapolis Convention Center multiple times this week, and urging fans to get their flu shots. Minnesota officials estimate 1 million people will attend Super Bowl-related events in the week leading up to the big game, with 125,000 of them coming from outside the state.
  • A federal judge on Monday placed a temporary halt on a Texas law requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation, saying the state has not shown how the measure has a public health purpose. U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas also said the law approved last year by the Republican-controlled legislature may violate constitutional due-process provisions. Abortion rights providers have said the regulation would require the tissue to be treated differently than other human tissue, add another stigma to abortion and increase costs.
  • Panera Bread, the soup-and-sandwiches restaurant chain found in shopping centers across the U.S. , said it would recall cream cheese products sold in its U.S. cafes over possible Listeria contamination. The bakery-café chain went ahead with the recall after samples of one type of two-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 31st of January 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/01/29/super-bowl-events-take-steps-to-fight-flu-as-estimated-1-million-to-attend.html

Super Bowl event organizers are taking extraordinary steps to minimize the risk of football fans getting this season’s deadly dominant flu strain by disinfecting the massive Super Bowl Experience exhibit at the Minneapolis Convention Center multiple times this week, and urging fans to get their flu shots.

Minnesota officials estimate one million people will attend Super Bowl-related events in the week leading up to the big game, with one hundred twenty five thousand of them coming from outside the state.  Super Bowl Experience organizers say they’re doing everything they can to help reduce the risk of flu. Staff are wiping down all exhibits multiple times a day with sanitizing wipes, and volunteers with the United Way disinfect virtual reality equipment between each use at their Super Bowl Experience booth.
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At Friday’s press briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this flu season is on track to remain the same or surpass the two thousand fourteen and two thousand fifteen flu season, when the CDC estimated thirty four million Americans got the flu, seven hundred ten thousand were hospitalized and about fifty six thousand died.
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According to a report from WPVI-TV, the Minnesota Department of Health reports that while flu outbreaks in traditional hotspots like nursing homes are down, those in schools have gone up.
There were one hundred eleven school-based outbreaks last week, compared to 72 the week before. Since more kids in schools come and go into the community, they carry the virus to more people than those who are in long-term care facilities.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-abortion/judge-halts-texas-law-requiring-burial-or-cremation-of-fetal-tissue-idUSKBN1FI2PM

A federal judge on Monday placed a temporary halt on a Texas law requiring abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetal tissue through burial or cremation, saying the state has not shown how the measure has a public health purpose. U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Texas also said the law approved last year by the Republican-controlled legislature may violate constitutional due-process provisions.

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton said the law on fetal remains was meant to honor the dignity of the unborn and his office will battle in court to have the requirements enacted.

Abortion rights providers have said the regulation would require the tissue to be treated differently than other human tissue, add another stigma to abortion and increase costs.

The Texas fetal tissue requirements were more stringent than regulations in almost every other state, which typically allow aborted fetal tissue to be disposed of in a similar manner as other human tissue, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which monitors reproductive health laws.
In June two thousand seventeen, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed new abortion restrictions into law that included the fetal tissue disposal requirements and a ban on the most common method of second-trimester abortions.

Abortion restrictions in Texas, the most populous Republican-controlled state, have often been fiercely defended by the state’s lawyers and copied by other socially conservative states.

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/panera-bread-recalls-cream-cheese-products-over-listeria-fears-n841801

Panera Bread, the soup-and-sandwiches restaurant chain found in shopping centers across the U.S., said it would recall cream cheese products sold in its U.S. cafes over possible Listeria contamination. The bakery-café chain went ahead with the recall after samples of one type of two-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Blaine Hurt, Panera’s president and chief executive said: “The safety of our guests and associates is paramount.”

Listeria can cause life-threatening infections in young children, frail or elderly people and people with fragile immune systems. Healthy people can come down with fevers or diarrhea, and pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recall covers only cream cheese sold in Panera locations in the United States. It doesn’t include Panera cafés in Canada or other Panera food products. As of last fall, the chain said it operated about two thousand one hundred locations.

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