The Health News USA April 11 2018

  • The restaurant chain Panera Bread is being investigated as a potential source of several cases of E. coli in four counties of New Jersey. The incidents of the virus were reported Thursday in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren counties. Although it is still very early, New Jersey’s Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner told myCentralJersey.com, a preliminary investigation of about 6 cases is underway in the 4 counties.
  • A mother who delivered quintuplets in March spoke with the media about her feelings of both excitement and fatigue. Jamie Scott delivered 3 girls and 3 boys by Caesarean section after 29 weeks of pregnancy at Dignity Health St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Jamie and her husband Skyler Scott temporarily moved from Utah to Phoenix to get care at the go-to-facility for high-risk pregnancies, especially involving triplets or more.
  • The U.S. FDA is seeking the public’s input on medical marijuana in preparation for an upcoming meeting among WHO members. The FDA “is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of five drug substances,” including cannabis and its compounds, according to a notice slated to be published in the Federal Register.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-04-06/e-coli-cases-linked-to-nj-panera-restaurants

The restaurant chain Panera Bread is being investigated as a potential source of several cases of E. coli in four counties of New Jersey. The incidents of the virus were reported Thursday in Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren counties. Although it is still very early, New Jersey’s Department of Health spokeswoman Donna Leusner told myCentralJersey.com, a preliminary investigation of about six cases is underway in the four counties.

Leusner says it is hard to pinpoint exactly where someone contracted E. coli. However, Sarah Perramant, a public health epidemiologist in Warren County told NJ.com the Warren County Health Department and the state Health Department are primarily investigating a location in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. That location reported only one case of E. coli. The Somerset County location reported two.
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E. Coli, are harmless bacteria normally found in the environment and intestines of people and animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, some strains of E. coli can make people sick, causing severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. These strains are transmitted through contaminated water or food and appear three to four days after exposure, lasting up to a week. Although the bacteria is relatively harmless in healthy adults, young children and seniors are at risk of developing a life-threatening strain. Panera operates more than two thousand locations nationwide and earns annual sales of more than five billion dollars.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/04/07/quintuplets-leave-utah-parents-feeling-blessed.html

A mother who delivered quintuplets in March spoke with the media about her feelings of both excitement and fatigue. Jamie Scott delivered three girls and two boys by Caesarean section after twenty nine weeks of pregnancy at Dignity Health Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. She said: “I feel so blessed when I look at each of their little faces and each of their little souls I can feel.”

Jamie and her husband Skyler Scott temporarily moved from Utah to Phoenix to get care at the go-to-facility for high-risk pregnancies, especially involving triplets or more. Skyler said: “They really made it so bearable and wonderful. And I really believe that some of the best, most angelic people in the world somehow find their way into the NICU.”

Violet, Daisy, Lily are the three girls, while Logan and Lincoln are the two boys. All were born March twenty one weighing less than three pounds. Jamie also pumps breast milk every three hours. The Scotts plan to return to their community in Saint George, Utah, once the babies and mom are healthy enough to travel.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/apr/6/fda-seeking-input-on-medical-marijuana-ahead-of-wo/

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking the public’s input on medical marijuana in preparation for an upcoming meeting among World Health Organization members. The FDA “is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of five drug substances,” including cannabis and its compounds, according to a notice slated to be published in the Federal Register.
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The FDA’s request for comments comes on the heels of the agency receiving a notice from WHO leadership regarding a meeting of its Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) scheduled for early June in Geneva.
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According to the notice, the WHO will subsequently make recommendations for controlling those substances and prevent them to the United Nation’s secretary general for consideration.
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Marijuana is banned in all forms under U.S. federal law and categorized as a Schedule one substance under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act. Twenty-nine states and D.C. have passed laws legalizing medical marijuana, however, including nine where the plant has been legalized for recreational use.
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Countries that have passed federal laws legalizing medical marijuana include Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico and Peru, among others.

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