Health Notes

Tainted Cilantro Spreads Sickness

by Dr. Jessica Jones on August 10, 2015

Tainted CilantroCilantro is a longtime favorite summer garnish. It’s used in salsas and salads to add a fresh lime-like flavor to any dish. But some cilantro has been bringing a little something extra to the family meal: human feces.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a partial ban on some cilantro imported from Mexico after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness in several states. Cyclosporiasis, a painful and uncomfortable parasitical stomach ailment, has affected more than 380 people in 26 states.

The outbreak happened around the same time over four consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), and stemmed from cilantro imported from the same area of Puebla, Mexico. An investigation the cilantro fields by the FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local officials found:

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Eight Tips for Keeping Your Summer Foods Safe

by Dr. Sasan Gholami on July 16, 2015

In the summer, we talk a lot about the bugs that bite – causing itches and diseases that are less than fun. But have you thought much about the bugs inside your favorite summer feasts?

Outdoor picnics and grilling can mean prime time for dangerous food-borne bacteria. The most common ones we see include salmonella, norovirus, E. coli, listeria, campylobacter and clostridium perfingens. They can cause food poisoning and can result in illness, hospitalization and even death.

Staying healthy means taking a few extra picnic precautions. Here are my top eight tips for keeping your favorite summer foods safe:

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Pack These Travel Tips for Your Next Retirement Trip

June 5, 2015
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No matter where the destination may be, many people look forward to seeing the world once they retire. What many don’t consider are all of the precautions you should take to make sure your trip is both enjoyable and safe. Health and safety should be at the top of your travel “to-do” list. So what […]

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Tapeworms Cause Brain Infections in U.S. Patients

May 29, 2015
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As summertime grilling season gets underway, the CDC is sounding the alarm about a danger that could be lurking in your dinner meat. There’s been a massive spike in the rate of tapeworm infections in the brains of patients here in the U.S. The brain infections, called neurocysticerosis, begin when cysts harboring larvae from pork […]

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Travelers Bring Home Antibiotic-Resistant Bug

April 16, 2015
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With dangerous “superbugs” already making headlines, add another drug-resistant bacteria to the list causing concern among physicians. This one is infecting travelers, and then spreading quickly once they get home. The bacterium causing concern is known as shigella sonnei, and it’s behind some 500,000 cases of extreme diarrhea in the U.S. each year. But now, […]

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Nothing “Super” about a Superbug

March 24, 2015
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They are potentially deadly bacteria with no current way to stop them, wreaking havoc within the bodies they infect. While antibiotics have been used for years to knock out harmful bacteria that make us sick, superbugs are drug-resistant, meaning antibiotics won’t help. A dangerous superbug called CRE (carbapanemase-producing Enterobacteria) has been making headlines for infecting […]

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Think Spring… and Spring Break Safety

February 19, 2015
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It’s that time of year again, when the winter doldrums have us all dreaming of escaping to someplace warm. For some, that means planning for a spring break getaway just a few weeks from now. When it comes to travel planning finding a swimsuit that fits shouldn’t be the only thing on your “to-do” list. […]

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Measles Strikes Douglas County

January 22, 2015
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First Disneyland, now Douglas County. The Douglas County Health Department has confirmed a case of the measles. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus, which spreads by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It’s so contagious, any person exposed to it who isn’t immune may likely catch it. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red […]

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Vaccines Put Outbreaks on Ice

January 15, 2015
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Score one for viruses, germs and the importance of vaccines. When it comes to disease, no one is immune. Just weeks ago, an outbreak of mumps sidelined several professional hockey players in the NHL. More than a dozen players were infected with the disease and with an incubation period of 14 to 18 days, more […]

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AIDS Diagnosis Means Ongoing Care

December 1, 2014
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Today, more than a million Americans are living with AIDS. It’s a pretty staggering number. But now consider this: As of two years ago, only 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control. And approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in […]

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