Health News

Clarification on Using Wood Shelving in Artisanal Cheesemaking
Recently, you may have heard some concerns suggesting the FDA has taken steps to end the long-standing practice in the cheesemaking industry of using wooden boards to age cheese.
Things to Keep in Your Medicine Cabinet
American families keep a wide range of prescription and non-prescription items in their medicine cabinets, but what is really necessary?
How Doctors Prescribe Antibiotics to Kids
In the past, it wasn't uncommon for kids to be prescribed antibiotics for almost any respiratory infection. Now doctors are more careful about prescribing them only when necessary.
Foodborne Infection May Be a Family Affair
Even with infections that don't spread  easily , family members might still run the risk of developing the same infections, simply due to a shared environment. Researchers explored this issue for one infection in particular — toxoplasmosis.
E. Coli Scare Leads to Recalls
Certain types of the bacteria E. coli live in our intestines without causing trouble or harm. But other strains can cause serious illness. Two related California companies have recalled pre-packaged salads and wraps due to concerns about this type of the bacteria.
Listeria Recalls Expanded
A number of food products, including packaged potato and tuna salads, were recalled in October due to concerns about a bacteria called Listeria . The recalls have been expanded this week and now include a variety of additional meat products and salads.
Several Recalls Due to Listeria Worries
Even when no illnesses have been reported, sometimes concerns about food safety can cause a stir. That was the case this week, as several companies announced food contamination worries. Luckily, no reports of consumers becoming ill have developed.
Organs From High Risk Patients May Be Okay for Donation
People at risk for certain infectious diseases are usually disqualified from being blood donors. However, new research suggests that they may still be safe organ donors.
Answers at Last in Texas Cyclospora Cases
This summer, several outbreaks of illness caused by the parasite  Cyclospora swept across the US. Many of those illnesses occurred in Texas, and the infection source was unknown.
Halting Hospital Patient Infections
It's not uncommon for hospitalized patients to have weakened immune systems that aren't able to fight off infections. And that can make a hospital stay a risk to sick people.