Health Front: Poultry Alarm, Unknown Medication Errors

By DR. JERRY DeCAPUA

•At least 124 people in 12 states have been sickened by salmonella infections from raw poultry produced by Foster Farms, government health officials report. The CDC has confirmed the infection by processed poultry, especially in Washington, Oregon and California. Oregon officials have identified Foster Farms chicken as the most likely source of salmonella. Presently, no recall of any products has been announced.

Foster Farms is a West Coast poultry producer. Their officials said in a statement that “all raw poultry has the potential for contamination and they urged consumers to follow safety practices, including cooking at 165 degrees or more thoroughly.” Prior to this incident the Foster farms facilities maintained a safety rating with the highest classification of performance standards.

•A recent national study of medication errors at hospitals reveals that not only does the vast majority occur outside of intensive care, but also that patients are rarely informed of the errors. Critical Care Medicine made the undisclosed errors public in their December 2012 journal. Two facts really stand out. 93.4% of medication errors occur outside of intensive care. Only 1.8% of patients are promptly informed that a medication mistake was made.

•Back pain is now considered the number one cause of disability worldwide. Most doctors have numbly decided to treat spinal condition with drugs. The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, a comprehensive study with the World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Tokyo, and Imperial College of London, details lower back conditions as the number one cause of disability.

•Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Children’s Center have found that 90 % of children treated for ADHD still have just as severe symptoms 6 years later. Two thirds of the children who were on medications continued to have significant hyperactivity, impulsivity and serious inattention. More than 7% of U.S. children are now being treated for ADHD. Those children having a diagnosis of both ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder were more likely to experience persistent ADHD symptoms years later.

Experts estimate the condition costs the United States between $36 and $52 billion every year.

•More evidence is fueling the debate about the 2009-2010 H1N1 flu vaccine. It was first reported in March by the journal Public Library of Science ONE which found cases of narcolepsy, an incurable sleeping disorder had skyrocketed by 1,700 percent in children and teenagers following the widespread administration of Pandemrix, a flu vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. Scientists have associated the mass vaccination campaigns for Pandemrix with the spike in cases of narcolepsy. Even Emmanuel Mignot, one of the world’s leading experts on narcolepsy stated to reporters that there is “no doubt in his mind whatever” that the influenza vaccine of 2009-2010 is directly responsible. 800 children are now confirmed to have the autoimmune disorder as the European Medicines Agency has blocked any further use of the vaccine from being administered.

•A new study shows that nearsighted children get worse during the darker winter months. For nearsighted children, vision deteriorated faster when days were shortest and more slowly during the longer summer days. Prior research in the U.S. (where almost a third of people have nearsightedness) revealed that the eyesight condition deteriorated more during the school year months and less during the summer schedule. A past study from Singapore, where days and daylight are about the same length all year, found no seasonal difference in the progression of nearsightedness. However, the latest study is the first to link nearsightedness progression with hours of available daylight. These recent studies take the cause of the eye disorder away from school work.

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February 22nd, 2013

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