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Sick of salmonella? So is the USDA

Action plan put in place to prevent foodborn illness

Salmonella causes an estimated 1.3 million illnesses each year in the United States. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) hopes to tackle that toll with the help of a new “Salmonella Action Plan.”

Prison inmates sickened by tainted chicken

Tyson Foods has announced a recall of nearly 34,000 pounds of chicken on fears of salmonella contamination.

What government tests found in your meat

When you shop for turkey burgers for dinner tonight, you may be buying more than...

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USDA demands action in salmonella outbreak

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is demanding Foster Farms, the California company implicated in the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that has sickened over 250 people, respond by Thursday with how the company will fix the problem.

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Obama battles 'superbugs' with national plan

Two million illnesses. 23,000 deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that's the human toll from antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" each year in the United States.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to tainted chicken

A Salmonella outbreak linked to a California poultry producer has sickened approximately 278 people in 18 states, health officials say. As of Tuesday morning, no recall had been issued.

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Tightened rules for antibiotics in food animals go into effect

A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect. Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re needed to treat people—cannot legally be given to healthy animals to speed their growth. The policy, three years in the making, required producers of agricultural antibiotics to change labeling on the drugs to make clear they should not be used for so-called growth promotion. All manufacturers agreed to abide by the new rule.

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CDC: Hospitals contributing to rise of superbugs

Health officials have long been warning us about the overuse of antibiotics and the rise of drug-resistant “superbugs.” Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is shining a light on how hospitals are contributing to the problem.

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Untreatable infections: CDC sets threat levels for drug-resistant bacteria

Most “urgent” threats are CRE bacteria, C-Diff and Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Health officials have been warning us about antibiotic overuse and bacteria resistance for a long time. But today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sounding the alarm in a new way.

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Vapors from E-cigarettes could be toxic for smokers

Many not be any safer than tobacco, research says

A UCLA study released this week suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes.

Mechanical tenderizing may cause contamination

A new label on some of the steaks in your grocery store highlights a production process you may have never heard of before: mechanically tenderized. This means the beef has been punctured with blades or needles to break down the muscle fibers and make it easier to chew. But it also means the meat has a greater chance of being contaminated and making you sick.

Food safety during the holidays

The centerpiece of any holiday feast is the bird -- whether a perfectly basted..

County health officials respond to Skid Row typhus outbreak

Dangerous flea-borne disease

Days after health officials reported that downtown Los Angeles is experiencing an outbreak..

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Deputy D’Andre Lampkin sues county

A veteran sheriff's deputy is suing Los Angeles County, alleging he was suspended without pay for reporting that he saw a retired deputy receiving oral sex in a car parked on county property in an area known for prostitution. D'Andre Lampkin's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges whistleblower retaliation and seeks unspecified damages.

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UCLA report urges new global policy effort to tackle crisis of plastic litter in oceans

Plastic litter is one of the most significant problems facing the world's marine environments. Yet in the absence of a coordinated global strategy, an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean each year.

Northrop hosts career fair

Aviation giant Northrop Grumman will host an aircraft mechanic career fair on Friday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at College of the Canyons, Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., in Santa Clarita.

The best (and worst) candy for your teeth

As each October creeps up on Cindy Flanagan, DDS, MAGD, spokesperson for the Academy of...

Supreme Court to hear Voting Rights Act challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C.--After hearing oral arguments earlier on whether an affirmative action program at the University...

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Are nanodiamond-encrusted teeth the future of dental implants?

Nanoscale gems deliver proteins to enhance bone formation

UCLA researchers have discovered that diamonds on a much, much smaller scale than those used in jewelry could be used to promote bone growth and the durability of dental implants.

USC helps parents meet new requirements for dental health

Many Los Angeles area families without a dental provider need look no...