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To Get over E. coli Outbreak, Chipotle tweaking Cooking Methods without Compromising with Taste

To Get over E. coli Outbreak, Chipotle tweaking Cooking Methods without Compromising with Taste

To get over recent E. coli outbreak completely, Chipotle Mexican Grill has decided to tweak its cooking methods, recipes and ingredient preparation. The restaurant chain has also hinted that many changes could be implemented in New Year.

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Second transmissible cancer discovered in Tasmanian devil

Second transmissible cancer discovered in Tasmanian devil

Scientists have discovered a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils. The discovery has raised questions over current understand of the processes that make cancers to be transmissible. Since 1996, a transmissible cancer that spreads by biting has destroyed the population of the Tasmanian devils.

Transmissible cancers are the ones that can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells. Tasmanian devils are quite rare marsupial carnivores as they are just found in the wild on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

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Asthma rates declining among majority of U.S. Children

Asthma rates stop rising among some U.S. children

Overall asthma prevalence among U.S. children has apparently leveled off, but not among the poorest kids, a new research published in the journal Pediatrics indicated.

Researchers said that international data on asthma problem showed trends that appeared to be leveling off, and the U.S. trend appears to be following a general pattern.

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Listeria Scandal: Department of Justice announces new probe against Blue Bell

Listeria Scandal: Department of Justice announces new probe against Blue Bell

Representatives of the United States Department of Justice announced on Tuesday, December 29 that a criminal investigation has been launched against Blue Bell Creameries after the deadly Listeria outbreak took place earlier this year.

The federal department’s Consumer Protection Branch will carry out the investigation, which will coordinated by trial attorney Patrick Hearn. The ice cream linked to Listeria took lives of three people. During in a FDA investigation, Listeria was found in all of three Blue Bell’s production plants located in Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas.

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UC Program Encourages Californian Smokers to Quit Smoking

UC Program Encourages Californian Smokers to Quit Smoking

A program pioneered by a UC Davis doctor is making efforts to involve more and more Californian smokers to quit their habit. Through the program called ‘UC Quits’, it is working to connect with patients across the state.

The program launched in 2013 by Dr. Elisa Tong, a UC Davis associate professor of medicine, through its e-referral program easily enable doctors in any clinical setting to get in touch with patients via their electronic medical records with the Smoker’s Helpline.

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Study: Majority of people who survive opioids overdose continue to be prescribed opioids afterward

Study: Majority of people who survive opioids overdose continue to be prescribed opioids afterward

A latest study has suggested that the overwhelming majority of people after surviving an overdose of prescription opioids keep on getting prescribed opioids afterward, mostly by the same prescriber.

While speaking to Medscape Medical News, lead investigator Marc Larochelle, MD, MPH, from Boston Medical Center, in Massachusetts, said that they have found the degree of continued prescribing both astonishing and concerning.

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Study: Not all hospitals adopt latest guidelines for hospitals for determining brain death

Study: Not all hospitals adopt latest guidelines for hospitals for determining brain death

Published in the journal JAMA Neurology recently, a study led by Yale University neurologist David Greer has suggested that not all hospitals have adopted the latest guidelines for hospitals for determining brain death.

The American Academy of Neurology issued updated guidelines for hospitals for determining brain death in 2010.

Greer and his colleagues surveyed nearly 500 hospitals during the time period of 3 years, and found that most facilities didn’t require the presence of any expertise in neurology or neurosurgery for determining brain death.

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Boston’s chief health inspector dines at Cleveland Circle Chipotle

Boston’s chief health inspector dines at Cleveland Circle Chipotle

The Cleveland Circle location of the popular burrito chain reopened last Saturday, around three weeks after Boston’s health authorities ordered it to shut down and stop serving food to customers. The location was forced to shut down after 136 Boston College student and other people fell sick after eating at the restaurant.

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Weight-Loss Surgeries Cause Vitamin D Deficiency

Weight-Loss Surgeries Cause Vitamin D Deficiency

A study was performed at Johns Hopkins University to analyze the association between weight-loss surgeries and Vitamin D deficiencies. The research was carried out on over 930,000 patients in the United States. The outcome revealed that patients from north undergoing weight-loss operations in winters are more likely to face problems as compared to patients from the south.

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Ultrasonography Can Help Diagnose Cancer in Women

Ultrasonography Can Help Diagnose Cancer in Women

Researchers, through a new study, have confirmed that ultrasonography can help diagnose cancer in women with dense breasts. The researchers said although ultrasound is comparable to mammography in detecting breast cancer, it can’t replace mammography.

The team, for the study, examined data that was collected from around 2,809 women from across the US, Canada and Argentina. All the women studied had dense breasts, and also had an additional risk factor for breast cancer.

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