Weather played role in deadly Australian Listeria melon outbreak

By |2018-10-18T05:21:06+00:00October 18th, 2018|

An investigation into a Listeria outbreak in Australia linked to seven deaths has found the weather played a significant role in contamination. The outbreak from rockmelons, known as cantaloupe in North America, affected 22 people with six cases in New South Wales (NSW), eight cases in Victoria, seven in Queensland and one in Tasmania between [...]

Does addiction last a lifetime?

By |2018-10-18T05:20:58+00:00October 18th, 2018|

I am now 11 years into recovery from my battle with opiate addiction, and I have always been fascinated with two related questions: is there truly such a thing as an “addictive personality,” and do people substitute addictions? The myth of the addictive personality The recently deceased writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain was criticized [...]

Canada’s top food safety agency reports on strategic progress

By |2018-10-18T05:20:52+00:00October 18th, 2018|

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is out with a progress report on the strategic framework it launched last year known as “Responding to Today, Building for the Future” (RTBF). “At that time, we promised to keep our staff, as well as our partners, engaged and informed of the changes and progress we are making to improve [...]

Seven ways to boost your gut health

By |2018-10-18T05:20:08+00:00October 18th, 2018|

A few species of microbe play a crucial role in maintaining the microbiome. From eating wholegrains to breastfeeding, there are many ways to keep them happy. Eat more prebiotics Scientists have identified a few species among the many trillions of microbes that live in your intestines that play a crucial role in gut health and [...]

At least one ill in Canada; PediaSure, Ensure, other nutrition drinks recalled

By |2018-10-18T05:19:49+00:00October 18th, 2018|

The maker of some of North America’s best known “dense nutrition” liquids, which are frequently used for young children and elderly or sick adults, is recalling more products in relation to at least one illness. Although the nature of the illness has not been reported, recall notices for the Abbott products in Canada reference the [...]

A pandemic killing tens of millions of people is a real possibility — and we are not prepared for it

By |2018-10-18T05:19:40+00:00October 18th, 2018|

A century ago, the Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people. The world is at risk of another pandemic of similar scale. What single event killed more Americans than any other in our history? The attacks of 9/11? The epic conflicts of World War I or World War II? None of the above. This [...]

Influenza: are we ready?

By |2018-10-17T05:10:38+00:00October 17th, 2018|

When 100 passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York in September 2018 fell ill with respiratory symptoms, health officials were concerned that they might be carrying a serious respiratory illness called MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and quarantined the plane until further health checks could be completed. Testing showed that several were [...]

Spanish flu pandemic 1918 – could it happen again?

By |2018-10-17T05:10:35+00:00October 17th, 2018|

It is 100 years since the influenza pandemic killed millions around the world, a death toll far worse than the bubonic plague. But what is the chance of something similar happening again? New strains of flu continue to emerge and experts warn that another pandemic could happen despite a century of advances in technology and [...]