A summary of important health news from the past week.
Chinese poultry markets closed to stop spread of avian flu
Hundreds of cases of avian flu have been reported in over sixteen provinces in China in recent months. The H759 strain of avian flu can spread from poultry to humans. As a result, poultry markets in affected regions were closed in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading.
Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting
During the week-long congressional recess, many lawmakers are returning home to find town halls full of grass roots organization members with questions and concerns about the potential replacement to the ACA. The presence of these organization is one example of the growing civic engagement across the nation in light of recent political events.
This weekend, the C.D.C discovered that the breathing tubes used by researchers working in the high security pathogen lab had not been adequately tested for safety. Approximately 100 lab workers may have been impacted by the oversight. However, no one has reported any illnesses. Work in the lab has been suspended until new breathing equipment is installed.
Researchers at Binghamton University found that small intestine cells are significantly less effective at absorbing nutrients and acting as a barrier to pathogens after chronic exposure to titanium dioxide, a common food additive found in products such as chewing gum and bread. The researchers suggest avoiding processed foods such as candy, which are high in titanium oxide nanoparticles.
Last Thursday, scientists and public health leaders met at The Carter Center to discuss the role climate change has on population health in a version of the conference canceled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the wake of the election of President Trump. The one-day event was led by the American Public Health Association and the Climate Reality Project. Speakers focused on how climate change effects health through mosquito-borne illnesses, heat stroke, and crop changes. Overall, attendees asserted that if the current administration rolls back climate change efforts, academics and scientists outside the administration will need to continue the work.
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