A summary of important health news from the past week.
Nearly 600 patients at the Winconson Veteran Affairs medical center may have been exposed to HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. They now wait testing to see if they were infected. A dentist at the medical center re-used his dental tools instead of using the sterilized disposable equipment that is required by the VA. The VA is now offereing free testing and follow-ups to those who were exposed. The risk of infection is low, but the doctor has yet to be fired.
1.9 million pounds of undercooked chicken recalled
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that National Steak and Poultry issued a recall of pre-cooked, ready-to-eat chicken because of undercooking which may lead to bacterial pathogens. The products were produced between August 20 and November 20 of this year.
Swimming, aerobics, racquet sports slash risk of death, study says
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that exercise can decrease risk of death by 28%, and some activities may be more beneficial than others. Specifically, swimming, aerobics, and racquet sports lowered risk of death more than other activities. When compared to individuals who did not exercise at all, swimming lowered risk of death due to all causes by 28%, aerobics by 27%, and racquet sports by 47%.
A new study published in the Cell journal suggests that there is a relationship between intestinal microbes and Parkinson's disease. Each year 60,000 new patients are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the United States. This study, that was performed on mice, indicates that microbes may play a crucial role in treatment for an otherwise incurable disease. Though researchers state that their work, "doesn't mean that we have solved the problem of Parkinson's," they are hopeful that their findings have opened some doors.
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