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E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

Romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli caused dozens of illnesses and five deaths between November 2017 and June 2018. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, we received news of another E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce. No deaths resulted, but 43 people fell ill with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of

Protect Yourself from Food Poisoning

A recent widespread outbreak of food poisoning underlines the fact that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States. In all, 172 people had been affected by the time the outbreak began winding down in May. They contracted a particularly virulent form of E.

Anaplasmosis: Tick-Borne Disease Is Gearing Up and On the Rise

Anaplasmosis: Tick-Borne Disease Is Gearing Up and On the Rise

Ticks are nasty bugs that transmit a number of diseases, among them anaplasmosis. What is anaplasmosis? It’s caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which the tick shares when it bites a host. Anaplasmosis is the second-most common tick disease, after Lyme disease. While the incidence of Lyme disease dwarfs that

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

The large intestine is about six feet long. It is here that water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed from partly digested food. The remaining solid waste then moves from the colon into the rectum as stool.
Constipation
Many people believe they are constipated if they don’t have a bowel movement at

What Is Ulcerative Colitis? And What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What Is Ulcerative Colitis? And What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What is ulcerative colitis? Simply put, it’s a condition that causes inflammation and ulcers in the inside lining of the large intestine (rectum and colon). It affects just the top layer of the intestinal lining (called the mucosa).
Crohn’s disease also causes inflammation, usually in the small intestine, but it can

How to Protect Yourself from E. Coli in Produce

The recent outbreak of the potentially lethal strain of E. coli known as O157:H7 in spinach has focused attention on the safety of all fresh produce. Short of not eating any fresh fruits and vegetables? not practical or healthful?what can you do to protect yourself? Quite a bit. Outbreak Timeline.

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