As the CDC investigates a deadly listeria outbreak, here’s what an expert says pregnant women should refuse to eat

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With an uptick in news about food-poisoning outbreaks, pregnant women need to be aware of which foods carry certain risks.
A listeria outbreak in four states has sickened at least eight people, killing one, according to the CDC.
Foodborne illnesses such as listeria can be riskier for pregnant women and their unborn children than the average person.
Food-poisoning expert Bill Marler advises people to avoid foods including sprouts, raw eggs, and pre-cut fruits and vegetables while pregnant.

Food-poisoning outbreaks have been sweeping the United States. And, with news of outbreaks on the rise, expectant mothers need to be especially careful.

On Thursday, the CDC announced it is investigating a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people across four states. All eight people have been hospitalized, and one person has died. According to the CDC, the outbreak has been linked to sliced deli meat.

While foodborne illnesses are rarely pleasant, certain types can hit pregnant people and newborns especially hard. According to food-poisoning expert Bill Marler, listeria should be a top concern for any expectant mother.

“Listeria illnesses in moms pass to the baby in uterus and can kill or damage the baby,” Marler, who is an attorney specializing in foodborne-illness cases, told Business Insider.

Read more: 212 people are dead and hundreds more are seriously ill in the largest listeria outbreak in history

More than 200 people died in a listeria outbreak stemming from a meat-production plant in Polokwane, South Africa, last year. Newborns were the most likely to be impacted by the outbreak, with 91 babies under the age of 28 days old dying as a result of listeriosis.

To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, pregnant women should avoid eating certain foods, according to Marler and the CDC. Here’s what the food-poisoning expert says to …read more

Source:: Business Insider


6 things that cost more in the US than they do abroad

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Americans pay a less than consumers in many countries for myriad products, but they pay much more than their international counterparts for certain services.
Education and healthcare are the two areas where citizens of the United States pay significantly more than people from almost any other nation.
In many nations, government subsidies dramatically drive down consumer costs, leaving more money in the hands of the citizens.
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In many ways, the average American consumer has things pretty good.

Gasoline costs half as much in the US as it does in most of Europe, and we pay less than most of our European counterparts when it comes to rent and real estate, too. American food prices are relatively low, utilities are comparatively cheap, and clothing is affordable.

But in other areas, Americans are shelling out significantly more cash than citizens of other nations. From internet access fees to drug prices, the US consumer is often forced to pay higher prices than found internationally, and for commodities that can’t easily be skipped.

Here are six things you are paying more for in America than you would if you lived abroad.

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American healthcare costs are double those of most other countries

There’s a good reason so many politicians talk about the trouble with America’s healthcare system: It’s a mess. And a costly one, at that. Healthcare spending in the United States is approximately double that of nations with comparable collective incomes.

Yet for all America’s spending, it’s hardly healthier. About 18% of American …read more

Source:: Business Insider


The stray cat dilemma — where to find help

DEAR JOAN: A cat was left at the doorstep of a residence in a way-too-small carrier. Now, what to do with said cat?

No organization would take it in and the county shelters said they weren’t taking cats.

The cat was beautiful — black, mellow, loving and sweet, and wondered what in the world happened to his or her life. This cat would have been very adoptable.

Exactly what is a person supposed to do if none of the so-called rescue organizations — including the Pinole and Martinez shelters, where rescue groups would hopefully come rescue them — won’t even take the cat?

What is the solution? This is so very sad that there is no place to take an abandoned animal. Are there groups I don’t know about? What can we do? Any suggestions? This situation occurred in the San Pablo area.

Hoping you might be able to shed some light.

Judy Hall, Bay Area

DEAR JUDY: Well, that’s pretty horrible. I’m curious about what became of the cat, and I’m sure the many pet lovers who read this column would like to know, too.

There are many groups in the Bay Area that help pets find new homes, but they have limits. With stray cats or any wandering pet, they can’t just take in a cat on the presumption that it is abandoned. Let’s say you have a cat that accidentally gets outside and disappears. If a rescue group finds it and adopts it out, you don’t get your cat back.

That’s why these groups don’t accept stray animals from individuals. I’m speaking in generalities, of course. There also are rescue groups that trap feral cats, have them neutered and then return them where they were captured.

As for Contra Costa Animal Services, I spoke with public information officer Steve Burdo, who says the shelter does not impound …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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