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E. coli outbreak linked to lettuce spreads to 16 states

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/20/18, 10:29 am

People in 16 states have fallen ill with a virulent strain of E. coli bacteria federal investigators have linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz. At least 53 people reported symptoms, and 31 patients required hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Investigators are still trying to link the lettuce to a specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand. Some of the victims reported eating salads at restaurants that use the pre-cut lettuce.

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California judge: Coffee should come with cancer warnings

by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/30/18, 11:34 am

A California judge ruled Thursday that coffee sellers in the state should have to post warnings about a possibly toxic ingredient linked to cancer. Acrylamide, a chemical produced in the bean-roasting process, is a known carcinogen, but coffee companies insist the amount that makes it into a cup of coffee isn’t large enough to pose a risk.

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Flu epidemic shows no sign of slowing

by Leigh Jones
Posted 2/09/18, 12:23 pm

This season’s U.S. flu epidemic shows no sign of loosening its grip. One in every 13 people who went to the doctor last week had a fever, a cough, and other flu-like symptoms, according to government monitors. That makes this the worst flu season since 2003—equal in severity to the 2009 swine flu epidemic. Not only is the flu widespread, it’s nastier than normal, sending more people to the hospital than the more common strains of the virus that come around every year. Researchers are trying to figure out why this year’s epidemic has lasted so long.

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