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Listeria triggers major recall of veggies across US and Canada


Hawaii News Digest, 24 October 2017, 0500 UTC, Post #15828.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/10.23/listeria-triggers-major-recall-of-veggies-across-us-and-canada/

Reporter:  Michael Nedelman (CNN).

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Comment:

Mann Packaging, a major vegetable supplier in California, has recalled vegetable products that may have been contaminated with listeria bacteria.

The recall affects a wide range of supermarkets and stores, including Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Meijer, Albertson’s, and Safeway.

These recalled products were sold in Safeway stores in Hawaii, California, and Nevada.  If you have any of these products in your refrigerator, please dispose of them or return them to the store where you purchased them.

Product Description UPC Code Size
Cauliflower Chopped 24105000000 8OZ
Veggies w/ Dip 24201200000 8OZ
Premium Vegetable Tray 24210800000 2lb 14OZ
Vegetables Steaming 24214000000 13OZ
Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower with Ranch Dip 330 cal 24218800000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots & Celery w/ Ranch Dip 320 cal 24218900000 9OZ
Broccoli Carrots Grape Tomatoes & Dip 340 cal 24219000000 10OZ
Broccoli Carrots Snap Peas & Dip 340 cal 24219100000 9OZ
Carrots / Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220800000 14OZ
Broccoli / Cauliflower 24220900000 14OZ
Broccoli Florets 24221000000 14OZ
Cauliflower 24222400000 10OZ
Vegetable Tray w/ Dip 24250100000 2lb 14OZ
Tomatoes Broccoli Cheese & Ranch Dip 530 cal 24288700000 8OZ

 

 

 

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3 mumps cases confirmed at UH-Manoa as statewide total reaches 500


Hawaii News Digest, 20 October 2017, 0455 UTC, Post #15803.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/19/breaking-news/3-mumps-cases-confirmed-at-ju-manoa-as-statewide-total-reaches-500/

Reporter:  Kristen Consillia (“Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Accessed on 20 October 2017, 0455 UTC.

Please click link to read the full report.

Comment:

The State of Hawaii is facing an increase in mumps cases this year, with the infectious viral disease accounting for 500 confirmed cases.  The latest cases were found at UH-Manoa, where students were warned about about the disease on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

The viral infection is spread by coughing, sneezing, and touching infected items.  The Hawaii Department of Health is asking people who live or work in crowded conditions to get an extra mumps vaccination.

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Russ Roberts

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Lions Club hosting diabetes conference at Hilo High


Hawaii News Digest, 14 October 2017, 1630 UTC, Post #15773.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/lions-club-hosting-diabetes-conference-hilo-high

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel (Hawaii Tribune-Herald).

Accessed on 14 October 2017, 1630 UTC.

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Comment:

According to the Akaka Falls Lions Club, Hawaii residents 19 years and younger “are under assault by Type 2 Diabetes…in that age group, 3700 individuals develop Type 2 in the state each year.”

To address this health crisis, the Akaka Lions Club will hold a conference today (Saturday, 14 October), from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilo High School cafeteria.  Admission to the public discussion is $5.00.

The conference will emphasize early testing, risk factors for the disease, and ways to modify your diet to prevent the onset of diabetes.

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Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

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Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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Cannabis consumption increases violent behavior in young people in psychiatric care


Hawaii News Digest, 08 October 2017, 0550 UTC, Post #15735.

Source:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171006164855.htm

Reporter:  University of Montreal, Canada.

Accessed on 08 October 2017, 0555 UTC.

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Comment:

Over the past few years, the use of cannabis (marijuana) to treat a range of chronic conditions has gained significant support from physicians and state legislatures.  In Hawaii, a medical marijuana dispensary system has been created to provide medical cannabis to registered patients.

So far, so good.  According to a recent University of Montreal study, medical cannabis may not be desirable for certain psychiatric patients whose behaviors may be negatively affected by medical marijuana.  In the report summary, researchers clearly state that medial cannabis poses a health and behavior risk to certain patients:

“A new study on cannabis use that involved 1,136 patients (from 18 to 40 years of age) with mental illnesses who had been seen five times during the year after discharge from a psychiatric hospital demonstrates that sustained used of cannabis is associated with an increase in violent behavior in young people. Moreover, the association between persistent cannabis use and violence is stronger than that associated with alcohol or cocaine.”

Just a cautionary tale for those of us who believe cannabis is some kind of wonder drug without a degree of risk.

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Mumps cases continue increase


Hawaii News Digest, 06 October 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15725.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/mumps-cases-continue-increase

Accessed on 06 October 2017, 1545 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii Department of Health reports another nine cases of mumps on Hawaii Island, bringing the total number of the painful swelling disease to 33 in 2017.  Statewide, the number of mumps cases has climbed to 452.

Health officials say the best way to avoid the viral infection is to get the MMR vaccine.

The Department of Health also advises those with the disease to avoid contact with others until the infection has run its course:

“People with suspected mumps are asked to self-isolate for nine days after salivary glands swell. Those who haven’t been vaccinated but get exposed to mumps shouldn’t travel, go to work or travel for 12-25 days after exposure.”

“People are advised to get vaccinated if: they’ve never been; they had one dose five or more years ago or they got two doses 10 or more years ago.”

“Those born before 1957 are presumed to have been exposed to mumps and don’t need vaccination.”

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Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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UH researcher gets $6.3 million to test Ebola vaccine on other viruses


Hawaii News Digest, 28 September 2017, 0355 UTC, Post #15670.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36470419/uh-medical-school-researcher-awarded-63-million-to-test-ebola-vaccine-on-other-viruses

Reporter: Shawn Ching (Hawaii News Now).

Accessed on 28 September 2017, 2017, 0355 UTC.

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Comment:

For the past 15 years, UH-medical school professor, Dr. Axel Lehrer, PhD, and his ten-member team have been testing vaccines to stop the deadly ebola virus and its related cousins.  Dr. Lehrer is coming closer to stopping the often fatal disease and will soon test an experimental ebola vaccine against other related viruses.  The research will continue, thanks to a $6.35 grant “to continue his work on a first-of-its-kind medication to fight the deadly ebola virus.”

Dr. Lehrer says his new vaccine is “unique enough” to work on a variety of often fatal virus diseases:

“Our protein, it just goes in, the body sees it, the body will make its response against it, and then hopefully you’re protected…Our platform is based completely, it is just a protein, so there’s nothing that can really go wrong.”

Hawaii News Now reporter Shawn Ching says the new ebola vaccine has the ability to withstand high heat:

“Another quality that Dr. Lehrer hopes will make his vaccine special is that it will be heat stable. In fact, he’s already had success storing and testing powdered prototypes under simulated high temperatures, up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, like those found in Africa.”

“At that temperature, we were able, after three months, to still immunize mice,” Lehrer said. “It could potentially be in a powder form, a dry stable formulation that then can be shipped to where it is most needed.”

Dr. Lehrer says the experimental ebola vaccine could be ready for deployment in five to ten years.

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Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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Doctor shortage grows in Hawaii


Hawaii News Digest, 26 September 2017, 1520 UTC, Post #15660.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36454533/university-study-finds-hawaii-doctor-shortage-worsening

Accessed on 26 September 2017, 1520 UTC.

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Comment:

According to a University of Hawaii study, the state’s doctor shortage is growing, with only Kauai showing a slight reversal of the shortage.  The study says the State of Hawaii is short 769 doctors, compared with 707 in 2016.  Primary care physicians are the largest doctor gap in the state.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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