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Iowa’s 60 Million Laying Hens Aren’t Being Monitored by Food-Safety Inspectors

60 million chickens not inspectedIn 2010, 550 million eggs were recalled after thousands of people were sickened with salmonella in an outbreak tied to farms in Iowa, the leading state for laying-hen production. Despite Iowa producing 15 billion eggs annually, amounting to $2 billion in sales, both state and federal food-safety inspections were halted there last year, the Des Moines Register reported on Sunday.

The concern was that letting inspectors into laying-hen facilities could help spread the virulent strain of bird flu that has been killing off birds in the tens of millions.


Mathematical model may improve hepatitis C drug treatment

Hepatitis C treatmentHepatitis C patients are often cured before completing a treatment regimen, suggesting patients require less of the drugs needed to fight the disease, according to a recent study.

Researchers at Loyola University devised a mathematical model that predicts the length of time patients need direct-acting antiviral drugs, potentially limiting the cost of being treated with an expensive drug.

Using more frequent blood testing, the researchers were able to determine hepatitis C levels and predict when the drug sofosbuvir, combined with one of three others, could be stopped.


Canada and the Aboriginal mental health crisis

Canada's aborigine youth suicide crisisDonnie McKay keeps his phone close.

A band councillor in Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake) in northern Manitoba, McKay never knows when there will be a call to tell him that another person in his community of 8,000 has committed suicide.

"I just got a call last night from the paramedics - again. I'm just looking at my phone to see when it's going to ring again," McKay told Al Jazeera in a telephone interview.


Planned Parenthood defund bill cites dentists as reproductive care alternative

Planned Parenthood defund in FloridaA bill passed in the Florida legislature this week would effectively defund Planned Parenthood and other reproductive rights clinics by preventing state agencies from working with any organization that provides abortion care other than that for victims of rape, incest, or if the life of the woman is at risk.

As the bill heads to governor Rick Scott for his signature, several state lawmakers who have insisted that plentiful alternatives exist for reproductive and sexual healthcare have cited a list of health centers that includes dentists, optometrists, and elementary schools.


Tiny Vermont brings food industry to its knees on GMO labels

GMO labeling now in VermontThe announcement by General Mills that it will start labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients shows the industry might be giving up its fight against state efforts to require such labeling.

Still, many hold out hope Congress will come up with a national solution instead of a patchwork of state laws.

Vermont is the first state to require such labeling, effective July 1.


Psychological disorders affect 1 in 7 U.S. kids under 9: CDC

Psychological disorders affect 1 in 7 under 9 in USOne in seven American children ages 2 to 8 suffers from a mental, behavioral or developmental problem, federal health officials report.

Researchers analyzed data supplied by parents in the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, looking for reported speech and language problems, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and more.


HIV exposure warning expanded to hospitals in four states

HIV exposire warning in four statesHealth officials in Arizona, California, Colorado and Washington have warned thousands of patients they were possibly infected with HIV, and hepatitis B and C after a surgical tech allegedly swapped syringes used in surgery.

At least six hospitals are warning some 5,000 patients to get testing for the disease, but said the chances of contracting the illnesses were low. The announcement comes after Rocky Allen, 28, was indicted on charges of tampering with a consumer product and obtaining a controlled substance by deceit. He was accused of swapping syringes containing a powerful painkiller with other syringes.


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