Certain romaine lettuce is now safe to eat, US public health agencies say

Only the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura are being investigated in the latest multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce, the US Food and Drug Administration reported Wednesday. Romaine harvested outside these six California regions is not related to the current outbreak, according to the FDA, which is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local agencies in its investigation. Based on this information, the CDC has narrowed its warning…

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FDA warns against using Rhino male enhancement products

Due to a recent rise in reported health issues, the US Food and Drug Administration warned on Tuesday against using or purchasing Rhino male enhancement products. Since 2007, the FDA said, it has identified more than 25 Rhino products, some with names such as Platinum Rhino 25000 and Krazzy Rhino 25000, that have hidden drug ingredients. The FDA said the products are often sold in single-serving packages at locations such as gas stations and convenience stores, or through online retailers such as eBay and Amazon. Recently, the products have also been found in…

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Is it now safe to eat romaine lettuce? Not yet, FDA says

The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has sickened 43 people in 12 states, the US Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The FDA said that the ongoing outbreak is linked to the “end of season” harvest in some parts of California — but the agency still says people should not eat any romaine lettuce. People have become sick in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin. An additional 22 people in Canada are also ill, so the FDA is coordinating its investigation…

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Doctors share gun stories, demand action after NRA tells them to ‘stay in their lane’

Watch Video Two signs of the times: another mass shooting and more Twitter outrage. This time, though, the barbs over social media came from the medical community in response to a tweet from the National Rifle Association. The piling-on began after the NRA tweeted on Wednesday a link to an article from its Institute of Legislative Action. The article, titled “Surprise: Physician Group Rehashes Same Tired Gun Control Policies,” was promoted with these words: “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane. Half of the articles in…

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Abortion rates in America drop to lowest level in 10 years

Abortion rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 10 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2006 to 2015, the year of the latest completed survey, reported abortions from participating areas fell 24%, from 842,855 to 638,169. Going back to 1969, the CDC has completed its “abortion surveillance” to measure the number and characteristics of women who obtain legal abortions. Requests for information go out to the central health agencies in all 50 states, plus…

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Chesterfield mom leading fight against polio-like illness that killed her son

Melissa Hipolit will have more on this story on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m. CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Eight-year-old Macy Roberts said she has special permission to sit here at a desk in a room that is not her own. “I know Carter is around me,” Macy said. On the desk, a little chest filled with memories of the boy who used to live there. “Whenever I’m in here, and I start feeling sad or down about him, I can get a slip of paper back here, and I…

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CDC escalates response to polio-like illness AFM

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has escalated its response to the polio-like illness that’s struck children in 29 states, increasing the number of disease detectives in its Atlanta headquarters from two to 16, according to a CDC official close to the investigation. The job of the detectives — formally known as Epidemic Intelligence Service officers — is to collect data on acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, and try to identify the cause of the outbreak. Currently, the cause is unknown, and there’s no treatment and no…

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CDC advises US consumers not to eat romaine lettuce because of E. coli concerns

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned US consumers on Tuesday to not eat romaine lettuce as it may be contaminated with E. coli. A total of 32 people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states, according to the CDC. One of the hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same strain of of E.…

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Recreational marijuana now for sale on East Coast

LEICESTER, Mass.  — Recreational marijuana is now for sale on the East Coast. Massachusetts became the first state east of the Mississippi to legally sell recreational weed Tuesday as two marijuana dispensaries opened to the public more than two years after voters approved its use. The two dispensaries are Cultivate Holdings in Leicester and New England Treatment Access in Northampton, located in the central and western parts of the state, respectively. “To get here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections, and had their products tested, all to ensure…

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