Despite complaints from Europeans, Russia will keep intact its ban on vegetables from the European Union because of the outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.
Scratching from bug bites or poison ivy? Feeling queasy after the office picnic? Welcome to summer: You hit the great outdoors, and sometimes it hits you right back. But don't let mosquitos or spoiled potato salad keep you inside. Just follow these brilliant ideas -- from Philip Hagen, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Erin M. Welch, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center -- and you'll be all set for the season.
Back in the spring of 2001, a 64-year-old Texas rice farmer named Jacko Garrett watched a fleet of 18-wheelers haul away truckloads of rice that he had grown with great care. "It just bothers me so bad," Garrett said. "I'm sitting here trying to find food to feed people, and I've got to bury five million pounds of rice." No one likes to waste food, but for Garrett, who runs a charity that collects rice for the needy, the pain was especially acute.
When my first daughter, Sadie, was a few days old, we hadn't mastered breastfeeding, and I was sure I was starving her. But after a few panicked calls to the doctor and a few weigh-ins, it became clear that she wasn't starving at all -- she was thriving.
Only one disease outbreak among evacuees and rescue workers required unusual mobilization of public health resources in the first three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
At least 10 people have died and more than 800 have been hospitalized -- including dozens in critical condition -- after drinking contaminated water in the Pakistan city of Lahore, authorities and health officials said Wednesday.