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Local Health News 5 sent to hospital after Wellfleet hazmat scare

5 sent to hospital after Wellfleet hazmat scare

emergency responders went to Cape Cod Hospital early this morning over concerns they had been exposed to a hazardous substance. ​According to a Wellfleet Fire Department news release, at 2:03 a.m. paramedics went to Chequessett Neck Road for a routine medical call. Emergency workers transporting the patient noticed an unknown smell that irritated their […]

5/18/15 at 10:11 am     2145      ,     Cape Cod Times
National Health News Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

water treatment plants not only struggle removing pharmaceuticals, it seems some drugs actually increase after treatment. When researchers tested wastewater before and after treatment at a Milwaukee-area treatment plant, they found that two drugs—the anti-epileptic carbamazepine and antibiotic ofloxacin—came out at higher concentrations than they went in. The study suggests the microbes that clean our […]

5/14/15 at 5:19 pm     1194          Scientific American
National Health News CDC data show progress in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014

CDC data show progress in reducing some foodborne infections in 2014

14, rates of infection from a serious form of E. coli and one of the more common Salmonella serotypes decreased compared with the baseline period of 2006-2008. Meanwhile, some other less common types of Salmonella increased. Campylobacter and Vibrio rose again in 2014, continuing the increase observed during the past few years, according to […]

5/14/15 at 5:02 pm     1083          Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Local Health News Nauset Estuary and Town Cove closed to shellfishing

Nauset Estuary and Town Cove closed to shellfishing

f Nauset Estuary and Town Cove in the towns of Orleans and Eastham are closed for shellfishing due to an outbreak of red tide. Eastham officials announced the closure Wednesday. It will be in effect until further notice, according to the Eastham Natural Resources website.

5/14/15 at 4:34 pm     1146      , , ,     Cape Cod Times
National Health News Melanoma Education Foundation Spring Newsletter

Melanoma Education Foundation Spring Newsletter

pring 2015 Melanoma Education Foundation Newsletter is now available online. From the MEF website: “In most cases, melanoma is easy to self-detect at an early stage while it is curable by simple surgical excision. Although the visual appearance of a skin lesion (a growth or mark) is often an indication of melanoma, you cannot […]

5/14/15 at 10:18 am     1312      , ,     Melanoma Education Foundation
Local Health News Eastham Town Meeting Approves $85 Million Water Project

Eastham Town Meeting Approves $85 Million Water Project

am Town Meeting enthusiastically approved $85 million for the second phase of the once-controversial town water project. Vigorous applause followed the vote. Eastham Selectmen Chair Linda Burt said will extend services in the town. “The people that have got the water to begin with for the small system—it was good for them. But we were […]

5/13/15 at 4:26 pm     1193      ,     CapeCod.com
Local Health News Tick-killing robot called TickBot tested in Brewster

Tick-killing robot called TickBot tested in Brewster

sucking parasites beware, the TickBot is in town. Researchers tested a tick-killing robot at Nickerson State Park in Brewster Tuesday and demonstrated it at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Service. It resembles a remote-control car and moves like a Zamboni through tick habitat. The TickBot drags a cloth treated with the pesticide permethrin along a […]

5/13/15 at 4:18 pm     1639      ,     Cape Cod Times
World Health News Americas region is declared the world’s first to eliminate rubella

Americas region is declared the world’s first to eliminate rubella

mericas region has become the first in the world to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy. This achievement culminates a 15-year effort that involved widespread administration of the vaccine against measles, […]

5/13/15 at 10:12 am     1142      ,     Pan American Health Organization