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National Health News, Newsroom Why romaine lettuce keeps getting recalled for E. coli contamination

Why romaine lettuce keeps getting recalled for E. coli contamination

Once again, just in time for Thanksgiving, millions of people have been told their romaine lettuce might be contaminated with a toxic strain of E. coli bacteria, that it’s potentially deadly, and that they should throw it away immediately and sanitize the fresh-produce drawer of their refrigerator.

11/26/19 at 4:18 pm     78      , ,     Washington Post
National Health News, Newsroom Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to help prevent food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

11/26/19 at 4:06 pm     60      , ,     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
National Health News, Newsroom What You Need to Know about Vaping

What You Need to Know about Vaping

Click here for detailed information from the CDC about health concerns due to vaping. For information on how to quit, click here to go to the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program (MTCP) Learn about the ban On September 24, 2019, the Governor declared a public health emergency in response to the outbreak of severe […]

10/3/19 at 1:04 pm     291      , ,
Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom Nearly half of private wells sampled on Cape have PFAS

Nearly half of private wells sampled on Cape have PFAS

Preliminary results of a study of private wells on Cape Cod found that nearly half of the water samples had detectable levels of emerging contaminants known as PFAS. The study found that about 46% of 101 private wells tested in 12 Cape towns had at least one PFAS chemical.

10/3/19 at 12:45 pm     263      , , ,
Local Health News, Newsroom Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

The governor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state, apparently the first action of its kind in the nation. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s order was quickly approved by the state Public Health Council and applies to all vaping products and […]

9/25/19 at 12:39 pm     275      ,     Associated Press
National Health News, Newsroom Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2019-2020 Season

Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2019-2020 Season

CDC recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, influenza vaccine that is appropriate for the recipient’s age and health status.

9/24/19 at 4:21 pm     288      ,     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Local Health News, Newsroom 3rd Person In Massachusetts Dies From EEE This Year

3rd Person In Massachusetts Dies From EEE This Year

A third Massachusetts resident has died of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The person lived in Hampden County, state Department of Public Health spokeswoman Ann Scales said in an email. No other identifying information has been released.

9/24/19 at 4:11 pm     274      , ,     WBUR.org
Environmental News, Local Health News, Newsroom It’s time to take Lyme seriously

It’s time to take Lyme seriously

Just in 2017, there were 5,323 confirmed cases of Lyme in New England, according to the Centers for Disease Control — making the region the epicenter of the disease. Lyme cases peak in the summer months, and in Massachusetts it especially affects children aged 5 to 9 and adults aged 65 to 74, who have the highest […]

8/27/19 at 3:54 pm     372      ,