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Molecular map shows how to disable dangerous bioweapon
(Duke University) Duke scientists recently mapped out the complex molecular circuitry that enables Francisella tularensis, the bacterium that causes tularemia, to become virulent. Tularemia is one of the top six bioterrorism agents, alongside anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox and viral hemorrhagic fever. The new map, published in the journal Genes& Development, reveals a unique characteristic of the bacterium that could become the target of future drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

From the Blogs: End-of-Summer ID Link-o-Rama / Fainting at Blood / Getting Real About Obesity Counseling (FREE)
By the Editors Take a look at what the NEJM Journal Watch bloggers are talking about right now: HIV and ID Observations: Botulism from … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 5, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Arizona baby becomes sick with botulism on first birthday
Arizona baby Cole Hansberger could not sit up on the day of his first birthday last week. His mother rushed him to the emergency room and he was diagnosed with botulism. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Medical Emergency Of Otto Warmbier
All that the doctors who treated Cincinnati, Ohio resident Otto Warmbier knew is what they had seen or maybe read in the news. They knew he had just been released on June 13 from imprisonment in North Korea where he had been held by for more than 17 months. He had been sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly removing a propaganda poster from a wall at a Pyongyang hotel where he had been staying. The University of Virginia honors student had been visiting the authoritarian state during a five-day trip with a group called Young Pioneer Tours, which is a group out of China – an important note. Ot...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What an autopsy could tell us about Otto Warmbier ’ s death
Otto Warmbier's death and the events in North Korea that led up to it remain a mystery. North Korean officials said that during his 17 months in detention for “hostile acts against the state,” Warmbier had contracted botulism, was given a sleeping pill and never woke up. Last week, after nearly a year and a half […]Related:In just one year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues200 scientists call for new restrictions on antimicrobial chemicals in personal-care productsTrump ‘simply does not care’ about HIV/AIDS, say 6 experts who just quit his adviso...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is botulism? How you catch condition North Korea claimed Otto Warmbier suffered
BOTULISM is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition which North Korea claimed placed US student Otto Warmbier in a coma. Yesterday, his family announced the 22-year-old, who returned to the US on June 13, after 17 months of imprisonment, has died. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Otto Warmbier coma: How does a respiratory arrest leave you in ‘unresponsive wakefulness'?
OTTO Warmbier has now returned home to Ohio where he remains in a coma. But his condition isn ’t down to botulism, as North Korea had previously alleged. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is botulism? How you can catch rare condition that has put Otto Warmbier in a COMA
BOTULISM is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition that has allegedly placed US student Otto Warmbier, who has just been released from North Korea, in a coma. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC's Emergency Drugs for US Clinicians and Hospitals CDC's Emergency Drugs for US Clinicians and Hospitals
Suspect a case of botulism or malaria? You'll soon find that your local pharmacy doesn't stock antitoxin or artesunate. You can get these lifesaving drugs quickly from CDC. Here's how.CDC Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Mother of three contracts BOTULISM from disgusting gas station nacho cheese
(Natural News) When Lavinia Kelly stopped by Valley Oak Food & Fuel gas station, all she wanted was a nacho cheese-soaked serving of Doritos. Instead, she became one of at least five people to contract botulism from the convenience store’s savory condiment. According to HuffingtonPost.com, her quick trip to the deli area of the Walnut... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Morning Break: More Docs on the Way; What Is Botulism? Lap Band Demise
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary)
Source: MedPage Today Pulmonary - May 26, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

The Latest: Botulism outbreak seems limited to 1 cheese bag
California health officials say botulism outbreak linked to nacho-cheese sauce appears limited to an opened bag of the sauce (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce
One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism from nacho cheese sauce
One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is botulism, and how does it kill?
Two separate outbreaks this month of the rare but deadly toxin botulism have focused attention on this potentially fatal illness, which usually strikes about 150 people a year, mostly infants. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botulism: how it kills
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

California student hospitalized by nacho cheese incident
Jonathan Villasenor, 16, was left fighting for his life in the ICU after he ate a gas station's cheese that had botulism last month in Sacramento, California. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vomiting or stomach cramps? It could be this deadly toxin in your dinner
VOMITING and stomach cramps are two symptoms of botulism - a rare, but life-threatening condition. This is what you should know about the toxic condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nacho cheese sauce responsible for sending 10 people to the hospital with BOTULISM
(Natural News) A batch of contaminated nacho cheese sauce was implicated in the recent botulism outbreak in California, which killed one man and sickened nine others. According to reports, the outbreak started early last month when several people got sick after eating nacho cheese sauce bought from the Valley Oak Food and Fuel gas station in Walnut Grove,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TSRI scientists find simple copper complex shuts down botulinum neurotoxin poisoning
(Scripps Research Institute) Clostridium botulinum is the bacterium that causes the neurointoxication, which produces one of the most potent toxins on earth and is classified as a potential bioterrorism threat. While no cure exists -- and botulism treatment options are limited -- a serendipitous discovery by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) may provide a new therapy that can stop the neurotoxin even in its more severe, advanced stages of action. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 24, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Foodborne Botulism Can Be Deadly, But It's Usually Preventable
(Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man's death tied to California botulism outbreak
The outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese dip ​ sold at a Northern California gas station has left at least nine others hospitalized (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 dead, 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Man dies after being sickened in apparent botulism outbreak
California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Man sickened by nacho cheese in botulism outbreak dies
California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Man dies in California botulism outbreak from nacho-cheese
California authorities say one man is dead in an apparent botulism outbreak stemming from nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Botulism Outbreak Caused by Nacho Cheese Sauce
California Botulism Outbreak Caused by Nacho Cheese Sauce Seizures of Fentanyl-Containing Drugs More Than Double: DEA (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Highlights: May 22, 2017
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: California Botulism Outbreak Caused by Nacho Cheese Sauce Ten people in California were hospitalized after contracting botulism linked to nacho... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 22, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

10 hospitalized with botulism tied to nacho cheese sauce
(Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botulism outbreak tied to unlikely source
California health officials report nine people have been hospitalized so far with the rare and sometimes fatal form of food poisoning (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rare botulism outbreak leaves 5 hospitalized
Officials are still investigating the exact cause of the outbreak, but say prepared foods sold at a local gas station are the likely culprit (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Botulism Cases Tied to Heroin'Skin Popping '
(MedPage Today) -- Fifteen cases over 10-year period in El Paso, Texas (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - April 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

Botulism: What you need to know
Botulism cases are rare in Canada but potentially serious. The culprit? A potent neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria under certain conditions. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

PC Organics baby food pouches recalled across Canada due to botulism risk
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling PC Organics baby food pouches due to a possibly deadly bacteria that could form in the food. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Business Source Type: news

Loblaw recalls President's Choice baby food due to botulism risk
Loblaw Co., the parent company of No Frills, Loblaws and Superstore grocery chains, has recalled its PC Organics brand Apple, Blueberry and Green Pea strained baby food because of a food poisoning threat. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Botulism Outbreak from Drinking Prison-Made Illicit Alcohol in a Federal Correctional Facility — Mississippi, June 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 5, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Prevalence and correlates of neck injection among people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico - Rafful C, Wagner KD, Werb D, Gonz ález-Zúñiga PE, Verdugo S, Rangel G, Strathdee SA.
Introduction and Aims Injecting drugs in the neck has been related to adverse health conditions such as jugular vein thrombosis, deep neck infections, aneurysm, haematomas, airway obstruction, vocal cord paralysis and wound botulism, among others. We id... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 12, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

When Is the Clinical Nadir for Guillain-Barr é Syndrome?
Discussion Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acquired, acute, inflammatory, demyelinating polyneuropathy. It is the most common cause of acute and subacute flaccid paralysis in children. GBS causes about 0.4-1.3 cases per 100,000 persons/year in children. It can occur in any age group and the incidence increases among all age groups until a peak in the 50s. Both genders are affected and there may be a slight increase in males. GBS usually occurs 2-4 weeks after a prodromonal gastroenteritis or respiratory illness. It is most often associated with Campylobacter jejunae, Haemophilus infuenza, Mycoplasma pneumoniae,...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - August 8, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Botulism outbreak suspected at federal prison
Botulism is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of severe illness that has affected 20 inmates at a federal prison in Mississippi, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday. More than a dozen inmates remain hospitalized. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - June 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botulism outbreak suspected at federal prison
Botulism is believed to be the cause of an outbreak of severe illness that has affected 20 inmates at a federal prison in Mississippi, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday. More than a dozen inmates remain hospitalized. Test results for the toxin are pending. Investigators believe the inmates became ill as a result of drinking homemade alcohol. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Federal Perspective on the State of Our Nation's Biodefense
U.S. Senate, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 04/14/2016This two-hour, 12-minute Congressional hearing covers the perspective of federal agencies on the state of the nation's biodefense, how key federal agencies are fulfilling their responsibilities in this area, and what steps they are taking to improve preparedness and response. Witnesses discuss threats that include bioterrorist agents such as anthrax, smallpox, and botulism; evolving and emerging threats causing substantial regional disruption such as Ebola and Zika; and highly communicable diseases with pandemic potential such as influenza. (Vi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

What is botulism? How to spot the deadly food poisoning disease
SMOKED fish packets have been recalled after fears were sparked over the botulism food poisoning bug. But what is it? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botulism in waterbirds: Mortality rates and new insights into how it spreads
Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. The botulinum toxin's spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and which is well adapted to wetlands polluted by sewage. Global warming will likely increase outbreaks, say experts. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Botulism in waterbirds: Mortality rates and new insights into how it spreads
(American Society for Microbiology) Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. The botulinum toxin's spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and which is well adapted to wetlands polluted by sewage. Global warming will likely increase outbreaks, said corresponding author Rafael Mateo, Ph.D. The research was published March 25 in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 25, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Foodborne Botulism Linked to Improperly Jarred PestoFoodborne Botulism Linked to Improperly Jarred Pesto
What led clinicians to suspect botulism in these cases, and how was the outbreak linked to jarred pesto products? Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Outbreak of Foodborne Botulism Associated with Improperly Jarred Pesto — Ohio and California, 2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 26, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Botulism: Types & Treatment Information
General information regarding types of Botulism, a neurotoxin that causes flaccid paralysis of muscles (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - February 22, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Food Security Source Type: news

New clues for battling botulism
Scientists have discovered new details about how 'cloaking' proteins protect the toxin that causes botulism, a fatal disease caused most commonly by consuming improperly canned foods. That knowledge and the cloaking proteins themselves might now be turned against the toxin -- the deadliest known to humankind. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 7, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Asda recalls jars of pickled beetroot that could be contaminated with BOTULISM bacteria
A batch of 'Asda Chosen By You Pickled Crinkle Cut Beetroot' might contain Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria that produces some of the world's deadliest naturally-occurring toxins. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An ER Doctor's 5 Fast Home Remedies
photo credit: monkeybusinessimages/thinkstock "What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for," goes an old proverb. Sore throat? Whiskey and honey. Arthritis acting up? Whiskey and raisins. To some, it's the original multi-tasking remedy. In my own home, I don't raid the bar (well, at least I don't raid the bar for medical treatments) -- but that doesn't mean I don't occasionally turn to my pantry for home remedies. Of course, being a physician, I'm more than a little skeptical of some home remedies -- so here are five that I can truly say are supported by medical evidence... or Grandma. 1. Honey -- Parents ev...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news