The USDA Forced Kittens to Become Cannibals for Research, Watchdog Report Says
A shocking watchdog report alleges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent $22.5 million conducting “unnecessary and unjustifiable” research that involved killing cats and forcing “kitten cannibalism,” among other unsavory practices. The report — from the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, which opposes animal testing by the government, and former USDA scientist Jim Keen — says a large chunk of this research relates to toxoplasmosis, an illness spread by exposure to the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. As recently as 2015, the report says, the USDA purchased and killed cats and...
Source: TIME: Science - March 20, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime Research Source Type: news

The USDA Forced Kittens to Become Cannibals for Research, Watchdog Report Says
A shocking watchdog report alleges that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent $22.5 million conducting “unnecessary and unjustifiable” research that involved killing cats and forcing “kitten cannibalism,” among other unsavory practices. The report — from the non-profit White Coat Waste Project, which opposes animal testing by the government, and former USDA scientist Jim Keen — says a large chunk of this research relates to toxoplasmosis, an illness spread by exposure to the Toxoplasma gondii parasite. As recently as 2015, the report says, the USDA purchased and killed cats and...
Source: TIME: Health - March 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime Research Source Type: news

Liverpool University agrees to apply for living wage status
The University of Liverpool’s governing body has approved plans for the university to apply to become an accredited Living Wage employer this year. The Living Wage is an independently calculated minimum hourly rate intended to reflect living costs. The University is currently in discussion with the Living Wage Foundation, which promotes the initiative, to implement the scheme. The Living Wage (currently £9 an hour) is higher than the statutory minimum wage (currently £7.38 an hour for under 25s and £7.83 an hour for over 25s) and it is also currently higher than the lowest two points on the universi...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education living wage Source Type: news

8 Science-Backed Ways to Prevent Heart Attacks, According to New Guidelines
Experts have issued a new set of guidelines on the best ways to prevent first heart attacks, strokes and heart failure — and for the first time, they focus squarely on the patient. The new guidelines recognize how doctors can support people to not only address their medical risk factors, but also to change their behaviors and lifestyles in order to reduce their risk. The latest revisions to the guidelines, issued by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA), were announced at the annual meeting of the ACC. They are intended to help doctors figure out a patient’s risk of h...
Source: TIME: Health - March 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Heart Disease Source Type: news

Lanarkshire college earns living wage accreditation
New College Lanarkshire has officially been named an accredited living wage employer by Living Wage Scotland. Last week’s announcement means that everyone working at the college – regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff – receive a minimum hourly wage of £9. This rate is significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over-25s of £7.83 per hour introduced in April 2018 and calculated by the Living Wage Foundation to more realistically reflect the cost of living. UNISON reps at the college, Moira Jarvie and Collette Bradley, told the Daily Record: &ld...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 18, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News higher education living wage Source Type: news

Here are 5 types of foods that boost your body's immunity
(Natural News) Following a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and nuts and seeds can significantly improve your overall well-being. However, if you want to boost your immunity and prevent colds and the flu, consume more of these five types of foods rich in various nutrients. Foods high in carotenoids Carotenoids... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eggs May Be Bad for the Heart, a New Study Says —But There’s More to the Story
Conclusions about eggs based on available scientific evidence vary widely — in part because nutrition research is notoriously hard to conduct accurately. Despite the entrenched belief that eggs raise cholesterol, some studies have suggested that dietary cholesterol intake doesn’t necessarily translate to higher blood cholesterol. One study from last year found that people who ate an egg per day had lower rates of heart disease and bleeding stroke than people who did not eat them, and research from 2016 found that eggs didn’t have a strong effect on risk of coronary artery disease. Some researchers have su...
Source: TIME: Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Interserve contracts must be bought back in-house, says UNISON
Responding to the news that Interserve has failed to persuade shareholders to approve a rescue plan for the company, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is yet another example of privatisation failing catastrophically at the expense of public services. “Thousands of workers including school cleaners, catering staff and people working for probation contracts run by Interserve will be left wondering if they still have a job. “Public service contracts need to be bought back in-house immediately. The government must give assurances that jobs, pensions and pay are all protected in the event ...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release catering staff cleaners dave prentis Interserve privatisation probation Source Type: news

Standing up to racism on UN Anti-Racism Day
Tomorrow (Saturday) the streets of three UK cities – London, Cardiff and Glasgow – will be full of people standing up to racism as they take part in marches and rallies in support of UN Anti-Racism Day. Commenting on the Stand up to Racism marches, UNISON assistant general secretary Roger McKenzie said: “Today is an opportunity to take action against the resurgent racism and fascism that has consequences for us all. It’s a chance for every one of us to increase our efforts to build a better world. “Anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic rhetoric are on the rise. We all share the obligat...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: Media highlights News Press release anti-racism roger mckenzie UN Anti Racism Day Source Type: news

Glasgow women win again
The Glasgow women who won an historic equal pay battle last month have won again – this time at the Scotswoman of the Year 2018 awards. The awards are run by Glasgow’s evening paper, the Evening Times, and the women were awarded the editor’s award. The ceremony was held at the city’s Grand Central Hotel last night, where Eva Bolander, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, accepted the award on behalf of the women, who had fought for 12 years to win equal pay. “It is humbling for me, and a real honour, to accept this award on behalf of Glasgow’s women,” she said. “This win wa...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News equal pay glasgow Source Type: news

Tuberculosis – making sure you don ’ t have latent TB
World Tuberculosis Day, on Sunday 24 March, is a time when we remember that tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s leading cause of death from an infectious disease. It kills more people than HIV and malaria combined. But TB is not just a problem in the developing world and the UK has some of the highest rates in Western Europe. Most people who breathe in TB bacteria do not immediately become unwell, but have strong enough immune systems to clear the bacteria or otherwise hold it in a ‘sleeping’ state known as latent TB. In fact, a quarter of the world’s population has latent TB, with a 10% chance of it &...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 15, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Amanda Kendal Tags: Article News health Source Type: news

Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations | George Monbiot
The children on climate strike are right: their lives should not be sacrificed to satisfy our greedThe young peopletaking to the streetsfor the climate strike are right:their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.At the heart of capitalism is a vast and scarcely examined assumption: you are entitled to as great a share of the world ’s resources as your money can buy. You can purchase as much land, as much atmospheric space, as manyminerals, as much meat and fish as you can affor...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 15, 2019 Category: Science Authors: George Monbiot Tags: Climate change Environment Protest Science Young people Society World news Source Type: news

Tons of Meat Snacks Recalled After Tampering Claim
The products, more than 95,000 tons of them, were sold in stores around the U.S. and have the establishment number “EST. 795” inside the USDA inspection mark. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Environment Agency staff vote on strike action over pay
The threat of industrial action is looming at the Environment Agency after it decided to force a below inflation pay rise on its 10,000 staff earlier this year, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON is asking Environment Agency staff whether they would be prepared take industrial action to try to win a better wage rise than the 1.3% that’s been imposed on them. Since 2010 staff have faced a 20% real-terms pay cut. UNISON says staff working for the agency are understandably angry, especially as the increase is way below that given to other public sector workers. For example, colleagues doing the same job at the Sc...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release andrew dobbie environment agency Industrial action pay Source Type: news

Blog: Why we ’ re balloting Environment Agency members on industrial action
In all of our communities, UNISON members work tirelessly to provide public services. Often unseen, it’s our people who keep our country going. That’s certainly the case for the vital workers in the Environment Agency. They have the vital roles of protecting towns and villages up and down the country from flooding, and preventing environmental pollution. Yet since 2010, they’ve faced 20% real terms pay cuts as a result of the government’s disastrous pay policy – similar to so many others across the public sector. Now, despite lofty claims from the government that “austerity is over&rdquo...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 14, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News environment agency Source Type: news

No deal rejection welcome, but we ’re miles away from the agreement the UK needs
Commenting on the parliamentary vote to reject the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “MPs have rightly rejected a disastrous no-deal Brexit, but they’re still miles away from the agreement the country needs. “Crashing out of the EU in just over two weeks would be a disaster. Delaying Article 50 is an absolute must to save public services. “It’s time the Prime Minister took her head out of the sand. There’s a majority in Parliament for a deal that protects rights at work, jobs, wages and peace in Northern Ireland. “Theresa May sho...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 13, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anna Mauremootoo Tags: Press release BREXIT dave prentis theresa may Source Type: news

The Saturated Fat Debate Rages On
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- It's hard to keep up with the findings from studies on the health effects of saturated fat -- you know, the fat typically found in animal foods, from red meat to whole milk. But one thing's certain. For every study that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 13, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Bacteria lurk in raw-meat dog food
(Reuters Health) - To minimize health risks for humans and pets, people feeding raw meat-based diets to their dogs should follow good hygiene practices when storing, handling and feeding the raw meat, researchers warn. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

No One Is Taking Your Hamburgers. But Would It Even Be a Good Idea?
No, the Green New Deal doesn ’ t ban beef. And while cutting back on burgers can help your own health and the planet ’ s, getting rid of cows entirely is another question. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS Tags: Green New Deal Hamburgers Cattle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Global Warming Animals Meat Agriculture and Farming Food Diet and Nutrition Methane United States Politics and Government Beef Livestock Gorka, Sebastian Markey, Edwar Source Type: news

Canadians' consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 per cent in 11 years
(University of British Columbia) Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13-per-cent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research has found. And while consumption of milk and dairy products also declined during the study period between 2004 and 2015, Canadians were eating more meat and alternatives in 2015 than they were a decade earlier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Canadians' consumption of fruit and vegetables drops 13 percent in 11 years
(University of British Columbia) Two surveys taken 11 years apart show a 13 percent decrease in the amount of fruit and vegetables being consumed by Canadians, new University of British Columbia research has found. And while consumption of milk and dairy products also declined during the study period between 2004 and 2015, Canadians were eating more meat and alternatives in 2015 than they were a decade earlier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 8, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Ever wonder why your steak is served with a salad? The nutrients in the salad help you digest the nutrients in the meat
(Natural News) Would you believe that a simple change in your food intake could be enough to help you prevent cancer and other diseases? Many studies have shown that diet does indeed play a huge part in causing or preventing certain diseases from occurring in the human body. But experts are still a ways from... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neanderthals' paleo diet included a surprising kind of meat
You might picture Neanderthals as big game hunters jabbing their spears into the flesh of a rearing woolly mammoth. But it turns out their paleo diet wasn't always that heavy on the red meat — suggesting they were more adaptable than they get credit for. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Technology & Science Source Type: news

Heart-healthy diets in early adulthood linked to better brain function in middle age
(American Academy of Neurology) Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, moderate in nuts, fish and alcohol and low in meat and full-fat dairy is associated with better cognitive performance in middle age, according to a study published in the March 6, 2019, online issue of Neurology ® , the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Cognitive abilities include thinking and memory skills. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Raw-meat dog food 'risk to owners'
It can harbour nasty bugs that pose an infection risk, warn vets. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Raw Dog Food Is Risky Business for Pet and Family Alike
TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 -- High levels of harmful bacteria found in many raw meat dog foods may be dangerous for more than just Fido, a new study suggests. Not only can these foods put a dog at risk, but people who live with that dog, particularly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 5, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Exclusive: U.S. to issue meat company guidelines as recalls mount - official
The U.S. government plans to issue new guidelines for food companies as early as this week after an increase in recalls of meat and poultry products possibly containing metal, plastic and other foreign materials, a food-safety official said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How fashionable raw meat dog food could see pet owners risk dangerous bugs including E.coli
A study has found samples of the food in Britain and Sweden, made mainly from offal, uncooked meat and bones, contain food poisoning bugs including E.coli and salmonella. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dogs' raw meat diet could be dangerous to them and owners, study says
Feeding your dog a raw meat-based diet is seen by some owners as a healthier and more natural alternative to commercially available pet food. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Raw meat dog food can be dangerous to human health
High bacteria levels threaten young, old and immunocompromised in contact with food or dogs who ’ve eaten it Related items fromOnMedica Improve uptake of MMR jab to meet WHO target RCGP backs O ’Neill’s call for investment in new antimicrobials Patients less happy with low antibiotic prescribers Behaviour change during a consultation Tackling obesity ‘must be made a national priority’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - March 5, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Student-Designed Cervical Models Are Helping With Cervical Cancer Training In Malawi
Instead of conventional meat-based models, students from the Malawi Polytechnic and Rice University have designed gel-based models of the cervix that are substantially cheaper, more portable, and frankly more palatable. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Ro, Contributor Source Type: news

Improved insulin secretion in type-2 diabetes from plant based meals
Research, published inNutrients, suggests that plant based meals are more effective at improving insulin secretion than those containing meat, in type-2 diabetes patients.MedicalXpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 1, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

We felt the love in February
February is the month of romance, what with Valentine’s Day, the Heart UNISON campaign week and all that – and UNISON members were definitely feeling the love during the last 28 days. The month kicked off with good news for members working at Solihull sixth form college, where branch treasurer Julie Robinson’s tenacity paid off with an extra eight days’ pay a year – back-dated for six years – for colleagues on term-time only contracts who had been historically underpaid. And the women workers of Glasgow were definitely feeling the love as they celebrated final victory in their 12-y...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article 2019 Women's Conference adult social care care workers Croyde equal pay Source Type: news

Uganda: Doctors Warn On Contaminated Meat, Milk
[Monitor] Kampala -Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) has said the meat and milk being sold on the Ugandan market could be highly contaminated with drug residue and toxicity, which puts people's lives at risk. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Fix probation flaws by returning services to public ownership, says UNISON
Commenting on the National Audit Office’s Transforming Rehabilitation: Progress Review published today (Friday), UNISON national officer Ben Priestley said: “This is a devastating critique of a catastrophic privatisation and reads like a catalogue of disaster. “Rather than ploughing on regardless with a failed system, the Justice Secretary must now take control and bring these contracts back into public ownership. “No amount of tinkering around the edges will make these CRCs work. The probation service needs to be unified, for the sake of community safety, the public and staff.” Not...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - March 1, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release ben priestley community rehabilitation companies privatisation probation Source Type: news

No Meat? One Study Says Plant-Based Diet Could Help Type 2 Diabetes
In this study, researchers looked at 20 men with type 2 diabetes and fed them either a tofu-based veggie burger or a meat-based burger that contained the same amount of calories. They found that the men on the plant-based meal produced more insulin and other hormones that can help lower blood glucose levels. Scientists say this is evidence that a plant-based diet should be considered a front-line treatment for type 2 diabetes. (Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire)
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Dr. Mallika Marshall Plant-Based Diet Type 2 Diabetes Source Type: news

New proposals could help protect the NHS from an uncertain world post-Brexit, says UNISON
Commenting on proposals published today (Thursday) by NHS England setting out possible reforms to remove competition and reduce privatisation in the health service, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The government introduced the despised Health and Social Care Act against the advice of those who knew the NHS best. The market-driven system ushered in by the Act has already cost the NHS dearly. “Resources that could have been spent caring for patients have been diverted into bidding for contracts – often against other parts of the NHS. Over-complex processes have been an unwelcome distraction for st...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Anthony Barnes Tags: Press release Health and social care act NHS England privatisation Sara Gorton Source Type: news

Tick Bites More Likely to Cause Red Meat Allergy Than Thought
Title: Tick Bites More Likely to Cause Red Meat Allergy Than ThoughtCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/27/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/28/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Allergies General)
Source: MedicineNet Allergies General - February 28, 2019 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Nursery school funding welcome but more needed, says UNISON
Commenting on the government’s announcement of £24 million in additional interim funding for maintained nursery schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “This additional funding gives welcome breathing space, but nursery schools need long-term certainty, rather than stop-gap measures. “However, hundreds of council-run nurseries and children’s centres, often in deprived areas, are still facing closure as a result of the government’s funding changes. They face many of the same challenges as nursery schools and are equally worthy of financial help.” Notes to edit...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 28, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release funding nursery Source Type: news

Tick Bites Even More Likely to Cause Meat Allergy?
New research suggests that every tick bite could potentially lead to meat allergy, a greater risk than had been suspected. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tick Bites More Likely to Cause Red Meat Allergy Than Thought
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 -- Certain tick bites can cause a red meat allergy, and now scientists are shedding new light on the condition, known as alpha-gal syndrome. Alpha-gal is a sugar found in most mammal blood, but not in humans. " Our original... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 27, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Easy Recipes for Your Food Processor
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 -- Your food processor can help you get a healthy and hearty dinner on the table with a quick flick of a switch. Here are two taste-pleasers. Love making meatloaf, but don't like handling raw meat? All the healthy... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 27, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Confused By Expiration Dates? You ’re Not Alone. Here’s What They Really Mean
Most Americans are needlessly tossing out packaged food—not because it’s gone bad, but because they take the date stamped on it far too literally. That’s according to a recent study published in the journal Waste Management, which surveyed more than 1,000 people about the phrases and dates on food packages. Many Americans wrongly believed that food product dates—often prefaced by “best by” or “sell by”—are federally regulated and indicate the point after which the food is no longer safe to eat. (Neither is true: labeling decisions are made voluntarily by food companies ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime Source Type: news

EU court rules halal meat cannot get organic label
The European Union's top court ruled that the EU organic logo cannot be placed on meat derived from animals that have been slaughtered in accordance with religious rites without first being stunned (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cleaners and caterers strike for fair pay at Liverpool Hospital
Catering staff, cleaners and security guards are among UNISON members striking at Liverpool Women’s Hospital today over their private employer’s refusal to pay them the NHS rates for their jobs. More than 40 union members are employed by OCS, which supplies contracted out ‘soft facilities’ at the hospital, and delivered a 100% vote in favour of strike action in a formal ballot. The lowest pay rate for a worker in the NHS is £8.93 per hour, but the OCS staff are paid considerably less than this with some only receiving the minimum legal hourly wage rate of £7.83.  Staff are losing ou...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 25, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article agenda for change health care Industrial action Liverpool NHS nhs pay private contractors Source Type: news

Likelihood of tick bite to cause red meat allergy could be higher than previously thought
(University of North Carolina Health Care) The original hypothesis was that humans developed the red meat allergy after being exposed to the alpha-gal protein through a tick that had fed previously on a small mammal. But new data suggests ticks can induce this immune response without requiring the mammal blood meal, which likely means the risk of each bite potentially leading to the allergy is higher than doctors had anticipated. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All
When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe, and he ended up spending a month in the hospital to recover. Shicowich lost his toe because of complications of Type 2 diabetes as he struggled to keep his blood sugar under control. He wa...
Source: TIME: Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized health Nutrition Source Type: news

Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies
(American Museum of Natural History) The oddly shaped skull of Leptarctus primus, an extinct weasel relative that lived in North America and Asia about 20 million years ago, has long led to conflicting theories about its diet. But new biomechanical models show that Leptarctus was likely a carnivorous predator, with capability for omnivory and a broader diet when prey was scarce, and a skull that functioned similarly to that of the living American badger. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 22, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

UNISON notches up a win in battle for care homes
UNISON has marked a victory in its fight for staff and residents at two Southampton council-owned care homes, with the council’s decision ‘in principle’ to keep one open and promise no compulsory redundancies. Last year, the council proposed closing the last two care homes it owns, Glen Lee and Holcroft House, from April 2020, in a bid to save £31.3m a year. The homes employ 85 staff and house around 50 vulnerable elderly adults. But when it started a public consultation on the plans in October, UNISON Southampton deputy branch secretary Claire Ransom pointed to the example of Reading. The Berkshire...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 21, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article care care homes local government residential care residential care homes Source Type: news

Mental health of NHS staff should be a ‘priority’, says UNISON
Responding to health secretary Matt Hancock’s pledge to overhaul mental health and wellbeing for NHS staff, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Wednesday): “The mental health needs of staff should be a priority. They’re working long hours, in highly stressful conditions, often without a rest. “NHS workers can’t help patients get better unless they are well too. Proper solutions are needed though, not quick fixes. “These proposals are a step in the right direction. But far-reaching reforms are also necessary, including proper breaks, manageable workloads, and protection from abu...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - February 20, 2019 Category: Food Science Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release Source Type: news