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April 27, 2015 7:51 AM Blame Science for Helping Fuel the Ice Cream Industry’s Recalls

The ice cream industry’s widening listeria scare, which has prompted at least five companies to recall products, is fueled in part by DNA testing and other new tools that can better detect the bacteria and trace its origins. Advances in genome sequencing, also called biological fingerprinting, allowed health officials to tie illnesses from as far back as 2010 to listeria 40

April 27, 2015 7:30 AM UPI Almanac for Monday, April 27, 2015

A Mississippi steamboat disaster, devastating U.S. tornadoes ... on this date in history. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include English historian Edward Gibbon in 1737; philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft in 1759; Samuel 20

April 27, 2015 5:06 AM Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. But because 35

April 26, 2015 8:23 PM Public Relations nightmares that left a mark

Sometimes when disasters strike big brand companies, it takes an overhaul of operations to gain consumers trust all over again. Texas' beloved Blue Bell creamery is learning that lesson in the midst of a deadly listeria outbreak tied to its ice cream. When three people died after eating Blue Bell ice cream, the company issued a recall of specific products 24

April 26, 2015 3:34 PM Turkey scrambles two F-16 jets on Syrian border

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria on Saturday after a Syrian Su-24 bomber came close to the border, the Turkish army said in a statement on Sunday. The Syrian jet withdrew after coming within 1.2 nautical miles of the Turkish border, the statement said. In 2012, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border 12

April 26, 2015 1:55 PM Nepal rescue heroes face incredible stress, challenges

Usha Periyanayagam is an attending physician specializing in emergency medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, research director of the Global Emergency Care Collaborative, and affiliate faculty of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. (CNN)Nepal's disaster responders in Saturday's magnitude- 34

April 26, 2015 1:00 PM Listeria found again, but what is the illness?

Listeria has been connected to a second ice cream company, this time, in Ohio instead of Texas. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio recalled its frozen foods after detecting listeria in some of the products. However, this particular listeria outbreak has made many ask questions about what the bacteria and illness actually is, given the fact that bacteria’s 28

April 26, 2015 12:41 PM Lancaster botulism outbreak caused by home-canned food

Botulism is something that, until recently, has remained virtually extinct from our daily news cycle. That was until an outbreak in Lancaster, Ohio actually accounted for 20% of the “typical” number of cases that the U.S. experiences in one calendar year. The outbreak was traced back to a pot luck dinner that was put on by a dinner, but was further traced 46

April 26, 2015 9:37 AM Listeria: Get the facts about the bacteria

Blue Bell’s voluntary recall of all its products Monday left customers of the Texas ice cream maker with nothing but empty freezer shelves at grocery stores across the country. But Blue Bell isn’t the only company currently pulling its products due to listeria concerns. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, based in Ohio, also recalled all its items last week, and Sabra 49

April 25, 2015 7:55 PM UN Chief Names New Head of Ebola Mission as Outbreak Calms

The U.N. chief on Saturday appointed a new head of the emergency mission responding to West Africa's Ebola crisis amid hopes that the world's deadliest outbreak of the virus will soon come to an end. A statement from Ban Ki-moon's office said Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands will work closely with David Nabarro, the U.N.'s special Ebola envoy, in addressing 32