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CDC to conduct health study at polluted former Army base
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CDC to conduct health study at polluted former Army base

Federal health officials are conducting a new study to determine whether veterans once stationed at a now-shuttered California military base were exposed to dangerously high levels of cancer-causing toxins.The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes nine months after an Associated Press investigation found that drinking water at Fort Ord contained toxic chemicals and that hundreds of veterans who lived at the central California coast base in the 1980s and 1990s later developed rare and terminal blood cancers.RELATEDIn a letter last Friday to Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., the director of the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Patrick Breysse, wrote that “there are sufficient data and scientific reasons for ATSDR to re-evaluate health risks rel...
National health survey comes to Jefferson County
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National health survey comes to Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Don’t be surprised if you get an invitation in the mail for a free health screening.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be in Jefferson County soon to get a pulse on local health.The agency is doing this through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.The CDC has been traveling across the country learning about the health of the U.S. population since 1960, and this year, Jefferson County is one 15 U.S. counties chosen to participate.Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson said invitations will be mailed out next week and addresses are randomly selected throughout the county.The first step will be answering a couple of questions online.Then, if you’re eligible, a telephone health interview, followed by a free and compre...
USDA cracking down on salmonella in chicken products
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USDA cracking down on salmonella in chicken products

The federal government on Monday announced proposed new regulations that would force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in some raw chicken products or risk being shut down.The proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rules would declare salmonella an adulterant — a contaminant that can cause food-borne illness — in breaded and stuffed raw chicken products. That includes many frozen foods found in grocery stores, including chicken cordon bleu and chicken Kyiv products that appear to be cooked through but are only heat-treated to set the batter or breading.The agency notified producers of the proposed changes on Friday. USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin said it marks the beginning of a broader agency effort to curtail illnesses...