The source of the bacterial outbreak is still unknown, Reuters reports, but the majority of those infected ate sandwiches at Wendy’s. Separately, a lawsuit alleges Whole Foods beef labeled antibiotic-free contains traces. Plus, news on sleep, heat and chronic disease.
Reuters: E.Coli infections in four US states reach 84; Wendy’s Majority Customers
The outbreak of E. coli bacteria in four Midwestern states from an unknown source has affected an additional 47 people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, with the majority of 84 people reporting having sandwiches at Wendy’s. The agency said 52 of 62 people surveyed said they had eaten sandwiches with romaine lettuce at a Wendy’s restaurant in the week before their illness. (8/26)
NPR: Consumers sue Whole Foods for allegedly falsely advertising beef without antibiotics
Several consumers are suing Whole Foods, claiming traces of antibiotics were found in their beef products labeled antibiotic-free, according to a lawsuit filed in California this week. Whole Foods uses the slogan “Our Meat: Never Antibiotics” in its marketing materials, such as packaging, in-store signage and on its parent website, Amazon. (Archie, 8/26)
Fox News: Sleep deprivation can make you more selfish, new study finds
According to a new study, you may be less willing to help another person if you’re deprived of quality sleep. Through three different experiments, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have discovered that a lack of sleep can affect how humans treat each other. The study, which was published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, noted a selfish effect that altered behavior due to sleep deprivation. (Nieto, 08/24)
KHN: With hotter summers, Colorado is changing how heat advisories are issued
For all the images of ski resorts and snow-capped peaks, Colorado is experiencing shorter winters and hotter summers that are increasingly putting people at risk for heat-related illnesses. Yet until this year, the National Weather Service hadn’t issued a heat advisory for the Denver metro area in 13 years. This is because the heat index commonly used by the weather service to assess health risks from hot weather is based on temperature and humidity. Colorado’s climate is so dry that meeting the thresholds for this type of heat advisory is nearly impossible. (Hawryluk, 8/26)
Stat: Researcher studies life’s complexities to improve chronic disease care
Having a chronic illness can feel like a full-time job. There are symptoms, flare-ups, medications, therapies and appointments. And there are small adjustments to be made all the time – to a sitting position, a meal, a plan, an expectation. (Cueto, 08/26)
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