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Consumer Reports Tests shows Conventional Ground Beef Twice as Likely to Contain Superbugs as Sustainable Beef

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – In Consumer Reports new tests of ground beef, 18 percent of the beef samples from conventionally-raised cows contained dangerous superbugs resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics used to treat illness in humans compared with just 9 percent of beef from samples that were sustainably produced.

Consumer Reports’ investigation comes as food poisonings are striking an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. each year with beef being a top cause of outbreaks. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says Naloxone offers Hope to Save Lives

 

Drug Overdoses Claim More Tennesseans in 2014

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Even with the availability of naloxone, the opioid overdose antidote, and fewer prescription drugs being diverted, the number of Tennesseans who die each year due to drug overdoses increased again in 2014.

The total of overdose deaths rose by nearly 100, from 1,166 in 2013 to a record-setting 1,263 in 2014. If those numbers are hard to comprehend, consider this: more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee last year than were killed in motor vehicle accidents.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Disease Investigations linked to Increased Raw Milk Consumption

 

TDH Investigating Cases of Gastrointestinal Disease

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating multiple gastrointestinal disease reports among people who say they consumed raw milk prior to their illness. TDH has confirmed two cases of cryptosporidiosis in individuals in the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Region.

Both cases of illness are associated with consumption of raw milk from a dairy cow share program. TDH is interviewing additional participants in the program to determine if other people have been sickened.

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

Raw milk and products made from it can pose severe health risks, including death. (CDC)

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Businesses Recertify for Clarkville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification ProgramMontgomery County, TN – Representatives from organizations that were certified in 2013 opted to attend a CMC Green Certification Refresher Class where they were brought up-to-date on the latest environmental concerns in our community, discussed their own impacts on the environment and shared their continued improvements.

Attendees for the Certification refresher class pictured from left to right: Barry Batson, Budweiser of Clarksville; Tammie Matthews, Campbell Crossing, Lend and Lease; Kathy Jones, Campbell Crossing, Lend and Lease; Melinda Shepherd, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce; Shea Bradford, Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC; Judy Gebers, Frontier Basement Systems; Steve Springer, Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC; Annie Herlocker, Montgomery County Public Library; Jeff Battles, Jostens: Lacey Groves, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce; Kathryn Norbeck, Clarksville Restore; Rachel  Friend, Trane; John Jackson, Clarksville Department of Electricity; Kim Doll, Red Knight Distribution; Sherrie Mun, Legends Bank; Rachel Zalewski, Red Knight Distribution; Diana Griffin, Mainstream Heating & Cooling; Mike Daly, Agero;  Jarrod Wiliams, Jostens; Debbie Payne, Screaming Eagle Ready Mix; Chip Ballard, Agero; Patti Sinclair, Moore Magnet School; Al Kertis, Jostens; Doug Wilson, Jostens; Chad Crocker, Nyrstar; Erin Bonner, Jostens; Donald Haynes, Florim, USA and Joey Smith, Montgomery County Health Department.

Attendees for the Certification refresher class pictured from left to right: Barry Batson, Budweiser of Clarksville; Tammie Matthews, Campbell Crossing, Lend and Lease; Kathy Jones, Campbell Crossing, Lend and Lease; Melinda Shepherd, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce; Shea Bradford, Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC; Judy Gebers, Frontier Basement Systems; Steve Springer, Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC; Annie Herlocker, Montgomery County Public Library; Jeff Battles, Jostens: Lacey Groves, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce; Kathryn Norbeck, Clarksville Restore; Rachel Friend, Trane; John Jackson, Clarksville Department of Electricity; Kim Doll, Red Knight Distribution; Sherrie Mun, Legends Bank; Rachel Zalewski, Red Knight Distribution; Diana Griffin, Mainstream Heating & Cooling; Mike Daly, Agero; Jarrod Wiliams, Jostens; Debbie Payne, Screaming Eagle Ready Mix; Chip Ballard, Agero; Patti Sinclair, Moore Magnet School; Al Kertis, Jostens; Doug Wilson, Jostens; Chad Crocker, Nyrstar; Erin Bonner, Jostens; Donald Haynes, Florim, USA and Joey Smith, Montgomery County Health Department.

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Consumer Reports tests Sunscreens and finds Eleven Products that didn’t meet their SPF Claims

 

Results reveal many provide excellent protection from UVA & UVB rays, some at a low cost; Natural sunscreens don’t work all that well according to CR’s tests

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When shopping for sunscreen, SPF (sun protection factor) is usually an important feature for consumers.  Consumer Reports recently tested 34 sunscreens and found almost a third of them didn’t meet the SPF claim on their labels, missing the mark by anywhere from 16 to 70 percent.

But there’s good news too: many of the sunscreens Consumer Reports tested met their SPF claims and some of the most effective products were also the lowest-priced.   «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Tests Found Insect Repellents That Are Safer, More Effective Than Some Deet Products

 

For the first time, picaridin & oil of lemon eucalyptus products top the ratings

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – there is good news for consumers concerned about dousing their skin with potentially harmful repellents in order to arm themselves against insect bites. Consumer Reports tests found the more effective bug repellents were also among the safer choices.

For the first time ever in Consumer Reports tests, the top scorers (Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula & Repel Lemon Eucalyptus) outperformed products that contained up to 25 percent deet, a chemical that can cause serious side effects. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Tests of Frozen Shrimp finds Potentially Harmful Bacteria and Illegal Antibiotic Residues

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Shrimp has surpassed tuna in popularity, with each American consuming almost 4 pounds of it on average per year.

However, if shrimp isn’t raised, caught, and handled properly, this popular seafood item can pose some potential risks to consumers and the environment.

Consumer Reports recently tested 342 samples of frozen shrimp – 284 raw and 58 cooked – and found bacteria that can potentially make a consumer sick and illegal antibiotic residues that raise some cause for concern.

Consumer Reports recommends buying responsibly-caught U.S. wild shrimp when possible.

Consumer Reports recommends buying responsibly-caught U.S. wild shrimp when possible.

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Legislature acts to Ban Powdered Alcohol in Tennessee

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Legislation that would ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in Tennessee continued to move forward in the legislature this week in Nashville. House Bill 404 would make it a Class A misdemeanor offense to sell the product, which is currently pending approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Palcohol, which is the brand name for the new product, was approved last year by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau before the agency rescinded that decision over labeling issues. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports’ Survey shows Americans Mistaken About Safety and Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Supplements

 

New Test Results for Treadmills and Ellipticals Finds Many Home Machines Add Features and Connectivity Trying to Replicate a Personal Trainer

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With the New Year many Americans use this milestone to start a new diet or exercise regimen.

But a new survey from Consumer Reports finds that as many as one in four consumers try to shortcut the process with the use of weight-loss supplements. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health maintains position on E-Cigarettes Six Months after initial Advisory; Use At Own Risk

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN –  Six months after issuing a public health advisory on the use of electronic cigarettes, the Tennessee Department of Health advisory remains in effect.

Additionally, the department has petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for regulation of electronic cigarettes and similar electronic devices that produce emissions or “vapor” that contain, despite the perceptions of many, much more than just water vapor.

American Heart Association E-Cigarette Infographic. «Read the rest of this article»

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