Health, Science & The Environment

11:27 am
Wed September 28, 2011

E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef


EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) - Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it became aware of the problem when Ohio health authorities reported that a family in Butler County had become ill with E. coli. Ground beef in the family's home tested positive for the bacteria.

The products being recalled include Kroger-brand ground beef; Butcher's Brand beef and generic label beef, which were all produced Aug. 23.

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10:33 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: September 27 - October 3, 2011

Yellow Jacket on Wood
Flickr Creative Commons user wolfpix

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Early Fall.

Wind comes in ahead of the first October cold, pulling off foliage from box elders and sycamores, red Virginia creepers, and elms, blowing hickory leaves into the rivers. Early in the morning, Orion lies in the middle of the southern sky. The locust trees and cottonwoods, the grape vines and the milkweed leaves are gold. Black walnut trees are bare.

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8:47 am
Tue September 27, 2011

C8 panel to release health findings by July 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A science panel studying the possible health effects of a chemical known as C8 plans to release its findings by July 2012.

Media outlets report that the three-member C8 Science Panel discussed its studies of the chemical, also called perfluorooctanoic acid, during a public meeting Monday evening in Parkersburg.

Panel member David Savitz told the crowd of about 50 that the scientists recognize the financial and emotional stakes and public health consequences.

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7:46 am
Mon September 26, 2011

W.Va. hosting congressional mining rule hearing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A congressional panel holds a hearing today on a draft environmental rule that would tighten oversight of coal mining.

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is holding today's hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on a proposed stream buffer zone rule.

The rule aims to keep coal-mining debris away from mountain streams. Coal-industry supporters say this and other Obama administration proposals threaten jobs and the economy, while environmentalists say such dumping harms water quality and animal habitats.

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12:00 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Radio Rounds: The AMA & Student Voices

This episode highlights medical students’ impact on the policy and advocacy efforts of the American Medical Association.  Featured on the program are: 1.) current AMA President, Dr. Peter Carmel, a pediatric neurosurgeon from New Jersey, 2.) AMA Medical Student Section Chair TR Eckler - a 4th year student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and 3.) AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellow Abby Daniel - taking a break between her first and second years at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.