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Hugh Hefner's Cause of Death Revealed

E. coli infection, blood infection contributed to his death from cardiac arrest

(Newser) - Hugh Hefner's death certificate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, obtained by the Blast , reveals his official cause of death: The Playboy founder contracted the blood infection septicemia and a form of E. coli that was "highly resistant to antibiotics," and he ultimately died... More »

Houston Floodwaters Are Full of Sewage: Report

Testing by 'NYT' shows E. coli is rampant

(Newser) - Houston's floodwaters are contaminated with dangerous bacteria likely responsible for an upswing in health issues, reports the New York Times . The Times organized a team of scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University who tested floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods. In a family's living room at... More »

Girl Dies of E. Coli Infection Days After Visiting Petting Zoo

3-year-old Kallan Maresh's 5-year-old brother is still fighting for his life in Minnesota

(Newser) - Not long after 5-year-old Kade Maresh and his 3-year-old sister, Kallan, visited a petting zoo in Minnesota in early July, they began vomiting and had nonstop diarrhea. After several emergency room visits, they were rushed by ambulance to the University of Minnesota's children's hospital, where they fought for... More »

Cranberry Juice Won't Prevent UTIs, but This Might

(Newser) - Our planet racks up an estimate $6 billion a year in spending on urinary tract infections, according to the American Urological Association . Now, for as little as $15, a potential way to prevent new infections. A new supplement called Uqora is a powder you mix with water when the risk... More »

Chipotle E. Coli Victim Goes Back for More

She requested dozens of free burritos as part of her settlement

(Newser) - Chipotle customers are a surprisingly loyal bunch. NBC News reports a 19-year-old woman who racked up approximately $40,000 in medical bills after contracting E. coli from eating at the restaurant chain settled for an undisclosed sum—and dozens of free burritos. "In 25 years of doing food-borne illness... More »

FDA Has New Reason You Can't Eat Cookie Dough

It's not the eggs this time, it's the E. coli-tainted flour

(Newser) - The FDA's latest kill-joy for thousands of kids (and their parents) who like to lick the bowl: Don't eat it . And not because of the raw eggs, which can be tied to salmonella poisoning, the Huffington Post notes. This time the culprit is raw flour, which has been... More »

A Hurting Chipotle Is Getting Into the Burger Business

The Mexican chain has trademarked 'Better Burger'

(Newser) - What do you do when your burrito chain has been responsible for multiple outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus that sickened dozens of customers over the past six months? If you're Chipotle , you get into the burger business. Chipotle filed a trademark application for the name "Better Burger"... More »

Latest E. Coli Culprit: Alfalfa Sprouts

Outbreak in Michigan, Wisconsin has sickened 9 people

(Newser) - Alfalfa sprouts are behind the latest E. coli outbreak, making nine people ill in Michigan and Wisconsin, CNN reports. Per a CDC announcement issued Thursday, the affected sprouts originated from Jack & the Green Sprouts in River Falls, Wis., and caused two of the sickened individuals to be hospitalized. More »

CDC: Chipotle's E. Coli Outbreak Apparently Over

Last illness linked to outbreak started on Dec. 1

(Newser) - The federal agency that monitors public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that sickened 60 people appears to be over. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday the most recent illness reported to the agency started on Dec. 1. Although the CDC... More »

Chipotle Employees Will Now Get Paid Sick Leave

Even clouds made of E. coli and salmonella have silver linings

(Newser) - It looks like one good thing might come out of the various Chipotle outbreaks that sickened dozens of people across nine states at the tail end of 2015. Consumerist reports the restaurant chain will announce paid sick leave for employees during a company-wide meeting in February. The idea is that... More »

Feds Subpoena Chipotle in Norovirus Outbreak

Looks like that food poisoning in California is leading to all sorts of problems

(Newser) - Sickened customers and employees, bad publicity, and tumbling stock prices were apparently just the beginning of Chipotle's woes. Now the restaurant chain has been slapped with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into a food poisoning outbreak in August, the AP reports. The subpoena received in... More »

How Chipotle Is Changing After Outbreak

It's tweaking how it prepares veggies, meat

(Newser) - After an E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 50 people, Chipotle is tweaking its cooking methods. Onions will be dipped in boiling water to kill germs before they're chopped. Raw chicken will be marinated in resealable plastic bags, rather than in bowls. Cilantro will be added to freshly... More »

More E. Coli Cases Linked to Chipotle

Restaurant says cases are tied to earlier outbreak

(Newser) - The CDC said Monday it's investigating a more recent batch of E. coli cases linked to Chipotle, and that it doesn't know yet if they're linked to a larger outbreak that began in October. So far, the agency said five people have been reported sick in the... More »

Ancient Spice May Be Next Big Thing in Food Safety

How about a cutting board made of turmeric?

(Newser) - Turmeric, a spice best known for its use in Indian cuisine, may someday help prevent E. coli outbreaks, but in a highly unusual way. Researchers at Southern Illinois University have made progress on incorporating turmeric into food processing and preparation surfaces—think cutting boards, knives, and countertops—according to a... More »

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Gets Worse

Now people in 6 states have been affected

(Newser) - An outbreak of E. coli linked to Chipotle that originated in the Pacific Northwest has spread south and east and has now infected people in six states. New cases have been reported in California, New York, and Ohio, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The first cases... More »

Chipotle Closes Restaurants After E. Coli Outbreak

At least 22 people have been sickened in Oregon and Washington

(Newser) - Chipotle has closed more than 40 restaurants in Washington and Oregon after at least 22 people became sick from E. coli after eating there, the AP reports. The Oregon Health Authority announced Saturday that three people got sick in the Portland area and at least 19 people were sickened in... More »

Don't Wash Your Spinach? You May Not Want to Read This

Even if you do wash, bad news for you

(Newser) - If you don't wash the pre-washed spinach you buy from the store, you may want to stop reading. Actually, even if you do wash your spinach, you still may want to stop here. According to new findings by food safety researchers out of the University of California, Riverside , bacteria... More »

Think Septic Tanks Keep Poo Out of Our Water? Er, No

The largest watershed study of its kind to date looks for, and finds, lots of poop

(Newser) - In the largest watershed study of its kind, Michigan State University researchers have sampled 64 river systems in the state for E. coli and the human fecal bacteria B-theta and found that, in a nutshell, septic tanks aren't working. At least not as well as experts thought. The researchers... More »

11-Month-Old With 'Super' E. Coli Faces Huge Battle

Little Oakleigh Nance has a GoFundMe page asking for help

(Newser) - An Oklahoma girl diagnosed with "super" E. coli is facing a life-or-death battle—and worse, she's only 11 months old. "With this strain of E. coli, it can get in her brain, it can get in her spinal cord, basically cause her to go into cardiac arrest,... More »

Bottled Water Recalled Over Fears of ... E. Coli

14 brands affected by problem at Pa. supplier

(Newser) - Fourteen brands of spring water have three things in common: They're bottled by the same company, they come from the same source, and they're potentially contaminated with E. coli. A voluntary recall notice has been issued for Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-Eleven, Niagara, Nature's Place,... More »

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