Queen Is Hospitalized Over Stomach Illness, Palace Says
Queen Elizabeth II is being treated for an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, Buckingham Palace said Sunday.
Are Plastic Bag Bans Making People Sick?
theodp writes "A paper by Wharton's Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright suggested that San Francisco's eco-friendly ban on plastic bags might actually be killing people. Klick and Wright found that food-borne illnesses in San Francisco increased 46% after the bag ban went into effect in 2007, with no such uptick in neighboring counties. Most likely, the authors concluded, this was due to the fact that people were putting their food into dirty reusable bags and not washing them afterward. But Tomas Aragon, an epidemiologist at UC Berkeley and health officer for the city of San Francisco, begs to differ, arguing that in order to establish a link between the bag ban and illnesses, the authors would have to show that the same people who are using reusable bags are also the ones getting sick. Aragon offers an alternative hypothesis for the recent rise in deaths related to intestinal infections, noting that a large portion of the cases in San Francisco involve C. difficile enterocolitis, a disease ...
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Fecal Treatment Gains Favor for Some Illnesses
Transplanting feces from a healthy person into the gut of one who is sick can quickly cure severe intestinal infections caused by a dangerous type of bacteria that antibiotics often cannot control.
Chávez's Illness 'Severe', But Venezuela's Socialist Ideals Healthy
Concern is on the rise for Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez as reports from Cuba indicate that his fight with a "severe" lung infection following recent cancer surgery there is serious. An official government announcement Friday, delivered by the country's minister of information Ernesto Villegas, said: "Comandante Chávez has faced complications as a result of a severe lung infection. This infection has caused a breathing insufficiency that requires Comandante Chávez to comply strictly with medical treatment."
Venezuela's Chavez 'stable' after infection
Against the backdrop of the president's illness, many Venezuelans are talking about a looming transition of power.