Monday, May 30, 2016 | By Mariana Lenharo | No Comments
Brazil is in crisis. Earlier this month, President Dilma Rousseff was ousted from office after a series of scandals led to impeachment proceedings. Newly installed opposition leaders are facing a series of corruption charges of their own. And the Zika virus, first detected in Brazil in April 2015, continues to stymie public health officials concerned about the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
So far, the new government’s approach toward Zika has been questionable, at best: The new health minister, Ricardo Barros, is an engineer with no previous experience in health administration.…
Sunday, May 29, 2016 | By Tom Philpott | No Comments
Late last year, a team of of Chinese and UK researchers shocked the global public health world when they identified a strand of E. coli circulating among Chinese pigs that had developed resistance to colistin, a “last resort” antibiotic that’s used only to treat pathogens that can resist other antibiotics. Worse still, they found, the gene that allowed the E. coli to withstand the potent drug can easily jump to other bacterial species—including nasties like salmonella—and is “likely” to go global.…
Saturday, May 28, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Friday, May 27, 2016 | By Maddie Oatman | No Comments
After years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration finalized new nutrition facts labels on Friday. The label you’re used to seeing on processed foods was more than 20 years old; the government says the new one reflects updated scientific information and “will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.”
The changes include a magnified calorie count and the addition of a line showing added sugar (highlighted below).
Food and Drug Administration
It’s a big deal that companies will now have to identify the added sugar in their food.…
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
The agency decides how an array of uses and resources–ranging from grazing to energy development, wildlife habitat to wilderness, hunting to off-roading–occur on these lands.