CBS News – USDA: 3 salmonella-linked plants can stay open, for now
The Agriculture Department says three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak in raw chicken can stay open, for now.
In a statement Thursday, the USDA said Foster Farms, which owns the facilities in Fresno and Livingston, Calif., has made “immediate substantive changes to their slaughter and processing to allow for continued operations.”
The department threatened earlier this week to shut down the plants if Foster Farms did not prove that it had made enough changes.
FOX News – Can peanut butter sniff out early signs of Alzheimer’s?
Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages has always been challenging — there is no single test that can accurately determine whether a person has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
But researchers at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste believe they may have discovered a simple test that could be used to make a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease — and it involves peanut butter.
New York Times – Health act embraced in California
There are radio and television commercials galore, along with Twitter and Facebook posts and scores of highway billboards. There are armies of outreach workers who speak Spanish, Tagalog, Cambodian, Mandarin and Cantonese, all flocking to county fairs, farmers markets, street festivals and back-to-school nights across the state. There are even dinner parties in Latino neighborhoods designed to reach one family at a time.
With enthusiastic backing from state officials and an estimated seven million uninsured, California is a crucial testing ground for the success of President Obama’s health care law.
The Atlantic – How police officers are (or aren’t) trained in mental health
The recent Capitol Hill shooting of an unarmed woman by police officers, and the uncertainty surrounding her mental state at the time she drove her car into a White House barricade, is a stark reminder of the uncomfortable interplay between mental illness and law enforcement in times of crisis.
Without the appropriate amount of mental health training for police, experts say, rash stigmatization and misinterpretation of the intentions of the mentally ill can cause vital errors and ultimately make the difference between life and death.
USA Today – Suicide talk on Twitter mirrors state suicide rates
Suicide talk on Twitter mirrors state suicide rates closely enough that the social network could prove to be an early-warning system for those at risk, researchers say.
“We’re validating actual suicide data with real-time at-risk data,” says study co-author Michael Barnes, a health science professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, who analyzed tweets using keywords and phrases linked to suicide risk.