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    April 24, 2013

    Got Drugs? St. Louis Officials Would Like Your Unwanted Prescription Medications

    Got drugs? The city of St. Louis wants 'em. In an effort to curb medication abuse, city officials are partnering this week with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to encourage residents to remove "dangerous, unused and unwanted medications" from their ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    The Flu Epidemic is Here

    Should we put an exclamation mark after that? As in, "The flu epidemic is here!" Last month we only had Christmas to dread. But now you can look forward to a week in bed, in acute misery. The Center for Disease Control has declared it so. In case you're curious, Google has prepared a map of the spr ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    City of St. Louis Has 2nd Highest Rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in the U.S.

    Just looked at the new numbers released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There's a sliver of good news and some pretty bad news. First, the bad news. Among U.S. counties and independent cities, the city of St. Louis had the second-highest rate of both chlamydia and gonorrhea in the ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    The Great Peanut Recall of '12: What Was THAT About?

    On Saturday, September 22, Trader Joe's announced a voluntary recall of its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, citing the risk of salmonella contamination. Within days that li'l recall of a single boutique variety of peanut butter revealed itself to be but the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Peanut-Butter Recall Expanded to Two Years' Worth of Sunland Products

    Sunland Inc., the company identified by the FDA and the CDC as the "likely" source of the recent outbreak of salmonella traced to peanut butter, has expanded its voluntary recall of peanut-butter products that it produced at a single plant and then sold under various brand names to include over two ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Strikes 21 States, Including Missouri and Illinois [Updated]

    Chamberlin Farm Produce of Owensville, Indiana, has announced a voluntary recall of all of the cantaloupes from this year's growing season after being linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened at least 178 people across twenty-one states.

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    August 16, 2012
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    August 13, 2012

    Guess Who's Fat? New CDC Data Says There's MO of Us to Love

    In an announcement that should surprise no one who mingles with the general public, Missouri has been classified by the Center for Disease Control as one of the heaviest states in the nation. No, don't clap, Shamu. This is bad news.Missouri finished in the top twelve of the heavy-weight states, with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Nazi Zombies Definitely Attacked a Road in Chesterfield

    After a string of horrific incidents, including the time Miami police had to shoot a man dead to stop him from eating a homeless man's face, the Centers for Disease Control released an official statement denying that the crimes were signs of a zombie apocalypse. The "CDC does not know of a virus or ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Fight Over Missouri's Cigarette Tax Heats Up; Lung Association Gives State Failing Grade

    ​Missouri received its annual report card last week from the American Lung Association. The result ain't pretty. The state earned an "F" for tobacco prevention and control (spending just $58,693 last year to prevent tobacco use statewide); an "F" for smoke-free air (with legislators refusing to pa ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    St. Louis: 8th Drunkest City

    ​St. Louis has made yet another ranking in the Daily Beast, this one for Drunkest Cities in America. According to the list makers at the online magazine, metro St. Louis ranks as the 8th drunkest city in all the land -- nestled between No. 9 San Diego and No. 7 Austin.And why is that? Because rese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    CDC Identifies Source of E. Coli Outbreak

    ​Romaine lettuce sold at an area grocery chain and sourced from a specific farm was the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens in Missouri and several other states earlier this fall, according to a report published yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    We're No. 2 in Chlamydia, No. 3 in Gonorrhea!

    Image viaFolks, please wear more of these. ​St. Louisans are still ridin' durrty - even more than before! According to fresh stats from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, our city has retained its number-two spot in the nation for cases of chlamydia, and vaulted from twelfth to th ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Cantaloupe Aftermath, St. Louis E. Coli and a Cute Little Frog

    Wikimedia CommonsI'm in yur saladz, surviving cuz itz organgic.​Over a month after recalling listeria-contaminated cantaloupes from Jensen Farms in Colorado, the death toll continues to climb. As of Wednesday, 29 people have died from listeria linked to the melons. While a 1985 listeria outb ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011
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    July 27, 2011

    [UPDATED] Pilgrim's Pride Recalls Over 11,000 Pounds of Cooked Chicken

    Pilgrim's PrideThe pilgrims aren't too proud, thanks to listeria fears. ​Yesterday we reported that there was a recall on 204 pounds of precooked chicken in Starbucks new Bistro Boxes for possible listeria contamination. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Or the beak of the bird. Yesterday ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011
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    June 27, 2011

    Get Tested: It's National HIV Testing Day

    ​Today is National HIV Testing Day. Do you know your status? Are you sure?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than a million people in the U.S. living with HIV. And even though we aren't being bombarded with prevention messages like we were when the disease ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    New Salmonella and E. Coli Outbreaks. Even Celebrities Aren't Immune

    Wikimedia CommonsThis little E. coli bacteria continues its reign of terror.​ Although our food contamination issue might not be as bad as the E. coli outbreak gripping Germany, we're still not doing great. The Centers for Disease Control notes in its June issue of Vital Signs that salmonell ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    St. Louis Ranks Second in Kids Killed by Guns

    CDC study confirms gun violence is an epidemic.​The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is out with a new study of gun violence in America that shows youth ages 10-19 in St. Louis are three times more likely to die from a bullet than the national average.The study looked at crime data from 2 ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    The Coldest Cut: Eat Your Cold Cuts Hot (With Poll!)

    Image viaListeria monocytogenes: Goes well with honey ham, yellow American.​Do you enjoy cold cuts, in sandwich form or, perhaps, eaten directly from the wrapped deli package while standing in front of the fridge 'round midnight? Are you over the age of 50?THEN PUT THOSE COLD CUTS DOWN, MY FRIEND. ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Bans Help People Too Stupid to Feed Their Kids, Themselves

    Wikimedia Commons​ It's not just Jamie Oliver trying to save American kids from their parents. The Law is getting involved. Again. Reuters reports today that the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricultu ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    What Dangers Lurk Within...Jelly Beans?

    www.icanhascheezburger.comNo word on whether the cat was allergic to shellfish.​Gimbal's Fine Candies is on a mission to make Easter baskets safe for kiddos. How does the venerable sweets maker propose to protect children from unseen dangers hidden in the candy cornucopia? With allergen-free ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Bad Nuts! Peanut Butter and Hazelnuts Recalled

    Wikimedia Commons​ Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't, because you're too busy suffering the effects of salmonella or E. coli. Unilever has issued a voluntary recall on Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Skippy Reduced Fat Super Chunk Peanut Butter Spread wit ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011

    Missouri Flunks Food Safety Test

    Missouri, you get an F in reporting foodborne illnesses. shared a new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, grading states on their ability to report outbreaks of foodborne illness. The more a state reports, the better chance they have of getting it under control. "' ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Sprout Recall Hits Illinois Farm Despite Lack of Evidence.

    The Los Angeles Times reports yet another alfalfa sprout salmonella contamination scare. This time the sprouts are from Tiny Greens Organic Farm in nearby Urbana, Illinois. Farm owner Bill Bagby Jr. said that samples tested from his farm were clean. The FDA's results are the same, but interviews wit ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    New Study Finds Fewer Cases of Food-Borne Illness

    E. coli (and other pathogens): Fewer cases, still deadly.​The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has lowered its estimate of the annual number of cases of food-borne illness in America, the New York Times reports. This new estimate reckons that each year 48 million people suffer from food p ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Americans Eschew Fruits and Vegetables, Find Way to Delivery Sundaes.

    Eat your fruits and vegetables, already! A Centers for Disease Control study shows that American adults still aren't eating enough vegetables, and they're decreasing their fruit consumption. Only 34% Americans eat more than two servings of fruit a day. Maybe it's because a Chicago pair has found a ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    Factory Farmers and Animal Groups Strike Deal to Expand Chicken Cages

    The New York Times reports that factory farms are starting to provide more space for confined animals in light of consumer preferences and changes in farming laws. They look at West Mansfield, Ohio, where farmers and animal rights activists have struck a deal that will stop construction on tightly c ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Europe's Largest Fruit Seed Bank Endangered by Real Estate Development

    Yesterday we mentioned that a heat wave has threatened Russia's wheat crop. Now the country's in danger of losing its fruit seed bank. Marion Nestle writes in The Atlantic that the Global Crop Diversity Trust has issued a warning that real estate developers are threatening the home of the Pavlovsk E ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Salmonella: It's Not Just for Chicken and Eggs Anymore.

    How does a salmonella outbreak come from a meat production facility that's following all the rules? The Providence Journal investigates the strange case of Daniel, Inc., a sausage-curing company in Rhode Island with a perfect food safety track record for 34 years. That is, until the company's meat c ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010
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    March 31, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.31

    Yep, the morning brew's tardy again. Can you say "dentist appointment"? Can you say it with Novacain Mouth? Let's just get started, shall we? Even as Eat Me Daily reports that a Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a bill that would legalize the sale of raw milk, the Wall Street Journal wr ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009
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    September 2, 2009
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    April 27, 2009

    Press Releases of the Day: Beware the Possible Swine Flu Pandemic

    This press release just in from the Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter, regarding the Swine Flu outbreak:"Think of this swine flu outbreak like severe weather. If you thought a storm was coming - you would take steps to prepare yourself," said Nicole Holtgrefe, director of preparedness and client ser ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.10

    The CDC reports what should be clear to those who've been reading Gut Check since its inception: The U.S. is no longer making progress dealing with food-safety issues. (Washington Post)A new reports finds that increased ethanol use could lead to higher costs for government-funded food programs. (AP) ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Wash. U. Study: Buffet No Exercise = Fat

    File this one under I Gotta Get Me One of Those Government Grants: A new study by a Washington University professor, funded by the NIH and the CDC and published in the December issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, found, according to a Wash. U. press release, "people who eat out often at buffet ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Got Clap? St. Louisans Do. Chlamydia, Too!

    Playas and hoes, take note: The Center for Disease Control is out with its annual report on sexually transmitted diseases. Once again St. Louis tops all other U.S. cities in the percentage of its population that came down with chlamydia and gonorrhea (right) in 2007 -- the most recent year in which ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.2

    In today's news: Stevia, a new artificial sweetener; the CDC on microwaved moves; a three-year organic diet; and whale meat in Japan.

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    November 29, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11/29

    The FDA will hold a public hearing today on whether salt levels in processed foods should be regulated. (Los Angeles Times) Obesity levels in the U.S. have leveled off, the CDC reports. It's happened before, though. (AP) Is it time for bourbon to be the hip spirit? Eric A ... More >>

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    November 14, 2007

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  • News

    January 17, 2007

    King's Cups

    Unreal gets tipsy on premium cocktails, then asks a bunch of questions about beer bellies and white weddings.

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    June 29, 2005

    The Great Imitator

    The scourge of syphilis re-emerges, deadlier than before

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    April 26, 2000

    Two Steps Forward

    In the wake of controversy over the city's lagging health initiatives, the family of a lead-poisoned child wins a settlement and the city's health director steps down

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    April 12, 2000

    The Lead Menace

    In its lawsuit, St. Louis is eager to blame the lead industry for making the area one of the most contaminated in the nation. But the city itself is guilty of doing little to prevent the poisoning of thousands of children like "Little Al" Evans.

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