healthy living

By MAGGIE FOX

romaine lettucePeople should stay away from romaine lettuce until U.S. and Canadian health officials get to the bottom of an outbreak of E. coli infections, Consumer Reports says.

The consumer advocacy group called on the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do more to warn people about the outbreak, which at last count had made 58 people sick in the U.S. and Canada. One person has died.

The CDC last reported on the outbreak on December 28. It said 17 people were sick in 13 states, dating back to November. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported on 41 illnesses. The infections have occurred in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington. More ↠

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is once again asking the community to lend a hand for patients in need. But probably not in the way you’d think.

The local nonprofit blood center started off the New Year with the launch of its Blood Donor Emoji campaign. To petition the Unicode Consortium to create an emoji depicting the lifesaving act of blood donation, they need signatures – 30,000 signatures to be exact. That’s where you come in.

“Every day, we ask people in our community to step up and donate blood for local patients in need,” CBCC President and CEO Martin Grable said. “Today, we’re just asking for your signature. We’re asking you and people around the globe to join us as we work to shine a spotlight on the incredible volunteers in every community who so generously give of themselves in such a remarkable way.” More ↠

man breaking cigarette If you’re thinking about quitting or have tried to quit in the past without success, the FDA’s new smoking cessation education campaign at EveryTryCounts.gov offers support.

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What are your New Year’s resolutions? If you smoke, maybe this will be the year that you decide you want to quit. And you may not be alone: Nearly 70 percent of current adult smokers say they want to stop.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved many products that can help. In fact, data has shown that using an FDA-approved cessation medicine can double your chance of quitting successfully. Plus, every time you put out a cigarette is a new chance to try quitting again, according to a new FDA campaign called “Every Try Counts.” More ↠

STATESVILLE, NC – Mitchell Community College was recently selected to take part in Cohort 11 of the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program, an initiative administered by the University of Pittsburgh and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Science Education division.

SEA-PHAGES, an undergraduate research program focused in the biological sciences, currently includes 147 colleges and universities in their network. Mitchell will be the eighth school to join from North Carolina and only the second community college (the first, Durham Technical Community College). The program is designed to immerse students in authentic, valuable and accessible research. More ↠

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