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Health officials say they found Escherichia coli in water at a ziplining facility in Tennessee that has been linked to an outbreak affecting at least 500 people.

E. Coli Found in Water at Tennessee Ziplining Facility

One visitor to the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg tested positive for norovirus and E. coli
There have been 12 reported cases of people in the United States becoming sick after eating fresh crab meat from Venezuela

FDA: Illnesses Tied to Fresh Crab Meat Imported From Venezuela

Illnesses appear to be caused by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria
TPOXX (tecovirimat) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat smallpox.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Smallpox

New treatment offers additional option should smallpox ever be used as a bioweapon
A considerable number of randomized controlled trials of probiotics

Harms Reporting Limited in Trials of Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics

No harms-related data reported for 28 percent of trials; safety results not reported for 37 percent
Adoption of electronic health records is associated with a reduction in mortality rates in U.S. hospitals

Adoption of EHR Linked to Reduction in Mortality Rates

0.21-percentage-point reduction in mortality rate per year per function for each new function adopted
Criminals are sending fake U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning letters to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone. The agency notes that it does not typically send warning letters to individuals

Fake FDA Warning Letters Being Sent to Consumers

Letters accuse consumer of drug violations based on a review of their parcels and social media accounts
Two-thirds of parents report that their child has had a headache not related to a fall or head injury

Two-Thirds of Parents Report Their Child Has Had Headache

Only 44% of parents would definitely go to ER if their child had headache that didn't improve with meds
There is considerable variability in the proportion of visits at which antibiotics are prescribed among traditional medical and retail clinic settings

Inappropriate Prescribing of Abx High in Urgent Care Centers

Patterns of antibiotic prescribing vary substantially by care setting
Older adults' worsening vision may drive declines in cognitive function

Declines in Vision Tied to Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Findings based on large study of community-dwelling older adults
Physician burnout

Physician Burnout Tied to Higher Risk of Medical Errors

Physicians reporting errors were more likely to also report burnout, fatigue, recent suicidal ideation