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FDA Statement On Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigation

November 27, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. The investigation suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to “end of season” romaine lettuce harvested from these areas. The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California.

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Nearly 200 Pounds Of Drugs Collected At Take Back Events

November 27, 2018

Alexandrians turned in 195 pounds of unwanted medications at the Drug Take Back day on Oct. 27. Alexandria Police and Sheriff staffed four drop off locations to provide a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs.

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AG Herring Fights To Protect States’ Ability To Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable

November 26, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring led a bipartisan group of 22 state attorneys general in urging the Supreme Court to uphold states’ ability to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers when they mislead consumers about the potential side effects of their products. In an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court Nov. 21, Attorney General Herring and his counterparts argue that Merck, a pharmaceutical company, should be held liable under state law for misleading and misrepresenting the side effects of their drug Fosamax®. 

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CDC Food Safety Alert: Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Raw Turkey Products

November 21, 2018

On Nov. 15, Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, in Barron, Wisconsin recalled approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products. Do not eat, sell, or serve recalled Jennie-O brand ground turkey products. CDC has updated its notice of a Salmonella Reading outbreak linked to raw turkey products with recall information for ground turkey that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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CDC Food Safety Alert: E. coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce

November 20, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine. Thirty-two illnesses have been reported from 11 states, including 13 people who have been hospitalized.

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Teen Cigarette Smoking Hits Record Low In Virginia

November 15, 2018

Teen cigarette smoking in Virginia is at an all-time low – 6.5 percent – according to the results of the 2017 Virginia Youth Survey. Nationally an estimated 7.6 percent of high school students are current cigarette smokers. But more high school students in Virginia still use alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarettes.

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Virginia Among Top Three States In National Patient Safety Ranking

November 13, 2018

Virginia is a top three state in the Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade scores from the Leapfrog Group. The state rankings reflect the number of “A” graded hospitals in a given state. In all, 34 Virginia hospitals received “A” grades from Leapfrog, a national health care patient safety ranking organization. The latest Leapfrog results, which show Virginia moving

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Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Of Alexandria To Hold Celebration, Meeting On November 15

November 13, 2018

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria will celebrate ten years of citizen-led efforts to reduce underage substance use and abuse during a community meeting at Minnie Howard Library Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock Road, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Have A Guilt-Free Thanksgiving From Patient First

November 13, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings and indulge in some comfort food.   This is one of the few days during the year when many people do not think twice about going for second helpings of homemade mashed potatoes and turkey.

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Doctors, Hospitals, State Health Officials Implement Medical Assessment And Screening Guidelines To Enhance Timely Access To Appropriate Treatment For Psychiatric Patients

November 13, 2018

Virginia’s hospitals, emergency physicians, and the state’s behavioral health agency have created a landmark new set of protocols for assessing the medical condition of patients experiencing a psychiatric crisis to ensure those patients are admitted to the appropriate facility to meet their treatment needs.

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