When you order that special filet at a restaurant or store, you're often going on trust that the fish actually is what the menu or label says it is. In Washington, two state agencies are asking for tougher penalties to deter seafood fraud.
Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 12:49 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. - When you order that special filet at a restaurant or store, you're often going on trust that the fish actually is what the menu or label says it is. In Washington, two state agencies are asking for tougher penalties to deter seafood fraud.
Investigators for Consumer Reports recently found more than one-fifth of the fish they submitted for DNA identification was mislabeled at the point of sale.
Washington Fish and Wildlife police deputy chief Mike Cenci says the penalties for false labeling need to be stronger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is now widespread in 47 states, including Idaho. Doctor Leslie Tengelsen is Idaho’s deputy state epidemiologist. She says the flu season has arrived early this year.
Idaho's governor announced yesterday the state should build its own health insurance exchange rather than go with a federally- run model. Exchanges are online marketplaces that allow consumers to assess health insurance plans. Under the Affordable Care Act, every state must have one by 2014.
Idaho has until the end of the week to decide whether or not to build its own health insurance exchange. But some northwest states are already well on their way toward creating such an online marketplace.
One of Blue Cross of Idaho’s new television commercials opens with a chirpy jingle. “You’re protected in the sun, you’re protected when it rains,” the song begins. The pitch is clear: this is the insurer for you, no matter your lifestyle.
Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. In response, Southwest District Health will offer free HIV tests today in Caldwell.
The seven Idaho Health districts report more than 1,300 people in Idaho are currently living with HIV or AIDS. Those are the people who know they have the infection. Health officials want to reach people who haven’t been tested, and may be infected.
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline began taking calls this week. The hotline is the first of its kind in Idaho since 2006, when state funding for the previous hotline ran out.
Up until Monday’s launch, Idahoans in crisis were routed to a call center in other western states. But executive director John Reusser says it’s important for people who are contemplating suicide to have an empathetic ear on the other end – someone who understands Idaho’s unique rural culture.
Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the infection in the U.S. So far, there are more than 32,000 reported cases of whooping cough across the country. If the trend holds, it’s on track to be the highest number of cases since 1959.
Saint Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus hospitals are among the Idaho facilities that received drugs from a pharmacy in Massachusetts. Officials today released the names of nine health providers in Idaho that got injectable drugs from the New England Compounding Center.
It’s part of a nationwide investigation into a fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed 15 people and sickened 233, including one man in Idaho.
The first drug recall was for a steroid injection used for back pain. It was believed that drug may have been contaminated with a fungus.
A nationwide investigation into contaminated drugs is expanding. The outbreak has already killed 15 and sickened 231, including one man in Idaho, with fungal meningitis.
Two health facilities in Idaho, Walter Knox Memorial Hospital in Emmett and Pain Specialists of Idaho in Idaho Falls, were identified originally in the outbreak.
Now the Food and Drug Administration has expanded its investigation of possibly contaminated drugs produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. That means as many as nine more medical facilities in Idaho may have received suspect drugs.
An Eastern Idaho man has come down with fungal meningitis that has sickened 138 people across the country.
Not much is known about the man. He’s over sixty and he's being treated for his illness. State Epidemiologist Doctor Christine Hahn says the man is the first in Idaho to get sick from the drug outbreak. People in 11 states have become ill and 12 have died. The injectable steroid comes from a company in Massachusetts which has recalled the drug.
We’ve been reporting on “spice” for months, as the popularity of the synthetic marijuana has continued to rise. Now public health officials in the Northwest are raising concerns that spice has been linked to a series of kidney failure cases in the region.
The synthetic marijuana is sold under several street names including "spice" and "K2." It's made of a variety of plant material that's sprayed with a chemical meant to mimic the active substance in marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is banned under state and federal law.
Two Idaho medical facilities received the steroid injections believed to be responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak. Nationally, 47 people have been diagnosed with the illness and five people have died. No one in Idaho has reported getting sick.
Between 97,000 and 111,000 additional Idahoans would be eligible for Medicaid if the state chooses to expand eligibility. But where would those people come from? Close to half would migrate from four other state programs already in place to help low-income residents with medical needs.
Who will be eligible for Medicaid if Idaho expands its program under the Affordable Care Act? That’s the question lawmakers asked Monday of state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong. He’s part of a 15 member panel studying the option.
Armstrong says the panel has gathered a lot of information so far. But he says the federal government has not set some of the guidelines that will determine who would get to sign up for the expanded plan. That means officials are left to guess how many residents would eligible.