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2011-11-11 05:54:44

Two new studies led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers spotlight the human health effects of exposure to smoke from open fires and dirty cookstoves, the primary source of cooking and heating for 43 percent, or some 3 billion members, of the world´s population. Women and young children in poverty are particularly vulnerable. In the first study, the researchers found a dramatic one-third reduction in severe pneumonia diagnoses among children in homes with smoke-reducing...

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2008-10-23 10:55:05

Some 2,000 scientists contributed to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning IPCC report on global warming. Next week, the local contingent will be honored. On the wall of Professor Kirk Smith's office in the School of Public Health hangs an embossed certificate honoring his contributions to the United Nations' Nobel Peace Prize-winning climate-change organization. Because of his groundbreaking work on the deleterious health effects of air pollution caused by indoor cooking and heating fuels around the...

2008-07-28 00:00:14

By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON - It was a hot lead for detectives on a cold case. People suddenly were getting salmonella at a Minnesota restaurant more than 1,000 miles from the center of the nation's outbreak. Not my tomatoes, protested the manager. He'd switched his supply to government-cleared fresh tomatoes and even canned ones. But a lot of his menu items had a raw jalapeno garnish sprinkled on top, and that turned out to be a critical clue in the two-month...

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2008-07-24 06:15:00

People at a Minnesota restaurant were suddenly getting salmonella more than 1,000 miles from the center of the nation's outbreak. The manager of the restaurant switched his supply to government-cleared fresh tomatoes and even canned ones.  The critical clue in the two-month salmonella mystery was that a lot of his menu items had a raw jalapeno garnish sprinkled on top. After tracing credit card receipts - to find what the restaurant's healthy customers didn't eat - there was good...

2008-07-24 00:00:03

MINNEAPOLIS _ In less than two weeks, Minnesota Department of Health investigators traced the source of a mysterious salmonella outbreak that had stumped federal health officials for two months and sickened more than 1,200 people in 43 states and Canada. The culprit: jalapeno peppers. Federal officials had focused on tomatoes as the source of the salmonella, causing restaurants and stores to pull tomatoes and severely hurting tomato farmers in suspect areas. While tomatoes haven't been...

2008-06-30 09:02:45

By Deborah Bulkeley Deseret News The incarceration arms of two Utah sheriff offices will soon play an active role in immigration enforcement. Weber and Washington counties have entered into agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for some corrections officers to receive federal training on immigration enforcement. "We worked really hard to get this," said Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith. "The application process had us in competition with many other agencies around the...


Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin