Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.
Alabama's state veterinarian says a domesticated sheep is the likely source of a sickness that has killed more than 50 whitetail deer at a captive breeding facility near Boaz.
Dr. Tony Frazier tells Al.com that testing indicates that bovine herpes virus Type 2, a viral infection commonly called malignant catarrhal fever, is likely the primary cause of the deaths. Frazier says sheep commonly carry the virus but don't exhibit symptoms.
Want to infuriate the entire brewing industry? Start poking around its trash.
That's what the Food and Drug Administration discovered when it threatened to dramatically affect how breweries use their spent grain.
Last fall, the FDA proposed a new rule: Facilities producing feed for animals should be subject to regulations similar to those in food manufacturing. Any facility producing animal feed would be required to produce a written plan to identify and minimize contamination.
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And I'm Melissa Block. Here in the Northern hemisphere, summer officially begins this weekend. The summer solstice is Saturday. Other than warm weather and school letting out, what really marks this moment are sunsets, as NPR blogger Adam Frank explains.
"The ordinary method of cutting out a wedge is very faulty," wrote Sir Francis Galton, a British mathematician, in a 1906 letter to the journal Nature concerning the scientific principles of cake-cutting.
More than a century later, cake lovers might finally be ready to face this truth.