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Salmonella linked to Reno-area smoke shop's herbal product

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno-area smoke shop has pulled a herbal supplement from its shelves after health officials linked a case of food poisoning to the ingredient kratom. The health district confirmed Tuesday one Washoe County case of salmonella has been linked to a kratom product tied to more than 100 cases of food-borne illness this year in 38 states including Nevada. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered a recall earlier this month of products that tested positive for salmonella at Triangle Pharmanaturals in Las Vegas. Washoe County officials are urging residents to report locations that are selling kratom product under labels that include Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom and Biak. Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. The Washington Times Comment Policy The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.   Click to Read More and View Comments Click to Hide …

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E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grows to 84 cases

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YUMA, Ariz. — U.S. health officials say the E. coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce has grown and sickened 84 people from 19 states. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that at least another 31 cases are believed to be tied to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona. The agency says those infected range in age from 1 to 88. More than half of are female. Forty-two people have been hospitalized, including nine battling kidney failure. Agency officials say the illnesses started between March 13 and April 12. The agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last…

UK judge holds new hearing over sick toddler Alfie Evans

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LONDON (AP) - A British judge heard a new appeal Tuesday from the parents of a terminally ill British toddler who want to take him to Italy for treatment - something British courts have ruled isn’t in the child’s interest. The Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, said lawyers would repeat a request to judge Anthony Hayden to allow the boy to be cared for at the Vatican’s hospital in Rome. The judge appeared to rule that out at an emergency court hearing in Manchester, but asked whether there might be “other options” …