CDC Director Admits to Safety Issues at Labs

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_6ee3790233.jpgMandel Ngan//AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden faced tough questions from lawmakers Wednesday on safety lapses at agency labs. Members of Congress grilled Frieden about lax storage and the exposure of lab workers to potentially lethal anthrax samples being kept in Ziplock bags. Following questions from Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and others, Frieden said the agency "missed the broader pattern" and made little excuses for past incidents.

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FDA: More than 300 Vials with Dengue, Influenza Found in Storage Room

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_40bc94f1ac.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Hours after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came under Congress' fire for lax storage and the exposure of lab workers to potentially lethal samples, officials released an update Wednesday on more than 300 vials of smallpox and dengue discovered in a storage unit. Biological samples were found in a cold storage area on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration labs on July 1, containing a total of 327 "carefully packaged" vials labeled with biological agents including influenza, Q fever, and Rickettsia.

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Is It Ever OK to Leave Your Kid in the Car?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_cf824b9be7.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It's a decision nearly all parents have faced: leave the kids in the car or take them inside? And headlines surface every summer about babies who’ve died after being forgotten in a vehicle, reminding parents of the dangers of hot cars and children left behind for too long. But what if it's just for two minutes, while someone runs into the gas station? What if you're only a few feet away from the car? What if it's cold outside? Whatever the conditions, experts say it's never OK.

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Girl Killed by Brain-Eating Amoeba Loved the Water

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_315d68c523.jpgCourtesy the Yust Family (SPRING HILL, Kan.) -- When Shon Yust looked out at the guests in his backyard Monday night and noticed that no one was in the pool, he thought of his 9-year-old daughter, Hally. “If Hally was here, I’m almost sure she would have gotten in and everyone would have followed,” said Yust, who lives in Spring Hill, Kansas. “She was always the first one in the pool and the last one out.” Hally died on July 9 from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, an extremely rare but almost invariably fatal brain infection caused by the amoeba Naegleria fowleri, which she contracted while playing in the water.

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Organic Food Gets High Marks in New Study

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_c5e9a2ddab.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It turns out that all the hype about organic foods being better for your health may be true after all. Europeans and U.S. researchers at Newcastle University in Britain analyzed more than 320 studies that compared organic to other crops, and their findings were that foods from organic farming contain more antioxidants and far less pesticide residue. Chuck Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University who participated in the study, says that he hopes the study will result in the growing of more "nutritionally rich food."

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