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A salmonella outbreak puts a spotlight on kratom supplement

Published: Apr 13, 2018

By Lisa Greene


More than 100 people across the United States have become ill after consuming an herbal supplement contaminated with salmonella, reports the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least six people in Florida are among those who have become ill after consuming kratom, as of this week. Thirty-eight became so sick that they were hospitalized.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for several kratom products made by Triangle Pharmanaturals, a Las Vegas-based company, and is warning people to avoid the substance.

Kratom, a plant native to Malaysia, is used by some people as a pain reliever and substitute opioid. The FDA also has warned that little is known about whether kratom is safe or effective, reports CNN.

Kratom isn’t the only drug grabbing headlines this week. Three people have died and more than 100 became ill after using a synthetic marijuana that apparently was laced with rat poison, says TIME.

In Florida, the worst health issue – or at least the most deadly – is smoking cigarettes, says a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Next on the list of issues that contribute to death rates is problems related to excess weight, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The rest of the top five: high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and drug use.

In the United States, black babies are now twice as likely to die as white ones, says a special report by the New York Times. Overall, maternal mortality is now worse than it was 25 years ago.

Is your new workout plan not helping you drop pounds? One reason could be that after you exercise, you move less to compensate, reports the New York Times. At least, that’s what researchers found when they studied mice for this piece published in the journal Diabetes.

And finally, a new study has bad news for night owls. It found that they are more likely to have a host of health problems, from diabetes to various psychological disorders. People who consider themselves “definitely an evening person” have an increased risk of death when compared with those who consider themselves early risers, reports CNN.

It’s bad enough to keep you up at night, isn’t it?

This Week in Health is our weekly roundup of health headlines in Florida and around the nation.